Ok, so who remembers the teen movie entitled ‘Not Another Teen Movie?‘ I don’t because I don’t watch corny stuff. But let’s imagine that somebody wanted to build off the fad of those parody movies and pitched ‘Not Another High School Show‘ for television. It was developed in 2007 and a pilot was shot for Comedy Central but it wasn’t picked up. The show was allegedly supposed to include individual sketches, an example of which somebody found in a trashcan and put on YouTube. It’s called ‘Muffy The Vampire Slayer’ and holy cats are you in for it. Not to dissect it too deeply before you’ve watched the clip, but let’s just say that it starred Alison Brie in the title role. Oh, and Jennifer Lawrence pops in for a few seconds too. Wait a minute, this sounds awesome… (more…)
2014 is halfway over.
For many film fans, this realization will be met with the usual impatient reaction of “can’t we just get to Fall and the good stuff already?” However, if I’m being completely honest, it’s somewhat surprising that it isn’t September by now. My year has been a blur; a frightening reminder that, though it may have moments of interminability, existence is ultimately finite and perpetually chugging toward oblivion, no matter how much I might’ve been entertained along the way.
But you didn’t click on this article to read my existential ramblings. What you really want to know is: what made up the best of the best of the first six months of 2014? Like every year, there was gold to be mined at the local cineplex, art house, on TV, VOD and via the numerous repertory lines established by studios to release their respective back catalogues. Sometimes the gifts are so great that an EOY list just will not suffice. You need a guide to the riches you might’ve missed during the first part of the calendar year as well. Thankfully, I’m looking out for your interests and have compiled the Bastards Guide to Entertainment – a fifteen slot list that details the superlative pieces of cinematic and televised entertainment this year has offered thus far. (more…)
[Editor's Note: This op-ed has been republished with permission from Kabooooom!, the views expressed are solely those of the author and not Nerd Bastards.]
#CancelColbert. The absurd, innocuous hashtagavism that began in the backlash to a poorly chosen, out of context tweet by the Comedy Central-run Twitter account associated with The Colbert Report, has succeeded. Colbert has been canceled. (more…)
In a triumph for those of us who actually understand how satire works (as well as how Faux Outrage is something to be ignored), Stephen Colbert has been announced by CBS as the replacement for David Letterman, following the late night staple’s retirement in 2015. The deal Colbert has signed is reportedly for five years, thus ending his decade long run at Comedy Central anchoring one of the best pieces of televised satire ever conceived on The Colbert Report.
Comedy Central‘s Stephen Colbert may be satirizing right-wing pundits on his popular talk show, but his nerdity is by no means fictional–particularly where the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are concerned. Indeed, LOTR/Hobbit director Peter Jackson even declared the writer-comedian the biggest “Tolkien Geek” he’d ever met.
THR and Playboy had previously indicated that Colbert might make an appearance in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug….Today, we have visual confirmation from a sharp-eyed Redditor in GIF and screencap form (after the jump). (more…)
No, this isn’t some nonsensical fan-wanking or a clever bit of a fan art manipulation. This is 100% the real deal. In an upcoming episode of Futurama‘s final season there will be an official crossover with Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, as teased by Comedy Central with the above image.
Fan of either series should be familiar with voice actor, John DiMaggio, the voice of both Bender “Bending” Rodriguez and Jake the Dog. I have to wonder if DiMaggio played any part in getting the two animated series to work together? And I cannot wait for to witness the meeting of Bender and Jake. Will they be friends? Enemies? Frenemies?
Either way, I’m already more invested in this crossover episode of Futurama and Adventure Time, airing this Wednesday at 10pm EST, than I ever could be about the Family Guy/Simpson‘s crossover we’ll see next year. Which are you more excited for? And what’s up with so many animated comedies turning to crossover episodes? Archer and Bob’s Burgers have already done it, who’s next?
[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.
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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No strangers to voice work, television’s dynamic duo will lend those famous voices to Futurama in its upcoming, and sadly final, season. Adam West, who can regularly be found as Mayor West on Family Guy, and Burt Ward, who appeared with West in a 2002 episode of The Simpsons, will play themselves in the usual Futurama fashion of heads in jars. But just check out the cool bodies they get along with those jars,
West with the body of a giant bat and Ward with that very familiar, tri-color scheme; I love it! And I’m so glad the two got to record a guest stint before Futurama went off the air, again, and for what looks to be the last time. Their episode will air August 7th and is titled, “Leela and the Genestalk“.
Futurama returns to Comedy Central on June 19th at 10/9c.
While many of us are still coping with the cancellation of Futurama, for the second time in our lives, there’s still lots to look forward to in the coming season. Futurama returns on June 19th with 12 more episodes, and in the second to last episode Game of Thrones‘ own Mother of Dragons, Emilie Clarke is guest-starring!
Her role will be as a flower stand owner with no sense of smell who falls in love with Dr. Zoidberg. Yes, after years of disaster in love – or really any kind of relationship – Zoidberg finally catches a break. Executive producer David X. Cohen puts it like this,
She falls in love with Dr. Zoidberg — the smelliest character on Earth in the future — but she can’t smell him, so it’s a match made in heaven. However, being a doctor, he has the opportunity to perform a nose transplant and give her a sense of smell, which would destroy their romance, so it’s a big dilemma.
A dilemma indeed! Come on, give Zoidberg his happy ending before the series ends Sept. 4th!