Veronique Medrano

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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

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Peter Pan Returns to the Big Screen: Disney Gives Iconic Fairytale Character a Makeover With Upcoming Film ‘Peter & The Starcatchers’

- 05-18-12Cool Stuff, Film Posted by Veronique Medrano

From Hardcover to Broadway, ‘Peter & The Starcatchers’ a series of bestselling children books, is becoming a huge hit. The Broadway play has received nine Tony Award nominations earlier this month, and Walt Disney Pictures has hired writer Jesse Wigutow to adapt the book into a movie with franchise potential.

Wigutow is currently the man to have with his adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend in development at Summit with director Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones“) and a reboot of The Crow at Relativity Media with F. Javier Gutierrez. It will be interesting to see how he handles a more child-friendly story.

Highlights from the Broadway Show:

In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his pretty, mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. The story precedes J.M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. So are you excited to see Disney tackle the preceding adventures that made Peter Pan ‘the boy who never grew up’?

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Battleship Rumored to Fail At Box Office Worse Than ‘John Carter’: Nerdbastards Doesn’t Think So

- 05-18-12Film Posted by Veronique Medrano

With the release of ‘The Avengers‘, it has laid waste to the box-office and made it hard for other films to rise and take the No. 1 crown. Deadline writer, Nikki Finke pointed out logistics and numbers coming from Battleship’s current release information:

“It opened with only $420K midnights from 1,074 theaters: that’s weaker than Warner Bros’ under performing Dark Shadows last weekend and even Disney’s notorious 2012 bomb John Carter…Universal cautions that ‘both of those films have a bigger geek base’ whereas the strength of Peter Berg’s military vs. aliens actioner is ‘that it’s the anti-geek, anti-midnight movie of all time.”

Battleship opened today in theaters nationwide, and while it has made$220 million Internationally. North American buzz on the film has been overshadowed by ‘The Avengers’, so the Midnight showing for the film has not hauled in the numbers it expected.  The film has all the elements to be a high-grossing film: good graphics, action,well-known actors, and aliens. Even though this film has been made fun of for being based on a childhood board game, this film should not be something you miss out on.

While it is difficult to compete with a titan, i.e.: The Avengers, the film does have a lot to look forward to. The die-hard fans of Marvel may not want to defect, and will continue to watch the movie 4 times and onward, but the ending is the same, the plots points are the same, and moviegoers would do best to spend their money on other films.

So what this Nerdbastard would like to make clear, is that you shouldn’t revoke my ‘nerd-liscense’ just because I don’t want to watch The Avengers in theaters so much that I go broke, but that you should take the time to watch another movie. John Carter really stunk a high heaven, and to compare a worthless movie from beginning to end with Battleship that has more merit,better acting, and lots of destruction then be my guest and rot your brain.

Nerdbastard out!

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Get a Head Start on ‘Brave’: Disney & Pixar Release First Full Scene Clip From Their Upcoming Disney Princess Film

- 05-18-12Film Posted by Veronique Medrano

Disney & Pixar Studios have released a clip from their upcoming film, ‘Brave’ where the ancient customs of the Celtic take center stage with main character Merida, and her family. In the following clip we get a glimpse of Merida and her family’s interaction with another, as we hear her father,King Fergus, tell the  infamous tale of how he lost his leg. Disney has also announced, via press release, that  the world premiere of Brave will be held on June 18th at the grand opening of the new Dolby Theatre in LA.

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. In Theaters June 18th.

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Hell Hath No Fury like Harley Quinn: Full Trailer of ‘Harley Quinn’s Revenge’ Leaves Gamers Excited on Batman & Robin Gameplay

- 05-17-12Videogames Posted by Veronique Medrano

“Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned.” Truer words have never been spoken. With the release of Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, the featured definite end to the game DLC Harley Quinn’s Revenge will show Harley Quinn as a definite force to be reckoned with. For those who want to refresh their memory on the Dark Knight’s adventure into the infamous prison “Arkham City” can pick up the  Game of the Year Edition starting  May 29. The following is a full and more intriguing look at the what the DLC has to offer with playable characters Batman, and Robin.

Buying the Game of the Year Edition will give you all previously released downloadable content which includes: “Catwoman Pack,” “Nightwing Bundle Pack,” “Robin Bundle Pack,” “Challenge Map Pack” and “Arkham City Skins Pack”, as well as the new “Harley Quinn’s Revenge” content.  For those who own the original edition of Batman: Arkham City, and don’t want to get the new edition they will be able to download “Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack” beginning May 29 on PlayStation Network ($9.99) and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points.

The following sneak peek of what we can expect in ‘Harley Quinn’s Revenge’ is a perfect answer to the request of fans for more concrete involvement with both characters in the story line. Does this mean, that if there is another Batman game added to the popular franchise, RockSteady will add this same gameplay? Are you looking forward to this DLC’s definite ending to the story in Arkham City, let us know in the comments below.

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Christmas in May: #AdultSwim Announces the Return of Another Fan Favorite Show

- 05-17-12Comics, TV Posted by Veronique Medrano

Adult Swim is in the winning stretch today! Not even a day after announcing the return of #Toonami, another announcement hits the internet this morning that The Boondock’s will be returning for its 4th Season.  Fans of the show have been waiting in anticipation for 2 years for the antics of the African American family that stole the animated stage. Move over Cleavland Show; Huey, Riley, and Grandad are ready to take back the crown. Creator, Aaron McGruder’s infamous hiatus between Season 3 and the upcoming Season 4 has made enough time for him to catch up on the comic strip series, but has also illuminated some other projects in the works for the show. Regina King, the voice of Riley and Huey, did an interview with MTV’s Sway at XM’s #SwayInTheMorning:

No official date has been announced for its release, but with the show and a possible movie in the works it feels like Christmas in May thanks to Adult Swim.

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SyFy Summer Bonanza: Sharks, Stars, and Final Goodbyes All Part of SyFy’s Summer Season TV Lineup

- 05-15-12TV Posted by Veronique Medrano

Summer reigns supreme! As the  hot and humid air settles in, people are beginning to find their spot on the sofa and get their channel-surfing finger at the ready.  SyFy, in the nick of time, has released their lineup of shows for the summer season, and its looking to be by far a diverse array of shows. Here is the official announcement from SyFy:

SYFY SUMMER 2012 FEATURES RECORD NUMBER OF PRIMETIME ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING HOURS ALL-NEW SEASONS OF WAREHOUSE 13, ALPHAS,
FACE OFF, DESTINATION TRUTH AND HAUNTED COLLECTOR
PREMIERES OF UNSCRIPTED SERIES SCHOOL SPIRITS, PARANORMAL HIGHWAY AND INSANE OR INSPIRED?

NEW SYFY SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIES JERSEY SHORE SHARK ATTACK AND BIGFOOT

NEW YORK – May 15, 2012 – Featuring a record number of primetime original programming hours, Syfy’s hot Summer 2012 will be highlighted by the premiere of the new unscripted series School Spirits (from executive producer Mark Burnett), Insane or Inspired? and Paranormal Highway (working title) starring Jack Osbourne; new seasons of hits Warehouse 13, Face Off, Alphas, Destination Truth and Haunted Collector, along with the eagerly anticipated Saturday Original Movies Jersey Shore Shark Attack and Bigfoot, plus the series finale of the beloved Eureka.

Syfy will also present a Memorial Day weekend movie festival highlighted by the premiere of Super Shark on May 26th, followed by the semi-annual Twilight Zone marathon on July 4th.

Lost Girl will move to Fridays at 10PM beginning Friday, July 20.

MAY

INSANE OR INSPIRED? (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Friday, May 25 at 10PM

This new series features the most exciting videos from the Internet that celebrate the world of imagination, invention, and extreme experiences. Actors Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Samm Levine (Freaks & Geeks), Brooke Hogan, Ralph Garman, as well as television personality Josh Gates, host of Syfy’s Destination Truth, join comedians Ben Gleib, Owen Benjamin, Jodi Miller, Elliot Chang, Jermaine Fowler, Adam Ray, Christiana Pazistky, KT Tatara and Janet Varney to provide their unique commentary on each of the clips. The result is a fast-paced hour-long countdown of hilarious viral videos. Insane or Inspired? is produced by Comcast Studios with Jay James, Betsy Rott, and Sean Olsen serving as executive producers.


JUNE

HAUNTED COLLECTOR (SEASON 2 PREMIERE)

Premieres Wednesday, June 6 at 9PM

Haunted Collector features eminent paranormal collector John Zaffis, the season 2 premiere has the team heading to Warsaw, Kentucky, where a woman’s home is suffering hauntings, possibly from two steamboats which crashed in a fiery collision, killing more than 60 people in 1868. Next, they travel to Huron, Ohio, in a race against the clock to remove the dangerous energy from an abandoned silo, scheduled to be destroyed in 48 hours. Haunted Collector is produced by Gurney Productions. Executive producers are Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.
SCHOOL SPIRITS (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Wednesday, June 20 at 10PM
From executive producer Mark Burnett, School Spirits travels to schools and universities all across the country to recount the true ghost stories experienced on these academic campuses. Executive producers: Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) and Seth Jarrett & Julie Insogna Jarrett (Celebrity Ghost Stories).
SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIES (ALL-NEW MOVIES)

Jersey Shore Shark Attack – Saturday, June 9 at 9PM – Led by an all-star cast of Tony Sirico (The Sopranos), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jack Scalia (Dallas), Joey Fatone (‘N Sync), William Atherton (Die Hard) and Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore) the movie unfolds during the July Fourth weekend at the Jersey Shore, where angry sharks are on a rampage, devouring residents, leaving it to the local Guidos to save the day. The movie also stars Jeremy Luke as The Complication, Melissa Molinaro as Nooki, Joey Russo as Donnie, Daniel Booko as Balzac, Audi Resendez as B.J., and Alex Mauriello as J-Moni. Jersey Shore Shark Attack is a production of Hybrid Entertainment. The director is John Shepphird. Jeffrey Schenck, Barry Barnholtz and Peter Sullivan are the producers.

· Piranhaconda – Saturday, June 16 at 9PM -  Stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: I & II) and Rachel Hunter (The Benchwarmers). Piranhaconda is a production of New Horizons, directed by Jim Wynorski.

· Arachnoquake

Saturday, June 23 at 9PM – Starring Tracey Gold (Growing Pains),Bug Hall (The Little Rascals), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager) and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). The movie is a production of Active Entertainment. Arachnoquake is directed by Griff Furst.

· Bigfoot

Saturday, June 30 at 9PM – Television legends Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), Howard Hesseman (Head of the Class), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), Andre Royo (The Wire) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper (School’s Out) co-star in the movie, which is directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Bruce Davison (X-Men). Bigfoot is a production of The Asylum.

JULY

DESTINATION TRUTH (SEASON 5 PREMIERE)

Premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 8PM

Season 5 opens with two special back-to-back episodes, as Josh Gates and his team lead viewers on a chase into one of the world’s biggest caves in the jungles of Vietnam to search for Bigfoot. Then, at the overwhelming request of fans, they’ll travel to Romania for a return visit to the haunted Hoia Bachu Forest, the site of their most terrifying investigation to date, and then explore the reportedly haunted Mayan ruins of Tikal in pursuit of a monster known as the Belize Goblin.Destination Truth is executive produced by Brad Kuhlman for Ping Pong Productions (1000 Places to See Before You Die, Celebrity Rehab, FM Nation). Josh Gates and Erin Ryder serve as co-executive producers.
PARANORMAL HIGHWAY (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 10PM

Paranormal Highway puts the pedal to the metal as Jack Osbourne and his friend Dana Workman do their own first-person investigations of the most frightening claims of paranormal activity along America’s remote back roads. Fueled by eyewitness interviews and evidence collected by Jack’s state-of-the-art equipment, he and Dana will travel alone, self-documenting their harrowing face-to-face encounters with the paranormal. Production company: BASE Productions. Executive producers: John Brenkus, Mickey Stern, Ron Ziskin.
EUREKA (SERIES FINALE)

Airs Monday, July 16 at 9PM

After five seasons, Syfy’s long-running original series comes to an end and the remarkable residents of Eureka say their goodbyes.  Eureka stars Colin Ferguson (Sheriff Jack Carter) Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison Blake), Joe Morton (Henry Deacon), Erica Cerra (Jo Lupo), Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo) and Niall Matter (Zane Donovan). Co-creator Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller are executive producers. The series is produced and distributed by Universal Cable Productions.
WAREHOUSE 13 (SEASON 4 PREMIERE)

Premieres Monday, July 23 at 9PM

Season 4 kicks off with the Warehouse Team still reeling from the shocking events of the climactic season three finale. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) charges Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself. Sam Huntington (Being Human) will be among the star-studded array of season 4 guest stars. Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is executive producer and showrunner.
ALPHAS (SEASON 2 PREMIERE)

Premieres Monday, July 23 at 10PM

In Syfy’s action-packed hit drama series, an unlikely team of ordinary people with superhuman physical and mental abilities – known as Alphas – takes on mysterious cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unable to solve and go head-to-head with criminal Alphas. Season 2 picks up eight months after last year’s finale with the stage set for an explosive turn of events at the Binghamton facility

Alphas also stars Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Ryan Cartwright and Laura Mennell. Erin Way (Detroit 187, Private Practice) joins the cast this season as “Kat” a mysterious young loner whose Alpha ability allows her to pick up any skill at a glance.  The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television with executive producers Bruce Miller, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Gene Stein and Zak Penn. Penn and co-executive producer Michael Karnow are series creators.

AUGUST

PARANORMAL WITNESS (SEASON 2 PREMIERE)

Premieres Wednesday, August 8 at 10PM

Using a mixture of intimate first-hand testimony, actual home video and gritty realistic drama, the hit series Paranormal Witness returns to transport viewers into a world turned upside-down by extraordinary, terrifying and sometimes life-threatening paranormal events. Paranormal Witness is produced by Raw TV (Locked Up Abroad and Gold Rush Alaska). Executive producers are Dimitri Doganis and Bart Layton.
FACE OFF (SEASON 3 PREMIERE)

Premieres Tuesday, August 21 at 9PM

Syfy’s hit competition reality series returns for season 3 with 12 aspiring special effects make-up artists and their unlimited imaginations, competing to create amazing works of living art. The eleven-episode season will feature some of the most difficult challenges ever attempted and high power special guest judges. It all culminates in one winner and one $100,000 grand prize that will launch a career.  Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.

This summer season is looking to be jam-packed with an assortment of new shows, and the introduction of new “reality” competitions,memoirs, and true-experience shows. What do you think of the summer lineup, and what could you do without?

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Did You Forget About Diablo? Hope Not: ‘Diablo III’ Animated-Short Gets Fans Ready for Upcoming Release

- 05-10-12Videogames Posted by Veronique Medrano


Yesterday, was personally, my first time playing the Diablo franchise and I must say I’m hooked! While many are still ranting, raving, weeping and wailing on the awesomness that is The Avengers the gamer community is hushed in anticipation. It has been 11 years in the making, and finally we are able to see the fruits of the constant teases from Blizzard Entertainment’s highly anticipated title Diablo III. Release dates continued to change for the title up until late last year, but with a new year we usher a new era of computer gaming this summer that is sure to change how people see computer gaming. Nothing, but the best from Blizzard Entertainment!

So what better way to start the countdown than taking a gander at this wonderfully made animated short on the story behind the war between Angels & Demons that started the war that plays out in the whole Diablo franchise. Directed by Aeon Flux creator Peter Chung and animated by Titmouse, the studio behind Metalocalypse, this visually stunning short will have you itching to get back into the story and let the game absorb hours of your life as it has done with mine.

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You Had Me at Meow: Michelle Pfeiffer Talks About Her Past Catwoman vs. Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman

- 04-24-12Comics, Film Posted by Veronique Medrano

My lesbo-senses are tingling…Michelle Pfeiffer speaks!

While some of you may be wondering what the hell I’m talking about, let’s just clarify that I have a hard core girly crush on Michelle Pfeiffer, she had me at “Meooow” Anyways back to the news at hand, Michelle Pfeiffer, while being interviewed by Empire Magazine, discussed highlights from her role as Tim Burton’s  iconic Catwoman.

I was halfway through the script when I said yes. Someone else was cast in the part and I remember being absolutely devastated and calling my agent and saying, ‘How have I not had a meeting about this? Why have I not heard about it?’ It was one of those things where Tim had someone in mind and went directly to them. So I was really bummed, but it was okay. When she [Annette Bening] fell out of it I was just leaving the country and got a call to say Tim wanted to meet me. So I went and he gave me the script and I got halfway through and said yes. But you know, honestly, I would have done it anyway, even without reading the script. But I was very happy that she was actually very well written.”

Now of course being the Queen of All Pussycat’s, Michelle Pfeiffer has claim to express her opinions  on Christopher Nolan’s rendition of the character. She had this to say about Anne Hathaway’s rendition of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises:

“Oh, I think she’s great. I’m actually very much looking forward to seeing her in the role. I’m a big fan of hers and I think she has everything you need for that role. She has the humour, she can go to dark places, she’s obviously very talented. I think she’s going to be really good.”

Sooo for all those like me who were thinking it,would she have played Catwoman for Christopher Nolan if given the chance? She said, “Oh sure. I definitely would have done it.” Catwoman is a dark and sensual character, and so far it seems that Anne Hathaway is getting thumbs up all around for her upcoming role. If you can’t tell I’m excited you are sillier than coconut milk trying to be orange juice. The Dark Knight Rises is set to release July 20th, 2012.

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Avengers Assemble: Box Office Predictions, First Reactions, 20 Minutes of Behind the Scenes Footage, XXX Parody & More!

- 04-13-12Comics, Film Posted by Veronique Medrano

Thursday is overflowing with news on The Avengers. It seems only right to compile all of these news nuggets in mass (makes for easier bathroom reading). Between reactions to The Avengers premiere, it’s box office predictions, behind-the-scenes featurette, new post credit scene being filmed and (for good measure) a XXX trailer, super hero fans are glowing with excitement.

Is the hype getting to you? Well it’s getting to us too, and we hope beyond all hope that it lives up to expectations.

Anyhow, read on through for an assembly of Avenger awesome-ness.

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Drum Roll, Please: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Officially Receives its Rating from the MPAA

- 04-09-12Uncategorized Posted by Veronique Medrano

The Countdown continues for the highly anticipated film of the summer, The Dark Knight Rises, and we here at Nerdbastards have been keeping our  ear to the ground for any new tidbits of information and we have received a secret transmission from Nolan headquarters.

In December we got to see the masked villian, Bane, in all his creepy gravely voiced goodnes,s and this 5 minute prologue introducing Bane was rated by the MPAA as PG-13.  Now the MPAA has finally decided the rating for the film as a whole, and it should be no surprise to anyone that they decided the rest of the film can keep the same rating of PG-13. While some may have been expecting a darker film to end the series, which would then receive an R-rating, it is the film’s best interest to be available for a larger audience demographic. Plus, it isn’t like this rating is anything new for the current Batman trilogy installment seeing as the last two films, Batman Begins & Batman: The Dark Knight,  have consecutively received PG-13. Of course the naysayers will complain that the film doesn’t have enough “blood & gore” or that the violence demonstrated is easily available to young children who will replicate what they see.

On that front I have this to say, “Grow Up!”If you want to complain about voilence being so accesible why don’t you also look at the videogames, television shows, and novels that are being produced every day that have no “Child-Proof” filter. More and more children are watching and interacting with violent scenarios in their day to day lives, it is not the job of the MPAA to keep “your” children from acting like fools if you don’t teach them the difference between right/wrong or real/fantasy.

Anyways, the MPAA notes cite the film for  “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality, and language” as their reasons for the PG-13. The violence and action in the film are in line for what has been viewed in previous installments. The “sensuality” portion on the other hand can be attributed to Catwoman ’cause she is one sexually charged chick. (giggity) If you don’t believe me just watch Batman Returns.

That is all our Batman news for now, so make sure to mark on your calendar that The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20.

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