Hey friends! I hope you've had a great week so far! Big news of the week: iOS 7 is out. It's a bit of a weird combination of minimal and Lisa Frank. But I think I like it?
What else has been happening in the world of pop culture? Read on ... (And as always—do let me know if I've missed anything!)
In TV news:
- Peter Davidson is supposedly involved in some manner with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary shindigs.
- Here are some (spoilery, natch) details on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s second episode. And some set photos from episode 4.
- Iggy Pop will replace Roger Daltrey as the voice of the Caterpillar in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
- Arrow's Barry Allen (The Flash) has been cast.
- Taye Diggs will be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of New Girl.
- The CW is working on a show about a transgender teen.
- ABC is working on an alt-universe show about what America would be like had we not won the Revolutionary War.
- Mad Men's final season will be split into two parts.
- Breaking Bad's final two episodes will each be 75 minutes long (with commercials).
- Billie Piper will be starring in a new Victorian-era "gothic literature" show featuring the likes of Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Grey.
- Virginia Woolf will make an appearance on the next season of Downton Abbey.
- Syfy has picked up another Canadian show about paranormal creatures. (This time it's werewolves.)
- The first poster for NBC's Sound of Music special has been released. And it is terrible.
- Guillermo del Toro is working on this year's Simpson's Treehouse of Horror XXIV.
Here's the first promo video for Toy Story of Terror:
I love Supernatural gag reels SO MUCH.
Was "Vincent and the Doctor" based on real life events? This newly discovered Van Gogh sure makes it seem possible.
These Walking Dead posters are fun.
In webseries and podcasts news:
- Pete and Pete (or the actors that played them) are doing a travel podcast.
And here's a trailer for Mortal Kombat: Legacy II:
In movie news:
- Here's a slideshow of some new Thor: The Dark World stills. And a couple of new posters with Loki and Odin.
- Turns out Joss Whedon had a heavy hand in helping Thor 2 become a better movie.
- Hugh Jackman might be done with Wolverine after X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Michael Rooker, who will be playing Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, recently discussed the film.
- Ben Affleck's Batman will be "weary."
- Max Landis (Chronicle screenwriter) is working on a pitch for a Wonder Woman movie.
- J.J. Abrams will not be directing Star Trek 3.
- Those other Star Wars films? They will likely be origin stories.
- Julianne Moore has officially signed on to play President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) has also joined the cast; she will play Commander Lyme.
- Lucas Black (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift) has joined the casts of Fast & Furious 7, 8 and 9. The fact that he's back doesn't impress me, but I love the fact that there are going to be at least nine Fast & Furious movies. Here's a photo of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the set of Fast & Furious 7.
- Kelsey Grammar is going to be in the Expendables 3?
- Here's the first official Robocop poster.
- Simon Pegg will be playing an assassin in the new movie Kill Me Three Times.
- Arnold Schwartzenegger will have a part in the Avatar sequel.
- Terminator 5 will be released July 1, 2015.
- Here's an update on the status of a new Mortal Kombat movie (also from Kevin Tancharoen, who's to thank for the webseries).
- The new Dracula movie with Luke Evans will be called Dracula Untold.
- An official cast list for Disney's Into the Woods has been released.
- Ron Howard's still talking about that Dark Tower adaptation.
- Here are two photos from the Need for Speed movie.
- The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory have been pushed back to 2015, meaning 2014 will be the first Pixar-less year since 2005.
- Colin Firth will be the voice of Paddington Bear in a new adaptation of the children's book.
- The Wizard of Oz will be converted into 3D, and is the oldest movie to ever be put through the conversion process.
- Nicolas Cage is in a feature film version of the Left Behind books. (Yeah ...)
Here are a few trailers:
Homefront (Jason Statham and James Franco? Hmm ...)
Last Days on Mars
Bending Time and Space is a new art show, the proceeds from which go to cancer research.
Villains can be so sassy, particularly in these illustrations by Deviant Artist chrisable.
In book, comic, toy AND fashion news:
- Guillermo del Toro curated a series of covers for classic Penguin books.
- Here's a look at the cover of the second Sandman prequel.
- Hello Kitty is getting her own comic.
- The boys of Sherlock are getting turned into action figures and LEGOs.
- I MUST HAVE this Loki hoodie. (I've been meaning to make one for a while now, but ... this is much easier.)
Beatrice Lorén dressed a bunch of the Disney princesses in the clothes of their era, with really cute results.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Warner Bros is looking for a developer to create a Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them tie-in game.
- Disney's Infinity Toy Box iPad app is available now.
- Rockstar has launched Lifeinvader, a Facebook parody site, as part of the Grand Theft Auto 5 release campaign. The developers have also released a free iOS app called iFruit, through which you can customize cars for use in-game and take care of one of the main character's dog (which translates to increased help from the dog in-game).
- The iOS 7 update is causing some issues with Battle.net authenticators. Here are some tips to help with the issues.
- The Diablo 3 auction house will be finally closing its doors March 18th, 2014.
- Warhammer Online will be shuttering its doors, too, on Dec. 18.
- Square Enix has opened up digital sales for Final Fantasy XIV again.
- J.J. Abrams distanced himself from the Star Trek tie-in game when he realized the game was, basically, awful. (In the same interview, he also briefly discussed the possibilities of Half-Life or Portal films.)
- Jaws: The Text Adventure, a new in-browser game, combines two of life's most awesome things (according to Wes): sharks and text games.
- A few developers have anonymously offered their thoughts on the current state of development for PS4 and Xbox One.
- The PS4 will have voice command and facial recognition functionality through the system's PS Eye camera (similar to feature of the Xbox One), but the camera won't be a required to use the system.
- The new RetroN 5 console plays games from a wide range of classic systems including some handhelds. You can pre-order it today for $99.
- Passes for Blizzcon 2013 are sold out, but virtual passes, which grant access to streams all of the panels, are available for $40.
- Art prints based on concept art from The Last of Us are now available.
- This cool infographic chronicles many of the most major NES game releases.
These superhero illustrations by Kaz Omori are very cool.
I don't how well they work in Sailor Moon canon, but these redesigns are adorable.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- Voyager 1 has officially passed into interstellar space and has recorded what it sounds like.
- Scientists have discovered a "cosmic factory" that produces amino acids (the building blocks of life).
- This photo of an airborne frog during the LADEE launch is not faked.
- New research has changed traditional views about how life begun on the planet.
- The study of a girl who suffers from congenital analgesia, or an inability to feel physical pain, and her "normal" parents has led to the discovery of a gene mutation.
- The part of the brain that controls creativity has been found.
I found a few things as well:
- Scientists have "determined the precise atomic structure of a cell-surface receptor that’s used by most strains of HIV to infect human immune cells," which means that we're closer to the creations of drugs that could block HIV.
- Some female squid sport fake testes in order to avoid unwanted advances from their male counterparts.
- New evidence shows that wild orangutans are "scary smart."
- The tiger genome has been fully sequenced.
- These x-ray videos of people doing things like playing the violin and pronouncing words are so cool.
- This new polymer can heal itself.
- A entrepreneur is working on making zeppelins a viable cargo shipping vehicle.
This isn't real science, but it is funny: Han Solo is trapped under the surface of Mercury.
And finally, these Photoshops (by Redditor deadfraggle) are amazing.