October 31, 2013

Nerd News: Costumed characters, Dead Man's Bones, X-Men trailer and more

Vol. 4, Issue 39

Hellooooo nurse nerds! I’m back in the Nerd News saddle today, but I do want to say a huge thank you to TGG for taking over for me the past couple of weeks. (Definitely expect a bonus come next paycheck, Wes.)

There’s been a lot going on in the world of popular culture over the past week, so let’s get started, shall we? (And although I didn’t theme this issue, there are a few Halloween-centric links within!)

In TV news:

Here’s a promo for the new Neil deGrasse Tyson-helmed Cosmos series:


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Tumblr user nathanthenerd has created a slew of great Doctor Who-inspired minimalist art. (Thanks, Rebecca!)

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Best costume of the year goes to … this cat!

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Bored at work? Try Scroll Down to Riker. This might just be one of the best compliments I’ve ever received.


In movie news:

Here are a few trailers and clips:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


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Heavenly Sword (A CGI movie based on the PS3 game of the same name. Thanks, TGG.)


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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


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Thor: The Dark World


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X-Men: Days of Future Past


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If that Cap trailer wasn’t American enough for you, you might prefer this version. (NSFW for language, obviously.)


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Mondo is releasing two Halloween posters and the movie’s soundtrack on special-edition vinyl at some point tomorrow.

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The X-Manatees are the X-Men in manatee form. Pretty self-explanatory, I think.

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Love these origin posters from The Ninja Bot.

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And if you missed Ohio State’s spectacular halftime performance, you should definitely watch it now.


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In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:

I found a few items as well:
  • NASA will launch the next Mars mission Nov. 18.
  • A UK company has created a pathway material that absorbs solar energy during the day and glows at night.
  • There is such a thing as The Law of Urination, which states that all mammals pee for about 21 seconds at a time. (This information will totally come in handy next time you’re forced to make small talk.)

Quite a few videos and illustration featuring Disney characters popped up on the radar, including this gem from former American Idol contestant (and current Internet darling) Todrick Hall:


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This a capella medley of songs from The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast:


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And these great illustrations from Isaiah Stephens of characters dressed up for Halloween. (Thanks, Rebecca!)

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In gaming news, from TGG:

And I ran across this article about the concept art for Star Wars 1313, a game that was scrapped but had such promise.

In misc. news:

Speaking of cool covers, check out these minimalist GIFs depicting the Harry Potter covers. (Thanks, Samar!)

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These woodburnt illustrations by Tori Russ are amazingly detailed.

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And finally:


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Happy Halloween!


P.S.—Live long and prosper.

5 comments:

  1. i got to the charmed reboot thing and my brain shut down into a 1990s era wash of giggles and "trying not to be excited in case it doesn't happen" style excitement!!!
    i don't care who but someone make a f*&%ing deadpool movie! though i do feel RR is a much better fit as deadpool (dry sarcasm and randomness) than as hal/GL it just never clicked for me.

    i love you for loving the national treasure movies. they're like my guilty pleasure. if they come on tv i have to watch them I HAVE TO!
    the days of future past makes me optimistic- also i now have to get a divorce because ricky said x-3 was better (he actually used the word good) than x-2 and i just can't even.



    me- "a new peanuts movie yeah!" ricky- "without charles m. schultz it's not worth it.... i know what i said."

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  2. First things first: your Halloween costume is WONDERFUL.

    Also, so many good trailers. And the pop culture Halloween costumes for Disney characters? I can't explain why I love them all so much, but I do!

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  3. Thank you! It was super last minute, but ended up being a ton of fun.


    I think the characters are adorable, too! I love the idea that characters are also fans.

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  4. The National Treasure moves are THE BEST. I watch them whenever I can.


    And, I really cannot believe Ricky said that. X-3 is not only the worst X-Men movie, it's one of the most terrible movies OF ALL TIME.

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