Issue 1, Vol. 4
Welcome to the first issue of the fourth volume of Nerd News! It's a biggun. (I apologize if some of this is old news; I had a few links saved prior to break.)
In movie news:
- Here are a handful of new promo images for Star Trek Into Darkness, along with a seriously badass Empire magazine cover image of Villain!Cumberbatch.
- Some new plot details for the film have also been released.
- The movie will be getting a fancy new app during the Superbowl.
- The first still from Catching Fire has been released, along with shots of Finnick and Katniss in their arena gear.
- Haley Atwell will not reprise her Peggy Carter role in Captain America: Winter Soldier.
- Looks like Hugh Jackman's role in X-Men: Days of Future Past will be a bit longer than the one in X-Men: First Class. And, might the Sentinels be involved?
- Currently rumored to be in the running for Guardians of the Galaxy's lead (Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord): Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) or Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor 2), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) or John Krasinksi (The Office).
- The role of Drax the Destroyer might go to Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice Guy), Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists) or Brian Patrick Wade (Generation Kill).
- Here's some info on the characters that will be included in the Justice League movie.
- Guillermo del Toro is moving ahead with his "dark Justice League" DC movie.
- Matt Bomer (White Collar) will voice Superman in Superman: Unbound, a new cartoon releasing on DVD later this year. Castle's Stana Katic and Molly Quinn will have roles as well.
- Bilbo's mom will be in the extra stuff included on the Hobbit DVD?
- Also: Here are 10 trivia facts about the movie.
- J.J. Abrams will not be directing Star Wars VII. Neither will Guillermo del Toro.
- Speaking of—del Toro's Pacific Rim computer, which sounded like GlaDOS in the trailer, won't sound as much like her in the actual film. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Josh Brolin, Chris Meloni and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have all joined Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For.
- Lots of Muppets sequel casting news: Christoph Waltz will be back (for a cameo, at least) and Tina Fey might be playing a Russian gulag prison guard.
- The former director of the new live-action Cinderella (starring Cate Blanchett) was "too grim" for Disney's tastes.
- Pixar has released concept art for the company's next four movies.
- Kristen Stewart will be back for the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman.
- The new Godzilla movie's script is getting a re-write from Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead).
- Jeff Bridges will be starring in The Giver
as Jeff Bridges.
- This might (?) be the first image of Tom Hardy in the new Mad Max.
- A Prometheus sequel is still in the works, but Damon Lindelof won't be writing it.
- The Shadow of the Colossus video game adaptation now has a writer. (Thanks, TGG.)
- Bill Pullman says the Independence Day sequel is in the planning stages.
Here are a whole bunch of trailers/clips—a few of them red band (i.e., NSFW):
The Blue Umbrella (Pixar's latest short)
The Great Gatsby (Check out the link below for five character posters, too.)
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (RB)
The Heat (RB)
The Last Stand (RB)
Oz: The Great and Powerful
These Star Wars and Indiana Jones maps totally one up Family Circus'. (Thanks, Shaun!)
The Star Wars/Disney mashups haven't gotten old yet, particularly when they're this cute.
I am also quite impressed with these one-line illustrations.
In TV news:
- Joss Whedon is currently directing the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot.
- Peter Jackson might be directing an episode of Doctor Who. In other news, Peter Jackson is a huge tease.
- The jerks at NBC keep hitting us while we're down: The head of the network recently mentioned the possibility of a fifth season of Community.
- Glen Mazzara has quit his role as showrunner of The Walking Dead.
- That said, here are some spoilers for the show's season three finale.
- An upcoming episode of How I Met Your Mother will feature more Robin Sparkles and lots of Canadians.
- Arrested Development's fourth season will premiere May 4. Here's some interesting info on how the season will work, episode-wise.
- Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey's Ms. Patmore) will have a guest-starring role on Once Upon a Time.
- The CW is working on Sherwood, a new Robin Hood with a female lead.
- Jon Favreau will be directing an episode of The Office.
- The Dwight-centric Office spinoff will be seen later this year.
- Mockingbird Lane, the Munsters reboot, has officially been cancelled.
- BBC America has ordered 10 episodes of a new Nerdist talk show.
- The channel will also be airing Broadchurch, a crime miniseries starring both David Tennant and Arthur Davill, later this year.
- Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids) will be hosting the MTV Movie Awards.
- The Axe Cop cartoon will air on FOX's Saturday late-night block starting July 27. (Thanks, TGG.)
A couple of promos:
The Walking Dead
THE BEST. (I feel I might have posted this before ...)
Doctor Who: Edward Gorey-style. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
Doctor Who: Marty McFly-style.
In comics news:
- Star Wars comics will be returning to Marvel.
- Someone has created a Downton Abbey spoof comic in which Bates is a secret agent.
- The Avengers are firing someone in April.
- Here's a huge spoiler about Spider-Man's future.
- Marvel might be releasing on an all-female X-Men series.
More neat type+heroes:
I'm posting these Justice League monies in large part so that I can quote the comment on the missing dollar made by the io9 author: "If you're wondering where the $1 bill is, I assume Malik [the artist] started to turn George Washington into Aquaman, realized what he was doing, and immediately gave up."
These iPhone cases are totally impractical, yes, but yet ... I want them to make a Loki one really badly. (Some are currently on sale—for iPhone 4/4S—on Fab.com!)
In SCIENCE! and technology news, from The Mister:
- Here's a collection of "the best" astronomy photos of 2012.
- NASA is considering dragging an asteroid into the Moon's orbit. (Moon-ception!)
- An "outburst" from one of our neighboring galaxies (a mere 44 million light-years away) suggests that there's a huge black hole at the galaxy's center.
- Seems like whales just really like to sing.
- A species of bee has been named "Euglossa bazinga." Yes, after Sheldon Cooper's catchphrase.
- A (seriously) giant squid has been filmed off the coast of Japan.
- A new gas can cool to below absolute zero.
I found some items as well:
- Here's a list of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2012.
- Turns out that getting pruney fingers is actually an evolutionary advantage.
- A Martian meteorite has been found in the Sahara.
- Leonard Nimoy wants to tell you more about NASA's ion drive-propelled asteroid-investigating mission, Dawn.
- Boeing recently tested in flight wifi safety using sacks of potatoes as human stand-ins.
- Eating asparagus before a night of heavy drinking might help you avoid a hangover the morning after.
- The Giant Panda might be a source of antibiotics.
- A newly-discovered prehistoric lizard has been named the Obamadon thanks in part to Barack Obama's excellent dental hygiene.
Love these Whedon ladies.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- The most important news of the week? As TGG says, "Shaq has a new game on iOS and Android called ShaqDown. I am quite confident it's worth the $.99 and I don't really know anything about it. You're welcome."
- Lego has announced a new Marvel Superheroes game.
- The company is also releasing a series of magical animal games that tie in with the new Lego: Legends of Chima block sets.
- The new Tomb Raider reboot will include a multiplayer aspect.
- A Sim City reboot is coming in March. Here's the intro video.
- Lex Luthor and Bane have joined the Injustice: Gods Among Us line-up.
- Cable will join Deadpool in his new High Moon game.
- Diablo III's Team Deathmatch mode isn't ready yet, but Blizzard will be implementing a player duel mode soonish.
- Here are a few new Grant Theft Auto V screenshots.
- Fans of classic Capcom games will be able to download them via the new free "Capcom Arcade Cabinet" app for PSN and XBLA.
- A Dead Rising 3 might be in the works.
- Someone built a Jurassic Park game on the Half-Life engine. (Via ShezCrafti.)
- Journey's soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy. This article takes a look at the man behind the music.
- Although the game hasn't been released yet, fans can already pre-order a replica of BioShock Infinite's sky hook accessory. Half-Life fans can also pre-order the Half-Life 2 Gravity Gun, and Machinarium fans can pre-order a pre-order a plushie of the game's main character.
- Here's a new story trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines.
- And one for Slender: The Arrival.
- And one for new game Remember Me. (Ed. note: No, it's not based on the Robert Pattinson movie.)
- You can now play a version of Dune 2 in your Internet browser.
- Lots of rumors about Valve's "Steam Box" arose this past week, but the device won't be announced this year. There is, however, a (very similar) mini-PC designed to run Steam already in the works.
- Razr's new Edge tablet is a gaming tablet for those of us with money burning holes in our gold-plated wallets. (The cheapest model will cost you $1,000.)
- An in-development open-source console would run on the Android OS... and is the size of a USB stick.
- Another Android-based console, by graphics company Nvida, has been announced.
- Not to be outdone by the competition, Ouya is holding a "Create" game jam to ensure it has plenty of titles available come release day.
- A new Sony patent would "lock a disc to a console, effectively eliminating the ability to sell, trade or even borrow games."
- Microsoft's new Illumiroom projects things onto walls and furniture around the TV with the aim of creating a more immersive gaming experience.
- This article (by ShezCrafti) offers tips on how safely navigate the world of Kickstarter.
Nerdy art nouveau never gets old.
Neither do fakey propaganda posters. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
In miscellaneous news:
- A series of 11 Doctor Who children's e-book short stories will be released over the course of the next 11 months to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary. Each book will be written by a famous British author. The first, A Big Hand for the Doctor, is by Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl). (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Tolkien's works are getting a theme park.
- Disney's Aladdin is being turned into a Broadway musical
These silhouettes are super similar to some Olly Moss did, but I like them regardless.
These sculptures, however, are super unique.
These are great, too.
And finally: Although I've never actually seen an episide of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, I can't get enough of movie trailer mashups made with the show.