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    Thursday
    Mar202014

    J.R.R. Tolkien's BEOWULF Translation Will Finally See Publication 

     

    The Guardian reports that acclaimed novelist J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of the corner-stone of Western literature, Beowulf is finally set to be published by way of Harper-Collins titled Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary on May 22. 

    Tolkien's "creative attention to detail" in his lectures gives rise to a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision", said his son. "It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel's terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot."

    Tolkien also closely considers the dragon which would slay Beowulf, writing of how the beast was "snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup" – an image reminiscent of his own thief Bilbo Baggins, sneaking into the lair of the dragon Smaug inThe Hobbit – but, said his son, the author "rebuts the notion that this is 'a mere treasure story … just another dragon tale'".

    Tolkien, the master behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit novels, first completed his translation of the Anglo-Saxin epic poem back in 1926. 

    Edited by Tolkien's son Christopher, the novel will also include lectures that Tolkeien gave in the 1930s at Oxford regarding the piece. 

    Beowulf has been the basis for fantasy story-telling for generations and will be till the end of time, being adapted into more than 11 films and 12 novels and graphic novels.
    Most recently it hit the big-screen in 2008.  

    Monday
    Feb102014

    I Can't Buy Yuengling Beer In Boston; Now I Can't Buy Their Ice Cream Either

    Any time I am cruising through New Jersey on my way to some place else I always make it a point to stop and pick up some Yuengling beer. The amber lager is like no other and in an area where Sam Adams, Bud Light, and Micro-Brews rule, Yuengling is something different. Pronounced Ying-Ling, the oldest opearting brewing company in the United States apparently also made ice cream at one point. What?

    The company began selling ice cream during the inception of prohibition and now after an absence of 30 years they are back in your local freezer section in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Of course not Boston, just like the beer. Thanks for nothing guys.

    For those who do have the luxury of experiencing 10 different flavors of Yuengling ice cream including "Black and Tan" and "Chocolate Marshmallow".

    SOURCE: FOX NEWS

    Monday
    Feb032014

    A Super Bowl TV Commercial That Finally Eclipsed Ridley Scott's 1984

    Residents of Savannah, Georgia were the lucky few to witness Casino's Law, a two-minute spot by local attorney Jamie Casino last night. Yes, this man shelled out the same millions Bud Light, Doritos and GoDaddy did for his own origin story.

    This is Threat Level Midnight quality shit here, people.

    Sunday
    Jan262014

    Wendys Continues It's Surge Against McDonald's - Hi Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger

    Let me preface this by admitting that I am not a fast food guy. It's not that I am a food snob, I just rather hit up a local place and get myself a burger and hand cut fries that hit the drive through at a Wendy's or McDonald's. Have I done it? Sure. Is it my preference? Absolutely not.

    With that out of the way, if you're going to dip your toes into the grease at a fast food chain, the way to go in my opinion is Wendy's. Better burgers, better fries, better service. Not to mention the chain has already deep fried Burger King and is now going up against fast food juggernaut McDonald's.

    McDonald's attempts at new product has had severely limited success with the introduction of Mighty Wings and Fish McBites (What?). Wendy's on the other hand killed it with their Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger promotion and later the  Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich. Now the company is introducing the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger, and should have all the confidence that it wil be another success for the company.

    Savor something extraordinary with our new Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger. It's a quarter-pound of hot 'n juicy beef topped with roasted, chopped tomatoes, creamy, rosemary garlic aioli, fresh spring mix, natural Asiago cheese and applewood-smoked bacon between a toasted Ciabatta bun. Hurry, it's here for a limited time only, so you gotta ciabatta!

    SOURCES: BUSINESS TIMES, DISPATCH.COM, BENZINGA.COM, WENDYS

    Monday
    Jan062014

    UPDATED: Michael Bay Had Enough Of Your Shit, Samsung Teleprompter 

    At the Consumer Electronics Show today in Las Vegas, Nevada, billionare film-maker and beloved cultural icon and film auteur Michael Bay, who has gifted the world with The Rock, Bad Boys II, and soon Transformers: Age of Extinction was speaking at Samsung's press event when a technical error caused him to calmly collect his thoughts and leave.

    The LA Times has the full transcript:

    Bay, who was on stage for all of 70 uncomfortable seconds, began by saying: "Uh my job as a director is I get to dream for a living."

    Then he said: "Um I create visual worlds that are so beyond everyone's normal life experiences and Hollywood is a place that creates uh a viewer escape and um what I try to do as a director is I try to ..."

    At this point, he trailed off before finally uttering a disgusted, "Ugh."

    "The type is all off, sorry, but I'll just wing this," he said, appearing agitated.  Joe Stinziano, Samsung executive vice president, tried to smooth over the situation, gently prodding Bay to "tell us what you think."

    Bay began again: "I try to take people on an emotional ride and um..."

    Stinziano again tried to salvage the appearance, saying: "The curve? How do you think it's gonna impact how viewers experience your movies?"

    But Bay had had enough. He turned and walked off. "Excuse me, I'm sorry. I'm sorry," the director said.

    Within minutes, Michael Bay reached the top 10 trends in the United States on Twitter. 

    Bay then posted on his official site:

    Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.

    But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.

    Sunday
    Jan052014

    Heroic Women Of 2013 Commercial Gets Me Everytime

    Have you guys seen this one yet? It's a commercial celebrating the bravest women of 2013 and man is it a great commercial. The music, the images, the women and what they accomplished. I'm not an emotional guy but every time I watch it I am almost ready to find out what crying feels like.

    These heroic women show what spirit, courage, and perseverance can achieve. May their bravery inspire us in 2014 and beyond.

    Sunday
    Jan052014

    New Old Spice Commercial "Momsong" Is Chilling & Fantastic

    Old Spice has done some really interesting ad campaigns but their newest really freaked me out. A bunch of moms singing about their boys growing up with some odd "special effects" that might have been inspired by any of your typical exorcism flicks. Check it out below, you've been warned.

    New Old Spice Re-Fresh Body Spray may cause boys to become men, girls to become girlfriends, and moms to become sad.

     

     

    Sunday
    Jan052014

    "The Simpsons" Lego House Is Awesome

    I've loved Legos & Playmobil ever since I discovered they were a thing. Since I am a 34 year old adult I don't still own even one lego brick or spiky bowl haircut Playmobil character. However, if it were still socially acceptable for me to play with such toys, I would. Especially now that I have found out Lego is introducing a Simpsons House.

    The Simpsons House is set to be released to the masses of every Springfield in America along with every other city and town in April. Containing 2,523 pieces the set will retail for $150 - $200. Photo below.

    With the first Simpsons playset, The Simpsons House, being released in April, a picture of the set has leaked online.  While many collectors wondered about the size and price point, the box reveals it’s 2,523 pieces and it comes with six minifigures (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Ned Flanders), which means it should range between $150-$200 retail.  Hit the jump to check out the set.
    Read more at http://collider.com/lego-the-simpsons-house/#chDjsWwbBYhhFJCx.99
    With the first Simpsons playset, The Simpsons House, being released in April, a picture of the set has leaked online.  While many collectors wondered about the size and price point, the box reveals it’s 2,523 pieces and it comes with six minifigures (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Ned Flanders), which means it should range between $150-$200 retail.  Hit the jump to check out the set.
    Read more at http://collider.com/lego-the-simpsons-house/#chDjsWwbBYhhFJCx.99

    EUROBRICKS VIA COLLIDER

    Wednesday
    Dec042013

    The Gravity That Never Was

    A simple case of recasting was what stopped Gravity from being a masterpiece. For shame, Alfonso Cuarón.

    These thirty-seconds are guaranteed to make your day.

    Sunday
    Nov102013

    Rihanna Killing It In A Bikini 

    I don't know what beach Rihanna is strutting her stuff on but it really doesn't matter. Any beach she is on hopes that high tide neverarrives so they don't wash her scent from the sand.

    There is something about her. Her music, her look, she's a pop culture presence. Her popularity is only gaining as she becomes even bigger than her music.

    Papparazzi take notice, her tats are multiplying as well.