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Weekend Reading: Ray Bradbury, Alex Toth and Before Watchmen

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Conventions, Editorials, Reviews,

Fahrenheit 451The countdown to San Diego has begun. You can tell because Mark Evanier is starting to post his great stories about San Diego cons of the past.

I’ve really been enjoying his tales of the con that involve Ray Bradbury and Julie Schwartz (and MAD Magazine’s Al Feldstein). One of the things that’s being revealed is that Julie, a longtime DC Comics editor and later company ambassador, doesn’t come across as a likeable guy.

This will not come as a surprise to anyone who’s read about Evan Dorkin’s repeatedly unpleasant encounters with Schwartz.

Or to people who are familiar with Colleen Doran.

Speaking of Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl remembers his friend of 75 years.

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Hugh Jackman’s Son Wishes His Dad Wasn’t Famous

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Features,

Hugh Jackman and his sonHugh Jackman's son wishes his dad wasn't famous.

The X-Men actor admits 12-year-old Oscar is uncomfortable when his famous father gets stopped in the street, but the youngster occasionally uses his dad's stardom to his advantage.

"My son is 12 and he just wants me to be dad. He doesn't want me to be famous. He doesn't like when people come up to me on the street. He would much prefer if nobody knew who I was. Although, I've seen him in social situations when he didn't think I was listening, and he once said to a girl, 'Well, my dad is Wolverine.' So when it came to try to talk to this girl, apparently it came in handy!" said Hugh, who also has six-year-old daughter Ava with wife Deborra-Lee Furness.

The Australian actor is a family man and cherishes the "everyday moments" spent with his loved ones more than anything:

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JWoww Wants to Be Related to Snooki

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Television, Celebrity Babies,

Snooki and JWowwJersey Shore's JWoww wants her offspring and Snooki's to have kids together so they can be related.

The reality TV star's castmate and best friend Snooki is currently expecting her first child with fiance Jionni LaValle and although JWoww doesn't have any children yet, she said the pair have already been making plans for the future.

"Snooki thinks I'll have my first when she has her second. We are about two and a half years apart, so I thought, our kids can be two years apart. They'll date and have babies. I don't even care if they date; I just want them to have kids [together] so we'll officially be relatives!" the reality star - real name Jenni Farley - told Life & Style.

Snooki - whose real name is Nicole Polizzi - is due to give birth in September and has already revealed her planned baby names.


Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide 2012

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Conventions, Editorials, DC Comics,

Overstreet #42I don’t know how he does it, but somehow editor J.C. Vaughn is able to assemble his team each year and whip together a new edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This year it’s #42 (!) and it’s just as big and wonderful as ever. This year’s version is available with three different covers: Joe Jusko, Adam Hughes, and (my favorite) Matt Wagner. Just beautiful-looking stuff.

As always, in addition to the latest go-to prices for comics new and old (and really old, like the 16th Century), the Guide has a ton of great articles on comics history, plus market reports from their advisers, the Overstreet Hall of Fame, and even a new look at one of the best graphic novels ever, Batman: Son Of The Demon.

For me, I love the articles, but I also like flipping through the pages and looking at covers of old comics to see how they've changed over the years. I get a real kick out of all the funny (and strange) titles and the trivia (artist appearances and character first appearances and stuff like that). It's like an annual history book of comics and in each volume I always find good stuff that makes it a worthwhile purchase.

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Monster Diesel VEKTR on-ear headphones unboxing gallery

Monster Diesel VEKTR on-ear headphones

We've been waiting for the Monster Diesel VEKTR headphones to drop ever since we laid eyes on them back at CES, and now the on-ears have finally arrived. A collaboration between Monster and Diesel, the VEKTR headphones bring great sound and hybridize it with a stylized, high-fashion look. Don't believe us? That's why we put together our Monster Diesel VEKTR unboxing gallery so you can see for yourself. If you still aren't convinced, be sure to peep our Diesel VEKTR video unboxing. After you get take it all in, if you decide you want a pair, you can grab them for $250 on Amazon. Or you can just win the pair we're giving away!

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iPad Smart Case review

iPad Smart Case review

This week Apple released the iPad Smart Case, a polyurethane product that covers and protects both the front and back of the the iPad shell. Compatible with both the iPad 2 and the new third-generation iPad, this is the first full case that Apple has offered for its popular tablet, and it's being sold for $49. The Smart Case seems to make a lot of sense in theory, but how does it fare in practice? Read on as we answer that question in our iPad Smart Case review.

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Unboxing Live 097: MacBook Pro with Retina display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Laptop, Videocasts,

We open up the new next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display in this episode. Apple announced the new MacBook Pro with Retina display during the WWDC 2012 keynote, highlighting a bunch of new features never before seen on the MacBook Pro line. These include the phenomenal 2800 x 1800 Retina display, USB 3.0, HDMI, and more. The notebook sports an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB flash SSD for storage. Join us as we open up the new MacBook Pro with Retina display and give you a look at the gorgeous, thin hardware. We open it up in this episode. Want your own? You can order it now from the Apple Store online.

Big thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! GoToMeeting with HDFaces provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings.


Billy Corgan Blasts Radiohead

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Alternative, Rock,

Billy CorganBilly Corgan has lashed out at Radiohead.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has blasted the Oxford band as "pompous" and says he is horrified that some people think Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore.

"I can't think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and p****d on rock more than I have. Obviously there's a level of reverence, but there's also a level of intelligence to even know what to p**s on. Because I'm not p***ing on Rainbow. I'm not p***ing on Deep Purple. But I'll p**s on f*****g Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in."

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No More Kids For Tom Cruise

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Celebrity Babies, Features,

Suri and Tom CruiseTom Cruise doesn't want any more kids.

The 49-year-old actor has children Suri, six with wife Katie Holmes and Connor, 17 and Isabella, 19, with former spouse Nicole Kidman but has no plans to add to his brood because he has such a good relationship with all three kids.

"I'm so happy with three. I'm enjoying every second with Suri that I have. And I'm enjoying the relationship with my older kids, and the way it is right now," he said.

While Tom loves spending time with his children, he also recently gushed about his Katie, whom he married in November 2006, saying she makes him feel better just by walking in to a room:

"She is an extraordinary person, and if you spent five minutes with her, you'd see it. Everything she does, she does with this beautiful creativity. She has a voice and warmth as an artist, as a mother. She's funny and charming, and when she walks into the room, I just feel better. I'm a romantic. I like doing things like creating romantic dinners, and she enjoys that. I don't know what to say - I'm just happy, and I have been since the moment I met her. What we have is very special."


Chris Brown Injured in a Fight With Drake?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Rivalries, Photos,

Chris BrownChris Brown has sustained a bloody gash on his chin after an alleged altercation with Drake's entourage.

The "Yeah 3x" hitmaker was reportedly hit by a bottle when his associates clashed with the rapper's friends in a New York nightclub WIP last night, resulting in an altercation which left five people injured.

Chris and Drake have been involved in a long-running feud over Drake's alliance with Rihanna, and unconfirmed reports revealed the "Run It" hitmaker sent a bottle of champagne to his rival's table as a peace offering but it was returned with a note reading, "I'm f***ing the love of your life, deal with it."

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