Monthly Archives: August 2011

Win A trip For 4 To The Opening of Cars Land & A Private Jungle Cruise Tour Skippered By Pixar’s John Lasseter

From late 1977 through spring 1978, John Lasseter, before becoming chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, worked at Disneyland, and was a skipper on the Jungle Cruise attraction. Recently, a search for a photo of John skippering the Jungle Cruise came up empty. Surely there must be a photo of Skipper John somewhere? To find one, a contest has been created: the first person to submit a verifiable photo of John as the skipper of the Jungle Cruise from 1977 will win a trip for 4 to the grand opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in summer 2012, and a ride on the Jungle Cruise skippered by none other than John himself!

For details on how to submit, visit or the official Disney•Pixar Facebook page:

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Steve Jobs Resigns As CEO of Apple

Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.


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Pixar Toy Story 3D Trilogy Available for Pre-order

Disney/Pixar’s upcoming November 1st 3D versions of the Toy Story movies are now available for pre-order on as the Toy Story 3D Trilogy in an 3-disc 3D BD box set for $69.99. Toy Story 3D, Toy Story 2 3D and Toy Story 3 3D are also available for pre-order separately in their 3D versions in a 4-disc configuration for $34.99 each, which includes a 3D BD, 2D BD, DVD and Digital Copy.

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Rushmore Director’s Cut Coming to Criterion on Blu-Ray in November

Rushmore, ($39.95) the dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion, and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization; it captures the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.

The film is due on Criterion Blu-ray on November 22, 2011 and contains the following features:

- New high-definition digital transfer of the director’s cut supervised by director Wes Anderson

- Audio commentary by Anderson, cowriter Owen Wilson, and actor Jason Schwartzman

- The Making of “Rushmore,” an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary by Eric Chase Anderson

- Max Fischer Players Present: Theatrical “adaptations” of Armageddon, Out of Sight, and The Truman Show, staged for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards

- Episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Anderson and actor Bill Murray

- Cast audition footage

- Wes Anderson’s hand-drawn storyboards, plus a film-to-storyboard comparison

- Props, posters, behind-the-scenes photos, and other graphic ephemera

- Original theatrical trailer

- Collectible poster


Williams-Sonoma Marvel Cakelet Pan

Team up with legendary superheroes as they battle evil, avenge dastardly deeds and spread dessert throughout the universe. The action begins in the kitchen, where this dishwasher safe cakelet pan brings six favorite Marvel comic-book characters to life: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine and The Incredible Hulk.

The durable cast aluminum Marvel Cakelet Pan ($36) distributes heat evenly and will not corrode or rust. Its premium nonstick finish releases cakes in a flash, so each character emerges with precise detail intact.

After baking, use colorful icings and sprinkles to give your heroes their superpowers—and let the action begin!

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The Next Toy Story Short Is Small Fry

We can look forward to the next Toy Story Short to play before The Muppets. The official Disney Pixar Twitter feed has revealed that the Toy toon is going to be called Small Fry. Buzz Lightyear is left behind at a fast-food restaurant and must find his way back home. In doing so he encounters some less popular, happy meal-like toys. One of those toys, a Mermaid of sorts, will be voiced by Glee‘s Jane Lynch.

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Readdle Releases Card Scanner Pro

Manually inputting business cards into a database can be an arduous time consuming task for salespeople. If you have an iPhone and the new Card Scanner Pro app from Readdle, you can scan business cards directly into the iOS address book automatically saving tons of time.

Users simply use the iPhone camera to take a photo of a business card and the application then identifies and saves the contact information such as name, e-mail, phone number and address to the appropriate address book fields.

The application uses ABBYY OCR technology to provide high-quality recognition accuracy, however users can also easily preview the scan results and source image and make any changes before saving the data to the address book. In addition to saving contact details to the address book, the application also stores scanned cards in its own Card Holder section for quick access. Card Scanner Pro is available from the App Store for $7.

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Pixar Announces Untitled Dinosaur Film For 2013 & Untitled Inside The Human Mind Film For 2014

Today at the D23 Expo, the talent and concept behind Pixar’s much talked about mystery projects were publicly revealed:

Untiled Dinosaur Film

What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This hilarious, heartfelt and original tale is directed by Bob Peterson (co-director/writer, “Up;” writer, “Finding Nemo”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “The Iron Giant”). The release date is November 27, 2013.

Untitled Inside The Human Mind Film

Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. The release date is May 30, 2014.


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DisneyToon Studios Announces Planes – A Full-Length CG Animated Movie Due In The Spring of 2013


Dusty, the small-town crop-duster from DisneyToon Studios’ upcoming feature “Planes,” has found his voice: Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Cryer, lands the role of the daring dreamer who takes on the most notoriously grueling air race in history, and in the process gives a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Planes,” an all-new, CG-animated comedy action adventure, flies into homes on Blu-ray and DVD in Spring 2013.

“We are incredibly excited to have Jon Cryer on board as the voice of Dusty,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “Jon brings so much comedy and believability to this character who dreams of soaring alongside his heroes in the ‘Wings Around the Globe’ Rally. ‘Planes’ is a wonderful story that takes audiences on a great ride and Jon brings so much heart to the film.”

Dusty lives in the small town of Propwash Junction, and the single-prop agriculture plane could not be further from the lean, mean, trophy-winning machines he idolizes – and his co-workers remind him constantly. His mentor Skipper is convinced that Dusty has the engine to compete with the best, and helps encourage him to pursue his lifelong dreams. But if Dusty wants to make his dreams a reality, he?ll need to push himself further than he ever imagined. With the help and support of a crew of all-new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life.

“Planes,” set to introduce audiences to an entirely new and hilarious crew of daredevils from every corner of the globe, draws inspiration from the immensely popular world of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.” Created, written and produced by DisneyToon Studios under the creative leadership of John Lasseter and directed by Emmy nominated Klay Hall, “Planes” takes off with an international cast of the fastest air racers around, in a comedy packed with action and adventure.

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Dave Perillo’s 25 Years of Pixar Print

Today was an awesome day at D23 Expo. I had the opportunity to see a star studded presentation that outlined the 2011-2012 Disney film slate and then listen to 9 key Pixar legends speak about the company’s illustrious 25 year history.

Later, at the exhibitor floor, this awesome poster caught my wife’s eye and she demanded that I pick it up knowing how much I love Pixar and all of their wonderful movies. This was the one item that I purchased at the Expo.

The image was created by Dave Perillo who is also a huge fan of the Pixar films and was thrilled to do this piece for Acme Archives Direct.

25 Years of Pixar ($50) sold out today. My 12″ x 36″ limited edition silkscreen print will grace the walls of my office and join my cherished Mondo prints. The 150 piece hand-numbered edition came with a Certificate of Authenticity and I was lucky to get # 105.

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Newcastle Ale Billboard Shadow Effect Created by 3000 Bottle Caps

Newcastle Brown Ale’s Shadow Art has debuted in San Diego’s night life hub, the Gaslamp district, now through the end of September. Using only a single light source and thousands of real-life Newcastle Brown Ale bottle caps, two well-known New York shadow artists have partnered with Newcastle to bring to life a 128 square foot shadow sculpture.

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The US Postal Service Introduces Pixar Send A Hello (Forever) Stamps

Today the US Postal Service unveiled a new “Send a Hello Forever” series of stamps featuring characters from Disney / Pixar Animation Studios including: Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story”; Lightning McQueen from “Cars”; Remy the rat from “Ratatouille”; “Wall-E”; and Carl and Dug from “Up.” The stamps are on sale today in post offices nationwide, and online at

The new stamps are coupled with a campaign to encourage letter-writing:

“With this new stamp pane, the U.S. Postal Service is very proud to honor the art of Pixar’s talented team of animators, and at the same time, help our customers communicate the way they care, through the power of the U.S. Mail,” Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman said in a statement.

He was in Anaheim today at the D23 Expo to announce the debut.

He added: “Taking the time to slow down and send a hello through the mail is a simple and special gift to both the sender and the recipient.”


New Fantasy Faire Experience Coming to Disneyland Park

Today at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis announced an exciting transformation poised to take place at Disneyland park.

The boundaries of Fantasyland are expanding with a brand new experience called Fantasy Faire. For this project, Carnations Plaza Gardens Stage is being reimagined into an enchanting village square that will immerse guests in the stories of their favorite princesses in exciting new ways.

Guests will travel through a village square surrounded by fairytale cottages and pavilions to the heart of the square – Tangled Tower, inspired by the film. The village square will come alive with activities and entertainment, including a Royal Ribbon Parade where guests can dance and interact with Belle or Rapunzel. Guests can visit the their favorite Disney royalty from such films as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Tangled” and the upcoming Disney•Pixar film, “Brave.”

The Fantasy Faire Stage will be a new entertainment venue where the stories of Disney’s fairy tale heroes and heroines will be brought to life, letting guests become part of the story as well.

And at night, the Fantasy Faire Stage will come alive with the classic music and dance offerings that Disneyland park guests have loved for years.

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Disney California Adventure Buena Vista Street From a Bird’s Eye View

At the 2011 D23 Expo, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and Bob Weis, Executive Vice President, Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering, just took the audience back in time to 1920s Los Angeles, with updates on the upcoming Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. Imagineers have worked hard to transport guests back to the Los Angeles that Walt Disney experienced when he first arrived in California.

Guests will be able ride the Red Car Trolley up Buena Vista Street to the new icon of the park, Carthay Circle Theatre — a recreation of the original theater where “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” premiered in 1937. Guests will also be able to experience the park’s charming period architecture, mix of stores, eateries and guest services — it will be a whole new entry way into the park that immerses guests into the experience.

Now travel back in time with this new flythrough video, which takes you on a tour of the new Disney California Adventure park entrance like you’ve never seen before!

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The Muppets Statler & Waldorf Are Hidden In A Pixar Short Film

I just found out about this little cinematic secret today which combines two of my great loves: The Muppets and Pixar. In the second tier next to the stage, the acerbic Muppets Waldorf & Statler made a cameo in “Presto”, the short film that was originally shown before Wall-E.

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The Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Trailer

Here is the first trailer for Columbia Pictures’ Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, starring Nicolas Cage, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.

In the February 17th release, directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, Johnny – still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Riordan) from the devil (Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy – and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

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Free 10 Song Mom & Pop Sampler From iTunes Features Sleigh Bells, Joshua Radin & Metric

Click HERE to enjoy a free 10-song mom+pop sampler featuring songs from Sleigh Bells, Joshua Radin, Metric, and more. Codes are available while supplies last.

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Where’s Wall-E

Here is some Friday fun for all you Sci-Fi fans, take a few minutes to play this hunt-the-robot game. Richard Sargent challenges you to find Wall-E in his amazing illustration featuring dozens of robots.

Gold stars for naming them all.

Click on image to make larger

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Long Beach Free Store, A New Give-Away Shop In Southern California

With the motto “Share what you have, find what you need“, the new give-away shop, the Long Beach Free Store, opened on August 14, 2011 to an eager and thrifty crowd. Everything is free in this volunteer-run storefront located in Long Beach, California. Patrons are encouraged to donate clean items in good condition, though donations are not necessary to ‘shop’ here. Anyone can come and take what they like without any sort of trade.

The Long Beach Free Store is a project of the grassroots nonprofit, Catalyst Network of Communities, and opened to promote sharing and community building. While the items in the store are free, they are taking monetary donations to help defer the costs of rent, utilities and store fixtures to keep the store open.

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Frank Miller’s Holy Terror Poster

Here is the poster and print ad art for Frank Miller’s Holy Terror.


Cars 2 To be Released On November 1, 2011 on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D, DVD & Movie Download

Disney•Pixar’s fast-action summer hit “Cars 2” comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D, Movie Download and DVD — November 1, 2011. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios, the high octane in-home release invites families and fans of all ages to come along on a journey around the world with the #1 animated film of the year and introduces an exclusive all-new animated short “Air Mater,” featuring the fan favorite character spinning his tales in an exciting adventure high above Radiator Springs. The must-own animated release also includes fascinating commentary from award-winning director John Lasseter and “Hawaiian Vacation,” the delightful animated short that accompanied the film in theatres.

The immersive “Cars 2” bonus features include an one-of-a-kind interactive “World Tour” map that takes viewers through nine different locations, including those featured in the film and more. A global thrill-ride, it allows viewers to go behind-the-scenes with the Pixar artists and filmmakers as they circle the globe finding inspiration for the most international of all Pixar films to date. “Cars 2” is also the first Pixar film to be released in spectacular Blu-ray 3D.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, returns to the driver’s seat as director. “Cars 2” is produced by visual effects industry veteran Denise Ream (associate producer, “Up”; visual effects executive producer, “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”). Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Up”) provides the electrifying score with a surf-rock-meets-spy-thriller flavor and a variety of global accents, evoking a sense of thrills, mystery and emotion. Brad Paisley, Robbie Williams, Weezer, French singer Bénabar and Japanese girl band Perfume lend their diverse musical talents to the film’s soundtrack.

The film features an all-star vocal cast including Owen Wilson who reprises his role as hotshot racecar Lightning McQueen. Larry the Cable Guy provides the voice of Mater (proprietor of Tow Mater Towing and Salvage), Lightning McQueen’s best friend and the heart and soul of Radiator Springs. Bonnie Hunt is back as Sally, the baby-blue Porsche 911 Carrera whose motor races for Lightning. Acclaimed actor Michael Caine makes his Pixar debut as Finn McMissile, a top British spy who mistakes Mater for an undercover American agent with a genius disguise. Emily Mortimer brings charm, cleverness and cachet as Holley Shiftwell, a rookie field spy who knows every trick in the manual. Versatile actor John Turturro gives a free-wheeling performance as Francesco Bernoulli, the world-renowned Italian racing champ who is Lightning’s chief rival. Tony Shalhoub, Joe Mantegna, Peter Jacobson, Jason Isaacs, Eddie Izzard, Paul Dooley, Cheech Marin, John Ratzenberger, Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave also lend their vocal talents. Real-life Formula 1 racing champ Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon add a touch of authenticity with their cameos in the film.

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Get Them While They Are Young…


If Tommy has 3 breadsticks and Johnny has 2 stuffed crust pizzas…

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Ridley Scott To Make New Blade Runner Film

Following his work on Prometheus, Ridley Scott is ready to return to the world of “Blade Runner,”. Scott is committing to direct and produce “a film that advances his other seminal and groundbreaking science fiction film.”

It is unsure whether the project will be a sequel or prequel to the 1982 film. Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment announced earlier this year that they had secured film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic sci-fi original.

Alcon said that the franchise rights “would be all-inclusive, but exclude rights to remake the original. The Company, however, may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film.”

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce along with Bud Yorkin. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.


Mondo Announces Swamp Thing Posters By Florian Bertmer

Mondo continues their Wes Craven Director Series with DC comics marsh dwelling Swamp Thing. Artist Florian Bertmer created the lush haunting image. Follow Mondo on Twitter as this poster will be for sale online at a random time on Friday, August 19th. More detailed images can be viewed HERE.

24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 230. ($45)


24″x36″ screen print w/ glow-in-the-dark and metallic inks. Hand numbered. Variant edition of 90. ($80)

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Energizer Introduces The iSurge Charging Station for iPod & iPhone

Energizer has introduced its new iSurge Travel Charging Station for the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and other devices. The iSurge is an all-in-one AC adapter offering a top-mounted 30-pin dock for the iPod and iPhone, two USB ports with 2.1 Amp output for fast charging of the iPad, 3 standard, surge-protected AC outlets, a 180-degree rotating plug, and an integrated nightlight. Energizer’s iSurge Travel Charging Station will sell for $60 and will be available in October.

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