Monthly Archives: July 2011

I Would So Buy Ben & Jerry’s Boba Fett Carbonite Crunch Ice Cream If It Were Real

Who wouldn’t love vanilla ice cream with a salted caramel swirl and miniature chocolate Han Solo’s frozen in carbonite? Ok so it’s not real, but let’s hope Ben or Jerry are listening. They could release it with a lightsaber scooper.

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How Did Christopher Nolan Film The Zero Gravity Fight Sequences In Inception?

Here is a 10 minute documentary with Christopher Nolan and his special effects team explaining how they filmed the rotating corridor and zero gravity fight sequences in his masterpiece Inception.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction Blu-ray Finally Gets Released On October 4, 2011

Lionsgate and Miramax have officially announced the release of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction ($19.99) on Blu-ray. The long awaited remastered film is due on October 4, 2011 and includes the following special features:

- Retrospective Cast Interviews

- Critics Corner: Then and Now

- Pulp Fiction: The Facts featurette

- Deleted Scenes

- Behind the Scenes Montages

- Production Design featurette

- Siskel and Ebert At the Movies – The Tarantino Generation

- Independent Spirit Awards

- Cannes Film Festival – Palm d’Or Acceptance Speech

- Charlie Rose Show – Interview with Quentin Tarantino

- Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

- Stills Gallery

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OK Go – All Is Not Lost Video

OK Go teamed up with director Trish Sie, the modern dance troupe Pilobolus and a team from Google to create the latest HTML5 Chrome Experiment and musical experience.

The project showcases the latest in modern browser technology, using 12 separate windows to create a kaleidoscopic dance that is partially choreographed by the viewer.

At the beginning of the experience, users are invited to type a message in English, Japanese, or any language using the Roman or Katakana alphabets, and the message is incorporated into the dance.

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How To Gain Early Access To J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore

There is a hidden link in the You ask, we answer blog post from July 19th, which took you to an interview J.K. Rowling gave in 2000.

In that interview was some interesting information about a Magical Quill, located in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Magical Quill detects the birth of a magical child and writes their name down in a large book. Every year, Professor McGonagall checks the book and sends owls to the children who are turning eleven, to inform them that they have a place at Hogwarts.

Each day for seven days, from July 31 to August 6, a clue will be placed on the Pottermore homepage to help you locate The Magical Quill. If you find it, you’ll have the chance to gain early access to Pottermore.

There will be a new clue every day, and each clue will relate to a different book in the Harry Potter series. On Day 1 the clue will relate to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, on Day 2 the clue will relate to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and so forth. The clues will also vary in difficulty. On Days 1-3 the clues will be harder, and on Days 4-7 the clues will be easier.

To find The Magical Quill, you need to solve the clue and add the answer to the end of the web address http://quill.pottermore.com/ This will lead you to a website where The Magical Quill will be located while early access places are available. The Magical Quill’s location will change every day.

Example:

Clue: How many books are there in the Harry Potter series? Multiply this number by 10.

Answer: 70

Add this number to the end of the website address. (In this case it would be http://quill.pottermore.com/70)

Hit ‘Return’ to go to the website where The Magical Quill is located.

Once you have found The Magical Quill, you will be redirected to Pottermore.com. If the registration process is still open for that day, you will be able to submit your details to register to access Pottermore early.

It’s important to note that finding The Magical Quill does not guarantee you access to registration, as registration will only remain open while the early access places allocated for the relevant day are available.

For those who miss out on early access to Pottermore, please note the site will be open to all from October. Keep visiting Pottermore to find out when registration commences.

A clue will go live at a random time, so you’ll need to keep a careful eye on Pottermore.com over the seven-day period. However, you will be updated via Pottermore.com and the Insider, when registration for a particular day has come to an end.

Once The Magical Quill challenge is over, Pottermore will send successful early access registrants a Welcome email, letting them know when they will be able to access Pottermore.

They won’t be able to let everyone into the Beta site at the same time, so please be patient. You may have to wait a few weeks for your Welcome email to arrive.

For more information about The Magical Quill and early registration for Pottermore please visit the Help section of Pottermore.com.

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Superheroes Documentary To Premiere On HBO On August 8, 2011

Superheroes, a new documentary film by Michael Barnett, will premiere on HBO on August 8.

Barnett spent a year traveling around the country filming vigilantes — in particular Thanatos in Vancouver, Mr. Xtreme in San Diego, Dark Guardian and Life in New York, and Zetaman in Portland.

From all over America, these everyday citizens don masks, homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere.

There are currently more than 300 registered superheroes in the United States. Through candid interviews, patrol footage, archival material and motion graphics, Superheroes explores this cultural phenomenon, revealing what inspires these everyday citizens to take the law into their own hands as they try to make the world a better place.

The film also features interviews with: Stan Lee, legendary comic-book writer and former Marvel Comics chairman, who co-created Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Hulk and Iron Man; Lt. Andrea Brown, a 24-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department; and Robin Rosenberg, a clinical psychologist and expert on the psychology of superheroes, both real-life and fictional.

Whether they actually protect the public from crime or are just oddball vigilantes, the vast majority of these men and women are motivated by a heartfelt desire to fight apathy and the so-called “bystander effect.”  Some of the superheroes profiled in the film were inspired by the widely reported 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese, in which neighbors heard the victim’s screams without coming to her aid. Others decided to turn their lives around after struggling with violence, depression or addiction.

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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day On July 30, 2011 At The Cheesecake Factory With 1/2 Price Slices

The Cheesecake Factory’s annual National Cheesecake Day celebration is today (July 30, 2011) and the restaurant is introducing a new Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake available in all of its locations across the country.

Guests who dine in on July 30th are invited to enjoy a slice of any of its more than 30 varieties of legendary cheesecake for half price and can be among the first to taste the Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake.

The new cheesecake features silky smooth Hershey’s Chocolate Cheesecake between layers of moist chocolate cake and ganache with creamy chocolate frosting and chocolate chips.

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Comic Book Legend, Stan Lee To Appear At The Aero Theatre In Santa Monica To Introduce Spider-Man Double Feature On Saturday July 30, 2011

Comic book legend Stan Lee will be in Santa Monica on Saturday July 30, 2011 to introduce a double-feature of the Sam Raimi hit films “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2″ that begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Aero Theatre.

The Marvel Comics icon will also make an appearance about 6:30 p.m. across the street at a meet-and-greet at Every Picture Tells a Story, the landmark gallery and shop on Montana Avenue.

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Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System

Presenting the highest-performing two-speaker computer system from Bose, the Companion 20 ($250) multimedia speaker system. It lets you enjoy full, natural sound, whether you are sitting in front of your computer or listening from across the room. It’s easy to connect to your desktop or laptop computer, or tablet.

This room-filling performance will bring more life to your music, games and videos. The wide, natural sound is reproduced by exclusive TrueSpace stereo digital signal processing. And you’ll feel the powerful low notes, no matter the listening level without the need for a dedicated bass module.

The sleek, space-saving design of the Companion 20 speakers complements the look of your computer. And, the unique control pod makes it easy to adjust or mute the volume and connect headphones or other audio devices.

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Twelve South Introduces BookBook Case for iPhone 4

Twelve South has introduced its new BookBook case for the iPhone 4. Like the company’s prior BookBook cases, the BookBook for iPhone 4 is designed to look like an actual book, featuring a handmade leather case with hard-back covers on the front and back, open access to all ports and controls, interior wallet pockets for ID, cards, and cash, and a quick tab for sliding up the phone and exposing the rear camera and flash. Twelve South’s BookBook for iPhone 4 is available now and sells for $60.

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