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Alright, look.  We already know that we’ll see a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  The movie has been a critical success and had an opened far above even the highest projections.  With the depth of mythology that exists in the Apes franchise, we’re bound to see a continuation of sorts.  And in an interview with Bleeding Cool, Rise director Rupert Wyatt seemed to have the same idea: “There’s so much we could do… The ideas I’ve had are all sorts of things, ranging from Full Metal Jacket with apes… you could start this story again eight…

More Hunger Games news today, as Lionsgate has just staked out a release date for the sequel, Catching Fire.  Despite the fact that The Hunger Games is still shooting and is more than six months away from release, Lionsgate is showing how much faith they have in the franchise by scheduling Catching Fire for release on November 22, 2013. I’ve got mixed feelings about this.  Sure, I’m a huge fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, and I certainly want to see all three volumes brought to life on the big screen.  But by the same token, we haven’t seen a…

UPDATE:  They may not have taken over the planet yet, but they’ve certainly taken over the box office.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes raked in $54 million in its opening weekend, almost $20 million higher than studio projections.  Fueled by impressive special effects, positive reviews, and very strong word of mouth, Rise easily captured the #1 spot at this weekend’s box office. After a surprisingly-strong opening weekend, The Smurfs managed to hang onto the #2 spot at the box office with $21 million, and Cowboys and Aliens saw a 57% drop, taking 3rd place with $15.7 million.  R-rated…

We’re kicking the week off with some new stills from The Hunger Games, currently shooting in North Carolina.  The photos, and the following plot synopsis, come to use courtesy of Coming Soon. Adapted from the novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship…

“If it’s not broken, don’t relaunch it!” I’m relatively certain that Stan “The Man” Lee said that at least once or twice in his illustrious comic career.  So the question is, why doesn’t anyone listen? Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not talking about DC pushing the reset button – sorry, the Flashpoint button – and starting over.  I’m referring to a much larger atrocity – Marvel’s upcoming relaunch of Uncanny X-Men this November.  I have been collecting X-titles for the last 20 years, and my complete X-Men run starts with Giant Size #1 to the most recent  issue to hit…

WARNING – MINOR SPOILERS. Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, my first official movie review for the site.  And I couldn’t have picked a better move to cut my teeth on than Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Be warned, there are a few spoilers in here, but I promise not to ruin it for you. I have a confession to make.  I have not seen any of the five original Apes movies, nor have I read the book.  But the franchise was so popular that, like most people, I was familiar with the basic premise, especially after…

BEWARE – MINOR SPOILERS. I remember seeing the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes about ten years ago, and after seriously considering writing an angry letter to the studio and demanding they refund the cost of my ticket, I decided to cut my losses and move on, hoping that studio execs would see the error of their ways and leave the franchise alone.  So earlier this year, when I saw the first (terribly underwhelming) trailer for Rise of the Planet of Apes, I shook my head in sorrow, wondering how badly Hollywood would screw it up. Then came…

Well, that didn’t take long.  Production on The Amazing Spider-Man hasn’t even wrapped, and Sony has revealed to Deadline that the sequel has been penciled in for May 2, 2014.  Says an unnamed Sony executive, “I think it speaks volumes about our confidence in what we are seeing on the new film and our desire to move quickly on the next installment.” Truth be told, I would pay ten bucks just to see the eight minute Comic-Con reel again, so I’m pretty okay with the idea of more Spidey.

Less than 24 hours ago I was sitting at my favorite bar with two other staff members, discussing our shared enthusiasm for the forthcoming PS3 version of Twisted Metal.  Now it looks like we’ll be waiting a few more months to wreak havoc on one another, as David Jaffe announced today via the PlayStation blog that the game would be missing its release date: Ok, so now…the bad news. Or at least the ‘news that seems bad at first but after you read the rest of my post I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s actually fantastic news’ news. So here…

I don’t think there was ever any question about whether or not Bethesda would release a Collector’s Edition of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  I think the question was more along the lines of “what sort of must-have goodies will be packed in the box?” Well, thanks to an official statement from Bethesda, we have our answer.  Check out the photo and the press release below. August 5, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that it will release a collector’s edition for the highly-anticipated The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™. The limited collector’s edition will…

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