When you think of Tarzan, you naturally think of aliens, right? No… you don’t? “There ain’t no martians in Tarzan” you say? Well you’re right, I checked. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale of a boy raised by apes never featured any other worldly elements – well other than the fact that Tarzan was always mysteriously clean shaven. You’d think living in the jungle he’d have some big ol’ “Duck Dynasty” style beard. But I digress…
So if monsters from outer space are absent from Tarzan, then why the fuck is this upcoming CGI project featuring alien tech as its big plot twist? Check out the trailer below and be baffled just like the rest of us.
There was once this thing called Aliens and for a while, it was good. Then the franchise kind of got ground down by a series of sub par sequels, spin-offs and other things; but often times a franchise’s expanded universe can do things that a movie series can not, like put out a compelling product. This is not a story about one of those, this is a story about the other kind.
The multi-platform game Aliens: Colonial Marines was released earlier this year, and it was a resounding critical bomb. Ranked somewhere between 43 and 48 per cent on Meta Critic, the critical drubbing is owed to several apparent controversies including a tight production schedule and the allegation that the video game maker, Gearbox outsourced a lot of the work to other companies while still collecting their pay checks from Sega.
Now Aliens star Michael Biehn, who lent his voice to the game in order to reprise his role as Cpl Hicks, has added himself to chorus of people talking about where the game went wrong. Here’s what he told Game Informer:
It seemed kind of passionless. I think in movies, television, and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going through the paces. They think that because they have a brand name they’re going to get a hit game or hit movie out of it. That certainly was the situation on [Aliens: Colonial Marines].
I’m pretty sure that’s where a lot of sequels go off the rails, with people thinking that brand recognition alone will guarantee box office success, but the ongoing lesson that people fail to learn is that it doesn’t. Listen to Biehn, people! Listen to Biehn.
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. Monday through Friday 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 email@example.com.
ABOVE: Come to the darkside, we have a Darth Vader beer fridge and vodka fountain. Suck it, rebel scum. [Geekologie]
- 04-19-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
It’s only been a bee in our bonnet for, like, ever, but apparently, someone working on the new film version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtleshas seen the light.
News out of CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week seems to indicate that the powers that be at the studio Paramount, or Michael Bay, or director Jonathan Liebesman have learned their lesson. Paramount debuted a new logo for the movie formally known as Ninja Turtles, and it read, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Hallelujah. The lack of “Teenage” and “Mutant” in the title reinforced both the rumor, and the information culled from the allegedly leaked script of the project, that the Turtles were going to be alien in the flick, and not teenage mutant Earth turtles who learned the martial arts skills from a mutant rat. There’s been a lot of discussion about how awesome/terrible this was going to be depending on the point of view of who is being talked to, but the scale definitely tipped on the side of terrible.
So is this a surprising development? Well, a cast member of the new film said last week that fans shouldn’t believe everything they’ve read on internet, but has that turned out to be the case here? Or maybe the producers heard the screaming and yelling, and decided to clear the table.
What do you think, Bastards? Excited about the film now, or are you still dubious?
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. Monday through Friday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOVE: Cosplayer Riddle salutes the iconic Rocketeer with her feminine take on the character. [Pix and Words]
This super cool N64 controller has been given a NES make-over by designer Zoki64. Check out Nerd Approved for other images and a video!
The gals of the International House of Geek give a tutorial on how to make these nerdy comic book inspired lanterns. Perfect for that romantic Valentine’s Day dinner you’ll be having by yourself in your mom’s basement.
As if coffee could get any better! With this LEGO mug from ThinkGeek, you can build while you drink the nectar of the caffeinated gods! Uh, but I’d be careful not to get too excited by what you’re building. You don’t want to spill your coffee.
This XKCD is actually not new. It came across my Twitter feed today and I felt it needed to be shared, especially because as nerds, we tend to feel like crap about ourselves. So here’s a reminder that you’re wonderful. Aw.
The rest of you mashup artists can just GO HOME because Phil Postma has pwned you all with his superhero/Pixar combos. [Nerd Approved]
TARDIS coasters from ThinkGeek! Whatever, I’m just waiting for someone to make me a wine glass that’s bigger on the inside so that no one knows how much Shiraz I’m imbibing.
The ladies of Team Unicorn are being super teases and only giving us a 30 second look into their new video “For the Win.”
This video game retrospective of Aliens goes all the way back to the 1982 Atari game. Really crazy to see the Commodore 64 graphics, computers have come a long way in just a few decades!
Despite the fact that BlackBerry is a dead company walking, they’re very smart to capitalize on the nerdlove we all have for Neil Gaiman. His “Keep Moving” project was also one of the most beautiful things I saw happen on Twitter last week.
And now, T-Shirts You Gotta Buy…TODAY! (Before they’re gone.)
Don’t forget about our Nerd Bastards’ tees, available at RedBubble!
Aliens fans are probably already aware that the franchise is dropping another video game on us in about a month and a half. This one is called Aliens: Colonial Marines and looks to be a FPS for the most part. And with its upcoming release is a new trailer to entice people into buying and playing the game, of course.
The game is a sequel to the movie Aliens, dealing with events immediately following the film. To emphasize this connection, the new trailer features a warning message from none-other-than Corporal Hicks. But do the marines listen and stay away from the alien-infested planet? Well, it wouldn’t be much of a game if they did, right?
So, without further ado, here is the latest trailer:
Look for Aliens: Colonial Marines to be hitting the shelves at your local game stores come February 13th of next year.
Wanna watch Mickey (Noel Clarke) from Doctor Who fight off a butt-ugly alien/monster in a storage facility? Of course you do!
What sounds like the best episode of Storage Wars ever, is actually a pretty siiiick British horror survival flick titled Storage 24. In it, Noel Clarke and 3 other Londoners face off against a ferocious fugly foe when a military plane crash wreaks havoc in a storage facility.
You can check out the bloody disgusting trailer below:
Sans the Prometheus/Inception “BRMMMM” scream sound, this trailer is a gore lovers dream. Bodies everywhere, and peoples innards being ripped out left and right. Nasty!
One of the things I like most about this trailer is the practical effects, and all of the blood and carnage that goes along with it. CG free monster flicks are few and far between these days, so it’s nice to see true creature effects.
Directed by Johannes Roberts, Storage 24 is available on VOD now, or you can wait until January 11 to catch it in theaters.
An iconic character actor with a flush resume, Lance Henriksen could book work on reputation and his gravelish voice alone, but for the last year and a half, the actor has somehow found a way to continue his hectic career in TV, film, and video games (like Mass Effect 3 and SEGA’s Aliens: Colonial Marines) while also pouring his passions into a new project that he first imagined two decades ago.
That project, To Hell You Ride, is a 5 part comic series from Dark Horse Comics that debuts today (12/12/12). Last week I had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Henriksen about ‘Hell’, how it came to be, and both the chances of a Millennium comic and an update on the potential movie.
What pulled you toward telling this story as a comic? Was it always meant to be a comic or did it start as something else?
Lance Henriksen: It started as a movie that I wrote twenty years ago and the script was lost. I got divorced at one point and the script got thrown away with a lot of the other stuff. You know how that goes… but anyway, when it came up with Mike Richardson down at Comic-Con, he just asked me “would I like to do a comic?” and because [Tom] Mandrake and Sienkiewicz and Eric Powell and all these guys had done drawings for me for my biography, I was aware of comics and I love these guys and I thought “Why not?”
I met Tom Mandrake at one of those conventions and I really liked the guy and he had done a drawing, a pumpkin head, for my biography and it was a great drawing. Then Joe Maddrey and I wrote the book together and worked together before and we all joined forces and Dark Horse agreed that we could work the way that we wanted to, which was staying in real great communication. It wasn’t just us turning in a script and Tom Mandrake drawing it.
What happened was, we decided that we wanted to talk all the time and write from the pencils all the way through to the finished product and we’ve been working on it for a year and a half. We have five issues coming out and three of them are done and we’ve got two more [to do] and by the time the third one comes out and onto the market, the other ones will be finished.
It’s a phenomenal adventure for me, man, because normally films are my thing and the restraint and the drama that has to be so specific in a comic — it’s been a great thing to learn and understand. These guys are talented, Mandrake does such dramatic work, it’s beautiful and it fits perfect with what our mythology is in our story.
Welcome to another ridiculously ridiculous (oh yeah we went there) installment of Ask the Bastards, the weekly feature where you the readers get to ask us, the staff of Nerd Bastards, anything you want about the world of geekdom. This week, we’re talking Star Wars, because at this point it seems like there won’t be a point in the next three years when we’re not talking about Star Wars, but we also make time for some questions about our geeky guilty pleasures, and we try to name the best video game of all time.
Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art. On with the dump!
Now that Sony is finally working on a CG animated Popeye film we’re left to speculate just what Popeye is going to look like, hopefully it’s like this. Created by Lee Romao, this version of Popeye is the furthest thing away from Robin Williams live action film of the early 80s’ and well suited for what Sony should be going with now. Hey Sony, if your reading this, hire the man. [Geek Tyrant]
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