Almost to the weekend, so here's what the two-minute warning bring us:
- Former bassist for Queens of the Stone Age Nick Oliveri is returning to the band to record some vocals for their new album, despite the fact that he was kicked out of the group in 2004. Oliveri faced allegations of domestic violence, as well as firearms and drug charges, though he avoided jail time by pleading out to heavy probation, community service, and more. Since then, he has been working with his own band, Mondo Generator.
- The Black Keys have settled up lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot over copyright infringement after the band alleged that both chains used their songs in advertisements without their permission. Pizza Hut was said to have utilized a variation of "Gold on the Ceiling," while the Home Depot supposedly used "Lonely Boy," both from their seventh studio album El Camino that has now sold over a million copies. No word on what the settlement amounts were.
- It's looking more and more like Matthew Vaughn may be directing Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm. Vaughn's contemporary, Jason Flemyng, inadvertently appeared to reveal the news to British journalists in a recent interview, and two more directors have confirmed that they are not directing the film, so while it's not exactly set in stone, it appears that the X-Men: First Class director (who also dropped out of handling the sequel to that film, possibly for the Star Wars job) may be in the chair for the film, which is due out summer of 2015.
- Speaking of the X-Men, Days of Future Past will likely see the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine to the franchise. After the news broke yesterday that Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart would be back to reprise their roles of (present-day) Magneto and Professor Xavier, it was announced that Jackman is already in talks to return as the claw-bearing Canadian. We also know that James McAvoy (Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) will be back from First Class when the film opens July 18th, 2014.
- Nintendo has confirmed that a new version of the original Wii is coming. The Wii Mini will retail for just shy of $100, is smaller than the original console, and comes in a black matte finish with red trim. It also has no internet connectivity (read as: no online play or Virtual Console), can't play Gamecube games, and is only coming out in Canada--for now, at least. Weird. If you're still interested, it's out December 7th.
- The Dunwall City Trials DLC pack for Dishonored now has a release date. The ten challenge maps teeming with enemies just waiting to be assassinated will run you $5 when it drops December 11th. At least two more DLC packs are planned for the game, set to be released next year and focus more on the game's story.
Finally Friday's almost here! 'Til then...ROCK!
(News credit to 411mania.com)