AVENGED SEVENFOLD DEVELOPS ONLINE ANIMATED SERIES: Avenged Sevenfold is teaming up with online entertainment site Machinima to bring fans brand new original content in the form of a six-episode animated series that will tell the fictional story of the Death Bat, the band's longtime trademark and mascot. Directed by Metalocalypse producer Jon Schnepp, the series will air this fall on Machinima's HappyHour channel and will feature music from Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail To The King, which is set to arrive on August 27th.
Lead singer M. Shadows revealed that the series will go "hand-in-hand" with a new mobile Avenged Sevenfold game that the band has been developing for 18 months. He explained, "Without revealing too much, I will just say that it is an action-adventure game. It has been written and developed by the band and with our friends in Subscience Studios. It's turning out awesome. We can't wait to show you more when it's ready . . . The game and the series will go hand in hand with each other. We hope you enjoy them both, because I know we have had a great time developing them."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the trailer for Avenged Sevenfold's new animated series on Machinima:
PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD SONG TO SURFACE ON NIRVANA REISSUE: A previously unheard song will be among the 70 tracks included on the three-disc deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero, which is set for release on September 24th. The song, called "Forgotten Tune," is an instrumental that was recently unearthed and has never been released in any form before. The rest of the material on the jam-packed set will consist of remastered, remixed, rare and unreleased demos, B-sides, alternate takes and live recordings.
According to Rolling Stone, the set will feature two versions of the 12-song album: one will be a remastered version of the original disc, while the other will a newly remixed edition. It is not clear whether producer Steve Albini's more raw mix of the record will be included, but mixes he did of at least two songs -- "Heart Shaped Box" and "All Apologies" -- will be officially released as part of the set after years of bootlegging.
- Other rarities, non-album tracks and B-sides that will appear include "Marigold," "Moist Vagina," "Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip," "I Hate Myself And Want To Die" and "Sappy."
- The second of the three discs will feature demo versions of at least eight songs from In Utero, as well as Dave Grohl's 1990 demo of "Marigold," which was his first-ever solo recording.
- As previously reported, the third disc will contain a remastered recording of Nirvana's December 13th, 1993 concert at Seattle's Pier 48, which was broadcast on MTV as Live & Loud.
- The DVD of the performance, sold both as part of the deluxe reissue and a standalone disc, features the entire concert, plus a dozen more performances culled from rehearsals, concerts and video shoots.
- The In Utero package will be issued in several configurations, including a three-CD/one-DVD "Super Deluxe" edition, plus two-CD, three-LP and digital versions.
- The live material features the final touring lineup of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and guitarist Pat Smear.
- Also included will be Cobain's handwritten lyrics, a four-page letter Albini wrote the band spelling out his plans for the In Utero recording sessions, plus liner notes by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, who opened for the band at some of the shows on its In Utero tour.
CHECK IT OUT: See the complete track list for the In Utero reissue at http://tinyurl.com/l76t6v4
CHRISTIAN BALE OFFERED HUGE PAYDAY TO PLAY BATMAN AGAIN: Rumor has it that Christian Bale has been offered a $50 million pay day if he signs on to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman project for Warner Bros. Christian has publicly stated that he did not wish to play the Dark Knight again after the three Christopher Nolan films. The new movie is being eyed for release in 2015.
GOV'T. CHALLENGING MERGER OF US AIRWAYS AND AMERICAN AIRLINES: The Justice Department and several state attorneys general are challenging the proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways Group and American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp, filing a lawsuit to prevent the deal. The Justice Department says the merger would create the world's largest airline and reduce competition in local markets, leading to passengers paying higher airfares and getting less service.
ONE OF THREE HOSTAGES RELEASED FROM LOUISIANA BANK: One of three hostages being held at a bank in rural St. Joseph, Louisiana, was released on Tuesday (August 13th), nine hours after a 20-year-old man whose family owns a store across the street took the three bank employees hostage. Talks were continuing with the man, who wasn't publicly identified, to get the remaining hostages released and find out the motivation for his actions.
FAMILY'S BABY MONITOR IS HACKED: A Houston couple discovered on Saturday (August 10th) that their camera-equipped baby monitor had been hacked when they heard a strange man's voice cursing and making lewd comments in their two-year-old daughter's bedroom. As Marc and Lauren Gilbert were walking toward the room to investigate they heard the voice call their daughter a, quote, "effing moron" and telling her, "Wake up you little slut." The hacker then began cursing at the Gilberts when they entered the room, and Marc rushed to disconnect the monitor. Their daughter, Allyson, is deaf, so she didn't wake up. Gilbert didn't report the incident to the police, but told ABC News that he's still shaken up and that he doesn't think he'll ever connect the baby monitor again.
INVESTOR ICAHN'S TWEET BOOSTS APPLE STOCK BY $17 BILLION: A single tweet posted by billionaire investor Carl Icahn yesterday (August 13th) boosted Apple's stock by some $17 million. Icahn tweeted at 2:21 p.m. ET Tuesday that he'd bought Apple shares, saying, "We currently have a large position in APPLE. We believe the company to be extremely undervalued. Spoke to [Apple CEO] Tim Cook today. More to come." Just one hour later, the stock had gone from $475.76 to a high of $494.66, which translated to a $17 billion jump. Apple closed at $489.55, meaning its market capitalization increased $12.5 billion from the time of Icahn's tweet.
'DUCK DYNASTY'S WILLIE ROBERTSON FOR CONGRESS?: The Washington Examiner reported that Republican strategists are interested in recruiting Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson to run for an open congressional seat in Louisiana. GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander announced his retirement from Congress last week, citing frustration with Washington gridlock, and a special election is being held on October 19th to fill his seat. But it remains to be seen if the 41-year-old reality TV star would be interested in making a congressional run. When asked about it Tuesday by FoxNews.com, Robertson said, "I'm kinda busy right now. " The House seat serves Louisiana's 5th District, which includes the city of Monroe, headquarters for the Robertson-led Duck Commander and Buck Commander hunting and game call companies.
STUDIES: BMW DRIVERS AREN'T VERY NICE: Two new studies provide data that back up anecdotal criticism that BMW drivers are aggressive on the road and not very nice. In a University of California study, BMW drivers were far less likely to stop for a pedestrian who had just entered a crosswalk. Researchers said that drivers of all higher-end cars were less likely to stop, but BMW drivers were worst of all. In the second study, in the U.K., motorists were asked to identify the type and color of the car they've had the most road-rage run-ins with. Men between the ages of 35 and 50 and driving blue BMWs were most likely to be reported as being road-ragers.
HAVING SIBLINGS COULD LEAD TO A HAPPIER RELATIONSHIP: The brothers or sisters that annoyed you as a child could actually be the reason you'll have a happier romantic relationship as an adult. A new study from Ohio State University researchers suggests that growing up with siblings lays the foundation for healthy relationships and may even reduce the likelihood of divorce. With each sibling -- up to about seven -- someone has, their probability of getting divorced is reduced by two percent, according to the research. The theory is that developing ways to handle sibling relationships amounts to lessons in adaptation that could help make a marriage work later on. The study also found that an only child was less likely to get married at all, with the odds of marrying increasing three percent with the addition of each sibling to a family.
UNDEFEATED 1972 DOLPHINS TO GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE: President Obama will be welcoming the 1972 Miami Dolphins next Tuesday (August 20th) for the first White House ceremony to honor the only NFL team to ever finish a season unbeaten at 17-0. Hall of Fame coach Don Shula will also be there. The '72 Dolphins didn't get to go to the White House in the months after their Super Bowl victory since it was during the time when then-President Richard Nixon was immersed in the Watergate scandal. Dolphins representatives had recently raised the idea with the White House of honoring the '72 team.
FUKUSHIMA RADIATION LEAK THE SAME AS 76 MILLION BANANAS: The Japanese utility company that owned the Fukushima nuclear plant confirmed that 20-trillion to 40-trillion Becquerels of radioactive tritium leaked into the Pacific Ocean. The leakage was compared to 76-millions bananas by Tim Worstall at Forbes.com. He calculated the amount of potassium in bananas, since a portion of potassium is radioactive and converted that into Becquerels. Worstall writes, "I really don't think that half the radiation of the world's banana crop being diluted into the Pacific Ocean is all that much to worry about." (MNN)
APP THAT GIVES YOU BEDROOM STATS: Want to know how good you are in bed? There's an app for that, kind of. A new iPhone app called Spreadsheets will let you know how long sex lasts, the speed and frequency of a couple's sexual rhythm and the amount of noise the couple makes during the act. The app also offers the stats for how often a couple makes love, the amout of thrusts per minute and the peak number of decibles a persons sex noises reach when they climax. Spreadsheets creators say the app won't playback audio or video and all data is stored only on the user's mobile device and is never synced to the internet. (Daily Mail)
WHAT YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS SAY ABOUT YOU: New research finds that whether you prefer seet or salty snacks may say something about your personality. According to studies from Penn State and the City University of New York, people who like sweet foods tend to be cooperative, agreeable, and helpful while those who like spicy foods are adventerous and those who perfer savory foods are outgoing. Researchers say those who liked salty foods were found to be easy-going, while those who enjoyed bitter foods were found to be cautious. (Men's Health)
FACEBOOK PARTNERS WITH OPENTABLE: Starting this week you'll be able to make restaurant reservations through Facebook on your mobile device. This is all possible because OpenTable, a restaurant reservation network, will begin working with Facebook. To use this feature diners simply visit the restaurant's page on Facebook from their mobile device and then make a reservation through OpenTable which can connect with 20-thousand North American restaurants. (Fox)