Vol. 4, Issue 43
Hello, friends! Happy Thanksgiving and happy second day of Hanukkah! What's going on in pop culture—something I think I can safely assume we're all thankful for, yes?—this week?
In TV news:
- The BBC has released a very timey-wimey infographic explaining all of Doctor Who’s trips through time.
- In case you missed these while watching: Here’s a list of the best easter eggs from “The Day of the Doctor.”
- Also, how might the Christmas special change what we know about the regeneration of the Doctor? Definite spoilers at that link, be warned.
- What are the possibilities of a new Star Trek series coming to TV? J.J. Abrams says not great.
- Adam Brody (The OC) will guest star on an upcoming episode of New Girl as one of Jess’ exes.
- SyFy has released the dates of shows premiering this winter, including the new shows Helix and Bitten and new seasons of Lost Girl and Face Off.
- I haven’t watched Family Guy in a while, but I guess they killed off a main character, and there are no plans to bring him back any time soon.
Here are a few teasers:
Doctor Who (Thanks, Rebecca!)
A first poster for the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels has been released:
zerobriant is the artist behind some of my favorite pop culture mashup illustrations (a few of which I have on T-shirts); His latest makes me smile:
Alice X. Zhang is another of my favorite artists. She recently revealed a series of Doctor Who illustrations the BBC commissioned for the 50th Anniversary:
A few of the Doctors who weren’t included in the 50th Anniversary special really wanted to be included.
This illustrated animation of some of the greatest Who moments is beautifully done. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
A new episode of Doctor Puppet was also released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary.
In movie news:
- Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have officially officially been cast as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (respectively) in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Edgar Wright recently talked about his plans for Ant Man.
- Sony might be introducing more Spider-Man heroes in upcoming movies.
- The next Superman movie might not be called Batman vs. Superman after all; there’s a large list of possible titles that might have been revealed by some recent domain name purchases.
- J.J. Abrams is looking for a “tough-cookie girl” among other characters for Star Wars: Episode VII.
- The first scene from Fast and Furious 7 is revealed on the Fast and Furious 6 Blu-ray. (Thanks, Meredith!)
- Die Hard 6: Die Hardest is a thing that is happening.
- Here’s the first poster for How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Peter Jackson isn’t finished with Tolkien’s legacy: He’ll be working on a biopic of the author called Tolkien.
- Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will reprise their roles in the Alice in Wonderland sequel.
- Here’s a first look at Transformers 4’s redesigned Optimus Prime.
- Paramount Studios has put the kibosh on that rumored It’s a Wonderful Life sequel.
- Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will produce an adaptation of the comic book Sleeper.
- Mad Max: Fury Road has joined the ever-growing list of movies releasing in 2015.
- Friday the 13th will also get a reboot that year.
- The World of Warcraft movie has moved to 2016, however.
Here are some trailers and clips:
Hercules: The Legend Begins
Only Lovers Left Alive
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Welcome to the Jungle
And here’s a first trailer for Star Trek: Renegades, the crowd-funded project created by Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager’s Tuvok) and Walter Koenig (Star Trek: The Original Series’s Chekov):
Claus Studios created this awesome set of illustrations for the end credits of Thor: The Dark World:
And here's some concept art from the movie:
New Zealand Air continues to be the best airline.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- There's a new Catching Fire infinite runner (i.e., Temple Run) out now.
- In celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, Doctor Who: Legacy is now available for iOS and Android game.
- Speaking of the Doctor, here's a short video of some Doctor Who easter eggs found in various games dating as far back 30 years.
- Disney Infinity is getting new characters from Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Tangled.
- Lego: The Hobbit will be released in early 2014.
- TellTale is rumored to be working on a Game of Thrones game in the vein of their critically acclaimed The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us series.
- Last week World of Warcraft celebrated its ninth birthday; Joystiq put together a history in commemoration.
- Conan O'Brien recently learned more about WoW at Blizzcon.
- Some Xbox One owners received units with broken disc drives; Microsoft is giving away a download code for one of four games to users who are having to wait on their replacement consoles.
- A company recently took the Xbox One apart and discovered that it's built with a lot of off-the-shelf parts, which, in theory, should make it easier to repair. And according to a different company, the likely cost to manufacture the console is $471.
- Here's a list of the many Xbox One Kinect voice commands.
- StoryBundle has released Video Game Bundle 2.0, which focuses on e-books related to video games.
A recent Worth 1000 contest asked artists to Photoshop superheros into classic art. (Thanks, Rachel!) These two by artist Jbuck43701 are particularly beautiful:
The Doubleclicks are ladies after my own heart.
In misc. news:
- James Franco and Chris O’Dowd (Thor: The Dark World, The IT Crowd) will be starring in a new production of Of Mice and Men on Broadway. I’m not a huge Franco fan, but this sounds kind of amazing.
- Cary Elwes is writing a book about the filming of The Princess Bride.
- George Takei is releasing a perfume called Eau My. Naturally.
- Funko is releasing more Game of Thrones Pop! figurines including Brienne, Ghost, Joffrey and Drogon the dragon.
- Need to yell at someone, KHAAAAAAN-style? Khan As A Service can help.
In SCIENCE! and history news:
- Each year, 1,000 new near-Earth objects are discovered in space.
- The Morning After Pill likely doesn’t work on women who weigh more than 176 pounds.
- Archeologists have apparently been digging in the wrong place to find the origins of the stone used to build Stonehenge.
- Harden your heart: Here’s an amazingly well-preserved fossil of a baby dinosaur.