Monthly Archives: December 2011

Disney Plans 24-Hour Opening For Parks in California & Florida on Feb. 29, 2012 To Mark Leap Year

After a week of teasing, tonight Disney announced that “One More Disney Day” is coming to theme park guests in 2012.

The special announcement was first made online that on February 29, Leap Day (2012 is a Leap Year), both Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., will remain open to guests for 24 hours straight – the first time both parks have ever done so together. Entrance into the parks will be open as of 6 a.m. that day.

In addition, Disney will be giving away 60 vacation packages, one each day, through February 29. The prize winnings include:

- A 5 day / 4 night trip for winner and 3 guests to Walt Disney World or Disneyland

- hotel accommodations for 4 nights

- 5-day Park Hopper tickets

- a Disney Gift Card with a value of $1,000

- 1 Disney’s PhotoPass Book

- 1 Disney’s PhotoPass CD

- Disney Tours with a value up to $500

- Downtown Disney shopping spree with a value of up to $500

- Relaxing Spa experiences with a value up to $500

- Round-trip coach air transportation or round-trip ground transportation

More details can be found at the One More Disney Day web site.

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Gauntlet Press To Publish Stephen King’s Battleground Limited Edition In The Spring/Summer 2012

Gauntlet Press is now taking orders for Stephen King’s Battleground.

Set for publication in the Spring/Summer 2012 the definitive collection of Stephen King’s classic short story first published in the September 1972 issue of Cavalier magazine, and later collected in King’s 1978 collection Night Shift.

Battleground was converted to a teleplay by Richard Christian Matheson for the television series Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Originally airing on Wednesday July 12, 2006, the episode was directed by Brian Henson and starred William Hurt as Renshaw the assassin.

Gauntlet Press’ definitive collection opens with Stephen King’s short story followed by R.C. Matheson’s script for the television episode.

Those contributing to the 300 page book include:

- Director Brian Henson

- Executive Producer Bill Haber

- Jeff Beal, who won an Emmy for his score for Battleground

- Actor William Hurt

- Michael Wright, Executive Vice President and Director of Programming for TNT

- Visual Effects director Sam Nicholson

- Producer Jeff Hayes

- Lee Romaire, Special Makeup and Effects Designer Editing the book is Richard Christian Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay for the episode.

The collection will be released in 3 editions:

- 26 copy Signed Lettered Edition (the ONLY version signed by Stephen King) is $1250.

- 125 copy Signed Numbered Edition (signed by Brian Henson, Jeff Beal, Jeff Hayes, Michael Wright, Lee Romaire, Bill Haber, Sam Nicholson, and Richard Christian Matheson) is $125.

- Limited Edition (unsigned) is $75.

Those purchasing the signed numbered and lettered edition will get a free copy of the DVD of the “Battleground” episode.

More information about the book and ordering instructions can be found HERE.

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Unroll.Me, A New Online Service That Simplifies Canceling Email Subscriptions

Unroll.Me is an email unsubscribe engine that crawls through your inbox and pulls up a list of your subscriptions allowing you to choose which one to keep and which ones to unsubscribe from. After you press unsubscribe, Unroll.Me will take care of the rest.

Unroll.me is currently accepting signups for its closed beta.

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Mondo To Release Dracula Poster By Martin Ansin On Friday December 30, 2011

Tomorrow Mondo will release a Dracula poster featuring Bela Lugosi created by Martin Ansin. The print pays homage to the Universal Monster films and will be offered in 3 versions: blood red regular edition, metallic ink black and white version and a Transylvanian coffin shaped poster on wood.

Please follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Friday, December 30th.

24″x36″ screen print. Hand Numbered. Edition of 350. $45

 

24″x36″ screen print with metallic inks. Hand Numbered. Edition of 100. $85

 

Approximately 21″x 36″ screen print on wood. Hand Numbered. Edition of 75. $135

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Mondo To Release Two-Gun Mickey Poster By Tom Whalen On Friday December 30, 2011

Mondo will release one of the last classic Disney cartoon prints Two-Gun Mickey by Tom Whalen for $45. Please follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be available online at a random time on Friday, December 30th.

18″x24″ screen print. Hand Numbered. Edition of 370

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1980′s Film Alphabet, Poster That Quizzes Your 1980s Movie Knowledge

Freelance designer Stephen Wildish created the 1980′s Film Alphabet which is a great graphic that quizzes your pop culture movie knowledge from the eighties. Posters are available from the designer at his site.

Answers: Airplane, Back To The Future, Coming To America, Dirty Dancing, E.T., Flight of the Navigator, Ghostbusters, Honey I Shrank The Kids, Indiana Jones, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Karate Kid, Labyrinth, Mannequin , Nightmare on Elm Street, Octopussy, Princess Bride, Q, Rambo, Short Circuit, Teen Wolf, Untouchables, Vice Versa, Weird Science, Xanadu, Youngblood, Zelig.

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picNYC Table, An Indoor Urban Dining Table That Grows Grass

The picNYC table from Haiko Cornelissen Architecten is an indoor aluminum dining table created for urban living spaces that actually grows grass. Owners of this table must hand-cut the tabletop grass to maintain it because “no table grass mower yet exists”.

While designed as a concept piece, interested buyers may contact Haiko Cornelissen for more information on purchasing one.

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Artisanal Pencil Sharpening

“Yes, it’s real,” says David Rees of his budding pencil-sharpening business. “It’s as real as artisanal cheese-making or artisanal honey production or artisanal anything else that’s part of this movement.” Unlike his electric counterparts, Rees promises the “care and attention” your No. 2s deserve.

For $15, he’ll whittle one to a fine point, and mail it back with a baggie of shavings and a certificate of authenticity. To date, roughly 80 lead-heads with a well-honed sense of irony have used the service.

Check out artisanalpencilsharpening.com for more info.

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Van Halen Back On The Road Again In 2012

Next year with represent the 40th anniversary of the founding of Van Halen, and what better way to celebrate four decades of music than with another tour and a new album?

Such is the case for the four men of Van Halen: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth.

The band last hit the road in 2007, which was the first time the Van Halen brothers had teamed up with Roth since the ill-fated (and extremely short-lived) reunion in 1996. The return of the band’s original singer remains tempered by the absence of bassist Michael Anthony.

The band’s 2012 tour, which was announced via their official website this morning, doesn’t have any specific dates yet, though the first batch of tickets will go on sale on January 10. The year promises to be a busy one, as the band is close to completing a new album, its first since 1998′s Van Halen III (with Extreme singer Gary Cherone on the microphone) and also the first with Roth since 1984 (though Roth did contribute vocals to two new songs on 1996′s Best Of Volume I).

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Batman Infographic: Every (Significant) Bat-Suit Ever

Benjamin Andrew Moore from Screenrant.com created this ‘Batman’ infographic that features every single significant bat-suit from comic books, TV, movies, video games, and theater since the Caped Crusader’s debut in 1939.

Click on image to make larger

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Happy Holidays From THE FIRE WIRE

To my dear friends and loyal readers; my family and I wish you peace, joy and togetherness this holiday season. May you have good health, love and prosperity in 2012. Thanks for reading my blog, I deeply appreciate each and every one of you!

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Happy Festivus 2011

George Costanza from Seinfeld wishes you a Happy Festivus 2011 in a wonderful new Spoke Art holiday print by Joshua Budich. The poster was created as an exclusive gift for Spoke Art’s friends, family and collectors.

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Merry X-Mas

The artist Nick Veasey from Kent, UK, X-rays inanimate objects to find out what is inside.

“It’s probably every child’s dream to be able to have X-ray vision and see inside the presents before the big day,” Nick told the Daily Mail.

Using a scanner ten times more powerful than those found in airports and hospitals, Nick created this intriguing shot.

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Transformer Chest Contains Two Chairs & A Table

Created by Uruguayan designer Claudio Sibille, the Ludovico chest is made from eucalyptus wood, remove the table and pull out the chairs, suddenly you have a complete set of furniture that can disappear again at a moment’s notice.

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Song Map

For the real music geek on your holiday shopping list here is a road map made up of song titles: from Highway to Hell to Penny Lane, Itchycoo Park to Heartbreak Hotel.

The 4 color lithograph is printed on 115gsm uncoated art paper. The image measures H60 x W80cm and costs £20 plus p&p.

 

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The Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson.

The sci-fi thriller, opening June 8th, takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.

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Cover Unveiled For Stephen King’s Upcoming Dark Tower Novel, The Wind Through The Keyhole

In Stephen King’s Upcoming Dark Tower Novel, The Wind Through The Keyhole due on April 24, 2012 we join Roland and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. As they shelter from the screaming wind and snapping trees, Roland tells them not just one strange tale, but two–and in doing so sheds fascinating light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to a ranch to investigate a recent slaughter. Here Roland discovers a bloody churn of bootprints, clawed animal tracks and terrible carnage–evidence that the ‘skin-man’, a shape-shifter, is at work. There is only one surviving witness: a brave but terrified boy called Bill Streeter.

Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, ‘The Wind Through The Keyhole.’ ‘A person’s never too old for stories,’ he says to Bill. ‘Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.’

Below is the cover artwork for the trade edition of the book published by Scribner.

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Google Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review

Google looks back at the year’s most popular searches. The song is Sooner or Later by Mat Kearney.

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Doctorama, Famous Doctors From Pop Culture in Futurama Head Jars

CoDdesigns and rtofirefly took familiar doctors from pop culture, like Doctor Who and Dr. Dre, and combined them with the Head-in-a-Jar gag from sci-fi animated television show Futurama to make Doctorama.

A tee-shirt has been made from the original design ($28).

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2011, Buh-Bye!

From Charlie Sheen’s #winning tweets to the debt ceiling crisis and global protests, it seems the whole world went nuts in 2011. Join JibJab as they reminisce about the most notorious moments of the year in their 7th annual year in review… this time sung by a popsicle stick puppet choir!

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The First Trailer and Poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the first trailer and poster for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 14, 2012.

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

“An Unexpected Journey” will be followed up by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13, 2013.

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Skeleton Typogram, A Human Skeleton Illustration Made Using The Words For Each Bone

Skeleton Typogram by designer Aaron Kuehn is a gorgeous typographic artwork which depicts the human skeleton using the actual words for each bone.

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Skype Offers Free Wi-Fi At Select US Airports This Holiday

Skype, the text, voice and video service is getting into the holiday spirit this year by giving anyone with a Mac, PC, or an iOS device free Wi-Fi at any one of 50 US airports. To take advantage of the deal, check out Skype’s handy map of participating airports. When you’re in one of them, launch Skype on your Mac or PC or the Skype WiFi app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and sign in with your username and password.

The free Wi-Fi is available at the select airports from Wednesday, December 21st to Tuesday, December 27th.

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The Trailer For The Dark Knight Rises Officially Online

Revealed in theaters with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros. Pictures has now posted the new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises online and you can watch it below!

Opening in theaters on July 20, 2012, the Nolan’s highly-anticipated third Batman movie stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown.

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Let It Snow: Google Adds Christmas Easter Egg

Google is helping searchers get into the Christmas spirit by offering a sprinkling of snow on their computer monitor.

When typing the words “let it snow” into the popular search engine, a flurry of snowflakes trickle down the screen, followed by frost. You can wipe away the frost by clicking the left button on your mouse as an ice scraper or pressing the “Defrost” button, which appears in place of the blue “Search” button.

“Let it snow” works only in Firefox, Chrome or Safari only, however: Sorry, Internet Explorer.

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