Vol. 3, Issue 45
Somewhat of a smallish issue this week, friends. I think the Internet is still full of Tryptophan from Thanksgiving ... or perhaps I am.
In movie news:
- The big rumor of the week was that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be playing Batman in Justice League. Turns out: It was totally false.
- Here's some new info on Iron Man 3, including cameos and The Mandarin.
- And some info from
ThorChris Hemsworth on Thor 2, the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman and more.
- Star Trek Into Darkness has an official synoposis. (The lack of colon still throws me.) Also, is this who Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing?
- Set photos from Catching Fire have been released, and in them we get our first glimpse of the new arena costumes (and Finnick!).
- Sirs Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart have officially signed on to be in X-Men: Days of Future Past!
- Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar: Galactica, Dollhouse) will be playing "someone" in Man of Steel.
- Did we get Loki'd by Matthew Vaughn when he said he wouldn't be directing Star Wars VII?
- Is Disney already planning Star Wars spinoffs?
- Casting is underway for the film adaptation of Divergent. (I love this hilarious take on the guys in the running to play Four.)
- Cate Blanchett might be taking on the role of the Evil Stepmother in Disney's new live-action Cinderella remake.
- There is still talk about another X-Files movie, and this time it involves the alien colonization complex.
- SyFy is considering breaking into the feature film market ... with a remake of Waterworld.
Here are a few trailers:
I am excited about this sequel to Darth Vader and Son:
In TV news:
- An upcoming Doctor Who episode will take place underwater.
- Here's a poster and a photo from the upcoming Christmas special. (Nothing is ever innocuous to Moffat, is it.)
- A new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent has been cast.
- Simon Pegg tweeted his love of Phineas and Ferb ... and got a role on the show.
- Sherlock's series 3 might not air in the U.S. until 2014. (Thanks, Shaun?)
- David Anders (What isn't he in?) will have a role on Arrow.
- Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel are on board with the Girl Meets World project.
- Dan Stevens might be leaving Downton Abbey.
- Speaking of which, the show has been renewed for a fourth season.
- And also, America is getting a quasi-spin off of the series that takes place in late 19th Century New York City.
- Merlin's coming to an end, but a spin-off is in the planning stages.
Megan Lara has added to her Doctor Nouveau collection—and she says she's going to work on Nine and Captain Jack Harkness versions!
Presented without comment. (Thanks, TGG!)
Any video in which Joffrey gets bitchslapped by Tyrion is already funny, but this one has an added laugh track, which, surprisingly, makes it even more amusing.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- Cyborgs are coming! A technique for implanting thought-controlled robotic arms and their electrodes directly to the bones and nerves of amputees has been invented; the first volunteers will receive their new limbs in 2013.
- Saturn's moon Tethys occasionally cosplays as Pac-Man.
- A newly discovered giant black hole could shake up what we know about galaxy formation.
- Scientists have tested a reliable nuclear reactor that could be used in spaceflight.
- Antarctic researchers have discovered a community of bugs living in a sealed-off sub-zero lake, and this discovery makes it a possibility that life could be found on other planets with similarly chilly conditions.
- Some strides have been made to combat Alzheimer's in mice, which could also mean good things for humans.
- Recent research—math research—has shed light onto how life might have started on the planet.
I found some interesting things as well:
- Curiosity has found something potentially "earth-shaking" on Mars.
- This article details how NASA might build a warp drive.
- And this page houses a ton of NASA technology PSAs featuring your faves and mine: Wil Wheaton and William Shatner (among others). (Thanks, TGG.)
- The longest America spaceflight in history—a yearlong stint on the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko—will launch in 2015.
- The European Space Agency seems to think NASA is planning a manned moon mission for sometime in the next decade.
- A new eye implant allows the blind to "stream" Braille.
- Cadbury has invented "unmeltable" (to a point) chocolate for fans in warmer climes.
- A separate/"new" species of lion has been hiding in plain sight for years.
Cee Lo Green and The Muppets will help you get in the Christmas spirit. (Plus, Kermit says "Hot Lanta," and that's totally
In gaming news, from TGG:
- The four prototypes stemming from Double Fine's recent game-jam voting have been chosen.
- These screenshots show what Skyrim could look like if you played on a PC and used about 100 "augmentation" mods.
- Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the live-action Black Ops 2 trailer (the one with RDJ).
- The Baldur's Gate remake is out now for PCs. An iOS version should be out next week; Mac and Android versions are still release date TBD. Here's a trailer for the game.
- Concept art and story info from Bungie's new project, Destiny, were leaked online (and then officially confirmed).
- The role call for Injustice: Gods Among Us keeps growing. Check out Deathstroke's trailer.
- Here's a Robot Chicken-team-created PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale trailer. (And yes, although entertaining, it is pretty much what you'd expect.)
- Have a go at playing a new browser-based game that is "an amalgamation of several popular indie games (and Zelda) complete with a Skrillex soundtrack." As TGG says, "That game is total insanity. Also a lot of fun."
- The uber-fancy new Zelda book now has a limited edition and a trailer.
- A new iOS app uses augmented reality to put your Minecraft creations into real life.
- A new game, Dark, lets you be a stealthy vampire.
- The record for longest gaming session has been broken by an Australian man playing Black Ops 2—it's now up to 135 hours.
- The rumored Xbox-TV is "basically an Xbox 360 minus the gaming portion."
- Canada will be getting a $99 "mini Wii" this Christmas.
- 22 Cans/Peter Molyneux's next project is called "Godus."
And then there's this video about Samuel L. Jackson hosting Spike's 10th Annual Video Game Awards (NSFW for language). (Thanks, TGG.)
I sense a group cosplay ...
There's a darkness in these illustrations, but I like it.
And finally, Alicia Keys is a huge nerd, y'all, and I love her for it: