Mark Poynter

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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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Benedict Cumberbatch Reportedly in Talks for Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

- 10-27-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Marvel‘s been looking for a Master of the Mystic Arts, a Sorcerer Supreme for months. It looked like Joaquin Phoenix had the inside track on the Doctor Strange role until talks broke down, most likely over the number of additional movie appearances that Marvel contracts are famous for. Once Phoenix was out the hunt resumed and a number of names have been bandied about the Internet. Now word is working its way around the Internet Water cooler that Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch is in serious talks to take on the role. (more…)

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Is Warner Bros. Targeting Jaden Smith For ‘Static Shock’ Role?

- 10-27-14Comics, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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When it was announced last week that Static Shock would be making its way onto television screens or digital download as a live action series, and my hand stopped making that “Hell Yeah!” fist pump in the air, I felt a cold shiver. What could cause that immediate change? My brain caught up with my emotions and asked the question that has started many a comic book store argument, “Who the heck are they going to cast…. Oh hell no, not Jaden Smith.” Well, it didn’t take long for someone out there to make the connection and start the discussion rolling. (more…)

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All The ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ & ‘Pinocchio’ Trailer Mashups You Knew Were Coming

- 10-25-14Comics, Film, Funny Videos Posted by Mark Poynter

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Once we saw the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and heard that haunting Pinocchio music and lyrics, we knew there would be mashups, the only thing missing was Sean Bean’s Eddard Stark warning us that the Mashups were coming. We’ve gathered a few to take the edge off until we get Tuesday’s new Avengers: Age of Ultron footage during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (more…)

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaked? Marvel Says “Screw it! Let’s Air Additional Footage on Tuesday’s AOS!”

- 10-24-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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One might think that the powers that be over at Marvel would have been as bummed out as the Avengers in the picture above when their big Avengers: Age of Ultron marketing crossover plan for this Tuesday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode blew up in their faces. Nobody expected the trailer to be leaked almost an entire week early. At best we were hoping for a leak on Tuesday morning, wink-wink, say no more. We discussed what they might do in the trailer leak aftermath yesterday and it looks like we were right! (more…)

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‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Responds to “Rick’s Still in a Coma” Theory

- 10-24-14Comics, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Since everyone loved Gotham‘s crazy Cobblepot is really the Joker fan theory so much, how could we not bring you one of The Walking Dead‘s most persistent fan theories that says that Rick Grimes never woke from his coma and the entire Zombie Apocalypse is just a coma induced dream. This fan theory has been around for a long time. Even before The Walking Dead took to the television airwaves, back when it was just an unknown black and white comic book, I remember people discussing that this better not be a Coma dream in the end. Robert Kirkman finally decided to weigh in and settle the matter with a few tweets today. (more…)

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That ‘Crow’ Remake No One Asked For Starts Production Soon

- 10-24-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Lather, rinse, repeat. You’ll find that on just about every bottle of shampoo you’ll ever buy. The Shampoo Instructions Urban Myth tells the story that during a meeting to improve sales, a clever employee added the word repeat to the original instructions of Lather, Rinse and doubled sales. Hollywood has its own Shampoo instructions, Make Movie, Make Sequels, Remake Movie. This time around producer Ed Pressman (American Psycho) is back with news about the upcoming Crow remake/reboot. (more…)

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Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Is Out Of The Bag, What Should Marvel Do Now?

- 10-23-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Last night a lot of Disney and Marvel‘s marketing plans spectacularly blew up in their faces on the Internet. The original plan was to bolster Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.S.‘s lackluster viewer ratings with an exclusive first look at Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. When a low res version of the trailer was leaked online, Disney and Marvel made the decision to release the high res trailer immediately. Now that the cat is out of the bag almost a full week before the scheduled tie in, will Disney and Marvel make another bold move and show fans different or additional footage during Tuesday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? (more…)

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James Spader Clips Ultron’s Strings in New Interview

- 10-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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After last night’s leak, and eventual official release by Disney of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that was supposed to be aired for the first time next Tuesday during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers fans have a lot of new Avengery things to discuss. Just getting a good look at the big screen version of Ultron played by James Spader would have been more than enough for most fans in one week, but now we’ve also got a few interesting comments Spader made about Ultron in a recent interview. (more…)

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Just How Crazy is This ‘Gotham’ Oswald Cobblepot Transformation into the Joker Theory?!?

- 10-23-14Comics, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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One of the things I love about watching certain television shows is that after watching the latest episode I can go online and join discussion groups, Instant Reaction podcasts, or just join the comments section from one of Nerd Bastards’ reviews to discuss the episode and series as a whole. Gotham is one of those shows that has a very active fan base of discussion. Now there is an interesting, and far-fetched Gotham idea that is making the Internet rounds. Imagine this, Cobblepot becomes the not the Penguin as everyone expects, but instead becomes… wait for it…. the Joker. (more…)

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Ray Fisher Had No Clue Cyborg Would Also Get a Stand Alone Movie

- 10-22-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Sometimes Hollywood plays its movie cards so close to the vest that even the actors involved don’t find out the exact details until the last-minute. Sure, they sign multi-picture deals for big ensemble movies, but apparently Ray Fisher had no idea that along with appearing in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and a couple of Justice League movies that his character Cyborg would also be getting his own stand alone movie. (more…)

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