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Bad Lip Reading Star Wars

No doubt many of your are mere hours away from seeing Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, and a very good percentage of you have probably re-watched the the original 3 movies in preparation for this cinematic event. Of course that leaves a great many of us scrambling to find time to get a good solid recap in before the new movie and since Episode VII starts nationwide in just a few hours we don’t really have the time, now do we?

So, rather than blaming our poor time management skills (but seriously, we have to reevaluate how we spend our time,) we can breathe sigh of relief and bang out a full review of the only Star Wars movies that matter in a little more than 20 minutes thanks to the folks over at Bad Lip Reading.  You can relive all the high points of the saga like Old Ben’s endless quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez, Vader’s surprise tear jerking emotional reveal at the end of Empire, and of course the songs… Oh all the songs. (more…)

Imagine being in that first meeting for Inside Out, a tale about what goes on inside the head of a young woman on the cusp of puberty as represented by a complex technical infrastructure and five characters based five unique emotional states. The whole thing sounds like a psychology text re-edited to be read by children, and perhaps even just as difficult to market. But having said that, this is Pixar, and they’re not your average animation studio. Still, such ambition seems like an odd choice for the studio to put its renewed creative effort behind to rebound after a three movie slump that made people ask if Pixar had lost its mojo? Naturally, by aiming so high, it seems that Pixar, through the wonderfulness of Inside Out, has got its groove back. (more…)

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[Editor’s Note: Another of our embedded reporters, Shawn Schillberg, was at yesterday’s South Park panel where creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone discussed the making of the upcoming game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, as well as the next season of their hit Comedy Central show. Questions were asked, answers were given, but whatever you do DON’T ASK WHEN THE GAME’S RELEASING!]

Every word spoken by Trey Parker and Matt Stone at the South Park panel had to be taken with a grain of salt. They promised they were beginning work on a sequel to the South Park movie very soon. They also swore that their next project is an adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno novel and there’s a Baseketball sequel in the works.

After showing the trailer for the game, moderator Greg Miller, of IGN, welcomed Parker and Stone to the stage and got right into fan Q & A (with the warning that no one would be allowed to ask questions about the video game, particularly its release date).

Parker and Stone revealed very little about the new RPG. They confirmed that Chef makes an appearance and the biggest difficulty in making it was getting the 3D/2D balance right. They looked to games like Paper Mario for inspiration and finally got the game to a point where it looks like you are watching an episode of the show.

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Most of the fan questions were related to the TV series and the duo’s writing process.

Parker explained that for the first time since South Park‘s debuted, he conducted a writers retreat. This resulted in having four episodes written before the new season began production, something that has never happened before. Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader will also be writing full time for the new season.

When asked which parody on South Park garnered the best reaction by the targeted celebrity, Parker relayed that Jennifer Lopez began firing people on the set of her current movie when they were caught imitating Cartman imitating Lopez.

Asked why it seemed that Stan’s father Randy seemed to be taking over South Park episodes, both Parker and Stone confessed that as they grew older they both identified with Randy more and more. Parker revealed the character started out as an impression of his own father, but that he now just uses his everyday voice.

When the panel concluded, both Parker and Stone signed autographs until the room was prepared for the next event.

If you haven’t yet, here’s the latest trailer for The Stick of Truth,

 

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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.

It’s another Star Wars Stands Up 2 Cancer video featuring Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Emma Stone, Aziz Ansari, Jaime King, Zach Galifinakis, Ken Jeong, and Samuel L. Jackson. This one goes in a slightly more serious direction as the stars talk about how cancer has affected them. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of dorky lightsaber gags.

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Paul movie

Shaun of the Dead – brilliant. Hot Fuzz – amazeballs. ‘Paul‘, the third collaboration between the two best friends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is E.T. gone comedy. A lewd, crude, good mood, action packed bromance. A geek-friendly affair. At times, I laughed so hard my anal probe fell out.

Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) are two British sci-fi geeks who take a pilgrimage from San Diego Comic-Con to the Southwest and all the famous UFO sites. On the road they encounter a real-life alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). Graeme, Clive and Paul quickly have to go on the run from government agents (Jason Bateman, Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio) as they help Paul, but end up kidnapping a fundamentalist Christian, Ruth (Kristen Wiig), on the way.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost certainly have a great working relationship since their days on ‘Spaced’ (UK comedy series that launched their careers). But, ‘Paul’ is their biggest project without long-time director Edgar Wright at their side and the film does slightly suffer because of it. What made Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz so great was that they took a genre like Zombies or Buddy Cop action thriller and created parodies that lampooned exactly what was wrong and so lovable about their genres. In the process, they ended up creating films that could stand alongside the very films they were parodying. “Paul” was intended to unfold in this same manner, but unfortunately ran a bit flat. A rudimentary story, shameless Spielberg worship and barely explored characters and themes does cause a bit of contextual misfire. Regardless, it doesn’t take anything away from the entertainment factor of the film.

Though feeling a little held back this time around, Frost and Pegg still have that comfortable comic chemistry, summing up UK geek culture perfectly. Their bromance was a bit cliched, but it still touches home. Seth Rogen as Paul the alien just nailed it. He’s such a vulgar and crude alien, yet endearing and likable at the same time. I defy anyone to dislike him. Notably, Paul’s CGI body was impressive. It was easy to believe that he was another actor in the scenes. Jason Bateman is in top form, stalwart and dry as always. The intentions of his agent on-the-hunt character take a unexpected, but pleasant twist. The scenes involving Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio were just as great. An unfortunate alien ball groping had me ROFL. Kristen Wiig on the other hand appeared to deploy none of her comedic talents whatsoever beyond uttering profanities. Regardless, my inner twelve year old couldn’t avoid laughing at her vulgarity. A mixed response might be met when Paul challenges her characters Christian beliefs about the universe -a reoccurring poke at Creationism Vs. Darwinism. Jebus freaks will tell it on the mountain, but for everyone else it’s amusing as hell.

Paul is a sci-fi comedy. At times, the jokes can feel a little self indulgent; inside jokes that would probably confuse most and only careful listeners can interpret the references to the scifi genre (Alien, ET, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, and Mac and Me.) On the other hand, as a nerd (we say nerd around here. Geeks eat the heads off chickens. Look it up.) this is where the humor probed so far it tickled my funny bone. Minor complaint on two tiresome running ‘gags’, namely a comic cover featuring an alien with three tits, and people mistaking the titular characters for being gay; because they are two men traveling together in an RV. Funny scenes such as Paul stating that he gets his weed from the US Military, which is so strong that it killed Bob Dylan; “But he’s not dead”. Paul answers “Isn’t he?” more than make up for it.

The flick certainly has it’s faults. Weak script, excessive potty humor, an over abundance of geek references (not to my complaint though), cliched and unexplored characterization…etc. But you know what? You’ll have too much fun to care.  If you enjoyed Superbad, Pineapple Express, Shaun of the Dead, or Hot Fuzz, then Paul is a must see.

Three tits, spaceman balls and kidnapped Christians… what more do you want??

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