Vol. 5, Issue 1
It’s finally heeeeeeeere! The first Nerd News of 2014. (Volume 5, guys! That’s crazy.) Some of this news is pretty old, but you might have missed it during the shuffle of the holidays. Let’s jump right in.
In TV news:
- Gareth Roberts (
Father of Stormageddon, Dark Lord of AllCraig) will return to Doctor Who … to write an episode for Peter Capaldi, who, it turns out, will be keeping his Scottish accent and will be "crazy, dangerous and difficult," according to Steven Moffat. Here's a photo of Peter's first full day on set.
- Moffat also says—grain of salt—that he and Mark Gatiss have also supposedly planned out Sherlock through a fifth series. And don't forget, US peeps (who haven't snuck a watch already): Sherlock series 3 starts Sunday!
- Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong have teamed up for Jaguar Super Bowl commercials highlighting Britain's "villains." (See one of them below.)
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be getting a couple of well-known guest stars in the near future: Stan Lee and Jaimie Alexander (Thor's Sif). Bill Paxton will also be joining the show.
- Marvel is moving forward with two new series: the one about Agent Carter and an animated Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Fox's upcoming Gotham show will feature known Batman characters.
- In other DC series news: NBC has ordered a Constantine pilot and the Wonder Woman origins show the CW was working on has been scrapped. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- The CW has, however, picked up a Labyrinth—no, not that Labyrinth—mini series, which "follows the life of modern day archeologist Alice Tanner as she searches for the Holy Grail, and the life of 13th century Alaïs as she strives to keep it hidden."
- Here’s a bunch of information on the upcoming 24 sequel, which Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) has joined.
- David Lynch has begun to shoot new Twin Peaks footage.
- The new Sailor Moon reboot will start (maybe) in July.
- Zoe Saldana will star in a new Rosemary’s Baby miniseries.
- American Horror Story's fourth season will take place in the 1950s.
- NBC has bought the rights to a "retro astronaut workplace gender comedy" from Will Farrell's production company.
Here are a bunch of teasers and clips:
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
And one of the Jaguar ads I referenced above:
This great infographic records the first and last words of all of the Doctor's regenerations.
British cats! (Thanks, Kate!)
Doctor Who + Friends =
No one likes a spoiler, Sherlock!
In webseries news:
- Veronica Mars is getting a web spin-off, possibly starring Dick Casablancas.
- Here are some details on the Wachowskis' upcoming science fiction Netflix series, Sense8.
Check out the first episode of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRECord TV show:
This trailer for the Kung Fury film Kickstarter has to be seen to be believed.
In movie news:
- The Avengers: Age of Ultron has another villain: Baron Von Strucker, who will be played by Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Wanted).
- Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Ant-Man; he'll be playing the original Ant-Man Hank Pym. Michael Peña (Shooter, End of Watch) and Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek, Pacific Rim) might also join the film.
- The next Marvel one-shot will focus on The Mandarin while Trevor's in prison. (See below for a clip.)
- Here are some new details on Guardians of the Galaxy.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past casting: Rogue is out, Toad is in.
- Johnny Depp might be up for the role of Doctor Strange.
- The filming of the Justice League movie might immediately follow Batman vs. Superman.
- Michael Fassbender and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) are two of the latest names rumored to be up for a Star Wars VII role. The movie will supposedly focus on the old characters rather than any new, but here are some details on the movie—focusing on Luke, Leia and Han's kids—that could have been.
- Peter Mayhew recently shared candid photos taken on the set of the original trilogy via his Twitter. (Thanks, Colt!)
- The Boba Fett movie will be written by Lawrence Kasdan (co-writer of both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi).
- If you blinked, you might have missed it, but here's a look at Stephen Colbert's cameo in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- Here's a list of the actors up for the role of Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis.
- Details on the character designs for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been revealed.
- Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have officially signed on for the Avatar sequels.
- Chris Pratt (Parks and Rec, Guardians of the Galaxy) will star in Jurassic World.
- Despicable Me 3 and a new How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be released in 2017.
- Gerard Butler is in talks for a Point Break remake.
- A Johnny Quest movie is in the works.
- As is a Magic: The Gathering movie. (Thanks, Wes!)
- And in case you missed it, here is a full list of all of the 2014 Oscar nominations.
Here are a few trailers:
All Hail the King (Marvel's Mandarin short)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Muppets Most Wanted
Mondo released posters for Where the Wild Things Are and Brick last week.
Bottleneck Gallery is selling a new Star Wars triptych by Marko Manev this weekend. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
There are very few things better than a blooper reel.
In misc. news:
- JK Rowling is working on writing a Harry Potter play.
- Disney's Frozen is being turned into a stage musical.
- A new Doctor Who e-book featuring four stories that expand on the time Eleven spent in Christmas (during "Time of the Doctor") will be released in late February. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Gillian Anderson (X-Files) is writing a new sci-fi series.
- The Star Wars comic line will return to Marvel's control.
- Funko is releasing a new set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier POP! Vinyl figures.
- Hot Toys is releasing a new Thor: The Dark World Loki figure. I think I prefer the Avengers one.
Deviant Art artist FarTooManyIdeas has crafted Smaug and Bilbo out of a copy of The Hobbit, and the whole thing is brilliant.
I love, love, love Andy MacDonald's Project: Rooftop redesigns of some of the X-Men, particularly Rogue:
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- These weird ancient fish had both front and back legs.
- A chasm deeper than the Grand Canyon has been discovered under the Antarctic ice.
- This toy Gatling gun fires more than 650 rubber bands in less than a minute.
- For added safety, this new bike light projects the image of a bike in front of a rider.
I found some items as well:
- Here are the biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2013 and what we should look for this year.
- These 10 species were discovered last year.
- De-evolving birds could lead to the return of dinosaurs.
- Scientists have developed an elixir that reverses aging in rats.
- Eating peanuts while pregnant will not give an unborn child a peanut allergy.
- Turns out, caffeine can boost memory function.
Everyone looks so much better with a beard ... except Prince Phillip, who totally looks like a lady wearing a beard. (And Gaston looks oddly like Henry Cavill.)
These oil paintings of some of the Disney princesses by Heather Theurer are so gorgeous.
Jessica Chastain pulls off a really great Merida.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Disney's Magical World for Nintendo 3DS will be released March 11.
- Watch Dogs was influenced by real-life hacking and cyber attacks.
- Upcoming Last of Us single-player story DLC will focus on Ellie.
- Here's a video comparison of the original (recent reboot) version of Tomb Raider with the new HD version.
- Sony has announced that PlayStation Now will stream older titles.
- Game of Thrones: Ascent, a Facebook game, is coming to iOS and Android "soon."
- Check out this neat fan-made film, Legend of Zelda: The Dark Mask.
- Would you play an 8-bit Pulp Fiction game?
- I loved Wes' explanation of Catlateral Damage: "An indie developer has decided to explore the intersection between 'the internet loves cats' and 'cats are massive jerks' with a game that puts players in the role of a cat who must knock its owner's things off of all surfaces."
- Here are some trailers that were released over the holidays: Alien: Isolation, Broken Age, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix, Rambo and Tengami.
- You can play classic games for free in your browser thanks to Internet Archive.
- Here's video of the new Steam controller.
- NASA is experimenting with using the Oculus Rift and Kinect to control robots.
I found a couple of things as well:
- Halo 5 is coming to Xbox One later this year.
- Here are some new screenshots from Bungie's upcoming Destiny.
Rachel sent me this great Bishock Infinite fan-made video by Chicago-based group VStheUniverse:
And finally, because it's just too good not to include even though it's nearly a month old: