Vol. 4, Issue 31
Here's your weekly helping of geeky delights, friends. And there's definitely enough for everyone to have seconds. Enjoy!
In movie news:
- Everyone loves Loki so much that more Loki scenes are being added to Thor: The Dark World.
- Vin Diesel's secret Marvel news might have finally been revealed.
- Here's a first look at Glenn Close's character in Guardians of the Galaxy. And here are some new set photos.
- Hugh Jackman might be making four more Wolverine movies, and get a crap ton of money for doing so.
- Mel Gibson has officially joined The Expendables 3 and will be playing the villain. Here's a current cast list.
- Emperor Palpatine might have a role in Star Wars VII; here's how.
- A new photo of Katniss from Catching Fire has been released.
- Tom Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks will lend their voices to a new Tinker Bell animated movie.
- Logos for a bunch of upcoming Disney movies were revealed at the recent D23 expo.
- Meryl Streep and Alexander Skarsgard have joined The Giver.
- Ethan Embry recently tweeted a photo of a mini Empire Records reunion.
- Here's a neat comparison of the old-age makeups from Back to the Future II with how the stars have actually aged.
- Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords, AUSTENLAND) is working on a Labyrinth-style musical.
- Here's a synopsis for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
- Here are a couple of photos from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman will have a cameo in the new movie. (Thanks, TGG!)
- A Twilight Saga Blu-Ray boxed set has been announced.
- Tarsem Singh (Immortals) is working on a new scifi film, in which "a seemingly ordinary man ... receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind."
- Hugh Grant has joined Guy Richie's remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- Now You See Me is getting a sequel.
Here is a trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire:
This Alex Pardee-illustrated poster for The World's End is pretty dang cool.
Minion cosplay is the best.
In TV news:
- Someone has created a GIF of Matt Smith's face morphing into Peter Capaldi's.
- Bill Nighy was offered the role of the 12th Doctor, but turned it down. I LOVE Bill Nighy, but I'm glad he declined. He's just much too famous.
- Check out this awesome Doctor Who/Google Maps easter egg and this announcement of a new "audio adventure" starring many of the previous Doctors. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Here's who J. August Richards will play in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Spoilers ahoy.)
- Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG:1) will be joining Arrow.
- I'm excited about the Phineas and Ferb/Avengers crossover happening this weekend. Here are some promo posters.
- This new animated short shows Legend of Korra's Mako and Bolin when they were young(er).
- These bloopers from Once Upon a Time's season 2 are good for a giggle.
- The Star Trek episode plot idea from the season premiere of Breaking Bad has been animated. (Thanks, TGG.)
- The Blake's 7 remake will be coming to Xbox consoles rather than the small screen.
- A Sharknado sequel is happening, and it'll be called Sharknado 2: The Second One. (Not even joking.)
- CBS has ordered a Wizard of Oz-themed medical drama. (Whut?)
- An Exorcist show might be in the works.
- M. Night Shyamalan is working on a new TV show called Wayward Pines; here's a synopsis and a list of the (surprisingly good) cast.
Here are a few promo clips:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Hollow Crown (which starts in the U.S. Sept. 20)
Legend of Korra
These ladies would fit right in with the Avatar: The Last Airbender cast.
In today's what is this, I don't even:
In gaming news, from TGG:
- A certain character from Dragon Age: Origins will play a significant role in Dragon Age: Inquisition, but will not be a playable character.
- Here's a short trailer for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix.
- Blizzard recently launched a teaser site for a possible Diablo III expansion called Reaper of Souls.
- A new special edition of Saints Row 4 includes things like a Virgin Galactic space flight, a Lamborghini and a stay in one of the top hotel suites in the world in addition to a copy of the game. It's a one-shot deal, but it can be yours for a steal at $1 million.
- Here's some information on a bunch of Disney Infinity characters and packs available both at launch and shortly after.
- Here's the first trailer for the upcoming Fables adaptation game The Wolf Among Us.
- Grand Theft Auto V's new website reads just like any city's tourist information site and shows off the sites, sounds and activities available to visitors of Los Santos.
- Call of Duty, for the first time in eight games, will include female soldiers as playable characters in multiplayer mode.
- Here's a new trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
- Sir, You Are Being Hunted will be available on Steam and through the Humble Store Aug. 19.
- Charlie Murder, an Xbox Live exclusive indie-title about a punk band that fights stuff, has a soundtrack written and performed by Ska Studios, who developed the game. The soundtrack is available digitally for "whatever fans want to pay," but for aminimum of $10, supporters can get a sweet vinyl three-track EP in addition to the digital download.
- Sad news for football fans: No consoles are getting NFL Sunday Ticket this year.
- Recording and streaming on the PS4 will not require a PlayStation Plus account.
- Microsoft has released an unboxing video for the Xbox One that shows everything included in the "day one bundle." The company has also announced that the next firmware update will convert MS Points to local currency and released a video that shows the improvements of the new controller (which will also eventually work with PCs) over the previous generation.
- In addition, the company has decided to scale back launch regions for Xbox One from 21 to 13.
- The was Xbox games games and services are shared is changing—Xbox Live Gold memberships will extend to every profile on a user's home console, making multiple memberships unnecessary. Related: Xbox Live Family Pack subscriptions will end Aug. 27.
- Xbox 360 Season Pass content (pre-purchased DLC bundles) will be available for free if the user purchases the Xbox One version of the same game.
- In a reversal of sorts (perhaps?): A plugged-in Kinect will not be necessary to use Xbox One.
- Also: The Xbox One will automatically adjust when it starts to overheat.
- Amazon might be developing an Android-based console.
- The Vituix Omni gaming treadmill is now available for pre-order.
- You can buy these awesome pixelized controllers starting in September.
I found an item of possible interest:
- Pokémon X and Y will be released in October. (Personally, I feel like the Pokémon games are basically animal abuse in game form, but I know some people enjoy them.)
Here's a fun fan-made Super Metroid short (thanks, TGG):
I was part of the circle of life once. It was awful.
I might be biased, but I'm pretty sure this was one of the best things to come out of Disney's recent D23 expo. (Thanks, Rebecca and Soleil!)
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- Here's a list of the top-ten science stories of the week.
- Data from Hubble has helped astronomers discover the origin a long ribbon of gas, known as the Magellanic Stream, which stretches nearly halfway around the Milky Way.
- The Higgs boson particle could lead to new discoveries about dark energy.
- A completely new type of "solid" may have been discovered.
- Studies of twins have lead researchers to find that the belief in God is somewhat genetic.
- 3D-printed body parts are the future of medicine.
- Related: A human heart with the ability to beat has been grown from stem cells.
- Scientists have observed the formation of a chromosome abnormality found in cancerous cells.
- This new malaria vaccine has been found to be both "safe and protective."
- New studies of three different dinosaurs reveal that they were actually the same species.
- A new fossil has provided evidence that hair and fur may have originated "well before the rise of the first true mammals."
- These glow-in-the-dark bunnies might lead to better drugs.
- Dogs yawn more when they see their owners do it than when they see strangers yawn.
- These GIFs of wild animals caught on camera in the Serengeti give us a candid glimpse into the lives of safari animals.
- Male swimmers in Sweden need to be wary of the exotic Pacu fish, which has a tendency to go after ... low hanging fruit. (WARNING: The link contains a seriously nighmarish image of the fish. *shudder*)
- It turns out that insects have a lot in common with Goldilocks.
- Computer simulations have helped scientists understand why ice ages occur every 100,000 years.
- Common table salt could lead to new high-tech advances.
- A multi-color painted stucco frieze has been unearthed in a Mayan pyramid in Guatemala.
- A new mobile app can help you create a copy of your house key from a photo.
I found a few items:
- A very pink planet has been discovered orbiting a sun-like star.
- Babies are born with accents.
- This straw changes color when it comes into contact with date rape drugs.
- Here are some details about Elon Musk's newly announced Hyperloop travel system.
- A badger has revealed a previously undiscovered medieval burial site in Germany.
These body system illustrations are so great.
In comic, book and nerd fashion news:
- Here's a trailer for the new The Star Wars (George Lucas' original idea for Star Wars) comic.
- Marvel has been teasing the upcoming Infinity comics with secret videos.
- Ron Burgundy's memoir is getting published.
- You know you want a Superman or TARDIS onesie. (I know I do!)