Monthly Archives: October 2011

Comixology – A Comics App For Digital Collections

The Comixology app allows comic book readers to purchase and view their books on multiple devices including the Apple iPad – many the same day they are in print. Comixology is a comic book store and reader in your hand with over 13,000 comics to choose from (500 issues are free!).

This is the app that I use to read my Marvel, DC and IDW weekly books and I highly recommend it! Watch a video about the app HERE.

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Adele “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” DVD, Blu-ray & CD Available November 29

Tuesday, November 29th sees the release of Adele’s “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” concert film. It has been an incredible year for Adele, starting with her #1 album “21,” her #1 single “Someone Like You,” the global smash “Rolling In The Deep” and her spellbinding live appearance on The Brits. Her album “21” has become the biggest selling album in the world this year -12 million copies sold and counting – and “21” and “19” remain the UK’s 1st and 2nd highest  selling albums so far. She has received rave reviews for her live shows and “Live At The Royal Albert Hall,” recorded at the height of this amazing year, showcases exactly why Adele has become one of the most sought after live performers in the world.

“Live At The Royal Albert Hall” will be available on DVD and Blu Ray and features the full 90 minute performance, plus behind the scenes footage shot throughout that day. The package also contains an exclusive live CD of the entire show. This is the first time fans will be able to hear all of Adele’s hits and best loved songs on one CD plus her stunning covers of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and The Steeldrivers “If It Hadn’t Been For Love.”

The Tracklisting is as follows:

Hometown Glory

I’ll Be Waiting

Don’t You Remember

Turning Tables

Set Fire To The Rain

If It Hadn’t Been For Love

My Same

Take It All

Rumour Has It

Right As Rain

One & Only

Lovesong

Chasing Pavements

I Can’t Make You Love Me

Make You Feel My Love

Someone Like You

Rolling In The Deep

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The Diabolical Diagram of Movie Monsters

The Diabolical Diagram of Movie Monsters print ($24) by Pop Chart Lab is a taxonomic breakdown of all manner of frightful creatures from the silver screen, from the very large (like Godzilla) to the rather small (like Chucky) to the very weird (like the Crawling Eye). Hundreds in all, this is the definitive guide to a universe of scarifying baddies.

Each 24″ x 36” print is signed and numbered by the artists, from a first edition of 500.

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The 20 Unhealthiest Cereals

A bowl of Cap’n Crunch isn’t as bad as a sodium-packed slice of pepperoni pizza but there’s still lots of sugar—up to 50% for some brands—in every bite of many popular breakfast cereals.

To find the 20 unhealthiest cereals on your grocer’s shelf, The Daily Beast used data from Good Guide and limited their list to the most popular brands. This ranking is based on Good Guide’s health score, on a scale of 0 to 10, worst to best.

See the list HERE.

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D23 Interviews Artist Eric Tan

There’s a good chance you’ve seen Eric Tan’s work before. His retro-inspired, visually striking Disney and Pixar movie posters have struck a chord with Disneyphiles, film fans, and art aficionados alike.

His posters’ crisp colors and flat graphic shapes recall an earlier era. D23 recently got a chance to sit down with the Eric to learn more about his inspiration, his upcoming projects, and why working for Disney is a dream come true.

Read more HERE.

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Introducing The Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat learns from your behaviors, preferences and surroundings to create a custom heating and cooling schedule, keeping you comfortable when you’re home and conserving energy when you’re away.

“It was unacceptable to me that the device that controls 10 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S. hadn’t kept up with advancements in technology and design,” said Tony Fadell, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nest Labs. “Together with the team, Co-Founder Matt Rogers and I set out to reinvent the thermostat using advanced technologies, high-quality manufacturing processes and the thoughtful design elements the iPhone generation has come to expect. The resulting Nest Learning Thermostat is like no other thermostat on the market. We hope it will not only save money and energy, but that it will teach and inspire people to think more about how they can reduce home-energy consumption.”

Product Features:

- Programs itself – Nest programs itself based on the temperatures you set. Nest learns your personal schedule in a week and starts automatically turning down heating or cooling when you’re away to save energy. Nest will keep refining its schedule over time.

- Saves Energy – Nest tracks the temperatures you typically set and guides you to more energy-efficient ones, displaying the green Nest Leaf as a reward when you set the temperature to a more energy-efficient setting. The Auto-Away feature uses sensors to detect when you’re not home, lowering the temperature and saving energy. You can also check Energy History to see how much you saved.

- Connected – Connect Nest to your home’s Wi-Fi to control it from your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Change the temperature, adjust your schedule and check your energy usage.

- Simple to Use – Rotate the outer ring to adjust the temperature. The display turns blue when cooling and red when heating. Push down to open the menu.

- Convenient Installation Options – Bundle installation service with purchase at nest.com or install Nest yourself if you’re handy around the house. Just about everything you need comes in the box. If you’ve installed a lighting fixture, you’ll find that installing Nest is a similar process.

- Thoughtful Design – The brushed stainless steel dial frames the display while the ring’s curved, neutral-silver finish creates a chameleon effect that grounds Nest within its environment by picking up the color of the wall upon which it’s mounted. This combination of sleek design elements and premium materials makes Nest a thermostat you can finally feel proud to display in your home.

Pricing and Availability:

The Nest Learning Thermostat is expected to be available at www.nest.com and retail outlets in mid-November for a suggested retail price of $249.00 (U.S.).

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Elvis Costello Sings Monster Went and Ate My Red 2 on Sesame Street

Elvis Costello and Elmo singing “Monster Went and Ate My Red 2″ on Sesame Street.

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6-Minute The Dark Knight Rises Prologue Will Start Before Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol IMAX Shows

Warner Bros. Pictures is planning on showing a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises with Paramount Pictures’ early release of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX theaters on December 16 (the film has its general release on Dec. 21).

The prologue will only screen at 70mm IMAX screens and not at digital IMAX locations.

The plan matches the screening situation in December 2007 where The Dark Knight attached its opening sequence to IMAX prints of I Am Legend.

The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters on July 20, 2012. Check back here soon for a full listing of when and where the prologue can be seen.

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Possible Watchmen Prequel Miniseries To Be Published By DC Comics

DC Comics may be planning on doing prequels to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen. The plan is to do four prequel miniseries that tie in together. The roster of talent rumored is strong, and includes Gibbons. The entire arc for the four miniseries is being plotted and possibly drawn by Darwyn Cook.

The other names in the mix are John Higgins, Joseph Michael Straczinski, JG Jones and Andy Kubert, but these are all preliminary names.

More info will be posted as this project progresses.

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McDonald’s To Add Chicken McBites To Menu

Following successful testing in Australia and Detroit, McDonald’s will expand Chicken McBites to restaurants nationwide beginning next spring as a rotating promotional menu item.

McBites are small, nugget-size pieces of fried chicken, the poultry version of popcorn shrimp. They will be available in packages of 4, 6 and 12 ounces and priced from $1.99 to $4.99, accompanied by dipping sauces.

McDonald’s is also bringing back the McRib — the boneless sandwich with a cult-like following at all U.S. locations through Nov. 14.

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