Profile: Veronique Medrano is the voluptuous Latina from deep-south texas in the Nerdbastards crew. She’s currently working on her Bachelor’s in English Cultural Studies, and her pastimes include: singing, watching shows on Netflix, and writing poetry. Her love for comic books started with her Uncle’s comic stash hidden in his closet, and it later blossomed into a love for all things nerdy! If you can’t get enough of the Unique V, get high doses of her sugary and random goodness over on twitter: @Veronique956
Payback is a dish best served by someone Psychologically Unstable, and in DLC: Harley Quinn’s Revenge released as part of the Arkham City Game of the Year Edition we get to see Harley Quinn take the rein as a formidable villain. While this DLC was promoted as a definitive ending to the Arkham City series, this gamer-girl you see before you decided it was a must-play. The following review goes over the 2 hours worth of game-play offered by the DLC: the difference between playing as Robin and Batman through the campaign, and what the DLC has to offer to the overall story. If you haven’t played Batman: Arkham City, please avert thine eyes because the following review contains Spoilers & Easter Eggs found within the previous game.
05-24-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Veronique Medrano
While The Avengers film team pats themselves on the back, Warner Bros. is putting on their fightin’ gloves and preppin’ the masses for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. With two new TV spots and six character posters released, Warner Bros. is pulling out all the stops. Today they’ve released Empire has revealed two new The Dark Knight Rises covers as well as three more photos hi-res photos from the Christopher Nolan film, and previews of the banners that will be seen in different theaters all over the the world. Check out all the photos. Are you excited for the film?
The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters and IMAX on July 20th, the movie stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman
Hold on to your Xbox 360 nerdy dudes and dudettes ’cause the U.S Government may be making a new court ruling that will have the popular video game console removed from store shelves Nationwide this fall. How did this happen and why haven’t you heard of this sooner? Well it’s quite simple, recently the case surrounding this suggested ruling has been kept under wraps due to the parties involved.
Here is the main issue at hand:
“Motorola and Microsoft have been tied up in a copyright battle for a while now, over some Motorola WiFi and video codec patents used in the console, and U.S. Judge David Shaw has actually recommended against the continued sale of the Xbox 360 in the United States until the matter is resolved.” –Blastr News
Judge Shaw, in an interview with IGN, divulged the reasoning behind his suggestion to discontinue the sale of the Xbox 360:
“Enforcing intellectual property rights outweighs any potential economic impact on video game console buyers,”
While Shaw believes that Sony and Nintendo could fill the void left by Xbox 360 for the U.S. videogame market, Microsoft argues that shutting them out of the market completely would leave them at disadvantage and be unfair to consumer.Now that Judge Shaw has heard the case and made his recommendation, it is now up to ITC to make the final decision on the matter this August. If the International Trade Commission (ITC) agrees with Judge Shaw’s recommended ruling we could be seeing some major problems with console sales, along with a standstill in production for their star game of the year ‘Halo 4′.
This news really could not have come at a worse time for Microsoft. With E3 only a week and a half away , what will come of the projects the company plans to unveil this year? Will it be empty promises or plausible productions? Last year their sales promotion was the bundled pack of KINECT & Xbox 360 with a revamped user interface, and it was a huge success in sales for the Christmas Season. But if Microsoft is removed as part of the ‘Big Three’, other console company’s will take the chance to crush Microsoft while its down.
At this point it seems out of Microsoft and Motorola‘s hands, and if the International Trade Commission (ITC) agrees with the recommendation to remove Microsoft from the market the only person who can overturn that is the U.S. President.
The Library is Open: What are your thoughts on the matter at hand?
–Update 05/23: 11:00 p.m.—-
Microsoft Response & Press Release:
On the current news of ITC’s ruling in the Fall, “the full Commission will rule on this in August, and until that time, nothing will change.”
“The recommendation by the Administrative Law Judge is the first step in the process leading to the Commission’s final ruling. We remain confident the Commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft’s favor in this case and that Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms.” –Microsoft.
In the Season 2 Finale of The Walking Dead, we got a glimpse of a cloaked figure brandishing a katana sword, and ‘chaperoned’ by two chained up armless zombies. Fans were left at the edge of their seats hoping to catch a glimpse of the beauty under the hood. ‘Talking Dead’, Robert Kirkman, and AMC have done their best to contain themselves by only revealing the name of the character, Michonne, who is one of the lead characters in the comic book series, takes no prisoners, and is a lethal bombshell. After this week’s sneak peek of Season 3, fans were wondering ,” Where is Michonne?”
Well just in the nick of time, we receive from AMC and Entertainment Weekly, and exclusive first look at the infamous and most talked about character for The Walking Dead Season 3 straight from the set.
While fans are wondering why Kirkman picked an unknown actress to play the part of Michonne he replied:
“We looked at a lot of talented people that were really fantastic, but we were waiting for that one spark, that moment where everyone was completely in agreement and completely excited, and we felt like we had found the essence of this fictional character that just randomly appeared in another person, and that person was Danai Gurira. She kind of came in and really just blew us all away. She’s got incredible presence, and she’s got a theater background, and is very physical, and was just perfect for the role.”
Kirkman also wanted fans to know that Michonne will change between adaptations:
The essence of the character — her personality, her motives, everything that makes Michonne Michonne — remains intact from the comics,” says Robert Kirkman (the creator of the comic and executive producer of the TV adaptation). “But like a lot of things on the show, there will be little tweaks and differences here and there. We saw that her introduction is slightly different from how it was in the comic, and her interaction with Andrea is really going to be a really cool addition to the character that I think will get television viewers up to speed, and they’ll get to know her a lot faster than comic book readers did.
So her entrance into the TV adaptation seems to fit with the dark and creepy mood mentioned by the cast in the sneak peek, how do you think Michonne’s entrance will shift the dynamic, and storyline for the book? With shooting currently taking place in the prison, word is that making it a zombie-proof playground will not be easy, so place your bets and chart out who will survive this season. Let the Zombie-Games BEGIN!
Prometheus is headed to theaters near you very soon, but Ridley Scott couldn’t have seen what is coming out of Salt Lake City. Alien meets Puppets! Yes, Meat & Potato Theater performance group has created and will perform an Alien inspired show that would definitely make Ridley Scott bust a gut.
Meat & Potato said that Aliens( The Puppet Musical):
“Oozes with characters from Snake Plissken to Optimus Prime, from Bert to Ernie, and from Alf to Lady Gaga! Festering with hundreds of references to other science fiction movies!”
The only non-puppet actor in the show is actress Rebecca Marcotte who plays Ellen Ripley, Sigourney Weaver’s star role in the Alien franchise. The Salt Lake City Tribune interviewed Marcotte on the role, and she said:
‘There’s not an actress out there who doesn’t wish she could play Ripley,” Marcotte, who saw Aliens 15 times as a teen, said. “They hadn’t even written it yet, and I was in.’
‘She also saw the original 1979 film, Alien directed by Ridley Scott, enough times to seal Sigourney Weaver forever in her soul as the iconic representation of Ripley’s fierce spirit.. ‘I’m a recovering nerd that way,’ she said.”
This sci-fi bonanza mixes the fuzzy and outrageous of the movie genre, onto the theatrical stage. Even though this production is a big feat of creative and financial proportions, The Meat & Potato Theater keeps tickets at an affordable price to entice younger audiences, but so far have relied on donations to afford their different productions.
While the show’s plot follows that of the Ridley Scott’sAlien from 1979 it does have its fair share of twists due to its influence on modern times. The show synopsis released by Meat & Potato Theater reads:
Ellen Ripley’s hero’s journey to slay slimy space creatures and fulfill maternal instincts protecting an orphaned girl — is powerful enough to overpower audience objections to mixing it all up with a full cast of puppets, a few water guns and a romping soundtrack of eight original songs.
For more information on the show, and Meat & Potato Theater you can check out their Website or Facebook Page. If you are in the Salt Lake City area will you be watching the show, and if you do submit photos (if possible), or video to share with the Nerdbastards crew!
On Monday May 14th, I waited in a long line outside of my local GameStop for the release of a game that my fiancée was determined to pay off the weekend before. Diablo III, one of the most anticipated PC video games to be released from Blizzard Entertainment, was finally here after 12 long years. I personally had fond memories of Diablo I & II because I watched my Uncle play it when I was young. It really made me nostalgic for the 90’s. I never played Diablo myself until about two weeks ago, when I bought and started Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. When tackling an iconic and complex game like the Diablo series, you have to look at its past to truly define the strides it has made to differentiate itself from the preceding title.
The comparisons between Diablo III and II showcase Blizzard Entertainment’s care and attention to detail, that went into planning Diablo III. The obvious changes made to the game include: the visual graphics update, retooling of the skill bar system, diversity of character selection, and much more that gives little to complain about. Yet complain we will , there were certain aspects of the game that were not enjoyable, but did showcase how the company managed in a semi-crisis situation.
So me and the C.C Bros. tackled the game non-stop for a week, I from the past and they from the present, to show how Diablo III stands up against the scrutiny of loyal fans and newcomers to the series.
The last we saw of our band of zombie ambushed fellows, they were running for their lives from a horde of zombie wanderers. They ran from Hershel’s Farm, and headed into the woods and journeyed towards the prison. This next story arc for the show is pivotal and is one of the key areas where they are tested. In this sneak peek provided by the people over at AMC, we see the cast bloodied, injured, and filming in the jail.
Fans get a lot of promises that this season will be darker and gritty than the proceedings season, and will be a standout masterpiece of the show as a whole. Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) says that there is a big reason for why the survivors look as battered as the do. It’s all because of the direction of the show for Season 3:
“The pace of it is darker, harder, faster, deeper,” he says. “It’s incredibly dangerous, and it’s thrilling.”
Even though we have yet to see Michonne and The Governor, don’t be surprised to see a glimpse of her in trailer or sneak peeks for the show as it gets closer for the shows release this Fall.
05-21-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Veronique Medrano
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Director Robert Rodriguez discussed his two creative masterpieces, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Machete Kills, which starts production this summer. Robert Rodriguez’s discusses the direction he plans to take the Sin City sequel by stylizing it to match the comic book.
“I really held back the first time, because I didn’t know whether audiences would go for it. So it ended up looking like a real movie, but in black and white, with a few flourishes. This one is going to push way further towards the books. It’s going to shock and surprise people.”
Rodriguez also reveals that some “seriously big names” are set to come on board for the film, but nothing is set in stone. Clive Owen is rumored to reprise his role, and while Angelina Jolie is also a rumored prospect for the role of Ava Lord, but Rodriguez did not confirm or deny whether she is a candidate for the role. Instead he told Empire that Ava Lord’s:
” a great part for any actress. She’s completely diabolical with no mercy. She’s as evil as evil gets.”
Of course when the interview moved on to Machete Kills, Rodriguez wanted to clear up the synopsis revealed by him and the production team behind the film.
“That synopsis we put out is misdirection — it’s all fake. Machete is recruited by the President, that’s true, but there’s no cartel leader and the weapon in space is just one of our early story ideas. That said, there is still a space element, for sure. We’ve given the character a much bigger playground. It’s going to be like a James Bond movie, with a Bond-style villain.“
He also lets Empire know that Mel Gibson’s role will be crazy, and his villainous character that will have people talking.
“Mel’s just a badass. We have the same attorney and we’ve talked over the years about stuff we’re making. This won’t just be him grinning, doing bad-guy stuff. He’s going to do something with it that’ll really get people talking.”
Robert Rodriguez is really clearing up a lot of rumors about both of his films, and giving his fans a lot to look forward to. What do you think about the sequels to Sin City and Machete, will it live up to the hype?
05-21-12 • Comics, WTF?Posted by Veronique Medrano
DC New 52, it was only nine months ago that this re-boot of the entire DC Universe set the comic book community a buzz. How much would the canon we all grew up with change and would it reduce the integrity of the characters? Well with the constant competition between DC & Marvel, there has been a constant struggle to keep up or make an concept better than the other.
With Marvel’s recent announcement that they plan to wed two gay characters in next month’s issue of Astonishing X-Men, it should be no surprise that DC has an announcement of their own for the LGBT community. The face of LGBT at DC Comics has been Batwoman; the fiery red-head and former soldier kicked out of the Army due to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, returns home to don the cape & cowl to fight crimes. But it won’t be enough to compete with Marvel’s big announcement, so what could DC have up its sleeve.
At Kapow Comics Convention in London over the weekend, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio was asked about the possibility of other DC Characters “coming out of the secret lair” due to the reboot. DiDio responded that he
“…was more interested in introducing new LGBT characters to the DC Universe than in rebooting old characters as gay or bisexual.”
But he did let slip that
“…the company’s about to re-introduce a previously straight character who will become “one of our most prominent gay characters” alongside the likes of Batwoman.”
So this clues us into the fact that the reboot of sexual orientation will not be for a prominent character in the DC Universe, i.e: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and etc. It may come from a character who will be making a reappearance in the universe after many years or one we haven’t seen yet. Among the possible contenders could be: Martian Manhunter, Black Adam, Shazam! (aka Captain Marvel) and Hawkgirl. Of course they could just amp up Poison Ivy being a hardcore plant-lesbian, just sayin’.
Place your bets, and sit tight ’cause DC is keepin’ their lips sealed on the identity of the new LGBT character coming to DC.
Jackie Chan has been the face of Martial Arts since the 90’s, but today he hangs his cap. While promoting his latest film Chinese Zodiac at Cannes, Jackie Chan officially announced that he would be retiring from acting in action films.
“[Chinese Zodiac] is my last action film. I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I like action but I don’t like violence.
I want the audience to know also I’m not only a comedian. I can act. Day by day, year by year, I’m going to show you the real Jackie Chan.
I don’t just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. I want to get rid of my image.”
So at 58 years-old, it is understandable that the actor feels its time to keep himself from harm, and build a different image for himself. Jackie Chan has starred in over 100 films, most of which were in the action genre. His current decision is said to be a combination of wanting serious acting roles, and just being to tired to keep up with the high stakes in current action films, which revolve around larger amounts becoming tired of starring in films that revolve around large amounts of violence.
This news makes the JC Film Nostalgia come up, so check out this video clip of Rush Hour Bloopers, and tell us what you think of the announcement.