Vol. 5, Issue 21
Howdy, pop culture fans! We’re back on schedule this week—thanks for giving me leeway over the past couple of weeks. Let’s get started, shall we?
In TV news:
- Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will be visiting seven cities in five continents this summer as part of a Doctor Who promotional tour.
- Dominic Cooper will be reprising his role as Tony Stark’s dad in Agent Carter.
- Nightwing might be joining Arrow. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Legend of Korra’s third season is ready to go.
- A ton of (well-known) British actors have joined the cast of HBO’s adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, including Michael Gambon (a.k.a. Dumbledore).
- Here’s some information on the upcoming Lion King spin-off cartoon.
- Classic Doctor Who episodes will begin airing on Retro TV next month. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
Here are a few teasers:
Legend of Korra
Sharknado 2: The Second One
Stephen Byrne has envisioned a Disney version of Doctor Who, and I like it. Amy would make a totally spunky Princess.
In webseries news:
- Vincent Donofrio will be playing Kingpin in Netflix’s Daredevil series.
- The company is also planning a remake of The Magic School Bus.
In movie news:
- A few new Guardians of the Galaxy character posters have been released: Here are Gamora, Rocket and Groot, and Star-Lord and Drax.
- Spoilers for The Avengers: The Age of Ultron ahoy.
- Mark Ruffalo says the Hulk has a larger, more complex role in the sequel.
- Ant-Man has a new director: Payton List (director of Bring it On and Yes Man). Adam McKay (co-writer of Anchorman) will work on the script.
- Bryan Singer might not be back for X-Men: Apocalypse due to his legal issues.
- Rumor has it that Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are on the shortlist to play Doctor Strange.
- Guillermo del Toro is working on the Pacific Rim 2 script.
- Jeremy Renner will be returning for Mission Impossible 5.
- Here are some new images from the Penguins of Madagascar movie.
- And some new stencil art character posters for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Sigourney Weaver is definitely returning for the Avatar sequel, but she will likely be playing a different character. Maybe.
- The adaptation of The Stand will be three-hours long and rated R.
- Sony is planning a Sonic the Hedgehog live action/CGI hybrid film.
- The company is also apparently in talks with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts for a possible Metal Gear Solid movie. (Thanks, Wes!)
Here are a bunch of trailers and a couple of clips:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dumb and Dumber To
If I Stay
The November Man
Penguins of Madagascar
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Mondo will be releasing these Robocop and Fight Club posters at some point today.
This poster by Mike Johnston makes me think good things about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but then I remember what they actually look like.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- There’s a lot of stuff coming out of E3 this week. Here are roundups from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
- BioWare released a developer video featuring information about the new Mass Effect.
- A Tomb Raider sequel—Rise of the Tomb Raider—will be released around the holidays in 2015.
- Xbox One will be getting Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC content before any other consoles.
- Batman: Arkham Knight has been delayed until 2015.
- Nintendo has announced a Zelda sequel for Wii U. The Zelda action game Hyrule Warriors will be released Sept. 26 in North America.
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One hits shelves Nov. 11; here’s a breakdown of everything included.
- Bungie has released almost four minutes of Destiny gameplay.
- Diablo III is coming to PS4. Included with it will be a The Last of Us-themed dungeon.
- Disney Infinity 2.0 Special Edition will be a PlayStation exclusive.
- Super Smash Bros. on Wii U is jumping on the near field communications (NFC) figure band wagon.
- A new Star Fox “rethink” has been kinda/sorta announced.
- EA released concept footage for the Mirror’s Edge sequel.
- Costume Quest 2 will be available on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac in time for Halloween. Here are some screenshots.
- One Tap Quest is the latest “time suck” browser game.
- Starlite Astronaut Academy G-Ball is a zero-G sports game sim co-developed by NASA. It’s available now through Steam.
- Tales From the Borderlands has announced the game’s voice talent, which includes the likes of Chris Hardwick and Nolan North.
- Microsoft has released Xbox One controller drivers for PC.
- The company has also announced a group of apps for Xbox One—Destination Brazil—to compliment the World Cup, as well as an unscripted series coming June 15th—Every Street United—which will travel the globe to find the best street soccer players.
- EA has predicted the outcome of the World Cup using FIFA 2014 World Cup, and it’s Germany for the win over Brazil.
- Photos have surfaced of Valve’s VR headset.
- A band named Pentakill, which is comprised of five characters from League of Legends, has released an album … and it’s No. 1 on the iTunes metal chart right now.
- And behold: A bunch of trailers, for:
- Alien: Isolation
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix (I love Wes’ comment on this: “Ahhhhhhhhh!!!! Kingdom Hearts III!! *dead*”)
- LittleBigPlanet 3
- Magika 2
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Mortal Kombat X
- Sims 4
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Uncharted: A Thief's End (Note to Wes: I promise to try and make time for these games soon.)
- The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Jake Parker’s art is a little bit old school and a little bit minimal. I dig it.
Pop culture website Blurppy has released a whole bunch of Guardians of the Galaxy fan art from various artists over the past week, and it’s a really great collection.
In misc. news:
- Hot Toys has teased a set of Guardians of the Galaxy figures.
- Breaking Bad Funko POP! toys have been announced.
- Hot Wheels will be releasing a set of Star Wars-inspired cars.
- New TMNT movie toy details seem to confirm that the turtles in the movie won’t be teenagers. (Thanks, Wes.)
- You can now order a set of officially licensed Green Lantern rings. (For around $100 each.)
- For $20,000, George R. R. Martin will add you to a story and then kill you.
- Her Universe has released a few new Doctor Who items. (Thanks, Rebecca.)
And here’s a trailer for Jeffrey Brown’s new Star Wars book, Goodnight Darth Vader:
The artists known as DKNG have a new show at Gallery 1988 West celebrating icons of pop culture.
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- NASA has revealed plans for a futuristic spaceship run by warp drive. I’ll give you one guess as to what it’s called. (Thanks, Colt!)
- This new technology can turn cow poop into clean water.
- Male faces might have evolved to be able to take a punch.
- The Scribble Pen can draw in any color.
- Gentlemen, take note: Keeping your smartphone in your pocket might be lowering your sperm count.
And finally, two great faux trailers: