Vol. 5, Issue 5
Good Thursday, friends! I hope you're having a great week so far. What's up in the world of pop culture?
In TV news:
- Those of us watching Sherlock in the U.S. might have missed the fact that, during John’s stag night, he and Sherlock went into a gay bar. Damn you, PBS!
- Psych is wrapping up at the end of this—the show’s eighth—season.
- Here’s a look at Sif in
a terrible outfither guest appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- A bunch of roles have been cast in Fox’s upcoming Gotham, which, as a reminder, is about the city before Bruce turned Bat: Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland Tales) will play a young Jim Gordon; Donal Logue (Grounded for Life, Copper) has officially been cast as Det. Harvey Bullock; and a young Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin!), Capt. Sarah Essen (the eventual second Mrs. Gordon) and Alfred will be played by Robin Taylor (Another Earth), Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice) and Sean Pertwee (Lestrade on Elementary).
- The CW’s Flash series has also signed on a couple of new cast members: Tom Cavanaugh (Ed, Royal Pains) will play a Central City scientist and TV’s original Flash, John Wesley Shipp (Dawson's dad!), will play an as-yet-unannounced character.
- Idina Menzel will perform “Let it Go” from Frozen at this year’s Oscars.
- Check out this first look at Rapunzel from an upcoming episode of Once Upon a Time.
- A few adaptations have been announced recently, including:
- Neil Gaimain’s Anansi Boys, which will be a BBC miniseries.
- The Astronaut Wives Club.
- Stephen King’s Ayana.
- Graphic novel Preacher. (Seth Rogan is attached to the project.)
- How I Met Your Dad has a mother: Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha).
- Will Forte (SNL, Macgruber) will star in a new post-apocalyptic show from the directors of The Lego Movie called Last Man on Earth.
- Here’s a new video from Star Wars: Rebels featuring the Jedi Kanan.
- The final season of Star Wars: Clone Wars will premiere March 7 and will run exclusively on Netflix.
A 14-minute preview of Game of Thrones’ season 4 has been released:
Mondo is releasing a Hannibal poster at some point today.
Matthew Savage created this awesome concept art for Doctor Who:
This is so, so great:
In webseries news:
- 10 of Amazon’s new pilots are available for streaming.
- Creators of the short film Portal: Survive! are looking for funding assistance to create a Portal web series. (Thanks, Wes!)
In movie news:
- The Avengers: Age of Ultron has begun shooting.
- In other Avengers excitables:
- Paul Bettany has joined the cast as Vision. (Thanks, Colt!) In case it takes someone pointing this out to you like it did me—Bettany already voices JARVIS …
- Ms. Marvel will also be in the movie, but the role hasn’t been cast yet.
- Here are some new details on Black Widow's role in the film (and her possible solo movie).
- Robert Redford has his own Captain America: Winter Soldier poster.
- This graphic explains which studios own which Marvel properties. The fact that Universal only owns Namor is kind of a weird outlier.
- Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor might be quite different from the ones that have come before: “Lex Luthor is BALD. His head is shaven to be exact. But that is not all. He has another physical trait. You see, Lex Luthor is also into body art and has a detailed sleeve tattoo of the Metropolis skyline on his right arm.”
- Veronica Mars is featured on the cover of this week’s EW magazine. And check out this shot from the photoshoot. (Swoooooooon.)
- Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will be back for Pitch Perfect 2.
- Although rumors have been circulating for a while, The Expendabelles is a now a thing that is actually happening.
- The list of who will be playing Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis has been whittled to two: Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard, Divergent) and Boyd Holbrook (The Host).
- Jason Statham won’t be in Transporter 4, but will be doing The Mechanic 2.
- Sadly (?), Will Smith won’t be involved with Independence Day 2.
- The Alexander Skarsgard-starring Tarzan will be released in summer 2016.
- DC Animated is reworking its business model and plans to release two films a year that fit a new continuity timeline and one that stands on it's own. This year's stand-alone film, Batman: Assault on Arkham will be based on the Batman: Arkham series of games. (Thanks, Wes.)
- Ubisoft and Sony pictures are working on a feature-length Rabbids movie. (Thanks, Wes.)
Here are a few trailers:
Heavenly Sword (Thanks, Wes.)
Planes: Fire and Rescue
This isn't a real trailer, of course, but it's super well done. (A comparison of this version and the actual trailer are at the link below.)
Mondo also released a poster for The Lego Movie last week:
In SCIENCE!, tech and anthropology news:
- Moons might not be completely necessary for planets to support life.
- Here’s an image of the earliest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang, around 13.7 billion years ago.
- Mars recently got hit by an asteroid, with spectacular results.
- Curiosity has captured its first photo of Earth.
- Reports of its demise were greatly exaggerated: The Kepler space telescope is still kicking.
- A GIANT, unknown species of jellyfish washed ashore in Tasmania.
- I don’t quite get what this proves, but here’s a GIF of a chicken wearing a prosthetic tail that makes it walk like a dinosaur.
- The world’s oldest bird—she’s 63—just gave birth.
- The Black Death actually reshaped the human genome. (Thanks, Colt.)
- Temporary blindness could cause someone to have superhearing.
- New impressions of human footprints found in England are around 800,000 years old.
- Just in time for Valentine’s Day: A piece of 900-year-old Viking code has been deciphered … and it reads “Kiss me.”
Dana Guerrieri's art is superb. Love the Mako illustration—I really, really want her hair.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain could launch as early as October 2014 ... or as late as December 2015, depending on development. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, however, the prequel, will be dropping next month.
- Check out this new trailer for Disney Magical World, which is like a Disney-themed version of Animal Crossing.
- Here's a wrap-up of a ton of preview news for The Elder Scrolls Online.
- Here are some new screengrabs from the upcoming Alien: Isolation.
- The removal of Flappy Bird from the App Store has left a hole in many people's hearts, but it's being filled by Flappy Jam and, for some reason, Fall Out Boy.
- Radiohead is launching a game-ish interactive app called PolyFauna.
- The creators of EVE Online are planning to erect a 16-foot-tall monument featuring the name of every current player's main character, plus a memorial to those who have died, in the center of Reykjavik, Iceland.
- Microsoft is currently working on a new reader app for Xbox that will supposedly “blow your freaking mind!” The company is also releasing a stereo headset adapter for Xbox One, but it has some restrictions.
Dan Mora's Wonder Woman designs are fantastic.
This Mr. Freeze illustration by Chris Uminga is adorable.
In misc. news:
- Funko is releasing a crazy amount of new action figures, including Firefly, Back to the Future and Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters, in their new ReAction line.
- Sideshow is releasing a new Wonder Woman figurine, and it is amazeballs.
- QMX is working on a very cute new set of DC Q-Pop figurines.
- These new TMNT figures are also adorable … and only about 2” tall.
- Game of Thrones has some new figures out, too.
- Ice-T has recorded a D&D audiobook. And no, that’s not a joke.
- What might Middle Earth look like from space? Possibly like this.
- I love this: The first recorded English instance of the F-word was written by a monk in 1528.
- Think Geek has added to its collection of ladies'-cut Doctor Who coats; you can now purchase Eleven's.
- At New York Fashion Week, Rodarte showed a collection featuring images from Star Wars. (Thanks, Cheyloe!)
It was Tom Hiddleston's birthday this past Sunday, so here's a video of him doing impressions.