Vol. 4, Issue 5
Heya friends! This past week has been crazy full of movie news, so let's jump right in.
In movie news:
- Captain America: Winter Soldier has found its Sharon Carter.
- Chris Pratt (Parks and Rec., Everwood) has been cast as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy.
- A rumor hit the Web last weekend that the Guardians of the Galaxy might make an appearance in Iron Man 3. (Thanks, TGG!) Marvel film consultant Brian Michael Bendis didn't exactly deny it, but he didn't confirm it either.
- Here are some more details on X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- And some on a possible future Hulk movie.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has started filming.
- Disney's planning to make stand-alone Star Wars films separate from VII, VII and IX. So far, there's officially plans in motion for young Han Solo and Boba Fett films. (There was also a Yoda movie mentioned this week, but nothing's been made official on that front.)
Walter BishopJohn Noble be the baddie in Star Wars VII?
- The official synopsis for Fast and Furious 6 has been released, along with some new photos. (And a trailer! (!!) Watch it below.)
- Check out these first images of Edgar Wright's new Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Martin Freeman-starring movie The World's End.
- J.J. Abrams announced that he'd maybe, possibly, like to try to bring Portal and Half-Life adaptations to the big screen.
- Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing will be shown at SXSW. (I would LOVE to get tickets to that screening.)
- James Horner will be scoring Ender's Game.
- Kenneth Branagh might be taking over the director's chair on Disney's new live-action Cinderella.
- At one point Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio looked to be dead ... but it looks to be holding on, for now.
- And if the man wasn't busy enough already, he's going to be working on a new adaptation of The Secret Garden.
- Here are some new photos from Pacific Rim.
- Stacey Keach has joined Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
- The director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation is in negotiations to direct the film version of YA novel Matched.
- Speaking of—You can now "join" Cobra's Special Forces.
- Charlize Theron has signed on to star alongside Seth McFarlane in a new western comedy à la Blazing Saddles.
- It's official: Kristen Wiig will be in Anchorman 2.
- In other funny girl news, Tiny Fey will be working on a new comedy with the Pitch Perfect director.
- There are more movies in the works for Mission: Impossible and Die Hard.
- Tron could possibly show up in Wreck It Ralph 2.
- Daniel Craig might not be back for The Girl Who Played With Fire.
- Sean Bean has joined the Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending.
- Michael Keaton has joined the cast of the adaptation of Need for Speed.
- Paul Walker will star in a reboot (redo?) of Hitman.
Here are bunch of trailers, a few of which you might have seen during last weekend's big sporting event.
Fast and Furious 6
Iron Man 3
Oh, RDJ. You are the best.
The Lone Ranger
Oz the Great and Powerful
Star Trek Into Darkness
World War Z
I now need to make a trip to the humane society and find one of each.
Heimdall: Always the voice of reason.
In TV news:
- Worried about your favorite show's chances of being cancelled? Check these lists.
- George R. R. Martin will be working on a new HBO project.
- That Doctor Who origin story I posted about last week has found its companion.
- This isn't quite news, but check out the real-life models for the Archer cast.
- NCIS has been renewed for an 11th season.
- Miguel Ferrer will be starring on an NCIS: LA spinoff. So will John Corbett.
- Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his Captain role on an upcoming episode of How I Met Your Mother.
- Also, this new HIMYM promo shows what's on Robin Sparkles' Greatest Hits album.
- Girl Meets World has cast the best friend and Cory and Topanga's son.
- There's a new Thunderbirds show in the works.
- Showtime will no longer be attempting a Chew adaptation.
A couple of promos:
Community (IT'S BACK TONIGHT!)
These drawings are amazing.
In comics news:
- The huge new Wolverine: Adamantium Collection HC, which includes more than five books' worth of Wolvie comics, will be released in June.
- Dark Horse has announced a Tomb Raider: The Beginning series.
- The company is also working on two new Last Airbender universe projects.
I love the idea of a female Beast and a bearded Rapunzel.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- Space engineers are thinking of using 3D printers to build a moon base.
- Some super-Earths might actually be mini-Neptunes.
- A new (extinct, of course) flying reptile has been discovered.
- This fish is MASSIVELY large.
I found a few things as well:
- The remains of Britain's King Richard III have been found underneath a
parking lotcar park.
- Also found this week, a 2,300-year-old Macedonian golden olive branch crown along with the head it was on when it was buried.
- We finally know how owls' necks are so flexible.
- This spider's brain is so big it extends into its legs.
- Scientists have created a crystal that acts almost like it's alive.
- The bacterium Delftia acidovorans turns chemicals into gold.
- The U.S. cancer death rate is down 20 percent.
- Also not really news, but this WTF Evolution Tumblr is both hilarious and sciencey.
Cross stitch takes forever but stitching these pixel friends might be worth the effort.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- The release dates for upcoming Skyrim DLC have been announced. Dragonborn will release Feb. 12, Hearthfire Feb. 19 and Dawnguard Feb. 26.
- The Wallace Wells Scott Pilgrim DLC has been delayed yet again.
- Mark your calendars, GTA fans: Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released Sept. 17.
- Deadpool has a massive gun. And no, that's not a euphemism.
- Here's a new trailer for BioShock Infinite.
- TGG and I both missed this live-action God of War: Ascension ad, which supposedly aired during the Super Bowl.
- Disney Infinity's fourth playset will feature characters from Cars.
- A Star Wars Zen Pinball game will be released later this month.
- If you're interested in The Last of Us, you might want to check out this write-up of a short hands-on demo that explains some about the new gameplay mechanics.
- Long-in-development MMO WildStar will supposedly be released by the end of the year. As TGG describes it, "It's very ambitious and looks like a little bit of WoW mixed with a bit of Firefly."
- This teaser for new game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has the feeling of Poe mixed with Lovecraft.
- Developers behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt claim that the game is comparable to to Skyrim. Here's some more information on what could be "the last" of the series to star current main character Geralt.
- PC versions of The Witcher and The Witcher 2 will be discounted through the end of the week, and the Xbox Live version of The Witcher 2 is getting a permanent price cut. Basically, now's the time to catch up.
- MMO Final Fantasy XIV has been revamped as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
- To celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary, Square Enix is having a 50 percent off sale on 12 classic Final Fantasy games for the PSN for the next two weeks.
- An LA: Noir gag reel has been released. (NSFW for swearing.)
- A new Sherlock Holmes game is in the works, but the game is not based on Sherlock, the RDJ/Jude Law Sherlock Holmes or Elementary. (So, what's the point, right? Book canon, shmook schmanon.)
- Sony will be announcing ... something ... Feb. 20. (It'll likely be the PS4.)
- The Ouya is receiving good reviews so far. The system will be available to the general public in June, and is currently on pre-order sale for $99 (system+controller). System developers have plans to release a new console every year.
- Redbox is currently beta-testing a streaming video service; you can sign up for the Xbox service here.
J.J. Abrams, please get with Joss and make this happen. (Thanks, Colt!)
And finally, I love me some trailer mashups. The last one's definitely a movie I'd go see.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation/The Artist (Careful on the sound with this one.)
Man of Steel/Back to the Future
The Avengers/The Breakfast Club