Vol. 4, Issue 8 (Part 2)
Welcome back for part 2! Let's start things off right with a few Stark 'SplosionsTM.
(The international version of the trailer, with a teeny bit of different stuff, is below.)
In other movie news:
- A bunch of Iron Man 3 posters have been released in the last couple of weeks: Here are The Mandarin, Pepper Potts, lots of Iron Men and Pepper looking very "Save me, Tony!"
- RDJ is talking total crazy when he says he'd be OK with Tony Stark being recast.
- Here are some new stills, and some info on how J.J. Abrams helped with the film. (J.J.! Get your fingers out of Joss' cookie jar.)
- There are currently no plans to make a Planet Hulk movie, but here's some news on Avengers 2 and Marvel's Phase 3.
- The Nova Corps might play a part of Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Jason Momoa's role as Drax isn't concrete.
- The production of X-Men: Days of Future Past has been picking up speed: Director Bryan Singer says he's going to "repair" things from The Last Stand (THANK YOU.); James McAvoy says he won't share scenes with Patrick Stewart (sad, but I suppose paradoxes must be avoided); Halle Berry is back and Omar Sy has joined the cast (to possibly play Bishop?).
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is moving forward as well. Chris Cooper (American Beauty, The Bourne Identity) has signed on to play Norman Osborn. Here's a completely underwhelming look at the new costume, the first look at the new Mary Jane (Shailene Woodley), a video of MJ and Peter meeting, some photos of Sally Field's Aunt May, and photos of MJ at work (and a crushed cab).
- Lots of promo for Catching Fire has been released recently, including these victory tour posters. I am really loving these Capitol portraits, however:
- Might Lois Lane be married in Man of Steel?
- The release date of The Hobbit: There and Back Again has been pushed to December 2014. (Which makes total sense to me—one movie each December for three years.) And there will most definitely be an extended version of An Unexpected Journey on DVD and Blu-Ray later this year.
- Sam Mendes will not be returning to the director's chair for the next James Bond.
- James McAvoy is in talks to star in the remake of The Crow.
- Harry Potter stars Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe aren't letting their talents go to waste: Emma might take on the starring role in the new live action Cinderella and Daniel has signed on to play Igor in a new adaptation of Frankenstein.
- R.I.P.D., the comic movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, will be converted to 3D in post-production. (Blech.)
- Resident Evil 6 will be released in late 2014. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Universal is currently working on a reboot of Van Helsing, a Wicked movie, Snow White and the Huntsman 2, more Bourne films ... and Fifty Shades of Grey.
- Prometheus 2 is a go.
- Check out the new Monsters University poster.
- Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) have joined Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
- The new Hercules, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, will now be released July 25, 2014.
- Megan Fox will likely star as April O'Neil in Michael Bay's TMNT movie, which has been pushed back until June 2014. (Thanks for the second link, TGG.)
- The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies film has been resurrected.
- Ghostbusters 3 might turn out to be an animated film.
- Anchorman 2 will take place in New York, and Harrison Ford has joined the cast.
- Neil Gaimain's as-yet-unreleased book The Ocean at the End of the Lane has already been picked up for an adaptation; Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) will direct.
- Disney is working on a new Shakespeare-based musical.
- Here's a synopsis of Brad Bird's Tomorrowland.
- Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) might play Jane in a new Tarzan film.
- The adaptation of Dark Horse Comics' Beasts of Burden, about "a group of cats and dogs who fight supernatural forces to save their human companions," has found a director.
- The new Tomb Raider movie will be based on the video game that was released this week.
- Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) will be in a buddy cop movie together. I really liked Damon as Coach in the pilot episode of New Girl, so I'm super on board with this idea.
Here are a few trailers, a set video and a featurette:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Iron Man 3 (international version)
The Muppets ... Again
I am totally in love (of course) with the vintage travel poster/minimalist feel of Matt Ferguson's art.
The feel of this great Man of Steel triptych is very similar.
Mondo released a few posters for/during the Oscars.
This mashup's creation was only a matter of time.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- The first photos of an alien planet's birth have been taken.
- Our solar system's smallest exoplanet is barely bigger than our moon.
- A comet might impact the Red Planet next October.
- Mercury might have once been covered in lava.
- The science of the spin of black holes has been figured out.
- Life on Earth could have possibly been "seeded" by comets. (See also: ALIENS.)
- The mission to slam a spacecraft into a near-Earth asteroid has a target.
- A Texas A&M scientist has devised a way to knock asteroids off target ... with paint.
- In "you wish you were this awesome when you were her age" news, a seventh-grade girl has launched a rocket (and Hello Kitty) into the stratosphere.
- Human language might have evolved with the help of mimicking bird songs.
- The first procedure of electrodes being permanently implanted in the nerves and muscles of an amputee for directly control of an arm prosthesis has been done.
- Researchers have invented a way to help restore vision with holographs.
- While sleeping, children turn learning into knowledge.
- Scientists are now able to "tell who a person is thinking about by analyzing images of his or her brain."
- This new lithium-ion battery is stretchable and implantable.
- Fragments of the ancient continent of Mauritia have been discovered under the Indian Ocean.
- Chimps are total overachievers and solve complex puzzles for fun.
- Female mice can alter the parenting behaviors of males through ultrasonic sound.
- Scientists are working to cryopreserve reproductive cells of endangered cat species.
- The idea of the quantum computer is getting closer to reality.
- Memristors, a new form of electronic microcomponents, might help scientists create computers that work more like brains.
- Myo is a new/in development wearable device that allows users to control electronic devices.
- These cloud formations might be a totally new type.
- One of the most famous disasters of the 20th Century was caused by static electricity.
I found a few bits as well:
- Science has proved that Spider-Man's webbing could actually stop a speeding subway train.
- Guppies hang out around less attractive fish to make themselves prettier.
- The origins of the Russian meteor have been discovered.
- Millionaire space tourist (best title ever) Dennis Tito is sending a husband and wife team to Mars. Here's more about the couple.
- NASA has discovered a third ring of radiation around the earth.
- In the (very distant path) the Milky Way might have devoured other galaxies.
- A new Internet anti-piracy system hit the U.S. at the end of February.
- A baby born with HIV has apparently been cured.
- Turns out a lot of the things we've been taught about the brain are total bunk.
I was totally on board with Rapunzel's hair being her lightsaber until I realized it was, essentially, a rat tail.
The president made a terrible mistake last week—Barack, I am disappoint—but then someone at the White House made up for it in an awesome way.
In celebration of this past Monday being National Grammar Day, please watch this video.
In toy news:
- Funko will soon introduce a line of Mass Effect POP! toys. I AM EXCITE!
- These new Star Wars plushes are adorable. I want a stuffed Bantha!
- New Iron Man 3 Micro Mugg blind boxes are now available. I've already bought two (at Target.)
These type characters are awesomely done. (Thanks, Mariel!)
I, uh ... OK.
Richard Armitage, you are still too hot to be a dwarf.
And finally, I promise to quit with the Harlem Shake videos after this one.