Vol. 5, Issue 7
Hello friends! Another Thursday, more news of the pop culture variety. What’s the haps?
In TV news:
- Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey) has joined Doctor Who as a possible additional companion of Peter Capaldi.
- The members of Arrow’s Suicide Squad have been revealed.
- Farscape might be returning to TV (!) with a TV movie spin-off about John and Aeryn’s son D’Argo.
- Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) will have the lead role in NBC’s Constantine.
- Here are some new posters for Game of Thrones’ season 4.
- SyFy’s Being Human is coming to an end.
- Heroes is returning to TV with a 13-episode special series called Heroes Reborn. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- The iZombie adaptation casting is moving forward.
- Here’s a look at Hera, another character from Star Wars: Rebels.
- Krysten Ritter will star in a new NBC series called Mission Control in which she’ll play a NASA engineer in 1965.
Here are a few teasers:
Hannibal (Definitely NSFW for brutality and gore.)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Thinking about these princesses in some of these Game of Thrones roles makes me a little uncomfortable, but I like the idea. (Thanks, Samar!)
In webseries news:
- Marvel’s Netflix shows will film in New York City.
In movie news:
- Marvel is seriously considering a solo Black Widow movie. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Anthony Mackie’s Falcon finally got a Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster. There are also some photos at the link.
- Thor: The Dark World released this week on DVD and Blu-ray and THERE'S A LOKI COVER VERSION AT TARGET.
- For some of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Beast isn’t blue (or beastly). Here’s why.
- Four directors are in the running for the Dr. Strange movie. Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) might be up for a role in the film.
- Here’s a look at Dane DeHaan’s freaky Harry Osborne/Green Goblin from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
- Marc Webb, who directed the first two movies, will return to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
- Sony plans to release a Spider-Man movie every year.
- Adam Driver (Girls) is the latest actor rumored to have a role in Star Wars VII.
- Here are a couple of Frozen deleted scenes.
- Disney has announced a streaming program.
- The Muppets have been posting selfies to their Instagram. They are as awesome as you might hope.
- The Lego Movie sequel will open May 26, 2017.
- Ghostbusters III is still in the works. Related: RIP, Harold Ramis.
- Stream the soundtrack to The Grand Budapest Hotel here.
- Take a look at a very large Godzilla in this new poster.
- Harrison Ford is rumored to be in talks for two new Indiana Jones films.
- Karl Urban’s also been talking about a DREDD 2.
- The Guy Ritchie-directed The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will be released Jan. 16, 2015.
- A new version of Anchorman 2 will be released tomorrow and will feature “763 new different jokes.”
- Space Jam 2 is really happening. It’ll star Lebron James.
- Console Wars is a new book that chronicles the “war” between Sega and Nintendo in the ‘90s. Sony has already sought the film rights, and the team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached to write and direct. (Thanks, Wes!)
Here are a few trailers:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Muppets Most Wanted
A few very short behind-the-scenes featurettes for Guardians of the Galaxy have also been released:
Etsy shop Posterinspired has this set of really great Pixar posters available.
Marvel released a poster for the one shot All Hail the King, which can be found on the Thor: The Dark World DVDs/Blu-rays.
I love these pixel GIFs by Dusan Cezak.
The mashups were only a matter of time.
I couldn't get this one to embed properly, but here's a mashup of GotG with The Lego Movie, too.
In misc. news:
- Big Trouble in Little China is returning … in comic form.
- The two volumes of The Graveyard Book’s comic adaptation will be released later this year. Neil Gaiman gave a glimpse at the book in this journal entry. (Scroll down until you get to it.)
- The Nebula Award (science fiction and fantasy writing) nominees have been announced. The Mary Sue has created a list of where you can read snippets of them online.
- Doctor Who LEGOs could be coming soon! (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Add life-size plastic light-up TMNT faces to your walls with these new lights.
- runDisney is hosting an Avengers half-marathon in November. (Thanks, Emily!)
- Concept art for the Star Trek theme park has been released.
Here's some of the artwork from William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back:
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- This video shows a snowflake forming.
- Here’s a pretty amazing video of the first human to run a loop-de-loop.
- An old article, but interesting nonetheless: When scientists taught monkeys to use money, the first monkey prostitute followed closely behind.
- In Austin, a race went on between a car, bus, bike and human. The bike beat the bus, which beat the human on foot, which beat the car. This isn’t really surprising for anyone who’s ever been stuck in Austin traffic.
I found some items as well:
- Holy wow: The Kepler telescope has recently discovered more than 700 new exoplanets, 100 of which are roughly the size of Earth. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- I love this chart of all of the robotic rovers ever sent into space.
- This satellite could cause a Gravity-style chain reaction.
- The texture of the universe might be “gooey,” similar to the viscosity of chocolate syrup.
- This piece of crystal is 4.4 billion years old.
- Scientists have created a powerful muscle out of fishing line.
- Mathematicians have discovered a new class of solid shapes.
- The best time of day to drink coffee is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and right after 1:30 p.m.
- Recent studies have shown that whole milk might be best for you.
- People who remember their dreams "have more activity in the information processing hub of the brain."
- Speaking of brains, the brains of dogs and humans are closer than you might think.
- A new state of matter has been discovered in the eyes of chickens.
It makes me smile that Ernie and Bert are holding hands in this illustration of what Sesame Street characters might look like were they human. (Thanks, Colt!)
LA's Hero Complex Gallery is currently hosting a gorgeous joint exhibition by Meghan Stratman and Nicole Gustafsson featuring works like these:
This goes out to Wes.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Here are some new details for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Wes is maybe a tad looking forward to it: “I am literally so excited right now I might have to go lie down.”
- Activision is working on another Tony Hawk game.
- The creative director of The Last of Us recently stated that there’s about a 50/50 chance for a sequel.
- Sony's released some more gameplay footage for The Order: 1886.
- Here's a new launch trailer for Thief, an announcement trailer for LEGO: The Hobbit and a normal trailer for The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2.
- A (large) group of people with a lot of spare time have been attempting to play Pokemon Red via Twitch, an online game streaming site. Wes describes it as a “crowd-sourced Pokemon religion.” This article explains it much better than I can. And here's an additional article on the phenomenon.
- GameMaker: Studio is currently free to download until Sunday (March 2). The program is supposedly great for people who are interested in making games and don't have a foundation in coding.
- Failbetter Games, creators of the StoryNexus platform, has announced a partnership with BioWare on ... something.
- Someone made a weird video of The Legend of Zelda as a first person, Occulus Rift game.
Rebecca also sent this in: You can play Doctor Who Pac-Man online now.
Threadless has released three new Captain America shirts.
Every time someone designs a set of Avengers-inspired fashion, I want it all, regardless of the impracticality.