Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012

New Avengers Trailer


Oh, I wish you could see the goosebumps on my arm. The new Avengers trailer hit Apple Trailers this morning and it is rad. Click here to watch.  Is it bad that I love Loki the most? I guess I always did have a soft spot for the black sheep of the family. Marvel really knows how to give me what I want for my birthday. I can’t wait to watch this movie, even with Mark Ruffalo.

February 29, 2012

Davy Jones Dead at Age 66

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Everyone’s favorite Monkee, Davy Jones, suffered a heart attack at his Florida home and was transported to Martin Memorial Hospital, where he later passed away. TMZ broke the story. Davy Jones joined Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork to form the Monkees in 1965. Television producers had formed the band to create an entertaining show about a rock band, but never knew that they would be creating a band that would be loved by all and would churn out hit after hit. Davy was especially explosive gaining heartthrob status and making appearances on many shows, including the Brady Bunch. Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters. He will be missed.

February 28, 2012

Substream Music Press is Looking for a New Feature Artist

Substream Music Press, a bi-monthly music and lifestyle magazine focusing on discovering and sharing the best in new music, fashion and entertainment, is looking for the next best band or artist to feature in an upcoming issue. According to a press release this morning from ReverbNation,

Substream is an internationally distributed, bi-monthly, music and lifestyle magazine. With our main focus on discovering and sharing the best in new music, fashion and entertainment, we are best known for being the first magazine cover for bands such as Paramore, Gym Class Heroes, Owl City, The Devil Wears Prada, We The Kings, Asking Alexandria, All Time Low and Bring Me The Horizon.

Substream is teaming up with ReverbNation looking for the next big, break through artist to feature in our next issue! So make sure your RPK is updated and all your social networks are synced up with your Reverb page because we want to know all about you. This is not about a song, its about you and your music!

This opportunity is free. There is  No Fee to Submit; however, it’s coming up fast.  Submissions close March 9, 2012. The press release also stated, “If chosen as featured artist, you will be exposed at retail stores such as FYE, Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books a Million, Borders and many other locations! And, of course, on their cool and hip website.” Click here to submit.

I listen to so many new artists everyday, put up new downloads and promo info for some really great ones, and have a list a mile long that I am getting through to continue spotlighting music that needs to be heard. If you’re one of them then submit, win, and be awesome my friends!

February 24, 2012

Oh! The Places Fox News Will Go


Oh, Fox News, you’ve done it again, rearing an ignorant head in the face of children’s entertainment. News anchor Lou Dobbs has come out striking at what he calls “an unmentionable” aimed to “indoctrinate our children” “plainly with an agenda.” The targets of the upheaval are the new Disney/Studio Ghibli film The Secret World of Arrietty and The Lorax, which according to the report fights rampant industrialism and is promoting eco-friendly products.  To which I have to say, “Are you serious?” To add to the most ridiculous 5 minutes I have ever lost in my life, there was an Obama montage, because… well… I don’t know why. He’s not in Hollywood. But he may as well be because apparently “the President’s liberal friends in Hollywood are targeting younger demographic using animated movies to sell their agenda to children.” The panel, made up of Lou Dobbs and 3 news radio personalities, are calling these movies “insidious nonsense from Hollywood.” I love the word insssssidiousssss. It needs to be said breathily and with fervor. The panel voiced that we are giving up our job to parent to Hollywood, and reminds us that it is our job to parent and our job to “force correct” the messages our kids hear. Matt Patrick, one of the conservative radio talk show hosts, is accusing those who believe that watching these movies is not blasphemous of creating “occu-toddlers.” Watchers have to love the headline that is on the screen toward the end of the rant “Tree-Hugging Dr. Seuss Character Featured in New Universal Movie.”

Is The Lorax or The Borrowers new to these commentators? Are Dr. Seuss and the magical tales of lesson learning a concept that has never been brought up before? They aren’t new to most. Beloved children’s stories with and without messages have been a part of growing up for generations. Amelia Bedelia taught me not to put a tuxedo on a turkey when it calls for dressing. Lesson learned! The Lorax isn’t a new story and this isn’t the first time that the story has come under fire. The logging companies had a field day with it, and many more have had issues with tales of learning lessons that are, hopefully, going to shape healthy young minds as they grow up. These aren’t the first movies that are going to address social commentary and they certainly aren’t the last. Even Happy Feet had a lesson for the fishing industry. Stop messing up the planet!

While I don’t choose to wax political, I hope that people will understand that movies that have an underlying message about the future of the environment and the world, while entertaining (and hopefully educating) an audience of any age, are in no way harmful. If you have to ignore the message, at least enjoy the show.

February 23, 2012

Morgan Spurlock Geek Fan or Geek Foe?

Morgan Spurlock, best known for his award winning gut bomb Super Size Me, has teamed up with Joss Whedon, Geek God, to create a documentary about the human side of San Diego Comic-Con. Interviewing legends and fanboys like Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogan and Kevin Smith, there is a real opportunity to break stereotypes and show that Comic-Con is not just for those who feel the need to fly their geek flag high each year, but that there are designers and comic book creators that use this as a platform to show their work. The potential to make dreams come true among the cosplay and collectibles.

The documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE follows the 2010 Comic-Con, and so far the newly released trailer is getting good press. BUT this geek writer found exactly what I was worried about when perusing the interwebs this morning, an article written by Phil Brown last September on where he states, “…the film is a rather sweet and loving portrait of the pop culture-obsessed attendees and the annual Mecca of their anti-social pursuits. The convention itself comes off as an accepting home to anyone who feels the need [to] sweat through a Wookie costume for a weekend while eating overpriced fast food and standing in line to get an autograph from their favorite B-movie actor. The documentary probably won’t win over anyone who despises this culture going in, but it should at least help explain why it exists.” 

Don’t we nerds, geeks, and dorks get enough flack for being nerds, geeks, and dorks? We don’t need another documentary that shows anti-social freaks. Several years ago a documentary was released about MMORPG players, mostly focusing on EverQuest and World of Warcraft, and depicted players who couldn’t go to work because of their addiction, a mother who blamed her son’s suicide on his gaming addiction, and a really sad couple who met in game. It was in no way a positive look at these games or their players, and I hope that this documentary doesn’t do the same injustice to the iconic Comic-Con.

Morgan Spurlock has a real fighting chance to show a different side of this genre. Putting celebs who are fan boys or in the business, rather than Morgan Spurlock’s usual post in the front of the camera, as the main focus is good; though it would have been nice to see a documentary film maker who isn’t in the genre right up front saying, “hey look, these people are normal, hard working people and this isn’t a freakfest.”

The trailer looks great. I am definitely looking forward to watchingTake a look and let me know what you think.

Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

(apple trailers)

February 22, 2012

Appleonia is Back…no not THAT Appollonia…this one

I recently posted a video from newly reborn Appleonia. No, not the progeny of Prince and 80s hottie Apollonia, but the transcended Jessica Chapnik Kahn, who “after years of mortality, decided to give birth to something else: herself. As Appleonia.” Her first video “Precious” is beautiful, striking, fun, and a little crazy when the apples start rolling and the darts are being thrown at her head.

Appleonia is now giving us a pensive look at “God”, with the help of filmmaker Penny Vozniak.  Penny and Appleonia add radiance to the already beautiful songs and Appleonia’s dazzling voice. Making a string of homemade videos together, the pair quickly became a two-woman show, acting as director, producer and crew while concocting frenzied one-shot ideas that often required life-threatening trial and error (all documented, of course). If you don’t believe me, go watch the video for “Precious” and the outtakes/making of the video.

Take a look at “God” and the making of the video “Shooting God.” I  almost wish they would have kept a bit more of the frolicking in the field look to the video that we see in the making of; however, I do love the idea of adding a little ode to Kali in the mix. Either way we get a glimpse of who Appleonia is, and we like what we’re seeing. Enjoy!

February 21, 2012

Sourpatch Releases Video from Upcoming Album

San Jose, California’s Sourpatch has released a new video of the song Things You Say from their upcoming album Stagger and Fade out February 28th. Gaining national acclaim for their first album Crushin’, in 2011, they have been featured in the Village Voice, on NPR, and in Bust magazine. This new album looks to be even better. The Things You Say video showcases the excitement that it is to be Sourpatch “the sound of infatuation, it’s the sound of being young, it’s the sound of hoping against hope. It’s rollercoaster melodies and caffeinated rhythms. It’s buying a lottery scratch ticket and knowing this one’s going to be the winner, the one that changes your life forever.”  Sourpatch “endorses a gender freeing, queer positive, all-ages, feminist hinking, crush worthy lifestyle.” Above all the music and the video are fresh and fun.

HHBTM Records

February 21, 2012

Mass Effect 3- Aliens really do fall from the sky

BioWare and Electronic Arts have a treat in store for die hard Mass Effect fans. They will be launching copies of the game into space, well maybe just into the atmosphere, but either way it’s way cool. Starting Thursday, copies of the game will be launched via high altitude weather balloons from different locales around the world, starting at 7am Pacific time in San Francisco, then followed by Las Vegas, New York, London, Paris, and Berlin. Bioware’s marketing director for Mass Effect 3, David Silverman, said, “Depending on weather conditions, it could take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to land back on the ground and the landing site could be anywhere from 50 to 300 miles of where they are launched from.” So those not in the direct path of the launch site still have a chance of nabbing this awesome collectible. The launched games will be hooked up to GPS tracking and an HD camera, and the location of the games will be trackable on the Mass Effect website. You will need to register as a user in order to access the tracker, unless you already have an EA account. If you have ever played an EA game more than likely you have one already. The game tracking site will be live starting Wednesday morning. So get your tracking shoes on and be the first one to grab this game before the release date  on March 6th. Good luck! In the meantime, here’s the new extended trailer for the game. It looks so fantastic. I’m not sure if Shephard did do a butt clench to get that assault rifle to pop up, he is so much of a bad ass he can just think “come to me” and that thing can appear.

February 20, 2012

Star Wars Episode 1 in 3D- Uncle George got it right

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D Poster

Over the weekend we took the kids to see Star Wars Episode 1. Being a member of the 501st, my husband was on hand for the first release of Episode 1, and was one of the many fans that were disappointed. After so many years of growing up loving Star Wars movies, buying every one of the released and then re-released action figures, and late night runs to Taco Bell to make sure he had a complete set of collectibles, it was disappointing for him and most fans to watch the bad acting and ridiculousness that is Episode 1. I chalk it up to bad marketing. The boys at heart who wanted to relive this great action science fantasy didn’t get what they paid for, and everyone got mad at Lucas. Instead of being mad at sweet Uncle George, I’m glad that he decided to try again and this time around marketed Episode 1 correctly.

The kids were totally stoked to see Episode 1 in 3D. They weren’t around for it the first time, and we are all diehard fans. We knew it was going to be the same silliness that it is; the absurd dialogue of Jar Jar Binks, Jake Lloyd’s terrible acting (which honestly paved the way right into Hayden Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin the Mannequin, so whatever), the awkward ick factor of 18 year old Natalie Portman and 10 year old Jake Lloyd. What made this film perfect this time around was not the storyline; it was what came before the movie, a trailer for the new SpiderMan, a friendly reminder for us to put on our glasses by the birds from Rio, and a Scrat short. It was marketed as a children’s movie. I was in the right frame of mind to watch it, because I spent 15 minutes prior getting into the same frame of mind I had when I took the kids to see Up or Cars. We all laughed our way through it, were awed by the depth that the movie was given with the use of 3D, and had a great time, so I say thank you, George Lucas. Thank you for giving my family Episode 1 in 3D and for doing it right.

February 17, 2012

Trion’s Rift Breaks World Record

Most of the time when a game is trying to break a world record one would think they were going after the most players or the most raiders, but not Trion. The hugely popular gaming company that created one of the top MMOs, Rift, went for the world record for in game marriages, on Valentine’s Day. Succeeding with 21,879 couples tying the knot in a 24 hour period, the entry will be made in the Guinness World Records Gamer Edition for 2013. Additionally, everyone in game who got in on the fun and married their Ascended love will be given the in game title of “The Avowed” starting next week.

Trion also went above and beyond for a few lucky couples, who sent in their love story. The winning couples were given special in game ceremonies by the Game Masters themselves, announcements were made game-worldwide, and their love story was featured on the Rift website. Also on Rift’s website, Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer on Rift and Trion’s CCO said, “Establishing this record was a monumental achievement for our development team and community of passionate players, and I couldn’t be more proud. Ascended Weddings were a great way to lift the veil on Rift’snew ‘Gatherings’ feature, social experiences that bring players together in new and interesting ways.  We look forward to expanding this great new gameplay element in the always-evolving world of Telara.”

This isn’t the first time loved has bloomed in an MMO setting, but it certainly was the biggest expression of love so far. Check out my wedding photos from Valentine’s Day in Rift. “Grats” to all the happy couples!

The Ceremony

Sealed with a /kiss

Checking out my new ring

I'm Bonafide!