Vol. 5, Issue 6
Happy Thursday, friends! It seems like news has been a bit light lately; might the Olympics be to blame? Regardless, something important did happen this week:
I’m super excited. I know very little about the Guardians of the Galaxy stories, but this looks so fun. I really hope this movie continues Marvel’s domination of the comic movie world.
In other movie news:
- Not sure what to make of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer? Here’s what you need to know. And here are some super high-res photos.
- Some photos from the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron have been released.
- The design for The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Green Goblin has been revealed thanks to a bust figurine. It’s, um, creepy.
- A bunch of new character images from X-Men: Days of Future Past have been released. Quicksilver still looks terrible.
- Gal Gadot has been working out, prepping for her Wonder Woman role, and she wants you to check out her “guns.”
- The Fantastic Four reboot finally has a (fantastic?) four: Miles Teller (Divergent, That Awkward Moment), Kate Mara (House of Cards, American Horror Story) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Jumper) will join Michael B. Johnson in the film. Surprisingly, Jamie is the one who will play The Thing? (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- The search is over: Jai Courtney will star as Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis.
- Ron Howard might be directing a Jungle Book adaptation.
- Michael Keaton is totally game for a Beetlejuice 2.
- Chris Pratt (Parks and Rec, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express) might be teaming up for a Knight Rider movie.
Here is a featurette (and there are two more at the link below) for The Zero Theorem, the new movie from Terry Gilliam:
An official blooper reel from The Lego Movie has been released, too:
Mondo released more images from Laurent Durieux's solo showcase, including another Back to the Future piece:
Love these Back to the Future posters by Andy Fairhurst.
Eleven is totally a Doc-style character.
In TV news:
- Fox has been airing episodes of Almost Human seriously out of order. That damn channel, always messing with great things!
- Arrow has been renewed for a third season, and Supernatural renewed for a tenth season. (Thanks, Colt!)
- Jada Pinkett-Smith has joined Gotham; she’ll play Oswald Cobblepot’s gangster boss named … Fish Mooney.
- SyFy has announced its 2014 lineup: Warehouse 13 will finish up starting April 14 and one of our favorite contestants on Face Off—Eric Fox—is getting his own show.
- Three new characters (from the comics) will be joining The Walking Dead.
- Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy) has been cast in an ABC sitcom “loosely based on My Fair Lady.”
- Here’s a first look at Gracepoint, the American version of Broadchurch, both of which star David Tennant.
- The BBC is working on a new Robin Hood series with a bit of a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde feel to it. In the show, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Robin are one in the same.
- Alyson Hannigan (Buffy, How I Met Your Mother) has a starring role in a new CBS pilot from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in which she plays “an amazing mother who runs the house like a drill sergeant and has endless energy.” Sounds extraordinarily sitcom-y to me, but the Damon/Affleck combo might surprise me.
- New information on Star Wars: Rebels characters Zeb and Sabine has been released.
Here are a few teasers:
Star Wars: Rebels
In webseries news:
- Dr. Horrible 2 is still happening, and even has plot points and songs! I’ll believe it when I see it, folks.
- Jillian Bell (Workaholics) is starring in a new Comedy Central webseries called Idiotsitter; here's a trailer. (Likely NSFW for language, implied drug and alcohol use.) (Thanks, Wes!)
In gaming news, from TGG:
- A few new Nintendo trailers have been released, including one for Mario Kart 8 and one for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
- Konami has released a comparison video for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes that focuses on the differences between last gen (PS3/Xbox 360) and current gen (PS4/Xbox One).
- And here's a new trailer/gameplay video for The Order: 1886.
- Square Enix has announced a mobile Hitman game called Hitman Go. Wes says: “It looks weird.” I have to agree.
- Want to spoil the first chapter of the reboot of Thief for yourself? Watch this video.
- Harmonix (makers of Rock Band) have announced a new free-to-play first-person shooter that centers around “finding the beat.” According to Wes, the weapons seem to work pretty similarly to the Dubstep gun from Saint's Row 4.
- Therian Saga, a French (Canadian) browser RPG, is opening an English-language beta to get feedback from English-speaking players.
- Grounded, the feature-length documentary on the making of The Last of Us, is now on Amazon Instant Video for free.
- WARNING: Do not watch this video before you go to bed. A very talented someone has created a disturbing mod for NBA 2K14 that turns the teams into the Tune Squad and the Monstars from Space Jam.
I'd vacation in the Ewok village, even if they might eat me in my sleep.
In misc. news:
- Toy Fair 2014 took place in New York this week. The Mary Sue was there and took pictures, and Comics Alliance wrote up a large number of posts on what was announced at the event. Also, I don't know what company makes this Greedo, but WANT.
- I linked to the announcement of Funko’s new Re-Action toy line last week, and we now know what the Firefly figures will look like. They are really, really not cute.
- Mega Blocks has announced that they will release an Assassin's Creed collection later this year. (Thanks, Wes.)
- J.K. Rowling is writing another book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
- Stephen King has announced his next novel, a book titled Revival, which “follows a preacher and a drug-addicted musician in the mid-twentieth century.”
- Need help falling asleep? Try listening to the sweet lull of a starship engine as you drift off.
- Marty McFly’s power laces are (finally) becoming reality in 2015.
- Let's all move to the Netherlands, where we can live on streets named after Tolkien characters.
These Disney princess/villain illustrations by Joe Alexander are really neat.
And these Mucha-inspired princesses by Hannah Alexander are lovely. (Even if a few of them are a little too anime for my taste.)
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- Here are 11 things you might not know about space exploration, including the fact that the moon smells like “wet ashes in a fireplace" and "spent gunpowder.”
- The first map of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede has been released. (Thanks, Colt.)
- The mystery of the missing Martian rock has been solved. Please note: It wasn’t aliens.
- The award for saddest statistic of the week goes to: “A quarter of Americans think the sun revolves around the Earth.”
- An asteroid that was supposed to pass by Earth earlier this week has disappeared.
- Check out this crazy image of lightning striking Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
- Physicists have made progress in the research of nuclear fusion. (Thanks, Colt.)
- The Great Lakes are currently so frozen that a plane can safely land on the ice.
- The U.S. military is working on a set of Iron Man armor they hope to have ready by 2018.
- A new brain interface allows one monkey to control the movements of another.
- This fossil shows an ancient marine reptile in the process of giving birth.
- Grapes can get zits?
P.S.—I hope to be around next week to bring you more nerdy news, but if I'm not, blame Ragnarok.