Apple launches the iPad

Today, Apple launches the iPad, a tablet computer that can run different applications that allow you to surf the internet, e-mail, read books, listen to music, watch movies, play games, display photos and much more.




Some people wonder why it’s called the iPad. Some say that it’s sounds similar to Apple’s iPod, so maybe it was to help people remember the name more easily. Personally, I would like to think that they named the device iPad as a tribute to the Star Trek PADD devices. PADD stands for “Personal Access Display Device”. The Star Trek PADD devices have appeared throughout the Star Trek television and movie franchise. They may have been an inspiration for the iPad and other tablet computers. Fictional future technology now available for all today.



PADD devices from the Original Star Trek TV series.


A PADD device as seen on Star Trek: Enterprise.






PADD devices as seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation and on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

JSA on Batman: Brave and the Bold

One of my favorite DC Superhero teams, The Justice Society of America made an appearance on Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon series. The JSA, Black Canary and Batman battle Per Degaton and his Robot Army.








I'm Ready for Digital Comics



I’ve been collecting comic books for 25 years. Over that time I’ve accumulated boxes and boxes of comics. Now that comics have entered the digital age, I wish that I could have my collection stored digitally, or in the future, just download the newest issues that I’ve purchased online. No more comic book bags, back boards or storage “longboxes”. Just my comics stored on my computer’s hard drive and a back-up drive. I am usually on the computer every day reading the news or surfing the web, so why not reading my comics?

However I can’t do that just yet. DC Comics has not offered their monthly comics for digital download, other than the 6 page previews that they offer from time to time. But that may be changing soon as many publishers are looking to sell digital content. You will soon be able to buy magazines and comics in a downloadable format that you can view on a computer, or small portable electronic device, like an iPod, Sony PSP and the upcoming tablet devices. Digital comics can be sold much cheaper than printed comics and still make the comic book publisher more money. Plus the internet offers a bigger audience of people for them to attract new readers.

Sure the printed format for comics will not go away, as many fans prefer the traditional style comic book that they can hold, but for some people like myself, I’m ready for digital comics whenever DC Comics begins to offer them.

Barbie Loves Rock 'n' Roll

Mattel will be releasing some new Celebrity Barbie Dolls.


Joan Jett


Cyndi Lauper


Debbie Harry


Barbara Streisand


Heidi Klum


Goldie Hawn

Doctor Who The Complete 4th Series



I picked up series 4 of Doctor Who. I love this show and this was a great season.


  • Disc 1:
    • Voyage of the Damned (2007 Christmas Special; 70 mins)
        The Doctor and new friend Astrid sail into trouble on an interstellar replica of the famous ocean liner Titanic.

  • Disc 2:
    • Partners in Crime
        Donna is determined to find the Doctor again - even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster and her hordes of sinister Adipose.

    • The Fires of Pompeii
        Psychic powers and stone beasts run riot in old Pompeii, but can Donna dare the Doctor to change established history?

    • Planet of the Ood
        The Doctor takes Donna to her first alien world - but the Ood-Sphere reveals some terrible truths about the Human Race.

  • Disc 3:
    • The Sontaran Stratagem
        Martha Jones summons the Doctor back to modern-day Earth, but an old enemy lies in wait.

    • The Poison Sky
        As the Sontarans choke the Earth, the Doctor battles to keep both Martha and Donna alive.

    • The Doctor's Daughter
        On the planet Messaline, in the middle of an endless war, the Doctor meets the most important woman of his life.

    • The Unicorn and the Wasp
        In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 10 days. Was it amnesia? A nervous breakdown? Or a Giant Alien Wasp...?

  • Disc 4:
    • Silence in the Library
        The Doctor and Donna enter a world of terror inside an abandoned library. They're given only one warning: "Count the shadows".

    • Forest of the Dead
        As the shadows rise, the Doctor forges an alliance with the mysterious River Song. But can anyone stop the Vashta Nerada?

    • Midnight
        The Doctor is trapped, powerless and terrified, on the planet Midnight, as the knocking on the wall begins...

  • Disc 5:
    • Turn Left
        As Donna's world collapses, she finds help from a mysterious blonde woman - but can Donna and Rose stop the approaching Darkness?

    • The Stolen Earth
        Earth's greatest heroes assemble, to fight the New Dalek Empire. But a fearsome old enemy waits in the shadows...

    • Journey's End
        As Davros and the Daleks threaten the entire universe, the Doctor's companions join forces. But the prophecy declares that one of them will die...

  • Disc 6
    • Special Features: Doctor Who Confidential edits

Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6


I bought Volume 6 of the Looney Tunes series.

Disc one titled Looney Tunes All Stars, is comprised of 15 shorts that feature all the best-loved characters in the classic shorts including Hare Trigger, was directed by Friz Freleng. In My Little Duckaroo, which was directed by Chuck Jones, Daffy Duck sets out along side his companion Porky to capture the villain, Nasty Canasta in order to collect a $10,000 reward. Directed by Friz Freleng, Satan's Waiting stars Tweety and Sylvester in a hilarious short that follows Sylvester as he encounters the end of each of his nine lives during several mishaps he experiences while chasing after Tweety. Other shorts featured on this disc include Birth of a Notion, Heaven Scent, Dog Gone South, A Ham in a Hole and several others.

Disc two titled Patriotic Pals, includes a collection of 15 shorts with war time and patriotic themes, including Herr Meets Hare, which was one of the last major wartime cartoons from Warner Bros. and features Bugs Bunny who accidentally winds up in Germany while trying to make his way to Las Vegas. In Daffy - the Commando, Daffy Duck stars as a commando who is dropped behind enemy lines and wreaks havoc on the German Commander, Von Vulture, who tries to capture him. The Ducktators satirizes various events of World War II. Other shorts on this disc include Russian Rhapsody, Bosko the Doughboy, Rookie Review, Wacky Blackout and many more.

Disc three titled Bosko, Buddy and Merrie Melodies features 15 rare treasures from the original Looney Tunes before they were known as Looney Tunes. Bosko was a recurring cartoon character who was the star of over three dozen Looney Tunes shorts. This disc features several of his shorts including Congo Jazz, Bosko's Picture Show, Bosko in Person and others. Another character similar to Bosko is Buddy. In his shorts, Buddy was usually accompanied by his flapper girlfriend, Cookie and his dog Towser. Cartoons include Buddy's Day Out, Buddy's Circus and Buddy's Beer Garden.

Disc four titled Most Requested Assorted Nuts, features 15 favorite shorts that defy any classification. They include such classics as Horton Hatches the Egg, which is based on the famous children's book by Dr. Seuss and tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who is convinced by an irresponsible bird named Mayzie to sit on her egg until hatches. Now Hear This features the story of an elderly man who happens to find the devil's left horn. Martian Through Georgia, is the story of a sad and bored Martian who travels to Earth in search of happiness. Other shorts on this disc include Lights Fantastic, Fresh Airdale, Chow Hound, The Oily American, Rocket-Bye Baby, Goo Goo Goliath and many more.

The Middleman - Fighting Evil So You Don't Have To

I just saw the premiere episode of a new TV series called The Middleman. Based on a comic book, this show is a blend of sci-fi, action and comedy that will please the geek at heart. If you like watching Torchwood, Men In Black and Get Smart, you just might like The Middleman. The dialog is great to listen to with lots of pop culture references from comics to music. The show is on Monday nights at 8:00pm eastern on ABC Family.



Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales) thought mindless temp jobs were tough. Then she bravely faced a creature way beyond the bounds of her reality, and in so doing, impressed the straight-laced hero known as the Middleman (Matt Keeslar). Hello, new career! Now she's balancing her art, her friends, and saving the planet while battling alien evils for the world's most ludicrously secret organization. "The Middleman" -- fighting evil so you don't have to.



One of the other things that I liked is that The Middleman cruises around in a black Dodge Charger.
Much better than a POS Ford LTD.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold


Cartoon Network has announced Batman: The Brave and The Bold, a new animated series slated to debut in 2008.

"Batman isn't going at it alone this time! From Warner Bros. Animation comes the latest interpretation of the classic Batman franchise. Our caped crusader is teamed up with heroes from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless others will get a chance to uphold justice alongside Batman. Though still based in Gotham, Batman will frequently find himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home."

The series, consisting of 30-minute episodes, will be produced by James Tucker and Linda M. Steiner -- the team behind Legion of Super Heroes -- and will be executive produced by Sam Register. Other creators include line producer Amy McKenna, story editor Michael Jelenic and directors Ben Jones, Brandon Vietti and Michael Chang.

Birds of Prey: The Complete Series



BURBANK, CA (April 2, 2008) – The wait is over! Birds of Prey, the hit WB show, will finally make it to DVD. Three young female heroines will be fighting together, living together, and soaring into adventure together when Warner Home Video's (WHV) releases of Birds of Prey: The Complete Series on July 15, 2008 for $39.98 SRP. Birds of Prey: The Complete Series includes all 13 episodes from the series plus all-new bonus features in a 4-disc collection.

From the creators of the CW hit Smallville, Birds of the Prey was produced in 2002 for the WB and is loosely based on the DC Comics series with the same name. The hit show brought in 7.6 million viewers each week and was the largest audience in the 18-34 demographic for the network at that time. While the world was sleeping at night, the Birds of Prey flock together to fight crime on the streets of New Gotham City. Several years after the city was abandoned by Batman, the awesome threesome of Huntress (Ashley Scott), Oracle (Dina Meyer), and Dinah (Rachel Skarsten) was formed. Huntress is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman, and can smell danger from miles away. Dinah has the gift of clairvoyance and Oracle leads the team through her cyber experience, despite being wheelchair bound by the Joker. During the course of the show, the girls are often confronted with schemes masterminded by Dr. Quinzel, but always prevail and beat her at her own game.


"The Birds of Prey continues the legacy of Batman in an action-packed show with a trio of female heroines that are adored by fans," said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV Marketing, "We are delighted to finally release Birds of Prey: The Complete Series for the very loyal fan base and a new generation of comics lovers."

In addition to the entire series, complete with 13 full episodes, Birds of Prey: The Complete Series includes never-before-seen special features such as:
  • Gotham Girls S1-3 – An animated series of shorts starring the Birds of Prey characters.

Birds of Prey: The Complete Series
Street Date: July 15, 2008
DVD SRP: $39.98
Running Time: 727 mins

Family Guy presents Blue Harvest



This Family Guy special was a great parody of Star Wars: A New Hope. There are lots of funny gags to enjoy but parents be warned, this cartoon is not for young kids. The DVD will be available on January 15, 2008.



Fanboys

This looks like a funny film for any Star Wars, Star Trek and Sci-Fi Fanboy.
This movie should be out in 2008.



Movie Summary:
"Star Wars" fans travel to Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of "Episode I: The Phantom Menace" for their friend.

The movie trailer is on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBkA3R2Habo





Speed Racer Movie

The Speed Racer movie trailer has been released.
http://movies.aol.com/movie/speed-racer-2008/28066/main

Also some photos. If you were expecting something like "Days of Thunder", be prepared for something candy colored like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" meets "Hot Wheels".


The Mach 5


Looks like they are racing in a Palace like in the cartoons.


Trixie


Speed and Racer X


Spridle and Chim-Chim - about to get flushed away?


Tha Mach 6 ???

The Dark Knight

Here is the teaser poster for the next Batman movie. I don't think I'm going to like the new Joker in this film.

Doctor Who - The Complete Third Series


The 3rd DVD set of the DOCTOR WHO television series is scheduled for release on November 6, 2007.

  • 6 DVDs:
    • Disc 1
      • Christmas Special: The Runaway Bride

    • Disc 2
      • Smith and Jones
      • The Shakespeare Code
      • Gridlock

    • Disc 3
      • Daleks in Manhattan
      • Evolution of the Daleks
      • The Lazarus Experiment
      • 42

    • Disc 4
      • Human Nature
      • The Family of Blood
      • Blink

    • Disc 5
      • Utopia
      • The Sound of Drums
      • Last of the Time Lords

    • Disc 6
      • Doctor Who Confidential
  • Doctor Who Tardis USB hub


    I think this is really cool !
    This 4-port Dr Who Tardis USB hub comes with a blue light that flashes when you add or removing a device, and an internal speaker makes the "vorp vorp" noise of a dematerializing Tardis.
    Link

    Doctor Who - The Complete Second Series (2006)


    The 2nd DVD set of the DOCTOR WHO television series is scheduled for release on January 16, 2007.

    I really enjoy watching Doctor Who. I have been a Doctor Who fan for many years. I purchased the first DVD set when it came out last July.

    Go Speed Racer, Go! Wachowskis bringing live-action version to theaters

    Larry and Andy Wachowski, the minds behind The Matrix and its unfortunate sequels, are gambling that a live-action version of the anime classic, Speed Racer, will resonate with moviegoers. The project will be written and directed by the Wachowskis, who are developing the film's visual style as they write the screenplay. Producer Joel Silver, who has partnered with the brothers on the Matrix trilogy and V For Vendetta, convinced them to take on Speed Racer during the filming of Vendetta.

    Unlike their past projects,
    Speed Racer will be family-friendly, and feature racing sequences likely to showcase the brothers' knack for producing astonishing visual effects. All the characters you know from the animated series are set to appear in the film, which is slated for a Summer 2008 release.

    Happy Birthday STAR TREK !



    Yes it was 40 years ago today that Star Trek first aired on television. September 8, 1966.

    This three-season show became a cultural icon and would go on to spawn four live-action spin-offs, an animated series, ten movies and counting, plus a licensing empire that, to this day, embraces books, videos, toys, exhibits and assorted merchandise.

    Star Trek back on TV with Enhanced FX



    Star Trek journeys to the 21st century as the Original Series returns to broadcast syndication for the first time in 16 years with brand-new digitally remastered episodes to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

    CBS Paramount Domestic Television has officially announced that they are releasing digitally remastered episodes of Star Trek, with all new special effects and music, to celebrate the groundbreaking series' 40th anniversary, according to John Nogawski, president of CBS Paramount Domestic Television.

    The Star Trek episodes will begin airing on the more than 200 stations that own the rights to the weekend broadcast syndication window starting September 16. (As always, please check your local listings for station and dates.) The plan is for all 79 episodes of the Original Series to be remastered, with the first batch of episodes chosen from a list of Star Trek fans' favorite shows.

    With the complete running order to be determined, the syndication schedule won't follow the classic air-date order or production order format familiar to fans. The first episode to air will be the Season One classic "Balance of Terror." "That gives us a chance to really show off the 'new' Enterprise," says Mike Okuda, 18-year veteran of the Star Trek art department and one of the supervisors on this project. His comments and more can be found in next week's TV Guide.

    "Star Trek redefined science-fiction and constantly pushed the envelope with concepts that were ahead of their time," Nogawski said. "By giving the series a digital upgrade using the best technology available today, it will continue to be a leader in cutting-edge television programming as we introduce the series to a new generation of viewers."

    The most noticeable change will be redoing many of the special effects, created with 1960s technology, with 21st century computer-generated imagery (CGI). Upgrades include:

    • Space ship exteriors – The Enterprise, as well as other starships, will be replaced with state of the art CGI-created ships. The new computer-generated Enterprise is based on the exact measurements of the original model, which now rests in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
    • Show opening – The Enterprise and planets seen in the main title sequence will be redone, giving them depth and dimension for the first time.
    • Galaxy shots – All the graphics of the galaxy, so frequently seen through the viewscreen on the Enterprise's bridge, will be redone.
    • Exteriors – The battle scenes, planets and ships from other cultures (notably the Romulan Bird of Prey and Klingon Battle Cruisers) will be updated.
    • Background scenes – Some of the iconic, yet flat, matte paintings used as backdrops for the strange, new worlds explored by the Enterprise crew will get a CGI face-lift, adding atmosphere and lighting.

    The refurbished episodes also feature higher quality sound for the famous opening theme. The original score by Emmy Award-winning composer Alexander Courage, has been re-recorded in state-of-the-art digital stereo audio with an orchestra and a female singer belting out the famous vocals. A digitally remastered version of William Shatner's classic original recording of the 38-word "Space, the final frontier..." monologue continues to open each episode.

    The remastered episodes have been converted from the original film into a High-Definition format, which gives viewers a clearer, crisper, more vibrant picture than before, even when viewed in standard definition. Once stations upgrade and start broadcasting HD signals, the episodes will be all ready for viewers to enjoy in HD.

    Justice League Unlimited Cancelled



    One of my favorite cartoon shows is ending.

    Justice League Unlimited's 3rd season will be it's last. Cartoon Network has aired 2 seasons of the
    JUSTICE LEAGUE and will now finish the 3rd season of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED for a total of 5 seasons. Justice League Unlimited scored a big ratings boost for Cartoon Network, but they are dropping it in favor of creating new shows for the network. Having been off the air since September 24, 2005, Cartoon Network plans to resume airing the final season starting February 11, 2006 at 10:30pm.



    I am glad that I got to see some of my favorite DC Comics characters, like Stargirl (pictured above) in the animated series.

    Here are the remaining shows for Season 3 of Justice League Unlimited.

    5.5 Episode #31 -
    Flash and Substance
    Batman and Orion see a different side of the Flash when a rogues' gallery of villains attacks the museum that is opening in his honor.
    5.6 Episode #32 - Dead Reckoning
    The ghost of a circus performer convinces Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to help him retrieve the stolen souls of a mystic order of Monks.
    5.7 Episode #33 - Patriot Act
    When an out of control super soldier threatens Metropolis, Green Arrow leads seven non-powered Justice Leaguers, including Crimson Avenger and Shining Knight, in a battle they can't hope to win.
    5.8 Episode #34 - The Great Brain Robbery
    A mystical accident leads to Lex Luthor and the Flash's minds being swapped into each other's bodies.
    5.9 Episode #35 - Grudge Match
    Roulette starts Metabrawl ("Cat and Canary") again, this time with an all-female fight card made up of Justice Leaguers.
    5.10 Episode #36 - Far From Home
    Supergirl, Green Lantern and Green Arrow travel into the future where they meet the Legion of Super Heroes and their enemies The Fatal Five.
    5.11 Episode #37 - Ancient History
    The Shadow Thief returns and so does Hawkman as more mysteries from "Shadow of the Hawk" are explored.
    5.12 Episode #38 - Alive (Part 1)
    In a knock-down drag out battle on Earth and in space, the power moving behind the scenes of the villains is revealed leading to the most unexpected team-up in Justice League history.
    5.13 Episode #39 - Destroyer (Part 2)
    Series Finale
    In a knock-down drag out battle on Earth and in space, the power moving behind the scenes of the villains is revealed leading to the most unexpected team-up in Justice League history.

    Doctor Who returns to the United States

    One of my favorite Science Fiction TV series, Doctor Who, is returning to the United States. I used to watch this show all of the time on the New Jersey Network. I have seen almost every episode that was aired in the United States. I can't wait to see the new series. I haven't watched much Sci-Fi since Star Trek: ENTERPRISE was cancelled.

    SCI FI Channel and BBC Worldwide Americas announced a major licensing deal for the first series of the latest Doctor Who adventures.

    The 13-part drama is about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known simply as "The Doctor" (Christopher Eccleston) and his companion, Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). The Doctor and Rose risk death and danger, battling aliens and monsters.

    The deal, brokered by Lisa Hofer, Director Co-Production and Sales, BBC Worldwide Americas, grants SCI FI Channel the first run rights for series one with an option for series two. The award-winning series will premiere on SCI FI beginning in March, airing Friday nights at 9.00pm.

    Russell T Davies, Head Writer and Executive Producer told us: "The Doctor's made all sorts of journeys in Time and Space, but this is one of his most exciting yet! I'm a huge fan of the SCI FI Channel, and I'm delighted that Doctor Who is appearing on a channel that supports and enhances the entire genre."

    "With its rich history of imaginative storytelling, Doctor Who is a true sci-fi classic," stated Thomas P. Vitale, SCI FI's Senior Vice President, Programming & Original Movies. "We're excited to add the show to our lineup."

    Commenting on the deal Candace Carlisle, Senior Vice President, BBC Worldwide Americas, said: "The new production has fantastic storylines and production values and has already gained an iconic status around the world. SCI FI Channel is the perfect home for the show and will introduce Doctor Who to a whole new generation of fans in the US."

    In addition, BBC Video has moved the US release date of the DVD from February 2006 to July 4, 2006 to capitalize on the exposure from the TV broadcast. As part of the deal, BBC Video and SCI FI Channel have agreed to work together on joint marketing promotions to support the brand launch.

    Burton Cromer, Vice President, Consumer Products, BBC Worldwide Americas said: "We are delighted to be working with SCI FI Channel on the launch of this exciting new take on Doctor Who. The additional marketing support from SCI FI, as well their ability to reach such a broad audience base, made moving the release date an easy decision."

    Executive Produced by Russell T Davies (lead writer) and Julie Gardner, the first series of Doctor Who attracted huge ratings and received critical acclaim when it aired on BBC ONE in March 2005.