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It’s an extra-chatty edition of Sequel Bits, as everyone has a little something to say about everything. After the jump:

  • A $500,000 camera has been stolen from Dumb and Dumber To
  • The next Aliens game might be about Ripley’s daughter
  • Peter Jackson chats about the score for The Hobbit
  • Director thinks National Treasure could shoot in two years
  • Dan Aykroyd is going on about Ghostbusters 3 again
  • Keanu Reeves chats about Point Break and Speed

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Ridley Scott’s featured some fantastic fictional women over the years, but perhaps none are more beloved than Alien‘s Ellen Ripley. James Cameron’s Aliens then added to the kickass female roster with characters like Vasquez, Ferro, and Dietrich, and even the most recent installment of the franchise — the prequel Prometheus — featured prominent female character in the form of Shaw and Vickers.

All of which makes it a little surprising and deeply disapointing that Gearbox Software gives women the short shrift in its upcoming release Aliens: Colonial Marines. The multiplayer shooter reportedly won’t include any playable female characters, only male ones. Not surprisingly, that decision isn’t going over so well with some of its intended audience, and at least one of them is doing something about it: Gamer Melissa K has started a petition demanding the inclusion of at least one such character before the game’s February 2012 release. Read more after the jump.

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Everyone has something to say in today’s Sequel Bits, whether it’s Star Trek 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman on the magneticism of Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Englund on Freddy Krueger’s backstory, or Frank Spotnitz on the possibility of another X-Files movie. Also after the jump:

  • Details on the new (in-canon) video game sequel to Aliens
  • James Cameron and Jon Landau have big plans for the Avatar franchise
  • The MPAA stamps Piranha 3DD with a well deserved R rating

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When a full platoon of Colonial Marines gets wiped out of existence, someone tends to notice. That’s what happened in James Cameron’s 1986 film Aliens and while the subsequent sequels followed Ellen Ripley’s story, we never found out what happened outside of her limited point of view. One would assume the military was pretty pissed to lose all that manpower and equipment without a trace.

That’s where the 2012 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines picks up. It follows a team of Marines who are sent back to LV-426, back to the abandoned U.S.S. Sulaco, to investigate what happened to our beloved Hicks, Hudson, Vasquez, Apone and more. Gearbox, the team behind Borderlands and Duke Nukem Forever, has been developing this game for five years and – in anticipation of next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo – has finally released a trailer for the Spring 2012 release. Read More »