Archive for April, 2011

B&N Nook Color update released, brings Froyo, apps, and Flash, we go hands-on (video)

By Tim Stevens posted Apr 25th 2011 8:30AM
We’ve been waiting for this day: our little reader would finally become a big boy tablet — without having to resort to any sort of hackery. We knew it was coming and, as of now, owners of the Barnes & Noble Nook Color should be receiving notices that their devices are ready to drop those training wheels and run some proper apps. Flash web browsing, downloads, games, e-mail, it’s all here. Click on through for our impressions and a video of the update in action.





Obviously the biggest addition here are the apps themselves, and sadly we’re not talking full Market access — nor access to any of the standard Google applications like Gmail or Maps. Barnes & Noble has its own set of libraries that software developers must include and use, providing the unified experience the company wants to bring to its little ecosphere, making the look and feel of apps jive with the rest of the system. As to which apps will be available, we saw a number of games, cooking helpers like Epicurious, and, yes, Angry Birds — though we weren’t able to get the latter to install successfully. Continue reading

“This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” Or, in the case of this dystopian future science fiction debut, faulty genetic engineering is responsible for the end of civilization as we know it. After the first generation of genetically-perfect humans is born, their children start dropping like flies. All boys die at age twenty-five, and all girls at age twenty. The first generations are frantically trying to find a cure, before it is too late, for them and their descendants. Kidnapping, conducted by “Gatherers” who look for girls to sell to wealthy first generations, has become a way of life. The story begins when Rhine has been captured by Gatherers and is sold, along with two other girls, to a scientist and his son. Rhine becomes a sister wife to Linden, and the blond replacement for his beloved wife, Rose, who is dying as she has passed the age of twenty. The other two sister wives are Jenna, a dark-haired beauty, who’d rather join her murdered sisters, and red-headed orphan, Cecily, the only one excited at the prospect of marrying a wealthy man and living and dying in luxury. Brutal housemaster Vaughn is their true captor; his son, Linden, is as much a captive as his new brides. Although Cecily is the first to sleep with Linden and—at age fourteen—to give him a son, Rhine, who sleeps beside but never with her husband, is the one who becomes his glittering first wife. She is also the one who continually dreams of escape and comes up with a plan, involving a young male attendant who will do anything for her. This beautifully-written debut fantasy, with its intriguing world-building, well-developed characters and intricate plot involving flashbacks as well as edge-of-the-seat suspense, will keep teens riveted to the plight of Rhine and her sister wives. The compelling cover will draw them in and the cliffhanger ending will leave them eagerly awaiting volumes two and three of The Chemical Garden Trilogy. This thought-provoking novel will also stimulate discussion in science and ethics classes. Reviewer: B. Kunzel

Welcome to My DNA is the third studio album by Blackfield. It was released in Europe on March 28, 2011, and is set to be released in the US on April 19, 2011, as a digi-book CD and heavyweight vinyl limited to 2000 individually numbered copies.

The name of the album was officially announced on Blackfield’s official Twitter page, “Yes the album is called “Welcome to my DNA”. All will become clear when you hear the title track…”

Almost all of the songs were written by Aviv Geffen, as Steven Wilson had been working on a solo album at the same time. The musicians worked on the material together in studios in England and Israel. All tracks were produced by Wilson and Geffen, except from “Oxygen”, which was produced by Trevor Horn.

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Using free verse as her vehicle, Hopkins (Crank, Glass) takes readers on a harrowing ride into the psyches of 16-year-old identical twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne, both of whom are racing toward self-destruction. The girls’ family appears picture-perfect. Their father is a prominent judge, their mother is running for Congress, and both girls do well in school. But ever since an accident, “Mom doesn’t love anyone./ She is marble. Beautiful./ Frigid. Easily stained/ by her family. What’s left/ of us, anyway. We are corpses.” Raeanne seeks escape in sex and drugs; Kaileigh binges and cuts herself. Brief, gutsy confessions reveal a history of sexual abuse and emotional neglect, and it’s not clear that both girls will survive it. Hopkins’s verse is not only lean and sinuous, it also demonstrates a mastery of technique. Strategically placed concrete verse includes a poem about revenge shaped like a double-edged sword; in another, about jealousy, the lines form one heart reflecting another, until a rupture breaks the symmetry at the bottom. Often, the twins’ entries mirror each other, on facing pages: although used differently in the two poems, the same key words are set off in corresponding stanzas (“think./ How/ different/ life./ could be” reads one set of key words). Those for whom Uncle Vampire means something will anticipate the still-breathless climax; all others, including most of the target audience, will be shocked. Ages 14-up. (Aug.)

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With the monumental task of adapting Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series ahead of them, Deadline reports that Universal Pictures and director Ron Howard are bringing in another writer to help flesh out the story. The online trade confirmed that Mark Verheiden will join previously-set scribe Akiva Goldsman to co-write the script for the television series which is planned to bridge the gap between the first and second movie of the trilogy. 

Verheiden’s credits include a host of genre television series, some of which include: Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Heroes and Smallville. He’s currently producing the upcoming TNT show, Falling Skies.

Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment plan to produce three films and a television series based on Stephen King’s seven epic novels. With Ron Howard set to direct the first film and the first season of television (cast of the films included), casting is underway for the production. Javier Bardem is reportedly psychologically locked in for the role of lead gunslinger Roland Deschain but fans will still have to wait until the deal is done and confirmed.

The first installment, The Dark Tower, will arrive in theaters May 17, 2013.


From the Publisher

Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is Eona, the Mirror Dragoneye, her country’s savior — but she has an even more dangerous secret.

She cannot control her power.

Each time she tries to bond with her Mirror Dragon, she becomes a conduit for the ten spirit dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered by Lord Ido. Their anguish floods through her, twisting her ability into a force that destroys the land and its people.

And another force of destruction is on her trail.

Along with Ryko and Lady Dela, Eona is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. Sethon has declared himself Emperor. In order to stop him, the renegades must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power if he is to wrest back his throne.

Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama, thrilling fight scenes, sizzling tension — and many surprises — brings to a close an epic story.

The cast continues to grow for Tim Burton’s upcoming adaptation of Dark Shadows, based on the supernatural serial series which ran from 1966 to 1971. Deadline reports the latest to board the production is Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) with the young actress set to play Carolyn Stoddard, the daughter of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer). The acting addition comes just a few days after newcomer Thomas McDonell was signed to play a younger version of Barnabas Collins with Johnny Depp having already been confirmed to play the older version of the patriarch.

Eva Green is in the role of Angelique Bouchard Collins while Helena Bonham Carter is going to play Dr. Julia Hoffman. Jackie Earle Haley rounds out the cast to play conman Willie Loomis. Burton will direct the production based on a screenplay by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Plot Concept: Based on Dan Curtis’ cult ’60s supernatural TV show, “Dark Shadows” was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap-opera that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. Johnny Depp will play Barnabas Collins, the vampire patriarch of the series which was once portrayed by Jonathan Frid.

Warner Bros. Pictures have a leading star and director finally attached to their Logan’s Run remake. They just need a screenwriter to flesh out the story in script form. Heat Vision believes that may be happening soon as writer Will Beall (“Castle”, upcoming Gangster Squad) has entered negotiations to pen a new adaptation of William F. Nolan’s 1967 novel. Beall has some recent “remake” history with Warner Bros. Pictures after being selected to write a remake of Lethal Weapon earlier this year.

Ryan Gosling has been set to star in this latest version while helmer Nicolas Winding Refn is attached to direct the sci-fi tale. Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are on board as producers.

Plot Concept: First brought to the silver screen in the 1976 feature starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter and Farrah Fawcett, the story centers on a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed “Runners.” The character of Logan is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who ends up on the run after he becomes sympathetic with members of an underground railroad of Runners.