Vol. 5, Issue 19
I cannot help but get my hopes up for this movie. It just looks SO GOOD. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
In TV news:
- An upcoming episode of Doctor Who will have a female director—the first since 2010. Rachel Talalay, who also directed Tank Girl, will take on the task.
- Steven Moffat has a heart, was nervous about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Haley Atwell recently spoke about the Agent Peggy Carter series.
- John Barrowman has been promoted to an Arrow series regular. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Phineas and Ferb are having a Star Wars crossover episode. Here’s a poster.
- The first images from the upcoming show (based on the comic, led by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas) iZombie have been released.
- Eve Myles (Torchwood) has joined the second series of Broadchurch.
- I recently wrote up a couple of posts for FYA about cancellations/renewals and new shows that will premiere at the start of the fall TV season.
Here are a few teasers:
These glow-in-the-dark posters by artist Matt Ferguson are fantastic.
In other movie news:
- Check out this awesome new poster for Guardians of the Galaxy, which goes quite nicely with the trailer at the top of the post. And here are the official character descriptions.
- What is this thing you’re wearing, Hawkeye?
- Batman vs. Superman has an official subtitle: Dawn of Justice.
- A first look at Gal Gadot on set has been released. She’s not in the costume, though.
- Also, Kevin Smith swears that Batman’s suit is blue and grey.
- Andrew Garfield has signed a contract to star in two more Spider-Man films.
- The release of the new Star Wars films could be accompanied by re-releases of the original, non special edition, movies. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
- Disney might be planning a Red Five stand-alone film.
- Here’s a first look at Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee) and Julianne Moore (Alma Coin) in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1. There are a couple of additional photos at this link, along with a motion poster and interview with Moore.
- Alfonso Cuaron, who directed Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, might be returning to the ‘verse with the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
- The Godzilla credits feature some redacted bits. Here’s what they say.
- Related: The movie did so well opening weekend that there will be a sequel. (Which is likely no surprise to anyone.)
- Disney has released a few images from their upcoming superhero animated movie Big Hero Six. (There’s also a trailer below.)
- Avoid these spoilers if you want to go into Jurassic World unspoiled.
- Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald have joined Jem and the Holograms.
- Harrison Ford has been offered a role in Blade Runner 2.
- New semi-NSFW posters for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For have been released.
- Here are the first photos from Kingsman: The Secret Service, a comic adaptation starring the likes of Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. (There is also a trailer below.)
Here are a bunch of trailers:
Big Hero 6
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Transformers: Age of Extinction
This action hero GIF set from artists Davide Mazzuchin and Matteo Goi is a lot of fun.
J.J. Abrams has released a video from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII that features a new alien—who is not CG.
Karen Hallion is at it again—this time with a Star Wars/Haunted Mansion mashup piece.
Bjorn Hurri has drawn a couple more of his steampunk-y Star Wars characters.
In misc. news:
- Funko will be releasing a bunch of new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys soon.
- Now this is a properly done (and shiny) Captain Malcolm Reynolds figure.
- Merriam-Webster has added a few familiar words and phrases to the dictionary, including fangirl, steampunk, spoiler alert, hashtag, selfie and dubstep.
These Goonies-themed playing cards (designed by Albino Dragon) will actually become a reality, thanks to Kickstarter backers.
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- Jupiter’s giant red spot is … shrinking.
- Paleontologists have discovered the “biggest dinosaur ever.”
- A 3,100-year-old tomb has been discovered in Egypt.
- DNA might not always hang out in the standard double helix form.
- Dogs have been trained to sniff out prostate cancer.
- Put down that glass—urine is not really that sterile. (GROSS. Were you drinking pee?)
- A new study of more than a million kids finds no correlation between vaccines and autism. (Thanks, Colt!)
- A new dual-carbon battery charges 20 times faster than a lithium ion ones. (Thanks, Colt.)
- Antarctica loses nearly 160 billion tons of ice each year.
- Ever wondered what a snoring hedgehog sounds like? Wonder no more.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Halo 5: Guardians is officially coming to Xbox One next year. Also, rumor has it that Xbox One owners might be getting a Halo 1-4 collection sometime this year.
- Here's a new trailer for Bungie’s upcoming Destiny, one for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and one for Batman: Arkham Knight.
- Bioware has released an infographic on the most popular first names for Commander Shepards the world over. Sarah and Jack top the lists. How boring.
- Here's a history of Godzilla in video games.
- And here's a lengthy article about a guy who's trying to remake Jurassic Park: Trespasser in order to “to fulfill all the promises of a genre defining experience the original developers promised.”
- A group of fans known as Sloth Team have recreated and improved an old video game adaptation of the Goonies. The best part? It's totally free for Linux and PC.
- A mostly unknown developer will be creating a game about the glory of North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un. The game is called Glorious Leader. There’s a trailer at the link.
- This fan-made infographic attempts to persuade readers to be interested in EVE Online. The company behind the game, CCP, have also released a video history chronicling the massive all-out space war that occurred in the game last year.
- Chuck E. Cheese restaurants in Dallas are getting Oculus Rift headsets so that kids—and I’m quoting Wes—can play a terrifying game involving tickets and a virtual Chuck E.
- A new Skype update for Xbox One lets users open up a chat in a new window while playing a game or watching movies.
- The console is also getting a long awaited update in June that will allow use of external storage and more.
- Steam in-home streaming is now available for all users who have Windows PCs. Support for Linux, Mac and SteamOS is in the works.
- A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that—even in standby mode—current gen consoles drain a lot of energy.
- The 33 1/3 book series explores historically important albums from all genres of music. (Wes highly recommends the series to any music fan wanting to know more about landmark albums.) The series is about to release its first book written about a video game soundtrack: Super Mario Bros.