Vol. 5, Issue 8
Hey, friends! Welcome to another edition of all the nerdy news that’s fit to “print.” Before we being today, I have to sneak in a shameless plug for Teen TV Madness, a March Madness bracket/voting contest we’re running over at Forever Young Adult. Round One started Sunday, and voting continues through Saturday. Definitely check it out! (And vote for Roswell in the Luke’s Diner bracket.)
In movie news:
- Baron Von Strucker, one of the villains in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, will be around for more than one film.
- Two new posters for Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been released. The first features Cap, and the second features Winter Soldier’s butt.
- Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, The Conjuring) has joined Ant Man, but his role hasn’t been revealed yet.
- Fast and Furious 7 will start filming again next month.
- Jason Statham has signed on to the spy film Susan Cooper, which also stars Melissa McCarthy.
- A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer will run before Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- The 24th Bond movie will start filming in the fall.
- Major rumor of the week: The Wachowskis are working on another Matrix trilogy.
- Jeff Goldblum will be back for Independence Day 2, but not for Jurassic World.
- Speaking of: The Jurassic World villain will be played by Vincent D'Onofrio.
- Here are some new details on Terminator: Genesis.
- Josh Gad (Frozen, 1600 Penn) and Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Hitch) might have roles in Pixels, a movie based on the short film of the same name in which video game characters wreak havoc on New York City.
- There’s also a Minecraft movie in the works. (Thanks, Wes!)
- New photos for Maleficent, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Veronica Mars have been released.
- The Sandman movie now has a writer.
- Also, check out this new cover of EW Magazine featuring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.
- There will not be an Anchorman 3.
- Noah is getting a disclaimer for certain individuals who might get incensed by the liberties the movie takes with the actual Bible story.
- Sony is planning a new, darker Santa Claus origin story … with vikings.
- Steven Spielberg is interested in remaking A West Side Story.
- Here’s a new poster for Seth McFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Here are some trailers, a featurette and a musical number:
300: Rise of an Empire
Six more 300 2 clips can be found here.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Muppets Most Wanted
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Here's a delete scene from Thor: The Dark World:
And the first two minutes of Veronica Mars are also available to view:
It's good to know that we've been around for a long time. (Thanks, Colt.)
I feel as though this version would be much less depressing.
In TV news:
- OK, so … Supposedly, Matt Smith will physically be returning to Doctor Who in some capacity. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- This is kind of crossover news, but ABC will be airing a Marvel special March 18 that will feature a look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- More photos of Sif in her cameo role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been released.
- Here’s a first look at Grant Gustin in costume (at least the head part) as the Flash. (Thanks, Colt!)
- Check out the new series poster and some more character posters for Game of Thrones’ fourth season.
- Michelle Obama will guest star on an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation.
- Three new actors have joined NBC’s Constantine: Charles Halford (True Detective), Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Lucy Griffiths (Dracula).
- Fox’s Gotham has found its Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle.
- Here’s a list of all the premiere dates for the shows coming pack on (or starting) from now through June.
Here are a couple of teasers:
Arrow (Thanks, Amanda!)
There are a couple more Orphan Black sneak peeks at this link.
Seattle's Ltd. Art Gallery is holding a Song of Ice and Fire-themed art show called “Winter Is Coming.” The show features art including:
Artist Sara McSorely has created a set of GoT-inspired traditional tattoo illustrations.
In webseries news:
- The CW has unarchived all of the episodes of the Supernatural “spin-off” webseries Ghostfacers. (Ghost-FACE-ers!)
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- Submit your questions to possibly be answered by Bill Nye! (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Most super Earths in habitable zones are likely sterile.
- NASA is planning a robotic mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to search for life.
- A 30,000-year-old virus has been revived, and it’s still viable. (Thanks, Colt.)
- Scientists have created a simple blood test that could tell you when you’re going to die. (Thanks, Colt.)
- If you don’t like vegetables, it might be genetic.
- A second child might have been cured of HIV.
- Electrical shocks to the brain can temporarily rouse people from vegetative states.
- This tiny marine crustacean can change color from an iridescent blue to invisible in seconds.
- Apple has announced a new in-car “infotainment” system. Here are some demos.
This definitely appeals to me more than the real movie.
Mondo will be releasing some Star Trek: The Original Series-based posters at some point today:
Mondo is also holding a new gallery show during SXSW full of awesome Disney art.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Batman: Arkham Knight has been announced as the final game in the Arkham series and will take place after the events of Arkham City and feature a new, larger area of Gotham to explore.
- Rumors are buzzing about the possible release of an upgraded Mass Effect trilogy series for Xbox One and PS4.
- Twitch Plays Pokemon has ended; the game was beaten last Saturday morning. The fun hasn’t ended, however, as Pokemon Crystal has been announced as the next game to be played.
- Twitch will also add iOS and Android streaming capabilities soon.
- The Last of Us team is currently working on some more multiplayer DLC, but have also announced a new difficulty setting—not harder, per se, just “new”—for single-player gameplay.
- The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville will be available on Steam March 14.
- Here's a new (creepy) trailer for sci-fi horror game Soma.
- Several scenes from South Park: The Stick of Truth will be censored in Australia and Europe. Interestingly, the scenes haven’t just been cut; instead, they’ve been replaced with static images explaining what was cut and why gamers weren't seeing it.
- Kerbal Space Program is working with NASA to release a new scientific mission that mirrors NASA's current mission, which is to reach an orbiting asteroid beyond the Moon in 2022. The update will premiere at noon-thirty this Saturday the SXSW Gaming Expo.
- A new Yoshi 3DS XL will be released in the U.S. March 14.
- Microsoft is looking to expand Xbox Live to iOS and Android devices, too.
It's surprisingly hard to identify some superheroes/villains by their underpants (outerpants?).
I really like these fan-made X-Men: Days of Future Past posters.
In misc. news:
- Skottie Young will be drawing a new Rocket Racoon comic.
- DC will be attaching mini-issues of comics to some General Mills cereals.
- Check out these gorgeous Doctor Who comic covers. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Lena Dunham (Girls) will be writing Archie comics.
- Kidrobot will soon be releasing new Marvel Labbits and Munnys.
- Disney has released images of the new Star Wars merchandise that will be available at Star Wars Weekends this year. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Here’s a look at the upcoming Veronica Mars book, Veronica Mars and the Thousand Dollar Tan Line.
- There’s a new Han Solo-centric Star Wars book coming out.
- Fan fiction website Archive of Our Own is celebrating 1 million fanfics on their site. The top canons? The Marvel universe, Supernatural, Sherlock, Harry Potter and Doctor Who. (Thanks, Wes.)
- A new rap album inspired by Game of Thrones will be released for free online tomorrow. (This is an official thing.)
- And while we’re talking GoT, George R. R. Martin has released a paragraph from a chapter of Winds of Winter. I’ve included it for you below.
Somewhere off in the far distance, a dying man was screaming for his mother. "To horse!" a man was yelling in Ghiscari, in the next camp to the north of the Second Sons. "To horse! To horse!" High and shrill, his voice carried a long way in the morning air, far beyond his own encampment. Tyrion knew just enough Ghiscari to understand the words, but the fear in his voice would have been plain in any tongue. I know how he feels.
This is bizarre. And yet ...