Monthly Archives: February 2011

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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