Vol. 4, Issue 23
Guys. Guys. Joss Whedon has revealed that Loki will not be in The Avengers 2. I know that it's ridiculous to think that he'd be the villain (or somehow involved) in every Avengers movie after being the villain in both Thor movies and The Avengers, but ... *SOB*
In more positive movie news:
- Some photos and videos from the Cleveland sets of Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been released. I don't think I am a fan of what these photos are suggesting.
- John C. Reilly (Wreck It Ralph, Chicago) will be playing Rhomann Dey, Guardians of the Galaxy's version of Agent Coulson.
- Disney has announced release dates for a variety of upcoming movies, including two Marvel movies, The Muppets ... Again, which has been renamed Muppets Most Wanted, and Into the Woods.
- Shailene Woodley's role as Mary Jane Watson has been pushed from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to the third movie.
- Felicity Jones has pretty much revealed who she will be playing in the movie. (She's let the cat out of the bag, if you will.)
- While we're talking Spider-Man of, the third and fourth movies already have release dates.
- Rumor has it that Aquaman and Wonder Woman movies are being considered for after the Justice League film.
- Someone has figured out how many people would have been injured in and how much money it would take to repair the damage of Man of Steel's epic Metropolis fight scene.
- Max Greenfield (New Girl) will be reprising his role as Deputy Leo in the Veronica Mars movie. Yay!
- This casting breakdown might hint at which characters we'll see in Star Wars VII.
- Here are eight new photos from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- More stills from Divergent featuring Four and Tris in action have been released.
- io9 recently visited the set of Riddick.
- Downton Abbey's Daisy will be playing an evil stepsister in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella.
- The Y: The Last Man movie is slowly moving forward.
- These images showcase the characters of Disney's new Frozen. (There's a trailer below, too.)
- Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For has been pushed back to 2014.
- Jurassic Park 4 will be released in 2015 ... in 3D.
- Here's some behind-the-scenes footage from the Need for Speed adaptation. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Universal has bought the rights to comic series Locke and Key.
- Ryan Reynolds has dropped out of the Highlander reboot.
- Prometheus 2 has a screenwriter.
- Here are some new photos and videos from the set of Transformers 4. (This set was actually less than 30 minutes away from our apartment!)
- Ken Levine (creator of Bioshock) will be writing the Logan's Run remake script.
Here are a whole bunch of trailers:
Despicable Me (There are six more clips at the link.)
I Give it a Year
The LEGO Movie
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Artist Phil Postma has mashed up Pixar with pulp in these great illustrations.
Pixar has released a new short to go along with Monsters University.
In TV news:
- Another rumor that the BBC has found more of the long-lost Doctor Who episodes—this time in Africa?—has surfaced.
- The Axe Cop cartoon now has an official cast, which includes Nick Offerman, Ken Marino and Patton Oswalt.
- Jenna Coleman has joined Death Comes to Pemberley.
- Girl Meets World will premiere on the Disney Channel in 2014.
- Bryan Cranston once voiced villains in The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
- Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) is directing a pilot for a mysterious new AMC show about a plane crash and conspiracies.
Here's a first look at Legend of Korra's Book 2:
In webseries (ish?) news:
- Dreamworks will be producing shows featuring their animated characters for Netflix.
- Netflix has renewed Hemlock Grove for a second season.
Check out the awesome Archer pinups by Megan Lara below. I hope she continues the series with more of the show's characters.
There is so much greatness in this Jon Snow training montage.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- What might it look like if Earth had a ring like Saturn?
- Speaking of, the Cassini spacecraft will be at just the right position in July to take photos of Saturn with Earth in the background.
- The x-rays that are given off by black holes are caused, in part, by superheated gasses getting sucked in.
- Scientists have developed a new gene therapy treatment that involves genes being injected into the eye.
- A fast-acting virus has been used to target and eradicate melanoma in mice.
- This is what would happen if Superman punched you in the face. (SPOILER: It would hurt.)
- A toddler's speech is actually much more complex than previously thought.
- New research sheds light onto how mammals have evolved underwater.
- This robot will beat you in air hockey every time.
- 3D printing technology has led to advancements in the size of batteries, medical implants and more.
- Laser technology has revealed a whole city underneath Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples. (So cool!)
I found some things as well:
- Researchers have created a 3D video map of the nearby universe (300 light years out).
- More than 280 new craters have been discovered on the moon.
- This is the best image of Mercury ever.
- This interview attempts to explain what neutrinos are and where they come from.
- Scientists have discovered how cancer cells travel throughout the body.
- Dimming the lights can increase a person's creativity.
These illustrations of DC heroines/villains aren't canon, but they're still pretty awesome. (And I want many of their outfits.)
In comics/book/toy news:
- DC has announced a new Superman/Wonder Woman series that examines their relationship.
- DC has also announced a new series called Justice League 3000, which will feature future versions of the company's most famous characters. Concept illustrations for some of the characters are below.
- A new book answers the age-old question: What would Star Wars have been like had Shakespeare written it?
- LEGO will be releasing a Mars Curiosity rover set.
Here's the Justice League 3000 concept art:
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Biggest news of the week: Microsoft has done a 360 (har!) on some of the more questionable features of the Xbox One, including the "always on" condition and the restrictions on sharing/used games.The Kinect stipulations (having to be connected to play) aren't going anywhere, though, and they company is still pushing forward with the cloud computing vision.
- There will still be changes, of course, including some to the Xbox achievement and challenge system.
- The console's games will maintain the familiar $60 price tag. (PS4 and Wii U games will be priced similarly.)
- Auto-update (currently only available to PS+ users on the PS3) will be available for everyone on the PS4.
- The lead writer of Mass Effects 1 and 2 recently did a radio interview in which he discussed possible endings/story lines the team considered prior to the third game's release.
- Rogue will be guest starring in the upcoming Deadpool game.
- Here are a few new Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshots.
- Conan O'Brien played Injustice: Gods Among Us on his "Clueless Gamer" segment last week, and revealed that General Zod will be released as a DLC character in July.
- Here's a short video in which Bungie developers talk about the developer's new game Destiny and explain how the online battleground will work.
- The new Sherlock Holmes game is getting some detective-mode overhauls inspired by BBC's Sherlock.
- Here's a trailer and preview for the family-friendly PS4 launch title Knack.
- DoubleFine's The Cave is coming to iOS this summer.
- This funny infographic likens various game developers to the houses in Game of Thrones.
Colt and I ran across a couple of items as well:
- Aveline de Grandpré, the first female playable character in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, will be a playable character in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.
- Although most Xbox news of the past few weeks has been about the Xbox One, there will still be plenty of games released for the Xbox 360, some of which will be free next month. (Thanks, Colt!)
And finally, this video is oddly cathartic.