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February 13 2014

Revisit 'The Wonder Years' on DVD Later This Year
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Fred Savage fans, rejoice! The Wonder Years, the popular ABC television show that ran from 1988 through 1993, is finally coming to DVD later this year.

StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, a company known for making classic television shows available on DVD, announced Wednesday that it will release The Wonder Years in the second half of 2014, according to a release.

"The Wonder Years has long been the most-requested TV show yet to be released on DVD, and we're thrilled to have the incredible opportunity to bring this iconic show to its many fans," Jeffrey Peisch, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life's senior vice-president of entertainment programming and marketing, said in a release. "As we've done with many other classic TV shows, the series will be treated with the care and attention it fully deserves after all these years, with deluxe packaging, robust extras and a lot more. We're really big fans of the series, too." Read more...

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February 12 2014

Veep, Meet the Veep: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Dines With Biden
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Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who stars in the HBO show Veep, met U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday during a White House State dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande

Louis-Dreyfus snapped a quick photo of herself with the real Veep and shared it on Twitter.

That was an unforgettable evening. Thank u @JoeBiden @barackobama @MichelleObama pic.twitter.com/eFOQlVGjlg

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) February 12, 2014

Louis-Dreyfus said, "Look who I'm sitting next to," pointing to Biden, according to a pool report Read more...

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This Post-it Art Will Really Stick With You
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Even the tiniest work of art can make a big impression.

Multimedia designer and post-it artist Ivan Mardones doesn't need a big canvas or fancy equipment to create exciting masterpieces. Give him a tiny yellow pad of paper and a ballpoint pen, and he'll create unique illustrations both impressive and fun to look at.

Mardones started out doodling on post-its for the same reason most of us would — out of boredom

"I grabbed a post-it, pasted it on my face, and sent it to my friends. I use post-its because I can wear them all the time with me and when inspiration comes...draw something quickly," Mardones told Mashable Read more...

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A Rundown of the First 4 Seasons of 'The Walking Dead'
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If you missed a few episodes of AMC's The Walking Dead, or forgot some important, gory details, don't worry — this short video will fill you in on everything that's happened so far

Ethan Newberry of What's Trending created this fast-lipped recap of the first 4 seasons of The Walking Dead. The rundown does a great job of filling you in, doesn't occupy hours of your time and won't stop for an ad break right before a suspenseful moment.

Now that you're all caught up and have some extra time on your hands, you can watch the first episode of season 5, which premiered last night Read more...

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February 06 2014

Take a Look Back at the Best Celebrity Moments From 'The Tonight Show'
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After nearly 19 years of comedy, Jay Leno will say goodbye to The Tonight Show on Feb. 6. To commemorate his final days as host of the late night comedy show, NBC decided to take a look back at some of the most memorable celebrity moments of Leno's career

The montage spans years of Leno's stint on The Tonight Show, and treats fans to clips of some of the show's biggest celebrity guests. Keep an eye out for a pre-teen Lindsay Lohan, Jerry Seinfeld stuck in a burlap sack and an uncomfortable moment involving Oprah and a finger-full of cake frosting.

After Leno's final appearance as host on Thursday, he will hand the show over to its new leader, Jimmy Fallon, who has hosted NBC's Late Night since 2009 Read more...

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February 03 2014

Augmented Reality TV System Mixes Programming and Web Content
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A new venture in television created by a San Francisco-based startup combines web content with television programming in a way that makes information-rich viewing experiences nearly seamless.

InAir presents television programming side-by-side with related web content. For example, a viewer could watch a show on NASA's Voyager spacecraft while simultaneously accessing information from NASA's website. The product's three-person team believes that this new dynamic could eliminate the need to multitask on other devices, such as a tablet or smartphone, to glean information about a TV show currently being viewed. Read more...

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January 28 2014

Pentatonix Take Their Sweet Harmonies to 'Sesame Street'
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A capella darlings and The Sing-Off alums Pentatonix have packed up their impressive pipes and headed down to Sesame Street.

In the episode airing Feb. 7, the quintet guides youngsters through counting up to five with a bouncy, happy song fueled by their perfectly layered vocals

And the group is clearly excited to make their debut on the famed street. Their official YouTube channel released a bonus video of the members prepping for their dream come true with a medley of a couple Sesame classics, including "C is for Cookie" and "Rubber Ducky." Read more...

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January 24 2014

'Breaking the Facts of Life' Imagines a Happier, Zanier Heisenberg
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Everyone's favorite ambiguous anti-heroes may be off the air, but never out of our hearts.

AMC's Breaking Bad was filled with five seasons' worth of serious tension. It wouldn't surprise us to learn several of its viewers have little Heisenberg-shaped ulcers lining their stomachs.

Fortunately, this new YouTube video sugarcoats all of that unpleasantness and imagines a more zany life for Walter White and friends.

Editor Robert Jones mashed together the more madcap moments from the show (when taken completely out of context) with the delightful and infectiously catchy Facts of Life theme song. Read more...

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January 17 2014

15 TV Shows That Debuted 15 Years Ago
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Back when everyone was partying like it was 1999 (because it actually was 1999) — and worrying about what terrifying dystopian society Y2K would bring — some of the most classic shows in TV history were just getting their start on the airwaves

That last year pre-millennium saw the start of classics like The Sopranos, Law & Order: SVU, Freaks and Geeks and The West Wing, to name a few.

It was also the year Regis Philbin asked if we wanted to be millionaires, a kitschy soap opera tried to lampoon its way into daytime hearts, Spongebob put on his square pants for the first time and Amanda Bynes reigned high as the tween comedy queen. Read more...

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Screen Resolution Beyond 4K? Your Eyes May Not Notice
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With 3D fading into oblivion, the big news in televisions these days is ultra-high definition, TV-makers' quest to quadruple the resolution of the average high-def flat panel found in most U.S. homes. Called 4K resolution, it can be stunning, with deeper colors and a picture that many people often equate to "real life." The new higher-resolution is expected to expand slowly in 2014. Netflix plans to stream some content at 4K resolution this year, and Amazon announced it will shoot all of its original series in 4K ultra-HD starting this year.

Gorgeous image or not, the question arises: At what point do the capabilities of the technology outpace those of our eyes? Farhad Manjoo, writing in the Wall Street Journal, declared that we're almost there: "Nobody's eyes are good enough to appreciate resolution above 4K." Read more...

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January 14 2014

Unofficial 'Downton Abbey' Legos Are a Masterpiece of Brick Theater
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Clashing class statuses and 18th century British aristocracy: Just what every little kid hopes to find when they open up a box of Legos!

Well, maybe not so much for little kids, but superfans of the BBC drama will be pleased to see the Crawleys and (almost) all of the Downton Abbey cast translated into the miniature counterparts.

Lego enthusiast Eric Stevens created the unofficial figures and spoke with Mashable to discuss his process.

"For the men, I used some of the alternate costumes," Stevens explained, "rather than repeat the same tuxedo." The women, however, were more difficult as Lego has never done any figurines from that time period. So Stevens used inventive creativity to piece the minifigures together from various sets, including Indiana Jones, Prince of Persia, Harry Potter and Star Wars. Read more...

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January 10 2014

Judgment Day: Aereo to Meet Broadcasters in Supreme Court Showdown
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The battle between Aereo and television broadcasters is slated to be settled by the highest court in the land.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday afternoon announced that it will hear eight new cases, included among them is ABC, Inc., et al. v. Aereo, Inc

Aereo's chief executive, Chet Kanojia, said in a press release that he hoped a decision from the court would put an end to the ongoing legal battle between Aereo and broadcasters.

“We said from the beginning that it was our hope that this case would be decided on the merits and not through a wasteful war of attrition," Kanojia said. "We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court and we have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer's right to access local over-the-air television with an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice." Read more...

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January 08 2014

The First Look at Official Photos of 'Simpsons' Lego Set
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Raise your Duff Beer in celebration: The first official photos of the long-awaited Simpsons Legos set have finally arrived.

Lego announced its official partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products on Wednesday to create a construction set and line of mini-figures inspired by the long-running animated series

71006_prodImage: Courtesy of Lego

According to a press release from the toy maker, fans of The Simpsons will have the chance to build their very own versions of the TV family's iconic Springfield home. A special Lego episode of The Simpsons featuring cast members built in brick form will debut in May Read more...

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January 06 2014

Who Cares About 4K TVs?

If you believe the hype around the Consumer Electronics Show, 4K television is all the rage. TV makers have long hoped to spark demand for so-called ultra HD televisions, and this time around, they’re trying to ensure it by packaging the sets with some nifty new features. 

The big question is whether anyone outside the consumer-electronics bubble here in Las Vegas will care. The answer: Probably not, at least until some of the newer software features migrate away from insanely priced hardware.

Judging by this morning’s sessions at CES, manufacturers like Sharp and Panasonic will be bringing their 4K TVs to market with a slew of new features such as better search and discovery, handy mobile apps, and in one case (via Panasonic’s VIERA Life+ Screen) even Kinect-like facial and voice recognition baked right in. Of course, that’s not all the 4K tech Panasonic has up its sleeve. The company also took the wraps off a new 4K wearable camera

In unveiling its new AQUOS line—Aquos HD, Aquos 4K, Aquos Q, and the belle of its ball, the Aquos Q+—Sharp emphasized its Quattron Plus technology, which has 10 million more subpixels than full HD. But almost as a side note, the company took a moment to show off what's really cool—its "Smart Central" software. The interface takes a cue from streaming set-top boxes like Roku to make universal search and suggestions across all TV apps easier and more intuitive. And it comes with a companion remote control app that takes the drudgery out of entering search terms onscreen. 

Such software is way more interesting than the hardware. The reason is obvious: These features may not be game-changing, but they're convenient and they stand a chance of coming to products that everyday people can actually afford sometime soon. 

Not so for the hardware. Sharp did make a point of lowering the cost—within weeks, the 60- and 70-inch 4K Ultra HD series with 2160p resolution will go for $5,000 and $6,000 respectively, down from a 70-inch unit launched in September for $7,500. Can Samsung, LG and Sony do better? Not likely. This technology has been a wallet-gouger across the board, and that's even before you realize that there's very little to watch on these pricey new sets.

Until makers manage to shed those elitist prices, 4K televisions will remain little more than a matter of curiosity and hype, not essential entertainment gear.

To underscore the point, Sharp will also show off its 85-inch 8K television prototypes at CES again this year. Developed in conjunction with Dolby and Phillips, these innovations do push all sorts of envelopes. But as cool as glasses-free 3D on a mammoth, insanely high-resolution television is, it might as well be a holodeck. That would stand the same chance of landing in mainstream living rooms. 

Images by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite

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December 26 2013

10 Mister Rogers Quotes to Remember on Bad Days
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Some days, you just need a friendly face to motivate your good intentions

Consider Mister Rogers your neighborhood pick-me-up. The children's television star and cardigan connoisseur spent 50 years spreading inspiration and kindness. Rogers often spoke of loving people despite their faults and striving to improve yourself from the inside out, sometimes in song and other times in soft-spoken words.

Fred Rogers passed away in 2003 at age 74, but his words continue to inspire.

Image: Family Communications Inc./Getty Images Read more...

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December 18 2013

Lionsgate Hatches Plan to Turn Twitter Book Into TV Show
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Twitter's founding story made for an excellent book, and now television producers are hoping the story translates to your television screen.

On Wednesday, Lionsgate Television announced that it secured the rights to Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, with plans to turn it into a TV series depicting Twitter's early days

The book, a detailed account of Twitter's history written by New York Times columnist Nick Bilton, was released in November. Bilton will write the screenplay and serve as the show's producer, according to press release Read more...

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