Mark Poynter

Profile: At 45, Mark has newsstand bought comics older than most of the other writers at Nerdbastards in his collection. Growing up nerdy means that Mark remembers things like big floppy disks, bank accounts before ATMs, having VCR parties to record bootleg copies of Anime and BBC TV shows, and U.S. television with three channels and bunny ears. Years of sitting the nerd sidelines and Monday morning quarterbacking suddenly exploded when asked to write an introduction to an article on Nerdbastards. The rest they say in hushed whispers . . . is history.

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BBC Announces VOD ‘Doctor Who’ Follow-Up Show

- 08-20-14TV Posted by Mark Poynter


Let’s do a quick head count, raise your hand if, when you read this post’s title, you thought to yourself, “Damn, how many after shows can Chris Hardwick host?” That my friends, is a lot of hands. The BBC is launching a new Doctor Who companion series Doctor Who Extra, not to be confused with a show about Doctor Who Companions, but an inside look at the behind the scenes of each episode. How can you tune in? (more…)

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J.K. Rowling Posts New Character Bio Story Set In Harry Potter Universe

- 08-20-14Books, Nerd Culture Posted by Mark Poynter


Harry Potter fans rejoice! J.K. Rowling continues to dip her toes into the Potter Universe. Every now and then Rowling adds to the Potter Mythos by posting new smatterings of content to the Pottermore site, recently posting a closer look at one of the Potterverse characters that was only mentioned three times in the series and never appeared in person. Who could it be? You’re gonna have to click-through to find out! (more…)

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‘Phineas and Ferb Halloween Special’ to Include Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Voiced ‘Shaun of the Dead’ Characters!

- 08-19-14TV Posted by Mark Poynter


Are you a Phineas and Ferb fan? Well, hold on to your socks because Simon Pegg took to the Twitterverse last night to announce his and Shaun of the Dead co-star Nick Frost‘s inclusion in the next Phineas and Ferb Halloween Special. They won’t just be appearing, they will be taking their Shaun of the Dead characters, Shaun and Ed into the world of Phineas and Ferb. (more…)

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BBC Releases New ‘Doctor Who’ Season Eight Stills

- 08-19-14TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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With less than a week until the Doctor Who series premiere and hot on the heels of the end of the Doctor Who World Tour, the BBC has released a new set of production stills from the first episode of the eighth season Deep Breath. What kind of Doctor will Peter Capaldi be? Check out this latest teaser and stills to find out what this new Doctor is up to. (more…)

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‘Doctor Who’ Rumor Mill: Companion Jenna Coleman To Exit Show By Christmas

- 08-18-14TV Posted by Mark Poynter


As the Doctor Who World Tour wraps up this morning in Rio de Janerio Brazil, fans are set for the premiere of season eight this Saturday. Even before this season begins rumors are starting to surface that current companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) time on the show might be coming to an end. What’s it all about? (more…)

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New Petition Aims To Include Robin Williams Tribute In Upcoming Zelda Game

- 08-18-14Nerd Culture, Videogames Posted by Mark Poynter


When the recent petition to include a Robin Williams tribute in World of Warcraft was successful, many fans first after thought was that Nintendo‘s upcoming 2015 Zelda Wii U console game should also include a Williams tribute. A fan started such a petition over at and Nintendo has responded. (more…)

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Han Solo Concept Art Hits The Internet

- 08-15-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter


Hot on the heels of the leaked Stormtrooper helmets it looks like Indie Revolver has gotten their hands on some Han Solo concept art for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII. Where they are getting these bits and pieces and how quickly Abrams and Disney might track down the source and close that leak are unclear. Enjoy them while you can! (more…)

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Let’s Look At What Other Marvel Characters Might Show Up In ‘Ant-Man’

- 08-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Marvel's "Ant-Man" Booth Signing During Comic-Con International 2014

Marvel‘s Ant-Man has certainly been through a lot of changes since that initial announcement years ago that Edgar Wright would be bringing Marvel’s smallest hero to the big screen. Now its got a new director in Peyton Reed, and changes to the script which brought about Wright’s sudden departure. What those script changes might be is still unclear, but when three writers (Adam McKay, Andrew Barrer, and Gabrial Ferrari) were brought on board after Wright left to work out script issues during filming, one has to imagine more than just a few tweaks. The earlier draft was rumored to include some flashback scenes with the Micheal Douglas Hank Pym characters. Will that scene remain and what Marvel characters might it include? (more…)

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*Updated With New Picture ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ – Are These The New StormTrooper Helmets?

- 08-14-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter


As tight as security has been on the set and production of Star Wars: Episode VII there have been a couple of leaks aside from the official announcements and marketing material. We recently reported on a sketch purported to be the new Stormtrooper helmet that will be used in J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII. Now some images has surfaced on the Internet showing us two distinct types of Stormtrooper helmets. (more…)

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It’s Time To Watch Groot Get Down With His Funky ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Self – OH YEAH -SPOILER ALERT!

- 08-14-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter


Since earlier today I seem to have spoiled a Guardians of the Galaxy surprise with the Howard the Duck Post for those of you that just came out of a two-week coma, those returning from a couple of weeks in solitary for shanking their cellmate with a sharpen spoon handle, and that one guy that bought and drank a colossally large Diet Coke and although he gave it a valiant effort had to go pee right at the end of the movie and thus missed this GOTG scene, I am posting a spoiler alert right here, before the page break. (more…)

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