Monthly Archives: July 2012

Chronicle Books The Art of Monsters, Inc. Back In Print

Originally released in 2001, The Art of Monsters, Inc. was the first Pixar “Art of” book that Chronicle Books created. Not only was it the first, but it set the standard for our future “Art of” books which have received accolades from animation fans, professionals and historians who love to see the art and process that goes into making the Pixar animated films.

The Art of Monsters, Inc. has been out of print for years and has only been available on the collector’s market for hundreds of dollars for a first printing.

Chronicle recently reprinted the book and it’s now available on their site for $40.

The Art of Monsters, Inc. opens the door into Pixar’s colorful archives of concept art and to the endearing story of Monsters, Inc. Since the very first bedtime, children around the world have known that once their parents tuck them into bed and shut off the light, monsters lie waiting behind closet doors, ready to emerge. But what they don’t realize is that these monsters scare children because they have to. It’s their job.

This superb film from Pixar Studios, the people who brought you Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2, reveals the truth about monsters with the brilliant techniques that have earned them their reputation as a ground-breaking animation studio.

This incredible body of artwork was commissioned from the top artists, illustrators, and animators in the industry and from it the ultimate visual approach of the film was defined. From sketches scribbled on napkins and quickly inked marker drawings, to finished oil paintings and fabulous pastel color scripts, this behind-the-scenes artwork reveals the elaborate creative process behind a blockbuster film.

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Google Handwrite For Smartphones & Tablets

Google Handwrite is a new mobile search feature that lets smartphone and tablet users hand write search queries into Google search.

As the user writes on their screen, Google recognizes the handwriting and generates autocomplete results. Google Handwrite is currently a beta feature and can be enabled in the settings link at the bottom of the Google homepage.

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New Extended James Bond Skyfall Trailer

Below is the extended trailer for Skyfall, in theaters October 24.

Packed with plot details, the trailer reveals that M, played by Judi Dench, made the decision to take out her Double-Oh program’s agents, but was unable to take down the super-suave Mr. Bond. After a period of living it up in death, Bond returns, to a shaken MI6 foundation and a new source of villainous treachery in Javier Bardem.


Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Debuts Action-Packed Animated Trailer

MTV has premiered the trailer for “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1,” Warner Bros.’ animated adaptation of the celebrated 1986 miniseries by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson.

Debuting this Sept. 25 under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, the two-part direct-to-DVD release is set a decade after an aging Bruce Wayne quit crime fighting in the wake of Jason Todd’s death, “The Dark Knight Returns” brings Batman out of retirement to save Gotham from sinking deeper into decay and lawlessness. With the help of a new, female Robin, Carrie Kelly, the Dark Knight ends the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city and confronts two of his greatest enemies. But then he must face his former ally Superman in a battle that only one will survive.

Directed by Jay Oliva and executive produced by Bruce Timm, “The Dark Knight Returns” stars Peter Weller as Batman, Ariel Winter as Robin, David Selby as Jim Gordon, Wade Williams as Harvey Dent and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper. Part 2 will arrive in early 2013.

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Apple Adds Hulu Plus to Apple TV

Apple has added a new Hulu Plus app to the Apple TV. The app, which may require a restart before appearing, allows for access to the online streaming video service.

As with Netflix, users can subscribe to Hulu Plus directly from the Apple TV using their iTunes account to pay the $7.99 monthly fee; a free one-week trial is currently being offered.

Hulu is a joint venture of NBCUniversal, Fox, and Disney, and is also available on Apple’s mobile iOS devices via a free app.

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John Carpenter’s They Live Blu-ray Due On November 6

Shout Factory has officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray director John Carpenter’s cult film They Live (1988), starring Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster. The release will be part of the new Scream Factory series and will be available for purchase on November 6th.

This special Collector’s Edition release of They Live boasts a bounty of special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more.

Avid John Carpenter fans, movie enthusiasts and collectors please take note: Order this collector’s edition Blu-ray ($22) directly from and receive an exclusive 18 x 24 poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork! Less than 500 have been made, so these are only available while supplies last.


Apple’s Mountain Lion OS Downloads Top Three Million

Apple today announced that downloads of OS X Mountain Lion have exceeded three million in four days, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion is the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system and is available through the Mac App Store as an upgrade to Lion or Snow Leopard users for $19.99 (US).

Mountain Lion features include the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center. iCloud integration makes it easy to set up your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keep everything, including iWork documents, up to date across all your devices. For more information or to download Mountain Lion visit

Facebook integration will be available in an upcoming software update to Mountain Lion.

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Rumor: Apple iPhone 5 & iPad Mini Event Planned For September 12, iPhone 5 Release Date For September 21

iMore has learned that Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21.

The iPad mini will be announced at the same September 12 event, as will the new iPod nano. No release dates have been mentioned for those devices.


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Thermos Darth Vader Crush Proof Lunch Kit

You won’t have to FORCE feed your child their lunch with this Thermos Darth Vader Crush Proof Lunch Kit ($15). Sturdy enough for a WOOKIE due to its rigid foam insulation, the kit is perfect for any Star Wars fan!

It has a comfortable carrying handle and roomy interior to hold enough snacks to please even JABBA THE HUT.


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We just returned from our 3rd Annual FIRE WIRE Road Trip.  This time our destination was The BIG Apple – NYC. We again set out with the mission to find unique and interesting family friendly activities that appealed to our entire family. We had a fabulous trip and wanted to share with you all of the sights and sounds that we enjoyed.  Continue reading

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