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When the first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hit the web, a new surge of hope for the franchise swept the nation. Even some of the most dedicated members of the Micahel-Bay-ruined-my-childhood bandwagon had to admit that the trailer looked pretty promising. While the first film had some white guy in a suit overshadowing the iconic Shredder, this sequel is delivering much more recognizable characters. So far we’ve gotten a peak at Bebop, Rocksteady, Baxter Stockman and Casey Jones. However, there was a lot of initial speculation of whether or not one of the Turtles’ biggest enemies would be included. Would we finally see the live-action debut of Krang? Thankfully, the answer ended up being a resounding “yes,” and we finally got out first look at our favorite talking brain in tonight’s Super Bowl Spot. (more…)

THE JUNGLE BOOK - (L-R) MOWGLI and BAGHEERA. ©2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Jungle Book has not seen a live-action adaptation for at least two decades. Since the original 1994 Disney release, which tried to shed a few shadows into the light-hearted cartoon classic in an attempt to stay true to the source material, the studio has seemed content to leave well enough alone. However, the newest TV trailer for the film that was aired during Superbowl 50 has given us a greater insight into the newest movie and it seems like the studio has chosen to stick closer to its own tradition…



With an audience of literally millions, Hollywood is more than eager to show off all the movies that they’ve got in store for 2016. Tonight’s Super Bowl ads will include previews for hyped-up films like 10 Cloverfield Lane and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Out of all the new trailers making their television debut tonight, one preview is especially anticipated. As the melanistic felines and the untrained equines partake in dubious battle, a whole nother war is just on the horizon. While the former of these conflicts centers around an inflatable piece of leather, the latter involves whether or not superheroes should be registered with the government. It’s the battle of Team Iron Man vs. Team Captain America.   (more…)

Fox’s Superbowl Spot for ‘Deadpool’


The reviews for Deadpool may already be in (check out our review HERE) but that hasn’t stopped FOX from continuing its marketing assault. In what has arguably been the most aggressive, unique, and damn near hilarious marketing campaigns for any movie ever, Deadpool now finds himself on one of the largest stages in the world… Superbowl 50.

The new spot features is laced with some Football humor (naturally) followed by the same movies scenes we’ve already seen a hundred times cut in a different order. But we’re not in it for the footage, hearing Deadpool say absurdities like “I’ve always wanted to be a professional athlete cause I wanted to have children in cities all over the world.” on a national scale is the ticket.  (more…)


EDITORS NOTE: With a movie as unique as Deadpool, its a given-in that it was going to get a polarizing reception. You may have seen Nerd Bastards earlier glowing endorsement of the movie (Review HERE), but now let’s hear an opposing and more critical review. 

The Merc with the Mouth (aka Deadpool) is back. Actually, he was never here, not yet anyway. It just feels that way, a tribute (if “tribute” is the right word) to Deadpool’s genius-level marketing team. Over the last 6-7 months, Team Deadpool has been everywhere, online and off, in strategically released trailers, TV ads, mock-PSAs, and increasingly frequent appearances by star Ryan Reynolds, making a bid to reclaim the big-screen superhero title he lost almost six years ago (the less said about Green Lantern, the better for everyone involved). That’s all to the good – if we define “good” as increasing audience awareness and opening to relatively strong box-office returns – but ultimately Deadpool: The Movie has to stand or fall (or more accurately, fail) on its own apart from audience-friendly marketing, and unfortunately fail Deadpool: The Movie does, sinking under the weight of its fourth wall breaking, meta-joke heavy premise. It’s a premise that proves unsustainable across first-time director Tim Miller nearly two-hour, big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comics’ least likely superhero.  (more…)


Right from the get-go, you can tell… it’s on like competitive ping-pong.

Deadpool found itself in a bit of “controversy” during its PR push when it landed an “R” rating – a rating which the marketing team reveled in, wearing as a badge of honor like a sort of “look how awesome we are, adult fanboys!” type of way.  Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that; since day one, the movie has been priding itself on its “dare to be different” philosophy, which quite frankly is likely the only mantra that could ever work with a film based on a character like Deadpool. (more…)



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ABOVE: Paul Figg’s Ghostbusters is getting its own LEGO set. [NerdApproved(more…)