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Geek News on the Radio January 8th, 2015

Fox To Release Extended ‘ROGUE’ Cut of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-Men: Days of Future Past managed to fit in a surprising number of new and returning mutants, but one it didn’t have time for was Rogue. Although the character, played by Anna Paquin, had a small cameo in the film, she was originally intended for a much larger role – one that was filmed in but cut from the theatrical edition. In an interview with Variety, writer/producer Simon Kinberg said that those scenes – and more – will see the light of day in a new extended edition of the film.

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Fox announces release dates for Gambit, Assassin’s Creed, a bunch of other movies

In a world where Marvel schedules its films five years in advance, all studios must start planning ahead. To this end, Fox has laid claim to several 2016 and 2017 release dates, probably to help minimize the risk of losing any games of “blockbuster weekend chicken.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ will be the first TV series to hit IMAX theaters

If you think that some TV shows are so grandiose that they deserve a full-fledged theatrical release, you’re not alone. HBO is drumming up attention for the fifth season of Game of Thrones by screening the last two episodes of season four (plus a special season five trailer) in IMAX theaters — the first time that any TV series has been remastered for the large-scale visuals and sounds of the IMAX format. Should you be eager to see those big fantasy battles on the big screen, roughly 150 theaters across the US will play the episodes between January 23rd and January 29th. It’s hard to know if fans will pay to watch GoT content they’ve almost certainly seen at home. However, HBO and IMAX are really just testing the waters. They want to know if special theatrical runs can both draw attention to a TV series (especially important with HBO’s stand-alone internet service on the way) and fill seats that might otherwise stay empty.

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Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell – will something be lost in translation?

In the crammed, hyper-connected near-future of Ghost in the Shell, the heroine is an implacable anti-terrorist cyborg who, between a stealthy infiltration and deafening gunfights, finds room in her over-clocked consciousness to contemplate the nature of her existence. Is Major Motoko Kusanagi anything other than a lethal instrument of the Japanese government? Could her childhood memories simply be Blade Runneresque implants? With her extreme body and brain modifications, is she even human?

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