Vol. 4, Issue 38
Hello, again. TGG here helping out one more time on Nerd News while the Chief is getting back into the swing of things. I'm still new at scouring the Internet for the best bits (honestly I get all my nerdy news from this blog) so if I've missed anything or you have something to add post it in the comments. Thanks for letting me sit in!
In movie news:
- Think you know what to expect from Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy? Think again.
- A bunch of new photos from Thor: The Dark World have been released. Click through to see scary masks, awesome eye patches, badass lady-warriors and warriors with badass lady-hair.
- Captain America: Winter Soldier has a new poster showing Cap laughing in the face of air safety regulations. The first trailer for the movie will go live tomorrow; definitely expect to see it in next week's post.
- DC isn't the only company envious of the Marvel Movie Universe. Robert Orci (Van Helsing, The Mummy) has expressed interest in rebooting Universal's classic monsters in their own shared universe.
- Gravity writer Jonas Cuaron is set to work on a film about Atlantis titled The Lost City.
- Speaking of Gravity, did you know it wasn't actually filmed in space? This journalist didn't.
- Nintendo is considering the possibility of a Legend of Zelda movie, but they want it to be interactive which really just sounds like the worst idea.
- Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom discussed with press how Peter Jackson and crew have included Legolas in The Hobbit and created a brand new character.
- And here's an awesome story banner for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson tweeted out a couple of new photos of himself as Hercules. Yep. He's still got lots of muscles.
- It's been reported that Tim Burton is currently in talks to direct a Beetlejuice sequel.
- Josh Brolin is in talks to star in Jurassic World. With all these casting rumors I'm having a hard time sticking to my "This movie will be terrible" mentality.
- Avatar 2, 3, & 4 will begin filming October of next year. The sequels will all film simultaneously and all the dead guys from the first one will be making a comeback... somehow.
- If you're waiting with baited breath for a Pacific Rim sequel you should be happy to hear Guillermo Del Toro is already working on the script.
- Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is rumored to be directing Terminator 5. He recently mentioned Batman Begins as inspiration on where to take the series.
- Jason Statham is rumored to be involved in Paul Feig's next comedy, Susan Cooper, starring Melissa McCarthy. Comedy is all fine and well as long as he's shooting and driving while he cracks jokes.
Here are a few trailers:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Thor: The Dark World
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
In honor of The Nightmare Before Christmas's 20th anniversary, Disney's El Capitan theater has commissioned a new set of posters from artist Jeff Soto:
Alain Bossuyt has created this great series of posters for classic horror films.
Mondo will be releasing a set of Ender's Game posters at some point tomorrow.
This 1940s noir-style Blade Runner trailer is cool.
In TV news:
- We finally have an official USA premiere date for series 3 of Sherlock: Jan. 19, 2014.
- You guys! A Walking Dead spinoff will take place on the Moon! Confirmed by Robert Kirkman! Don't even doubt that this is a real thing and is totally not a joke he made in an interview!
- Disney has released a bit of information concerning upcoming Star Wars projects. On the line-up are at least a couple Darth Vader TV specials.
- ABC is adapting the YA series Beta for TV.
- Vince Gilligan has revealed a little more info on the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, including possible cameo appearances and why they decided on a one-hour drama format.
- Get ready for a Muppets/Lady Gaga holiday special Thanksgiving night.
- Community fans rejoice! Community is returning for season 5 in January. At least until NBC decides to push it for something else.
- Parks and Rec fans despair! NBC has put the show on a weird hiatus without really saying why or even telling anyone.
- Fox has ordered the back nine episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's first season.
- Amandla Stenberg (Rue from The Hunger Games) will be guest starring on Sleepy Hollow this season.
- In other (perhaps also awesome) casting news Marilyn Manson (yeah, that one) will be voicing a character on Once Upon a Time this season.
- Last year Sarah Silverman filmed a pilot for NBC. It didn't get picked up, but they've allowed her to release it to her YouTube channel for your enjoyment.
- Syfy has announced the next in its lineup of bizarrely interesting original movies. I have to admit to being more than a little curious about sea vampires.
- Hulu and Fangoria has partnered to create a new horror-specific channel on the streaming site.
- BBC America has ordered eight episodes of a series called Intruders based on a 2007 and written by an X-Files alum.
- And here's one more story of a guy who was almost the 12th Doctor.
Prepare yourself for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special with the official trailer:
In toys and Halloween news:
- The Spirit Halloween costume store has released an infographic chronicling the most popular Halloween costumes from the last 30 years. Spoiler Alert: you may want to rethink your Miley Cyrus outfit.
- Look at these adorable Funko Pop! vinyl toy versions of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug characters.
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- DNA tests may have proven mysterious Yeti creatures are actually an ancient form of polar bear. Wake up, sheeple! Don't let scientists tell you what animals to believe in!
- You guys, look at this amazing image of Saturn. No really, just look at it.
- Curiosity (the most sarcastic of the Mars rovers) has confirmed the Martian origins of all those suspected Martian meteorites.
- A recently unearthed ancient skull is forcing scientist to rethink what they know about early species diversity.
- Marmosets might be better conversationalists than most people.
- A "bionic man" has made his debut at the Air and Space Museum in Washington. I am simultaneously intrigued and horrified.
- I feel a little better after watching this video of the Atlas robot breaking an ankle during a demonstration. Maybe a robot uprising is farther off than I thought.
Check out these great superhero illustrations by Matteo Scalera.
In gaming news:
- Check out this video of Elder Scrolls Online character creation.
- Awesome space agency sim Kerbal Space Program has just released an update which includes and R&D department and new scientific missions.
- Blizzard's MOBA has gone through a minor identity crisis, but has finally settled on the title Heroes of the Storm (for now).
- Cookie Clicker is addictive (apparently), but some people need something a little more hard core. That's why some enterprising soul has merged Cookie Clicker and Breaking Bad to create Clicking Bad.
- LittleBigPlanet is getting into the holiday season with the release of a Nightmare Before Christmas costume pack.
- It's been known for a while that Neil Gaiman is working on a game, but we finally have a teaser for Wayward Manor.
- Squirrel Girl is now a playable character in Marvel Heroes.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag gets a launch trailer featuring ship warfare, lady pirates and lots of stabbing; like, really, just so much stabbing.
- PBS is launching a new app for Xbox 360 which will allow on-demand streaming of some of the networks most popular titles.
- The creator of the original Grand Theft Auto is working on recreating the game in full 3D as a proof-of-concept.
- We Love Fine is having a The Last of Us inspired competition. Finalists will be judged by Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie).
- I don't usually comment on system specific sales, but Sony is doing some seriously awesome Halloween inspired game, movie and TV show sales this week and next through the PSN.
- And for a shot of nostalgia Sony has released this video showcasing 18 years of PlayStation in one London bedroom.
- A 17 minute gameplay of Batman: Arkham Origins has been released. The video features commentary on the new mechanics and story elements of the game.
- Anyone who's concerned about Mark Hamill not reprising his classic role as the Joker in Arkham Origins just watch this video of Troy Baker's take.
Batman: Arkham Origins comes out this week. Here's a trailer that will make you want to cry.