Sunday, June 30, 2013

The New Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire 15th Anniversary Cover By Kazu Kibuishi Unvieled

From the media room for Scholastic's Harry Potter comes the fourth unveiling of the 15th anniversary cover by Kazu Kibuishi. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire gets a new exciting cover still featuring a scene from The Triwizard Tournament, same with the original cover.

The cover, which debuted over Schoalstic's blog (the previous covers debuted on various Harry Potter related conventions), features Harry Potter's successful attempt on capturing the Golden Egg. The cover also hints on how good Harry really was on the most famous wizard competition known as the Quidditch.

See for yourself the full glory of the new Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire cover by Kazu Kibuishi.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire 15th Anniversary Cover By Kazu Kibuishi

We also got our first look the 15th Anniversary cover for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix over Scholastic Shop. I will update should I find a higher resolution.

You could check the other new Harry Potter covers by Kazu Kibuishi in the following links.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The new 15th Anniversary edition of the HarryPotter series will be released on August 27, 2013.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Why Designers Should Change Their Apps for Apple iOS 7?

iOS 7 is one of the most drastic changes that Apple has made to its mobile operating system that runs on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc. While developers have no issues getting around iOS 7, the designers will have a tougher time tweaking their apps to be in accordance with iOS 7’s design guidelines. The operating system has some major design changes, including changes in icons and interfaces.

In this article, let me discuss the major changes that Apple has incorporated to iOS 7’s UI design.

Last year, Apple’s iOS design chief Scott Forstall had to resign from Apple after the Apple Maps failed. Afterwards, Apple’s hardware design chief, Jony Ive has headed development in software as well. He is responsible for this refreshing new change in iOS.

Important Changes in the Operating System

To be able to better compete with Android, Apple’s nemesis, here are the changes that iOS incorporates.

1. A Flat Design

3D style of icons that used to be there in all the previous versions of the operating system is gone. Now, the icons and the interfaces are rather flat. With thin lines and soft edges, the icon has a layered style. While this is a refreshing change in Apple’s design standards, some people may find the older version more appealing. It is however simply a personal opinion.

2. Color Scheme

The iOS incorporates a brand new color scheme to be able to create this flat design. Soft, delicate shade of white, black, red, green, and blue can be found in these icons. Apple has an elegant new color palette to work with iOS icons.

3. Fonts

Apple now uses Helvetica Neue UltraLight as the primary font. The desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks also features this font. This font represents a new ‘skinny’ interface of the iOS. You can of course change the font size to fit your needs.

4. Layered Design

Within an app, the layered design of iOS allows several different screens. It gives an illusion of a collection of very thin layers on each app. While layered design is going to give a bit of a headache to some designers, it is a refreshingly straightforward design strategy that involves translucent windows.

5. Motion Detection

In one of the recent news reports, Apple is known to be testing motion detection on iOS 7. It will be available once the new iPhone 5S comes to the market probably by the end of the year.

6. Menus and Bars

In the main lock screen of iOS, you can open the Control Center. There are also notifications of the latest calls and messages. Since the color scheme and user interface options are slightly different, the menus and bars are quite elegant on iOS 7.

Porting Apps to iOS 7

One of the changes you can find in Safari is that the browser now involves a page stack interface where you can view all your open tabs in one place. This is one of the examples of the layered design we talked about earlier.

Apple provides about 900,000 apps through its iOS app store. In essence, it is the largest app store in the world for any mobile operating system. Android is close behind. iPhone developers have been required to follow some important app design guidelines in the past. With iOS 7, there should be some slight changes to the interface.

Apple requires every designer to do three important things now: change the icon of the app; change the launch image; start supporting the Retina Display.

It is not easy to get your app approved in app store without tweaking the necessary things. Apple has always had some important design guidelines in place and wants the designers and developers to follow the company guidelines very closely. Due to this reason, it is important that the app designers learn about the iOS 7 design standards and work out a brilliant app that conforms to them.

About Author:

Laurel Shah is a technology writer with some experience with large IT companies. She now works for blog Blue Bugle and writes articles related to technology, smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, social media, etc.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Numerous Movie Stills From Elysium Starring Matt Damon And Jodie Foster

This year proved to be a good year for sci-fi movies with a kick, twist and fresh stories to tell. And that's exactly what I wanted. A few months back I thought I saw some pistures from a new Jason Bourne movie starring Matt Damon and... it was actually far better than that.

Now with the movie's "No One Ever Gets Stuck In Traffic On Elysium." propaganda, comes a vital piece of information as well -- the movie's official website. It was loaded with fun new stuff and some of them are detailed descriptions of the main characters and also these new movie stills.

Elysium Starring Matt Damon

If you missed it, here is also the trailer of Elysium.


In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

The quest for Elysium will be told on August 19, 2013. More cool info awaits you on the movie's official website.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kic-Ass 2 Releases A Far Better Poster, Plus Still And Banner

After complaining that the previous Kick-Ass 2 poster feels a little to crowded for my taste, a new and much better poster has been released to somehow appease my insatiable side. The poster still features the four main characters played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Cloe Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey (the only one with an easily pronounceable name from the lot) with half-body profiles and not the eerily claustrophobic headshots.

Isn't this new Kick-Ass 2 poster better this time around?

Kick Ass 2 Poster

And here are some more Kick Ass 2 materials for you. The following are the still crowded banner of the movie a still of Hit-Girl played by Cloe Grace Moretz.

Kick-Ass 2 will be released on cinemas on August 14, 2013.

Scholastic Unveiled The New Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Special Edition Cover By Kazu Kibuishi

Since we've already seen the special edition covers of Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, it's about time that we see for the first time the third one. The special edition cover of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban created by Kazu Kibuishi was unveiled during LeakyCon Portland.

The unveiling of the cover was held during the opening ceremonies of the said event spearheaded by the Content Editor for Scholastic, Cheryl Klein. See in full glory the special edition cover of of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban created by Kazu Kibuishi.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Special Edition Cover by Kazu Kibuishi

As you well know the new special edition covers are in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (way back on September 1, 1998). All the special editions will be released separately and probably as a set on August 27, 2013.

The intricate cover that follows the tone of Mary GrandPre's pastel color chapter arts very well depicts one of the most important moment in the book, where Harry saves someone from the dreaded Dementor's Kiss.

You could check the other new Harry Potter covers by Kazu Kibuishi in the following links.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The covers of the succeeding books are yet to be unveiled during the whole duration of summer until their release.

Harry Potter adult edition UK

On a related note, Bloomsbury Publishing revealed the new covers (above) for the first three of their new adult editions for the UK Harry Potter series. They will be available on 18th July 2013, with the next two (book four and five) to follow August 15, 2013, and books six and seven on September 26, 2013. This beautiful new woodcut style jackets are illustrated by renowned artist Andrew Davidson.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Viva Films To Adapt Bestselling Book ABNKKBSNPLAko?! By Bob Ong

Here's one of the most exciting local movie-making news for you. Bob Ong's bestselling 2003 debut book entitled ABNKKBSNPLAko?! will be adapted to the big screens by Viva Films. Not only that, the same studio is said planning to adapt one of Ong's later parody books, Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin.


In relation to this news, Viva Films is also looking for a young actor to play the lead of the story named Roberto. With acting experience or not, you could be in as long a you fit the bill: a "promising young talent between the ages of 15 and 20 who will portray Roberto during his high school and college years."

The film will be directed by Mark Meilly, multi-awarded Filipino film director known for helming Crying Ladies and Pasyon U.S.A., and on Saturday, June 29 (9AM to 5PM) auditions will be held at the Viva studios in Quezon City. Applicants should look for Jowee Morel or Kevin Arriola.

ABNKKBSN PLAko?! and Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin is expected to be released in early 2014. Know more about this movie news and casting call here.

We Can't Stop Music Video By Miley Cyrus Is The New 24-Hour Vevo Record Holder

After reaching 10.7 million views in just 24 hours, We Can't Stop music video by Miley Cyrus now holds the 24-Hour Vevo Record. This record was once held by Justin Bieber's Beauty and a Beat, which gained a now lesser 10.6 million views on Oct. 13, 2012. This record was seconded, and now obviously becomes the third, by One Direction's Kiss You with 10.4 million views in 24 hours last January 8.

That doesn't really surprise most music afficionado's since the video features a whole new and daring Miley Cyrus. That's why many are wondering if that is really the image Cyrus is trying to portray and live up to now a days... or it's just simply limited to the music video.

You can watch below the music video of We Can't Stop by Miley Cyrus.

Marriage really do bring out the beast best in everyone. If this is how Miley really wanna portray her best, then so be it.

As for the music video, it was directed by Diane Martel and filmed last May 2103 in Los Angeles, California. Although many critics found the video unoriginal and merely a mash-up, there's no stopping fans from devouring it.

We Can't Stop is the very first single from Miley Cyrus' upcoming and untitled fourth studio album, which will be released in September 2013. The single is now available for download at iTunes.

Twerk it...

Jonathan Stroud Teases With Four Chapters Of Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase

I know for a fact that a few lucky readers were able to read an advance copy of Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase. But unfortunately for most of us we still have a few months to wait before we could read this exciting new series from the author of The Bartimaeus Trilogy. Or is it?

Celebrate, dear fans and readers, because Jonathan Stroud has released the first four chapters of The Screaming Staircase somehow to satiate our reading hunger. The sneak peek is composed of 53 pages of cliffhanging delight.

Read the first four chapters of Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.


A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see—and eradicate—these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Can't wait anymore for Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud to be released on August 29, 2013.

Know more about the book and the series on its official website.

The Wolverine Unleashes New Shingen & Mariko Yashida, And Kenuichio Harada Character Posters

After releasing Jean Grey's character poster, which people actually loved, The Wolverine team is growing more confident after such public acceptance of their marketing materials. In fact, they are so enthusiastic that they released 3 new character posters have been unleashed for our scrutiny.

The character posters in question feature Shingen, Mariko and Harada (the Silver Samurai) played by Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto and Will Yun Lee, respectively. The main cast is almost complete in this James Mangold-directed movie soon to be released on the wide screen.

What's your say about these 3 new character posters from The Wolverine?

Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada or Silver Samurai

Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada or Silver Samurai

Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida

Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida

Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida

Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida

You could also checkout this new The Wolverine banner poster, featuring Viper, Logan (the Wolverine) and Yukio.

The Wolverine cuts its way to the big screen on July 26, 2013.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Three Elves Of Mirkwood Grace New Cover Of Empire Mag, Compare With Previous Bilbo Baggins Cover

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug materials are definitely coming in and a new cover from Empire Magazine shows off the Elves of Mirkwood. The new cover with Elves, played by Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace, has been released a couple of days before.

This limited edition collector's cover will be released this August 2013 and I was wondering why Tauriel, Legolas and Thranduil are featured in this one. Hopefully we will get to see more of Smaug and the other new characters from this issue.

Does the new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug cover of Empire Magazine look better than the previous one?

The Elves of Mirkwood Empire magazine

Updated: And here is the cover of Empire's Desolation of Smaug issue.

The Elves of Mirkwood with Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Lee Pace as Thranduil. August 2013.

Bilbo Baggins Empire magazine

Martin Freeman as the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins. December 2013.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13, 2013.

New Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters International Trailer Brings Back Some Memories And Offers New Scenes

The new international trailer of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters brings back some old memories. It features some old scenes seen in the last movie to give audience the feel and bridge to the continuity of the story. But of course it also features new scenes from the movie along with longer lines and dialogues.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Brandon T. Jackson, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Nathan Filliona and Stanley Tucci. This movie adaptation based on the book by Rick Riordan is directed by Thor Freudenthal and written for the screen by Marc Guggenheim.

Enjoy the new international trailer of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters below.


Percy Jackson has had an unnervingly quiet school year. But then he discovers that the magical borders protecting Half Blood Hill are failing. Unless something is done, the camp will be attacked by demons and monsters. The only way to restore power to the camp's borders and to save their home is to find the mythical Golden Fleece. And the only who can undertake this dangerous quest are Percy and his friends. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits cinemas on August 7, 2013.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Music Video: Hopeful By Josh Ritter From The Beast In Its Tracks Album (2013)

Josh Ritter premiered over Vevo his newest music video from The Beast In Its Tracks album. Hopeful, which is the fourth track from the said album, compiles the events and happenings in some of the artist's tours and shows.

According to Josh Ritter himself, the music video "was shot and edited on our Spring US tour by Sam Kassirer and Liam Hurley, from the Royal City Band, using stop motion cameras." The nice thing about this video is the placement of the camera, which at times makes us feel we are directly beside this talented crooner.

Watch the new music video of Hopeful by Josh Ritter.

This montage may be the best way for Josh to make a new music video since is busy with his half a year tours and shows, which you can see the schedule here.

New Crowded Kick-Ass 2 Poster Features Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl, The Mother Fucker, and Colonel Stars and Stripes

Despite Jim Carrey's denouncing act, Kick-Ass 2 still features him in its newest poster, which features Kick-Ass, Chris D'Amico aka The Red Mist aka The Mother Fucker, Colonel Stars and Stripes, and Hit-Girl. The poster feels a little too crowded and amazingly (sarcasm alert) a hard one to puzzle the pieces together.

Along with Jim Carrey are Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloƫ Grace Moretz. The movie is directed written fro screen by Jeff Wadlow, based on the graphic novels of the same title and Hit-Girl, created by Mark Millar and John Romita.

Here is the new poster for Kick-Ass 2.

Kick Ass 2 Poster


Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.

Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Kick-Ass 2 starts kicking asses in cinemas on June 28, 2013, just a few days from now.

Jean Grey Gets Her Own The Wolverine Character Poster

Logan is haunted by some memories of the past, and who would have thought Jean Grey may be a part of all that. It's not a maybe anymore since Jean Grey is actually coming back for The Wolverine as preempted by the following character poster.

This is by far the fifth among the line of brush painted-themed posters from the movie -- the first batch of which include Logan, Yukio, Viper and the Silver Samurai. Will Jean Grey be limited to Logan's dream sequences and memory flashes or will he see her in flesh and blood?

Here is Jean Grey's character poster for The Wolverine.

Jean Grey The Wolverine Character Poster


Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

Watch out for The Wolverine's release on July 26, 2013 to know how Jean Grey will come into play.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Watch The Full Trailer Of Steve Jobs Biopic JOBS, Starring Ashton Kutcher

The trailer of the Joshua Michael Stern-directed Steve Jobs biopic simply titled as JOBS is now online. Ashton Kutcher plays the famous titular character, along with Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.

Watch the trailer of JOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher.


Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, JOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. JOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. JOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.

We follow Steve Jobs (ASHTON KUTCHER) from the enthusiasm and self-discovery of his youth through his darkest days, brightest triumphs, and the ultimate power of his drive, his passions, and his undying will to change everything we thought possible. Dark, honest, and uncompromising, “Jobs” plunges into the depths of Steve Jobs’ character, uncovering his driving motivations, his gifts, his flaws, his failures, and his ultimate successes.

Here's also the clip from the move if you missed it.

Lookout for JOBS in cinemas on August 16, 2013.

'Let The Bass Go' Turbo Soundtrack Performed By Snoop Dogg Gets A Lyric Video

Get the beat and the spirit of the latest feature-length animated movie from Dreamworks Animation by singing along with one of the official soundtracks from Turbo. The lyric video of the smooth and groovy track performed by Snoop Dogg now has a lyric video that was released over Vevo.

Updated: Let The Bass Go music video has just been released.

Aside from performing one of the sound tracks for the movie, Snopp Dogg is also playing one of the characters named Smoove Move. Smoove Move is the smoothest snail around! He may not say much, but when he does, he says it with style. Ya dig?

Sing along with the official lyric video of Let The Bass Go by Snoop Dogg.

Dreamworks Animation's Turbo is now showing in theaters nearest you.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Meet The Characters Of Disney Pixar's Planes, From Above The World Of Cars

Are you ready for the first feathure-length spin-off that Disney and Pixar has brewed for us? Then before it's August release make sure to know by heart it characters. Directed by Klay Hall, Planes casts Dane Cook as the lead character known as Dusty Crophopper.

Disney Pixar Planes


From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Get personal and one-one with the characters of Disney Pixar's Planes.


Bravo & Echo



Colin Cowling


El Chupacabra



Ned & Zed





Disney Pixar's Planes will soar to cinemas on August 9, 2013. Get to know more about these characters here.

Demigods, Heroes And Monsters Pack Two New Posters of Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is aiming for a really big score. After releasing 5 The Hunger Games-esque character posters, two new posters come strutting our way. One features a few of the monsters to be seen in the movie and another combines the demigods and heroes that will complete the quest for the Golden Fleece.

Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Douglas Smith and Leven Rambin, the posters are two of the best promotional materials from the movie so far. If this is an indicator of how better the movie gets compared with its predecessor, then I am saluting director Thor Freudenthal this early. But of course, that won't be possible without the world Chris Columbus had already established.

Familiarize the monsters in the new poster of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters International Poster

Where there are gods there are monsters.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

In demigods we trust.

See also these 5 exciting new stills from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits cinemas on August 7, 2013.