Vol. 4, Issue 15
It's been a good week for us
In movie news:
- The first official poster for Thor: The Dark World was released this past week. There's a trailer, too, below. It's pretty good, I guess.**
- Here are some new photos from the movie as well, plus one of Thor and Odin.
- Joss Whedon might have recently let slip two new characters who'll have parts in The Avengers 2.
- These photos from inside the Enterprise (from Star Trek) are so pretty.
- The Chinese version of Iron Man 3 is going to be a bit different than the U.S. one. Here are a couple of shots.
- Might Tony play a role in Guardians of the Galaxy?
- Speaking of, Lee Pace is rumored to be signing on for the film's villain.
- A Peggy Carter short film will premiere at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
- A few new actors have joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, including Adan Canto (The Following), who will likely be playing an as-yet-unannounced mutant, and French actor Omar Sy and Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), who will be playing Bishop and Warpath, respectively.
- Storm's hair is looking quite sassy.
- Here's a video of Jamie Foxx as Electro on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
- Related: Check out the hair on Jamie Foxx (pre Electro-fying?) and Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborne).
- The Expendables 3 will be directed by relative newcomer Patrick Hughes (Red Hill).
- Some posters for RED 2 have been released. Love the one of John Malkovich and the sheep.
- Entertainment Weekly released a first glimpse into Divergent yesterday.
- Tom Hiddleston might star in a remake of The Crow.
- Hiddles and Haley Atwell (Captain America) have joined Close Enough, a movie about two WWII photographers.
- This new poster for Pacific Rim is calling for recruits.
- The upcoming TMNT movie will not involve alien turtles; the title is back to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- The Fantastic Four reboot will start filming this June.
- The first role in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland has been cast.
- A film adaptation of the video game Ratchet and Clank has been announced. (There's a teaser trailer below; 1/2 point to TGG.)
- Another video game, Heavenly Sword, has also been optioned for film, but will go straight to video. (Thanks, TGG!)
- A Weird Science remake is in the works.
- Also in the works: A sequel to Dodgeball and a sequel to the recent remake of 21 Jump Street.
- Studio Ghibli classic Kiki's Delivery Service is getting a live action adaptation.
Here are a bunch of trailers:
Much Ado About Nothing
Now You See Me (This is the first I remember of hearing of this movie, but it looks super cool!)
Ratchet and Clank
Star Trek Into Darkness
As an FYI: There comes a time at which I stop watching trailers for movies in order to save at least a little something for the actual thing. I hit this point with STID and Iron Man 3 like a month ago. But I still like to post them for those of you who like to watch.
Thor: The Dark World (!!!)
If you attend an Iron Man 3 IMAX midnight, you'll have a chance to get this awesome poster, produced in part by Mondo.
These are the other illustrations by the artist (Jock) that didn't make the final cut.
Olly Moss (a favorite artist of mine) created a set of Thor: The Dark World posters was a wrap gift for the cast and crew. I posted a glimpse at one of them previously, but here are all three.
In TV news:
- Posters for three upcoming Doctor Who episodes have been released, along with the name of the season 7 finale. (Spoilers.)
- Clark Gregg is such a tease (about his S.H.I.E.L.D. role).
- Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy, Merlin) will join Warehouse 13 this season as a baddie. You can watch the premiere (airing on TV Monday night) early online here.
- Hannibal's fourth episode (pulled from TV because of "grisly" content) has been turned into a series of webisodes.
- Yahoo announced yesterday that the company will begin streaming all 38 seasons of Saturday Night Live Sept. 1.
- Guillermo Del Toro is working with HBO to develop a series based on the Manga Monster.
- Dexter will end its run with the upcoming eighth season.
- Glee has been renewed for a fifth season.
- Not renewed (again): Futurama.
- Amazon has announced a bunch of pilots.
- Vanilla Ice has a new reality show coming up in which he'll learn about construction from the Amish. I'm not even joking.
Here's a promo for SyFy's upcoming show, Helix:
This picture causes me all sorts of feels about the Doctor Who anniversary special.
The Game of Thrones theme can seemingly be played on just about anything.
A tribute to J.J. Abrams/Bad Robot is opening at Gallery1988 in L.A. this weekend. The art looks pretty spectacular.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Konami has officially announced the Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection, which will include Metal Gear Solid (MGS), HD versions of MGS 2, 3 and Peace Walker, the "trophy edition" of MGS 4, MGS: VR Missions as well as two digital graphic novels. It'll likely be released in June.
- Batman: Arkham Origins will likely include a multiplayer mode.
- Check out this neat Sir, You Are Being Hunted gameplay video.
- The Lord of the Rings MMO will be getting a Helm's Deep expansion this fall.
- Red Fly Studios has started to release character-specific combat trailers for the upcoming TMNT: Out of the Shadows game. The first one focuses on Michelangelo.
- In game-related toy news: Action figures for Injustice: Gods Among Us (in predetermined two-character packs) will hit shelves this summer.
- Poker Night at the Inventory 2 will be released this week on Steam and Xbox and on PSN next week. Here's a new trailer.
- Here's a launch trailer for new game Monaco, a co-op pixelated heist game, which will be out for Xbox and PC next week.
- Bethesda's new survival horror game The Evil Within follows a detective named Sebastian, "an unfortunate soul summoned to a distorted, labyrinthine asylum crawling with creepy things. There's a trailer at the link, which might be a little NSFW.
- Here's a new gameplay trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. (Watch out for the use of the word "ass.")
- A group of gamers have started a new meme by recreating video game box art using clip art and Comic Sans.
- Someone used a prototype omni-directional treadmill to play Team Fortress 2 with the Oculus Rift VR goggles currently on Kickstarter. TGG says: "This looks a little silly, but would take games to a whole new level of immersion." Here's a video.
- The Xbox SmartGlass app is now available for new models of Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.
- The CW—home of TGG's favorite TV show, Vampire High—has released a new Xbox app that Gold users can watch select CW shows through the day after they've aired on TV.
- I agree with TGG when he says, "I'm not sure if this is genius or terrible." A new Pizza Hut app for Xbox 360 will allow you to order from their full menu without leaving your couch.
- In other Xbox news: The new console will be revealed May 21.
- A patent Apple filed for in 2009 has been approved. The patent would create a system that turned a video game player's in-game choices into a custom e-comic once they've finished the game.
I found a tidbit: You can bring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into Skyrim thanks to fan mods.
TGG also sent me this awesome Archer/Mass Effect mashup video; it's the first of three. (NSFW for language, natch.)
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- Jupiter's atmosphere contains traces of water left behind by a comet that impacted the planet 20 years ago.
- Particles recently found in meteorites could have come from the supernova that triggered the formation of our solar system.
- Scientists have found that humans feel empathy for robots. I could have told them that.
- They have also discovered a way to turn bone marrow cells into brain cells.
- Bacteria can make choices that effect their own freedom and the good of a bacterium community.
- Space's coolest astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield, is at it again. This time, he shows us what happens when a wet washcloth is wrung in zero-g.
- This is why pouring alcohol on a wound hurts, when other liquids don't.
- A new way to do biopsies—using machines smaller than specks of dust—has been developed.
- A detailed genetic history of modern Europe has been created using DNA pulled from 7,500-year-old skeletons.
- Animals can eventually recover from the negative consequences of neglect.
I found a few items as well:
- Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have "accidentally" drawn a phallic image on the surface of Mars.
- NASA has discovered some of the most Earth-like planets yet.
- You might not want to read about Yellowstone's mega volcano if you don't want to stay awake at night thinking of all of the dire possibilities.
- A new study suggests that Tylenol, in addition to lessening pain, can reduce a person's fear of death.
- Rattlesnake heads can still bite up to an hour after being severed from their bodies.
- Scientists have "developed a device that launches a ring of plasma at distances of up to two feet." The plasma can reach a temperature "hotter than the surface of the sun," but doesn't emit radiation and is safe around humans.
- Aw: A pair medieval skeletons holding hands have been discovered.
I've posted a few of Tim Shumate's tattooed Disney Princess series before, but here are some new ones.
In comics/book news:
- A legislator in West Virginia has proposed a bill that would add science fiction books to the state's mandated student reading list.
- A new villain has been introduced to the Green Lantern universe, and he'll be featured on an upcoming set of variant covers.
- Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales' new girlfriend is ... Kate Bishop (the Ultimate universe's current Hawkeye).
How cute are these Avengers chibis?
I dig this Superman/Lois Lane version of Klimt's The Kiss.
This Haunted Mansion-style Batman art is pretty rad, too.
And finally, here's a pretty epic poster to go along with the epic Patton Oswalt Parks and Rec filibuster I posted last week.
*If you haven't been following along with recent video game news, 1. Shame on you, and 2. Injustice: Gods Among Us basically features every DC character ever.
**Hahahahaha. Good joke, me.