Vol. 5, Issue 29
Hey guys! Thanks for your understanding last week. But just because I was busy didn’t mean the news machine stopped churning. What’s up in the world of pop culture?
In TV news:
- io9 has released a guide to this year’s new scifi and fantasy TV shows.
- Jenna Coleman will leave Doctor Who at Christmas. Can I get a yee-haw?!
- All series 8 episode titles have also been revealed. The new season will also have a new opener, which was inspired/created by a fan.
- Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Dune) and Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe) have joined Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Palicki will play the superhero Mockingbird. (Thanks, Colt!)
- Clancy Brown (Carnivàle) has been cast in The Flash.
- Here’s a round-up of a bunch of other superhero show casting.
- Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will reprise their Shaun of the Dead roles in an upcoming Phineas and Ferb episode. (Thanks, Emily!)
- Here’s a first look at Once Upon a Time’s Anna and Elsa together.
- Star Wars: Rebels will premiere Oct. 3.
- Craig Ferguson is in talks to host a syndicated talk show.
- You can check out the pilot episode of the new Karen Gillan/John Cho show Selfie here.
- Patti LaBelle will have role on American Horror Story: Freak Show.
- Outlander has been renewed for a second season.
- Keanu Reeves is coming to TV; he’ll star in Rain, “which centers around John Rain, a hit man whose specialty is making his victims look like they died of natural causes.”
- NBC is planning a 10-part musical series about Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
- ABC is making a new astronaut comedy based on Chris Hadfield’s memoir, An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth.
- There’s a Resident Evil series in the works. Not much is currently known about it, but it’s being billed as a "thrilling detective drama." (Thanks, Wes!)
- Lifetime is working on a movie about Brittany Murphy.
Here are some previews:
And be sure to check out the footage from never-aired parody series Not Another Teen TV Show, starring Alison Brie as ... Muffy ... Jennifer Lawrence and H. Jon Benjamin.
I’d watch a Doctor Who animated series.
In webseries news:
- Kristen Bell will join Ryan Hansen in the Veronica Mars webseries.
- Powers won’t be a webseries, exactly—it’ll air on the Playstation Network—but a bunch of actors have recently joined the show, including Eddie Izzard and Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team).
- Developer 343 recently revealed a little bit about what to expect from the Halo TV app coming to Xbox One and Windows 8. (Thanks, Wes.)
In movie news:
- James Gunn says Peter Quill’s dad will not be the same one as in the comics.
- Ant-Man has begun filming; here’s a first look at Paul Rudd in the role.
- The Doctor Strange movie will not be an origin story.
- An Inhumans movie is still in development.
- Here are some spoilers on Lex Luthor’s plan in Batman vs. Superman and a look at Henry Cavill in his new Super suit.
- There are two different Aquaman scripts currently being written. Jason Momoa will, officially, be playing the role, at least in Batman vs. Superman.
- Guillermo del Toro says he’s still working on the dark Justice League film.
The RockDwayne Johnson says he’ll be playing Shazam in some upcoming movie.
- J.J. Abrams recently released a peek at someone’s hand from Star Wars Episode VII.
- Related: Here’s some concept art for the movie’s main villain and info about Han Solo’s new ride.
- Rumor has it that Disney might be releasing the unaltered original trilogy on BluRay.
- Check out these new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 posters.
- Godzilla 2 won’t be released until 2018.
- Sigourney Weaver has turned down a role in The Expendabelles.
- She has, however, joined Liam Neeson in the film adaptation of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls.
- Sylvester Stallone has begun training for Rambo V.
- Tom Hiddleston is currently being wooed for the title role of the Ben-Hur remake.
- Here’s a new image from Interstellar.
- Casting has ramped up for the other Jungle Book movie—Jungle Book: Origins, led by Andy Serkis: Benedict Cumberbatch will voice Shere Kahn, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett will voice Bagheera and Kaa, respectively.
- Elijah Wood has joined Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter.
- New movies based on Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat series are in the works.
- Two more LEGO movies have been announced, in addition to The LEGO Movie 2, and will be released in 2018 and 2019.
- Production has stalled on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter due to Milla Jovovich's pregnancy. Filming will pick up again next summer. (Thanks, Wes.)
- Legend of Conan will begin filming next year.
- Lee Pace will star in a new “aliens vs. humans action hero" movie Prisoner of War.
- Sigh. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is getting a sequel. Here are some Easter eggs from the first movie.
- Ving Rhames will reprise his role in Mission: Impossible 5.
- The Lonely Island are getting their own movie.
- Babylon: 5 might soon be rebooted in movie form.
Here are some trailers:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
A Good Marriage
A deleted scene from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug was also released:
Can’t get enough Guardians of the Galaxy fan art.
From M.J. Hiblen:
Mike Mitchell (which I’ve posted before, but I do what I want):
That last one, you guys. My heart.
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- Plankton has been found living on the outside of the International Space Station.
- Listen to Felicia Day and Neil deGrasse Tyson recap Curiosity’s Mars mission.
- The earth used to be overrun with "dragons."
- If this tick bites you, you become allergic to meat. (Thanks, Colt.)
- Shark Week is fun, but often misleading. Here are real science facts about Great Whites.
- You know those shudders you get when falling asleep? Here’s why. (Thanks, Mom!)
- This new surgery might cure migraines, but it sounds kind of horrible to endure.
- A new genetic test might reveal a person’s risk of suicide.
- Women who smoke during pregnancy not only affect their children, but also their grandchildren.
- Scientists have made a connection between dementia and vitamin D deficiency.
- Eating grapefruit while taking prescription drugs could lead to an overdose.
- Turns out that a small amount of video gaming actually makes kids more well adjusted.
- Regular pot use, however, is bad for young brains.
- THIS IS THE CUTEST: A robot is hitchhiking his way across Canada.
- OK, no, THIS is the cutest: Meet Butterfly, a rare goat/sheep hybrid.
- Fine, I lied again. THESE are the cutest: Fennec Fox kits have been born in Tel Aviv.
- Also cute: A blond penguin has been spotted in Antarctica.
- A recent sandstorm in Peru has uncovered new Nazca lines.
- Two new Mayan cities have been unearthed in the Mexican jungle.
- Adding salt to lithium batteries improves them.
These Tim Doyle Gotham prints are very cool.
Also cool: Trailer mashups.
The Hobbit/The Neverending Story
Michael Bay’s Up
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Here are the highlights for the recent Microsoft and Sony Gamescom press conferences. And a bunch of trailers from each presentation (Microsoft | Sony).
- At Gamescom, BioWare showed off a new 4-on-1 RPG title called Shadow Realms. Sign up for the alpha via BioWare’s website.
- Robin Williams will be memorialized in World of Warcraft as an NPC.
- A possible reveal of a new Silent Hill game also happened at Gamescom. Hideo Kojima has since confirmed that it will be a new game—Silent Hills—and that he hopes players will “shit your pants.” A translation of a Swedish radio broadcast heard in the game's playable teaser suggests that it might center around aliens.
- Additionally, Kojima showed off all the wondrous new things Snake can do with his trusty cardboard box in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
- Here’s some new info on Dragon Age: Inquisition.
- The new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will feature player created Mii’s as playable characters; players will also be able to dress their Mii’s up as Nintendo characters.
- The Sims 4 “Create a Sim” demo is available to download and try out now.
- The studio behind the Payday games has released a reveal trailer to announce that they’ll be working on a new co-op Walking Dead game.
- The upcoming Life is Strange is about a girl who returns from college to a somewhat estranged and changed best friend and the mystery surrounding her. Here’s more info on the game.
- No Man’s Sky has been touted as “infinite,” but there is a finite number of planets available. According to the developer, it would take about 5 billion years to see each planet in the game if you only spent a second on each one.
- Developer Obsidian has acquired the rights to start creating games based on the Pathfinder table-top RPG series.
- Total War: Rome 2 is now offering a $3 “Daughters of Mars” DLC pack that adds a whole slew of badass lady fighters. The game is also getting a free update, which will include a few other lady warriors.
- While going through a bunch of gaming media submitted to it for archival purposes, someone at the Library of Congress discovered a previously unknown, but totally playable, Duke Nukem game for PSP.
- PS4’s Share Play feature will allow users to join in with their friend’s games online without actually owning a copy of the game themselves. The catches? These sessions are limited to an hour and all game data is saved on the host’s PS4.
- Xbox One has a new Reddit app.
- Ouya developers, who are offering Android game-making tutorials through Ouya apps and online claim it’s possible to make a game, start to finish, in about 20 minutes.
- Pierce Brosnan was recently a guest on the Tonight Show, so, of course, Jimmy Fallon played a game of Goldeneye with him.
- And here are new trailers for:
You make some good points, Mass Effect Honest Trailer.
MechaniqueFairy’s Disney steampunk series is great. (More at the link below.)
I also really dig Emmanuel Viola’s tatted-up princesses. (Even if their bosoms are a bit ridiculous.)
In misc. news:
- Beacon, New York, now houses a Doctor Who restaurant.
- Funko will be releasing POPs for American Horror Story and Kill Bill.
- Hot Toys will be releasing amazing—natch—versions of Gamora and Rocket Raccoon and Groot. (Including a version of Baby Groot!)
- DC Comics artists will be revamping the look of General Mills’ Monster cereals.
- J.K. Rowling has written another new Harry Potter story about a witch named Celestina Warbeck.
- One of the White House’s most famous paintings has a spelling error.
- The Oxford online dictionary has added new words including mansplain, douchebag and fandom.
And finally (Thanks, Colt.):