Vol. 4, Issue 37
Happy Thursday, everyone! TGG here. Normally I just stick to providing gaming news and hilarious commentary, but with the Chief out traveling
In TV news:
- Someone at UK Mag may have spilled the beans on another character returning for the Doctor Who 50th.
- Speaking of the good Doctor, the BBC has released those long lost episodes exclusively through iTunes.
- Tobey Maguire and Kristen Wiig play (adopted) sibling lovers in a new comedy on IFC called The Spoils of Babylon.
- ABC has put in an order for 9 more episodes of Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. rounding out the season to a full order of 22 episodes. Titus Welliver will also guest star.
- Lifetime has started work on its own Wizard of Oz themed project titled Red Brick Road.
- The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign have received orders for three more scripts each from CW.
- Kate Walsh, Joey King and Josh Close have been added to the ever growing cast for FX's Fargo.
- Chris Hardwick's new late night show @midnight will premiere October 21st on Comedy Central.
- Rupert Grint's Super Clyde didn't get picked up, but you can watch the pilot online now.
- BBC Three's comedy hit Cuckoo is getting an American makeover on NBC.
- Rumors of Star Trek's return to TV have begun circulating, and maybe with good reason.
- Donald Glover has released some very personal notes about the reason he's leaving Community and why his next album is coming in December.
- The next two Golden Globes will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (yay!)
This is the best promo for anything ever:
In movie news:
- The Angry Birds movie has two directors attached (because there is too much story for just one!)
- Bertie Carvel (Les Miserables) and Eddie Marsen (The World's End) have been cast as the BBC's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell respectively.
- The final names in the running for the role of Ant-Man are Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
- Horrible Bosses 2 is a real thing that's really happening sometime soon. (And Mandy would like to point out the awful picture of Chris Pine in the article).
- There is a whole list of names being thrown around for the Fantastic Four reboot.
- Two possible titles for Star Wars: Episode VII have been revealed.
- Curious what was discussed in the Marvel panel at NYCC? Here's a run-down for you.
- Lee Pace has had some interesting thoughts on his Guardians of the Galaxy villain.
- If you're going to be in the LA area this weekend you could be in Batman vs. Superman.
Here are a few trailers:
Thor: The Dark World
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Hercules: The Legend Begins
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I don't know about you guys, but I would totally watch this Aquaman movie.
Daniel Price has created some awesome minimalist prints. More at the link.
In comics, books, toys and theme park news:
- IDW (who are currently doing a bang-up job on the TMNT comic IMHO) will be releasing The Crow: Pestilence, a new mini-series based on the character, starting March of 2014.
- Starting in January, Marvel will begin reprinting Neil Gaiman's run of MiracleMan including the never before released ending.
- Popular RPG series The Witcher will be getting the comic book treatment from Dark Horse next year.
- The cover for the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, titled Hollow City, has a cover and it's appropriately creepy.
- Funko is set to release a line of Pop! vinyl toys based on The Goonies next month. (Yes. Including Sloth.)
- Disney has released a behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming Avatar Land in its Animal Kingdom park.
These stained glass style Tolkien art pieces are beautiful and I love that they span all of Tolkein's Middle-earth works.
Some ingenious YouTuber has recut the 2013 Carrie trailer using footage from Disney's Cinderella.
In gaming news (from me!):
- Kingdom Hearts 3 gets a very Main Street Electrical Parade-feeling gameplay video.
- The lead writer for the Mass Effect series has said that the new game won't feature Shepard or any of his/her crew, but will still feel like Mass Effect at its core and not just some cheap spinoff.
- Costume Quest from developers DoubleFine is now available for iOS. Trust me, it's the best $5 Trick-or-Treat themed, adorable RPG you'll ever play.
- A Batman: Arkham Origins iOS game has been revealed, and is available now.
- Do you love Marvel, Legos and own a PC? Then you're in luck! TT Games has released a PC Demo for Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
- Real name ID's won't be supported at Xbox One's launch, but you can take a virtual tour of Xbox One's friend app with Microsoft's own Major Nelson right now.
- Machinima is also getting in on the Xbox One action with a companion app launching November 22nd.
- Apparently Bluetooth headsets won't work for voice chat with the PS4 at launch time.
- Here's a brief video of Valve showing off its new Steam Controller with Portal 2.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is getting a new game along with the movie next year, but developers say it won't be a direct adaptation of the film.
- This really well made Portal fan-film explores the birth of GLaDOS and how much she's always loved killing humans.
- If you're a fan of Injustice: Gods Among Us and CW shows then you'll be excited to hear they've released a free Arrow themed skin for the game.
- Here's a little more info on the upcoming The Order: 1886 and how they've mixed horror, genetic mutations and the Knights of the Round Table.
- The developers behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent and its sequel have released the first gameplay of their upcoming sci-fi horror game Soma. It looks terrifying.
This is the least surprising, but most exciting announcement of the week for me:
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix!
The latest prints in the free Doctor Who give-away series by Tim Doyle have been revealed.
If you love The Nightmare Before Christmas and swearing makes you giggle, this video is for you.*
*NSFW for swearing, obviously
In SCIENCE! and tech news from the Mister (who I was told I can just call 'Colt' but I won't):
- Researchers have confirmed that mammals use an RNA Interference process similar to plants and invertebrates to combat viruses in our own cells.
- A research team at the University of California have created a device that produces hydrogen fuel using waste water and sunlight. Sounds like magic to me.
- American researchers have developed an inexpensive prototype of a device that might be able to generate power using the movement of the ocean.
- The 1969 Allende meteorite contains isotopic evidence of a supernova!
- A team at the University of Sydney have created an optical chip one hair's width in size capable of delivering one photon at a time.
- Dogs are awesome, no one is debating that, but just how awesome and in tune with humans they are is still up for debate.
- The Phoenix Program is an ambitious project who's goal is to recover and reuse working components from obsolete, damaged or decommissioned communications satellites.
- A group at MIT have discovered how metals may repair tiny cracks themselves when more pressure is applied. Oh metal, you crazy!
- Scientists say that aging tumor cells may be used to treat cancer.
- Researchers have created a new material which gives light "an almost infinite wavelength."
- People with prosthetic limbs may be able to actually feel through them sooner than you think thanks to these monkeys. And scientists, I guess.
- A possible treatment for the leading cause of blindness among the elderly could come in the form of an eye drop.
- Astrophysicists have discovered the remains of a water-rich, rocky planetary body.
- One of the higher ups at SOCOM wants to make an Iron Man-like suit (minus the flying and energy weapons) a reality.
And here are a couple things from the Chief:
- A mosquito containing 46 million year old blood has been discovered. Basically this means Jurassic Park is definitely probably going to happen.
- 55 Cancri e, the previously discovered "Diamond Planet" may not be quite as diamond-y as previously thought.
- Mysterious massive tunnels have been discovered beneath the ice of Antarctica. The article's best guess is aliens or Nazis.
To end my first crack at running Nerd News I'll leave you with this gem.