Vol. 4, Issue 29
Hello friends! Huuuuge issue for you this week, so let's jump right in.
In movie news:
- Here's some information on how Captain America: The Winter Soldier bridges the gap between Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Black Widow will reportedly have a much larger role in Age of Ultron.
- A new Thor: The Dark World trailer will be released Aug. 7. Expect to see it in next week's NN!
- Hank Pym will have some sort of role in Ant-Man.
- Here are some details regarding the X-Force movie.
- A new viral site for X-Men: Days of Future Past is now live.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 4 might take a cue from The Avengers.
- John Williams will score the next three Star Wars films.
- Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are currently rumored to be in the running for roles in Star Wars VII.
- Leo DiCaprio turned down a role in the film for a role in the adaptation of the anime Robotech.
- Sigourney Weaver is in talks to join The Mortal Instruments franchise.
- Here's some info on Pacific Rim 2. (Yes, you read that right.)
- New photos from the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show that it's pretty hard for the Turtles to blend in with normal society.
- Here's an update on the status of the live-action Masters of the Universe film.
- Disney's planning on making a live-action Artemis Fowl film, based on the first two books in the series. (Thanks to Alexandra for the tip!)
- The Rock is as big as ever in this new Hercules set photo. And here's one of the Thracian Army preparing for battle.
- There might be another Vin Diesel-starring xXx movie in the works.
- Sylvester Stallone is working on a Rocky spinoff.
- Here's a shot of Channing Tatum (wearing a lot of makeup) and Mila Kunis on the set of Jupiter Ascending.
- Katy Perry would love to be in Blade Runner 2.
- We might be seeing some of these characters in the World of Warcraft movie.
- Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, wearer of The Beard) has joined Interstellar.
- Here's a plot synopsis for Johnny Depp's new sci-fi flick, Transcendence.
- Melisa McCarthy might play a female James Bond.
- Into the Woods has found its Rapunzel.
- Max Landis, writer of Chronicle, is no longer working on Chronicle 2.
- A reboot of The Butterfly Effect is in the works. (Why?)
- Here's some teaser art for the remake of The Crow.
- New photos of the RoboCop remake tech have been released. And here's a recap of the movie's SDCC panel.
- The release of the remake of Oldboy has been moved back a month.
- Eddie Murphy will be back in Beverly Hills Cop 4.
Here are some trailers and clips:
47 Ronin (Thanks, Colt!)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (There are two additional clips at the link below.)
Romeo and Juliet
X-Men: Days of Future Past (via their viral site)
Prepare yourself for Riddick with this prequel motion comic.
These posters are THE BEST.
These sentinel propaganda posters are pretty OK, too, I s'pose.
I've long been fascinated by freak shows/carnivals, so I'm totally on board with an alternate reality in which the X-Men are part of a circus rather than superheroes.
This is cute. (The fact that Tom and Clark aren't in it makes me sad, even though I know they're likely not in Avengers 2 ...)
Mondo released the first Elysium poster (left) at SDCC and will likely be selling the second online sometime soon.
This is a great rendition of the Man of Steel.
Their faces look like they're oddly sculpted, but I still kind of dig this.
In TV news:
- The Daleks will return in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, which will be aired worldwide at the same time.
- Steven Moffat is promising that there will be closure on some currently open Who storylines.
- It's still uncertain who will play the Twelfth Doctor, but you can read the audition scripts for the role.
- Here's a recap of the SDCC Sherlock panel.
- The show's third series will introduce a new villain, played by
Hannibal's brotherLars Mikkelsen.
- WAIT. Supernatural is getting a spinoff?
- The Flash will be getting his own show as a spinoff of Arrow. Here's more information about Arrow's second season, and the myriad of DC characters we might be seeing.
- First, The Avengers. Now, Phineas and Ferb will have a crossover with Star Wars.
- Speaking of, here's information on the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels.
- Here are some new (somewhat spoilery?) photos from Downton Abbey's fourth season.
- This blog details the details of some Game of Thrones costumes.
- Mark Gatiss will not be playing GoT's Mace Tyrell after all.
- Here are some new photos from season 4 of The Walking Dead. Supposedly, at least two of the new season's episodes will be highly Governor-centric.
- Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are leaving Parks and Rec.
- Lifetime is bringing Witches of East End to TV starting in October.
- NBC is planning Rosemary's Baby and The Tommyknockers series.
- The new MTV Scream show has found writers.
Here are a few previews:
And a special Comic Con "preview" for How I Met Your Mother. (Thanks, Colt.)
Threadless has released some new Fraggle Rock T-shirts.
These Star Trek: The Next Generation bloopers made my week.
Live-action Recess opening credits? Heck yes.
In SCIENCE!, tech and anthropology news, from the Mister:
- Measuring the spin of black holes could lead to a better understanding of how they help galaxies grow.
- Scientists can now measure the internal properties of stars.
- These x-rays of a space suit are pretty dang cool.
- This video shows what the Earth's sky looked like from space over the course of a year.
- A new theory states that wormholes emerge "via quantum entanglement."
- The "runaway greenhouse effect" could spell dire consequences for the world's bodies of water.
- A chemical that naturally occurs in the human body can help organ regeneration.
- Scientists have created "teeth" from cells pulled from human and mouse ... urine. The cells found in urine might also be useful for other therapies.
- A cure for cancer might be found in our intestines.
- Here's some new research on migraines.
- Human cells respond differently to different types of happiness.
- A new temporary "tattoo" can help athletes avoid "hitting the wall."
- Scientists have implanted false memories into the brains of mice.
- Monogamy evolved in primates to keep other "babykilling" primates at bay.
- Math could help you survive a zombie apocalypse.
- Before Incan child sacrifice victims were killed, they were drugged and drunk.
- Two 6,000-year-old Halls of the Dead have been discovered in the UK.
- A 1,200-year-old Egyptian city has been found under the surface of the Mediterranean.
- We might not have long to wait until our cars can "communicate" with each other.
- More evidence that heavy cell-phone use can be harmful has been discovered.
- I love this infographic of all the times the world hasn't ended (but was "supposed" to.)
- Build your own "working" TARDIS with these tips.
- Also: This DIY 3D printer might come in handy as well.
I ran across a few things as well:
- I KNEW IT. A full moon messes with our sleep patterns.
- Scientists might have discovered a cure for cat allergies.
- They've also discovered a force that's stronger than gravity.
- Coffee drinkers have 50% less risk of suicide.
- This map shows where tagged sharks in the oceans are located. (Thanks, Shaun!)
I'm adding this to my list of cosplay ideas, for sure. Amy Mebberson always has the greatest ideas.
These two would either get along swimmingly or be the worst of rivals. (Or both?)
In comic, book, toy and fashion news:
- You can preorder Sandman Overture #1 now.
- A Babies vs. X Babies has some serious competition the the adorable category from the new Aw Yeah Hellboy! comic.
- All seven of the anniversary edition covers of the Harry Potter books have been revealed. And here's the back cover of the first book, too.
- This map shows you where your favorite books took place.
- The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister will be on bookshelves near you this October.
- Funko will be releasing a set of Halloween vinyls later this fall.
- You can order a life-size replica of Mario—he's not even 5'!—for $2900 from Amazon Japan. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Blackmilk will be introducing a new Mass Effect line of (likely both awesome and pricey) clothing Aug. 15.
It's kind of amazing how much emotion the use of only two colors can convey in these illustrations by Matteo Scalera.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Neil Gaiman's first video game—Wayward Manor—will be released later this year.
- This new "duckumentary" shows off the art design of DuckTales Remastered.
- World of Warcraft subscriptions are down 600,000 over last quarter, but Blizzard has big plans for the game, including new classes and new training areas.
- Kingdom Hearts 3 will end the current decade-long storyline, but won't end the series.
- Here's a trailer and lots of info on the online multiplayer mode included in Batman: Arkham Origins.
- LucasFilm recently registered a bunch of domains around the name "Star Wars Attack Squadron." As TGG says: "No one knows if it's a game, a movie, both or neither."
- BioShock Infinite's new DLC takes the main characters back to the undersea city from the first game at a time before it fell to ruin, and will put players in control of Elizabeth, the companion from the main game.
- The first 20 Disney Infinity power discs will be released in blind bag packs of two.
- Here are some new Grand Theft Auto V screenshots.
- GTA V features three main characters that players can switch between at any time. Based on the short video trailer showing off the swapping mechanism, modders have recreated this ability in GTA IV.
- Check out this new live-action trailer for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, in which players are a part of a shadowy Cold War-era U.S. government agency originally formed to fight the Soviet Union, but now facing a bigger threat from outside the Earth.
- I think I'd get motion sick if I played this first-person Sonic the Hedgehog for too long.
- Here's a stop-motion animation version of three Donkey Kong levels made with Perler beads.
- The Unreal Engine 3 will be used to improve the U.S. Army's training simulators.
- Facebook is getting into mobile game publishing.
- Here's some information about the PS4's RAM usage and how it compares to PS3 & Xbox 360.
- The PS4 is surprisingly small when compared to a "launch day" PS3.
- Access PlayStation has posted another video which provides answers to 10 common questions about the PS4.
- You can now pre-order extra PS4 controllers on Amazon for $60. Xbox One controllers and headsets are available for pre-order as well.
I found a couple of items:
Bad guys deserve a little spring in their step occasionally, too.
And finally, some super cute—and totally relevant to my interests—paper collages by Meghan Stratman.