More news on that pending re-match betwixt extraterrestrials with nasty pointy teeth. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 20th Century Fox sequel to Alien Vs. Predator (AVP to some, but I don't believe bad movies deserve acronyms) now has the official title of Alien vs. Predator: Survival of the Fittest. While I have very little hope for this film, I think it's certainly a step in the right direction and, according to Joblo, it will carry an R rating as opposed to the PG-13 of its predecessor. That was the one thing all of the Alien and Predator films had in common: violence, and lots of it. Obviously someone realized that trying to reach the broadest audience possible was shooting the franchise in the foot which, if you think about it, is a pretty violent act for a PG-13 film. I suppose they could have gone in the opposite direction with a G-rated film about a young Predator named Skip who saves an Alien pup named Sparky from some intergalactic dog catcher. The next thing you know we've got Alien and Predator beanie babies. It's just wrong, I tell you!

The sequel has added Shareeka Epps (from Half Nelson), John Ortiz (of the recent Miami Vice feature) and The O.C.'s Johnny Lewis to the cast. Epps will play Kendra who must protect her younger brother from alien nastiness. Ortiz is the new sheriff in town and Lewis is a troubled kid. These three newcomers will join Reiko Aylesworth and Steven Pasquale whose participation I wrote about a few days ago.