Monthly Archives: September 2010

Screwpop 4-in-1 Gadget Tool

Screwpop ($4.95) should be on your keychain right now!!!

The solid metal lightweight (1oz) multi-tool easily fits on any size keyring and is great for all types of random do-it-yourself projects. It conveniently offers the following tools right from the palm of your hand: Phillips Screwdriver #2, Flathead Screwdriver #2, 1/4″ Hex Nut Driver and Bottle Pop-Top Opener.

The Screwpop is unobtrusive, easy to carry and incorporates the benefits of a full size tool but with the advantage of it actually fitting in your pocket.

Screwpop can be ordered HERE.

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The Pixar Treasures

The Pixar Treasures ($60) is a scrapbook of instinct and inspiration, experiences readers can touch, and visions that exist only in the imagination. It begins with a group of animators who were inspired by Walt Disney films. In the late 1970s and early ’80s, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, and Joe Ranft were hired into an apprenticeship program at Walt Disney Productions. The last of Disney’s golden age artists, including animators Eric Larson, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston mentored the young dreamers, and as Pixar later developed, their work would draw heavily from this direct connection with Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men.” The tale continues with Pixar’s foray into computer animation, and the resulting success of Toy Story. With chapters on A Bug’s Life; Monsters, Inc.; Finding Nemo; The Incredibles; Cars; Ratatouille; and WALL*E, Hauser’s narrative covers the struggles, growth, and successes of an incredible animation studio. And it gives readers a sneak peak at the newest Disney*Pixar film, Up. Filled with unique removable keepsakes, The Pixar Treasures is an essential collector’s item for every Pixar fan.

The 64 page hardcover book can be ordered HERE.

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THE FIRE WIRE Adds A New Feature…Sharing

Today THE FIRE WIRE added a great new feature that will allow you to share any post that you find interesting with your friends and family.

Below each entry is a “Share This” icon. Simply hover your mouse over the + sign and a pull down menu automatically appears with options to send the post via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon or even print it.

So feel free to use this time saving feature and share away!

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Yabba Dabba Doo! Today Is The 50th Anniversary Of The Flintstones

Long before “The Flintstones” were a lunchtime and afterschool favorite for kids across North America, the show debuted as a prime time comedy series on ABC on September 30th, 1960. It lasted six seasons on television, and the franchise has been featured in theme parks, two live-action movies, and assorted merchandise including chewable children’s vitamins.

HERE are 15 things we bet you didn’t know about the cult children’s cartoon.

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Domino’s Launches Breakfast Pizza

Not content with robust business from the late-night munchies crowd, the nation’s only 24-hour Domino’s Pizza is going after breakfast, too.

The new Domino’s unit in Dayton, Ohio is offering a breakfast pizza featuring eggs and cheese on a pizza crust for $7.99.

The price covers up to three toppings, and recommended combinations include ham and bacon; sausage, onions and jalapeños; and onion, green pepper and mushrooms. The breakfast pizza is offered all day.

Manager Carami Macken says breakfast business at the restaurant, whose morning menu also includes coffee and orange juice, has been decent.

“It’s definitely picked up now that it’s gotten some media,” she said. “It’s not super-busy, but it’s definitely making a difference.”The Domino’s in Dayton is the only U.S. branch of the chain to stay open 24 hours a day. A Domino’s spokeswoman said the chain would be monitoring the store’s performance.

“We’ll be watching the store closely to see if it’s something we can expand to other stores,” she said.

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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Clock

It’s spooky how time flies, especially when the inhabitants of Halloweentown are there to watch it. Jack Skelliington and the other ghoulish residents are featured on this Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Clock with a scary fountain that lights up!

The hand painted resin clock ($100) includes the characters: Jack Skellington, Sally, Zero, The Mayor, Lock, Shock & Barrel and Dr Finkelstein with a working countdown for ”Days to Halloween”

This marvelous timepiece measures 14” H x 8” W x 7 1/2” D and it requires   2 AA batteries  and 1 AA battery to operate.

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Bose VideoWave

Bose just announced the Bose VideoWave ($5,400). This 46-inch screen packs an entire array of speakers directly into its body, and needs only a single connection to its console.

The innovative built-in sound technologies mean there are no speakers to painstakingly wire and position. Your sources—Blu-ray player, cable box, video game system—all connect to one console, which can be hidden away.

No clutter, no confusion. Plus, you’ll control it all, from your DVR to your iPod, with a single click pad remote. It’s all part Bose’s Unify intelligent integration system, designed to make home theater easier today, and when adding sources in the future. (Thanks for the tip D.T.)

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Beauty and The Beast Diamond Edition Now Available

19 years ago Beauty and the Beast reignited the studio’s magic after a drought of forgettable animated features in the ’80s. The Academy of Motion Pictures took notice and nominated this movie as the first animated film to ever get an Oscar nod for Best Picture.

Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s place. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.

Re-released this month as a Diamond Edition which includes both DVD and Blu-ray formats ($39.99 MSRP), Disney delivers the magic on this 1.78:1 transfer of the beloved film. The opening drawings are beautiful, with eye-popping colors and vivid details. The film’s musical numbers and dialogue sound crisp and powerful due to the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track.

For the completist, three versions of Beauty and the Beast are included on the Blu-ray disc. That includes the theatrical release, an extended release, and the theatrical version of the movie with picture-in-picture storyboards. The latter is an interesting marriage of the movie with some of the film’s original, unfinished artwork.

Aside from the three versions of the film, there’s also an audio commentary with producer Don Hahn and directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, as well as a Sing Along Track.

Two fun games are included, “Bonjour – Who Is This?” and “Enchanted Musical Challenge.” A highlight extra is “Beyond Beauty,” a feature-length documentary that delves into the creation and history of Beauty and the Beast. Relive the magic of this wonderful picture and share it with your children…be our guest!

Extras:

- Special Extended Edition

- Original Theatrical Release

- Original Theatrical Release with Storyreel Picture-in-Picture

- Audio Commentary

- Sing Along Track

- Fast Play

- Bonjour – Who Is This?

- Beyond Beauty

- Composing a Classic

- Deleted Scenes

- Broadway Beginnings

- Enchanted Musical Challenge

- Music Video

- Classic DVD Bonus Features

- Sneak Peeks

- BD Live

- Standard-Def DVD

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Annie Lennox “A Christmas Cornucopia” Track Listing & Cover Art

Annie Lennox will release her brand new album, “A Christmas Cornucopia,” on November 22nd through Island Records UK and Decca Records in the US and the rest of the world.

The album features Ms. Lennox’s unique and personal interpretations of some of her favorite Christmas carols as well as a completely new, and wonderful, original composition entitled, “Universal Child.”

“I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Island Records on my upcoming recording,” stated Ms. Lennox. “This album is something I’ve wanted to do for many years. It’s a true labor of love, and I feel very fortunate to be in partnership with such a cutting edge team, especially when I’m at a stage in my creativity when I want to diversify, and pursue my passion in my own individual way. I’ve never been part of a “mold,” and Island are really supportive and appreciative of where I’m coming from. I want to make timeless music that people will love in many years to come…and I’d like to think that “A Christmas Cornucopia” is going to be of those recordings.”

Track Listing:

01) Angels from The Realms of Glory

02) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

03) See Amid The Winter’s Snow

04) Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant

05) The First Noel

06) Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)

07) The Holly and The Ivy

08) In The Bleak Mid Winter

09) As Joseph Was a Walking

10)  Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

11)  Silent Night

12)  Universal Child

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Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show In Stores On October 19th

Just in time for Halloween, Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show, hits stores on Tuesday October 19th. Paying homage to Richard O’Brien’s cult musical masterpiece, the Glee cast injects their distinctive style to such Rocky Horror Show classics as “Time Warp,” “Damn it, Janet” and “Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me”. This special Rocky Horror Show themed episode airs Tuesday, October 26 at 8:00 pm et/pt on FOX.

The full track listing for  “Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show” is as follows:

1. Science Fiction Double Feature

2. Damn It, Janet

3. Whatever Happened To Saturday Night?

4. Sweet Transvestite

5. Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me

6. There’s A Light (Over at Frankenstein Place)

7. Time Warp

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