Vol 4., Issue 21
Hello friends! I'm sure you've heard, but the biggest news of the past week was that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who. I've heard a lot of rumors flying around about who might be right for the role, but tell me—who would you love to see play 12?
In movie news:
- Thor's armor in Thor: The Dark World is slightly different than what we've seen before. (I do dig the Jedi robes, though.)
- Here are some sneaky unauthorized photos of the Winter Soldier from the set of Captain America 2.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past will explain how Professor X survived the end of X3.
- Karen Gillan has joined Guardians of the Galaxy, and might play a villain. Benicio del Toro will be in the film as well.
- Marton Csokas (Xena, LOTR) has joined The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
- Man of Steel will connect with Batman; here's how. (Only slightly spoilery.)
- Looks like the whole Man of Steel Jenny Olsen thing isn't a thing.
- Will Milla Jovovich be the first lady Expendable?
- Crazy rumor time: Florence Welch will star in Star Wars VII.
- Evangeline Lilly's elf look from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been fully revealed.
- The awesome comic series Fables is coming to the big screen!
- Sam Mendes will be back to direct Bonds 24 and 25. 24, however, likely won't be released until 2015.
- The Blade Runner sequel will be written by the guy who wrote Green Lantern. (Take that how you will.)
- The director of The Muppets might direct Alice and Wonderland 2, which I didn't even know was happening.
- Hans Zimmer will be working with Christopher Nolan again on Interstellar. (Zimmer is the man behind this classic sound.)
- Will Smith likely won't be back for a Men in Black 4.
- Bumblebee will be looking pretty sweet in Transformers 4.
- Whoopi Goldberg's TMNT role has been revealed. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Ahnold says Terminator 5 is on track.
- Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has directors.
- To celebrate the film's 75th Anniversary, The Wizard of Oz is being re-released in IMAX 3D.
- Vincent Cassel (Ocean's 13) is starring a new Beauty and the Beast adaptation.
- Here's a first look at the main character of the live-action Kiki's Delivery Service.
Here are some trailers/clips:
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Man of Steel
This is the End (This is a red-band; i.e., NSFW.)
Mondo's releasing a neat Wizard of Oz poster at some point today.
The guy in Paperman has nothing on Tony Stark (or James T. Kirk, for that matter).
Love this celebration of Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy. (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the new The World's End.)
Han is so perfect for pulp novels.
In TV news:
- Randomly, Wil Wheaton might know who will be playing the 12th Doctor.
- Canadians—CTV has picked up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a few other U.S. shows.
- Dan Harmon is officially back for Community's fifth season.
- A Redditor has taken it upon himself to re-edit the new season of Arrested Development in chronological order. (Thanks, Shaun!)
- Continuum has been renewed for a third season.
- Hannibal has been renewed for a second.
- Breaking Bad's final season has a new teaser poster.
- The Ron Moore-helmed Outlanders series has been officially picked up by Starz.
- J.J. Abrams is working to resurrect Rod Serling's (The Twilight Zone) last project.
Here are a few promo teasers:
The Tomorrow People
In comics/books/toys news:
- Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) is working on a new YA series.
- Here's a look at the new U.S cover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- Lucasfilm has announced the second-annual Star Wars Reads Day.
- Two new prose books from Marvel take a peek into the lives of She-Hulk and Rogue.
- Here's a look at the art from the new Queen-centric Once Upon a Time comic.
- Funko is releasing a bunch of new POP! Disney characters.
- MacFarlane Toys is producing Assassin's Creed gauntlets with spring-loaded blades. (Thanks, TGG.)
Superman and Batman tattoos? Really, Diana?
I'd totally read these books to future little Murtises.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Lionhead Studios might be planning an HD remake of the original Fable.
- Ticket to Ride is now available on Android. (Get it! I love this game.)
- Diablo 3 for PS3 and Xbox 360 will be released Sept. 3.
- Halo: Spartan Assault is a new top-down omni-directional shooter for Windows PC, tablets and phones.
- Here's a new Donatello trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
- A new demo for The Last of Us (released with God of War: Ascension) has been put up online. Also, here's a trailer for the game's multiplayer mode.
- This new live-action trailer for Remember Me sets the tone of the game. According to TGG: "Spoilers: It's bleak and full of memory manipulation."
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is out now for iPad; the game will set you back $10.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us is getting its first crossover DLC character: Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.
- Infinite Crisis is now an official e-sport. Matches reportedly will be streamed live at E3.
- Upcoming release Watch Dogs used mocap technology in character creation. Here's a video of the process.
- PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online will be making the move to PS4.
- Disney will be releasing a Kinect-powered, modern music-featuring Fantasia game.
- Plants vs. Zombies 2 will be released for iOS next month.
- Here's a trailer for Murdered: Soul Suspect, a new game in which you play a murdered spirit in modern day Salem, Mass., who is trying to track down his killer.
- Rain, a new game in which a young boy finds himself to be invisible and only able to be seen as a silhouette in the rain meets a girl with a similar problem, is coming to PSN this fall.
- EA has discontinued its "online pass" system for future games.
- The new Skyrim: Legendary Edition strategy guide will come in paperback ($30) and hardcover ($50).
- Prices for the main consoles have been predicted: Xbox One will retail for $399 and PS4 for $349; Xbox 360 and PS3 prices will drop by at least $50; and the Wii to fall to around $100.
- The Virtuix Omni VR treadmill Kickstarter has already made a ton of money.
- The first episode of the Payday 2 tie-in webseries is online. (Possibly NSFW for language.)
- An Atari dump site in New Mexico that supposedly houses the infamous E.T. game is getting unearthed.
Mine of Steel. Get it? Get it? (Thanks, TGG.)
Glen Brogan's art is amazing. These are some of the selections from his current show at Gallery 1988 East:
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- Data from Curiosity's travel to Mars is helping NASA with ideas for a manned mission.
- Gravelly pebbles on the Red Planet hint at an ancient streambed.
- Also: Mars has a rat problem.
- This dying galaxy might hold clues to the birth of dwarf star systems.
- The Mars Society will conduct a year-long simulated Mars exploration in the extreme north of Canada.
- This sonar image might reveal Amelia Earhart's plane.
- "Tube Travel" could get you from LA to NYC in 45 minutes.
- Scientists have discovered a wooly mammoth that still has liquid blood.
- A microbe growing in -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) temperatures has been found.
- Speaking of, Scotland scientists have been given the go-ahead to develop synthetic blood. (BY VAMPIRES.*)
- Related: Humanity is one step closer to creating artificial livers.
- This new mind-controlled exoskeleton is helping paralyzed people walk.
- While we're on the subject, this helicopter can be flown using thought. Here's a video to go along with the story.
- Graphene has been proven to be the strongest material in the world.
- A remote lake on an island near Australia has basically been the same for 7,500 years.
- Make a bicycle-powered generator in only nine steps. (Colt wants to make one REAL BAD.)
I found a few items as well:
- These photos of the "strangest landscapes on earth" are so freaking cool.
- Scientists have discovered a 55 million-year-old primate skeleton, the oldest one yet.
- Egyptians got iron for their tools from meteorites.
- Vinegar could help save lives in countries where pap smears are unavailable.
- It turns out that human fat is a great place to find stem cells.
- A successor to the Concorde airplane is in development.
And finally (to bookend today's post with Who): the latest episode of Doctor Puppet!
**THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT US TO THINK.