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This is probably one of the toughest Top Five articles I’ve had to put together, mainly because the Star Wars legacy has been all over the place when it comes to video games.  On the one hand, some of the greatest games we’ve played in quite a while stemmed from the Star Wars universe.  On the other, we’ve gotten games like…Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi.  And…oh boy.  But make no mistake, George Lucas’ legacy has lived on quite well in games, and we’ve managed to struggle enough to put together a list of the elite five.  Now let’s see how many of you Jedi masters agree with us.


There’s no question we’re on a fever pitch for the new Marvel’s The Avengers film.  How could you not be?  Between Robert Downey Jr. doing his slick Iron Man thing, Samuel L. Jackson playing the baddest Nick Fury on the planet, and the return of the Hulk (and not the Ed Norton Hulk), it’s crazy how much anticipation is going into it.  Which leads us to wonder…why is there not an Avengers video game that ties in with the film?


Here we are, 2012, and already we're seeing a bunch of movie trailers indicating upcoming projects that will be in 3D.  Disney has already confirmed that Marvel's The Avengers will be in that format; the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance from Sony will benefit from the third dimension; and remakes of Titanic and Beauty and the Beast will soon hit theaters with the 3D touch.  But perhaps the biggest title to use the format arrives next month, when Star Wars officially steps into the 3D realm with a re-release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace.


Zen Studios has been on a roll in 2011, with the release of several pinball tables for both Zen Pinball and Pinball FX 2, namely the Marvel Pinball tables.  But this holiday season, it's continuing to build on its reputation by releasing a quartet of new tables.  Coming next week, Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue will give you four more reasons to flip out -- and for moderately cheap.


Movies based on popular video games are usually a crapshoot.  We say this because of the history of most of these films, though a couple, like the original Mortal Kombat, have escaped unscathed.  But the future isn't looking too rosy, mainly because of the argument of who should retain control of the rights and production.  So we've decided to take a look at all sides and see what the best way to go is.  It sounds like the upcoming film adaptation of Assassin's Creed needs it.


It’s been a long, hard road for Grimlock when it comes to video games.  In fact, barring an appearance as a playable character in a Flash game for the Hasbro website, we haven’t really seen the Dinobot get any sort of video game respect.  But that’ll change by this time next year, as Activision has announced that full details for the upcoming sequel Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will be coming to the November issue of Game Informer.  And one thing we know for sure – Grimlock will be a featured character.


When it aired a few years ago on Fox, Arrested Development was quite simply the best comedy show on television, with its over-the-top characters (Gob is the man!), ridiculous scenarios and dead-pan humor.  And when it went away, we got all sad.  However, news is now spreading like wildfire that the Bluth family will return to TV one more time, before setting down the path for the highly anticipated movie.


Have you ever wanted to know virtually everything there ever was that went into creating one of the worst movies ever made? Do you just yearn to know why normally smart people make some stupid decisions that result in a hot steaming mess of personified WTF? Do you at all wax nostalgic for the 90's, a time when bad movies had some type of special I don't know what that make them somehow infinitely enjoyable in a way that science has as of yet failed to quantify? Then baby, do I have an interview to show you.


Video game movies aren't a genre that inspires confidence, nor is SyFy a channel that raises hopes. They are the same channel that brings us classics like Sharktopus, after all. THQ teaming up with SyFy to release a Red Faction movie sounds like a recipe for disaster, and anyone who assumed Red Faction: Origins was going to be one could hardly be blamed for that. Despite all odds, however, Origins is actually a competent movie.


Games based on movies generally don't inspire much confidence, but all that can change with the right developer. High Moon Studios, known for the fairly well received Transformers: War for Cybertron, is holding the reigns for the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie tie-in. Given High Moon Studios' love for the Transformers franchise, it does inspire a certain hope that this is a move tie-in worth playing. Given a quick hands-on with the game, I got to see if that hope was well-founded.

 If there's one person you don't want to cross in the courtroom, it would have to be Phoenix Wright. He and his assistant Maya Fey can definitely put any case to rest once they put enough elbow grease into it. While he has been winning court cases on the Nintendo DS, Phoenix Wright has made plans to take his talents elsewhere. On Capcom's blog, it has been announced that there will be a Phoenix Wright movie out in Japan, expected to premiere in the Spring of 2012.
One of the most talked about films of 2010, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is taking a bite out of the home entertainment market. Summit has released a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Single Disc Blu-ray, Single Disc DVD, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo amidst launch parties for Twihards. Actor Michael Welch, who has starred in all three Twilight films alongside Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart, talks about his own videogame background and why fans haven’t yet seen a Twilight game in this exclusive video interview.

"Toy Story 3", the 3rd installment of the Toy Story franchise that helped propel Pixar into a major animation player, rocketed to first at the U.S. weekend box office pulling in $109 million in receipts. That makes the film the first Disney/Pixar release to top $100 million in its opening weekend and made it 11 consecutive box office weekend wins for Pixar. It is the best opening for the Toy Story franchise beating "Toy Story 1" and "Toy Story 2," which grossed $39.1 million and $83 million respectively in their opening weekends. It is also the best opening film debut for June. Worldwide, "Toy Story 3" was also a hit with $158.3 million for its global box office take. On Friday, "Toy Story 3" also set the record for biggest opening day for an animated film, grossing $41-million domestically.


James Cameron’s “Avatar” breaks another milestone as it passes the $2 billion revenue mark globally ending the weekend at $2.039 billion, according to Box Office. The 3D sci-fi epic earned $30 million over the weekend as its domestic total box office reached $594.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 20th Century Fox film should break another milestone as early as Monday as “Avatar” is just $6 million behind the domestic box office record set by Cameron's own "Titanic". "Titanic" brought in $600.8 million at the U.S. box office during its run in 1998.


It’s official. James Cameron’s Avatar has just beaten James Cameron’s Titanic to become the highest grossing film ever. James Cameron’s 3D epic surpassed worldwide box office sales of the previous top-selling flick, Titanic, on Monday, with $1.859 billion in box office receipts globally compared to Titanic’s $1.843 billion. Titanic held the crown for 13 years, when it surpassed E.T. which surpassed Star Wars before that.


After this weekend’s box office take of $36 million, James Cameron’s Avatar now trails his own Titanic by less than $7 million making it the second-highest grossing movie of all time at $1.8 billion. Avatar climbed to $552.8 million domestically and surpassed The Dark Knight's domestic box office total of $533.3 million. Dropping at only 16-percent in its sixth weekend of release, James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic seems to be unstoppable and could reach the $2 billion mark in the next few weeks. It also blew away newcomers this weekend such as Legion, Tooth Fairy and Extraordinary Measures by a large margin.



The ambitious and highly anticipated 3D blockbuster Avatar scored $232.2 million in its first weekend opening globally in 106 countries making it the highest grossing global non-sequel release ever with some industry experts estimating that the film could eventually hit over $1 billion in ticket sales globally. As a comparison, James Cameron’s Titanic grossed $1.6 billion globally.