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Bad Robot

So, Christmas (and 2011 at large) is behind us, and your place is filled with half-opened boxes of hideous underwear your mom gave you because, "you needed it." What, this doesn't happen to you? OK, so maybe there's five pounds of "delicious" fruitcake from your aunt – whatever. Instead of selling your underwear on Craigslist, or using the fruitcake as a doorstop, why not let your misinformed loved ones know how much you appreciate that gift by launching a missile into it?

A new iOS app from director J.J. Abrams' ("Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol") production company, Bad Robot, lets you do just that. Well, virtually, anyways.

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This may come as a bit of a shock, but it's only right for you to know that you've been "indoctrinated" by the Muppets. Yes, as much as Jim Henson's crew of cuddly misfits might have appeared to want nothing more than to teach children how to count on "Sesame Street" or to make them laugh with G-rated humor, it turns out that Kermit and crew were a bunch of dirty, Commie pinkos all along.

The other night on Fox Business News' "Follow the Money," host Eric Bolling took to the airwaves to set the record straight: "The Muppets" is just another entry in a long string of Hollywood propaganda produced solely for the purpose of turning impressionable children against our country's down-trodden oil barons.

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BioShock

The sheer magnitude of terrible videogame-to-film adaptations is quite staggering. Try as they might, Hollywood has faced an uphill battle in delivering games to the big screen in any form other than schlock that alienates the original product's fans. At this point, I'm convinced that Uwe Boll is secretly part of some massive government experiment to test the pain threshold of theater-goers everywhere, utilizing his incredible ability to turn decent videogames into absolutely horrid films.

All that said, some development studios attempt to avoid the adaptation scenario all-together, or come to the realization that maybe their game franchise just doesn't need to be a film if that means the source material losing its voice.

Apparently, that's precisely what's going on with Irrational Games and their overwhelmingly successful "BioShock" series.

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Assassin's Creed

Hollywood and the videogame industry have a rocky relationship. Years ago, when gaming was still in its infancy, developers would have given anything to have their title adapted into a film franchise. That eventually did happen, thanks to "Super Mario Bros." in the early '90s, but the film was – well, it's absolute garbage. Unfortunately, the tradition of poor videogame adaptations has continued with almost complete certainty since then, leaving both film and game audiences wary of the industry's attempts to cross that digital divide.

Ubisoft is trying something different with "Assassin's Creed." The game publisher is retaining abnormal amounts of creative control over the mega-franchise's jump to the big screen; a move that has some Hollywood insiders claiming that the picture will never see the light of day.

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Uncharted

Ed Zwick is best known for his directorial work on "Glory," "The Last Samurai," and "Defiance." If there's a consistent theme running through the films, it's the concept of heroics, people placed into situations where they are forced to muster up their will in the face of adversity. So, who better to produce a short film about heroism (in relation to Sony's upcoming "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" game)?

Speaking to Empire, Zwick stated that he wasn't much of a gamer, but he was intrigued by the idea of talking to a number of different people – all associated with the game in some manner – and asking them to define what heroism means.

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Assassin's Creed

Earlier this year, videogame development and publishing company Ubisoft announced interest in bringing a few of their popular titles to the big screen. They were so interested, in fact, that they decided to fly out to Hollywood – Ubisoft is a French company – and start seeking out development partners. Company heads claimed that they had several meetings with interested studios already lined-up, but at the time, it wasn't immediately clear who was actually involved.

According to Variety, it looks like Sony Pictures are on the cusp of finalizing a deal to adapt the popular "Assassin's Creed" games into a film franchise.

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