Vol. 4, Issue 25
Happy July 4th, y'all! I hope, if you're off work like I am, that you're having a wonderful holiday. If you're not off work, I'm sorry. Here's some nerdy news to make the day go by faster.
In movie news:
- Check out Robert Redford on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Here are some new details about and footage for The Wolverine.
- Vin Diesel is talking to Marvel. About what is yet to be revealed.
- Christian Bale will not be playing Batman in any sort of Justice League movie.
- A ton of details and photos from the set of Veronica Mars were released this week.
- Julianne Moore might be playing Alma Coin in Mockingjay.
- Terminator 5, which will release in 2015, will be a reboot.
- Ian McKellan has filmed his very last scene as Gandalf.
- Here's a new international poster for Riddick.
- Hellboy 3 likely won't happen after all.
- Pixar has announced that they will be making fewer sequels and will focus on original movies instead.
- Here's a look at the new TMNT sewer lair. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Cameron Diaz will be starring as Miss Hannigan in the new Annie.
- Here's a first look at the characters of Darren Aronofsky's Noah. (Yes, that Noah.)
- The live-action Captain Planet movie is moving ahead.
- The Giver has found its Jonas.
- New zombie film 19 has an interesting premise: After the age of 19, the entire human population turns into a zombie, so the world is run by children and teenagers.
Here are a few trailers:
In TV news:
- Rufio is coming to Once Upon a Time!
- Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will have "no" filler episodes.
- Hannibal is looking to add David Bowie to the cast of the second season.
- Pedro Pascal (Red Widow, Graceland) will play the Red Viper in Game of Thrones' upcoming fourth season.
- Here's the first poster for the new season of The Walking Dead.
- A Breaking Bad spin-off is in development.
Here's the intro for the new cartoon Beware the Batman.
I'm still loving these 90s versions of the GoT characters.
This is an absolutely gorgeous Doctor Who fan video that encompasses clips from various Doctors and Eleven's speech from "The Rings of Akhenaten." (Thanks, Rebecca!)
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Here's a trailer for Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection "featuring ALL the Snakes."
- Grand Theft Auto 5 will require an 8GB install on PS3 and Xbox 360.
- TellTale's Walking Dead got some new content this week with the "400 Days" DLC. Here's a trailer.
- Super Chibi Knight is a sequel of sorts to the popular flash game Chibi Knights, except this time the creator is making it with his eight-year-old daughter.
- Microsoft is reportedly dropping fees for uploading patches to games on XBox Live Arcade. This might make the service more attractive to indie developers.
- A (not actual, but shiny like) gold Xbox controller will be released in August.
- Xbox One's Kinect will read QR codes if you don't want to or can't take the time to enter download codes.
- Google is reportedly developing its own Android console (like the Ouya).
- Minecraft, along with five classic Atari games and the Magnavox Odyssey console, have been added to MoMA's collection of gaming art.
TGG has also started writing about games for new gaming blog RunJumpFire. It's a larger dose of commentary along with news, and I can tell you from experience that TGG's commentary is totally worth a read.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- Spiral galaxies like the Milky Way are larger than previously thought.
- Astronomers have discovered an unusually bright star in the remains of a stellar collision.
- In a lot of solar systems other than ours, large gas giants are found much closer to the center star.
- Thanks to a rocket-mounted camera, we can now better check out the sun's upper atmosphere.
- Evidence of a prehistoric photosynthesis system that predates our planet's oxygen photosynthesis system has been discovered.
- A mouse has been cloned from a single drop of blood. As Colt put it when he sent me this link: Mollies for everyone!
- Monkeys have their own forms of social networks.
- Microbe colonies are living on the garbage we've thrown into our oceans.
- This little dinosaur went from walking on all fours when young to walking on two legs when it got older.
- Hanger is a real thing!
- Human imaginations can effect the way we perceive the world.
- A new contact lens could improve the sight of people with age-related eye issues.
- Mimicking virtual reality avatars could possibly help people lose weight.
I found a few items:
- Scientists are working on a "deflector shield" that would protect astronauts from radiation.
- Voyager 1 is teaching us new things about the universe outside our solar system.
- A tomb recently discovered in Peru has gone untouched for more than 1,200 years.
- Men who can't taste sugary foods might be at risk of sterility.
- A 15-year-old girl has invented a flashlight that is powered by body heat.
- This is kind of science related: A man attempted to break a "heat running" (GROSS) record last weekend by running through 129 degree weather in Death Valley while wearing a Darth Vader outfit. (Thanks, Emily!)
- The PS3 Netflix app is getting a new service called "Max," which is supposedly a new way to suggest titles to users, but seems a little like the Misrosoft Office paper clip to me. (Thanks, TGG.)
I want one of these SDCC-exclusive Skottie Young Avengers posters SO BAD.
In comics, books and toy news:
- Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster and other classic NBC shows are being brought back to life via digital comics.
- Neil Gaiman has written a Sandman prequel; here's a look at the cover.
- The first few covers of the Harry Potter 15th anniversary editions have been revealed.
- Read an excerpt from a new Transformers novel here.
- Here's a first look at the Back to the Future LEGO set
And finally ... I really, really dig this song. (Thanks, Colt!)