Vol. 4, Issue 39
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:
- This is awesome: I’ve put myself into the Doctor Who credits to invite you to save the date for "The Day of the Doctor." (You can do it, too!)
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has cast another agent.
- The premiere date for Almost Human—the show with grumpy doctor policeman Karl Urban and his cyborg partner—has been moved to Sunday Nov. 17. The show will have a two-night premiere event, so be sure to set your DVRs for the night of the 18th as well. If you can’t wait that long, you can watch eight minutes of the show here.
- Whoopi Goldberg will voice the, well, voice of the White Rabbit’s wife on an upcoming episode of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
- How I Met Your Mother might be getting a spinoff titled ... How I Met Your Father.
- The Walking Dead will get a fifth season.
- The cast of Arrested Development will join James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio Nov. 7.
- Get ready for some more reboots: CBS is looking to bring back Charmed and Octavia Spencer (The Help) will be starring in a new version of Murder, She Wrote on NBC.
- In need of a last-minute costume? Print off these Orphan Black masks and you can become one of—or all of—the clones!
Here’s a promo for the new Neil deGrasse Tyson-helmed Cosmos series:
Tumblr user nathanthenerd has created a slew of great Doctor Who-inspired minimalist art. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
Best costume of the year goes to … this cat!
Bored at work? Try Scroll Down to Riker. This might just be one of the best compliments I’ve ever received.
In movie news:
- Joss Whedon didn’t really re-write Thor: The Dark World, he just spiced up a few scenes and some dialogue.
- Sir Ben Kinglsey might be working on a Mandarin Marvel short.
- Here are a few new photos from X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Thanks, Colt!) Be sure to check out the trailer below; it is amazing.
- In the latest Ant-Man rumors: Paul Rudd will be the titular superhero and Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Rec) will play Wasp.
- Ryan Reynolds keeps talking about a Deadpool movie.
- J.J. Abrams and partner Lawrence Kasdan have taken over the scriptwriting for Star Wars VII, which might mean the movie’s release date will get pushed into 2016.
- Meryl Streep might be in the female-centric version of The Expendables, The ExpendaBelles. Dumb title, exciting prospect.
- This IMAX poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is so pretty. Anyone going to the IMAX premiere want to grab an extra for little old me?
- Production for The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has been restarted.
- The National Treasure 3 script is ready to go. I AM EXCITE.
- Check out the latest poster for Muppets Most Wanted.
- Although he’s been posting teaser photos for months now, here’s a first real look at Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hercules in Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
- The Assassin’s Creed adaptation is happening. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Photos of and details about the characters in The LEGO Movie have been revealed.
- Kevin Tancharoen has vacated the director’s chair of the Mortal Kombat movie.
- Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Tarzan) has joined the World of Warcraft movie as one of the main four leads.
- Here’s a first look at Ben Foster (The Mechanic, Flash Forward) in character as Lance Armstrong in the as-yet-untitled Lance biopic. (Thanks, Colt.)
- There is a new Peanuts feature film in the works.
Here are a few trailers and clips:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Heavenly Sword (A CGI movie based on the PS3 game of the same name. Thanks, TGG.)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Thor: The Dark World
X-Men: Days of Future Past
If that Cap trailer wasn’t American enough for you, you might prefer this version. (NSFW for language, obviously.)
Mondo is releasing two Halloween posters and the movie’s soundtrack on special-edition vinyl at some point tomorrow.
The X-Manatees are the X-Men in manatee form. Pretty self-explanatory, I think.
Love these origin posters from The Ninja Bot.
And if you missed Ohio State’s spectacular halftime performance, you should definitely watch it now.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- Astronomers have discovered the most distant galaxy yet, the light from which took 13.1 billion years to reach Hubble.
- A seventh planet in the KIC 11442793 solar system has been discovered. (It’s cool because solar systems like ours are rare.)
- For only $75,000, you can float in a balloon up to the edge of space.
- Chemists have shown that life on Earth was not a chance happening.
- You can make your own digital microscope with a laser pointer and a smartphone.
- The first photos of newly discovered mammal the Olinguito have been revealed, and they are adorable.
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:
This a capella medley of songs from The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast:
And these great illustrations from Isaiah Stephens of characters dressed up for Halloween. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Here's a first trailer for Telltale Games' second "season" of their The Walking Dead game.
- The Girl and the Robot, a game about a girl and her robot who battle unfriendly robots and an evil queen, looks really cute. Here's a trailer.
- New game Probably Archery is like QWOP with archery.
- The always entertaining Conan O'Brien recently played some scary games in honor of Halloween.
- Sony has outlined which features will and won't be available launch day for the PS4 and Sony released an FAQ that outlines some of the known launch-day "limitations." One feature that will be available day one is real names for your PSN friends. One limitation: The console will not support YouTube uploads at launch, only Facebook.
- Apparently, it's very easy to set up the PS4 controller for use with a Mac; they should work out of the box as a OS X-compatible game pad.
- Here's an FAQ on digital game sharing on PS4.
- And here's a list of games that will be available/supported day one.
- Party chat for both PS4 and Xbox One will support up to eight players.
- Microsoft has released a video that shows how easy it is to move around the Xbox One dashboard.
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:
- Funko is releasing a series of Supernatural POP! Vinyl dolls, starting with the brothers Winchester and Cas. I've already added them to my wishlist.
- Disney has started opening Marvel-related exhibits, one of which is Thor: Treasures of Asgard, which features props from the movies and a real life Thor! But not the Chris Hemsworth version, sadly.
- In the upcoming Agent of Asgard comic, Loki will be bisexual and occasionally a woman. (Thanks, Michael!)
- BioWare is now officially selling Garrus and Tali hoodies. (Thanks, TGG.)
- The UK is getting some seriously cool new Discworld covers.
Speaking of cool covers, check out these minimalist GIFs depicting the Harry Potter covers. (Thanks, Samar!)
These woodburnt illustrations by Tori Russ are amazingly detailed.
P.S.—Live long and prosper.