Monthly Archives: December 2010

10th Anniversary Blu-ray Release of Memento Due On February 22nd

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced a 10th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Memento for February 22nd. Extras will include a commentary with Director Christopher Nolan, an IFC Interview with Writer/Director Christopher Nolan, a “Remembering Memento” feature that takes a 10-year anniversary look back on the making of the film, an Anatomy of a Scene, Memento Mori – a Short Story by Jonathan Nolan, Leonard’s Journal, a Tattoo Gallery, and the Feature Script.

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Mophie Juice Pack Plus iPhone 4 Battery Case

The mophie juice pack plus iPhone 4 battery case is ultra-thin and light-weight, providing protection and a 2,000 mAh charging capacity, offering iPhone 4 power users with more than double the battery life on-the-go.

The juice pack plus for iPhone 4 is now available for purchase on www.mophie.com for $99.95, and will soon be available in AT&T stores nationwide. Key features and benefits include:

Users will experience:

- Up to 8 additional hours talk time on 3G; 16 hours 2G

- Up to 7 additional hours internet use on 3G; 11 hours WiFi

- Up to 44 hours additional audio playback

- Up to 11 hours video playback

Other features include:

Acoustic Sound Enhancement – The juice pack plus design acts as a virtual speaker box, redirecting sound from the bottom of the iPhone 4 to the front, resulting in a richer, fuller sound quality.

Choice of Color – The juice pack plus is available initially in black, but will soon come in three other colors, allowing you to choose the case that matches your style, including cyan, magenta, yellow and black.

Pass-through USB – Included USB cable enables you to simultaneously charge and sync your iPhone 4 to iTunes without having to remove it from the juice pack plus.

Standby/Charging Switch: Features a simple toggle switch that allows for standby and charging mode so you only have to use the juice pack plus battery when you need it.

4 Light LED Battery Status Indicator – An integrated LED status indicator tells you exactly how much “juice” is left and also displays how much time remains during the charging process.

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Thor Poster Debuts

The first look at the official poster for next summer’s Thor has arrived, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. Stay tuned for the trailer, coming online tomorrow (Friday) at 4pm Pacific Time!

Part of the filmic Marvel Universe, Thor follows in the footsteps of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk to bring to life Marvel’s Asgardian God of thunder, leading up to the release of 2012′s The Avengers.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore, Thor is directed by Kenneth Branagh and will arrive in theaters on May 6th, 2011 in both 2D and 3D.

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Best Buy To Offer Free iPhone 3GS On Friday December 10th

Best Buy is planning to run a special one-day promotion in which it will offer the 8GB iPhone 3GS for free on contract, according to a new report. The promotion will run today, Friday December 10th, and will be valid for new lines, additional lines, and qualified upgrades. According to the report, all stores have adequate inventory levels to support the promotion, and that the discount will be applied as an instant rebate. This would mark the second time this month that one of Apple’s retail partners has offered a discount on iPhones, as Radio Shack is currently running a $50 off promotion on all iPhone models.

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The Fire Wire 2010 Holiday Gift Guide – Icons: The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee

Last night I attended the Jim Lee book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles. Almost every week a pop culture celebrity makes an appearance at this 3 level wonderful book store to read passages, sign their latest work and spend time with their supporters. I have to thank the store’s Events Manager, William Brown, one of the nicest guys in the world who always invites me to these gatherings and treats my family with such kindness!

Even though Jim Lee was feeling under the weather, he was a real trouper and took the time to talk with fans of his eye popping comic art.

The acclaimed comic book artist has spent two decades rendering superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman for DC Comics, where he landed his first job in 1989.

I asked Jim about the upcoming “Dark Knight: Boy Wonder”. DC Comics announced on April 2, 2010, that Frank Miller and Lee would return to the series “All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder” in February of 2011. The re-branded title will run for six issues completing the story Miller originally intended to tell. Although the book will not appear in February as originally announced Lee assured me that it would be a 2011 title.

The signing celebrated Icons: The DC Comics and WildStorm Art of Jim Lee ($28.94 at B&N) which collects his most brilliant work for DC and WildStorm, the indie comics publisher Lee founded in 1992. Besides the 500 color illustrations the book contains an in-depth interview and an unseen 10-page Legion of Super-Heroes story written by Paul Levitz (who Lee replaced as DC Comics co-publisher).

This 296 page coffee table book is a must-have for fans of Jim’s Lee, comic book art and DC characters and would look great wrapped up under your tree this December.

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Howard Stern Coming To iTunes Via Sirius XM App

After weeks of speculation, radio talk show host Howard Stern has announced that he has signed a new deal with Sirius XM that will keep him with the satellite radio provider for another five years. Stern announced that under the new deal his show will be available via the Sirius XM app, meaning that his show will be available through iTunes (only to current Sirius XM subscribers). The Sirius XM Premium Online app is available now as a free download from the App Store.

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Jenga For iPhone

The official Jenga game is here! Designed in consultation with Leslie Scott, the original creator of Jenga, Jenga for iPhone/iPod touch lets you take the tower building experience anywhere.

Real-time 3D physics simulation, authentically recreating the behavior of a real wooden Jenga tower. Each block is realistically affected by the surrounding blocks, recreating the same strategic depth as the original game. Download it HERE for $2.99.

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First Official Teaser Trailer For Transformers: Dark of The Moon

Here is the first official teaser trailer for the third installment in Michael Bay’s Transformers film franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The film, which stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel and Patrick Dempsey, is set for release July 1.

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Everything That Happened In 2010 (According To Google)

See how the World Searched with Google’s 2010 Zeitgeist. Re-live top events and moments from 2010 from around the globe through search, images, and video.

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Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack

The Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack ($45.99 SRP) is now available as a perfect gift for the holidays.

The dreams and visions of Walt Disney come to life in Fantasia, which blends music and film magic into an exhilarating movie-going experience. Unforgettable images are brought to life by some of the world’s best music, and highlighted by the comedy of Mickey Mouse as a troublemaking sorcerer’s apprentice, along with the beauty of winged fairies and cascading snowflakes, the majesty of Noah’s ark and even plump hippos performing ballet in tutus.

Motivated by his uncle’s foresight, Roy Disney continued the magic with Fantasia 2000 which begins where its predecessor left off. There are seven completely new segments, and viewers watch a bustling Depression-era metropolis in the style of Al Hirschfeld’s famous cartoons (a personal favorite of mine), a flock of flamingos with slapstick yo-yo talents, an ark full of animals gathered by Donald Duck as Noah’s first mate, and musical life breathed into a family of flying humpback whales.

The Extras

Within the four-disc set are a variety of extras. Fantasia (Disc One) contains an interactive art gallery for both movies with Flow View and Thumb View, an alphabetical Smart View, a personal ratings system, optional music and more. “Disney Family Museum” is a four-minute overview of the San Francisco based attraction and “The Schultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure” (13 minutes) focuses on the long-lost journal of special effects animation genius Herman Schultheis and its incredible revelations about the revolutionary processes developed for Fantasia and beyond.

There is a new audio commentary by Disney historian Brian Sibley, plus the original DVD commentary with interviews and story note recreations by Walt Disney, hosted by Oscar-winning animator/author/expert John Canemaker as well as the alternate DVD commentary by executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, Canemaker again and film restoration manager Scott MacQueen.

Fantasia 2000 (Disc Three) leads off with “Musicana” (nine minutes) about the proposed, never-realized “new” version of Fantasia. “Dali & Disney: A Date with Destino” tells story behind the dream collaboration project between Walt Disney and surrealist master Salvador Dali. This documentary runs 82 minutes.

Available for the first time ever on Blu-ray, the strange yet wonderful short film Destino is the result of a unique collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali. The collaboration began in 1946, but was put on hold due to studio financial concerns. In 2003, Roy E. Disney worked with a team of modern day animators to complete the film as a tribute to Walt’s pioneering artistic vision. The disc includes DVD commentaries by executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine and producer Don Ernst. Disc Three is also where the BD-Live action is, in the form of “Disney’s Virtual Vault.”

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of this highly anticipated Hi-Def debut of Disney’s acclaimed masterwork and the modern Magnum Opus it inspired. The imagery and sound have never been clearer or more crisp.

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Keurig B155 Brewing System Review

The Keurig B155 Brewing System ($249.95) is a fantastic commercial grade brew station for use in the home or small to medium office. It offers contemporary styling, with a full color, interactive touchscreen display. The B155 makes the perfect single cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or iced beverage in less than 60 seconds. Everyone will be able to find and enjoy their beverage of choice. You can select from over 200 K-Cup varieties including: Green mountain Coffee, Gloria Jean’s Coffee & Tea, Newman’s Own (organic), Caribou Coffee, Emeril’s Gourmet Coffee, Celestial Seasonings Teas, and many more. Keurig makes My K-Cup, which allows you to make a single cup using your own coffee. My K-Cups are compatible with most Keurig brewers, but are not compatible with the B155. The dimensions of this unit are: 13.9″H x 10.4″W x 14.0″D, and has a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

The brewing system is intuitive and easy to use. Simply pour water into the 90 oz reservoir, which can be accessed by either lifting out the entire water container or by simply lifting the lid to the container for easy filling. Once you turn on the power switch, located on the back of the unit, you are greeted with the interactive color touchscreen. This machine was definitely designed with the user in mind. It is customizable in so many ways. First, you can select your step-by-step instructions in either English, French, or Spanish. You then can choose from 4 different cup sizes: 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz. and 10 oz. The unit has a removable drip tray to accommodate taller travel mugs. You can also program the precise brewing temperature that you like. It offers an Energy Savings Mode with an Auto On/Off setting. The large water reservoir heats rapidly, in approximately 4 minutes. Making coffee could not be easier, simply open the lid of the coffee holder, insert your favorite K-Cup, shut the lid, and press brew. The brew process is quick and quiet. In under a minute, your perfectly brewed beverage awaits you.

The B155 comes with an instruction manual as well as a booklet that gives great detailed descriptions of all of the different varieties of coffees, teas, and cocoa K-Cups that are available. A bonus variety box of 12 K-Cups are also included, to assist you in finding the perfect beverage for everyone in your home or office. K-Cups are so convenient, as they eliminate the hassle of grinding coffee beans, calculating the perfect coffee measurements, handling filters and messy clean-up. The Keurig B155 delivers fresh gourmet beverages each and every time with ease. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)

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Ricky Gervais: Out Of England 2 To Premiere On Saturday, December 18th

HBO presents Ricky Gervais in a new comedy special, “Ricky Gervais: Out Of England 2.” It premieres Saturday, December 18 at 10pm on HBO.

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Vintage Comic Book City Travel Posters

These vintage looking comic book city travel posters created by the artist Justin Van Genderen can be purchased HERE for $18.03 each.

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The Fire Wire 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: McSweeney’s Quarterly Issue 36

Inside this 275-cubic-inch full-color head-crate ($26), there are all the things you’d hope for: a 100-page annotated fragment of Michael Chabon’s lost novel, incredible new stories from John Brandon and Colm Tóibín, Jack Pendarvis’s “Jungle Geronimo in Gay Paree,” a play by Wajahat Ali—eight  astounding booklets in all, along with some other things on top, enough for hundreds and hundreds of pages of perusal, every bit of it, like we said, contained in a more-or-less-life-size friendly-looking head. It will fit on your shelf, it is compatible with most hats, and the stuff inside is wonderful—order yours today HERE!

To subscribe to McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (and begin with Issue 36), click HERE. A one year subscription costs $55.

 

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So This Happened At A Michael Bublé Concert…

It proves what a stand up guy Michael Bublé is.  I love it when these moments happen!

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Bid For A Private Tour Of Pixar Studios

Patton Oswalt, best known to Pixar fans as the voice of Remy, has teamed up with the LA Foodbank for an opportunity no Pixar fan will want to pass up. The highest eBay bidder (here) will win a private tour of the studio’s Emeryville campus.

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The End of The Fantastic Four Will Be On January 26, 2011 In Issue 587

This January Fantastic Four #587 marks the end of the Fantastic Four and the penultimate issue of Marvel’s longest running series. Concluding the red hot “Three” storyline by superstars Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting, this issue arrives polybagged in comic shops to avoid spoiling the cataclysmic ending of the Fantastic Four and to preserve the surprise events that lead to the dissolution of Marvel’s first super hero team.

In addition, Marvel has officially announced that there will be no overprint on Fantastic Four #587, in addition to the issue not appearing on newsstands.

“The surprises in this issues—and what comes next—constitute one of the biggest events in Marvel history,” said David Gabriel, SVP Sales & Circulation. “When you see the plans that Tom Brevoort, Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting come to fruition, you’ll know why we say this is the story everyone will be talking about. We urge retailers to look for a major incentive announcement in Diamond Daily and stock up not just for January, but for the coming months as the aftermath of this issue is revealed.”

This is it—the end of the Fantastic Four. But what could bring about such a stunning change to the fabric of the Marvel Universe? Fantastic Four #587 will be at comic shops on January 26, 2011.

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The Fire Wire 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Christopher’s Nolan’s Inception On Blu-ray Or DVD

Pick up the DVD ($28.98) or Blu-ray/DVD Combo ($35.99) release of Christopher’s Nolan’s Inception tomorrow for the movie buff on your holiday shopping list.  This film is the perfect blend of action sequences, amazing special effects and a thought provoking plot.

Extras will include featurettes (“The Inception of Inception”, “The Japanese Castle: The Dream is Collapsing”, “Constructing Paradoxical Architecture – Designing the Staircase to Nowhere”, “The Freight Train – Constructing the Street-Faring Express Train”).

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Chronicle Books Friends & Family 35% Discount & Free Shipping Extended to December 12th

35% off plus free shipping until December 12th! Please use the code FRIENDS at checkout! Go HERE for details.

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Qrapping Paper

Even terrible gifts are worth opening when they’re wrapped in Qrapping Paper ($20 for 2 sheets) the world’s most interactive wrapping paper. Behind each QR code is an original holiday video that can’t be seen anywhere else. Over 50 in all, turning any gift into a tiny holiday film festival. To view the videos simply open your barcode scanning app on your smartphone.

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Nordic Ware Burger Bites Grill Pan & Press Review

Made in the US, the Nordic Ware Burger Bites Grill Pan & Press ($38) offers a quick and easy way to make your very own sliders, right in the comfort of your own kitchen.  Whether you want to make traditional hamburgers or try ground turkey or salmon, this grill pan and press allows you to invent your own burger creations. Simply scoop ¼ c of your mixture into the 7 preheated Burger Bites chambers.  Using the grill press, push down on the mixture to create a burger patty.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side, then add cheese or other toppings and enjoy. The pan is made of cast aluminum and has a non-stick interior for easy food release and cleanup.  The pan is oven safe for temperatures up to 400F, and measures L 17.87” x W 10.57” x H 2.125”.  If you are looking for a great addition to your cookware collection, consider the Nordic Ware Burger Bites Grill Pan & Press. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)

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The Fire Wire 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Cool Rockets

Cool Rockets ($60 – $100) is a line of resin-cast, hand-finished rocket ships, all inspired by the styles of the 40’s and 50’s rockets from comics, TV, and toys. Created by Jeff Brewer, a film and special-effects modelmaker in northern California, Cool Rockets offer a unique collection that is handmade, unique, and more affordable than you’d think. All the designs are original inspirations of an era, not copies of some vehicle you’ve seen in a movie or TV show.

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SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop System Review 

Living in a colder climate, I have been searching for a way to bring the great game of basketball indoors during those winter months. I have found the perfect solution with the SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop System ($149.99). This is a phenomenal indoor basketball system, like none that I have ever seen or used before. It offers a pro-grade look and feel, that includes a 33” x 22” clear polycarbonate shatterproof backboard, as well as a spring action break-away rim.  One of the very best features is the ability to change the height adjustment of the hoop from 3’ for junior players up to 7’ for outdoor courtside play. The bottom of the base has wheels for easy portability.  The base can be secured down by filling the hole on the top with either water or sand. The system comes complete with tools, hardware, an instruction manual, the base, 2 pole sections, the sturdy backboard and rim, as well as an all-weather 8-loop net, and a SKLZ mini basketball. Whether indoors, courtside, or by the pool, the SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop System offers a great way for your family to dunk and slam just like the pros. If you are looking for the same great pro-grade look and feel for your office, children’s bedroom, dorm, or anywhere that has a spare door, you may want to consider the over-the-door SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop or Pro Mini Hoop XL. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)

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Ten Great Years of The Beatles

“Ten Great Years”, a wonderful illustration by Maxim Dalton celebrating the ten years The Beatles were together making great music. It’s available as a limited run Giclée print for $60.

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Desile Folding Chair

This is what smart industrial design looks like. Attractive and functional. French artist, Christian Desile, created this award-winning folding chair ($335) from one single slice of board, so it takes up almost no space until you need a seat. But what’s even cooler – the chairs are made of a combination of bamboo & PET, making them truly sustainable.

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