Vol. 4, Issue 16
Heya friends! The Mister and and I (and my mom, and TGG and his wife, and a couple of other friends) are headed to the Iron Man 3 premiere. It's at 9:45—not midnight. The old lady in me it totally stoked, but the fangirl in me worries that this trend of midnights-not-at-midnight might make the events less special? Regardless, I'm excited. Any of you going?
In TV news:
- The slight possibility that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't picked up could mean that Coulson would stay "dead." If the show does get picked up, however, here's a possible explanation for him being alive. (Called it.)
- A plot synopsis (and a poster) for Neil Gaimain's second episode of Doctor Who has been released. Here are some vague details about the finale, too.
- Here's a list of the shows NBC's renewed for the 2013-14 season.
- Chris Hardwick will be getting a late night show on Comedy Central.
- The writers of Mad Men are working on a show about NASA in the 60s.
- Scream and Johnny Mnemonic TV reboots are in the works.
- Also in the works: A Laurence of Arabia miniseries from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) and an adaptation of EVE Online (the MMO).
- Ron Moore's (Battlestar Galactica) Outlander adaptation series is moving forward.
I know them's probably fighting words, but I'm totally calling this one for The Doctor. (Thanks, Colt!)
A Whovian has created a set of maps of the TARDIS, which could very well be (or have been) accurate at some point.
First there was the bromance between Tyrion and Bronn, now there's the romantic comedy with Jaime and Brienne.
In movie news:
- Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif, recently talked about Thor: The Dark World.
- Here are a few set photos from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Here's some information about those additional scenes in the Chinese version of Iron Man 3.
- Gwyneth Paltrow says that there won't be an Iron Man 4?
- Here are some new set photos from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And another set.
- The Fantastic Four reboot might star Allison Williams (Girls).
- If Man of Steel does well, we could see a Zach Snyder-directed Justice League movie.
- Dark Knight trilogy screenwriter David S. Goyer would love to work on a Wonder Woman movie.
- The latest RED 2 poster features Helen Mirren.
- J.J. Abrams says that his directing Star Trek 3 isn't out of the question. (WHEN DOES HE SLEEP?)
- Disney likely won't let J.J. be his typical secretive self with Star Wars VII.
- Carrie Fisher has flip-flopped yet again and now says she will be in the movie.
- And, the original movies will soon be translated into Navajo.
- Here's a new Pacific Rim poster.
- Die Hard 6 has a title and a writer. (Worst. Title.)
- More details on the filming behind Ender's Game have been released. And here's a first look at Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.
- Lily James (Downton Abbey) will star as Cinderella in the upcoming Disney live-action film.
- Ryan Reynolds and Tarsem Singh (Immortals) are working on a new movie called Selfless, which "focuses on a wealthy older man who discovers he’s dying and pays to have his mind transplanted into a younger man’s body. Turns out that body is a cadaver whose previous inhabitant was murdered."
- The gears (ha!) of the Gears of War film adaptation are moving once again. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Scarlett Johansson might play the lead role in Luc Besson's (The Fifth Element) upcoming Lucy, in which she would play a drug mule who becomes a superhero (with powers).
- Kelsey Grammar will be playing a villain in Transformers 4.
- A Guys and Dolls remake might feature Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
- Speaking of musicals, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep might be joining Disney's film version of Into the Woods.
- Tom Hiddleston is no longer in the running to be in The Crow, but Alexander Skarsgard might be.
- Jamie Foxx might be playing
Daddy WarbucksBenjamin Stacks in the new Will Smith- and Jay-Z-produced version of Annie.
- A new Macbeth film will star Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.
- Colin Firth will be playing a "James Bond-type" in the new adaptation of the graphic novel The Secret Service.
Here are a ton of trailers (and a featurette). First up, however, is a mashup of trailers for most of the movies coming out this summer:
Fast and Furious 6
The Great Gatsby (There are two more clips at the link below.)
Iron Man 3
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Star Trek Into Darkness (Two more clips at the link.)
Tiger Eyes (The first-ever movie adaptation of one of Judy Blume's books.)
World War Z
Mondo will be releasing these Iron Man 3 posters tomorrow:
The Mondo Gallery is also currently running a show featuring the art of Mike Mitchell, featuring portraits of iconic film characters.
In comics and books news:
- Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! I have to work (boooo), but you can find a list of all participating stores here.
- A new Star Wars extended universe novel focuses on Princess Leia.
- All of Ray Bradbury's novels are now available in e-book format.
- Dark Horse has announced a Halo Initiative comic miniseries.
Ashley Hay's art is pretty amazing.
She also has a bunch of shirts for sale on We Love Fine.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from The Mister:
- This awesome shot is of a giant hurricane on Saturn.
- The red giant star in the Betelgeuse system sends blasts of materials into space that are millions of miles long.
- A discovery of new fossils have given scientists an insight into how ancient Earth smelled.
- Plants can adapt to counteract climate change.
- Fish use sign language to help each other hunt.
- One gene in a mouse is all that helps it avoid predators.
- New evidence sheds light on the evolution of turtles.
- A piece of a man's rib and a bone implant have been combined to create an ear for a deaf man.
I found a few things as well:
- In DUH news: Science has proven that beards keep men young, healthy and handsome. (Thanks, Angela!)
- To celebrate Hubble's 23rd anniversary, NASA has released a new image of the Horsehead Nebula.
- If you've seen Oblivion, you know that certain drastic changes happened to the Earth because the Moon was damaged. But what would really happen if the Moon disappeared?
- Earth's innermost core is as hot as the surface of the sun.
- A nonprofit wants to clone the world's oldest trees for replanting.
- Scientists have engineered glow-in-the-dark sheep.
- A newly created artificial skin is as sensitive as our actual fingertips.
- A two-year-old girl is the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ. (She now has an artificial windpipe.)
- This tiny alien-like skeleton is a medical mystery. (Colt's apt response.)
I adore this illustration that Dean Trippe created for his son, Field. (Best. Name.) I really wish I could draw so that I could do stuff like this for my future children.
Wil Wheaton recently gave some amazing nerd advice to a con-goer.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- In celebration of May the Fourth (this Saturday), Star Wars Virtual Pinball tables are currently 50% off.
- A Skyrim: Legendary Edition, which includes all of the DLC, main updates, Legendary difficulty and higher crafting levels, will be released in June.
- Here's a trailer for the Lobo Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC.
- A new Beyond: Two Souls trailer premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Watch it here.
- Three new trailers for Grand Theft Auto 5, each focusing on one of the game's main characters, were released earlier this week.
- Grand Theft Auto 1 and 2 have been given ratings in preparation for a likely appearance on the PlayStation Network.
- A DC Comics-version of Scribblenauts is in the works.
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes is now available on iOS.
- Speaking of Batman, a new board game based on Batman: Arkham City will be released later this year. In it, one person plays Batman, the other plays the villains trying to escape.
- Also, Kevin Conroy won't reprise his Batman voiceover role in Arkham Origins.
- Speaking of LEGO, a fan has created a short trailer for a Breaking Bad LEGO game.
- The Witcher 3 will not include quick-time events or multi-player options and will be DRM free.
- New iOS game Star Command, in which you build a ship, create a crew and then blow things up, will be available today.
- New game Dev Tycoon punishes players who pirate the game with in-game bankruptcy.
- Hideo Kojima recently explained why he wanted graphic novels included in the Metal Gear Solid Legacy collection. TGG says: "In what may be the most sane and rational explanation he's ever given, he discusses how the first two games were built with a different control scheme and some gamers raised on more modern games might find them difficult to get into. The graphic novels would be a way to catch up on the narrative without having to suffer through a game you're not familiar with."
- A new treadmill-based Sonic game is available in Japan. (Of course.)
- Watch Dogs, the high-tech future hacker game, drops Nov. 19 in the U.S. and Nov. 22 in Europe.
- Minecraft creator Notch has released a new game, Drop, for free on the web.
- Sony still has yet to release much information about the PS4 console, but here's a video on the DualShock 4 controller.
- Here's some new information on Microsoft's Illumiroom project. TGG says: "Basically it's a projector that throws up images around your TV while you play."
- There's now a Machinima app on Xbox Live.
- Gamers interested in game history can get a variety of gaming ebooks through a new pay-what-you-wish StoryBundle.
And finally, if you adore New Girl's Schmidt as much as I do, you need to watch this.
Did I miss an important bit of Nerd News this week? Email me or leave it in the comments!