Vol. 4, Issue 7
This past week has been crazy busy for me, so if I've missed anything of import, I apologize! Here we go ...
In movie news:
- I will scream out loud in the theater if this rumor about the end of Fast and Furious 6/villain for Fast and Furious 7 is true.
- Check out this fancy new Star Trek Into Darkness motion poster.
- J.J. Abrams says, yes, Klingons will make an appearance in the film.
- Although it's been reported that she wasn't in the movie, Haley Atwell might reprise her Peggy Carter role in a Captain America: Winter Soldier flashback scene.
- Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here's who he might be playing.
- Bryan Singer also talked about the timeline of the movie this week and then tweeted a photo of some very important chairs.
- Here are some production photos of the X mansion's reconstruction.
- British actress Felicity Jones has signed on to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but for what role is as yet still a mystery.
- Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Stargate: Atlantis) is rumored to have been offered the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy.
- The visual effects team behind the movie talk about Rocket Raccoon and Groot in this interview.
- Mark Hamill has confirmed that he's in talks to join Star Wars VII. He also says—and I hope this is true—is that if the old guard doesn't return, the roles won't be recast.
- The second half/second movie of Mockingjay has a screenwriter.
- Here are some new promo images from After Earth.
- And new character banners for Monsters University.
- And some new quasi-spoilery stills from Oz the Great and Powerful.
- Photos and news from Ender's Game are pretty slow to be released, but here's a first look at Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Petra.
Here are a couple trailers and a featurette:
Fast and Furious 6
Pixar versions of well-known characters (if done well) are always amusing. (The Kirk one is particularly amazing.)
Saul Bass is a total icon, and these Saul Bass-inspired Star Wars posters do him justice.
In TV news:
- Moffat is being
a trollMoffat again and hinting that all eleven doctors will make an appearance in the Doctor Who anniversary special.
- Here's a first look at David Bradley in his First Doctor getup from the other anniversary special.
- Supernatural writers talk about possibilities for the ninth season in this interview.
- TV Line has updated the site's 2013 cancellation posts.
- Kristen Wiig has joined the new Arrested Development episodes as [REDACTED].
- I'm behind on season 3 of Downton Abbey—I've been spoiled some, but not completely—but here are some possible spoilers for season 4.
- Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) will star in the new superhero comedy Super Clyde.
- And some stills from new BBC show Orphan Black.
- Neal Stephenson's book Reamde (which, according to Wikipedia, is a book about a hostage and the ensuing efforts of family and new acquaintances, many of them MMORPG gamers, to rescue her) will possibly be adapted for the small screen.
Here's a promo for Hannibal:
The Master's bug eye in this totally creeps me out, but the fact that it has Ten and Rose together (even though they don't fit with the timeline suggested by the Master?) makes up for it.
BBC will be releasing official Doctor Who jewelry to go along with the 50th Anniversary.
Arya is my favorite Song of Ice and Fire character. Love this version of her.
In webseries news:
- The Death Star's PR department has it's own series; you can watch the first episode here.
And here's a trailer for the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy:
In SCIENCE! and tech news from The Mister:
- There's water on the moon!
- Astronomers have been able to look at "the most distant galaxy ever seen."
- The Higgs Boson particle might mean disaster for the universe ... tens of billions of years from now.
- The iCub humanoid robot has learned language and can now anticipate the end of a sentence when a human is talking to it.
- A new interface allows a bionic hand to be directly connected to an arm's nerves.
- Before you go out and get that elective surgery, you should know that the appendix isn't actually totally useless.
- Dolphins use specific sounds when they "talk" to each other.
- The layers of an iceberg tell a story much like a tree's rings.
A few other items:
- Check out these crazy videos of last week's Russian meteor. (Thanks, TGG!)
- And even though they are respectful of each other, it turns out that dolphins are actually pretty douchey.
- TINY BABY GIANT ARMADILLO! Somewhat an oxymoron, but totally adorable regardless.
Etsy shop The Geekerie has an amazing collection of pop culture art.
In comics and book news:
- The new creative teams for the Green Lantern comics have been announced.
- Neil Gaiman recently put out a call for story ideas on Twitter and has since written 12 short stories to go with his favorite ideas. Download the free PDF here.
This Red Riding Hood type illustration—available at Threadless—is gorgeous.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Sony held a conference yesterday at which they announced the PS4. As a bit of background, here are retrospectives on the PlayStation, PS2 and PS3, and the PSP and Vita. And a video on the evolution of video gaming.
- Here's are some of the photos that went along with the announcement. (Thanks, Colt!)
- This post talks, briefly, about the PS4's capabilities, release time frame (holiday 2013) and games. Sony also confirmed that the system will be able to play used games.
- Here's a list of all of the developers currently working on PS4 games. Notably, Blizzard has made a deal regarding Diablo 3.
- Bungie and Activision have joined forces to create Destiny, an open-world first-person shooter mega-game series that looks like a combination of Halo and Mass Effect. There's a lot more information at the link.
- But don't expect a first game to be released this year.
- Game company Sucker Punch is working on a new Infamous game. Here's a trailer for Infamous: Second Son.
- Preorder God of War: Ascension from Best Buy and you'll get Mjolnir as a bonus.
- Weekly Rockband DLC will end April 2.
- You could win the new Tomb Raider game or an Xbox by taking part in this Pinterest contest. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- A trailer for new "golem-bot" game Knack has been released.
- As well as a 7-minute demo for Killzone: Shadow Fall.
- And one for the high-tech thriller/hacker/parkour game Watch Dog.
- Android users can relive the good old days when they download the new Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. app.
- A guy in Japan has used the Kinect to rig mannequins that react to movements of passerby.
- Here's a look at the specs of the rumored next generation Kinect.
- There Came an Echo is a new voice controlled strategy game starring Wil Wheaton.
- I can't really put this any better than TGG: "Sega is going to start selling really expensive Sega themed laptops that don't really seem to be worth the money."
And finally, I would be totally remiss to not include nerdy versions of the latest viral video.