Vol. 4, Issue 44
Hi friends! Welcome to the first issue of Nerd News for December. It wasn't the busiest week for pop culture, but there were some fun announcements made. Read on!
In movie news:
- In the post-credits scene in Thor: The Dark World, that’s not Natalie Portman that Chris Hemsworth is kissing.
- X-Men: Days of Future past sees one major change from the comic it’s adapted from: It’s Wolverine that travels through time, not Kitty Pryde. Here’s why that change was made.
- A bunch of images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been released. Here’s a grainy shot of the not-so-Green Goblin, another of Dane de Haan’s Gobliny face, and some of Spidey and Electro. Check out the first trailer for the movie below!
- Batman vs. Superman’s Wonder Woman has been cast: Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious franchise) will play the Amazonian princess.
- The production of Fast and Furious 7 has been put on hold due to Paul Walker’s death. (RIP, Paul.)
- Veronica Mars has a release date: March 14, 2014. See below for a clip!
- A full-scale model of the Millennium Falcon has been created for Star Wars: Episode VII.
- There is a picture of the entirety (sort of) of Smaug on the side of some New Zealand Air planes.
- Here are some new photos of other characters from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- Christoph Waltz might be joining Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
- Here are some photos of Daniel Radcliffe as Igor in the set of Frankenstein (which also stars James McAvoy as the titular doctor).
- YA novel Daughter of Smoke and Bone is being adapted for the big screen.
- Jurassic World will be a sequel, not a reboot.
- Here are some new photos and plot details from Transformers 4.
- J.J. Abrams is making a Lance Armstrong biopic. (That makes four Lance Armstrong movies in the works.)
- Leonardo DiCaprio will be producing a biopic on Calvin and Hobbes creator/artist Bill Watterson.
- In release date changes: Warcraft will now open in March 2016, the Mummy reboot will open April 22, 2016, and fantasy adaptation Seventh Son has been pushed back to Feb. 6, 2015.
Here are a couple of trailers and that promised Veronica Mars clip:
300: Rise of an Empire
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Mondo released a set of Lord of the Rings posters yesterday as part of their ongoing series.
Thranduil is totally a mean girl.
In TV news:
- Might the Doctor be getting an additional companion?
- The U.K. now has an official premiere date of Sherlock's series 3: Jan. 1, 2014; the U.S. premiere date is still Jan. 19. A special online minisode will be available this Christmas called “Many Happy Returns.” (Thanks, Rebecca!) Here are 30 images from the new series.
- Rapunzel will make an appearance in an upcoming Once Upon a Time.
- Downton Abbey will visit Buckingham Palace during the show’s fourth series.
- The Walking Dead will return Feb. 9.
- NBC is working on The Wolfman, a new show about, well, a wolfman.
- The Weinsteins are looking to create new shows based on the comics Sin City and The Mist.
- The History Channel is interested in a new show about Jesus’ missing years—the years between 13 and 30 … when he possibly went around doing exorcisms.
Here are a couple of teasers:
These Cards Against Gallifrey cards are hilarious (and totally inappropriate, natch); there are more at the link below. (Thanks Samar!)
I did not realize fans had named Picard's signature jacket tug, but this is a great compilation of the other Picard Maneuver:
Speaking of Picard, if this doesn't put you in a festive mood, I don't know what will. (Thanks, Colt!)
In webseries news, from TGG:
- Space Janitors is running a Kickstarter to make their third season even better.
- The Jeff Lewis 5-minute Comedy Hour is back on Geek & Sundry. (The first episode is likely NSFW.)
In misc. news:
- Han Solo’s actual, real life (non-working, sadly) blaster is currently up for auction. The bids (of which there were none last night) start at 200,000.
- Hot Toys is releasing a (ridiculously detailed) 1/6 scale Bruce Banner action figure.
Ralph Sevelius has created more illustrations in his series of Disney Princess/Star Wars mashups:
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- Astronomers have discovered a solar system much like ours about 2,500 light-years away.
- The Grand Canyon recently experienced some SERIOUS fog.
- Check out this amazing time lapse video of the Earth as seen from the International Space Station.
- It might be easier to find life on Europa (one of Jupiter’s moons) than previously thought.
- Birth control for men is closer than ever to becoming a reality.
- The world is not only running low on things like water and coal; we’re also running out of chocolate, sardines, tequila, helium, wine, goat cheese and bacon. EGADS!
- Would you put a floor made from colorful snail poop in your foyer? You might soon be able to.
- Amazon recently announced that the company was working on “delivery drones.” Here's what they might look/act like.
- Microsoft is working on developing a “smart bra” that senses when the wearer is stressed.
- MIT researchers have developed a camera that can take photos in near darkness.
Artist Tsbranch has reimagined some classic superheroines with lovely results. Is it just me, or does Rogue totally look like Miranda from Mass Effect?
The Avengers meet the Justice League in this illustration from Adam Thompson.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Disney Infinity has added five new "Toy Box" modes that include Big Thunder Mountain and the claw machine from Toy Story.
- Job listings on EA's website point toward the development of an open-world Star Wars game.
- A familiar character will appear in the next "season" of Telltale's The Walking Dead.
- Speaking of, Telltale's the first episode of The Wolf Among Us is out for iOS today for $5 (or you can get the season pass for $15).
- Batman: Arkham Origins's new "Initiation" DLC includes several new challenge maps centered around Bruce Wayne's training with the League of Shadows.
- Recently funded Kickstarter game Ever, Jane is an MMO based in the Jane Austen universe in which you use gossip and manners to build a party and climb the social ladder.
- The Novelist, a game in which players are a ghost in a writer's summer house, will be available Dec. 10 on Steam.
- There's a Franz Kafka game in the works, which will be available for computers and mobile devices sometime next year. View a trailer at the link.
- Sony is giving away two free PS Mobile games every week for a month to promote their Vita and Sony Android phones.
- Replacing the stock HDD on an Xbox One is possible (and somewhat complicated), but TGG suggests waiting for Microsoft introduce USB storage, as replacing your drive will void the console's warranty.
- The company is also suggesting that users do not enable the box's dev mode, as it might make the system unplayable.
- The list of the first developers that will be taking part in the ID@Xbox indie self publishing program for Xbox One includes some heavy hitters like DoubleFine and Crytek.