Monthly Archives: February 2012

Philips DC 390 Dual Docking Alarm Clock For iPad/iPhone/iPod

The versatile Philips DC390 dual docking clock radio ($149.99) delivers rich, deep sound and conveniently charges TWO devices—iPhone, iPad or iPod—simultaneously!

With its stylish and sleek brushed aluminum finish, the DC 390 will wake you up to your iPhone/iPod music or radio tunes.

There is no need to fumble for buttons and knobs to set the correct time as the clock radio can easily synchronize with your iPad/iPhone/iPod.

Features:

- Play your iPod/iPhone/iPad and charge two devices at once

- FM stereo tuner with 20 station presets

- Dual Alarms with Gentle Wake feature and sleep timer

- Full-function wireless remote control

- 10 watts RMS total output power

- Digital Sound Control offers a choice of preset EQ settings

- Dynamic Bass Boost for great sound at all listening levels

- Aux-in for easy connection of other electronic devices

- Auto clock synchronization with iPod/iPhone/iPad when docked

- Neodymium speaker driver for rich and clear sound

- Battery backup (battery not included)

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Mondo To Hold Their First Gallery Event On Saturday March 10 In Austin, TX

Fans of Mondo, the internationally-renowned collectible art boutique may have heard about a cryptic Mondo event over the past week.

I can share with you that Mondo is getting some new digs and to celebrate, they will hold their first ever Mondo Gallery Event.

WHO: It’s a secret 

WHAT: Mondo Gallery Event

WHERE: 4115 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78751

WHEN: Saturday, March 10 @ 6:00 – 10:00 PM (Public Opening)

For those that have not heard of Mondo, they are the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world class artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. Championed for their limited edition screen printed posters, Mondo focuses on bringing art back to movie posters by working with artists such as Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, Aaron Horkey, Chris Ware, Shepard Fairey, Drew Struzan and others. Besides creating stunning works for beloved classics and contemporary films, Mondo produces prints for featured Alamo Drafthouse events and has worked with filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Wes Craven, Zack Snyder and Duncan Jones on their “Director’s Series” posters.  Mondo has partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to archive the company’s growing collection of original film posters.

So if you are in Austin on March 10th, please attend Mondo’s public opening of their new gallery. I’m sure that based on past experiences with this wonderfully creative company, you will not be disappointed!

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The New Trailer For Marvel’s The Avengers

The new trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers can be watched below!

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the May 4 release stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson.

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers is the superhero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

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Wonchan Lee’s Minimalist Pixar Movie Posters

For his minimalist poster tribute to Pixar, communication designer Wonchan Lee stripped away all the excess, reducing each Pixar movie to an instantly recognizable graphic.

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Disney’s The Lone Ranger Film Begins Production

Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”

Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (“Michael Clayton,” “In the Bedroom”) and Golden Globe and Emmy winner (“John Adams”); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s “The Kennedys,” “True Grit,” “Saving Private Ryan”); James Badge Dale (“The Grey,” TV’s “The Pacific” and “Rubicon”); Ruth Wilson (television’s “Jane Eyre” and “Luther”); and two-time Academy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”). The film is slated to open on May 31, 2013.

“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” is written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Eric Aronson and Justin Haythe.

“The Lone Ranger” will film exteriors and studio work in New Mexico, followed by locations in Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

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Marvel Digital Graphic Novels Now Available On Apple’s iBookstore

Marvel announced today that more than 80 of its most popular graphic novels, featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more of the world’s most popular super heroes, are now available on the iBookstore.

Marvel graphic novels such as Civil War, Avengers, Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm, and Astonishing X-Men can now be read on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and customers can download a chapter from New Avengers Vol.1. for free.

For the full selection of Marvel Graphic Novels now available on the iBookstore, launch the iBooks app on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch or go to www.itunes.com/marvelgraphicnovels.

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Marvel’s The Avengers One Sheet Poster

The newly released one sheet poster for Marvel’s The Avengers can be seen below. Tune in tomorrow to watch the new trailer for the film.

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Apple Sets iPad 3 Launch Event For March 7

Today Apple sent out invitations to select members of the media inviting them to a special event on March 7. The image accompanying the invitation features a finger reaching out to touch the Calendar icon on a noticeably high-resolution iPad screen, and the tagline “We have something you really have to see. And touch”.

No Home button appears on the device, although it may simply be rotated to the side.

Apple will unveil the third-generation iPad at the event; the device is rumored to feature a Retina Display with four times the pixels, as well as 4G LTE connectivity and a new chipset.

The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco and will start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

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Stephen King’s Sequel To The Shining, Doctor Sleep To Be Published In 2013

A press release was issued today that announced Stephen King will read his new audiobook, The Wind Through The Keyhole, the first time in more than a decade that the bestselling author will narrate a full-length audiobook.

Within the release was a snippet regarding Doctor Sleep, King’s follow up to his 1980 novel The Shining.

“The Wind Through The Keyhole audiobook will also offer an exclusive audio preview of King’s upcoming novel, Doctor Sleep, the eagerly-awaited sequel to his classic, The Shining, to be published in 2013.”

Click HERE to read a transcription of the first few pages of Doctor Sleep.

It remains to be seen if The Wind Through the Keyhole will be the only King book that will be released in 2012.

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Prepare For Awesomeness With The World Premiere of ‘The Aquabats! Super Show!’ On The Hub TV Network March 3

The Hub TV network will premiere the all-new, action-packed series “The Aquabats! Super Show!”  from the co-creator of “Yo Gabba Gabba!” on Saturday, March 3 (1 p.m. ET, with encore performances throughout the week). The outrageous new series follows a popular alternative rock band as they embark on a never-ending quest to right wrongs, destroy boredom and seek justice for all in an inventive blend of live-action and animated crime-fighting spoofs.

Executive Producer Christian Jacobs (co-creator, writer, and director of “Yo Gabba Gabba!”) is the band’s lead vocalist and plays the team’s fearless leader, The MC Bat Commander.  Also in the cast are fellow founding member and bassist Chad Larson (aka Crash McLarson), keyboards and sax player James Briggs (aka Jimmy the Robot), drummer Ricky Falomir (aka Ricky Fitness) and the most recent member of the band, guitarist Ian Fowles (Eagle “Bones” Falconhawk).

Since their debut in 1994, the Orange County, California-based band has won over legions of music fans with their music and are well known fixtures at music festivals including Coachella and South by Southwest (SXSW).  The band has released five full-length studio albums including their latest, award-nominated “Hi-Five Soup” and has toured internationally.

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Movie: The Movie, Jimmy Kimmel Makes the Ultimate Epic Movie Trailer

Following the 84th Annual Academy Awards last night, television show Jimmy Kimmel Live! premiered the parody trailer for Movie: The Movie, which packed in nearly every film genre and a ton of stars. Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Jason Bateman, Jeff Goldblum, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Kate Beckinsale, Charlize Theron, Taylor Lautner, Chewbacca, Stephen Tyler (and more!) all make appearances in this humorous but epic movie trailer.

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12 Elevators You Need To See To Believe

These elevators offer the most thrilling rides of your life even if it only lasts 30 seconds.

From zooming up an inside-out London landmark to climbing to a scenic overlook in rural China to an ascent up an American icon, these vertical feats of engineering need to be seen to be believed!

Check them out HERE.

The elevator at the AquaDom in Berlin travels up the middle of the 82-foot tall aquarium.

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Behind The Scenes of Pixar’s Brave

Though its production was formally announced in 2008, work on Pixar’s forthcoming movie Brave began years earlier. Click HERE and go behind the scenes of Pixar’s eagerly anticipated summer film, Brave.

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon To Honor Bruce Springsteen The Week of February 27 – March 2

NBC announced on Friday that rock icon Bruce Springsteen will be the recipient of a week-long tribute on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” as part of the launch of his new album, “Wrecking Ball.”

For the week of Feb. 27-March 2, the music-loving Fallon will make it all about Bruce, beginning on Monday with a pair of performances from Springsteen and the E Street Band. The New Jersey icon will return on Friday, March 2 (Fallon’s 3rd anniversary hosting “Late Night”) to perform more songs and sit down as the night’s only panel guest.

Sandwiched between these Springsteen appearances will be performances by Kenny Chesney, who is slated to perform the moody “I’m on Fire,” off the “Born in the U.S.A.” and on Thursday, Elvis Costello will perform “Brilliant Disguise,” from “Tunnel of Love.”

A special guest for Wednesday will be announced later.

Springsteen’s two appearances on “Late Night” will act as his final TV stops in America before he embarks on a world tour beginning March 18 in Atlanta. He opened the Grammys on Feb. 12 with a high-octane performance of “We Take Care of Our Own,” the first single off “Wrecking Ball,” his 17th studio album.

Caricatures by Jason Seiler

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Tom Whalen’s 1962 Spider Print

Tom Whalen created this homage to the wise-cracking, wall-crawling superhero whose exploits got him hooked on comics when he was a kid.

The prints are 6.75″ x 10.5″ (current comic size) signed and numbered archival giclees and will be sold bagged and boarded at the March 2 opening of his show at Comics & More in King of Prussia, PA.

This is a limited edition run of 62. Whatever is left over after the show will be made available online at a later date.

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Mondo To Release Oscar Nominated Poster Series During The Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th

Mondo will be releasing limited prints of four of their favorite nominated films from 2011: Hugo, Rango, Bullhead and Bridesmaids. All four posters will go on sale during the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th. Follow @MondoNews for the on sale announcements.

Kevin Tong’s Hugo is a 24 x 36 inch screenprint in a regular blue edition of 295 for $45

Kevin Tong’s Hugo is a 24 x 36 inch screenprint in a red variant edition of 100 for $70.

Tom Whalen’s Rango is an 18 x 24 inch screenprint in an edition of 270 for $40.

Jay Shaw’s Bullhead is a 18″x24″ screen print in an edition of 80 for $30.

Dave Perillo’s Bridesmaids is an 18″x24″ screen print in an edition of 220 for $40.

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Hasbro Reinvents Lazer Tag For The Smartphone Generation

Hasbro just announced that its 2012 Nerf Lazer Tag blasters can be combined with an iPhone or iPod touch to provide a heads-up display, an increased firing distance of 250 feet, and augmented reality for a “single player” experience.

The guns themselves now include a slot for you to drop your iOS device in, and once you’ve downloaded the free app, you can use it to keep track of your gear, power levels, and use it to start and host multiplayer games with up to 23 other players.

The app also includes a leaderboard, keeps track of your user profile and stats, and features unlockable rewards like a more powerful virtual blaster.

Nerf’s new Lazer Tag blasters will be available on August 1st, and sell for $40 individually, or $70 for a set of two.

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How To Tie Your Shoes; You’ve Probably Been Doing It Wrong

Terry Moore found out he’d been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.

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Harry Potter Author, J.K. Rowling To Publish First Adult Novel

J.K. Rowling, the author of the popular childrens book series Harry Potter is writing her first book for the adults

The book’s title, publishing date and subject has not been announced. The publisher Little, Brown says that much of that will be shared later this year.

In today’s press release, Rowling said the following:

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

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Disney Mobile Magic Is Now Available For iPhone

Disney Parks Mobile Magic App is now available on iTunes for free. This fun and simple app allows you to get the most out of your Disney Vacation. Use GPS-enabled maps to get around the Parks, locate some of your favorite characters for a special greeting and even make dining reservations all on your iPhone!

When you are in the Parks you can check official attraction wait times and Disney’s FASTPASS return times for the Park you’re in. You can also play trivia and plan your upcoming visit with the Favorites feature.

The app includes:

Seven Walt Disney World Resort Guides:
- Magic Kingdom Park
- Epcot
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
- Downtown Disney Area
- Plus information on Dining and Disney Resort Hotels

Three Disneyland Resort Guides:
- Disneyland Park
- Disney California Adventure Park
- Downtown Disney District
- Plus information on Dining and Disney Resort Hotels

Features:

Official Park & Attraction Information:
- Upon arrival into our Parks you will gain access to official wait times and FASTPASS return times for the Park that you are in
- Review detailed information on attractions: photos, descriptions, locations, height requirements and more

Interactive GPS-Enabled Guide Maps:
- View each Park and it’s attractions, dining, character greetings and more with our interactive GPS-enabled Park guide maps
- Once you are in the Parks, view wait times at a glance on interactive guide maps

Character Finder:
- Search for some of your favorite characters, find out where they are located, when you can meet them, and more

Dining Guide and Reservations:
- Explore our vast dining options by filtering your search by mealtime, location, cuisine type and more
- Check out restaurant menus and hours
- And best of all, make reservations right from your mobile phone

Download this informative and fun application HERE.

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The New Trailer For Pixar’s Brave

Disney•Pixar has released an all-new trailer for their upcoming Brave.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, the animated adventure features the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane.

In the film, opening in 3D and 2D theaters on June 22, Merida (Macdonald) is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

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Golden Age Comic Book Collection Uncovered in Closet Sells For $3.5 Million

This is the type of story that I have dreamed about for years. Imagine stumbling upon a collection of 345 Golden Age comic books that had been locked away in a basement for years.

The bulk of a man’s childhood comic book collection that included many of the most prized issues ever published sold at auction Wednesday for about $3.5 million.

According to The Associated Press, 31-year-old Michael Rorrer found the neatly stacked comics in a closet last February while he was cleaning out his great aunt’s home following her death. It turns out that his great uncle Billy Wright, who died in 1994 at age 66, had (unknown to most of the family) held onto his boyhood comics dating back to 1938.

A copy of Detective Comics No. 27, which sold for 10 cents in 1939 and features the debut of Batman, got the top bid at the New York City auction Wednesday. It sold for about $523,000, including a buyer’s premium, said Lon Allen, managing director of comics for Heritage Auctions, the Dallas-based auction house overseeing the sale.

“This really has its place in the history of great comic book collections,” said Allen, who added that the auction was high energy, with “a bunch of applause at a couple of the top lots.”

Action Comics No. 1, a 1938 issue featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold for about $299,000; Batman No. 1, from 1940, sold for about $275,000; and Captain America No. 2, a 1941 issue with a frightened Adolf Hitler on the cover, brought in about $114,000, Allen said.

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Joe Hill’s Locke & Key Game

Developed by Cryptozoic, makers of the World of Warcraft trading card game, and featuring Gabriel Rodriguez’ stunning Locke & Key art, this card game ($30) lets you inside Keyhouse, where walking through the door will transform you, and hate-filled creatures await…

Game box contains:

150 Strength cards

19 Challenge cards

15 Key cards

1 Rulebook

1 Omega Lock initiative marker

You’ve read the New York Times Bestselling books from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez… now, play the game!

Order the game HERE.

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Jae Lee’s Artwork From Stephen King’s The Wind Through the Keyhole Limited Edition

Donald M. Grant is now shipping the limited Artist’s Edition of The Wind Through The Keyhole. Written by Stephen King and illustrated by Jae Lee, the surprise Dark Tower book (King was only going to write 7 volumes) joins 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 are some gorgeous color and black and white illustrations rendered by Jae Lee that will only be included in the Grant limited edition.

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Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope Documentary Trailer

Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope – a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

The film will arrive in theaters on April 6th.

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