Monthly Archives: May 2011

Peter Murphy Celebrates His New CD Ninth With A Special In-Store Set & Signing At Amoeba Music In Hollywood

Starting on the release date of Peter Murphy’s new CD (June 7th) the first purchasers of Ninth at Amoeba Music will receive a ticket guaranteeing their space in the signing line after the in-store performance and a limited-edition poster created for the release (limited quantities, while they last)!

The performance and signing will be held on Thursday June 16th at 6PM in Hollywood. More information HERE.

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DC Comics Announces Historic Renumbering of All Superhero Titles

DC Comics has a new strategy to be No. 1 in comic books: all-new No. 1′s!

On Wednesday, August 31st, DC Comics will launch a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues, including the release of Justice League by New York Times bestselling writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The publication of Justice League issue 1 will launch day-and-date digital publishing for all these ongoing titles, making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.

DC Comics will only publish two comic books on August 31st: the final issue of this summer’s comic book mini-series Flashpoint and the first issue of Justice League by Johns and Lee, two of the most distinguished and popular contemporary comic book creators, who will be collaborating for the first time. Together they will offer a contemporary take on the origin of the comic book industry’s premier superhero team.

USA TODAY has the exclusive first interviews about the decision to launch 52 first issues over a five week period, the designing of more than 50 new costumes and what it all means for the World’s Greatest Superheroes. You can also read more about the publishing change HERE.

So, what does this mean for the comics? Are you going to buy all of these first issues when they come out? Does anyone who is not reading comics currently care, and will they buy these first issues when they come out? Let’s hope that substance rises above the novelty of the idea and when the collectors have snatched up all of the first issues, the momentum will continue with new readers and quality stories.

UPDATE: More details about the relaunch emerge HERE.

Cover for Justice League #1; Art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

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Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone & iPod touch Users

Apple today announced that its groundbreaking iWork productivity apps, Keynote, Pages and Numbers, are now available for iPhone and iPod touch, as well as iPad. Created for the Mac and then completely redesigned for iOS and Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch interface, Keynote, Pages and Numbers allow you to create and share stunning presentations, beautifully formatted documents and powerful spreadsheets on the go. iWork apps are available on the App Store for $9.99 each to new users and as a free update for existing iWork for iPad customers.

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Paper Heroes By Grégoire Guillemin

Minimal, angular and blocky might describe Grégoire Guillemin’s take on comic book/film heroes and villains. The artist uses sharp lines coupled with vibrant images against stark backgrounds to create instantly recognizable characters that pop off the page. (Originally found at blurppy)

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Coldplay to Release ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ Single Friday

Coldplay fans will finally get to hear some new music when the group releases a new single, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” this Friday (June 3), the same day their summer festival run kicks off in Germany. The band made the announcement on its official website today. The new song will stream on the band’s website Friday and be released digitally everywhere except the U.K., where it will come out a day later.

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Stephen King’s Bag of Bones Finally Begins Filming On June 6th

A mini-series based on Stephen King’s award winning novel Bag of Bones will begin shooting in Nova Scotia July 6th, 2011 continuing through to August 31st, 2011.

Mick Garris who directed three previous Stephen King TV films including The Shining, The Stand and Desperation will direct.

The synopsis of the 1998 King novel is as follows:

Several years after his wife’s death, novelist Mike Noonan still suffers writer’s block. A dream inspires him to return to the couple’s summer retreat in western Maine, a lakeside house called Sara Laughs. Shortly after arriving, Noonan is caught in the middle of a custody battle involving the daughter of an attractive young widow and the child’s enormously wealthy grandfather. He also discovers that Sara Laughs is haunted and that his late wife, Joanna, still has something to tell him.

Pre-poduction on the long awaited film began today. The original plan was for the project to be a major motion picture shot in Maine during the summer of 1999.

After much delay, Nova Scotia will act as Derry, Maine – one of King’s famous fictional towns. There’s no official word on airdate, channel or cast at this point.

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Apple to Unveil iCloud, iOS 5 & Lion On Monday, June 6

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

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Read The New David Sedaris Story Here

This new story, ‘Vomit-Eating Flies’ will be published in the paperback edition of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (Little, Brown & Company) in October but you can read it HERE right now. 

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Fifty Baddies Print by Robert Ball

Fifty baddies in a limited edition print of 50 copies. The image measures 40cm x 50cm. The giclee is printed on 330gsm Somerset Velvet and are signed by the artist.

You can purchase the limited edition prints HERE for £25.00 plus £8.50 shipping.

A cheat sheet can be seen below if you can’t name them all.

Click on images to make larger

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Hobbit Film Titles & Release Dates Announced

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit.” The first film, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

The films are both set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The adventure of “The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Read more HERE.

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John Lasseter Talks Cars 2, Brave & the Future of Pixar

I just read this interview with John Lasseter from the new blog, blurppy that sheds some light on Pixar’s creative process and provides upcoming news on Cars 2 other future releases. Lasseter is the driving force (no pun intended to Cars fans) to why Pixar movies are so successful; he has raised the bar on the genre and his passion for quality animation can be seen in every frame! HERE is what he had to say…

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Guide to 2011 Summer Festivals

With Memorial Day upon us, the unofficial start of summer, is now here. This also begins the summer festival season. Pitchfork was kind enough to create this helpful guide so you can decide on which single day events, family-friendly street fairs, art-museum musical interludes, folk-music picnics and experimental concert series you wish to attend. Remember to bring sunscreen.

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The Art of Tim Burton

The Art of Tim Burton is the definitive compilation of forty years of Tim Burton’s artistry, including film concepts and hundreds of illustrations from hispersonal archives, edited under the creative guidance of Burton himself. This comprehensive 434 page book is grouped into thirteen chapters that examine common themes in Burton’s work, from his fascination with clowns to his passion for misunderstood monsters, to his delight in the oddities of people. Many of Burton’s friends and collaborators offer their thoughts, insights and anecdotes about Tim Burton’s style and artistic approach to life.

The massive book comes in a standard edition for $70 or a deluxe signed edition for $300.

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The Training Dresser

Peter Bristol is the Pacific Northwest based designer behind this lovely children’s dresser called the Training Dresser ($1,500).  The drawers are cleverly shaped to match their predetermined contents.

The cabinet is made from ¾” ULDF and finished with conversion varnish. The drawers are 9 ply ½” maple plywood, dovetailed and finished with clear catalyzed lacquer. All cabinet and drawer components are cut, drilled and dadoed on a CNC table router.

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UPPAbaby Introduces 3 Accessories For The Vista Stroller

Just when we thought our favorite stroller couldn’t be improved, UPPAbaby introduces 3 accessories to the Vista.

VISTA SnackTray 

A helpful and convenient addition. Keep your little ones satisfied while strolling. Designed for the VISTA, the UPPAbaby SnackTray ($35)conveniently snaps into the bumper bar attachment creating the perfect snacking surface and drink holder for your toddler. The surface is also very easy to clean.

RumbleSeat Attachment for VISTA Strollers

Convert your VISTA stroller to a double in-line stroller with ease and style.  Designed exclusively for 2009 and later model VISTA strollers, the RumbleSeat ($130) converts a single stroller to a double in-line stroller in seconds. Whether it’s a quick stroll to the supermarket or a long, leisurely walk through the park, this exclusive seat provides maximum comfort and style for parents’ precious cargo. The lightweight frame has a canopy and a five point harness. Kids can rest their feet on the footpad without affecting the basket storage.

PiggyBack Ride Along Board

Now your toddler can tag along for the ride: Introducing the new PiggyBack ride along board ($90). Just attach to the back of your VISTA stroller and your older one is ready to roll. The Vista can be folded with the PiggyBack attached and can be tethered up and out of the way when not in use. (Reviewed by Patricia Fire)

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Disney’s POP! Vinyl Line

Funko will be producing a line of Disney-inspired vinyl collectible dolls for its new POP! Vinyl line ($TBD). Series 1 includes Mickey Mouse, Woody & Buzz Lightyear from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Sulley & Mike Wazowski from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket from Disney’s Pinocchio, Snow White, Maleficent, Tinker Bell, Cruella de Vil and Stitch.

Series 2 is expected to include Lotso, Belle, Beast, The Incredibles, Boo, Jack Skellington and Minnie Mouse.

The fun figures are coming exclusively to Disney Stores and DisneyStore.com on May 30, 2011.

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The Steampunk Bible

Steampunk—a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture—is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible ($24.95) is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.

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Green Lantern Got Milk Campaign

The new “Got Milk” ad features Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern sporting a Milk Mustache. The ad copy reads, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. See what milk’s protein can do for your muscles at LanternWorthy.com.” The ad will be released in conjunction with the new Warner Brothers and DC Comics movie due in theaters June 17. It will appear in DC Comics on May 25.

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A Look Inside The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure At Disneyland

Beginning June 3, 2011, find out exactly what it’s like to journey under the sea and become part of Ariel’s world as one of the most beloved animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid, transforms into a brand-new, musical attraction for the whole family!

Once inside the elegant Victorian Exposition-style building, you’ll marvel at an ornate 86-foot-long, hand-painted mural as you climb aboard a giant clam shell and slowly descend below the waves to an underwater world teeming with movement, color and magic. This elaborate “Omnimover”-style ride (like the classic Haunted Mansion) features high-energy songs, state-of-the-art Audio Animatronics characters and immersive special effects that transport you inside scenes from the animated classic.

On your voyage, you’ll find an ocean of favorite characters from the film including Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle and even the wicked sea witch Ursula—towering over you at 7.5-feet tall and 12-feet.

In addition to the astounding sights, your journey will have you singing along with the unforgettable songs from the film, including “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Kiss the Girl”.

We had a chance to preview this eagerly awaited attraction and it does not disappoint! The Audio-Animatronic characters were some of the best that Disney Imagineers have ever produced. This ride is destined to become a classic in the vein of Pirates of The Caribbean or Haunted Mansion. We filmed the 6 minute journey for those that can’t visit Disneyland in the near future and you can watch the video below.

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Source Code DVD & Blu-ray Due On July 26th

Summit Entertainment has announced DVD ($26.99) and Blu-ray ($30.49) releases of Source Code for July 26th. Extras will include an audio commentary by director Duncan Jones and star Jake Gyllenhaal, interviews, expert opinions on time travel, trivia, and more.

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MyKea Furniture Art

Don’t we all just love and hate Ikea at the same time?! We love the well-designed furniture. But we don’t like the fact that we see the same Ikea interior everywhere around us. MyKea came up with the idea to make your Malm dresser and Billy bookcase more beautiful, unique and personal by giving your mundane furniture a vinyl facelift. Pick a design and then your furniture, or pick your furniture and then pick a design. Now you can affordably customize your Ikea furniture and give your interior a trendy look with MyKea Design Covers. Prices begin at $31.

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Three New Season 4 True Blood Posters

HBO has released three new posters for the fourth season of “True Blood” premiering on June 26 at 9pm.

“True Blood” takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. Alan Ball created and executive produces the show, based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

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Crayola Force

Crayola Force carved by Steve Thompson.

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Google Wallet

Google Wallet (Free) connects your credit card (Citi MasterCards or Google Prepaid cards) with your NFC-capable Android phone to let you pay at any PayPass-capable terminal, and also lets you take advantage of exclusive Google Offers. Money is so out of style, use your smartphone to pay for transactions at stores like CVS, 7-11, Rite Aid and Office Depot.

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Wonder Woman: The Story of The Amazon Princess By Ralph Cosentino

Children’s book writer, artist and super hero fan, Ralph Cosentino (Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight) and Superman: The Man of Steel) has completed the trinity with his new children’s book Wonder Woman: The Story of The Amazon Princess ($16.99), published by Viking Children’s Books.

This illustrated storybook tells of Wonder Woman’s origin. With her unbreakable silver bracelets and golden Lasso of Truth, she fights her enemies, teaches peace and respect, and shows the world how to live in harmony with nature.

Told in simple and engaging prose and illustrated with bold and vibrant art, Wonder Woman: The Story of The Amazon Princess is a book that both young fans and adults will enjoy.

Here’s a peek inside:

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