Monthly Archives: August 2010

Bon Jovi Greatest Hits To Be Released On November 9th

Bon Jovi is releasing a career-spanning greatest hits compilation on November 9th on Island Records. Bon Jovi Greatest Hits will transport listeners back in time through Bon Jovi’s worldwide monster hits of the past and offer a bridge to the future with the debut of four brand new tracks.

“Music marks milestones in all our lives,” notes frontman Jon Bon Jovi. “These songs have stood the test of time and they remind us all where we came from, even as we keep our eyes towards the future.”

Bon Jovi Greatest Hits will be a 16-song single disc chock full of the band’s biggest chart-toppers including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Always,” “It’s My Life,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”  Two new songs, including lead single “What Do You Got?,” round out the tracklisting. “What Do You Got?” will hit radio airwaves globally at the end of August.

Bon Jovi Greatest Hits – The Ultimate Collection will be a 28-song two disc edition made up of the Greatest Hits CD from the standard edition and a second disc featuring beloved fan favorites including “Bed of Roses,” “Blood on Blood,” “These Days,” and “Keep The Faith” plus the third and fourth new tracks created for this project.

The four new songs (“The More Things Change,” “No Apologies,” “This Is Love, This Is Life” and the first single, “What Do You Got?”) were written specifically for inclusion in this compilation.

The complete tracklistings for Bon Jovi Greatest Hits and Bon Jovi Greatest Hits – The Ultimate Collection will be unveiled exclusively at www.bonjovi.com.

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Apple To Stream Video Of Tomorrow’s Live Event

Apple has decided that it’s finally time to let the public in on their press events — the company will be streaming live footage from the event tomorrow on its website. So tune in tomorrow morning at 10 am PDT — we’ll see if Apple can handle the demands of its hungry customers on live streaming day.

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BlueAnt’s Bluetooth S4 Speakerphone

There is no longer any need to touch your phone or car speakerphone while driving. Just say the hands-free trigger phrase “BlueAnt Speak to Me” and the S4 ($79) will be ready for your voice commands. With BlueAnt’s S4 Speakerphone you are truly hands- free. Use your voice to make and receive calls, access information on the go and control the speakerphone without touching a single button or device.

Features Include:

- Voice Dial, Voice Answer and Redial
- Voice Commands for access to information like Traffic and Weather
- Text-to-Speech caller name announce-stores over 2000 names
- VLingo SafeReader interface reads out your text messages
- A2DP audio streaming of music, podcast and GPS directions from smartphones
- No installation required, clips to any sun visor
- 2 year replacement warranty

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Mad Men Rolling Stone Issue

The following is an excerpt of an article from the September 16, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone with the Mad Men cover story. This issue is available tomorrow on newsstands.

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Dancing At The Movies

Here is a collection of famous movie dance scenes, set to the Kenny Loggins classic, “Footloose”.

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Bruce Wayne And Dick Grayson Are Both Batman This Fall

This morning the NY Post confirmed what fans and observers have guessed all along. There will be 2 Batmen in November.

Beginning that month, Detective Comics, Batman and Batman and Robin will feature Dick Grayson as Batman (with the black Bat-symbol on his chest) with Damian Wayne as Robin, while Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s Batman Inc. and David Finch’s Batman: The Dark Knight will both feature Bruce Wayne

“Just as readers were getting comfortable with the idea of former sidekick Dick Grayson playing the role of Batman, along comes Bruce Wayne’s triumphant return to the Cape and Cowl,” editor Mike Marts said. “Is Gotham City ready for two Batmen? Is the world? And who’s to say the fun will end there?”

“Bruce Wayne realizes that he can’t just be the grim avenger he was before,” DC co-publisher Dan DiDio told the Post. “He wants to be more aggressive in his reach, and realizes the change that Batman as a symbol can effect around the world.”

This approach mostly plays out in Morrison’s Batman Inc., where Bruce Wayne essentially franchises out the Dark Knight brand globally.

“Without giving too much away here, we wanted to show how Batman can have a global influence,” Didio said. Didio also revealed the troubled relationship between Bruce and Damian will be getting a lot of play in the coming months.

“So aside from the new interaction between the two Batmen, there’s the interesting relationship between Bruce Wayne and his son,” DiDio said.

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John Mayer’s Battle Studies Expanded Edition Available On October 5th

Available on October 5th, Battle Studies Expanded Edition adds video of John Mayer’s recent VH1 Storytellers broadcast plus two intimate acoustic performances from his personal travels to Japan in May 2010.  Pre-order here from Amazon.

DVD tracklisting – Approximate run time 50 minutes:

VH1 Storytellers

1. No Such Thing

2. Daughters

3. Heartbreak Warfare

4. Your Body Is a Wonderland

5. Who Says

6. Waiting on the World to Change

A Trip to Japan Alone

1. Half of My Heart

2. Who Says

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Dancing With the Stars Season 11 Cast Revealed

The 12 participants for the next edition of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars were announced tonight during a live teleconference in Hollywood. They are:

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, from MTV’s Jersey Shore

David Hasselhoff, best known for his roles on Baywatch, Knight Rider, and America’s Got Talent

Bristol Palin, daughter of ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin

Kurt Warner, retired NFL quarterback

Florence Henderson, best known for her role TV’s long-running comedy The Brady Brunch

Audrina Patridge, from MTV’s The Hills

Michael Bolton, singer-songwriter

Brandy Norwood, singer-songwriter and star of the old UPN comedy Moesha

Kyle Massey, best known for starring in Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven

Rick Fox, retired pro basketball player from the Los Angeles Lakers

Margaret Cho, comedienne and current co-star of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva

Jennifer Grey, actress best known for starring in Dirty Dancing

The professional partners won’t be revealed until Wednesday. Dancing with the Stars returns on Sept. 20th.

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Wanna Get Kids to Eat Carrots? Brand Them Like Junk Food

An ambitious new ad campaign by Crispin Porter + Bogusky tries to convince kids that baby carrots are like Doritos. (But what about the cheese dust?!)

Can the carrot industry sex up its image by branding baby carrots as a munchworthy junk food a la Cheetos or Lay’s Potato Chips? Crispin Porter + Bogusky seems to think so.

The high-profile ad agency is launching an ambitious $25 million campaign to help the carrot industry compete with the junk food industry. The campaign is being launched with the help of almost 50 carrot growers, including carrot behemoth Bolthouse Farms.

USA Today describes some of the ideas being tossed around: packaging carrots in snack food-like bags, selling them in vending machines (tests are already underway in school vending machines in Cincinnati and Syracuse, N.Y) , plastering carrot-themed billboards with slogans like “The original orange doodles,” and promoting seasonal tie-ins (the Halloween tie-in is “scarrots,” of course). The official campaign will launch next week, with a series of web ads and an iPhone app that will be flogged on BabyCarrots.com.

The ad campaign echoes the recent trend of fast food joints trying to gain new customers by touting the healthiness of their offerings (Wendy’s natural french fries, anyone?). And it takes advantage of one of Crispin’s strongest client bases, in junk food.

But carrots are ingrained in our minds as a healthy, family-friendly food from a young age — can an ad campaign really change that? And what happens when the kids eat the carrots — and discover they don’t taste nearly as good as Cheetos? (Reprinted from Fast Company)

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Read All Of Stephen King’s Entertainment Weekly Pop Culture Columns Here

HERE is your complete guide to every column, best-of list and pop culture musing from Entertainment Weekly contributor and world-renowned author Stephen King.

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The 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Winners

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night on NBC from the Nokia Theatre live in Los Angeles. The show was hosted by Jimmy Fallon and you can view the list of the winners HERE.

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Toy Story 3 Coming to DVD And Blu-ray On Nov. 2

Toy Story 3, the biggest film of the year, has been scheduled to be released on Nov. 2 by Disney. The Pixar-produced animated film has earned nearly $400 million at the domestic box office. That tally has made it Pixar’s highest grossing film to date.

Consumers will be able to choose from four different releases of the movie. There will be a 2-disc Blu-ray version as well as a single-disc DVD edition. Those hoping to future-proof their movie collections can opt for the deluxe set which combines the 2-disc Blu-ray with DVD and digital copy. A Spanish language DVD of the film will also be available.

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Dile Sofa Bed

The Dile Sofa Bed ($5,760) begins as a couch and shelf but ends up as a sleeper. The simple intuitive space saving system safely and easily lifts and lowers a hidden bed. Once converted from the sofa position the bed is ready for use without moving any object from shelf.

Available in both queen and full sizes in 6 different fabric and “wood” color options.

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The Many Laughs Of Ricky Gervais

Here is a compilation of ten years of Ricky Gervais’ laughs from 1999-2009.

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Clapton Deluxe Limited Edition Bundle Is Available to Pre-Order Now

This Deluxe Limited Edition bundle ($39.99) is now available to pre-order and includes a 24 Karat gold collectible CD featuring the new album Clapton plus the exclusive bonus track “You Better Watch Yourself”.

The CD is housed in a 6.25″ x 5″ hard cover 16 page book and features full color behind the scenes photos of Eric and fellow Clapton musicians from the recording studio, lyrics and  new photos of Eric’s guitars.

The special CD also includes an 11” x 14” exclusive lithograph featuring Eric’s signature and photo of Clapton’s iconic guitar “Blackie”.  The CD Bundle will be available on September 28th, 2010.

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Idea Paint

Instead of putting up a dry erase board in your home office — turn a whole wall into one with IdeaPaint ($30-$175). This ingenious paint turns anything you can paint into a reusable dry-erase surface, making it great for the office, kitchen, kid’s room or garage.

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Toy Story 3 Crosses the $1 Billion Mark Today

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that Toy Story 3 will surpass the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office today. It marks the first time a studio will have two $1 billion movies in one year:

Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.

“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm,” said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over.”

As of Thursday (8/26/10), Toy Story 3 tallied more than $592.9 million internationally, Disney’s largest international animated release. Latin American audiences have contributed $138 million making Toy Story 3 the highest grossing Disney film ever released in the region. Toy Story 3 is the most successful UK release in Disney history and currently stands as the

fourth biggest title in territory history with $102.4 million in box office receipts so far. In Japan, the film has taken in $111.2 million and spent five consecutive weeks as the #1 movie. Toy Story 3 currently ranks as the #7 film in global box office history and domestically ranks #9 with $404.6 million in receipts to date.

Alice in Wonderland began setting records during its opening weekend (March 5-7), becoming the biggest March opening in industry history, the highest 3D opening ever and The Walt Disney Studios’ biggest opening for a non-sequel film. Internationally, the film went on to tally more than $690 million, becoming Disney’s biggest overseas release of all time and the fourth biggest title ever released overseas. Worldwide, the film took in $1.0243 billion, ranking it as the #5 film in global box office history.

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SK Tours of Maine: A Tour of Locales Made Famous By Stephen King

SK Tours of Maine is the only tour company that offers private narrated tours of the Stephen King sites in and around the Bangor (Derry) Maine area. Each tour is approximately 3 hours long and highlights about 30 spots that pertain to Stephen King. You will see places the master of horror fiction has lived and worked, places that have inspired his stories, and actual film locations from his movies.

Each tour is hosted by Stuart Tinker who has been featured on A&E Biography, City Confidential, People Magazine and many other national media outlets. With 20 years experience selling Stephen King books and memorabilia, Stu is recognized as one of the leading experts on King Lore and legend.

The informative and fun tour is catered to your needs. SK Tours can take up to 6 passengers in a comfortable air conditioned van, and you will never be sharing space with people you don’t know.

Some key locations that you will visit if you dare are The Barrens, The Standpipe and Birdbath from the novel IT, the cemetery where “Pet Sematary” was actually filmed, 3 places that Stephen King lived including his current residence, and many more!

Each tour is arranged for just you and your party, on your timetable. Stu picks you up at all the hotels in the Greater Bangor area. The price of the tour is $34.95 per person, with a minimum of 2 people. For more information, please go HERE.

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New Yorker Festival 2010 Lineup Announced: Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Eggers

The weekend of October 1st is going to be very busy in the literary world, as heavy hitters from across all book genres are slated to appear at the 11th annual New Yorker Festival, Oct. 1 – 3 in New York City.

Some of the authors set to attend include:

Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Neil Gaiman, John Goodman, Werner Herzog, Bill Simmons, James Taylor, Malcolm Gladwell, E.L. Doctorow, Jonathan Safran Foer, Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates, Dave Eggers, Tobias Wolff, Michael Chabon, Lorrie Moore and Zadie Smith.

Some of the other highlights include a screening of the new film “The Social Network,” followed by a discussion with the film’s stars, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake; a panel featuring the cast of “Saturday Night Live”; “The Tea Party”: a panel featuring Dick Armey and others about the rise of the right; a panel called “The Vampire Revival” featuring Stephen King.

The festival’s goal is to “bring together a distinguished group of writers, thinkers, artists, and other luminaries from field including film, music, politics, economics, architecture, fashion, and literature.”

In addition to the panels, the festival will include poetry readings, book signings, one-man performances, and a live version of “The New Yorker’s” Cartoon Caption Contest.

Tickets go on sale September 10th at noon and can be purchased here or by calling 800-440-6974.

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James Cameron’s Special Edition of Avatar In Theaters Today

James Cameron is releasing a special edition of Avatar that boasts eight additional minutes of footage, including new creatures and action scenes. The movie will roll out today, August 27th on 3D screens only.

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The Top Ten Beatles Songs

In Rolling Stone’s new Special Collectors Edition issue, the music magazine counts down the 100 greatest songs from the greatest band of all time: The Beatles.

“The Beatles: 100 Greatest Songs” also features Paul and John talking about their favorite tracks, the Fab Four’s best cover songs, and George Harrison’s finest guitar work. “Lennon, McCartney and Harrison had stunningly high standards as writers,” Elvis Costello says in his introduction. “Then they started to really grow up: simple love lyrics to adult stories like ‘Norwegian Wood,’ which spoke of the sour side of love, and on to bigger ideas than you would expect to find in catchy pop lyrics.”

Check out the top 10 songs now, before the issue hits stands:

#10: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

The lyrics for George Harrison’s first truly great Beatles song began as a deliberate accident — and it wasn’t until Harrison pulled Eric Clapton in to play guitar that the arrangement was finished.

#9: “Come Together”

Originally intended by Lennon as a campaign song for LSD guru Timothy Leary’s campaign for California’s governor in 1970, this became the last song all four Beatles cut in the studio together.

#8: “Let It Be”

McCartney channeled Aretha Franklin’s soul in “Let It Be,” recorded during the peak of the Beatles’ troubled times. A month after its 1970 release, McCartney announced the band had broken up.

#7: “Hey Jude”

McCartney’s lyrics for “Hey Jude” were inspired by John and Cynthia Lennon’s five-year-old son, Julian — but Lennon first thought McCartney was singing to him about his relationship with Yoko Ono.

#6: “Something”

Before it became the second-most-covered Beatles song behind “Yesterday,” Lennon said this unexpected Harrison track was “the best track on [Abbey Road]” and McCartney called it “the best song [Harrison has] written.”

#5: “In My Life”

“In My Life,” featuring Lennon’s most personal lyrics up to the song’s release, is one of only a handful of Lennon-McCartney songs where the two strongly disagreed over who wrote what.

#4: “Yesterday”

The most covered song in history began as something called “Scrambled Eggs.” It also began as a dream.

#3: “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Lennon once said growing up “was scary because there was nobody to relate to.” Strawberry Field the place (a Liverpool children’s home near where Lennon grew up) represented those haunting childhood visions. With this song, Lennon conquered them forever.

#2: “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” was most American’s first exposure to the songwriting magic of Lennon and McCartney, setting off Beatlemania. It represented what producer George Martin calls “the apex of Phase One of the Beatles’ development.”

#1: “A Day in the Life”

The ultimate Lennon-McCartney collaboration, “A Day in the Life” wasn’t recognized as the band’s masterwork until the 80s, after Lennon’s death. It pairs lyrics inspired by the newspapers and Lennon’s own life with McCartney’s idea to have classical musicians perform what producer George Martin called an “orchestral orgasm.”

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Call Phones From Gmail

Starting today, you can call any phone right from Gmail.

Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at our very low rates.

Dialing a phone number works just like a normal phone. Just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.

For more information, visit gmail.com/call.

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Best Buy Launches Video Game Trade-in Service

Best Buy is looking to cash in on the onslaught of new video game titles that will be released over the coming months by expanding its game trade-in service to over 600 of its stores.

The company already has a trade-in program in place on its website, but is betting that customers will take to being able to trade their old games at an actual store in exchange for a Best Buy gift card that can be used right away.

Games can be traded in at the customer service counter, with certain locations having dedicated trade-in desks. And to sweeten the deal, Best Buy says, “customers who trade in their games beginning this Sunday, August 29, will receive an additional $20 Best Buy Gift Card on top of the trade-in value on more than 100 popular titles.”

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Netflix App Now Available For The iPhone & iPod Touch

Netflix has released version 1.1.0 of its iOS application, adding support for the iPhone and iPod touch. Released for the iPad in April, the Netflix app allows qualifying subscribers to “instantly” stream movies and TV shows over Wi-Fi or 3G connections, resume watching where they left off on their TV, computer, or other device, browse movies, and manage both their traditional and instant queues. Netflix version 1.1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available now as a free download from the App Store.

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The Puzzleboard by OOOMS

The Puzzleboard by OOOMS (19,95 euro per board) can be used in more ways than one: each board can be used on its own as a cutting board or serving plate, or put some boards together and you have super-sized your workspace. It’s ideal for cutting those long baguettes! But the best thing is that any wineglass can be fitted into the blank spot of a board. Using the boards at parties allows guests to enjoy both wine & delicacies, while still having one hand free to greet other friends. (Thanks for the tip Meredith)

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