Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thor 2 Set for July 26, 2013

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios have set a July 26, 2013 release for the sequel to Thor, with Chris Hemsworth reprising the title role. Kenneth Branagh is not returning to direct the follow-up to the film, which has earned $437 million worldwide, though he may produce.

The sequel will be joining Disney and Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which was already set for a May 3, 2013 release.


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The International Captain America Poster

Here is the new international poster for Captain America: The First Avenger! Opening in 3D and 2D North American theaters on July 22, the Joe Johnston-directed action adventure stars Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke and Stanley Tucci.

Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Stan) and Peggy Carter (Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Weaving.)


Steven Spielberg’s War Horse Trailer

Here is the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming period drama War Horse. The film, based on the children’s novel and its stage adaptation, centers on the relationship of a young boy (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse in the midst of World War I. War Horse, which is being distributed under Disney’s Touchstone banner, is scheduled for a December 28, 2011 premiere.


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Trailer

Paramount and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot have unveiled the first trailer for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The fourth entry to the action/adventure series will see the return of Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg and will add newcomers Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire), Léa Seydoux (Robin Hood), Josh Holloway (Lost), Vladimir Mashkov (Behind Enemy Lines), Paula Patton (Deja Vu) and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton). Additionally, Brad Bird, most known for helming the Pixar features, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, will make his live-action directorial debut with Ghost Protocol.

This outing sees the IMF team disbanded after they are blamed for a terrorist bombing of the Kremlin in Moscow. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team then must work under “Ghost Protocol” with agent Brandt (Renner) to clear their organization’s name from the crime.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol will hit theaters this holiday season on December 16th.


Bomba Alarm Clock

The retro-futuristic Bomba Alarm Clock ($72) was created by Dutch designer Will Vanden Vos and boasts a “steampunk” design with moving gears and soothing blue illumination for night time viewing (this deature can be turned on or off).

Prominently featured in the movie “The Green Lantern”, this modern steel and plastic flip clock measures 4″ x 8″ x 5″ and operates on AC power with the included low voltage adapter.

The clock comes in either stylish silver or sleek black. (Found on blurppy)


Frank Miller’s Holy Terror To Arrive On September 14, 2011

Holy Terror, a graphic novel from 300 and Sin City creator Frank Miller, will act as the debut work of Legendary Comics, the publishing arm of Legendary Pictures.

The move was speculated but made official today by Legendary Comics editor-in-chief Bob Schreck, who has been running the imprint since its inception in November.

Holy Terror was originally conceived by Miller as a story of Batman taking on those responsible for the attacks on 9-11 but was scrapped by DC several years ago.

Miller has since re-conceived the concept, with the protagonist now called The Fixer, described as a “hard-edged hero” who battles terror.

According to the company, “The graphic novel is a no-holds-barred action thriller told in Miller’s trademark high-contrast, black-and-white visual style, which seizes the political zeitgeist by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page.”

The political themes and ties to 9-11 will almost certainly remain. For one, the 120-page graphic novel, which will be published in a 10 x 13 landscape format and distributed by Diamond Books, will hit stores September 14, just days after the 10th anniversary of 9-11.

“Holy Terror finds Frank at the top of his game. A fast paced, biting commentary on our uncertain and volatile times, told with some of the most gut-wrenching, iconic images he’s ever produced,” Schreck said in a statement.


Oreo Cookie Carvings

As part of her food art project “From Scratch,” Somerville-based artist Judith G. Klausner carved these beautiful classic-style cameos using Oreo cookies.

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Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Speakerphone

The Jabra Freeway in-car speakerphone ($130) makes hands-free calls sound better than ever – and makes controlling them effortless. It is the first in-car speaker-phone to have a 3-speaker stereo system and Virtual Surround sound, which makes the audio crisper, clearer and more vibrant than ever before. And with its dual-mic technology, you can say goodbye to unwanted background noise.

The Jabra Freeway is extraordinarily easy to operate. That’s because with the Jabra Freeway, voices are in control. To start with, voice guidance will talk you through setup and pairing. After that, it will announce the name of the incoming callers, ask if you want to accept their calls and will tell you battery level and con¬nection status. You then simply use your own voice to make, answer, end, redial or reject calls – while keeping both hands safely on the wheel. And there is no need to press buttons to turn the Jabra Freeway on or off. It automatically turns on when you get into your car and off when you get out and can connect to 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time. Expect up to 14 hours talk time and up to 40 days standby time with the Jabra Freeway.


101 Gadgets That Changed The World

The alarm clock. The personal computer. The smartphone. The radio. You know the greatest gadgets of all time (and you’ve probably owned most of them), but which has changed the world more than any other? To make the latest issue of Popular Mechanic magazine’s list of 101, a gadget had to be something you could hold in your hands, mechanical or electronic, and a mass-produced personal item. The rest was up to the judges. Check out their selections, and watch the 101 Gadgets TV special on History, premiering June 15. See this list HERE.

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Mondo’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon Prints By Jesse Phillips Available This Week

Mondo has teamed with artist Jesse Phillips to do posters for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Three thousand copies of the original will be handed out exclusively to attendees of special Tuesday June 28 screenings at Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and a variant edition will be sold on @MondoNews Wednesday June 29.

The green Transformers print will be available at the Arclight Hollywood on Tuesday night. The gold one, an edition of 200, will be available Wednesday by following @MondoNews. It’s an 18 x 36 print.

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Tyler Stout Cover To Captain America: First Vengeance #4 Due In Comic Stores On Wednesday, June 29th

On Wednesday, June 29th comic book stores everywhere will get in copies of Captain America: First Vengeance #4 with cover artwork by fan-favorite artist Tyler Stout.

The comic is the official prequel comic to Captain America: The First Avenger which is in theaters on July 22.

As Captain America continues to get closer to uncovering the secret of the Hydra base, his past and the past of his friends continues to unfold. How did Doctor Erskine come to be fighting for the Allies? What’s the story behind the Howling Commandoes? And how is the Stark family involved in the creation of the First Avenger? Find out all this and more, written by Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hercules) and art by Luke Ross (Captain America and the Dark Tower)!

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Pixar’s Brave Official Teaser Trailer

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Pixar’s “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, Brave is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film takes aim at cinemas on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D in select theaters.

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50 Superhero Costumes Reinterpreted As Flags

This fine art print was created by Fabian Gonzalez and is printed on bright white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using an advanced digital dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing. Prices range from $13.99 to $48.88 dependent on size. It can also be purchased as a stretched canvas, laptop/iPod skin, t-shirt or hoodie.

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Walking Dead Episode Written By Stephen King & Son, Joe Hill Still Possible

Frank Darabont recently talked about the possibility of Stephen King and his son Joe Hill writing an episode of The Walking Dead. Here is a report from Screenrant.

As for the rumor that horror author Stephen King would be penning an episode for season 2. Darabont responded that King definitely wanted to do it, but it required the presence of his son (and acclaimed author in his own right) Joe Hill – and that their schedules had yet to line-up for the work to progress.

Darabont stated:

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It’s just a matter of… They want to do it together. I’m proud to say that they’re both addicted fans of the show. In fact, Steve started harassing me by email, because I sent him the first one as soon as we had a lab pressing a disc. Like a decent Blu-ray. Then he started harassing me for the next one. Because Joe would drive up from wherever he lives, because he lives an hour away, and they’d sit and watch it together.”

“We’ve literally just been waiting for their schedules, given that they’re pretty in-demand guys. Both of them. We’ve just been waiting for their schedules to mesh. For them to both be free at the same time. That’s the only thing that’s stopping it from happening. It’ll happen eventually, I’m sure.”

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Give Me A Hand By Derek Eads

Give Me a Hand is a t-shirt design($22) created by Derek Eads. The image features famous hands from film and television. It can also be purchased as an art print, stretched canvas or hoodie. The hands featured are from: The Evil Dead, The Empire Strikes Back, Edward Scissor Hands, Logans’ Run, Hook, The Addams Family, Star Trek, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, Nightmare on Elm Street, E.T., Terminator, Lord of the Rings, Hellboy, Beetlejuice, Pan’s Labyrinth, Dr. No, X-Men and Doctor Who.

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The 25 All-TIME Best Animated Films

TIME Magazine revealed their list of the 25 best animated films of all time with five Pixar films taking top spots. WALL•E was the Lamp’s highest ranking, reaching #2 with Pinnochio at #1. See the list HERE.

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Puss In Boots Trailer

DreamWorks Animation has revealed the new trailer for Puss In Boots, featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris.

In the November 4th release, the legendary Puss In Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.


The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon

Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader.

But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is?

The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon entitled The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man ($18), perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans. Illustrations were provided by Jake Parker.

The 40 page hardcover will be available on September 6, 2011 and is suggested for readers between the ages of 4-8.

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Pixar’s Brave Poster

Pixar has released the poster for their next film, “Brave,” the tale of a warrior princess from Scotland. First appearing at Entertainment Weekly, the film is about a tough Scottish princess who eschews royalty for her dream to become an archer. Voiced by Kelly MacDonald, the film is due to hit theaters June 22, 2012.

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The New Captain America Trailer

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios have now revealed the full trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger.

Hitting 3D and 2D theaters on July 22, the Joe Johnston-directed action adventure stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough and Derek Luke.

Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

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Rio Blu-ray & DVD Due On August 2nd

Fox Home Entertainment has announced DVD ($29.98) and Blu-ray/DVD Combo ($39.99) releases of Rio for August 2nd. Extras will include a Explore the World of Rio feature (“Beach”, “Jungle”, “City”, “Stadium”), featurettes (“Boom-Boom Tish Tish: The Sounds of Rio”, “The Making of Hot Wings”, “Saving the Species: One Voice at a Time”, “The Real Rio”), a deleted scene, a Welcome to Rio music video, a Taio Cruz – “Telling the World” Music Video, Postcards from Rio, a Carnival Dance O Rama, and more. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo release will also include a digital copy of the film.


New Stephen King Short Story, “The Little Green God of Agony” To Appear In “A Book of Horrors” Anthology In September

Stephen Jones has an all-original anthology entitled A Book of Horrors that is scheduled to be released on September 29th. Stephen King has penned a new story called The Little Green God of Agony. The anthology is described as follows:

“Open this book at your own peril! That is because this volume is exactly what it say on the cover—A Book of Horrors contains all-original stories by some of the most successful and exciting names in modern horror fiction. For the first time in many years, here is an original anthology of horror and dark fantasy in all its many and magnificent guises—from classic pulp-style tales of Dark and Stormy Nights, through more contemporary and psychological terrors, to the type of cutting-edge fiction that only the very best horror fiction can deliver. Brought together from around the world by World Fantasy Award-winning editor Stephen Jones, one of Britain’s most acclaimed and experienced anthologists of horror fiction, here are many of the authors who have helped shaped the genre in all of its forms, along with terrifying tales of unease by a new generation of storytellers devoted to the Dark Side. But be warned: once you begin to delve within these pages, your imagination and senses will be assaulted by terrors both grim and gruesome, literary and lethal, that will stay with you long after you have closed its covers and tried to put aside the images and situations which have wormed their way deep within your mind. Don’t blame us for the bad dreams or cold sweats that these tales will induce. We did tell you—this is A Book of Horrors, and once you open it there is no way that these scarifying stories will ever be forgotten… no matter how much you wish that the nightmares will just go away!”

You can read more about the book HERE.

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Neil Gaiman With Patton Oswalt At The Saban Theatre in Los Angeles On Tuesday, June 28th

New York Times bestselling author, Neil Gaiman, discusses American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition with comedian Patton Oswalt at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, June 28th, 8pm (Doors at 7:00pm).

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neal Gaiman.

TICKETS: $15 without book; $35 with book

Note: Mr. Gaiman will only be pre-signing books for ticket buyers who have ordered Admission w/ Book in advance. If you would like a signed copy of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition from this event, it’s imperative that you order accordingly now. Tickets can be ordered HERE.

For more information, please contact Rare Bird Lit directly by calling 213.623.1773 or emailing

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LEGO Announces Star Wars: Super Star Destroyer Executor

Beginning the first of September, Lego will sell its largest and most complicated set ever: a $400, 50-inch, 3152 brick model of Darth Vader’s personal ship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor. It’s just over four feet long, eight pounds, and includes a removable bridge where several Lego figurines can command it. Here are the details:

The 10221 Super Star Destroyer Executor is the latest and longest LEGO Exclusive model to join the LEGO Star Wars fleet.

One of the largest and most powerful vessels in the Star Wars universe has been created as a LEGO Exclusive model. The Super Star Destroyer Executor served as command ship at the Battle of Endor and as the personal flagship of Darth Vader.

It is the first time that the classic dagger-shaped design has been produced as an official LEGO model.

“The thing I was trying to accomplish with this model was to get as close as possible to the original, both with angles and the whole profile of the model from the side,” says LEGO senior designer Kurt Kristiansen.

Kurt Kristiansens biggest challenge with this model was the sheer size. It is the longest Star Wars model made in LEGO bricks, measuring 50 inches. It consists of 3,152 elements and weighs 8 pounds.

“When I was first given this challenge, my first thought was ‘this is going to be a tough one’,” he said. He planned the model by dividing it into separate sections before beginning to build at all.

The build also posed a few problems, though: “When you are developing a model, if you change something at one end of, you have to change it all the way down to make it fit. That’s a challenge on something this big.

“I think Star Wars fans will love this model because it is the first time ever that the Super Star Destroyer has been made as an official model. The thing that makes this model authentic with the movies is the shape, but also the detail on the top. It is like a small city with streets and alleys.”

A section of the top of the model can be removed to show a representation of the command bridge where Darth Vader and the other minifigures can be displayed. The model includes four minifigures: Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and an extra figure, IG-88.

The Super Star Destroyer will be available for sale directly through LEGO retail outlets from September 1, 2011 via or LEGO Brand Retail Stores. You can find your nearest store HERE.

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