Things go boom. People die. That’s pretty much the extent of the Expendables franchise, right? So why the deuce is making an Expendables 4, which was scheduled to roll out next year, so hard? Why are things so complicated that Sylvester Stallone is now in a position to leave the series? It seems that guns, geriatrics, and Hollywood don’t mesh together as easily as one would assume.
Nothing gnaws on the heel of 80’s action nostalgia quite like Bob – Yes, his first name was Bob – Snake Plissken; the eyepatch-sporting tough guy from the films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. Neither good or bad, he’s just an asshole who doesn’t give a f**k about your war, your president… or Hollywood reboots.
Escape From New York is the latest of 80s national treasures getting the reboot treatment. While that is a hard pill to swallow for some, there is some sugar to help the medicine go down. A very pleasing directing has just been attached to direct. (more…)
Another day, another Deadpool 2 Cable casting rumor.
Every since the character was announced for the sequel at the end of the first Deadpool movie, the only thing everyone seems to care about is who will be playing the character. For the last year, month over month, names have been mentioned, rumored, and fan casted. Where fans may see perfect casting in Stephen Lang (Avatar) or Ron Perlman (Hellboy), the studio seems to have different presence for the character. Names on Fox’s supposed shortlist are, in no particular order: Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Russel Crowe (Gladiator), Pierce Brosnan (James Bond) and David Harbor (Stranger Things).
And now another name is in the mix. (more…)
Those of us who are Harry Potter nerds through and through have often fantasized about kicking back after a long day with a Butterbeer, the drink of choice of many witches and wizards of our general age. It is especially difficult for those of us who have yet to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida.
There have been fan-made Butterbeer recipes for ages, but NOW, the once-fictional beverage is coming to your freezer in the form of Butterbeer ice cream from Yuengling’s Ice Cream. (more…)
Sony tried to reintroduce The Ghostbusters with the all-female lead reboot in 2016. It came. It saw. It got its asked kicked. The film got panned by critics and audiences alike (and that’s putting it gently). Regardless of the specious online hate for it, and whatever online trolls would have you believe, the film didn’t perform that badly at the the Box Office (hey, some people liked it. Particularly younger audiences). The reboot brought in $229 million worldwide against a production budget of $144 million. It wasn’t the sure-fire runaway hit that Sony thought it would be but it wasn’t a dramatic loss either. Still, the less than stellar numbers did put the viability of the brand in question. Will there be a sequel? What’s next for the brand?
Creator and custodian Ivan Reitman seems to be all puppies and rainbows when it comes to the future of Ghostbusters. According to him, there is action on an animated movie, and there are multiple live-action films in development, as well as some development in VR gaming. (more…)
Marvel’s latest superhero series, Iron Fist, hit Netflix this past Friday. Its response so far has been mixed, to say the least (heck, there hasn’t been this much social media outcrying since Trump took the Whitehouse). It would be fair to say, in the most generalized fashion, that this series is not Marvel’s first dumpster fire but it surely isn’t the best of their Netflix series either. Compelling enough, perhaps not. But the show has its moments, as well as some new break out characters (who else would love to see a Colleen Wing and Misty Night spin-off, eh?) and made even more connections to the Netflix Marvel Universe. At the very least, it made for good background noise.
Whatever chatter is going around the interwebz, good or bad, Iron Fist managed throw in plenty of Easter Eggs for TV and comic fans alike. Emulating Steven Rogers in The Avengers with a good ole’ “I Got That Reference”, made Iron Fist that much more bearable to watch.
Did you catch em’ all, well did you? If you missed em, Here’s some of the best Easter eggs, cameos linked to The Defenders, the MCU, The Avengers and a whole lot more! (more…)
Sony made a trilogy of Spider-Man movies directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Mcguire. That series of films ended with Spider-Man 3, which featured the very first live-action version of Venom played by Topher Grace. The movie was so bad that it killed the Raimi/Spider-Man universe entirely. A year or so later Sony rebooted Spider-Man, with The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, starring Andrew Garfield (who, to his credit, played a marvelous Spider-Man). Sony intended for that series to spawn off a “Spider-Man-Movie-Verse,” where villains and heroes would get their own movies, but all be connected much like all the other films by Marvel Studios. Venom, arguably Spider-Man’s most revered villain, was in the mix for a possible Spin-Off, but thanks to the bomb that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the franchise was once again dead and put back in the on-deck circle while Sony tried to figure out how to kick start another set of Spider-Man movies. Then Marvel Studios stepped in and negotiated a deal with Sony to resurrect (and give us an AWESOME) Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and start production on Spider-Man’s own MCU movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.
With the resurgence of Spider-Man on the silver screen, and given FOX’s latest runs with wildly success R-Rated superhero films like Deadpool and Logan, Sony wants in! They’ve just pushed through their long-conceived plan to make a spin-off film focusing on the villain Venom and plan to release it in Oct 2018. Venom is a fan-favorite character that many have been clamoring to see on the big screen. One major question the Sony should ask first though after considering who Venom is, his history, and how this possibly ties into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe): “Is a Venom spin-off a good idea?” (more…)
Well, this is unexpected. Sony Pictures has randomly announced a Spider-Man spin-off film focusing on the villain Venom for an Oct 2018 release. Umm, wut, lol? (more…)
Gru and the gang are back for Despicable Me 3 and the new villain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) is going to try to make Gru’s life a living hell. A hell filled with 80’s pop references and music. But that’s not all. This latest trailer reveals Gru’s big family secret. That he has a twin bother named Dru…. who will also be voiced by Steve Carell. The pair of identical twins are almost alike, the only big difference between the two is the blond hair and fashion style. You can see what Dru is like in the latest trailer for DM3 below: (more…)
Suicide Squad was a lot of things. A good movie, well, maybe not so much. Let’s call its response “divisive”. Its main sin is that it was more style than substance. Good story, a decent plot? Eh, fans were having too much fun to care. Relish did they in the film’s boss soundtrack of classic rock anthems, its youthful edge style (*insert obvious Hot Topic comparison joke*) and the badassery of breakaway characters like Viola Davis’ unapologetic-ally brutal Amander Waller, Margo Robbie’s barb-tongued spitfire Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s “no time for bullshit” Deadshot.
One character, however, that most everyone can have a shared sense disappointment with, was Jared Leto’s Joker. For all intents and purposes, The Joker should have stolen the show (mostly by his outrageous and destructive method acting), but he instead barely registers. And what a shame. Leto’s Joker deserved better. Despite being as far removed from the character as one can get, and amid all of the messiness, were moments of greatness, and that’s a category that Jared Leto and his Clown Prince of Crime fit perfectly into.
Ultimately, The Joker’s screen time, all of seven minutes, was too less to conclude whether it was good or bad. But, Leto was intriguing enough to leave a lasting impression, earning himself a respectable fan base. Fans, that are demanding a #JokerCut of Suicide Squad, and firm in the belief that if Leto returns as the Joker in a Batman movie, he’ll earn the respect he should have gotten on the first go around. These same fans are keeping SS Joker merchandise alive – fans that go crazy for items such as this Joker in a Tuxedo 1/6th scale figure from Hot Toys (What a Segway, huh?).
Thanks to our friends over at Sideshow Collectibles, Nerd Bastards was lucky enough to get one for review. Would you like to hear about it? Read more after the jump! (more…)