And Eight, Eight, I Forget What Eight Was For: Eight Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week
Such Important Stuff…
8. Joss Whedon Announced The Avengers Sequel Title; Marvel Previewed Logos and Showed off Concept Art.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will make its debut May 1, 2015. For the uninitiated, read up on the “criminally insane” Ultron, a sentient robot created by Dr. Henry Pym aka Ant Man.
Here are the logos and concept art for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014) and Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013) :
7. Patrick Stewart Wondered If His Cast Photo Was the Best.
I’m voting yes, because any photo with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen automatically wins.
Speaking of which, here are the boys’ X-Men: Days of Future Past character photos:
X-Men: DoFP also stars Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, James Marsden and Anna Paquin—go here for some Comic Con footage spoilers—and hits theaters May 23, 2014.
6. Jason Momoa Signed on to Sundance Channel’s “The Red Road” (formerly “The Descendants”).
Sundance Channel follows up its excellent series “Rectify” and “Top of the Lake” with another six-episoder, this one takes a look at a small town with its residents at odds with the neighboring Ramapo Indians. Momoa will play an ex-con returned to town to cause trouble for the main character (as yet uncast), a “weathered sheriff.” Julianne Nicholson (“Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife”) has also been cast as Jean, a police officer’s wife.
5. And Speaking of Khal Drogo The Entire “Game of Thrones” Comic Con Panel Hit YouTube.
This is what we’ve been waiting for, people—easy access; no lines or crowds.
4. Fox’s “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey” Gave Us a Peek at What’s to Come.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes on a reboot of the Carl Sagan series, produced by… Seth MacFarlane (eh, who cares?) SCIENCE.
3. Ron Moore’s “Helix” Trailer Premiered.
All I’ve got to say is: Cannot wait. It’s got a little bit of a Kubrickian/”American Horror Story” vibe going there.
Here’s a little alternate footage from the Comic-Con Reel:
“Helix” centers on an Arctic research facility where a group of scientists are trying to stem some kind of an outbreak; at the Comic Con panel, Moore said the black goo “might be related to the black goo from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’” “The Killing’s” Billy Campbell just signed on for the lead; Kyra Zagorsky (“Smallville”) will play his estranged wife. Hiroyuki Sanada (Sunshine, The Last Samurai) and Mark Ghanime (One Night in Seattle, “Emily Owens M.D.”) will play the head of the CDC research facility and a military liaison, respectively. Like “AHS,” the series will feature a different chapter each season. “Helix” will premiere on SyFy in 2014.
2. Sean Durkin’s “Southcliffe” Trailer Whetted Our Dark Appetites.
The Martha Marcy May Marlene scribe takes on the director’s chair with his vision of a small town plagued by shootings to television, written by Tony Grisoni (“Red Riding”). The four-part British miniseries stars Mark Badham, Scott Plumridge, Coral Amiga, Anatol Yusef, Sean Harris, Eddie Marsan, Rory Kinnear, Nichola Burley and Shirley Henderson, and premieres on UK channel 4 this fall.
1. We Got a Look at Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.
Here’s yet another gorgeous trailer from the brilliant Miyazaki (Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky); I swear I don’t even need words or audio to watch these films. Based on a comic which was in turn bases on Tatsuo Hori’s short story The Wind Rises is a fictionalized account of Horikoshi Jiro, who engineered fighter plane designs, including the Zero fighter aircraft. Early reviews call the movie somber and beautiful; it premiered this weekend in Japan this weekend (Worldwide dates unknown).