For the last several months Bryan Singer has been directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, and well, principle photography has finally completed. The fun part is over. Now all that’s left is to edit the movie.
What better for Singer way to kick off the magical world of post-production at 20th Century Fox than releasing a photo of himself and star Hugh Jackman, writer/producer Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker. It doesn’t look like much happened, probably just some pick up shots of Jackman whipping out his claws and growling, but at least it looks like he had fun.
And while post-production begins, promotion continues for Days of Future Past with this first official still from the movie,
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Above: Move over Wolverine there’s another…Wolverine and he looks ready to star in a series of PG-13 Marvel movies. Created by artist Arthur Bozonnet this really cool character design for Wolverine is part Hugh Jackman, part badass and all kinds of awesome. Made for the Studio Hive production company these guys have one hell of an asset on their hands. [GeekTyrant]
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It’s been a while since anyone has heard anything from Robert Rodriguez on the future of his cult hit From Dusk Till Dawn. The action/horror made for a great movie and in the eyes of Robert, also makes for great TV. Now, nearly two decades after Seth and Richard Gecko entered a bar full of vampires, it looks like he’ll be getting his wish.
The Machete Kills director has signed on to write, produce, and direct a series based on his 1996 film starring Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney. In an announcement made by Production Weekly on Twitter, the series has been confirmed to begin production in mid-October.
This new series will be put together in a joint effort from Spanish-language network Univision and new English-language cable channel El Rey. This will be different from most of Robert’s usual work, seeing as the director has stuck to the big screen in recent years, but the man knows how to spin a few tales and make them work. The only issue is adapting the Dusk Till Dawn franchise to small screen and making it work for an audience that might never have even seen the movie.
Still it might be a bit much. The vampire genre has been a bit overplayed and over saturated, just look at what happened to True Blood and the whacked out seasons it’s had. With no cast announcements or even if the series will be based in the universe of the film, this series only has hype to go on. We’ll see how far that takes it once October comes around.
With Disney‘s D23 expo somehow avoiding any significant Star Wars wars news, people have found other things to get excited for. With so many projects announced, fans have been crowding around Maleficent – the film centered around Sleeping Beauty’s villain. Releasing first ever footage from the movie, the expo has released a few new details, many of which we have for you.
Putting a spin on the classic Disney tale, viewers will be treated to Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, as a teenage fairy. Odds a younger actress will take over the teenage role, but as it goes on will feature Jolie at intersecting points to the Disney animation; including the battle between the prince and the dragon.
The clip released at the expo is just one of those intersecting points, the christening of Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning as a younger Princess. While we can’t show you the footage, since it hasn’t been leaked yet, we can however give you the cliff notes revealing the castle and the fairies, played by Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville, granting baby Aurora wishes until things get dark and stormy.
Everything begins to shake, Maleficent’s horns appear, and then her shadow as she sweeps into the room in a giant gown. “Well well,” she laughs. “I must say I felt quite distressed not receiving an invitation. What an awkward situation.” King Stefan, played by Sharlto Copley, declares “You’re not welcome here,” but the command falls on deaf ears as green energy and smoke surround Maleficent as she casts her curse. Intercut with this scene is footage of an older Aurora running around happily, ending the clip with the audience’s knowledge of what’s to come.
It sound’s like a great way to kick off promoting a movie, and according to Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta, is a “really look[ing] like a Disney fairy tale come to life.”
Maleficent arrives July 2, 2014. Check out the newer, updated synopsis below:
“Maleficent” is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
It’s almost here – the Agent Coulson and Friends show is almost here! Honestly, while that sounds like a great title, Marvel‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is much better and ABC has been on its A game promoting this juggernaut of nerd television. And while nobody outside of SDCC has seen the pilot episode yet, at least we get to see some fun new promos featuring Agent Coulson himself Clark Gregg.
The September 24th premier is still weeks out, but the Joss Whedon pilot episode has been making it’s rounds through clever trailers and online. In the first promo, with Gregg out of character, we get our first official descriptions of Coulson’s team. As you can expect, it’s as awesome as it sounds. Check it out:
In the second promo we’re treated to a highlight on Skye, the talented hacker and obsessed superhero fan played by Chloe Bennet. It’s not much, more of her saying some words between action shots, but at the very least, it shows off a few new pieces of footage seen in half-seconds.
Reprising his role as Marvel’s Agent Coulson, Clark Gregg returns in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Assembling a small,but highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D the team investigates the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
If it wasn’t shocking enough to learn that actor Bob Hoskins at one point could have been Wolverine, another head scratching revelation has come to light. Prior to his decade long run as Marvel’s unbreakable Canadian mutant, Hugh Jackman was second banana in the eyes of director Bryan Singer. This may come as a shock, but Russell Crowe was Singer’s original pick. Let that sink in for a minute. Not a terrible idea, right? Just so long as he wasn’t planning to sing.
The thing is, why did Crowe turn it down? According to Singer it was a matter of hair, lots of hair.
At this week’s Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Singer admitted that Russell would have had the adamantium if not for his one proposed change. Nothing big, he just wanted to make Wolverine bald. Just kidding, that is a BIG deal and one hell of a change for the character. Especially one known for his iconic hair. Thankfully, clearer heads prevailed and Singer passed on the idea, giving Jackman one of the biggest character roles of his career.
I myself am not the biggest fan of Hugh Jackman, but I’ll take him over a bald Wolverine any day.
There’s been a lot of progress in the saga that is the RoboCop reboot. What was first deemed a terrible idea by fans, has gained plenty of steam with plenty of A-list talent supporting the José Padilha directed feature film.
Rebooting the film franchise of the 80s’, Padilha needed an all-star cast to back it up…and boy did he get it. Featuring stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish and Joel Kinnaman RoboCop was making quite the impact at this past San Diego Comic-Con. One of the films other stars, Samuel L. Jackson, was on hand at the convention to talk about the film, and at the same time revealed a bit about his own character Pat Novak.
According to Jackson:
“I play a character by the name of Pat Novak, who’s sort of a combination of Rush Limbaugh and Al Sharpton, if you can combine those two people. So I refer to him as Rush Sharpton,” Jackson said. “He has one of those shows that’s an opinion show, and his opinion is that automated policing is a good idea, so he’s a proponent of RoboCop.”
A character like Novak will hopefully add an intriguing mass-media layer to the film, which will also deal with the role of corporations in society and how the use of drones affects humanity. Someone with Jackson’s screen presence can definitely sell an opinionated media personality in ways few other actors could ever hope to.
Check out the entire interview, including Jackson’s response to why he considers RoboCop a “credible” remake below:
RoboCop is scheduled for release in theatres everywhere Feb. 7th, 2014.
We celebrate some of the finest lady cosplayers the net has to offer in our weekly Sexy Cosplay of the Week feature. We love Sexy Cosplay of the Week – it is an institution here at Nerd Bastards – but the staff thought it was about time that we did something to celebrate some of the sexiest male cosplays we could find.
So, with that in mind, we bring you this Salute to Sexy Male Cosplay, because damn it, you deserve a good dose of eye candy and these guys deserve a little bit of recognition for their awesome costumes, attention to detail, and abs that make all the guys here at Nerd Bastards feel extremely inadequate.
So enjoy the Nerd Bastards’ Salute to Sexy Male Cosplay!
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Videros as Lucky Luke, photography by Franky-Chan
Squall as Raiden, photography by Dario Germani
Javier Andres Llana as the Joker, photography by Rocio Salazar and Dohko
Dreades as Dante , photography by Obsidian creation
Kiyokoyu as Dante, photography by Unknown
Gabriel Galindez as Mugen, photography by unknown
With people losing their minds these last few weeks over the announced Batman vs. Superman movie, the real question isn’t how the movie will do, but rather who is going to be Batman. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is set to return, but former Batman Christian Bale has decided on a more permanent “eight year break” leaving the cowl open to a new dark knight. Let fly the Hollywood rumor mill!
Last week the L.A. Times posted a popularity contest of stars, each of who have the potential to be the next Batman. The list included actors like Jensen Ackles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It appears, though, a young squirt isn’t quite what Warner Bros. and DC are looking for. Sources say the script, which is in way early development, will be inspired from Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns. The Batman featured is older and more rugged. A battle hardened hero.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed some top names that are being thrown around to play the tough old bats. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini and Matthew Goode are the front-runners.
Alright, Brolin… now that’s a good pick! Regardless of who’s names are surfacing, we’re still in the early stages of development. The script is still being written. There’s no way the casting process has even remotely started. So, take all of this as hearsay. Theoretical casting stories to get your nerd gears moving.
Would do you think would be a good fit to replace Bale as the new Batman? Let’s hear what you think in the comment section below.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
For a lot of us watching John Barrowman play Arrow‘s Malcolm Merlyn (the Dark Archer), it was the first time we’ve seen him be a real villain. Sure, there was that one time onDoctor Who, but this is the first time we really saw him embrace the role of a ruthless killer, and it was fun. At least until the season finale of Arrow came around and Malcolm’s fate was left in the wind.
With Season 2 of Arrow on the way, the villain responsible for the death of Oliver’s father and his time shipwrecked, is set to make a comeback. As for when he’ll return, producer Marc Guggenheim wasn’t forgiving in laying out a straight answer.
Part of the enjoyment of Season 2 for us is how do you combine the old — not the old — but the Season 1 villains with the new Season 2 villains, we’ve confirmed that John Barrowman is coming back. We are a show that does flashbacks. I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that John Barrowman’s scenes will be with Stephen [Amell].
Seeing as the two last shot it out in a building rigged to collapse, that might be Marc’s clever way of saying he’ll return only in flashbacks. On the other hand, Barrowman might very well return at some point in the living flesh – we didn’t see his body so he may have made it out. Perhaps with The Hood moving on to the more known role of Green Arrow, maybe we’ll see him return all scarred up and looking for a rematch by season’s end.