Monthly Archives: May 2010

Official Green Lantern Movie Synopsis Revealed

ComicBookMovie.com posted a short synopsis of the upcoming Green Lantern film today. There are no major spoilers but roles and minor plot lines are outlined.

“Bringing the enduringly popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, under the direction of Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”).

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.”

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First Full-Length Trailer For Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The film based on the graphic novel series stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Allison Pill, Mark Webber and Anna Kendrick. It opens wide on August 13th.


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Melbourne Sets Superhero Record

The Guinness World Record for the most number of people wearing superhero costumes in one location has been broken in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne smashed the previous record of 1091 people wearing super hero costumes in the one place held by the UK, when 1245 people gathered at Federation Square.

The Central Business District was no place for bad guys on Saturday with Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and other comic book heroes portrayed hundreds of times over by people of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes.

Superman was the most popular hero, closely followed by Batman, Robin and Spider Man.

The girls were out in force too, dressed as Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, Super Girl and Hawk Girl.

The managing director of Warner Bros. Consumer Products in Australia, Preston Lewis, shouted triumphantly in his American accent: “We did it, we broke the record.”

“To see all those people, young and old, families, babies in Fed Square was great, they were so enthusiastic,” he said.

The youngest hero was nine-day-old Rhys Hapmton, of Sunbury. His mother, Elise Guymer, said superheroes run in her family.

“He’s following in the footsteps of his two brothers who are always dressing up as Batman,” Ms Guymer said.

“He’s the Bat Baby of the family.”

The event was held to celebrated the 75th anniversary of the release of the first DC comic.

Watch a slideshow of the event HERE.

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Introducing The New WIRED App For The iPad

Download the new WIRED app ($4.99) and be the first to experience this groundbreaking magazine with exclusive iPad content. Go behind the scenes of Pixar’s Toy Story 3. Spin the interactive Mars map to see the human impact on the Red Planet. Hang out in the recording studio with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. See the greatest special effects in modern film—all in one reel. It’s the WIRED vision of how technology is changing the world—and it’s only on the iPad.

In the June issue of WIRED, you’ll find:

- The inside scoop on how a commando team rescues hostages, how Cheetos are made, and how great jokes get written.
- The definitive guide to gardening for geeks.
- The story of Charles Komanoff, whose spreadsheet could eliminate traffic jams.
- The best new LED TVs, tested and rated.

You’ll also get more iPad extras like:

- A video journey aboard a real Con Air flight.
- A behind-the-scenes tour of a biobank—a warehouse of frozen medical tissue samples.
- Expanded slide shows, video, music, and more

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Celebrity Cameos On Batman

One the Batman TV show, the Dark Knight and his trusty sidekick would effortlessly scale the side of a building often times running into unusual guest stars.

Here are some memorable appearances from one of my favorite childhood shows.

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An Interview With Grant Morrison About Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

Grant Morrison is currently writing a six-issue miniseries, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne (DC Comics), that some consider one of the comic-book events of the year. Being touted as an event-creator is something this 50 year-old, Scottish-born writer must be used to by now. Morrison’s knack for rich conversational dialogue and intricately knotted plotting has garnered raves since the 1980s for everything from his big hits (the current, superb Batman and Robin series) to cult favorites (the your-head-will-explode The Invisibles).

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Morrison about Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, the second issue of which has just arrived in comic-book stores. There’s also news about a BBC sci-fi TV project Morrison is working on. Read the interview HERE.

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Celebrate X-Men Day On July 8th

A new era for the X-Men begins on Thursday, July 8th with the release of X-Men #1 and Marvel is proud to celebrate with the inaugural X-Men Day! In the first X-Men #1 in almost 20 years, Marvel’s mighty mutants enter the Heroic Age to face a deadly new threat, courtesy of fan favorite creators Victor Gischler and Paco Medina! Mark your calendars and be the first person on your block to score great X-Men Day commemorative items like the exclusive limited-edition cover print featuring Paco Medina’s “We Are The X-Men” images, exclusive variants, mini-posters and more! Plus, fans can’t miss the chance to add their own heroes to the X-Men lineup by sketching on the X-Men #1 Blank Variant!

Plus, Marvel would like to thank participating retailers with a special advance screening edition of X-Men #1 Premiere Variant! This limited-edition comic, featuring a personalized letter from Vice President, Executive Editor Axel Alonso, won’t be made available to the general public or retailers not participating in this historic event!

On July 8th, the X-Men enter into an all-new, all-different X-Men #1 and no fan can miss the celebration known as X-Men Day!

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LOST: The Complete Collection

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced LOST: The Complete Collection due on August 24th. This unique box set will retail for $229.99 and $279.99 on DVD and Blu-ray respectively.

NOTE: You can pre-order the set at Costco for $145 HERE.

LOST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION – Contents

- Every Episode in the Series (Seasons 1 through 6)

- Over 30hrs of Season 1-6 Bonus materials (previously released materials from Season 1-5 and the all-new Season 6 bonus material)

- A unique series of featurettes that takes viewers on very personal tours of Oahu where the series was created, with key cast and crew as they reflect.

- Exploring the global phenomenon that is Lost, bonus showcases events ranging from the series cast and crew at San Diego’s famed Comic-Con convention to international voice recordings, local events and even fan parties, all of which helped make the show into a worldwide favorite.

- A closer look at some of the props with cast, writers and producers, exploring their significance, stories and emotional ties to the characters.

- Humorous yet emotional look at every character who died on the series

- 16 hilarious Lost “Slapdowns” featurettes showcasing celebrity Lost fans who confront Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to ask press questions about the final season, including the Muppets and cast members Nestor Carbonell, Michael Emerson, Rebecca Mader and more.

The exciting collectible packaging also includes:  a Special Edition collectible ‘Senet’ Game as seen in Season Six, a custom LOST island replica, an exclusive episode guide, a collectible Ankh, and a black light penlight.

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Rumor: New $100 Apple TV

For its next Apple TV, Apple may ditch the set-top box form factor and instead cram a media player into a tiny device running the iPhone OS, according to Engadget.

The blog cites an anonymous tipster who claims the next Apple TV has been described as “an iPhone without a screen,” containing only two ports — the power socket and the video-out — and the same internal architecture as an iPhone. The next Apple TV is also rumored to feature 16GB of Flash storage and support for 1080P HD. The device will cost only $100, according to the tipster — significantly lower than the current $230 system. Engadget did not provide a time frame of when to expect the device.

Most interestingly, Engadget claims the device will have a strong focus on cloud-based media, meaning most video you view will be streamed from the internet. That’s plausible, given that Apple is building a gigantic data center and the company recently acquired streaming-music service Lala. Some sources have also said that Apple is planning to reboot iTunes into a streaming media center.

In conference calls with investors, Apple has repeatedly referred to its Apple TV as a “hobby,” implying it’s still a niche product that has yet to be a blockbuster hit. If the rumor turns out to be true, then this certainly sounds like a compelling revamp of the Apple TV.

Engadget’s rumor follows Google’s announcement of Google TV, a web TV platform based on the Android operating system.

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Stan Lee to Sign Ultimo at Pasadena’s Rock’N Comic-Con On Saturday May 29th

Another exciting event this Memorial Day weekend for those in the Pasadena California area!

ULTIMO co-creator Stan Lee will appear at Rock’n Comic-Con 2010 for an exclusive signing of ULTIMO Vol. 1!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet with the legendary comic book creator at the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green Street), Booth 402 from 2-3PM on Saturday May 29th!

ULTIMO is created by the historic collaboration between Western comic legend Stan Lee and acclaimed Japanese manga creator Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King). Created by the mysterious Dr. Dunstan (who has an uncanny resemblance to Stan Lee), mechanical dolls Ultimo (the ultimate embodiment of good) and Vice (the ultimate embodiment of evil) battle each other across 1,000 years to prove whether good or evil is the most powerful force of the universe!

Those who haven’t had the chance to check out ULTIMO Vol. 1 yet will have the opportunity to purchase a copy at the show, at the cover price of $9.99 (no tax!). For more information on Rock’n Comic-Con 2010, please check out their website, at http://www.rockncomiccon.com.

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Free Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme On June 4th, 2010

National Donut Day is only a week away. Dunkin Donuts is giving away a free donut with a drink purchase on Friday, June 4th in honor of the day.

Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts as well, but no purchase is required.

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Olivo Barbieri’s Small Apple

People, cars, and buildings look like tiny toys in Olivo Barbieri’s uncanny photographs. Shooting with a large format camera from a helicopter, he captures real-life urban environments, but makes them resemble tabletop constructions by tilting and shifting the lens to keep some parts clear and other parts out of focus. While Rome, Shanghai, Las Vegas, and Amman, as well as other cultural capitals, have been subjected to the Italian photographer’s unique point of view, in 2007 he hovered over New York, where he shot 6,000 images that got boiled down to 17 large-scale prints.

See them HERE.


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Fred To-Do Tattoo

Fred To-Do Tattoo ($8.99) is the perfect solution for moments of poor short-term memory. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek tribute to anyone who’s ever scribbled a reminder on their hand or wrist. Err, that would be about everybody, right? The To-Do Tattoo kit includes:

- 12 graphic “To Do” forms can be applied to your body wherever it’s most convenient or creative.

- A skin-safe, washable-ink gel pen. You’ll never again have to make lame excuses for missing bowling night or your mom’s birthday. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)

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Arcade Fire Announce New Album

Arcade Fire is set to release its third full-length studio album, The Suburbs, on August 3rd on Merge Records. Pre-order The Suburbs now on CD and double-LP in the Merge store now and receive “Month of May” and “The Suburbs” for download immediately.

Written, arranged, performed and produced by the Arcade Fire and co-produced by Markus Dravs, The Suburbs was recorded around Montreal and New York over the past two years.

A double A side, limited edition 12” will be available in record stores from May 27th 2010, featuring the tracks “The Suburbs” and “Month of May.” Both songs will be available for immediate download with pre-orders placed in the Merge store and at arcadefire.com.

Formed in Montreal, Arcade Fire is Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara.

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What Is The Hot Book of Summer 2010?

There are summer books, and then there are summer bricks — those tantalizing, toaster-oven-size tomes that strain beach totes with their sheer physical (if not always intellectual) heft. At 766 pages, Justin Cronin’s ambitious doorstop The Passage is heavyweight in more ways than one: The little-known Rice University English professor’s apocalyptic novel has already earned him a seven-figure advance, sparked a film-rights bidding war, and moved Stephen King to rave like a proud uncle on the book’s back jacket. Read more HERE. The highly anticipated is scheduled to be release on June 8th.


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Stephen King Shares His Experience On Sons of Anarchy  

Stephen King posted to his site today about filming his upcoming cameo on the FX program, Sons of Anarchy.

“The short form is I had a chance to act on Sons of Anarchy (known simply to those of us who watch on FX as Sons or SOA), and I jumped at the chance. I like to act—not that I’m much good at it, but I suspect most writers do—and a number of factors came together. I was in Los Angeles, where SOA films, to accept a library award; creator Kurt Sutter assured me that he’d write me a suitably nasty part (in various films I’ve been stuck playing a series of mentally challenged country bumpkins); most important of all, he said he’d put me on a bitchin Harley. How could I say no?

I got to meet most of the cast, who’ve bonded into a little family on the ranch locale about an hour from the city where they do the filming. I was particularly pleased to meet Charlie Hunnam (Jax) and Ron Perlman, who’s acted in two of my movies (Sleepwalkers and the made-for-TV version of Desperation, where he was delicious as the evil cop, Collie Entragian). I got signed Hellboy photos for my three grandsons; pretty nice. I also got to act with Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma, the scary matriarch of the Sons clan, and Kim Coates, who plays Tig. They treated me like a professional, which I most assuredly am not. So did director Billy Gierhart (who also worked on The Mist).

The bike was just short of awesome: a bright red Harley-Davidson Road-Glide. A little tricked-out for my taste, and if I’d dropped it I never would have been able to pick it up, but I would have been glad to take it home (sadly, no deal). I play a cleaner. If you’ve seen Pulp Fiction, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, let’s just say that if you have a body you want to get rid of, I’m your man (favorite line: “How’s the drain on that slop sink?”). I also got to carry away the murder weapon.

All black clothes, bright red sled—can’t do much better than that. Do you think…maybe a series…you know, The Cleaner…?

Nah, probably not.”

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The Marshmallow Mforcer Semi-Automatic Pistol

The Marshmallow Mforcer Semi-Automatic Pistol ($39.99) has a port on the side to load in mini marshmallows – 15 of ‘em. Then pump the front about 20 times or so and load the tank with air. You are now ready to fire mallow after mallow in rapid succession until all 15 have been fired. Really, one filling is all you need for a full magazine of sugary ammo. The Marshmallow Mforcer Semi-Automatic Pistol looks great with its classic sci-fi curves, and feels great. Use some starchy ammo, and you get an added bonus – a cloud of starch with each mallow fired. Marshmallow Mforcer Semi-Automatic Pistol – ready for rain down sugary pain on your friends and/or coworkers. Load ‘em up!

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Update on Upcoming Warner Bros. Movies

Warner Bros. has scheduled “Sherlock Holmes 2″ for a mid-December 2011 release and is getting close to giving the go-ahead for a movie about beloved DC Comics superhero “Flash.”

The Dec. 16th release date next year for the “Sherlock” sequel was shown on a presentation by Warner chairman and CEO Barry Meyer. His appearance was part of TW’s investor day.

The first “Sherlock” was released this past December. Meyer said the 2011 film slate will have roughly 25 movies.

As other big releases already set, he mentioned:

- Red Riding Hood: April 22, 2011

- The Hangover 2: May 26

- Green Lantern (3D): June 17

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (3D): July 15

- Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 (3D): Sept. 23

- Happy Feet 2 (3D): Nov. 18

- New Year’s Eve: Dec. 9

Given that 2011 will be the last year with a “Potter” release, Meyer said he guesses that the most successful franchise in motion picture history will have exceeded $7.5 billion in worldwide boxoffice once the final installment ends its theatrical run. And he said his team has been preparing for the franchise’s end.

Meyer particularly highlighted that DC Comics characters are key parts of Warner’s future, mentioning a July 20, 2012 release date for the latest “Batman” film by Christopher Nolan and a holiday season 2012 “Superman” film.

He added that the studio is also “nearing” a greenlight for a “Flash” movie, with films featuring Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Mad magazine characters also in development.

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Green Lantern: The Animated Series Coming In 2012

It appears Green Lantern’s light will end up shining on the small screen just as brightly as it will in theaters.

Announced today at Time Warner’s investor showcase, Turner Broadcasting chairman and CEO Phil Kent confirmed that Cartoon Network will soon air an animated series based on the DC Comics hero, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Already set for a big screen debut with Ryan Reynolds in the leading role for a June 17, 2011 release, “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” (which will air the year after the movie) will be the first time the character has had a solo TV spotlight after years of appearing in series from “Super Friends” to “Justice League Unlimited”.

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Vintage Lunchboxes

They just don’t make lunchboxes like they used to — and it’s a shame because the vintage ones (and their accompanying thermoses, too) are brilliant reminders of popular culture during the era from which they came.

Check out this collection of lunchboxes and see one from the 1950s, showing James Arness, gun drawn and atop a horse, from Gunsmoke. The 1960s are represented by The Munsters, The Beatles and Planet of the Apes; the 70s have The Dukes of Hazard and Welcome Back, Kotter; the 80s Pac-Man and Return of the Jedi; the 90s Dumb and Dumber; and the 2000s Wall-E and Kill Bill.

Which one did you use to carry your PBJ and twinkies?


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Iron Baby

Freelance special effects artist Jocelyn “Strob” Simard teams up with Patrick Boivin and Boivin’s baby girl for the pint-sized Iron Man spinoff: Iron Baby.

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Micralite Superlite Stroller

Weighing in at a nominal 14 pounds, the Micralite Superlite (retail $320) combines ease-of-use with style in one of the most lightweight strollers on the market.

The simplicity and compactness of its fold, puts Micralite strollers in a class by itself. With a single-handed lift of the handle, the front wheels effortlessly retract and disappear between the rear wheels leaving the buggy freestanding and ready to be stored in an upright position. This allows for minimal required storage space in a closet, car trunk or garage.

Micralite strollers can be pushed with one hand due to unrivaled maneuverability. The chunky rear wheels with pneumatic tires can handle all types of terrain while the swiveling front wheels give excellent maneuverability in the street.

The desirable stroller includes a folding canopy to protect your child from sunlight and a storage basket below.

Features:

- Patented, easy-folding design

- Stands upright when folded

- One-handed steering and precise maneuverability

- Lightweight – only 14 pounds (6.4 kg)

- Two position breathable mesh, reclining seat

- Includes air pump for rear wheels

- 5 Point Safety Harness

- Robust 12″ all terrain removable pneumatic rear wheels

- Lockable 6″ front swivel wheels

- Easy-grip adjustable handles

- Available accessories: Multi-Position Handles, Rider, seat liners, travel bag and rain cover (sold separately)

- Five Year Manufacturer’s Warranty with product registration

- Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, Grey and Black

The Micralite FastFold Superlite has all of the features of a full-size stroller but functions as an umbrella stroller.  Its super lightweight and incredibly simple to fold.

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Acer’s Lumiread E-Reader Scans Book’s ISBN Codes to Find Digital Versions

Acer’s recently announced its Lumiread e-reader ($ TBD), with a very clever feature–ISBN scanning for easy e-book finding. From a company like Acer, which dominates the netbook world, this is big news that might even help the e-reader genre survive.

The Lumiread shares the Amazon Kindle 2 design pretty closely, right down to the grayscale e-ink display and the chicklet-style QWERTY keyboard. It has Wi-Fi and a future edition will have 3G. It also has 2GB of memory, good for 1,500 titles and an SD-slot for expansion.

The display is six inches, about the size of a traditional paperback.

But Acer has managed to differentiate their product in a couple of clever ways. First, it’s arranged a partnership with Barnes and Noble, giving buyers of the Lumiread access to B&N’s huge library of e-titles. Since B&N has emerged as a serious competitor for Amazon and Apple. Cleverest of all, though, is the integrated ISBN scanner designed to scan ISBN codes so you can create your own wish-list and search on supported online libraries and book stores. This turns the e-reader into a clever portal to the e-publishing world, letting you simply scan the code of a book you like, in a store, library, or someone else’s bookshelf, and find the equivalent e-version. (Thanks for the tip Don)

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LOST Loose Ends

Here are some final tidbits about the finale of LOST that you might find interesting:

- The LOST Opening and Close synch up nicely

- ABC says LOST’s final images of plane wreckage were “not part of the story

- The spin off that we all wish for

- Unanswered Lost Questions

Movieline Attempts to Tie Up Almost 100 of Lost’s ‘Loose Ends’

- LOST explained with Post-It Notes

Michael Emerson on Lost Finale & Hurley Epilogue

- For those that missed the LOST Finale, it will air again on Saturday May 29th on ABC.

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