Vol. 4, Issue 6
Happy Valentine's Day, friends! Consider this issue of NN (and all of the others) as my way of sending lots of nerdy love your way. And if you're still in need of a last-minute Valentine or two, don't forget about these.
In TV news:
- The title of Neil Gaiman's second Doctor Who episode has been revealed.
- A 3D 50th anniversary special will air later this year. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- The BBC has reacted to Who fans' anger over the weird scheduling of season 7+specials.
- The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot has wrapped filming.
- The Mary Sue tweeted this photo saying that Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and River Song (Alex Kingston) were "together at last," but in reality, this is just a photo of the two actors on the set of Arrow. (Jerks.)
- Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and Arrow have all been renewed for another season.
- Here's a leaked synopsis of Game of Thrones' first episode of the show's third season.
- We've met Nick's dad on New Girl, and we will soon meet his mom.
- Anthony Bourdain's voice and likeness will have a guest role on Archer.
- Emma Roberts has joined the cast of an adaptation of YA novel Delirium.
- NBC's Dracula has found its Van Helsing.
- The BBC will replace Merlin with Atlantis, a "Greek mythology-themed fantasy."
- The CW is working on a show about Mary, Queen of Scots.
- Also in a works, this time by Warner Bros., is a Game of Thrones-meets-The Wizard of Oz series called Red Brick Road.
- The Office series finale will air Thursday, May 16 at 9 p.m.
- Netflix is thinking of reviving Jericho.
Here are a couple of promos:
Game of Thrones
With this translator, there's now an easy (but not guaranteed accurate) way to write your name in Gallifreyan! Here's mine:
Karen Hallion is continuing with her Doctor Who/fairytale/Disney series. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
She's also translated some of her designs to fabric, which you can find here.
In movie news:
- Five new Star Trek Into Darkness stills have been released. Oh, and here are two more.
- Alice Eve, who has a role in the new movie, "swears" that Benedict Cumberbatch is not playing Khan.
- Scotty Simon Pegg says J.J. Abrams will stick around for Star Trek 3.
- Check out this new Iron Man 3 poster featuring Don Cheadle in Patriot armor.
- Will Venom be joining the roster of The Amazing Spider-Man 2?
- Here's a photo of the movie's morgue set(?).
- There will be (lots of?) CGI characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- The first script for the Justice League movie has been scrapped.
- Frank Oz says he would be ready to voice Yoda in a new Star Wars movie.
- Writer Lawrence Kasdan says the new Star Wars films will be completely new material (not pulled from the expanded universe). Boo on you, Kasdan.
- You can watch all of the Oscar-nominated animated shorts online.
- The UK version of A Good Day to Die Hard has been edited to get a "12a" rating.
- Albert Brooks (Marlin) will be back for Finding Nemo 2.
- Miss Piggy will supposedly be getting married in The Muppets ... Again. Here's a new photo.
- Brian Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of the Twins) might be in the Godzilla reboot.
- Anna Seyfried has joined Charlize Theron in Seth MacFarlane's western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West.
- Matt Smith will star in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut; Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Host) will have a role, too.
- Speaking of, here's a new poster for The Host.
- Graphic novel The Sword, about a young paraplegic who discovers a sword that restores her ability to walk and gives her an opportunity to avenge her slain family, will be adapted for film.
- It's no longer a surprise that Hollywood can't leave well enough alone—there's a new version of the Grinch in the works.
Here are a few trailers and a clip:
Jack the Giant Slayer
I am loving the gritty/lonely feel of these superhero posters. (Thanks, TCC!)
Threadless has a new Spider-Man collection (not all of which are featured here). (Someone needs to mention to them that there's a hyphen in the name ...)
In gaming news, from TGG:
- The developers behind Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 have an idea for a new Star Wars game that would be set between Episodes 3 and 4.
- Here's an intense trailer for Zen's new Empire Strikes Back pinball game.
- And one for the new Star Trek game.
- Activision and Nickelodeon have signed a multi-year deal that includes three new TMNT games.
- The new Deadpool game will be released this summer.
- A new Batman Arkham game will also be released in 2013.
- Killer Croc has joined the ever-growing character lineup of Injustice: Gods Among Us. Aquaman has joined, too.
- Here are some new Disney Infinity screenshots.
- And here's a trailer for a new Stargate game.
- Conan O'Brien has played Halo 4 ... including the easter egg in which he voices a character.
- EA's new game service Origin has launched for Macs.
- Microsoft is working on interactive original programming, which could be for Xbox.
- If you're so inclined, you can watch many of the recent DICE Summit presentations online, including the one between J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell in which they talk about Portal and Half-Life movies.
This Mario would have a killer soundtrack.
This is an impressive live-action 60-second Wreck-It Ralph. (Don't watch if you want to avoid ruining the movie for yourself ... like I did.)
In comics and book news:
- Geoff Johns is leaving Green Lantern.
- A book about the servants "behind" Pride and Prejudice has been written. (A movie version will likely follow.)
- To celebrate the 15th anniversary of its release in the US, new paperback covers for the Harry Potter series have been created. Here's the one for Sorcerer's Stone:
Wookie and the Chew artist James Hance painted these amazing watercolors of the Firefly/Serenity crew in only two days.
These are lovely versions of familiar characters.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have discovered a star that pulses like a strobe light.
- The first bionic eye has been implanted in the U.S.
- A paralyzed man has used his thoughts to move a robot arm.
- Salmon use magnetism to find their way home.
- The combination of a synthesized drug with bacteria could "disarm cancer."
I found a few things as well:
- In our galaxy, there are possibly 45 billion habitable planets orbiting red dwarf stars.
- Here's a mockup of what the first moon base might look like.
- Speaking of, it turns out that Earth frequently traps "mini moons."
- Living bacteria has been found in Antarctic lakes.
- These are the cities to avoid when the oceans rise.
- The dinosaurs went extinct almost immediately.
- Turns out, squids can fly. Dibs on the royalties from the inevitable SyFy movie.
And finally, this Powerpuff Girls+Avengers mashup is a great idea, but the video definitely needs a new voiceover.