Godzilla 2 given the go ahead

Here's an Awesome Update for Godzilla 2014 fans! After blowing away the competition in it's opening weekend - falling just shy of this years current best opening weekend, Captain America The Winter Soldier - Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have given the go ahead for a sequel to the monster flick.

Gareth Edward's take on the iconic radioactive lizard burst onto the scene with a $38.5 million opening day last Friday, making it the best opening day of the year so far. It almost took the best opening weekend spot as well, garnering an incredibly impressive $93.2 million, falling just shy of Captain America The Winter Soldiers' $95 million. Outside of the US, the film took an estimated $103 million, for an estimated global total of $196.2 million. Pretty impressive figures, and it's no surprise that a sequel has been ordered.

If you're unsure whether to go an watch the film, check out Deedsy's thoughts on the film - remember to only read Part 1, then come back for the spoilerific Part 2 after you've seen it!

What do you think? Have you seen the film yet? If you have, are you excited that it's getting a sequel? Let us know in the comments below!

The Pentagon have Zombie Apocalypse "plan"

Here's an Awesome Update for Zombie fans! It turns out that the Pentagon have a complete documented plan for the Zombie Apocalypse!

Now, before you either (a) get incredibly excited at the prospect of the ZA actually occuring or (b) get paranoid that the Government is going to start it, I should clarify that whilst the document is not designed as an out and out joke, it is in many respects for "fun", and is purely used as a training scenario. One of 4the goals behind the design was to avoid any political fallout from using a real world training scenario, and the document outlines that early on: "Training examples for plans must accommodate the political fallout that occurs if the general public mistakenly believes that a fictional training scenario is actually a real plan. … Rather than risk such an outcome by teaching our augmentees using the fictional 'Tunisia' or 'Nigeria' scenarios used at (Joint Combined Warfighting School), we elected to use a completely impossible scenario that could never be mistaken as a real plan."

The document also talks of how this scenario is more engaging, interesting and fun for trainees, which helps them to actually learn real-world applicable skills from the exercises. With serious delivery of lines like "The only assumed way to effectively cause causalities to the zombie ranks by tactical force is the concentration of all firepower to the head, specifically the brain", we can only imagine how amusing and genuinely fun it would be to participate in this scenario. Sign me up!

If you're interested in reading the full unclassified document, check it out here.

What do you think? Do you think taking a more "fun" approach to tactical training is a good idea? Do you think the idea of an "official plan" for the Zombie Apocalypse is awesome? Let us know in the comments below!

Hugh Jackman willing to return for another outing as Wolverine

Here's an Awesome Update for Wolverine, X-Men and Marvel fans! Despite a lot of recent talk to the contrary, Hugh Jackman is now saying that he'd absolutely be up for returning to the big screen as the most popular X-Man ever, Wolverine!

On the Australian red carpet premiere for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jackman spoke to IGN, saying that his latest outing had re-invigorated him. Earlier this year, he'd said that it was practically "inevitable" that the role would be re-cast, as well as telling SFX last month that he was 99.99% sure that the next solo outing for Wolverine would be his last - Days of Future Past co-star James McAvoy even speculated that Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique would be a good replacement as the face of Fox's X-Men franchise. Now, though, he's singing a different tune.

"At one point, you're right, I said I was pretty sure. But I'm less sure as it goes along. Because after seeing this movie, the whole thing feels fresher to me than ever. And during this movie...I don't want to spoil anything, but it's kind of like a clean slate, so who knows where it's going to go. As long as I have the passion for it, and the fans will have me."

What do you think? Do you want Jackman to keep on appearing as Wolverine? Or would you rather the role was recast, or the character taken out altogether? Let us know in the comments below!

New Guardians of the Galaxy Poster and Teaser Trailer

Here's an Awesome Update for Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy fans! A new official poster, along with a 24 second teaser trailer, has been released for the upcoming Marvel flick, with a new full length trailer due to hit on Monday!

If you've been living in a cave for the last few months, Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's first film that will exclusively take place in the wider universe, with numerous alien races and creatures. The plot will see Chris Pratt's Star-Lord gather together the rest of the Guardians - Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Dave Bautista's Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel's Groot and Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon as they take on Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser in the hunt for it is supposedly another Infinity Gem. In other words, it ties in to the bigger picture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (i.e. Thanos, due for an appearance as the major villain in Avengers 3), without actually dealing with any of the current mainstays, like Iron Man, Thor, Cap or, well, any of the Avengers. It's Marvel's big gamble for this Phase, but everything released so far does seem to indicate it will be a fantastic entry into the MCU. Anyway, enough rambling, here's the teaser trailer - and don't forget to check back on Monday for the full length trailer, and as ever, let us know what you think in the comments below!

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First Trailer for Chris Nolan's Interstellar lands!

Here's an Awesome Update for Chris Nolan fans! After months of speculation and only a small teaser trailer to go on, Chris Nolan's Interstellar finally has a full trailer!

Interstellar is Nolan's first directing credit since The Dark Knight Rises and see's an all star cast including Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine tackle the complexities of deep space travel in an attempt to save the human race from crippling famine.

Are you excited to see Nolan's next cinema offering? Let us know in the comments below!

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Halo 5: Guardians announced

Here's an Awesome Update for Halo fans! The next installment in the perennial shooter franchise, Halo 5: Guardians, is coming to Xbox One in the autumn of 2015!

According to Bonnie Ross, general manager at production company 343 Industries, "Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4. That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen," before adding that it will powered by a new engine and will run "at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we've been dreaming of for more than a decade."

Ross also spoke of what we can expect to see at E3 this year, saying "Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. I spoke about a 'journey,' rather than a destination – and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that Halo fans will be pretty excited [about] the special plans we have in store."

What do you think? Are you excited for the next Halo game? What do you think the upgrade to next gen will do for the series? Let us know in the comments below! 

Microsoft shaking things up for the Xbox One

Here's an Awesome Update for Microsoft and Xbox One fans! Microsoft are reportedly taking a leaf out of Sony's book and are changing things up with the Xbox One!

Whilst Xbox One sales have been good, Sony's Playstation 4 is undeniably dominating the market right now, with much stronger sales and more positive reception. Microsoft, however, are not backing down, and are instead shaking things up with their console, using Sony's models as a guide. Here's a list of changes you can expect to see:

 - Xbox Ones will be sold separately to Kinect, removing Sony's price advantage
 - Further to the above, Microsoft are in talks to with publishers to squeeze more graphical performance out of the machine, using the GPU power previously reserved for Kinect use
 - Xbox One users will no longer have to have an Xbox Live Gold account to watch streaming services like Netflix and HBOGo, putting them on a level playing field with Sony
 - Games with Gold, Microsoft's until now poor version of Sony's Playstation Plus, will migrate to the Xbox One and provide a much more robust library of games for free, starting with Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: Curse of the Brotherhood

While many Microsoft detractors will point to this as being another "shameless rip off" akin to Microsoft's early day cues from Apple (who in turn took from Xerox), all this really shows it that Microsoft is willing to acknowledge when they are wrong, and that they are listening to their customers, who have all been demanding these kinds of changes. Look out Sony, Microsoft is coming for you.

What do you think? Are these changes necessary? Will they put the Xbox One on a more even footing with the PS4? Let us know in the comments below!

Channing Tatum to play Gambit

Here's an Awesome Update for X-Men, Gambit and Channing Tatum fans! The 21 Jump Street star has been cast as the Ragin' Cajun, Remy Le Beau aka the card-throwing, kinetic energy manipulating mutant, Gambit!

On the red carpet of X-Men: Days of Future Past in London last night, Producer Lauren Schuler Donner confirmed the casting, telling Total Film "It is Channing," before adding, “He’s a rogue, Channing, he’s a rascal, like Remy LaBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum will make his first appearance as Gambit in the next installment in the franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, with the intention of spinning off into a solo title afterwards. Donner already mentioned before how she would like to see the likes of Gambit and Mystique get their own solo outings.

What do you think? Do you think Tatum can pull off the charming ex-thief? Let us know in the comments below!

First look at Ben Affleck as Batman

Here's an Awesome Update for Batman, DC and Ben Affleck fans! Zack Snyder has released the first photo of Ben Affleck as Batman, in front of the new Batmobile, no less!

The picture shows off an incredibly buff looking Affleck in what is perhaps the most faithful costume to date on the big screen, with a styling that is very reminisce of Frank Miller's Dark Knight - take a look at the large, chunky Bat symbol, the stubbier ears and the overall powerhouse look.

What do you think? Does this whet your appetite? Is it everything you dreamed? Or is it disappointing? Let us know in the comments below!

Designer of the "Alien", H.R. Giger, dies aged 74

Here's a sad update for fans of H.R. Giger and the Alien franchise. The Swiss artist, best known for designed the Xenomorphs in the Alien franchise, has died from injuries sustained after falling down the stairs. He was 74 years old.

Giger was born in Chur, Switzerland, in 1940. After studying architecture and industrial design, Giger decided to pursue something more artistic. His style was inspired by Salvador Dali, H.P. Lovecraft and Ernst Fuchs, and he painted surreal, often nightmarish worlds full of biomechanical human/machine mergings. His paintings were frequently controversial, using sexual imagery in often disturbing ways. He also pioneered the use of the airbrush as an artistic medium. In 1977, he released the Necronomicon, which was a compilation of his work. A copy found its way into the hands of Ridley Scott as he was working on the first Alien film, who invited Giger to produce artwork, set and character designs for the film. The rest, they say, is history, with Giger sharing the special effects Oscar for his work on the film, which many see as elevating it from B-list status to the classic it is today.

It is a sad day to hear that such a remarkable and influential talent has passed. From all of us at The Awesome Update, rest in peace, Mr. Giger; you will be missed.