Weekly Nerd News: October 8


By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:

Gravity broke box office records in its opening weekend. Raking in $55.6 million in North America, it became the top October earner of all time. Worldwide, it made $84.2 million. The movie has received great critical response and is looking to be an awards season frontrunner. Check out our review here!

Following the success of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Fox is looking to cash in on the comic book genre as well. The network is reportedly developing Gotham, a live-action show that will follow a young detective-and-future-police-commissioner James Gordon. Bruno Heller, who also started the hit show The Mentalist, will create it.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has dropped hints he would be interested in a Wonder Woman show or movie. He says the studio has plans to bring a number of DC properties to TV and Wonder Woman is tops on his list. As Warner Bros. is the studio behind Gravity and is responsible for bringing JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to the big screen, the move would no doubt bring a lot of positive attention to the company.

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will be simulcast around the world. It will air in at least 75 countries at the same time, including in the U.S. on BBC America. Details will also soon be announced regarding 3-D screenings in select movie theatres. The anniversary special will air November 23.

Valve recently released the new Steam Box, called Steam Machines. They will come in multiple forms, but will all run SteamOS. Users will be able to play Linux games, and stream Windows and Mac games, along with other media on the boxes. Creators hope the boxes will be a way to unify mobile, desktop, and living room technologies.

Toon Link has been confirmed as a character for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Details regarding his moveset have not been released, but it will no doubt be different from classic Link, first popularized in The Wind Waker. Super Smash Bros. will be available in 2014.

Marvel has announced a contest for girls interested in STEM fields. Called the Ultimate Mentor Adventure, it is part program and part contest that gives American girls in grades 9-12 the opportunity to interview professional women working in science, technology, engineering, and math and then reward them for it. To be eligible for the contest, girls must submit a five-minute, unedited video discussing their love for science, their experience interviewing their mentor, and what steps they would take to start a career in a STEM field. The contest’s prize is a trip to Los Angeles and a screening of Thor: The Dark World, where the winning videos will run as a documentary before the film.

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