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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

Today in Techland: Steve brought us the news that Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland could be released with a limited stay in theaters – 13 weeks instead of 16 – to lessen the wait time for the DVD. Then, he talked Percy Jackson with Pierce Brosnan (who plays a centaur in the film), but the bigger question: Could Toy Story become the greatest movie triliogy of all-time. We think so. (Watch the trailer and decide for yourself.) Peter got a sneak peek of the DC Chronicles’ Flash. I thought Penelope Cruz would make a nice pirate.  Oh, and Bill Gates doesn’t like the iPad. Shocking. Happy Thursday!

Here’s what else is going on in nerd news around the Web:

Hank Pym on the Big Screen, Maybe: The rumors are true as Edgar Wright has confirmed that he’s gone back to working on the script for Ant-Man, but that’s pretty much it until he manages to knock out a Grade A script. And snipers will kill him if he screws this up.

Ooo, Hughes x 2: A live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira might finally be shaping up. Empire is reporting that  The Hughes Brothers will direct the film, and that Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way will play a part of the production team. Hopefully it won’t take another 10 years to film… 

Daily Dinosaur:

Ferocious.

On Avatarizing the film world: Isaac Asimov’s Foundation will be adapted for the silver screen soon, and director Roland Emmerich will use the same technology used to capture Avatar to bring his trilogy to life. Everyone in Hollywood owes James Cameron their first born child.

What-ever… Alicia Silverstone has signed on to play a vampire in upcoming film Vamps. We’re hoping for Clueless … With Vampires.

Calling all zombies: According to Bloody Disgusting, AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, will begin filming on May 15, 2010. Hey AMC, keep us in mind for extras!

Keep Calm and Carry On: Contrary to popular belief, Palm has not halted production of the Palm Pre or Palm Pixi. Just because it’s February 11th doesn’t mean everyone has celebrated the New Year, which is exactly what’s going on with Foxconn in China. Shame on you, BG.

Chrome for Mac Gets A Shine Job: In honor of Macworld, Google has pushed out a new beta release of Chrome for Mac that includes extensions and bookmark sync. Go forth and sync, Cult of Mac.

In the Year 2000 (long live Coco!): Microsoft is currently showing off their 2010 wares in San Francisco. Here’s what you need to know: Alan Wake is an early contender for Game of the Year and it’s coming out on May 18, 2010. Mark your calendars for March 9, Final Fantasy lovers. A Final Fantasy XIII 250GB Xbox 360 bundle comes with two wireless controllers, exclusive DLC along with a standard-edition copy of the game for $399. The public multiplayer beta for Halo: Reach goes live on May 3, which you’ll be able to access through your Halo 3: ODST disc on Xbox Live. The next chapter of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction rolls out on April 13 in NA (4/16 in UK, 4/28 in Japan). Lost Planet 2 also launches on May 18. Expect some more Zombie goodness from Left 4 Dead 2 early spring with The Passing DLC that includes “new co-operative campaign and associated narrative and new arenas for Survival, Versus and Scavenge modes, and introduce a new co-operative challenge mode.” Dead Rising 2 swarms into stores on August 31 with special prologue-ish DLC dubbed Case Zero available sometime before August. Also coming this spring is DLC for Modern Warfare 2. Pre-order Crackdown 2 now and receive a special download code that gets you four exclusive Agency-Issue suits of armor: Gold, Brushed, Red and Blue Metal.

Holy Duck Hunt: An original Nintendo gaming system along with a few games just sold on eBay for over $13,000. The pack included an original copy of Stadium Events, which is incredibly rare. Wish our used copy of Paper Boy would go for that much…

Miscellany: The majority of online streaming music sites stink, so try out Mog! It gives you full control over the music you want to hear as opposed to what the Music Genome Project thinks you want to listen to. Seriously.

Free Stuff: We’ll be giving away one BioShock 2 Special Edition for Xbox 360 in the next day or so, so stick around and tell all your friends.

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