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Patton Oswalt’s ‘Parks & Recreation’ ‘Star Wars VII’ Filibuster Rant Gets Animated

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It was only a matter of time until Patton Oswalt‘s off the cuff Star Wars VII Filibuster rant speech from TV’s Parks and Recreation got mixed, dubbed, or animated; maybe all three at once. It was an amazing single take of on-the-spot-improvisational television. Daniel Spellman took on the task of animating Patton’s brilliance for the Nerdist, and dammit, he did a damn fine job. Take a look at the video below and then let us know what you think or your favorite part in the comments section below.

Via: /Film

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‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Gets a New Villain

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Sherlock, in my opinion, is one of the best shows that’s been put on television in a very long time. The combination of Steven Moffat’s influence and the outstanding acting from both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman make for an enthralling show overall. Now, after a hugely lengthy wait, season 3 is approaching. And with it comes the news of what we can expect. They started off by showing off some stuff at San Diego Comic Con and now it looks like they’ve chosen the actor that will be facing off against Sherlock this time around.

The news comes to us from producer Sue Vertue via the magic that is Twitter. According to her, the new nemesis will be named Charles Augustus Magnussen and he’ll be played by none-other-than the older brother of Hannibal himself, Lars Mikkelsen. Though unconfirmed, speculation is that Magnussen is a modernized version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s similarly named character, Charles Augustus Milverton, the so-called “king of the blackmailers”.

Expect to see Mikkelsen and all the rest when Sherlock season 3 finally airs in early 2014. Though you folks in the UK will probably end up seeing it a bit earlier (as will those of us that know how to use a torrent).

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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12th Doctor to be Revealed This Sunday Live on BBC! [NOW WITH OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER]

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A live broadcast hosted by Zoe Ball this Sunday will reveal the actor who will portray the twelfth incarnation of the Gallifreyan Time Lord known across space and time as simply, The Doctor. Showrunner Steven Moffat and 11th Doctor Matt Smith will be joining Ball on the special-along with whomever’s going to be playing the new Doctor.

The announcement is scheduled to air at 7pm, Sunday August 4th in the UK… and 11am PDT and 2pm EDT in the States.

The remarkably secretive casting process was done under the code name of Whodini, and apparently even the crew and other staff working with the soon-to-be 12th Doctor didn’t know what was going on.

Currently, an episode of Celebrity Mastermind is scheduled for that particular time slot on BBC One-most likely this will be preempted.

Furthermore, MSN UK just released this tweet regarding the announcement:

#DoctorWho fans. There will be an announcement at midnight. That’s all I’m saying…

- MSN UK Entertainment (@msnents) August 1, 2013

Don’t read too much into this, though-it’s believed that this message refers to the same announcement we’re talking about, and the official reveal of Twelve’s identity will be saved for Sunday.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Says Things About More ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ – Fans Build False Hopes

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Because Sarah Michelle Gellar has had SUCH a successful career post Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she just can’t escape the thought of future vamp slayin possibilities.

Being that Veronica Mars raised $5 million for a movie, TV Scoop wondered why Buffy couldn’t do the same. They posed the idea to ‘ole Sarah Michelle. You can almost hear her rolls her eyes with her response. Here’s what she said:

“Joss and I always talk about [a movie],” Gellar told me during an interview for E! News. “But the thing with Buffy is that Buffy was a movie, and it ultimately didn’t work as a film. And I mean, we had such miles to overcome when we were trying to do a TV show based on a movie. And one of the reasons is that the story works better over time.”

I think you all know the likelihood of a NEW Buffy is incredibly slim. You actually have better luck at finding out you’re the chosen one and have a lifetime of hunting vampires than you do at seeing a new Buffy show or movie. The cast are busy with their own successful careers (except for Nicholas Brandon, he ain’t doing shit) and Whedon has signed his soul over to Marvel. But, Sarah Michelle is right. A movie would never work. A TV show (or even the Buffy comic book series) would be only true form in which to develop stories for the Scooby gang that are worth telling. But, even then, the idea of Buffy has elevated to a level of praise and recognition beyond it’s own greatness. Basically, fans built it up and can just easily tear it down. Which, if a new Buffy were to happen, they most definitely would.

Source: CBM

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‘The Walking Dead’ Gets A Free Online College Course Backed By AMC

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(Photoshopped by Matt.)

AMC is partnering with University of California at Irvine to offer a free online course about The Walking Dead. Eh, it’s still more useful than Newberry College’s Social Media major.

The eight-week course, titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead,” will include content, video clips and examples from the show, as well as possible participation from the actors.

Possible participation? Don’t tease us like this, AMC.

And it won’t be just about zombies. The companies said the interdisciplinary course will use the show as a lens to examine topics like Maslow’s hierarchy, public health and pandemics and the science of hope. “Others have focused on specific pedagogical models and approaches… [We wondered] how could we get a course with high numbers of users and engagement?” Instructure co-founder Brian Whitmer said in a briefing ahead of the announcement. “We decided to see what a pop culture connection does to engagement.” [Gigaom]

He said “engagement” not just once, but twice? Taintpunch this man.

The online course convenes each Monday starting October 14th, the day after The Walking Dead‘s season four premiere. It joins other zombie-centric college courses like Michigan State University’s “Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes and Human Behavior”, Columbia College Chicago’s “Zombies in Popular Media”, and ENGL 333 at the University of Baltimore. At least it’s a free class. I can’t imagine taking classes in something you can’t use for a job and then end up being a blogger or something. Oh. Wait. I can imagine that.

[Sources: Gigaom, Topless Robot, Variety]

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New Rumors Paul McGann Filmed for ‘Doctor Who’ 50th; Plus, Anniversary Special Getting Simultaneous, Worldwide Broadcast

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. Never before has one program garnered so much suspicion, speculation, and rumor. At one point every former, living Doctor was returning, next every Doctor would be CGI’d, then it became simply no “Classic Doctors” will appear. This constant rumor mongering is fueled by fans’ desire to see their favorite Doctor in action again, but every once in a while a source pipes up with something that could actually come true.

That’s the way of it with this latest murmuring the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, may have indeed filmed something for the 50th anniversary. Ever since the not-quite-good-enough-to-earn-a-season-order 1996 TV movie, McGann’s continued the adventures of the Eighth Doctor in Big Finish’s audio dramas. Above you can see his updated, less Edwardian, and decidedly more Nine-ish look, from his latest audio adventure, Dark Eyes.

Bleeding Cool is also reporting they received a tip a 50th anniversary, prequel mini-sode has been filmed. This little mini-sode would contain the regeneration from McGann to John Hurt’s Doctor. And remember how we all began suspecting Hurt was playing some kind of Doctor because his outfit looked like an amalgamation of Eight and Nine’s? Yeah… s’all coming together now.

The Eighth Doctor’s recent wardrobe change for the audio drama covers is making more sense. The Doctor ditches most of the Edwardian dress, but keeps the waistcoat, and adds the leather jacket. Then he regenerates and we’ve got John Hurt running around, doing something despicable during the Time War, and wearing the waist coat/leather jacket ensemble because IT’S WAR! You don’t have time to change outfits! During the Time War, Hurt regenerates into Nine, who keeps the leather jacket because it’s what’s best suited for his dark and moody soul. What do you think? Could I have nailed it?

Yes, it’s directionless speculation, but if it means a return for McGann as The Doctor, in a some visual capacity, I’m all for it. Speaking of the anniversary special, BBC announced the special will broadcast around the world simultaneously on November 23rd,

It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK. We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November.

So, an 8pm screening in the U.K. means a 3pm show time in the U.S. for the east coast, and a 12pm showing for the west coast. Not so bad, but it’s worse for Australians who’d have a 6am show time to look forward to, eek! But for Whovians, any time is the right time for the 50th anniversary special.

Still months to go before November, but maybe we’ll see that prequel minisode beforehand? If it happened at all. Do you think it did?

Source: Bleeding Cool (2)

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Black Canary to Appear in Season 2 of CW’s ‘Arrow’, But Not Played by Who You Might Think

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Many Green Arrow fans who’ve been watching the CW‘s Arrow closely have also been wondering if the character Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) would eventually evolve into her comic book alter ego, the Black Canary. It would make sense, considering the name and the relationship both share with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), but apparently the show runners have other plans.

The Wrap is reporting that, although the Black Canary will be appearing in Season 2 of Arrow, Laurel Lance won’t become the Black Canary. This will be the Golden Age Black Canary, Dinah Drake, played by Caity Lotz (The Pact, Bring it On: All of Nothing). She’ll be introduced into the cast slowly, developing into a series regular and an additional romantic interest for Oliver Queen.

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Will the Black Canary have her trademark sonic scream powers? Although the series has stayed away from true “Super Powers” so far, I imagine that some technology might make the Black Canary’s super power scream a reality in the CW Arrow Universe.

I can’t wait to see what other heroes and villains will make an appearance on the series, and there’s always the possibility that when enough of those heroes show up on the show, we might get some form of the Justice League. We can only hope.

Via: Coming Soon

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SDCC ’13: Trey Parker & Matt Stone Promise ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’ Still Coming, Just Won’t Reveal When

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[Editor's Note: Another of our embedded reporters, Shawn Schillberg, was at yesterday's South Park panel where creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone discussed the making of the upcoming game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, as well as the next season of their hit Comedy Central show. Questions were asked, answers were given, but whatever you do DON'T ASK WHEN THE GAME'S RELEASING!]

Every word spoken by Trey Parker and Matt Stone at the South Park panel had to be taken with a grain of salt. They promised they were beginning work on a sequel to the South Park movie very soon. They also swore that their next project is an adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno novel and there’s a Baseketball sequel in the works.

After showing the trailer for the game, moderator Greg Miller, of IGN, welcomed Parker and Stone to the stage and got right into fan Q & A (with the warning that no one would be allowed to ask questions about the video game, particularly its release date).

Parker and Stone revealed very little about the new RPG. They confirmed that Chef makes an appearance and the biggest difficulty in making it was getting the 3D/2D balance right. They looked to games like Paper Mario for inspiration and finally got the game to a point where it looks like you are watching an episode of the show.

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Most of the fan questions were related to the TV series and the duo’s writing process.

Parker explained that for the first time since South Park‘s debuted, he conducted a writers retreat. This resulted in having four episodes written before the new season began production, something that has never happened before. Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader will also be writing full time for the new season.

When asked which parody on South Park garnered the best reaction by the targeted celebrity, Parker relayed that Jennifer Lopez began firing people on the set of her current movie when they were caught imitating Cartman imitating Lopez.

Asked why it seemed that Stan’s father Randy seemed to be taking over South Park episodes, both Parker and Stone confessed that as they grew older they both identified with Randy more and more. Parker revealed the character started out as an impression of his own father, but that he now just uses his everyday voice.

When the panel concluded, both Parker and Stone signed autographs until the room was prepared for the next event.

If you haven’t yet, here’s the latest trailer for The Stick of Truth,

Keep it tuned to Nerd Bastards for all the SDCC coverage that’s worth your time!

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First Review of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Pilot Episode Appears

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MILD SPOILERAGE AHEAD:

The first online review of the pilot episode of Marvel‘s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. series was just posted today on Poptimal:

“Whedon has found the perfect balance of Marvel and his trademark witty dialogue with S.H.I.E.L.D. The world is very Marvel, with callbacks and references littered throughout the episode, but the dialogue and ensemble delivers everything you love about Whedon.

In order to track down the hooded hero, Coulson (Clark Gregg) puts together a specialized mobile team – Agent Grant Ward, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). With the help of Skye, who is brought in by Coulson, the agents are able to learn more about Michael; how he got his powers and the threat he poses if gone unchecked.

With a strong cast and smart script, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivers a smart, action-packed thrill ride.”
Grade – 9.0

The review goes on to reveal further details, like the sale of scavenged Chitauri technology on the black market, and the confirmation of Cobie Smulders’ cameo.

J. August Richards is singled out for his excellent performance, unfortunately he seems to be playing an original character, not anyone from Marvel canon.

Still, all in all, it looks like everything we’ve been hoping for, and a worthy televised successor to the popular and critical success of The Avengers film.

Source: Comicbookmovie

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First Clip from ‘Beware The Batman’ is Awesome Design-Wise – Not so Much Story-Wise

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Our first glimpse at a clip of Beware the Batman beyond the opening sequence gives us a really good idea of the look and feel of the series, but leaves much to be desired story-wise.

There’s a really edgy, bold look to the artwork for this and it looks awesome. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and hope this scene is better when viewed within the episode as a whole when it premieres tomorrow.

Hit the jump to see for yourself.

Beware the Batman premieres tomorrow morning, July 13, on DC Nation. Do you think this will become one of your Saturday morning cartoons?

Source: Bleeding Cool

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