Aubrey Plaza to Play Grumpy Cat…Did I %&@*#!$ Stutter?

- 09-18-14Film, Internet, Nerd Culture, TV, WTF? Posted by James Daniels

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As April Ludgate on the cult favorite sitcom Parks and Recreation, and Julie Powers in Edgar Wright‘s 2010 film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Aubrey Plaza has essentially made a name for herself as Nerddom’s bitter, misanthropic sweetheart. She has accomplished the rare feat of combining an acid tongue and dour demeanor with an undeniable, and almost inexplicable appeal.

Sound like anyone the Internet knows?

That’s right: The sour-faced feline actually named Tardar Sauce, but better known by her “stage name”–Grumpy Cat–will star in her own Christmas special on the cable network Lifetime, and Ms. Plaza will provide the online phenomenon’s voice. More after the jump:  (more…)

Comics Icon Stan Lee Spills On Which Marvel Cameo Is His Fave!

- 09-18-14Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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I don’t know how it all started but somehow Stan Lee’s fame increased beyond nerdom and into the mainstream because of his Marvel film cameos. Now…movie cameos aren’t a new thing. Alfred Hitchcock made them popular when he started furtively inserting himself into his own pictures. He’s had a couple speaking parts; other times he’d stroll through so casually that you’d miss him if you blinked. I’m almost positive Stan Lee has spoken in every appearance, and it doesn’t matter if I’m wrong. What matters is which of these cameos is Stan-The-Man’s favorite? That is, it mattered to someone – a big fan of his asked that very question via Twitter and we’ve got the answer! But first, a short video of all Stan’s showings just to rev you up to speed. (more…)

Ryan Reynolds Loved Your Response To The Leaked ‘Deadpool’ Test Footage

- 09-18-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Deadpool is absolutely one of the coolest characters that Marvel has ever put on paper.  The Merc with a Mouth is one of those characters that not only have comic fans in love but is often used by those who are new to comics as a way of testing the superhero waters.  If a reader isn’t able to fall in love with the sarcastic fourth-wall-breaking self-aware character, it may be an indication that Marvel comics may not be the right fit.  Recently, test footage for a potential Deadpool movie was leaked and almost set the internet on fire. Not because it was horrible but because of just how wonderful it was and how badly people would love to see the movie.  Now, the man behind the mouth, Ryan Reynolds, is finally speaking out about the footage. (more…)

‘Star Wars’ Crew Pokes ‘Batman V Superman’ Gang with a Hunka Junk

- 09-18-14Comics, Film, Funny Videos Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Franchise rivalry is nothing new. DC Comics and Marvel have had a long-standing tiff, and even Star Wars and Star Trek have been known to lock horns in the hearts and minds of fans for decades now. But DC and Star Wars? They don’t have a beef with each other, right? Well maybe the franchises don’t, but directors J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder seem to have at least a friendly game of one-upmanship so far as Twitter pranks go. The latest of which is a little surprise that the Star Wars Episode VII crew have for the gang from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. A salute from one hunka junk to another.

The official Bad Robot Twitter feed sent this out earlier today.  (more…)

Zachary Quinto Gives Updates On ‘Heroes Reborn’, ‘Star Trek 3′

- 09-18-14Film, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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While Tim Kring’s 2006 television series Heroes may have left a bad taste in some mouths, one thing that most fans had in common was the love of the characters.  Viewers were genuinely interested in what would happen to Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia); audiences cheered anytime the series focused on Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka); fans truly believed that if Peter saved the cheerleader, Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), he could save the world.  While the good guys were fun to rally behind, there is no doubt that audiences absolutely adored big baddie, Sylar (Zachary Quinto).  The moment a reboot of the series was announced, titled Heroes Reborn, fans wanted to know who would be returning and started crossing their fingers in the hope that their favorite characters would reappear.  Unfortunately, while he played what was undoubtedly one of the most popular roles on the series, Quinto has squashed any hope fans had for the return of the super cool villain. (more…)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest X! – The Most Badass Genre Film Fest on Earth

- 09-18-14Featured, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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This is the best week of the year.

Seriously. If you’ve never been to Fantastic Fest before, start saving now to book your flight to Austin, Texas in 2015. Even if you have no idea what Fantastic Fest is as you’re reading this article, just start monitoring your bank account and scanning Southwest Airlines’ website for cheap flights. Because no other film fest in the world is like this one — a non-stop cortège of badass genre movies, video games, boxing matches, trivia challenges, drunken debauchery and the biggest food fight Texas has ever seen. Where at most other fests you have to parse through a sea of party-hopping star fuckers to find the real film fans, at Fantastic Fest you’re rubbing elbows with the most hardcore sect of cinephiles from the world over every single day. Simply put: if you love movies, this is Nirvana.

In 2014, Fantastic Fest is celebrating its tenth year of existence. To ring in such a grand occasion, the programmers and Alamo Drafthouse Founder/CEO Tim League are sparing no expense. Want to see League verbally spar with Ti West about whether or not found footage is a legitimate sub-genre (before they both don gloves and wail on each other in the ring)? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered. Wondering if the new Kevin Smith horror picture is worth its weight in snoogins? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered. How about a detailed Q&A with longtime film critic Leonard Maltin, moderated by former Drafthouse programmer extraordinaire Zack Carlson and suave Vulcan Video head Bryan Connolly? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered.

Welcome to Fantastic Fest X. To get you started, here are the eleven films we here at Nerd Bastards are most excited for. Not gonna lie, it’s going to be a rough and tumble seven days, but just remember what the fox once said:

“Chaos Reigns” (more…)

A Former ‘Doctor Who’ to Travel Back in Time for ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

- 09-17-14Books, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Just when you thought this project had been buried for good, it comes back from the dead and bites and infect others. So it has happened again. As development on the long-in-the-works adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s cult-favorite spin on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, goes into full gear (again), another cult-figure has stepped up to help make it a reality. A man already well-known for his involvement in another British institution, has stepped into the important, yet not as flashy, role of Mr. Collins in the undead take on Austen’s seminal work. Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith is on his way to 19th century England, this time, to battle zombies and court romance. (more…)

New Higher Quality Batmobile Stills From ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Set!

- 09-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

snyderbatmobileUntil now we’ve had to settle for a few glimpses of the new Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile, some grainy video footage from spectator’s phones along with one or two official production stills from director Zack Snyder. Now thanks to Autoblog we’ve got a gallery of on set stills that truly deliver the magnificence that is the Batmobile. No matter which Batmobile is your favorite, every time a new Batmobile comes out in the comics or movies every fan boy and girl dreams of getting behind the wheel and racing to capture your favorite Batman villain. (more…)

Summer of 2016 is Going to be ‘Strange,’ Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme Gets a Release Date

- 09-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With several release dates between now and 2020 reserved, but actually not very much announced in terms of titles to those films being released, Marvel Studios has now pencilled in a name for the July 8, 2016 release date, a movie that’s been long in the works but was directly hinted at in this past spring’s hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That’s right, tie on your Cloak of Levitation, and shine up your Eye of Agamotto because the Sorcerer Supreme is coming to a theater near you in the Summer of ’16. The time has come for Doctor Stange! (more…)

A God Just Joined ‘Skull Island’

- 09-17-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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2005’s King Kong was brilliant on many levels.  Director Peter Jackson was able to create a world that seemed realistic and beautiful while giving audiences a near perfect monster to rally behind.  Considering the success of the movie, both financially and critically, it was surprising to many that a sequel wasn’t immediately greenlit.  Nine years have passed since Jackson’s new vision of the beast with a huge heart but Legendary Pictures is hoping that audiences will still flock to theaters to see what’s in store for them with the recently announced movie, Skull Island.  Months have passed since the announcement of the movie brought on thunderous applause at San Diego Comic-Con but it looks like things are beginning to move swiftly now.  Thanks to a press release from Legendary, audiences can now begin to get excited for the project with the announcement that Tom Hiddleston will be joining the movie, which will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer). (more…)