Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack

Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack is the latest ice cream flavor to honor a celebrity — Late Night host Jimmy Fallon. He follows other famous people who have their own Ben & Jerry’s flavors, like Willie Nelson and Stephen Colbert. Late Night Snack sounds pretty yummy. The frozen concoction contains vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and fudge covered potato chip clusters.

Look for the new flavor in your grocer’s freezer this month with two other new Ben & Jerry’s taste treats:

Red Velvet Cake, a red velvet cake batter ice cream with red velvet cake pieces and a cream cheese frost swirl.

Clusterfluff, a peanut butter ice cream with caramel cluster pieces, peanut butter and marshmallow swirls.

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Season 12 Dancing With The Stars Cast Revealed

The season 12 Dancing With The Stars cast was revealed tonight. The 11 celebrity contestants are:

Ralph Macchio, 49, the star of three Karate Kid movies and My Cousin Vinny

Kirstie Alley, 60, starred in Fat Actress, Veronica’s Closet and Cheers

Petra Nemcova, 31, a Czech model

Wendy Williams, 46, a frank talk-show host

Sugar Ray Leonard, 54, the Olympic gold-medal-winning boxer

Psycho Mike, a.k.a. Michael Catherwood, 31, a popular deejay for KROQ in Los Angeles

Chelsea Kane, 22, best known for playing Stella on Disney Channel’s Jonas L.A.

Romeo, 21, once known as Lil Romeo, is a rapper, actor, and son of past DWTS participant Master P

Kendra Wilkinson, 25, the former star of E!’s The Girls Next Door and the current star of her own eponymous reality show

Chris Jericho, 40, a pro wrestler who won 23 championships in the WWE

Hines Ward, 34, an NFL Pro Bowler from the Pittsburgh Steelers

The dancing competition show returns March 21st.

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What Songs Will The Top 12 Male Semifinalists Perform On American Idol On March 1, 2010?

The Top 12 male semifinalists take the American Idol stage for the first time to perform for the judges and for the nation. On this season’s first night of voting, America votes to pick the top 10 male vocalists. The episode airs on Tuesday, March 1 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on Fox.

Here is Tuesday night’s set list, with the order and what songs the guys chose.

Clint Jun Gamboa – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

Jovany Barreto – “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain

Jordan Dorsey – “OMG” by Usher

Tim Halperin – “Street Corner Symphony/Come On Over” by Rob Thomas

Brett Loewenstern – “Light My Fire” by The Doors

James Durbin – “You Got Another Thing Coming” by Judas Priest

Robbie Rosen – “In the Arms of the Angel” by Sarah McLachlan

Scotty McCreery – “Letters from Home” by John Michael Montgomery

Stefano Langone – “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

Paul McDonald – “Maggie Mae” by Rod Stewart

Jacob Lusk – “A House is Not a Home” by Luther Vandeross

Casey Abrams – “I Put a Spell on You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lastly, Fox is ready to deliver with American Idol online voting! Starting this Tuesday, March 1st right after the Top 12 Guys performance show you’ll be able to get on americanidol.com and vote for your favorite singer!

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This Is A Book By Demetri Martin

This Is A Book by comedian Demetri Martin will include 288 pages of jokes, essays, stories, drawings and palindromes and see release on April 25th, 2011.

Demetri will also be doing a book and the dates are:

New York, NY 4/25/11 Barnes & Noble Union Square
Washington, DC 4/27/11 Sixth & I
Cambridge, MA 4/28/11 Harvard Co-Op
Austin, TX 4/29/11 Book People
Los Angeles, CA 5/01/11 LA Times Festival of Books
San Francisco, CA 5/05/11 Books Inc. in Opera Plaza
Portland, OR 5/06/11 Powell’s Books
Seattle, WA 5/07/11 University Bookstore
West Hollywood, CA 5/10/11 Book Soup

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Elton John To Host Saturday Night Live On April 2nd

Sir Elton John will play double duty on April 2 when he hosts Saturday Night Live and appears as the show’s musical guest with Leon Russell. It will be his first time back on the SNL stage since 1982, when he performed the songs “Empty Garden” and “Ball And Chain.”

The booking was revealed at John’s annual Oscar viewing party, held Sunday night at the Pacific Design Center. The party included a live auction to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation. Among the items offered was VIP access for two to SNL’s April 2 show and cast after-party, courtesy of Lorne Michaels. The winning bid came in at $75,000.

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Glee Encore Blu-ray & DVD Arrive On April 19th

The perfect party companion, enjoy the most talked about musical performances when “Glee” Encore arrives onto Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on April 19th. The hit musical television series now has more Billboard Magazine Hot 100 chart entries than any other artist, topping Elvis Presley and James Brown.

This full-length DVD features a set list of Season One’s most sensational musical numbers – back to back so the party never has to end!  Experience all your favorite hit songs by Lady Gaga, Madonna, Journey, and much more.

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ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Fiction Issue’ Produced In Collaboration With McSweeney’s On Newsstands Now

ESPN The Magazine merges sports and fiction in its new issue, on now. With traditional short fiction pieces produced in collaboration with the acclaimed publishing house McSweeney’s, the features explore alternate realities, myths and rumors that are hard to separate from truth. “The Fiction Issue” is the first full issue of a major sports magazine dedicated to literary fiction, and includes contributions from:

- Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Dave Eggers, who traces World Series greatness back to its roots, almost literally (“My Life In Baseball, By The Beard”).

- Fringe executive producer Jeff Pinkner, who imagines alternate realities for some of the most pivotal moments in recent sports history (“What If…”).

- MLB pitcher Miguel Batista, who shows how stickball kindles a grandmother’s memories in his piece “The Family Business.”

- Before Zack Greinke was traded from Kansas City to Milwaukee, rumors had him going to at least 10 other teams. Buster Olney looks inside the modern culture of misinformation.

- David Fleming presents the fantastical story of NFL rushing champ Arian Foster. Good luck separating fact from fiction.

Read more about this special issue HERE.

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Oscars Envelope Gets A Makeover

For the first time in Oscar’s 83-year history, a designer has created a special, Oscar-only envelope. Marc Friedland created the sharp new look for the usually bland envelopes.

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The Complete List of The 83rd Academy Awards Winners

The 83rd Academy Awards were presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. The show was hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. You can view the complete list of winners and nominees below:

BEST PICTURE:

**Winner** The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

The Fighter (Paramount Pictures), David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Darla K. Anderson, Producer

True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions), Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

 

DIRECTING:

**Winner** Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)

Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

David O. Russell – The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)

David Fincher – The Social Network (Columbia Pictures)

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit (Paramount Pictures)

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

**Winner** Colin Firth – The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)

Javier Bardem – Biutiful (Roadside Attractions)

Jeff Bridges – True Grit (Paramount Pictures)

Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network (Columbia Pictures)

James Franco – 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

**Winner** Natalie Portman – Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)

Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole (Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions)

Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine (The Weinstein Company)

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

**Winner** Christian Bale – The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)

John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions)

Jeremy Renner – The Town (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)

Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

**Winner** Melissa Leo – The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)

Amy Adams – The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)

Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)

Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit (Paramount Pictures)

Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom (Sony Pictures Classics)

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

**Winner** The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

**Winner** The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh

The Fighter (Paramount Pictures), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Written by Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

**Winner** In a Better World (Sony Pictures Classics), Denmark

Biutiful (Roadside Attractions), Mexico

Dogtooth (Kino International), Greece

Incendies (Sony Pictures Classics), Canada

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (Cohen Media Group), Algeria

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

**Winner** Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Lee Unkrich

How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet

 

ART DIRECTION:

**Winner** Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (Warner Bros. Pictures), Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat

The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr

True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY:

**Winner** Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Wally Pfister

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Matthew Libatique

The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Danny Cohen

The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Jeff Cronenweth

True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Roger Deakins

 

COSTUME DESIGN:

**Winner** Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Colleen Atwood

I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures), Antonella Cannarozzi

The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Jenny Beavan

The Tempest (Touchstone Pictures), Sandy Powell

True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Mary Zophres

 

FILM EDITING:

**Winner** The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Andrew Weisblum

The Fighter (Paramount Pictures), Pamela Martin

The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Tariq Anwar

127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Jon Harris

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

**Winner** Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics), Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

Exit Through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz

Gasland (Rooftop Films), Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment), Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

Waste Land (Arthouse Films), Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

 

MAKEUP:

**Winner** The Wolfman (Universal Pictures), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Barney’s Version (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot

The Way Back (Newmarket Films), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

 

ORIGINAL SCORE:

**Winner** The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation), John Powell

Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Hans Zimmer

The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Alexandre Desplat

127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), A.R. Rahman

 

ORIGINAL SONG:

**Winner** “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“Coming Home” from Country Strong (Screen Gems), Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

“I See the Light” from Tangled (Walt Disney Pictures), Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

“If I Rise” from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

 

SOUND MIXING:

**Winner** Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

Salt (Columbia Pictures), Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

 

SOUND EDITING:

**Winner** Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Richard King

Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

TRON: Legacy (Walt Disney Pictures), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

Unstoppable (20th Century Fox), Mark P. Stoeckinger

 

VISUAL EFFECTS:

**Winner** Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (Warner Bros. Pictures), Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

Hereafter (Warner Bros. Pictures), Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

Iron Man 2 (Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios), Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

**Winner** Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

Killing in the Name, Jed Rothstein

Poster Girl, Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block

Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger

The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM:

**Winner** The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

Day & Night, Teddy Newton

The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang

Let’s Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe

Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), Bastien Dubois

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:

**Winner** God of Love, Luke Matheny

The Confession, Tanel Toom

The Crush, Michael Creagh

Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt

Wish 143, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

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Chipotle “Buy One, Get One” Offer

To receive your Chipotle “Buy One, Get One” offer good for any burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos, click the Get Offer link HERE and watch the exclusive preview of America’s Next Great Restaurant. After the video is complete you will be able to print your offer and redeem it at any Chipotle location. Limit one offer per person or Facebook account. Promotion runs from 2/23/11 – 3/6/11. Offer expires seven (7) days after video is viewed.

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Download a 2011 Oscar Ballot

Get ready for the February 27th telecast of the Oscars with this printable ballot and watch the live show this Sunday, February 27th at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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New Cars 2 Characters: Rod “Torque” Redline & Siddeley

“Rod “Torque” Redline is considered by many as the greatest American spy in the world. Recruited after the Cold War for both his brains and brawn, Torque is a tough-as-nails Detroit muscle car with a mastery of disguises. In his latest deep-cover operation, he obtained vital information about the plot to sabotage the World Grand Prix. So Rod plans a rendezvous with his British counterparts to share his discoveries at the World Grand Prix welcome reception in Tokyo, Japan. But with the bad guys hot on his tailpipe, Rod is forced to ditch the intel early and with the first party guest he sees — a rusty American tow truck named Mater.”

“Siddeley is a state-of-the-art British twin-engine spy jet. At 176 feet from nose to tail and an impressive 157-foot wingspan, the super sleek silver-bodied Siddeley streaks through international skies at record-breaking mach 1 speeds. Outfitted with all the latest in high-tech spy equipment, including cloaking technology, defensive weaponry and afterburners, Siddeley is Finn [McMissile]’s steadfast partner-in-fighting-crime around the globe.”

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Google Recipe View

Google has jumped on the recipe search bandwagon with its latest feature, Google Recipe View, which debuted yesterday.

Luckily for the less tech-savvy home cooks everywhere, using it is pretty simple–just search for an ingredient or dish as usual, and when you get the results, click the “recipes” filter button in the left-hand column. Once you’ve got a full arsenal of recipes at your disposal, the recipes filter on the left lets you narrow your search instantly by specific ingredient, preparation time and calorie count, until you find the perfect recipe.

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American Idol Unveils Season 10 Top 24

It took a near breakdown from judge Jennifer Lopez and lots of crocodile tears from ousted hopefuls, but American Idol has finally settled on its top 24 contestants for season 10. The crop includes a diverse breadth of talent — from country and soul crooners, to powerhouse divas.

The Los Angeles Times showcased the entire line up of contestants – and whose vocal style each resembled HERE.

American Idol’s Top 24: top row (L-R) Kendra Chantelle, Jovani Barreto, Lauren Turner, Casey Abrams, Tatynisa Wilson, James Durbin, Karen Rodriguez, Jacob Lusk, Lauren Alaina, Thia Megia, Scott McCreery, Brett Loewenstern, Pia Toscano and Jordan Dorsey. Bottom row (L-R): Rachel Zevita, Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald, Julie Zorrilla, Tim Halperin, Haley Reinhart, Clint Jun Gamboa, Robbie Rosen, Naima Adedapo and Ashthon Jones.

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The Oscar Winning Boston Movie

There’s only one city with this much Oscar-worthy drama. Watch the ultimate story of crime, boxing, child-losing, bank robbing and equation solving that all takes place in beloved Boston.

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Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie Poster by Tom Whalen On Sale Friday February 25th, 2011

Here is Tom Whalen’s latest project for mondotees. The artist has created a Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie poster limited to only 200 hand numbered copies. The screen print with metallic inks measures 18″ x 24″ and will cost $40. The print is officially licensed through Disney and will go on sale HERE at a random time on Friday February 25, 2011. A variant will be sold by Sideshow Collectibles at some point in the future.

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First Look At New Toy Story Short Hawaiian Vacation

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has posted the first images from the latest “Toy Story” installment, a short called “Hawaiian Vacation.” Pixar have decided to continue the adventures of Woody and Buzz in a series of shorts. The first of which, ‘Vacation’ will be released in front of “Cars 2” starting June 24 and the second as-yet-unknown short to premiere before Disney’s “The Muppets” this December.

The short’s director (and former sound designer) Gary Rydstrom, who also made the Pixar short “Lifted,” said of the short, “Woody becomes kind of like what’s-his-name on “Love Boat”…Captain Stubing!” While that reference is going to fly right over kids’ heads, he also elaborates vaguely on the story. “As toys who get played with all the time, they have a pretty good imagination, when it’s time for a little playacting, they’re good at it.” (Thanks for the tip D.T.)

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The Teaser Trailer for The Hangover Part II

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the teaser trailer for The Hangover Part II opening in theaters on May 26. Directed by Todd Phillips, the sequel stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Tyson, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Liam Neeson, Bryan Callen.

In the follow-up, Phil (Cooper), Stu (Helms), Alan (Galifianakis) and Doug (Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.

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Apple Updates MacBook Pro With Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology

Apple today updated the MacBook Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.

Starting at $1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers amazing value and performance in a compact design. The highly portable 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for high performance gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications.

MacBook Pro is the first computer on the market to include the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on a notebook computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.

The MacBook Pro now includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for crisp, widescreen video calls. With Apple’s innovative FaceTime video calling software, the new camera allows high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models and supports standard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone 4 and the current generation iPod touch. FaceTime is included with all new MacBook Pro models and is available for other Intel-based Macs from the Mac App Store for 99 cents. The MacBook Pro lineup continues to feature its gorgeous aluminum unibody enclosure, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, LED-backlit widescreen display, illuminated full-size keyboard and 7-hour battery.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. Snow Leopard builds on more than a decade of innovation and includes multiple features for portable computing such as Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, easy file sharing, automated data backup and intelligent power management. The new iLife ’11 features iPhoto with stunning full screen views for browsing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie with powerful easy-to-use tools to transform home videos into fun theatrical trailers; and GarageBand with new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs.

Pricing & Availability

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.

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THE FIRE WIRE Must-Watch DVD Pick of The Week – The Last Play at Shea

Two New York icons meet for one final time with the DVD of The Last Play at Shea from Lionsgate. The film initially played in theaters and was distributed by D & E Entertainment.

Paul Crowder (Director, “Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who”) and Mark Monroe (Writer, The Cove, Academy Award Winning Best Documentary Feature, 2010) chronicle the intersecting histories of the landmark Shea Stadium and the legendary performer Billy Joel. An engaging look at the highs and lows of the New York Mets and the life and musical career of Joel, The Last Play at Shea interweaves interviews with players and performers with exclusive concert footage from the goodbye performances in July 2008. New York City serves as a background for those who were there – including Sting, John Mayer, Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett and others – to share their stories of these electric summer nights. The film, narrated by New Yorker Alec Baldwin (TV’s “30 Rock”), also highlights a special performance by Paul McCartney.

The DVD which debuted on February 8th also contains special features including two deleted scenes: Billy Joel’s Front Row “Ticket Santa” (a segment showing audiences Billy Joel’s tradition of finding fans with the worst seats in the house and moving them to the front row) and an interview with popular rock and sports journalist Chuck Klosterman.

The Last Play at Shea is a fascinating documentary that intertwines rock, sports and geographical histories in a compelling and thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience. Narrator, Alec Baldwin shares Billy Joel’s extraordinary career and blue collar perspective coupled with Shea Stadium’s illustrious history.

A tapestry of performance, historical documentary and personal journey provides the audience with a pop-culture snapshot of a seminal era in New York history.

The film weaves interviews with players and performers and exclusive concert footage—featuring guests like Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer and Roger Daltrey, among others.

The Last Play at Shea is my must-watch DVD pick this week.

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Card Hit Wonder By Justin Flom

A very cool card trick set to music from Justin Flom.

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Free iTunes Electronic Transmissions Sampler

Click HERE to download the Electronic Transmissions Sampler. This free 10-song sampler features Holy Ghost!, Cut Copy, ooOoO, and more. Codes are available while supplies last. Spread the love and share this with your friends so they can get their free music sampler, too!

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Trailer For The Sequel To E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Robert Blankenheim created this new fake trailer for the sequel to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. He has been working on it for quite some time. It took endless hours of sifting through movies and trying to paste a story together from clips that he found.

Robert used clips from 33 movies along with 11 of his own shots in order to create the trailer. Out of the 115 shots in the trailer, there are 80 effects shots ranging from simple (adding ships to the background) to difficult (animating a talking ET).

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Your First Look At FF # 1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at FF #1, from the superstar creative team of writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Steve Epting. The fight for tomorrow begins today! In the wake of the Human Torch’s heroic sacrifice, Marvels’ first family has re-emerged as the Future Foundation. Spider-Man may their newest teammate, but who else has signed up to protect the future from itself? And what does their presence portend for the world at large? Readers new and old alike – you’ve never seen the FF like this before! Prepare to witness the mind-blowing birth of the super-team that will change everything on March 23rd, only in FF #1!

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Coca-Cola’s Happiness Truck

Coca-Cola’s “Happiness Truck” video takes place in Rio de Janeiro. A special truck dispenses free Cokes as well as a beach toy, a surfboard, sunglasses, beach chairs, t-shirts and soccer balls.

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