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FTN Blog is back! (05/03/13)

March 5th, 2013 by Owen Quinn Comments

The blog is back. And what a week it has been in the Nerd universe. There has been death, rebirth, birthdays, resignations and sneak peeks. Oh and the Oscars.

In comic news we saw the death of Robin once again in Batman Incorporated. This time round however it wasn’t fans who voted for it and this version of the Caped Crusader’s sidekick was the son of Bruce Wayne, ten year old Damian. He did however go out in style. Check out our man Chris’s review on the site here.

It was also Superman’s 75th birthday. See kids? Drink plenty of water and eat healthily and you too could look as good at seventy five.

In TV land, Walking Dead and Primeval New World rattle on and Being Human approaches its end. Why oh why are they cancelling this show? Everything sings quality about it from the writing to the acting and Phil Davis is perfect as the Devil. If only we get to talk with him… Stay tuned for a Nerd exclusive. Filming continues on the new series of Whitechapel and they promise the horror element will be scarier than ever.

It was also announced that the woman with the most lethal sledgehammer in cinematic history is about to plunge back into the supernatural arena. Misery star Kathie Bates will go head to head in the new series of American Horror Story.

Doctor Who fever continues, marred by the death of Dalek designer Ray Cusik. A brand new image was released from the new season premier The Bells of St John. The brilliant poster shows the new costumed Doctor and Clara on a motorbike smashing their way through a window above London. In the shards we get to see some of the new and old enemies they will face including the new look Ice Warriors (here). I for one am definitely excited. And the Ice Warriors’ debut story will be released in August with the missing episodes animated like previous stories The Reign of Terror and the Invasion. Tom Baker’s classic The Ark in Space was remastered and re-released on DVD this week and is a welcome addition to the series. This promises to be an action-packed run of stories and don’t forget the mystery of Clara Oswin Oswald, the woman twice dead. Filming on the origins drama An Adventure in Time and Space reaches its final week with David Bradley as William Hartnell.

In movie news, Mary Jane Watson has been revealed for the new Amazing Spider-man movie out next year as well as a new look Spider suit (look here). She will be played by Shailene Woodley. No, never heard of her either. Does this mean Gwen is about to kick the bucket as in the comics? It’s possible as Chris Cooper has now been announced as the Green Goblin (here).

The troubled Godzilla movie is rumoured to have cast Kick Ass’s Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Juliet Binoche. Another casting announcement came in the form of James McEvoy in the new Crow reboot (here) but he revealed he and Patrick Stewart don’t appear on screen together in the new X Men movie (here). That’s a bitch. Speaking of a bitch, well, witch, Hansel and Gretel is out in cinemas now; check out Rita’s review on site (here).

We also heard that the new Superman movie got an early review and it has been described as Christopher Nolan story with Snyder action and has been touted as the film of the year (here). Will it spawn a new generation of DC and Justice League movies? So far the indications are yes it will.

Gary Oldman is joining the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes while the final Hobbit movie has been pushed back to Christmas 2014.

On the paranormal front, the Pope resigned this week and on the same day lightning struck the Vatican. Hours after the announcement of his decision to leave, lighting hit the St Peter’s Basilica (below). Spooky. And old Bigfoot reared his head again only this time he had a partner. David Arceneaux saw two Bigfoot, a male and a female across a river in Block Bayou. He took a snap on his cellphone and the enhanced version does indeed show two humanoid figures in the tree line.

Tech news revealed that not only will PS4 games be downloadable but a 3D see-through computer will be launched as well as a Jedi wristband that allows the wearer Jedi-like powers to control anything from computers to military drones. Damn it, waving your hand at automatic doors was much more fun.

So that’s the week which as always is a busy one. I haven’t even mentioned that it’s 35 years since someone dug up Charlie Chaplin’s coffin and held it for ransom, or William Shatner’s return as Kirk at the Oscars or Seth McFarlane’s vow not to host the show again. Or the unknown animal washed up on a beach which they say is a hairless badger.

Life in the Nerd world is a busy place as you can see. My head’s busted. Til next time folks, keep watching the skies and the TV and the movie screen and the net… Oh it never stops!

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Husband, dad and Ireland's hardest working author, Owen Quinn is currently knee deep in The Time Warriors, arguably the biggest sci-fi epic ever to come out of Ireland. He has an unhealthy interest in Doctor Who, classic TV and Star Wars, he also hangs around with the Emerald Garrison far toooo much. Is it any wonder he fits in at FTN so well? Find Owen at the

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