Homer Simpson Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

Homer Simpson was “inducted” into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York Saturday during a ceremony that celebrated the 25th anniversary of the classic The Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat.”

The episode, which aired in February 1992, featured guest appearances by MLB all-stars like Ozzie Smith, Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs, Don Mattingly and Jose Canseco; Now Hall of Famers in their own right, Boggs and Smith were on hand to welcome Simpson in the Hall.

In a prepared statement, Simpson said, “My record for eating hot dogs will never be broken. I’ve been a fan for 40 years, which is how long some games take. And I can’t wait for the ceremony in Canton, Ohio.” (Canton is the home of the Football Hall of Fame.)

Simpsons executive producer Al Jean previously spoke to the Baseball Hall of Fame about “Homer at the Bat,” which finished Number 15 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 150 Best Simpsons Episodes.

“It’s definitely one you hear about a lot,” Jean said. “There’s nostalgia because a lot of people were kids when it first aired. Looking at it again, as I did recently, it’s a real glimpse of ’90s era baseball. Baseball has changed since then – it’s a different kind of game.”

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Beatles Pop Up Cards

Check out these cool Beatles Pop Up Cards featuring Abbey Road and Yellow Submarine.

The black cover of The Beatles Abbey Road pop-up card features a laser-cut illustration of the band’s iconic logo. Once opened the Beatles themselves emerge. George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon walking outside of their studio in single formation on Abbey Road. Instantly recognizable, each pop-up member of the Beatles has authentic design elements and details as unique as their personal style.

The cover of the Beatles Yellow Submarine card features a hint of the incredible 3D pop up that awaits. Open the card, and a Yellow Submarine emerges from the center. Colorful and detailed, the Beatles Yellow Submarine pop up is a throwback to the height of Beatlemania.

These designs were created in partnership with The Beatles and is one of two officially licensed designs.

The Beatles Abbey Road Pop Up Card, Order HERE for $15

The Beatles Yellow Submarine Pop Up Card, Order HERE for $15

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Doc Terror Creepshow Print

You can order this James Harris A.K.A. Doc Terror tribute print for a special 35mm screening of Creepshow HERE.

James Harris A.K.A. Doc Terror Tribute Print
Special 35mm screening of Creepshow
18×12
Black ink on Parcel Wrap Brown Kraft stock
Signed and numbered edition of 90
$20 plus shipping

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Randy Newman’s Dark Matter Due August 4, 2017; First Album of New Material Since 2008

Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years, will be released on Nonesuch Records on August 4, 2017, with the vinyl to follow on August 18. The record is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian praised for its “sumptuous melodies, devastating pathos and thorny, irony-laden character songs,” calling it, “the work of a true master of popular song.”

Dark Matter was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher. The album’s nine songs include the 2016 digitally released “Putin,” plus songs about the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. religion, love and loss, and more.

Dark Matter is available to pre-order now at iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where the album track “Putin” may be downloaded immediately. You can watch the video for “Putin” below. Pre-orders from Nonesuch also come with an exclusive print, a limited number of which will be signed by Newman.

Track Listing

1. The Great Debate
2. Brothers
3. Putin
4. Lost Without You
5. Sonny Boy
6. It’s a Jungle out There (V2)
7. She Chose Me
8. On the Beach
9. Wandering Boy

Newman, who is known for writing from the perspective of various narrators, many of whom are unreliable, tried something new on Dark Matter: “If there is anything consistent about the songs, there is often more than one voice, in the big ones, and it’s different for me, a difficult thing to bring off, to make it comprehensible,” he says. “I think it works. They cover more ground than most songs do and portray a number of different characters. Audiences are smart. They’ll understand the songs. I hope they like them as well.

“I’m proud of the record,” Newman continues. “I think it’s entertaining—I hope it’s entertaining—and that’s eighty percent of what I try to do. Also, I’m doing something different than I’ve ever done before. It’s a step forward for me. And considering how long I’ve been doing this, I’m kinda proud of that.”

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DC Comics To Release Doomsday Clock In November

Let the countdown begin, because Geoff Johns’ story about ‘The Button’ is coming full circle this November with Doomsday Clock.

The standalone DC-published miniseries written by Chief Creative Officer Johns, with artist Gary Frank, will continue the narrative that began last year with his Rebirth Special #1, and more recently unfolded in a four-part arc in Batman #21, and concludes this Wednesday with The Flash #22.

As the timer begins ticking down for Doomsday Clock this November, HERE are 12 things about the comic book.

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Fold Out Stationery Box

A handsome wood personal productivity center for your desk. Wood box folds out into a handy desk organizer set. Order HERE for $20.

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Dan Brown’s New Novel, Origin, To Be Published On September 26, 2017

Dan Brown, author of the #1 international blockbusters Inferno and The Da Vinci Code, has written his latest Robert Langdon thriller titled Origin. Doubleday will release the novel on September 26, 2017 and it will also be available as an ebook and an audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio.

In keeping with his trademark style, Brown interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture into this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

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Sphero Announces Ultimate Lightning McQueen

Disney Pixar’s Ultimate Lightning McQueen is the top of the line racer that’s packed with personality. With animated eyes, an animatronic mouth, and emotive suspension, experience Lightning like never before.

Being a Piston Cup Champion, Ultimate Lightning McQueen was born to race. Connect to the app, hit the gas, and see Lightning respond to your commands with his personality on display, thanks to emotive actions and speech. Watch him lean into hairpin turns and drift like a pro.

Use the app to sharpen your pit crew skills in Pit Stop Panic. When you’re not training, kick back and relax by watching Disney Pixar’s “Cars” with Lightning while he reacts to the movie.

Product Features

– Driving – Emotive suspension allows Lightning to move like a champion.
– Drifting – Drift and do donuts Lightning-style with authentic movement.
– Reactive Touch – Master Lightning’s latest moves with a simple tap.
– Acting Studio – Create animations for Lightning to perform.
– Pit Stop Panic – Race the clock changing tires, fueling up, and getting racers back on the track in this mini game.

Order HERE for $299.99.

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Vanity Fair Presents Star Wars: The Last Jedi On Set Exclusive

Following the Vanity Fair cover images from yesterday, the magazine has released more of Annie Leibovitz’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi photos and a look behind the scenes of the highly-anticipated film!

The photos reveal citizens of the city Canto Bight, Benicio Del Toro’s DJ, and Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.

With exclusive access to writer-director Rian Johnson, plus interviews with Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and others, V.F. presents the ultimate sneak peek at The Last Jedi—and Carrie Fisher’s lasting legacy. Read the full article HERE.

The Last Jedi opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Watch The Final Valerian And The City of a Thousand Planets Trailer

EuropaCorp and STXfilms have debuted the final trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as the title characters, special operatives for the government of the human territories and charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner, blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets also stars Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.

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