Somewhere along the way, science stopped being "for nerds" and started being "awesome." It might have been the sweep of technology over our culture that instituted the shift. It might have been hallinogenic drugs. But I'd like to think that we can thank Stephen Hawking for the rebranding of all things geeky. Revered as the smartest man in the world and one of the leading names in theoretical physics and cosmology, Hawking has reared his head in various facets of pop culture — voicing his likeness on Futurama, playing pranks with Jim Carrey and Conan O'Brien, and even inspiring a character on the mid-'90s children's cartoon Dexter's Laboratory. Now, Hawking will be paid due tribute in an honor truly befitting of the genius: The Hollywood Reporter reports that writer Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Myrick are working on a biography about Hawking... in the form of a graphic novel.
Ottaviani and Myrick worked together previously on a bio-graphic novel about Richard Feynman, another theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner who died in 1988 after living a particularly adventurous, colorful life. It was the summer of 2012 when Hawking, who had read and enjoyed Feynman, spoke with the creative pair about exploring his story in the same medium. Ottaviani himself has a science background, having worked as a nuclear engineer and penned Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists.
The new book is scheduled to bed published in 2016.
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Millions of viewers across the world watched in horror as the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) aircraft exploded 73 seconds into its flight on 28 January, 1986, killing all seven crew members on board.
Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan formed the Rogers Commission to help determine the cause of the accident, and now Hurt is set to play Richard Feynman, one of the key scientists involved in the investigation.
James Hawes will direct, while actors Eve Best, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Dennehy, Joanne Whalley, and Kevin McNally will round out the cast.
Filming is due to begin later this month (Oct12) and the untitled project will air on U.K. network BBC Two next year (13).
BBC executive Kim Shillinglaw tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This is the gripping story of a brilliant physicist’s battle for scientific truth in the dark corridors of big government. With an impressive cast, including award-winning actor William Hurt, it promises to be a powerful factual drama for BBC Two and part of our mission to make science programmes ever more surprising and ambitious."
Pilots and guest stars and bears, oh my! Well, not really with the bears, but I head out to Chicago for four days and Dr. George O'Malley and Jane Fonda are back on TV? I'm never going on vacation again! Check out all the scoopage below:
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Gets Happy: Oh, now THIS is a match made in TV heaven. Mr. Zack Morris himself, known in the "real world" as Mark-Paul Gosselaar, will head to Happy Endings for the third season's tenth episode, where he'll be playing Max's mysterious new roommate, Chase. We're thinking this bodes well for Alex and Dave round 2, no? [EW]
The Good Wife Lands a Grey's Vet: Dr. George O’Malley will rise from the dead! Well, not really, but actor T.R. Knight of Grey's Anatomy fame will guest-star on The Good Wife this season, playing a political operative. No word yet on Izzie. [EW]
William Hurt Signs on to a Real Challenge: Hollywood legend William Hurt has officially signed on to play physicist Richard Feynman, one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century, for an upcoming BBC/Science Channel drama about the commission that investigated the Challenger disaster. Feynman figured out that the disaster was caused by the shuttle's primary O-ring not sealing properly. We have no clue what that means, but are sure the movie will be great. [Vulture]
Jake Johnson Joins The B Team: Thought you were done with single-camera comedy pilot news? Think again! But we're happy about this one, since it involves The New Girl's Nick, AKA Jake Johnson. Johnson and Max Winkler will write and produce The B Team for Fox, a show about five underdogs who form a real-world version of The Avengers, with absolutely no superpowers whatsoever. Fox may be sold on the pilot, but we think we're already sold on the show. Schmidt cameo, please? [Deadline]
Jennifer Garner to Produce NBC Comedy: Thought you were done with celebrities producing pilots news? Think again! But this could be cool, since it involves Jennifer Garner taking on a project from funny lady writer Ellen Rapoport. Garner's Vandalia Films will produce Rapoport's so-far untitled semi-autobiographical comedy, which focuses on a nerdy twentysomething named Allie. Allie will befriend a couple of promiscuous party girls, and everyone will do funny things and, along the way, learn some valuable lessons. Yep, sounds like our 20's! [Deadline]
Hangover Writers Will Now Cause TV Hangovers: Sold! The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have a put pilot commitment with ABC for Mixology, a comedy that will mark the duo's first foray into television. Of course, since it's the Hangover guys, the show will focus on five guys and five girls trying to find love in a hopeless place... a trendy Manhattan bar. Sounds like a headache. Lucas and Moore will also executive produce. [Deadline]
Watch Your Back, Nolan: Looks like Revenge-a-holic Emily Thorne will have some more permanent help this season: Barry Sloane, who plays Emily's mysterious old Revenge-mate Aiden Mathis, has been promoted to series regular. He'll receive perma-billing in the back nine, and he has an option to continue as a regular next year if the show gets a Season 3. Yeah. If. [Deadline]
Jane Fonda Left The Newsroom... So, Now What?: She's baaack! Jane Fonda, who recently impressed with her guest turn on HBO's The Newsroom, has landed a starring role in an ABC comedy currently titled, Now What? The single-camera comedy will focus on a mother-daughter duo who move in together after the daughter writes a blog post entitled, "Dear Mom, Here's Why I Hate You..." Yikes! [Variety]
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S05E18:This week’s Big Bang built upon last week’s episode, with Sheldon going insane. But the growing insanity isn’t over his new office, but missing a haircut. Meanwhile, in outer space training, Howard is a veritable Star Trek Red Shirt while learning how to live in space – and cracking this recapping Theorist up in the process.
“If I come out of this looking like a dork, it’s on you.” – Sheldon
“When you tell this story later, the word we like to use is quirky.” –Leonard
Leonard drops Sheldon off at the barbershop, but alas Sheldon’s barber is in a coma. Fearing that his barber Mr. D’Onofrio’s nephew won’t be able to handle his haircut – he doesn’t have access to Sheldon’s haircut records from Texas – the scientist could only sit in the nephew’s chair for but a second before racing out of the shop when small talk ensues. Big shock: Sheldon doesn’t like mundane conversation with a stranger. Still, it’s a funny cold open, and considering where the episode went, a pretty perfect one at that.
“Penny, I know you mean well, offering the skills of the hill folk. But here in town, we don’t churn our own butter, we don’t make dresses out of gummy sacks, and we sure as shootin’ don’t get our hair cut by bottle blonds.” – Sheldon
To the normal human, Sheldon’s hair has not grown that much, but you would think that missing his haircut by one day turned Sheldon into a Sasquatch as he tries to blow the hair out of his face. Sheldon then heads to Amy’s. After a stirring rendition of Bon Jovi’s (Wanted) Dead or Alive, Amy suggested that her man let his hair grow out to be more sexy. When will she learn that her boyfriend is a-sexual?
”I would have laughed too, but I didn’t want the vomit to come back out.” – Howard
In the first of two Howard highlights of the episode, Howard recaps his first day of NASA training to Bernadette. He experienced simulated zero-G, and decides he needs more underwear, considering the centrifuge that is going to spin him around. Watch Simon Helberg’s delivery – it’s a real gas. It’s nice to see the writers give someone other than Sheldon really funny lines to work with. Considering I have never cared for Howard, this is the best compliment I can give to Helberg’s delivery.
“Between you playing chess like Bobby Fisher and Sheldon being ok with you in his spot, I’m guessing someone went back in time, stepped on a bug and changed the course of human events.” – Leonard
Leonard was befuddled when Penny beat him the first time in a game of chess. Even more befuddling is Sheldon coming home, finding Penny willing to move from his usual spot, and responding with a “my spot your spot, what difference does it make.” Feeling spurned by living a life of order, our favorite Theoretical Physicist might have just become a Chaos Theorist. Hail Eris (the Roman Goddess of Chaos) and head for the hills: Sheldon’s about to wreak havoc – and considering the Flash shirt he was wearing, he was probably going to do it quickly. Was it just me or was Leonard a bit of a sore loser?
“I was going to freshen up for you, but I blacked out on the way to the bathroom.” – Howard
For NASA training, Howard goes through survival training and Howard’s recap of the experience was right up there with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ classic Seinfeld monologue about her almost triumph over the Van Wyck Expressway. Some highlights of the hilarious speech include: an armadillo trying to spoon him in the middle of the night, eating a butterfly, and being too dehydrated to cry. At least Bernadette is proud of her man for enduring it all. Helberg shined again as Howard’s anguish is presented with absolute hilarity. Somehow, even though he basically appears on a computer screen for the entire episode, he steals the show with two laugh-a-line soliloquies.
“I don’t care if Richard Feynman was a purple leprechaun who lived up my butt!” – Penny
“There’s not a hair on my body I wouldn’t let this woman trim.” – Amy
Having devolved into complete chaos, Sheldon decides to play bongos…at three in the morning. Leonard tries to invoke the roommate agreement to get Sheldon to stop, however according to Dr. Cooper, we now live in a world of chaos and to hell with the roommate agreement. He has gone totally mental. He plays himself out of the house and to wherever the music will take him, which is straight to Amy Farah Fowler’s place. Leonard and Penny head over and Penny is able to convince Sheldon to let her cut his hair, because she’s known him for years – she’s taken him to Disneyland, sings him “Soft Kitty,” and has even bared it all to the super genius. Oddly enough, Leonard doesn’t even know about that last one. It’s a bit of rushed sequence, but the episode was coming to a rapid close.
Anyone who has seen a sitcom before knew where the haircut was going, and despite giving Sheldon a great haircut, he is tickled by the razor and Penny inadvertently shaves a bald spot into his head.
Alas, this was another week where Kunal Nayyar (Raj) merely collected a paycheck. He can be funny when given good material to work with, but these past few weeks the writers have had nothing for him, and that’s a shame. Two things that need to come to a head at some point are Amy’s complete lack of boundaries with Penny and, of course, the progression of “Lenny,” or is that “Peonard?”
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