In Case You Missed It Geek News – 7th-13th April
A lot can happen in just one week! Here’s a round-up of the past week’s geek news.
April 7, 2014 – TMNT Finalizes Key Voice Roles: Adds Knoxville, Shalhoub
The Michael Bay-produced live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has made final casting decisions about two key voice characters. Johnny Knoxville (Jackass movies) will voice the turtle leader Leonardo and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) will play the character of rat sensei Splinter. During filming Pete Ploszek voiced Leonardo and Danny Woodburn voiced Splinter.
April 7, 2014 – TV Death Watch: Which Shows are on the Bubble?
It’s bubble-watch season, as the networks begin to cull the weaker shows from their pack to make room for new titles coming down the pike. Here’s a round-up of the more notable shows that are teetering on the edge of extinction.
April 8, 2014 – New Teaser Poster For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies have released brand new teaser posters for Teenage Mutant Ninja featuring each of their weapons of choice.
The movie will be released on the 8th August 2014 in America and then several months later in the UK on the 17th October 2014.
April 8, 2014 – New Cast Announced for Series 2 of Atlantis
Amy Manson (Being Human) and Vincent Regan (Musketeers) have been cast in the new series the BBC’s Atlantis.
Manson is set to play Medea, a woman who, after her husband went off after another woman was offered to him, got her revenge by killing her children. A tad over the top perhaps, but I’m sure the BBC will tone it down for Saturday night entertainment.
April 8, 2014 – ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie Gets a Writer
Battlestar Galactica is headed to the big screen! …Maybe. Universal (by way of Variety) has announced that the beloved sci-fi series (not to be confused with it having been a series on the SyFy network) will be getting a “complete reimagining” from the writer of Transcendence, Jack Paglen.
The movie is not confirmed; we only know that Universal is “aiming to develop” it.
April 10, 2014 – Season 2 ‘Orphan Black’ Posters
Back for what looks like a riveting season 2, these newest Orphan Black posters, released by BBC America, give us goosebumps without giving us any info.
Orphan Black returns to BBC America on April 19th.
April 10, 2014 – ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Trailer
We return to Berk with Hiccup and Toothless as they set off on all new adventures for How To Train Your Dragon 2, in theaters June 13, 2014. Take a look at the latest trailer from Dreamworks.
Many of the voices from the first film are back, and we get the addition of Cate Blanchett as Valka and Djimon Hounsou as Drago.
April 11, 2014 – Amazon Acquires ComiXology
In a statement from ComiXology CEO David Steinberger, the digital comics retailer announced that they will now become a subsidiary of online retail juggernaut, Amazon.com. The details of the acquisition remain undisclosed and finalization is expected to occur in the next few months.
But the burning question is how much did Amazon pay?
April 11, 2014 – The Friday Fiver: All the World’s a Marvel
With Captain America: The Winter Soldier killing it at the box office ($96.2 million in the U.S. on opening weekend and $110 million overseas so far), the Marvel juggernaut is definitely having a moment. Marvel seems to be expanding faster than the cosmic big bang, spreading its superhero goodness into every corner of the globe. Today’s Friday Fiver runs down some top Marvel-related developments keeping the world spinning on a Marvel axis.
April 11, 2014 – Lit to Film: Divergent Franchise Will be Four Films
Nerdist reports that the film franchise adaptation of the Divergent YA trilogy will be four movies. Insurgent, set for a 2015 release, will be followed by Allegiant Part One in 2016, and Allegiant Part Two in 2017.
April 11, 2014 – Lit to Film: New Still of If I Stay
Page to Premiere reports that Entertainment Weekly has released this latest still from the upcoming film adaptation of Gayle Forman’s YA novel, If I Stay.
April 12, 2014 – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Will Tie-in with ‘Avengers 3′ – James Gunn Confirms
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, confirms that his film is “definitely connected to Avengers 3.” In addition to telling the world to prepare for one gigantic gathering of heroes, Gunn also gave more back story on the GotG characters. SPOILERS AHEAD, but first, check out the new movie still released by Marvel.
April 13, 2014 - ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Trumps ‘Rio 2′ At The US Box Office
For the second weekend in a row Captain America: The Winter Soldier stayed in the top spot beating animated movie Rio 2. In its first weekend Captain America 2 brought in $96 million in America and this weekend has brought in another $41.4 million, with the total worldwide global figure at $476.1 million (Captain America: The First Avenger earned $371 million).