Back in September, Patrick Stewart hinted that he would return to his role as Professor X. Now it’s been officially announced that both he and Ian McKellen will be back once more to reprise their roles as Professor X and Magneto, respectively, in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
This was confirmed by the movie’s director, Bryan Singer, on Twitter, where he posted the following:
Aside from Patrick and Ian, familiar faces from previous movies in the franchise are also set to return, including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is devising new and bizarre ways to spend his money – first by building himself a replica of the Titanic, and according to the internet rumor mill, cloning a dinosaur so he can let it run loose on his property:
The controversial billionaire is rumoured to be planning to clone a dinosaur from DNA so he can set it free in a Jurassic Park-style area at his new Palmer Resort in Coolum. Mr Palmer has, apparently, been in deep discussion with the people who successfully cloned Dolly the sheep to bring his dinosaur vision to life.
While we’re expecting a “this is BS” retraction in the near future, there is a possibility that we’ve finally found the man who makes Nic Cage look financially sensible.
(SCD via Geekologie)
Although this picture was supposed to be released by the BBC at one minute past midnight (U.K. time) Thursday, it was leaked beforehand – and as you can see, it illustrates what you all knew was coming in the seventh season of Doctor Who in a dramatic and captivating fashion.
Here’s what the BBC had to say about the pic:
The new image captures something of the excitement and adventure that await the Doctor—and the audience at home—when the Time Lord returns in Asylum of the Daleks. We’ll also make the image available as wallpaper and it will be right here at one minute past midnight—technically very early Thursday morning!
Click on the image to check out a wallpaper-sized version.
(LC via Blastr)
If you want to keep your fantasy world of superheros intact, it’s best to move on from this post, because physics is about to step in an ruin Batman for you.
Physics students David Marshall, Tom Hands, Ian Griffiths and Gareth Douglas penned a research paper entitled “Trajectory of a falling Batman” which examines the wingspan, height of descent and velocity representative of Batman’s cape during one of his flights, before proceeding to expose fatal flaws.
Apparently, Batman’s cape could support a 1,150 foot glide off a 492-foot tall tower, but his velocity would peak somewhere around 68 mph before leveling off at 50 mph, resulting in a new superhero called “Splatman”. The solution, according to the team, would be to employ more realistic options such as jet propulsion, parachutes, or possibly even something like Gary Connery’s wingsuit.
This study resulted from a fourth year Masters program Physics Special Topics module at the University of Leicester which encourages applying physics in an “outside of the box” situation – which “Trajectory of a falling Batman” most certainly is.
Australia is commemorating the 50th anniversary of LEGO with a year long celebration entitled “Festival of Play”. Part of the festivities includes these massive LEGO trees and flowers which were spotted in Sydney back in April. Three days later they were removed, only to reappear on Monday on display in the small town of Broken Hill, a mining community in New South Wales.
Hit the jump to check out some additional pics, along with a video of the Sydney display.
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If you were dreading Michael Bay’s alien, non-mutant interpretation of TMNT, you may be in luck, because Paramount has just shut down production, and the problem is apparently the script. The film was in pre-production in Vancouver, and was set for release in December 2013. That date has reportedly been pushed to May 2014. However, other reports indicate that the studio is temporarily laying off pre-production staff and informing those prepping the film that the work stoppage is “indefinite”.
It seems Paramount has listened to fans of the franchise. Hopefully this will result in a complete script makeover that will be more pleasing to die-hards (or the death of the project).
(THR via i09)
The news that G.I. Joe: Retaliation was having its release date pushed from June 29th, 2012 to March 29th, 2013 prompted a lot of questions, which resulted in an announcement that certain scenes being re-shot with 3D technology in an effort to capitalize on foreign markets.
However, Deadline claims to have the real answer, and if you don’t mind spoilers, read on…
Apparently the delay is actually due to the re-filming of scenes based on a poor reaction from test audiences, who reportedly disliked the fact that Channing Tatum’s character Duke was killed early in the film and that there was a lack of character development between himself and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
At least they’re working to fix things before you spend money on a ticket.
(Deadline via SHH)
Check out the logo for Halo’s fictitious United Nations Space Command right behind this BBC reporter. This was the image that greeted viewers during this segment about the real United Nations’ involvement in the very real conflict happening in Syria. The BBC later apologized for the mistake, but legions of Halo fans are now seeking the door to the alternate universe in which the UNSC actually exists.
See the video after the jump…
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San Francisco-based developer Massive Black has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Zombie Playground, an online, team-based action arena game that will offer “a mix of third-person shooter and action RPG featuring character progression and unlockable abilities along with weapon and clothing upgrades”. But the awesome thing is that you’ll take on the zombie horde with a group of grade school kids.
The development team for the game includes BioWare vets Jason Chan (Senior Artist), as well as Aesop Rock and Shawn Lee (Music Producers/Artists). If the team is able to meet their current $100,000 goal, they will be able to produce an alpha version of Zombie Playground with two playable characters (one ranged, one melee) using Attack the Block, Goonies, and The Walking Dead as inspiration.
Ultimately the goal is to amass $ 2 million, which will allow for the creation of the complete game, featuring a full school location, multiple classes, and additional game modes.
Hit the jump to check out a promo video.
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In an interesting marketing move, Microsoft recently sent emails to fans at the Halo Waypoint forums entitled “Your piece of the Halo 4 puzzle.” In all, 32 pieces were collected and assembled to reveal what will likely become the box art for the November 6th release.
Needless to say, this is going to be a long, long summer for Halo fans.
(Waypoint forums via Coming Soon via Geekosystem)