Inherent Vice

Sure to be one of the most talked about films this December, Paul Thomas Anderson finally gives the world a look at Inherent Vice:

"When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin...well, easy for her to say.

It's the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that's being way too overused--except this one usually leads to trouble.

With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp--all Thomas Pynchon. "

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New Nintendo 3DS

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If you've ever picked up a Nintendo 3DS, you know exactly why your little brother is glued to the damn thing 24 hours a day. Nintendo has got a new one coming and they're calling it the "New" Nintendo 3DS. We're not sure about the name, but hey, the gamers in us can't ignore anything new from Nintendo.

Launching in Japan this October, the new handhelds will feature a revised C-stick and shoulder buttons, larger screens in both model sizes, and a new and improved 3D screen that detects your eye position so the 3D effect never distorts no matter what your viewing angle is.

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Alienware Area-51

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No, this isn't some piece of Battlestar Galactica memorabilia. You are looking at Alienware's new gaming desktop, the Area-51, and it's funky, retro sci-fi design might just make you want a desktop again.

The triangular computer is a reboot of their flagship desktop and will be powered by the latest intel Haswell processors. You can also get it setup with up to 32GBs of RAM, up to three graphics cards, and if you want to get really geeky there's a liquid cooling and overclocking options available as well.

Alienware

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Mad Max: Fury Road

In case you were wondering if George Miller still had it in him, even after those damn Happy Feet movies...

"From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows."

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La dolce vita Criterion Collection

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Federico Fellini's all-time classic gets a full 4K restoration with a Criterion Collection edition of La dolce vita:

"The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, La dolce vita rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success--ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom. A look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome's rich and glamorous, the film follows a notorious celebrity journalist--played by a sublimely cool Marcello Mastroianni--during a hectic week spent on the peripheries of the spotlight. This mordant picture was an incisive commentary on the deepening decadence of the European 1960s, and it provided a prescient glimpse of just how gossip- and fame-obsessed our society would become."

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet

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NVIDIA introduces the latest evolution in their Shield gaming hardware platform, the Shield Tablet. The Android-based tablet comes packed with the company's fastest processor and features like console quality graphics on the go and PC game streaming, the tablet is filled with features that may give your PlayStation a run for its money.

The tablet is powered by Nvidia's 192-core Tegra K1, a console-class mobile processor. It will come in 16GB or 32GB models and will feature a 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex processor, 2GBs of RAM, 8" 1080p screen, LTE (32GB model only), 4K video playback, front-facing speakers, HDMI for big-screen connectivity, optional gamepad, 5 MP camera, and Android Kitkat.

$299-$399, NVIDIA

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Verve: Sound of America Collector's Edition

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One of the best and biggest books on jazz gets updated with a collector's edition featuring ten vinyl-reissues of some of the most important Verve recordings:

"The story of Verve Records is the story of jazz. Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the fifties and sixties and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Norman Granz, the record label's founder, also organised hugely influential, high-profile, racially integrated concerts, first at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and then at venues across America and then around the world.

This volume, published in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert, is the ultimate guide to the artists and the music that made Verve great and jazz cool.

Verve have opened up their archive and provided access to some of their rarest material. Features on the label's key artists and key albums are guaranteed to interest both curious newcomers and dedicated fans - illustrated with both iconic and unseen photographs from some of the finest jazz photographers, classic cover art and ephemera, and insightful timelines."

Thames & Hudson

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The Imitation Game

Director Morten Tyldum brings focuses his lens on the incredible life of famed mathematician Alan Turing:

"In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal."

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The Distortion of Sound

Harman and Bandito Bros Films looks into how sound quality has taken a nose dive with the ubiquity of compressed audio:

"The last two decades have seen a striking decline in the quality of sound and listening experience. Compressed music, MP3s and streaming, have diminished the quality and flattened the emotion. Marketing gimmicks and convenience now take the place of excellence. The Distortion of Sound is an eye-opening exposé of the current state of sound starring Linkin Park, Slash, Quincy Jones and more. This documentary will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences."

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Love Hultèn R-KAID-R

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There's a little wooden box from Sweden that may just take your attention away from the Xbox One and PS4. We're talking about Love Hultèn's R-Kaid-R, an immaculate portable arcade console made from solid wood.

The clever creation folds open to reveal a full-on arcade cabinet complete with an 8" LCD screen and a custom-made joystick. The system uses emulation for compatibility with a wide variety of classic gaming consoles and lasts for 8 hours on a single charge. Limited to 50 and individually numbered, each R-Kaid-R can be handmade in various wood finishes. Check out a video of the R-Kaid-R in action after the jump.

$3,400, Love Hultèn

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