Quite a bit of movie news this week, so we'll jump right in:
- Big news of yesterday: Christopher Nolan is officially directing the next Batman movie.(Personally, I think he'd be a nutter if he didn't. Ride that horse to the ground, Nolan.)
- Speaking of, since Edward Norton's no longer Hulk, he's got his eye on a Batman villain. Any of them.
- Kate Beckinsale signs on for Underworld 4.
- Casting continues for the next iteration of Spider-man—Emma Stone (Easy A) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) are the latest rumored additions.
- Mark Ruffalo worries about Hulking-out.
- Sherlock Holmes 2 has found it's Moriarty—Jared Harris.
- A first look (sort-of) at James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. It's very strange to me that a. he has hair and b. he is walking about. I'm just so used to the bald, wcheelchair-ridden Professor X.
- Chances are, the Flash film will be quite gritty.
- Two new Snow White adaptions are in the works.
- Christopher Plummer joins the cast of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
- There's a MYST film in the works?
I've never read I Am Number Four, but I think I might need to, after seeing this:
A fun look at 20 classic opening lines from literature. (There's a somewhat NSFW book cover in the mix (No. 12), just FYI.) My favorite? "It was a pleasure to burn." from Fahrenheit 451. (The HP opener is a very close second.)
Man I wish we got all the BBC stuff right off.
I am so looking forward to this album, and I'm not even that big of an electronic music fan: Daft Punk's Tron Legacy score to be released Nov. 22.
I will actually be in Portland for this year's Wonder Woman Day!
Unintentionally funny: The unknown lyrics to the Star Trek theme.
(It gets good at about 20 seconds in.)
This makes me sad:
We won't reach Alpha Centauri until the 24th century...unless we have an energy breakthrough
If you take humanity's current energy and technological capacity and project a steady increase into the future, the chances of us reaching the stars any time soon look bleak. Even our nearest stellar neighbor is at least 300 years away.We're never going to get to Gliese 581g if that's the case!
Of course, humans could technically reach Alpha Centauri long before the 2300s. The Voyager probes, for instance, are headed into interstellar space, and it wouldn't be that difficult to take another probe and aim it in the rough direction of Alpha Centauri. But that probe would still take a long time to get there, its instruments would probably give out long before it arrived at the star, and what data it could provide would be hugely limited. (via)
I love me a good mashup.
And this isn't really that nerdy—except for Justin's glasses—but this hip-hop medley is awesome. I've always loved Jimmy and Justin together.