Vol. 4, Issue 35
Happy Thursday, guys! This is going to be a large post considering it's been a couple of weeks, so strap in tight.
(And, if I've missed anything, do let me know in the comments?)
In movie news:
- Scarlett Johansson recently revealed some details about Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Here are some new posters for Thor: The Dark World featuring Lady Sif and Jane and Malekith and Heimdall. And some new stills.
- James Spader recently spoke about his role as Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Elizabeth Olsen has officially (according to Samuel L. Jackson) joined Age of Ultron.
- Edgar Wright has tweeted a first glimpse of the Ant Man set.
- Paul Giamatti's Rhino will be a part of The Amazing Spider-Man universe for quite some time.
- Here are a bunch of photos from the Fast & Furious 7 set, including one with Kurt Russell. (I somehow completely missed that he was in the movie?) (Thanks, Colt!)
- The release of the Despicable Me Minions spinoff has been moved back to July 10, 2015.
- The fourth Chronicles of Narnia movie—The Silver Chair—has been greenlit.
- Here's the first official still from Transformers 4.
- Here are some images of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lair. (Thanks, TGG!)
- The World of Warcraft movie will be released Dec. 18, 2015. There have been a lot of rumors lately about the cast. (Thanks for that second link, TGG.)
- Christoph Waltz might be
typecastplaying the villain in Tarzan.
- Bryce Dallas Howard might be joining Jurassic World (a.k.a. Jurassic Park 4).
- A life-action Cruella de Vil film is in the works.
- Roland Emmerich has given the aliens in the Independence Day sequel a backstory.
- Here's a look at some photos from Into the Woods.
- Michael Bay is working on, and has hired screenwriters, for the film adaptation of Ghost Recon.
- Reshoots for Mad Mad: Fury Road are happening, but it's a good thing.
Here are some trailers and a couple of featurettes:
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Need for Speed
Thor: The Dark World
The anatomy on these bust illustrations by Dave Rapoza is a little unusual, yet I really, really like these pieces.
This mashup is silly and yet totally entertaining.
In TV news:
- There's one word no one can say on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Marvel might be bringing Agent Peggy Carter to TV.
- Lots of Supernatural tidbits have been released recently, including the fact that Cas might get a love interest? Here's the official season 9 poster and some photos from the premiere episode.
- Here are the first images from Sherlock's series 3.
- Fox has picked up a series about a young Commissioner Gordon and Gotham City pre-Batman.
- This first image from Hannibal's second season is EFFING CREEPY.
- Here's a first look at the Phineas and Ferb/Star Wars crossover.
- And here's an update on Star Wars Detours, the new animated series.
- NCIS is getting another spin-off; this one will be set in New Orleans.
- John Noble (Fringe) will have a role in Sleepy Hollow.
- There will be an American version of Broadchurch ... also starring David Tennant, who will this time have an American accent.
- The CW is looking at a new Firefly-esque space western series.
- Ground Floor, a new TBS comedy, stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect). He might sing.
- ABC is working on a live-action version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Martin Freeman has joined FX's Fargo series.
- Bryan Singer (X-Men) is working on a modern-day kaiju series.
- The Constantine graphic novel is being adapted into a new series.
- Photos from the upcoming SyFy show Helix have been released.
- Cartoon Network will be bringing Sonic the Hedgehog and friends to a TV near you next fall. (Thanks, TGG.)
Here is a Doctor Who minisode and a couple of promo videos:
The Walking Dead
These Sherlock e-cards are hilarious. (Check out the link below for a couple more NSFW—due to language—cards.)
In webseries news:
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Naughty Dog has posted a video outlining an unused, alternate ending to The Last of Us.
- Conan (O'Brien) recently reviewed Grand Theft Auto 5.
- There also happens to be connections between the GTA 5 map and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- A three-volume abridged version of the GTA 5 soundtrack is available on iTunes for $25.
- Sony is getting exclusive Batman: Arkham Origins DLC, including five new challenge maps and two new Batman skins: Knightfall Batman and 1960's Adam West Batman.
- Here's a trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins that highlights the Deathstroke pre-order bonus.
- And here's a trailer full of cute superheroes/villains for Scribblenauts Unmasked.
- A video of the 14 minutes of the new Metal Gear Solid game and the opening cinematic has been released.
- Here are some screenshots from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, an upcoming creepy occult detective game. And here's a tie-in mini-comic.
- God of War series creator David Jaffe has started a new studio called The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency. The "agency" is supposedly being co-financed by (the fictional) Bartlet Jones and profits from his (fictional) supernatural detective cases.
- Vanished, a unique, audio-only horror game, is now available for iOS devices.
- Doublefine's The Cave is now available, too.
- Marvel Puzzle Quest will be on iOS and Android today.
- Frictional Games has sort of announced a new project called Soma. Right now the website only reveals one "case file" which describes a mysterious machine discovered in a salvage mission, but you can check-out a video that explains a little more about the game here.
- Fans have discovered a secret mission in Surgeon Simulator that tasks players with performing zero-G surgery on an alien.
- An Oculus Rift user has created a game mock-up of the Death Star trench run from the end of Star Wars.
- The PS4 will have some pretty advanced augmented reality capabilities.
- In XBox One news: The console isn't designed to stand on its side; don't expect any games from the "ID@Xbox" program until next year; game DVRing will be available to Xbox Live Gold members at launch and will connect with Facebook and Twitter in early 2014; and the new Kinect can understand two people talking at once.
- Apparently, developers can easily upgrade games from PS3 and Xbox 360 to PS4 and Xbox One versions, but they can't transfer single-player game saves.
- Valve's fabled Steam Box is real and will be available in a variety of styles next year. Here's a look at the controller.
- Plants vs. Zombies is coming to a table top near you in Risk: Plants vs. Zombies.
Donatello's teeth gap in this Little Teenage Ninja Sunshine illustration by Marco D'alfonso makes me smile.
Kevin Eslinger has two very unique styles of art, and both of them are intriguing. (Thanks, TGG.)
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- Even more evidence of water on Mars has been found; at least 2 percent of the soil is water.
- Astronomers have created the first cloud map of a planet outside of our solar system.
- Propylene, a chemical found in plastic, has been found on Saturn's moon Titan.
- The Space 9 rocket will begin shuttling satellites to space later this year.
- This amazing image is of what an eclipse looks like from space.
- The Big Bang might have been caused by a black hole.
- The location of the "imagination" centers in the human brain have been mapped.
- There is a direct link between upright two-legged walking and the position of a hole in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord runs.
- A programming language has been invented to facilitate the creation of synthetic DNA.
- Here is the very first image of a Hydrogen bond.
- New discoveries have been made into how birds got wings.
- The ancestor of oceanic creatures with jaws and a backbone was a toothless, armored fish.
- Flowering plants appeared on Earth way earlier than previously thought.
- Smaller animals perceive time differently than we do.
- Four new species of "legless lizards" have been found.
- I am super glad I do not live in Dallas at the moment—the city is currently covered in spider webs.
- Electricity can be generated from sewage and microorganisms can create gasoline.
- Here is a comparison of over-the-counter drugs versus brand name ones.
- Better diabetes drugs are now a possibility.
- Here is a list of ten things that might help to make you happier.
And here are a few other items of note:
- Astronauts left poop on the moon. (Gross, guys. Gross.)
- Scientists have created a new form of matter that behaves like a lightsaber. (Thanks, Cheyloe!)
- A new molecule has been created by a ten-year-old girl.
- Marvel and Natalie Portman have created a new mentor project for young girls interested in science, math and tech careers.
- Hunger might be able to be "turned off."
- Dinosaur feathers have been discovered in amber in a Canadian museum.
- This image of a cane toad eating a bat is freaky.
- The camouflage properties of this octopus are amazing. (Thanks, Jen!)
I'm pretty sure I would have wanted a print of each one of these Disney princess/ballerina illustrations for my bedroom when I was little.
Mondo released a set of Tom Whalen The Little Mermaid posters last week.
In book, toy and fashion news:
- R.I.P., Tom Clancy.
- Here are some fun new Thor: The Dark World toys.
- Forever 21 has released a "Bats & Cats" line of clothing inspired by Batman and Catwoman.
But an actual Wonder Woman movie is still a total impossibility ...