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Rush Urbalejo

  • Profile: Rush Urbalejo is a lifelong fan of comic books, movies, and television, however, his true passion is writing. In addition to providing stories for Nerd Bastards, Rush is an assistant editor and contributor for Kabooooom Geeks. When he isn’t busy with his day job or writing about the latest geeky news, he spends time with his family and friends travelling. There aren’t many comic conventions in AZ or CA that you won’t find him in attendance, so feel free to say hello if you spot him! Follow Rush on Twitter @Rush1031 and join him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rush.urbalejo.

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Man in Black

“The man in black fled across the desert…and the gunslinger followed.” So begins Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower series.  The eight book series, as well as the Marvel Comics retelling of the story, is a tale of obsession, loss, friendship, family, and redemption.  Alright, not quite redemption. However, if the path of the film is truly as it appears, perhaps that redemption will be found through the film series.  As fans eagerly await for the release of the film, either to embrace the last chapter of Roland’s tale or to simply hate the final product because it is not a direct adaptation of the series, filming has moved to New York which, of course, fans recognize as a huge location for the story. Perhaps a bit more exciting than the NY shooting, however, is who was spotted on the street – none other than Matthew McConaughey in full costume as Randall Flagg.  Constant Readers, take a gander at the Man in Black himself. (more…)

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Are you one of the many, many Ghostbusters fans that is hoping that Paul Feig’s upcoming entry into the franchise will be his last?  After the initial trailer was released, a trailer that was disliked more than any other trailer in YouTube history, fans of the franchise went into an uproar, slamming the film, the director, and the female cast attached to the project.  In a world in which these armchair critics reign king, this massive shade thrown on the film seems to have had exactly the desired effect.  The new North American tracking figures recently reported by THR seem to back up the almost universal opinion that the Ghostbusters franchise may wind up back in the containment unit after this outing. (more…)

Homecoming

Since the dawn of time, has there ever been a more deafening roar than the sound of millions of fans across the globe cheering in unison as Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced their new deal to share everyone’s favorite webslinger, Spider-Man?  Alright, perhaps that is a bit dramatic. However, there is no arguing the sheer excitement that comic book fans felt as they watched the absolutely perfect Tom Holland don the costume in Captain America: Civil War.  While his predecessors (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) each had a bit of Peter Parker in them, Holland showed that with Marvel behind the wheel and a bit of perfect casting, Hollywood really could bring a faithful embodiment of the teenager-turned-superhero to life.  Now that Holland’s solo Spidey outing, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is officially filming, the folks over at Just Jared have been able to grab the first set pics of Holland, Zendaya, and Tony Revolori in character.  (more…)

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Superhero movies have become such a staple of pop culture these days that many forget that it wasn’t too long ago that filmmakers had to struggle to convince a studio to bring their vision of a favorite comic book character to the big screen, especially if that vision didn’t include Batman or Superman.  Once the new millennium hit, it brought with it a new trend and, really, the birth of the era of superhero blockbusters.  One of the first of those films was Sony’s big budget offering, Spider-Man.  Starring Tobey Maguire as the titular webslinger and directed by genre favorite Sam Raimi, the film managed to break new ground with its incredible (at the time) special effects and fun story.  Comic book fans had been waiting their entire lives to see something like this and, as it turns out, perhaps they weren’t the only ones. (more…)

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Remember when you first heard about Batman v. Superman:Dawn of Justice and you were super excited?  Unfortunately, things didn’t necessarily turn out as well as they should of and because of it…Well, Warner Brothers and DC really have a bit of a mess on their hands, don’t they? After the absolutely critically panned BvS, rumors about WB shaking things up continue to swirl and if THR has it right, things may be even stickier than they appear.  According to sources, thanks to Captain America: Civil War‘s box office grab over the past few weeks, WB/DC has finally made a decision to focus on shifting things in the DC Extended Universe before it gets too late.   (more…)

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As Fox and Marvel Studios decided to each have a Quicksilver in their films, fans scratched their heads a bit, while those who were unfamiliar with comics became confused – some audience members not even realizing that the Avengers: Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past shared the character.  There is no doubt that of the two, X-Men’s Quicksilver garnered more audience love after his on screen appearance but considering Hot Toys newest addition to their Marvel masterpieces, Age of Ultron’s Quicksilver is the one that fans will want to take home. (more…)

Dark Tower 2

Like it or not, the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is finally moving full speed ahead.  After years of false starts and failed attempts, King’s magnum opus is less than a year from hitting the big screen and filming has already commenced.  While the casting of the main character, Roland Deschain, has been one of the most controversial aspects of the new film, it has not stopped actor Idris Elba from stepping fulling into the role and today, we have the pictures to prove it. (more…)

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If you a Marvel fan or, really, a fan of comic books in general, you have no doubt been waiting for a Civil War movie ever since the original series hit comic book stands back in 2006.  While this weekend’s release, Captain America: Civil War, largely deviated from the source material, should you want to refer to the comic book storyline as such, there is no question that Marvel has created another masterpiece.  From beginning to end, the film is one of the best superhero movies audiences have witnessed on screen.  Then again, some would argue that the Captain America movies are the finest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s stable, so it really is no surprise that the latest installment of the series should surpass those before it.  If you were part of this weekend’s audience in seeing the film, there are plenty of scenes that you likely recall with fondness and wonder if others shared in your excitement for these scenes. Well, here is your chance to relive and even debate some of the finest moments in Captain America: Civil War. (more…)

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Goth kids have never had pop culture cater to them in the way it did back in the 90s.  With music, The Cure’s Wish and Wild Mood Swings were “must-haves”, Marilyn Manson came forth as the self-proclaimed Antichrist, and Nine Inch Nails was teaching teens to be Broken in their Pretty Little Hate Machine while falling through The Downward Spiral.  Movies were just as wonderful, with The Crow, Interview with a Vampire, Natural Born Killers, even Spawn (ok, that one wasn’t all that wonderful but, man, that soundtrack) to name but a few.  During these glory days of black velvet and clove cigarettes, there was one movie to which these wonderful teenage goth fashionistas could not only relate, but that actually connected with them in a way unlike any movie before.  That movie was 1996’s The Craft.  Those glory days are long gone but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from mining that wonderful time to milk it for more cash. While The Crow reboot continues to backslide into (hopefully) nothingness, The Craft reboot is still moving full steam ahead. That’s the bad news. The good news?  Turns out, that reboot is actually more of a sequel than a reimagining of the film and according to an interview with HitFix, it seems that producer Douglas Wick may be on the right track. (more…)

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99% of the time, when there is Ryan Reynolds or Deadpool related news, readers are in for at least a chuckle. Today, however, it is a bit different.  Earlier this week, 13 year old Connor McGrath, a Deadpool fan who also happened to be the first person to see the film, passed away after a brave, fierce battle with cancer.  Reynolds met the young man thanks to the always amazing Make-A-Wish Foundation.  From the heartfelt tribute Reynolds posted to his Facebook page last night, it seems that meeting Connor was just as special to the star as it was to the young Canadian. (more…)