‘Star Wars’ Roundup – Harrison Ford is Healthy, ‘Rebels’ Sneak Peek and… Spoilers?

- 08-29-14Film, TV, Videogames Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Welcome to this week’s barrage of news from the Star Wars front. This time around we’ve got a few announcements, including Harrison Ford’s return, some talking heads discussing the various new Star Wars projects, a sneak peek at one of the new Star Wars: Rebels toys and even a few possible spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VII. Read on for all the details. The spoiler stuff has been placed at the bottom, so fear not that you will tread into uncharted space. (more…)

Karen Gillan Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dressed as…The Pink Ranger (Umm, What?)

- 08-29-14Funny Videos, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Just when you thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fad (a good charitable fad that has served its purpose in raising ALS awareness, but still, a fad) is behind us, Doctor Who and Guardians of The Galaxy star Karen Gillan answered Matt Smith’s Nomination and keeps the awareness and cold water flowing.

Everyone’s favorite red head (her hair is growing back nicely) gets style points for dressing up as the Pink Power Ranger and having the Red Ranger and a little person dressed as the Green Ranger get her wet (no, that was not a sexual innuendo). Why the Power Rangers theme? No clue, it’s not explained. That’s what makes it great. The random absurdity of it. (more…)

Lawsuit Against Bryan Singer Dropped

- 08-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Plenty of fans were ecstatic to witness their favorite X-Men on screen again in this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and rightly so! The movie was a perfect way to reunite the cast of Bryan Singer’s original X-Men series while also maintaining the wonderful cast of the X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class.  Unfortunately, the release of the blockbuster was soiled a bit by accusations of sexual abuse by Singer, the victim being a minor at the time of the alleged abuse.  After a lawsuit was filed against the filmmaker, the future of the X-Men franchise seemed a bit uncertain.  However, it appears that we may see Singer back in that director’s chair for the next X-Men entry, as the lawsuit has been dropped. (more…)

Will the San Diego Comic-Con Leave San Diego?

- 08-29-14Nerd Culture Posted by Jason Tabrys

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The short answer is probably “no”, San Diego Comic-Con won’t tear itself away from its moorings anytime in the near future but a new ruling by the San Diego City Council opens the door for, if nothing else, a bit of hyperbole and instability in the convention’s relationship with San Diego as the city struggles to execute a $520 million expansion to the San Diego Convention Center.

In said decision, the Council chose to not appeal a court ruling that put the kibosh on a new surcharge on hotel guests staying in the city, which would of course effect all travelers to the very popular year-round tourist destination and not just SDCC attendees. The surcharge, which was embraced by hotel owners in the area, would tack on 1-3% of a guest’s room rate onto their bill, adding to the monies collected by other room taxes and fees to make staying in San Diego just a little bit more expensive.

The problem with the surcharge isn’t in its amount, but in the way that it was approved. Apparently, the tax needs to be approved by a popular citywide vote for it to legally take effect.

So, without a way to fund the expansion, what does this mean for SDCC? The most realistic assumption is that the convention center will find another way to fund the construction of the expansion, even if it means putting the surcharge to a public vote. If the expansion doesn’t happen, though, I suppose it is conceivable that the world’s biggest pop culture convention could look to re-locate (maybe Vegas? Maybe they would merge Wonder Con with SDCC and find a huge venue in LA… though I have no idea where) but that would not be an easy separation.

For one thing, moving isn’t as simple as just finding a new “house”. SDCC is massive and there aren’t a lot of venues that could accommodate 200 thousand people over the course of a weekend. there’s also lot of history between the city and the event and a lot of money on the table. SDCC brings in about $180 million every year for the city of San Diego, but while that’s a lot of money, it’s not San Diego’s only draw and the city could live without it. UTSanDiego.com has a great article about SDCC and whether the city’s tourism industry would “thrive” sans the convention and 13 out of 14 local officials, analysts and business representatives all said “yes”.

Remember, while SDCC seems like the beating heart of the nerdverse (even though that might be lessening…) to us, in the real world of dollars and cents, other kinds of conventions can also be a draw and help infuse a city with cash. Fans should remember that when they assume that SDCC will never lose the SD, but while it’s unlikely, it’s certainly not impossible.

 

Source: UTSanDiego, THR

 

Jesse Eisenberg Talks About Creating a “Real Psychology” For Lex Luthor in ‘Batman v Superman’

- 08-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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There are few things that have ever set the internet on fire like the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in WB’s upcoming Batman v. Superman.  The ire expressed by millions was almost painful and a true indication of just how attached some fans are to their vision of the characters that mean so much to them.  After Affleck, the announcement of Jesse Eisenberg landing the role of supervillain Lex Luthor was almost lost in the shuffle for many when, really, this was the news that should have affected fans even more than Affleck’s Batman.  However, some recent remarks Eisenberg made to Total Film may give some credibility to Zack Snyder’s vision of the DC Cinematic Universe moving forward. (more…)

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Poster And Teasers Are Appropriately Disturbing

- 08-29-14TV Posted by Aspry Jones

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Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series ‘American Horror Story’ is unique in that every season is a new tale with new characters, using mostly the same actors. They effectively tackled the ghost story theme in season 1, went batshit crazy in season 2′s insane asylum, and dealt with modern day witches in last year’s ‘Coven.’ Fans of the show were ecstatic to learn this season’s ‘Freak Show’ would have a carnival setting. Obviously Murphy and friends have yet to run out of unsettling ideas. And in true series fashion, the marketing has been pretty spot on. In promotion of their sideshow fright show in 1950′s Jupiter, Florida, the series has released a poster and a few teasers. If the cringe-worthy photo of a girl trapped in a birdcage does it for you, keep going and I’ll show you more freaks. (more…)

FAN EXPO – Images from Day 1: Cosplay, LEGO, and Gaming

- 08-28-14Cosplay, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Whenever Nerd Bastards goes to a con, we don’t just like to highlight the celebrity guests, news items and other things. No! We also like to put the camera on you, the fans. Those of you in costume anyway. So many fans get into an incredible amount of detail with their costumes, fret over the smallest detail and make sacrifices of comfort and mobility, so it’s only right that as we celebrate the culture, we also celebrate those that make the culture possible with their mad nerdiness. On this Thursday of Fan Expo 2014, we found judges, super-people, brains, robots, and something that looks suspiciously like something out of Will Graham’s nightmares. Also, some very impress LEGO sculptures were on display. All that, and MOAR, in this first photo gallery from Toronto’s National Fan Expo! (more…)

FAN EXPO – ‘My Fair Zombie’ an Enjoyable Undead Send-Up

- 08-28-14Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Just when you thought they couldn’t take anything more and turn it into a zombie movie, Canadian filmmaker Brett Kelly proved all the naysayers wrong. As part of the National Fan Expo in Toronto Thursday (and carrying through on till Sunday evening), Kelly’s new film called My Fair Zombie was screened for zombie fans sick and tired of the same old survivalist, post-apocalypse shtick of an undead tale. Although my mother and a generation full of young women who admired Audrey Hepburn would be shocked and appalled, Kelly has taken the 1964 classic and turned into a zom-com-musical with flare. (more…)