*Posted on April 1st, 2015 – It’s an April Fool’s Day Post. UPDATE: Possibly inspired from the traction this April Fools post generated, there is now a strong fan petition going get Dredd picked up from a streaming service. SIGN IT HERE
In a move that proves that holding your breath and making enough of a racket on the Internet will get you what you want, Netflix picked today of all days to announce a new series, Dredd. That’s right, Judge Dredd is bringing the law to Netflix in a brand new 13 episode event that is slated to premiere 04/01/2016. (more…)
Oh, did I say leaving? I meant Matt Smith confirms he’ll be staying on through at least the 2014 season of Doctor Who. Silly me. April Fools.
Anyway, yes, in the latest issue of Radio Times, Smith has confirmed he’ll be The Doctor for 2014, saying, “I’m attached to the show for the next year and I take it year by year. I think that’s the only way you can take it.” Which means he’ll survive through the 50th Anniversary special unlike all those rumors claiming otherwise. Smith will finish Season 7B, star in the anniversary special, the Christmas special, and continue on to Season 8. What’ll happen after that is anyone’s guess as nothing’s been confirmed.
I’m excited to hear Smith is sticking around for another season, are you? Or were you really hoping that headline wasn’t just another April Fools’ joke?
April Fool’s is the day that pranks run rampant, and Adult Swim pulled all the stops with their prank and brought back the 90’s. Toonami was re-animated and brought back from the dead, for a one night engagement that had the internet a-buzz! As a child of the 90’s, Toonami was by far what I would attribute to my love of anime and all the great memories of after school viewings. Not only did this April Fool’s Joke take me back in time, but it also debuted new material from TOM, Toonami’s CGI host, created just for the joke.
Now while many sat in their own versions of “The Twilight Zone” as they watched all the goodies of Toonami, others immediately voiced their joy/demands that Toonami be brought back and become a permanent member of the Adult Swim broadcast. The following are some of the many Tweets gathered from the #BringBackToonami TwitterFeed:
Initially started as a request by Adult Swim as feedback on the Toonami broadcast, it has now become a large snowball of activity that is rolling down the hill and gaining large momentum. So much momentum, that Adult Swim had to quickly respond:
So for those who got to see Toonami on Adult Swim April 1st, what’d you think of the flash from the past and of its possible resurrgence to television.
It happens to the best of us. We’re all out there scouring the Internet for the Nerdiest news to bring to you readers out there. Heck, we even make some up sometimes to troll you NerdBastards on April Fools day. Well today it was Blastr’s turn to eat a little Internet troll crow. It sounds like just the kind of story to get all those Game of Thrones fans going, a Christian group wants to boycott Game of Thrones because . . . (drum roll please) . . .
“It will make teens depressed.”
(Cue rim shot)
Ba DUM DAH!
That might have been the first clue, what teenager isn’t depressed? What really got me though was when I clicked over to the Christwire site and took a look at all the Game of Thrones pictures they had posted . . . it was fairly obvious that something was up. The subject matter and pictures made me hope they had made a video clip montage . . . so I could go “be in my bunk”. Well Blastr’s readers soon clued in Blastr on the slip up and Blastr posted the update below. I imagine the writers over at Christwire have had a good chuckle like the rest of us.
[UPDATE: As many of you have pointed out in the comments section below—we accepted as real a post on a satirical site that’s the religious equivalent of The Onion. But we didn’t want to take the posting down so you’d know that we knew we fell for it and that we’re listening to what you have to say. Thanks for setting us straight!]
I would like to point out though that the READERS of Blastr are the true heroes of this story. Much like you NerdBastards, they not only read the story, they checked it out and gave feedback. Now I may get snippy with spelling Nazi’s sometimes but we all here at NerdBastards really do appreciate our readers taking an active interest in our site and writing. When I see a comment on an article I posted to the site or Facebook, I get a little thrill and sometimes giggle (like a man . . . not a school girl).
So below is the Blastr article, and you can go over to Christwire with this link to check out the original article.
We love Game of Thrones, but we’d be the first to admit that it’s not exactly a family-friendly program. It comes as no surprise that a Christian group is organizing a boycott of this very, very adult show, but among the usual reasons of sex, violence and magic, they also manage to take digs at the acting and the depressing low light … and even admit that they just can’t follow what’s going on.
This particular boycott stems from a feature written by Stephenson Billings on the ultraconservative website Christwire. The piece, entitled “12 Reasons to Boycott Game of Thrones in 2012,” begins by chastising HBO for promoting “sorcery, sexuality and socialism … to America’s young adults.” You know, as if this was a CW drama that just wound up on the wrong network.
“In essence, Game of Thrones is a poorly produced copy of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart with a dash of smut straight out of Hustler Magazine added to spice up the frustratingly complicated drama,” Billings writes. “It can be preachy and pretentious one moment, and decidedly X-rated the next. You will witness effeminate men having sex in bathtubs while speaking about dragons, dead bodies splayed out in satanic pentagrams in the snow and some of the most artificial acting ever broadcast on the small screen.”
And that’s just from the opening paragraphs. Billings goes on to outline 12 reasons why you shouldn’t tune in to the series. There are predictable digs at the sexuality of the show, “including incest and lesbianism,” and then a dig at witchcraft in which it becomes clear that Billings didn’t quite finish his research before writing the piece.
“Deadly potions and menacing spirits dominate the storyline, but there is no mention of Jesus despite the fact that His love was the backbone of wisdom in the Middle Ages.”
It’s probably not important to Billings or any of his readers that Game of Thrones is set in a separate and entirely fictional universe, not the Middle Ages, but it’s hard for fans like us not to notice glaring stuff like that. This is followed by a dig at the show’s extreme violence (of course), and then it gets personal as Billings goes after actress Emilia Clark, who co-stars on the show as Daenerys Targaryen.
“This pretty young girl unfortunately lacks the intellect or the sophistication to appear on prime time television. The producers seem to know this and require her to disrobe in every scene,” he wrote. “Her gentle, undeveloped teenage body does not evoke womanhood, but the innocence of a lost child, alone on the side of a highway and ripe for the picking.”
Well, never mind that—though she plays a teenager—Clarke herself is 24. It’s time to go after the Emmy-winning Peter Dinklage now, who has apparently become some kind of sodomy icon for kids.
“Children identify with Dinklage because of his small size and comical accent, but his obsession with anal penetration crosses the boundaries into pure propaganda. How many children will watch the little man and want to try his grunty thrusts at home?”
We would agree that it’s probably not a good idea to plop kids down in front of the TV when this particular program is on, but it’s not Dinklage’s fault that he’s small. And where’s this “comical accent”? Is Billings seeing this show and thinking of a Munchkin?
The dig at Dinklage is followed by more predictable ranting against homosexuality, drinking, paganism and a lack of positive role models on the show. Then it gets weird again, as Billings claims that the “dark cinematography” of the program will cause depression in teens.
“Many youth subculture groups, including Goths and Skinheads, prefer to inhabit the world of the night. In darkness they find convenient cover to master their addiction to drugs and sexual violence. Does Games of Thrones actively promote marijuana usage and rape? Should parents really sit idly by as we await the answer to this important question?”
Wait, did we just go from “dim lighting gives you the blues” to “dim lighting causes rape”? Yeah, it looks like we did.
But perhaps the most amusing bit of this lengthy diatribe against the show is reason number 10 on Billings’ list of 12, in which he basically admits that he didn’t know what was going on while he watched the show anyway, and spins this into a claim that HBO is secretly making the show too complicated for grownups because they really want to corrupt teenagers with its naughty naughtiness.
“Most parents will find the thick European accents of the actors confusing. The story, vamped up from the original book, is frustrating for its leaps of logic and implausible romantic scenes. The producers of Games seem to understand this and have crafted the series so that it intentionally turns away older viewers. Should we be suspicious that they have worked so hard to have some private alone time with America’s children?”
It’s understandable that an ultraconservative Christian would want to tell people not to watch this show. Billings is clearly not the intended audience. What’s more bizarre is that he has made the leap from thinking this show doesn’t jibe with his values to thinking this show isn’t for adults at all. Or maybe he just had trouble coming up with 12 whole reasons and he had to make some stuff up. Either way, do you think he’ll affect the season two ratings at all?
The last couple of months have seen some crazy Firefly news running rampant, with online campaigns to raise the funds to buy the Firefly rights, give them back to Joss Whedon, and get the show back on television. All this based on an offhand tweet by Nathan Fillion. There were writers, actors, and fans all willing to get the ball rolling until it looked like it might take off and the whole thing was kiboshed by a Whedonite insider. Everyone pretty much wrote the whole thing off as a wonderful idea that would never be.
So I was floored when I read this mornings Entertainment Weekly interview with Mark Zuckerberg. That’s right; the Facebook guy is a big Firefly fan and has BOUGHT THE RIGHTS TO FIREFLY!
In the interview Zuckerberg tells of watching the show while still at Harvard with his long time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, pictured here.
“She (Priscilla) kept asking me to watch this new Scifi show. It ended up being a cool thing we enjoyed together.”
“When I showed her the Facebook page devoted to buying the Firefly rights and giving them back to Joss Whedon, she joked that I should just buy it, so I had some people look into it.”
Zuckerberg would not disclose the final buying price from 20th Century FOX, although it is rumored to have been in the $75 to $100 million dollar range. He went on to explain his plans to offer the television episodes and Serenity movie on Facebook’s new movie rental platform. As for new Firefly material, Zuckerberg says “he’ll leave that up to the experts.” Maybe an expert like Joss Whedon?
Could this be a wedding gift for Priscilla? Zuckerberg squashed that question pretty quick, but did add that he hoped to convince her to appear in the new episodes of Firefly; he even joked that he had a character name for her, “April Sloof”
I can’t wait to hear what Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon, and the Firefly fans think about this news. Get that browncoat out of the closet, Nathan!