Vol. 4, Issue 18
In other TV news:
- The networks have been releasing a lot of details and promos (see below) regarding the upcoming 2013-14 season. Here's a frequently updated list of what's been cancelled and what's been renewed, and some info on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC's fall schedules.
- NBC has also ordered a J.J. Abrams/Alfonso Cuarón show called Believe, which is about "a prescient, telekinetic ten-year-old who picks out her own new guardian when her old ones can’t do the job anymore."
- As evident from the promo above, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been officially picked up by ABC. Here are the agents' official IDs and some promo photos. There's even a viral site aiming to prove the agency's existence.
- Although the Internet seems to believe the contrary, producers say that Luke Cage is not in the show.
- Steven Moffat has revealed that an eighth series (season) of Doctor Who is a definite thing.
- John Hurt has recently been talking about his guest-star role in the 50th Anniversary Special, and what's he's been saying is both intriguing and confusing.
- Benedict Cumberbatch says the U.S. will see Sherlock series 3 before the year is over.
- Community has been renewed for a fifth season!
- SyFy has renewed Defiance for a second season.
- Geoff Johns has been teasing that live-action DC show announcements might be made at SDCC.
- PBS will be airing The Hollow Crown parts 1–4 (2 and 3 featuring C&CC favorite Tom Hiddleston as Henry IV) in September and October.
- Downton Abbey's fourth series will start airing in the U.S. in January.
- Here's a first look at The Walking Dead's fourth season.
- Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone have joined American Horror Story: Coven.
- Check out this poster for True Blood's season 6.
- 24 will return to FOX in the spring of 2014.
- The entirety of How I Met Your Mother's ninth and final season will take place in the days leading up to Barney and Robyn's wedding.
A ton of promos and clips have been released this week; I've pulled out the ones I found interesting:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Doctor Who (A prequel to this Saturday's finale ...)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Whose Line is it Anyway? (Yup!)
There are even more more promos for ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX at the links.
In Webseries news:
- TGG's favorite series, Space Janitors, is in need of some help to fund their third season.
- Welcome to Sanditon—the next series from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries crew—has begun. View the trailer and first episode below.
I'll be totally honest—I don't quite get it yet. But I'm sure more will be explained as we go along.
Art purveyor Nakatomi, Inc. has just announced a new free print series that starts with the gents below. One free print comes with every purchase. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
Saul Bass was a very hip cat—RIP, Saul—and I'm sure he would have been on board with these posters.
In movie news:
- The additional Chinese Iron Man 3 scenes will be released as a short film.
- Marvel's next official short will center on Peggy Carter, however.
- Saoirse Ronan might be in the running to play Scarlet Witch in The Avengers 2. Jeremy Renner, however, might be out as Hawkeye? (I severely dislike that second rumor.)
- X-Men: Days of Future Past is looking very ... 70s. Here's a shot of Professor X and one of Beast and Wolverine.
- This shot of Wolverine, however, is from The Wolverine.
- Marvel's named a few other superheros that they're thinking of making movies about.
- Here are some new set photos from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, including one of The Rhino.
- More HD shots from Star Trek Into Darkness have been released. (The Mister and I are seeing it tonight! FINALLY.)
- Enrico Colantoni (Sheriff Keith Mars!) will return for the Veronica Mars movie.
- Star Wars VII might be filmed in England.
- Here's a new set photo from Divergent.
- And a cool new poster for Catching Fire.
- The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes will be directed by the City of Bones director.
- Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are in Anchorman 2, for a scene at least.
- The latest RED 2 poster brings the cast together.
- Here's the first bit of information about Pixel's new short, Toy Story of Terror.
- James Corden (Doctor Who, Gavin and Stacey) has joined Into the Woods. Rumor has it that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal might be next.
- Here's a first look at the filming of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
- The people behind Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (yes—it's happening) have created a shortlist of directors.
- The turtles in Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are being filmed with mocap technology.
- Also: William Fitchner (Contact, Armageddon) has joined the cast ... possibly as a certain sharp villain? Abby Elliot (SNL) has joined, too, as Irma? (Thanks, TGG!)
- The first WTF-ish photos from Jupiter Ascending have been released.
- A movie based on the Medieval Times dining+entertainment experience is in the works.
- The Walking Dead movie rumors have begun again.
- Warner Bros.' Dungeons and Dragons project might be in trouble.
- A Gremlins reboot is moving forward, however.
Here are a bunch of trailers/clips:
About Time (This looks super cute.)
Big Hero 6
Now You See Me
Only Lovers Left Alive (There's an additional clip at the link below the video.)
Violet & Daisy
1980 wasn't the best year for Luke.
Threadless has just released a line of Monsters, Inc.-themed T-shirts. (More at the link.)
This poster set is pretty smart.
Megan Lara just finished up a lovely Katniss nouveau.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Here's a trailer for the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us Batgirl DLC.
- And here's a new profile of The Flash from Infinite Crisis.
- The Raphael gameplay trailer for TMNT: Out of the Shadows has been released.
- TGG says that "this fan-made Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon trailer may be even better than the previous live-action trailer." It is definitely ... something.
- Here's a new Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag trailer, with Real Pirate ActionTM and another one with monologue.
- Defiance is planning five DLC releases that will include new races, weapons, vehicles, outfits and missions; they'll be released starting later this month.
- This demo for Saints Row 4 shows that the game series has been taken to the next level. There's even a dub-step gun.
- Last of Us has a new TV spot.
- Gran Turismo 6 will be released this holiday season.
- Type "Atari Breakout" into Google, and then have fun.
- Here's some information about Watch Dogs' multiplayer mode. The game's developers are also working with Kaspersky Labs to create the most realistic hacking possible.
- The first five minutes of Star Wars: A New Hope have been recreated in Minecraft.
- The term "Shaqfighter" has been trademarked, which likely means a new Shaquille O'Neal fighting game is in the works.
- Here are some Nazi-licious (TGG's excellent term, not mine) screen shots from Wolfenstein: The New Order.
- And a trailer for Sony's mysterious new game, Panopticon.
- The Alpha build of Among the Sleep, a creepy game "that puts you in the shoes of a toddler" is being released free through the developers' Kickstarter page.
- In new computer game The Novelist, players play an unseen entity living in the house of a writer and his family. The goal is to remain unseen while influencing the family's actions; being seen alters the gameplay.
- Google Play has launched a new game center which hosts games and increases developer control over updates and support.
- EA's online pass program, which limits the use of online extras that come with a new game, will soon be discontinued.
- Tech company Mad Genius is working on a new type of motion controller that has full body motion tracking and breaks apart for aiming controls.
- This18-minute BioShock fan film tells the story of The Brothers Rapture.
I found a few items as well:
- A mod will let you play the Millennium Falcon in GTA IV.
- Someone has created a geological map of Skyrim.
- More than 2,000 versions of DC characters will be appearing in the upcoming Scribblenauts:Unmasked game.
I'm not typically an anime-style-art fan, but I might make an exception for these battle-ready fairy tale characters.
In comics, books and toy news:
- The official cover for the final book in the Divergent series has been revealed.
- A new Fringe book tells an unknown Walter Bishop/William Bell story.
- Angela, the Spawn character designed by Neil Gaiman, has gotten a makeover.
- Here's some information on the upcoming Wonder Woman: Earth One comic, which tells a non-canon origin story.
- The DC universe will soon take on the characters of Masters of the Universe.
- Frank Miller is working on a Robocop series.
- You can now have your face put on both stormtrooper (thanks, Colt!) and Star Trek action figures. (There's room in this world for both!)
Here's a trailer for the Peter Panzerfaust motion comic, starring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, Ron Perlman and Summer Glau:
Skottie Young's art never fails to make me smile.
Instead of screwing around with the News Feed, Facebook should do something useful and allow users to choose their own like buttons such as the ones below.
Loki cat is perfect.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- The Earth and the Moon share a common water source.
- Hubble has found signs of Earth-like planets in the atmospheres of a pair of burnt-out stars.
- Astronomers have discovered hydrogen clouds in the intergalactic space between two nearby galaxies.
- Astronauts recently repaired a leak in the International Space Station.
- Different types of laughter causes a variety of reactions in different parts of the brain.
- Researchers have, for the first time, created stem cells out of skin cells or fibroblasts with their nuclei removed. (a.k.a.—human cell cloning!)
- New research shows that the genetic clock in the brains of depressed people might be "broken."
- The brain detects grammar errors even when you're not aware of them.
- Having the flu while pregnant might increase your child's risk of developing bipolar disorder.
- A new drug has shown promise in reversing memory deficits and slowing Alzheimer's.
- This new hybrid car "has collapsible wings, retractable propellers, and is capable of driving and flying on its own in the event of an emergency."
- Scientists have discovered a fossil of a new type of ichthyosaur in Iraq that revolutionizes our understanding of the evolution and extinction of these dolphin-like animals.
- It turns out that the evolution of weight-bearing hips from those of fish was a pretty simple process.
- Scientists have only recently been able to investigate the atomic structure of the rarest naturally occurring element on Earth, astatine.
- A reservoir under the surface of Ontario contains water that is a billion years old.
- The hibernation habits of Dwarf Lemurs might hold the key to long-distance space travel.
- With every star that forms, the universe is reshaped.
- Einstein's Theory of Relativity has helped astronomers find a new planet.
- The sun has been having a few more tantrums than normal lately.
- Ever wanted to see the Northern Lights? You can create your own.
- Algorithms can now predict future earthquakes.
- Archeologists have discovered hundreds of strange orbs under a Mexican temple.
- Scientists have figured out the science behind "highway hypnosis."
- The HIV virus awakens an ancient viral gene in the human genome.
- Here's more information on that alien-skeleton-that-is-actually-human story.
- This technology can help save baby sea turtles.
And finally, some awesome renditions of Disney characters, on prom night. (It is a little weird that Lilo's going to prom with Stitch, right?)