Monthly Archives: March 2011

Everything Must Go Trailer

Roadside Attractions has released the trailer for Everything Must Go, based on the Raymond Carver short story, “Why Don’t You Dance?”. Directed by Dan Rush and starring Will Ferrell the film will have a limited release on May 13. The premise of the the movie is about a man living on his front lawn and selling all his belongings after he loses his wife and his job.

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iPad 2 + eBay = Profit

Apple’s iPad 2 is still difficult to find in stores, so frustrated customers and lucky sellers are turning to eBay. Shortly after Apple releases new products into the market, they find their way onto eBay — at a premium, of course.

According to data released by eBay, the iPad 2 has been one of eBay’s most popular items over the last few weeks; eBay sold 12,000 iPads in the first two weeks (65% to US customers and 35% to international customers).

eBay says the largest population of iPad buyers abroad were in Canada and Russia, while China and Japan followed close behind. The two most popular iPads sold were the base 16GB WiFi-only model (for almost $200 higher than retail) and the fully-loaded 64GB 3G model ($406 higher than retail).

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Zooey Deschanel Performs Three Songs for Disney’s Upcoming Winnie The Pooh Film

Walt Disney Pictures announced today that actress/musician/singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel has performed three songs for the Winnie the Pooh movie, opening in theaters on July 15.

Actress/Musician/Singer/Songwriter Zooey Deschanel (“Almost Famous,” “(500) Days of Summer”) joins Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, performing three songs for the film, including her own take on the classic “Winnie the Pooh” theme song, “A Very Important Thing to Do” and the original end-credit song “So Long,” which was written by Deschanel and performed with She & Him bandmate M. Ward.

“This has been one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had,” says Deschanel. “And I’ve just been thanking my lucky stars that I was able to work on this movie, because it’s delightful.”

Filmmakers were drawn to Deschanel’s signature style. “She was the perfect choice to do the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ song—a classic theme from the Sherman Brothers,” says director Don Hall. “Her music actually embodies the underlying spirit of the movie. We’re taking something that has vintage roots in the sixties, but spinning it in our own way and updating it. If you listen to Zooey’s music with She & Him—that’s their sound to a tee.”

“I’m a big fan of Winnie the Pooh and all his friends,” says Deschanel, who also plays the ukulele in the song. “It’s really hard to pick a favorite: Winnie the Pooh is so special, he loves honey and he’s just cool. Eeyore is amazing, I love Eeyore. And Piglet is so small. It’s really a four-way tie between Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger.”

Deschanel’s songs, plus the Sherman Brothers classic and a host of original songs by Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“The Wonder Pets”), as well as original score from composer Henry Jackman (“The Da Vinci Code,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”), will be included on the “Winnie the Pooh” soundtrack (available Spring 2011 in select international markets, and in the U.S. on July 12, 2011) from Walt Disney Records.

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Stephen King-John Mellencamp Musical, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” Set For Alliance Theatre Premier In 2012

Suspense has surrounded “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” the Stephen King-John Mellencamp musical that the Alliance Theatre announced for the 2008-09 season, then promptly delayed. But the world premiere is officially back on again.

Atlanta’s biggest theater, which announced only the first part of its 2011-12 season earlier this month, saved a big surprise for Wednesday’s announcement of the second half, including “Ghost Brothers” among its final four plays.

The King-Mellencamp collaboration, with musical direction by renowned producer T-Bone Burnett (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), will close the Alliance main stage season in spring 2012. Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth will direct.

The Alliance describes the show as a “Southern Gothic musical fraught with mystery, tragedy and ghosts of the past.”

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Billy Joel Cancels ‘Book of Joel’ Memoir

Billy Joel is canceling his planned memoir. “The Book of Joel” was scheduled for publication in June. The HarperCollins book was billed as an “emotional ride” that would detail the music legend’s failed marriage to Christie Brinkley, as well as his battles with substance abuse.

But in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Joel said he had changed his mind. Joel said it took writing the book for him to realize he’s not interested in talking about the past.

The 61-year-old singer says the best expressions of his life and its ups and downs is his music – and he’s going to keep it that way.

HarperCollins confirmed Thursday that the deal had been canceled.

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The Theme For American Idol On March 30th Will Be Elton John’s Back Catalog

The songs performed by the American Idol top 11 will be exclusively from Elton John’s back catalog and span his lengthy career. The theme is in honor of Elton John’s 64th birthday, which he celebrated last week (March 25).

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Denny’s Introduces The Maple Bacon Sundae

Bacon makes a classic ice cream sundae even more awesome according to Denny’s. The new salty sweet frozen concoction is part of their “Baconalia Celebration”. The MBS starts with maple flavored syrup and a scoop of vanilla ice cream and then a generous sprinkle of diced hickory-smoked bacon. Add another layer of syrup and vanilla ice cream topped with even more bacon and a drizzle of syrup. The Maple Bacon Sundae and the other bacon dishes will only be available for a limited time at participating Denny’s restaurants.

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Star Wars Saga Blu-ray Release Date Moved Forward To September 16th, 2011

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment officially announced today the Blu-ray release of Star Wars for September 16th, 2011. The studio will release the saga in three distinct sets “to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan: Star Wars: The Complete Saga (a nine-disc set including all six films, priced at $139.99; Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy (a three-disc set including Episodes I-III, priced at $69.99); and Star Wars: Original Trilogy (a three-disc set including Episodes IV-VI, priced at $69.99).

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

You can preorder the Complete saga at Amazon today for $89.99. The Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy, in turn, go for $44.99. The sets will be available on September 16th 2011 not the 27th as originally reported.

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First Look At Pixar’s Brave Art

In many ways, Pixar’s 13th feature-length movie Brave (out June 22, 2012) ventures into new territory for the animation studio: The Scotland-set adventure film will be Pixar’s first fairy tale, its first picture starring a female protagonist, and its first film co-directed by a woman. Reese Witherspoon will no longer voice the movie’s heroine, a tomboyish princess named Merida, due to scheduling issues. Instead, the character will be played by the Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men, Boardwalk Empire).

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).

Brave is directed by Mark Andrews (the Oscar-nominated short One Man Band) and Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt). Chapman conceived of the project, which was initially titled The Bear and the Bow, and was supposed to be its sole director — and Pixar’s first female director. But last October, it was reported that Pixar had replaced Chapman with Andrews. Now, although Andrews is presently in charge of guiding Brave across the finish line, both Andrews and Chapman will be credited as the movie’s directors, according to a Disney spokesman. (Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly)

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20 Movie Gadgets We Want Now

Hoverboard! Dejarik! Neuralyzer! Invisibility cloak! Movies have long teased us with awesome technology; please, inventors around the world, deliver on these gadgets already!

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Meridian App For The iPhone Helps You Navigate Powell’s City of Books In Portland Oregon

My favorite bookstore in the world, Powell’s presents this great new iPhone app that helps navigate the massive City of Books, their flagship location at NW 10th and Burnside in downtown Portland.

With the app, simply enter the title of a book and receive turn-by-turn directions through the color-coded rooms of the store.

To download the free app from Meridian, click HERE.

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TIME Lists The 140 Best Twitter Feeds

TIME posted a feature naming the 140 best Twitter feeds. Their list includes celebrities, comedians, authors, news feeds and more. You can see the list HERE and if you want to follow THE FIRE WIRE on Twitter, please click HERE.

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Louie Season 1 Blu-ray Due On June 21

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced Louie: The Complete First Season for Blu-ray release on June 21. This BD set will include all 13 episode of the first season of this FX original comedy series, centered on Louis C.K.’s hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two young daughters.

Special features include: commentary, deleted scenes and unaired and unrated comedy sketches

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Tyler Stout’s Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair Poster

Three weeks ago the purveyor of pop culture prints Mondo received a call from Quentin Tarantino’s team asking if they would be interested in doing a poster for not only the first public screening of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, but for a surprise at his birthday screening!

The result is this amazing poster by the super talented Tyler Stout. 600 prints were created and 100 were sold at the premier on Sunday. Additional posters will be sold on the Mondo website at a later date. I recommend that you follow them on twitter and Facebook as their posters fly off the shelf fast! More images and details can be seen HERE.

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Amy Adams To Play Lois Lane In Upcoming Superman Film

Amy Adams has landed the iconic role of journalist Lois Lane in the upcoming Superman reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Adams joins Henry Cavill, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner on the production, which will be directed by Zack Snyder.

“Second only to Superman himself, the question of who will play Lois Lane is arguably what fans have been most curious about,” Snyder said in a statement Sunday. “So we are excited to announce the casting of Amy Adams, one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today. Amy has the talent to capture all of the qualities we love about Lois: smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful.”

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Hanna Trailer

Here’s a first look at Focus Features’ new film, ‘Hanna’. In this action-packed thriller, director Joe Wright reunites with Atonement star Saoirse Ronan to tell the story of Hanna, a young girl raised by her father to be an assassin. In theaters April 8, 2011.

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Miniot iPad 2 Cover

If you like the idea of Apple’s iPad 2 Smart Cover but want a more substantial screen protector then the Miniot iPad Cover ($70) might be what you are looking for. It offers the same functionality — magnets, stands, and all — but it is carved from a single piece of the finest woods. Miniot will even engrave your message, logo, art or image for free for a limited time.

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Stephen King’s Marvel Dark Tower Omnibus Hardcover Slipcase Set Shipping In September

The initial arc of Stephen King and Marvel’s Dark Tower series is now complete and the entire run is collected in this double hardcover slipcased collected edition. Slated for a September 2011 release, The Marvel Dark Tower Omnibus Hardcover Slipcase edition ($150) is written by Peter David, Robin Furth, Anthony Flamini with art by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove.

For those unfamiliar with the books:

“The Man in Black fled across the desert…and the gunslinger followed.” With those words from a short story published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Stephen King launched one of the most seminal characters in his lifetime of writing into a destiny fraught with danger, death, triumph and loss. In the almost thirty years since that momentous occasion, King introduced millions of readers to the densely textured realm of Mid-World through his magnum opus, the Dark Tower series of novels. King joined with Marvel in 2007 to bring his masterwork of fantasy to a new generation of readers. Adding stunning new textures to the mythos of Roland and Mid-World for the past four years.”

Book 1 is 296 pages and contains: Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1-7, The Long Road Home #1-5, Treachery #1-6, Sorcerer #1, The Fall of Gilead #1-6 and The Battle of Jericho Hill #1-5.

Book 2 is 600 pages. This edition is chock full of essential short stories, bonus material and apocrypha, this volume is a must-read for Stephen King enthusiasts. Three guidebooks overseen by Dark Tower: A Concordance author Robin Furth unlock the many secrets of Roland Deschain, the Gunslingers, Gilead and the dark forces of Farson — bringing readers greater insight into the people, places and things of Mid-World. And supplemental material from the first thirty issues of Marvel’s Dark Tower series shed even more light on King’s epic — with short stories by Furth, and a tour through artists Jae Lee and Richard Isanove’s sketchbooks, and more! Collecting Dark Tower: Gunslinger’s Guidebook, End-World Almanac and Guide to Gilead, Marvel Spotlight: Dark Tower and additional material from the first 5 graphic novels.

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Hardcore Hammer

The original 19 ounce American made Hardcore hammer ($58.99) features a recessed milled insert made from some of the hardest steel on the planet. The recessed milled traction surface is protected from striking anything but the nail by the smooth outer rim. This eliminates the need for two hammers because it combines a finish and a framing hammer all in one. Magnetized nail slots on the top and bottom of this sturdy tool aid in more versatile one-handed nail starting. This is a durable hammer that you can proudly pass down from one generation to the next.

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Pixar Introduces A New Cars 2 Character: Meet Jeff Gorvette

The latest addition to the cast of Cars 2, Jeff Gorvette, makes his big debut. If the name sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because the character will be voiced by NASCAR superstar, Jeff Gordon. Instead of serving as a simple cameo, Gorvette will pursue an active role as a serious contender in the World Grand Prix.

Here is the official description:

“Jeff Gorvette is one of the greatest American racecars alive today. Donning the stars and stripes of his country’s flag, the #24 Corvette C6.R has proven his ability to succeed on the big ovals and the road courses of the Grand Touring Sports circuits. Having moved from his hometown of Vallejo, California to Indiana to be closer to the racing world, Gorvette’s ability to accelerate at such a young age has turned hoods wherever he competes. His championships and number of victories are unmatched, making him a respected competitor-and legitimate threat-at the World Grand Prix.”

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Casio G-Shock Bluetooth Watch

The new Casio G-Shock Bluetooth is designed for use with upcoming Bluetooth profile 4.0 mobile phones, the Bluetooth 4.0 is designated as a “low energy profile,” watch will retain a 2 year battery life on a single CR2032 battery.  the Casio G-Shock Bluetooth with wireless sync with your phone’s time, and help you manage incoming alerts as well as work with your phone’s alarms. Specific pricing and availability info have not been officially announced.

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Vans Era Laceless

The Vans Era Laceless ($42) is a new spin on the classic Era style, offering the same durable construction and casual look – without laces. It’s made with a canvas upper, textile lining and cushioning and a vulcanized rubber sole. You can choose from black, white or red.

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Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake Join Star-Studded ‘Songs For Japan’, On iTunes Today

Music from the hottest artists around has been compiled into Songs for Japan, an all-star album created to raise money for earthquake relief efforts.

Available today on iTunes, the 38-track digital disc includes Nicki Minaj’s “Save Me,” Eminem’s “Love the Way you Lie (featuring Rihanna),” Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” and Cee Lo Green’s “It’s Okay.” The download is $9.99; a physical double disc will be released next month. The charity album is a joint effort between Universal Music Group, Sony Entertainment Music, Warner Music Group  and EMI Music.

More than 10,000 people have been declared dead, according to Japan’s National Police Agency. Proceeds from Songs for Japan will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist survivors.

Full tracklist:

John Lennon, “Imagine (Remastered)”
U2, “Walk On”
Bob Dylan, “Shelter From the Storm”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Around the World (Live)”
Lady Gaga, “Born This Way (Starsmith Remix)
Beyonce, “Irreplaceable”
Bruno Mars, “Talking to the Moon (Acoustic Piano Version)”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
Rihanna, “Only Girl (In the World)”
Justin Timberlake, “Like I Love You”
Madonna, “Miles Away (Live)”
David Guetta, “When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland)”
Eminem, “Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna)”
Bruce Springsteen, “Human Touch”
Josh Groban, “Awake (Live)”
Keith Urban, “Better Life”
The Black Eyed Peas, “One Tribe”
P!nk, “Sober”
Cee Lo Green, “It’s OK”
Lady Antebellum, “I Run to You”
Bon Jovi, “What Do You Got?”
Foo Fighters, “My Hero”
R.E.M., “Man On the Moon (Live)”
Nicki Minaj, “Save Me (Clean Version)”
Sade, “By Your Side”
Michael Buble, “Hold On (Radio Mix)”
Justin Bieber, “Pray (Acoustic)”
Adele, “Make You Feel My Love”
Enya, “If I Could Be Where You Are”
Elton John, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”
John Mayer, “Waiting On the World to Change”
Queen, “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”
Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”
Sting, Steven Mercurio & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Fragile (Live in Berlin)”
Leona Lewis, “Better In Time”
Ne-Yo, “One In a Million”
Shakira, “Whenever, Wherever”
Norah Jones, “Sunrise”

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Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1 For The iPhone, iPod touch & iPad

Apple has released iOS 4.3.1 today for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. According to Apple, this update:

- Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on the 4th generation iPod touch

- Resolves bugs relating to activating and connecting to some cellular networks

- Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs

- Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services

You can install it now by connecting your device to iTunes.

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The Three Musketeers Trailer

The first trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers has just been released.

Opening in 3D on April 15, 2011, the action adventure Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelson, Gabriella Wilde, Juno Temple, Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz in an adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas tale.

In The Three Musketeers, the hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (MacFadyen, Evans and Stevenson). They must stop the evil Richlieu (Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Jovovich).

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