Monthly Archives: April 2011

HBO Go App Now Available For iPad & iPhone – Provides Free Streaming For HBO Subscribers

HBO has released the iOS application for its new HBO GO streaming video service providing subscribers with an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with access to over 1,400 HBO shows directly on their devices. Available at no additional charge for existing HBO subscribers, HBO GO allows users to view programming over either a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, making the entire lineup of HBO shows and movies available while on-the-go. Bonus features and special behind-the-scenes extras are included in the HBO GO service and the app allows users to also create customized watchlists and smart “Series Pass” lists to easily follow their favorite shows. HBO GO is available only in the U.S. and requires a 3G or Wi-Fi connection for viewing content. The universal iOS app requires iOS 3.2 or later and an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third- and fourth-generation iPod touch or iPad. HBO GO is available from the App Store as a free download.

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Brandi Carlile: Live At Benaroya Hall CD Review

Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, the new concert album from acclaimed American singer-songwriter-performer Brandi Carlile will be available on Tuesday, May 3.

Brandi’s passionate and powerful performance shines on this CD. Her band is tighter than ever, check out the twin’s harmonies on The Sound Of Silence. The lush orchestra provides a new depth not seen on earlier albums. Brandi is one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge today and I urge all of you to give this disc a listen and pass it on to your friends and family. The world needs to be aware of this humble, kind and generous performer.

Culled from two incredible sold-out shows in November 2010 at the prestigious Seattle concert venue, Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony features Brandi and her band — Tim Hanseroth (guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass), Josh Neumann (cello) and Allison Miller (drums) — performing a finely drawn selection of original songs and well-chosen covers accompanied by a full thirty-piece orchestra.

Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony showcases arrangements created for Brandi by Sean O’Loughlin (who’s worked with Chris Isaak, Feist, Belle & Sebastian, Blue Man Group, others) and the legendary Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, David Bowie-“Space Oddity,” Miles Davis-“On The Corner”).  Buckmaster, who won a Grammy in 2001 for his arrangements on Train’s “Drops of Jupiter,” first worked with Brandi in 2009 on Give Up The Ghost, her third studio album.

Brandi Carlile, winner of Seattle’s City of Music Breakthrough Award for 2010, sold-out her Benaroya debut in 2008.  Returning to the Hall for the first time last November, after touring more than a year in support of Give Up The Ghost, Carlile treated her fans to an expanded road-polished repertoire, performing an exquisite set-list of original compositions and covers including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” and Elton John’s “Sixty Years On” (showcasing Brandi’s vocals within the original Paul Buckmaster arrangement), all included on Brandi Carlile – Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony.

Brandi Carlile: Live At Benaroya Hall With The Seattle Symphony is now available for pre-order on CD and vinyl at Brandi’s online store . Whether you are a long-time Brandi Carlile fan like me or a new listener, this is a perfect live performance to add to your collection.

Track Listing:

1. Curtain Call

2. Sixty Years On

3. Looking Out

4. Before It Breaks

5. I Will

6. Shadow On The Wall

7. Dreams

8. Turpentine

9. The Sound Of Silence

10. The Story

11. Pride & Joy

12. Hallelujah


J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 Will Shake Up Some Moviegoers With Motion Effects Seating

Moviegoers in select cities will be able to shake, rattle, roll and levitate in their seats as they watch J.J. Abrams’ summer sci-fi thriller Super 8.

Screenings are slated to take place in about 50 North American theaters that are outfitted with D-Box Motion Code seats. The “motion effects” technology activates pitch, roll and heave movements that shift audience members up, down and sideways in their chairs.

“The content of this new picture is an ideal match for our incredibly realistic motion effects,” D-Box Technologies CEO Claude McMaster said in a statement. The Canadian company also enables on-screen actions to trigger what it calls “intelligent vibrations” for audience members.

Produced by Steven Spielberg, Super 8 tells the story of kids who make home movies before stumbling upon a government cover-up of mysterious events involving aliens. The movie opens June 10. (Reprinted from

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New Stephen King Short Story, “Under The Weather” To Be Included In Full Dark, No Stars Paperback Due On May 24

Stephen King’s new short story, “Under the Weather” (written just in the past month or two) will be included in the U.S. paperback edition and as a new e-book edition of Full Dark, No Stars which will be released on May 24, 2011. Under the Weather is approximately 6,000 words, 23 manuscript pages and 16 pages in the final paperback.

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The Avengers To Feature New Captain America Costume

Captain America will be receiving an all-new costume for The Avengers, leading man Chris Evans has confirmed to MTV News.

The superhero ensemble has just started production in Albuquerque, where Evans says he donned the new suit for the first time as part of a screen test.

“Yeah, it’s awesome,” Evans smiled, “It’s really cool. I was worried because I started to get really attached to the old one. I got to really start digging it. It’s not that easy to move in, but I started really liking it.”

The original, 1940’s version of the suit will debut in theaters when Captain America: The First Avenger hits on July 22nd, but fans will have to wait until next summer to see The Avengers version on the big screen.

Arriving from writer/director Joss Whedon, the epic team-up is also set to star Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård and will see release on May 4th, 2012.

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The New Poster for Green Lantern

The new official poster for Green Lantern can be viewed below. The action adventure opens in 3D and 2D theaters on June 17. Directed by Martin Campbell, stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan.

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Apple Posts Q & A On Location Data

Apple has posted a ten-question Q & A document discussing the collection of location data on iOS devices. In response to the first question, “Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?”, the company writes, “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.” The second question asks why, then, is everyone so concerned; Apple responds by saying that users are confused, partially because creators of new technology—including itself—have not provided enough education about such issues. In response to the third question, “Why is my iPhone logging my location?”, Apple explains that the iPhone—and presumably other iOS devices—are not logging locations, but “maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.”

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White iPhone 4 Coming April 28

Apple has announced that it will officially launch the white iPhone 4 Thursday, April 28. According to the company, the handset will be available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S. tomorrow, and will come to “many more” countries around the world soon. The press release notes that the white model will be available from both AT&T and Verizon in the U.S., suggesting that other CDMA carriers worldwide may carry it as well. “The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.” Pricing for the white iPhone 4 will be the same as for the black model, or $199/16GB or $299/32GB with a two-year commitment on AT&T or Verizon.

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THE FIRE WIRE Comic Book Pick of The Week: Action Comics #900

Action Comics #900 is here this week, and along with all of the special bonus features (Donner, Lindelof, Johns, Frank, Sook, Stelfreeze, Dini -check out the full list HERE) celebrating 900 issues of Action,you’ll get the 51-page finale to the epic Lex Luthor storyline that’s been building since Action Comics #890.

Superman’s fought Lex Luthor many, many times over the years – but never quite like this. With his allies hands’ tied up in Metropolis trying to hold off Doomsday, Superman’s in for the fight of his life against a Lex with near-limitless power.

Pick up this milestone issue on Wednesday.


Steve Jobs in Carbonite iPhone Case

Protect your iPhone with a one-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic hard case ($35) featuring Apple’s fearless leader frozen in Carbonite. Simply snap the case onto your iPhone for solid protection and direct access to all device features. You can also purchase a print, t-shirt or laptop skin at the website.

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