Vol. 5, Issue 16
Hey gang! So the biggest news this week is obviously the Star Wars: Episode VII casting. We now know who the main cast of the new Star Wars movie will be: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Badass Digest has put together a series of posts on the “newcomers”; just click on each name for their separate posts. Here are some guesses on who everyone will be playing.
It’s pretty noticeable that there are only two women among the 13 names. Rumor has it that another woman will join the cast soon, but we’ll have to wait on who that might be.
In other movie news:
- Joss Whedon recently spoke about the character of Ultron, the main villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (natch).
- Stan Lee has filmed a cameo for Guardians of the Galaxy.
- The Star Wars expanded universe is officially dead. Along with my childhood. (I read A LOT of the expanded universe books in my formative years.)
- The Boba Fett movie isn’t looking so hot.
- Zach Snyder will direct Justice League, which will happen after Batman vs. Superman. HILARIOUSLY, there are rumors that Matt Damon might join the cast … as Aquaman. (Thanks, Colt!)
- Stage actor Ray Fisher has joined Batman vs. Superman and will play Cyborg.
- Warner Brothers is not only working on the Justice League movies, but is also planning Sandman and Fables films.
- This is what the Blu-ray collector’s edition of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will look like. Do not click the link if you want to avoid nightmares.
- The Sinister Six lineup has been teased in these photos, even though the lineup isn’t set in stone yet.
- Mole Man might be in the Fantastic Four reboot.
- Check out the great new (dirty) group shot of the cast of The Expendables 3.
- The third Hobbit movie has a new title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Here’s a first look at Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World.
- Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson might join the Jon Favreau-directed Jungle Book.
- There’s a sixth Resident Evil film in the works. (Thanks, Wes!)
- Steven Spielberg will direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s BFG.
- Jem and the Holograms has a cast. And a Rio.
- LGBT gaming documentary Gaming in Color is available for streaming on a pay-what-you-wish basis. (Thanks, Wes.)
- Earthbound, USA is an upcoming documentary about the Earthbound gaming series and the cult following it’s amassed over the years. (Thanks, Wes.)
Here are a few trailers:
Joss Whedon's In Your Eyes
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Acme Archives will be releasing a series of Star Wars prints this weekend in honor of Star Wars Day (May 4).
This would have made for a very different set of Iron Man 3 credits.
In TV news:
- Martin Freeman might be trolling us, but he recently said some things about a one-off Sherlock episode.
- Here’s some information about the Supernatural spin-off Bloodlines.
- Almost Human has been cancelled. BOOOOOOOOO. (Thanks, Colt.)
- Did HBO accidentally reveal a huge Game of Thrones—and Song of Ice and Fire—spoiler?
- Syfy is working on an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. The channel is also working on adaptations of comics Ronin, Pax Romana, Letter 44 and Clone.
- Sharknado will be a trilogy.
- Craig Ferguson will retire from The Late Late Show in December.
- Meg Ryan will voice “the mother” in How I Met Your Dad.
- Fox is getting in on the live musical game; they’ll air a new version of Grease next year.
- You can check out the first episode of Showtime’s new Penny Dreadful online.
- Starz has ordered a new series from Seth MacFarlane that will star Patrick Stewart as “a host of a nightly interview show, who hopes to dominate the American cable news landscape.”
- I’m just going to quote this: “HBO is teaming with director Ridley Scott to make Pharaoh, a show about aliens hanging out in ancient Egypt, making pyramids, and presumably getting worshipped as animal-headed gods by the local populace.” SOUNDS AWFUL FAMILIAR.
- I don't quite get how this will work, but a Friday the 13th series has been greenlit.
The latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. print, “Nothing Personal” is by artist Stephanie Hans.
In webseries news:
- Marvel’s webseries will have a different feel than the movies, but will still tie in with the larger universe.
- Microsoft is looking to launch its lineup of original programming between major game launches. They recently held a press conference to discuss their plans. (Thanks, Wes.)
- Street Fighter will get a webseries this May with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. (Thanks, Wes.)
I don’t even?
In misc. news:
- Official replicas of Star Wars costumes will be available soon.
- This new Chewbacca/Han Solo reversible hoodie is FABULOUS.
- Levar Burton wants you to go to Free Comic Book Day, which happens to be this Saturday, May 3. Here are 51 of the titles that will be available at events around the country.
- Marvel will release a new Legendary Star-Lord series to coincide with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Has Shakespeare’s dictionary been found?
- Here’s a new chart on how to best read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.
- io9 has a sneak peek of one of the new Star Wars novels. You know, the ones that erase the other ones that aren’t canon anymore. *creys*
- McDonalds has hit a new, strange low with their gender-specific Amazing Spider-Man 2 toys.
- Get ready to celebrate: Batman Day is July 23.
Cinderella would have been an even bigger hit at the ball if she had worn this dress.
In SCIENCE and tech news:
- Astronomers have discovered a star with a temperature of around 9 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The winner of NASA’s spacesuit design contest looks awfully Tron-like. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- The SpaceX booster rocket successfully landed in the Atlantic.
- Nissan is working on a self-cleaning car.
- Spring now arrives three weeks earlier than it did 150 years ago.
- Lab mice aren’t fans of dudes.
- Someone created a working version of the Pip Boy 3000, the wrist mounted, all-in-one map/inventory organizer/health analyzer/geiger counter/stat and skill readout user interface from Fallout 3, for a NASA competition. (Thanks, Wes.)
- This pen is the world’s smallest 3D printer, and is amazingly cool. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
In gaming news, from TGG:
- George R.R. Martin’s assistant will be consulting on the storyline of Telltale Games’ upcoming Game of Thrones game.
- Disney Infinity 2.0 is officially coming "this fall" and will feature Marvel superheroes and villains. At the link, an extended version of the teaser trailer showing off the Avengers with quick glimpses of MODOK, Loki, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Spider-Man.
- The tracks for Mario Kart 8, which will be released in about a month, have been revealed.
- Here’s a video preview of Bungie’s Destiny. Speaking of, Bungie has confirmed that saved Destiny games will transfer from one console generation to another, so gamers starting on PS3 or Xbox 360 and upgrading later don’t need to worry about starting over.
- CCP in Reykjavik, Iceland, has formally dedicated their real-life monument to the digital universe of EVE Online. Entombed under the monument is a time capsule containing videos and messages from the players.
- Game Journalist Andrew Groen is releasing a book chronicling the history of events that have transpired over the last decade in EVE Online.
- Xbox and Lightbox Entertainment actually got to dig in that New Mexico landfill last week, and—drumroll please—a huge stash of E.T. Atari cartridges was found!
- Major League Gaming is building an eSports arena in China. The company has also, somehow, gotten Call of Duty classified as an extreme sport, and it will be added to the X-Games lineup.
- This is an interesting PDF of current gamer statistics.
- An European Internet service provider has made interesting use out of new VR technology. Says Wes: “They had four people strap on an Oculus Rift headset with forward facing cameras and then added a brief lag between the real world and what they were seeing to simulate gaming lag in the real world. The results are predictably hilarious.”
- Twin Galaxies, the official video game scorekeepers, are relaunching their website, which will include a 24/7 streaming channel on Twitch.
- A fan has created an origami version of a Traveler from Journey.
And the Mister sent me this item:
- A remastered Mass Effect Trilogy will likely be released on PS4 in the near future.
This is a pretty epic fan-made TMNT fight sequence. (Thanks, Wes.)
Let’s be friends, Emma Stone. For reals.
P.S.—I realize it is the first of May today, but Mr. May will be posted tomorrow.