Monthly Archives: January 2011

Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Heading To The Big Screen

Stephen King’s grand opus The Stand is finally getting the big-screen treatment. Warner Bros. and CBS Films are teaming to adapt the novel, which in many ways set the bar for a generation of post-apocalyptic stories and influenced works ranging from TV’s Lost to music group Anthrax. Mosaic and Roy Lee are producing.

The companies will co-develop and co-produce the feature film, with CBS having the option to participate in co-financing. Warners will handle worldwide marketing and distribution.

The studios and producers will sit down with writers and directors in the coming weeks in an attempt to find the right take on the material. One thing to be determined is whether to attempt the adaptation in one or multiple movies. King will be involved in some capacity.

CBS has held the rights for many years but recently realized the best way to undertake the project was with a partner. Warners beat out Fox and Sony in a tight bidding war for the gig, getting its hands on one of the biggest-selling books of all time.

CBS, meanwhile, gets a chance to be involved in an ambitious big-budget tentpole with little downside. The company just released its fourth movie, The Mechanic, which performed better than expected this weekend with an opening of $11.4 million.

The Stand is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. While it features dozens of characters (such as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping story lines running over many years, the struggle boils down to a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg. The novel was originally published in 1978, but by the time it was rereleased in 1990 with King adding and revising portions of the story, it had achieved cult-like status.

George Romero and Warners separately tried in vain to launch a movie adaptation in the 1980s, and a tone-downed version was produced as a six-hour miniseries by ABC in 1994. In recent years, Marvel Comics has been adapting the story to great acclaim.

King’s stories made for popular Hollywood adaptations in the 1980s and ’90s, but that love seemed to lose steam in the past decade. But with Universal mounting an ambitious take on The Dark Tower, and now The Stand, King may be getting ready to return to the throne as the novelist the town loves the most. (Reprinted from the Hollywood Reporter)

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Ryobi Tek4 Inspection Scope

Ryobi introduces the TEK4 Digital Inspection Scope ($139) powered by the TEK4 4 volt Lithium-Ion battery technology. This tool offers a number of advanced features such as: Digital zoom with up to 2x magnification, high resolution/color 2.7″ LCD screen, 4 stage ultra-bright LED light for complete image brightness control, 5 hours of continuous runtime, and on-screen battery voltage indicator that alerts you when its time to recharge. The TEK4 Inspection Scope is built for the jobsite and is great for plumbing, HVAC work, home repairs, and more. The camera cable can be submersed in water for up to 30 minutes, and the on-screen image rotates 180 degrees to adjust to the operators perspective. Think of it as your own personal periscope.

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Henry Cavill Cast As Superman

Relatively-unknown British actor Henry Cavill, who is perhaps best known for his role as 1st Duke of Suffolk Charles Brandon on Showtime’s The Tudors, has reportedly been cast as the Man of Steel in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, currently scheduled for release in late 2012.

According to LAT’s Hero Complex, Cavill was top choice to play Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns before McG was replaced by Bryan Singer a Brandon Routh was cast instead.

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Polaroid Grey Label GL20 Camera Glasses

These Lady Gaga-designed wraparound sunglasses feature a built-in digital camera on the bridge that lets you snap photos on the fly, then immediately display them on the outside of the glasses. The video specs are due in the Summer of 2011; price TBA)

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Pixar’s Cars 2 Website Updated

We are only 5 months aways from the release of Cars 2 on June 24. Pixar has revamped the film’s website with new character bios, images, videos, downloads, scenic backdrops (including never-before-seen Topolino’s Village) all in a high-tech espionage based theme.

To experience the brand new Cars 2 website, click here.

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StreetStrider Summit 8r Review

I had the opportunity to test ride the StreetStrider Summit 8r ($1699) this past week.  The StreetSrider is an  elliptical cross training machine on wheels.  Now the exercise that you could only experience in a gym, can now be enjoyed in the great outdoors. The Summit 8r was developed in conjunction with NBC’s hit reality show “The Biggest Loser” and has steadily grown in popularity now that it has become available to the general public. The first time that I stepped on the 8r, I was comfortable and felt secure due to the 3-wheel platform. Striding was very easy to pick up on my first try.  It felt like a combination of low impact jogging, skiing, and cycling, and the unit was easily maneuverable given the lean-to-steer design. This machine can really fly once you get going.  In fact, it can go as fast as 43 mph. You have complete control over your speed and can handle all sorts of terrain and inclines given the built in 8 Speed Shimano Nexus Transmission with Twist Grip Shifter. This machine can accommodate riders weight of up to 400 lbs. This model comes in 3 colors: Lava Red, Breakwater Blue, and Galaxy Black. Several additional accessories come with this unit, such as a water bottle holder and rear luggage carrier. It also comes with a User’s Manual,  Assembly and Tips DVD, as well as a handy Toolkit and Carry Pouch. The price tag of $1699 might be steep for some, however financing plans are available.  In addition, there are other less expensive StreetStrider models to choose from. What is so great about this new form of exercise, in addition to being fun, it also provides a full body workout, burning up to 1,000 calories an hour.  You can learn more about StreetStrider here. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)

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Bossypants, The Tina Fey Memoir Due On April 5, 2011

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy. The 272 hardcover book ($26.99) is due on April 5, 2011.

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Disney’s Tangled Blu-ray & DVD Due On March 29

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced Tangled for Blu-ray release on March 29. It will be presented both in a Blu-ray/DVD and a Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack. This reimagining of the Rapunzel fairytale earned $186 million at the domestic box office, and over $400 million globally.

Special features include:

- Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale (BD-exclusive): exactly how long is Rapunzel’s hair? How many lanterns were used? Where did Pascal’s name come from? Which Disney animated feature first utilized CG animation? These and more will be answered when Mandy Moore and Zach Levi take viewers on a kooky behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the filmmakers styled this film’s Golden Tresses.

-Three deleted scenes with introductions by co-directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno (BD-exclusive)

- Extended songs with introductions by the co-directors (BD-exclusive):

- Two original storybook openings: two alternate versions of the film’s opening sequence described by the co-directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

- 50th Animated Feature Countdown – A video montage celebrating Tangled as the 50th film to join The Walt Disney Studios’ prestigious lineup of classic animated features.

- Nine Tangled teasers (BD-exclusive): a collection of the most unique and quirky commercials made for the theatrical release of Tangled Some are spoofs based off of infomercials and/or breaking news, some are teasers and others are simply just funny filmstrips.

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Time Magazine Lists The 50 Best iPhone Apps For 2011

Filling up your new iPhone? Just hoping to make the one you already have even better? Time Magazine suggests that THESE are the apps you don’t want to be without.

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Javier Bardem Offered Lead Role As Roland In Stephen King’s Dark Tower Adaptation

Director Ron Howard wants Javier Bardem to play troubled hero Roland Deschain in his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Imagine Entertainment confirms the news first reported by Deadline that the No Country For Old Men star has been offered the lead role in the horror-fantasy-western adaptation, which is currently planned as a big-screen trilogy along with a TV series. The Dark Tower series comprises seven books and forms the connective material between much of King’s work, so there has been much anticipation for the film/TV series. (Early rumors had indicated that fan favorite Viggo Mortensen was also in the running.) The first Dark Tower film is currently scheduled for summer 2013.

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