“The Purge” Up for Third Installment

The Purge turns an interesting spin as producers gear up with the development of a third installment. The plan came after the box office success of the horror film The Purge and its sequel The Purge: Anarchy.

James DeMonaco, the writer of the two The Purge sequels, was surprised with all of the positive public reception that turn up for his films, expressing the plan for another installment. The two The Purge films earned a combined gross income of $200 million worldwide from their combined budget of $12 million.

“I never imagined that The Purge would become the phenomenon it has become…and I am thrilled to continue my collaboration with Brian Torchin, Blumhouse, Sebastien Lemercier, Platinum Dunes and the great team at Universal in building The Purge into a worldwide franchise,” DeMonaco said in a story published at the magazine website Deadline.

Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes will once again produce the new installment.

The Purge, the first installment, focused on a family who struggled to survive the night. The Purge: Anarchy, the second installment, focused on different people and touched the story arc of how the society’s relationship with the annual Purge has evolved.

A post on the movie and television website Screenrant explores the possible storyline of The Purge 3, which they think may pick up from the revelation at the end of the second installment, about the real reason why the government created the activity.

Meanwhile, there are rumors circulating that the The Purge 3 will be a prequel of the first two films, and is set to be released in 2015.

Robin Might Be Female In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

There are an increasing amount of rumors suggesting that Hunger Games star Jena Malone could be the new Robin in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. It’s widely theorized that Robin will be a part of the world, and several of the Hollywood movie websites are reporting Malone’s involvement.

But it would make sense. Zack Snyder said that the inspiration for the Batman in his DC Cinematic Universe is Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns storyline.

In that story, there is indeed a Robin that helps Batman, and she does happen to be female. So through the power of deduction, if these rumors about Jena Malone are true, then it makes sense she would be playing Robin.

Not to mention the fact that she posted a cryptic image of her current hair color, which has recently been dyed a bright red. Very reminiscent of Frank Miller’s Robin:

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I for one am a big fan of hers, and it’s great to see the career resurgence she’s experienced in the last few years. Can’t see how she wouldn’t make an amazing Robin.

Teachers Are Using Minecraft To Help Children Read

One of the biggest difficulties when a child first learns to read, is motivating them to keep reading. Finding unique ways to spark an interest, and help them want to read new material. That’s what Minecraft is doing, with the new line of books that have been released.

Designed in a children’s book format, Minecraft has released several guides that help users understand and play the game. These guides cover everything, from mining, to building, and crafting various materials in the game world.

Minecraft is also remarkably popular with kids. It’s really an all ages simulation, and provides endless opportunities to be creative with your building projects, or just to spend hours exploring a rich world full of different things to explore.

Books like the Minecraft Redstone Handbook, and The Ultimate Players Guide to Minecraft are sparking an interest in children like never before. Providing the perfect venue for teachers to foster that creativity and interest, and inspire them to keep reading.

Have to say, I’m with Keith Mann on this being a great positive story about gaming. With all the drama of GamerGate going on right now, it’s nice to see the best of video games, and how they can be a force for good in the lives of many.

Stephen King Reveals Details of The Stand Adaptation

Stephen King, writer of numerous bestselling novels and short story collections, dropped the bomb about the movie adaptation of The Stand while promoting his short-story-turned-film, A Good Marriage. The writer thinks The Standshould not be just one movie.

In an interview with MTV to promote his movie A Good Marriage, King hinted that the adaptation of The Stand will be different and innovative. The bestselling author, whose works are adapted to both television and film, said that the movie will push through, courtesy of director Josh Boone, the same director who brought The Fault in Our Stars to the silver screen.

Aside from directing, King revealed that Boone will also write the script for the adaptation. He’s also in talks with Tom Rothman and Sony/Tristar about a production deal. And as rumors spread that Boone plans to make a one movie run for the entire story of the popular novel, King believed that his masterpiece should not be just one movie. Despite this, he had the assurance that someone as creative and talented as Boone will give the movie justice.

The Stand is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel that starts after a lethal plague kills a large percentage of the world’s population. The survivors were split into two groups, and a face-off between them becomes a battle between good and evil. The book had previously been adapted to television, in a multi-part special.

Meanwhile, A Good Marriage, which opened October 3, is about a woman who discovers that her husband has a sinister secret. This discovery puts her on a roller coaster ride of horror and thrill. The movie is based on King’s short story from the collection Full Dark, No Stars.

Movie to be Released Simultaneously in Theaters and on Netflix

The ongoing controversy as to how the Internet can affect theater attendance has reached a new level with the recent announcement that a major motion picture will be released simultaneously in movie houses and over Netflix. The announcement has also prompted a backlash from certain theater chains, which are refusing to screen the movie.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, which is scheduled for release in the summer of 2015, will become available over the Internet subscription service at the same time it is released in IMAX theaters, which feature jumbo screens. Financed in part by the Weinstein Company, the film stars Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh. Although such a joint release is not unprecedented, it was not expected in the case of a big-budget sequel in the “Crouching Tiger” genre. In retaliation, such chains as Regal and AMC Theaters have declined to show the film.

Created in the late 1990s, Netflix today has some 50 million subscribers in North and South America and in parts of Europe. The expansion of Netflix has been accompanied by the virtual disappearance of neighborhood video rental stores. There has also been increasing concern in the industry that the service has reduced attendance at movie theaters. While many were surprised by this news, Jared Haftel predicted this on Kaggle last year.

Competition with motion pictures dates back to the expansion of television, which the film industry countered with bigger productions, wide screens and sterophonic sound. The industry may meet the new competition by simply going with the flow. This was indicated by the recent agreement by actor/director Adam Sandler to produce films exclusively for the streaming oulet.

Microsoft Unveils RoomAlive Technology

Microsoft has come out with their own variant on the virtual reality concept, and it’s pretty awesome. While I keep hearing about the Oculus Rift, and Sony’s Project Morpheus, I’m more excited by the prospect of RoomAlive.

A friend of mine, Marnie Bennett first showed me this news story. I’ve been excited ever since.

Basically, RoomAlive is like a fusion between Kinect, and a projector. The device will actually project video games onto the room around you, presenting a brand new experience like you’ve just never seen before.

A few demos have shown some cool experiences which presented games where you literally fly around your living room, and one which basically turned the entire room into a first person shooter. Something that we’ve just never seen before.

While I still don’t know how RoomAlive is going to turn out, and whether or not it’s going to be a problem having to see your shadow on the wall when you’re in front of the projector. I’m definitely intrigued.

We’re one step closer to the holodeck in Star Trek, so that’s something.

Microsoft Launches First Video Game Console In China In 14 Years

Well, Microsoft has decided to wake the sleeping giant. After a 14 year ban by China on video games, according to the Washington Post, China has decided to lift its ban and Microsoft has decided that the time is right to forge ahead into the Chinese video game console market with it’s new Xbox One which it is unleashing on the country in about 4,000 retail stores across 37 Chinese cities.

How bad an idea do you think this is? Oh my, let me count the ways.

For starters, Microsoft doesn’t exactly have the best reputation among people in the United States let alone in China. Taking risk is one thing, but this is outright suicide if you ask me.

Reputation and United States hatred aside, let’s look at the economic facts. Because of the ban on video games, the black market has been making a mint in China. There’s an estimated 490 million video game players in China, all using black market products that they are more than happy with. Microsoft essentially has to come into China and convince these people that their legitimate Xbox is better than the black market stuff.

Good luck with that Mr. Gates.

Personally, I give Microsoft a lot of credit for giving this a go and I may very well be wrong, but my gut tells me that this venture is going to sink worse than Microsoft Windows ME.

Time will tell.