Vol. 4, Issue 42
May the odds be ever in your favor, nerds and nerdettes! Tonight’s the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and you know I’m ready to see some hot, wet, extremely life-threatening Quarter Quell action. Peeta! How I’ve missed you.
ALSO: This weekend is “The Day of the Doctor!” Are you excited? I’m excited.
What a week!
In movie news:
- Hugh Jackman recently gave an update on the status of the next Wolverine movie, which is in the very, very early stages of planning (a.k.a they’ve talked about it) right now.
- The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released Dec. 5.
- The Fantastic Four reboot will start filming in March.
- Might Terry O’Quinn (Lost) be in the running to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman?
- Midtown Comics in NYC recently received this poster apparently promoting a Mila Kunis/Ashton Kutcher Wonder Twins movie. io9 has an idea on what it’s really promoting.
- A fan-made R2D2 is the first character to officially be cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. But will C3-PO make an appearance?
- This poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug bucks the “norm” and has Legolas doing the “butt pose” instead of Tauriel. Here are two sets of new photos from the film and a few more character posters.
- Here are some posters for The LEGO Movie.
- Mission: Impossible 5 has joined the ranks of movies coming out in 2015; it’ll release on Christmas Day.
- Chris Pratt (Parks & Rec, Guardians of the Galaxy) might be joining Jurassic World.
- Winona Ryder will be reprising her role as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice 2.
- Fan-favorite (or TGG favorite) Casey Jones will not be in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Javier Bardem is rumored to be considering one of the upcoming Peter Pan movies; he would play Blackbeard.
- Will Smith is working on a new movie called City that Sailed … in which “the island of Manhattan ... breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic Ocean.”
- It’s a Wonderful Life, a movie that was released in 1947, is getting a sequel.
I’ve got a bunch of trailers and clips to share with you this week (beware spoilers, natch):
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Muppets Most Wanted
Need for Speed
These Star Wars/Marvel character mash-ups by Robert-Shane are great, particularly that Nick Fury/Mace Windu one. They look so much alike!
And, these Lord of the Rings Tarot illustrations by Sceith Ailm are beautiful. Oh, to have skills like that!
Laine has some seriously cute Avengers art/gifts in her shop (plus some other pop culture icons, too).
Speaking of The Avengers:
And while we're on the subject of bloopers:
In TV news:
- Arrow’s Flash will be getting his own pilot, and Oliver is getting an actual mask.
- Nicholas Lea (Krycheck! on X-Files) will be joining Arrow in a mysterious role later this season, as will Ra’s al Ghul’s other daughter, Nyssa.
- The US remake of Broadchurch has a new name—Gracepoint—and a female lead, played by Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad).
- FX is working on a show about Rasputin.
- The channel has also given Guillermo del Toro’s TV adaptation of The Strain a 13-episode order.
- SyFy’s working on a "Beowulf" series.
- And, AMC is working on an adaptation of the graphic novel Preacher; Seth Rogan might be involved.
- The Walking Dead spinoff could possibly be a prequel.
- Looking for when your favorite holiday specials will be on TV? Here’s a calendar.
Here are a bunch of clips and teasers, mostly for Doctor Who:
An Adventure in Space and Time
Love this animation by Javi de Castro.
What, not enough Doctor Who? Here's one more video:
And then while we're on the topic of of The Hunger Games (everything's connected today!):
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- The Hubble telescope has provided new images of the early Milky Way.
- This amazing table can instantly replicate any 3D object.
I found some items of note as well:
- This is how Mars might have looked billions of years ago.
- Curious to learn more about NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft? Check out this link.
- Underneath the surface of Antarctica lurks an active volcano.
- Here are the most inspiring nature photos of the past year.
- Researchers accidentally killed the world’s (supposedly) oldest creature recently: a clam that was 507 years old.
- This awesome fossil is of two dinosaurs locked in combat.
- Modern humans are currently still carrying viruses that were carried by Neanderthals.
- Sadly, it turns out that drinking a lot of milk when you’re young won’t actually prevent poor bone health in your adult years.
- The UK is developing an actual, real-life MultiPass.
Holy crap, Jean Claude. Please do not ever stop being you.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- EA has stated that even though they have exclusive rights to the Star Wars franchise for 10 years, they're not planning any movie tie-in games for the new films.
- A new Uncharted game is in the works! Here's a teaser.
- Here's a new Infamous: Second Son trailer.
- And a Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes trailer with some info on PlayStation-specific bonuses. The full plot of Metal Gear Solid 5 has also been released.
- This article for a new Destiny trailer also features information on when the betas will be launching: early next year for preorders, and it's coming first to PS3 and PS4 users.
- Tiny Speck (creators of Glitch) has made their entire art and code collection (more than 10,000 assets) from Glitch public domain.
- Fans of Mega Man X can earn a full Mega Man outfit, including his buster gun, in the upcoming Xbox One game Dead Rising 3. Here's a new trailer for the game.
- Amazon is working on their "AppStream" service, which would allow developers to make use of cloud streaming to increase app and game performance for devices connected to the service.
- Apple is supposedly looking to purchase PrimeSense, the company that originally supplied the tech for Microsoft's Kinect, which means that motion recognition might be included in an upcoming Apple product.
- Jimmy Fallon held a demo of the PS4 on his show last week and played virtual robots with Ice-T.
- To go along with the PS4’s launch, Sony released a video showcasing all of the console’s PSN user features. The company also released some troubleshooting notes for any consoles that might be having issues. (Supposedly, that’s less than 1 percent.)
- Joystiq has written up an Xbox One review ahead of the console’s launch this week. Like with the PS4, you can save a little time by downloading the day one update prior (although it's much more complicated than the PS4 process). Joystiq has the instructions.
- Here's a video about the features of Xbox One's “Upload Studio" which will let players edit and upload gameplay footage.
- The Xbox One won't be able to stream gameplay to Twitch.tv at launch, but it will be able to record games using an internal game DVR.
- The Xbox One SmartGlass App is available now on iOS, Android and Windows devices.
- A limited edition white Ouya will be available for $130 this holiday season; the special edition will have double the storage capacity of the original.
- Spike will hold their video game awards, now called the VGXs, Dec. 17. The station is asking fans to vote now on who they want to see take home the prizes, and some sort of next-gen Tomb Raider announcement will be made during the awards.
- Major League Gaming is launching an online e-sports network.
- Joystiq is starting a new series on the history of video game characters. Here's a video on Super Mario’s Goombas.
Ever wondered what superheroes do as part-time jobs? Artist Lamm has the answer.
In misc. news:
- Harry Potter stamps are now available here in the states! (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- This image shows just how many deaths have occurred in The Song of Ice and Fire series (so far).
- Interested in seeing the sights of Middle Earth? This infographic will help.
- LEGO is releasing a set of Disney Princess toys.
- You can buy your own set of official Walking Dead zombie footie pajamas.
- The cast of Monty Python will reunite for the first time in 30 years in a new stage show. (Thanks, Adam!)
- Deadpool will take on S.H.I.E.L.D. (in comics) in December.
- Marvel’s releasing a set of animals-as-characters variant covers (see below). Because why not?