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  • Trailer: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    Posted on December 20, 2011 by PopFunk

    Finally! The first extended look at Christopher Nolan's sure-to-be epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy is here! Behold, the gritty trailer for The Dark Knight Rises (2012 Summer release). Whoa. Popfunk is also excited to announce a full line of officially licensed Dark Knight Rises shirts coming at you May 25, 2012! A cool eight weeks before the big July 20, 2012 movie release date. Now go reload that trailer and watch it a few more times in giddy anticipation. We are.

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  • What is Comic Con?

    Posted on October 12, 2011 by PopFunk

    In the last 41 years, San Diego Comic Con International has established itself as the preeminent comic convention in the United States (not to mention fourth largest in the world), boasting over 130,000 attendees in 2010. However, New York Comic Con, SDCC’s East Coast counterpart since 2006, continues to make its bid for biggest US geek gathering with this weekend’s convention. Expecting to eclipse last year’s attendance mark of 96,000 happy comic enthusiasts, the 2011 New York Comic Con will enlist over 700 exhibitors and 400 artists. Among the participating exhibitors staking a claim on the Jacob Javits Center this weekend are Activision, Capcom, Dark Horse, DC, Hasbro, Marvel and Mattel. Notable artists include Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Frank Miller and Kevin Smith. Also appearing to throughout the weekend will be Eliza Dushku, Mark Hamil, Rose McGowan, Jason Momoa, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, and the entire cast of Paramount’s upcoming Avengers movie. Organizers have also landed a first time sponsor in Chevrolet, who plan to make its consumer debut of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic at the convention. Ticket packages for NYCC are still available at www.newyorkcomiccon.com. Killer comic t shirts that will make you the envy of every other fanatic at the convention are still available at www.popfunk.com. New York Comic Con Read More

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  • Google Celebrates Jim Henson's 75th Birthday

    Posted on September 28, 2011 by PopFunk

    On September 24, The Jim Henson Company celebrated what would have been the 75th birthday of the famed puppeteer, producer, director and all-around visionary. In a unique collaboration with Google, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop built original digital puppets for the occasion, resulting in a custom Google Doodle – the company’s awesome, often interactive alternative front page logos. Google Doodle for Jim Henson's 75th Birthday. To go along with Doodle, Jim’s son Brian (who now runs the family business) wrote a poignant tribute to his father for the Google Blog.

    “[Jim Henson] loved games—card games, board games, all kinds of games. He was one of those rare parents who was always ready to play again. He loved dogs, particularly goofy ones. And he lived for those moments when everyone laughed so hard they couldn’t talk. I often walked onto the Muppet set to find everyone just laughing hysterically.”

    Thanks for the years of laughter, Jim. Happy 75th from Popfunk! Read More

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  • What's Out this Weekend: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Posted on August 4, 2011 by PopFunk

    This post is brought to you by the Garfield T-Shirt Collection at PopFunk Movies get remade very frequently now a days. As you all probably know, Hollywood is coming out with another remake of the sci-fi pop culture sensation, The Planet of the Apes, and it is set to grace movie screens everywhere this Friday. I know what you're thinking, the original film franchise was so good! How could they even think of making another?!? And I know,they did attempt to make a new one in 2001 starring Mark Wahlberg, and it was good... but no sequel came. Nevertheless they're at it again, and this time it might produce sequels.  I am not saying it will be better than the original (and when I say original I mean dating back to the late 60's early 70's franchise), but it doesn't look half bad. In fact, the movies will be quite different from one another. For example, the monkeys in the 2011 adaptation, do not talk like they do in the original. Also they are not actors, but mere computer enhanced chimps and apes.  Some may look at this as a downfall to the movie. I look at it as a new interesting way to portray the characters in the film. Another huge difference is the plot line. No longer are astronauts hurtling into deep space, only to come crashing back down to earth in a post-apocalyptic era of the future. Now the film takes place on earth in a year very close to our own, where a scientist, (James Franco), is working on a cure for Alzheimer's, which by accident gives Cesar, a lab monkey, enhanced intelligence.   Of the five original movies, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, most resembles the fourth installation, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. In CPA, Cesar is a monkey whose parents were two talking chimps from the future that came back to our time, but were murdered when Americans found out the mother had him. However they hid Cesar at a circus to save his life. Years later, Cesar returns to the city and sees that monkeys are now slaves to the humans and are mistreated. Judging from the preview of the new film, it looks as if the intelligent lab monkey named Cesar breaks free to begin his own revolution. Although the plot lines vary, the movies are similar with regard to the ending. The contrast in the two films could make or break the success of the new adaptation. It could be a major turn off to the die hard fans of this famous pop-culture movie franchise. On the other hand, it could be another summer blockbuster. Check out the trailer for The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. What do you think, sure hit or dud? Comment below and tell us why.

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  • Cowboys, Aliens, Smurfs. Oh My!

    Posted on July 26, 2011 by PopFunk

    This post is brought to you by The Batman Dark Knight T-shirt Collection by Popfunk.com and MovieWeb. Cowboys and Aliens, or The Smurfs? Which movie will rank supreme? With summer in full swing, what better way to escape the heat than kickin’ back and watching a movie this weekend? There are some big new releases we have been waiting for since their previews graced the big screen early this year.  Here is what we think. The Weekend's Big Winner: Cowboys and Aliens. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Daniel Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky, that even batman couldn't stop. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.   The Weekend's Best Bet: The Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures'/Sony Pictures Animation's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they're forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York's Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.   (Both movies will be released this Friday July 29th!) So, which movie are you gonna see? Feel like escaping reality for a while, watching a sci-fi western comic book turned movie, with an incredible cast and great special effects? Or are you going to take the nostalgic route, remembering the years of watching the little blue guys on the boob tube during your Saturday morning cartoon line-up. Comment below and tell us what you think!!!

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  • Star Trek Inventions We Now Have

    Posted on July 13, 2011 by PopFunk

    This repost is brought to you by the Star Trek T Shirt Collection at popfunk.com and by Craig Baird at roadtickle.com. Star Trek is one of the most famous television shows and media franchises in the world today, and while many love the storylines of the original show, along with its spinoffs and movies, we may not fully realize the impact the show has had on our lives. No, we are not talking about pop culture impacts, but what Star Trek envisioned for technology, which then inspired many scientists to make those visions a reality. In many ways, that little show from the 1960s has essentially invented the future as we know it. So, what are some of the things we have now that Star Trek invented? 1. Personal Computing When Star Trek debuted in 1966, computers were very large, very expensive and very slow compared with what we have today. That didn’t stop Gene Roddenberry from envisioning a future where small computers were in every meeting room and wherever people needed them. The computers in the original series were larger than what we have today, but they were personal computers nonetheless. Roughly five years after Star Trek left the air waves, the Altair 8800 was built by Ed Roberts, who just happened to name the computer after a galaxy mentioned in Star Trek. This build-it-yourself personal computer was pretty basic, but it would inspire two guys named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to improve upon the model and usher in the age of the personal computer. On that same note, the Tablet PC also appeared in the original Star Trek, with Captain Kirk using a tablet and stylus to sign off on important matters. Everyone who uses an iPad now can thank Star Trek for showing us what a tablet PC could do in the 1960s. Oh, and what was the name of the tablet PC used in Star Trek? The PADD…. 2. Portable Computer Memory From the old floppy disks, to the small hard disks, over to our memory sticks with their huge capacities, all this portable memory could be found in the 1960s, in Star Trek. Star Trek used square disks that were three inches by three inches and only a quarter of an inch thick. To use them, they were inserted in computers where they would display the information contained on them, sound familiar? 3. Wireless Ear Piece Drive down the road in the city and you will probably see quite a few people using Bluetooth headsets to talk to people without having to hold a cell phone to their ear. Well, roughly 30 years before cell phones became mainstream, Star Trek was already using wireless earpieces for communication. That is not too bad considering that Star Trek envisioned wireless earpieces 300 years from now. 4. GPS No, we do not have transporters, although scientists have been able to transport individual light particles for a couple years now, but we do have GPS. Back in Star Trek: The Original Series, the transporter system could lock onto someone and transport them from where they were to some place else. Locators on the communicators were used to find where individuals were in the show, kind of like how we have GPS in our phones now that show where we are. It was only four years after the end of the original Star Trek that the Department of Defense began to develop GPS. By launching satellites they were able to refine the system over time and after 1983 it became available to the public. By 2000, it was possible to find someone within 20 meters of their location. Now with things like OnStar in our cars and GPS in our phones, even emergency personnel can find us without us saying where we are. 5. Tricorders Having something that scans the area around you and tells you information that you need about that area doesn’t quite exist yet, although we are getting pretty close. What we do have is devices like the PDA, the Blackberry and the iPod/iPhone. These wonderful little devices have screens that display to us information we access from the internet, much like a tricorder would in Star Trek. When they needed information, they would call it up on a tricorder and see it on a tiny screen, no different than we do with our handheld devices today. Given how far these devices have come, it should be no surprise that pretty soon they will have sensors. 6. Plasma Screens In the days of the original Star Trek series, televisions had small screens and the quality was not very good. The concept of the Enterprises’ view screen was amazing to many people who wished they could have a television as large as what was on the Enterprise. Before Star Trek, spaceships used windows at the front, but with The Original Series, a video screen became the norm for many science fiction shows and movies. These days, more and more plasma screens are hitting the market and the price is falling. The days of the old tube television are now disappearing as people get their own large view screens in their home. Screens these days hit about 50 inches before they become too pricey but it won’t be long before 100 or 200 inch plasma televisions turn the walls of our homes into view screens. Thanks Star Trek! 7. Cell Phones Probably the most famous invention to come from Star Trek is the cell phone. In the days of Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain Kirk and the gang would use a communicator to speak with each other simply by opening it and hailing someone by saying their name into the communicator. This may have seemed far-fetched considering at the time rotary phones were the most common phones in the world. It was Martin Cooper, an employee of Motorola, who invented the cell phone. When asked what was the inspiration for the cell phone, he is not shy of saying Star Trek’s communicator was what started the gears in his mind moving. Only four years after the cancellation of Star Trek, the first portable cell phone call was made. Just over 20 years after the Original Series debuted, one million cell phones were in use and it just exploded from there. These days there are hundreds of millions of cell phone users across the planet and cell phones are now pushing the old land-line phone into museums. Our cell phones these days are more than what the communicator of Star Trek was considering we can now take photos, access the internet, use GPS and keep track of everything in the PDA functionality of our smart phones.   Soundoff:  What other inventions do you think will be made possible that have debuted in sci-fi films recently?!?

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  • Sneak Peek: The Dark Knight Rises

    Posted on July 12, 2011 by PopFunk

    This remixed post is brought to you by The Batman T-Shirt Collection and The Dark Knight T-Shirt Collection at popfunk.com, and Eric Ditzian at MTV News. The Christopher Nolan-directed action flick features the return of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman, as well as Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine.  Anne Hathaway joins the movie as Catwoman, while Joseph Gordon Levitt takes on the role of John Blake and Tom Hardy as the villainous Bane. The Dark Knight Rises is expected to hit theaters July 2012. You can catch The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer, which is supposed to debut in front of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," when it opens on Friday. The teaser poster for the third Batman film installment entitled The Dark Knight Rises shows what appears to be skyscrapers in Batman's hometown of Gotham City crumbling while forming the iconic Batman figure. "There is an ominous air of destruction in the urban environment: The buildings appear to be crumbling, debris raining downward — a stark visual contrast to the film title's single tweak since the previous installment: the addition of the word 'rises'." Soundoff: Will The Dark Knight Rises surpass the success of The Dark Knight? How do you feel about Anne Hathaway entering the cast as Catwoman?

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  • Star Trek Invades the iPad

    Posted on July 11, 2011 by PopFunk

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    STAR TREK PADD app - promo video from ArcTouch on Vimeo.

    The future is now, as 24th century technology meets 21st century mobile devices in the form of a Star Trek PADD app. Available today from CBS Interactive, which developed it in conjunction with CBS Mobile and ArcTouch, the official Star Trek PADD (Personal Access Display Device) app features an impressive, interactive database of Star Trek television show information, ranging from characters and ships to alien worlds and an episode guide, as well as Star Trek images, including a faithful reproduction of the LCARS interface, plus a recognizable computer voice, familiar Star Trek sounds and more, all spanning from The Original Series to Star Trek: Enterprise. Additionally, fans can keep track of the latest Star Trek news and interact with fellow Star Trek fans from the official Star Trek Facebook page and Twitter, both of which are directly integrated into the apps. “Star Trek fans are passionately involved with all things Star Trek,” said Rob Gelick, SVP and GM, CBS Mobile. “Through this app, both die-hard Trekkers and casual show enthusiasts are able to delve into a rich array of computer sounds, images and Star Trek-related information.” Three particularly passionate Trek fans played pivotal roles in the inspiration of the Star Trek PADD App: Eric Shapiro, Denise Okuda and Michael Okuda. Shapiro, of ArcTouch, developed the app, while Michael Okuda was in charge of the computer interface designs of the Starships Enterprise as part of his job as scenic art supervisor and technical consultant on TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise, and Denise Okuda was a graphic artist and video/computer graphics supervisor on DS9, Voyager and Enterprise. “I am a huge Star Trek fan,” says Shapiro, who co-founded ArcTouch in 2009 with Adam Fingerman after a career spent at Apple, where they worked as product managers on what eventually became iOS. “My dad was a fan, and I think I’ve been watching Star Trek since I was born, which was two years after the original show started in 1966. I have been to several conventions and I’m lucky my wife is just as much of a fan. At my first startup, one of my employees got me the book Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek. I'm not saying I'm Captain Picard, but one can always dream.’ And why now for a Star Trek PADD app? “We came up with this proposal because, as Star Trek fans, with the launch of the iPad, technology finally hit the point where we could simulate the PADD device,” Shapiro replies. “Then the question was: how do we transport people today into that future universe, and that’s where the conversation with CBS began.” A highlight of the process came when Shapiro and the ArcTouch team offered a demonstration of the app to the Okudas. “(That) was one of the most nerve-wracking moments,” Shapiro recalls. “Michael was the official designer of the LCARS computers displays used in TNG, DS9 and Voyager. Getting Michael and Denise’s approval is a huge feather in our cap.” And, indeed, the Okudas were duly impressed. “My favorite part of the Star Trek PADD app?” Michael Okuda asks, repeating a question just posed to him. “I love being able to use a functional implementation of my LCARS interface style to browse through actual Star Trek information. Back when the PADD first appeared on TNG, none of us imagined that today we’d be able to hold the real thing in our hands. But the Star Trek PADD App, running on your iPad, is an actual miniature, handheld, touch-sensitive, 24th-century-style computer screen.” Adds Denise Okuda, “The Star Trek PADD app shows that yesterday’s visionary science fiction can become today’s real-world technology, thanks to the brilliance of today’s scientists, engineers, programmers, and designers. The Star Trek PADD app is a little piece of Star Trek’s future brought to life. It’s not only authentic Trek, but it’s fun, too.” The Star Trek PADD app can be purchased for $4.99 on the App Store for the iPad. Check out screenshots from the PADD below: Sound off: Do any of you Trekkies think you'll buy the app?  What do you think about the interface only being made available on the iPad and not on iPhone or Android devices?!

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  • Meet Me at the Movies!

    Posted on June 28, 2011 by PopFunk

    This post was brought to you by the RoboCop T Shirt Collection at PopFunk.com andwww.digitaltrends.com.
    A new startup service called MoviePass offers unlimited movie passes for $50 a month. Now you can check out your favorite flicks during your lunch hour and still afford to eat lunch.
    You know that feeling you get when a new flick is coming out and you’re dying to see it but you have to choose between the cost of admission and the gas it will take you to get to the theatre? Well MoviePass has an answer for that.
    In hopes of offering similar services as Netflix (who doesn’t love Netflix?), you will be able to use your smartphone as the holy-grail of all movie tickets and gain access to theatres as many times a month as your account allows.
    Fifty bucks will afford you unlimited privileges for a month and the company is also preparing to launch a “limited” MoviePass for $30 that allows subscribers to view a total of four movies per month.
    While the pilot passes are only being accepted in the San Francisco Bay area, the company has set its sights on a national launch (with 40 percent of theatres on board) this coming fall.
    The opportunity to change the way we seek and enjoy entertainment is upon us. Who will answer the call?
    Sound off if you want MoviePass available in your town!!

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  • Potter's Gotta Brand New Bag

    Posted on June 23, 2011 by PopFunk

    Screenshots from J.K. Rowling's New Pottermore

      This wicked post is brought to you by the CHARMED T SHIRT COLLECTION at PopFunk.com , youtube.com, harrypotterspage.com The Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator or HPANA. Wizard Withdrawals?  J.K. Rowling has announced the launch of her latest project, Pottermore. The site will host magnanimous amounts of content and interactive activities for Harry Potter fan across the world to delve into never before released material from the famed author. Pottermore will keep you spell bound with first time ever e-books and an international community. Check out Rowling’s official announcement. Sound Off: What else would you like to see Rowling do to extend Harry Potter’s shelf life?

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