Vol. 5, Issue 17
Howdy, kids! Another busy week with the day job, but the nerdy news sleeps for no man! (Or woman.)
But before we begin, I wanted to let you know that the Badass Digest Villain Death Match has begun! Cast your votes today.
In TV news this week:
- Damon Wayans has been promoted to New Girl series regular.
- Here are some photos from the final season of True Blood.
Here are a few teasers:
Star Wars: Rebels
The latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. illustration, “Ragtag,” is by Emma Rios.
The papercrafts from Etsy shop The Paper Pony Place are fantastic.
In webseries news:
- Geek and Sundry released a trailer for their new show Spooked. (Thanks, Wes!)
In movie news:
- Lou Ferrigno says there are already plans to make a solo Hulk film.
- Star Wars: Episode VII might finally have an official title: Star Wars: The Ancient Fear.
- Related: There will be at least six Star Wars movies released in the next ten years.
- Here are some new X-Men: Days of Future Past posters. They’re all kind of terrible.
- Adam Devine will be in Pitch Perfect 2. Apparently, that whole going on tour with John Mayer thing didn’t work out.
- Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Next Generation) will play Lt. Jackson in Mockingjay: Part 2.
- A bunch of new photos, posters and concept art for Maleficent have been released.
- Matt Smith has joined the cast of Terminator: Genesis.
- Allison Janney and Morena Baccarin have joined Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham’s spy movie, formerly called Susan Cooper, now called Spy.
- This is why “A 113” is slipped into so many Disney and Pixar movies.
- Tim Burton is working on a new biopic about Margaret Keane, the artist behind those bizarre “big-eyed kid” paintings; it’ll be released this Christmas.
- Check out the first poster for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar.
- Gerard Butler is no longer in the Point Break remake.
- There is a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot movie in the works.
- Will Ferrell and business partner Adam McKay are working on a new version of The Flintstones.
Here are a few trailers and clips:
A Million Ways to Die in the West (Red Band, so NSFW)
What We Do in the Shadows
X-Men: Days of Future Past
And here’s the “secret” X-Men credits scene from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Love these sketch-y Spider-Man illustrations by Skottie Young.
Dan Hipp totally gets where Cap is coming from.
In SCIENCE and tech news:
- Feel what it’s like to stand on Mars with this panoramic video.
- A new livestream makes it possible to keep tabs on the International Space Station 24/7.
- The 117th element has been confirmed, but has yet to be named.
- The secrets of the Egyptians and how they built their pyramids might have been solved, and it’s as simple as water.
- Gluten intolerances have been around for more than 2,000 years.
- You go, LA: The city has banned bullhooks and other similar devices that are often used to control elephants.
- The San Francisco Zoo’s latest addition is a super adorable and photogenic red panda.
- A broken blood vessel in a woman’s eye spells out the word love.
I’ll take one of each of these woodcarvings by Zac Benedict for the kitchen, please and thank you.
Ha! (Thanks, Rebecca!)
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Marvel says they won't do another Avengers game until they find the right developer.
- Bungie’s Destiny will be launching its beta on Playstation consoles starting in July. Here's a developer video talking about armor, weapons and loot.
- The new Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, will involve a lot of cyber-military stuff—and Kevin Spacey as the president of the U.S.
- Rumors are that The Elder Scrolls Online will be delayed for consoles by as much as six months.
- Nintendo is getting in the NFC (near-fields communication, like games Skylanders and Disney Infinity) figurine field.
- A Japanese arcade manufacturer is working on an arcade version of Valve's Left 4 Dead for Japanese arcades. There’s a trailer at the link.
- The Defiance tie-in MMO will become free-to-play next month.
- Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn has met its funding goal and will be seeing a release on PC and consoles eventually
- Lionsgate is officially launching a video-game division that will focus on making movies based on games (not actually making games).
- EA is working out a deal to start streaming their games to Comcast TVs.
- Here are a bunch of concept art pieces from the cancelled Star Wars 1313.
- Microsoft is currently in negotiations to bring the Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series to Showtime.
- Marshfield, Massachusetts, has recently overturned a ban on arcade games enacted in 1982.
And here's another bit: New “sky pirate” game 20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds looks like a lot of fun. (Thanks, Colt!)
Sara Talmadge has drawn some fantastic-looking X-Ladies.
In misc. news:
- If you purchased that life-size Han Solo in Carbonite I posted about a couple of weeks ago, you can now get a life-size Boba Fett to stand guard.
- You can also get a life-size Yoda, but he’s a bit smaller.
- The official TMNT movie toy line has been revealed and—I agree with Wes on this one—they look AWFUL! (Thanks, Wes.)
- A new art book—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History—will be released June 24.
- Vans released a series of new Star Wars sneakers May 4.
- Which you could wear with Her Universe’s new additions, including an awesome Han Solo costume dress.
- The 20th anniversary edition of The Lion King soundtrack has 30 more minutes of music.
These Norman Rockwell-inspired TMNT illustrations by Bryan Lee are very cute.
OK, yes, some of these “grown up” cartoon character illustrations by Isaiah Stephens aren’t the most believable, but they’re very well done. (And is it weird that I find Roger from Doug kind of attractive?)