Greetings my fellow Nerds and Nerdettes. It’s been another packed week full of news articles and announcements and just in case you may have missed them, here is a brief re-cap of some of the biggest stories:
Movie News: We kick off this week’s re-cap with probably the most anticipated prequel this side of Mos Isely: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey will be opening later this week for general release and we at FTN can’t wait (well, most of us). With more and more official images being released on virtually a daily basis, it’s been hard to keep up with all of the hub-bub of the Shire. Whilst the preview reviews have been luke-warm (check back here tomorrow evening for our very own review) the general movie going public are certainly whipping themselves up into a frenzy.
Also in the movie news this week: Jesse Wigutow (Screenwriter of Eragon and the upcoming The Crow reboot) has been confirmed as the writer for Tron 3. Tron Legacy, whilst visually stunning, was let down by a fairly sub-standard script, so we are hoping this new addition to Tron will bring the franchise back up to power.
And staying in the next dimension, the first teaser trailers went online for Star Trek: Into Darkness. This is the sequel to the 2009 Star Trek film helmed by JJ Abrams, and whilst I was not inspired by his take on the Trek franchise, this trailer does look promising for its action sequences. With the internet forums glowing like dilithium crystals at warp speed, fans have been furiously trying to work out who the main villain will be. Is it Khan? Gary Mitchell (original episode: Where No Man Has Gone Before)? Or maybe Garth of Izar (original episode: Whom Gods Destory)? Guess we’ll just have to wait to opening night to find out!
Comic News: The trailer for Marvel Now – Avengers #1 went online. We at FTN were quite taken with the artwork and the story line for this series looks very promising. This is a new direction for Marvel which promises big name heroes and villains and will be shipped twice a month.
Also being released is Cable and Xforce #3: That’s right folks, our favourite eye-patch wearing, gun toting future X-Men is getting his own comic and is re-uniting with Domino. Also making an appearance is Colossus with details on where he has been since we last saw him…
Gaming News: Dishonored Dunwall City Trials will be released later this week. With exciting graphics and gameplay, Dunwall City Trials will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Creatively combine your supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets to eliminate as many targets as possible, fight off waves of tallboys, guards, weepers and thugs, or take out targets in a non-stop run of drop assassinations.
Sadly, it is with a very heavy heart that we have learned that world renowned astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has sadly passed away aged 89. He discharged himself from hospital earlier in the week to spend his remaining time in the company of his friends, family and carers and his beloved cat Ptolemy.
Sir Patrick Moore was the host of The Sky at Night, one of the longest running television shows in history. His knowledge, personality and humour have been a mainstay on not only British but world wide television audiences and he has been guest speaker at many international astronomer gatherings. Indeed, along with the numerous books he has written over the years , Sir Patrick Moore was “The Voice” of Astronomy, never talking down to his audiences and always using his charm and approachability to put even the youngest star gazers at ease. We at FTN will miss you greatly and will think of you always as we gaze to the stars and beyond.
Sir Patrick Moore
1923 – 2012