Vol. 4, Issue 19
Hey guys! Happy Thursday. The Mister and I went to a Dave Matthews Band show last night—I gave Colt the tickets for his birthday back in March—so I'm kind of beat, but I am super excited to be going to see Fast and Furious 6 tonight. May has been an excellent month for movies!
Speaking of movies, in movie news:
- Joss Whedon has basically confirmed that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will make an appearance in The Avengers 2.
- Joss also says that Iron Man will be back for the sequel.
- New set photos and videos from Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been released.
- Also, might the movie be based on this Marvel story?
- Here's some more information on the Jimmy Olsen/Jenny Olsen Man of Steel business and a few new, oddly blurry, posters for the film.
- New posters for The Wolverine have also been revealed.
- Bryan Singer tweeted new X-Men: Days of Future Past set photos of Peter Dinkelage with a 'stache and Jennifer Lawrence in full Mystique makeup.
- Possible information on who, exactly, Lee Pace is playing in Guardians of the Galaxy has been leaked.
- How many Spider-Men does it take to film a movie?
- Francis Lawrence recently chatted about Catching Fire.
- Star Wars VII casting rumors (for new characters) have begun. First up? Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors).
- I posted previously about how the powers that be might not be letting J.J. Abrams be as secretive with Star Wars VII than he typically is, but that might not be the case.
- The Hobbit has begun filming again in New Zealand.
- Check out this great new poster for Edgar Wright's upcoming The World's End.
- RED 3 (yes, the 3 is correct) has a writer.
- Here are some new images and a poster for Only Lovers Left Alive.
- The movie (plus TV series) adaptation of The Dark Tower might be back on.
- Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard is in talks to write and direct a new film about an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars and needs to find a way back home.
- The plot for Ghostbusters 3 might look a little something like this, minus Bill Murray.
- Here are a couple of set videos from Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- And here is a rumor about what classic Transformers characters might show up in the next film.
- Emily Blunt (Looper) might be the next star to join Into the Woods.
- Christopher Nolan (Inception) could direct the next James Bond movie.
- Somehow, Kanye West and Drake both have roles in Anchorman 2.
- The Assassin's Creed movie, still reportedly starring Michael Fassbender, is rumored to have a release date of May 2015. (Thanks, TGG!)
- More than a decade later, a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is in the works.
Here are a few trailers and clips:
The Lone Ranger
Man of Steel
The World's End
These cookies are totally right up my alley. Also—J.J. Abrams should make this a real thing.
Accurate. (Thanks, Rachel!)
I would like to own the first of these fan-made Star Trek Into Darkness posters. #becausebenedict
Patton Oswalt's Parks and Rec filibuster has been animated.
I haven't seen The Great Gatsby yet, but I'm sure this version would be equally entertaining.
In TV news:
- Both Matt Smith and Steven Moffat will be back for Doctor Who's series 8.
- Here's a video of Smith talking Who with David Tennant. (No spoilers.)
- Joss Whedon has explained a little about how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. connects with the Marvel movie universe.
- Take it with a grain of salt, but you might want to block off the night of Sept. 24 for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Warehouse 13 has been canceled. (I has a sad.)
- Here's more information on what The CW's schedule will look like come fall.
- Although Wonder Woman origin story Amazon has been postponed, it's not dead yet.
- Colton Haynes (Roy) and an Arrow producer have both been talking about the show's second season.
- USA has announced some new shows as well.
- To go along with his obsessed. contribution from Tuesday, TGG sent me this NPR-created Arrested Development joke site.
- A new HALO series with Steven Spielberg's involvement was announced during this week's new Xbox reveal.
- There is an end in sight for Game of Thrones.
- A new animated Star Wars series will premiere next year.
- The script for the Guillermo del Toro/J.J. Abrams show Believe has been leaked.
- Emma Roberts had joined American Horror Story: Coven.
- Seth MacFarlane will not be hosting the Oscars next year.
Here are a few (CW) promos:
The Tomorrow People
What a great Toph.
In Webseries news:
- Amazon's Zombieland has been killed before it even started.
- TGG is recommending a new series—Everyone's Famous—about a guy who has a video go somewhat viral and then proceeds to plan his entire life around his Internet fame.
- My Gimpy Life is looking to Kickstart a season season. (Thanks, TGG.)
TOO MUCH ADORBS.
Target is selling some seriously cool superhero nightlights.
In comic and book news:
- I really love this variant cover of Marvel's Infinity.
- A Tarzan/John Carter crossover is in the works.
- Geoff Johns says his official goodbye to Green Lantern this week.
- Amazon announced a new service yesterday that will enable writers to earn royalties off of their fan fictions.
It's been a while since I posted some good minimalist/vector art. (Still love it!)
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- We're still not sure of what the weather on the planets at the edge of our solar system is like.
- NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has broken the record of longest distance traveled in space.
- A new brain stimulation technique can make people better at math.
- Our brains connect music to colors depending on how the music makes us feel.
- A molecular trigger for Alzheimer's Disease has been discovered.
- It turns out that practice doesn't always make perfect.
- Blind people might be able to take a lesson from bats and echolocation.
- Scientists have discovered what was responsible for the Great Irish Potato Famine.
- The immune system of a salamander could help scientists better understand regeneration.
- How is this even possible? A new study has determined how dinosaurs' brains developed.
- Johnny Depp now has a fossilized species (with scissor-like claws) named after him.
- New graphene-based ink could lead to foldable tablets and computers.
- NASA has awarded a grant for a 3D food
replicatorprinter. (Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.)
I found some things, too:
- Astronaut Chris Hadfield has returned to earth, and it's taking some getting used to.
- Earlier this year, the biggest explosion ever seen on the moon took place.
- The Kepler space telescope might be damaged beyond repair, but here's a look back at the discoveries it has helped make.
- Honeybees are being trained to find landmines.
- It has been proven: Women find musicians more attractive.
- The ruins of a lost city might have been found using lasers.
These posters are pretty dang cool.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Big news of the week was the new Xbox One reveal. This post features links to a lot of other posts covering what was announced. Both TGG and the Mister said, separately, that the console looks a whole lot like a 1980s VCR. (I have to agree.)
- If you're the type who likes to compare, here's a post on how the Xbox One and the PS4 specs compare.
- And some info on the "game locking" feature, the fact that the console will not be backward compatible and why the box will always require an Internet connection, as well as indie game developers' responses to the announcements.
- The new Kinect is a step up from the previous version, and will be shipped with each console due to the fact that the Kinect must be connected to the Xbox One in order to use the Xbox One. (It's a tad Big Brother, if you ask me ...)
- LittleBigPlanet now features Mass Effect costumes!
- The first teaser trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins has been released. (This is how TGG feels about it.) There's also an extended version here.
- The game's Amazon pre-order has been announced and features a playable (in challenge mode) Deathstroke via DLC.
- The switch-up in Arkham Origin's voices goes a little something like this: Roger Craig will play Batman and Troy Baker (Kai Lang in ME 3) will play Joker. Kevin Conroy is confirmed to also have a role, though it's still not clear what that will be.
- Batgirl is now available as DLC for Injustice: Gods Among Us along with the Red Son costume pack.
- Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection's release date has been pushed back to July 9 for the Americas.
- The new developer trailer for Remember Me features lots of new vocab to memorize before the game comes out.
- American McGee is still trying to work out a deal to regain his Alice rights from EA, but, in the meantime, he's releasing more information on his new Oz game idea.
- Gamers who can't attend E3 (in June) but who still want to play unreleased Nintendo games might be able to play them at their local Best Buy.
- EA will reveal plans for the Star Wars franchise at this year's E3.
- Also, the E3 Ouya booth will actually be in a nearby parking lot in order for non-attendees to check out the new system.
- This bit kind of crosses over into a bunch of categories, but I'll include it here since TGG sent it to me: Game company Capcom has "inserted" Arrested Development's Tobias Fünke into a bunch of classic video games.
This fan-made Sherlock video is absolutely brilliant. (And seems a little too realistic.)
And finally, there's this. (Definitely check out the entirety of the celebrities in classic art project; it's so worth your time.)