Monthly Archives: September 2012

Silent Destiny Onusa: Popi

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In a land far from our own reality, Serapi has disaster lurking in its shadows and according to legend, only the Silencer can stop it.

Meet Popi, our ever-lovable a 13th grader who was transported from another dimension in order to become Serapi’s Silencer. Could he really become the savior of this realm (or get caught up with something else entirely)?

Guess we’ll all have to wait for the next issue to come out to answer that question. I hope the cosplayer like this photo I took of him!

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For More ‘Walking Dead’ Trailers

The latest trailer for Robert Kirkman and AMC‘s The Walking Dead has hit the Internet in all it’s screaming glory. Fans that complained about the slow pace and lack of action in season two had better find something to hold onto because, if season three is anything like this trailer, there’s gonna be all the screaming, gloriously gory, action we can stand.

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Television and film critic Hercules over at Ain’t It Cool News was lucky enough to screen the first two episodes of the new season for review. He describes the two episodes as “a mammoth improvement” over the episodes in season II.

Were new writers hired over the hiatus? Did AMC approve a bigger budget? Because suddenly all the dialogue telling us what we already know about everybody’s feelings is gone.

All the storytelling is moving a lot faster, there are some major plot turns in the next two episodes and there’s plenty of zombie mayhem.

(The series did put at least one new writer in its writers’ room. Episode two is credited to Nichole Beattie, a veteran of “John From Cincinnati,” “Prime Suspect” and “Sons of Anarchy.”)

I’m not permitted to get into the plot at this point, but I can tell you we’re getting an all-new title sequence from which Frank Darabont’s executive producer credit has been scrubbed away.

Here’s AMC’s synopses for 3.1 and 3.2:

Episode 301 – “SEED”
With the world growing increasingly more dangerous and Lori’s pregnancy advancing, Rick discovers a potentially safe haven. But first he must secure the premises, pushing his group to its limit.

Episode 302 – “SICK”
After a traumatic event, a life hangs in the balance. Complicating matters, the group must also deal with a potential threat to their new surroundings.

Let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think about The Walking Dead Season Three in the comments section below.

Via: Ain’t it Cool

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The Bastardcast vs. Mark Millar And The Alien Hookers

Jason and Jeremy discus Jason’s lightsaber problem and then talk about feeling… something. Also, eBay enters the theater of social networking with a collector twist, someone casts a resurrection spell on MySpace, bacon is disappearing at an alarming level, and there is Ghostbusters 3 news to be infuriated by. Also, we have more than a confirmed nod from Patrick Stewart about X-Men: Days of Future Past and the guys ooh, ahh, and oy at the Toys R’ Us top 15 toys of 2012 list.

Then in the MAIN EVENT: Jason and Jeremy debate the value of Mark Millar becoming the kaiser of Fox’ Marvel film slate and ponder if he is being brought in to enhance their films or just stand out as a nerd mascot.

Speaking of the art of debate, the guys have a new segment called VERSUS where they quickly scuffle over the important questions of our time. This week: Ninja’s VERSUS Jedi. The best part? You decide the winner!
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Patrick Stewart Teases His Return to the ‘X-Men’ Franchise

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart is most recognized for playing the best captain in Star Trek (he is the best, don’t try to argue) and teaching mutants how to behave accordingly as Professor X in X-Men. In regards to the latter, it was thought that X-Men The Last Stand was the last time we’d see him play the telepathic mutant; considering the characters unfortunate demise in the middle of the film.

Well, a news report from Newsarama is saying he will return to the wheelchair once again in a future X-Men movie.

At this year’s Montreal Comic Convention, a fan asked Stewart about his chances of returning to the film franchise to which he replied, “I think there is every possibility,” and then began to say the names of his female co-stars, “Halle Berry! Famke Janssen! Rebecca Stamos! Anna Paquin!” All these leading ladies have returned to reprise their roles in the X-men film franchise, Stewart went on to say, “Yes, I’ll be reprising…”

There’s no word yet on whether or not Stewart was making an official announcement or he had just gotten away with the best fan trolling of the year. It may have been his way of saying he’ll make a return in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that’ll have to wait until some kind of official statement is released.

Source: Coming Soon

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REVIEW: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

With every new release DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation are trying to raise the bar on animated superhero films. Are they succeeding? Yes and no, but I’d say mostly yes. Recently their choice of stories to adapt have become more ambitious, more revered, and that couldn’t be more true than when bringing Frank Miller‘s classic, The Dark Knight Returns, to the screen. A lot of what this adaptation gets right is owed to their unwillingness to deviate much from the original work. It can also be said that’s where anything they get wrong comes from, too. It’s this utter faithfulness to Miller’s work that can be both a blessing and hindrance when bringing the story to life in a new medium. In this sense, The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 reminds me of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, which received criticism for at times being too faithful to Alan Moore’s script and not forming their narrative to better fit the film. A comic book isn’t simply a storyboard to be filmed and turned into a movie, the two mediums are separate and should be developed separately.

That being said, Miller’s original story of an aging, retired Batman donning the cowl once again to save a Gotham overrun by crime, corruption, and complacency comes through strongly in the animated film. Most everything your remember from the comic is here. Even some extraneous plot lines that could have been condensed or removed for the sake of pace, like Two-Face’s rehabilitation and regression. It’s a nice exploration of the villain and how his psychosis can’t be cured with a little plastic surgery, but we don’t need it in the movie and the focus could have been on The Mutant uprising from the beginning.

Providing the framework for The Dark Knight Returns is the constantly running news commentary and talking heads debating the ethics of Batman. The story relies more on these news briefs than the comic does, especially since we’re not given an inner monologue for any character, and I don’t think they hold up as well under the strain. Or, it could be that in today’s world we suffer from the 24 hours news cycle and I’m just sick of it.

The mutants are here with their strange slang and red lit, Geordi LaForge visors and they work really well – visually. The visors shine brightly in what is a mostly dark, somber palette for the film and it makes The Mutants menacing. Which is then lost when they open their mouths. The slang of The Mutants never read so hokey in the comic but somehow once you’re hearing characters saying things like, “Slice and dice!” or “Spud” it’s tough to take seriously. In fact, there are a few elements I never felt were ‘too over the top’ when I read The Dark Knight Returns, like Bruce’s inner dialogue with the “spirit” of Batman, but once seen animated and alive it’s all a little cheesy.

From an animation stand-point, The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 is on par with the DC Animated features that precede it. It’s far darker – go figure – but it allows bright moments to shine brighter. For instance, the iconic lightning streaking the sky as Batman leaps across it looks wonderful and once Robin, Carrie Kelly, is on the scene she pops off the screen. The character designs are true to what Miller gave us in the book, most noticeably with Batman who’s a hulking figure with an ominous silhouette. Again, seeing this Batman animated and moving makes the design appear more ridiculous than I remember, but once he’s trading blows with The Mutant’s leader you don’t care. You’ll just revel in the cracking and crunching of bones. Seriously, the sound design, especially for the fight scenes, is excellent.

There was a bit of concern throughout the blogosphere over Peter Weller‘s acting for Batman, and I will admit at first it does sound quite flat. But as the film continues you find yourself digging his line delivery almost for that reason. The juxtaposition of the manic and wild performance of Gary Anthony Williams‘ Mutant leader to the calm, steady Batman is just what you want. Ariel Winters has a lot of fun with Robin and she brings just the right sense of determination to a Carrie yearning to be noticed and appreciated.

Within The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 there is quite a lot to like. The fighting is brutal and excellently directed, quiet moments are short but sweet, the performance are good if not really good across the board, and the animation is top notch, maybe some of the best DC and Warner Bros have produced yet. Fans fearing they’d forget something or over simplify Miller’s groundbreaking story have no need to worry, but it’s not a perfect movie because it wants so badly to recapture the comic. The teases of Michael Emerson‘s Joker are just that, teases, and I’ll admit I like what they’re teasing. The Joker won’t be unleashed until next year’s Part 2, releasing late 2013, and I’m far more interested in the conclusion of The Dark Knight Returns than its beginning. What they’ve produced here is a solid adaptation who’s devout version of Batman’s later years will likely be loved by fans and enjoyed, but maybe a little mocked, by newcomers to Miller’s final days of The Dark Knight.

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‘The Guild’ Returns Oct. 2nd – Watch the New Season 6 Trailer!

If you’re a routine peruser of the interwebz than I’m sure you’re familiar with Felicia Day’s uber-popular web series, The Guild. It’s basically the web show that made web shows into a thing and its returning for what looks like another epic season on October 2nd!

Today saw the release of the first trailer heralding the return of the Knights of Good on Day’s YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, the new, official home of The Guild. Give it a watch!

I don’t know how they’ll be able to top last season’s convention, but I get a feeling the highlight is going to be Codex adjusting to her job working for the game she loves. How will Zaboo and the rest of the Guild react to her new busy schedule? Who knows! But I’m stoked to see Sandeep Parikh, Robin Thorsen, Amy Okuda, Vincent Caso, Jeff Lewis, and Day back in action in October, are you?

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Tom Rothman Joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse’; Anne Hathaway Also in Talks to Star

DreamWorks Studios is one step closer to bringing Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse to the big screen with the addition of former Fox chief Tom Rothman. Rothman has signed on to produce the feature acquired by DreamWorks and Doubleday from Daniel H. Wilson‘s formerly unpublished manuscript as part of a pre-emptive deal back in November 2009.

Reports are also coming out from The Hollywood Reporter that Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway is in talks to star as the female lead next to Avengers star Chris Hemsworth in the futuristic adaptation. Yes, Catwoman and Thor in a movie. Before you get too excited though, we should caution that these talks are still in the early stages and negotiations are still underway.

What is Robotocalypse? The story focuses on “the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.” Robopocalypse is being adapted to screen by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard with Disney and Fox looking ahead toward a April 25th, 2014 release date. Principal photography is set to begin sometime in early 2013.

Source: /Film

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Nerdy Bits: ‘Hunger Games’ Bad Lip Reading, Sleep With Thor and Loki, Doctor Who Work Out, Han Solo vs Gangnam Style and MOAR!

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: They’re at it again — the fine folks at All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, Colorado are continuing in their crusade to help the victims of the Aurora Theater tragedy with Aurora Rise. This time they had J. Scott Campbell on hand for a signing at their shop and according to the Aurora Rise Facebook page (which you should absolutely like) they raised over $900 for the victims. To learn more about the Aurora Rise cause and how you can help, go to AuroraRise.org.

Would you like to own a Dalek? Well you’re in luck, “Firebox is selling these $5,700 Dalek replicas made from the same molds and specs as the originals by the BBC’s props department.” That’s chump change, but it does come with this warning,

WARNING: The Dalek produced by ‘this planet earth ltd’ is sold purely as a collector’s item. IT IS NOT A TOY. Despite the fact that this reproduction TV prop enables the user to enter the inside of the Dalek, ‘this planet earth ltd’ do not recommend this action. ‘this planet earth ltd’ cannot be held responsible for any injury caused to the owner or any third party during the course of misuse for purpose.

What! You can’t stop me from entering my $5,700 Dalek! [Geekologie]

Wanna cuddle up with Thor and Loki? Shit, who doesn’t! Well, fans of Asgard, bedding next to your two favorite gods can happen. All you gotta do is buy this bizarre Thor and Loki blanket from Etsy. [Nerd Approved]

Feeling fat and lazy while you’re watching Doctor Who, and The Doctor and his companions are running, dodging, jumping all about? Participate in the Doctor Who Workout and always being in TARDIS-travelling shape. [TDW: Geek]

Huh, so maybe that’s why [insert reference to AvX #11] happened? [Nerd Approved]

Florida State University marching band does Game of Thrones. This brings a whole new level to the phrase “band geek”. [TDWGeek]

NES zapper modded to shoot actual lasers. Every duck on Earth just shat itself. [ObviousWinner]

Another day, another Gangam Style parody video. I for one, am pretty sick of these. Gangam Style has quickly turned into this generations Macarena. With that said, imma make an exception for this parody featuring Han Solo. [SlashFilm]

The hilarious dudes and dudettes from ‘Bad Lip Reading’ are back. This time, they verbally insert their funny dubs to The Hunger Games. I really wish they would do WHOLE movies like this. [TheHighDefinite]

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Kevin Feige Weighs In on Comic Creators Getting Enough Credit

Super heroes are all the rage and those in the production studios are making some serious bank from this newfound popularity. The question arises, however, of whether those creative minds who first brought these characters to life are getting enough credit for all their hard work. Do the imaginations behind the properties receive as much praise or recognition as the ones who are adapting their works to film?

Kevin Feige, mastermind behind Marvel Studios, decided to put his two cents in during a recent interview with MovieFone:

I will say that [Marvel Publisher] Joe Quesada and [CCO] Dan Buckley will take the lead on a lot of that and they are actually quite, quite good in acknowledging and letting us know as we share the scripts and character lists with them [by saying]:Here are the creators of this. Here is where they are. Here is who they are, and figuring out what we can do in terms of recognition. If you look at the special credits sections of all the Marvel Studios movies, you’ll see lots and lots of names, probably half a dozen or so, that apply to even the small characters, much smaller than Rocket, that are included in the movie. In terms of [Jack] Kirby, I always thought of the Thor movie as one of the biggest testaments to what Kirby did because at every turn with the production design, we wanted to embrace it. The helmet design, those horns on Loki. ‘Do you really want those to be that big?’ ‘It’s gotta be that big.’ I love that stuff, it’s tremendous.

It’s all nice that they’re sticking to the original visions of the characters (well, sometimes anyways…). Plus, the creators get a credit at the end of the film, despite the fact that almost no one sees it. But how about giving them a boatload of cash as thanks? Nah, that’s not gonna happen.

What do the Nerdreaders think? If you didn’t know who created a character like Thor, do you think that lack of knowledge would change in any way after watching the Thor movie?

Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

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Stan Lee Cancels Upcoming Appearances Due To ‘Serious Circumstances’

The 89 year old comic book legend, Stan Lee, has ominously dropped out of future appearances for the near future. Bleeding Cool is reporting that Wizard World released a statement this weekend that Lee’s upcoming appearances at Ohio Comic Con and Authors! Authors! at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library have been canceled.

According to Lee’s agent the reasoning behind the cancellation is due to a “a very serious circumstance” according to the Toledo Blade.

Earlier this year Lee had also canceled an appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival, claiming fatigue. More recently Lee has maintained his usual incredibly busy schedule with appearances at Dragon*Con, Baltimore Comic-Con, and Stan Lee’s Comikaze just this past weekend. That, on top of the regular heavy workload he maintains between various TV, movie, and comic projects.

Whatever the reason behind ‘The Man’ having to pull out last minute on these appearances, I think I can speak for all of us in saying that we hope ‘very serious‘ is nothing too serious and we look forward to seeing and hearing from him again soon.

Excelsior!

Source: Bleeding Cool

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