Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - September 27, 2005

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" reached $201 million at the foreign box office after a $13.8 million weekend from 52 markets.


As a general rule, television series that tank after less than one season don't translate into successful feature films. So it's highly unusual that Universal Pictures' "Serenity," which hits theaters on Friday, is happening at all.

Microsoft Corp. has struck a three-year licensing deal giving French mobile games maker In-Fusio rights to its blockbuster "Halo" video game franchise, In-Fusio said on Tuesday.

Electronic Arts Inc. on Tuesday said its mobile line-up for late 2005 and early 2006 features games based on its "FIFA Street," "Def Jam" and "SimCity" franchises.


A St. Louis theater worker Tuesday became the first person convicted of illegally camcording a movie under a law that was signed in April making the act a federal crime.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.