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IGN is reporting that Catherine, the bizarre relationship puzzler from publisher Atlus that released last week, has already shipped the most units at launch of any game in the company’s history. VP of sales Tim Pivnicny gushed about the title’s success: “Catherine has exceeded our highest expectations.  It released last week to tremendous critical acclaim and fan response, bolstered by the release of a demo a couple weeks prior, and continues to generate discussion among fans for its mature themes, engrossing subject matter, and frantic, challenging gameplay. It is fitting, then, that Catherine can boast the largest launch in the…

The LA Times is reporting that negotiations between AMC and Breaking Bad producer Sony Television are becoming strained, and that Sony has begun to send feelers out to other networks to gauge interest in acquiring the show.  Apparently, AMC is wanting the fifth (and potentially final) season of the hit drama to span only six to eight episodes, instead of the standard run of 13.  The creative team behind the show balked at the idea, and negotiations are currently at a standstill. AMC is also trying to cut costs on another signature show, The Walking Dead, whose budget was slashed…

American Reunion, currently in production with the entire original cast returning, is scheduled for release on April 6th, 2012.  Check out the plot synopsis below, which sheds a little bit of light on what we can expect: In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a…

With The Avengers scheduled for a 2012 release and sequels to Captain America and Thor still in the early stages of development, Marvel is looking to expand their film slate and move away from their more mainstream properties.  Twitch is reporting that the first draft of Doctor Strange has been turned in by scribes Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who also wrote Cowboys and Aliens and the Conan reboot. Now it looks like Marvel is forwarding the script to potential directors, in hopes of signing someone on to “oversee continued development.”  Could Marvel be attempting to fast-track the film in…

Rumors of a Friday Night Lights film have been kicking around for awhile, but executive producer Peter Berg confirmed the news to Deadline on Monday.  Berg, who also directed the 2004 theatrical film on which the show is based, stated “We’re very serious about trying to do it.” The goal is to move into production early next year, based on script approval from Universal, and the film would feature Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton reprising their roles from the series.

After taking a surprise lead on Friday, family film Smurfs ran neck-and-neck with sci-fi western Cowboys and Aliens for the entire weekend, with analysts calling the race “impossible to predict.”  Studio estimates had each film finishing with $36.2 million for the weekend, and it turns out, those estimates weren’t far off. But in the end, Cowboys rode off into the sunset with the victory, taking 1st place with $36.4 million, just edging out Smurfs, whose $35.6 million was well above pre-weekend estimates.  Captain America fell to 3rd place, Harry Potter came in at Number 4 (surpassing the $1 billion mark in…

Not only can Whitney Cummings be seen this fall on NBC’s Whitney (which the comedienne created and produced), but she will also be showing up on rival network CBS in the gal-pal sitcom Two Broke Girls.  How does the star intend to keep everything balanced? “I’m so lucky that I’m able to be part of two amazing shows.  I am spending my days at the NBC show, and then I’ll be at home and read the notes on Two Broke Girls, but I think it’s in pretty good hands.” Cummings recently spoke with the LA Times during the TCA press…

The Playboy Club, NBC’s new 1960’s-era drama, is already generating plenty of controversy, long before it reaches the airwaves.  KSL-TV, the network’s Salt Lake City affiliate has refused to carry the show, and the Parents Television Council is lobbying other stations to follow their example.  KSL, which is owned by Deseret Media Cos. and controlled by the Mormon Church, cited objectionable content in a recent statement: “The Playboy brand is known internationally.  Everyone is clear what it stands for. We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy…

When Beavis and Butt-head return to MTV this fall after a 14-year hiatus, they’ll still be giggling idiots with sophomore-level humor, and they’ll still have the same wardrobe. Speaking to the LA Times during the TCA press tour, creator Mike Judge said: “I didn’t want to do a big, conscious, forcing of all this modern stuff on them.  They really weren’t that much of their time to begin with. I even remember people saying, AC/DC and Metallica? Shouldn’t it be Pearl Jam?” Deadline also asked Judge what prompted him to revisit the characters after so many years: “I like doing…

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