Thursday, July 19, 2012

Batman: The Animated Series Rises

The Hub, a cable channel that launched in October of 2010,  has cobbled together a “trailer” for the movie The Dark Knight Rises, but using clips from Batman: The Animated Series show from the ’90s.

Published on Jul 17, 2012 by
Get ready to watch 10 awesome episodes of Batman: The Animated Series this Friday (7/20) at 4pm ET / 1pm PT.

It Could Happen, only on The Hub!

Check your local listings:
Batman: The Animated Series:

Published on May 1, 2012 by
The Dark Knight Rises Trailer hits theaters on July 20th, 2012.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RIF: Book People Unite

Reading Is Fundamental’s new PSA.

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

We’ve brought together some of our most beloved literary characters to rally people behind the Book People Unite movement and help get books in the hands of kids who need them the most. Join the movement at

Starring: Pinocchio, Madeline, Greg (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Rip Van Winkle, LeVar Burton, Three Blind Mice, Humpty Dumpty, Curious George, Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Goldilocks and the three bears, Captain Ahab, Three Pigs, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Babar the Elephant, Mr Men, Little Miss, Mr Tickle, Little Miss Chatterbox, Mr Tall, Peter (The Snowy Day), The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Black Beauty.

Music produced by: The Roots with vocal support from Jack Black, Chris Martin, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Jim James, Nate Ruess, Jason Schwartzman, Melanie Fiona, Levar Burton, Carrie Brownstein & Consequence

Behind the scenes:

Published on Apr 17, 2012 by

Disney History This Week

By SALLY FRENCH / For the Register

July 17, 1955: Grand opening event of Disneyland. July 18 is the opening for the general public.

Read the full article with 12 more interesting facts at Orange County Register site:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Adventure Time Takes Over the Childrens’ Museum

SDCC 2012 - Cartoon Network is taking over the Children’s Museum for an Adventure Time exhibit and a “fully immersive” Adventure Time experience, right across the tracks from the convention center! Inspired by by two fan-favorite episodes, one featuring the Keyper and the other featuring the Door Lord, fans will be presented with special keys and led through the land of Ooo to the lair of the Door Lord where, if they decipher a riddle correctly, their key will open one of the many locked doors and possibly win a special prize!

Check out [the Beat] for a little more information.

Adventure Time All Over ComicCon

SDCC 2012 - Cartoon Network has announced a first-of-its kind challenge for all Adventure Time-loving Comic-Con attendees: complete the Adventure Time “Comic-Con Quest” and be named a victor!

Cartoon Network’s 2011 booth at SDCC.

To participate in the Adventure Time “Comic-Con Quest,” fans must visit the Cartoon Network booth (#3735) to pick up a custom map that will outline their journey. From there, they must visit every stop on the map, which include all of the network’s participating partners showcasing Adventure Time products at their booths, to collect a custom stamp signifying they were there. Once all 10 stamps are collected, fans will return to the Cartoon Network booth where they will be rewarded with an exclusive, custom award fit for a victor.

Check out the Beat for a rundown of participating booths.

Cartoon Network’s 20 Birthday Party Exhibit

Jett Gallery and Schedule
See you at the exhibit in the heart of Little Italy, WED July 11 through Saturday July 14 and enjoy over 75 unique art pieces created in honor of Cartoon Network’s 20th Birthday Exhibition and Celebration (more images, art progress, sketches, artist studios). Jett Gallery’s address is 989 West Kalmia Street, San Diego, CA, 92101.

WED—July 11—11AM to 5PM
THU—July 12—1AM to 5PM
FRI—July 13—11AM to 5PM
SAT—July 14—11AM to 8PM

Each Day is Free to the Public, All Ages.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Wizard Academy

Mr. Mysto’s Wizard Academy: Simple Magic & Stunts
as revealed to John Carney
Illustrations by Stephanie Gladden
ISBN #0-9701287-2-X
80 pp., B&W, 2011 Carney Magic

The book boldly describes its own purpose for occupying space on your book shelf, which is to “fool family and friends with these great tricks from the self-proclaimed king of magic!”
Simply laid out and always with a sense of humor and fun, the tricks, one suspects, are probably harder to perform successfully than might be implied by the easy manner in which the information is presented. Still, Mr. Mysto, frequently encourages the macgic student to “practice, practice, practice.” Almost every page features Stephanie Gladden’s charming and informative illustrations of Mr. Mysto and his feline assistant Nepomuk.

Available online for $20 postpaid NorthAmerica.

Silent Orchid Studio

Monsters, robots, and freaks.. oh my!
Handcrafted plush toys, dolls, and other wonders made by Lindsay Mays.


Uko Smith

The Collection of the Ultimate Uko Girl, vol. 1
by Uko Smith
36pp. B&W, 2011 Kenyatta Design
Contains nudity. 

A sketch book collection of pencil drawings of the female form by artist Uko Smith. Many of the the featured work seems influenced by the Art Nuevo style or at least by the contemporary work of Adam Hughes. Other pieces echo in their detail the styles of comic book artists Jim Lee and Marc Silvestri. All of the work, however, has an essence original to Mr. Smith.

Available online for $20 + s/h domestic

Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man [PG-13]
2012 Sony Pictures
Directed by Marc Webb
Grade: B+
Up-graded from B.
+1: Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy).
+1: Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) in High School.
-1: The mystery of Peter’s parents.
par: The Lizard (Rhys Ifans).
par: Spider-Man (-1: on the ground, +1: swinging though New York City).
Bonus scene after main top credits.

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom [PG-13]
2012 Focus Features
Directed by Wes Anderson
Grade: A+
Up-graded from B
+1: Cast (Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton).
+1: Kids going berserk
+1: Simple love story.
+1: Khaki scouts’ camp morning inspection.
+1: Soundtrack.
Musical Bonus: musical track, Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34 (themes A-F)”, running over the credits.

“Moonrise Kingdom”: Wes Anderson's animated take on the film’s imaginary books

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

Disneyland, Anaheim, California, U.S.A.

“Disneyland Goes to the New York World's Fair (Part 2)”
(Uploaded by fireurgunz on Dec 9, 2008)
(Uploaded by shoeface25 on Jan 8, 2011)
The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing i).
What constitutes the bulwark of our liberty and our independence?
It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts. These are not our reliance against tyranny. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere . Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. 2)
At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some trans-Atlantic military giant, to step the ocean, and crush us at a blow? 
All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected?
I answer: that if it ever reach us, it must spring from amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we, ourselves, must be its authors and finishers. As a nation of free men, we must live through all times, or die by suicide. 3)
Let reverence for the law be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap. Let it be taught in the schools, in the seminaries, and in the colleges. Let it be written in primers, in spelling books and almanacs. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And in short, let it become the political religion of the nation. And let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes, and tongues and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly at its altars. 3)
And let us strive to deserve, as far as mortals may, the continued care of Divine Providence. Trusting that, in future national emergencies, He will not fail to provide us the instruments of safety and security. 4) Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by the menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves! 5)
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. 5)
Version from 1999 (Uploaded by asdTubeU on Sep 22, 2008):
Transcript of the show:
1) --April 18, 1864 Address at Baltimore
2) --September 11, 1858 Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois
3) --January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address
4) --Eulogy on Henry Clay, July 6, 1852 (CWAL II:132)
5) --February 27, 1860 Cooper Union Address
Abraham Lincoln

Golden Dream

from EPCOT Center’s “American Adventure, World Showcase”
by Randy Bright and Robert Moline

Performed by the Voices of Liberty, American Adventure
(Uploaded by coteetine on Jan 12, 2007)
America, spread your golden wings
Sail on freedom’s wind, across the sky.
Great bird, with your golden dreams
flying high, flying high.
Restless one in a world of change,
keeping dreams aloft in the rain.
Spirit free, soaring through the clouds
of time, of time.
America, you must keep dreaming now
Dreaming the promised vow of your pioneers
America, keep on flying now.
Keep your spirit free.
Facing new frontiers.
America, spread your golden wings
Sail on freedom's wind across the sky.
Great bird with your golden dreams,
Flying high, flying high,
Flying high, flying high!