…Batgirl! Kidding. (Hopefully.) The recent announcement that the Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter was joining the cast of the Man of Steel sequel (AKA: Batman Vs Superman) understandably dredged up the curiosity of fans wondering who the venerable Hunter might be playing in the comic book movie. One website thinks it has the answer, and if they’re right, then it’s an intriguing bit of detail from Batman lore for the filmmakers to include. Who are we talking about? Well, keeping in mind it’s only a rumor, read on to learn the answer. (more…)
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In-jokes are all the rage these days, a fun way to acknowledge that your cast has a life outside the movie you are presently seeing them in, and probably few actors lend themselves to the in-joke better than Samuel L. Jackson. The actor has had roles big and small in a great many of the most iconic movies of the last 20 years, but perhaps none are more known, or quotable, than Pulp Fiction. It would not be out of the question to say that the Quentin Tarantino movie made Jackson a star, and it did so with one monologue in particular. Jackson’s new movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, paid tribute to it one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene, and the film’s directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, recently explained how and why they decided to do it. Spoilers follow. (more…)
As the fourth season of Lost Girl comes to a close, we try to unravel once and for all who’s who, what’s what and how it all fits together. As I’ve noted, the last couple of episodes there’s a lot of loose ends to tie up, and a lot of them don’t tie so easily together, so it will be interesting to see how the show handles them. Whether its Bo’s father the ancient evil, or the druid with severe to excessive mommy issues, let’s just say there’s a lot at stake for just one episode of Lost Girl. (more…)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. went from the show everyone couldn’t wait to love, to one of the most disappointing endeavours in the history of television. Indeed, instant reaction to the show was so dire that Screen Rant published an article about how the series could be improved within days of the airing of the premiere episode. Of course, no one’s saying that the show is, or was, perfect, but one thing’s for sure, the fallout from Captain America: The Winter Soldier is surely going to change what it means to be an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. from here on out. Obviously, major spoilers are below. (more…)
So what did you do this weekend? Well, if you’re reading Nerd Bastards, you probably saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you did see it, you’re probably spinning from that twist in the end, which seriously shuffles the deck for all Marvel movies here on out, or at least the ones that intersect with S.H.I.E.L.D. in some way. So given what happened in The Winter Soldier, where does the MCU go from here? Your guess is as good as mine, but Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige recently let us in on his thought process. Major spoilers follow… (more…)
It’s almost surprising that we don’t hear more news about the studio pushing a remake of Gremlins, it’s only one of the most popular and well-known films from the 80s. That, and I’m pretty sure they’ve remade or rebooted just about everything else from the era. With last week’s news that Warner Bros was fast-tracking a Goonies follow-up comes an accompanying word that another film based on the Steven Spielberg-produced 1984 hit would be joining it in a theater near you, in the near future. (more…)
It’s a conundrum that a lot of big franchises face and continue to face, what happens when your star gets too long in the tooth (read: old) to play the main character in your movie series? To wit, one actor looking at the idea of being recast in the face is Hugh Jackman. He’s played the X-Men’s Wolverine in seven films over 14 years, including this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but as the man said, nothing lasts forever. So we ask the actor himself, who would you like to see take over as Wolverine when you walk away from the mutant movie series? And Jackman has a surprising answer… (more…)
Because sometimes one, two, or even 10 tough guys aren’t enough, we get our first sneak peak at The Expendables 3, the venerable franchise that’s the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen of big dumb 80s action movie stars. For this new outing, series stalwarts like Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Randy Couture are teamed with new recruits Kellen Lutz, Ronda Roussey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and newish (read: old) additions like Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson. So keeping in mind that this is a teaser trailer, does this first look get you excited about the new film, or does it make you feel as tired as its stars look? You be the judge. (more…)
MTV has enjoyed tremendous success with its series version of Teen Wolf, despite the fact that, in essence, it has precious little to do with the Michael J. Fox film of the same name. Can the cable network catch lightning in a bottle with Scream, a new show based on the Kevin Williamson-written/Wes Craven-directed franchise of the same name? Leaving that aside, it seems that Scream the series is getting closer to reality with the release of character descriptions for the main cast members and the news that Craven himself will continue his Scream-streak in the director’s chair. (more…)
Good idea: Creating a reality show web series about competing teams of video game designers.
Bad idea: Trying to create a false sense of drama by using sexism to pit contestants against each other.
As luck would have it, that wasn’t the only problem with the reality web series GAME_JAM, but it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. But it seems that this project was doomed to failure, from the recruitment, contracting and implementation of the series, the whole thing collapsed before a single episode had finished shooting. Indeed a single day of shooting hadn’t yet been completed when the series was called off and everyone went home, and while it’s partly the fault of Mountain Dew, it’s really the fault of the producers for wanting to skewer the drama with some good old fashioned gender stereotyping. (more…)