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While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected, and we can’t help you fix any past holiday humbuggery, maybe we can help you get this holiday season off to a good start.

For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of  items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved.  Basically,  stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.

We hope you’ll  find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.

Hit the jump for Sarah Moran’s list of Nerdful things. Check back tomorrow for Regina Lizik’s list. To see archive of this feature, click HERE.

As nerds, we like to put a twist on almost everything. Which is why, sure, a frying pan is something every kitchen shouldn’t be without, but frying pans are boring. You need a set of pots and pans with sword hilts! Combat Kitchenware is a Kickstarter campaign and they’re goal has already been surpassed. You can still get a variety of pan sizes through donating either $27 for a handle kit to craft your own up to a $275 donation which would get you a customized handle on your pan.

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With Arrow a sure-fire hit for the CW, it seems that the network is looking to its next superhero crossover hit, a new take on Wonder Woman called Amazon. Not letting themselves be deterred by David E. Kelly‘s recent attempt to make a Wonder Woman show, it seems that the project, this time being overseen by TV writer (Grey’s Anatomy, The OC) and comic book author (Young Avengers, Wonder Woman) Allan Heinberg, is ready and waiting at the casting phase, but with a twist…. (more…)

DC is beginning to slowly build themselves an arsenal of television superheroes, primed for combat against Marvel’s upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. show with Joss Whedon at the helm. Or, at least that’s the superhero ratings battle I’m building up in my mind until these shows hit the air.

So far the only hero DC’s premiering this fall is their green archer on Arrow, but with last week’s announcement the Amazon may again be prime time bound, is their TV team growing? And what are the chances these two heroes could hold a meet ‘n’ greet?

Arrow executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim are excited for the addition of a Wonder Woman television series, thinking it’d make for an epic night of television with Arrow and Amazon back to back. Berlanti said,

If there’s room for a thousand reality shows, hopefully there’s room for a thousand shows like this. My hope is we’re successful enough that we’re all on the air together, that’d be great.

With Guggenheim adding,

It harkens back to the years of my childhood where you had The Six Million Dollar Man and Wonder Woman and all these superhero-like genre shows all on the dial and all you had to do was change the channel. I think there’s totally room for both shows. It would be fun to share a night with them; the CW programs two hours a night and that’d be a pretty kick-ass night of television.

I would welcome a night of back to back DC adventures starring Green Arrow and Wonder Woman, would you? If Amazon is to be a show focusing on a younger Diana it could easily appeal to teens through adults and provide a good lead in for Arrow, which we already expect to be bit more mature and likely then to air later. What d’ya think?

Though, with Arrow being so grounded in reality it seems pretty unlikely Wonder Woman would pop in and make an appearance. To do that their Amazon couldn’t have magically-imbued powers or be so heavily connected to Greek mythology and gods. And if that’s where they take their Wonder Woman, well, I think they’ll be making just as big of a mistake as last year’s infamous attempt at a Wonder Woman show from David E. Kelley.

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke on the crossover potential,

Our show definitely takes place in a much more realistic world. There’s no superpowers, superheroes and aliens. With Wonder Woman, Diana of Themyscira, there are superpowers. I don’t foresee crossovers but one of the great things about superheroes is that they’re constantly being reimagined. There’s the Adam West and Christopher Nolan versions of Batman and one doesn’t obviate the other. The Lynda Carter version was great and now the CW is hopefully developing another wonderful version that will be a nice compliment to Arrow.

With star Stephen Amell adding, “As long as she doesn’t have superpowers, then we’re good!”

I wouldn’t bet on their being an Arrow/Amazon crossover any time soon. For one, Amazon isn’t anywhere near TV screens, and two, my hopes are they’re developing Amazon to be its own show, not to be supplemental to Arrow. What do you guys think? Would you like to see Arrow and Amazon eventually cross their streams?

Arrow premieres 8 pm on October 10, 2012 on the CW.

Source: Screen Rant

While the whole world hasn’t yet read the Harry Potter books, we’ve all at least heard of the  series.  And if you haven’t yet read the books… well, that’s something else entirely.

The seven books of J. K. Rowling‘s magical world owned the top of Amazon’s best seller’s list for quite some time, where we expected it to stay.

It comes as quite a surprise that Suzanne Collins‘ trilogy, The Hunger Games, has actually overtaken our boy wizard in sales – through Amazon, at least.  To do what Rowling managed to do over the course of seven books in only three books and roughly four years is quite astonishing.

Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson told The Wall Street Journal:

Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time.

I knew The Hunger Games was popular, but I had no idea it was that popular.  It certainly hasn’t received the kind of international acclaim Harry Potter has as of yet, and we must remember that Amazon’s numbers are representative of a select market.  Rowling only recently allowed the sale of e-books through Pottermore, and even more recently allowing Amazon to include her series in its lending library.

In any case, it’s a huge accomplishment for Collins and we can probably expect her readership to increase over time.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading them, myself, but I’ll watch the movies.  😉

May the odds be ever in your favor, indeed.

Source: The Mary Sue, Wall Street Journal

The last three people holding out any hope that director Christopher Nolan has put an asterisk on end The Dark Knight Rises as his final Batman film had better (finally) re-evaluate how they see things. Once again, Nolan has said that TDKR is his last outing in Gotham City, and the audiences before which he made this proclamation were the attendees of the Produced By Conference on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City, according to Screenrant.

“Mainly, because I’m superstitious, but I said to my brother [writing-partner Jonathan Nolan] that I didn’t want to save anything,” Nolan explained. “We’re never on a specific trajectory, but I always viewed Bruce Wayne’s story in three parts. I didn’t want to hold anything back. I think you learn so much from the audience. You don’t know what you’ve made until you’ve put it out there.”

Speaking of putting it out there, Warner Music has put out the track listing for Hans Zimmer‘s score of TDKR, according to Coming Soon. Nothing too spoilery, so feel free to look at the list and the cover art below:

  1. A Storm Is Coming (0:37)
  2. On Thin Ice (2:55)
  3. Gotham’s Reckoning (4:08)
  4. Mind If I Cut In? (3:27)
  5. Underground Army (3:12)
  6. Born In Darkness (1:57)
  7. The Fire Rises (5:33)
  8. Nothing Out There (2:51)
  9. Despair (3:14)
  10. Fear Will Find You (3:08)
  11.  Why Do We Fall? (2:03)
  12. Death By Exile (0:23)
  13. Imagine The Fire (7:25)
  14. Necessary Evil (3:16)
  15. Rise (7:11)

 

The disc comes out on July 17, and you can pre-order it from Amazon now.

The other piece of old news from the conference is that Nolan is no fan of digital, and he was rather brutal in his appraisal of Hollywood’s rush to convert. Nolan says that he “didn’t have any interest in being the research department for an electronics company,” and that it feels like “like filmmakers are being encouraged to buy cameras like we are buying iPods.”

Nolan added that the end result of shooting in digital has no appeal to him either. “You really are kind of sitting in your living room now watching moves,” he said, adding that using digital projection, “is reducing most theaters to showing TV commercials.”

But having said all that, Nolan assured the crowd that should digital ever meet his high standards, he’ll be more than happy to give the format a look. “When it is as good as film and makes economic sense, I’d be completely open to it,” he said.

Source: Screenrant and Coming Soon

Amazon Studios has big ambitions to get into the independent movie-making game, attempting to rival Netflix and get a piece of the money to be had.  Of the 16 different projects that they currently have going, one in particular stands out as having the potential to be one of the best, or perhaps worst of the lot.  It is called Zombies vs. Gladiators and it’s about… well, zombies fighting Roman gladiators.

At first glance this sounds like something that you’d see popping up as a target for Rifftrax.  At second glance, however, you’ll find that famous horror icon Clive Barker has attached his name to the project in the form of a rewrite on the script.  Is this just an attempt to make the movie marketable?  Let’s examine the facts, shall we?

Here’s a brief release on the general plot of the film:

…a shaman about to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that rouses history’s first wave of zombies. It’s up to a gladiator to stop the spread of the zombie horde and save Rome.

Okay, still sounding like a big, fat turkey.  Let’s hear what Mr. Barker has to say about the project:

I’m excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads.  One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element – the living dead. My brief to myself on this project is to give the audience not only zombies they have never seen before but also a Rome they have never seen before.

From the way he describes it, the movie starts to sound a little tasty.  The potential for a stylistic film filled with Barker’s classic horror elements is there.  But the third and final test – will Amazon simply take his rewrite and then do whatever they feel is going to sell rather than stick to what the author produces?  Will what can be a unique and interesting concept be mired down in production and directorial decisions that defy common sense and good taste?

Here’s a hopeful statement from Barker on that note:

Amazon Studios offered up the dream ticket with this project. In twenty five years of working in this town, I’ve rarely had people listen to what I had to say as closely and as carefully as they did and then simply give me the freedom to go do it.

Well, the movie is passing the tests, at least in theory.  Unfortunately, other than the name and the blurbs, little else in known about the project.  Rumors put Barker as director, though these are unconfirmed.  Still, Zombies vs. Gladiators has the potential to be either one cool cult classic or a huge pile of grade-B cinematic vomit.

Keep your fingers crossed, Nerdreaders, and check back for more breaking developments from The Bastards.

 

Thanks to The Mary Sue and Chicago Tribune for the info. on this one.

Get ready to watch your wallet magically disappear from you pocket, thanks to Amazon and their Harry Potter Wizards Collection.

As of right now, Amazon is taking pre-orders for the special 31-disk edition, containing all eight films in the series and more extras then you can shack your wand at. According to the retail price you’ll be spending up to $499.99, but you can now pre-order for a slightly less obscene $349.99.

Here’s a small series of shots from Amazon. There’s also a video by way of JoBlo.

Source: /Film

If you couldn’t figure this one out from the title, don’t read the following article if you’d like to remain unspoiled about the rest of The Walking Dead season two. Seriously.

Okay, this is a rumor most fans have been convinced of for some time. If you’ve read the comic you’ve been patiently waiting for this to happen. Hell, even if you’ve only been following AMC‘s television show I’m sure you’ll be excited by the news.

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With the release of the new Kindle Fire, a full color e-reader, also came the announcement DC would be offering many of their graphic novels digitally, exclusively through Amazon. Well, this news royally pissed off the mighty B&N, Barnes and Noble, one of the few brick and mortar bookstores still hanging on. B&N attempted reach DC to express their hurt feelings over the announcement and maybe see if DC would agree to including the Nook in on this sweet, digital deal. DC said no.

To which B&N was all like, well, fuck you. We’re no longer carrying your books, and then ordered their stores to pull all DC books that would be available digitally on the Kindle Fire from the shelves. This includes Watchmen, Sandman, Fables, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Ouch. These books can still be found on Barne and Noble’s website, but according to the rage-filled email, they are not allowed on B&N store premises.

It’s sad to see these exclusive deals cause hardship for one of the few book stores left operating, but come on, the small comic book store has been suffering for years. I don’t want to admit it, ’cause I still love holding a real, tangible book in my hands, but digital is the way of the future. This is simply another example of companies like DC thinking strategically about the future of their business.

What d’ya think about the book bruhaha? Has B&N made a dumb move banning DC books from their stores? Should they be looking to score their own deals with other publishers or should they just pack it in?

Source: Blastr