The Week in Geek Issue # 134
Greetings dear readers!
Lunchtimes at the writer’s job have been a lot more fun of late, as he’s got his department at work hooked on playing Apples to Apples. He’s hoping to introduce them to the white knuckle terror of a game that is Pandemic soon, but that will have to wait till we finish the Doctor Who jigsaw puzzle we’re working on. Are you jealous of my workplace yet?
We begin this week with news that will surely doom the human race - SQUIDS CAN FLY. What can I say, other than I salute our flying tentacular overlords! That’s followed by word that a group of scientists have created zombie cells. No, it’s not that sort of zombie, but with a name like that can you blame me for being nervous?
There’s been a lot of activity around the
Note to self: don’t annoy the scientists…
Doctor Who docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, with pictures of the original TARDIS set while ‘voice of the Daleks’ Nicholas Briggs has shot a cameo as Peter Hawkins, one of the original Dalek voices. The Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, has also been cast and footage has been captured of Daleks invading London, recreating a famous scene from The Dalek invasion of Earth.
The 50th Anniversary special has a director (It’s not Graeme Harper? Boo!) and Steven Moffat has continued the teasing about all 11 Doctors appearing in the special. He’s also said he’s planning season 8 of the show and that Matt Smith is staying, which is good news as far as I’m concerned. There’ s a TARDIS speaker system coming soon and the Radio Times is drawing more attention to the search for lost episodes of the show, but beware: if you run across anyone claiming to have them, be careful - the odds are it’s a scam.
It still hasn’t been confirmed, but word is that Jason Momoa has been cast as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, Joss Whedon has talked about the characters of SHIELD and astronomer and all round awesome guy Neil De Grasse Tyson has weighed on in how heavy Thor’s Hammer is. Given it’s made of ‘OnlyThorcanpickitupium’ I’d have thought the answer would be ‘really, really heavy’ and leave it at that.
A job dealing with things that these folks are too busy for? What’s the health plan like?
We’ve some concept art for Lego: Marvel Super Heroes, pictures of the Iron Man 3 3D glasses and a new poster for it, starring Guy Pearce. Marc Webb has given another Amazing Spider-Man 2 tease and we’ve another picture of Wolverine brooding. Has anyone told him that’s Batman’s shtick? Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has been busily tweeting pictures of Professor Xavier’s chairs and some familiar sets, talked about Peter Dinklage’s role in the film (He still hasn’t said who he’s playing though) and revealed how Alice Eve fits into the new Star Trek film.
We’ve some details on the radio adaption of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Kevin Smith has plans for Clerks 3, there’s an update on the Deus-Ex movie and some pictures from the set (And by that we mean the green screen stage) of Sin City 2. There’s a look at some store bought Iron Man 3 costumes, including the ‘sassy’ ones, a dress inspired by C3PO, a Worf hoodie and some shots from a gorgeous looking Princess Bride themed wedding. Speaking of weddings, apparently, hiding Spider-Man on the wedding cake is now a trend.
Mark Hamill has given an update on the Episode 7 plans, saying George Lucas if they weren’t interested then they’d be written out rather than be recast and that he’s keen to see more of the original cast returning. No-one’s sure about Harrison Ford, but he has mellowed in recent years so it could happen. Obsidian (Makers of Knights of the Old Republic 2) have pitched another Star Wars game, this one set between Episodes 3 and 4 and footage has emerged of a lightsaber fighting game that was for the original Xbox. It couldn’t have been as bad as Masters of Teras Kasi… Meanwhile, in a piece of news that no Star Wars fan can complain about, John Williams wants to score the new movies.
Every bad guy since has wished for theme music this awesome.
Television wise, there’s deleted scenes from Blood and Chrome and Game of Thrones, along with new trailers for Black Mirror, Bates Motel, Hannibal and Spartacus: War of the Damned, along with a a preview clip of when Speedy met Speedy in an upcoming Arrow. Gaming wise there’s a behind the scenes look at Destiny, footage from the Marvel Heroes MMO, a look at the Orcs of Neverwinter and an excerpt from the making of Ultramarines.
We’ve fresh trailers for GI Joe: Retaliation (Which looks just silly enough to be awesome), Italian film Reality, the first look at season 2 of web-series Mortal Kombat Legacy, and what’s apparently the first actual clip from Oz, the Great and Powerful. Meanwhile, from the ‘Huh?’ section comes a trailer for the Wesley Snipes zombie western Gallowwalkers, originally shot in 2006 and now soon to be released, just like Snipes himself!
There’s a trailer for Legends of the Knight, a fan made documentary about Batman that has a Kickstarter to fund the completed film. There’s casting news for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rachelle Lefevre (From the Twilight series) has joined Under the Dome and there’s news on the TV adaptions of Zombieland and Sleepy Hollow.
He’s not brooding, he just can’t remember if he turned the bathroom light off.
A movie adaption of the teen novel Arclight is on the way, but spin off show Primeval: New World has been cancelled. Ex Home and Away actor Luke Mitchell has been cast in The Tomorrow People remake, the long awaited adaption of the comic series Beasts of Burden (About a group of dogs who protect their hometown from supernatural monsters) has a director and Bryan Singer thinks his planned Twilight Zone movie will need A-List talent to be successful. In the most surprising announcement though, Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles film has announced a new cast member: Megan Fox. I didn’t see that coming…
In something from the ‘Don’t quote me’ desk, there’s word we could see a 4th Toy Story film and Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit team up to remake the Martin/Lewis film The Stooge (Kids, ask your grandparents). In the vintage news desk, a man is trying to build a vintage Cylon raider in his backyard (That’ll move and all!), a gallery of Jack Kirby storyboards for Lord of Light, which became the fake movie Argo, some un-used storyboards from Alien and we have details of what might be the ‘official’ ending to John Carpenter’s The Thing.
There’s a shiny new motion poster for Star Trek Into Darkness (Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and data that proves being a Red-Shirt isn’t as dangerous as we first thought. You know what? I DON’T BELIEVE THEM. *Ahem* Pictures of the ‘battle logos’ from Enders Game have been released, as has a shot of the mess hall.
You’ll beam down, but not all of you will beam back up!
There’s a collection of new pictures from Monsters University and you can sing their fight song (With help from the one and only Helen Mirren), comics writer Mark Waid has announced an online course looking at gender in comics books and we’ve some pictures of Walking Dead and Iron Man 3 minimate toys.
In our end of newsletter funny section, there’s an Avengers themed version of the Powerpuff Girls intro, pictures of Calvin and Hobbes in real life and a Lego version of the Ghostbusters HQ. We end this week with awesome above and beyond the call of duty, with Bruce Campbell tweeting that he’ll personally pay for the first Evil Dead remake tattoo. Even if the movie turns out to be naff, you get a free tattoo out of it – not a bad deal!
Quote of the Week:
The Doctor: “During all the years I've been taking care of you, you in return have been taking care of me. You are still my grandchild and always will be. But now, you're a woman too. I want you to belong somewhere, to have roots of your own. With David you will be able to find those roots and live normally like any woman should do. Believe me my dear, your future lies with David and not with a silly old buffer like me. One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye Susan. Goodbye my dear.”
Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth
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