Dell Inspiron Zino HD

The cute new Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop computer from Dell may, at a tiny 7.8" x 7.8" x 3.4" and 3.53lb weigh-in, seem like it's only nipping at the heels of its larger counterparts, but its dinky dimensions belie some pretty impressive capabilities. 

With a choice of interchangeable colour and design casings (7 colour options and 3 artist-designed patterns are offered to suit,) this techno-cube is certainly making a bid for your aesthetic affections, but with a decent spec back-up, the Inspiron Zino HD is boxing clever. Prices range from £299 upwards, with a basic package nicely suited to being tucked away as an element of a multi-media entertainment set-up (2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 800MHz memory, 320GB hard drive, integrated HD 3200 graphics card and DVD/CD RW optical drive.) The mid-range model comes with a monitor, more powerful processor, hard drive, increased memory, etc. to bridge the gap between the basic and higher-end model, which, from £719, comes with a Blu-Ray ROM drive aswell as standard increased performance to include a 1TB hard drive. So, whether you need a space-saving multi-media addition to your living room or powerful mini desktop office performer, Dell has it covered. 

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

4 USB ports and HDMI make it ideal for sitting under the living room flat-screen.

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

To find out more about the Dell Inspiron Zino HD visit Dell [US | UK]


AMC Fearfest '09

This month, AMC presents AMC FEARFEST, the most highly anticipated horror movie marathon of the Halloween season.  A celebration of the best in contemporary and classic horror films, AMC Fearfest features over 50 horror titles, three AMC Celebrates events, and interviews with some of Hollywood’s most renowned horror filmmakers. The eight-day marathon airs from October 23 until Halloween Day, October 31 from 7:30am-midnight.

Headlining AMC Fearfest is a star-studded lineup of acclaimed filmmakers, who will host and introduce the presented films and offer insight on what creates a great horror flick. Among the AMC Fearfest hosts are on-screen legend Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein), actress Margot Kidder (Amityville Horror),  award-winning writer/director, George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), actor Lance Henriksen (Aliens and Aliens 3) and special effects producer, Shane Mahan (SFX Creature Effects Aliens).

AMC Fearfest will also feature three AMC Celebrates events, honoring the milestone anniversaries of some of horror’s greatest movies :

AMC Celebrates Alien 30th Anniversary – Airing Friday, October 23 at 8pm ET.

AMC Celebrates Young Frankenstein 35th Anniversary – Airing Friday, October 30 at 8pm ET.

AMC Celebrates The Amityville Horror 30th Anniversary – Airing Friday, October 30 at 10 :30pm ET.

In addition, AMC Fearfest will include film classics by directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Stephen King, James Cameron, John Carpenter, Joss Whedon, Peter Jackson and Brian De Palma, as well as a special Halloween Day Marathon featuring the world premiere of the digitally restored and re-mastered Night of the Living Dead, airing at 6pm ET.

As part of the network’s online promotions of AMC Fearfest, amctv.com will feature extended video interviews with Romero, Mahan and Henriksen.  Also, available will be countless horror-focused trivia quizzes about such classic movie franchises as Alien, Dracula, The Exorcist, Ghostbusters, and Halloween. In addition, online will feature horror-related tournaments, including battles between the ‘Brides of Horror,’ ‘Evil Children,’ ‘Sinister Satans,’ and much more. Finally, the website will also be adding two new fright flicks to its ever-growing online B-Movie catalogue: Werewolves on Wheels and Fiend without a Face.

Since 1996, AMC Fearfest franchise has become a top Halloween tradition and television’s most popular destination for the avid horror movie fan, offering more Halloween programming than any other network on television.  Last year, AMC Fearfest ’08 became one of AMC’s most-watched events of the year.

www.amctv.com/fearfest/


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Trailer for SyFy's upcoming (2010) adaptation of Philip José Farmer's sci-fi / fantasy classic Riverworld. Robert Hewitt Wolfe has penned the screenplay and Battlestar Galactica's "Helo" (Tahmoh Penikett) who is currently strring in Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse takes the lead role. Peter Wingfield, Laura Vandervoort, and Alessandro Juliani are also in the cast.

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Via: www.quietearth.us


The Saint Orchestra - Return of the Saint Theme

The theme for the classic UK TV show Return of the Saint, which starred Ian Ogilvy as Simon Templar AKA "The Saint".  The show was a revival of the classic show The Saint which starred Roger "the eyebrow" Moore.

Both shows had great themes, though the original is probably best known because of Orbitals update. However, as a little kid I remember dancing around my living room to the Theme from the updated Return of the Saint, so its kind of special to me. Plus It confirms I was damn funky even as a tiny kid (even if I do say so myself).

Anyway, behold the greatness that is the Steve Gray conducted "The Saint Orchestra" by listening below to the "Return of the Saint Theme" and as a bonus, the uber-funky and aptly named "Funko" which was the B - Side of the 45 single released in 1978 on PYE Records.


Revolving Video Podcast Episode 13

Episode 13 of the cult podcast Revolving Video from the Northeast of England. This episode the guys talk about the season finale of Lost, The Expendables, Shane Meadows to tackle the horror genre, Mad Max 4, Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'Weapon' and 'The Eagle Path'.

Movie Reviews: Bus 44 and Soft andSteve Ayson's ecellent horror short The French Doors whitch is a favorite of LateMag scribe Fi Wilson (watch it here)

For full show notes and to comment / leave feedback visit the Revolving Video blog or email them revolvingvideo [at] hotmail.co.uk. Also remember to subscribe to the feed and vote for the guys at Podcast Alley.

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Download the show or listen to it below:

Via: revolvingvideo.mypodcast.com


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This Coca-Cola ad was by directed by Dougal Wilson for Mother London Advertising Agency. I'm a Pepsi drinker myself, but I rather like the happy vibe of this Muppet esque TV spot.

Video from Direto Do Forno

Via: www.notcot.org


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WTF and the nation of Japan go together like Strawberries and cream, the Japanese are seemingly locked in an endless, industrious crusade to take things too far. Only Japan could produce a graphic novel featuring super cute animals that contains sex, drugs, and extreme graphic violence.  Fritz the Cat liked the ladies (I was going to work in a pussy pun, but figured those of delicate sensibilities might cry) and Fat Freddy's Cat's owners like to get high, but they were not exactly cute. No only the Japanese could do this to animals beloved as pets to small children everywhere.

From WarmingGlow: "The 12-episode anime series of "real and fierce combat by cute and fluffy animals" updates the manga's premise by making the three soldiers part of a modern private military company. In the first episode, the three attempt to rescue hostages, but end up surrounded by guerrillas demanding the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces in the area... The project is still in the planning stages, and the studio is still looking for investors."

Trailer via Cinematical

Via: scarletscribe (twitter)


Five: Late Night TV Gems

You can’t beat late night television to catch some of the oddities of the film world. Series’ like Moviedrome and Mondo Macabro presented some weird and wonderful films, but sheer scheduling alone would bring the occasional strange delight our way. The only bonus of insomnia was that I’d never miss these films when they were on and it’s how I got into loving film, the veritable B-movie banquet that was the early hours So, here are my choices of five late night TV gems:

Don’t Be Afraid Of The DarkDon’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (1973) Now you see them, now you don’t…now you die

Be afraid, be very afraid in this very effective made-for-TV movie which has already made an entry in fistinface’s ‘Five: TV Movies Not About Eating Disorders’. I love cheesy TV movies but this is the rare thing of a darker, more original film and for years I never knew what it was, just that Feral and I had both seen the film independently and were both independently a bit freaked out by it. The film concerns Sally and Alex (Kim Darby and Jim Hutton), a young married couple who move into a large house Sally inherits from her Grandmother. There is mystery surrounding her Grandfather’s demise and the chimney is boarded up, much to sally’s dismay as she is intent on opening it up and making good use of the room. When she takes it upon herself to do just that, the trouble starts to happen. Sally starts to see tiny demons around the house and Alex needs her to be hold it together for a business dinner party they are to host. That’s what’s so great about this film, that, though the creatures themselves are real and very scary, the fear is old-fashioned paranoia and fear of losing your mind as represented within the confines of a traditional marriage. Though there has been talk of a remake, it wouldn’t have the same resonance today as you couldn’t recreate the marriage interplay of the era and that’s what builds the tension in this surprisingly scary film.

The_BabyThe Baby (1973) Pray you don’t learn the secret of…The Baby

If ever there was a great late night cult movie it’s The Baby, this bizarre tale is one of the most pleasingly strange films I’ve ever had the satisfaction of catching. Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer) is a social worker investigating the Wandsworth family; Mrs. Wandswoth (Ruth Roman), her two daughters Germaine and Alba (Marianna Hill and Suzanne Zenor) and son Baby (David Mooney). Recently widowed Ann is rightly concerned about the situation at the Wandsworths being as Baby is in fact a 21 year-old grown man dressed, treated and kept as a baby. Well-meaning Ann finds intervention difficult to say the least with the hostile matriarch and her wilful daughters and turns to her mother-in-law for support in the case. The strong female-led cast really makes this film as the women are not just strong, but beautiful, strange, cunning and manipulative, with funky fashions to boot. Unnerving in many ways, this film works very nicely on the fear of other peoples domesticity, weaved around a truly unique take on maternal horrors. With an amazing twist ending, there’s really not much more you could ask for in a late night TV treat.

High_Desert_Kill_VHSHigh Desert Kill (1989) In the badlands of New Mexico it waits for them…

The second TV movie on the list, like Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, High Desert Kill is unexpectedly unique for TV fare. The film focuses on a hunting trip that goes awry when strange things start to happen. Jim (Anthony Geary), Brad, (Marc Singer) and Ray (Micah Grant) make the usual annual trek to New Mexico, though this time without Ray’s Uncle Paul (Vaughn Armstrong), who died in an accident. Though the absence overshadows the trip, the men are enjoying the great outdoors until things and people disappear and the men, confused, turn on each other. When deceased Uncle Paul starts making an appearance there is definitely something weird afoot and the film manages to convey this well with a distinctly eerie tone. This is an instance where the low budget works in the film’s favour as the minimal effects add to the slightly creepy atmosphere. Not what you’d call a great film, but an interesting little flick nonetheless and worth seeing for Chuck Connors as the old-timer and Ray’s impromptu and highly 80’s dance beside the camp fire. Probably not high on the list for a DVD release but if, like me, you search hard you too could be the proud owner of one High Desert Kill big-box VHS, just the way it should be.


The_Cars_That_Ate_ParisThe Cars That Ate Paris (1974) The traffic in the township of Paris was murder

A great retro intro begins this Australian ‘strange town’ movie with added social commentary from director Peter Weir (Picnic at Hanging Rock). In Paris, New South Wales, the locals boost their economy by causing road accidents and salvaging the wreckage. This is an unfortunate fact for brothers Arthur and George Waldo (Terry Camilleri and Rick Scully), who happen to be passing the town and for whom normal town practice ensues. To the surprise of the Parisians, Arthur survives the crash and is taken in by the Mayor (John Meillon), even being given employment as a hospital orderly. However, while embedded in the community and unable to leave, Arthur discovers the truth, but will he be as much of a threat to their existence as the town’s own disaffected youth? Though dark and offbeat, this is less horror than you’d think and more of an endearing small town drama. It’s no Picnic, but The Cars That Ate Paris is one of my fondest memories of random films to catch as it seemed to be quite a regular on the late night TV circuit.

Psychomania_DVDPsychomania (1971) Ride with the Living Dead!

With 70’s fashions and decor, a ridiculous plot, amazing soundtrack and one of the greatest intro’s I’ve ever seen in a film, Psychomania is fantastically kitschy nonsense for a late night viewing. Tom (Nicky Henson) is the leader of a rebellious biker gang called The Living Dead, whose ambition is to come back from the dead as indestructible hell raisers. Tom thinks he’s cracked it, with believing the secret, and multiple suicides ensue followed by much biker mayhem like trashing a supermarket. Meanwhile, Tom’s mother, Mrs. Latham (Beryl Reid), is frog-worshipping in her funky pad aided by butler Shadwell (George Sanders), but what is the secret of the locked room, and what happened to Tom’s father? All won’t be revealed by director Don Sharp and that’s part of the charm of this film, that it doesn’t make any sense and never explains itself. It’s a lot of fun and if you can’t appreciate it for what it is surely seeing Beryl Reid out of character is attraction enough.

Buy Them at amazon.com: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark  | The Baby | High Desert Kill | The Cars That Ate Paris | Psychomania

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quick intro to boxee from boxee on Vimeo.

"boxee takes the great user interface of our social media center to control all of your downloaded media, and adds the great streaming content from CBS, Comedy Channel and Hulu! When your friends watch a TV show or movie that is on any one of these (and more) streaming sites, boxee will automatically connect you to the full movie or featured clips, so you can watch along with your friends, for free!."

They posted this video over at Grassroots Modern and as someone who only watches "TV" from online sources it looks pretty good to me.

Via: Grassroots Modern


Technology changes the way we live and for many the Internet has surpased television programming as their number one recreational activity. So like me, you probably have a large LCD / plasma TV in the room you deem the living room. However for me personally, the idea of sitting in front of it for periods of time actually channel surfing or even worse watching one channel's programing schedule for a period of time has become an alien one. Modern life, choice and of course the aforementioned interweb has killed off both the desire and the attention span. Actually using a TV in the way we did back when I was a child in the 80's seems as ridiculous as having a land line telephone (I tried to sign up to ebay.co.uk and it asked me for one the other day. I thought "you what, I've not had one in a decade, surely only telesales people use them to ring you"). No, old form TV is dead to me, I couldn't care less about the shared watercooler experience of "did you see *insert inane shit reality TV show here* last night". When Virgin (my cable ISP) fell out with Sky and removed channels and then did not pass on any saving (they are back now) and then decided to start throttling Broadband services in classic 'large corporation we can get away with anything we like style', something had to give. And the giving was me giving them back the TV service, and upping the broadband connection. TV when you want it via the Internet is now a reality and getting better all the time and the main thing, other than wildlife documentaries that I would actually care about using my TVs 50,000 - 1 contrast, 100 mghz and full HD for, is movies and well there's Blu Ray for them. So with traditional TV banished from my home, and I'm guessing an increasing number of other's home's too, it's time for the Internet to find it's way out of the ghettos of the office, the laptop and the PC workstation and into the promised land of the living room. And bellow are five small Pc's that should be more than adequate to handle the transition. Of course it's not an 'either or choice', if you love your Freeview / Sky. Virgin etc. TV viewing habits, there's still plenty of good reasons to get your TV hooked up to a PC.

Dell Studio Hybrid

The Studio Hybrid from Dell is all about space saving, power saving and ultimately (according to the marketing blurb) Earth saving. The Dell is a pretty attractive little desktop that will look stylish in the living room without claiming much real estate. As shown above you can stand it horizontally or vertically depending on your taste / available space. As a living room PC you will ultimately want to connect it to your shiny new living room dwarfing TV and the Hybrid has both your normal monitor connection and HDMI. Prices start from around £340 in the UK and run to around £560 for the 4044 with Blu-Ray.

 

Packard Bell imax 3516

Packard Bell's iMax 3515 / 3516 is much larger than the Dell or the tiny Asus Eee PC desktop, but its mini tower is still half the size at least of the company's full size PC's. The 3516 retails for around £480 and can read Blu Ray Discs. Depending on your space and aesthetic taste, the Packard Bell packs a decent spec with the Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor and 3GB DDR2 and optical S/PDIF to connect a surround sound amplifier. There's no HDMI and like all these smaller PC's the Graphics card is a little disappointing, though its adequate enough for most living room based computing tasks it's probably going to struggle with a bit games.

Sony Vaio TP

Sony Vaio VGX-TP2S/B is constructed with the living room firmly in mind, with it's Blu Ray reader, HDMI port, remote and wireless keyboard receiver built into the case and its got a built in wireless receiver for connecting to a network. Being a Sony though the price is between £800 and £900 (depending where you look) in the UK and while a round case is a bit different, nothing in the spec (on paper at least) makes this vastly superior to the others here, other than of course the Eee Pc, but then that retails for a quarter of the price and really is meant for net surfing and very simle tasks.

HP Pavilion Slimline

 

For around £500 the HP Pavilion Slimline s3644 with Blu-Ray Combo stuffs a lot into its slimline case. The AMD Phenom X3 8250e processor (e is for energy saving) means it's not too power hungry. The spec includes a Digital TV Tuner, 4GB of ram (the most of any system here) and like the Sony it has a 500GB hard drive so you can pack a lot of media onto it.

Eee Box

The Asus Eee Box (available in black or white) is not a multimedia machine and is aimed squarely at those who as Asus have noticed use a computer to essentially launch the Internet and get online. In terms of a living room PC this is a great option for those that already have the DVD, Blu Ray, sound system etc. and would just like to be able to go online and read a cool blog (like LateMag) or check their email from the TV while eating their toast before work in the morning. It's Tiny and cheap and essentially does what it says on the tin. The first of the new generation of PC's that has come to be known as Nettops, taking their name from their netbook cousins also pioneered by Asus. If a simple way to access the internet from your TV is all you want from a living room PC, at less than £200 and with built-in wireless this is a great choice.

Of courses these are not your only choices, there are the high-end dedicated media center PC's many of which will look much like your existing separate AV components. If you know your way around the insides of a PC then there's a large array of barbone PC's from Shuttle that you can upgrade to fit your needs. Low power "eco" offering like the Advent Eco PC which claims to use 78% less power than a normal PC ( I imagine they measured that against a pretty power hungry machine which did not have the equivalent spec so be dubious of items which make "eco" claims). And of course for those who can't live without Apples operating system and badge theres alway's the diminutive Mac Mini.


3D-ready full HD plasma

Only in Japan. A phrase often uttered in reference to the weird and wonderful ways of our Asian friends. Well, todays reference comes undeniably tainted with envy and is a response to those lucky folk once more being at the technological frontier. Today, Panasonic announced in Japan that is has been beavering away at a world first - a 3D-ready full HD plasma home theatre system! Amen to that.

Panasonic have backed up the announcement with a demonstration to the Japanese press by way of their 103-inch plasma TV. This world-leading behemoth was accompanied by a full HD-capable Blu-ray player which beams to your left and right eye separately. The 3D material is stored on a single Blu-ray disc, but if all this feels a little too furutistic for you, fear not, for you still need to don your specs to be in receipt of said 3D images, albeit it by way of the tech-spec variety and not the red and green paper types fee with comics back in the day.

Panasonic will showcase the product to the general public at next week's CEATEC 2008 exhibition in Japan.

Via: CrunchGear


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