Monthly Archives: January 2013

MONDO To Release Lost Boys Poster By Phantom City Creative On Friday, February 1st

Tomorrow MONDO will release a Lost Boy poster By Phantom City Creative.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Friday, February 1st.

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Regular Lost Boys poster by Phantom City Creative. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 250. $45

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Variant Lost Boys poster by Phantom City Creative. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 125. $65

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Cover Revealed For David Sedaris’ Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls

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From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

The 288 page hardcover book is due on April 23, 2013.

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Paramount & Qualcomm Reveal The Star Trek Into Darkness App

Paramount Pictures and Qualcomm have officially released their interactive app that ties into to the world of the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. The exact reasoning has not yet been revealed, but fans will want to make sure the app is running during this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII.

The app’s designers have made a special point of tailoring the interactivity of the app to make use of cutting edge phone and tablet technologies like audio scan, geo-location recognition, and image recognition.

The iTunes version of the app is now available by clicking HERE. Registered users of the app will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a VIP trip to the U.S. premiere.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release 4-Print Limited Edition Beatles Set Featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo On February 12, 2013

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Dark Hall Mansion is proud to release their new officially licensed Beatles project, the 4-print Limited Edition set: John, Paul, George and Ringo.Dark Hall Mansion will release their new Beatles limited edition screen print set of 4 by leading contemporary artist, Tom Whalen, on February 12, 2013. This exclusive 4-print set stunningly showcases The Beatles

Dark Hall Mansion will release their new Beatles limited edition screen print set of 4 by leading contemporary artist, Tom Whalen, on February 12, 2013. This exclusive 4-print set stunningly showcases The Beatles unmistakable personas amongst the abstracted milieu of ’60s Pop culture and the landmark film that is “Yellow Submarine.” The 4 prints measure 24″ x 30″ each and were beautifully composed and designed to work individually or as an interlocked whole when displayed.

With an extremely limited release of only 200 sets available worldwide for all Beatles fans, it’s an edition for even the most discerning Beatles collector.

There will also be a very select Psychedelia Edition, limited to just 50 sets worldwide with each print individually signed by artist Tom Whalen and printed with shimmering metallic inks that intensely set off the designs and nuances of his highly stylized artwork.

Both Editions go on sale February 12, 2013 exclusively through Dark Hall Mansion, http://www.DarkHallMansion.com via their online store http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com. Pricing will be $200 for the 4-print Standard Edition and $300 for the 4-print Psychedelia Artist Signed Edition.

Both Editions go one sale precisely at 9:30 AM PST at Dark Hall Mansion’s online Store on February 12, 2013.

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Watch Walt Disney Pictures’ Full Animated Short Paperman

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Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute.

 Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

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The Man Ring: Titanium Utility Ring

Designer Bruce Boone has created the Titanium Utility Ring ($385), a swiss army knife for your finger. The titanium ring contains five “tools’ that fold individually out of the ring — a comb, a straight blade, a bottle opener, a saw and a serrated blade.

Width is a standard 9mm, though ring sizing is customized to the buyer’s finger.

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Disney’s The Muppets…Again Kicks Off Production In London, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and the Entire Muppets Gang

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The filmmaking team behind 2011’s celebrated film “The Muppets” reunites as Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” kicked off production last week in London. The all-new global Muppets adventure welcomes Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey to the mayhem, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the Muppets. The film is directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Da Ali G Show”), who was just nominated for a BAFTA for “The Muppets” (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer), and produced by the Academy Award-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (“The Fighter,” “The Proposal”). With a screenplay by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Five-Year Engagement”), who is also executive producer with John Scotti, “The Muppets … Again!” will feature music from Academy Award-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”), who won an Oscar for best original song for “The Muppets” (“Man or Muppet”). The new film will hit the big screen March 21, 2014.

Disney’s “The Muppets …Again!” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, creator of “Derek” and the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series “The Office” and “Extras.” The film stars Golden Globe-, Emmy- and SAG Award-winning actress and writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “Mean Girls,” “Date Night”) as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”) as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

 Featuring a slew of surprising celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” will shoot on location in London and in Hollywood, as well as in the famed Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, just outside of London.

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She & Him To Release Their Third Studio Album On May 7th

She & Him will release their third studio album of original material with Merge Records this spring! Volume 3 will be available in stores and online May 7th.

The album’s track list includes 14 songs – 11 Deschanel originals and three covers. All songs were produced by M. Ward and were recorded in Los Angeles, Portland, and New York City. Featured guest contributors include NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato, Mike Watt, Tilly and the Wall, Pierre de Reeder from Rilo Kiley, and Tom Hagerman from Devotchka.

Track listing for Volume Three:

1. I’ve Got Your Number, Son
2. Never Wanted Your Love
3. Baby
4. I Could’ve Been Your Girl
5. Turn to White
6. Somebody Sweet to Talk To
7. Something’s Haunting You
8. Together
9. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
10. Snow Queen
11. Sunday Girl
12. London
13. Shadow of Love
14. Reprise (I Could’ve Been Your Girl)

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Hasbro Unveils ‘Star Wars’ Black Series Action Figures

For decades, Star Wars action figures have generally measured 3 ¾ inches. But now, the just-announced Hasbro Star Wars Black line will increase the action figures aimed at adult collectors to 6 inches tall.

Announced in USA Today, the new line will consist of eight figures, tentatively priced at $19.99 apiece, that will premiere later this year. The first wave of four figures is currently scheduled for early-to-mid August, and will include Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing pilot suit, R2-D2, Darth Maul and a Sandtrooper.

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This Is 40 Coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack With Unrated Version, DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet On March 22, 2013

A midlife milestone sends a long-married couple  into an uproarious tailspin in This is 40, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on March 22, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Audiences fell in love with contentiously loving couple Pete and Debbie in Judd Apatow’s comedy sensation Knocked Up. Five years later Apatow reunites with his hilarious creations as Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as husband and wife balancing the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood with the milestone of turning 40. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a hilarious unrated edition along with more than an hour of extended and additional scenes, backstage documentaries and commentary by the cast and of the raucous and raunchy comedy that Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman says is “laugh-out-loud funny.”

The Blu-ray Combo Pack allows consumers to view This Is 40 anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. It includes a Blu-ray disc, a DVD, a Digital Copy and UltraViolet for the ultimate, complete viewing experience.

Paul Rudd (I Love You Man, Role Models) and Leslie Mann (The Change-Up, Funny People) head up a stellar comedy cast that includes Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Megan Fox (Transformers), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Ape, Terms of Endearment) and Albert Brooks (Broadcast News, Drive), with Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Iris Apatow (Funny People), Maude Apatow (Knocked Up), Annie Mumolo, (Bridesmaids), Robert Smigel (You Don’t Mess With the Zohan), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) and Lena Dunham (“Girls”).

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Mike Mitchell’s SUPER Series 2 Now Available

Mike Mitchell’s SUPER Series 2 is now available and the sale will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday Jan. 30th. Your “grab bag” ($30) will come with three random, signed and numbered SUPER prints. Two prints will be common, and one uncommon or rare. Printed on 100% cotton rag paper using inks guaranteed not to fade for at least 100 years.

Each print is cut at 4″x6″ so they will fit into an array of standard frames. Buy two and get a SUPER Krang for free. Click HERE to order.

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Taco Bell CEO Confirms Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos Are Coming Soon

Taco Bell kicked off the year by teasing its Facebook fans with a photo of a taco alongside a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos over the caption “anything could happen in 2013″ — the hint being that Cool Ranch-flavored Doritos Locos Tacos were coming this year.

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Speaking with CBS This Morning, today, Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed confirmed that the highly anticipated follow up to the company’s highly successful Nacho Cheese-flavored Doritos Locos Taco would be rolled out very soon.

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Doritos Locos Tacos isn’t just a popular menu item — it’s Taco Bell’s most popular menu item since the company was founded in 1962.

Over 200 million units were sold in the product’s first seven months alone.

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Apple Announces 128GB Fourth-Gen iPad; Will Be Available On February 5th

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Apple today announced a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad with Retina display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.

The fourth generation iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera, iOS 6.1 and ultrafast wireless performance. iOS 6.1 includes support for additional LTE networks around the world, and iTunes Match subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud.

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The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model. All versions of the 128GB iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Disney’s 1952 Officially Titled Tomorrowland

The Walt Disney Studios has announced that its live-action release previously known as 1952 will be titled Tomorrowland. The film will be released domestically on December 19, 2014. George Clooney (The Descendants) is set to star.

Tomorrowland is written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird from a concept by Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Lindelof (Star Trek, Lost, Prometheus) will produce and Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will produce and direct.

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Ltd. Art Gallery Announces MINTcondition Issue #2 Gallery Show Opening Friday March 1st

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A Comic Book inspired Art Show Presented by Ltd. Art Gallery and Emerald City Comicon.

Opening Reception Friday March 1st @ 7pm; on Display until March 31st.

Ltd. Art Gallery is joining forces with Emerald City Comicon one again to bring over 40 artists together to pay tribute to the Comic Book genre!

They will draw inspiration from their love of comics and graphic novels and create their own incredible interpretations of those worlds.

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Mondo Gallery: In Progress Originals On Sale Now

Last Friday was the opening of MONDO’s new exhibit, In Progress, featuring the original art from many of their posters.

Remaining artwork from the show is now available online HERE.

Mondo Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12PM to 6PM. In Progress will run through February 23rd, 2013.

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Apple TV Software Update 5.2 Adds Bluetooth Input & More

Apple today released Apple TV software version 5.2 for the second- and third- generation streaming media players. Arriving alongside iOS 6.1, the update brings enhanced support for iTunes in the Cloud, the addition of the Up Next feature introduced in iTunes 11, and long-awaited Bluetooth keyboard support. Apple notes that the Apple TV can now be controlled by Bluetooth wireless keyboards—the first official feature to unlock Bluetooth hardware that sat unused in the devices up until now.

As with all Apple TV software, version 5.2 can be downloaded directly from the Apple TV’s Settings > General menu.

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Apple Updates iOS to 6.1

Apple today updated iOS to version 6.1, adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the world, so even more iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad with Retina display users can experience ultrafast wireless performance to browse, download and stream content at blazing fast speeds.

Additional updates in iOS 6.1 include the ability to use Siri to purchase movie tickets in the US through Fandango, and iTunes Match subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud.

iOS 6.1 is available as a free software update today. iOS 6.1 is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (third and fourth generation), iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth and fifth generation). Some features may not be available on all products. For more information please visit www.apple.com.

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Hero Complex Gallery Announces “Oscar Legends!” & “Weapon of Choice, Phase 2!” Gallery Show On February 15th At The SOMArts Cultural Center

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Today Hero Complex Gallery announced “Oscar Legends!” and “Weapon of Choice, Phase 2!” art exhibitions scheduled for February.

Two art exhibitions will be under one roof, with the opening reception scheduled for Friday, February 15th, from 6-10pm, at the SOMArts Cultural Center.

On one side of the gallery “Oscar Legends” will feature art inspired by some of history’s most groundbreaking Oscar-winning films such as Annie Hall, Batman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Usual Suspects, Chinatown, Casablanca, Pulp Fiction and American Beauty. Longtime film and art-lover, Rotten Atom, has graciously agreed to help curate the show.

On the other side of the gallery will be “Weapon of Choice, Phase 2!” The Weapon of Choice show in January proved to be such a huge hit with the fans that additional artists wanted to contribute to this eclectic theme. New subjects will be tackled by Craig Drake, Blunt Graffix, Godmachine, Nicole Gustafsson, Chris B. Murray, Paul Shipper, Marie Bergeron, Joey Spiotto, Alex R. Kirzhner, and David Welker.

In addition to the SF showings, Hero Complex Gallery will be exhibiting the “Oscar Legends” artwork in Portland, Oregon at the famous 86 year old grand movie house, The Hollywood Theater. Oscar Legends will be on display during the theater’s annual Oscar Night Gala on Sunday, February 24th from 3pm until the doors close.

More details HERE.

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The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray set With Joker Figure

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Here is a look at the upcoming “The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2″ Blu-ray set that will be exclusive to Best Buy stores. The set comes with an exclusive Joker figure/statue. The set will cost $24.99 and is slated for January 29, 2013.

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More Awesome People Doing Incredible Things

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People Are Awesome 2013 is a new video compilation created by the band Hadouken! that shows more awesome people doing incredible things. It features the new Hadouken! track Levitate from their upcoming album Every Weekend (released February 18th).

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KAWS – Boba Fett

After creating interpretations of iconic Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and the white Storm Trooper, KAWS (AKA Brian Donnelly) introduces the legendary Boba Fett ($205) with his signature “XX”.

One of the most popular villains and definitely the most feared intergalactic bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe, Boba has to be one of the coolest vinyl collectables ever!

The figure was released exclusively in Japan through OriginalFake on January 26th. Thousands of fans waited in line for a chance to score the limited edition figure and now it will only be available via the secondary market.

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The UpperCup – The iPhone Case That Can Also Hold Your Coffee Cup

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I am always intrigued by problem solving devices that supposedly will simplify our lives and fix an issue that we never knew was a problem in the first place.

Behold the UpperCup from the Dutch marketing firm Natwerk. The case enables iPhone users to text while cradling a cup of coffee. The inventors are currently seeking funding via Indiegogo to become a real product that would eventually sell for $25-$30.

The only catch is where you will keep your bran muffin, perhaps that will be worked out in UpperCup 2.0.

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Season 6 of AMC’s Mad Men To Start On April 7th, Plus Matthew Weiner Discusses The Upcoming Season

Mad Men will return to AMC on April 7, 2013 at 9 p.m. Season 6 of the Madison-Avenue-in-the-’60s drama kicks off with a two-hour premiere, written by series creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner and directed by executive producer Scott Hornbacher. (Starting April 14, the show will air in its normal time slot of 10 p.m.)

Entertainment Weekly spoke briefly with Weiner about the upcoming season and you can read it HERE.

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Brad Meltzer – How To Write Your Own Obituary

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Tonight I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Brad Meltzer speak and found him to be warm, funny and captivating; I only wish he had more time to share his wonderful stories.

During his discussion the #1 New York Times bestselling author mentioned his TED Talk, “How To Write Your Own Obituary” to the audience.

I watched the video as soon as I got home and I am glad that I did. Brad powerfully illustrates the power of thank you and how simple kind gestures can act like a ripple in a pond and affect many.

Please take 16 minutes out of your day and ask yourself, “Who will remember your name?” It will be worth it!

 

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