Nick Furi’s ODDS and ENDS™- This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

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Television – Sherlock kicks ass again with the US Series 3 premiere garnering a whopping 4 million viewers for PBS. My guess is that number would be higher if there was a simultaneous US release with the UK… Because, ya know, downloads. [Deadline]

Collectibles – More amazing blind box awesomeness coming from Funko. Damn these companies for combining my nerdy side with my incessant predilection for gambling!


Television – A very interesting perspective on how Elementary is a better take on Sherlock Holmes than BBC’s Sherlock is. What’s even more shocking? It makes sense. [AV Club]

Film – Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has decided to shelve his next project, The Hateful Eight, after a much publicized script leak. He will instead publish the script as a book– and may revisit the idea of making it into a film later. If you’re worried you might have to wait awhile for the next “big” thing from the writer/director… Don’t. He says he has, “10 more where that came from.” [I Watch Stuff]

Comics – Pulp fans rejoice! There’s a new Flash Gordon series coming from comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment. To make the announcement even sweeter, IMJ Favorite™ Jeff Parker will write (with Evan Shaner on art). The series is set to arrive on April 9– so mark your calendar now! [Comics Alliance]

Collectibles – DC has released their new collectibles solicitation. Instead of me ragging on how much I don’t like most of it, I’m going to show you something I do like! This DC Comics Bombshells Stargirl Statue actually looks pretty cool. I haven’t been a fan of many of their sculpts, but this one is definitely tugging at my wallet. [Entertainment Earth]



Television – Doctor Who took home two big honors at the National Television Awards (the British equivalent of the U.S. People’s Choice Awards). Matt Smith won for Best Dramatic Actor and Who won for Best Drama! While the last season wasn’t my favourite, it’s great to see a sci-fi series getting acknowledged for its dramatic underpinnings. Brits clearly have good taste! [Nerdist]

Film – Actress/Fashion Model Gal Gadot has apparently signed on to appear as Wonder Woman in THREE films. I should really stop judging her before I see what she can do– but with so many great actresses considered (over the last few years) to bring Princess Diana to life… I can’t shake the feeling they somehow settled. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Comics – The Doctor Who comic book franchise makes a move from IDW Publishing to Titan Comics. Release dates for any new series have not been announced yet, but the escapades will reportedly chronicle the adventures of the Tenth, Eleventh and, eventually, the Twelfth Doctor. [ICv2]

Collectibles – More Hot Toys goodness in the form of Loki. Hope this isn’t just an illusion. [Hot Toys]

HT Loki

Television – The next cast member to join the Flash is… Jesse L. Martin (Law and Order.) Martin will play Detective West and act as a defacto father figure to Barry. If the producers can make this show anywhere near the quality of Arrow, I’ll be extremely excited and doubly impressed. [The Mary Sue]

Collectibles – It is about time Hasbro decided to change the way we transform Transformers. One of the main reasons I wasn’t a bigger fan of the Robots in Disguise as a youngster: My inability to transform the (one) toy I had. If I was able to fluke out a transformation, it usually took me forever to get it right. These new Transformers will be able to transform with a simple button click or flick of the wrist. This will enable kids to create the same rapid changes they see in the movies and cartoons. But hardcore fans shouldn’t fret– there will still be old school “complicated” versions of the toys too! [io9]

Music/Film – Anyone who’s seen the film Her knows how much the music played into the film’s wonderment. Sometimes music is just background filler and sometimes it isn’t used at all to drive home a point. (See Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s The Body episode.) But when music melds extremely well with a film’s content, causing an epidemic of emotion– then you know the music is exceptional. Finally you can stream Arcade Fire’s soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s Her… If only the soundtrack were available for purchase! (I’m still impatiently waiting for an actual release date.) [Indiewire]


Film – Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost will co-write Thor 3. We all knew there was going to be a third movie but I had no idea things would move this quickly. Still, I shouldn’t be overly surprised… These two writers have already proven to work well together– so bring it on! [Variety]

Manga – The fans who love manga– but still wish the publishers would add colour to their comics– are in luck. Viz Manga is releasing full colour editions of Dragon Ball Z. Arguably one of the most popular and recognized properties from the genre– it’s no surprise Akira Toriyama‘s work was chosen to receive this special treatment. [Anime News Network]

Film – To put it bluntly, a crapload of new photos from X-Men Days of Future Past have appeared. Some new stills feature Magneto, a bone-clawed Wolverine and a group shot. Moreover, there are 25 different covers to Empire Magazine— all with different characters… Giving us first looks at Toad, Quicksilver, et al. There are two different pictures of Sentinels (one I like and another that looks a bit weird). Even with the obvious overabundance of characters in this movie, I am getting X-tremely X-cited. Please, oh please, don’t suck! [Empire]

X Pryde

Comics – Apparently Aquaman isn’t the dead weight sinking to the bottom of the sea we all joke about. In fact, it appears the character is resurfacing in a tidal-wave of interest. Dan Jurgens will be overseeing a new comic called Aquaman and the Others. (I was never a fan of Geoff John’s take on the guy, but I guess I’m once again in the minority amongst the comic fan masses.) With Jurgens on the comic, I will at least give this a shot… And will most likely review it in our returning IMJ Comic Book Reviews™ column. Look for the book (and my review) in April. [DC Comics]

Television – Super popular actor Jonathan Banks joins the cast of the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. Given how humorous Banks has been in Community this season, I think the chemistry (see what I did there?) between him and Saul star Bob Odenkirk will steer the show toward savory black comedy territory. Breaking Bad had some truly funny moments, but I think there will be a definite tonal shift with BCS. If I’m wrong, I’m still overjoyed to see more of Banks’ badassery. [Deadline]

Doctor Who – Images of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor are here. [I Watch Stuff]

New Who

Geek Girl Clothing – Something specific for all the geek women out there! Black Milk— known for their geek inspired leggings – is releasing a new Batman collection… Consisting of just about everything: Leggings, shirts, dresses, swimsuits, skirts, cat and bat suits– and more. The collection launches February 11th. Check out their sweet swag by hitting the link . [Geeks Are Sexy]

Film – The Veronica Mars film has released a list of theaters that will have the first, limited showings. It appears USA locations are the only locations listed for now– and my fellow Canadian Mars fans are getting the shaft. Nevertheless, if you’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of this new Kristen Bell opus, check the link below to see if the film will be in a city near you. And if you are worried about the shows selling out– advanced tickets go on sale February 14th. Happy Valentine’s Day! [Nerdist]

Collectibles – Now that images of the new Doctor’s outfit have been released, all kinds of new Doctor Who figures are coming out too. But I’m a little iffy on whether I would spend any of my money on them. The photos certainly don’t help their cause. (This news bit was expressly added to prove I don’t exclusively rip on DC Direct collectibles.) [The Mary Sue]

Who Figs

Television – The CW Network has ordered a pilot based on Vertigo’s iZombie comic. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas (and Diane Ruggiero) are set to executive produce. Question is… Do we really need more zombie shows? I feel like we’ve been beaten to death, only to be resurrected in order to be beaten again with this new zombie craze. Maybe I’m way off base and the series– if it gets a full order– will be just the thing I need to reanimate my brain and bring life back to the genre. [Superhero Hype]

Expensive Comic Strips – An original 1966 Peanuts strip, by the amazing Charles Schultz, just sold for $26,450 at auction. The characters contained in the comic were Peppermint Patty, Linus and Snoopy. Those are my favourite characters too, so I can sorta understand the monetary value. [ICv2]

Film – A Long Way Down trailer – It stars Breaking Bad alumnus Aaron Paul. ‘Nuff said!

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2 Responses to Nick Furi’s ODDS and ENDS™- This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

  1. Morlock50 says:

    I have a Netflicks account and have been tempted to try Sherlock; right now I’ve been working my way through Being Human, but am starting to get board with Season 3.

    • NicktheStick says:

      I tried to get into Being Human, but I was only able to make it a couple of episodes until I got distracted by something shiny.

      Sherlock is definitely one of my favourite shows right now. Being caught up on the current series of Sherlock and reading the interesting article about Elementary – located above – made me want to check it out. I have been enjoying it quite a bit. However, the one aspect the article doesn’t mention enough is how the two are different takes on the character and because of that, the shows become their own thing. Both are very good, but very hard to compare.

      Anyway, that was a long way of saying, you won’t be disappointed by putting in your time for Sherlock.

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