Monthly Archives: March 2010

Second Teaser Poster For Season Three of HBO’s True Blood

The poster is one piece of a 12-part weekly advertising series to promote the drama — months in advance of the show’s debut. The teaser campaign coincides with HBO re-airing season two of the vampire drama on air.

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Zoltron’s Amazing & Detailed Movie Posters

The Red Vic Movie House on Haight street in San Francisco has been producing limited edition posters to celebrate their 30th year as one of the last great surviving movie houses.

To celebrate this anniversary, two amazing and detailed posters were created by Zoltron. The first image is for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox and the second is for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Sadly both prints are completely sold out but you should bookmark this site for any future releases from this fantastic artist!

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Apply For Your Dream Job As A Honeymoon Tester

Wanted: Luxury-loving couples available to globetrot for six months and get paid to test out the most romantic wedding and honeymoon destinations around the world.

It’s a hard offer to resist, but what’s being described as “The Ultimate Job” is just the latest in a series of recent dream positions to capture the public’s imagination and serve as a brilliant marketing tool for people and places.

“It’s been sort of crazy,” said Rosemarie Meleady, managing director of RunawayBrideAndGroom.com, describing the response to the new promotion.

The Irish travel agency came up with the idea in part after seeing last year’s blockbuster “Best Job in the World” campaign in Australia.

More than 1,000 couples have already applied for the chance to be sent to resorts in Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States.

The winners will be asked to blog about their experiences a few times a week “when they can get out of the hammock after sipping a glass of champagne,” Meleady said, and write for The Irish Times once a month.

They will also be paid 20,000 euros (about $27,000). Hopefuls have until April 7 to apply for the “horrendous assignment” — as the company teasingly calls it — which starts mid-May. Read more HERE.

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Apple Releases iTunes 9.1 With iPad Support

Apple has released iTunes 9.1, the latest update to its digital media management software. The update brings compatibility with the iPad, as well as the ability to “organize and sync books you’ve downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library,” and the ability to “rename, rearrange, or remove Genius Mixes.” iTunes 9.1 is available now via Apple’s Software Update utility and as direct download from itunes.com.

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New Video Game Releases: March 28th – April 3, 2010

It’s a very S-L-O-W week on the games front… unless you are into Modern Warfare 2.  The “Stimulus Package” of maps is available for download on Tuesday and will offer countless hours upon hours of opportunity for armchair Rambos to stab each other in the face.

The only other big release is WarioWare D.I.Y. on the Nintendo DS.

Like I said, S-L-O-W.  This week’s count: 10 games.

Today (March 28)
America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking (DS)
Dreamscape (PC)
WarioWare D.I.Y. (DS)

Tuesday (March 30)
Again (DS)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Stimulus Package (360)
Dance Sensation! (Wii)
Dead or Alive Paradise (PSP)
Mimana Iyar Chronicles (PSP)
Mount & Blade: Warband (PC)
Prison Break: The Conspiracy (PC, PS3, 360)
Sakura Wars: So Long My Love (PS2, Wii)
Samurai Shodown Sen (360)
Sushi Go Round (DS, Wii)
Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition (360)

Written by Nick Creature


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Twilight Author, Stephenie Meyer To Release ‘Eclipse’ Novella That Fans Can Can Read For Free

Stephenie Meyer will publish The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, a 192-page novella centered on a newborn vampire introduced in the third Twilight novel, Eclipse, in June. The story chronicles the journey of villain Victoria’s newborn vampire army as they prepare to close in on Bella and the Cullens. It will be released at 12:01 a.m. on June 5 in hardcover ($13.99, with $1 from each sale going to the American Red Cross International Response Fund). From June 7 to July 5, fans will be able to read the book for free online at www.breetanner.com, which will also provide a link to the American Red Cross website where they can donate to support relief efforts in Haiti, Chile, and around the globe.

On her official site, Meyer says she never intended to publish Bree Tanner as a stand-alone book. It was just something she’d started working on while she was still editing Eclipse. “I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another.” The novella came in handy during the filming of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (in theaters June 30). Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, director David Slade, and actors Xavier Samuel (Riley), Bryce Dallas Howard (Victoria), and Jodelle Ferland (Bree) all read it before cameras rolled to better understand the characters.

Meyer thought the manuscript might work well as part of The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, a tome still awaiting a pub date, but at nearly 200 pages, it was something her publisher thought worked better on its own. Meyer liked the idea of publishing it before Eclipse hits theaters, to give fans an introduction to Bree. She also considered the novella a gift to devoted Twilight readers, which is why she asked her publisher to make it available for free online. (From Entertainment Weekly)

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Action Comics #1 Sells For Record $1.5 Million

Barely a month after Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 sold for record prices, the first appearance of Superman has broken another barrier.

The Associated Press reports that a copy of the 1938 comic went for $1.5 million this morning on the auction website ComicConnect, jumping past the $1.075-million record price paid on Feb. 25 for a copy of Detective Comics #27. That issue broke a record $1 million paid just three days earlier for another copy of Action Comics #1.

Before last month, the top price paid for a comic was $317,000 in 2009 for Action Comics #1.

About 100 copies of the issue are believed to exist, and only a handful of those are in good condition. It has a cover price of 10 cents.

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YouTube’s 50 Best Videos

YouTube — breeding ground for the Web’s wackiest and wildest viral videos — turns 5 in 2010. In recognition, TIME takes a look back at the site’s 50 greatest hits HERE.


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Cemetery Dance Publications Announces Blockade Billy by Stephen King, An Original, Never-Before-Published Baseball Novella

Cemetery Dance Publications, the world’s leading independent publisher of collectible horror and suspense books, has just announced Blockade Billy by Stephen King, an original, never-before-published novella that only the King of Horror could have dreamed up.  The Cemetery Dance exclusive hardcover will ship mid-April.

“I love old-school baseball,” Stephen King said, “and I also love the way people who’ve spent a lifetime in the game talk about the game. I tried to combine those things in a story of suspense. People have asked me for years when I was going to write a baseball story. Ask no more; this is it.”

Cemetery Dance and Stephen King kept Blockade Billy under tight wraps so it could be a surprise publication for the beginning of the baseball season.  Even diehard baseball fans don’t know the true story of William Blakely, but in just a few weeks readers will be holding this dark tale in their own two hands.

This novella is not scheduled to be reprinted in King’s new collection due out this fall, and we’re only printing a small number of copies compared to what New York publishers print for a brand new book.

For a very limited time only, Cemetery Dance Publications will include an authentic William “Blockade Billy” Blakely baseball card with every copy of the trade hardcover.

For ordering information, please visit http://www.BlockadeBilly.com or http://www.CemeteryDance.com today as this one will go quickly!

Lonely Road Books, the publisher of Dark Forces: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition edited by Kirby McCauley and Riding the Bullet: The Deluxe Special Edition by Stephen King and Mick Garris, will be publishing a deluxe signed edition of Blockade Billy, but official details won’t be announced until closer to the publication date.

Author: Stephen King
Artist: Glen Orbik (cover) and Alex McVey (interiors)
Pub. Date: April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58767-228-6

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