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Astonishing XMen, Ghost Box

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The Story: The X-Men are called to the scene of a murder that appears to have involved heretofore unknown mutants. The team’s resident scientist, Beast, discovers that though the victim was indeed a mutant, his mutation appears to be artificially produced. The team races to a spaceship graveyard in Indonesia in their search for the murderer, who they find huddled over the mysterious Ghost Box, preparing to activate it. The murderer reveals himself to also be a mutant, but commits suicide rather than give the X-Men any information as to his, or the Ghost Box’s, origins. With mysterious, artificially created mutants popping up out of nowhere, the X-Men must struggle to unlock the mysteries of the Ghost Box: What is the device’s purpose, and why was it sent to Earth? Collecting ASTONISHING X-MEN #25-30 and GHOST BOXES #1-2. Rated T …$24.99 

Angels and Demons

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Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) 
Director: Ron Howard 
Screenwriter: David KoeppAkiva Goldsman 
Starring: Tom HanksEwan McGregorAyelet ZurerStellan Skarsgard,Pierfrancesco FavinoNikolaj Lie KaasArmin Mueller-Stahl 
Genre: Suspense Thriller 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material) 
Official Website: AngelsandDemons.com 
Review: 8/10 rating 
DVD Review: Not Available 
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Plot Summary: The team behind the global phenomenon "The Da Vinci Code" returns for the highly anticipated "Angels & Demons," based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. Ron Howard again directs the film, which is produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and John Calley. The screenplay is by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman.

When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati - the most powerful underground organization in history - he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization’s most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican’s only hope for survival. 

Dark Avengers, Assemble

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The Story: There they are, a new team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the sunlight gleaming off their smiling faces and an adoring crowd on hand to cheer them as they take the stage! Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye…You know them, you love them! They’re your Avengers, and they are here to protect you! Except…things are not how they appear. With the real Avengers underground, who are these Avengers that look like them, and why have they been assembled? The Dark Reign has begun, and DARK AVENGERS is at the epicenter of Norman Osborn’s insane plans for the Marvel Universe! Collecting DARK AVENGERS #1-6. Rated T …$19.99 

Assassin's Creed 2

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Discover an intriguing & fascinating new epic story of power, revenge and conspiracy set in a pivotal moment of History: the Italian Renaissance

  • The lineage continues…introducing Ezio, the new Assassin
  • Experience the freedom and immersion of an all new open world and mission structure
  • Master the art of the assassin with all new weapons and instruments created by Leonardo Da Vinci himself

 

Left 4 Dead 2

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Left 4 Dead 2 is coming later this year! It’s a much larger game than the original, and features new co-op and versus campaigns, all-new Survivors, boss zombies, weapons, and items, as well as melee combat.

Star Trek

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Studio: Paramount Pictures 
Director: J.J. Abrams 
Screenwriter: Roberto OrciAlex Kurtzman 
Starring: John ChoBen CrossBruce GreenwoodSimon PeggChris Pine,Zachary QuintoWinona RyderZoe SaldanaKarl UrbanAnton YelchinEric BanaLeonard Nimoy 
Genre: Sci-Fi 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content) 
Official Website: StarTrekmovie.com | NCC-1701.com |MySpace.com/StarTrek 
Review: 7.5/10 rating | 9/10 rating 
DVD Review: Not Available 
DVD: DVD (2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition) | DVD (Single-Disc) | Blu-ray Disc (Ultimate 3-Disc Digital Copy Edition) 
Movie Poster: One-Sheet | Kirk Teaser Poster | Spock Teaser Poster | Nero Teaser Poster | Uhura Teaser Poster | Spock Poster | Uhura Poster | Kirk Poster | Nero Poster | Sulu Poster |Scotty Poster | McCoy Poster | Chekov Poster | Teaser 
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Plot Summary: The greatest adventure of all time begins with "Star Trek," the incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind.

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before! 

Up

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From Disney•Pixar comes "Up," a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. From the Academy Award®-nominated director Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc."), Disney•Pixar’s "Up" invites you on a hilarious journey into a lost world, with the least likely duo on Earth. "Up" will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D in select theaters.

Star Wars, The Clone Wars, Complete Season One

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  • Product Description
    The "Clone Wars" goes back to the original Star Wars film when Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that he was once a Jedi knight the same as your father and that they fought together in the Clone Wars. Since that moment fans have been obsessed with what the clone wars were. This new TV series takes place immediately after the events of Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The series follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker and introduces us to some new characters such as Ahsoka Tano a girl Jedi knight as well as characters we already know. Features:
    • 22 episodes, including seven director’s cut episodes
    • 22 behind-the-scenes featurettes including director and crew interviews
    • Exclusive 64-page production journal with original sketches and artist notes
    • Sneak peek of season 2
    Actors:
     Matt LanterAshley EcksteinDee Bradley BakerTom KaneRon Perlman
  • Directors: Atsushi TakeuchiBrian O’ConnellDave BullockDave FiloniGeorge Samilski
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 484 minutes

 

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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Release Date: August 7, 2009
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Stephen Sommers
Screenwriter: Stuart BeattieDavid ElliotPaul Lovett
Starring: Adewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeChristopher EcclestonJoseph Gordon-Levitt,Byung Hun LeeSienna MillerRachel NicholsRay ParkSaid TaghmaouiChanning TatumMarlon WayansDennis Quaid
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Website: GIJoemovie.com
Review: Not Available
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Movie Poster: Duke poster | Ripcord poster | The Baroness poster | Scarlett poster | Snake Eyes posterStorm Shadow poster
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Plot Summary: Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster "Transformers," join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." is directed by Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns").

NaNoWriMo

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National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2007, we had over 100,000 participants. More than 15,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused? Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!