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Barnes & Noble Celebrates Pop Culture in Its Stores Nationwide Beginning July 18

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Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced a pop culture celebration in its stores nationwide from July 18 through August 10. Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble will bring to life customers’ favorite books, characters, DVDs, artists, illustrators and pop culture icons with themed events, author signings, panel discussions, contests, exclusive content, giveaways and prizes, sneak peeks, activities, and more.

Starting Friday, July 18, and running through Sunday, August 10, Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble will bring exclusive and unique fan experiences to customers across the country. The campaign will highlight the huge influence that books, graphic novels, movies, TV shows, music, toys, games and collectibles have on our culture.  Customers can enter the exclusive Get Pop-Cultured Sweepstakes from NOOK for a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, a Warner Bros. Studio VIP Tour for two, and many other great prizes by visiting the NOOK counter at their local Barnes & Noble. For more information on what’s happening during Get Pop-Cultured month, customers can visit their local Barnes & Noble store or http://www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured.   More fun and excitement can be found on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GetPopCultured, and on the Barnes & Noble Facebook page at www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble gets underway July 18 with a special Preview Weekend and Costume Contest and continues through August 10 with a fun-filled Page & Screen Weekend.  In between are fantastic events, activities and giveaways for customers of all ages. Each week will feature themes that highlight different ways customers can Get Pop-Cultured!

Preview Weekend and Get Pop-Cultured Costume Contest – July 18 to July 20

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble kicks off with a Preview Weekend designed to provide fans with exclusive sneak peeks of hot new titles by their favorite authors and illustrators. All Barnes & Noble stores will have limited quantities of free, never-before-seen chapter samplers from upcoming releases, posters and digital downloads, and customers can enter for a chance to win prizes and more for the most buzzed-about authors, books and DVD titles of the summer. On Saturday, July 19, all stores will host a Get Pop-Cultured Costume Contest. Customers of all ages are invited to come to their local stores dressed as their favorite characters. Costume-wearing customers can post their pictures on social media using the hashtags #GetPopCultured and #Contest for a chance to win special prizes. Additionally, the Barnes & Noble Café will give costume-wearing customers $1 off any beverage on the day of the Costume Contest. Greeters will hand out the $1 off coupons to customers dressed in costume as they enter the store. For more information, visit www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured.

DC Comics Spectacular – July 23 to July 27

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DC Comics is the creator of a pantheon of massively popular characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Hawkman and The Green Arrow, as well as superhero teams the Justice League, The Watchmen and the Teen Titans. The DC Comics Spectacular from Wednesday, July 23, to Sunday, July 27, offers fans the opportunity to celebrate DC Comics with fun activities, special giveaways and a 5-day only offer on all DC Comics graphic novels. The DC Comics Spectacular kicks off with Batman Day on July 23, a celebration of the Caped Crusader’s huge influence on pop culture.

Batman Day – July 23

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It’s been 75 years since Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27.  Since his auspicious debut in 1939, Batman has become one of the most popular superheroes and cultural icons of the last century. Barnes & Noble is celebrating the Caped Crusader’s enormous influence on pop culture on Batman Day, Wednesday, July 23, in all stores nationwide, with exclusive Batman merchandise. Highlights include a Batman exclusive comic book giveaway (limited supplies) of a special edition 75th anniversary collector’s issue featuring the original Batman story (issue #27) and Brad Meltzer’s re-imagined story of Batman’s origins (#27 New 52 series); giveaways of bags, bookmarks and buttons and the chance to win a Mini Bat Signal.

Comic Convention Collectibles – July 24 to July 27

Barnes & Noble has partnered with FUNKO, creator of POP!, the Legacy Collection and ReAction Figure Lines, to offer customers the opportunity to purchase never-before-seen exclusive collectibles that can only be found at this summer’s premier comic convention. Barnes & Noble is thrilled to be able to make convention exclusives more accessible to fans from Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27. In addition, 25 lucky customers per store will receive a FREE Funko POP! TV Collector’s poster with the purchase of any regularly priced POP! collectible.

Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf! – August 1 at 7 p.m.

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Barnes & Noble is celebrating Disney’s Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, with “Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf!” a sing-along and Storytime event on Friday, August 1.  Barnes & Noble stores nationwide invite fans of Olaf, everyone’s favorite summer-loving snowman, to a sing-along of Olaf’s “In Summer” song, a special Storytime, and crafts and activities such as building a sand castle and making a snow cloud and snowflakes so Olaf can go to the beach. Frozen Friday will thrill fans of all ages and prove to be the coolest summer celebration this year!

Marvel Day – August 2

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Marvel is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and Barnes & Noble is honoring that milestone with a special Marvel Day in stores nationwide on Saturday, August 2, featuring fun activities, giveaways and product offerings.  With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, customers will want to explore Barnes & Noble’s vast Marvel offerings and will have the chance to win a variety of merchandise including Marvel tote bags and Marvel 75th Anniversary posters.

James Patterson Day – August 3

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James Patterson has broken just about every record there is for a bestselling author. He is the first author to achieve 10 million eBook sales, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. Since Patterson puts the pop! in popular fiction, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide are hosting a James Patterson Day on Sunday, August 3 with fun activities, special giveaways and prizes and a special one-day only in-store offer on James Patterson books and audios.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Jr. Ninja Training Academy Event – Week of August 4

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After numerous adaptations, book series and merchandise spinoffs, America’s favorite “crime fighters on the half shell” are back with the August 8 release of Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. To celebrate, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide are hosting a Turtles – Jr. Ninja Training Academy Event during the week of August 4, with exciting activities and crafts, plus a fun-filled Ninja Training event, where participants will be trained as ninjas and receive a special Jr. Ninja Training Academy certificate. For more information on the timing of this event at your local Barnes & Noble store, visit www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured or ask a bookseller.

Page & Screen Weekend – August 9 to August 10

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The Get Pop-Cultured campaign concludes with a celebration of some of the hottest products in pop-culture.  The Hobbit, Doctor Who, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner, A Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are just a few of the great properties that have appeared on both page and screen and this fun-filled weekend celebrates the relationship between books, eBooks, movies and TV shows.

More ways to Get Pop-Cultured include:

Authors, Illustrators, Celebrities and More

Throughout the Get Pop-Cultured campaign, stores across the country will welcome customers’ favorite authors, illustrators, and celebrities, including Chris Colfer, Deborah Harkness, Christopher Paolini, Jim Starlin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, James Dashner, John Scalzi, Alyssa Milano, Buzz Aldrin, James Patterson, Malcolm Gladwell, Grumpy Cat and many more! The full list of special guests who will be in stores during Get Pop-Cultured, as well as Barnes & Noble locations where each will be appearing, can be found at: www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured.

Get Pop-Cultured Sweepstakes from NOOK

Customers can enter the Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and an exciting Studio VIP Tour for two at the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, CA, plus many other great prizes. To enter, customers can visit the NOOK boutique at their local Barnes & Noble store anytime between July 18 and August 10, where they should look for the specially created Get Pop-Cultured NOOK App™ on the NOOK devices displayed.

Get Pop-Cultured on Social Media

Pop culture fans should follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and like Barnes & Noble on Facebook for the very latest information on Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble, including announcements about upcoming events and promotions. Pop culture fans can also follow NOOK on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Barnes & Noble will be announcing many more exclusive events, including exciting author appearances and signings, as well as giveaways and exclusive content and products, throughout Get Pop-Cultured month. For a full schedule of local events and author appearances, and for more details regarding giveaways, competitions and sweepstakes, visit www.bn.com/GetPop-Cultured.

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My Favorite Ad of The Superbowl – The Phone Call: In With The New RadioShack Commercial

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The 80s called … they want their store back. 80s celebrities invade a RadioShack to take back their old stuff and make room for the RadioShack of the future.

The ad, titled “The Phone Call,” features icons from ’80s pop culture who show up to reclaim the technology of their decade, helping the brand turn the page on the RadioShack of the past. The spot opens in a throwback RadioShack store; an associate receives a warning phone call before familiar ’80s personalities including Hulk Hogan, Mary Lou Retton, Kid ‘n’ Play, and Alf, among others, barge in to “take back” their technology. What’s left is a sleek, modern store that serves as an introduction and invitation for consumers to shop the new RadioShack.

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Apple Announces Its 2013 Black Friday Online & In-Store Sale Event

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Apple has confirmed that it will be holding its annual Black Friday sale again this year. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

Discounted pricing will be available both online and in retail stores. The online part of the sale kicks off this Friday (November 29, 2013) at midnight and lasts 24 hours.

You can shop on Apple’s website or through its Apple Store app. Brick and mortar sales will start when Apple stores open for Black Friday. You can find a list of stores and their hours on Apple’s website.

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Apple Stores To Open At 8 a.m. On Friday November 1, 2013 For iPad Air Launch

Apple has confirmed on its website that its retail stores will open at 8 a.m. on Friday November 1, 2013 for the launch of the iPad Air.

Customers will also be able to order the iPad Air online on Nov. 1.

Apple still lists the iPad mini with Retina display as “coming to stores later in November,” and will not be selling that model in stores during the Air launch.

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What It’s Like To Work At The Apple Store On iPhone Release Day

McSweeney’s posted this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like for Apple’s retail employees on the most hectic day of the year, iPhone release day courtesy of pseudonymous Apple Store employee J.K. Appleseed.

Go backstage at Apple Retail, the supercollider of human expectations and consumer technology.

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Target Announces “Target Ticket”, A New Digital Entertainment Service

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Target recently announced that Target Ticket, its new digital video service, is available to guests nationwide. The convenient service, ideal for families with children, gives guests an easy way to access and enjoy their favorite titles on their preferred digital channels and devices anytime, anywhere.

Target partnered with Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization best known for its reviews of movies and television shows. Through the partnership, Target Ticket gives guests access to thousands of reviews, making it easier for parents to choose the right content for their children. In addition to an overall quality rating, guests can set filters according to age-appropriateness, level of violence, profanity, MPAA and TV Parental Guidelines, putting guests’ in control of the content they deem appropriate for viewing. Parents can customize a profile for each family member, allowing multiple viewers to watch their preferred content simultaneously on different devices.

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Additional Target Ticket features include:

– 30,000 movie and television titles available to buy or rent, download or stream at home or on-the-go, starting as low as $.99.

– No subscription or sign-up fees, plus REDcard holders receive 5 percent off each purchase.

– Premium selection of new blockbuster films. Current releases offered include “World War Z,” “Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Croods” and more.

– Highly sought after series such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” and Showtime’s “Homeland”

– More than 50 popular next-day television shows including “The Walking Dead,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and more.

– Viewers can watch rented content as many times as they want within a 48-hour rental period.

– Target exclusive bonus footage available in select movies.

– Target Ticket will offer 10 free downloads on select movies for each new guest.

Target Ticket is currently available on PC and MAC, Android and iOS, Roku, Xbox, Samsung televisions and Blu-Ray players, with availability on additional devices in the coming months.

Guests can visit TargetTicket.com to access the service or download the Target Ticket app through the App Store or Google Play.

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Want A Free iPhone 5? Try Best Buy’s Limited Trade-In Program On Saturday June 1st

Tomorrow, Saturday June 1st, Best Buy is offering a $150 trade-in credit for any functional iPhone 4 or 4S.

Couple that with the retailer’s recent $50 price cut for the iPhone 5 and you can walk away with a brand new iPhone 5 for free, except for any sales taxes and any applicable carrier activation fees.

There are a few stipulations: you must be eligible for a phone upgrade and sign a two-year contract for the phone to get the offer. However you’re able to select the carrier of your choice.

This deal will not be available online, only is stores!

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Man of Steel Advance Screening Tickets To Go On Sale Today (May 18th) At Walmart Stores

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Walmart announced that it has partnered with Warner Bros. to give its customers exclusive access to see Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Man of Steel in theaters nationwide before the film’s official release.

Tickets for the exclusive screening will go on sale in more than 3,700 Walmart stores starting at 8 a.m. on May 18. Customers will be able to purchase up to four tickets per visit and will have the option to choose between 2D or 3D showings, where applicable. The advance screenings will take place in selected local theaters nationwide at 7 p.m. on June 13.

Specific details of the promotion read as follows:

– Each ticket bought at Walmart will feature a code on the back that allows customers to pre-order their own Blu-ray Combo Pack or HD Digital Download of Man of Steel, which will contain exclusive film content.

– Fans can bring Superman to life with the official “Man of Steel Experience” augmented reality app. The app allows customers to take photos with the superhero, as well as unlock special photo frames by pointing their phone at Man of Steel signage in their local Walmart

– Customers will receive a free original Digital Comic Book written by Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer with every ticket.

– Beginning April 28, a variety of Man of Steel merchandise such as t-shirts, electronics, posters and more from top brands will be available at Walmart stores and at Walmart.com

Walmart invites customers to join the conversation and show their excitement for the first screening of “Man of Steel” on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag #SeeSteelFirst.

The highly-anticipated action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.

In the film, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Man of Steel will 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters nationwide on June 14.

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Today Is Record Store Day, Check Out The Official Poster of Jimi Hendrix

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A limited-edition poster of Jimi Hendrix is one of the highlights of Record Store Day 2013.

“It’s entirely appropriate that an image of Jimi Hendrix is on the official Record Store Day poster,” said Janie Hendrix, his sister. “He was an avid music fan and record collector himself and, of course, his recordings are among the most enduring and cherished of all time. Jimi’s musical legacy and influence grow with every passing year so, in a sense, he makes Record Store Day last much, much longer than 24 hours.”

Only 5,000 copies of the poster will be made. The image is a 24”  x 36” poster printed on heavy paper and will be free to Hendrix fans at fully participating record stores in the United States. Fans should contact their local stores the week before Record Store Day, which falls on April 20th this year, for details.

Beyond this limited-edition poster, Record Store Day 2013 will excite Jimi Hendrix fans and collectors. Experience Hendrix will issue a limited-edition, individually numbered 7-inch vinyl single featuring the original mono mixes of “Hey Joe” and “Stone Free,” which have been unavailable since their original 1966 release.

HERE is a list of the special releases that will be available today.

Record Store Day began six years ago as an event to support the independent record community worldwide; it occurs on the third Saturday of April.

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Amazon Opens Collectibles Store

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the Entertainment Collectibles Store which offers more than 350,000 unique and rare collectibles, including memorabilia from Academy Award and Grammy winning artists and honorees.

Serious collectors and casual fans alike will discover a broad selection including celebrity autographs, authentic props and wardrobe from popular movies and TV shows, musical instruments from legendary musicians, autographed original vinyl albums and much more.

Whether looking to expand a collection or shopping for a special gift, customers will find entertainment memorabilia from past and present icons of music and cinema, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean as well as collectibles from today’s hottest cultural phenomena including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and The Twilight Saga.

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Photo of Han Solo signed by Harrison Ford ($349)

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1966 Batman Batarang signed by Adam West, Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig and Julie Newmar ($500)

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Sally with Basket Original Concept Art from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ($4,500)

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