Sunday, May 15, 2011

A few awesome things

Here's a few things that have been sitting in my RSS feed just waiting to be shared. There's some Marvel movie news, a final piece of Hunger Games casting and news on Steven Spielberg's long-delayed Abraham Lincoln movie, plus a couple pieces of technology that belongs to the future, and my favorite TV show gets a final season. It's all after the jump.

Captain Hammer and the Electric Buggy

Check it out, Nathan Fillion unveiled a new electric car that reminds me of a three-wheeled version of this vehicle from Star Trek Nemesis, and certainly looks like it could have driven straight out of Firefly. I vote this car gets officially renamed to the HammerBuggy or TightpantsMobile.

Marvel looking at Black Widow and Hawkeye films

Now that Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye have made appearances in Iron Man 2 and Thor, respectively, previewing their roles in The Avengers, Marvel studio chief Kevin Feige has said that standalone films for those characters are being considered. If so, they would join Iron Man 3 and sequels to Thor and Captain America for Marvel's post-Avengers schedule.

Spielberg casts more roles for Lincoln

After years of development and switching from Liam Neeson to Daniel Day-Lewis for the title role, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln film seems to be picking up steam. The most recent news is the casting Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln. The story is based Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, so the major roles still to be cast are Lincoln's former rivals Attorney General Edward Bates, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase and Secretary of State William H. Seward.

Hunger Games finds Heymitch

Katniss Everdeen's mentor Heymitch was one of the final major roles to be cast and it goes to Zombieland star Woody Harrelson. That pretty much wraps the casting, which is good since the film is already less than a year from its scheduled release next March.

SEALs used stealth helicopter

Among all the news about the badass SEAL Team Six and their takedown of America's Public Enemy Number One was the news about a stealth helicopter crashed during the operation. Based off some images of the wreckage, aviation enthusiasts speculate that the chopper was a modified Black Hawk as this image by David Cenciotti shows. So "Black Hawk down, another Black Hawk down." Still, it looks awesome.

Chuck gets a fifth and final season

Finally, NBC has announced that my personal favorite TV show, Chuck, will be getting a fifth and final season in the fall to wrap up its storyline. It's moving to the Friday night "death slot," accused of killing Firefly and Dollhouse, but at least this means the show will have a chance to end on its own terms. It's welcome news as I look forward to the season four final tomorrow night.

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