Looks Like ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Is Targeting This Superhero Movie Vet For Title Role!

- 10-20-14Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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It seems like all I ever write about are casting rumors. They go from pure speculation to a pocket full of maybes to ultimate facts. But the roads to those revelations tend to be long and winding, like the saga of Doctor Strange. I don’t expect this news to be any worse or better – just there. So, today’s “just there” is news circulating around the geek webs about Twentieth Century Fox “courting” a relatively hot actor for the role of Apocalypse in the the sequel to ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past.’ I’d say I was in favor the the idea, but with his last turn as a comic book baddie failing (imho), why would he even want to go there again? Who knows? It’s all rumors anyway. (more…)

Nerdy Bits: Hulk Cloud, Baby Bane, Game of Thrones Meet Princess Bride, BioShock Under The Sea Parody, and MOAR!

- 03-19-13Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos Posted by Luke Gallagher

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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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: I’ve got gamma on a cloudy day… [ObviousWinner]

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Nerdy Bits: Cosplay Music Video, TARDIS Rubiks Cube, Song of Storms Acapella, Portal Meets The Office, and MOAR!

- 03-07-13Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos Posted by Luke Gallagher

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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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

ABOVE: Cosplayers Chiquitita and Alien Queen posing for real life fan fiction. [CBM]

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‘Merlin’ Recap – The Beginning of the End

- 01-05-13TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It’s somewhat bittersweet that we kick off this new season of Merlin, because we know it will be the series’ last. But as they say, the show must go on, as will these re-caps. For this season, I will forgo the usual blow-by-blow account, not because I didn’t enjoy doing them, but because they’re rather time consuming, and I just don’t have that kind of time anymore. So let’s get right down to the season premiere of Merlin, the once and future series about medieval times’ greatest bromance.

As previously reported, this season picks up three years after the end of series four. It’s been a time of peace and prosperity for Camelot, and one that’s seen a few changes, for instance, did you notice that circular piece of furniture that Arthur’s holding meetings around now? The order of the day is Ismere, a fortress in the northern plains. Sirs Gwaine and Percival were scouting the area when they went missing with 60 of Camelot’s finest, so can somebody say rescue mission?

You don’t exactly have to be a Druid seer to know that it’s Morgana who’s up to no good in Ismere. Now controlling the Saxons, she’s got a small slave labor force digging underneath the castle in search of a priceless artifact. It seemed to me that Morgana was an after-thought in series four even though she was the Big Bad at the center of it all, sometimes being squeezed into an episode just to remind us that Arthur’s uncle Agravaine is her man in Camelot. But if last season, Morgana was playing things cool and taking advantage when a situation came up, this season, she’s all proactive. So what is she looking for under Ismere? Arthur’s Bane.

Not that Bane.

According to Morgana’s new henchman, Ruadan, they will learn what Arthur’s Bane is through the Diamair, the key to all knowledge. They just need a few more guys to help dig it up.

Arthur’s rescue of his men takes a detour through a decimated village where Merlin detects a disturbance in the Force. He finds the Druid seer Lochru dying in a nearby cave, a moment that Lochru has long dreaded. He tells Merlin of Arthur’s Bane, who nobody cared about till he put on the mask– Sorry. Again, wrong Bane! What Lochru does show Merlin is a vision of the future: the Battle of Camlann, and the ultimate showdown between Arthur and Mordred. (Obviously, we don’t want to spoil how it turns out.) We don’t get to see much of the re-cast Mordred this week, but I will say that actor Alexander Vlahos makes a believable grown-up Asa Butterfield.

The Great Dragon later confirms Lochru’s gifts and advises Merlin to be weary, not that the kid needs the advice, or, for that matter, not that he needs any new concerns to get himself distracted. As Arthur and the others push on for Ismere, it seems that Camelot’s got mole issues again. Queen Guinevere’s new maid Sefa, as it turns out, is the daughter of Ruadan, who tells her father that Arthur and the Camelot knights are taking the sneaky, less direct route to Ismere from the west. The news allows Morgana and the Saxons to get the drop on Arthur, who’s injured in the ensuing battle, but saved by Merlin. They get separated from the others, but push on for Ismere on their own.

Sirs Elyan and Leon manage to return to Camelot knowing their plan has been compromised. Gwen clues in immediately that it’s Sefa who spilled the beans, and brings her before the court to find out what she told to whom. Meanwhile, Gwaine notices a funky light in a cave under Ismere as he’s breaking rocks and follows it, and after getting knocked out in a fight with the Saxons, he encounters what looks like a mix of the aliens from Signs and that thing Geordi Laforge turned into in the “Identity Crisis” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

As they continue to Ismere themselves, Merlin and Arthur get caught in an Endor Wookie trap and are later freed by some mercenaries who decide to kill them on sight. And just when it looks like our heroes have met their end a young man appears and says that it should be left to the Lady Morgana to decide their fate. “Hello Arthur,” says the grown-up Mordred. Uh oh…

Next time, we’ll learn what Arthur’s Bane really is. Hint: he’s not Camelot’s reckoning.

EPISODE NOTES

  • The winter shots look awesome. Full marks to the cinematographer as the series really stepped up its game shooting those scenes.
  • Nice shout to the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia with Morgana’s wolf-drawn sleigh. Actually, the whole episode was very good for both Morgana, and her portrayer Katie McGrath, and I love how the writers picked up on that weird torture flirting thing that Morgana did with Gwaine in The Sword and the Stone, Part 2.
  • This was also a very strong episode for Gwen, who seems to have really taken to the role of Queen by adding key strategic insight and shrewd judgement. Angel Coulby was very commanding in the scene where Gwen sentences Sefa to death, even Elyan had a look on his face that said, “Damn, that’s cold.”
  • Speaking of Sefa, did anyone hope that there might be  a less sinister outcome for her? Especially since she was making cute with Merlin in some of those early scenes.
  • Lindsay Duncan reappears as Queen Annis in the first of what’s supposed to be many familiar faces returning this season on Merlin.
  • Did anyone else wonder if Colin Morgan‘s juggling ability was natural talent of CG-enhanced?It look pretty real if it was the latter.
  • Although the humor was still there, one definitely sensed a maturation of Arthur and Merlin’s friendship. Merlin as well seems more bound by doubt than ever before after the encounter with Lochru, and tries to talk Arthur out of going on by sharing (some of) what Lochru told him. But a knight of Camelot never leaves a man behind, and the secret wizard who works undercover as the King’s servant doesn’t leave his sovereign behind.
  • One more thing: although it looks awesome, I kind of wish they’d stop doing the Zack Snyder 300 stuff during Arthur’s fight scenes. We get it, Arthur can kick a lot of ass. Maybe we can see some fights in normal film speed once in a while.

See you next week.

Nerdy Bits: Sexy/Scary Carnage Cosplay, Huge Star Wars Collection 4 Sale, Serenity Lego Set, Bagpipe-playing Gandalf on a Unicycle, and MOAR!

- 12-11-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos Posted by Luke Gallagher

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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Lucy Challenger Cosplaying as Spider-Man villain Carnage. Sexy but scary… I like it [CBM]

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Nerdy Bits: Get a Tentacle for Your Laptop, ‘Portal’ on a T1 Calculator, Dumb Ways to Die – In a Video Game, and MOAR!

- 12-07-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos Posted by Sarah Moran

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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Oh, what, no big deal, just Matt Smith and Neil Gaiman grabbing breakfast together before they go watch the Doctor Who Christmas special. [The Mary Sue]

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Nerdy Bits: Awful ‘Avengers’, Google Tries to Ruin Reality, Pony ‘Lord of the Rings’, and MOAR!

- 11-19-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, TV, Videogames Posted by Jason Tabrys

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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

Above: Leather-clad woman pays tribute to Peter Gabriel song. [Comic Book Movie]

Whether you want to cosplay as the Batman/Bane amalgamation known as “Batbane” or add some panache to your gimp costume, this latex face covering is the one for you.

Designed by crafty Etsy user Ministry of Masks, this mask can be yours for $163. Warning: This will not treat your sleep apnea. [Fashionably Geek]

A woman painted her preg-bell-bell to look like a Pokeball and then birthed a Pikachu (not a real one, that would be horrifying). Three cheers for starting the geekization process early. [Geekologie]

You’re not tired of Star Wars yet are you? Too bad. Here’s a Disneyfied musical diddy/training montage with a musical Yoda and Luke from the Clarkson Twins via Obvious Winner

And now your daily Brony Ponygasm: Lord of the Rings Pony Style via Geeks are Sexy

Remember when the most annoying side effect of our descent into techno-reliance was douchebags who text-walked into you and bluetooth users who look like Rhythm Nation tour castoffs that were indistinguishable from twitchy sidewalk Jesus talkers? We’re goona file that under “Good Old Days” because “Augmented Reality” is the Philip K. Dickian phrase that keeps popping up and Google — the masters of giving us things we aren’t looking for —  decided that we need to pretend that we’re walking through a World of Warcraft-like MMORPG with the aid of our Android phone.

The game is called Ingress, the trailer is above, and there is no word if you will one day be able to use it with your Google Internet Glasses, though I personally can’t imagine that that won’t be a thing and that we won’t have to deal with people running into traffic chasing after a fleeing pedestrian that may also be a necromancer or a mystical troll. Ah well, natural selection. No word on a release date but I didn’t really try hard to find one. Via Geekologie

Oh SNL, why must you suck so hard in-between the bi-monthly Stefon bits? On Saturday, the Governor of my state (Chris Christie) embarrassed himself, but not nearly as much as Jeremy Renner, who let himself star in a sketch lampooning The Avengers. Yes, Hawkeye’s quiver was empty and his worthlessness was even more pronounced in a sketch that seemed like an excuse to trot out a Hulk costume that seemed to have claws (are we reusing a giant alligator costume from the Farley era?) and the remnants of the Party City post-Halloween clearance bin.

Is this the best that the SNL writers can do? Does SNL even have writers anymore? I saw the sin against humanity that was “The Californians”, so I’m not entirely sure. Also, Keenan Thompson is awful on SNL, isn’t it time that we give Kel Mitchel a shot?

Via Nerd Approved

Alright, enough shenanigans. The way this works is, I’m supposed to tell you about some nerdy clothes to put on your body and then I’m supposed to seamlessly glide into a whorish bit of self-promotion for our tee shirts, so above is a Joker sorta-snuggie from SuperHeroStuff. Does the design make Snuggies and pseudo-Snuggies slightly less sad? Maybe a little.

Alright, onto a group of tee shirts I would buy if these companies ever respected the style tendencies of bitch-tit havers who like their KFC. In order they are: the shirt I want to be buried in (many years from now), the Dinosaur I want to kill, stuff, and put in my Batcave, and an old school Green Lantern tee, cause I’m an OG.

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Surprise ! ! ! No Extended Cut Planned For The Dark Knight Rises Blue-Ray/DVD Release

- 09-12-12Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Another Internet rumor crashed and burned today as the news that there will NOT be an extended cut added to the release of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. The gist of the rumor being that an extended director’s cut featuring an extra 30 minutes including Bane’s origin story.

Oliver Lyttelton over at The Playlist is reporting that those close to Nolan confirmed that no extended version exists or is planned to exist. Lyttelton included a Nolan quote that should have squelched the rumor quickly:

Really, anyone listening to Nolan, who’s never included many deleted scenes on his home video releases, would have known that the chances were very slim — Nolan told MTV shortly after the release of “The Dark Knight Rises” that “”I tend to try and weed things out on paper because it’s crazy expensive to shoot things that aren’t going to be in the film. It also takes up a lot of time and energy. Pretty much with all my films, there are very few deleted scenes, which always disappoints the DVD crowd.”

Seriously, just look at Nolan’s past statements or prior work and consider that his including an extended cut would drastically go against his prior track record. As much as I would love to see any extra scenes or clips, Nolan is such a perfectionist that I imagine he would rather destroy anything not used in the film than have it spliced into some extended version.

Nerdy Bits: Lady Lobo, Creepy Sailor Moon Statue, Scooby Doo Dubstep, and MOAR!

- 09-10-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, WTF? Posted by Sarah Moran

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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: New plan! Can the Lobo movie star a chick instead? This chick, in fact! This kick ass lady Lobo is cosplayed bybuddhafulx. (CMB)

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Goes East – Kinda – in Animated Short ‘Bat Man of Shanghai’

- 08-28-12Comics, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

All right, so the only real similarity between this short, Bat Man in Shanghai and The Dark Knight Rises is the inclusion of Batman, Catwoman, and Bane, but it’s hard to not draw comparison. Created by Wolf Smoke Studios for DC and Cartoon Network’s morning cartoon block, DC Nation, revel in Bat Man of Shanghai‘s striking visuals and ignore the fact you’ll have no clue what’s going on.

Does it really matter? Bat Man transforms into a giant cloud of bats and I’m totally okay with that.

Source: /Film