Weekend Roundup: 03.08.13

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I’ve been a bit of a busy bee lately and I’m sure most of you can relate. In trying to catch up on this week’s nerdy news I came across quite a few gems. For your convenience, I’ve gathered all the little news nuggets and placed them here. You’re welcome. 

1. Much Ado About Nothing Trailer

Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated – by me – adaptation of one of the Bard’s classic tales has finally gotten a wide release date (June 7th in the US, June 14th in the UK and Europe) and a fancy shmancy new trailer. As big fans of the Whedonverse may have noticed, not only does the movie look fantastic, it also reunites star-crossed couple Fred and Wesley. What you may not have noticed is that there’s a mini firefly reunion with Nathan Fillion playing Dogberry and Sean Maher (aka Simon Tamm) playing Don Jon. Oh Joss, you spoil us.

2. Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the Daily Show

This wasn’t the biggest news about the Daily Show this week. For that you’ll have to read this and then experience the great conundrum that is BOO! YEAH! Also, if you haven’t listened to the Bugle yet, do it now to experience the YEAH! aspect of this equation.  

This interview – DeGrasse Tyson’s second on the show- is a blast of humorous geeky observations. Specifically, Jon and Neil have a lot of fun dissecting the cause of humanity’s eminent demise. The two so obviously enjoy each other’s company that the interview is a real treat. Watch and enjoy.

3. George Lucas “accidentally” steals Disney’s Thunder

I’ve been reading up on all of the Star Wars news I can possibly find; I have officially reached the point where I am more excited about these films than nervous. Not only is Alfonso Cuaron rumored to be up for filling JJ Abrams shoes when Episode VIII goes into production (Simon Pegg might also be signed on for a role. Whee!), George Lucas has now revealed – in a Bloomberg Business Weekly story of all places – that the original trio of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer, and Harrison Ford are all in the process of being signed for appearances in the sequels. My favorite part of the news, though, is when mid-interview Lucas seems to realize he’s just blown Disney’s plans for a big announcement.

“Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them,” and adding, “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.” 

Yeah I’m sure that was an accident, George. 

Word of advice, JJ, don’t tell George who Benedict Cumberbatch is really playing.

4. Andrew Garfield Eats Emma Stone’s Duck and Pig

Thanks to our friends at io9 for bringing this one to my attention. Bad Lip Reading has worked their magic on The Amazing Spiderman and it really is just the thing to send you laughing into the weekend. Check it out and then send us a little free-style. Just don’t talk about my wooden leg.

–Rachel

 

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