at least I no longer have to figure out a way to get to soCal with no funds... though hitchhiking would've been fun!
Monday, 28 February 2011
Here are the first images from Hawaiian Vacation, which was directed by Gary Rydstrom. The second is after the break.
The images were scanned from Entertainment Weekly  by The Playlist . In the magazine Mr. Rysdstrom said,
Woody becomes kind of like what?s-his-name on ?Love Boat?...Captain Stubing!... As toys who get played with all the time, they have a pretty good imagination, when it?s time for a little playacting, they?re good at it.
The plot we'd previously heard  is:
Bonnie is off to Hawaii, and Barbie and Ken are excited to go along on their first tropical vacation! But when they?re accidentally left behind, it?s up to Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the toys to create a Hawaiian paradise right in Bonnie?s room.
It's our last pre-E3 podcast today, which means there's sure to be a little gaming news from Nintendo mixed in there for you to chew on, along with some Samsung Q1 UMPC goings on, our take on (and support of) Gary Shapiro and the CEA driving a stake in the ground for disenfranchised digital consumers everywhere, and some interesting news in the DVR space from TiVo and Yahoo. We'll take our usual cellphone related voicemails too (we can talk about other stuff -- promise), so listen up before the Engadget Podcast hits the mean streets of LA next week to play some games.
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J J J - 'Suits' in Japan
54:33, 24.7 MB, MP3
00:37 - Nintendo Wii -- the Revolution gets a real name
10:53 - Nintendo to announce DS Lite pricing / release dates on Thursday?
12:52 - Samsung Q1 UMPC to go on sale May 7th for $1,100
14:31 - Eye-Fi embeds WiFi into your SD flash
18:09 - Gary Shapiro and the CEA take a stand
24:00 - Apple trying to include iPod video content on Blu-ray discs?
28:00 - Yahoo Go TV takes Meedio and does it for free
31:31 - TiVo's Series2 DT 80 and 180hour dual tuner boxes
36:13 - Listener Voicemail
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On defense, the Giants have used him as a starting third baseman, first baseman, and, for a short period, as a catcher for pitcher Barry Zito, who gave Sandoval the nickname Kung Fu Panda. He received the nickname after a play on September 19, 2008, where he scored a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers by jumping over the tag of catcher Danny Ardoin, scoring from second base on a single by Bengie Molina.[cita
I always wondered how specifically Pablo Sandoval got the name "Kung Fu Panda".
?Miral? Trailer ? An Israeli-Palestinian Saga by ?Diving Bell and the Butterfly? Director Julian Schnabel
The Weinstein Co. has released a trailer for Julian Schnabel's Miral, starring Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto. The film covers five decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Pinto playing a young woman who falls for a political activist (Omar Metwally, Munich) and becomes involved in the Palestine liberation movement. Watch the trailer after the jump.
[via TheMovieBox.Net ]
Although this new trailer features slightly less violence and improper language, it otherwise looks pretty similar to the French-subtitled one we�posted  last summer -- right down to the melancholy Tom Waits song that plays over the very end. Miral has since hit several film festivals, starting with Venice last year.�It was originally scheduled to open in the U.S. last December, but has been rescheduled for a March 25, 2011 release date.
Disappointingly, early reviews for the film aren't looking too good -- Miral currently holds a worrying 20% on�Rotten Tomatoes . (Granted, that's out of only 15 reviews, but even the positive reviews seem less than enthusiastic.) The consensus seems to be that it's well-intentioned, but not well-made. Given the breadth of the subject, I wonder if Jebreal's book would've been better served as a miniseries.
Miral is based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same title by Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal. Schanbel became involved  with the project when Jebreal sent him the book after the two met at a dinner in 2007. They began work on the film later that year, and became a couple during the course of the production. Schnabel has said  in interviews that Miral has a personal significance to him: "Coming from my background, as an American Jewish person whose mother was president of Hadassah [the Women's Zionist Organization of America] in 1948, I figured I was a pretty good person to try to tell the story of the other side."
Hiam Abbas (The Visitor) and Yasmine Al Masri (Caramel) also star in the film, as Miral's teacher and a prisoner, respectively. Vanessa Redgrave and Willem Dafoe appear in small roles.
From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award� nominated director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls and Basquiat, comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (HIAM ABBASS, The Visitor, Amreeka) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen year old Miral (FRIEDA PINTO, Slumdog Millionaire) who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother?s tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (OMAR METWALLY, Munich, Rendition) and finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her: to fight like those before her or follow Mama Hind?s defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace.
Sunday, 27 February 2011
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The Trashmen's major notable hit was 1963's "Surfin' Bird", which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the later part of that year. The song was a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons, "The Bird's the Word" and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow". The earliest pressings of the single credit the Trashmen as composers, but following a threat from The Rivingtons' legal counsel, that group was subsequently credited as composers. The song was later recorded by many artists, including the Ramones, The Cramps, Silverchair, Pee-Wee Herman, Equipe 84, and even the thrash metal band Sodom. It has been used in several movies and television shows (such as well-known scenes in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket and John Waters' Pink Flamingos). It is featured in the soundtrack in the video game Battlefield Vietnam. More recently it has been the subject of a 2008 episode of the animated series Family Guy, launching the song to #8 on the iTunes Top 10 Rock songs chart and #50 on the UK Singles Chart in 2009.
Poco is an American country rock band originally formed by Richie Furay and Jim Messina following the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968. The title of their first album, Pickin' Up The Pieces, is a reference to the break-up of the Springfield. Throughout the years Poco has performed in various groupings, with a version still active today. Really good band, thought I would share this song, has quite good meaning behind I thinks. Have a listen and enjoy!