Vol. 4, Issue 13
Lots of good stuff this week, guys. I hope you enjoy! (And be sure to make the time to watch the video at the end. It's awesome.)
In movie news:
- Captain America has started filming; here's the first set photo.
- Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow might be splitting the movie's spotlight with Cap.
- Here are some more spoilers for Iron Man 3. Pretty much the entire movie has been released by now, yes?
- The Marvel Phase 1 collector's set came with a preview of Phase 2's concept art and a glimpse at Edgar Wright's Ant Man.
- Bryan Singer tweeted a sneak peek of Beast's new look from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- All or part of Guardians of the Galaxy might be set in the year 2045, which brings up questions about how it ties in with the rest of the Marvel movie universe.
- Latest Marvel rumor: Morris Chestnut (American Horror Story, V) will be playing the Black Panther.
- Benedict Cumberbatch continues to be fierce in this new Star Trek Into Darkness poster. It reminds me of something ...
- Here's a new star-filled poster for Fast and Furious 6.
- Justin Lin will not direct Fast and Furious 7. (He's directed four of the franchise's films.)
- These new statuettes show off Man of Steel's Kryptonian armor.
- And here are some new stills from the film.
- A second Pitch Perfect soundtrack has been released.
- Mockingjay will film in new locations starting in September.
- Avatar 2 will feature underwater motion-capture technology.
- Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) have joined Guillermo del Toro's "gothic romance/haunted house" film, Crimson Peak.
- Anne Hathaway will co-star alongside Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan's new Interstellar.
- Here are three new posters for The Great Gatsby.
- Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) will lend their voices to Kung Fu Panda 3.
- A Farscape movie isn't out of the realm of possibility.
- Luke Evans (Immortals) will be starring in a new origin story version of Dracula.
- Kellan Lutz will star as Hercules in the other, non Rock-starring movie with the man/myth in the lead role, Hercules 3D.
- Warner Bros. is working on a Bermuda Triangle movie.
Here a few trailers, TV spots and a featurette:
The Great Gatsby
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Man of Steel
These fan-made World War Z posters are great.
As is this Star Wars/Little Miss Sunshine mashup.
In TV news:
- The second episode of Sherlock's third series has a title.
- The 23rd of April is Impossible Astronaut Day!
- Three more classic Doctors will not be in the 50th anniversary special. I've pretty much given up on trying to figure out what's going on, and I'm now just going to wait and see.
- Had David Tennant extended his time as the Tenth Doctor, he would have run into Amy Pond.
- J. August Richards (Angel) has joined S.H.I.E.L.D., which is now, officially, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There's a synopsis of the show at the second link.
- Jaime Murray (H.G. Wells) might be making a return appearance on Warehouse 13.
- Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Elementary's Irene Adler.
- Once Upon a Time's Alice in Wonderland spinoff will be called Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Also: Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) will voice the White Rabbit.
- BBC America will be co-producing a new series based on the faerie stories in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
- io9 gives us a look at 10 new scifi/fantasy shows currently in the pilot stage.
- SyFy announced seven new original shows yesterday.
- Here are the various ways you can watch the new episodes of Arrested Development and some teaser posters for the new season.
- In addition to the Governor, these three Walking Dead characters will become series regulars in the show's season 4.
- Both Bates Motel and the History Channel's Vikings have been renewed for a second season.
- The History Channel is also working on a Houdini miniseries, which will star Adrien Brody.
- Here's a bit of news on how SyFy's reboot of Blake's 7 will differ from the 80s version.
Here's a new promo for Defiance:
In webseries news: Creators of the fan-made short film Street Fighter: Legacy are following in Mortal Kombat: Legacy's footsteps and have gotten consent from Capcom and started a Kickstarter for Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. (Thanks, TGG!)
This is a really cool interactive Game of Thrones graphic.
I'm not a huge fan of either Friends or Battlestar: Galactica, but the mash-up makes a combination of the two seem fun.
In SCIENCE! and tech news from the Mister:
- NASA released a statement yesterday on plans for the future based on President Obama's new budget.
- It turns out that neanderthals had dentistry issues as well.
- The reason we have two arms and two legs can be traced back to this fish fossil.
- New embryonic dinosaur remains—older than ever previously discovered—have been found in China.
- The female Moa bird (now extinct) was twice the size of the males of the species.
- Have you met the Mantis Shrimp?
I ran across a few bits, too:
- Scientists are currently working on a 3D
Holodeck ancestorvirtual reality system.
- There is a scientific reason why you look strange when you see yourself in a photograph.
- All human beings have a breathprint.
- NASA has plans to send humans to asteroids by 2021.
- Check out Curosity's parachute flapping in the Martian wind.
- This three-minute video explains the beginning of the universe.
- A new octopus creature has been named after Cthulu.
In comics/books news:
- Changes are coming to Judge Dredd: The series has hired its first woman writer and will have its first Muslim judge.
- Zatanna will appear in a new Justice League story with a new look.
- Carrie Kelly (the first full-time female Robin) will soon be making her debut in DC's New 52.
- A character in Batgirl's issue 19 will reveal that she is transgender.
- This is a great set of reading lists culled from episodes of Mad Men.
Threadless has released a new line of Iron Man tees.
Alice X. Zhang's art is always stunning, but these Loki portraits are especially well done.
Love these lady superhero arts.
I don't know why this is so amusing, but it is.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- You can now enter the TARDIS thanks to an addon package for PS Home. (TGG is a fan.)
- A Fast and Furious 6 tie-in game called Fast & Furious: Showdown will be released May 21.
- Killer Frost and Ares will also be included in the never-ending character roster of Injustice: Gods Among Us.
- The game's iOS tie-in app is now available.
- Here are two trailers for DC's upcoming Infinite Crisis.
- New Arkham game Batman: Arkham Origins has been revealed via a Game Informer cover.
- The new patch for Skyrim, out now for Xbox 360 and PS3, fixes bugs and adds a new level of difficulty and skill settings called Legendary.
- Not a fan of your BioShock: Infinite box art? Try one of these downloadable versions created in a fan contest instead. (So smart!)
- Also, BioShock Infinite's floating city, Columbia, has been built in Minecraft.
- Here's a little trailer/developer commentary video on Media Molecule's (LittleBigPlanet) new game, Tearaway, coming to the PS Vita in October.
- Here's a new look at The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, which supposedly looks a lot like Diablo III.
- The "hardcore" mode in the upcoming Thief reboot will downplay the main character's special abilities and remove visual cues and prompts as well as "slow-motion swiping." As TGG says: "Basically, you'll have to actually be a master thief to play it successfully."
- Here's a combat/enemy trailer for Remember Me.
- New game Lune, in which players control the moon, was created for a French student game competition, which is why this trailer is in French. (It's worth a look, regardless.)
- Laika Believes is an in-development game that tells an alternate history of Laika, a Russian dog who was one of the first animals in space and the first to orbit, in which she mysteriously returns to earth as a cyborg dog with lots of weapons. Look for a PC release this fall.
- Production of 0x10c, the first person spaceship management game being developed by Minecraft creator Markus Perrson, is currently on hold due to "creator's block."
- A developer from Thatgamecompany (Flower, Journey) has left to pursue his own interests, but says that, although the company's next game is still years away, it will have a huge impact on the gaming environment.
- A husband and wife developer team, in an effort to save money and focus on developing their next game, literally lived in a tree.
- Game development company Naughty Dog recently had to specifically request that a focus group company include women in tests of The Last of Us. I totally agree with TGG when he says, "That is just so bizarre and backwards. Also doesn't give me a lot of confidence in the data they would be gathering."
- Sony's new Xperia SP smartphone will allow gamers to use a PS3 controller to play games on their phone.
I found an item: What would it look like if The Great Gatsby was a 1987 video game? Well, this.
A Tumblr user created a set of Disney Princess-inspired rings on an online jewelry customizing site. There are more at the link below, but these are my favorites:
And finally, I nearly started crying while watching this video yesterday. I have a lot of feels associated with most of the shows/movies mashed-up within. (And the editing is superb!)