Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Beauty of Pixar

Leandro Copperfield is a self proclaimed “film lover” from Brazil and he has generated a lot of attention lately for his tribute “The Beauty of Pixar.” The video features over 500 clips from all 11 Pixar films, masterfully condensed into 7-minutes of awesome. Watch it below:

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Javier Bardem & Viggo Mortensen Rumored As Frontrunners For Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’

The upcoming Universal-led multi-platform, mega franchise launch of the adaptation of the seven novel strong “The Dark Tower” is going to be one monster of a project, using both film and television to tell the tale based on Stephen King‘s expansive world. And while director Ron Howard hasn’t shied away from talking about a bevy of names mentioned for the lead role including Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm, it appears a new candidate and a fan favorite are apparently the frontrunners for the gig.

According to sources speaking to the NY Post, Javier Bardem is the frontrunner for Roland Deschain, the gunslinger who searches for the mysterious castle which may or may not be the nexus of the universe, with Viggo Mortensen, running close behind. Word on the street is that given the “The Dark Tower” project will spread out over three films with a television series linking everything together, the role is one that agents are clamoring over for their clients. But that said, don’t be surprised if those two names are strictly wishlist at this point, sitting at the top of a talent list that the studio and filmmakers eventually plan to reach out to. However, even if it is just a wishlist, it does perhaps indicate that Universal and co. are hoping to land a strong name to pull in the audience required to pull off what is certainly one of the most ambitious studio projects in a long time.

Read more HERE.

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The Ricky Gervais Show – The Complete 1st Season DVD Will Be Released On January 4th

From the creators of “The Office” and “Extras,” comes the new HBO comedy series, The Ricky Gervais Show. The series is an animated version of Gervais’ podcasts that earned a spot in The Guinness Book of World Records for the most downloads. It is voiced by Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and colleague and friend Karl Pilkington whose offbeat musings inspire many of the storylines which include the merits of 20th century inventions; Karl’s suggestion for population control; how philosophy has evolved through the ages; Karl’s round head; and his thoughts on charity. Warner Home Video has announced that The Ricky Gervais Show – The Complete 1st Season will be released on DVD this coming January 4th. For $29.98 SRP you’ll get 13 episodes on 2 discs: “Space Monkey,” “Knob At Night,” “Charity,” “Dolphins,” “Glass Houses,” “Cobblers,” “The Diary,” “Nuts,” “The Jockey,” “The Fight,” “Beatles,” “Noises” and “Freaks” (390 minutes). Extras include a Comedy Gala Animation, and an Episode Storyboard featurette.

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Skype For iPhone Updates To 3.0 & Adds Video Calling

The latest update to the Skype app for iPhone finally adds video calling.

The newest version of the app will allow users to make video Skype to Skype calls from their iPhone via Wi-Fi and 3G, and also call Skype desktop users on both OS X and Windows.

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FREE Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Biscuits From January 3 to 8, 2011

Make your reservation for an EXCLUSIVE premiere tasting of the Spicy Chicken Biscuit.

From January 3 to 8, 2011, Chick-fil-A is giving a limited number of FREE Spicy Chicken Biscuits to customers who make a reservation. It will not be added to the menu until January 10, 2011.

Click HERE to make your reservation.

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THE FIRE WIRE Comic Book Pick of The Week – Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Comics superstar David Finch takes full creative control (both writing and illustrating!) on this brand-new Batman monthly series entitled Batman: The Dark Knight ($3.99)! Joined by the best of the best – Scott Williams – on inks, this new series is sure to be on everyone’s must-read pile! Delving into the more supernatural and esoteric areas of Gotham City, the 6-part storyline explores the horrific murder of one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends…and the terrible ramifications the brutal crime has on Batman’s life! The book will be on shelves this Wednesday (weather permitting).

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US Postal Service To Release Pixar Stamps On August 19, 2011

The United States Postal Service today announced its commemorative stamp program for 2011 and it includes some very familiar faces, fictional and not, including friends from several Disney/Pixar films.

The Send a Hello stamps are a natural outgrowth of the Art of Disney stamp series issued between 2004 and 2008. Originally intended as a series of three annual issuances depicting friendship, celebration, and romance, the Art of Disney stamps proved so popular that the Postal Service expanded the series to include issuances in 2007 and 2008 to celebrate imagination and magic. The Send a Hello series is meant to encourage people to connect with their loved ones via the United States Postal Service.

With an already established and well-received relationship, the Postal Service was eager to again work with the Walt Disney Company, this time choosing to explore the Disney/Pixar films, which offer exciting, contemporary characters and strong themes involving family and friends.

The pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and WALL*E from WALL*E (2008).

The 2011 Disney/Pixar Send a Hello stamps will be released on August 19, 2011.

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TinEye Reverse Image Search

Have you come across an image and had no clue who the original artist or photographer was? TinEye Reverse Image Search is an amazing website / plug-in that will sift through the internet and help find the source.

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2011: The Year Ahead in Consumer Technology

TIME Magazine Predicts some of the technology trends and devices we will all clamor for in 2011. You can read the article HERE.

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ZIIIRO Watches

First unveiled as a concept this past spring, ZIIIRO watches took a novel approach and completely removed numbers, hashes, hands from the clock face. The demand for the product was so high that the company decided to go into production and now you can buy one this week. (Price: 100-134 Euros).

The watch works as follows: The tip of the inner swirl shows the hour, and the tip of the outer swirl shows minutes. The pendant in the middle pops out of the silicon-and-steel strap so that you can use all six colored straps with the same core, making the watch into some kind of fluid, ever-changing timepiece and work of art.

The German manufacturer has also commissioned an iPhone app that offers to replicate the ZIIIRO clock face on your bedside table.

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Tilt-Shift Disney Parade

During the taping of this year’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, the Magic Kingdom transformed into “Toyland” using Tilt-Shift photography.

Hopefully you watched the entire show on Christmas Day. You can visit: http://www.disney.com/christmasparade for exciting behind-the-scenes videos and photos!

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Glee The Music: Love Songs – Available Only At Target On Tuesday December 28th

Available only at Target on Tuesday December 28th, get the exclusive soundtrack from the hit show Glee featuring these love songs.

Track Listing:

1. Hello, I Love You

2. The Boy Is Mine

3. Dream A Little Dream

4. Tell Me Something Good

5. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

6. What I Did For Love

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Fiskars Cuts+More Scissors

The Fiskars, Cuts+More Scissors ($20) are far more than your average pair of scissors. Taking a cue from the multi-tool world, Cuts+More scissors integrate other cutting implements including a: wire cutter, twine cutter, power notch for cutting light rope, pointed awl tip and bottle opener.

The blades also separate, allowing you to use one as a titanium-coated knife. The scissors are completely dishwasher safe, warrantied for life, and include a sheath that serves triple-duty as a tape cutter and ceramic scissor sharpener.

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Merry Christmas From THE FIRE WIRE

To all our readers, Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.

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Gnomeo and Juliet Trailer

Gnomeo & Juliet, an animated version of the greatest love story ever told, stars the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as garden gnomes, who dodge feuding neighbors to find true love. The Touchstone film features a soundtrack by Elton John and will be in theaters on February 11th.

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THE FIRE WIRE Comic Book Pick of The Week

Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom takes a month break in December, but in its place is another Joe Hill extravaganza! This special one-shot ($3.99) takes Hill’s acclaimed short story from his best-selling short-story collection 20th Century Ghosts and adapts it to comics! The Cape will walk you along the fence of childhood innocence, and then throw you face first into a brick wall. Explore your dark side in this tale by Hill and Jason Ciaramella, with art and two covers by Zach Howard.

The Cape was originally intended to be a 1-shot, but the creators have decided to expand it to 5 total issues. The comic has nothing to do with the upcoming television series that will air in 2011.

The rest of the issues will explore and expand on the main character, Eric and follow him through some of the darkest moments you’ll ever see in comics.

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Todd McFarlane Celebrates Spawn 200 At Golden Apple Comics In Los Angeles On January 12th

In 1992, Todd McFarlane co-founded the world’s greatest creator-owned comics company, Image Comics, and released his own best-selling comic book, SPAWN. On January 12, 2011, SPAWN becomes only the second independent series in history to reach the 200-issue mark!

To celebrate, McFarlane will be signing at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, the same store where McFarlane launched the first issue of the groundbreaking SPAWN series.

“On June 2nd, 1992 I sat in a store called Golden Apple Comics and launched the first issue of my new series, SPAWN.” says McFarlane. “That day literally set the stage for all the success this book has had since. To honor that monumental beginning, I’ll be returning to my roots, so to speak, with the release of the 200th issue of SPAWN, almost 18 years later.”

Fans of SPAWN and McFarlane’s work can meet him on January 12, 2011, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Golden Apple Comics, 7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. The signing will be limited to two items per person. The signing will also feature an array of special surprise guests!

Golden Apple Comics Manager Ryan Liebowitz adds, “I am so excited to have Todd back at Golden Apple, 18 years after we hosted the premier event for issue #1. This will truly be a historic day for the comic industry!”

Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, creator of SPAWN, is the force behind McFarlane Toys, one of America’s top action figure manufacturers. McFarlane became a true comic book superstar in the 1980s as a result of his work on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise. With the 1992 launch of SPAWN, McFarlane created one of the most popular heroes of the 1990s. The title’s hugely popular debut sold an amazing 1.7 million copies — an unprecedented feat in independent comics.

The comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a live-action feature film from New Line Cinema that grossed $100 million. A whirlwind of growth and expansion followed: more comics, action figures, and award-winning entertainment projects.

The breadth of McFarlane’s awards span from two Emmy Awards, a pair of MTV Video Music Awards, and a Grammy Award, to hundreds of international awards for his work in the arts and action figure industry. Todd McFarlane Entertainment continues to develop projects in the video game, film, television and music industries.

Golden Apple has been the premier comic book and pop culture store in Los Angeles since 1979. For over 30 years, the shop has been featured in nearly every local and national media outlet including print, television and the Internet. In addition, this world famous store boasts celebrity clientele, high-profile events and is a hub for entertainment and comic industry professionals alike. Always cutting edge and proactive in the community, the two generations of owners have strived to keep their finger on the pulse and a firm grasp on the marketplace.

Don’t miss Todd McFarlane and special guests, signing the landmark 200th issue of SPAWN at Golden Apple Comics (7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90038; 323-658-6047) on January 12, 2011, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Trailer For Cedar Rapids

Here is the first official trailer for Cedar Rapids — Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of Phil Johnston’s blacklisted tale of “a small town insurance salesman heads off to the ‘big city’ of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to try and save his company.”

The film, which stars Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Rob Corddry, Kurtwood Smith, Stephen Root, Sigourney Weaver, and Alia Shawkat, is set to hit theaters February 11th.

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The Fire Wire 2010 Holiday Gift Guide – Laugh it Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Star Wars Trilogy Blu-ray

Family Guy reinvented the Star Wars trilogy with hilarious results and now you can own the entire trilogy ($25.99)!

Featuring the A New Hope spoof “Blue Harvest, the infamous parody of The Empire Strikes Back entitled “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” and the newest addition, Family Guy’s Return of the Jedi send-up “It’s a Trap”.

Extras include:

- Deleted scenes

- Trivial Pursuit

- Dinner and a Movie

- Family Guy at Comic-con 2010

- Peter Shin Draws

- Making the Scene”, an animatic, and an original voice over skit

PLUS: A digital copy of each feature

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Marvel Comics Announces Fear Itself, Its 2011 Blockbuster Series

At a press conference yesterday at the Midtown Comics Times Square New York City location, Marvel Comics unveiled its big publishing event for 2011: Fear Itself, written by Matt Fraction with pencils by Stuart Immonen. Fear Itself is slated to hit in April and run seven issues. Fraction will maintain his current duties on Invincible Iron Man and Thor through the Fear Itself run, but will be toning down his involvement on Uncanny X-Men. Immonen is dropping his role as artist of Brian Bendis’ New Avengers to focus solely on the event.

Last week, Marvel began a new teaser campaign depicting its most popular heroes facing their various fears alongside which are written ominous taglines like “Do You Fear Tomorrow?” and “Do You Fear What You’ve Become?” Today, all of those images came to a head. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada opened things up by describing a world that sounds eerily familiar: “All you need to do really is turn on a TV, a computer, a radio, and you’re sure to find a pundit, a politician, a prophet out there ready to tell you what you should be afraid of, who’s responsible and why you should be afraid of them. It’s a world divided. At the end of the day, you’ve got to ask yourself who should you trust? Who do you trust? 24 hour news cycles, weather change, WikiLeaks, depression, recession, bailouts, bankers.”

Despite how close to reality it sounds, Quesada assured attendees he was referring to the Marvel Universe. A trailer was then queued up that essentially cut together the previously seen teasers with the hypnotic, legendary speech of Franklin D. Roosevelt as he addressed an America on the cusp of war.

Quesada followed up the trailer by noting, “From World War II to Apollo 11 to September 11; the events that shaped our world have shaped the Marvel Universe.”

Not many details about the series were revealed, but it’s clear that Marvel is intent on telling a story based within a real world context but through the eyes of its superheroes… not unlike the approach they took with the immensely successful Civil War. Quesada left his pitch to the crowd on a very mysterious note asking, “Who will be the eight most worthy on the planet?”

Fittingly, Quesada then led the attendees to a rather amusing video of Fraction pitching the series to the audience from his “bunker at an undisclosed location”. The writer spoke in a hurry and with paranoid excitement, saying that Fear Itself is “the biggest story [Marvel] has ever told” and that fans should expect an “extinction-grade threat.”

“Everyone is afraid of something right now,” said Fraction. “And if you doubt me and you’re getting on an airplane in the next few days, enjoy that guy who touches your business.” He also teased the involvement of the gods in the story saying, “the Marvel heroes versus the god of Fear. The more you fear him, the stronger he gets.” Perhaps the god of Fear is… Fear Itself?

Afterwards, Quesada was joined by Vice President – Executive Editors Tom Brevoort and Axel Alonso to field some questions from the attendees. Brevoort stated that Fear Itself will be comparable to Civil War in its scope, but more akin to Secret Invasion in the way they handle the tie-in series and crossovers. Brevoort and Alonso also confirmed that the seeds for Fear Itself have been planted over the last year, and that readers should have a good time going back to find them all. A central idea of Fear Itself will revolve around a long-hidden event that occurred at some point in the past that, when revealed, will change the way we look at the Marvel heroes.

Fear Itself hits in April 2011, proceeded by a prelude issue written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Scot Eaton. After enduring the relatively low-key Heroic Age, it seems the time has come for the Marvel Universe to face their greatest threat in years. It’ll be interesting to see if Marvel is able to capitalize on the fear and paranoia running rampant in the news to create a socially relevant but tried-and-true superhero epic.

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Porsche Design Bobsleigh

The Porsche Design Bobsleigh (£170; roughly $265) features an aggressive design, a low center of gravity for ease of steering, superior directional stability and an included carrying bag.

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DC Universe Online To Be Released On January 11th

Sony Online Entertainment today announced that the highly anticipated online action game DC Universe Online (DCUO), has reached gold master status and will be available at retail outlets worldwide on the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and PC on January 11, 2011. DCUO will be the first online game based in the DC Universe, the first MMO on PlayStation 3, and the first time DC Universe Online will be accessible to the millions DC Universe fans.

“Creating DC Universe Online has been a massive undertaking, and we’re excited to be that much closer to launch,” said Christopher Cao, Game Director of DCUO for Sony Online Entertainment. “We’re grateful to our beta players for providing us invaluable feedback in these final stages that has enabled us to put the finishing touches on a fun and exciting experience when the game launches in January.”

DC Universe Online will carry an anticipated retail price of US$59.99 for PlayStation 3 and US$49.99 for PC in North America. The game includes one 30-day game membership, with monthly subscriptions available thereafter for US$14.99. For customers playing the PC version of the game, DCUO will be included in SOE’s all-in-one Station Access subscription. Sony Online Entertainment expects to update the game regularly with new episodes featuring iconic DC Comics characters, new instances and major in-game events.

As a traditional action-based MMO that combines fast-paced, twitch-based combat with an interactive physics system to deliver a new and unique gameplay experience, DC Universe Online brings the DC Universe to life, allowing players to create their own superheroes – or villains – and join forces with their favorite DC Comics characters such as Superman, Batman and The Joker to aid in saving – or destroying – the universe.

DC Universe Online is rated T for Teen by the ESRB with the following content descriptors: Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes and Violence. For more information about DC Universe Online, visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.

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