Monthly Archives: September 2011

Replaceface

Replaceface is a project by UK-based artist Steve Payne in which he photoshops current faces from our time onto the bodies of Russian war generals in the 1800s. The bodies come from paintings of George Dawe in 1812, the subjects of which successfully fought Napoleon in the Patriotic War of 1812.

Payne explains his hobby,

“One thing I’ve always wanted to try (I have a list) is to incorporate someone into a painting, mimicking the painterly brush strokes and making everything fit and work nicely and look natural and stuff. There’s an art to head swapping, I’ve seen so many awful attempts. The most important things to consider are anatomy, perspective and lighting. If you can get those things right, you’re more than halfway there.”

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Mondo Drew Struzan Frankenstein Poster On Sale Friday, September 30th

Tomorrow, Mondo is finally releasing the 21 color Frankenstein poster by the legendary Drew Struzan.

This poster is unreal in person and pictures cannot do it justice!

Please follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be for sale online at a random time on Friday, September 30th.

Poster by Drew Stuzan. 15″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 325. 21 colors. ($285)

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Check Out Marvel’s Avengers On This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Cover

Here are the highlights from Entertainment Weekly’s October 7th, 2011 issue featuring The Avenger’s cover story (on newsstands nationwide Friday, September 30th):

“What do you get when you put Marvel’s biggest superheroes in a room together? In this week’s cover story, Entertainment Weekly went to the set of The Avengers to find out.

For Avengers aficionados, there will be plenty of details to debate and drool over between now and May 4, 2012, when the film launches next summer’s movie season. But the lure of the film, particularly for casual fans, is simply seeing the buff and (mostly) brainy all-star team—Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)— standing united at the law-enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D., which dispatches them in a giant flying helicarrier to danger zones around the world.

The stakes are obviously high for the film, which just wrapped filming. At risk is not only the movie’s estimated $220 million budget, but also one of the most promising tent pole franchises in Hollywood. The Avengers comprises half a dozen iconic Marvel Comics characters, many of whom could spawn a stand-alone franchise. Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, each aiming for theaters in 2013, could be either dramatically helped or hurt based on how The Avengers is received. Legions of devoted fans worldwide are just praying The Avengers doesn’t get screwed up on its way to the screen. The movie’s writer-director, Joss Whedon, is one of them.  The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the cowboy/space saga Firefly is a pop culture demigod—and no stranger to ensembles or superheroes, having helped with the script for this summer’s Captain America and having written some of the acclaimed Astonishing X-Men comic-book series. Still, The Avengers has him feeling like what The Hulk might call a ‘puny human.’ “Every day I make some boneheaded mistake,” he confides. “And I go, ‘Really? Wow. So no learning curve, huh?’ ” Whedon says he’s occasionally gone home after a long night of shooting and detoured straight to the local Starbucks to spend the dawn hours hammering out much more detailed new scenes. He laughs nervously. “There is a weird element of: They handed me one of the biggest movies of all time, and I’m making it up as I go.”

Some fixes have been easy. Others have been more taxing. Before filming began, Ruffalo had to take over the role of The Hulk from Edward Norton, who was dropped from The Avengers after clashing with Marvel over the final cut of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. In the spirit of camaraderie, Ruffalo called his predecessor before accepting the role: “Norton and I are friends, and he was like, ‘You’ve gotta do it, buddy.’ He basically bequeathed it to me. It was very cool and very generous of him.”

On the Iron Man movies, Downey became infamous for improvising and pushing for heat-of-the-moment script revisions. Or, as he colorfully puts it, “I dominated like a rabid, horny gorilla.” But that impulse had to be tempered on The Avengers, which requires more sharing than he’s used to—something Downey learned after pushing too hard for Tony Stark to take center stage in Whedon’s early drafts. “I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re thinking, but Tony needs to drive this thing,’ ” Downey recalls. “He was like, ‘Okay, let’s try that.’ We tried it and it didn’t work. Because this is a different sort of thing. Everybody is just an arm of the octopus.”

In the end, the actors are so glad to be sharing the burden that the cast and crew joke that the code name for the movie— used to avoid unnecessary attention during the shoot—is Group Hug. “Joss describes it as the definition of family,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “These are people who have no business being together, but they are thrust together and need to make the best of it.” To that end, he says Marvel is keeping the focus on these core characters, and not introducing a slate of new heroes through cameos. “We didn’t want to make a big mess,” Feige says. “They don’t walk through the S.H.I.E.L.D.  commissary and see another 20 superheroes.”

One thing that did help the actors bond was shooting in New Mexico, where they all were out of their element. “Any time you film somewhere where nobody is from, you’re forced to hang out together off set,” Evans says. “No one knows anybody, no one has any prior obligations out here, no one has any dinner plans because we’re all alone.” Johansson, Ruffalo, and Renner caught a Mötley Crüe concert, and Whedon (when he’s not rewriting) has been known to take his team dancing. Wait…dancing? “It’s my favorite thing in the world. I know every dance club in Albuquerque,” Whedon says, drop-dead earnest. “It’s not like I’m deliberately saying, ‘Oh, we must foster a sense of unity,’ but it’s fun when you see everybody cutting loose together.” Renner says they got even closer when the production moved to Cleveland later in the summer: “We were all in the same hotel, huddled together. It was like being at camp.”

Could they be getting along too well? Whedon shrugs. “I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that,” he jokes. “But they don’t.””

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Disney Introduces AppMATes Mobile Application Toys

Introducing Disney AppMATes (vehicle two-packs SRP $19.99), a new line of toys that comes to life digitally when used with an Apple iPad allowing kids to use the tablet’s screen as a virtual play mat. The Appmates toy line features miniature Disney Pixar Cars 2 vehicles with sensors on the base of each toy that are recognized as a unique footprint by an app with no cable or Bluetooth connection required. Simply download the free Cars 2 Appmates app from the iTunes app store, place your favorite Appmates toy character on the screen and play.

The toys will be available on Oct. 1 at national retailers, Apple Store, Apple Store online, Disney Store and www.DisneyStore.com with vehicle two-packs featuring four characters including Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, Finn McMissile, and Holley Shiftwell. Two additional characters — Francesco Bernoulli and Shu Todoroki — will launch in November and be available exclusively through Apple Store and Apple Store online.

Cars 2 Appmates features include:

- Exploration: Drive around the world of Radiator Springs to discover landscapes and hidden secrets by simply placing the Cars toy character on the screen and turning it in any direction. Drive through mud and up ramps, visit friends at Flo’s V8 Cafe or check out your Car’s reflection, showing off your latest gear and gadgets.

- Directed Game Play: Perform missions unique to each character. Completed missions like helping bring a tow hook back to Mater and gain hubcaps, the virtual currency. Collect enough hubcaps to personalize each car with special features like a unique horn sound, customized tire tracks, and cool gear like a rocket launcher or spy vision goggles.

- Racing: Rev up the action by racing against World Grand Prix opponents and your Radiator Springs friends. Five racetracks are available at launch. Race around Willy’s Butte, jump off Carburetor Mesa and roar through downtown Radiator Springs earning hubcaps in day or night races.

Each toy unlocks different features and content within the app specific to the character, allowing kids to come back over and over to enjoy an imaginative, open-ended play experience using the Appmates toys. Fans can download and test the app by simply using their fingers to drive a virtual car through the world, but the play experience is optimized to come to life with the Appmates toy vehicles.

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Disney Store Debuts iPad App

The Disney Store just launched its first mobile application for iOS devices, available for free at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch or at www.itunes.com/app/disneystore. Shopping for Disney Store products has never been so convenient.

Disney Store Mobile App Key Features:

- Browse new arrivals and exclusive Disney Store merchandise with product descriptions and user reviews

- Search and find toys, clothes, décor, collectibles and more featuring Disney’s most beloved characters

- Filter product list pages by character, category, size, color and more

- Shop with the same DisneyStore.com account

- Check-out quickly and easily

- Find the nearest Disney Store through the store locator

- Seamlessly share favorite products with friends and family via email, Facebook and Twitter

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Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close Trailer

The trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close can be watched below. The film is based on the 2005 novel by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close hits theaters on Christmas Day.

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Deeper In The Darkness With Patton Oswalt On October 4, 5 & 6 At The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles

If you live in or near Los Angeles, enjoy ecclectic movies and great comedy then check out Patton Oswalt’s mini-film festival next week at The New Beverly Cinema.

Three fun filled days of film premieres, screenings, Q & A’s, and Patton.

Tuesday October 4th, Opening night: The premiere of Todd Rohal’s Catechism Cataclysm. There will be special guests at this screening. Then, after that, at 9:30, Punisher: War Zone. Afterward Patton will talk to the director, Lexi Alexander.

On Wednesday October 5th – The Set-Up

On Thursday October 6th – John Huston’s Fat City

Click HERE for more information.

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Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s War Horse

DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war— a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is currently on Broadway. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

War Horse will feature Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Kebbell. The film is based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and the recent stage play by Nick Stafford.

War Horse will be released on December 28, 2011.

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Real Life Toy Story

Jonason Pauley is responsible for the Live-Action Toy Story Project in which young filmmakers set out to re-create the original PIXAR classic film Toy Story with real toys and real people.

Jonason introduces the first clip from the ambitious project.

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The Teaser Poster for Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Universal Pictures has debuted the teaser poster for Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, which comes from Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop) and features the voices of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White.

Opening in theaters on March 2, the film is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

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Amazon Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire ($199) was announced today. Packing a dual-core CPU, Gorilla Glass coated multi-touch 7″ IPS panel and an Android OS, the 14.6 ounce device is all about content.

This Kindle lacks a camera, mic and 3G connectivity, but if you are looking for an iPad alternative, this may be the way to go.

The Kindle Fire touts lightning quick access to the Amazon App Store, a “turbo” web browser based off of Amazon’s cloud servers and Whispersyncing with Amazon’s arsenal of books, movies and music.

This is the Kindle for accessing movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games, and web browsing!

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Sting: 25 Years The Definitive Box Set Collection

Sting: 25 Years The Definitive Box Set Collection ($150) contains three CDs featuring 45 remastered tracks spanning Sting’s solo career plus a DVD containing previously unreleased live concert footage.

This consummate collection contains selections spanning his entire solo catalog, from his 1985 debut album, The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, to his latest release, Live in Berlin. Highlights include all of Sting’s top 40 hits as well as Grammy winners “Brand New Day,” “The Soul Cages,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You,” and “Whenever I Say Your Name” featuring Mary J. Blige. The box set also contains nine songs remixed by Robert Orton and Steve Fitzmaurice exclusively for this collection.

Rough, Raw & Unreleased: Live At Irving Plaza, the previously unreleased live concert DVD, features 10 tracks culled from newly unearthed raw performance footage filmed in New York City on the final night of Sting’s U.S. “Broken Music” tour in 2005.

The discs are housed in a beautiful, lavish hardcover book containing intimate and rare photos from world renowned photographers, complete lyrics, personal commentary and a newly written introduction by Sting.

Track Listing:

Disc One:

1. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

2. Love Is The Seventh Wave

3. Consider Me Gone

4. Moon Over Bourbon Street

5. Fortress Around Your Heart

6. Bring On The Night (Live)

7. Driven To Tears (Live)

8. I Burn For You (Live)

9. Be Still My Beating Heart

10. They Dance Alone

11. Englishman In New York

12. Fragile

13. We’ll Be Together

14. Sister Moon

15. Secret Marriage

Disc Two:

1. All This Time

2. Mad About You

3. Why Should I Cry For You?

4. The Soul Cages

5. When The Angels Fall

6. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You

7. Fields Of Gold

8. Seven Days

9. It’s Probably Me

10. Shape Of My Heart

11. When We Dance

12. I Hung My Head

13. I Was Brought To My Senses

14. You Still Touch Me

15. I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying

Disc Three:

1. A Thousand Years

2. Desert Rose

3. Ghost Story

4. Brand New Day

5. Send Your Love

6. Whenever I Say Your Name

7. Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)

8. Soul Cake

9. The Hounds Of Winter

10. Next To You

11. We Work The Black Seam

12. The Pirate’s Bride

13. Never Coming Home

14. Russians (Live)

15. The End Of The Game (Live)

Disc Four: Rough, Raw & Unreleased: Live at Irving Plaza

1. Message In A Bottle

2. Demolition Man

3. Synchronicity II

4. Driven To Tears

5. Heavy Cloud, No Rain

6. A Day In The Life

7. Voices Inside My Head/When The World Is Running Down

8. Roxanne

9. Next To You

10. Lithium Sunset

The collection is now available in stores and online.

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The Bacon Alphabet

Henry Hargreaves created this porcine font with strips of bacon, a pair of scissors and heck of a lot of creativity.

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Despicable Me 2 Promo Poster

Universal scored a big hit with Despicable Me and they immediately rushed a sequel into development after the animated film opened #1 at the box office.

Despicable Me 2 has set July 3, 2013 for a release date and even though that’s far away, the marketing has begun. Here is the first promo poster for the movie and it proclaims “More Minions. More Despicable.”

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Pixar’s Lee Unkrich Will Tumble For You

Pixar’s legendary Lee Unkrich, director of the wildly entertaining and successful Toy Story 3 and co-director of Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and Toy Story 2 is using Tumblr as a means to interact with his fans. His goal is to post a daily picture related to the new top secret film that he is working on.

On September 23, Unkrich tweeted “Tomorrow is a big day that may determine the next four years of my life. Wish me luck”.

The first two photos have been a picture of his keyboard and his lunch. Hopefully more Pixar project photos will appear in the near future. You can follow Lee Unkrich on Tumblr to receive his daily updates.

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Salt Vader

Bashir Sultani creates elaborate images of iconic figures using nothing but table salt.

Through time lapse video you can see the artist’s entire process in just under three minutes, as he works from top to bottom to create the image of a menacing Darth Vader.

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Apple Confirms October 4 iPhone Event

Apple today has invited select members of the press to a special “Let’s talk iPhone” event for the next-generation iPhone. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 4 at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium on its corporate campus in Cupertino, CA. The invitation includes four classic iPhone icons, showing the Tuesday date, 10:00 (AM/Pacific) event start time, Infinite Loop location, and Phone app with the number “1” next to it.

Apple is widely expected to introduce at least one new iPhone at the event, and will also likely announce a release date for iOS 5.

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Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector

Get ready to super-size your digital lifestyle with the Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD portable digital dock projector and speaker combo ($800). This revolutionary product reinvents how you share presentations, slideshows, high-def movies, audio and more. The easy-to-use device eliminates the confinement of small screens and lets you share multimedia content from your digital device, from the boardroom to the media room. Place your Apple device in the built-in dock. Or, connect your smartphone, tablet, gaming console, PC and more. Remarkable resolution and bright output (2800 lumens of color and white light output) ensure vivid content, even when it’s enlarged to a 100-inch image. Add in the built-in stereo speakers and portable design and MegaPlex MG-850HD is sure to transform how you collaborate and interact, whether at work or at home. Simply connect, project and play.

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What Happens When You Drop A Slinky?

How does a slinky fall when extended by its own weight and then released? We discover the surprising answer using a slow motion camera that records 300 frames per second.

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The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies

This weekend’s “Moneyball” will try to prove, yet again, whether America’s pastime can hit a home run at the box office. What a perfect occasion to pick the best sports films ever. Though TIME definitely left out some sentimental choices such as “Brian’s Song” you’ll probably discover some new favorites. See the list HERE.

Although I agree with a few on the list, what about Rudy, The Natural, Jerry Maguire, The Karate Kid, Kingpin, Bad News Bears, Cinderella Man, White Men Can’t Jump and Miracle?

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Olly Moss’ An American Werewolf in London Fantastic Fest Mondo Poster

One of the hottest tickets at this year’s Fantastic Fest is a special screening of An American Werewolf in London, with special effects icon Rick Baker in attendance.

Lucky ticket holders received this Mondo poster by Olly Moss. The print measures 15″x 24″ and is an edition of 380. Moss will be signing copies of the poster on Sunday at the Austin Mondo Store at 1 PM, where they’ll also have the remaining posters and the variant on sale. Follow them on Twitter for future announcements.

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Stephen King Reads A Chapter From The Shining Sequel, Dr. Sleep

At the Mason Award Event that took place last night, Stephen King read a chapter from the soon to be completed sequel to The Shining called Dr. Sleep. The future novel will be about an adult Danny Torrence and “psychic vampires called The Tribe that drive cross country in RV’s and feed on psychic energy. In the book, Danny is a hospice worker who uses his powers to help ill patients to pass away without pain.

“I’ve always wondered what happened to that kid in The Shining,” King said of his book published in 1977. Dr. Sleep will tell.

Some of what King shared in his reading:

“They don’t like dogs and dogs don’t like them. You might say dogs see through them — to the sharp and watchful eyes behind the cut-rate sunglasses, to the strong and long muscled hunters’ legs beneath the polyester slacks from Wal-Mart, to the sharp teeth beneath the dentures waiting to come out. They don’t like dogs, but they like sick children. Yes, they like sick children very much.”

You can watch the video of the acceptance speech and reading below and I will post more information about the novel when it becomes available.

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The World’s Rudest Hand Gestures

A taxi cuts you off in Rome. A Mumbai merchant spurns your best offer. A maitre d’ snubs you in Beirut. At times like these, words can fail even the most seasoned traveler. But now salvation is literally at hand, thanks to Rude Hand Gestures of the World, by Romana Lefevre, with photographs by Daniel Castro.

Click HERE for a sampling, courtesy of Chronicle Books, of how to throw down with the locals, wherever you are.

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Jurassic Park Trilogy Blu-ray Due On October 25, 2012

This October, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will bring one of the most popular film series of all time to Blu-ray: the Jurassic Park Trilogy. Based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel, director Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park created a world where science brought the dinosaurs back to life, a world further explored in its popular sequels The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III.

Universal presents the Jurassic Park Trilogy remastered for 1080p, with all films shown in their original aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and given DTS-HD Master Audio tracks. In terms of special features, the Blu-ray collection will feature all supplements from the previous DVD editions.

Furthermore, the Jurassic Park Trilogy has digital copies of the three films and over two hours of bonus materials newly produced for Blu-ray; the new material takes the form of a six-part retrospective documentary titled Return to Jurassic Park. This documentary – made up of the Dawn of a New Era, Making Pre-history, The Next Step in Evolution, Finding The Lost World, Something Survived, and The Third Adventure behind-the-scenes segments – features never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew of the three films, including Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg.

The Jurassic Park Trilogy streets on October 25th, 2011.

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Trailer

Sundance standout Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey gets its first official trailer.

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet – the heart and soul of Elmo – Kevin Clash.

A limited number of engagements are scheduled around the country starting October 21. Check the official site for theaters and showtimes near you.

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