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Yoko and AT&T’s Major Announcement! (finally!)

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September 9th, 2009


This is my update to my prediction post for today, and an opportunity to tell everyone that AT&T has finally made a step towards more reasonable plans and pricing.

First and foremost, I’ll stand by my blog that The Beatles are today. Yoko Ono announced that The Beatles will be available on iTunes today, while everyone else is claiming it’s not happening. Well, I might believe everyone else if the most obvious confirmation hadn’t occurred… The Yoko story was pulled from the net as quickly as possible. Simply put, they never remove a story that leaks inaccurate information. If Yoko were simply wrong, no one would care about what she said. Yoko is right, and once again Steve/Apple won’t appreciate his/their thunder stolen…

…frankly, I still see it as amazingly obvious to begin with (and I’ll have to find a nice hat to eat if I’m wrong).

Now, for big news, AT&T just announced their ‘A-List’. FINALLY, AT&T customers can have their ‘friends and family’ unlimited calling circles with any plan $59.95 or above. That means that you can unlimitedly call ANY five numbers, even those that aren’t with AT&T. That pretty much makes the biggest difference to many people when it comes to what has been holding them back from getting an iPhone. AT&T wasn’t offering enough minutes for the price. NOW with ‘The A-List” there will finally be enough for most people.

Here’s a link to the press release.

I’ll be back after the announcement to post reflections on the news, and my top changes that Apple could/should make to the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Enjoy the show!




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Celebrate 45 Years of Designing the Future,
and see “Star Trek: The Motion Picture-The Director’s Edition”
on the Big Screen Sept. 27th In L.A.

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September 1st, 2009




THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD FILM SOCIETY AND AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE
WILL HOST ?STAR TREK: 45 YEARS OF DESIGNING THE FUTURE? SEPTEMBER 27 AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

LOS ANGELES, September 1 — The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque (AC) will honor the talented designers who helped to create the futuristic world of Star Trek with Star Trek: 45 Years of Designing the Future, featuring four Production Designers whose work helped bring the science fiction classic to life. John Jefferies, Joseph R. Jennings, Herman Zimmerman and Scott Chambliss will participate in a panel discussion to be moderated by Production Illustrator Daren R. Dochterman, featuring video clips from their work on Star Trek, as well as a screening of the Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Documentary video clips of the late Harold Michelson, Production Designer of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, will also be shown. The event will take place on Sunday, September 27, at 5:00 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood).

Writer Gene Roddenberry first conceived Star Trek in 1964. One of the first members of his team was Production Designer Walter M. “Matt” Jefferies, to whom Roddenberry entrusted the crucial job of designing the iconic Starship Enterprise and the ship’s main control room, known as the “bridge.” Since then, Jefferies and his colleagues (including panelist John Jefferies) have played an integral role in the success of Star Trek’s futuristic adventures. Not only have they brought the show’s amazing starships to life, but the Production Designers have also been responsible for creating all of the imaginative alien worlds seen on screen. This event celebrates the vital role of the Production Designer with these four distinguished panelists, each representing a different version of the Star Trek saga.

The event will begin with a series of video clips from the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Original Series, which Production Designer Walter M. Jefferies worked on from 1966-1969. Scenes from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, designed by panelist Joseph R. Jennings, will be shown next. Jennings also worked as an Art Director on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award® in 1980. He has also been nominated for two Emmys®, for his work on the mini-series Roots (1977) and the television movie Shogun (1989).

Following will be clips from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise, all designed by panelist Herman Zimmerman. Zimmerman was nominated for an Emmy® three years in a row (1997-1999) for his work on Deep Space Nine and also won an Art Directors Guild award for his work on this series. Zimmerman’s work includes six Star Trek feature films, spanning from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) through Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
A trailer from the current 2009 release of Star Trek will also be shown. Panelist Scott Chambliss was the Production Designer on this film. Chambliss is known for his work as Production Designer on the television series Alias (2001-2006), for which he won an Emmy® in 2002 and an Art Directors Guild award in 2003.

Just prior to the screening of the Director?s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, documentary video clips of the late Harold Michelson, discussing his work as Production Designer on this film, will be shown. This is one of the last projects that legendary Director Robert Wise worked on before his passing in 2005. Moderator Daren R. Dochterman was the Visual Effects Supervisor on the Director?s Edition of this film.

Representing the ADG are President Thomas A. Walsh, and Production Designer John Muto. Working with them are the American Cinematheque?s Gwen Deglise and Chris D. The series is in part sponsored by trade publication Below The Line. General admission: $10. American Cinematheque members: $7. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $8. 24-hour ticket information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456).



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AMAZING FOOTAGE FOUND! Behind-the-scenes of Star Trek: The Motion Picture!

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July 1st, 2009


Today an amazing event occurred. A new documentary created during the filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture was posted to YouTube. It has a remarkable amount of footage… I won’t spoil it, just watch it.

Part I

Part II

I’ll be researching this footage, and when I find out more about it, I’ll update this entry.

Enjoy!



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Ron Howard Goes Back in Time… To Give You an Important Message…

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October 27th, 2008


Let’s let Opie, Richie, and let’s not forget Winthrop, (and a few unexpected guests) give you the message himself…

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Cheers!



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Guns N Roses Gives You a Free Dr. Pepper! Here’s how:

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October 27th, 2008




MTV reports that if you log in to the official Dr. Pepper website on November 23rd, you’ll be mailed a coupon for a free 20-ounce Dr. Pepper. But note, ONLY on the 23rd.

Why are they doing it? As MTV reports:

“Now that the November 23 release date for Guns Nâ?? Rosesâ?? oft-delayed, more-than-a-decade-in-the-making album, Chinese Democracy, seems to be a reality, Dr Pepper owes every American a can of soda.

Back in March, the beverage company said that it would give every man, woman, and a child in the U.S. a free can of Dr. Pepper should Guns Nâ?? Roses release Chinese Democracy before the close of 2008. And now, the event no one â?? certainly not the folks at Dr Pepper â?? thought would happen is rapidly approaching.”

Read the original post here: Guns Nâ?? Roses Bring A Free Dr Pepper To All Americans: Hereâ??s How To Get Yours!



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Unbelievable! The ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters’ Movie is coming!

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September 11th, 2008


Okay… I could see the ‘Land of the Lost’ movie having some promise, but there is NOTHING in the world that will make me go see this movie. Sometimes they just can’t get far enough away from a bad idea.



Via Variety:

Universal back for more Krofft
Live-action ‘Sea Monsters’ to follow ‘Land’
By MICHAEL FLEMING

Universal has cut a deal to mount a live-action film based on Sid and Marty Krofftâ??s â??70s kidshow “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.”
The Kroffts will produce with Jimmy Miller and his Mosaic banner. Julie Darmody is executive producer.

Deal comes after U and Mosaic completed production on the $100 million Will Ferrell starrer “Land of the Lost,” another property that originated as a Saturday morning Krofft kidshow creation. “Land of the Lost” is set for release in June.

Script for “Sigmund” will be penned by Dana Gould, a writer-producer on “The Simpsons.”
“Sigmund” becomes the third studio property set up for movie treatment for the Krofft brothers. Sony is also developing a live-action version of “H.R. Pufnstuff” and is in talks with director Conrad Vernon, who helmed “Shrek 2″ and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

“Sigmund” originally ran on NBC from 1973-75, and the show was a staple in reruns on local TV stations for the rest of the decade. After the sea monster is booted from his home by his nasty brothers for being too nice, Sigmund is befriended by two friends who stash him in their clubhouse.

The Krofft brothers were craftsmen-for-hire before they gained notice in the TV biz with the distinctive sets and costumes they designed for Hanna-Barberaâ??s live-action “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour.”

“After that, Sid and I insisted we own everything we did,” said Marty Krofft. “It didnâ??t hurt that I was Ron Meyerâ??s first client at CAA,” he added of the Krofftsâ?? new-found traction at U.

The Kroffts said they hope to follow with the remaining properties originated on “The Krofft Supershow,” which include “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,” “Lidsville,” “The Bugaloos,” “Dr. Shrinker,” “Bigfoot and Wildboy” and “Wonderbug.”

Here’s the link to the original story at Varity.



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Lowry and Demos: Two Masters Join Forces To Make Classic Movies Look AMAZING!

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August 18th, 2008


This may seem like a simple story, but believe me when I say that this is a collaboration made in heaven.



One Frame of Lowry Digital Images breathtaking restoration of “North by Northwest”.

As per Variety today:

Demos joins Lowry Digital Images
Exec named senior algorithm scientist
By DAVID S. COHEN

Gary Demos has joined Lowry Digital Images. Demos will be a senior algorithm scientist at Lowry, which is an industry leader in digital film restoration and image enhancement.

Demos received the Gordon E. Sawyer Oscar in 2006 and has received scientific & technical awards from the Academy in 1985, 1995 and 1996. Lowry was acquired in April by Indian-owned Reliance Big Entertainment.

(Click here for the original Variety Story Link.)

More…



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Hulu Lands! iTunes Better Step Up

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March 12th, 2008


Hulu Lands! iTunesâ?? Better Step Up

Bottom line–free is free. Okay, I know some of us guard our precious minutes each day like we’re Warren Buffett and we huff and puff while watching ads that run before our favorite web videos, TV shows or online whatever. I’m certainly one of those people and, yes, it gives me great power to rant and sigh as I sit through the commercials. But in the end, I’ll drive and park seven blocks away to avoid paying a $3 valet tab, AND I’ll sit through commercials if I don’t gotta pay one penny. So after five months of private beta testing Hulu has officially launched and I’ll say it here first, it’s going to kick some major bootie.

More…



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‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ Release Poster is Out

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March 10th, 2008


As a great admirer of artist Drew Struzen, I’m happy to present to you the final Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull poster. (Yes, this time they did get the logo right!)



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The HD War is officially over… HD-DVD is done.

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February 19th, 2008


Short and to the point:

After…

…Warner Bros. Chose BluRay over HD-DVD… HD-DVD camp chose to show shock at this instead of ‘business as usual’…
…Best Buy and Netflix Chose BluRay Support over HD-DVD…

and finally…

…Wal-Mart chooses BluRay over HD-DVD.

That’s it folks. Toshiba has chosen to cease production of both HD-DVD players and media. The game goes to BluRay.

Either stock up on your HD-DVD discs now while you can, or trade in your old HD-DVDs for BluRays today.

Set and Match…. or… Checkmate!

P.S. Universal has already announced upcoming BluRay support for all titles.



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