Ernie Hudson Joins ‘Once Upon A Time’ Cast As The King of The Sea

- 12-20-14TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Who’s ABC‘s Once Upon A Time gonna call? Ernie Hudson, that’s who! Word is making the Internet rounds that Ghostbusters alum Ernie Hudson will be joining the cast of our favorite Fairy Tale television show in season four and make his first appearance in episode 15, Enter the Dragon. What role will he be playing? (more…)

Nerdy Bits: Gingerbread Enterprise, Batman Undies, Megatron Hates Selfies, LOTR Mythology Explained, And MOAR!!!

- 12-20-14Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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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. Every Wednesday and Saturday (mid week/end of week) 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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

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Peter Jackson Thinks Hollywood Relies Too Much On Technology… Wait… Huh?

- 12-20-14Books, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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The final installment of the Hobbit trilogyThe Battle of the Five Armies, has finally hit the U.S. theaters, and Peter Jackson has been doing the rounds to promote the movie, however, that’s not all he’s been talking about. It’s no secret that The Hobbit movies have received their fair share of criticism for myriad reasons; but one of the most ubiquitous critiques, has been Jackson‘s heavy reliance on CGI effects, as opposed to the practical effects that he used in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, coming off the back of these criticisms, Jackson has been ruffling feathers in the contemporary movie-making world with his critique on the state of the industry today; the Hollywood zeitgeist if you like, and it’s all rather dumbfounding indeed. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ – Entertaining But Empty

- 12-20-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens where The Desolation of Smaug left off, as the powerful dragon of the Lonely Mountain (still voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) descends on Lake-town for payback. To say that Peter Jackson captures the full horror and insanity of a dragon attack on a compact and inclosed area is something of an understatement, and you practically feel the pain and panic as Smaug’s attack lights up the entire town in seconds and doesn’t let up. But then, Bard (Luke Evans) heroically slays the dragon using the final black arrow, and Smaug is defeated. Ten minutes into the movie.

Pacing has always been a problem for The Hobbit movies, as you can well imagine if you’re creating an expansive seven-and-a-half hour movie trilogy based on a single 300-page book and some supplementary material. The previous film ended with a powerful “Oh $#!%” moment went Smaug leaves Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in the mountain to attack the people of Lake-town in retaliation for them giving aid to the Company of 13 Dwarves and their quest to take back Erebor. Dramatically, it was sound, but to use a comparison to The Lord of the Rings it would be as if The Two Towers were to end right before Aragorn and the others at Helms Deep ride out to meet the Orcs in battle for a last stand. It’s evidence of the fact that while Jackson has grown to handle well the overwhelming technical demands of the project, he’s lost sight of the best way to tell the story he wants to tell. (more…)

So, How About That Sony Leak, Huh?

- 12-19-14Featured, Film, Internet, Nerd Culture Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Unless you have been actively avoiding the internet, television, news, and gossip from your best friends, you are very aware of the recent attack on Sony that resulted in the leaking of thousands of personal emails written and/or received by Sony staff, personal information (including social security numbers and birthdays) of current and past Sony employees, and even the early release of some of Sony’s upcoming movies, including the highly anticipated musical, Annie.  Amid the thousands of emails, various outlets have discovered some pretty damning conversations between some of the higher ups that are borderline racist (at best), disrespectful to the talent that brings in Sony’s revenue, and even conversations criticizing Sony’s own animation unit.  Now, after bowing to the hackers’ demands that Sony cancel the release of the upcoming Seth Rogan/James Franco starrer, The Interview, the public has to wonder: How can Sony survive this attack? (more…)

Rumor: Warners Looking to Frankenstein a ‘Wonder Woman’ Script from 6 Contenders

- 12-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So the amount of faith invested in Warner Bros.’ handling of its DC Comics properties can be measured in a thimble, but that’s not to say there’s no hope at all. As Warners gambles on Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice to establish its own expansive and interconnected universe in one ambitious movie, they also have several follow up projects scheduled for release in 2016 and beyond. One of them, of course, is Wonder Woman, who, as we already know, appears in Batman V. Superman. The solo Wonder Woman film based on the comic about the powerful Amazonian warrior now has a star (Gal Gadot), a director (Michelle MacLaren), and a release date (June 2017), but what it still lacks is a script. Good thing then that the studio is reportedly working on six of them. (more…)

HOT TOYS! Get Yer Incredibly Accurate Hot Toys ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Toys Here!

- 12-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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We all know that some of the worst movie spoilers end up coming from the very toys that movie ‘s producers are hoping will sell like crazy. This time around, while we are seeing the new and improved Avengers Age of Utron uniforms, there’s nothing that we haven’t seen in the trailer. It’s just a much closer look.

Hot Toys recently revealed its incredible new line of Avengers: Age of Ultron figures at the Toy Soul Convention in Hong Kong. These toys might set you back a pretty penny, but the detail is beyond incredible verging on incredi-balls. Yes, I went there, you might not agree, but once you’ve laid your eyes on these your collector’s soul is going to start beating very fast. (more…)

Official Art And Set Photos Reveal Arya Stark’s New Look In 5th Season Of ‘Game of Thrones’

- 12-19-14Books, TV Posted by Derek Robertson

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Arya Stark has been spending most of the past few seasons on Game of Thrones on the run inboynito. Ever since fleeing the capital with the help of Yoren (Night’s Watch recruiter), by chopping her locks and disguising her as an orphan boy named “Arry,” she has been trying to make it home every since. Bumping into all sorts of trouble along the way including; Ser Gregor Clegane (becoming a cup bearer for Tywin Lannister), Brotherhood Without Banners, and Sandor Clegane, Arya eventually finds herself filling the shoes of her fake persona – becoming a hardened, brutal killer, doing what is necessary in order to survive. Throughout this whole period, Arya and Clegane become scavengers, and they aren’t exactly the cleanest of people travelling across Westeros. Futhermore, we are left at the end of Season 4 with Arya leaving an injured Clegane and aboarding a ship for that’s heading towards Braavos, and that only means one thing folks! (more…)