Celebrities Who Walked The San Diego Comic Con 2014 Floor Incognito

- 07-27-14Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Celebrities don’t always walk the San Diego Comic Con convention floor (for obvious reasons), but when they do, they do so incognito. Trotting around the exhibit floor in disguise, passing unsuspicious fans, some of which even ask to take a photo and being none the wiser. Can you imagine taking some goofy thumbs-up photo with what you thought was a fan like you in cosplay, only to find out later you stood mere inches from greatness. Missing the chance to engage and inquire with a celebrity whose work you’ve loved and been inspired by? Blasted! Either way you’re certainly left with a story to tell.

For SDCC 2014, we reveal Comic Con’s biggest celebrities who dared to dance amongst fans cunningly disguised by a mask. (more…)

What’s Going On With Marvel’s Ant-Man? – Production Loses 3 Cast Members, Including Patrick Wilson

- 07-25-14Cool Stuff, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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It’s the incredible shrinking Ant-Man – just, you know, the wrong kind of shrinking. Seriously, is there a revolving door in the Ant-Man set?

Ever since the unexpected and dumbfounded separation of director Edgar Wright, the Marvel Studios production of Ant-Man continues to be a spectacle in developmental challenges. The ever fluctuant production has now just lost 3 of its stars, including Patrick Wilson. Cue the obligatory “Things aren’t looking good for this movie. I’m sure it’ll turn out ok, but I’ll always wonder what an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie would look like” comment.  (more…)

SDCC14: Could Joaquin Phoenix Be Marvel’s Doctor Strange?

- 07-25-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

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This is hardly the first time the name of Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix (Her, Walk The Line, Gladiator, SpaceCamp…yes, he was the kid in SpaceCamp) has been whispered in conjunction with a comic book film:

Just prior to San Diego Comic-Con 2010, the rumor mill had Phoenix replacing Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Avengers–a role that eventually went to Mark Ruffalo. More recently, there was talk that Warner Bros. was eyeing him for the role of Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but decided to go with Jesse Eisenberg instead.

Today we have an exclusive from The Wrap suggesting that Phoenix’s people are currently in talks regarding the lead role in Doctor Strange–according to “multiple individuals close to the casting”, for whatever that’s worth. Follow me after the jump for more info, and the laundry list of other prospective “Doctors Strange”: (more…)

Josh Brolin IS Thanos, Far As Kevin Feige Is Concerned

- 07-24-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

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Guardians of the Galaxy baddie Thanos may not have the brand recognition of Marvel villains like, say: Doctor Doom, Red Skull, or Loki.

However, if Marvel Studios prez Kevin Feige‘s opinion has any merit, then Thanos easily measures up to his nefarious contemporaries–with actor Josh Brolin giving him life, that is.

Brolin did more than simply voice the supervillain–they also filmed him, as Feige recently explained in an interview with Collider:

We reached out to him and it was one of those things that does not happen all the time, but when it does it’s very nice, where he was totally intrigued. We ran it by [Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn] who loved it, ran it by [Joss Whedon] who loved it because Thanos is in this universe because of Avengers. Then we shot him and recorded for it. We wanted somebody to be more than just the voice. Josh did the performance as well.” 

More from Feige after the jump: (more…)

Bonus Story Packs With Batman: Arkham Knight Pre-Order

- 07-24-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Videogames Posted by Aspry Jones

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This Fall, Batman will again be the talk outside of Gotham when his new Kevin Conroy-voiced game debuts. Yesterday, GameStop teased a playable story within Batman: Arkham Knight, but you have to pre-order the game in order to access it. Inside the tweet was a blurred out image (ABOVE) of the character they were featuring. This information comes behind the already announced challenge maps and “story pack” of Harley Quinn‘s playable avatar. The pixelated image could actually pass as Pitfall Harry (how cool would that be??), but the color scheme is completely wrong. It still produced a good amount of fervor over the interwebs, even though you’d have to be a real noob to not know who it was. There aren’t too many Bat-friends wearing red things on their heads. (more…)

SDCC14: Preview Night in Pictures

- 07-24-14Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Sarah Moran

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San Diego Comic-Con has descended on the Gaslamp District of this bustling West Coast town like an invasion. It may have only been Preview Night – the official kickoff of Comic-Con – but still the crowds were large and unruly. Yet, through it all our embedded reporters managed to grab a look at the sights on the show floor.

ABOVE: A great find at the Hot Wheels booth was Darth Vader’s infamous helmet morphed into the sweetest ride a Sith could ever want. (more…)

Nerdy Bits [SDCC Edition]: Hot Toys Marty McFly, Life-Size TMNT Pizza Tank, Arkham Knight Motorcycle Jacket, Fillion and Hardwick Say Things, And MOAR!!!

- 07-23-14Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Welcome to a very special edition of Nerdy Bits. Normally, this daily feature is a collection of various nerdy goodies from around the web – cool stuff that has slipped through the cracks or aren’t quite substantial enough on their own. Since the nerd world is transfixed on San Diego Comic Con this week (Brace yourself, it’s all you’ll be hearing about for the next few days), we thought it befitting to allocate this column to all the swag and other neat con items that might otherwise be overlooked. Nerdy Bits will return as usual next Monday. Until then, enjoy this Nerdy Bits – Comic Con Edition, with more to follow.

ABOVE: Hot Toys Back to the Future 1/6th scale figure is coming. It’s about time (no pun intended) BTTF is getting the upscale figure treatment. It was its density, er I mean, destiny. In any case, your wallet is sure to say “Whoa Doc, this is heavy”. [Hot Toys] (more…)

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Ready To Disembark In 2017

- 07-23-14Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

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In just about 3 years, another film in the POTC franchise will take what it can–which, based on history, could be as much as a billion dollars worldwide–and give nothing back, except a reasonably entertaining two hours or so.

Perhaps solely to remind us that they STILL do things other than Star Wars and superheroes, Disney has decided to continue the lucrative franchise with a fifth installment tentatively subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.

As for who will make up this outing’s cast, we have no information as of yet–though all 4 installments have thus far starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, so the return of one or both of them is more or less assured…..and frankly, I don’t see how you could even consider making a POTC film without Depp–but then, I didn’t think they could (or should) make one without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley….More after the jump: (more…)

Nerd Bastards Has Invaded San Diego Comic Con 2014

- 07-23-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Ahoy squirts. Luke Gallagher here, the head honcho of Nerd Bastards.com. Wanting to let you know the time is upon us…San Diego Comic Con International is here. Good god almighty is it here at last!

The mecca in nerd media starts tonight and goes until Sunday 7/27. Being the purveyors of news and entertainment that we are, we wanted to make you aware that Nerd Bastards will be on-point bringing you the latest news and updates – in Movies, Television, Comics, Videos Games, Toys and More – as they come.

We’ve actually sent some bodies into the lions den in the form of Sarah Moran, Shawn Schillberg and Manny Lozano. These NB staffers will be on site to provide you first hand recounts, recaps, descriptions, photos and other updates as they make their way through the con floor and brace panel after panel. Assisting them is our at home staff – myself included – who will keep eyes peeled and be covering content remotely.

It’s going to be a media mayhem, a storm of stories, a colossal collection of content. And, Nerd Bastards will be there for you through it all.

Want to stay abreast of best Comic Con coverage around? Check out our SDCC 2014 page ( http://nerdbastards.com/tag/SDCC14/). You can also follow us on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook. We’ll be live Tweeting many of the panels and posting other pundit musings that you surely won’t want to miss #SDCCNB.

Onwards and upwards to another great Comic Con year! Tally Ho!

 

Will RDJ Return For ‘Iron Man 4′? How Much is it Worth to Marvel/Disney?

- 07-23-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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For a while it had seemed doubtful that Robert Downey Jr. would don Tony Stark’s “high-tech prosthesis” after the completion of Avengers 3, and he has made it clear that he knows Iron Man will go on long after he retires to the private island he will likely buy with the piles of money he made playing the character.

So what’s changed? Well, mostly it seems to be the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has established that a certain character who was used as a cover for a certain Aldrich Killian is most CERTAINLY real. I refer, of course, to The Mandarin. The REAL Mandarin, not the masquerade performed by Trevor Slattery. Apparently, ever since Marvel’s short film All Hail The King hinted at the possibility of The Mandarin’s existence, there has been serious interest in a fourth installment in the Iron Man franchise.

The only real question has been whether or not RDJ will reprise the title role. And it seems THAT depends upon the depth of Disney’s pockets. More after the ever-popular jump: (more…)