'Aliens vs. Predator' battle continues



'Aliens vs. Predator'battle continues
The upcoming "Aliens vs. Predator" movie (Aug. 13) is such a terrific idea, one wonders why the concept hasn't been used before. The truth is, it has -- in comics, novels and video games.
The acid-blooded "Alien" debuted in 1979, and the remorseless "Predator" launched in 1987. Both were owned by Twentieth Century-Fox, so almost immediately wheels began turning in various heads to put the two together -- just not in the movies, where the special-effects budget would have been prohibitive in those days.
Of course, the central question everyone wants answered in these horror-character smackdowns is: Who wins? In the comics and novels (and, presumably, the movie) that depends on a lot of plot factors and varies from series to series. But in one venue the winner can be decided by the consumer: video games.
A series of "AvP" shooter games culminated in 2003's "Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction," a strategy-oriented, one-player game for Microsoft's Xbox by EA.
And don't expect it to stop there. An "Aliens vs. Predator 3" video game is already in the works.
Extreme sportson the television
The X Games are back. The annual Olympics of extreme sports, which began Thursday and ends Sunday, is all over the airwaves this weekend.
Moto X, skateboarding, in-line skating, stunt bikes, wakeboarding and surfing competitions featuring the world's best athletes in these sports will be shown on ESPN and ABC this weekend live from Los Angeles. The schedule:
UTonight: ESPN, 9 p.m.-midnight.
USaturday: ESPN, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; ABC, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; ESPN, 9 p.m.-midnight.
USunday: ABC, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Quote/Unquote
j"Look at the five friends that you spend the most time with -- that's who you are. When I was a kid, I looked around and I wasn't impressed. If you are the smartest person in your squad, then you need a new squad. Be around people you want to be like or who will advance you." -- Actor Will Smith ("I, Robot & quot;), on his advice to teens in high school, in Teen People.
h"I served doughnuts when I was 17, at a huge music festival in England. But it wasn't easy -- I broke the diet I was on at the time." -- Actress Kate Winslet, on her favorite summer job, in People.
"I eat a lot of cheese. I don't know if it's some sort of old wives' tale, but apparently if you eat cheese late at night, it's not good for you. But fortunately, I don't have weird dreams that much." -- Actor Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movies), on ym.com
Live rock music
Rock shows this weekend at area skate parks:
UTonight: The Interns and guests; Section 8, Hubbard.
USaturday: Ember, Alli With an I, Ten Count Fall; Section 8.
UWednesday: Another Local Band, Ten Count Fall, and another guest; Gravity House, Austintown.

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