Vol. 5, Issue 9
Hello, and welcome back to another edition of … Nerd News!
Thanks to all of you who voted for Roswell in Round One of Teen TV Madness (because I know all of you did). Round Two is up, and Roswell is now up against The Vampire Diaries. I have no doubt that TVD will win this, but you know there will be at least one vote for alien royalty over eternally hot and angsty vampires coming from this general direction.
But I digress.
In TV news:
- The Supernatural spinoff has been retitled Supernatural: Bloodlines. I like it better than Tribes, but I think I would prefer EW’s suggestion of Supernatural: More Hot Guys Fighting Monsters and Stuff. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Gotham now has an official website, logo and a synopsis (which is kind of long, so I’m not going to include it here).
- We got a look at the full Flash costume this week, both with fancy edits and without. Also, here’s a set video of Grant Gustin running in said costume.
- Patrick Sabongui (Godzilla, Sucker Punch) has joined the show and will play Captain David Singh, who, in the comics, is the head of Central City’s crime lab.
- BBC America will kick off a four-part docu-series called The Real History of Science Fiction April 19. The series will feature interviews with the likes of Nathan Fillion, William Shatner, Neil Gaiman, Nichelle Nichols, David Tennant and more.
- The Orphan Black teasers I posted last week contained secret binary messages that turned out to be quotes from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.
- Game of Thrones will definitely end after seven seasons.
- Here’s a poster promoting Mad Men’s seventh season, which begins April 13.
- One of the Mister’s favorite websites is getting a TV show: I Fucking Love Science has been greenlit by the Science Channel; Craig Ferguson (of The Late Late Show fame) will be executive producer.
- Here are new photos from 24: Live Another Day.
Here are some teasers:
24: Live Another Day
Game of Thrones
In quasi webseries news: All six seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars are now available to stream on Netflix.
Colt has decided that "Happy" is Frigga's theme song. I'd like to think she'd enjoy this version even more than the original.
These half blueprint illustrations by Timothy Anderson are very cool. (Thanks, Jacob!)
In movie news:
- Korean actress Kim Soo Hyun has joined The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but her role has yet to be revealed.
- I really dig these alternate posters designs for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Speaking of, apparently Joss Whedon directed the credits scene of the movie. There are links to where you can read about what the scene will entail at the link, but no spoilers in the post itself.
- For those of us who were worried that there were too many villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, supposedly the Rhino will only be in the movie for four minutes.
- Four actors are up for the role of Doctor Doom in the Fantastic Four reboot: Sam Riley (Control), Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), Toby Kebbell (Rocknrolla, Prince of Persia) and Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter, About Time).
- Five actors are currently the leaders for the Star Wars VII lead role: Ed Speelers (Eragon, Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad), Matthew James Thomas (a theater actor) and Ray Fisher (another theater actor).
- Here’s an official synopsis for Mockingjay Part 1 and an educated guess at where the two movies will be split.
- Descriptions of the other kaiju in Godzilla have been released.
- Jude Law might be joining Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy in Susan Cooper.
- Neil Gaiman is “cautiously optimistic” about the Sandman movie.
- Optimus Prime is looking appropriately large in the new Transformers: Age of Extinction posters.
- Video game The Last of Us is getting a big screen adaptation. (Thanks, Wes!)
- The Lego Movie sequel has a director.
- Idris Elba has joined The Jungle Book; he’ll voice Shere Khan. I can totally get behind this casting.
- In other Disney adaptation news: Rooney Mara will play Tiger Lily in the live-action Peter Pan with Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund.
- Here are some new photos from Maleficent.
- Sony’s working on a new “dark and gritty” Zorro reboot.
Here are a slew of trailers and clips and one little featurette:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Divergent (There are three more clips at the link below.)
Only Lovers Left Alive
Party Central (Monsters University short)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Mondo commissioned this Godzilla poster for a special showing of the original movie during SXSW.
This Wes Anderson bingo card might come in handy while watching The Grand Budapest Hotel.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- This Saturday (March 15) is Disney Infinity Day at GameStop, and the store will be having special sales on individual characters and characters packs and will be introducing a new Phineas & Ferb set.
- Watch Dogs finally has a release date: May 27. Here’s a trailer.
- Wes and I agree: Dragon Age: Inquisition's environment trailer is “very pretty.”
- Here’s a live-action trailer for InFamous: Second Son.
- And an announcement trailer for Costume Quest 2, which will be released on Halloween.
- Square Enix is currently running a poll for fans of the Kingdom Heart series to get some input on what players want, or don't want, to see in future games.
- In Wild Star news: The game will be released June 3. Here's a list of preorder bonuses, a look at PVP and a look at PvE and endgame content.
- Gone Home, a first-person exploratory narrative game in which you play a teenage girl who returns home and find your family missing, will be released on consoles this year.
- The next World of Warcraft expansion, "Warlords of Draenor" will be released late this year. The expansion will also introduce a $60 an upgrade that immediately boosts your character to max level (90) and gives you new armor, a full set of bags and misc. other items.
- Details on new game Tales From the Borderlands, which is set in the Borderlands universe, have been released.
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance is getting new content in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier characters and missions.
- “Dedicated” Battlefield 4 players will soon be able to rent their own servers for hosting online games on consoles.
- Surgeon Simulator is now available for iPads.
- The new Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn—currently looking to get crowd-funded to the tune of $450,000—is super creepy.
- In the latest installment of Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" series, he plays WWE 2K14 takes on the Rock.
- Nintendo has announced new Nintendo-themed board games including Pokemon and Zelda Monopoly games.
- Portal is also getting the board game treatment. The game will be an original and currently has a fantastic working title: Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game.
I also found a few items:
- Here are some new stills from Batman: Arkham Knight.
- As part of the game’s 30th anniversary celebrations, you can now play an online version of the 1984 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game.
- Playing GifGif will help MIT scholars figure out the language of gifs.
Perry Maple's redesigned Batman characters are definitely unique. I kind of adore Batman's bike shorts.
Here are some more fan-made posters from the X-Men: Days of Future Past series I first posted last week.
I've posted some of his art before, but I really dig Liam Brazier's style. (All of these prints are currently on sale on LootCrate, too.)
In misc. news:
- Anne Rice is working on another Lestat novel.
- Randal Munroe is publishing a book of answers from his What If? series, which is a series of "serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions."
- The original script for the Star Trek (original series) episode “The City of the Edge of Forever” is getting the comic book treatment.
- Semi-related: I love this old photo of the cast of ST:TOS with some dudes from NASA.
- Here is a list of 11 movie hotels you can actually stay at.
- President Obama recently stopped by Between Two Ferns.
- You can own PeeWee Herman’s bike.
- Hot Toys does it again: Check out the amazing detail of the new Captain America and Black Widow figures.
- Under Armour is releasing a series of superhero-inspired football cleats.
- Remember the Game of Thrones rap album I told you about last week? You can listen to it here.
In SCIENCE!, tech and anthropology news:
- This crazy interactive graphic attempts to give you a scale of how big our solar system in.
- NASA recently released new (gorgeous, natch) photos of space.
- Planet X, which was theorized to be on the outskirts of our solar system past Pluto, doesn’t really exist.
- The first dark matter particle has possibly been found. (Thanks, Colt!)
- Silkworm silk screws could soon be used to fix fractures in human bones. (Thanks, Colt.)
- Spider silk, on the other hand, could soon be used for commercial purposes.
- A new law in California could end shows that involve Orca whales.
- Elephants can recognize humans by their voices.
- The Internet turned 25 this week! Happy birthday to my favorite place to waste time.
- The ancient tradition of harvesting honey from the sides of cliffs looks both frightening and awesome.
I may or may not have included this simply because that mustache is fabulous.