Vol. 4, Issue 12
Hi friends! I can't believe I've forgotten to ask until now, but for those of you who are Whovians—what did you think of "The Bells of St. John?" I thought it was actually a bit underwhelming, but I'm looking forward to learning more about Clara.
What else happened this week?
In TV news:
- Clark Gregg gave an interview in which he talked about Agent Coulson and the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D.
- A tantalizing amount (a.k.a, not too much, but enough to excite) of Doctor Who anniversary special news has been released. First off, David Tennant and Billie Piper will be back! Here's an epic photo of David and Matt Smith together at last. This photo of David, Matt, Jenna-Louise Coleman and guest star Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey) is also from the read-through.
- It isn't known who Page will be playing, but here's a glimpse of her in some possibly familiar period garb.
- Another few actors have been cast, but their characters also aren't known yet.
- Classic Who villains the Zygons will make an appearance in the special.
- Steven Moffat is yet again confusing things with this "info" on Clara.
- Matt Smith has confirmed that he'll continue to play the Doctor in series 8.
- Michael Socha (BBC's Being Human) has been cast as the Knave of Hearts in the Once Upon a Time Alice in Wonderland spinoff. Australian actress Sophie Lowe will join him as Alice, and newcomer Peter Gadiot will play Cyrus, Alice's love interest.
- Misfits will come to an end after this next (the fifth) series.
- Taylor Swift will be on the season finale of New Girl. (Why?)
- David Morrissey's Governor will be back in The Walking Dead's fourth season.
- Game of Thrones has been renewed for season 4.
- These unrealized details from the Stargate:Atlantis that could have been make me sadcited (a mix of sad and excited).
- Mythbusters' 10th season starts May 1. Here's a list of the new myths on tap.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed for a 10th season.
- Jimmy Fallon will be taking over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in 2014.
- Here are some new photos from the set of Amazon's Zombieland.
- The new season of Arrested Development starts May 26. (Would this and the item above actually be considered webseries? Does it matter?)
Here are some promos:
Under the Dome
Friend of C&CC Rachel of The Things I've Seen and Heard drew this awesome rendition of Rory as The Last Centurian.
Brienne makes a pretty brilliant Joan, and the Hound as Kramer is genius.
The following videos are interesting takes on two familiar TV themes and one familiar TV idea. (Thanks to Emily for the second one!)
Noelle Stevenson's art is so sweet.
In movie news:
- Star Trek Into Darkness writers recently discussed the movie's themes.
- Concept art for Marvel's Phase 2 has been released, including art from Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, some of which definitely has a Star Wars Cantina vibe.
- Robert Redford will, according to him, be playing the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Cap 2.
- Nothing is exactly official yet, but Zoe Saldana will likely be playing Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy.
- The villain of the movie might also have been revealed.
- A new Iron Man tech display (presented by Stark Industries, natch) will soon be in the Innovations section of Disneyland.
- Here are some new spoilers for Man of Steel.
- There might not be a Banshee or a Havoc in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Benicio del Toro gave an update on his "dark Justice League" movie at Wondercon last weekend.
- Jason Dohring (Logan) will be back for the Veronica Mars movie. (YAY!)
- The sequel to Finding Nemo will be called ... Finding Dory.
- MGM is working on a new Tomb Raider movie based on the new game.
- Also in the works: a third G.I. Joe movie.
- Judy Greer will star in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as the lead female ape.
- Here's the storyline of Wes Anderson's new Grand Budapest Hotel.
- Matthew McConaughey has joined Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's new scifi movie.
- Will Arnett will have a role in the new TMNT movie. (Thanks, TGG!)
Here are a bunch of trailers and teasers:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Iron Man 3
Kick Ass 2
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Star Trek Into Darkness
This Is the End (Red band trailer—NSFW for language) (Thanks, TGG.)
How have I never heard of the above movie? It looks
Good grief, these pop-culture clay mice are cute! (Thanks, Rebecca!)
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Injustice: Gods Among Us has a new demo out featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor. (Black Adam's trailer is also included at the link.)
- It's once again Kirk vs. the Gorn in this new trailer for Star Trek: The Video Game.
- Bungie released this Destiny character development video at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC).
- Rockstar has revealed the official Grand Theft Auto 5 box art.
- Defiance (the game) launched yesterday. (The show premieres April 15.) Here's a roundup of trailers and info.
- If you're willing to sit through18 minutes of interview with Hideo Kojima, the creator, director and producer of all things Metal Gear Solid and someone who TGG describes as "crazy-cakes," in this video he provides more details about Metal Gear Solid 5.
- David Hayter is bummed that he won't be voicing Solid Snake in the new Metal Gear Solid.
- The Witcher 3, releasing next year, will reportedly have more than 300 variations on the ending.
- Here are some new trailers: One for the upcoming Thief reboot, one for The Last of Us and one for Poker Night at the Inventory 2, in which you play high stakes poker against Ash from Army of Darkness, Claptrap from Borderlands, Brock Samson from Venture Bros., and Sam from the Sam & Max games.
- Primal Carnage: Genesis, "the awesome game that they haven't revealed any details for except that it will be intense, immersive, episodic and involve dinosaurs," as TGG says, has a new trailer.
- Here's a short behind-the-scenes video for Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
- iOS game God of Blades is a hack-and-slash infinite running game inspired by pulp fantasy novel covers. Some of the fake pulp-fantasy novels have been turned into real books about the main character the Nameless King.
- A new Kickstarter-funded anti-bullying game, The Adventures of Rubberkid, is out now and free to play online.
- A few new details about the PS4 have been released.
- Xbox Live is starting up a "Play to Earn" incentive program.
- Ouya consoles will be released June 4 for $99. Here's a hands-on preview.
I found a few items as well:
- BioShock: Infinite is being turned into a tabletop game. It'll be called BioShock Infinite: Siege of Columbia and will be available in 2 to 5 months. (1/2 point to TGG.)
- Ouya has released a list of the system's launch games.
- Disney announced today that they'd be shutting down LucasArts, effectively canceling Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault. (1/2 point to TGG.)
- Pottermore is now accessible on the PS3.
Someone spliced all of the cut scenes from BioShock: Infinite together to create a three and a half hour movie.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered evidence that Saturn's moons and rings date back to the dawn of the solar system.
- A sensor on the International Space Station might have discovered hints of dark matter.
- A new study of conditions from the days of the dinosaurs indicates that the asteroid that crashed into Mexico "could have triggered a global firestorm that would have burned every twig, bush and tree on Earth and led to the extinction of 80 percent of all Earth's species."
- The slime of the ocean floor-dwelling Hagfish could be turned into breathable athletic wear or bullet-proof vests.
- Altering microbes in a mouse's belly has led to weight loss. (Which could be good news for humans.)
- A newly created solar panel cools even while in the sun.
- These "robotic ants" can mimic colony behavior.
I ran across some stuff, too:
- NASA has captured a photo of the potential "comet of the century."
- This meteorite might be from Mercury.
- Our galaxy ... might be surrounded by rogue black holes.
- Here's a photo of the lightest substance on earth.
- Engineers have used genetic material to create a biological transistor, a component necessary for the creation of a biological computer.
- This blood monitor alerts your smartphone when you're on the verge of a heart attack.
- Earlier this week, President Obama announced a $100 million brain mapping program.
Love these minimalist science arts. (Thanks, Colt!)
In comic/book news:
- Dark Horse will be publishing an adaptation of The Star Wars, the original story as written by George Lucas.
- Here's some more news on Marvel's Infinity project.
- I posted a link last week to an article about Once Upon a Time books, but it looks like the show will be getting a graphic novel as well.
Greek art with a side of superheroes.
These Disney villain illustrations are so cool.
And finally, how ADORABLE is Doctor Puppet?!