Vol. 4, Issue 46
You guys. I think me not posting Nerd New yesterday was fate, because FEAST YOUR EYES*:
Happy early Christmas to me!
And now we can get on with the actual post, which just so happens to be the last NN of 2013! I'll be going on vacation over Christmas break (more on that later), so you'll have to find your own pop culture news for a while; I hope it won't be too terrible. I will, however, try to post any crazy awesome huge news on FB if anything comes up while I'm away.
In other movie news:
- Paul Rudd is officially Edgar Wright’s Ant Man.
- Don Cheadle’s Rhodey will make an appearance in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Sony’s planning an expansion of the Spider-Man universe with a Sinister Six movie.
- Some eagle-eyed fans spotted the URL to this Electro viral site in one of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailers.
- Here are some new images from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Joaquin Phoenix’s name is being bandied about as a possibility to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman.
- Paul Walker’s stuntman brother could help finish Fast & Furious 7.
- Robert Knepper (Prison Break, Carnivàle) will play Antonius—who isn’t in the books?—in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
- Neil Burger will not be directing the Divergent sequel.
- The Star Wars: Episode VII script isn’t completed yet.
- Simon Pegg will star in the new movie Absolutely Anything in which he plays a schoolteacher given magical powers by aliens. (Like ya do.) The aliens will be voiced by Monty Python legends John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones.
- Neil Gaiman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are definitely working on a Sandman movie.
- Disney has announced a new South Pacific-based animated feature film called Moana. The synopsis is: “The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology.”
- Here are three fun easter eggs found in Frozen.
- The next Avatar movies will be filmed in New Zealand.
- Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join the live-action Tarzan adaptation also starring Alexander Skarsgard and Christoph Waltz.
- Hugh Jackman is considering the role of Blackbeard in (one of three Peter Pan remakes) Pan.
- Duke might return in G.I. Joe 3.
- Check out these super creepy characters from Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genesis.
- Here’s an animated prequel for 47 Ronin.
- And a motion comic prologue to I, Frankenstein.
- A teaser poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been released.
- There’s a possibility of a sequel to Shakespeare in Love looming.
- Ed Helms is at the helm *ba-dum-tss* of a Naked Gun reboot.
- Sony has registered several domains that point at the possibility of a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. (Thanks, Wes!)
Here are some trailers:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
A Fantastic Fear of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Interstellar (Thanks, Colt!)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mondo released some new posters in their Lord of the Rings series this week, and a poster celebrating Christmas classic Home Alone.
The latest Mondo Mystery Movie was also announced; here's a look at the poster:
Brenton Powell created this awesome set of Back to the Future minimalist illustrations:
In TV news:
- Here are some new photos from “The Time of the Doctor.”
- Steven Moffat recently talked about the villainess of the Christmas special.
- Prince will be guest starring on an upcoming episode New Girl.
- Check out this first look at Once Upon a Time’s Wicked Witch of the West.
- Ringo Starr will voice a new character—Fibonacci Sequins—on the Powerpuff Girls’ 15th anniversary special.
- Disney is working on a TV movie about the descendants of some famous Disney characters.
- ABC has picked up a new Stephen King series called Grand Central.
- Mark Millar’s Starlight comic series will be adapted by Fox.
Here are some teasers:
SNL with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon (Thanks, Colt.)
Manhattan's Gallery 1988's latest art show is called "Crazy 4 Cult: Back in New York," and includes the likes of:
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Lego: Star Wars is now available on iOS.
- Also now available on iOS: the original Tomb Raider.
- Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will be released March 25. Details on how to preorder can be found here.
- Here are a few new trailers for The Walking Dead Season 2, Infinite Crisis (highlighting Robin), Lego: The Hobbit and Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishment.
- And video for new scifi/horror game Soma and Mario Kart 8.
- Minecraft is now available for the PS3.
- A new browser-based free-to-play Star Wars game has been announced.
- A free-to-play Family Guy game is coming to mobile platforms sometime next year.
- Nintendo had it's last "Nintendo Direct" event earlier this week; here's a rundown of what was announced. A couple of highlights: Rosalina and Luma have been added to the Super Smash Bros roster; a new Zelda game—working title Hyrule Warriors—was announced as well.
- Microsoft has revealed a bit more about their original programming, saying that they're definitely not Netflix or Amazon.
- The company has narrowed the launch window for the first indie games distributed through Xbox One's ID@Xbox program to March of 2014.
- And in case you still need a Christmas gift, Harrod's in the UK is selling a gold-plated Xbox One for about $9,750.
- Valve's SteamOS is now available via free download.
- Valve’s also recently been sending out Steam consoles for beta testing; here’s a look at the outside and at the inside.
Wes would really like someone to make this a reality.
In book and comic news:
- Another Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book is in the works, but it’s not based on anything by Stieg Larsson.
- Here’s a sneak peek at Bryan Lee O’Malley’s new comic project.
Our Nerd Home created this awesome DIY nerd wreath and 8-bit ornaments:
And here's another bit of nerdy Christmas cheer:
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- Check out the top science images of 2013.
- Scientists are working to put an age on Saturn’s rings.
- Here’s what China’s rover is currently doing on the moon.
- Speaking of, this is a piece of art the U.S. left on the moon.
*Yeah, OK, this tells nothing about the plot. But if you’ve seen either of the other movies, you know that plot really isn’t a driving factor. I’m excited. Deal with it.