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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Schoolhouse Rock! Special 30th Anniversary Edition DVD

Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? In the 70′s and 80′s, the catchy Schoolhouse Rock tunes taught millions of children the fundamentals of math, grammar, science, history and money.

Relive the pop culture sensation with the Schoolhouse Rock Special 30th Anniversary Edition DVD ($19.99), which includes every song from the landmark series in a collectible 2-disc DVD. Among the over 50 tunes are such classics as “Conjunction Junction,” “Three is a Magic Number,” “I’m Just A Bill” and “Electricity, Electricity.”

The 2 disc DVD features an all-new song about the Electoral College, “I’m Gonna Send Your Vote To College” written by the show’s original creators.

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The Delicious World of WONKA Comes to Toys”R”Us Times Square

Neon lights and taxis. Tourists and hot dog carts. And now, Nerds and Laffy Taffy. New York’s Times Square is an even sweeter destination today with the opening of the WONKA candy store at Toys”R”Us Times Square, the legendary candy maker’s first retail shop and the place to find every candy in its delectable portfolio. As expected from WONKA, this shop, located on Level One of The World’s Greatest Toy Store, is unlike any seen before!

Within its home inside the Toys”R”Us international flagship store, the WONKA candy store offers sweet lovers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience a piece of the WONKA world. Filled to the brim with fruity flavored and chocolaty confections galore, WONKA at Toys”R”Us Times Square is a sensory adventure of sight, smell and sound. Easily visible from the store’s windows overlooking Broadway, customers will be lured into the world of WONKA, where they will encounter sweet surprises at every turn, including:

- A four-foot tall WONKA hat displaying some of the sweetest candies greets guests as they enter the shop.

- Swirled candy pieces seem to spring from a massive purple vortex, and fantastically flavorful WONKA Exceptionals Fruit Jellies surround a gigantic, scrumptious infinity wall, filled to the brim with every type of WONKA candy.

- Larger-than-life candy mushrooms, filled with mixed treats, decorate a replica of the famous WONKA edible garden.

- A 21-foot tree of make-believe Pixy Stix and Kazoodles towers over the space complete with Laffy Taffy and Fun Dip flowers, while swirled sweets sprout from the not-quite-edible grass

- Spree and Sweetarts seem to fly through the air, while purple and gold twirling conveyors entice customers to grab a Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolate Bar, Waterfall Chocolate Bar or a Domed Dark Chocolate Bar.

WONKA candy at Toys”R”Us Times Square houses all 12 nostalgic and beloved WONKA brands, as well as the new WONKA Exceptionals collection. From classic Fun Dip to seasonal items, visitors can be sure they’ll rediscover an old favorite or find a new one. WONKA at Toys”R”Us Times Square also offers in-demand WONKA merchandise, such as T-shirts, tasty lip-balms, whimsical stationary and more featuring candy favorites like NERDS and LAFFY TAFFY.

“This is more than a retail space – it is an experience. Many people dream about setting foot in the WONKA world, and now they can,” said Patricia Bowles, spokesperson for Nestle Confections & Snacks. “With its interactive experiences and amazing retail presentations, Toys”R”Us Times Square is the perfect destination to host the first WONKA candy shop in the world.”

“Kids and kids at heart travel from all over the world to visit Toys”R”Us Times Square, a one-of-a-kind destination in New York City’s bustling Times Square,” said Mindy Clements, vice president, Flagship Stores, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “The WONKA candy shop at Toys”R”Us Times Square is another way we are delighting our customers by offering a distinctive retail environment that makes our international flagship store a unique, sought-after destination.

In addition to the new, experiential WONKA shop, customers can also find WONKA products in the Candy Land department on Level Two of the store. WONKA at Toys”R”Us Times Square is now open to the public during regular business hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10:00 am-10:00 pm; and Friday & Saturday, 10:00 am-11:00 pm.

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Back To The Future Returning To AMC Theaters

AMC Theaters is offering two special screenings of the digitally remastered original film Back to the Future on 158 screens across 40 cities.

The screenings will be held Saturday, October 23rd at 12:30 p.m. and Monday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. (the night Marty McFly went back in time).

All guests will receive a full-sized poster commemorating the 25th anniversary limited release of the movie with their ticket purchase, while supplies last. Each theater will also have special movie-related giveaways prior to the movie as a part of the experience. More information about the special film event can be found HERE.

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The Trailer For The Coen Brothers’ True Grit

Paramount Pictures has debuted the trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and Hailee Steinfeld.

In the film, opening Christmas Day 2010, 14-year-old Mattie Ross’s (Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Bridges), she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.

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Break Me Off A Piece Of That Soy Sauce Bar

I was unaware that the Kit Kat candy bar had so many unusual flavors around the world that go far beyond the tradition chocolate and wafer.

Sure I would try Cookies and Cream or Caramel Macchiato but I’m not sure about the Red Beak Soup.

HERE are 35 unusual Kit Kat varieties from around the globe.

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Pixarpedia

From before Toy Story to beyond Up!, this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia captures all the films, shorts, characters, history, and information of Pixar Studios.

Thousands of photographs and illustrations combine with behind-the scenes information to form the ultimate Pixarpedia ($40).

This oversized 300 page hardcover can be ordered HERE.

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America the Edible: My Hungry History, from Sea to Dining Sea By Adam Richman

In America the Edible ($25.99), Travel Channel host of Man v. Food, Adam Richman tackles the ins and outs of American cuisine, demonstrating his own unique brand of culinary anthropology. Believing that regional cuisine reveals far more than just our taste for chicken fried steak or 3-way chili, Richman explores the ethnic, economic, and cultural factors that shape the way we eat—and how food, in turn, reflects who we are as a nation.

Richman uses his signature wit and casual charm to take you on a tour around the country,explaining such curiosities as why bagels are shaped like circles, why fried chicken is so popular in the South, and how some of the most iconic American food—hot dogs, fries, and soda—are not really American at all. Writing with passion, curiosity, and a desire to share his knowledge, he includes recipes, secret addresses for fun and tasty finds, and tips on how to eat like a local from coast to coast.

Part travelogue, part fun fact book, part serious culinary journalism, Richman’s America the Edible illuminates the food map in a way nobody has before.

The 320 page hardcover will be available in stores on November 9th, 2010.

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The World’s Oldest Man

On Sept. 21, 2010, Walter Breuning celebrated his 114th birthday. That means he’s been around since the 19th century, so sit down and listen. He’s got some stories and wise words to share.

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Sesame Street: True Mud

Check out this Sesame Street’s skit “True Mud,” a parody of the television show “True Blood.”

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Seinfeld Super Heroes

Artist Dave Wachter takes “sketch comedy” to a new level by reimagining the cast of Seinfeld as DC super heroes.

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Pixar Announces First Female Director

Pixar has named its first female director, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Brenda Chapman will direct and write the animated film Brave, due out in June 2012. The story follows Merida, a tomboyish royal with a love of archery. After an argument with her mother, Merida makes a decision with some major repercussions for her father’s kingdom. Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters are all expected to provide voices for the film. Congratulations to Chapman for nabbing this milestone role.

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Luxury Item Vending Machine

What essentials do you need for a stay in New York City? The Hudson Hotel in New York City has an intriguing take on this concept launching Semi-Automatic at Hudson, an oversized vending machine that is stocked not just with everyday travel necessities but with items that are both luxurious and a little odd.

The machine includes copies of Catcher in the Rye, a Paul Smith toothbrush, a Ouija Board, a Dagger Rosary by jewelry designer Pamela Love, a black sequin mini skirt by Haute Hippie, Blueprint Cleanse, a personal portrait shoot with photographer Ben Watts, 24k gold handcuffs by Kiki De Montparnasse and a rental of a red Ferrari 599 GTB from Gotham Dream Cars.

There is also an original Hudson t-shirt, created exclusively for Hudson by artist Chrissie Miller of SOPHOMORE.

The machine is available to guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will present new luxury items on a regular basis. Prices range from $4 (for the basics) to $8,000 for the Ben Watts photo shoot and $10,000 to rent the Ferrari 599 GTB for one week.

The machine functions by a touch-operated screen and it only takes credit cards.

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Put On Your Cape And Join Will Ferrell To Make Guinness Book History At The Largest Gathering of Superheroes Ever

WHO: Will Ferrell (aka Megamind), DreamWorks Animation and Guinness World Records

WHAT: Join Will Ferrell and 1,500 of his closest costumed superhero friends as they attempt to make heroic history and claim the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Gathering of Superheroes. The Mega-event hosted by DreamWorks Animation is open to all caped crusaders wishing to join the fun.

To qualify for the record attempt, all interested participants must arrive dressed as an easily recognizable superhero that has appeared in a published book, comic, television program or film, as stipulated by the record guidelines. The feat will be judged by official Guinness World Records Adjudicator and Spokesperson, Stuart Claxton and will require a minimum of 1,501 superheroes to break the current world record.

The world record attempt will mark the kickoff of MegaMonth, an official month dedicated to Mega-events across the country in celebration of the release of MEGAMIND on November 5th.

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2010

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Arrivals / Breakfast / Carnival

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Record attempt, Certificate Presentation

WHERE: LA LIVE

800 W. Olympic Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90015

WHY: It will be FUN!

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The $1 Million Porsche Advent Calendar

Just in time for the Holidays, Porsche Design has created the earth’s most exclusive and expensive Advent calendar. The enclosure measures 1.75 meters in height and is made of brushed aluminum with double-coat finish surfaces.

Only one Advent calendar will be made available for 1 million dollars (US)per continent. Only five lucky people will be able to own these calendars. Designed by the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See, Austria, the Advent calendar is set to reveal a new surprise each day until December 24.

The calendar conceals a range of surprises, including three special highlights – a Porsche Design Indicator watch in rosé gold, an individually customizable Porsche Design Kitchen and a motor yacht measuring eight and a half meters in length and designed by the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See.

The P´6910 Indicator in rosé gold comes equipped with one of the most complex serially produced wristwatch movements in the world. The chronograph functions are combined with an authentic mechanical jumping digital display. The chronograph comprises approximately 800 individual components.

The Porsche Design Kitchen P´7340 stands out from the crowd with its innovative framework, purist styling and use of high-quality materials. The kitchen features handle-less cupboards, multifunctional light systems and a high-end audio-video system.

The RFF28 motoryacht offers a perfect combination of form and function. The yacht comes fitted with a 525 HP Mercury engine and reaches top speeds of up to 148 km/h. The cockpit interior sports custom-made teak sole and adjustable and ergonomically upholstered sporting bucket seats. Attention has been paid to every detail to guarantee you a luxurious on-board experience.

The $1 million calendar also holds 18 carat yellow gold sunglasses, fine writing tools, timeless cufflinks, Bounce:S² premium running shoes, a limited edition leather blouson made from hand-woven lambskin nappa and a travel assortment from the French Classic luggage series. Light bars highlight the calendar’s 24 windows.

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