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New 'Aliens' Video Game Contains No Playable Female Characters

Photo still from Alien: Resurrection/Image © Twentieth Century Fox
Photo still from Alien: Resurrection/Image © Twentieth Century Fox

What were the makers of  "Aliens: Colonial Marines" thinking? The upcoming video game features no playable female characters, despite the fact that the "Alien" film series is famous for its bad-ass ladies, most notably Sigourney Weaver in the role that made her famous. A petition is circulating to pressure Gamebox Software to correct the oversight before the game's release next February.

Speaking of bad-ass ladies, Stylelist has assembled a gallery of Angelica Huston's best looks, beginning in 1968. "A lifetime of sophistication" indeed ... the Oscar-winning actress (for "Prizzi's Honor" in 1985, based on the Richard Condon novel) has always known how to stop onlookers in their tracks, whether in awe or in sheer terror.

A movie in which Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman team up with Jack Frost to protect the world's children from evil; can this possibly be real? The new trailer for "Rise of the Guardians" proves that it is, in fact, so. Of all the celebrity voices in this cast, is it odd that the one I'm happiest to see is Tom Kenny (the voice of Spongebob Squarepants) as the Sandman? I'm always relieved when actual established voiceover talent makes it into an animated picture.

Ending on a sad note, we're sorry to hear that Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and many other novels, is battling dementia. The author's brother revealed this detail during a recent lecture, commenting that he's doing fine physically, but "has problems with his memory." Garcia Marquez is eighty-five years old.

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