Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween From The Fire Wire

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My daughter Elli visiting Salem, MA on Halloween 2011

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The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crime

The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crime ($35) written by Daniel Wallace is a comprehensive look at the greatest comic book villain . . . ever. Since his first appearance in 1940’s Batman #1, the Joker stands alone as the most hated, feared, and loved villain in the DC Universe. Though his true origins may be unknown, the Clown Prince of Crime’s psychotic appearances in hundreds of comic books has shaped the way we look at Batman, comic books, and ourselves. Indeed, a hero is only as good as his nemesis, so the Joker’s heinous crimes, including murdering the second Robin and paralyzing Batgirl, have elevated Batman to the highest levels of crime-fighting, and we, the readers, to the finest levels of quality pop-culture entertainment.

The Joker is the first retrospective chronicling one of the most groundbreaking and game-changing villains of all time, and contains images from his more than seventy years in comics by comic book artists and writers such as Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, Dick Sprang, Grant Morrison, Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Johns, Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Brian Azzarello, Bruce Timm, and Paul Dini. Also included are images from his various film, television, animated, and video game incarnations, such as the timeless interpretations by Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger, who won his posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight. This book is a must-have for fans and anyone who wants to die laughing.

In this gallery, comics expert Wallace walks us through the most intriguing Joker iterations of all time.

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Ray Villafane Carves the World’s Heaviest Pumpkins Into Zombies

Last weekend, The New York Botanical Garden brought on master food sculptor Ray Villafane to carve zombies out of two giant pumpkins, one of which was the world’s heaviest pumpkin. He used the “pale flesh Brant and Eleanor Bordsen’s 1,693 pound pumpkin for the zombies” and the world record-holding 1818.5 pound pumpkin from Kelsey and Jim Bryson was used as the base.

Ray’s entire pumpkin carving process at The New York Botanical Garden event was captured in the time-lapse video that can be watched below.

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New Trailer For Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

In the Brad Bird-directed action thriller, opening in IMAX theaters on December 16 before hitting conventional theaters on December 21, the IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name.

Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux and Anil Kapoor star in the new film. Watch the trailer HERE.

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Rolling Stone Cover Story: Eddie Murphy Speaks – Why He’s Quitting Family Movies & May Return to Stand-Up

After years of near-silence, Eddie Murphy gives a rare extensive print interview in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and available through Rolling Stone All Access on October 28th. In the Q&A, Murphy opens up to senior writer Brian Hiatt about the ups and downs of his long career, his possible return to stand-up, his Oscar hosting plans and much more. Murphy, who co-stars in the upcoming Tower Heist, is baffled by his reputation as a near-recluse: “I leave my house all the time,” he says. “But I’m not at all the Hollywood parties. I’m grown, and where else am I supposed to be? I’m supposed to be home… If I were out in the clubs every night, they’d be saying, ‘That’s a shame, look at him, 50 years old, he’s still out at these clubs.’ Recluses are nasty, with long nails, don’t wash their ass… I’m too vain to be a recluse. But homebody, absolutely. I’m 50 years old, beautiful house, I’m supposed to be home, chilling.”

Read more HERE and pick up the issue tomorrow.

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New Images From Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

Entertainment Weekly has debuted these new images from Tim Burton’s 3D stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie, featuring the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.

The big screen adaptation of Burton’s previous short is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

Frankenweenie opens in theaters on October 5, 2012.

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Apple Expected To Release Siri-Powered Television By 2013

Apple plans to use Siri as the primary interface of an upcoming HDTV set, according to a new report. Citing various sources, the New York Times reports that such integration would allow Apple’s TV to bypass the traditional remote control, allowing users to request specific programming—be it on traditional cable or Internet-based content sources such as iTunes, Netflix, or YouTube—and allow the TV set to find it for them, without the need for navigating through channels or directories of content. Apple could announce the product as early as late next year, with an official release coming in 2013.

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First Official Look At Sean Hayes, Will Sasso & Chris Diamantopoulos As The Three Stooges

Following the teaser poster for The Three Stooges, we now have an actual look at Curly (Will Sasso), Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) and Larry (Sean Hayes) in the Farrelly brothers’ The Three Stooges, opening April 4th.

Inspired by original “Three Stooges” shorts, the storyline will have the trio left as newborns outside an orphanage and will follow them into adulthood, the full film being divided into three half-hour shorts.

The cast also includes Jane Lynch, Larry David, Stephen Collins, Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Hudson.

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The Trailer For Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Universal Pictures has revealed the trailer for Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, from Despicable Me and Hop creators Illumination Entertainment. Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on March 2, the film features the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Taylor Swift and Betty White.

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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Warner Bros. Announce Harry Potter DVD/Blu-ray Moratorium

Warner Bros. has announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will only be available for a limited time on Blu-ray and DVD. The discs don’t arrive until November 11th.

Fans wanting to buy any of the discs should buy them now, because all eight films are going on moratorium starting December 29th. This means that copies will no longer be printed, and new stores will not be able to reorder more.

The discs will surely be re-released in the future, but for now it’s not known when.

Here are the details from the official press release:

Harry Potter, the #1 motion picture franchise of all time, will soon disappear from shelves, as Warner Bros. stops shipping all Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) as of December 29, 2011 (moratorium does not include digital – Electronic Sell-Through & VOD – or games). The Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment – with $7 billion at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros. Pictures and $5.1 billion for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

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