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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 when U.S. television only had three channels and required bunny ears to get a clear picture. Years of sitting the nerd sidelines 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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The Rocketeer, based on the comic book series by the late great Dave Stevens, while a delightful movie, was a bomb when released in theaters. It came in fourth behind Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, City Slickers and Dying Young it’s opening weekend and only grossed $46 million at the box office on a $35 million dollar budget. The film did capture quite the cult following though and years later The Rocketeer is still a cosplay favorite at conventions. Disney is set to bring The Rocketeer back to the big screen with a sequel, with a twist. (more…)

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Director Zhang Yimou‘s (House of Flying Daggers, Hero) The Great Wall is the most expensive movie made in China’s film industry’s history. The estimated $135 million dollar budget includes a mixture of well-known western and Chinese actors. Starring Matt Damon (The Martian), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs), pop singing icon Luhan, and actress Jing Tian (Kong: Skull Island), we’re sure to see some incredible action scenes. The movie answers the question, What were they trying to keep out? (more…)

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Just because everyone wants to be Batman, doesn’t mean everyone should be Batman. Case in point, Seattle police were called to a local bar when a man was threatening the bar’s bouncer with a homemade spear. That’s right, this guy had tied a knife to a metal pole (pictures below) and swung it at the bouncer. The man fled the scene, but officers were able to find him and give chase. While trying to out run the police car, the 23-year-old suspect threw a metal Batarang at the police car in pursuit. Ain’t life grand? (more…)

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When Cosplayer June Rivas was called into her boss’s office and told her recent work attire and hair style had been “unprofessional” she decided to respond using her favorite hobby, Cosplay. In the picture above on the left you can see what she wore on a typical day, a simple off white pants suit and head scarf, seems pretty much the usual office wear one would expect a co-worker to wear wouldn’t you say? What Rivas decided to do after that day is perfectly Nerdy. (more…)

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Sherlock says it himself, “Something’s coming.” Sherlock doesn’t know what yet, but it’s easy to see the strain he’s put himself under. Could Sherlock be cracking? There’s still a long time to wait until the 2017 return of the BBC series Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are joined this season by Toby Jones, who will be another villainous Arthur Conan Doyle character. Check out the new trailer below. (more…)

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Tara Strong, the voice of Harley Quinn in all our animated favorites from DC was at SDCC 2016 this year promoting Batman: Killing Joke. Strong voices Batgirl in the new movie adaptation, but she’s really much better known for her Harley Quinn from the Batman Arkham series of video games and other Batman animated series. Over the weekend she went full Arkham Harley Quinn on the SDCC 2016 floor and she was fabulous! (more…)

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There’s been a lot of Internet discussion about Sulu’s sexual orientation in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. Simon Pegg wrote the script for the third film in the rebooted universe (13th for the entire Star Trek Movie Franchise) and George Takei, who played Sulu in the original series and big screen movies, didn’t see eye to eye on that change to the character. John Cho, who plays Sulu in the recently named Kelvin Timeline went into more detail in a recent interview with Vulture, revealing that the big kiss scene ended up on the editing room floor. (more…)

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Mark Hamill had a busy schedule for last week’s Star Wars Celebration, between panels, signings, and just trying to get lunch in and maybe use the restroom, his time was booked solid. Hamill got an extra surprise during one signing session when Ken Hampton of Hampton’s Hand-Crafted LED Sabers presented Hamill with a beautiful fan-funded custom Joker Lightsaber. Check out the presentation video and some up close pictures of this incredible mash-up of Hamill’s two biggest fandoms. (more…)

Justin Lin‘s (Fast & Furious) Star Trek Beyond hits theaters this weekend and we’re sure to get an action packed ride, but will Simon Pegg‘s script also provide fans with that Star Trek feeling from the television series and movies that many fans have claimed was missing in the rebooted Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness? Check out this last trailer and find out. (more…)