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For years, Disney has had many a tie-in with LucasFilm. Then in 2012 when the Disney bought Star Wars from LucasFilm and announced new movies, it was always assumed Disney would also bring more of the Star Wars Universe to its theme  parks. And more they have brought.  They have such attractions as an updated Star Tours and The Jedi Training Academy stage show. There is also Star Wars Weekends which is an expansion of celebrating the beloved franchise just a little bit more during the summer. Hollywood Studios is transformed into a Star Wars themed park, almost during these weeks. But those are just little Star Wars appetizers for what is to come.  During a D23 Expo in 2015, it was confirmed that a very large expansion would be coming to California’s Disneyland park and Florida’s Hollywood Studios park, and since then there have been updates on what exactly will be included. And now we have another look at the land ahead.  (more…)

Groovy! More Evil Dead Coming To A Tabletop Near You

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Good news for Evil Dead fans out there! For years fans of the Evil Dead franchise have been begging for a fourth Evil Dead movie. What they got instead was a TV series Ash vs Evil Dead which could potentially offer years worth of Ash battling the forces of evil. And the dead. If that wasn’t enough, fans will soon be able to play as Ash and battle those deadites in a new board game published by Space Goat Productions. (more…)

‘Aliens’ Reunion Planned For Comic-Con

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There are only a few sequels that either rival or surpass their original film. Of course, you have Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Godfather II, and The Dark Knight. However, the one that really stands out (and stands the test of time) is James Cameron’s Aliens. The sequel to the space horror film Alien had the right amount of horror, action, and heart. The film upped the ante of its predecessor and managed to be a one of a kind blockbuster. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since the original came out in 1986. Audiences still can’t get enough of this film, and it looks like we’ll be in for a treat at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

It has been confirmed that the original cast of the film will reunite this year at Hall H of Comic-Con. In addition to director Cameron and Sigourney Weaver, the bands getting back together! Included in the panel will be Bill Paxton, Gale Anne Hurd, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, and Carrie Henn (now all grown up). No word if Weaver will be discussing the much rumored and anticipated Neill Blomkamp direct sequel to Aliens, which hopes to remove Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from canon and our collective memory.

Cameron although busy with up to four sequels for his Avatar franchise, still is very fond of Aliens, as he feels it’s the film that really put him on the map.

“You know, it’s interesting. I don’t normally pursue these kind of nostalgia moments like we’re going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn’t do it much at all for Terminator on its 30th, but there’s something about Aliens. It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations.”

Weaver recently attended a screening and Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse where she and fans got to relive the magic.

“One of my great moments in … life, frankly, was by the time we got to that line, the whole audience yelled it with Ripley,”

We all know what line she’s talking about!

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Twentieth Century Fox will also be releasing a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray and Digital release of the film this fall. The first 250 fans who pre-order at Comic-Con will get a lithograph image of Ripley fighting the Alien Queen. The Blue Ray will include the original theatrical edition as well as the special edition of the film, commentary tracks, and deleted/extended scenes. Also included in the box set will be collectible art cards as well as concept art sketches by director Cameron.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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Most people can agree that Steve Rogers, Captain America is the poster child for America and what it represents as a country. This is apparent in that his nature is one of justice, freedom and humanity. The comic book character is a very commendable symbol of the US and its values. Since Captain America will be celebrating his 75th birthday, this year, Marvel has something big to commemorate him. A towering, bronze statue has been put together for this event. It is said that it will debut at the San Diego Comic Con later this month and it will eventually take its home in the city of Brooklyn, New York. (more…)

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Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom-based art that’s hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump.

Above: A photorealistic look at video games from Hamilton Young Ward. He’s taken screen shots from GTA V and Fallout IV and turned them into works of art like the one here. (more…)

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Toys, toys, toys! You want em’, we got em’! Well… we don’t actually have them but we know some folks that do. For your inner collector, for your affinity for plastic play things, and for your love pop culture treasures, Nerd Bastards.com is here with your weekly dose of brand spankin’ new toys/collectibles rounded up in this here feature we like to call “From The Toy Vault”. Head on through and get your fill of latest offerings from today’s hottest suppliers. It’s the stuff you want, the things you need, and all the things you really can’t afford to have.

ABOVE: Entertainment Earth unleashed what is sure to be one of their very best exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con. This “Joker in the Box” made specifically to look like Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. Clowns poppin’ outta musical boxes, not so good if you have a fear of clowns. But it beats that dick in the box you got last Christmas.  Entertainment Earth (more…)

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Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom-based art that’s hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump.

Above: Johannesburg artist Prince Mahlangu has the ultimate meet up between Batman, Superman and Frank Underwood of House of Cards. No telling who will come out alive after that meeting. (more…)

Avengers and X-men

With the onslaught of superhero films, it’s a great time to be a geek. All of our favorite childhood comic characters are showing up on either the big screen or the small screen. While some are warning about “superhero fatigue,” most of the movie going public is really enjoying all the films that have been coming out in recent years. The only real frustrating aspect of it all is that not every character’s rights are with one specific movie studio. As a result, a single coherent cinematic universe hasn’t been 100% established. The most popular one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which is provided by Marvel Studios. Many of the characters involved in that are associated with the Avengers films as well as the solo titles surrounding those characters. Other characters’ rights are owned by 20th Century Fox which on the rights to characters associated with the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. As a result, it looks like we will never be able to see Wolverine fight The Hulk (even though Wolverine was introduced to the world in a comic book with The Hulk). Looks like that might be about to change, though.

For the most part, Fox has enjoyed their ability to maintain their own cinematic universe separate from Marvel Studios and be able to make a great deal of revenue as a result. Fox had never even considered selling the rights back to Marvel, or even working out some sort of cross promotional film between the two studios. However, recently with the critical and commercial failure of the most recent Fantastic Four film, and the critical failure of X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be changing their tune. Since Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to be in the MCU which allowed Spider-Man to be one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War and the web-slinger will soon have his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. It looks like Fox is revisiting the option to play nice with marvel Studios.

In a recent interview Matt Key, producer of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Key shared some insights that he has been hearing within the industry.

“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”

Sounds like they will soon play in the same sandbox, which could lead to all sorts of new films. If a Sony-type of deal could be worked out, it probably would give Marvel creative control, but Fox would still make a great deal of money. With the postponement of the Inhumans film, and the fact that there are up to 3 planned MCU films that are currently unnamed, perhaps Marvel has already been making plans and one of them could be a film featuring a Fox-related property. Imagine what they could work with if they had the rights to Dr. Doom, The Kree Empire, The Beyonder, and many other characters tied into Fox properties?!? We could get The War of Kings, or even Avengers vs X-Men!!!

Until we actually hear of an actual deal we can simply hope something gets worked out so that we can have a true cinematic universe for all Marvel characters.

Source: ComicBook Movie

Netflix

In the past, the streaming giant Netflix has stated that they would not have an “offline” option for their service. Amazon Prime and Comcast gave their customers the option to download shows/movies from their apps to their smartphones/tablets/PCs for offline viewing at later times. Those worries about maxing out on their bandwidth (or just wanted to watch service in an area without Wi-Fi or 3G) had the option to download and view later for their own convenience. However, Netflix was firmly against such an action in the past. Statements like “It’s never going to happen” came from their director of communications Cliff Edwards in 2014 and “I’m just not sure people are actually that compelled to do that, and that it’s worth providing that level of complexity,” came from their chief product officer Neil Hunt last year. It looks like Netflix has had a change of heart.

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