Vol. 5, Issue 12
Sorry for the delay in posting today, friends! I ran into a wall last night while I was working on this and a few other things and didn’t quite get everything done. But before we start, let me say: Happy Captain America: The Winter Soldier release day! I’m so looking forward to seeing it tonight.
In movie news:
- Captain America’s to-do list is different in different countries.
- High-resolution images of the main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy have been released for your photoshopping pleasure.
- Marvel has movies planned out through 2028. I will be 45.
- These new photos from X-Men: Days of Future Past don’t make me feel any better about Quicksilver’s hair. Here are six new behind-the-scenes videos from the film.
- Shailene Woodley doesn’t know if she’ll be in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. (Her role as Mary Jane got cut from 2, I believe.)
- Fantastic Four’s Doctor Doom will be played by Toby Kebbell (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.)
- Three new actors have signed on for Batman vs. Superman: Holly Hunter (Saving Grace), Callan Mulvey (300: The Rise of an Empire) and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine).
- DC is officially planning a series of movies, one of which will be the Justice League film.
- Star Wars: Episode VII starts filming in Morocco on the 14th.
- Lookit all of the Expendables 3 posters! Also, when did Kellan Lutz sign on?
- With a Community movie becoming more of a possibility now that the show’s nearly had six seasons (#sixseasonsandamovie), people are talking directors. Justin Lin (multiple Fast & Furiouses) is the first rumor I’ve heard of.
- YA book Eleanor and Park—one of my favorites from 2013—is getting a big screen adaptation.
- The film version of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be a trilogy.
- Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shaloub will voice Leonardo and Splinter, respectively, in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Related: Michael Bay’s new design for the turtles has raised issues and caused nightmares the Internet over. A fan recently “fixed” them, and they’re so much better!
- Terminator Genesis got a few new cast members this week: Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) will play Danny Dyson; Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe), Michael Gladis (Mad Men) and Sandrine Holt (House of Cards) have also joined in as yet-unnamed roles.
- Peter Dinklage has joined Pixels.
- Writers of Tomb Raider are working on a new Disney movie called Young Merlin.
- The Halo movie has a director.
- Here’s a new poster from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—with a baby!—one from Transformers: Age of Extinction and one from Godzilla.
- The Wicked movie is starting production.
- Extras are currently being sought in Louisiana for Jurassic World.
- Top Gun 2 will feature Tom Cruise going up against drones.
Here are a bunch of trailers and clips:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Expendables 3 (Thanks, Colt!)
BUT WHY IS ANTONIO BANDERAS IN MY MOVIE?! GTFO, Antonio.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Mondo will be releasing a set of Captain America: The Winter Soldiers posters tomorrow.
These movie maps by Andrew Degraff are fantastically detailed.
Gallery 1988 is holding a traveling art show in honor of The Ghostbusters’ 30th Anniversary. The show will include the two pieces below and more.
I don’t think Sandra’s Oscar chances would have been as good if Gravity had included this.
In TV news:
- Mark Gatiss is working on a Jane Austen-themed Doctor Who episode. Tom Riley (Lost in Austen) has also joined the cast, but for what episode and as what character, it’s not clear.
- Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Harley Quinn from the “Suicide Squad” episode of Arrow and the first image of Amy Acker as the Cellist on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Gotham has found its Edward Nygma in newcomer Cory Michael Smith.
- Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has been cancelled, but Michael Socha’s Knave will live on in the original series.
- Here are some new photos from Game of Thrones.
- Michael Chiklis (Vegas, The Shield) has joined American Horror Story Freak Show. (Thanks, Adam!)
- Character descriptions and the plot of the new Scream TV show have been released.
- NBC is working on a 1960s cop drama with David Duchovny.
- These posters from Showtime’s new Penny Dreadful make me think the show’s about vampires. (It’s not.)
- Here’s the first photo of the cast of Girl Meets World.
Here are some teasers:
Halt and Catch Fire (new AMC show)
I am totally enamored with Cap’n Blowfish’s Sherlock art.
In webseries news: Machinima’s new sci-fi short, Gable 5, stars Eliza Dushku. You can watch the whole thing below.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- The Last of Us is likely coming to PS4 this summer, but not as a new game.
- Here are new screenshots from Batman: Arkham Knight, some of which feature a new villain.
- The upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation DLC might include a cameo by a Predator.
- Here are new trailers for Watch Dogs, Caffeine and The Wolf Among Us’s episode 3.
- Alien: Isolation will be released Oct. 7.
- The UnEarth Initiative is a new game about sending humanity's least desirable out into the galaxy to colonize other planets.
- Last weekend, Facebook purchased Oculus, creators of the Oculus Rift VR goggles, for $2 billion. Soon after, rumors started circulating that Microsoft has purchased augmented reality-related IP of tech company Osterhout Design Group for between $100 and $150 million.
- Here’s a neat fan-created short film based on the game Deux Ex: Human Revolution.
- A lot of April Fools “jokes” were released this week, too, including:
- A Google Maps Pokemon Challenge.
- Sega launched Rappy Bird, a Flappy Bird clone that is playable online (but still a joke).
- Blizzard announced three new titles: The next game in the StarCraft 2 Trilogy, which will be a boring single player narrative game; a version of Diablo III based on Flappy Bird; and a tournament fighter starring their most popular characters coming to PC, Mac and “expensive custom-built arcade cabinets.”
- Guild Wars 2 players logged in yesterday to find that their characters now had giant heads.
I also ran across this article about the new game from the Mass Effect creators, which involves “space nuns."
The NEStalgia series of papercraft art by Steph Caskenette are very cool.
Yes. (Thanks, Colt.)
In misc. news:
- Excuse me while I run and tell all of my college friends: There’s a new Homestar Runner cartoon out.
- Kristen Bell has recorded the audio version of the new Veronica Mars book, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line.
- George R.R. Martin has released another chapter of Winds of Winter. Here’s a roundup of how much of the book has been released so far.
- Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Overture series has been delayed again.
- Want to learn more about Rocket Raccoon? Check out this history of the character.
- Here’s a look at the first Cree superhero, Equinox, who will be part of Justice League United.
- I haven’t heard or seen anything official, but I recently ran across a listing on Entertainment Earth for Firefly Funko POP! figurines!
- Better images of the Winter Soldier and Steve Rogers Hot Toys figures have been revealed.
- New TMNT toys based on the cartoon characters—thankfully not the frightening movie ones—will be released in the fall.
Is this what the Muppets would look like if they were humans? (I kind of hope not. Some of these are creepy.)
This was by far my favorite April Fool’s joke.
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- NASA has cut all ties with Russia except for the International Space Station project. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Astronomers have discovered an asteroid with a double ring around it and two new dwarf planets at the edge of our solar system.
- A lake on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, might harbor life.
- Discovery and the Science Channel will be televising the the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, which calls for privately funded teams to land an unmanned craft on the moon by December 2015.
- North Americans will be getting three lunar eclipses starting April 15.
- In the future, massive spaceships could be powered by human exercise.
- This crazy video shows water boiling and freezing at the same time. (Thanks, Colt.)
- The first-ever 3D printed skull has been used in brain surgery. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Doctors have been given the go-ahead to put patients in suspended animation. (Thanks, Colt.)
- Check out this baby octopus, which is the size of a pencil eraser!
Why do I want a Jaguar so badly now?