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North to Alaska (me, not the film)... plus James Gandolfini R.I.P.

June 19, 2013 - 4:39 pm   |   By 

[Editor’s Note: Just as I was completing this post, word came in that actor James Gandolfini has apparently died of a suspected heart attack while in Italy. He was 51. News of this is just breaking on Deadline Hollywood so visit that site for details. More on it tomorrow.]

Evening, folks. I hope this post finds you all well. I’ll be back with my regular news post tomorrow morning, to catch you all up on the usual release news and whatnot from the past week or so. We’ve posted a lot of content here at The Bits over the last week, but not much in the way of news. The reason for that is that I’ve been on vacation for the past 10 days in Alaska – the land of bears, whales and (right now) 19 hours of daylight. Sarah and I went with family on a little wilderness adventure to places like Skagway, Juneau, Anchorage and Denali National Park up near Mt. McKinley.

I spent some time on the water, some time in the air and time on a train. I marched over tundra and got close to a few (melting) glaciers. I saw grizzlies, moose, caribou, bald eagles and scores of humpback whales. I even zip-lined 190 feet over the floor of an Alaskan rainforest. All in all, it was a great time. It’s rare that Sarah and I take a true vacation, so after all the stuff we’ve been through over the last couple of years we figured we were due. But of course, we had very limited Internet access most places… and what little was available was, shall we say, premium priced. So I was forced to unplug from the world for a while and it was actually quite nice. Turns out Alaska is a pretty great place. I think I could get used to it.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and say hello, and let you all know what’s been up. I’m back here in the office now, sorting through email and press releases – generally getting back up to speed. So I’ll be back tomorrow with the usual business.

Meanwhile today, Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and video game cover art and Amazon.com pre-order links.

And for you Rings fans, the first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug went live online while I was away – here’s the link. Looks pretty good.

I’ll leave you with a few quick cell phone camera pictures from the trip, and then I’ll see you back here tomorrow with news…

Glacier Bay, Alaska

        Land of Moose   And Bigfoot

Mt. McKinley

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

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