Monthly Archives: February 2011

Meet the Nutmobile

Meet the Nutmobile, a custom creation designed for Planters Mr. Peanut, set to tour the country.

The Nutmobile is based on a 2011 Isuzu NPR diesel truck. In addition to the new, crunchy shell, it’s been filled with 5 percent biodiesel, covered in solar panels and fitted with a wind turbine and a bank of batteries.

Together, the setup ensures that a two-hour drive can charge the onboard batteries enough for a one-hour publicity stop. Even body panels and the interior are recycled: Floorboards were reclaimed from a dismantled barn, while the windows are recycled glass in frames made of recycled steel.

The whole thing is one part George Barris, two parts George Washington Carver, and will join the Oscar-Meyer Wienermobile and the Red Bull Mini in the annals of vehicular marketing.

The new Nutmobile will be on a 16 city national tour from March through the end of summer.

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Apple To Hold iPad 2 Event On March 2

Apple is scheduled to hold a special media event on March 2 in San Francisco, at which it will unveil the second-generation iPad. Citing several sources close to the situation, AllThingsD reports that the date is firm, and that the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is the likely venue; notably, it served as the venue for Apple’s original iPad media event, as well. Apple has yet to send out invitations to media members officially confirming the event and the time/place, but given the close proximity of March 2, it will likely do so later this week.

Update: According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am. This is the same venue Apple has used to introduce a number of products in recent years.

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Glee Debuts Original Songs On Glee: The Music, Volume 5 Available March 8th

For the first time ever, Glee premieres two new and original songs on Glee: The Music, Volume 5, available March 8.  “Loser Like Me,” an energetic ensemble track was co-written by pop mastermind Max Martin (Britney Spears, P!nk) and “Get It Right” is a moving ballad brought to life by Lea Michele’s immense voice.  These original tracks will air in the “Glee” episode Tuesday, March 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  In addition to these new tracks, Glee: The Music, Volume 5 will feature the Glee casts take on such classics as Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”  Gwyneth Paltrow makes a triumphant return to Glee and is featured on such classics as Prince’s “Kiss,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Joan Jett’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).”  Paltrow’s earlier Glee contribution, an exciting cover of Cee Lo’s “Forget You,” was a big hit among fans and has just been certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 downloads.  Also featured on Glee: The Music, Volume 5 is the casts much talked about mashup of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll” which was seen by Glee’s biggest audience to date of 26.8 million viewers.

The full track listing for Glee: The Music, Volume 5 is as follows:

Thriller/Heads Will Roll

Need You Now

She’s Not There

Fat Bottomed Girls

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

Firework

Baby

Somebody To Love

Take Me or Leave Me

Sing

Don’t You Want Me

Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)

Kiss

Landslide

Get It Right

Loser Like Me

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The 15 Smartest Toys For Young Geniuses

From teeny, video-equipped racecars to a paintbrush that makes music, TIME picks what’s new and what’s smart in 21st century playtime. See the list HERE.

Does your preschooler have iPad envy? Try Leapfrog’s LeapPad Explorer ($100), a tablet for the younger set. Powered by four AA batteries, the LeapPad comes complete with touch screen, microphone, gaming control pad and a camera. Run on Leapfrog’s catalog of Leapster Explorer cartridges, the tablet allows tech savvy kids to read books, play games and listen to music and just might be interesting enough to lure kids away from mom and dad’s device. LeapPad Explorer will be available in the summer of 2011.

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Banksy Invades Los Angeles

British street artist Banksy is in Los Angeles for his Oscar-nominated film ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ – a documentary which he directed that tells the story of a man’s obsession with street art. The film includes footage of such artists as Shepard Fairey, Space Invader and Banksy himself.. and he hasn’t wasted any time making his mark on the streets of L.A.

This time the controversial artist attacked this billboard on Sunset Boulevard. The new image shows a drunken Mickey Mouse putting his arm around a scantily-clad model with Minnie Mouse watching off to the side.

Unfortunately Bansky’s Mickey art has been removed by the billboard’s owner, CBS outdoor; CBS now claims that they own the Bansky artwork.

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Williams-Sonoma Stuffed Hamburger Press

The Williams-Sonoma stuffed hamburger press ($12) is designed to make burgers better than ever. This innovative tool shapes perfect meat patties, then stuffs them with your favorite savory fillings such as cheese, bacon, vegetables and chili peppers.

The durable plastic device is dishwasher safe. Simply fill each side with ground meat such as beef, chicken, turkey or lamb, press to create a well in the center and add your choice of filling. It’s that simple. Grill your thick juicy burgers up and impress your friends with your culinary prowess and great taste!

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FedEx “Always First” Ad Concept

“Always First”, an ad concept for FedEx by Thomas Ilum and Zoe Vogelius, who are students at the Miami Ad School in Hamburg, Germany.

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Introducing The GTU 10 From Garmin

The Garmin GTU 10 Tracker ($200) is a tiny GPS locator that both is both lightweight and waterproof. The device attaches easily to a backpack, pet collar or rear seat headrest.

With it you get one year of standard tracking, which lets you see its location via computer or via app, the latter of which also allows you to draw a geofence, complete with email or SMS notifications when the Tracker leaves your designated area.

The features of the GTU 10 are so flexible, allowing you to use it to fit your lifestyle:

- Travelers: Locate luggage and belongings so nothing gets left behind or lost.

- Parents: Track your children on their way to school to make sure they arrive safely.

- Pet owners: Receive notifications when your pet exits a geofence so you can go track it down.

- Runners: Let friends or family track your whereabouts on your daily run, or your progress on race day.

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Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection, Slated For Blu-ray Release On May 31

The Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection ($150) is slated for Blu-ray release on May 31. The video transfers and AV specs will be exactly the same as for the existing BD releases. As for the new titles, they will both come with DTS-HD Master Audio tracks (mono for Lolita and 5.1 for Barry Lyndon).

The 10-disc set contains nine of the director’s films: Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange: 40th Anniversary Edition, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. This set is the first time that Barry Lyndon and Lolita will be available on Blu-ray—all the other titles can be purchased individually on BD. The set includes hardback digibook packaging with 40 pages highlighting Kubrick’s films.

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The Greatest Graphic Novels of All Time

So many graphic novels, so little time. How do you sort through the mess to only read the good stuff? Easy: you print out this list, take it to your local comic book store, and tell the guy behind the counter “All of this, please.”

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Kobe Bryant Is, “The Black Mamba”. Nike Viral Ad Directed by Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez directs Danny Trejo at The Crippler, Bruce Willis as Mister Suave, and Kanye West as The Boss in a Nike Basketball spot based around a pitch for a film about Kobe Bryant’s alter-ego The Black Mamba.

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Former McDonald’s Executives to Open a New Healthy-Food Chain

Fast food has become synonymous with fatty food, but Mike Roberts, a former president and chief operating officer of McDonald’s, aims to redefine the concept. Teaming up with another McDonald’s alumnus and an Oprah Winfrey celebrity chef, among others, Roberts is preparing to launch Lyfe Kitchen, a no-butter, no-high-fructose-corn-syrup and fried-food-free restaurant chain.

The Chicago-based company plans to open its first restaurant in Palo Alto, Calif., this summer, with further plans for as many as 250 outposts nationally over the next five years. The brand’s philosophy will emphasize philanthropy and eco-friendliness, and the healthful menu will include low-cal meals and vegan options alongside Niman ranch beef burgers.

Lyfe, which stands for Love Your Food Everyday, hopes to get in on the made-to-order fast-casual market, where chains like Chipotle — another vegetarian-friendly, locally sourced, eco-friendly and socially conscious company — have found success.

Read more HERE.

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Coca-Cola Says Its Secret Recipe Is Still a Secret

Coca-Cola Co said on Tuesday that its flagship cola recipe is still secret after nearly 125 years, denying a story by a public radio show that it has uncovered the formula. Since the February 11 broadcast of This American Life, in which producers claimed they had discovered the drink’s secret formula, staff at Coca-Cola have been busy working the phones. “It has been quite a day,” Kerry Tressler, a company spokeswoman, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday afternoon. First came the stories about the radio program cracking the drink’s code. Then came the stories about the wave of stories about cracking that code. Tressler said several journalists approached her assuming that the formula had been revealed, and prodded her to capitulate. But she had her red-and-white shield drawn and this line at the ready: “Our formulation is our company’s most valued trade secret, and we will not be coming forward with that formula.”

Read more HERE.

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Air Swimmers

Air Swimmers ($40) are helium filled mylar balloons in the shape of fish that you can control via a remote control. The controller takes 3 AAA batteries and the flying fish utilizes one. According to the inventor, they can stay afloat for up to 2 weeks on a single refill. Two models were recently announced; a flying shark and a clown fish. Because Air Swimmers are very light weight, they are only recommended for indoor use. The fun flying fish will be available in July 2011.

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Which Borders Book Stores Are Closing?

Borders Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection Wednesday and said it will close about 30% of its stores nationwide in the coming weeks. HERE is the full list of stores closing. Click on the column headers to sort.

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Meet The New Superman

Henry Cavill is Hollywood’s newest superhero thanks in part to an all-star team of filmmakers (including Christopher Nolan and Zack Synder) that are set to relaunch the truest and bluest of all superheroes: Superman. This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly brings an exclusive look at the British man in tights, whose career may break the speed of sound.

To become Hollywood’s new Man of Steel, Henry Cavill had to pass the Laugh Test. To wit: Could he wear the Superman suit without anyone giggling? And not just any Superman suit. To shoot his screen test last month, the 27-year-old British actor donned a replica of the costume Christopher Reeve wore in director Richard Donner’s classic 1978 film. By today’s standards, those sky blue spandex threads with the iconic S shield on the chest look dated—and hence an effective yardstick for the team now charged with making Superman fly for 21st-century moviegoers. “If you can put on that suit and pull it off,” says director Zack Snyder, “that’s an awesome achievement.”

As an assistant helped him into the suit, Cavill was feeling less than super. He certainly has the face for Superman—solid chin, defined cheekbones, piercing eyes, dark hair. He’s also 6′ 1″ and radiates intelligence, maturity, and all around good-guyness, though he’s too humble to say so himself. But Cavill worried that the rest of him wasn’t up to snuff. He had recently lost the muscle tone he gained to play a loincloth warrior in the mythic fantasy Immortals, due this November. “All I could think was, Oh, God, they’re going to look at me and go, ‘He’s not Superman. Not a chance,’ ” recalls Cavill, best known for playing Henry VIII’s buddy Charles Brandon on Showtime’s The Tudors. “The actor inside me was going, ‘You’re not ready! You’re not ready!’ ” Snyder saw something different. “He walked out and no one laughed,” says the director, a geek pop idol for his work on Dawn of the Dead, 300, and Watchmen. “Other actors put that suit on and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go, ‘Wow. Okay, this is Superman.’ ”

And with that, Superman’s Hollywood relaunch is up, up, and almost away; shooting on the as-yet-untitled Warner Bros. film begins this summer under Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan (whose two Batman flicks have grossed nearly $1.4 billion at the box office worldwide), and screenwriter David S. Goyer, who also wrote Batman Begins, three Blade films, and Dark City. The result of their collaboration, due late next year, will be a must-see event, one the studio hopes will leave audiences in a must-see-more mood.

Read this story and more about other upcoming superhero movies in the new Entertainment Weekly on stands this week.

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Warner Bros Announces App Editions of The Dark Knight & Inception

Warner Bros Digital Distribution today launched “App Editions” of The Dark Knight and Inception for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

App Editions provide a fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content that can include games, trivia, soundtracks and soundboards. The entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, which enables downloading and unlimited streaming, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the App.

The “Inception” and “The Dark Knight” App Editions are available in over 30 territories, including some which previously did not have access to films through iTunes including China, Brazil and the Netherlands. They contain fully customized menus in 16 languages including Japanese, Greek and Russian and also provide consumers movie subtitles in 34 languages ranging from Arabic to Ukrainian (streamed via WiFi). While watching the film, fans can also connect with friends by sharing their favorite movie quotes through Facebook and Twitter and watch a feed of social networking chatter directly related to the movie in real-time.

“Warner Bros. is bringing more than 100 million Apple device owners a highly innovative new way to experience their favorite films,” said Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. “For many, watching a movie is a social activity and App Editions are the first mobile product to deliver this capability on a global scale. They offer a fully connected experience, allowing viewers to engage with others around the world in real-time through Facebook and Twitter. In 2011, Warner Bros. will release a full slate of App Editions including new release and catalog films.”

The App Edition of Inception will cost you $11.99 while The Dark Knight will run you $9.99 and will be available through the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Do You Want A Signed & Doodled Bookplate From Author Joe Hill?

Joe Hill’s novel, Horns will be out in trade paperback next month, and to promote it, the author is going to sign and doodle 1,000 bookplates, and while supplies last, you can get yourself one.

All you have to do is preorder a copy of the book, and send your proof of purchase to joehill@harpercollins.com with HORNS BOOKPLATE in the subject line. You must also include your mailing address in the email. Only one per household.

What qualifies as proof of purchase? A scan or photo of a receipt works. Or, if you order from an online retailer, just forward your receipt from them. If you have safety concerns, feel free to delete any personal info from your receipt.

More info HERE.

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Thor Poster By Olly Moss

Olly Moss was commissioned by Craig Kyle and Kevin Feige at Marvel Pictures to create a special print for the cast and crew of the upcoming Thor movie. The artist got to visit the set, read the script and check out all the story boards and concept art before creating this great image.

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Anatomical Model Sleeping Bag

This Anatomical Model Sleeping Bag is available through the Japanese website ASCII Store. (¥6090 or $73)

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Adrianne Palicki Is Wonder Woman

Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights”) will star in the title role of “Wonder Woman,” a new series pilot from David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law”).

The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman – a/k/a Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life

Kelley and Bill D’Elia (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice”) are the executive producers. The pilot was written by Kelley and will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s “The Event”). “Wonder Woman” is from David E Kelley Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Palicki, who appeared as Tyra Collete in NBC”s acclaimed “Friday Night Lights,” will star in the upcoming feature-film remake of Red Dawn. She also starred in the horror film Breaking the Girl and in the recent series “Lone Star.”

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The Overlook Connection Creates Glow In The Dark Slipcase For Stephen King’s Latest Collection, Full Dark, No Stars

Now In Stock! The wonderful always surprising bookstore, The Overlook Connection has created this fantastic glow in the dark slipcase ($37.95) to protect your prized edition of Stephen King’s Latest Collection, Full Dark, No Stars. The sturdy handsome slipcase is made with acid-free materials. The boards, paper and ink are designed for complete archival protection.

Click HERE to order your copy today!

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THE FIRE WIRE Comic Book Pick of The Week: Amazing Spider-Man #654.1

Start reading with this Point One issue to learn the new meaning for great power and great responsibility! Witness the birth of a new Spider-Man in the start of a brand-new story arc!

Bonded to the dangerous and powerful Venom symbiote, this new webslinger is showing Peter Parker up in the hero department! Plus, who will Spider-Man turn to in his darkest hour? Believe us, it’s not who you think!

The issue will be available on February 16th.

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JK Rowling Is Writing Again

The Harry Potter author attended the BAFTA Film Awards last night, where the film series based on her books was honored with the ‘Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema’ award.

Speaking to BBC News, Rowling noted that she does not know which of her new pieces of work will be published first.

“I don’t know when you’ll be able to read it – I’ve got several things on the go at once,” she said. “It’s hard to know which will be the first that actually appears in print, but I’m writing hard.”

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