Vol. 4, Issue 32
Although it's not exactly the typical kind of nerdy news I typically provide in this series, the best news this week was the announcement that the boys of 'N Sync were going to reunite at this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards. (Thanks Jackie and Colt!) (I missed seeing them on tour during their heyday, and have been hoping and wishing for a reunion tour for years.) But that news, sadly, turned out to be false.
Or, you know, perhaps Lance is just being a troll ... (A girl can dream, OK?!)
In TV news:
- A Worf-centric Star Trek show is not entirely out of the realm of possibility.
- Legend of Korra: Book 2 will premiere Sept. 17. (I'll have to add this to the Premiere Week calendar!)
- Once Upon a Time has found its Ariel.
- Here's a bit more information on how The Flash will fit into the Arrow universe.
- Here's a new photo of Michonne from The Walking Dead's fourth season.
- Tina Fey is working on a new sitcom for Fox.
- Rashida Jones is working on a show for The CW called Ladyballs.
Here's a promo video (full of COULSON-y goodness) for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
These Doctor Who minimalist illustrations by The Joyful Fox speak are delightful. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
DC Nation recently featured a series of three Wonder Woman shorts:
J.J. Abrams released this (nightmare-inducing) teaser for a new Bad Robot project this week—and no one knows yet what, exactly, it's teasing. (Thanks, Bryan!)
In movie news:
- Here's an official synopsis of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) might be joining The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Fox is planning to create a cinematic universe with the X-Men movies and the Fantastic Four reboot.
- Here's the fist official photo from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- The synopsis for The Expendables 3 has been released, and here are a few set photos.
- Star Wars: Episode VII rumor of the week: Ewan MacGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Here's a new promo poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and a couple of promo stills.
- A couple of new photos of Johanna from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have been released.
- This is going to be amazing: Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender will be in a new adaptation of Macbeth.
- The screenwriter behind The Wolverine is working on the script for the Assassin's Creed adaptation.
- Although the video game hasn't even been released yet, Watch Dogs has already been optioned for film. (Thanks, TGG!)
- The TMNT movie has been pushed back (again) and will now be released Aug. 8, 2014. (Thanks, TGG.)
- The script for Jurassic Park 4 is still being worked on.
Jon SnowKit Harrington is extremely ripped in this new photo from Pompeii.
- Vin Diesel's next film, Soldiers of the Sun, is about a squad of soldiers who search for a fabled city of gold while on a tour of duty in Mexico, which they happen to be liberating from an alien race known as Orcs.
- Sam Trammel (True Blood) has joined the adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.
- The graphic novel Day Men, about the men who watch over vampires while they sleep, has been optioned for film.
Here is a clip and a trailer:
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter
Gallery 1988 West in LA is holding The Official Edgar Wright Art Show through Sept. 7. Here's a sampling of the art:
In SCIENCE!, tech and history news, from the Mister:
- A new lava-covered exoplanet with an 8.5 (earth) hour orbit has been discovered.
- Not all free-floating planets were "thrown" out of star systems; some were "born" free.
- Check out these "sharpest photos ever" of the night sky.
- Sad days: NASA's Kepler space telescope is broken past the point of saving.
- This NASA scientist is actually working on warp drive technology.
- A new plume of iron and other minerals has been discovered in the south Atlantic ocean.
- Molten lava can lurk, biding its time, in pools in the Earth's upper crust for hundreds of thousands of years.
- Sodas have now been linked to childhood behavioral problems.
- The whole idea of individuals being left-brained or right-brained might not be based in truth.
- Advances in MRI technology allow researchers to "see" what letter someone was looking at while their brain was being scanned.
- Musical hallucinations are now a thing.
- Our ability for altruism might have evolved from manipulation.
- Humans likely will never evolve past useless appendages (such as the appendix, pinky toes, etc.).
- The genetic condition of a child who "doesn't age" could lead to new discoveries about biological immortality.
- Some of the bacteria in our bellies is actually extremely beneficial.
- A mother's genes can impact how a child ages.
- Speaking of mothers: Certain beetles eat their offspring if the offspring pester them too much.
- Some small fish can grow a bigger "eye" spot on their rear fins in order to better distract predators.
- New procedures might help scientists bring back animals such as the wooly mammoth and the Dodo bird in a process called de-extinction.
- This new fossil might be the last evidence of a mammal that set the stage for today's tree-dwelling animals.
- You can visit coral reefs using Google Street View.
- How cool are these natural Earth illusions.
- I would have gone into science had I known I could work in one of these awesome labs.
- Some ancient Egyptian jewelry was created from meteorites.
I found a few items as well:
- Images of a moon passing in front of another moon taken from Mars have been turned into this cool GIF.
- A new—and adorable—mammal has been discovered living in the forests of South America.
- The existence of Area 51 has finally been de-classified.
- Japan is considering building a giant ice wall (à la Game of Thrones) to stop the leaking of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
We already own a poster with a Stormtrooper and a bike on it ... I'm sure Colt would be OK making Star Wars + Bikes a thing in our household.
In comic, book and toy news:
- Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is getting an actual lane named after it.
- The Eleventh Doctor has been immortalized in Mr. Potato Head form.
- Funko plans to release a set of Assassin's Creed POP! vinyl figures.
These DC heroine/villain illustrations by Nina Edlund are super cute. (The Wondy reminds me of my adorable Polly Pocket.)
I think we've seen the Wonder Woman before, but the rest of these Justice cover illustrations are awesome, too.
Speaking of awesome, these medieval X-Men by Nate Hallinan are dang cool, too. I'd love to see a graphic novel with these characters (à la Marvel 1602).
I'm not sure if this was meant to be funny, but I found it good for a giggle.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Dragon Age: Inquisition won't be released until fall of 2014, but the delay gives developers time to reintroduce multiple playable races.
- Xbox has announced a new game in the Fable series called Fable Legends. Here are a bunch of screenshots and a preview.
- Here's a new preview for The Wolf Among Us.
- LittleBigPlanet fans, rejoice: New content in the form of LittleBigPlanet Hub, a free-to-play online multiplayer area/thing, will be released later this year.
- Grand Theft Auto Online, a persistent online version of the game that you play in with other people, has been announced to go along with Grand Theft Auto V.
- Here's some more information on the new female playable characters in Call of Duty.
- This trailer for DC Comics' Infinite Crisis focuses on Atomic Wonder Woman and her amazing chainsaw lance.
- The Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion will include a new player class, a new Act, new end game options and a higher level cap. Here's the opening cinematic.
- Here's some more information about Beyond: Two Souls. Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe will collaborate on the game's soundtrack.
- Elder Scrolls Online will have a standard $15/month subscription fee.
- EA has announced a free-to-play mobile game called Heroes of Dragon Age.
- Two free mobile companion apps for Disney Infinity have been announced. The first, which is already available, allows you to film video featuring three Disney Infinity characters. The second, launching in the coming weeks, will allow users to build worlds in Disney Infinity's "Toy Box" mode and then import them into the game.
- A remake of the classic Disney game Castle of Illusion is coming to PSN Sept. 3 and Xbox and PC Sept. 4.
- PSN game Rain will be available Oct. 1 for $15.
- Sony has announced a new music festival sim for the PS Vita in which players create the biggest and best music festival by managing resources and acts. The kicker? The acts are real, unsigned artists.
- Here's a launch trailer for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
- Thief will be released in North America (NA) on Feb. 25 of next year. Here's a trailer.
- Sony is working on bringing a paid online TV service to the PS3, PS4 and other Sony products by the end of 2013 and is partnering with European ISPs to create specific broadband services geared towards the PS4 and gaming use.
- The PS4 has an official release date of Nov. 15 in NA and Nov. 29 in Europe; here's a short video showing off the console's menu system.
- The PS4 will come with a Twitch streaming app pre-loaded; Twitch is an app that allows users to stream and watch others play games.
- Here's a list of indie titles that will be exclusive (at least for a bit) to PS4 and PS Vita and the list of expected launch titles, including digital downloads.
- Microsoft has announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox program for self-publishing games.
- Amazon has announced an Xbox 360 to Xbox One game upgrade program, and Sony has announced a similar PS3 for PS4 upgrade program.
- Here's the list of targeted Xbox One launch titles.
- Wal-Mart will be taking pre-orders for PS4 and Xbox One consoles starting Aug. 24.
- Software company Ubi has created a program that works with Kinect for Windows and turns any projected image into a touch screen.
- FYI: League of Legends servers were hacked and a lot of password and billing information has been compromised.
Disney Princesses as Capcom characters? Why not! (Also, how fun is it that Nala is included?)
These Japanese art-inspired Mass Effect illustrations from MyCKs Art Studio are beautiful.
And finally, here's 10 hours of Picard and Riker strutting purposefully. (Thanks, Rebecca.)