There are only a few sequels that either rival or surpass their original film. Of course, you have Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Godfather II, and The Dark Knight. However, the one that really stands out (and stands the test of time) is James Cameron’s Aliens. The sequel to the space horror film Alien had the right amount of horror, action, and heart. The film upped the ante of its predecessor and managed to be a one of a kind blockbuster. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since the original came out in 1986. Audiences still can’t get enough of this film, and it looks like we’ll be in for a treat at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.
It has been confirmed that the original cast of the film will reunite this year at Hall H of Comic-Con. In addition to director Cameron and Sigourney Weaver, the bands getting back together! Included in the panel will be Bill Paxton, Gale Anne Hurd, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, and Carrie Henn (now all grown up). No word if Weaver will be discussing the much rumored and anticipated Neill Blomkamp direct sequel to Aliens, which hopes to remove Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from canon and our collective memory.
Cameron although busy with up to four sequels for his Avatar franchise, still is very fond of Aliens, as he feels it’s the film that really put him on the map.
“You know, it’s interesting. I don’t normally pursue these kind of nostalgia moments like we’re going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn’t do it much at all for Terminator on its 30th, but there’s something about Aliens. It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations.”
Weaver recently attended a screening and Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse where she and fans got to relive the magic.
“One of my great moments in … life, frankly, was by the time we got to that line, the whole audience yelled it with Ripley,”
We all know what line she’s talking about!
Twentieth Century Fox will also be releasing a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray and Digital release of the film this fall. The first 250 fans who pre-order at Comic-Con will get a lithograph image of Ripley fighting the Alien Queen. The Blue Ray will include the original theatrical edition as well as the special edition of the film, commentary tracks, and deleted/extended scenes. Also included in the box set will be collectible art cards as well as concept art sketches by director Cameron.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Let’s face it: we all owe a great deal to comic book icon Stan Lee. Without his contributions to comics in general, we wouldn’t know such great characters as Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, The X-Men, and countless others. The last 10+ years of superhero films wouldn’t exist without his contributions. Even after he stepped down from an active role at Marvel, Lee continued to be a part of geek culture. Everything from lectures across the country on his impact to the industry, to his charity work, to his numerous cameos, and of course him always being on the comic convention circuit. Over the years, Lee’s always made himself available at many comic conventions, including the big ones: San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con. As he has grown older, he has tried to remain active at conventions, even though he eventually started winding down in his appearances. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. (more…)
Wolverine can only hope to have this much fun while he’s dead. Gwenpool started out as a truly inspired mashup cosplay of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool at the San Diego Comic-con. The pink-powered merc quickly went viral, becoming official with appearances in titles like Howard the Duck and the Gwenpool Holiday Special.
San Diego Comic Con is both heaven and hell for nerds. Sure, you can get your hands on some exclusive toys and collectibles. You can attend panels featuring your favorite celebrities and catch exclusive film and TV footage before anyone else. There’s also hundreds of cosplayers to ogle at (in a non creeper manner) and take selfies with. Above all else, it’s a place for people of mutual interest to come together and share their unbridled passions for pop culture. Oh, and those after parties – nothing like seeing a room full of inebriated nerds.
Comic Con should be the promised land. It is and it isn’t. There is the darker side to the convention. The stuff of nightmares.
Namely the sea of people – some of which whom don’t bath leaving a strong stench of “edu du nerd” – making it impossible navigate the con floor. It’s so crowded, if you were to jump you would get stuck. People with space issues need not go. Then there is the true horror… waiting. All you do is get in a line a wait half your day (or sometimes even over night) in the hopes that you’ll get in on blockbuster panel, not knowing if your time sacrificed will even get you into the infamous Hall H. There’s more to lament, such as the lack of sustainable sustenance offered by the convention food vendors – hot dogs, nachos and jumbo pretzels are not adequate journey food. Then there’s the occasional nerd on nerd violence. Cutting in line will not go over well with someone who’s spent the evening on pavement getting 3 hours sleep.
All the highs and lows of Comic Con can be best addressed in song. If you’ve never experienced Comic-Con for yourself, the folks at Nerdist have put together a short called Comic-Con: The Musical, and it’s a fairly accurate depiction of what its like being at Comic Con. (more…)
Ahoy squirts. Luke Gallagher here, the head honcho of Nerd Bastards.com. Wanting to let you know the time is upon us…San Diego Comic Con International is here. Good god almighty is it here at last!
The mecca in nerd media has begun. Being the purveyors of news and entertainment that we are, we wanted to make you aware that Nerd Bastards will be on-point bringing you the latest news and updates – in Movies, Television, Comics, Videos Games, Toys and More – as they come.
It’s going to be a media mayhem, a storm of stories, a colossal collection of content. Nerd Bastards will be there for you through it all!
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Onwards and upwards to another great Comic Con year! Tally Ho! (more…)
NOT actual artwork from the upcoming comic series (image via Pinterest)
Call me biased, but THIS is news about an ’80s property that isn’t out to bastardize or rebootmakeimagine the original, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Comic company IDW has announced that, later this year, they will be releasing a Back to the Future comic book series that will focus on the “origin story” of the meeting of the series’ two most major characters, teen-everyman Marty McFly and eccentric inventor Emmett “Doc” Brown.
Amidst serious plays by Los Angeles and Anaheim to poach Comic-Con from San Diego, one tweet sends comic book and graphic novel fans alike into a collective sigh of relief. San Diego’s mayor, Kevin Faulconer, took to social media this morning to announce a plan to keep Comic-Con around until at least 2018. (more…)
Earlier this week the latest DC Universe animated feature – Batman: Assault on Arkham – released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray. This one, however, isn’t tied to The New 52 continuity DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Animation are building with films like Justice League: War and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis, but is instead linked with the Batman: Arkham video game universe. While at San Diego Comic-Con I participated in roundtable interviews with many of Assault on Arkham‘s creators and cast: director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, writer Heath Corson, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice talent Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and John DiMaggio. Hit the jump for their input on making Batman: Assault on Arkham! (more…)
What do fair-weather baseball fans and Marvel’s Agents of Shield have in common? First sign of doom and they bail. Only true fans stick it out long enough to catch those special rare moments when the team they’re cheering for surprises everyone and makes for a rousing comeback win. That’s what happened with AOS. There’s no arguing the first half or so of the first season was to be called into question on the characterization and quality front. Doubts, however, were washed away when the show brought in the world changing events from Captain America: The Winter Solider and ended on a very dramatic high note. SHIELD got good, and it hopes to stay good.
Keeping the excitement going, Marvel was in full force today at San Diego Comic Con, where a number of Agents of SHIELD announcements for the upcoming second season were, well, announced. New characters revealed, secrets from Patton Oswalt, and more. (more…)
San Diego Comic-Con has descended on the Gaslamp District of this bustling West Coast town like an invasion. It may have only been Preview Night – the official kickoff of Comic-Con – but still the crowds were large and unruly. Yet, through it all our embedded reporters managed to grab a look at the sights on the show floor.
ABOVE: A great find at the Hot Wheels booth was Darth Vader’s infamous helmet morphed into the sweetest ride a Sith could ever want. (more…)