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Ready Player One Author Ernest Cline's Video Game-Themed Book Armada is Being Adapted By Universal Pictures

Five years ago Universal Pictures picked up the rights to Ready Player One author Ernest Cline's book Armada. Now that Ready Player One is blowing up in theaters, the studio is finally ready to move forward with it. According to Deadline, they've hired Dan Mazeau to write the script.

This is another pop culture inspired story loaded with references from the 80s and 90s just like Ready Player One. This one has more of an Ender's Game kind of vibe to it as it deals with video games being used as a recruitment tool for a secret government organization called the Earth Defense Alliance, which has been in a secret war with an alien race for decades.

If you're not familiar with the book, here's a description for you:

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless
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'Dunkirk' Heading Toward $51M Debut, 'Girls Trip' Strong, 'Valerian' Sinks

'Dunkirk' Heading Toward $51M Debut, 'Girls Trip' Strong, 'Valerian' Sinks
Saturday a.m. Update: With an estimated $19.8 million, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is heading toward an opening weekend right around $50 million to $52 million. It's a great start for the WWII feature, especially given the holds Nolan's films have shown in recent history as well as the critical response and now the "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, a notch above the "B+" audiences gave Interstellar. Additionally, Dunkirk has now been released in 46 international markets where it has so far grossed $21.2 million after releasing earlier this week in a handful of territories. We'll have more on the overall international performance with tomorrow morning's report. In second is Universal's release of Girls Trip, which is scorching the weekend, delivering an estimated $11.68 million on Friday, heading toward a $29+ million opening. The film should also show long legs looking ahead after receiving a rare "A+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Finally, Stx's release of EuropaCorp's
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Horror Highlights: Terror Films Teams Up with iflix, Monster Hunt DVD, The Passing, The Thing In The Woods, Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Fest

Terror Films and iflix recently forged a partnership to distribute films digitally in multiple global markets, including Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. Also: Monster Hunt DVD release details, The Passing clips, Matthew Quinn's The Thing in the Woods, and the winners recap for the 5th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.

Terror Films and iflix's Global Distribution Digital Deal: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California (Friday, May 26th, 2017): Genre distributor Terror Films has teamed up with the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service, for emerging markets, iflix. This newly formed partnership will allow the distributor to expand their digital reach into multiple territories within iflix’s footprint including South East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with future territories to be announced.

The films set to launch under the deal will include a wide variety from the label. They will include: the post- apocalyptic film,
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Video Breakdown of Film Franchises That Were Cancelled Before The Final Film

There are a lot of films that Hollywood develops that producers hope will turn into a successful franchise. But, as you know, things don't always work out the way the way they'd expect. A lot of films never picked up the steam they needed to keep going. This video from Looper points out six of these film franchise's that were canceled before the final film. They include Eragon, Sahara, John Carter, Percy Jackson, I Am Number Four, Divergent, and Enders Game. I really wish that Ender's Game would have made it. I loved that first movie. Maybe someone will try to take it on again in the future.

If Hollywood studios can make a franchise out of a property, you can bet it's gonna happen. Some become huge hits, like Fast & Furious and John Wick. But every once in awhile, things just don't work out, and there's no choice but
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Horror Highlights: Horror Popsicle Pins, Charlie Sheen at Wizard World, The Follower, Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Fest, Sci-Fi-London Film Fest

Horror icons are reimagined as popsicles in Freddy in Space's new enamel pins from Pin & Seller, and we have a look at all six collectibles and their release details in today's second Horror Highlights. We also have news on Charlie Sheen's upcoming appearances at Wizard Worlds in Minneapolis, Des Moines, and Philadelphia, as well as release details for The Follower and lineup info on both the fifth annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival and this year's Sci-Fi-London Film Festival.

Freddy in Space's Horror Popsicle Pins: From Freddy in Space: “Freddy in Space horror popsicle pins are now available through Pin & Seller. Can grab individuals or sets of three!”

Depicting horror icons as popsicles, these handmade enamel pins from Freddy in Space are now available as a set of three for $30.00 or as individual items priced at $12.00 apiece from Pin & Seller on Etsy. To learn more, visit:

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Trailer for Orson Scott Card's Intriguing New Sci-Fi Series Extinct

Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card has created a new sci-fi TV series called Extinct and we have the first trailer to share with you for it today. This actually looks like it could be solid series and It definitely has an intriguing story that grabbed my attention.

The 10-episode action-packed series takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race and follows a small group of humans who are revived by an alien civilization. The aliens claim they want to restore the human species, but the reborn humans uncover new dangers, hidden agendas and powerful secrets that challenge that claim and threaten to annihilate the human race all over again.Extinct carries the colony of revived humans through struggles with the aliens who extinguished humankind centuries before — while trying to understand and get along with the mysterious aliens who revived them. Nothing is as it seems to be,
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Ghost In The Shell: examining its opening weekend

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Boss Baby soared and the glossy Ghost In The Shell faltered. So what happened? Ryan takes a look...

"We're not remaking, we're reimagining alongside you." That was how director Rupert Sanders pitched his live action version of the 90s manga and anime to a crowd of journalists, bloggers and anime fans at an event in Tokyo last year. Taking in a small exhibition of props, a Q&A, preview footage and pounding industrial live music, the event was, perhaps, an attempt to change the public discourse surrounding a controversial movie.

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Aside from the inevitable suspicion surrounding a Hollywood version of a cult Japanese property, there was also the more damaging accusation of whitewashing. Scarlett Johansson was, after all, taking on the role
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Exclusive Trailer: See More About 'The Space Between Us'

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In the interplanetary Ya adventure romance The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) stars as Gardner Elliot, a boy who was born on Mars to an astronaut who died in childbirth without revealing who his father was. As the first human child to inhabit the red planet he has a lonely upbringing, and at 16 he embarks on a search to find his father on Earth -- while falling for a streetwise girl he meets in Colorado. There's a bit of a wrinkle, though; not having experienced...

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The Monster Interview: Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. on Their Practical Approach to Monsters

Creature designers and visual effects legends Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. have filled our collective conscience with some of the most indelible movie monsters ever. From the Graboids in Tremors  to James Cameron's Alien queen, and more recently the aliens of Ender's Game and Skyline, the duo have always been on the forefront of monster movie making.  Their latest work can be seen in Bryan Bertino's The Monster, a harrowing film about a mother and daughter forced to fight a mysterious creature on a dark stretch of highway. Reminiscent of 80's creature features, the titual monster is, of course, a practical creation, something its creators value over computer generated images.  ScreenAnarchy: People are fond of saying the best special effects are a blend of practical...

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New Trailer for The Space Between Us Follows the Journey of a Teenage Boy From Mars

A new trailer has been released for the coming-of-age sci-fi drama The Space Between Us, which follows a teenage boy who was born on Mars on his journey to Earth to find love and his father. Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) plays the boy, and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) plays the teenage girl that he falls for.

This looks like an interesting and charming movie that is kind of cheesy. I hope that it turns out to be a decent film, though. It also has a great supporting cast that includes Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman, Bd Wong, Janet Montgomery, and Jenny Gabrielle. Here's a detailed synopsis:

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet
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'Miss Peregrine', 'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Masterminds' Close Out September

'Miss Peregrine', 'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Masterminds' Close Out September
When compared to last year, September 2016 has been a bit of a rough and tumble month. While there have been a pair of $30+ million openers, there have also been more than a fair share of disappointments. This weekend closes out the month with two new big budget releases in the form of Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, both hoping to make a case for their price tag while the long-delayed ensemble comedy Masterminds finally hits theaters after enduring six release date changes over the past 18 months. Overall, the weekend is once again looking to underperform compared to the same weekend last year, which saw The Martian top the box office with $54 million. At the top, Tim Burton returns to work at Fox for the first time since 2001's Planet of the Apes remake and he does so with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,
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Watch: Trailer for Weird Sci-Fi Film 'The Call Up' About Virtual Reality

This time it's for real. Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for a sci-fi action film called The Call Up, from writer/director Charles Barker about a virtual reality video game that turns out to be more than just a simple, harmless video game. The story follows a group of gamers invited to participate in a brand new shoot-'em-up virtual reality experience, but they soon discover it may not be a "game" after all. This sounds like it's borrowing the Ender's Game concept and combining it with the virtual reality craze. The cast includes Max Deacon, Morfydd Clark, Ali Cook and Christopher Obi. It actually looks like it has some solid action, but I'm not sure if the rest will be any good. The suits look a bit cheesy. Take a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Charles Barker's The Call Up, in high def from Apple:
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Asa Butterfield Grows Up on Mars in The Space Between Us [Trailer]

Stx Entertainment has premiered the first trailer for the new space-faring drama The Space Between Us about the first human (played by Ender's Game's Asa Butterfield) born on Mars who travels to Earth for the first time to experience the wonders of our planet through fresh eyes.

The film stars Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, and Britt Robertson.

Synopsis:

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intellig [Continued ...]
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'Allegiant' Fail: Why Ya Movies Dying Is Bad for Everyone

'Allegiant' Fail: Why Ya Movies Dying Is Bad for Everyone
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Bella Swan and Edward Cullen may live forever in the supposed bliss of a deathless union, but the genre they jumpstarted has proven to be decidedly mortal. It was only a few short years ago that the blitz of post-Potter Ya adaptations — characterized by dystopian settings, a fetish for the supernatural, and a buffet of genetically indistinguishable British boys — was standing toe-to-toe with superhero movies atop the Hollywood food chain. But the times they are a changin', fluctuating like the hormones of their target demographic.

Yesterday,
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Hood Talks "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Mess

There's little doubt about it, hen it comes to discussing the "X-Men" film franchise, the most commonly cited nadir of the series is a toss between either Gavin Hood's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand". The winner varies from person to person.

'Origins' certainly had the rockier road in the film's lead-up with reports of creative differences, a difficult production during the midst of the writers' strike, and the infamous leak several weeks before release. Hood went on to do the well-received "Ender's Game" film along with the just out drone drama "Eye in the Sky," but in the seven or so years since the release of 'Origins,' the "Tsotsi" and "Rendition" helmer hasn't spoken much about the superhero film.

Now, discussing 'Eye' at the Miami International Film Festival, he spoke with Indiewire about the project and takes full blame for the result
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First Look at Tim Burton's 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children'

Tim Burton may have had more misses than hits in the past decade, but there's no denying that he's a director that leaves his fingerprints on the his movies. Even if you hated Alice In Wonderland (which many did, with relish), there was no denying that it was a product of Tim Burton's direction. His creepy, gothic, and otherworldy imagery is something that's gone on to impact audiences worldwide and inspire countless other creatives. It's a style that's a great fit for certain projects, and when it comes to young adult novel adaptations, I can't think of a greater fit for him than Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar children.

"Weird kids: It’s something that I’ve dealt with and been interested in for a while,” director Tim Burton said when speaking about the film with Entertainment Weekly.

The book itself is something of a straightforward, fun story, accented with sort of a creepy,
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Contest: Win From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 on Blu-ray

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The blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them continue in the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. The second season of the Robert Rodriguez series hits home media on February 2nd from eOne, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.

From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Synopsis: "Across 10 explosive, SFX-filled episodes in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Season Two, core relationships deepen and become more complicated as everyone tries to put their lives back on track after one very insane day. Santánico and Richie are now partners in crime, resembling a more modern version of Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by as small time criminals south of the border; and Freddie Gonzalez has an almost obsessive focus on protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister,
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From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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The continued blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them are collected in the second season Blu-ray / DVD of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the Amazon exclusive home media release that includes both seasons of the Robert Rodriguez series:

Press Release: The Original Crime Drama, Executive Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Swoops Into Retail in a Loaded 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray/DVD) Featuring All 10 Episodes from Season Two, Audio Commentary from Rodriguez, Cast & Crew, 13 Featurettes, "After Dusk: Inside the Episode" Segments - and More!

Also Available Will Be From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Seasons One & Two, Exclusively at Amazon

Street Date: February 2, 2016

Blu-ray/DVD Srp: $49.98/$39.98

Program Description

Spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent,
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Lionsgate 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Launch Lineup Includes Sicario

Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the latest studio to unveil their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray launch titles and plans. Rather than beat around the bush, they've come out with pricing, tech specs, and a firm release date of when the first titles will arrive on store shelves.

Forming the Lionsgate 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray launch lineup with High Dynamic Range (Hdr) imagery on supported TV sets are The Last Witch Hunter, Sicario, The Expendables 3, and Ender's Game. Each title will be available to own starting March 1, 2016, the same day Samsung's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player will arrive in stores.

Each title in this first Lionsgate wave are not created or priced equally. The Last Witch Hunter and Sicario carry an Srp of $42.99, while catalog titles Ender's Game and The Expendables 3 are notably cheaper at $22.99.

Additionally, The Last Witch Hunter utilizes DTS:x Audio while the other three titles boast the next-generation audio competition,
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8 original sci-fi films to look forward to in 2016

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Among the sequels and reboots, there are also some exciting-looking original sci-fi films to look forward to in 2016. And here they are...

Did you see Coherence? Or maybe Predestination? They’re but two examples of relatively low-budget, original genre films that were both beautifully made and endlessly watchable. What they lacked in expensive special effects they more than made up for in mesmerising concepts and superb performances, whether it was from a cast of relative unknowns in Coherence or the perfect pairing of Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook in Predestination.

Only time will tell whether 2016 will play host to films as good as those, but we have to say, there are some potentially great sci-fi films on the horizon this year. Some have generous budgets and top-line casts, others are independently produced. For different reasons, all look well worth keeping an eye on...

Passengers

Even in the distant future,
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