Vol. 4, Issue 11
Morning friends! What's up with pop culture this week?
In movie news:
- A bunch of Iron Man 3 spoilers have been released this past week, including this one about Pepper Potts, which is actually also in a trailer (below).
- Robert Redford might be joining Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Also possibly in the new Cap movie—MMA fighter Georges St.-Pierre. (Thanks, Colt!)
- Chris O'Dowd (The IT Crowd, Bridesmaids) has a small role in Thor: The Dark World.
- Check out these new images from Star Trek Into Darkness, one of which includes a mysterious new device.
- Some new posters for The Wolverine have been released.
- As well as one from Ender's Game.
- The release date of The World's End has been moved up two months to Aug. 23. Here's an awesome photo of the main characters.
- Rebel Wilson might have a role in a future Hunger Games film.
- Tom Hiddleston might have a cameo in The Muppets ... Again.
- Here are the first photos from Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters.
- And a first look at Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- Kate Winslet is now officially playing Janine in Divergent.
- An unofficial plot synopsis has been released for Transformers 4. Also, Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender, Bates Motel) will have the starring role opposite Mark Wahlberg.
- The four titular characters have been cast for the new TMNT movie. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Filming has begun for Brett Ratner's new live-action Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Joseph Fiennes (Harry Potter) and Ian McShane (Deadwood) have joined the cast.
- Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are currently rumored to be in contention for the role of Snake in the Escape from New York reboot.
- Here's new info on the Independence Day sequels. (Yes, that plural is correct.)
Here are a bunch of trailers and a featurette:
Fast and Furious 6
Iron Man 3 (The Pepper Potts spoilery one is the second, in case you don't want to see.)
World War Z
In TV news:
- Doctor Who producer Marcus Wilson says he's sure that no one will figure out who Clara really is before it's revealed. There's an interesting theory at the post. (Thanks, Emily, for first introducing me to it!)
- Peter Jackson says that he'd direct an episode of Who ... for a Dalek.
- John Barrowman says that Captain Jack Harkness will not be in any sort of 50th anniversary special. (I don't know that I believe him.)
- Madame de Pompadour (Sophia Miles), however, might be back during the regular season.
- Martin Freeman's long-time partner Amanda Abbington might have a role in Sherlock.
- Another guest star from Arrow's first season has been named a series regular for season two.
- An Arrow producer has said we might see a version of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the second season, too.
- Check out these lovely Game of Thrones character portraits. And these great shots from TV Guide.
- The links I posted last week that suggested George R.R. Martin would have a cameo in the third season was wrong—if it happens, it'll be in the fourth season.
- A GoT prequel (based on GRRM's Dunk and Egg short stories) might be in the works.
- Continuum's second season on SyFy will start June 7.
- You can watch the first 14 minutes of Defiance here.
- Here's a first look at photos from the J.J. Abrams-produced, Karl Urban-starring scifi cop show Human.
- Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) will be a series regular on the third season of NTSF:SD:SUV. (Thanks, TGG.)
- Amazon has officially announced that they are working on a Zombieland pilot.
- The Wachowskis (The Matrix) are working on a new scifi show for Netflix.
- Photos from Girl Meets World have been released, and Mr. Feeny is back (at least for the pilot)! (Thanks, Colt.)
- Are you ready for an UNO gameshow?
Here are a bunch of videos for Who and GoT:
Game of Thrones
It's totally believable that Who characters would pop up in various periods of history and then be immortalized.
Mondo is releasing the last two posters in their GoT series tomorrow.
I really like the dark side/light side nature of these illustrations.
If you've ever wondered how you might die were you a GoT character, wonder no more. (I'd die from a lethal dose of Cersei side-eye.)
If Firefly characters had GoT sigils, they might look a little something like so.
In comics/books news:
- Neil Gaiman is returning to Marvel and bringing his character Angela with him.
- George R.R. Martin is "worried that he's not writing fast enough." (Duh?)
- Clarissa will explain her early 20s in a new Clarissa Explains It All book.
- DC Comics announced, then renounced, that they were killing off Green Lantern John Stewart.
In webseries news: Felicia Day has announced Geek and Sundry's second season, which will include more Tabletop, Space Janitors and more. (Thanks, TGG.)
Artist Jake Wyatt has dubbed March Mighty Marvel Month and has posted a bunch of awesome illustrations on his Tumblr.
These mashups of movies and comics are fantastic, too. (Thanks, Emily.)
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Here's a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us released details of the game's Season Pass bonuses: Pay $15 now for the expected DLC (vs. $20 when it comes out) and you'll get four new mystery characters and three new costumes based on the Flashpoint storyline.
- A mobile version of the game was also revealed at the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC).
- BioWare Edmonton, the team behind Mass Effect, is working on "a whole new fictional universe."
- Here's a gameplay trailer for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
- And one for Defiance. There are some DLC codes at the link as well.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic's first expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, releases April 14.
- The Star Trek movie tie-in game has had an entire year added to their development cycle to make the game's release coincide with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness.
- A DuckTales game remake was announced last weekend at PAX. The original voice characters will reprise their roles.
- Telltale Games is working on an episodic game based on the Fables comic series in which you play Bigby Wolf.
- DC has announced Infinite Crisis, a new multiplayer online battle arena game featuring DC heroes and villains. Here's a trailer.
- Here are some new screenshots from Grand Theft Auto 5.
- Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was officially announced at the GDC. Here's the first trailer and some background info. Oddly enough, voice of Snake David Hayter won't be reprising his role.
- Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is a prequel to The Phantom Pain.
- American McGee is making a pitch to EA for a new Alice-influenced online co-op game that would include user generated content.
- Rock Band's weekly new music updates will end next week with the song "American Pie."
- Details of the new Double Fine adventure game that made $3.3 million on Kickstarter last year have finally been released to the general public. Broken Age will follow the parallel lives of a young girl chosen by her village to be a sacrificed to a monster and an adventurous young boy who lives on a space station. Here's the first trailer.
- Gameplay footage from Rain has been released.
- This new trailer for Dead Island: Riptide answers questions about why the characters in the game are back on an island if they escaped on a helicopter at the end of Dead Island.
- New free-to-play game The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age is available on PC web browsers and iOS and Android devices.
- Knights of Pen and Paper, in which you control a dungeon master and players who are in turn controlling characters in an epic gaming session, will be expanded in a Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition this summer.
- Some of the original team behind Ecco the Dolphin are working on a new ocean game set a million years in the future.
- Here's a new trailer for Watch Dogs.
- People with Google Chrome and a smartphone running at least iOS 5.0 or Android 4.0 can turn their computer's browser into a maze and then navigate it with a marble controlled via smartphone.
- BEYOND: Two Souls is the first ever video game to have been chosen as an official selection by the Tribeca Film Festival.
I also found this thrilling item: Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Penn., home of the baseball team the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, will become the first sports venue in the world to offer an interactive “Urinal Gaming System."
This is so sweet.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- Astronomers have discovered a new form of supernova.
- The moon shares common history with asteroids.
- New nerve cells can now be grown directly in the brain.
- Obesity can possibly be linked to microorganisms living in a person's stomach.
- Yet another reason not to fight around your kids: Being exposed to arguments between parents effects the way babies' brains process emotional tone of voice.
- Fruit flies that eat organic foods are healthier than those who eat non-organic items.
- Researchers might have discovered a way to turn the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into something useful.
- We're one step closer to an actual invisibility cloak.
- Violins can mimic the sounds humans make.
I found some things as well:
- You can always see more than 50 percent of the moon.
- Here is the first-ever image (maybe) of a binary star system (à la Tatooine).
- A newly discovered dinosaur has been named after the five-year-old girl who discovered it.
- Scientists have discovered a way to get rid of a song stuck that's stuck in your head.
- The Audio Based Environment Simulator is a video game system that helps the blind "see."
- This new brain scan brings the technological ideas of Minority Report closer to reality.
- A new study has linked whole milk to skinnier kids.
- Long distance drivers who drink caffeinated beverages have a 63 percent reduced chance of crashing than those who don't.
- Being Forever Alone can actually be hazardous to your health.
And finally, the fact that they included my favorite line in all of Jurassic Park—and, you know, it's a Star Wars mashup—totally makes this video for me.