Vol. 3, Issue 46
Guys. Guys. TV news is supposed to come first this issue, but the brand new Star Trek Into Darkness trailer was released this morning and it totally deserves to preempt everything else.
In TV news:
- Give it to the Internet—in the space of one week, a rumor that all eleven doctors will be somehow involved with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary surfaces and then Colin Baker says that no one other than Nine, Ten and Eleven are involved (but he'd like to be).
- A ton of new photos from the Who Christmas special have been released.
- We now know the title of Fringe's series finale.
- Supernatural producer Jeremy Carver is defending the current season's influx of flashbacks. (Dean's are OK—Sam's are GOD AWFUL.)
George CostanzaJason Alexander will guest star on an upcoming episode of Community.
- Some new details for The CW's Amazon show have been released, including the fact that the main character is currently called
DianaIris. (But Geoff Johns says that if the show gets picked up, not to worry.)
- Sean Bean has joined a new TNT show in which he
will likely dieplays a deep-cover spy who might not be what he seems.
- Corey Feldman will have a recurring role on the new TMNT series. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Rider Strong will not be a part of Girl Meets World.
- Carrie Underwood will be playing Maria in a new version of The Sound of Music.
- J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy will become a BBC series.
- John Hamm and John Slattery will be directing future episodes of Mad Men.
- Spartacus is getting a spinoff about Julius Caesar.
Here are a couple of teasers and a teasery production video:
Game of Thrones
If I didn't already have Christmas cards, I'd seriously consider buying some of these.
In movie news:
- I'm excited! (Could you tell?) Check out the first poster for Star Trek Into Darkness.
- Hugh Jackman has signed on for a role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it turns out that Patrick Stewart hasn't yet.
- Some new pictures from Iron Man 3 have been released.
- Samuel L. Jackson won't be in Iron Man 3, but will have a role in Captain America 2.
- Also not in Iron Man 3: any of the other Avengers.
- Joss Whedon's already turned in his ideas for The Avengers 2.
- Chronicle's Dane Dehaan has been cast as Harry Osborn in the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.
- Jaime Foxx is officially Electro, too.
- A lot of actors are in the running to play the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Christopher Nolan wants you to understand the ending of The Dark Knight Rises.
- I don't exactly understand why Supes is in handcuffs in this new Man of Steel poster, but OK.
- Some new photos from Catching Fire show scenes from District 11.
- In case you were worried, George Lucas will not have much to do with the new Star Wars movies.
- I appreciate that io9 screencapped one of the new Hobbit trailers so that we could get a glimpse at Smaug.
- The latest Hobbit production video is more than 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes goodness.
- Here's the first image of Harrison Ford in Ender's Game.
- Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing will be released in theaters June 7.
- Wreck-It Ralph writer Jennifer Lee will be directing the new Disney movie Frozen.
- Johnny Depp will be producing a new Don Quixote movie for Disney.
- The company is also moving ahead with Tron 3.
- Here's a new poster for Monsters University.
- Netflix has bought the rights to stream all of Disney's movies.
- Three actresses are currently in the running for the live-action Cinderella adaptation.
- Even though the first one isn't out yet, a Pacific Rim sequel is in the works.
- Check out the international poster for Riddick.
- The next Terminator might be a reboot.
- In other Ah-nold news, here are some new details on The Legend of Conan.
- A Flight of the Navigator remake is in the works.
- Dan Akroyd says Ghostbusters 3 is really actually coming soon. (And there's a fourth movie coming, too?)
Here is the start of Pacific Rim's new viral campaign:
And another Star Trek Into Darkness trailer (from Japan) with a little bit of additional footage at the end.
Harrod's has released photos from a recent photo shoot featuring the real-life versions of their designer Disney gowns. (Thanks, Shaun!)
This (nearly) seven-minute-long video showcases the movies of 2012.
People from Pixar have created a real-life Luxo Jr.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Got a spare few hundred dollars sitting around? Buy yourself some museum-quality Mass Effect art.
- You can now play Portal on your TI graphing calculator.
- BioShock Infinite will be released at the end of February, and North American PS3 players will get a free copy of the original with it. (Side note: Bioshock 2 is free for PS Plus members this week.)
- A mobile Ghostbusters game is in the works.
- Guillermo del Toro's "Insane" project, which "was going to be a game trilogy and maybe have a film aspect or something," isn't quite dead yet.
- A trailer for game movie Company of Heroes has been released. As TGG rightly says, "I hardly consider war movies based on games based on actual historical wars to be 'video game movies' because no matter what the storyline is it's just going to be another movie about an unlikely group of soldiers becoming heroes in WWII. It's still just a war movie." But, you know, check it out if you're interested in that sort of thing.
- Norman Reedus will be voicing Darryl in The Walking Dead FPS.
- Writer Rumble, an iOS game similar to Boggle but one in which you choose famous writers to "fight" for you, is now available. Here's a trailer.
- The Museum of Modern Art is starting a game collection.
- Relive the world of Glitch with an Art of Glitch book. (The link is to an IndieGogo site, but they've already way surpassed their goal, so I'm guessing it will definitely be made.)
- The release date for Day Z, the Arma 2 mod-turned-stand-alone-release is possibly getting pushed back.
- Peter Molyneux and 22 Cans are aiming to have a demo of new project Godus up by Christmas.
- Steam Big Picture, a gaming service for your TV, has gone live.
- Sony's Wonderbook: Book of Spells connects to your Pottermore account.
- Sony has filed a patent for a new controller that could be snapped together to function normally or be used in two pieces for PlayStation Move.
- Xbox's Smart Glass app has been optimized for iPhone 5. Anyone use this so far?
- Ouya consoles will start shipping Dec. 28.
In comics news:
- TCC told me last weekend about The Hawkeye Initiative, and I will never look at a comic cover the same way again. (Thanks, TCC!)
- Here's a trailer for Marvel NOW!'s Avengers #1.
- And some details on Marvel's X-TERMINATION crossover event.
Love the minions. (They'd totally cosplay.)
Why don't more superheroes have mustaches?
In SCIENCE! and tech news from The Mister:
- Curiosity has possibly discovered "something" organic on Mars.
- Underneath the surface, the Moon is actually all sorts of busted up.
- These "ice flowers" in the arctic are absolutely gorgeous.
- Voyager 1 has reached a "magnetic highway" at the end of our solar system.
- A rare type of galaxy—a "green bean galaxy"—has been spotted.
And this video of the earth from space at night is awe-inspiring.
I found a few things as well:
- Organics have also been found (possibly) on Mercury.
- Did you know that humans have stripes?
- North Korea has discovered an ancient lair of ... unicorns.
- Huzzah! It's (for the moment) OK to drink as much coffee as you like.
- The oldest dinosaur ever has been discovered.
- (The name) Asperger's Syndrome is no longer.
- Researchers have created a DNA-based gel that "remembers" its shape.
- You can give back to NASA thanks to the new Penny4NASA website. (Thanks, Shaun.)
In webseries news:
- Mortal Kombat Legacy's second season is currently in production.
- Have you checked out Geek & Sundry's Space Janitors? (Thanks, TGG.)
Need a new reason to turn on your radio? Here's one: Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Anthony Head and Christopher Lee (among others) are working on a new version of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for BBC Radio. (NEED.)
This is great.
And finally, there's this. (You're welcome.)