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‘Wanted 2’ Brings Back Original Writers
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Wanted

Ever since the first film hit, a sequel to the rather entertaining, albeit wholly vapid, actioner Wanted has been in the works. However, despite various different teams getting their chance to work on the film, it appears as though it will be the original duo who get the final stab at it.

THR is reporting that Derek Haas and Michael Brandt have been brought back to work on the upcoming film for Universal, and will be working on a new script, based on one penned back in 2009 by writer Evan Spiliotopoulos.

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Must Watch: The Onion Interviews 5-Year-Old Writer Of ‘Fast Five’
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A new video from The Onion has been spreading around the ‘net like wildfire the past couple of days, and for good reason.

The video plays as a parody of The Today Show, called Today Now!, where the two hosts interview the screenwriter behind the latest installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast Five. The catch is that the writer, Chris Morgan, is only 5 years old, making for quite the hilarious little clip.

Morgan shares his approach to writing the script and how he wanted to see it come to life, as well as if we’ll see any sequels and just how many are planned. He even touches on his work on the Angelina Jolie flick, Wanted!

You can see the video now by heading on below.

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UPDATED! ‘Wanted 2’ Killed Off After Angelina Jolie Walks Away To Star In Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’
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Wanted

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly has a follow-up to this story. Jolie’s people have revealed that she has also passed on Gravity as well and that WB still hasn’t even confirmed whether that movie is set up with them. Could be all smoke and mirrors, but that’s the update!

Many people have expected a sequel to Timur Bekmambetov‘s assassin-fest, Wanted, for a while now, but sadly, it looks as though this will not be happening.

Vulture is reporting that star Angelina Jolie has decided to walk away from Wanted 2 in order to do another film called Gravity, which is directed by the great Alfonso Cuarón. Jolie was attached to star in both films for Universal, but they decided to drop Gravity, which was then picked up by Warner Brothers. This is where Jolie, clearly looking for the more challenging, awards-possible role, followed it and left Wanted 2 in the dust and Universal deciding to scrap the project completely.

This may anger fans of Wanted who really hoped to see a sequel, but in all honestly, if you have to choose between the two just knowing the basic premise and the director, it’s a crystal clear decision to make.

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Contest: ‘Wanted’ VoD Prize Pack
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Win Awesome WANTED Prizes. Shirts, headphones and more!Today, the action-packed film Wanted, starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie as badass assassins, makes its Video On Demand (VOD) debut and in conjunction with this event, we here at Geeks of Doom have a really cool prize pack to give away to one (1) lucky reader!

One (1) winner will receive:

Wanted noise cancellation headphones
– a Wanted t-shirt
– a Wanted pen with holder

Check out the About section below for information about Video On Demand, as well as pics and video from Wanted.

TO ENTER: Fill out the form below and submit. Entry form is here after the jump.

RULES: One entry per person. All entries must be in by Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 9pm EST. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. No international entries will be accepted. Void where prohibited. Winners will be chosen randomly from valid entries and will be notified by email. NOTE: We will not sell your contact info into spam slavery. Enter with confidence.

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Geek Holiday Gift Guide ’08
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Geek Gift Guild 2008Here at Geeks of Doom we know how hard it can be to wade through those frenzied crowds at the department stores during the holidays. We also know that Christmas time is a time where, let’s face it, we’re all spending tons of money on our friends, family, and colleagues. That’s why every day, we post about great sales on DVDs, music, video games, and more to help our readers save a buck, especially during this bank-breaking season.

Hopefully, our daily Deal posts have already helped all of you get most of your holiday shopping done, but for those of you who still are on the lookout for great gift ideas, we Geeks compiled some of our favorite items to help you finish up your last-minute gift-buying. If you plan to buy these items online, we’ve also included the shipping deadlines to ensure that you get your stuff on or before Christmas Eve.

Check out our handy Geek Holiday Gift Guide ’08 below for all the coolest items this season has to offer in DVDs, music, books, comic books, video games, collectibles, electronics, and more.

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12 Of The Best Payback Moments in Film
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12 Of The Best Payback Moments in Film

There are plenty of movies about revenge — Sweeney Todd, Revenge of the Nerds, Mad Max, Death Wish, Kill Bill, every third or fourth movie in an action franchise, and most recently, Universal Pictures’ Wanted, which comes out on DVD this Tuesday, December 2. Then there are other films that contain specific moments of satisfaction-guaranteeing payback in them.

In the action-packed Wanted, James McAvoy stars as Wes, a meek office worker whose frequent anxiety attacks make it difficult for him stand up to his abusive boss, his backstabbing best friend, and cheating girlfriend. But Wes’s life is completely changed one day when he meets the sexy assassin Fox (Angelina Jolie), who takes him under her wing and into the Fraternity, an Order of assassins. The payback begins when Wes whacks a computer keyboard to his best friend’s face, sending the letters F.U.C.K.Y.O.U. flying into the air; it ends when Wes discovers the ultimate betrayal against him and enacts a vengeful plan that, let’s just say, involves explosives and lots of guns on those who wronged him.

To coincide with the release of Wanted and its badass moments of comeuppance, the Geeks of Doom gang got together to pool their favorite payback moments in film.

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Exclusive Contest: ‘Wanted’ Limited Edition Collector’s Blu-ray Set
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Wanted DVD Prize PackIn conjunction with the release of the action-packed film Wanted on DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, December 2, Universal has exclusively bestowed up Geeks of Doom copies of the Wanted Blu-ray Limited Edition Collector’s Gift Set to give away to our readers!

In Wanted, James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie are part of The Fraternity, an order of Assassins whose motto is “Kill One, Save a Thousand”. In keeping with this principle [minus the killing and saving, that is], we’re going to select at random one person to win out of every thousand people who enter. So, the more people who enter, the more chances there are to win!

Note, Universal is exclusively sponsoring this contest only here at Geeks of Doom. You won’t find this contest officially anywhere else, so if you want a chance to get your hands on a free copy of the Wanted Blu-ray Limited Edition Collector’s Gift Set, this is the place try and get it. So get entering!

For more info about the Wanted Blu-ray Limited Edition Collector’s Gift Set and the loads of goodies it comes with, see the About section below.

TO ENTER: Fill out the form below and submit. Entry form is here after the jump.

RULES: One entry per person. All entries must be in by Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 9pm EST. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. No international entries will be accepted. Void where prohibited. Winners will be chosen randomly from valid entries and will be notified by email. NOTE: For every thousand entrants, one person will be selected at random.

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DVD Review: Wanted (Blu-ray)
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Wanted
Wanted
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Common, Thomas Kretschmann
Universal Home Entertainment
Release date: December 2, 2008

There is a line of dialogue that is as sharp, lethal, and beautiful as all the extreme violence in Mark Millar and J.G. Jones’ comic book to movie adaptation Wanted: “He can conduct a symphony orchestra with a pistol.” Russian-born director Timur Bekmambetov does exactly that in stylish fashion to produce a creation that’s the zestiest and sexiest movie of the summer. It’s the first movie in a while to deal with self-worth in such an inventive way. Let’s just say Wanted is a mix between Fight Club and Matrix. But in severe risk of having his movie lean on the fringe of mindless action banter and pointless shoot ’em up sequences , Bekmambetov weaves a gut-wrenching story where the action scenes double as pristine pieces of adored art work.

We become involved with a miserable office worker named Wesley. As each day passes he becomes more of a drone. He’s played with an emotional vigor that goes through the roof by James McAvoy who, for his first action film, succeeds very well after playing a totally different character in last year’s Atonement. Dealing with a ignorant fat lady as a boss who always tries to evoke his vulnerability, which is his high anxiety that leaves him in a state of panic, to his best friend who also doubles as Wesley’s girlfriend’s sex toy, he needs a revelation to happen to him. By God he gets just that. His revelation also happens to be the movie’s revelation as Angelina Jolie shows up.

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Video: Sneak Peek of ‘Wanted’ DVD Featurettes
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Universal’s 2-disc special edition of Wanted arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday and will be loaded with extras. For now, check out the sneak peek clips here below taken from the bonus materials from the upcoming release.

The first one — “Searching for the Hero” — is a behind-the-scenes interview-style feature about the search for the actor to play Wes, the action hero of Wanted, the role that went to James McAvoy. The other one — “Angelina Jolie Kicks My Ass” — in another behind-the-scenes feature with McAvoy talking about how Angelina Jolie, who plays the sexy assassin Fox, kicked his butt. Both clips have Jolie’s response to starring against McAvoy.

Also being released this week is the limited edition Wanted DVD Collector’s Edition, which includes the Book of Assassins, Collectible Postcards, and Motion Film Cell. See the video below of all the goodies that come with this collector’s set.

Be sure to check back at Geeks of Doom real soon for your chance to win a copy of the Wanted DVD Collector’s Edition!

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