We lost one of the all time greats yesterday, as Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83. Since this news hit, there has been an outpouring of mourning and memorials remembering the man, his work, and his legacy. Costars like William Shatner and George Takei have shared moving tributes, as have countless others in the entertainment industry and beyond. Whether we knew him personally or not, he certainly had a lasting impact on many of our lives. If his influence was ever in doubt, the President of the United States even wrote a fond farewell for our Vulcan friend. And regardless of how you feel about Barack Obama politically, you have to admit that’s pretty damn cool.
While we won’t likely see new episodes of Doctor Who on TV until much later this year, Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth incarnation of the venerable Time Lord shows no signs of slowing down on the pages of Titan Comic’s Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor. In fact, the latest issue, #5 in the continuing run, delivers the fastest paced adventure we’ve see yet from this title.
This issue picks up where the last one left off. The Doctor, along with badass, revenge-minded Amazon warrior Rani, and Prinyanka, the daughter of one of the Doctor’s old time travelling buddies, search for a way to defeat the ancient Indian death cult that is currently trying to crash a continent sized spaceship into the surface of the Earth, killing millions of people in the process. That’s the kind of thing secret death cults are prone to do we guess, but someone has to feed the necro-cloud we suppose.
We’ve seen a couple of new posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron drop over the last few days. There was that big chaotic jumble where all the members of the team show up, surrounded by a swirling cloud of Ultron’s flying robotic goons. There’s just too much going on. After that, we got a Iron Man character poster, and now another handful of the core members have their own one sheets. Also, like the last one, they’re way better than the messy collective offering.
Over the next few years we’re going to get more Star Wars in more forms than ever before. Of course there are movies, shows, comics, books, and much more on the way. And before long, we’re going to be able to see all six of the already extant Episode movies told from the point of view of our favorite droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO. And oh yeah, it’ll all be in Lego form.
Today, Lego Group announced that they will produce five 22-minute episodes of Star Wars: The Droid Tales that will show the events running from The Phantom Menace all the way through Return of the Jedi from their perspective. Or at least as much of the action as they were around to see. They will air on Disney XD, which is the current home of the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
Fox’s Minority Report continues to come together. After getting the green light from the network to produce a pilot, they’ve put together a solid cast, and today they’ve added two more new faces: Meagan Good and Stark Sands.
The other day there was a big brouhaha on the internet because of what Neill Blomkamp said about his upcoming Alien movie. In an interview he said, “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens, and then this film.” Many took this to mean that he intends to discount the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. This definitely felt like an offhand comment at the time, but there was some backlash, and Blomkamp has now attempted to clarify what he meant.
When he first revealed the concept art he’d been working on earlier this year, many thought it was strange that, not only was Sigourney Weaver prominently displayed, but Michael Biehn’s Corporal Dwayne Hicks also showed up. Fans of the franchise now he dies in Alien 3, and this was the first time questions about how this fill will treat the timeline popped up. Then again, it was just concept art for a movie no one really expected to happen, and you can do whatever the hell you want.