Vol. 4, Issue 24
It's been a crazy week for politics in the U.S. and Texas. Let's take a bit of a breather with some news of the nerdy variety, yes?
In TV news:
- There are more rumors swirling about the missing Doctor Who episodes.
- Paul Giamatti will join Downton Abbey's fourth season as Cora's playboy brother.
- Here's a new poster for Breaking Bad's last season.
Oh, Matt. You are an adorable human being, and I will miss you. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
If you enjoy Game of Thrones and are a fan of ska music, I think that you will enjoy this cover.
In movie news:
- RDJ will be reprising his Tony Stark role in Avengers 2 and Avengers 3. (YAY.)
- The Captain America Peggy Carter short will be included on the Iron Man 3 DVD/BluRay.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past has an updated release date: May 23, 2014. Here are a couple of shots from the set.
- The Wolverine will not have close ties with Days of Future Past, but check out this awesome new character poster for Jean Grey.
- Jason Statham recently talked a little about his role as the villain in Fast & Furious 7.
- The first image from the set of Veronica Mars has been released.
- Here are some more photos from the set of Divergent.
- Peter Jackson has revealed the extra scenes from The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
- Liam Neeson will be headlining Taken 3 (and earning a lot of money for doing so). (Thanks, Colt!)
- Here's a closer look at Hiccup from How to Train a Dragon 2.
- The Rock might be starring in the fifth installment of the Terminator franchise.
- Channing Tatum recently revealed details about his Jupiter Ascending role.
- Helena Bonham Carter will play the Fairy Godmother in the live-action Cinderella.
- While on the subject of Cinderellas, Anna Kendrick might be starring as the princess in Into the Woods.
- The Giver adaptation (with
The DudeJeff Bridges) is moving forward.
- The Encyclopedia Brown books will be getting a film adaptation, too.
- Here are some possible plot details for Jurassic Park 4.
- William Fitchner (Contact, Armageddon, all the things) will be playing Shredder in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie; Mos Def might be cast as Baxter Stockman. (Thanks, TGG!)
- World War Z will likely be getting a sequel.
- There will be at least two sequels to Independence Day, but neither of them will star Will Smith. Bill Pullman and Jeff Bridges will likely return, however.
- Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids) is developing a "female James Bond"-style comedy called Susan Cooper.
- Ahnold will soon be starring in a zombie movie.
- Knight Rider is being turned into a film.
- A modern-day film adaptation of a Jane Eyre graphic novel retelling is in the works.
Here are few trailers, clips and a featurette:
Despicable Me 2
The World's End
Odd City Entertainment is releasing a set of posters for Pacific Rim.
Mondo's releasing a poster for The Heat.
I would almost like to see this version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug more than the actual film.
In comics, books and toys news:
- Veronica Roth will be releasing Divergent e-stories from Four's POV.
- Michael Sheen will read Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane for a new BBC 4 radio series.
- Half TV news/half book news: These are the 10 "best" obscure literary references in Archer.
- These Batman and Wonder Woman backpacks are awesome.
I love the style of Brittney L. Williams's illustrations.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has dropped the "3" from the game's title so that people will realize it's not a direct sequel to the rest of the series.
- Here's a developer video discussing the sounds and music of The Last of Us.
- A big fuss about The Last of Us "ripping off" Ellen Page's likeness happened this week.
- Microsoft is now calling the Halo franchise a "saga."
- Here's the official General Zod trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us, as well as a look at the new Man of Steel costume for Superman, both of which will be released in July.
- Here's a preview and trailer for Mario Kart 8.
- And here's a new trailer for Disney Infinity that focuses on the open world creation mode.
- Saints Row 4 has the distinct honor (?) of being the first video game to be denied classification in Australia under the country's new ratings guidelines, narrowly beating out State of Decay. Both games were refused on teh ground of drug use.
- American McGee's next project will be OZombie.
- Here's a trailer for—in TGG's words—"the upcoming revisionist history robo-dog shooter/emotional story-driven RPG Laika Believes."
- Fez 2 will not be released for Xbox Live.
- The second video in the Payday 2 web series is online.
- Project Spark, which, according to TTG, "is a game building... game" for Windows 8 and Xbox One, is opening up beta registrations.
- This year, game jam event "Molyjam Deux" is tasking teams with creating games based on out of context quotes from game designer Peter Molyneux.
- Here's a "cool, dub-steppy" (TGG's excellent description) trailer for new free retro space shooter Futuridium, which is out now for Mac and PC.
- Conan O'Brien has created his own E3 wrap-up video.
- The Ouya is finally available at retailers (for $99), but TGG advises that anyone interested in picking one up should probably call ahead.
- Sony released a patch for PS3 last week that rendered a lot of systems unusable. A fix is supposedly coming today.
- Here's some more detail on the Xbox One "always on" backpedal. TGG has summarized for us: "An Internet connection won't be required to play offline now, but users will have to connect at least once when they get the system. In addition to system set-up type things, there will also be a day one patch required. Microsoft says this was always the plan and stems from the timing difference between manufacturing schedule and software schedule."
- Firefox's latest update adds Unreal Engine support, which enables 3D browser-based gaming.
TGG also sent along a video for Cat Fighter 2: The Feline Warrior:
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- The star Gliese 667C has three planets in the Goldilocks Zone.
- Hubble has taken an image of a pair of galaxies so close to each other that they've begun to interact.
- Scientists have gathered new details about dust found around a huge black hole at the center of a nearby galaxy.
- Mars likely had an oxygen-rich atmosphere 4000 million years ago.
- The mystery behind Saturn's massive storms has been solved.
- The sun recently sent a coronal mass ejection our way.
- A mysterious third radiation belt appeared in our atmosphere last September and disappeared just as suddenly.
- This new equation reveals our chances of finding extraterrestrial life.
- Adding silver to antibiotics boosts their power.
- A new solution made from sugar turns organic tissue transparent in a matter of days.
- The human brain has been completely reconstructed in microscopic, 3D detail.
- Researchers have discovered mutations that caused a jump in evolution 500 million years ago.
- Plants can do arithmetic.
- They also hold the key to more efficient clean energy.
- Which matters most in a quest to lead a healthy life or lose weight, diet or exercise?
- These seven foods have bizarre side effects (that, oddly enough, effect different people in different ways).
- Video game technology is being used to control cockroaches.
- Sea life causes changes in the oxygen content of the Earth's oceans on a daily basis.
I found a few items as well:
- Scientists now know why naked mole rats don't get cancer.
- These genetically altered silkworms spin fluorescent silk.
- The bite of the Komodo Dragon is not poisonous, afterall.
- This Egyptian statue is turning around on its own.
- A 54-acre Mayan city has been found in the jungles of the Yucatan.
These Disney princess showgirls are so cute! (The Mickey Ringmaster? Not so much.) (Thanks, Samar!)
And finally, The Mary Sue rightly filed this under "What is this, I don't even." (Warning: Cartoon violence within.)