Vol. 4, Issue 2
Heya friends! I am still fighting off a flu bug that kicked my butt last week, so let's jump right in.
Oh, and I've been dealing with A LOT of spam comments recently. Anyone have any tips or tricks? Blogger catches most of it, but it's so annoying. I don't want to have to turn back on the word verification ...
In TV news:
- Here's some news on S.H.I.E.L.D., which is TOTALLY A SEQUEL TO THE AVENGERS NOT A PREQUEL. #CoulsonLives, bitches.
- Also, the show hasn't officially been picked up yet, but chances are good.
- Martha Jones will not be back for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary.
- Felicia Day's back on Supernatural; here are some photos from her LARP-themed episode.
- Ideas for a live-action Star Wars show are resurfacing.
- Dame Maggie Smith will return for Downton Abbey's fourth season.
- You can also view the last three episodes of the third season ahead of time airing on PBS through an iTunes season pass.
- Psych is having a slumber party! (Thanks, Michael!)
- There's still potential for an A.K.A. Jessica Jones adaptation.
- Scottish actress Amy Manson (Being Human, UK version) is in the running to star as Wonder Woman on The CW's new show, Amazon.
- The Walking Dead has found a new showrunner in a supervising producer.
- Here are some titles of upcoming TWD episodes.
- These new posters for A&E's Bates Motel are awfully creepy.
- The Disney Channel has cancelled TRON: Uprising.
- Also cancelled: Drop Dead Diva. (Thanks, Kristen!)
- The Killing, however, has been un-cancelled.
- The CW will not be creating a Battle Royale TV adaptation.
- Mike Tyson will have a guest starring role on Law and Order: SVU.
Here are a couple of promos:
In movie news:
- Here are a few new photos from Catching Fire. And a few more.
- These three book characters will not be appearing in the film.
- Guardians of the Galaxy will start filming this summer.
- Jason Statham wants Jackie Chan and Clint Eastwood to join The Expendables 3.
- There was a rumor that Zach Snyder would be working on a new Star Wars film floating around this week, but then he shot it down.
- A Good Day to Die Hard will be rated R.
- Jurassic Park 4 will supposedly be released in the summer of 2014.
- And Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be released in the summer of 2015.
- Christopher Nolan is working on a new scifi movie called Interstellar.
- The Y the Last Man adaptation has found a director.
- Here's a first look at Liam Neeson in his next action thriller, Non-Stop.
- Spielberg's Robopocalypse has been put on hold.
- Kid Cudi has joined the Need for Speed movie. (Thanks, TGG!)
- The Assassin's Creed movie has a writer (and he's an English playwright). (Thanks, TGG.)
- Ang Lee wants to direct the new Angelina Jolie-led Cleopatra.
- Anne Hathaway has joined a modernized Taming of the Shrew.
- Ben Hur is getting a reboot.
This neat video from Industrial Light and Magic showcases their work on The Avengers.
Very gritty, these posters.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Big game news of the week is Disney Infinity, a new game that will allow players to mix and match characters from a variety of Disney properties. There's a trailer at the link, which explains it better than I can. Here's a bit more info on the inspiration behind the game and pricing info. Looks like this will be released in June.
- Warner Bros has registered 14 new Batman/Arkham-related domain names, which could hint at a new game.
- Sometimes TGG's descriptions of the links he sends me are the absolute best: "Here's a 7 minute (totally absurd) trailer for the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance which was announced 4 years ago, cancelled and has now been reborn ... skip to 3:50 to see him slice some cyborgs up with his foot sword kicks. Note he's not carrying groceries or anything, so his hands are completely free to slice and dice, he just sometimes prefers to use his feet I guess."
- Here's a launch trailer for new DoubleFine game The Cave, which releases Jan. 22.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us will be released April 16.
- There was a lot of hubbub this week about Dead Island sequel Dead Island: Riptide's special editions. Here's one version ... and here's another, featuring a bust of a woman's disembodied torso. (The company later apologized for the inappropriateness of the statue.)
- Sweden has added Minecraft to school curriculum in order to teach kids about "city planning, environmental awareness and preparing for the future."
- Here's a short behind-the-scenes video on God of War: Ascension's multiplayer mode.
- Cyberpunk 2077 is an in-development game involving people with cybernetic implants who go on a killing spree and have to be brought down. Here's a trailer.
- FOX News has a lot of things to say about Star Wars: The Old Republic's implementation of Same Gender Relationships, as only FOX News can.
- Vice President Joe Biden recently spoke to members of the video game industry and assured them that they're not being singled-out when it comes to the blame for gun violence.
- This 18 minute fan-made live-action/CGI Sonic the Hedgehog film features the cartoon voice of Sonic, Jaleel White (Urkel on Family Matters). I haven't had time to watch it, but TGG says that he "skimmed the video, it definitely took some serious time and effort, and it's a bold take on the Sonic franchise."
TGG also sent this cool video, which explains Cello Fortress, which is half video game/half musical performance.
I'm totally in love with the fact that Two Face is half-Union, half-Confederate in these Spaghetti Western Batman illustrations. (They look very Dexter's Lab, too, right?)
In science news, from The Mister:
Although competing with that is hard, I found a few items of note, too:
- The White House will not be building a Death Star, no matter how many signatures the petition gets. (But they've being awfully good-natured about the whole idea.)
- Might the earth ever become a black hole?
- A planet 40 light years away possibly has a core of solid diamond. (Insert "Single Ladies" joke here.)
- Hyperspace probably doesn't look anything like what we've been led to believe.
- Baltimore and Philadelphia police departments are currently using Minority Report-esque software to determine future crime.
MEGAN LARA. STOP BEING SO AWESOME. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
You too, Karen Hallion.
In comic news:
- Marvel has officially announced that all-lady X-Men team.
In book news:
- George R. R. Martin has released a Winds of Winter preview chapter.
And finally, because it's hard for me to resist well-made, feels-inducing fan-vids (spoilers for those of you who aren't caught up):