Vol. 4, Issue 36
Even with all the talk of change around these parts, rest assured that Nerd News (in some format or possibly posted on a different day) will stick around. What's the latest?
In TV news:
- All those rumors about the missing Doctor Who episodes being found in Africa? They're true.
- Matt Smith has wrapped Eleven (but will soon be starring on Broadway in an American Psycho musical).
- Sleepy Hollow has already been renewed for a second season.
- Nathan Fillion will guest star on Community! Finally, a good reason to watch the fifth season. (Thanks, Colt!)
- The Birds of Prey might show up on Arrow.
- Syfy has ordered a Jim Henson-style Muppet building contest series.
- Covert Affairs has been renewed for a fifth season.
- The UK is getting a Cookie Monster and Elmo Sesame Street spin-off.
- Reboot is getting a reboot!
- Jeri Ryan will have a multi-episode arc on Helix. Here are some photos from the show.
- Colin Hanks (Roswell, NCIS) has joined FX's Fargo series.
- Halle Berry has joined a new show on which she will play an astronaut ... with a possible alien baby?
- 24's Live Another Day miniseries will film in London.
- The Simpsons has been renewed for a 26th season.
- Cory and Topanga's teenage son will no longer be a part of Girl Meets World.
- MTV's Scream series "will have supernatural elements."
Here are a couple of teasers:
Star Wars: Rebels
Toy Story of Terror
Mucha-inspired nouveau illustrations of pop culture icons are still all the rage. Here's a set of the women of Game of Thrones from Elin Jonsson ...
And a set of the last four Avatars (including Legend of Korra's Korra) by Scott Wade.
In Webseries news: The first episode of the latest project from the Pemberly Digital team (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Emma Approved, has been released:
In movie news:
- Here are two new posters from Thor: The Dark World featuring Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) and Fandral (Zachary Levi.) There's also a featurette at the link.
- It's still unknown who, exactly, Chris O'Dowd will be playing in Thor 2, but this still is the first one with him in it. (Beware, the link includes some spoilers on who he might be playing.)
- Aaron Taylor (Kick-Ass, Anna Karenina) has officially been cast as Quicksilver in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley) will be playing Scarlet Witch.
- James McAvoy recently likened X-Men: Days of Future Past to James Cameron's Avatar.
- Screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is working on the script of the reboot of Fantastic Four.
- Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan recently posted a picture of himself with Jason Statham's character's car.
- This photo of the cast of The Expendables 3 is both amazing and awful (looking).
- Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence promises that there will be no "shaky cam" in the movie.
- Yay for Pacific Rim bloopers! (Warning: The video auto-plays.)
- Check out this first look at Beorn (the shapeshifter) from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- Here are four new posters from Disney's upcoming Frozen.
- Harrison Ford is supposedly "chatting with" Blade Runner director Ridley Scott. (About the sequel, one guesses.)
- Danny Boyle (director of Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) is working on a new heist movie called Smash and Grab.
- Neil Marshall (director of The Descent) is working on a King Kong sequel.
- The new Masters of the Universe remake has a writer, but it has lost a director.
Here are a few trailers and clips:
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Thor: The Dark World (I tried to resist watching this one, I really did.)
Artist Patrick Connan has illustrated a great new Jurassic Park poster.
Marko Manev's Lord of the Rings poster is pretty dang cool, too.
This collection of fan-made Gravity posters definitely speaks to the epicness of the film.
This recut trailer definitely tones down the movie.
In SCIENCE! and tech news from the Mister:
- Astronomers have discovered a galaxy powered by primordial matter.
- A young, lonely planet has been found, floating in space without a star.
- A new, massive dinosaur fossil has been found in Alberta, Canada.
- This ancient bird had two tails.
- The melting of a giant glacier in Alaska has revealed an ancient forest that hasn't been exposed to open air for thousands of years.
- A doctor in Cleveland has possibly created a vaccine for breast cancer.
- A peanut butter "sniff test" can help identify individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
- A U.S. research lab has passed a crucial milestone in the development of nuclear fusion.
- I'm not entirely sure what this means, but "Physicists find that entanglement concentration is irreversible." Here's a little more information on Quantum Entanglement that might help you (and me) understand.
- This weird toothbrush supposedly cleans your teeth in just six seconds.
- These cubic robots can assemble themselves. (Stargate Replicators, anyone?)
- Boston Dynamics has created a robot that gallops and can right itself (and looks super creepy doing it).
I found a few things as well:
- A huge planet has been discovered lurking at the edge of the Milky Way.
- Ancient super volcanoes have been discovered on Mars.
- Sixty new species have been discovered in a rainforest in Suriname.
- Want to improve your social skills? Read complex fiction.
- Dogs have similar levels of awareness to that of small human children.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson wasn't a huge fan of the science of the new movie Gravity.
- The world's fastest computer will "operate like a human brain."
Nate Hallinan has added to his The Order of X series with Wolve'rüne.
Mondo will be releasing a set of Marvel comic-inspired posters, beginning tomorrow with Killian Eng's Silver Surfer.
I don't know much about Martian Manhunter, but this illustration by Ballo is very intriguing.
In books, comics, toy and theme park news:
- Zach Whedon (the other Whedon brother) will be working on Serenity comics.
- The Middleman lives! (In graphic novel form.)
- Which YA novel is right for you? Check out this flowchart for suggestions.
- Disney will be releasing a set of Marvel Vinylmation toys. (Thanks, Mark!)
- And here are some new Disney Funko Pop vinyl toys.
- Hong Kong Disneyland is getting an Iron Man ride.
- Star Wars rides at Disneyland might include a speeder bike ride and something involving the Millennium Falcon.
Threadless has just released a new set of Thor T-shirts.
Comics Alliance included these fantastic illustrations in a recent "Best Art Ever (This Week)" post.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- An Ultimate Edition of Injustice: Gods Among Us will be released next month and will include the game, all current DLC and (in America) the soundtrack.
- The Wolf Among Us will be available this Friday on Steam and Xbox Live; the PSN version will likely be released next week. Here's the launch trailer.
- Classic coming-of age TV series Freaks and Geeks has been turned into a quasi-interactive "choose your own adventure"-type YouTube game.
- Here's a second teaser for Frictional Games' Soma series.
- Russia is currently producing more patriotic games that would showcase the Russian military in a more positive light, and possibly ban games that "distort history" in their mind. (Russia, you cray.)
- Sony's new Dualshock 4 (PS4 controller) will work with Windows right out of the box. Also, the company had originally planned to include the PS Eye camera with the PS4 system, but chose not to in order to keep the costs down.
- Sony has also announced a new personal 3D viewer, which is available for pre-order for the low, low price of $999.
- This Japanese commercial for the new PS Vita is kind of amazing.
- Microsoft has responded to some of the criticism they've received about how the Xbox One's new Kinect system might be used for targeted advertising.
I ran across a few items, too:
- The new Super Mario 3D World game looks very impressive.
- A new Tiny Tower game will be set in the Death Star. (Thanks, Mariel!)
- This trailer for new PS4 game The Order: 1886 looks really cool. (Thanks, Colt.)
- And this trailer for The Crew is really well done. (Colt likened it to Fast & Furious in game format. Thanks, Mister.)
And finally, don't mess with the Disney princesses.