Profile: Sarah is a recent graduate with a B.A. in films studies; which she uses to impress customers with inane trivia as she sells popcorn at a local, single screen movie theatre. Completely obsessed with tales of the Stars, both Wars and Trek, as well as comic books, especially those featuring the Dark Knight, and video games that she can lose herself in for hours and hours and hours. Writing came to her as a way of release for all the stuff in her head as often Sarah finds herself with more useless knowledge than brain to contain it. You can follow her continual dispelling of nonsense on Twitter, @SarahThisIs.
News that began yesterday as a couple, now deleted, tweets from the film’s Digital Asset Manager Todd Smoyer and Concept Artist Dean Sherriff – screencaps still available at Ain’t It Cool News - Universal Studios has now officially confirmed: Jurassic Park 4 is on hold. The reason? According to sources of Jurassic Park 4 News, the film simply isn’t “epic” enough. This isn’t to say the script isn’t any good, but there’s apparently conflict over the film’s scale. And, were they asking me, which nobody is, I’d say Jurassic Park 4 needs to be big. I mean BIG, something worthy of such a gigantic franchise.
Adding a little credence to the concern Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic Park 4 was lacking in that “epic” quality, here’s Universal’s official press release,
In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.
Eep! “Adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment,” doesn’t sound like they got things right the first time. Jurassic Park 4 was expected to begin production very soon, and was slated for a June 2014 release, a date I can’t imagine they’ll make now.
What say you bastards? Should this delay worry us? Or should we be happy a studio is so concerned with the quality of a franchise’s fourth film?
Not long ago we shared the news of Telltale Games’ second, comic book based game releasing later this year. Based on the Vertigo series, Fables, from Bill Willingham the game, The Wolf Among Us, follows Bigby Wolf on a murder investigation and will serve as a prequel series for the comic. This decision to make the game a prequel allows for it to be accessible for newcomers as well as long time fans.
In the latest issue of Game Informer they preview the game in great detail. Talking not only about the advancements they’ve made with their narrative games since The Walking Dead but what other characters from Fables we’ll meet in the game. For instance, Snow White, readers know her as a love interest of Bigby and in The Wolf Among Us we’ll see that relationship develop. Snow White will also play a role in how choice effects the outcome of the game as the player can choose whether or not to betray her trust.
Here’s a few screenshots they shared,
As you can see it has a very similar style to The Walking Dead, but the character design and colors are more in line with Fables.
If you want to learn all there is to know about The Wolf Among Us, like how the fighting style will differ from The Walking Dead, do go read Game Informer’s article; it is, if anything, very informative. Did you play Telltale’s The Walking Dead? Are you excited for their take on the Fables‘ universe?
Looking to laugh? Well, I hope you’re a fan of Star Trekor like to pick on the franchise mercilessly. Gathered here for your amusement are three videos, all hilarious for their own reasons. First, it’s Spock, Leonard Nimoy, versus Spock, Zachary Quinto in this funny sketch about a bet that’s somehow supposed to be selling Audi’s.
Too funny. My first thought, though? Holy shit, is Nimoy’s hair long! And, I about died when he started singing that Bilbo Baggins song.
No, no yellow jumpsuit, but here’s hoping we’ll see her don April O’Neil’s iconic outfit at some point in the film. From these pictures, courtesy of Screen Crush, there’s not really a whole lot we can learn. It’s Megan Fox, so check one for pretty girl, and she’s dressed for an exercise segment she’s filming for Channel 6 news.
Any thoughts? Other than how much you like Fox in her tight fitting exercise outfit?
Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to open June 6, 2014.
By now, you’ve seen Iron Man 3, right? And you’ve read our review and responded in our talk back thread, right? I damn well hope so. We ain’t posting these things for our health! Okay, maybe we are, because if we didn’t have a place to vent our nerdery we’d likely explode on the spot. But anyway, what did you think of those credit sequences for Iron Man 3? Pretty flashy, right?
Turns out, what we got wasn’t the only option, and since the film’s released alternate beginning and end credit sequences have surfaced. These first two videos featuring alternate end credit sequences were created by Jose Ortiz,
Both very cool looking, but I’m ultimately happier with the end credit sequence they chose. Would you agree? Hit the jump for two alternate title sequences.
Iron Man 3 kicked off the summer blockbuster season to a rousing start, and the next big movie coming our way is Star Trek Into Darkness. And now it’s coming a day earlier! Originally the official release date was May 17th, but now expect Into Darkness in theatres on May 16th. Of course, this only matters if you hadn’t already planned on seeing Into Darkness on May 15th when the film is releasing in IMAX 3D. And, the film’s still releasing overseas on May 9th so the single day concession isn’t all that radical of a change, but I’m sure a nice surprise to those stateside without an IMAX theatre nearby.
The earliest of Into Darkness reviews have been mostly positive, with many praising J.J. Abrams for again giving us a Star Trek film that pleases new audiences and the most die hard of fans. In the latest Star Trek Magazine Abrams discusses his approach,
I think certainly [producers] Bob [Orci], Damon [Lindelof] and Alex [Kurtzman] are in tune with what the fans are saying and what they want. While I am as well, I feel like those guys are more wired, or wireless, than I am. I feel like anecdotally I hear what certain people are saying. I came to this [franchise] as more of an outsider. I entered this world really intrigued by it, but not really a pre-existing fan. … While people were [suggesting] things, none of that really mattered much to me, because I felt I was coming from the point of the moviegoer who just wants to be entertained, understand, and care about the world and the characters. I will say nothing matters more to us than the fans, and making sure they are getting something they love. But having said that, we can’t make a movie for pre-existing Star Trek fans, we have to make a movie for moviegoers, and if you happen to be a Star Trek fan, you’ll benefit because we are looking out for you, and we respect what you are bringing to the film.
2009′s Star Trek nailed that balance, and I’m hopeful Into Darkness does the same. Which brings us to Into Darkness‘ villain, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and whether or not he’s a reference to a classicTrek villain as it was originally hinted,
We needed someone who would get under their skin, and challenge them in a way they could have never survived when they first came together. We always knew it was going to be more of an extreme story, pushing limits dramatically and emotionally. There would be more questions of who to trust, and of manipulation and difficulty, rather than just a raving, lunatic Romulan [as in the 2009 Trek]. We were going to have someone who could push the buttons of the crew, and test the mettle of their relationships. So we always knew we would go darker, deeper, and really see what it’s like for these people to experience that, and can they get through that gauntlet alive. … And ultimately, because of the story of Benedict’s character, Kirk ends up being challenged in a way that is very specific to his story. I think it ends up being something that does push Kirk to a place he’s never been before.
Cumberbatch’s performance has also been getting nothing but praise. I’m so excited to see what he’s brought to the villain, beyond all those teasers, and no matter who he’s really playing.
More Star Trek below the cut, like seven minutes of behind-the-scenes B-roll footage and another clip.
This B-roll footage is a nice treat, especially considering the film hasn’t even released yet, but I’d say those extremely wary of spoilers should avoid
And lastly, here’s another clip. It’s short and funny, and it’s good to see they haven’t dropped the humor in favor of more action.
Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 15 in IMAX 3D and in every other format, now, on May 16th.
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
Above: TARDIS dresses are a dime a dozen these days. You can’t attend a con without seeing one, but this TARDIS console design from Kirsty Delwig is a real stand out. Everything’s perfect, from the TARDIS jacket to light up center column gown. [The Mary Sue]
Over the weekend nerds across the globe celebrated Star Wars Day on May 4th (as well as Free Comic Book Day) and many, I’m sure, marathoned either all six or only the original three of the trilogy. But, did your screening of Return of the Jedi include a special appearance by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill? I’m gonna go with no. Hamill surprised fans attending a special screening of Jedi at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood; the very theatre where the filmed premiered in 1983. Unsurprisingly, when Hamill answered questions from the audience the topic of Episode VII was broached.
Ain’t It Cool News was on hand and they’ve given an excellent rundown of the Q&A. First of all, he doesn’t know any specifics about Episode VII, but he shared he has had one meeting with Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, and they both agreed the new trilogy should have, “a more balanced approach to the effects,” meaning both CGI and practical effects. And apparently, this has also already been discussed with George Lucas.
Part of me is cautious, saying ‘let well enough alone, let everyone keep their nice memories if they have nice memories and don’t try to go back and do it again.’ But the other side of me, the adventerous side, thinks ‘If everyone’s in, how could I miss this?’
I’m one of you, I feel like you’re one of us. I’ll be in there fighting and trying to be as honest as I can be about what I think it is made these movies so special in the first place. It always starts with the script and that’s why I’m so encouraged by Michael Arndt‘s involvement because I respect his writing so much. He’s a big fan of these movies, so hopefully we can make something that doesn’t make everyone want to find us, cut off our heads and throw it right in our faces.
Hamill also confirmed Carrie Fisher is 100% involved, and that he’s heard Harrison Ford has signed on, too, but hasn’t spoken to him personally about it. He hasn’t yet met with J.J. Abrams, so technically, Hamill involvement isn’t set is stone, but I imagine it’s all but guaranteed. Speaking of what he’d like to see his involvement be Hamill said, “I want it to be age appropriate, so heavy on the Jedi mind tricks and lighten up on the lightsaber duels. Let the kids do the heavily lifting!” Which matches what most of us figured we’d get, Hamill filling that Ben Kenobi role.
AICN reports on a lot more, including Hamill discussing how Lucas had originally intended the saga to be 12 films, what he thinks of Jedi - “Really? A second Death Star? Really? That’s the plot?” – and his issues with Boba Fett’s exit from the series. Definitely worth your time checking out.
At this point, I feel confidant we’re going to see all three – Luke, Leia, and Han – appear in the Episode VII in some capacity. If they can manage to tone down the excessive CGI and include more practical effects I believe this trilogy will be the one to mend those wounds opened by the prequels. Though, I’m still leery about their plans for a new Star Wars film every year. What are you guys thinking?
We were all but positive Zoe Saldana would be cast as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, and she’s officially moved from being “in talks” to confirming her involvement. “I’m going to be green!” she exclaimed in the first of these two Star Trek press videos, and had only praise for director James Gunn, adding, “I just met James Gunn in person this week and I think that he’s the best director to be making this film.“
In this next video Saldana goes over much of the same info as the first, but she does confirm Gamora will be realized not through motion capture but by her getting the green makeup treatment. Woo-hoo! Practical effects FTW!
Guardians of the Galaxy is expected to released August 1st, 2014. Are you happy with Saldana as Gamora? What do you think her make-up will look like?
While many of us are still coping with the cancellation of Futurama, for the second time in our lives, there’s still lots to look forward to in the coming season. Futurama returns on June 19th with 12 more episodes, and in the second to last episode Game of Thrones‘ own Mother of Dragons, Emilie Clarke is guest-starring!
Her role will be as a flower stand owner with no sense of smell who falls in love with Dr. Zoidberg. Yes, after years of disaster in love – or really any kind of relationship – Zoidberg finally catches a break. Executive producer David X. Cohen puts it like this,
She falls in love with Dr. Zoidberg — the smelliest character on Earth in the future — but she can’t smell him, so it’s a match made in heaven. However, being a doctor, he has the opportunity to perform a nose transplant and give her a sense of smell, which would destroy their romance, so it’s a big dilemma.
A dilemma indeed! Come on, give Zoidberg his happy ending before the series ends Sept. 4th!
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