Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Mystique of Mondo & How It’s Changing The Face of Movie Posters

If you are a movie poster collector then you probably have heard of the legendary artists and designers: Drew Struzan, Saul Bass and Frank Frazetta but you may not know the names: Tyler Stout, Olly Moss or Kevin Tong…yet.

Poster aficionado and Slashfilm writer, Germain Lussier wrote this great article about Mondo, the Austin based print boutique that produces highly sought after collectible, limited-edition movie posters.

I have been collecting Mondo prints for a couple of years and it can be a frustrating but highly satisfying experience. Yes, you may have to sit at a computer and refresh the screen a few thousand times. Most times a print sells out in a few moments and slips through your fingers but when your order goes through if you’re one of the few hundred lucky ones, you experience a “Golden Ticket” moment and know that in a few weeks a tube will be delivered to your front door with an affordable highly prized, quality print of one of your favorite films!

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The VIP Fridge Magnet

Red Tomato Pizza Restaurant in Dubai has created the VIP Fridge Magnet, a one-touch pizza-ordering magnet. The VIP (Very Important Pizza-lover) fridge magnet uses bluetooth technology to order pizza with a push of a button. A text message is immediately sent to your phone to confirm the order.

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It’s No Joke: MAD Magazine iPad App To Be Released On April Fool’s Day (Alfred E. Neuman’s Birthday)

DC Entertainment today announced plans to release a new MAD Magazine iPad app complete with interactive features and exclusive content. The app will be released on April Fool’s Day, an appropriate date since it’s also the birthday of MAD’s infamous mascot, Alfred E. Neuman. The app will be free to download through the App Store and will include a mixture of free and paid content, including a free preview of the magazine.

The MAD app will include interactive versions of all current issues, access to a library of back issues and books, animated covers and “fold-in” pages, promo videos from the hit Cartoon Network show, MAD, and a link to MAD’s popular blog The Idiotical. In addition to the regular issue interactive “fold-in,” digital issues will also include a second, classic interactive “fold-in” from a past issue. Fans of Sergio Aragones’ MAD Marginals will enjoy a feature that allows readers to “pop-up” the margin artwork for a larger, more detailed view.

While the app will mirror all editorial components in print issues, many digital versions will include interactive elements. For example, the digital version of the current issue’s “MAD’s Make Your Own Twilight Movie” lets readers create multiple storylines and highlights their choices as they make them for a ridiculous visual punch line.

After downloading the free app, readers can purchase new digital issues of MAD Magazine for $4.99, or back issues for $1.99. Digital readers can also choose a per issue digital subscription for $1.99 per issue, or pay an upfront annual fee of $9.99. Current print subscribers will receive a free digital subscription. All future print issues of the magazine will be available for purchase day-and-date within the app.

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Wimpy Kid Book 7 Due On November 13, 2012

A new Diary of a Wimpy Kid title, the seventh book in Jeff Kinney’s blockbuster series, will go on sale Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Greg Heffley’s stories would be enjoyed by kids around the world,” said Kinney. “I’m incredibly excited to have the chance to lay down the seventh Diary of a Wimpy Kid book in seven countries at the same time. My international publishers have been supportive of the series from the very start, and it’s great to be able to team up with them and create a special moment like this.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have been sold in more than 41 countries in 39 languages around the world. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers onto books.

Books in the core Wimpy Kid series include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010). On November 15, 2011, the sixth book in the series, Cabin Fever, released as the biggest book of the year, with a 6-million-copy first printing in the United States. Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary.


LEGO Avengers Poster

With the new LEGO sets coming soon for Marvel’s The Avengers, LEGO created a version of the official poster for the movie.

The poster showcases the LEGO minifigures of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury.

LEGO sets based on The Avengers will include Captain America’s Avenging Cycle, Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape, Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout and Quinjet Arial Battle.

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Mondo To Release Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea By Ken Taylor On Friday, March 30th

Sideshow and Mondo present a new poster by Ken Taylor…. Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea! Please follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be available online at a random time on Friday, March 30th.

Poster by Ken Taylor. 36″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 390. ($50)

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Apple Releases iTunes 10.6.1 Update

iTunes 10.6.1 is now available in Software Update — it fixes a few glitches in Apple’s ubiquitous music and library app, including several crashing issues, some VoiceOver problems, and an issue where iTunes would freeze up while syncing with the smaller iPod shuffle or nano.

There’s also a bugfix for an issue when browsing TV episodes on the Apple TV. Previously, there was a chance they would show up unordered, but this update should make sure that they’re much more easy to browse. The update is rather sizable, 130.7 MB, and can be found in Software Update right now.

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Cartoon Network Announces Beware The Batman

Cartoon Network has announced that a new Batman series is premiering later this year. Called “Beware the Batman,” the new show will be the first to adapt the caped crusader with CGI animation. Check out the first piece of teaser artwork beneath the official description:

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

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Ron Burgundy Announces Anchorman 2 on Conan

Ron Burgundy, San Diego’s favorite Anchorman, stopped by Conan to brush up on his flute and make a little announcement. Anchorman 2 is in the works!

Judd Apatow will produce the film, Adam McKay will write and direct and Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd will reprise their roles.

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Edible Cookbook

The German firm Korefe designed The Real Cookbook (Das Echte und Einzige Kochbuch), a special edition edible cookbook that is made of fresh pasta which can be baked into a lasagna. Gerstenberg Publishing House published this unique cookbook as a special project.

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