Vol. 5, Issue 30
Happy Thursday, everyone. I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Before we get into the news, I wanted to ask: If I needed to shift Nerd News to another day, which day would you be most likely to read it? Or, does it matter? Let me know in the comments?
Now, onto the good stuff.
In movie news:
- Here’s some news on Ultron’s army from The Avengers: Age of Ultron and some set photos.
- Ant-Man will have a tie to The Incredible Hulk.
- Evangeline Lilly recent shared a photo of her Ant-Man hair-do.
- Hawkeye could have a role in Captain America 3.
- DC Comics superhero movies might have a no jokes rule.
- Here’s a rumor on a known bad guy who might make an appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII. The news is spoilery, natch. (In fact, I didn’t even read the article, but I trust BAD to bring us proper news.)
- David Yates (director of Harry Potter 5–8) will be directing the first in the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.
- These new Hunger Games posters are fierce. Particularly Natalie Dormer’s.
- Bond 24 might be bringing the character of Henching back to the big screen.
- Tom Hanks and Ron Howard will be working on the third Da Vinci Code novel film adaptation.
- Joseph Gordon Levitt is still working on the Sandman movie.
Here are a couple of trailers:
Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen in the same movie? This could be AMAZING(ly awful).
In TV news:
- Check out these promo photos for this week’s episode of Doctor Who.
- Here’s a new poster for The Flash.
- Donald Glover will be playing Spider-Man … on an upcoming episode of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.
- Phineas and Ferb is getting a Lost episode.
- An upcoming ABC special will “rank” the best Schoolhouse Rock songs.
- The network is also working on a show based on Richard Castle’s (the fictional author and star of Castle) Derrick Storm books.
- Possibly in the works: A Full House reunion.
- The Croatian Church does not want Lena Headey to get nekkid for Game of Thrones.
- Martin Scorsese is going to work with HBO on a Shutter Island series.
- Steven Spielberg is looking to develop a Minority Report series, too.
- Keri, Tori and Grant are leaving Mythbusters.
Here are a few previews:
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Walking Dead
These Who posters by IdeaStorm Media are great.
In webseries news:
- The Netflix Daredevil series will be much “grittier” than the movies.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Disney Infinity fans can upgrade their game to the Wii U version for free through the Nintendo eShop.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition will have an online multiplayer component that will put players in the role of one of the inquisitor’s lackeys.
- Here’s a new launch trailer for Destiny.
- A Doctor Who skin pack is coming to Minecraft on Xbox 360 next month and will feature Doctors, companions and enemies. So far, only 12, Clara and the Daleks have been confirmed.
- New strategy game Star Wars: Commander is free for iOS devices this week.
- Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has an official release date of Nov. 11. Here’s a trailer.
- Elder Scrolls Online will soon have a subscriber loyalty program; eligible people will be notified via email.
- The announcement trailer for new scifi, single player RTS Ancient Space features a few sci-fi regulars.
- The Astronauts have released a new commentary video for detective game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, which is set to release Sept. 25 on PC and sometime next year on PS4.
- Amazon has acquired Twitch for $970 million.
- Charles Martinet, voice of Mario, has joined Instagram. His feed is packed with clips of Mario and Luigi figures out and about.
- There have been a million ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos over the past few weeks, but this may be the first fictional character to participate: Destiny’s Ghost (voiced by Peter Dinklage) took the challenge and then nominated Jonathan Irons (Kevin Spacey’s character from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare), Joel from The Last of Us and George Lucas. Instead of a flat donation, Bungie is donating 20 percent of their proceeds from the Bungie store until Sept. 9.
- Oakland, CA, has just lifted their 80-year ban on pinball machines. To celebrate, the Fruitvale Station Radioshack store is holding a month-long competition on an Iron Man machine.
- In case you missed me squeeing about it on social media, you can preorder the Funko POP Baby Groot!
- Hot Topic is selling a fashion collection inspired by the upcoming The Book of Life.
- Her Universe released some new Doctor Who merch to celebrate the new series.
- Lois Lane will have a starring role in a new YA novel.
- Fringe’s Peter Bishop is also getting a novel.
- Galaxy Quest’s sequel will be in comic form.
- Hello Kitty is NOT a cat.
- Which Wikipedia article titles can be sung to the tune of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? XKCD found out.
- Check out these nine things from Marvel comics/movies that are backed by science.
- A recent test flight of a SpaceX rocket ended disastrously.
- Here’s yet another way to disprove those people that say humans have never gone to the moon.
- Scientists have identified the genes that help lizards regenerate and a microbe in the human stomach that helps combat food allergies.
- Scientists have also found the area of the brain that motivates us to exercise, which I seem to be missing completely.
- Botox might be helpful in the fight against stomach cancer.
- Children with autism have extra synapses in their brains.
- Childhood drawings might shed light on how intelligent people will be when they’re teenagers.
- In rare and adorable animal news: Four white lion cubs have been born to a Munich circus, and two snow leopard cubs recently made their debut at the Bronx Zoo.
- Oregon courts have ruled that animals can be considered victims. You go, home state!