Monthly Archives: September 2012

Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Comes To Blu-ray On October 2nd

For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on October 2, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more.  Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula and the first ever offering of The Creature from the Black Lagoon in its original 3D version.

From the era of silent movies through the present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection honors the studio’s accomplishments with the most iconic monsters in motion-picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester, these eight iconic films also feature groundbreaking special effects and innovative makeup that continue to influence filmmakers into the 21st century. Sure to be a Halloween favorite for years to come, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection is the ideal gift for film buffs and horror aficionados alike.

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Cinderella Trilogy With Limited Edition Collectible Jewelry Box Packaging Due On October 2, 2012

Rediscover the memorable music, beloved characters, and magical story of the Disney Princess who taught us that dreams really do come true in the Cinderella 3-Movie Collection Jewelry Box Set ($90). This 6-disc set includes Disney’s Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, and Cinderella III: Twist in Time on Blu-ray and DVD as well as a Digital Copy of Cinderella that allows you to watch Disney’s timeless fairytale classic wherever and whenever you want.

All 6 discs are contained in a Cinderella Picture Storybook that fits perfectly inside a beautifully crafted jewelry box. Share the Cinderella 3-Movie Collection Jewelry Box Set with the princess in your life today and create memories that last a lifetime.

Special Features:

- “Tangled Ever After Animated Short

- Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland

- Diane Disney Miller Intro

- Personalized Digital Storybook: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You (Disney Second Screen Experience)

- The Magic of the Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story

- DisneyView

The Cinderella Trilogy with Limited Edition Collectible Jewelry Box Packaging will be available on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

 

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The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition Debuts October 2

Scale the cliffs of insanity, battle rodents of unusual size, face torture in the pit of despair, and join Princess Buttercup and Westley on their spell-binding journey to find true love when The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Blu-ray debuts October 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  A classic fairy tale complete with heroes, villains, trickery, mockery and death-defying miracles,  The Princess Bride captured audiences young and old with its brilliant, memorable dialogue, enchanting story line and bewitching characters.

From celebrated director Rob Reiner (The Bucket List) and Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) comes “an enchanting fantasy” (Time) filled with adventure, romance and plenty of “good-hearted fun” (Roger Ebert).  Featuring a spectacular cast that includes Robin Wright (Forrest Gump), Cary Elwes (No Strings Attached), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) and Billy Crystal (Tooth Fairy), this wonderful fairy tale about a Princess named Buttercup and her beloved is “a real dream of a movie” (People).

The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Blu-ray is loaded with special features including the all-new featurette “True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon” which includes brand new interviews with Reiner, Elwes, Wright, Goldman, Christopher Guest (For Your Consideration), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night) and executive producer Norman Lear.

Fox’s Blu-ray presents the film in its 1.85:1 original aspect ratio alongside a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track and the following supplements:

- All-new, two-part True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon retrospective documentary

- Audio commentaries:

- Behind-the-scenes featurettes: As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride, The Princess Bride: The Untold Tales, The Art of Fencing, Fairy Tales and Folklore and Miraculous Makeup

- Cary Elwes’ video diary

- The Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Pirate of the Seven Seas feature

- Love is Like a Storybook feature

- Original theatrical trailer

- Easter eggs

The 25th Anniversary Edition of The Princess Bride is expected to street on October 2nd.

 

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Warner Bros. Announces Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-ray Set

Warner Bros has announced a box set for Christopher Nolan’s entire Dark Knight trilogy. Available the same day as The Dark Knight Rises, December 4th, the trilogy set will include all three films on Blu-ray along with a collectible book that details the production of all three films.

The price for the set will be $52.99, but consider carefully before you buy as Warner Bros has also announced that another set called The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be released sometime in 2013.

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Prometheus Blu-ray Promises Questions Will be Answered

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus will be hitting Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on October 9. The new trailer for the home release promises that questions will be answered. The Blu-ray will contain over seven hours of bonus material, including an alternate opening and ending, deleted and altered scenes and access to Peter Weyland’s files.

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Breaking Bad Action Figures: Sculptor Trevor Grove Gives Walter White Figures To Vince Gilligan

Earlier this year, sculptor and illustrator Trevor Grove hand-sculpted three custom 12-inch figurines of Walter White from Breaking Bad as a labor of love.

Grove eventually gifted the realistic figures to “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan.

“I love the show. Watching it week to week, I thought to myself, ‘I should do a figure with him. That’d be so cool,’” Grove told The Huffington Post.

So the 25-year-old, who is a sculptor for Sideshow Collectibles, decided to take matters — quite literally — into his own hands.

Read more HERE.

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One Momento

What if you could take only one more photo, one to share with the world forever? What would you capture?

One Memento is a photography experiment created to capture 250,000 moments. Simply load the free iPhone app, capture or choose an image from your gallery then filter, comment and share it with the world.

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Andrew Garfield & Director Marc Webb Set To Return For Next Chapter of The Amazing Spider-Man, To Be Released On May 2, 2014

Andrew Garfield will return to the role of Peter Parker and Marc Webb is set to direct as Columbia Pictures prepares to begin production on the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio. The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt.

The film will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. The new chapter in the Spider-Man saga is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014. Emma Stone is also in talks to return to the blockbuster franchise and is expected to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy.

The new film will begin production in early 2013. Webb, Garfield and Stone previously teamed on this summer’s blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, which has taken in more than $751 million worldwide.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as  Peter Parker. We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide.”

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New Rolling Stone Magazine Cover Story: Adele And The Making of ’21′

When Adele released her second album, 21, in January of 2011, few people could have predicted it would become the music industry’s biggest hit in years, selling nearly 10 million copes, landing six singles at the top of the charts and winning six Grammys, including Album, Record and Song of the Year.

The new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands Friday, September 28th, tells the untold story of the making of a modern classic and includes interviews with Adele’s manager Jonathan Dickins, executive producer Rick Rubin, her songwriting collaborator Ryan Tedder and many more – including fans such as André 3000, Aretha Franklin and even Neil Diamond.

Read more HERE.

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Real People, Fake Arms with Jimmy Fallon & Ricky Gervais

Jimmy Fallon and Ricky Gervais watch a clip from their work together on “Jacob’s Patience,” when Jimmy tried to learn to make pottery despite their obstacles.

 

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Finale With Jerry Seinfeld & Michael Richards

Jerry’s special guest is Michael Richards (Seinfeld’s Kramer) in the season finale of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook “Sorry” For iOS6 Maps, Suggests Alternative Apps

A letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook posted on Apple’s website today apologizes for the much-maligned launch of iOS 6 Maps:

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

The letter is currently at the bottom of Apple.com’s front page, as “A letter to our customers regarding Maps.”

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Flat Time Poster, A Poster of a Clock That Is Actually A Working Clock

Part art, part function and total conversation piece, the Flat Time poster ($150) contains an illustration of an old alarm clock that is actually functional.

Created by designer, Finn Magee the 23.5″ x 16.5″ x 0.25″ poster uses a 7-segment LED display to tell the time.

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From The Makers of Angry Birds, Bad Piggies Now Available To Download

Bad Piggies, a sequel to Angry Birds starring the game’s green pigs, was released today on iOS, Android, and Mac.

Bad Piggies does away with the franchise’s familiar slingshot used to launch birds in favor of all-new mechanics.

“There’s a lot of empathy towards the lovable enemies from the Angry Birds games, and we’ve been constantly asked: what about the pigs’ side of the story?” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said in a press release. “Bad Piggies gives you the chance to play as the second-most-loved characters in the Angry Birds universe, and explore this rich world through their green eyes.”

In Bad Piggies you’ll use blocks with various functions (an engine, a rotor, wheels, etc.) to build vehicles to “launch” your piggies. Of course there will be a variety of landscape challenges as your piggies must reach a goal with cargo intact.

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Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises To Be Released On DVD & Blu-ray On December 4, 2012

Christopher Nolan’s Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and digital download on December 4, 2012.

The last film in Nolan’s dark, gritty Gotham City trilogy, starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Tom Hardy as brutal villain Bane, will also be available in a limited edition Blu-ray Bat Cowl collectible package. The Blu-ray combo pack is filled with extras ranging from a documentary about the Batmobile, where all five Batmobiles are together for the first time, to Ending the Knight, an in-depth look featuring about 17 featurettes at how Nolan and his production team made The Dark Knight Rises, from Batman vs. Bane to totally demolishing a city street.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD include a featurette called The Journey of Bruce Wayne. Trailers and art galleries are also included.

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The Beatles Remasters Will Finally Be Available On Vinyl On November 13, 2012

The Beatles original studio album remasters, which were released on CD and iTunes in 2009 and 2010, will make their stereo vinyl debuts on November 13th as part of an elaborate box set ($399).

The titles include the band’s 12 original U.K. studio albums, as well as the U.S. version of “Magical Mystery Tour,” and “Past Masters, Volumes One & Two.” The Beatles’ first four albums have never been released in North America in stereo on vinyl.

Each 180-gram album will be available for individual purchase, or fans can own one of 50,000 copies of the box set, which will be housed in a retro travel case and include a 252-page book by radio producer Kevin Howlett. There will be chapters dedicated for each album, plus rare photos and audiophile-geared details about how the vinyl records were prepared.

 

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Kevin Tong’s Jurassic Park Poster To Go On Sale Today

Kevin Tong’s Jurassic Park poster is a six color screen print on 24 x 36 inch 100 lb White Cover Paper. The posters are signed and numbered in an edition of 275. They cost $70 each ($7 US shipping, $12 Intl shipping) and are available for sale at Kevin’s online store at a random time on 9/27/12. Limit two per household.

According to the artist, “This isn’t really a movie poster so much as it’s a theme park poster from a movie universe. It’s from a version of the movie where nothing went wrong (no Dennis Nedry) and the park was successful. The main inspiration was when John Hammond compared Jurassic Park to Disneyland.”

 

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New Dwarves Poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

New Line Cinema has released the new Dwarves poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on December 14, the Peter Jackson film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner and Billy Connolly.

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Barnes & Noble Launches Nook HD & Nook HD+, Lightest and Highest-Resolution 7-Inch HD Tablet and World’s Lightest Full HD Tablet

Barnes & Noble introduced Nook HD and Nook HD+, the lightest HD and full HD tablets. The super-fast and lightweight 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+ feature must-see displays for superior reading and entertainment and an instantly personalized tablet experience for each family member.

Nook HD boasts the world’s highest-resolution ever on a 7-inch tablet and Nook HD+ rivals the industry-leading tablet’s display.

Starting at $199 for the Nook HD and $269 for Nook HD+, both products deliver an amazing value for customers, with no annoying ads.

With more than three million books, a large selection of magazines and apps, and now with newly launched Nook Video and Nook Catalog content, Nook HD and Nook HD+ offer virtually endless reading and entertainment at customers’ fingertips.

Both are available for pre-order at www.nook.com and Barnes & Noble stores for customers to enjoy beginning in early November.

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October 10th Declared “Arrow Day” At Comic Book Retailers Across The U.S.

DC Entertainment and comic book retailers across America have deemed Wednesday, October 10 “Arrow Day” to celebrate the arrival of Warner Bros. Television’s highly anticipated new show Arrow, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Fans who visit their local comic book retailer on October 10 will receive a free Arrow #1 Special Edition custom comic book that is the perfect companion for the show’s premiere that night.

The Arrow #1 Special Edition offers a past and present glimpse of billionaire Oliver Queen. And as an added bonus, readers will get a six-page preview of Green Arrow #0, highlighting the DC Comics character who inspired the new show. In addition to the free comic, DC Entertainment is also providing comic retailers with Arrow promotional posters and bags.

In addition to the free custom comic available at comic book retailers, on October 10 fans can also download the first chapter of the new Arrow digital comic book series written by show Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Legendary Green Arrow comic book writer and artist Mike Grell is on board to draw the first two covers, and Sergio Sandoval and Jorge Jimenez have been tapped to do artwork in subsequent chapters. The weekly series will also be collected in print with three digital chapters on sale in one print issue starting on November 28.

The Arrow premiere celebration doesn’t end on October 10. Arrow will be present at New York Comic Con in a big way, with a special video presentation and cast/producer Q&A in the IGN Theater on Sunday, October 14 at 11am. The panel will be followed by a signing at the DC Entertainment booth #1238 at 12:30pm.

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The Top 20 Hottest Toys For The 2012 Holiday Season

Santa, please take note…

The Toy Insider panel of experts have selected these 20 toys as some of the hottest playthings for this holiday season.

Check out the full list HERE.

Batman The Dark Knight Rises – Batman U-Command Batpod

Featuring light-up wheels and sound effects. Front wheel pivots right and left for turning and drifting action! Send commands or a preprogrammed action to the Batmobile using the infrared remote control and it will carry out your commands. ($50)

 

Power Rangers Deluxe Megazord Samurai Gigazord

When the Megazords and Zords come together they form the powerful Gigazord. Three ways to play! Morph it to Megazord mode, spaceship mode, or combine it with all the items in the ZordBuilder collection (sold separately). ($30)

 

Monster High High School Playset

Showcase your favorite student bodies in the Monster High High School! This two-story school features the iconic school entrance through the gargoyle statues, the mad science classroom, creepateria, casketball court, and, of course, the ghouls’ creepy cool coffin-shaped lockers. ($80)

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MONDO Releasing 3 Prints On Thursday, September 27th: Dredd 3D by Jock, Looper By Martin Ansin & Room 237 By Aled Lewis

Tomorrow, MONDO will release the remaining copies of a few posters that they sold over the weekend at Fantastic Fest. In case you weren’t able to make it out to their pop-up shop, they posted a recap of the weekend on their blog that you can see right HERE.

MONDO will be putting up Jock’s Dredd 3D, Martin Ansin’s Looper (gold and silver color ways) and Aled Lewis’ Room 237. You can check out detail shots of each of these posters at MONDO’s blog rightHERE.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, September 27th.

 

Poster by Jock. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 275. $45

Poster by Martin Ansin. 24″x36″ screen print with metallic ink. Hand numbered. Edition of 320. $50

 

Poster by Martin Ansin. 24″x36″ screen print with metallic ink. Hand numbered. Edition of 320. $50

 

Poster by Aled Lewis. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 175. $35

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History of TV Theme Songs with Jimmy Fallon & Guys With Kids Cast

Jimmy Fallon and the cast from his executively produced NBC television show Guys with Kids (Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford and Zach Cregger) all team up on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to sing a medley of classic TV show theme songs in their energetic and humorous skit titled History Of TV Theme Songs.

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Dark Hall Mansion Will Release “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Print By Tom Whalen On Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012

Dark Hall Mansion will release their first ever Officially licensed Peanuts print for the Thanksgiving classic, Charles M. Schulz’ “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

The print will go on sale next Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM PST.

Artist Tom Whalen has done it again! Building on his two brilliant sold out releases from 2011, Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown, Christmas.

All editions are 18″ x 24,” strictly limited, numbered, and hand-pulled screenprints by DL Screenprinting with Editions as follows:

Standard: “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (Edition of 300) $65

Variant: “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”  (Edition 50) $100

Finally, there will be a very select special Wood Edition of just 15 of each style-Standard or Variant artwork-printed on 18″ x 24″ Maple wood:

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Standard artwork) on Maple wood (Edition of 15) $250

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Variant artwork) on Maple wood  (Edition of 15) $250

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