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Posted by Susannah Chen

Most baking recipes call for room temperature eggs. This is important because eggs function better when they're between 68º-70ºF: they bind more easily to other ingredients, take on more volume, and disperse more easily in batter than they would otherwise. But what if you've forgotten to take the eggs out ahead of time?

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Posted by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team

Velcro cable ties are one of the most popular items we've ever listed , and at $6 for a 100-pack, it's easy to see why. If the back of your home theater or your desk is a rat king of tangled wires, this is absolutely one of the most economical ways of wrangling them. Amazon has them in stock today with a slight backorder (which means they might sell out soon), but they're absolutely worth the wait. [100 Velcro Cable Ties , $6]

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Posted by Annalee Newitz

A group of computer scientists have revealed a dangerous security flaw that could open up many phones and other machines to attack. The worst part is that the problem has its roots in a misguided U.S. government effort to prevent consumers from having access to strong encryption.

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The Brazilian website Omelete got a chance to visit the Daredevil set back in October of last year, and there's some interesting new details on the Netflix series in the site's report. Although it is in Portuguese and Google translate isn't always super accurate, most of the report makes sense.

Apparently Melvin Potter will have a big role on the show, and if you're...
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Posted by Kevin Jagernauth

Times are changing in how, where, and when we watch movies. VOD has become a major force and platform in the release strategy for independent films, and streaming is quickly becoming a major hub for cinema too. Netflix of course is leading the charge, not only producing but acquiring new content, while Amazon and other players are also getting into the game. Frankly, they are filling a niche that many of the major studios have become more selective about about lately, and when it emerged earlier this week that Netflix was dropping a staggering $12 million to pick up Cary Fukunaga's child soldier drama "Beasts Of No Nation" — already seen as a potential 2016 Best Picture contender — it felt like the kind of big money buy Harvey Weinstein would've made in the '90s. But even people like Harvey aren't spending that kind of money anymore (for comparison sake, the starrier "The Imitation Game" was acquired for $7 million last year), but for filmmakers and movie buffs,...
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Posted by Kevin Jagernauth

We've already listed our premature predictions of what movies might be 2016 Best Picture contenders, but that was based on the premise that next year, we'd once again be looking at a field of ten nominees. It was in 2010 that the Academy first expanded the number of eligible slots, in the hopes that it would give the industry a chance to honor more of the finest accomplishments in cinema... who are we kidding, they wanted more ratings from the awards show broadcast. The shaky theory was that with more nominated films, less arty, more populist fare could slip in, translating to more viewers. Yet, year upon year, the Oscar telecast has shown a mostly downwards ratings trajectory, and in 2015 the audience numbers dropped 14% from the year before. So, what's the solution?

THR reports that the Academy is mulling a return to five Best Picture nominees. The thinking is that the number of nominees has "watered down the prestige" of the awards, but more crucially, hasn't changed the...

Agomo Pricing Announced

Mar. 4th, 2015 02:04 pm
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We're excited to announce you can now upgrade to one of our Agomo Professional or Business plans! Agomo will be coming out of beta soon – but demand for upgrades has been so high, we didn't want to wait any longer to announce these plans!

These new subscriptions have been designed to be flexible with monthly or yearly payment options to suit you:

Agomo Pro is just $5 a month to keep all your home PCs running clean, safe and fast. Monitor and optimize up to 10 machines and add extra features like Clean and Defrag scheduling, priority support and two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

Agomo Business gives you access to all the awesome features of Agomo Pro and allows you to keep all your Business endpoints running like new for only $2 a month per computer. Our trained support team will be on hand for any questions you have.

We'll be continuing to add more and more features to all Agomo plans in the coming months.

For those of you already signed up you can upgrade to one of our new plans by clicking on the Upgrade link within your account.

If you haven't tried Agomo yet, simply sign up and register for your free account at Agomo.com!

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Posted by Janelle Asselin

The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It's with these challenges in mind that we've created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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The idea that filmmakers and studios might use the Internet to “listen to the fans” has been a common wishful theory at least since the early days of Ain’t It Cool News—in other words, for nearly two decades now. But what happens when the filmmakers themselves join the fan clamor? If this line hadn’t been crossed already, it came close recently when writer-director Neill Blomkamp, of District 9 and the upcoming Chappie, posted concept art from a purportedly abandoned or near-dead pitch he made to Fox for a new Alien sequel. Not long after the art received plenty of positive online attention, Blomkamp and Fox announced that the project was, in fact, going into development (though a concrete release date has not been set). Similarly, test footage of Ryan Reynolds as the Marvel Comics mercenary Deadpool, who Reynolds briefly played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, seemingly played a ...

New Comic Book Day: Jeff Lemire Week

Mar. 4th, 2015 03:03 pm
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Posted by Jim Dandeneau

Image ComicsWhat is it with writers loading up a bunch of books for the same week? We had a bunch of Cullen Bunn books a couple of weeks ago, and every other week seems like there are three Fred Van Lente books coming out. And this week we get two highly-anticipated debut issues from Jeff Lemire. God forbid any of these guys ever get their hooks into an X-crossover. We could end up seeing the whole thing published inside of three business days.

This week we've also got a man, a plan, a canal: a comic book; Heaven's Gate in the heavens; a couple of inappropriate nicknames for the avatar of the Green; a new series for Hawkdude; an imaginary friend who needs rehab; and the revenge of the 99 Pon-cent. Let's start with how Dustin Nguyen's spilling a bunch of water on a boy robot.

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Do you remember that scene from Animal Man #19 by Grant Morrison and Chas Troug? In which Buddy Baker, high on mescalin, looked directly at the viewer and said,

Itself inspired by a scene by Bryan Talbot in Brainstorm?

Swamp Thing #40 does something similar. Not the same. But terribly meta for its final issue, by Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz. Under assault from all sides, Swamp Thing finds a place for his consciousness to hide…

In the pages of a book. And this double page spread giving the impression, to the reader of the comic book that they are holding the very essence of Swamp Thing in the comic book that they are reading.

And we also get another Animal Manish scene with this new literary Swamp Thing manifesting himself in idea space. With lots of blank background. And a mysterious figure. All very…

Though there is another writer who appears to loom a little larger in this Ideaspace.

And the end of this scene? The recognition that this is the last issue of Swamp Thing and the comic is already half way done… and a reminder of where comic book characters might go when their books come to an end.

Bravo, sirs, bravo. Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay have something to say on the matter today from today’s Supreme: Blue Rose

Find more coverage of comics published today right here.

Swamp Thing #40 is published today by DC Comics. Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Who are welcoming Scott McCloud this Saturday for drinks and signing of his new graphic novel, The Sculptor…

The Last Issue Of Swamp Thing Goes Very, Very Meta (SPOILERS)

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Posted by Esther Inglis-Arkell

We've all seen an intrepid investigator spray down a crime scene with luminol and turn off the light, and a seemingly innocent room glows blue, illuminated by the leftover traces of gore. This is usually a sign someone was horribly murdered in that room. But in reality it's also possible that they got into a food fight.

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2 Fast 2 Furious

Mar. 3rd, 2015 12:00 am
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When The Fast and The Furious raced up the box office Universal Pictures thought they had a franchise on their hands and hit the NOS for a sequel--with or without Vin Diesel. So for 2 Fast 2 Furious Paul Walker returns as Brian O'Connor, once again going undercover to bring down a criminal mastermind. This time, though, Brian's trash-talking bald-headed partner isn't Dominic Turetto, but Roman Pierce played by R&B singer Tyrese Gibson. Helmed by Oscar nominated director John Singleton, is this sequel Carz in the Hood, or did this cash-grab get the Shaft? Race to NowPlayingPodcast.com to hear this review and find out!
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Posted by Jean Pierre Diez

wes-anderson-directed-x-menThe internet is an excellent place to discover incredible fan made videos that imagine worlds far beyond even what Uatu the Watcher could dream. It is because Wes Anderson has such a strong signature style that it allows him to be an excellent source for parody as much as his works being a fascinating study. Such director style parodies as the SNL imagining his take on a horror film or his version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer or even a Wes Anderson adapted version of Spider-Man has had fun with Anderson’s brand.

This week’s newly made fan trailer presents the age old question “What if…Wes Anderson directed X-Men?” by Patrick Willems released on his Youtube and Vimeo sites

The short trailer is a fun imagining of the unique style and cadence of characters that one would typically find in a Wes Anderson film centered around the admission of Bobby Drake (AKA Iceman) into the Xavier school for gifted students.

Watch the Wes Anderson idiosyncratically specific X-Men trailer below:

Also check out the behind the scenes video below:

(Via BleedingCool)

The post VOTD: Fan film imagines a Wes Anderson directed X-Men film appeared first on Sound On Sight.

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Posted by Andrew Liszewski

The Rolly, a dancing, rolling, glowing MP3 player , was yet another intriguing product in a long line of curiosities from Sony. Unfortunately, it wasn't intriguing enough for consumers to actually spend $400 on it. But someone at Sony is obviously still carrying a torch for the Rolly , because the company's new rolling Bluetooth speaker seems eerily familiar to a product that already failed.

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Posted by llyzabeth

Anthony and Ashley continue the Epic Move To The Awesome Apartment this week, so Elizabeth’s our host again, along with guest star Leland from Movie Issues! Listen in as we talk Disney and Marvel, and geek out over our favorite artists.

We discuss Rocket Raccoon #8 and Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3, then get into She Hulk, Gambit, and Afterlife with Archie, before wrapping up with All New X-Men #36 and Uncanny X-Men #30. Along the way we mention that if you’re going to go to Disneyland, you need to bring Leland with you.

Read OnComic Issues #212 – Disney and Marvel and Half The Known World

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Posted by Neil Miller

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This year during SXSW in Austin, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will unveil an amazing collection of art from the legendary Frank Frazetta, whose work not only defined the look of a number of properties — including Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and John Carter of Mars series — it also influenced a number of wonderful projects, from The Legend of Zelda to He-Man.

Rodriguez, a Frazetta superman himself, is set to direct a remake of Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi’s Ice and Fire. This art show, which will be available to anyone (not just SXSW badge holders) will show off a number of original pieces from Frazetta alongside Frank Miller, Drew Struzan and Sebastian Kruger. To call it a star-studded affair fails to show proper reverence. It’s a legend-studded affair.

Information about the show can be found above. It will run in downtown Austin for a week during the South by Southwest Film Festival.

There will also be a number of limited edition screen prints for sale. One of these limited edition prints has found its way to us and in the spirit of sharing and having a good time, we’d like to give it away to one of our fine readers. As long as you live in the United States and are 18 or older, you can enter by filling out the form below:

Oh, and here’s the print. It’s called “At Earth’s Core” and it’s essential Frazetta.

Frank Frazetta: At Earth's Core

"We Want You to Have a Gorgeous Piece of Frank Frazetta Art" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our wonderful readers to enjoy. It is not intended to be reproduced on other websites. If you aren't reading this in your favorite RSS reader or on Film School Rejects, you're being bamboozled. We hope you'll come find us and enjoy the best articles about movies, television and culture right from the source.

Saturn Award Nominations 2015

Mar. 4th, 2015 02:38 pm
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Posted by Chuck Foster

The 41st Annual Saturn Award nominations have been announced, and sees Doctor Who up for two awards for this year.

The show itself is listed in the Best Youth-Oriented Television Series category. Other nominations include The 100, Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Teen Wolf and The Vampire Diaries.

Jenna Coleman has also been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series category. Her competition is in the form of Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal), Lexa Doig (Continuum), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Melissa McBride (also The Walking Dead).

The Saturn Awards are presented by the The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, and will take place this year on 25th June 2015.


Previously, Doctor Who won Best Television in 1997, and Best International Series in 2008; in 2010 the spin-off series Torchwood: Children of Earth won the Best Presentation on Television category.


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Posted by Chuck Foster

The latest circulation figures for publications have been released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the July to December 2014 period, revealing that Doctor Who Magazine has remained stable in its circulation (with only a slight dip of 0.4%), whilst Doctor Who Adventures has seen an improvement in its circulation of some 4.9%.

During the Jan-Jun period last year both publications had suffered in their circulations, with DWM decreasing by some 7% and DWA losing nearly a third of its readers - this period occured as the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary cooled off and no new Doctor Who on the horizon on television until the late Summer. However, breakdown by issues show that both publications saw a huge boost as the series returned (with August's figures for DWM and DWA showing 35,559 and 26,830 respectively). Figures dropped as the series progressed, but improved again by December for the Christmas Special. The full breakdowns can be found by clicking on the relevant linked publication certificate below.

 Jul-Dec 2009Jan-Jun 2010Jul-Dec 2010Jan-Jun 2011Jul-Dec 2011Jan-Jun 2012Jul-Dec 2012Jan-Jun 2013Jul-Dec 2013Jan-Jun 2014Jul-Dec 2014
Doctor Who Magazine29,00035,374 (+22%)33,554 (-5.1%)30,682 (-8.6%)30,614 (-0.2%)27,089 (-11.5%)28,743 (+6.1%)31,692 (+10.3%)36,151 (+14.1%)33,538 (-7.2%)33,419 (-0.4%)
Doctor Who Adventures44,66453,559 (+20%)56,648 (+5.8%)50,013 (-11.7%)48,470 (-3.1%)31,903 (-34.2%)31,935 (+0.1%)24,497 (-23.3%)28,443 (+16.1%)19,966 (-29.8%)20,944 (+4.9%)
All figures are from the Audit Bureau of Circulations apart from the Jul-Dec 2009 figure for DWM, which is an estimate provided by DWM and included for comparison purposes.
ABC figures for DWM only started being calculated in 2010. Percentages shown are the change on the previous six months.

Overall, the 2014 average for DWM shows that their readership has remained stable, with a less than 1% change; however, DWA has shorn some 22.6% of its readership compared to the previous year (the magazine has now switched from fortnightly to monthly so the next biannual report will reflect the less frequent publication).

DWM's editor, Tom Spilsbury, said:
Everyone at Panini is delighted that Doctor Who Magazine's sales have managed to hold so steady, despite overall sales for the magazine industry dropping once more. It's remarkable that our figures for 2014 were pretty much level with those for 2013, which of course coincided with the 50th anniversary. A huge thanks to all of DWM's loyal readers – we hope you'll stay with us over the coming months, as we've got lots of fascinating stuff to come, before the new series starts in the autumn.

Figures for January-June this year are expected to be released in August.

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Posted by Jason Torchinsky

Remember the guy who made that amazing poster of all those famous movie cars? He has a clean-line, fun style and a great eye for the character of a car? Right, him. Scott Park. Anyway, he's now made a poster of the first 88 cars you see in the BTTF series, and it's fantastic.

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Posted by Andrew P Collins

What is it about cars that have no business going off-road, wearing lift kits and mud tires, that's just so unreasonably awesome? We may never understand them, but we sure as shit love insane baja conversions. Show us your favorites!

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Posted by Rosie Narasaki

Have you heard about the "Mad Men" Fan Cut yet? It's a project that's somewhere at the intersection of contest, celebration and art project, from a collaboration between AMC and some of the people behind "Star Wars Uncut." 

"Star Wars Uncut" was an Emmy-winning homage to "Star Wars," created by breaking up the film into individual 15-second chunks, and having different fans recreate each mini-scene in just about every way imaginable. Seriously, if you can think of it, it's in there: We're talking Millennium Falcons constructed out of cardboard boxes, lightsaber-wielding Legos, and people wearing scotch-taped paper signs to designate themselves as C-3PO and R2-D2... there's even an actual robot at one point, as well as some unsettling line art and some even more unsettling clip art -- and all that's just the tip of the iceberg. 

"Mad Men" Fan Cut hopes to do the same with the show's now-iconic pilot, "Smoke Gets In Your...


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Posted by Glen Golightly

Longtime assistant director and production manager Tom Seidman recently gave a talk on how the budget should break down for an independent film. Highlights from Seidman's talk, which you can read below, were published in a post that originally appeared on the Film Independent blog.

Many directors and I probably share the same idle daydream: A studio exec calls and says, "You simply must direct our $200 million screen epic. You’re the only one on our list."

Then I wake up and realize I'm more likely to catch the measles or be hit by lightning.

Let's keep dreaming, but at the same time, devote our waking hours to taking action—like veteran assistant director and production manager Tom Seidman has. Seidman’s resume includes working for directors Clint Eastwood on "Honkytonk Man," Peter Weir on "Dead Poets Society" and Robert Redford on "Ordinary People." He shared his experiences with low-budget indie productions at a recent Film Independent...


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Posted by Indiewire Staff

Here's your daily dose of an Indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Superpowerless

Tweetable Logline: A coming-of-middle-age-story: a superhero loses his powers and must adjust to a new life.

Elevator Pitch: "Superpowerless" is a coming-of-middle-age story about a superhero who loses his powers after turning 40 and who must adjust to a new life. Why should teenagers have all the angst?

Production Team:

Duane Anderson, Director/Writer/Producer/Editor
Dave Boyle, Editor
Yukie Hashimoto, Producer
Alun Lee, Producer
Bill Otto, Cinematographer

About the Film: The genesis of this film began when actor Josiah Polhemus and I met in the first grade. As kids we would make super-8 movies when ever we had free time. Years later we reconnected to discover we were still both pursuing our dreams, myself as an independent film producer and...


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