Top 10 Nerdiest Films of 2011

- 12-29-11Featured, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Silent movies? Sexual addicts? Marilyn Monroe? Yeah right. As well all know, real movies are about intelligent apes, alien monsters, movie making kids, and psycho church groups. At least, that was the stand of Nerd Bastards as we compiled our Top 10 list of the Nerdiest Films of 2011.

Like all Top 10 Best Of… Lists our picks are completely subjective, so if you disagree, feel free to post your comments below. I’d like to say keep it clean, but, you know… “Nerd Bastards” and all.

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Before Halloween, Mark Women of Wonder Day

- 10-27-11Comics, Cool Stuff Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Sure, October 30th maybe Devil’s Night, but during the day why not contribute in a positive way by marking Women of Wonder Day, an annual fundraising event designed to support charities and local organizations that benefit victims of domestic abuse.

Originally called “Wonder Woman Day,” the fundraiser was started by author Andy Mangels, who’s not only a big fan of DC’s resident Amazon warrior princess, but owns what’s reputed to be one of the largest collections of Wonder Woman memorabilia in the U.S. Since the first Wonder Woman Day in 2006, organizers have raised over $100,000 for charity by auctioning off original artwork and collectibles, autograph signings and other local activities.

For the first time this year, the festivities are extending beyond Portland to Flemington, New Jersey and San Antonio, Texas.

The Portland event will take place at Excalibur Books and feature appearances by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Joëlle Jones, Cat Ferris, and many more. Plus, there will be an auction including a chance to be written into a comic by Brian Michael Bendis. At Comic Fusion in Flemington, Neil Vokes, Jamal Igle and JK Woodward will be in attendance and art by Adam Hughes, David Mack and Ethan Van Sciver will be auctioned off. Meanwhile in San Antonio, attendees can meet Ben Dunn, Matt Frank and Nick Pitarra and bid on artwork by Charlie Adlard, Doug Mahnke, Humberto Ramos.

Intrigued? Get more info on Women of Wonder Day at the event’s website, and if you can’t make it to one of the events in person, you can bid on some original art in an eBay auction. Check out some samples below.

Source: Comics Alliance

New Images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two

- 04-17-11Film Posted by David Manly

I must admit that I really do enjoy the Harry Potter novels. They are just fun to read by people of all ages, whether your are 4 or 94.

The movies, on the other hand, are very much hit and miss. Some of them have been done extremely well (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I’m looking at you) while others have glossed over too many things in their quest to fill a two hour movie (*ahem* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince).

But, the film released last year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One exceeded my expectations, and was a return to form for the series. It was an extremely well-done adaptation of the book, and despite a few criticisms, was rather good.

I’m very excited for the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise, which comes out on July 15, 2011 starring Daniel RadcliffeEmma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Ralph Fiennes.

Below are a few pictures showcasing some extremely important scenes from the film from Entertainment Weekly.

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A Preview Of This Week’s New York ToyFair (I’m Like A Kid In Some Kind Of Store)

- 02-14-11Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, TV, Videogames Posted by NickBungay

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Happy Valentine’s day, while you’re getting chocolate and flowers ready for your partner New York is in full swing of the sweetest toy convention on the planet. The New York Toy Fair showcases the upcoming figures of the latest movies, games or television, as well as the latest in plush and vinyl creations. A four day convention running from the 13th-17th of February in a 350,000 Square Feet building filled with toys . With all these wonderful toys stretched from wall to wall what exactly is going to be there? Spend a few minutes here with us at Nerdbastards and we’ll show you a good time showing off a few of Toy Fair’s 2011 goodies. Just don’t expect a kiss at the end of this date, the most you’re getting is a friendly handshake.

Luke Gallagher, site editor-in-chief will be down on the show room floor today checking out all cool toys that are set for release later this year. He should have a full report on Tuesday. However, over the weekend the interwebs were spreading the Toy Fair gospel and revealing some pretty sweet toys. Action figures for The Walking Dead, Thor, Captain America, G.I. Joe, Star Wars and Transformers have blasted their plastic faces across the net. HIT THE JUMP to check out what’s been revealed thus far. Start dusting off those shelves.

hope you’re scroll happy because there is a lot to take in. A lot!

special thanks to fellow nerd sites Comics Alliance, geektyrant, bleedingcool and Kotaku for doing all the dirty work.

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Mortal Kombat IX Preview

- 02-10-11Videogames Posted by David Manly

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Mortal Kombat holds a very special place in gamers hearts, and I am no exception.

I played the original Mortal Kombat games on my Sega Genesis almost obsessively, had my favorite characters, and even my favorite fatalities. But then, the franchise slowly moved away from that hard-core fighting mechanic and I lost interest.

However, the upcoming new Mortal Kombat game (number nine), is a return to form on the PS3 and XBox 360 to be released on April 19, 2011. All the characters are rendered in 3D, but the levels and movements are 2D. And not only that, but many favorite characters are returning including Jax, Johnny Cage, Kano, Kung Lao, Reptile, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and more!

And the story, of which Mortal Kombat is not best known for, actually seems pretty interesting:

The story begins with Raiden, just when he is about to be killed by Shao Kahn in the events that happen after Armageddon. In a last effort, he sends a message to himself in the past, in the era of “Mortal Kombat”, the first game. The rest of the story follows that Raiden’s past and shows him trying to understand the visions and messages he gets from himself in the future and trying to prevent the events that lead to destruction of all realities.

Below the jump, we have two videos for you! The first is a montage of various fights, and the second is an older video that showcases a few matches and fatalities. Enjoy!

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Marvel Unleases Fear Itself

- 12-21-10Comics Posted by David Manly

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We finally have some new information regarding the next Marvel Comics big event, entitled: Fear Itself!

Earlier today, Marvel held a press conference detailing a little bit more about the upcoming big event, which will be written by Matt Fraction with pencils by Stuart Immonen, and is currently slated to hit in April and run seven issues.

The conference, held by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, opened with him describing the current state of fear we are all exposed to:

All you need to do really is turn on a TV, a computer, a radio, and you’re sure to find a pundit, a politician, a prophet out there ready to tell you what you should be afraid of, who’s responsible and why you should be afraid of them. It’s a world divided. At the end of the day, you’ve got to ask yourself who should you trust? Who do you trust? 24 hour news cycles, weather change, WikiLeaks, depression, recession, bailouts, bankers … From World War II to Apollo 11 to September 11; the events that shaped our world have shaped the Marvel Universe

The true nature of the event is still being kept under wraps, but Quesada added, rather mysteriously, “Who will be the eight most worthy on the planet?”
Who indeed …

At the end of the conference, writer Matt Fraction spoke and said that this will be the biggest story Marvel has told, and that fans should expect an “extinction-grade threat.”

Everyone is afraid of something right now … the Marvel heroes versus the god of Fear. The more you fear him, the stronger he gets.

Perhaps this is a reference to Phobos (the god of fear and son of Aries, the god of war), and that he finally goes off his rocker? Stay tuned and find out!

According to IGN, Vice President and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort stated that Fear Itself will be comparable to Civil War in its scope, but more akin to Secret Invasion in the way they handle the tie-in series and crossovers. He also confirmed that the seeds for Fear Itself have been planted over the last year, and that readers should have a good time going back to find them all. A central idea of Fear Itself will revolve around a long-hidden event that occurred at some point in the past that, when revealed, will change the way we look at the Marvel heroes.

Fear Itself hits in April 2011, proceeded by a prelude issue written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Scot Eaton.

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Green Lantern Website Powered Up!

- 10-05-10Comics, Film Posted by David Manly

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The official Green Lantern website is now live!

There’s not much to see on the site, other than some green special effects, the Green Lantern logo, and the date, 2011 at the bottom. While some people may think, so what, the important thing is that now that the site is live, content will slowly appear on it.

The film, directed by Martin Campbell, stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan (AKA Green Lantern), Blake Lively (as Jordan’s love interest, Carol Ferris), Peter Sarsgaard (as Hector Hammond, a mad scientist who gains telekenetic and telepathic powers), and Mark Strong (as Sinestro, Jordan’s lantern mentor, but who hides a dark secret).

According to ComicBookMovie.com, the plot of the movie is:

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

 

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