Monthly Archives: August 2011

Jawbone Introduces Icon HD Bluetooth Headset & Nerd USB VoIP Accessory

Jawbone has introduced its new Icon HD Bluetooth headset, as well as The Nerd, a USB-based add-on that allows Icon HD users to make VoIP calls from a PC or Mac. The Icon HD features a “wideband” speaker that’s 25 percent larger than the one found in the original Icon for improved sonic performance, NoiseAssassin 2.5 noise cancellation technology, AVRCP play and pause controls, on-screen battery status indication on the iPhone, seven included earbuds for a precise fit, and compatibility with the company’s MyTALK apps, while The Nerd offers plug-and play functionality and compatibility with both Mac and PC. Jawbone’s Icon HD + The Nerd package is available now and sells for $140.

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The Onion’s A.V. Club Interviews Comedian Patton Oswalt

Shortly before the arrival of Finest Hour, a new standup album and Showtime special, the comedian/actor/author talks to the Onion’s A.V. Club about how the Internet is changing culture and movies with animal farts. Read the interview HERE.

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Amazing Performance By Young Iraqi Refugee, Emmanuel Kelly On Australia’s The X Factor

Make sure that you have some tissues handy before you watch Emmanuel Kelly’s amazing performance on Australia’s The X Factor.

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Stephen King & Steven Spielberg To Team on Showtime Drama Series, “Under The Dome”

Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are developing a drama series based on King’s 2009 novel Under the Dome. The project, which will be produced by DreamWorks Television, revolves around Maine townspeople who battle each other when a force field surrounds their community and cuts them off from the remainder of the world.

King will executive produce along with DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. No writer is currently attached.

The duo who previously teamed on The Talisman, King and Peter Straub’s fantasy novel The Talisman was developed into a six-part TNT miniseries in 2006 but the project was ultimately cancelled due to budget concerns.

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Download Stephen King’s New eBook “Mile 81″ On Thursday September 1, 2011

Mile 81, the 80 page ebook written by Stephen King that also includes an excerpt from the upcoming novel 11/22/63 will be available for download on multiple e-readers on Thursday September 1, 2011.

The ebook synopsis is as follows:

“At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.”

Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services.” The driver’s door opens but nobody gets out.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual,” but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door – and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids – Rachel and Blake Lussier –and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.”

With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs…

Mile 81 will be available for the Apple, Kindle, Nook and Android line of e-readers for $2.99. You can pre-order the book HERE.

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All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books

Politics and war, science and sports, memoir and biography — there’s a great big world of nonfiction books out there just waiting to be read. TIME picked the 100 best and most influential written in English since 1923 and you can read the list HERE.

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THE FIRE WIRE Comic Book Pick of The Week: DC’s Justice League # 1

DC Comics – The New 52 will officially kick off with the midnight release of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League # 1.

“Any time you do something like this,” Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher of DC Comics explained, “there’s always a level of risk. To improve the quality of material, we had to change the look of the characters, make them younger and accessible and bring new sensibilities to our storytelling.”

UGO has compiled a guide to DC Comics – The New 52, which chronicles all the changes being heralded in. Learn about costume redesigns and more here.

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7-11 Introduces Hot Dog Flavored Potato Chips

7-Eleven, has introduced a new product for their 7-Select line called Big Bite Hot Dog Flavored Potato Chips. Do we really need this product? Have customers been asking for it? Well, the culinary scientists at the 7-11 lab think so.

Inspired by the convenience store’s Big Bite hot dogs, the 400 calorie chips are spiced with ketchup, mustard and relish. Yum!

The hardest decision for customers will be what slurpee choice best accompanies the new frankfurter flavored tater’ crisps, perhaps a Summertime lime?

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Disney Pop Vinyl Series II To Be Released This Week At Your Local Disney Store

The first series of Disney’s line of POP! collectibles came out in May 2011, with 12 Disney characters like Stitch, Cruella DeVille, and Pinocchio.

The second series of characters includes Lotso, George Saunderson, Jack Skellington, Sally, a new suit Mr. Incredible, Syndrome, Jessie, Boo, Belle, The Beast, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie. The figures are available at your local Disney Store this week.

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Star Wars: The Blueprints

Star Wars: The Blueprints ($500) brings together for the first time more than 500 photographs and illustrations that show how the Star Wars galaxy was designed, from R2-D2 and the Cantina to the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star, accompanied by commentary by J. W. Rinzler and many of the original draftsmen who worked on the designs themselves. More than a simple book, this deluxe 15″ x 18″ tome weighs in at 35 pounds, and is limited to just 5,000 English-language copies, each of which will be hand-numbered.

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Vintage Suitcase Drawers By James Plumb

English designer James Plumb created these unique vintage suitcase drawers. Old suitcases are housed in antique steel and tailor-made wood chests, to form a series of unique chests of drawers. Every suitcase is refurbished inside with a lot of attention detail. Each drawer is unique, different sizes and combinations can be ordered.

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Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray To Arrive On October 25, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger, the Paramount/Marvel Studios co-production will be available in a 3D Limited Edition combo pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy) and a standard combo pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy). These will hit retail with starting prices of $54.99 and $42.99 respectively.

The Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) feature stars Chris Evans as the iconic superhero along with Hayley Atwell (The Duchess), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) and Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men). The film tells the origin story of Steve Rogers’ transformation into the super-soldier Captain America and his mission to stop Nazi officer Johann Schmidt/Red Skull (played by Weaving). Captain America performed strong at the box office last month and has hauled in over $316 million worldwide to date.

The Blu-ray for The First Avenger will feature DTS HD Master Audio 7.1 and a 2:39:1 aspect ratio.

Special features are as follows:

- Audio Commentary with director Joe Johnston, cinematographer Shelly Johnson and editor Jeffrey Ford

- Outfitting a Hero

- The Assembly Begins

- Howling Commandos

- Heightened Technology

- The Transformation

- Behind the Skull

- Captain America’s Origins

- Deleted Scenes

- Marvel One Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer

- The Avengers animated series trailer

Captain America: The First Avenger streets on October 25th, 2011.

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Bowen Designs Thor Classic Action Statue

A Bowen Designs Sculpt! “I say thee nay!” With these words, the Norse god Thor would unleash his havoc upon his many enemies, hurling his enchanted uru hammer Mjolnir at his foes or smashing it against the ground. This 18 1/2″ tall statue ($275) of Marvel Comics’ Thor brings to life the God of Thunder as only Randy Bowen can sculpt! Features an interchangable right hand. The statue will ship in November 2011.

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The Batman Files By Matthew Manning

Unearthed from the depths of the Batcave by Mathew K. Manning, The Batman Files ($100) begins with Bruce Wayne’s childhood drawings and continues along a time line of significant events in Batman’s life. Complete and authentic in every way possible, all of Batman’s friends and foes—from Poison Ivy, Catwoman, the Riddler, and Penguin, to the Joker, Batgirl, Mr. Freeze, and of course, Robin—appear throughout the dossier to provide a framework of the Caped Crusader’s entire career.

The 308 page hardcover book completely outlines Batman’s war on crime, and includes in-depth computer files, news articles, crime scene photos, blueprints, schematics, and actual maps of Gotham City that were collected, and in many cases even drawn, by the Caped Crusader himself.

High production values include black matte gilding, as well as a high-tech fabric cover—complete with a metallic Batman emblem to secure the secret contents within. Each detail of Batman’s life is carefully and faithfully detailed with the involvement of DC Comics inside The Batman Files—destined to be the must-have gift for every avid Batman fan and collector.

The book will be available on October 25, 2011.

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George Harrison: Living In The Material World To Air On HBO On October 5th & 6th, 2011

George Harrison: Living In The Material World is a new documentary directed by Martin Scorsese and will air on October 5th and 6th on HBO. If you don’t have HBO, you’ll only have to wait until October 10th to pick up the documentary on DVD or Blu-ray.

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18 Dads by Nathan Stapley

Nathan Stapley’s new solo show just opened at Gallery1988 in Venice. The show is entitled “For The Same Gang” in which the New York City-based artist created a series of new works that group pop-culture icons together by shared attributes.

In his image called “18 Dads”, Jack Torrance, Darth Vader, Mrs. Doubtfire, My Two Dads and Homer Simpson can be seen hanging out at a backyard BBQ.

Check out more of his art HERE.

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PowerLine 9 Foot Cable for iPad & iPhone

For those times when your iPhone or iPad is out of power and you still need to use it, break out the Powerline 9 Foot Cable ($15.99). The extra long cable is designed for charging or syncing your Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod or iPod Touch. There’s even a handy storage pouch for you to carry your Powerline in when you’re traveling. Requires an Apple power adapter.

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Green Lantern DVD & Blu-ray Due On October 14th, 2011

Warner Bros. has announced the release of their 2011 superhero flick Green Lantern. The release will feature an extended cut of the film and will be available in a 3D combo pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy) for $40.99 and a standard Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy) for $35.99. Note that the extended cut will not be featured on the Blu-ray 3D disc. Both combo packs will include Ultraviolet compatibility, which allows consumers to stream or download the film to various devices.

Green Lantern hit theaters back in June but failed meet the studio’s box office expectations. The critically panned film was directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and featured Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan alongside Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong. Warner is hoping the DC film will perform better on home video.

Special features include:

- Maximum Movie Mode with PIP

- The Universe According to Green Lantern

- Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern

- Deleted Scenes

- Justice League #1 Digital Comic

- Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series

- BD-Live

- Access code for Sinestro Corp Batman Skin on the Warner Bros. Interactive video game Batman: Arkham City

A Friday release date of October 14th, 2011 has been set for Green Lantern.

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Pixar’s Brave Synopsis Revealed

Among other exclusives, convention-goers at the D23 Expo were treated to some never-before-seen footage from Brave.

As a follow up to the convention, Disney/Pixar released an extended synopsis for its upcoming film:

“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 “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 Witch (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, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “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 theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D in select theaters.

Brave opens in theatres on June 22, 2012.

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The Trailer To Joe Hill’s Locke And Key Television Pilot

Locke & Key unfortunately is not coming to television this season, as FOX passed on the pilot. Perhaps a smart cable channel will pick up this smartly crafted supernatural tale of Key House and its inhabitants. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez created the critically acclaimed ongoing comic book series that the program was based on.

A trailer for the series, culled from footage from the pilot episode is now available to watch below.

Locke & Key tells the story of Nina Locke and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past who will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals.

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The Star Wars Alphabet

Can you identify them all? This should be child’s play for true Star Wars fans.

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Top 100 Most Sought After Out-of-Print Books In 2011

BookFinder.com tracks the most sought-after out-of-print titles in America.  This ninth annual edition is based on BookFinder.com searches from the past 12 months.  On this year’s list there are a fair share of out-of-print mainstays such as Madonna’s nearly perennial number one Sex, but also a host of interesting titles such as: Stephen King’s My Pretty Pony, Richard Bachman’s Rage, Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival and Ricky Jay’s Cards as Weapons.

Check out the list HERE.

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Back to School: The Best Lunchboxes for Kids (and Their Parents!)

Save money — and the environment — by packing your lunch in reusable containers. Whether you’re into bentos or Batman, TIME has found the perfect lunchbox for you HERE.

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Tom Whalen’s Super Powers Print

Sideshow Collectibles and Mondo Tees are proud to present the Super Powers Screen Print ($99.99), inspired by DC’s famed toy line. Featuring Superman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and many others, with artwork by Tom Whalen, each print measures 24 inches by 36 inches. Extremely limited to just 250 pieces worldwide, the Super Powers Screen Print is an outstanding fine art piece to display in any collection.

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Steve Jobs, This Is Your Life (at Apple)

HERE is a quick look back at Steve Jobs’ career at Apple.

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