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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Movie Starts To Take Shape With New Cast And Plot Details

X-Men Age of Apocalypse cover
Marvel Comics

X-Men: Days of Future Past isn't even in theaters yet, but details regarding the next movie in the franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, are already making their way out into reports.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer revealed that the movie, as one might assume, will at least partially be based on the "Age of Apocalypse" storyline from the mid-1990s, though " won’t necessarily create an alternate universe."

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‘The Wolf Among Us’ Episode 3, ‘A Crooked Mile,’ Honors A Different Genre [Review]

The Wolf Among Us A Crooked Mile Review
Telltale Games

The first two episodes of Telltale Games' Fables prequel, The Wolf Among Us, had clearly served as homage to a very particular genre, neon noir. The third episode, "A Crooked Mile," which hit Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and iOS this week, keeps the neon but seems to drop the noir.

What the developers and writers offer up instead is a bloodier, more aggressive story this time around. It feels pretty strongly like the a hat-tip to the gun-driven revenge and exploitation films of the 1970s, particularly by the end, and it gives the game a sense of welcome unpredictability.

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ComiXology To Become A Subsidiary Of Amazon

Amazon Comixology

According to the ComiXology Tumblr, the digital comics company will become a part of Amazon's ever-growing media empire sometime in the second quarter of 2014, which would mean before the end of June.

The news is a pretty big surprise. Though there have been a few rumblings about a possible acquisition over the past few weeks, they were not much more than rumors. Now, it appears to all be a done deal.

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Harvard Professor Uses Manga To Teach Students About Steve Jobs

Apples Core Manga Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School

A manga about the partnership and subsequent falling out between Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak is a big hit. At Harvard Business School, at least.

And this isn't Caleb Melby's The Zen of Steve Jobs or the Japanese manga titled Steve Jobs, either. This is a 32-page graphic novel titled Apple's Core that was developed specifically to offer students a cautionary tale about how business relationships can go bad.

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‘Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business’ Puts The ‘Spy’ In ‘Spider-Man’ [Review]

The Amazing Spider-Man Family business main
Marvel Comics

I have pretty strong feelings about Peter Parker's parents. To put them succinctly, I don't think they should matter. Peter's parents are dead, and that's that. Uncle Ben and Aunt May raised him, and they're the ones we should care about.

I say that to explain upfront that Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, the new graphic novel by Mark Waid, James Robinson, Gabrielle Dell'Otto and Werther Dell'Edera was fighting an uphill battle with me from about the fifth page in. The story hinges quite a bit on Peter's family history, specifically on his parents' history as spies in the CIA. In the end, the team's charming mix of spies and Spidey mostly won me over, though not everything completely gels.

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‘FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics’ The Latest Vertigo Title To Enter The Movie Pipeline

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Vertigo

Less than a year into its run at Vertigo, Hollywood is already calling for writer Simon Oliver, artist Robbi Rodriguez and colorist Rico Renzi's tripped-out sci-fi comic FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics.

Deadline reports that Justin Marks, writer of the upcoming live-action Jungle Book movie and of the screenplay for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, is adapting a treatment written by Oliver. David S. Goyer, who has been a driving force behind a good many DC Comics movie properties over the past several years, will produce.

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Oni Press Cuts Ties With Packaging Supplier ULine Over Its Support Of Anti-Gay-Marriage Organization

Oni Press Uline

In an open letter posted to its Tumblr Tuesday and signed by the full editorial staff, comics publisher Oni Press announced it was ending its relationship with ULine, the supplier of Oni's office and packaging supplies for years, over ULine's ties to Family-PAC, a political organization based in Illinois that describes itself as "pro-family."

In particular, Family-PAC lobbied heavily against the recently enacted law that legalized gay marriage in Illinois. Oni described the organization as one whose "core espoused beliefs run counter to the beliefs we hold vital and true." See the full letter after the jump.

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Drew Goddard Named As Director Of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Spinoff Movie ‘Sinister Six’

Sinister Six
Marvel Comics

Back in December, Sony Pictures announced that it was going full-force with its Spider-Man franchise, not just with a followup to the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, but with Venom and Sinister Six movies to boot.

The directors for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Venom were already in place at the time of that announcement (Marc Webb is sticking with the main series and Alex Kurtzman will handle Venom), but Sinister Six's director wasn't yet confirmed. Now, it seems like an almost-done deal that screenwriter Drew Goddard, who directed The Cabin in the Woods and is also writing the new Netflix Daredevil series, will have the job.

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New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Clip Serves Up A Bit More Star-Lord [Video]

Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord Clip
Marvel Studios

If you've seen the trailer for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, you're likely already familiar with the prominently featured scene in which Chris Pratt's Star-Lord tiptoes up to an ancient-looking artifact with designs on stealing it in a manner reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Now, Marvel Studios has released a slightly longer look at that scene in what you might call a clip or what kind of seems like a slightly different trailer cut. Whatever you'd call it, the video awaits your eyes.

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Doraemon Meets ‘Akira’ In Disturbing 2020 Tokyo Olympics Animation [Video]

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Aleix Pitarch

The city of Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics this past fall, leading many people, this site included, to draw the parallel between reality and the post-apocalyptic manga and anime feature film Akira, which took place in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Neo-Tokyo.

The organizers real-life Games in Tokyo have turned to another manga/anime, Doraemon, to help promote the Olympics. The famous robot cat is an ambassador for the 2020 Games. With that in mind, animator Aleix Pitarch has combined Akira, Doraemon and the Olympics in a tribute video. It's...harrowing.

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