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.

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