Monthly Archives: April 2011

HBO Go App Now Available For iPad & iPhone – Provides Free Streaming For HBO Subscribers

HBO has released the iOS application for its new HBO GO streaming video service providing subscribers with an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with access to over 1,400 HBO shows directly on their devices. Available at no additional charge for existing HBO subscribers, HBO GO allows users to view programming over either a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, making the entire lineup of HBO shows and movies available while on-the-go. Bonus features and special behind-the-scenes extras are included in the HBO GO service and the app allows users to also create customized watchlists and smart “Series Pass” lists to easily follow their favorite shows. HBO GO is available only in the U.S. and requires a 3G or Wi-Fi connection for viewing content. The universal iOS app requires iOS 3.2 or later and an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third- and fourth-generation iPod touch or iPad. HBO GO is available from the App Store as a free download.

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Brandi Carlile: Live At Benaroya Hall CD Review

Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, the new concert album from acclaimed American singer-songwriter-performer Brandi Carlile will be available on Tuesday, May 3.

Brandi’s passionate and powerful performance shines on this CD. Her band is tighter than ever, check out the twin’s harmonies on The Sound Of Silence. The lush orchestra provides a new depth not seen on earlier albums. Brandi is one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge today and I urge all of you to give this disc a listen and pass it on to your friends and family. The world needs to be aware of this humble, kind and generous performer.

Culled from two incredible sold-out shows in November 2010 at the prestigious Seattle concert venue, Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony features Brandi and her band — Tim Hanseroth (guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass), Josh Neumann (cello) and Allison Miller (drums) — performing a finely drawn selection of original songs and well-chosen covers accompanied by a full thirty-piece orchestra.

Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony showcases arrangements created for Brandi by Sean O’Loughlin (who’s worked with Chris Isaak, Feist, Belle & Sebastian, Blue Man Group, others) and the legendary Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, David Bowie-”Space Oddity,” Miles Davis-”On The Corner”).  Buckmaster, who won a Grammy in 2001 for his arrangements on Train’s “Drops of Jupiter,” first worked with Brandi in 2009 on Give Up The Ghost, her third studio album.

Brandi Carlile, winner of Seattle’s City of Music Breakthrough Award for 2010, sold-out her Benaroya debut in 2008.  Returning to the Hall for the first time last November, after touring more than a year in support of Give Up The Ghost, Carlile treated her fans to an expanded road-polished repertoire, performing an exquisite set-list of original compositions and covers including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” and Elton John’s “Sixty Years On” (showcasing Brandi’s vocals within the original Paul Buckmaster arrangement), all included on Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony.

Brandi Carlile: Live At Benaroya Hall With The Seattle Symphony is now available for pre-order on CD and vinyl at Brandi’s online store . Whether you are a long-time Brandi Carlile fan like me or a new listener, this is a perfect live performance to add to your collection.

Track Listing:

1. Curtain Call

2. Sixty Years On

3. Looking Out

4. Before It Breaks

5. I Will

6. Shadow On The Wall

7. Dreams

8. Turpentine

9. The Sound Of Silence

10. The Story

11. Pride & Joy

12. Hallelujah


J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 Will Shake Up Some Moviegoers With Motion Effects Seating

Moviegoers in select cities will be able to shake, rattle, roll and levitate in their seats as they watch J.J. Abrams’ summer sci-fi thriller Super 8.

Screenings are slated to take place in about 50 North American theaters that are outfitted with D-Box Motion Code seats. The “motion effects” technology activates pitch, roll and heave movements that shift audience members up, down and sideways in their chairs.

“The content of this new picture is an ideal match for our incredibly realistic motion effects,” D-Box Technologies CEO Claude McMaster said in a statement. The Canadian company also enables on-screen actions to trigger what it calls “intelligent vibrations” for audience members.

Produced by Steven Spielberg, Super 8 tells the story of kids who make home movies before stumbling upon a government cover-up of mysterious events involving aliens. The movie opens June 10. (Reprinted from

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New Stephen King Short Story, “Under The Weather” To Be Included In Full Dark, No Stars Paperback Due On May 24

Stephen King’s new short story, “Under the Weather” (written just in the past month or two) will be included in the U.S. paperback edition and as a new e-book edition of Full Dark, No Stars which will be released on May 24, 2011. Under the Weather is approximately 6,000 words, 23 manuscript pages and 16 pages in the final paperback.

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The Avengers To Feature New Captain America Costume

Captain America will be receiving an all-new costume for The Avengers, leading man Chris Evans has confirmed to MTV News.

The superhero ensemble has just started production in Albuquerque, where Evans says he donned the new suit for the first time as part of a screen test.

“Yeah, it’s awesome,” Evans smiled, “It’s really cool. I was worried because I started to get really attached to the old one. I got to really start digging it. It’s not that easy to move in, but I started really liking it.”

The original, 1940′s version of the suit will debut in theaters when Captain America: The First Avenger hits on July 22nd, but fans will have to wait until next summer to see The Avengers version on the big screen.

Arriving from writer/director Joss Whedon, the epic team-up is also set to star Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård and will see release on May 4th, 2012.

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The New Poster for Green Lantern

The new official poster for Green Lantern can be viewed below. The action adventure opens in 3D and 2D theaters on June 17. Directed by Martin Campbell, stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan.

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Apple Posts Q & A On Location Data

Apple has posted a ten-question Q & A document discussing the collection of location data on iOS devices. In response to the first question, “Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?”, the company writes, “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.” The second question asks why, then, is everyone so concerned; Apple responds by saying that users are confused, partially because creators of new technology—including itself—have not provided enough education about such issues. In response to the third question, “Why is my iPhone logging my location?”, Apple explains that the iPhone—and presumably other iOS devices—are not logging locations, but “maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.”

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White iPhone 4 Coming April 28

Apple has announced that it will officially launch the white iPhone 4 Thursday, April 28. According to the company, the handset will be available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S. tomorrow, and will come to “many more” countries around the world soon. The press release notes that the white model will be available from both AT&T and Verizon in the U.S., suggesting that other CDMA carriers worldwide may carry it as well. “The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.” Pricing for the white iPhone 4 will be the same as for the black model, or $199/16GB or $299/32GB with a two-year commitment on AT&T or Verizon.

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THE FIRE WIRE Comic Book Pick of The Week: Action Comics #900

Action Comics #900 is here this week, and along with all of the special bonus features (Donner, Lindelof, Johns, Frank, Sook, Stelfreeze, Dini -check out the full list HERE) celebrating 900 issues of Action,you’ll get the 51-page finale to the epic Lex Luthor storyline that’s been building since Action Comics #890.

Superman’s fought Lex Luthor many, many times over the years – but never quite like this. With his allies hands’ tied up in Metropolis trying to hold off Doomsday, Superman’s in for the fight of his life against a Lex with near-limitless power.

Pick up this milestone issue on Wednesday.


Steve Jobs in Carbonite iPhone Case

Protect your iPhone with a one-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic hard case ($35) featuring Apple’s fearless leader frozen in Carbonite. Simply snap the case onto your iPhone for solid protection and direct access to all device features. You can also purchase a print, t-shirt or laptop skin at the website.

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Javier Bardem Will Star In Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower”

The New York Post is reporting that Javier Bardem has signed on to the first Dark Tower movie and the miniseries, but the intention is that he will star in all three movies and each of the TV series.

In the series based on Stephen King’s magnum opus, Roland Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers and humanity’s last hope to save a civilization that will fall unless he finds the Dark Tower.

Akiva Goldsman has scripted the first movie and will write the TV component as well. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer is producing with Goldsman and the author Stephen King.

Ron Howard plans to direct the initial film as well as the TV component that will create a bridge to the second feature. The plan calls for the original actors to headline the TV version as well. The second film will pick up where the first left off. That would be followed by another TV installment that would be a prequel that introduces Deschain as a young man. The third film brings back the original cast once again to complete the screen trilogy.

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The Avengers Start of Production Press Release & First Photo

Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon.  The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2″) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as Thor, Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (“Thor,” “The Hurt Locker”) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are Alright”) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (“Iron Man 2″) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (“Iron Man,” “Thor”) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2″) as Nick Fury.  Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the super hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together the mightiest super hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of super heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Angels & Demons,” “Mamma Mia!”) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ feature “Thor.”

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patty Whitcher, and Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios’ Jeremy Latcham and Victoria Alonso will co-produce.

The creative production team also includes Oscar nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement”), production designer James Chinlund (“25th Hour”), Oscar winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs (“Iron Man 2,” “The Matrix”), visual effects producer Susan Pickett (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2″), stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell (“Superman Returns”), and four-time Oscar nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Iron Man,” “War of the Worlds”). The editors include Oscar nominated Paul Rubell (“Collateral”) and Jeffrey Ford (“Crazy Heart”).

Marvel Studios most recently produced “Iron Man 2″ which was released in theatres on May 7, 2010. The sequel to “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow as well as Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the number one spot its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million. To date the film has earned over $620 million in worldwide box office receipts.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies, “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”  “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey, Jr. originally dons the super hero’s powerful armor alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008 and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million its opening weekend and grossed over $571 million worldwide. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk” marking its second number one opener of that summer. The spectacular revival of the iconic green goliath grossed over $250 million in worldwide box office receipts.

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10 Fattiest Meals At Chain Restaurants

Menus at chain restaurants are filled with meals possessing enough calories and fat to surpass or come alarmingly close to the daily intake recommended (about 2,000 calories) by the USDA’s official Dietary Guidelines. The Daily Meal has uncovered ten of the most fattening dishes. You can see the list HERE.

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Cobra PhoneTag

The Cobra PhoneTag ($60) utilizes a Bluetooth connection between the included dongle and your iPhone, Android device, or BlackBerry to let you know if your tagged item has left the vicinity. It immediately sends you an email or text message with GPS coordinates when it happens, and works the other way around, too, letting you “ring” your smartphone from the PhoneTag.

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25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names

HERE is a list of 25 real names for 25 everyday items.

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The Avengers Starts Filming Today

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios will start filming The Avengers today (Monday) and director Joss Whedon has posted the following at his website, Whedonesque!

“Hi Pumpkins, joss here.

Tomorrow we start shooting (I THINK I’m legally permitted to say that). Day one. That’s right. We’ll be shooting the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene, at the following address:

[Marvel Lawyers rush in, take Joss's keyboard, blowtorch a picture of his family like in "Stormy Monday", drink his milkshake, leave the seat up, fluff his pillows, violently unfluff his pillows, leave]

Went too far. My bad. Anyhoo, it should be a fun day, followed by the eighty thousand other fun days it will take to finish this. I’ll be checking in from time to time, if there’s news or I crave attention (i.e. am awake) . None of it will be Avengers news — I have some very denty pillows to remind of that — but I may have tidbits. (They’re not about Firefly. I should say that up front, if only to protect Sis Mo from the HATORZ.)…

…So wish me luck. DO IT! LUCK! NOW! I’m off to finish some Buffy pages, and then figure out what the movie is about already. I’m pretty sure it’s about the Justice League [Marvel Lawyers re-enter, unspeakability occurs] or possibly something else. I’ll get it. I’ve been looking forward to this. For about 46 years.”

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Disney’s The Lion King & Beauty And The Beast Blu-rays Available For Pre-Order

In an early announcement to retailers, 3D Diamond Editions of Disney’s The Lion King (1994, Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff) and Beauty and the Beast (1991, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise) have appeared available for pre-order on Amazon. The Lion King shows with several editions forthcoming: The regular 2D Diamond Edition with Blu-ray and DVD, the aforementioned 3D Diamond Edition that consists of 3D, 2D Blu-ray Discs, DVD and digital copy, an 8-disc The Lion King Trilogy edition that presumably includes The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998, Darrell Rooney, Rob LaDuca) and The Lion King 1½ (2004, Bradley Raymond) direct-to-video features.

Release dates, special features and full specifications for each have not yet disclosed.

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Where’s The Garage?

It’s no secret that parking is extremely difficult to find in San Francisco. Beausoleil Architects  solved this dilemma by creating a hidden 4-car garage for this historic Victorian apartment. Watch the video below to find out where it is hidden.

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Extended Green Lantern TV Trailer Now Online

An extended trailer for “Green Lantern” has found its way online after premiering on television this week. The new trailer gives us yet another look at the Parallax entity and offers some indication of how Hector Hammond acquires the powers that make him such a dangerous member of Hal Jordan’s rogues gallery.

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Olly Moss Solo Art Show Opens On May 7th At Gallery 1988 In Los Angeles

The British designer / illustrator Olly Moss will be doing his first solo-show next month at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The opening reception will be on May 7th. The minimalistic artist will be showcasing 150 pieces of his pop-culture inspired art. If you are unfamiliar with the unique style of Moss, some examples of his art are featured below.

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HBO GO App For The Apple iPad & iPhone Arriving On May 2, 2011

The HBO GO App for the Apple iPad and iPhone is scheduled to be released on May 2, 2011. The app is free with your HBO subscription through participating TV providers and will provide instant access to over 1,400 HBO programs including original series, blockbuster movies, sports, specials and more.

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Little Thor, A Parody of “The Force” Darth Vader VW Commercial

Check out Little Thor, a promo for the Marvel film Thor that is a parody of “The Force” Darth Vader VW commercial.

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The 2011 TIME 100 Most Influential People In The World

Meet the most influential people in the world. They are artists and activists, reformers and researchers, heads of state and captains of industry. Their ideas spark dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution. Click HERE to view this year’s TIME 100.

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Matt Reeves To Direct Justin Cronin’s Bestselling Novel, The Passage

Fox 2000 has set Matt Reeves to direct The Passage, the film based on the bestselling Justin Cronin novel about an experiment that goes awry and creates a swarm of bloodthirsty vampires that brings the world to the brink of extinction. Fox acquired the book in 2007 for north of $3 million right after Cronin (the PEN Hemingway Award winner originally submitted the book under a pseudonym) made a 3-book deal with Ballantine for $3.75 million based on the first 400 pages of the book and an outline for a novel series. Reeves directed Cloverfield and the remake Let Me In.

In The Passage, a group of terminally ill cancer patients get healthy after being subjected to the bites of bats in South America. Naturally, the government see this as a cure for the disease and starts experimenting. They end up with a legion of nearly indestructible, telepathic vampire masters that begin infecting the populace.

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Johnny Depp & Patti Smith In Latest Disney Dream Portraits By Annie Leibovitz

In a first for acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s Disney Dream Portrait Series for Disney Parks, one of the actors stepping into a Disney fantasy is actually playing a character he portrays on the big screen.

In this two-part layout appearing as part of a special insert in May issues of O – The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, InStyle and People, Johnny Depp appears as Captain Jack Sparrow joined by his friend, the legendary performer, writer and artist, Patti Smith as the Second Pirate in Command.

The caption for this stunning pair of new portraits reads, “Where magic sets sail and adventures become legendary.”

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