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November 14, 2014
November 01, 2014
The eleventh month of the year knows how to steal its way into your heart.
Hint: It involves pie.
October 23, 2014
A million+ more to go!*
To the ends of the universe, my darling.
*Yes, we will live for a million+ years. Or at least ... our love will!**
**Yes, I know, we're gross.***
***Not back from my pause yet—Just had to pop in to publicly tell a certain someone happy anniversary.
October 02, 2014
As you might have noticed during the past few months, I haven't been around these parts much.
I really miss it.
That said, I also need a little break to clear my head and do some rethinking. October is going to be a very busy month for me, for a variety of reasons, so I'll be taking time off from blogging here.
In case you need a fix of nerdy news while I'm away, check out:
Badass Digest | Comics Alliance | Fashion and Action | GeekTyrant | IFL Science | io9 | Joystiq | The Mary Sue
And, if you need a fix of me, you can always find me at Forever Young Adult or on social media, which you can access in the sidebar.
I promise this isn't goodbye.
Be good while I'm away!
October 01, 2014
The tenth month of the year's feeling a bit sinister, but you know underneath those masks there are good hearts.
September 30, 2014
Hey kids! Hope you’ve had a good start to your week. What’s up in the world of nerdy pop culture?
In movie news:
- Mark your calendars for Nov. 7: A trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron might be shown in front of Interstellar.
- Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops will be recast for X-Men: Apocalypse.
- The DVD of X-Men Days of Future Past will feature a whole lot more of Rogue.
- The Fantastic Four reboot will have a different origin story than most are familiar with.
- William Shatner has confirmed that he’s been asked to be in Star Trek 3.
- Here are a couple of new photos from Fast & Furious 7.
- And some from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1.
- Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) might be the star of the Tim Burton adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower author Stephen Chbosky is working on a script for a live action Beauty and the Beast.
- Game of Thrones stars Lena Headey and Charles Dance have both joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
- Speaking of Game of Thrones actors, Aiden Gillen will have a role in The Scorch Trials, the sequel to The Maze Runner.
- Taken 3—or Tak3n?—has a synopsis. Here’s a French poster for the film.
- Keanu Reeves is game for Speed 3.
- The long-talked about Y The Last Man adaptation is no more.
Here are a few trailers and a featurette:
All You Zombies
Big Hero 6
Kingsman: The Secret Service
September 23, 2014
Hey kids! It’s that time again ...
In TV news:
- Nick Frost officially has a role in the Doctor Who Christmas special.
- Here’s a new poster for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s second season, which stars back up tonight.
- James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas) will play the original (Edwin) Jarvis in Agent Carter.
- Nick Tarabay (Spartacus) has joined Arrow and will play Captain Boomerang. Here are some new stills.
- Amanda Pays will reprise her 90s role as Dr. Tina McGee in The Flash.
- CBS is running with a Supergirl show.
- The official plot for The Walking Dead’s fifth season has been released. And here are a bunch of new photos.
- Fox is working on a show based on Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer character.
- Two new posters for American Horror Story: Freak Show have been revealed. This one is particularly DISTURBING. You’ve been warned.
- AMC will air the Xbox series Humans.
- Tiger Lily in NBC’s Peter Pan musical is an actual Cherokee descendant.
Here are a couple of previews:
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Star Wars Rebels
And a great Arrow gag reel:
September 16, 2014
Howdy kids! Hope you’re having a good week so far. What the latest in nerdy news?
In movie news:
- The rumors of Chris Evans’ last role in a Marvel film might have been greatly exaggerated.
- Here’s some info on what we might see in Captain America 3.
- Michael Douglas will not wear an Ant-Man costume in Ant-Man.
- Dave Bautista will reprise the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 … and The Avengers 3?
- A few photos of the new Batmobile from Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice have been released this week, some from on set and one more official.
- Zack Snyder also released a jokey picture of a Stormtrooper getting arrested in Gotham after rumors circulated around the Internet that the Batmobile had been stolen from the set.
- Warner Bros. is interested in making a Legion of Superheroes movie due to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy.
- James McAvoy will star in X-Men: Apocalypse, and he’ll look a whole lot more like the Professor X we’re familiar with.
- Here’s a vaguely spoilery photo of Adam Driver on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.
- Related: Here’s what Daisy Ridley’s character’s outfit might look like.
- Theo James has snagged the lead role in the Underworld reboot.
- Matt Damon is headed back to the Bourne franchise.
- Orlando Bloom might be back for Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
- Idris Elba and Dominic West have roles in Finding Dory. (I really love how the article makes a big deal that they starred together in The Wire … which is a far cry from Nemo.)
- Mugatu will be in Zoolander 2.
- Top Gun 2 has a writer.
- James Franco has optioned Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant.
- There will be a 23 Jump Street.
- A remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer is in the works.
Here are a couple of trailers:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1
Playing it Cool
And a couple of clips from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier gag reel:
September 11, 2014
The Maze Runner (****)
The maze doors open
Boys run from creepy monsters
The maze doors draw closed
I read The Maze Runner a few months ago when I heard that this movie was coming out. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't in love with it. The adaptation, however, was really good!
The premise is this: A young man wakes up in an elevator, not remembering who he is or how he got in the situation. When the elevator stops, it opens into a large glade, which is populated by a group of other young men. The glade, it turns out, is in the middle of a gigantic maze, and it's up to the boys (or so they think) to find their way out. They thrive on routine and the rules of the Glade. But soon, circumstances change, and all routine is thrown out the window.
Those adults in charge of The Maze Runner were smart to look outside of the standard YA adaptation stars—I'm looking at you, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort—and cast a semi-unfamiliar ensemble that had great chemistry together. Thomas is played by Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien; I've never seen the show, so I don't know what he's like on it, but I think he did well in the role of Thomas, who runs the gamut of from confused amnesiac to solid leader. Thomas Brodie-Sangster—yes, Sam from Love Actually—was great as second-in-command, and he's still as adorable as ever. (But so skinny! Someone get the boy a Kalteen bar.)
Although the adaptation wasn't to the letter of the book, it was quite close. I have a few nitpicky complaints about some of the changes (with the sets, specifically), but I don't feel like they detracted from the movie experience. But I really wish they'd spent a little more on the vines. (If you've seen the movie/once you see the movie, you'll know what I mean.)
I haven't read the second or third book in the series, but a movie sequel has already been greenlit, so I suppose I'll need to move those up on the TBR* list.
Regardless of if you've read the book, if you're a fan of thrillers or dystopian YA adaptations, I think you'll enjoy this film.
*to be read
September 09, 2014
Welcome to the first Tuesday edition of Nerd News! I hope y’all enjoy what I’ve found for you, regardless of when you end up reading this.
In TV news:
- Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) will both have roles in upcoming episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Here’s a synopsis for the show’s second season.
- Netflix is betting large on Gotham; they’ve already bought the show’s streaming rights. (Thanks, Colt!) Here are some new images from the show.
- Warner Bros. TV is working on a Supergirl series with the guys who brought us Arrow.
- Speaking of, Arrow’s Ra’s Al Ghul has been cast. (And he’s a white guy.)
- Constantine has its Detective Jim Corrigan.
- Weird Al will have a cameo role on ABC’s midseason medieval musical Galavant. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Hodor and Bran will not be in Game of Thrones’ fifth season.
- New photos from The Walking Dead’s fifth season have been released.
- The new cast image for American Horror Story: Freak Show features a three-boobed Angela Bassett.
- Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report series will take place 10 years after the movie.
- Here’s a first look at Allison Williams (Girls) as Peter Pan.
- The LEGO Movie directors are working on a reboot of The Greatest American Hero.
Here are a few previews:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Once Upon a Time
September 04, 2014
I wanted to let y'all know that Nerd News is moving to Tuesdays as of now. Thursdays are going to be super busy for me on FYA in the coming weeks, so I hope this might alleviate some of my late (late) Wednesday nights.
The series might move back to Thursdays, or even to another day of the week, if this move doesn't work out. I hope y'all will continue reading, regardless!
September 01, 2014
Let's get toasty by the fire with the ninth month of the year.
August 28, 2014
Happy Thursday, everyone. I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Before we get into the news, I wanted to ask: If I needed to shift Nerd News to another day, which day would you be most likely to read it? Or, does it matter? Let me know in the comments?
Now, onto the good stuff.
In movie news:
- Here’s some news on Ultron’s army from The Avengers: Age of Ultron and some set photos.
- Ant-Man will have a tie to The Incredible Hulk.
- Evangeline Lilly recent shared a photo of her Ant-Man hair-do.
- Hawkeye could have a role in Captain America 3.
- DC Comics superhero movies might have a no jokes rule.
- Here’s a rumor on a known bad guy who might make an appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII. The news is spoilery, natch. (In fact, I didn’t even read the article, but I trust BAD to bring us proper news.)
- David Yates (director of Harry Potter 5–8) will be directing the first in the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.
- These new Hunger Games posters are fierce. Particularly Natalie Dormer’s.
- Bond 24 might be bringing the character of Henching back to the big screen.
- Tom Hanks and Ron Howard will be working on the third Da Vinci Code novel film adaptation.
- Joseph Gordon Levitt is still working on the Sandman movie.
Here are a couple of trailers:
Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen in the same movie? This could be AMAZING(ly awful).
August 25, 2014
Happy Monday, friends! In honor of this past weekend's Doctor Who Series 8 premiere, I went on a little browser-shopping spree and found some great Doctor Who merch.
What did I find that's totally lust-worthy?
1 | A fun spin on Bad Wolf. (T-shirt)
2 | A way to show off your nerdy side as you get fit. (tank top)
3 | Pretty Who-welry. (crack necklace, pendant, locket)
4 | Bags that are bigger on the inside. (TARDIS purse, Dalek purse)
5 | An arty accessory. (scarf)
6 | The promise of adventurous dreams. (duvet set)
7 | A fantastic tech accessory. (decal)
8 | Warmth for the cosplayers. (10th coat, 11th coat)
9 | Awesome art. (I Believe, All of Time and Space, We're All Stories in the End)
4 | Time for tea. (infuser, teapot)
Have you run across anything on the web lately that makes your two hearts go a-pitter-patter?
P.S.—I'll be recapping each episode of the new series for Forever Young Adult, if you'd like to discuss! Here's my recap of "Deep Breath."
August 21, 2014
Hey guys! Thanks for your understanding last week. But just because I was busy didn’t mean the news machine stopped churning. What’s up in the world of pop culture?
In TV news:
- io9 has released a guide to this year’s new scifi and fantasy TV shows.
- Jenna Coleman will leave Doctor Who at Christmas. Can I get a yee-haw?!
- All series 8 episode titles have also been revealed. The new season will also have a new opener, which was inspired/created by a fan.
- Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Dune) and Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe) have joined Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Palicki will play the superhero Mockingbird. (Thanks, Colt!)
- Clancy Brown (Carnivàle) has been cast in The Flash.
- Here’s a round-up of a bunch of other superhero show casting.
- Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will reprise their Shaun of the Dead roles in an upcoming Phineas and Ferb episode. (Thanks, Emily!)
- Here’s a first look at Once Upon a Time’s Anna and Elsa together.
- Star Wars: Rebels will premiere Oct. 3.
- Craig Ferguson is in talks to host a syndicated talk show.
- You can check out the pilot episode of the new Karen Gillan/John Cho show Selfie here.
- Patti LaBelle will have role on American Horror Story: Freak Show.
- Outlander has been renewed for a second season.
- Keanu Reeves is coming to TV; he’ll star in Rain, “which centers around John Rain, a hit man whose specialty is making his victims look like they died of natural causes.”
- NBC is planning a 10-part musical series about Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
- ABC is making a new astronaut comedy based on Chris Hadfield’s memoir, An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth.
- There’s a Resident Evil series in the works. Not much is currently known about it, but it’s being billed as a "thrilling detective drama." (Thanks, Wes!)
- Lifetime is working on a movie about Brittany Murphy.
Here are some previews:
August 19, 2014
The Expendables 3 (****)
Ross and gang are back
But who are those young people?
Needs more R rating
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. Y'all know that I'm a huge Expendables fan. The first movie blew me away, and then the second movie surpassed the first in both action and hilarity, which I didn't think was possible. Sadly, that spark has gone missing between the second and third films.
The Expendables 3 again follows the team of ragtag mercenaries with hearts of gold led by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hail Caesar (Terry Crews). While on a mission to take down a warlord, things go amiss when Barney recognizes the warlord as a former associate, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Barney suddenly begins to feel his mortality, and so fires his old crew and finds a new one filled with a bunch of young ne'er do wells. Of course, explosions and ridiculous dialogue and fight scenes ensue.
First of all, let me say: Those character names ... They are THE BEST. I don't think I'd really paid attention to them before, but they're so ridiculous. And the old guard can pull them—and their equally ridiculous characters—off so well. The actors might not be winning Oscars for these roles, but they do a fine job.
The new kids, however, left something to be desired. The Expendables movies are about old (and older—Terry and Jason are in their late 40s, and I don't consider that old at all) guys kicking ass. Watching the younger actors, who, certainly, can kick some major ass, made me feel like I was watching a different franchise. (And someone please tell Ronda Rousey that she should really stick to MMA. I'm not doing it—I'm not that stupid.) Additionally, the movie's rating is PG-13, which meant less cursing and less ridiculous violence. Now, I'm not a proponent of meaningless violence, but these movies are meant to be farsical, and the fact that people get blown to shreds in them is funny because of the level of ridiculousness with which it happens.
The movie's saving graces were—surprisingly—Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes. Their characters, Galgo and Doc, respectively, added needed humor into the film. I have long had an animosity toward Antonio (for no real reason other than that I didn't like him?), but I will admit that this movie has done a lot for bringing him into my good graces. And Wesley give great crazy eyes.
On the whole, I enjoyed the movie, but I didn't love it like I did the others. It was much more a typical (i.e., formulaic) action film, and that's not what's so amazing about the franchise.
If you liked the other films, I would recommend seeing this one, too, if only to make the possibility of a fourth one a reality. (There's always a dud in a franchise somewhere.)
August 14, 2014
Apologies for the lack of Nerd News today, friends! I just started a new job this past Monday—I know! I'm excited, too!—and have therefore been a bit overwhelmed. I also got the opportunity to see a preview showing of The Expendables 3 last night—with live explosions!—and you know I couldn't pass on such an awesome opportunity.
I'll be back next week with all of the nerdy news that (I think) is fit to print.
To tide you over, I'll leave you with this:
August 07, 2014
Hey kids! Hope you’re having a good week so far. Let’s get going ...
In movie news:
- Sony is supposedly working on a Spider-Man movie with a female lead.
- Here’s some information (and a photo of Ben as Bruce) about what Batman’s been up to before Batman vs. Superman begins.
- Speaking of, the movie’s release date has been moved; it’ll now open March 25, 2016.
- DC has released their timeline of releases through 2020, but no titles as of yet.
- Galaxy Quest 2 isn’t entirely a lost cause. (Thanks, Colt!)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’s extended edition will be 25 minutes longer.
- Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book just keeps getting better: Bill Murray has joined the cast; he’ll voice Baloo.
- Jennifer Lee (director of Frozen) is working on a new adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.
- Terminator: Genesis is actually Terminator: Genisys. Your guess is as good as mine.
- Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids) might be directing a female-centric Ghostbusters 3.
- The reboot of The Mummy will be the first movie in a new Universal monsters franchise.
- Snow White and the Huntsman sequel The Huntsman will now be a prequel, and will focus on the Huntsman and the evil queen.
- Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) will finish the Lost in Austen movie Nora Ephron was working on before her passing.
- Ricky Gervais is working on an Office (U.K. version) spin-off movie.
- The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adaptation isn’t dead yet.
- The Dead Island movie had been sort of shelved, but movement is being made to restart production in early 2015. (Thanks, Wes!)
Here are a couple of trailers:
The Expendables 3
Into the Woods
August 06, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (*****)
Save the galaxy with snark
Ooga Chaka, Oo ...
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. I've been excited about seeing Guardians of the Galaxy since it was announced. I knew very little about the comic the movie is based on—I've learned a bit since then—but I was excited, regardless. (I am becoming more and more a Marvel fangirl.) Plus, any movie in which two of the five main characters are a talking raccoon and his BFF, a tree creature that can only say "I am Groot" in various inflections? SOLD.
Guardians of the Galaxy is about a group of misfits/outlaws/criminals who don't want anything to do with each other at first, but soon find themselves working together out of necessity to save the galaxy (and their own hides) from a crazed villain hell-bent on destruction.
The movie ties into the already filmed Marvel 'verse via the end-credits scene from The Avengers, in which we got a glimpse of Thanos, and the mid-credits scene from Thor: The Dark World, in which we met The Collector (Benecio del Toro). This film has a somewhat different feel than the other Marvel movies we've come to know and love, however, in that it's a little sillier and a little lighter. It fits in with the rest of the movies well, but the main cast—Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing Rocket Raccoon and Groot, respectively—aren't your typical superheroes. They're not superheroes at all; at least, not the Captain America and Thor kind. They're outlaws/criminals who just so happen to also have hearts of gold.
The actors, both the main five and the supporting ones, are all fantastic in this movie. Chris is so great as Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) with his "big talk and somewhat smaller action" persona. I was really impressed with Dave Bautista, too. The plot isn't exactly Oscar-worthy, but if you're going to a Marvel movie for deep philosophical ideas ... you obviously have someone else's tickets. I was also impressed with the quality of the CGI—both Groot and Rocket actually look like living creatures, rather than cartoons.
But really, Vulture hits the nail on the head with this article: "Is This the Best Part of Guardians of the Galaxy? (Yes)." (Definite spoilers in that one, so do avoid it until you've seen the movie.)
If you're a fan of Marvel's superhero movies, particularly the snarkier/more lighthearted bits, then I'm certain that you'll enjoy this film.
August 01, 2014
Let's give a hearty skål to the eighth month of the year!
July 31, 2014
Hey kids! Tonight is the night. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I am very excited. However, first things first: Loads of good stuff came out of SDCC last weekend, so let’s jump right in.
In TV news:
- The season premiere of Doctor Who’s eighth series will be aired in theaters around the country. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Here are some details on new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters, including who Lucy Lawless will be playing.
- The Russo Brothers (directors of Captain America: The Winter Solider) will direct two episodes of Agent Carter. Here is more information about the series.
- At SDCC, Marvel announced a new Guardians of the Galaxy animated series. (Thanks, Amanda!)
- The Flash and Arrow will have a two-hour crossover episode.
- Nickelodeon will not air any more episodes of the third season of The Legend of Korra on TV, but they’ll be available online.
- Details on Community’s sixth season were revealed at SDCC.
- John Rhys-Davies and Tyler Jacob Moore (Shameless) have joined Once Upon a Time’s Frozen arc. Rhys-Davies will voice Pabbie the Troll King and Moore will play Hans. Here’s a first look at Georgina Haig as Elsa.
- Meet the new Game of Thrones season five cast members in this video.
- Here’s the latest news on American Horror Story: Freak Show and Hannibal’s third season.
- Bruce Campbell will star in a new Evil Dead TV series.
- Jessica Biel will be playing “the hottest scientist in the world” in the New Girl season premiere.
- SyFy has greenlit a two-hour pilot based on Lev Grossman’s novel The Magicians.
- Allison Williams (Girls) will follow in Mary Martin's footsteps and play Peter Pan in NBC’s live broadcast.
- Andy Samberg and Kit Harrington will star in a new HBO tennis mockumentary.
Here are a bunch of previews:
Legend of Korra: Book Three (Thanks, Colt!)
The Walking Dead
July 28, 2014
Do you enjoy dystopian movies or YA novels?
Do you want to see me being a nervous wreck?*
Then join me this Sunday, Aug. 3 for An Evening with Chris Weitz: MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME at the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park!
Because of my work with Forever Young Adult, I was asked to moderate a Q&A with film director Chris Weitz (About A Boy, American Pie ... Twilight: New Moon), who has written a new dystopian YA novel The Young World.
(I finished the book this weekend and enjoyed it—thankfully! I'll be posting my review on FYA this Wednesday, if you're curious.)
Here are the event deets from the Drafthouse site:
Murder by the Book and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema presents an in-depth discussion with writer/director Chris Weitz.I'd love to see you, if you can make it out! And, if you know anyone in the Houston area, please pass this on.
Weitz is the acclaimed director of AMERICAN PIE, ABOUT A BOY and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON. In addition, Weitz has written the screenplays for films such as ANTZ and the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of CINDERELLA. Most recently, Weitz has authored the YA novel "The Young World," a a gripping thriller set in a post-apocolyptic New York City where adults have been killed off by a myserious Sickness and the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. When a potential cure is discovered to the Sickness, a group of five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.
Weitz will sit down with Forever Young Adult writer Mandy Curtis for an extended Q&A about his career, his novel and his writing process. In addition, Weitz will introduce MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME, a movie that has influenced him during the course of writing THE YOUNG WORLD.
*Only slightly kidding.
July 24, 2014
Today is the first day of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) … and I am not there, sadly. I hope that if you are there, that you’re having a great time. (And reading this after the event is over. Or while standing in line.) If you’re like me, however, you can be sure I’ll be sharing links to roundups in next week’s Nerd News. Let’s console ourselves with some links.
In movie news:
- Here are a few more character posters—this time for the villains—for Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Details on the movie’s cameos have also been leaked.
- These 12 facts, supposedly, about GotG won’t be in the movie.
- Robert Downey Jr. would be open to an Iron Man 4.
- Marvel announced five released dates—but no movie titles—this week, then added another for 2018. According to Kevin Feige, they’re planning on a “one sequel, one new character per year” calendar. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Sony’s Sinister Six movie will be released Nov. 11, 2016.
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently confirmed he’ll be playing a DC superhero, but what role he’ll embody has yet to be revealed.
- Donate to charity and you could get a walk-on role in Star Wars: Episode VII. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day) has joined the movie. Here’s a bit more information about the film as a whole, and Gwendolyn Christie and John Boyega’s roles. (Possible spoilers, natch. I didn’t actually read the last three links so as to not spoil myself.)
- Smaug is looking pretty peeved in this new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster.
- And here’s a new photo featuring Gandalf and Thranduil’s back.
- A new poster for and some more photos from Mad Max: Fury Road have been released.
- Idris Elba is in talks to join the Guy Richie-directed Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur retelling.
- The first photo from the upcoming live action/CGI hybrid movie Pixels features a mulleted Peter Dinklage.
- The lead single—a rap song, natch—from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has been released. (Thanks, Wes!)
- The Uncharted movie will begin filming in 2015.
- There’s a Space Invaders movie in the works. (Thanks, Wes.)
- Paddington Bear will now be voiced by Ben Whishaw (Skyfall).
- The Shining prequel has a director.
- Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will open July 7, 2017.
Here are a few trailers/clips/20 minutes of the new TMNT:
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Imitation Game
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
July 17, 2014
Hey guys! Sorry again for the lack of Nerd News last week. Projects tend to pile up when I’m away from the computer for a few days! Let’s get going.
In TV news:
- The first photo from Doctor Who’s season premiere is very Victorian.
- Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Chuck) has joined Arrow; he’ll be playing The Atom. Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) has also joined the show. He’ll play Firestorm.
- Gotham will introduce a potential Joker each episode. WARNING: There is a freaky illustration of the joker at the link.
- Carol Kane (The Princess Bride, Annie Hall) will be playing Oswald Cobblepot’s mom.
- Orphan Black has been renewed for a third season.
- Guillermo del Toro has released some more information about the Pacific Rim animated series.
- Thomas Jane has grabbed the starring role in SyFy’s The Expanse, a new show based on James S. A. Corey's books.
- Christopher Walken will play a “tap-dancing Captain Hook” in NBC’s live musical version of Peter Pan. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
Here are a few promo videos and a featurette:
SyFy’s 12 Monkeys
Doctor Who (Thanks, Rebecca.)
July 15, 2014
So, yeah ... Nerd News over the weekend didn't happen. Sorry guys! I got sidetracked with other projects, like this one:
Which I made for the summer scavenger hunt/showdown that I'm part of through the FYA Book Club. (View a larger, non-animated version here if you'd like to read the articles. I don't know why it stops moving when it's embiggened ... I blame Tumblr.)
I'll have a double dose of NN ready for you Thursday morning. However, I do have something to share with you today: I fell hard for the song "Rude" on the radio recently, and turn it up and sing along every chance I get. It's not my typical jam, but I dig it. And when I listened to Magic!'s entire album, I was hooked. Take a listen for yourself below.
What's your summer jam?
July 10, 2014
Sorry guys! Late night work event + early morning continuation of work event = no time to dedicate to nerdy news gathering.
I've got another late night tomorrow, so check back this weekend for the news you need to know ... only a few days late.
To tide you over, here's a new Harry Potter short that J.K. Rowling released earlier this week. I've included the first couple of paragraphs below as a tease.
There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities. We’ve seen many a famous face from the wizarding world grace the stands here in the Patagonian Desert – Ministers and Presidents, Celestina Warbeck, controversial American wizarding band The Bent-Winged Snitches – all have caused flurries of excitement, with crowd members scrambling for autographs and even casting Bridging Charms to reach the VIP boxes over the heads of the crowd.
But when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen. As the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small children mown down. Fans from all corners of the globe stormed towards the area where members of Dumbledore’s Army were rumoured to have been sighted, desperate above all else for a glimpse of the man they still call the Chosen One.
July 08, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (****)
Dragons are awesome
Dragon trackers are d-bags
Power can deceive
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. We didn't jump on the How to Train Your Dragon bandwagon until long after the first movie had gone to DVD/BluRay, but once we did finally watch it, both the mister and I totally fell for its charm. And Toothless, natch.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 picks up on the island kingdom of Berk five years after the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless began. The vikings have taken to their dragons quickly, and treat them like part of the family. Stoick is attempting to groom Hiccup to take his place as chief when he retires, but Hiccup would rather go exploring and adventuring with Toothless. On one such adventure, the duo come across a set of dragon trappers ... and a mysterious dragon rider who might be more than meets the eye.
Before I get into the why, let me say: How to Train Your Dragon 2 is adorable. It has a great humor that rides the line between childlike and adult so well. The main characters—particularly Hiccup, Astrid and their crew—are endearing. I think it's hilarious that the actors that voice the
The stars of the movie, however, are definitely the dragons. I want my own Toothless SO BAD. The CGI was also great, both technologically and visually; I'd love to visit some of the places Hiccup and Toothless visit, regardless of their historical inaccuracy/fantastical nature.
I'd highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed the first one, or anyone who wants to enjoy a carefree time at the movies.