Jason McAnelly

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Profile: Jason is perhaps best known to everyone as “that one guy who did that thing,” but few people know of his struggles in life. After making a name for himself training zombies to make pasta, he wandered the earth in search of the sacred cheese. Though the cheese eluded him, he discovered a talent for writing and has been working on perfecting his skills ever since. He is currently working on a fantasy novel and tapping keys for the folks at NerdBastards. Eventually, he will be rich and famous and way cooler than you.

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Will Lex Luthor Be Showing Up in ‘Suicide Squad’ Flick?

- 10-24-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Once again, we’re getting some rumors coming from the Warner Bros./DC camp of super hero films. This time around, it involves the ongoing casting for DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad movie. We’ve already heard some crazy rumors about DC trying to get some seriously big-name stars to fill out the Squad. Now it looks like audiences may be seeing a lot more of Lex Luthor (aka Jesse Eisenberg) than they first suspected. (more…)

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Felicia Day Steps Forward to Discuss Her Views on #GamerGate

- 10-23-14Nerd Culture, Videogames Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s been going on for months now, the chaotic online struggle known as #gamergate. What began as an angry letter from a boyfriend that felt he’d been wronged has transformed into a movement so large (and utterly confusing) that the hashtag alone cannot encompass everything that’s happening. You have people upset about corruption, you have people upset about misogyny, you have trolls making death threats, you have trolls verbally attacking the suicidally depressed, people screaming nonsense, people taking things out of context, etc. etc. etc. It’s pretty much everything you expect from the Internet, except bigger and louder. One of the main issues about #gamergate is that people on both sides of the argument have, for fear of being doxxed or relentless trolled, been afraid to step forward and make their opinions known. Now, one of the biggest female names associated with gaming and geek culture in general has stepped up to say a few words about how the #gamergate debate has affected her. Scroll on to see how actress and uber-nerd goddess Felicia Day is responding. (more…)

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Quicksilver Invading Future X-Films, Possibly Even Solo

- 10-23-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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If you’re a fan of X-Men: Days of Future Past, then you likely got a kick out of Evan Peters’ portrayal of one of the fastest men alive, Quicksilver. Apparently, he charmed his way into audience’s hearts enough that 20th Century Fox is feeling like he needs more screen time. And while we could all expect him to make at least a cameo appearance in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, it seems as if he may be getting his own solo flick as well. Read on for the juicy details. (more…)

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REVIEW: ‘Agents of Shield’ S02E5 – “A Hen In The Wolf House”

- 10-22-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had the chance to see Coulson and May taking some time out to attend a party. Of course, they were actually looking for a mysterious painting which had some of those crazy symbols on it. You know, the same ones that Coulson has been carving on pretty much everything he sees. Poor Raina was being threatened by H.Y.R.D.A. because they wanted the obelisk back. And Simmons was deep undercover in the middle of H.Y.R.D.A. territory. This week resolves a lot of complications that season two has set up this far, while preparing us for a much bigger ride in the near future. (more…)

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WB Bringing Yet another Super Hero to the Small Screen with ‘Static Shock’

- 10-21-14Comics, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Because super heroes make money, Warner Bros. is taking advantage of their relationship (i.e.: copyright contracts) with DC to produce as many super-powered television shows and movies as they can. They’ve done a damned fine job so far with Gotham, Arrow and The Flash. Now we’ll be seeing what may be the first modern, live-action series featuring an African-American hero with Static Shock. (more…)

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NBC Takes a Second Shot at Remaking ‘The IT Crowd’

- 10-17-14TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Fans of The IT Crowd are somewhat religious in their obsession with the show. It was a wonderful bit of British comedy that spanned just 25 episodes (that’s 4 seasons in Britlandia) and one special. Before it even went off the air, the powers-that-be decided that they wanted to cash in on the show’s popularity, so they tried an American remake. And despite bringing one of the main characters along for the ride, it did not make the grade and was scrapped. Now, NBC is at it again. In typical “we want more money!” fashion, they’ve decided to take another crack at bringing The It Crowd Mark II to the small screen. (more…)

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TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E4 – “Face My Enemy”

- 10-15-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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As Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moves into its fourth episode of the second season, I have to say that I’m fairly impressed. They’ve managed to take a series that was a giant, flaming turd for the majority if its first season run and turn it into something that has us guessing. This week, the show pushes itself even further and keeps the momentum of the first three episodes while introducing some of the casual humor that S.H.I.E.L.D. has tried (and mostly failed) to capture before. ‘Face My Enemy’ keeps the plot rolling while alleviating some of the serious tensions that have been building – the hallmark of a potentially great show. (more…)

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NYCC 2014: ‘Daredevil’ Bonanza – Footage Description, Actors’ Roles Revealed and a Couple of Pics

- 10-11-14Comics, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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With New York Comic Con in full swing, there’s plenty of news coming our way. And while we poor Bastards didn’t get a chance to attend this year, there’s no reason for us to not keep up with what’s going on and let our wonderful readers know, right? So here’s the latest on Daredevil, one of the projects that Marvel is feeding to Netflix in the comings years. We’ve got a bit of footage description to share with you, as well as some reveals on which actors will be playing which roles, a couple of pics and the official news on who’ll be making Daredevil’s music. Read on for all the yummy NYCC goodness. (more…)

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New All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Project Gets a Writer and Plods Ever Onward

- 10-08-14Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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So what’s going on with the new Ghostbusters movie this week? Well, if you’ve been following the news, you know that the entire thing has been a mess from the very beginning. What started as Ghostbusters 3 has now evolved into a complete reboot of the series, this time featuring a lady Ghostbusting team. And so it’s only natural that they would want to bring on a lady writer to help with the script. Nerd Readers, please welcome Katie Dippold to the endless Ghostbusters fiasco. (more…)

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TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E3 – “Making Friends and Influencing People”

- 10-08-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Two episodes in and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 is already blowing season 1 out of the water. For the last few episodes, we’ve been watching as Coulson tries to get the fractured S.H.I.E.L.D. into some sort of order, using mercenaries and guerilla tactics. There aren’t too many S.H.I.E.L.D. allies left, so he’s using what he can to fight off H.Y.D.R.A., the enemy organization that seems just as screwed up as S.H.I.E.L.D. is. But with last episode’s Absorbing Man finally defeated, what will the team have to deal with in episode 3, ‘Making Friends and Influencing People’? As it turns out, another familiar face is returning to the show. (more…)

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