May 14, 2014

Daily Links: 14 May 2014

I read a lot of geek-related news on the Internet each day, and so I figured it was probably about time to start throwing together links to the most interesting things I see each day. I used to do this occasionally as "Odds'n'Sods", but just flat-out calling it "Daily Links" makes it a lot clearer what these posts will be about.
  • Snyder debuts new Batman. Director Zack Snyder has posted the first official photograph of Ben Affleck as Batman, along with his Batmobile, from the forthcoming Batman vs Superman movie. The cowl is visibly inspired by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which matches the older, more grizzled Batman that Snyder has been hinting at for some time. (link)
  • Hermione Norris to guest on Doctor Who. Hermione Norris (Spooks) is to guest star in Doctor Who this year, in an episode co-starring Tony Osoba (who previously appeared in "Destiny of the Daleks" and "Dragonfire" back in the 20th century) shot on location in Lanzarote. Steven Moffat has stated that in the episode, written by Wallander's Peter Harness, 'the Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure - but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.' No word on what old adventure that is. Lanzarote was previously used for the 1984 serial "Planet of Fire", but a sequel to that seems unlikely. (link)
  • Robert Orci to direct Star Trek 3. Paramount has confirmed that writer Robert Orci will make his directorial debut with the next Star Trek movie, which is generally expected to launch in 2016 to accompany the franchise's 50th anniversary. It's a huge project for a first-time director. (link)
  • Capaldi debuts on Radio Times cover. Peter Capaldi's made his debut as the Doctor on the cover of the Radio Times. Same photo they used to reveal his costume, but it still looks awesome. (link)
  • Dutch remake of Alice Creed. We're all very used to Hollywood remakes of foreign films. I get fascinated when the remakes happen in unexpected directions instead: take Reckless, a forthcoming Dutch thriller that remakes the excellent British film The Disappearance of Alice Creed. The trailer is behind the link. (link)
  • Trailer released for third CGI Appleseed. Aramaki Shinji is back with a third CGI film based on Appleseed. The trailer is out - looks like a more realistically rendered take (he also directed the recent CGI Captain Harlock movie), with costumes seemingly inspired by DC Comics' Power Girl. Boob windows ahoy. (link)
  • Melbourne International Film Festival opens with a sci-fi movie. I am pleased to see that MIFF has selected the Spierig Brothers' science fiction thriller Predestination as their opening night film. They previously directed Undead and Daybreakers, and the new film is based on Robert Heinlein's "All You Zombies". Ethan Hawke stars. (link)

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