Vol. 4, Issue 22
Hullo friends. The past week has been a bit of a blur, so I apologize ahead of time if I miss anything major. (If I did—leave a note in the comments!) Most of the big nerdy news the week came out of E3; TGG has awesomely condensed the high points below.
But first, in TV news:
- There are lots of rumors floating around about who will play the 12th Doctor; one of the most recent points to Rory Kinnear (Skyfall).
- Neil Gaiman doesn't think that anyone famous should take on the role. And Helen Mirren thinks it's time for a Lady Doctor.
- This bit is half TV/half SCIENCE! news, but there's a Kickstarter sending a TARDIS into orbit. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- HBO is developing a new alien series called The Spark.
- Dolph Lundgren's new game show, Race to the Scene, looks ridiculous ... ly awesome.
Here are a couple of promos:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
Silly Daleks! TARDISes are for Doctors!
I really love James Hance's work. (But I have a thing against him because of that one time he totally ignored TGG and his wife when they were trying to buy a print of his art for us.) Regardless, this is cute.
In movie news:
- Here's a close-up look at Winter Soldier from Captain America 2 and a look at Cap's new outfit.
- Spoiler alert! Some characters have been spotted kissing on the set of Cap 2.
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) might be playing Quicksilver in The Avengers 2.
- Here are some possible spoilers about villains of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
- Here's a set photo of Michael Fassbender being Magneto-y and one of Beast and Magneto
playingfighting in a fountain from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- A Man of Steel sequel has already been fast-tracked.
- Here's a first look at Theo James as Four in the film adaptation of Divergent. I don't see it yet.
- Star Wars VII might pull some ideas—particularly that of a certain set of twins—from the extended universe after all.
- This concept art gives a better look at the design of Star Trek Into Darkness' "new" Klingons.
- Bilbo is looking a little forever alone in this new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster.
- Every day this week, Rob Thomas has been releasing names of Veronica Mars cast members. Mac, Wallace, Piz and Weevil, among others, are all back!
- These The World's End posters are so badass.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer showrunner Marti Noxon will write the new Tomb Raider script.
- A new version of The Little Prince, starring James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti, is in the works.
- Hansel & Gretel 2 (yes, it's happening) will likely be PG-13.
- Emma Stone has left Gullermo del Toro's upcoming Crimson Peak, but Mia Wasikowska is in.
- Fox is looking to create a cross-platform Choose Your Own Adventure franchise.
- After Transformers 4, Michael Bay will likely direct Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.
- Check out this first poster for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone's Escape Plan. (Yesssss.)
- And here's a first poster for 300: Rise of an Empire.
- Community's Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase will have roles in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
- Dumb and Dumber 2 has been passed on by Warner Bros., but is supposedly still alive.
Here are a few trailers/clips:
300: Rise of an Empire
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Thanks, Colt!)
In a World ... (Thanks, Colt.)
Man of Steel
Monsters University (There are six more clips at the link below.)
Online art show Dino-DNA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jurassic Park.
Paris gallery Le Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde is currently running a Star Trek tribute art show.
I'm going to divide TGG's gaming news into sections this week in order to make it easier to find the specifics you might be interested in.
In Playstation news:
- Here's a wrap-up article that covers the E3 PS4 reveal. Also: The console will come with a 500 GB (!) internal hard drive; the controller and Eye camera will retail for $60 each; the console and corresponding PSN will be region-free; and online multi-player will require a PS+ account.
- PS4-exclusive titles will include Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XIV, Mad Max and The Order: 1886 (a steampunk game). (There are game trailers at each of the links.)
- And here's a collection of indie game trailers.
In Xbox news:
- Here's the article that covers the Xbox event and a list of countries that will support Xbox live when the One launches. (This, according to TGG, is important due to the fact that the Xbox One requires an internet connection to play any games at all.)
- Here's some more information on the console's whole "always-on/connection required" business, the Kinect's privacy issues and the changes in how game licensing works. (This infographic boils it all down.)
- Xbox Live will soon be converting from MS Points to local currency. As of right now, there's no date set for the switchover, but any MS Points still in gamers' accounts at the time of the switch will supposedly be converted at "equal or greater" value.
- Xbox One-exclusive titles will include Quantum Break (which will have a TV show component), Sunset Overdrive, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, Dead Rising 3 and a new Halo. (Again, there are game trailers at each of the links.)
In Wii news:
- New games will include Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD remake, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Smash Bros.
(This comparison chart of the three consoles might be helpful.)
In other gaming news:
- Here's a breakdown of Ubisoft's E3 presentation and one for EA's presentation.
- Batman: Arkham Origins on PS3 will soon get exclusive content and skins based on Knightfall and Adam West's Batman.
- Speaking of Arkham Origins, Kevin Conroy (who previously voiced Batman in the Arkham games) will NOT be involved with the game, but he will be involved in a different as-yet-unannounced Arkham game.
- In Saint's Row 4, according to TGG, "you play the same gang leader from the previous games, but now you're also the President (duh) in addition to running a gang (because why not?) during an alien invasion (pretty standard) with mind-boggling insane weapons (of course) and you also have super powers now (obviously)." Here's a trailer.
- Metal Gear Solid 5's Snake will be voiced by Kiefer Sutherland. (Thanks, Colt.)
- Scribblenauts Unmasked currently includes 2,500 DC characters in the game roster.
- New browser game Lune might help you relax.
- These two level trailers for DuckTales Remastered are narrated by Launchpad McQuack.
- All three (British) Top Gear hosts will be involved in Forza Motorsport 5.
- New D&D-based free-to-play MMO Neverwinter goes live June 20.
- Capcom is working on a 30th anniversary character encyclopedia.
Here are links to a bunch of game trailers:
- The Divison
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Elder Scrolls Online
- Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
- Mirror's Edge remake
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Watch Dogs
- The Witcher 3
And here's the trailer for the game TGG's most excited about, Kingdom Hearts 3:
These Star Wars/Game of Thrones mashup wallpapers are great.
Another GoT mashup, but this one is a tad more gory. (Could be considered NSFW.)
You might want to wash that imagery away with this, the latest edition of Cosplay Piano.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has led to the discovery of an "unprecedented bonanza" of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy. Related: Black holes can apparently go dormant.
- A new class of star has also been discovered.
- The atmosphere of a "super-Earth"-type planet has been observed for the first time.
- A newly discovered kind of dark matter could form dark atoms.
- An element that likely helped life develop on earth has been discovered in Martian clay.
- Dry ice might be to blame for these furrows on the surface of Mars.
- Changes in the Arctic are a good indication of how climate change will effect the rest of the planet.
- A new way to change seawater into fuel has been discovered.
- X-rays have revealed the colors and patterns of the feathers of a feathered dinosaur.
- Humans now have one more (named) body part—Dua's layer, a part of the eye's cornea.
- Fingernails hold the key to mammalian regeneration.
- The technology of brain-controlled computers keeps getting better.
- Check out the world's first bionic eye prototype.
- Hands-free talking and texting can be just as dangerous as physically texting and driving.
- Playing video games not only increases the efficiently of a player's hand-eye coordination, but also might help the brain to "make better and faster use of visual input."
I found a few items as well:
- Something near drinkable water once flowed on Mars.
- Commander Chris Hadfield is retiring.
- Here's a neat visualization of Antarctica stripped of all ice.
- Teenagers develop special brain cells that help them flirt.
- Some people are allergic to the water in their own tears.
- Do NOT try this at home: You can overdose on soy sauce.
- The world's oldest tumor has been discovered in a Neanderthal bone fragment.
- A Cheetah's top speed has been more accurately determined. (It's still quite close to 64mph.)
- Playing a character of a different race in a video game could reduce racial biases.
Grumpy Aquacat is my favorite.
Mondo will be releasing two sets of Man of Steel posters today and tomorrow.
In book news:
- Kate Beaton has created illustrations for the upcoming YA novel The Well's End.
And finally ...