Archive for November, 2010



November 9, 2010

This Week’s Prize is a Trip for Two to Comic Con 2011, Including Tickets to Syfy’s Exclusive Party

 Iconic pieces and once-in-a-lifetime experiences representing several of Syfy’s hit original series are available for bid in an online auction accompanying Syfy’s new reality series, Hollywood Treasure, which continues with all new back-to-back episodes Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Net auction proceeds will go towards national non-profit KaBOOM!, which is dedicated to saving play.

This week Syfy fans can go to and bid to win a trip for two to the world famous Comic Con event in San Diego, including tickets to Syfy’s annual party, the hottest ticket in town.  The package is available for bid through Tuesday, November 9.

Hollywood Treasure is a weekly reality series that delves into the intricate world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia collecting, including science fiction and fantasy props and costumes.  The series follows Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History and the world’s largest auctioneer of original movie, television and pop culture collectibles.

 In an all-new episode of Hollywood Treasure airing Wednesday, November 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Joe Maddalena travels to England to meet with Harvey Stephens, the child actor who played Damien in one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, The Omen.  Harvey shows Joe his original costume and famed prop used during prominent scenes from the film.  Joe wants the items for auction but is Harvey willing to let go of these pieces from his childhood?  In another all-new episode airing at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, Joe is back in Los Angeles and sets his sight on finding the famed yellow brick road from The Wizard of Oz.  One of the last surviving principle cast members from the show, an original lollipop kid, Jerry Martin, makes a surprise visit.



November 9, 2010

The world’s greatest swordsman abandons his warrior clan to start a new life in the American Badlands in The Warrior’s Way, a visually dazzling modern martial arts adventure with stunningly choreographed fight sequences and gravity-defying stunts. In an original, gorgeously realized journey into a mythical past, writer and director Sngmoo Lee seamlessly marries the cinematic traditions of East and West. Korean superstar Jang Dong Gun, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston and Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush star in this epic story of revenge and redemption. 

The Warrior’s Way is written and directed by Sngmoo Lee in his American feature film debut. It stars Jang Dong Gun (Friend, Taegukgi:The Brotherhood of War), Kate Bosworth (21, Superman Returns), Geoffrey Rush (Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl), Danny Huston (The Conspirator, Robin Hood), Tony Cox (Bad Santa, Meet Monica Velour) and Ti Lung  (Frozen, Dynasty of Blood). The film is produced by Barrie M. Osborne (the Lord of the Rings franchise), Jooick Lee (Seven Swords) and Michael Peyser (Matilda, Hackers). The director of photography is Woo-hyung Kim (Late Autumn). Production designer is Dan Hennah (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans). Editor is Jonno-Woodford Robinson (King Kong). Costume designer is three-time Academy Award winner James Acheson (The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons and Restoration). Original music is by Javier Navarrete (Pan’s Labyrinth). Executive producers are Tim White (The Boys Are Back, Ned Kelly) and Eui Hong.

 Starring: Jang Dong-Gun,Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston, Tony Cox, and Ti Lung.

Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 100 minutes

Release Date: Friday, December 3, 2010 nationwide


Elvira is NOT a Witch!

November 8, 2010



Looking for the perfect TV for gameday?

November 3, 2010

Written by: Chris Sweda

It is football season (or basketball or hockey whatever) and the guys are coming over to watch next week’s big game. You have everything ready to go but wait, you can’t watch the game on you old Zenith Chroma color! It’s time for an upgrade.

The vast majority of televisions have been built around the same technology: the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT). The television image is produced by lighting up different areas of the phosphor coating with different colors at different intensities. But they do have a serious drawback they are bulky consequently, any big-screen CRT television is going to weigh a ton and take up a sizable chunk of a room. That was in the past; today you have a wide range of slim TVs from LCDs to plasma. But which one is the right on for you? Flat screen technology offers basically two types of displays LCD (Liquid crystal display) and Plasma (a gas charged method of lighting pixels).

They look, a lot alike and sound a lot alike… so what is the difference? LCD sizes start in the widest range. Typically 13 to 45 are the most common but some manufacturer’s offer LCD displays in up to 100. Plasma screen sizes, typically, range from 32 to 63. However, like with the LCD, some manufacturers are offering much larger sizes up to 103 if you can afford them. LCD TVs are most versatile, and tend to look better in the typical viewing situations because they do not reflect light like the Plasma screens do. Because LCD TVs are backlit they naturally block outside light in order to create blacks and therefore fare better in natural lighting situations. Plasma pixel, technology produces a much brighter picture with more contrast between the blacks and whites (blacks are blacker and whites are whiter) than LCD technology because the pixels are either all off or all on. However, because of screen reflection, ambient light can nullify all the advantages Plasma has to offer. So consider where you will be viewing your display and the lighting situation that exists there.

The newest technology with LCDs have typical refresh rates of 16ms or less (the lower the number the better). This means that LCD TVs refresh as well as Plasma TVs. Plasma TVs have been known, from the beginning, to have excellent refresh rates and, in the past, significantly outperformed the LCD TVs. However that has changed with newer technology and refresh rate differences for Plasma and LCD TVs are negligible. Some TVs might have a problem with a burn-in effect. What is burn-in you might ask? Simply put, it is a damaged pixel. Newer technology LCD TVs do not have a problem with burn-in. But sometimes still have a ghosting effect because of abnormal pixel charge. Newer technology has reduced the burn-in effect of plasma TVs very significantly by use of pixel orbiter. However, it is recommended that this be one of the issues you discuss with the retailer you purchase your set from.

LCD TVs are quite a bit pricier than Plasma when it comes to big screen (42 and larger). However, if you are looking at the smaller sets (13 to 32) then LCD is your best (and perhaps only) choice. Plasma TVs give you more bang for your buck. But if any of the other considerations above are insurmountable, or if money is not an issue and you want the best possible picture, then LCD is the way to go. Flat screen technology is always changing. What cost $10,000 7-years ago, now cost $400 at your local Wal-Mart today.

It’s becoming more and more important to know how to select a flat panel TV. There are slim, sleek, bright and beautiful TVs that are offering amazing viewing experiences from built-in Internet services to 3D displays. The simple fact is that there will always be newer technology so do your research before you buy, and in the end you will have a TV you will love for more than just the big game.