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Web heads, comic fans and all nerds alike are anxiously awaiting the release Sony Pictures and Marc Webb‘s Spider-Man reboot: The Amazing Spider-Man. Sure,  kick-starting the SM franchise over again so soon after the trilogy Sam Raimi films is kind of a mind-fuck , but the talent involved in the reboot sure has folks excited. Honestly, how can a director with a last of “Webb” possibly disappoint? Anyway, the July release date is oh so far away. Until then, there’s going to be Activision‘s The Amazing Spider-Man video game to hold us over. A teaser has just been released and as far as teasers go, it looks pretty darn good.

Created as a tie-in to the feature length film, The Amazing Spider-Man will allow players to freely roam the landscape of New York City, from Manhattan straight into the depths of the city sewers . The game’s original story was written by TV writer Seamus Kevin Fahey, who has written episodes of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Battlestar Galactica.  OK, maybe this will make up for the recent lack of quality Spider-man games

Check out the teaser trailer for yourself and let your spider-senses get all giddy with excitement.

Check out this official press release for the game:

An all-new Spider-Man is poised to bring the action back to New York City as Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), and Marvel Entertainment, LLC announce The Amazing Spider-Man™ video game, planned to launch summer 2012 tied to Sony Picture Entertainment’s upcoming feature film of the same name.  Created as an epilogue story occurring entirely after the events of the movie, the game features the return of free-roaming web-slinging all over the city and evolutionary improvements to navigation and combat, as the newly anointed Spider-Man is plunged into an all-new storyline charged with protecting Manhattan from a variety of criminals.

The Amazing Spider-Man is in development at veteran game studio Beenox, and features an original narrative crafted by Hollywood writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (episodes of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica) that continues young Peter Parker’s adventures following the events of the new film.  Using the game’s new Web Rush mechanic allows players to pull off a vast array of moves never before possible.  With a story that takes players through many areas all over (and under) Manhattan, fans will feel what it’s truly like to be a Super Hero, as they experience the cinematic adrenaline rush of web-swinging through the city and fighting crime using Spider-Man’s spectacular acrobatic moves and attacks.

Fans can check out the WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE TRAILER for The Amazing Spider-Man video game during Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, airing live on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT.

For more information on The Amazing Spider-Man, please check out http://www.TheAmazingSpiderManGame.com.

Via: Geek Tyrant

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena premiered last Friday with all the blood, gore, and gloriously sweaty full frontal nudity that any geeky fan boy or girl could want.  The opening retells the all too deserved death of Batiatus at the hands of Spartacus, thus ending the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  As Batiatus lays next to his wife dieing, his minds eye flashes back to the days before Spartacus, the days where the Gods of the Arena ruled his world.

While Batiatus at the edge of death dreams of days long gone we the viewer are treated to the opportunity to see many of the cast before we knew them, the chance to see that tipping point that drove the characters into those we loved to love, or hate in Blood and Sands.

If you are in need of a new drinking game for your party friends just play Spartacus: Cock and Drink. Every time a character says the word “cock” everyone drinks.  Last one standing after the episode wins.  First one that falls gets the magic marker treatment.

Overall this opening episode for Gods of the Arena was a great starting point.  Bring on the blood, the sweat, and the Merkins!

Couple of interesting things I noticed:

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I love Spartacus Blood and Sand.  I liked the fighting, I liked the outrageously huge blood splurts, I liked the full frontal nudity, I even liked hearing about Lucy Lawless‘s merkin.  What?  You don’t know what merkin is?  Google it!  Pretty sweet huh?

OK, back to Spartacus.  I was pretty bummed out for Andy Whitfield when his cancer returned and he had to put his career on hold.  (Nerdbastards thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Andy!)  Starz had no choice but to cancel the show or recast the role.  With the shows popularity it was pretty much a no brainer to move on and recast.  Now the question is how will this affect the show?  Will is be as obvious and unforgettable as the Darren switch in Bewitched, or forgettable like the Jimmy Olsen switch in Louis and Clark?  (Didn’t know about that one did ya?  One nerd point for me.?

From the Daily Blam:

Word from Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht is that they will going through with the second season and are close to recasting the lead role of Spartacus. According to Michael Aussiello, Liam McIntyre may be cast in the starring role. At the Television Critics Association Albrecht said:

“This will be the official second season, which picks up where we last left Spartacus and his gang of escaped gladiators. We don’t have casting news for you today, but the reason that we are announcing the official moving ahead is because we’re very confident that where we are in the casting process will result in finding a lead actor who can ably step into Spartacus’ sandals, although we will never be able to truly replace Andy Whitfield.”

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That one’s for you Nerdbastard ladies.  Well, Liam certainly has the physique for it.  Now we just have to wait and see if his acting is as well toned.

The second part of Starz announcement is that Lucretia played by Lucy Lawless, will be returning to the second season!  Executive producer and writer Steven S. DeKnight says, “What we have planned for Lucretia in season two makes season one and the prequel pale in comparison to what she’s up to in season two.” So Lucretia survives that vicious slicing she received from Crixus in the season finale.  Does she lose Crixus’s baby?  Oh, I can see some vengeance and blood in her future if that’s the case.  Or even better, what if she AND the baby survive?  We’ll just have to wait and see.  But fear not faithful Spartacus lovers.  In the meantime we have Spartacus: Gods of the Arena to tide us over!

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Spartacus: Gods of The Arena Trailer

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The six part prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, was announced when Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, delaying season 2 of the show. Creating GOTA was an exceptionally cavalier move on behalf of Starz to support Whitfield. When his relapse was announced Starz as supportive as they were, had to decide on a recast. Although they haven’t decided on whom will fill the sandals, I’m sure we will know soon.

Along with a lengthy synopsis after the jump is the trailer. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena debuts on January 21 at 10pm EST on Starz. (more…)

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