Vol. 4, Issue 17
Some exciting trailers were released this week. In addition to all of the superhero movies coming up this year, I'm also really looking forward to The World's End. I might have mentioned before how much I adore Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and Edgar Wright, natch)?
Read on—and be sure to let me know if I've missed anything.
In movie news:
- A recent issue of Entertainment Weekly took a look at upcoming Marvel Phase 2 movies, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the other films including Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant Man, etc. (Thanks to Rebecca for the second link!)
- Speaking of, there's currently a lot of talk around the Internet about Robert Downey Jr.'s contract negotiations. (Iron Man 3 was his last contracted Marvel film.) io9 thinks it would be really hard to replace him as Tony Stark (and I agree!).
- The end credits of Iron Man 3 were quite stylized (and awesome). It turns out that there was a set of opening credits to match, but they weren't used.
- Robert Redford and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) recently talked about their roles in Cap 2. (Spoilers ahoy!)
- Zoe Saldana has confirmed that she'll play Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. Enzo Cilenti (The Fourth Kind) has joined the cast as a yet unnamed character.
- David Tennant might have a role in the film as well.
- Marvel is exploring eventual solo Hulk movies.
- Here's a shot of Ellen Page (as Kitty Pryde) on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- A possible cameo at the end of The Wolverine might tie the movie to Days of Future Past.
- Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) might be in the running to play the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot.
- These shots of Emma Stone on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might hint at what's to come for Gwen. (Possibly spoilery.)
- Man of Steel might be a very different Superman story than we're familiar with.
- Some unproduced DC Comic screenplays might be turned into animated films.
- Here are some new shots from Star Trek Into Darkness. The movie's release date has been moved up a day, to May 16 (next Wednesday!).
- Star Trek 3 is already in the works. (Thanks, Colt!)
- Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is going to work on a movie adaptation of Doc Savage pulp novels.
- Tom Cruise will star in another installment of Mission: Impossible.
- Earlier this week, people were supposedly scouting locations for Jurassic Park 4, but the project has since then been put on hold.
- Men in Black 4, however, is a go.
- Here's a first look at Megan Fox as April O'Neill in the upcoming TMNT movie.
- Also: Will Arnett will be playing Vernon Fenwick. (Thanks, TGG!)
- The official synopsis for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been revealed, and filming has begun.
- Neither Tom Hiddleston nor Alexander Skarsgård will star in The Crow, but Luke Evans (Immortals) likely will.
- Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) will star as the prince in the upcoming live-action Cinderella.
- Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star as Elizabeth Bennet in the long-troubled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adaptation.
- Divergent's sequel, Insurgent, now has a screenwriter.
- The sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, City of Ashes, has been greenlit.
- Speaking of troubled projects, Ewan MacGregor has replaced Bradley Cooper in Jane's Got a Gun.
- Warner Bros. is interested in making a new Dungeons & Dragons movie.
Here are a few trailers and some footage:
Man of Steel
The World's End (Thanks, Emily!)
Lots of Star Wars art this week. First up, from an art show titled "A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away."
A set of SW characters reimagined as Chinese warriors. (Thanks, Annika!)
And an adorable illustration by Pocket Princess artist Amy Mebberson.
This is a great reminder of how good the Iron Man movies are. (OK, so "good" might not exactly describe 2, but whatevs.)
In TV news:
- Some new superheroes might show up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Castle might be looking at a two-season renewal deal.
- Elementary's second season opener will be set in London.
- The IT Crowd will return for one last 40-minute hurrah.
- Colin Ferguson (Eureka) has joined Haven's season 4. Production has already begun.
- Might Green Lantern show up on Arrow?
- The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals has been picked up for the 2013-14 season.
- Steve Carell will (obviously) have a role in The Office's series finale.
- BBC America's Orphan Black has been renewed for a second season.
- Here is some information on the comedy shows FOX has picked up for the fall, including ones from Seth MacFarlane and starring Andy Samberg.
Here's a trailer for True Blood's season 6:
It's neat how recognizable these minimalist versions of the Star Trek crews are. (But why are they running?)
In SCIENCE!, tech and history news, from the Mister:
- A record-setting burst of gamma rays has been detected in galaxy far, far away. (Yeah, I went there.)
- Astronomers might have detected a way to see the birth of a black hole.
- The Hubble telescope has taken an image of a supernova.
- A new laser surgery can turn brown eyes blue.
- Scientists have created a foam containing oxygen-carrying microparticles that could help prevent organ damage in cases of severe oxygen deprivation.
- Mice with drug-resistant forms of epilepsy have been cured with transplanted brain cells.
- Human bones has been grown using stem cells.
- Anyone with a decent 3D printer could possibly manufacture their own "invisibility" cloak.
- The first leg of the first-ever trip by a completely solar powered plane has been completed.
- HERB, the robot butler, is able to learn using his surroundings. I, for one, will welcome our robot overlords. They can't be worse than some of the people running the world currently, amirite?
- A brand new fossil of a teeny, meat-eating dinosaur has been unearthed in China.
- Baboon's brains can comprehend numbers.
- These 23 words have largely remained unchanged for 15,000 years.
I found a few items as well:
- This antibiotic can dull attraction to beautiful people.
- Scientists have discovered the reason hair turns grey, and they might be able to reverse it.
- That alien skeleton I posted about last week? Turns out it's actually human. (Laaaaaaame.)
- Someone has figured out how long it would take for an AT-AT to hit the ground if falling over sideways.
- This caterpillar looks EXACTLY like a badly bleached toupee.
I'm pretty sure that this movie would make as much, if not more, than the actual Avengers.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix will be released in North America Sept. 10 and in Europe Sept. 13.
- Fables, the amazing comic series, will soon be getting an episodic game called The Wolf Among Us. Here are some screenshots.
- Check out these high-resolution screenshots from Grand Theft Auto 5.
- And here's the GTA 5 trailer remade with graphics from GTA: San Andreas.
- Here's a six-minute preview for Remember Me (with developer commentary).
- EA has signed an exclusive deal to create Star Wars games, but the company won't be releasing any new games until 2014. On the day of the deal, LucasFilm registered, as TGG puts it, a whole butt-load of domains.
- The second DLC for Injustice: Gods Among Us will feature Batgirl. Here's some more info on the Lobo DLC.
- Another DC game, Infinite Crisis, has two new trailers featuring Gastlight Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Also, the games' closed beta period starts today, and to celebrate, here's a trailer with the Joker.
- The Sims 4 will be released next year. The single-player mode will be an offline experience, which will hopefully help players avoid any of SimCity's issues.
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has done so well that the developers are looking to make a sequel or possibly even a full franchise.
- A new trailer for Disney Infinity has been released.
- American McGee's company is still in negotiations with EA about regaining the Alice license, and plans to launch a Kickstarter for Alice: Otherworlds soon. The company is also in the early stages of a Wizard of Oz game that would span the entire canon of the series.
- Fatal Frame 2—the scariest game TGG has ever played—is now available on PSN.
- Also now on PSN: A section of the store devoted to indie games.
- Pixel Press is a new app (currently in Kickstarter mode) that creates games from user drawings.
- Microsoft has bought up a bunch of domain names involving the terme "Xbox Fusion." We'll have to wait to see if that's the name of the next console.
- The Ouya system has been deemed "easily fixable," but let's hope no one needs to test that out for a while.
I found a couple of bits of note, too:
- Valve will soon begin tracking gamer habits and altering games using
- Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released for consoles and PCs later this year.
Mario could use a little more meat on his bones, but otherwise these are pretty dang great.
This is a truly amazing parody.
Definitely check out his other videos—"Lo Pan Style" and "Batman Maybe"—too. You won't be sorry.
Comics can be so quote-worthy. (Thanks, Colt.)
In comics/books/toys/theme park news:
- George R. R. Martin's next book won't, exactly, be part of the Song of Ice and Fire series.
- Charlaine Harris has been receiving threats due to her decision to end the Sookie Stackhouse series.
- Here's a first look at a draft of the upcoming Star Wars comic. You know, the one in which Han Solo's a green alien.
- You can once again get free Lantern Corps rings with a comic purchase.
- You can now pre-order a Mass Effect 3 Paladin pistol for a mere $400. (Thanks, TGG.)
- LEGO will be releasing a steampunk set in July.
- Plans for expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter have been announced, and they include a recreation of Diagon Alley.
If the Disney Princes and Princesses went to college in modern times, they might look a little something like this:
Leggings are not pants, Mulan!
"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" is a classic. (Thanks, Bryan!)
And finally, there's this:
It's a really good thing chair backs in the future are so short.