Issue 41, Vol. 3
Happy November, friends! (Can you believe it's already the 11th month of the year? I certainly can't.)
As you've all likely heard, the big (nerd-type) news of the week is that Disney bought Lucasfilm ... and now owns the rights to Star Wars (among other properties). I'll reserve judgement for another day, but for now, here's a post of funny memes that resulted from the news. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
The other big news of the week was—obviously—Hurricane Sandy. I hope all of you who might have been affected are currently safe and with power. Sending a whole lot of love and good thoughts your way.
In movie news:
- The Captain America 2 villain Crossbones has been cast.
- The Episode 7 that was a big part of the Disney/Star Wars merger stories will be an "original story." (Thanks, TCC!)
- Here's a look at a new photo from The Wolverine, in which we can see Logan's bone claws. *yecchh* Also, since the movie supposedly takes place after all of the other X-movies (see link above), this also has to be a flashback of some sort. (Here's a high-res version, in case you need it?)
- Also, here's a new The Wolverine poster.
- Matthew Vaughn has left X-Men: Days of Future Past; Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-2) has taken over the director role. (Thanks, TCC, for that second link.)
- A ton of Hobbit secrets have been revealed via an io9 set visit. (The link is currently redirecting to their emergency site; here's a glimpse at some of the great art via The Mary Sue.)
- The DVD and Blu-Ray of The Amazing Spider-Man feature 17+ minutes of deleted scenes.
- This poster gives a glimpse at the Wicked Witch from the new Oz. (Thanks, TCC.)
- Would Idris Elba (Losers, Thor) make a good James Bond post-Daniel Craig?
- Before we get ahead of ourselves, mind you, the next two Bond movies will be a two-story arc.
- These new Robocop stills show a lot of the new suit.
- Here are set photos from Red 2. I am super excited for this movie.
- Jaime King is back for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Jaime Chung will be taking over the role formerly played by Devon Aoki.
- Arnold Schwartzenegger is returning to his roots in a new Conan film.
- Ryan Gosling has dropped out of the Logan's Run remake.
- George Clooney has cast pretty much the entirety of Hollywood in his new WWII film.
A few trailers:
A Good Day to Die Hard
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
In keeping with the week's holiday, Mondo released a series of posters for old-school monster movies.
They're also releasing, at some point today, a neat new Lord of the Rings print in three colorways. (Check the official twitter for the sale announcement.)
I love these boxy little cat bodies. (And how well they fit into these posters.)
In TV news:
- Community's season 4 has an official premiere date! Feb. 7 is the new Oct. 19.
- According to the man who played him (Andrew Scott), Sherlock's Moriarty is most certainly dead.
- Russell T. Davies will not have a hand in Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary.
- Felicia Day is reprising her role as Charlie in an upcoming episode of Supernatural.
- Ming-Na Wen (Stargate: Universe, Mulan) will be joining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show.
- Ethan Embry is heading to Once Upon a Time.
- USA has announced a winter premiere date for White Collar—Jan. 22.
- Firefly (note the lack of italics) will be making an appearance on Arrow.
- G4 has canceled Attack of the Show and X-Play. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Here's a first look at the new Hannibal.
- Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy) is working on a new show for the CW about a bionic teen.
- Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec) will be voicing Axe Cop in the new animated series. Here's a preview/short. (Thanks, TGG.)
Here's a promo for Misfits' series 4:
In book news:
- An encyclopedia of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire is being released.
Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine) makes an appearance in this new fan-made Castlevania webseries:
I don't know how it would work, but I now totally want Tim Burton to do an episode of Doctor Who.
The title of this cartoon? "Dr. Who Do You Think You're Trying to Impress?" (Ha! Thanks, Colt!)
In comics news, from TCC:
- DC is releasing a digital series of Lil' Gotham (A-Babies v. X-Babies-esque) comics.
I love Edward Gorey, and this is an awesome spoof of his style.
Steampunk, schteampunk. Make it western.
These guys might be more appropriate for Valentine's Day, but regardless, they're awesome.
I'm totally needing to recreate this outfit now.
In game news, from TGG:
- You can now watch nine minutes of preview footage from Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (the new ME anime that focuses on Vega.) (There's also still a live-action ME in the works, sort of.)
- Now through Nov. 5, you can take part in a special special trick-or-treat-inspired ME multiplayer challenge.
- I love that Guy Ritchie got RDJ to do this Black Ops 2 trailer. I also love that Guy Ritchie directed a video game trailer.
- Grand Theft Auto 5 will launch in Spring 2013.
- Funko will be releasing a series of Halo Pop! Vinyl toys.
- Typing Karaoke is a new flash game that combines typing and karaoke.
- Remember Me, a new game about a "memory hunter" searching for her own lost memories, is holding two contests; the first is to submit a picture of your own memorable moments with a brief description of why it's important and the second is to create a fake advertisement for one of five fictional future companies. Winning entries will be featured in the game.
- Here's a gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars. And another, with more droid action.
- And a launch trailer for a new PSN game called The Unfinished Swan.
- Peter Molyneux's—as TGG describes him, a "real crazy person/game designer"—first game, Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube, launches Nov. 7 for Android and iOS.
- Gamestop is opening GameStop Kids, a new store that will sell E-rated games alongside related other media and toys.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, this week thanks to The Mister:
- The world's fastest supercomputer can perform permutations "akin to each of the world’s 7 billion people being able to carry out 3 million calculations per second." (In-sane.)
- Curiosity has discovered soil on Mars that is reminiscent of Hawaii's dirt.
- Bananas might soon overtake potatoes as a dietary staple.
- This crazy new form of concrete can "heal" itself.
I got a really good laugh at the images in my head I got after seeing this mashup illustration.
These iPhone wallpaper illustrations are great. I particularly like the Bantha/Tusken Raider combo.
And finally, this is pretty much the cutest baby+costume combo I've ever seen.
P.S.—Enjoy your monthly dose o' Man Calendar.