Breaking Bad — The Complete Fourth Season
For studio executives who sit in their offices ruminating about how their summer slate is producing a red sea of ink not even Moses could part, take heart that the fourth season of this game-changing show is now available. If they haven’t already, they will find a kindred spirit in Walter White, the mild-mannered chemistry teacher-turned-ruthless meth mogul who abandons all scruples to protect his expanding empire. This boxed set of the penultimate season features all thirteen episodes, plus uncensored episodes and an extended finale, deleted scenes, cast and crew commentary, “Better Call Saul” commercials, a gag reel and a bunch more goodies. At worst, it’ll serve to remind a studio suit why TV is kicking film’s ass up and down the block these days, and if that doesn’t work, always remember the words of actor-author Terrence Mann, “Movies will make you famous; television will make you rich.”
If you’re an actor with a tendency to blow up faster than the Hindenburg (or Russell Crowe) between projects, what better way to say “I’m not ready for my own pathetic reality series” than with this Nike fitness tracker? Designed to keep you focused in your pursuit of physical perfection, this rubber wristband gives you LED readouts for steps taken, calories burned, even the time, as you move throughout your day (like trips to the unemployment office). It also hooks up for charging via USB, or you can transfer data via Bluetooth. You can set your own goals, and while it works best in conjunction with Nike+ products, it makes traditional pedometers and other related items seem as cutting-edge as Carrot Top. Fuelband comes in three sizes (women’s, men’s and you fat bastard) and starts at $149.
Ernest White Bar Cart
No matter how much success he has, every producer secretly wants to be Don Draper. Successful, debonair, with an aura of mystery about him, Mad Men’s boozy, brooding antihero has become the new standard for the male role model. And if you can’t exactly be that suave, at least copy Don’s moves, starting by outfitting your office with this retro rolling bar cart. What better way to mix martinis to ply naïve young starlets than on this steel-framed beauty with glass shelves and gleaming casters. If owning it doesn’t scream “I am an Alpha Male. Behold my greatness!” then you’re in the wrong game. Go ahead, make Don proud. Prices start at about $150.
tyPad 2 - Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Case For iPad
There’s nothing more annoying than watching some assistant bang away on their iPad like Geoffrey Rush in Shine. If you know such an offender, steer them to the tyPad 2, which works with all three generations of iPads. It keeps your tablet at an angle with a Velcro strip, and provides a Bluetooth keyboard case. Its rubberized membrane is remarkably lightweight, and the battery is rated for ninety hours of use. Of course, it won’t get rid of that assistant’s whiny, nasal voice, but hey, it’s a start. The tyPad2 retails for $99.
Speck Fitted Out of Print Edition for iPhone 4S/4
Writers never forget what inspired them to create in the first place...well, at least until they set foot in Hollywood. It arrives as a blessing, then, that Speck, maker of stylish and sturdy cases for smartphones, tablets and more, has teamed with accessories company Out of Print to come up with these fitted iPhone cases that features artwork of some of the greatest books ever written. The soft-touch, fabric-wrapped backs are designed to replicate the feel of an old book, with titles including The Great Gatsby, A Clockwork Orange, Lolita, Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird, among others. What a perfect way to give everyone the illusion of your literary pedigree, while you beaver away on that adaptation of whatever comic book/board game/reboot you’ve been whored out to do. They start at $35 each, and for every case sold, Out of Print will donate one book to a school or community in need. No word yet on whether that will include Fifty Shades of Grey, or how they plan on replicating that great musty book smell.