Monthly Archives: October 2008

Olivia Munn’s Halloween Costume in Complex Magazine

For a Halloween spread in Complex Magazine, G4TV host Olivia Munn dressed up in some cool costumes. Above she is dressed as a sexy librarian, but could also pass for Sarah Palin as well.

Dressing up as Chun-Li is getting ahead of the curve. The Chun-Li movie won’t come out until next year. (See Kristin Kreuk in Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li.)

See more of Olivia Munn’s Halloween outfits here. We just want to know where is her Princess Leia costume. She was dancing with Danny Choo the Tokyo Dance Trooper in Shibuya last month.

Olivia Munn’s Halloween Costume in Complex Magazine

HP Mini Vivienne Tam Digital Clutch

High fashion meets high tech. We first got a glimpse of the Fashion Designer Vivienne Tam’s HP Laptop last month. It has been quickly billed as the first Digital Clutch. We got word that you can get the fashion inspired laptop sooner than expected. Due to huge demand, HP is moving up the production of the Digital Clutch to get it in your hands before the holidays! You can reserve yours today by calling 1-800-230-5752 or online – Buy the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition. By making a reservation now, you are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase an HP Mini Vivienne Tam Edition in early December.

Here’s some of the product specifications:

* 10.2″ High Definition display

* Under 1-inch thick

* Just over 2 pounds

* Windows(r) XP Home with SP3

* Intel(r) Atom(tm) Processor

The price is $699.99 with protective Vivienne Tam silk sleeve.

HP Mini Vivienne Tam Digital Clutch

The top of the notebook is gleaming red and bursting with peony flowers. The peony design is meticulously carried inside the notebook, under the keypad. The notebook also features a complementary embroidered storage sleeve that helps keep the exterior protected while being carried as a clutch, as well as an attachable peony charm.

This is a sleek, thin, light, and stylish “digital clutch”. The HP Vivienne Tam Special Edition notebook represents the first time a computer company has partnered with a globally renowned designer to create a notebook PC that offers all the style and power needed for a delightful technology experience. Tam also worked with HP to design the notebooks accessories and packaging.

Power of the Swing Vote

This is an entertaining yet informative Projekt NewSpeak documentary that delves into the reasons why there is a perceived lack of Asian Americans voting. With insightful commentary from Asian American stars, this documentary reinforces the importance of voting within the Asian American community. Asian American in this short include Michelle Krusiec, Mike Honda, Leland Saito, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bobby Lee, Eugene Lee, Dan Ichinose, Yuri Tag from Kaba Modern, Christine Chen, Eddie Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, Danny Cho, Cheryl Burke, Russell Peters, B.D. Wong, Rex Lee, and Phi from Jabbawockeez. Vote on November 4.

Power of the Swing Vote

Yo-Yo Ma on The Colbert Report & Starbucks

Yo-Yo Ma performed and talked about his new holiday album, Songs of Joy & Peace, on the Colbert Report. For his latest album, he invited many of his favorite artists from the worlds of popular and classical music to collaborate on a selection of songs — some sacred, some secular, some traditionally seasonal, some simply beloved — connected in their sense of wonder and appreciation of the holiday season. Yo-Yo Ma conceived of Songs of Joy & Peace as a universal holiday house party of music “uniting different forms of joy” with the idea of combining familiar material with songs that would offer the listener the gift of discovery performed by old friends and new. Songs of Joy celebrates the universal hopes, dreams and good cheer animating seasonal festivals — Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid, Kwanzaa, Yuletide, Winter Solstice, New Year’s, Ramadan — the world over.

Buy Yo-Yo Ma’s Songs of Joy & Peace CD

Get Yo-Yo Ma on iTunes: Yo-Yo Ma & James Taylor - Songs of Joy & Peace

Yo-Yo Ma is iTunes Pick of the Week at Starbucks! Anyone who visits a Starbucks beginning on Tuesday November 4th will be able to pick up a free Yo-Yo Ma download card redeemable for the music video “The Wexford Carol” featuring Alison Krauss. So, don’t forget to visit your local Starbucks next week and get your card and maybe one for a friend while supplies last. Offer ends 11/10. Vote and pickup a free Yo-Yo Ma download.

Yo-Yo Ma talks about his collaboration with friends.

Yo-Yo Ma performs “Panxolina” from his new album “Songs of Joy & Peace.”

More about Yo-Yo Ma

The multiple Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma is currently celebrating his 30th anniversary with Sony Classical and Sony BMG Masterworks. Yo-Yo Ma is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, and his discography of over 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, among them Hush with Bobby McFerrin, Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, Obrigado Brazil and Obrigado Brazil – Live in Concert. Yo-Yo Ma’s most recent recordings include Paris: La Belle Époque, with pianist Kathryn Stott, Appassionato, which contains some of the world’s most romantic music and New Impossibilities, a live album recorded with the Silk Road Ensemble and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; he also appears on John Williams’ soundtrack for Rob Marshall’s film Memoirs of a Geisha. Across this full range of releases Yo-Yo Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list.

Yo-Yo Ma is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike. At the same time he continues to develop new concert programs for family audiences (helping, for instance, to inaugurate the family series at Carnegie Hall). In each of these undertakings, he works to connect music to students’ daily surroundings and activities with the goal of making music and creativity a vital part of children’s lives from an early age. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on Arthur, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Sonning Prize (2006), and the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008). Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Yo-Yo Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and China. He has performed with and conducted master classes for members of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, Secretary General Kofi Annan named him a U.N. Messenger of Peace and in 2007 Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended his appointment.

Hole in the Wall pulled from FOX

As quickly as the Japanese game show remakes stormed American TV networks, they are now stumbling into problems. Recently, ABC was sued over Wipeout. Now it is “Hole in the Wall“‘s turn. Ratings for the show have been rough drawing a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. This makes it one of the least watched shows on network TV programming in its time period. With the low ratings, Fox has pulled the show off the air with 16 episodes stuck in limbo. In its place, Fox will show repeats of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

The news is also a major blow to FremantleMedia Enterprises, which bought international rights from Fuji TV. We guess millions of views on YouTube doesn’t necessary translate to TV ratings. This also will not bode well for iaTV, which changed their focus over the summer and had layoffs.

Hole in the Wall

Erik Spoelstra Miami Heat coaching debut

Erik Spoelstra begins his first season as Head Coach of the Miami HEAT and his 14th within the HEAT organization. Erik was elevated to Head Coach on April 28, 2008 when HEAT President Pat Riley stepped down. Unfortunately, he did not win in his debut, but he has a talented staff with the likes of Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, Shawn Marion, and Michael Beasley. See the highlights of the game below.

Known for his game preparation and superb attention to detail as the HEAT’s Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting, Spoelstra had the primary role of developing game plans for upcoming opponents for the past seven seasons. To that end, he coordinated the video staff and advance scouts while overseeing the development of scouting reports and videos. In addition to handing out the traditional paper-bound playbook, the first-year head coach issued every HEAT player an Apple iPod touch. On the iPod, players can find a condensed version of the HEAT playbook, game clips, NBA and team rules, quotes, and even newspaper articles.

Spoelstra has also built a strong reputation as a teacher over the years by heading the HEAT’s Individual Player Development Program. Erik has worked with many of the HEAT’s young players in areas of fundamentals, skill development and shooting. He also served as the head coach of the HEAT’s summer league squad for three seasons (2005-07).

Additionally, Spoelstra helped design and integrate a proprietary statistical database and scouting software for the HEAT. The HEAT continue to use the state-of-the-art statistical software to evaluate team productivity, individual player productivity and trends for both the HEAT and the team’s opponents.

Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, Shawn Marion, Michael Beasley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, Mario Chalmers

Spoelstra originally joined the HEAT as the team’s video coordinator in 1995 where he spent two seasons preparing scouting tapes and developing the team’s information technology for the coaching staff. He served as Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator the following two seasons (1997-99). He was then promoted to Assistant Coach/Advance Scout and served in that role for two seasons (1999-01) before being elevated to Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting.

Spoelstra enters the 2008-09 season as the NBA’s youngest current head coach, born on November 1, 1970 in Evanston, IL. He is 70 days younger than the second youngest head coach, Lawrence Frank of the New Jersey Nets.

A 1992 graduate from the University of Portland with a degree in communications, Spoelstra was the starting point guard for four years for the Pilots and was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. After college he spent two years as a player/coach for Tus Herten, a team in the professional sports league of Germany.

Spoelstra is the son of Jon Spoelstra, a long-time NBA executive who has guided the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets. His grandfather, Watson, was a Detroit Tigers beat writer for many years.

A native of Portland, Spoelstra resides in Miami.

Erik Spoelstra Miami Heat coaching debut – Recap of the Knicks vs Heat