Vol. 4, Issue 33
Hello friends! It's that time again ...
In movie news:
- There's a great new poster for Thor: The Dark World starring Loki out now. Oh, and there's one with Thor on it, too.
- Here are some stills from the movie.
- These Avengers animatics show some of the scenes that were cut from the script.
- James Spader will play Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Guardians of the Galaxy rumor of the week: Bradley Cooper will voice Rocket Racoon.
- Here's a first look at Michael Rooker on the Guardians set.
- Ben Affleck will star as Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie. (Thanks, Colt!) He's also been offered a multi-movie deal.
- Bryan Cranston is rumored to have been cast as Lex Luthor.
- Action star Tony Jaa will join the cast of Fast & Furious 7.
- Here are some on-set shots from The Expendables 3. And some photos of some bloody dudes.
- Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Annie Cresta and Mesalla have also been cast.
- Here's a new banner/poster thing for Catching Fire.
- Here are a few more Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumors.
- The movie will also be filmed on 35mm film.
- If a third X-Files movie ever happens, Simon Pegg might be in it.
- The World of Warcraft movie will start filming in January.
- Transformers 4 will include the Dinobots.
- Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will star in a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's short story "Esio Trot."
- The new Jack Ryan movie (based on Clive Cussler's books), starring Chris Pine, has an expanded title: Jack Ryan: Shadow One.
- Matt Damon might be back in an upcoming new Bourne movie.
- Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has a title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
- Ziyi Zhang is in talks to join the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.
- Benedict Cumberbatch has left Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak.
- The BBC's acclaimed TV show Luther might be turned into a movie.
Here are a few trailers:
The Book Thief
Love these Avengers logo illustrations by Anthony Genuardi.
These DC superhero logos (based on Man of Steel) are pretty cool, too.
Mondo recently released a new Kevin Tong poster celebrating the release of The World's End.
What might Batman vs. Superman be like? A little something like this, perhaps:
Once Hollywood runs out of reboots to make, they should just start making movies like this.
In TV news:
- Unlike most characters, the Doctor has had the chance for a multitude of "last words." Here's a list of all of them.
- How will Steven Moffat address the fact that, supposedly, the Doctor can only change forms 12 times?
- Archer's Dr. Krieger has an "official" Facebook account.
- One of my favorite movies, 12 Monkeys, might be getting a show on Syfy. Don't screw this up, Syfy! (Thanks, Wes!)
- Styr, Magnar of Thenn, has possibly been cast for Game of Thrones' fourth season.
- American Horror Story: Coven has a new series synopsis.
- Stephen Moyer (True Blood) will star as Captain Von Trapp in the new Sound of Music TV special.
- Chris Carter (the guy behind The X-Files) is working on a new "mysterious" AMC series.
- NBC is thinking about a Reality Bites series.
- The History Channel is working on a Houdini miniseries starring Adrien Brody.
Here are some promo clips:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Walking Dead
I enjoy the cartoony style of these GoT illustrations by Doodle-Mon.
In fashion and comic news:
- Blackmilk—maker of leggings and super-tight dresses—will soon be introducing a line of Harry Potter clothes.
- DC has changed Lobo a whole lot.
- Oh, and the Justice League of America is moving to ... Canada?
These LEGO "portraits" by Chris McVeigh are great.
Mondo also released a series of DuckTales posters yesterday.
Jennifer Hudson is the newest celebrity to join the ranks of the Annie Leibovitz-photographed Disney Dream Portrait series (the rest of which can be viewed at the link underneath the photo).
In gaming news, from TGG:
- BioWare is working on the Dragon Age Keep, which would house story details based on players' choices in previous games in the cloud and serve as an introductory space for those new to the series.
- The Reaper of Souls Diablo 3 DLC might eventually make its way to consoles as well as PC and Mac.
- Here's a new weapons video for Bungie's new cross-platform MMO Destiny.
- A group of gamers have begun working on a fan-created Portal game for the Nintendo DS.
- People who preorder Grand Theft Auto 5 for Xbox 360 through the Microsoft Store will get a $20 Xbox Live credit. And here's a brief article about the game's jam-packed soundtrack.
- The new technology used in The Sims 4 makes it impossible for players to transfer their Sims 3 files, so they'll need to start fresh.
- Here's a roundup of news, tips and reviews of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
- Related: Square has temporarily paused download sales of FFXIV to help with server congestion.
- The upcoming Mad Max game will stand alone and not be based off the new movie.
- Reef Entertainment is working on a new Terminator-based game.
- The Twitch live stream schedule has been announced for PAX Prime.
- Here's a retrospective about the very small amount of information that was released regarding Blizzard's secret project (and likely cancelled) Titan.
- Bethesda is trying to convince Microsoft to allow players of their upcoming Elder Scrolls Online to access the game without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
- PS3 to PS4 upgrade prices will be set by publishers, but no concrete pricing information has been released yet.
- PS4 party chat will not only work across games, but between PS4 and PS Vita as well.
- Xbox Live has now officially been updated to convert MS Points to local currency. The U.S. exchange rate is $1 to every 80 points.
- Using Project Spark, the Microsoft game-building software for Kinect, you might possibly be able to create a mini mocap studio in your own home.
- Xbox Ones are now on display in Microsoft stores.
- The reason why Xbox One won't be shipped to eight of the original territories planned is because of an issue with localization for the new Kinect.
- Microsoft is doing a giveaway of an Xbox one plus some other cool items for the people who enter the most creative gameplay videos in this new contest.
- PBS is starting a new weekly video game webseries called Game/Show.
Rebecca also alerted us to the fact that there's a new Nintendo 2DS handheld coming out. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
I'm so pleased artist Harshness included the Jaffa staff weapon (Stargate) in this series of scifi weapon illustrations.
In SCIENCE!, archeology and tech news, from the Mister:
- Water from deep under the moon's surface has been detected topside.
- A 5,000-light-year-long jet of superheated gas is being ejected from the supermassive black hole in the center the M87 galaxy.
- NASA is still working on a new type of space engine.
- The agency also released concept art and information about an upcoming asteroid "catch and release" mission.
- If you have lots of disposable income and a huge truck, you can buy your very own moon-mission launch pad.
- Here is some information on upcoming sky "events" that we can see from Earth.
- A new super-heavy element has been confirmed to exist.
- A researcher has, for the first time, controlled another person's movements using a brain-to-brain interface.
- It turns out that long-term memories are stored in the cortex of the brain, not the hippocampus.
- Humans brains are hard-wired for empathy and friendship because we associate other people with ourselves.
- Haters gon' hate because certain personality traits make them.
- Studies of teen brains have proved that marijuana isn't as safe as it's assumed to be.
- Teens are worse drivers if they listen to their favorite music while behind the wheel.
- Scar tissue has been turned into heart muscle cells.
- The decline of sea ice is leading to changes in arctic coastal areas.
- A Loch Ness-style monster washed up on the shores of Spain recently.
- Chaser, a Border Collie that lives in Brooklyn, is the world's smartest dog.
- Wolves howl because of their relationships with others of their kind.
- 1,200 years ago, women ruled over a brutal Peruvian society called the Moche.
- European hunter-gatherer societies had domesticated pigs as far back as 4,600 BC.
- Our ancestors also had a taste for spicy food.
- Unmanned drones will soon assist people living in the high arctic regions.
- Wormholes are man's best bet for time travel.
I found an item as well:
- Humanity's obesity epidemic might not be solely because of our crappy diets.