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'Mad Men' inspires special 1960's 'Newsweek' issue

Seems like everyone, even Newsweek magazine, wants a piece of Jon Hamm.

Newsweek editor Tina Brown announced today that in promotion for Mad Men’s fifth season premiere on March 25 (!), the magazine would be going Mad. (Well, not Mad.) Specifically, the entire publication would revert back to its 1960s design — including the advertisements.

Brown told Ad Age, “Newsweek was very much on the cultural forefront at the time of the show. It covered the events that are so much of the background for the show’s drama — the burgeoning civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the Vietnam War. That was Newsweek‘s cutting-edge beat and its flourishing journalistic subject. So it seemed like a wonderful marriage in a sense to take that and apply it to the magazine, to make the magazine an homage to the period.” READ FULL STORY

CES: Ultrabooks? 4K TVs? Ice Cream Sandwich? The 5 biggest trends to look out for at the mega trade show

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Las Vegas is about to become gearhead Nirvana once again.

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show opens tomorrow for 140,000 tech enthusiasts hoping to get a first glimpse at the latest cutting-edge computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, TVs, and cameras. With 1.7 million square feet of Las Vegas Convention Center space to cover, you can expect that the only sins coming out of Sin City until CES wraps up on Friday will be the unrealistic expectations fostered by the 2,700 vendors setting up shop. It’s a testament to the size and enduring power of the 45-year-old trade show that Spike will be devoting four hours of its Tuesday lineup, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET, to updates from the floor with host Eliza Dushku. Other celebrities expected to attend CES this year include 50 Cent and Justin Bieber, in addition to TV workout guru Jillian Michaels, who represents a growing trend connecting the tech and fitness worlds.

The relevance of CES may be on the wane. Many smartphone manufacturers are holding on to their most anticipated gear until February’s Mobile World Congress. And as usual, Apple won’t be in attendance. Nor will Amazon, Google, or Facebook, which run their own events throughout the year. And Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who’ll be giving the keynote address tonight, has announced that this will be the last year his company will attend as well. CES, though, is still the event that introduced the VCR to the world in 1970, the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985, the TiVo in 1999, and Blu-ray in 2003. So count it out at your own peril.

Here are five of the biggest trends we expect to see at this year’s show. READ FULL STORY

Steve Jobs action figure: Freaky or fantastic (or a little of both)?

What will they come up with next? First, there were Jersey Shore Christmas baubles, now we’ve got a playful tribute to Steve Jobs that’s just as portable — and twice as playful! — as his own products. Chinese toy company In Icons and Hong Kong-based manufacturer Dragon In Dreams have crafted an eerily lifelike, albeit it 12-inch-tall, Jobs action figure. The unauthorized figurine (it’s not a toy!) is scheduled to go on sale next month for $99. That’s two Shuffles or an Apple TV unit in Jobs-ian terms. READ FULL STORY

Princess Leia headphone covers: More socially acceptable than a gold bikini?

I know we’re a couple days late for gift-giving, but file this under ‘things I can’t live without and ZOMG how did this not exist when I was camping out for the New Hope rerelease in 1997?’: Princess Leia headphone covers.

That’s right – it appears that the obvious has only just now come to Etsy, that treasure trove of handicrafts. Tech blog Geekology discovered this piece of pop culture gold, and notes that you could alternatively (as generations have done before) “glue a pair of cinnamon rolls to your headphones,” but, um, that sounds sticky.

The force is definitely with creator Jacqui Longlegs who posted her various Leia looks on her blog.

Better stock up now — Comic-Con is only six months away, people.

‘Geek Love’ react: Surprisingly awesome?

It’s hard out there for a geek. They may grow up to be super-successful, but the nerds on last night’s TLC special Geek Love proved they still have a ways to go in the dating department.

In the two special episodes that aired (TLC is currently testing the show for a potential series), viewers were treated to the personal tales of a handful of the individuals that make the pilgrimage to Comic Con each year — many of them sadly single. The show centered around a speed-dating event at NY Comic Con, led by Ryan Glitch, founder of Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Glitch explained he got inspired to create this event because the typical bar scene doesn’t work for Comic Con folk. When the costumed Trekkies, Potterphiles, and Iron Men came into the convention center, you could see why: It was simply too much fandom for most people to take. But what made the TLC special work — and what separated it from the network’s other recent programs, like Virgin Diaries — was that it didn’t feel like anyone was being exploited or mocked. The show was set up so viewers would root for these socially awkward people to find love — and I did. READ FULL STORY

LEGO announces deal to reimagine 'The Hobbit' universe

For years now, LEGO-playing fans of Tolkien’s universe have been forced to re-enact their favorite Middle-earth scenes with Han Solo, Dobby the House Elf and other franchise’s miniatures. But beginning next June, those days are history. Warner Bros Consumer Products has finally relented to bring all your favorite elves, hobbits, dwarves, wizards, and gollums to your precious LEGO universe. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two films based on The Hobbit, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “

A LEGO Lord of the Rings site has been set up, with the promise of upcoming announcements and details. For now, bask in the glow of your LEGO-ized precious. READ FULL STORY

George Takei, Broker of Star Peace, calls for unity, war on 'Twilight.' Oh my!

George Takei has accomplished what was once thought seemingly impossible and figured a way to settle one of the oldest nerd scores: The epic Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate. Prompted by the ongoing showdown between William Shatner (“First of all, Star Wars was derivative of Star Trek derivative!”: Point Shatner) and Carrie Fisher (“Klingon? It just sounds like a laundry detergent”: Point Fisher), the great Mr. Sulu opted to take charge and become a Broker of Peace to put an end to the galaxy-and-decade-spanning feud once and for all.

But how does one do that for a embittered battle in which both sides have such dedicated, unflappable supporters? It’s quite simple, really: Call out Twilight and urge both Star Trek and Star Wars fans to come together to mutually hate on it. (All the points: Takei.) READ FULL STORY

Carrie Fisher fires back at William Shatner, says 'Star Trek' is 'not in the same league' as 'Star Wars' -- VIDEO

Carrie Fisher fired back at William Shatner for comments he made in September that Star Trek is better than Star Wars. In an interview posted on her YouTube, Fisher said, “They’re not in the same league. I mean, they have the word ‘Star’ in the title.” She knocked Star Trek‘s budget: “Maybe [it's] just their ‘effects,’ they’re not called ‘special effects’ in the case of [Star Trek].”

In response to Shatner’s claims Fisher never fit into Princess Leia’s famous metal bikini, she cracked, “By the way, Bill has borrowed it,” and she challenged him to a costume-off. Oh snap, it’s about to get real in here. Watch Fisher’s full comments, including digs at Shatner’s nether regions and Leonard Nimoy’s Spock ears, after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Google has a top-secret laboratory that is inventing the cool future movies promised us

The most exciting technological leap in the last couple decades was the invention of the smartphone, which has created a terrifying new generation of teenaged mutant freaks with extra-powerful thumbs. But don’t worry, everyone: the boys in the back room at Google have a top-secret laboratory, and according to the New York Times, they’re working hard to make the fantasies of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke into a reality. READ FULL STORY

11/11/11 is Nigel Tufnel Day: 'Spinal Tap' fans, unite!

Because sometimes, you just need to take things to 11. Nearly three decades after 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap introduced us to Nigel Tufnel, fans have joined together to declare today, Nov. 11, 2011 (a.k.a. 11/11/11), Nigel Tufnel Day.

The movement (which amassed thousands of fans on Facebook) finds roots in scene between documentarian Marty DiBergi (Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner) and Tufnel (Christopher Guest). Lead guitarist Tufnel shows DiBergi several of his guitars and then, the kicker, a set of speakers that are “very special”: “The numbers all go up to 11,” he says, and, as the camera pans across the dials, he says proudly: “Eleven… 11… 11.” Boom! Watch the iconic scene, and find 11 more amazing Nigel Tufnel quotes,  after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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