Vol. 4, Issue 20
I'm glad that the Internet decided to slow down a bit this week in honor of Memorial Day—the last few NN posts have been beasts! Let's jump right in.
In TV news:
- According to this tweet by Mark Gatiss, two episodes of Sherlock series three are done filming.
- Dan Harmon is in talks to return for Community's fifth season.
- There's no end in sight for The Walking Dead.
- The BBC is working on a TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice prequel Death Comes to Pemberley.
- A new Bates family member will be introduced in the second season of Bates Motel.
- Neil Patrick Harris will repeat hosting duties on the next Emmys. (Thanks, Colt!)
Here are a couple of promos:
Love the new TNG silhouette line from the Star Trek store. (I pulled images of the cell phone cases, but they have tablet cases, T-shirts, mousepads and mugs with these images on them, too.)
Joffrey is still a total dbag, be he a 90s gangster or a fantasy king.
Strax is surprisingly patient with silly kid questions.
In webseries news:
- Netflix is considering another "season" of Arrested Development.
- Felicia Day and her brother Ryon have started a new show for Geek and Sundry called Co-Optitudes, in which they play video games together. (Thanks, TGG!)
In movie news:
- Nick Fury makes an appearance in these new Captain America: The Winter Soldier set photos.
- Thor: The Dark World now has an official website.
- Here's a closer look at Christopher Eccleston in dark elf villain gear.
- Quicksilver has been added to the never-ending roster of X-Men: Days of Future Past cast members. And here's a new shot of a very 70s-looking Peter Dinklage.
- John C. Reilly (Chicago, Wreck It Ralph) might join Guardians of the Galaxy in an Agent Coulson-like role. Glenn Close (Damages) has joined the movie as a leader in an international space agency.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Rhino is going to be very large, if this crazy suit Paul Giamatti's wearing is any indication.
- Fast & Furious 7 will, in part, be set in Los Angeles.
- This news kind of belongs in the SCIENCE! section, but it fits here too. This link takes a look at the feasibility of some of Fast & Furious 6's stunts (thanks, Colt), and this one calculates just how long the infinite runway was.
- Grumpy Cat is getting her own movie.
- Still of the new look of the Autobots from Transformers 4 have been released. Here's Optimus and two others.
- Whoopi Goldberg has joined the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Celine Dion might be singing the theme song of The Muppets ... Again.
- Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) might be starring as Juliet in a new version of Romeo and Juliet.
- Tom Cruise is no longer The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) might be.
- Timecop is getting a remake.(This link is worth reading for the header image alone.)
Here are a couple of trailers/clips:
Man of Steel (There are two more clips at the link.)
These posters take minimalism to a whole new level. (But it works!)
A lot of the promo for The Wolverine has a super gritty feel. These new illustrations are no exception.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- This new Kickstarter aims to fund a publicly accessible space telescope.
- Hubble has captured a new image of a "beautiful, glittering swirl" of a galaxy.
- Astronomers have discovered a weird new glitch in the rotation of a neutron star.
- Check out this awesome image of a volcano—taken from space!
- A new analysis of the ocean, using 100-year-old data, further proves that global warming is a real thing.
- 500-year-old plants that, until recently, have been hidden under glaciers, have started regrowing in the wilds of Canada.
- A newly discovered formula describes how to turn liquid cement into liquid metal.
- Scientists have discovered a way to reverse "ocean warming."
- Rats can move their eyes in opposite directions independently of each other.
- Sea anemone toxins could help battle obesity.
- Mosquitoes have been genetically altered to respond differently to odors.
- Human stem cell injections have caused improvements in rats with spinal injuries.
- I really don't mean to cause alarm, but a new (deadly) virus has been discovered.
- Children with parents who live long lives are less likely to get cancer.
- Crack and soda have something in common: They both deplete the enamel of teeth.
- Ingesting certain bacteria can effect a human's brain chemistry.
- Scientists have designed particles that float easily through the bloodstream, but can assemble into shapes within diseased tissue.
- A person's ability to easily learn a second language might indicate how good they are at visualizing patterns.
- Everyone go home, there's no more science left to do: This robot can sense when a person needs more beer in their cup.
I found a few items as well:
- A topographical map of Saturn's moon Titan has been created.
- Toddlers might suffer from "infantile amnesia."
- There is a biological reason why people get itchy.
- This algorithm finds face-like structures on the Earth's surface.
- An 18-year-old girl has developed a battery-like device that can withstand 100 times more charges that a regular cell phone battery.
This gave me the lulz. (Thanks, Bryan!)
8-bit Iron Man!
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released Aug. 27.
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes has announced the first two characters to be included in the game: Venom and the Human Torch.
- Check out this Iron Man mod for Grand Theft Auto IV. (1/2 point to Shaun for this one.)
- The team behind Blizzard's next MMO has been stripped down in order to reevaluate and improve.
- This new trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot centers around the archer character class. There is also a free Alpha version of the game (for Windows) currently available on the developer's website.
- Here are some new screenshots from Wolfenstein: The New Order and Elder Scrolls Online.
- A promo webseries based on Payday 2, which will be released in August, will be online soon.
- Sucker Punch Studios scanned real people's faces to populate the Infamous sequel's digital Seattle with believable background characters.
- Night of the Rabbit, a whimsical animated game that mixes elements of Alice in Wonderland and Doctor Who, is now available on Steam.
- Peter Molyneux and 22 Cans's first project, Curiosity, has reached its end and more information about the company's next project, Godus, has been released. Here's more information about the prize that was at the center of Curiosity's cube.
- A list of cities with Best Buys that will be demoing E3-announced Nintendo games has been released.
- Xbox One will use Skype for all voice/video chatting in-game and out. There's a rumor that this will enableothers to remotely control a game running on their friend's console. Another rumor suggests that when someone brings a copy of a game to a store to sell, the store would remotely disable that copy of the game on that person's Xbox One and in doing so would unlock it to be installed on the next buyer's system.
- Microsoft is looking to invest $1 billion into Xbox One games.
- Here's a little bit of "conspiracy theory" from Germany's federal commissioner for data protection and freedom of information on the uses of the new Xbox Kinect. (He thinks it's a "monitoring device.")
- The confusion over Xbox One's will they/won't they used game playability has expanded to include the PS4 and its rumored similar restrictions.
- A new Diablo 3 companion book, Book of Tyrael, will be out in October. The book is "an in-depth look into the mind of the Archangel Tyrael."
I found this trailer, directed by Jon Favreau, for Bungie's new game, Destiny:
The Mister also shared with me this trailer for a cool new game called Evoland, which takes you through the evolution of gaming while you play.
I want to be BFFs with Sailor Hawkeye from this series of Sailor Moon/The Avengers mashup illustrations. (Have I posted these before? I can't remember. #gettingold) (Thanks, Rebecca!)
In comics, books and toy news:
- You can read an excerpt from The Dream Thieves (sequel to Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys) here.
- A new Bridget Jones book is in the works!
- George R.R. Martin
continues to piss off fansis working on a Song of Ice and Fire coffee table book.
- Geoff Johns has written his last Green Lantern.
- Something ... abrupt ... has happened to Catwoman. (Spoilers, natch.)
- The Avengers and characters from The Little Mermaid will soon be turned into Vinylmation figures.
These 1920s versions of Disney villains are super cute. Love the dresses!
And finally, if I hadn't been told that this was a fan video, I would have assumed it was a promo for the 50th Anniversary special.
Is it Nov. 23 yet?