Vol. 3, Issue 43
Tonight's the end of an era for me—the premiere of Breaking Dawn: Part 2. Say what you will about the Twilight franchise, but I used to be a huge fan and although that feeling has waned some in recent years, I'm looking forward to it. (We're all allowed our guilty pleasures!)
In movie news:
- Star Wars: Episode VII is moving ahead, and quickly. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have officially signed on, the movie has a writer and the director's list has been whittled down to two.
- The first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness will debut in IMAX theaters starting Dec. 14.
- Some spoilers for Iron Man 3 have been released. And, could Pepper be suiting up?
- These set photos from Thor: The Dark World show Thor in action.
- And this one shows how awesome Christopher Eccleston looks in full Dark Elf garb.
- Here is news about Avengers 2 and Captain America 2.
- Might Fox have 10 new superhero movies in the works?
- Here are some new Hobbit posters. Also, you can now listen to the entire movie soundtrack.
- Here are some photos and a poster for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
- Marc Webb has revealed where the Easter eggs are on The Amazing Spider-Man DVD.
- That rumored Guillermo del Toro DC magic-user movie? It's a reality.
- Mark Wahlberg has officially joined Transformers 4. Here are some details about the plot. They're also currently screen testing young actresses to play Mark's daughter.
- Liam Neeson and Will Ferrell have joined the already large cast of the Lego movie.
- Anne Hathaway has signed on for Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse.
- The Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender will be released next year.
- In other video game movie news, Tom Hardy will play the lead in an in-the-works Splinter Cell movie. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Check out these great character posters for Rise of the Guardians.
- A new poster and photos have been released for Oz the Great and Powerful.
- Benedict Cumberbatch will be starring in a new "kinda-sorta" Monty Python movie.
- Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is interested in George Clooney playing Nikola Tesla in his new movie 1952.
- The Rock has been cast (again?) in Brett Ratner's Hercules.
- A MacGuyver movie is in the initial stages of production.
- Anchorman 2 will, in part, be a musical.
Here are a bunch of trailers:
Jurassic Park 3D
Oz the Great and Powerful
In TV news:
- A new Doctor Who minisode, for Children in Need (the annual BBC fundraiser), will be released tomorrow. Here's a first look.
- Check out the Cybermen of Neil Gaiman's second Doctor Who episode.
- According to the 6th Doctor, no classic Doctors will show up in the 50th Anniversary special.
- More S.H.I.E.L.D. characters have been cast.
- Haven has been renewed for a fourth season.
- Vince Gabel (Fringe) will be playing Vertigo in a new episode of Beauty and the Beast. The show has also been picked up for a full season.
WillowAlyson Hannigan and OzSeth Green will reunite on an upcoming episode of How I Met Your Mother.
- The X-Men and The Hunger Games have inspired two new upcoming CW shows.
- More details for Girl Meets World have been released.
- A Big Thunder Mountain—yes, the Disneyland ride—TV show is being developed.
- Terry Pratchett's daughter is taking over the reins of the Discworld TV show.
This painting, and this fun hypothesis about how the Ponds were the inspiration/models, makes me smile.
So cute! (The story at the link about an idea Alan Tudyk had for an episode is pretty amusing, too.)
In comic news:
- New York's Midtown Comics is releasing an exclusive variant cover for issue two of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic featuring Time Turner, the Doctor Who pony.
- A new Marvel NOW! all-female Fearless Defenders series is coming in February.
This new Tumblr, Diana Prince's Diary (think Bridget Jones with Wonder Woman), is just starting out, but it's already super entertaining.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- Astronomers have discovered a new super-planet that might support life.
- A new DNA study aims to count the number of Scotland's redheads.
- Turns out geckos are the Spider-men of the natural world.
- A new dinosaur species, the Xenoceratops, has been discovered.
- Please take note, America: the UK will be increasing their space budget by £60 million per year over the next two years.
- Researchers have mimicked human heart function in a microchip lined by living human cells.
- Scientists have cloaked an object perfectly, making it invisible to microwaves.
- A "chemo-bath," a type of targeted chemotherapy, has been tested with positive results in the UK.
- An artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye has been created.
- The "immortality" gene found in Hydra polyps has a connection to human aging.
- Here's a look at NASA's new spaceship that will allow for the close study of asteroids.
I found a few items, too:
- NASA might soon be unveiling plans for an unmanned moon mission.
- Stark Trek's universal translator is one step closer to reality.
- Are geeky couples more likely to have children with autism?
- A man in a coma has used his brain waves to tell doctors he's aware and not in pain.
- Paleontologists have named another newly discovered dinosaur after Lord of the Rings' Sauron.
I really enjoy art nouveau illustrations, especially when they feature lovely ladies like these.
And this Princess Bride set is great, too.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Star Wars: The Old Republic officially goes free-to-play today!
- During the last Xbox 360 update, flash drive storage capacity was doubled from 16GB to 32GB.
- Skyfall DLC for 007 Legends is out for PS3—Xbox and Wii users will have to wait until Nov. 20.
- Grand Theft Auto 5 will have three main characters and Los Santos, the game's setting, is the biggest game environment yet. Here's a trailer.
- Here's a video breakdown of some Halo 4 gameplay myths. (Also, anyone know how TGG can get a job on the online Mythbusters video game series?)
- People who picked up Black Ops 2 for PC this week have discovered that the second disc is actually a disc for Mass Effect 2. Bioware will be giving these people a free copy of the Mass Effect trilogy because the mix-up is "fate."
- In similar news, some Xbox discs that were labeled as Lego Lord of the Rings demo discs actually contained the full game. (They've been recalled for "packaging errors.")
- Sweet dads are the best—this one changed all the gender references in Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker so that his little girl could imagine herself as the heroine. (Doesn't everyone think Link is Zelda anyway?)
- A new game out of the MIT Game Lab—A Slower Speed of Light—allows players to experience the crazy phenomena associated with special relativity near the speed of light.
- FigurePrints, a website known for custom 3D World of Warcraft statues, is now offering to 3D print sections of Minecraft worlds.
- Microsoft has started randomly awarding brand-new 10th anniversary Xbox 360 consoles and year-long Xbox Live memberships to users they've deemed "their most valued customers."
- Here's an ad for Target's Black Friday video game deals. And here's one for Walmart's.
I ran across these bits:
- Bioware's Montreal division is going to develop new Mass Effect properties.
- Glitch, a game I posted an obsessed. about a while ago, is shutting down.
The Disney/Lucasfilm merger has people's creative juices flowing. (Thanks to TCC for the second set.)
And finally, here's what a Star Wars directed by Wes Anderson might be like.