John Boyega’s Got Words for People Who Can’t Believe a Stormtrooper Can be Black

- 12-01-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So what did you do this past Friday? Maybe you relaxed, maybe you got up early to do some shopping, or maybe you had to go to  work in order to service those shoppers. But then again, maybe you woke up super early and kept refreshing the iTunes page until the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was posted. Of course, the first image of that teaser, which I’m sure you know having watched it no less than two dozen times by now, is of Stromtrooper John Boyega looking like he forgot his blaster back on the Star Destroyer. But wait a minute, there ain’t no black Stormtroopers?! Yes, some people have apparently made that observation and lost their proverbial $#!% about it. Well, Boyega has an answer for that too. (more…)

Jim Carrey Gets His Ass Kicked (Figuratively!) by ‘Kick-Ass’ Co-Creator John Romita, Jr.

- 08-08-14Comics, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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Last June, actor Jim Carrey ruffled more than a few feathers when he took an active stance against the gratuitous violence in the film Kick Ass 2–the second film adaptation of the equally violent comic book series created by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.

As a noted anti-gun advocate, this is hardly surprising. The “feather ruffling” comes in when you consider that the film Carrey decried so vocally is a film he co-starred in, and much of the very violence he spoke out against was perpetrated by the character he portrayed.

Follow the jump for what Kick Ass co-creator John Romita, Jr. thinks of Jim Carrey’s “activism”:  (more…)

Whatever: Gary Oldman is Public Enemy Number One

- 06-24-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Actor Gary Oldman did an interview with Playboy Magazine (NSFW pics on the page) wherein he said controversial things about society, political correctness and hypocrisy. He also said a lot of other stuff about his life and career in a way that was unvarnished and pleasing to me, but we’re focusing on the juicy stuff because the internet. (more…)

The MPAA Fears Eva Green’s Breasts, Should You?

- 05-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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We all know Eva Green is hot, but banned by the MPAA hot?! Apparently. News broke this afternoon that a new poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For featuring Ms Green as Ava Lord looking deliriously sexy, loaded for bear and barely covered up, was banned by the MPAA, meaning that it won’t be hanging up in a theater near you. For reasons that are both sad and obvious, the poster skirts a little too close to that MPAA red line between suggestive nudity and “in-your-face” nudity. Or to look at it another way, is this poster more Playboy than Maxim? (more…)

Stan The Man Responds to Goyer’s She-Hulk Comments

- 05-22-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Hey! Comic nerds! Did anything, I don’t know, incidiary happen on the internet in the last 24 hours? Haha. I’m kidding of course. By now you will have surely heard about David Goyer‘s alleged smack talk about She-Hulk in the midst of an all-star screenwriters panel on a live edition of John August’s ScriptNotes podcast. In no uncertain terms, Goyer said that She-Hulk was as a sexed up male fantasy whose sole function was to be a girl only the Hulk could, ahem, love. Leaving aside the ickiness of She-Hulk being Man-Hulk’s cousin and everything, a lot of people are of the opinion that Goyer’s comments are off the mark, and one of them is She-Hulk’s co-creator Stan “The Man” Lee. (more…)

The Shaming of the Hyper-Offended by the Coward Patton Oswalt

- 05-15-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Last August, when Patton Oswalt took to Twitter to make a point about reactionary observers, I wrote an article lauding the comic for the deft way that he played with the form and those observers. Last Thursday, when Oswalt used the medium to once again to poke fun at the same lot by apologizing for inflammatory tweets that he never actually posted, Daily Dot writer Miles Klee wrote, “Why I Unfollowed Patton Oswalt — and You Should Too”, an article that took Oswalt to task for his “almost pathological need to confuse and belittle that ubiquitous Internet specimen, the Easily Outraged Commenter.”

Later in the article (which was swiftly re-published by Salon.com), Klee went on to ask,”is there anything remotely amusing about watching a guy using his considerable talents to simultaneously mock the stupid and needle the allegedly ‘humorless” online?'”, and to that I say yes there is, but this is about more than entertainment value. (more…)

Sexism the Last Straw for Reality Show Game Developers

- 04-02-14Nerd Culture, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Good idea: Creating a reality show web series about competing teams of video game designers.

Bad idea: Trying to create a false sense of drama by using sexism to pit contestants against each other.

As luck would have it, that wasn’t the only problem with the reality web series GAME_JAM, but it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. But it seems that this project was doomed to failure, from the recruitment, contracting and implementation of the series, the whole thing collapsed before a single episode had finished shooting. Indeed a single day of shooting hadn’t yet been completed when the series was called off and everyone went home, and while it’s partly the fault of Mountain Dew, it’s really the fault of the producers for wanting to skewer the drama with some good old fashioned gender stereotyping. (more…)

Mattel VP Insists There’s Nothing Wrong With Barbie’s Unattainable Physique

- 02-03-14Nerd Culture, WTF? Posted by James Daniels

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Over the fifty-something years since her introduction, Mattel‘s flagship girl’s fashion doll, Barbie, has been the object of as much scorn and controversy as love and devotion. The perennial issue driving the anti-Barbie movement is her wildly unrealistic measurements and bodily proportions. It is believed by many (and apparently backed up by statistics) that Barbie’s impossible curves make her an inappropriate role model for little girls, and are also causing sales of the doll to plummet.

Well, a Mattel executive has decided to step into the arena and defend Barbie’s bod. (more…)

Are Mimi Yoon’s ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Too Sexy? Cartoon Network Bows to Online Controversy

- 01-27-14Comics, TV Posted by James Daniels

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No–that’s not them. Follow me after the jump for the image that had Facebook in a tizzy last week.  (more…)

DragonCon Co-Founder Ed Kramer Takes Plea Bargain–Sentenced to House Arrest

- 12-02-13Comics, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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The unpleasant story of DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer was one of the first nerd news items I ever covered for this website. All the way back in January I reported on a boycott of the popular convention: Kramer had been accused of multiple counts of child molestation, and yet he reportedly continued to draw an income from them. In July, it was announced that DragonCon had absolutely and irrevocably severed ties with Kramer.

And now, we have received word that Kramer has plead guilty to three of the six counts of molestation against him. He will serve 34 months in house arrest, pay restitution of $100,000 to each of his victims, and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender–he will be forbidden from having any contact with individuals under 16.  (more…)