Monthly Archives: June 2012

Travel Channel To Premiere New Original Series “Toy Hunter” On Wednesday, August 15

Travel Channel reveals the big business of buying and selling toys and collectibles in the new original series “Toy Hunter,” premiering with a special one-hour season opener featuring back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, August 15 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT (regular time slot at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT beginning Wednesday, August 22). This weekly half-hour series follows acclaimed toy dealer Jordan Hembrough, founder of Hollywood Heroes, a New Jersey-based vintage and modern collectibles company, as he travels across the country hunting for the most sought after pieces. For this toy hunter, poking through cramped attics and rummaging around dirty garages to score vintage items is all in a day’s work!

 In each of the eight episodes, Hembrough strategically maneuvers around reluctant sellers, abates budgets and avoids the unforeseen roadblocks as he tracks down the rarest pieces.  With many collectible items valued in the thousands of dollars, Hembrough will travel the country on the ultimate toy quest searching for the holy grail items he and his clients yearn for.  Some of those rare toys (and the year they hit the shelves) include:

- “The Six Million Dollar Man” Venus Space Probe (1977)

- GI Joe: “Pimp Daddy” Destro (1997)

- Jurassic Park Prototypes (1994)

- Luke Skywalker Telescoping Lightsaber (1977)

- Care Bears Treat Heart Pig (1982)

- Barbie #1 in box (with brunette hair) (1959)

Armed with his encyclopedic knowledge of toy history and savvy skills of negotiation, Hembrough meets with amateur and professional collectors alike.  Throughout his travels on the series, he crisscrosses the country encountering a diverse group of enthusiasts including former Kenner toy designers in Ohio, flea market pickers in Ashville, North Carolina and vintage toy store owners in Austin, Texas.  Some notable moments include meeting specialized collectors like the Batman collectors in Biloxi, Mississippi, a Spiderman collector in San Francisco, and Los Angeles mask collector and designer/sculptor Jordu Schell.  Hembrough also connects with a toy comrade in New Jersey, to sell horror collectibles at the Chiller Theater Expo – the largest horror toy and comic convention in the country.

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At Last! Battery-Powered Electric Butter Knife Will Spread Cold Butter Straight On To Bread

Baking company Warburtons has announced Toastie Knife, a prototype butter knife ingeniously designed with a heated blade. Designworks Group created the knife for Warburtons which uses two AA batteries to heat the blade to 41.8 degrees Celsius (the perfect temperature to easily slice through cold butter).

Voted as ‘Most Desired Breakfast Innovation’ in a poll of just under 3,000 people, it is not yet certain if the knife will go into production.

Anybody wishing to own a Warburtons Toastie Knife one day can tweet @Warburtons using #ToastieKnife.

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Austin’s Fantastic Fest Presents The World Premiere of Tim Burton’s Frankenwenie

Fantastic Fest is excited to announce Walt Disney Pictures’ Frankenweenie will have its world premiere on September 20 as the opening night film for the 2012 festival, happening September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

“Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema. To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general,” said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League.

From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, 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.

A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, Frankenweenie is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. Frankenweenie releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.

Look for more programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.

For the latest developments visit the Fantastic Fest official site www.fantasticfest.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

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Marvel’s The Avengers DVD & Blu-Ray Official Announcement

Coming this fall, the third highest-grossing movie of all time and the #1 movie in the world, “Marvel’s The Avengers” assembles as you’ve never seen it before on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On-Demand platforms on September 25, 2012. In anticipation of this release, Marvel is also launching an all-new App in July – “The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App” (available for the first time on iPhone) – that gives fans unprecedented access to exclusive content building up to the home entertainment release.

The announcement comes as “Marvel’s The Avengers” crossed the incredible $600 million domestic box office threshold on June 26 – only the third film in history to do so. It has now grossed an estimated $1.44 billion globally.

Providing viewers with the ultimate in-home experience, the premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique ways to enjoy “Marvel’s The Avengers” (on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital Download of “Avengers Assembled” Music from and inspired by the film) and brings to life the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime in a whole new dimension on Blu-ray hi-def with stunning visual effects, superior sound and unparalleled bonus content.

Extras include a gag reel, a first for a Marvel Studios film, the chance to hear from the cast and Joss Whedon on their experiences in bringing these larger than life characters to the big screen, a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking visual effects and stunning cinematography, the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier, Soundgarden’s “Live to Rise” Music Video, deleted scenes and more!

Also for the first time ever, fans will be able to enjoy even more of the Marvel Universe via the all-new “The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App.” By downloading this onto a secondary device, consumers will be able to gain unprecedented access to exclusive content building up to the home entertainment release on September 25. Pieces will be unleashed bi-weekly in July & August and weekly in September leading up to a full immersive experience accompanying the film on Blu-ray. Content includes special access to the S.H.I.E.L.D. database, becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, invitations to “special missions” either remotely or in the field, links to character profiles, stories and scenes, interactive Marvel digital reader comic books and more. App owners will receive push notifications whenever new content is uploaded and available for their viewing.

The suggested retail price for “Marvel’s The Avengers” is:  4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $49.99 U.S./$59.99 Canada; 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack =$39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada; 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada. And for Digital & On-Demand platforms, please check with your television provider or favorite digital retailer for pricing.

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Trailer For Alex Cross

Alex Cross follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

The film directed by Rob Cohen will be in theaters on October 19th.

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Listen to Aimee Mann’s New Song ‘Charmer’

Charmer is Aimee Mann’s first release since 2008’s @#%&*! Smilers.

Mann’s new single shows off the more pop-oriented side to her usual acoustic tendencies. “Charmer,” an upbeat, synth-heavy track, takes a dig at personable people who hide ulterior motives. “The album explores the ideas of charm and people who are charming,” explains Mann, “and how they can sometimes be really fun, but sometimes very manipulative – there’s a darker side.”

The single is from Mann’s eighth studio album, which will be released on September 18th. Mann will tour in the fall in support of the album’s release.

Rolling Stone premieres the new song and you can listen to it HERE.

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20 Year-Old Student Behind Steve Jobs Tribute Creates Coke Image

Jonathan Mak Long, who created a much-praised Steve Jobs Apple logo tribute last year, recently designed this eye catching minimalistic poster for Coke.

After seeing the Jobs tribute (below), Ogilvy China commissioned Long to create the above poster as part of Coke’s “Open Happiness” campaign.

The image has been lauded around the ad world since winning an Outdoor Grand Prix Lion Tuesday at Cannes.

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All Who Attend The IMAX 3D Midnight Show of The Amazing Spider-Man on July 3rd Will Receive This Limited Edition Laurent Durieux Print From Mondo

Mondo has partnered with IMAX on a poster for midnight showings of The Amazing Spider-Man. If you’re planning on going to see the movie at midnight next week, you’ll get this great poster by Laurent Durieux!

You can read more information about the free poster and participating theaters HERE.

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Rolling Stones Update Lips Logo For 50th Anniversary

The Rolling Stones have unveiled an updated version of their famed 41-year-old lips and tongue logo, one of the best rock ‘n’ roll logo in existence, for their 50th anniversary.

The new updated logo, redone by Shepard Fairey, features the words “Fifty Years” and the numerals 50 woven inside the their name.

The original logo, designed by John Pasche, was introduced back in 1971. Mick Jagger was responsible for discovering Pasche, then a student at the Royal College of Art. The logo was first used on the inner sleeve of the “Sticky Fingers” album.

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Apple Releases Podcasts App

Apple has released a new universal app dedicated to subscribing to, viewing and managing Podcasts on iOS devices. Dubbed simply Podcasts, the new app allows users to browse through hundreds of thousands of audio and video podcasts available in the iTunes Podcasts catalog, stream or download individual episodes for offline listening or subscribe to an entire podcast series. A Top Stations feature also provides a unique user interface with a quick view of the most popular podcasts, organized by topics such as arts, business, comedy, news and sports. A radio-like “Now Playing” screen with simple playback controls allow the user to easily skip forward and back and the app integrates with iTunes to access podcasts synced from an iTunes library in the traditional manner. The application also supports syncing episode bookmarks via iCloud for seamless playback between devices along with a built-in sleep timer and the ability to share favourite podcasts episodes via Twitter, Messages and Mail. Podcasts is a universal app requiring iOS 5.1 or later and is available from the App Store as a free download. Syncing episodes requires iTunes 10.6.3 or later and streaming is supported over both Wi-Fi and cellular data connections.

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