Vol. 4, Issue 30
Let's start this issue off right with the awesome new trailer for
I AM EXCITED.
In TV news:
- You've all heard it by now, but in case you've been off the grid since Saturday, Peter Capaldi has been announced as the 12th Doctor.
- Here's a new poster for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (I really hope Ming Na doesn't ruin this for me.) And some new photos.
- Tamoh Penikett (pretty much everything) is joining Supernatural as a fallen angel.
- ABC is "definitely" looking into a Star Wars show.
- Downton Abbey will be back on PBS Jan. 5. Here's a preview of the show's fourth season.
- Donald Glover is going to use the time he's not working on Community's fifth season to work on a new show about the Atlanta music scene. (Thanks, Colt!)
- New episodes of Sailor Moon will stream worldwide starting in December.
- Ellen will host the 2014 Oscars.
- Kathy Bates will be playing a killer in the next season of American Horror Story (subtitled: Coven).
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- Billy Bob Thornton has joined a show based on the movie Fargo.
Here are a few promo clips:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (There are a couple more at the link below.)
Big School (BBC)
Sherlock (Thanks, Rebecca!)
Matt's face is kind of perfect in this illustration by Kevin Wada.
This is a funny look at Peter Capaldi (as Malcolm Tucker) as the Doctor. (Definitely NSFW for language!)
Love this new Star Trek illustration highlighting the interracial kiss of Kirk and Uhura.
In webseries news:
- Pemberly Digital (is that the correct name for the company behind The Lizzie Bennet Diaries?) has announced that its next project will be a new adaptation of Emma.
- The Daly Show, particularly this episode with a multitude of Supermen—Dean Cain and Brandon Routh—is a hoot. (Thanks, TGG!)
Here's another adorable episode of Puppet Doctor:
And one of Starcher Trek:
In movie news:
- Tom Hiddleston for sure will not be in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Here's a new poster for Thor: The Dark World.
- Marvel might have its movies planned out through 2021.
- And a couple of new photos from Thor 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
- Miles Teller (21 & Over, Divergent) might be joining the Fantastic Four reboot as Reed Richards.
- Bryan Singer recently revealed some more details about the timeline of X-Men: Days of Future Past. And here's a look at a very large Sentinel.
- The next Batman might be a bit older than normal.
- The writers for Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness will be writing the third film in the franchise. Karl Urban hopes that they go in a more original direction.
- Star Wars: Episode VII might be using less CG for a better overall effect.
- Sylvester Stallone announced in an unusual set of tweets that Bruce Willis is out of Expendables 3, but Harrison Ford is in. (Thanks, Shaun!)
- Pacific Rim's massive Chinese opening might have solidified the chance of us getting a sequel. Here are some spoilery ideas that might be included in a Pacific Rim 2.
- Check out this great shot of Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- A new Merlin movie (not based on the TV series, sadly) is in the works.
- Benedict Cumberbatch will be voicing a character in the new Penguins of Madagascar movie.
- Here are three new set videos from Transformers 4.
- Bourne 5 is in the works.
- Meryl Streep is in talks to join Jeff Bridges in The Giver.
- The first photos from the set of Brad Bird's Tomorrowland show a very retro world.
- James Cameron has announced that there will be three Avatar sequels. Eventually.
- Harry Potter (5, 6, 7 and 8) director David Yates will direct the new Scarface remake.
- Edgar Wright has released an awesome interactive Shaun of the Dead screenplay.
Here are some more trailers:
Muppets' Most Wanted
James Hance's Wookie and the Chew illustrations are, as always, super adorable.
I haven't seen Iron Giant in years. I remember crying at the end ... but I should probably watch it again.
This is eerily accurate. (Thanks, Sophie!)
In toy news:
I really need to read more about Kitty Pryde. She seems awesome. Particularly when portrayed in these illustrations, also by Kevin Wada.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Journey and The Unfinished Swan are on sale through the PlayStation Network as a bundle for $15. (Wes highly recommends both games.)
- Here's a new trailer for the upcoming inFamous: Second Son.
- The latest DLC character for Injustice: Gods Among Us has been announced—and it's Zatanna. She'll be available next week.
- Saints Row 4 is releasing an "Inauguration Station" this week and next week, which will allow gamers to create a character now and then import it when the game launches.
- The Elder Scrolls Anthology for PC, which includes almost every Elder Scrolls release up through Skyrim, will be released Sept. 10 for only $80 and will include nine discs and five physical maps.
- The next Star Wars Battlefront sequel will most likely be released during the summer of 2015 alongside Star Wars: Episode VII.
- Knights of the Old Republic 3 was in pre-production before LucasFilm's sale to Disney, but it wasn't going anywhere. Here's some info on the game's proposed plot.
- Deep Silver is working on a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game based on the Dead Island series for PC. It'll be called Dead Island: Epidemic, but not much else is currently known.
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is currently available on Xbox Live and will be coming to PC Aug. 28 and PSN Sept. 3.
- The studio that produced the 2007 TMNT movie was also working on a Legend of Zelda game that never saw the light of day, but you can watch a trailer on their site.
- And here's some video from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ... with Sonic in place of Link.
- Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 is out now.
- Bureau: XCOM Declassified has launched an in-browser tie-in mini-game called HungoverX.
- Temple Run 2 is adding Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as a playable runner.
- Bethesda is currently not working on developing anything for Wii U.
- Xbox Live is starting a new community-sourced enforcement group, Xbox Enforcement United, which calls on users to self-police through surveys and data gathering.
- Some of the console's newly announced features like gameplay recording, Skype and Smart Match will only be available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
- Microsoft has applied for a patent for a glasses-based gaming "thing" similar to Google Glass.
- The tech company has also increased the Xbox One's processor speed slightly—from 800 to 853 MHz. According to Wes, "they say this means more to developers than gamers, but people love numbers."
- Kickstarter is now available to Canada-based projects.
Colt also sent me this bit of info: There's already a Tomb Raider sequel in the works.
TGG sent me these awesome Avengers-modded TMNT toys:
These splatter portraits by artist Arian Noveir are pretty sweet, too.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak Aug. 12 and 13.
- The sun's magnetic field is about to flip.
- A "comet graveyard" has been discovered.
- Two newly discovered stars have high concentrations of lead in their atmospheres.
- Stimulation of the neurons in the brain can cause memories to change.
- New DNA sequencing has led to new discoveries about humanity's common ancestors.
- Genetic differences cause each person's sense of smell to be unique.
- A new plant-based cancer-fighting compound has been developed.
- Scientists have split water atoms into hydrogen fuel using sunlight.
- Climate change will likely cause a more violent world and a more rapid spread of disease.
- Baby owls, like children, need more REM sleep than their adult counterparts.
- A mouse in a Chinese zoo attacked a snake that was eating its friend.
I found a few things as well:
- These images of the Milky Way are STUNNING.
- Dolphins can recognize their friends' voices even decades later.
- Researchers are developing a way for people suffering from the effing terrifying Locked-In Syndrome, in which they are fully aware but have no motor or communication skills, to communicate using the pupils of their eyes.
And finally, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The OC, here's a supercut of relationship advice from Sandy Cohen (and his eyebrows):