Archive for October, 2014

The Dr. Is In… Guess Who’s Playing Marvel’s Dr. Strange.


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Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of “Sherlock,” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the upcoming The Imitation Game, has, according to Deadline, taken the leading role in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange.  Doctor Strange is based on the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who made his first appearance in 1963′s “Strange Tales” #110. It follows the adventures of Stephen Strange (nodded at in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier), a brilliant neurosurgeon who, following a car accident, loses precision in his hands. His quest to regain his former skills sets Strange on a path to become the “Master of the Mystic Arts.”  Although no official release date has been set for the film, the time table for production would lead one to believe that Doctor Strange will land on the July 8, 2016 release date that Marvel has already bookmarked for a theatrical release.

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The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Official Trailer).


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Although it was supposed to premiere during next week’s new episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel Studios has gone ahead and officially released the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer following an online leak.  “Dammit, Hydra,” Marvel tweeted in response to the rapid spread of the leaked trailer.  Thankfully, you can now check out a wholly official version in the player below along with an all-new teaser poster.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

 

Take Your First Look At ‘Halo: Nightfall’


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Microsoft and Xbox Entertainment have released a special “First Look” featurette for the upcoming Halo: Nightfall that not only goes behind the scenes of the digital feature, but also shows off more footage from the film as well as a very brief look at Halo 5: Guardians.  Mike Colter stars in the series as Jameson Locke, a surgically-enhanced super soldier who is a rising star in a futuristic Spartan army and troubled by the military industrial complex he inhabits. The film takes place between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, in which Locke will play an integral role.  TV director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan is at the helm of the project with “Prison Break” creator Paul Scheuring providing the script. Ridley Scott and David Zucker are executive producing the project, which is said to be similar in scope to Machinima’s recent Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn webseries. The film will be arriving in addition to the live-action series that Steven Spielberg is producing for Xbox One.

Halo: Nightfall is included as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and will be accessible digitally on Xbox Live beginning on November 11, 2014.

The Traktor Kontrol S8.


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The TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 introduces a new era in DJing. Create in the moment. Connect with your crowd. And perform with unrivaled, cutting-edge power. Driven by touch-sensitive controls, high-res displays put TRAKTOR PRO software within sight, keeping you focused on the music – not on your laptop. Innovative touch-and-see workflow makes browsing, editing, effects and Remix Decks instantly accessible, cheek the method below.

Bet You’ve Never Seen A Paint Job Like This.


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Fabian Oefner recently visited Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello to interpret the latest Ferrari Grand Tourer, the 2015 California T as an art form through his eyes.  The resulting video and photographs are an exploration of the essence of the California T. They encapsulate the pillars of purposeful design and perpetual innovation that are constants in the creation of all of Ferraris.  State of the Art follows Fabian’s journey and his search for inspiration. The California T State of the Art website follows Fabian’s journey and his search for inspiration.
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A Look At The PLX-1000’s.


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We’ve been paying close attention to the story of Pioneer’s new vinyl turntable that originally got leaked by QBert right after the NAMM convention in January, and today the details have dropped. The new PLX-1000 is a direct drive analog turntable that’s very similar in design to the Technics 1200s and many of the other super OEM models that have come after it. There’s a standard layout, long pitch fader with a range of tempo adjustments from ±8% and ±16% to ±50% and a reset switch, and a lighted speed guide on the platter.  A lot of DJs have speculated over the need and presence for additional I/O options besides the traditional RCA and power – and it looks like many might be disappointed as Pioneer has kept it completely analog in the unit, with just a single pair of phono outs, a ground cable attachment point, a Kensington lock slot, and a power supply. The lack of digital interface is something that we’ve heard from Pioneer is very much an intention to keep the sound quality very pure and analog – but we’re left wondering why easy connection for timecode users to a Pioneer certified mixer like the DJM-900 Nexus or SRT didn’t seem like the better play for the market.

 

The New Tube for London


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Mayor of London, Boris Johnson revealed the design and brand experience consultancy priestmangoode’s new vision for the underground tube. Working with transport for London (TFL), the next generation of deep level trains will operate from 2022 at newly modified piccadilly, Bakerloo, central and Waterloo & city line stations for more than 40 years. The 250 built will be capable of fully automatic operation but will have a driver on board when first introduced. The designs reflects the contemporary culture and architectural landmarks of the city, whilst staying true to the british transport’s style heritage. The stations platforms feature a step-free walk-through system that increases commuters’ safety by opening seamlessly with the train’s doors. The carriages include wider entrances to facilitate quicker turnaround times and also an increased capacity. Inside, the cars have an updated air-cooler to provide a more fresh traveling experience and has digital screens to display live news feeds from the TFL. The interior uses natural finishes and materials to ensure a comfortable commute, and includes a color palette of charcoal, warm grey and oxblood that represents the underground DNA.

Shan Berries Niners Anthem: Red & Gold Won’t Quit


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Shan Berries has once again hit the bay with another amazing song that is a tribute to the Niners. Although they have moved from Candlestick Park which was the home of the 49ers for over four decades, the team now plays its home games at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. With Shan’s amazing vocals, she explains to us that even though “they have traveled across the bay but as long as we’re together, theres no place they would rather play.” Check out her video below.

The Beauties From Belgium.


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Belgian artist Raphael Vicenzi caught our eye recently with some of his amazing illustrations.  From the water colors, to the splashes of graffiti, the composition of his unique works of art are beautifully striking to say the least.  Check the method.

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Pharrell Williams – Gust of Wind


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Pharrell Williams has reunited with electronic music masterminds Daft Punk and filmmaker edgar wright to present the music video for the track ‘gust of wind,’ off his latest album G I R L. Of course it wouldn’t be a pharrell masterpiece without him and daft punk challenging the laws of gravity; throughout the clip he walks through a vibrant forest with groups of interstellar gymnasts performing choreographed maneuvers while two enormous stone helmets hover around him before final takeoff.

Beijing’s Sunrise Kempinski Hotel


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The hotel is located one hour outside of Beijing, on the shores of Yanqi Lake as the name suggests, the architecture references the shape of the sun emerging above the horizon, while in profile, the structure is shaped like a scallop – a form that represents fortune in chinese culture. The design rises to a height of 97 meters, with the top of the building reflecting the sky’s ever-changing colors. The middle portion of the façade mirrors the surrounding mountain range, while the base of the hotel reflects the water’s surface. Opening in november 2014, construction took 24 months to complete, and despite the design’s all-glass exterior, the building should be able to withstand a level 8 earthquake.

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Manni Phantom – November 7th.


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Check out the newest release from Manni Phantom, ‘November 7th’.  With a unique back and forth between falsetto and chest, and singing to spitting, the track is a fluid work of musical mastery, and just another addition to Manni’s ever growing body of work.  Check the method below.

The AW14 Watch Collection By Karl Lagerfeld.


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Between crystal, leather, and stainless steel in pink, black and gold, Karl Lagerfeld didn’t impose any limits when choosing the materials and colors for this new watch collection.  For men, the new fall line includes the Kurator (above), a watch worn on a matte black stainless steel bracelet with guilloché links for a distinctive look.  For women, meanwhile, the Karl 7 has taken on an exotic aspect this season through a snakeskin-style leather strap, all while retaining its urban style thanks to its gunmetal color.  Other new editions of the Karl 7 include a version with a lizard-style leather strap and a dial inlaid with smoky topaz crystals and a version with a rose gold-colored stainless steel bracelet and a dial paved with black crystals.  There is also the Marais, a sophisticated little jewel of a watch with a curb chain bracelet and rectangular dial adorned simply with a discreet profile of the designer. The luxury watch is available in gold or gunmetal.  A brand new model for the fall, the Petite Stud watch stands out for being both modern and timeless at once. Studs have replaced the indices, and the bezel is lined with crystals and pyramid-shaped studs.  The watch is made of stainless steel and is available in gold or rose gold and black, depending on the preferred level of bling.  The most buzzworthy item in the new line is the Karl 7 Charm Bracelet. The gold-colored bracelet comes with seven charms, each representing a symbol of the designer’s world, including of course a cat and a fingerless glove.

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Throwback Thursday: Nas – Illmatic.


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From the moment you hit play on Illmatic, or any Nas release for that matter, your attention is immediately commanded. From rap fans to aspiring lyricists, Nas has been the catalyst for so much innovation and inspiration. The hood storyteller, the revered lyricist, the flashy thug, the mafioso, the activist, the conscious gangsta; Nas is all those things and more. As Hennessy’s year-long campaign states, for which Nas is prominently featured, it’s all about “Never stop. Never settle.” He is the ultimate embodiment of the hip-hop artist, motivated by artistry and aiming for social change, while still being seduced by the materialistic and destructive elements of the culture. Nas is a multi-faceted artist and person, which is what makes him so relatable, inspirational, and aspirational to fans and artists alike. With his documentary, Nas: Time is Illmatic, hitting theaters, iTunes, and On Demand this week, we take a look at the connections between who and what has inspired him, and how he influenced others along the way.

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The Worlds Most Expensive iPhone 6.


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Alexander Amosu has been commissioned to create a luxury version of the iPhone 6 in solid 18 carat solid gold, fully encrusted with diamonds.  The phone will take approximately 2 months to make by recreating the full body in solid 18ct gold weighing approximately 85gsm and painstakingly handset with over 6,127 brilliant cut diamonds in VVS1 IF Color.  The apple logo will be cut to the exact shape of the apple logo from 51.29 carat (10.258g) with a cushion flawless cut.  Amosu has called his creation “Amosu Call of Diamond iPhone 6” with its mouth watering price tag of £1.7 million ($2,75 million.)

 

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Where Is DJ Mustard From?


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JAY Z’s Life+Times and vitaminwater® present the next episode of the new documentary series “Where I’m From.” This episode follows Los Angeles DJ and producer, DJ Mustard, detailing the success of Rack City and having to hustle by staying up all night to develop his production to continue releasing more hits. He discusses how his uncle inspired him to be a DJ, and taught him through doing house and yard work that you have to work for what you want.

When’s The Last Time You Saw Photos Like This?


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