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Shatner at STC2015

The Official Star Trek Convention is going on right now in Las Vegas (August 6-9, 2015), and the show always brings out many familiar Trek stars to interact with the fans all weekend.  Saturday afternoon featured the Q&A panel of one of the all-time greats of the “classic” series and films, none other than Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner.  Fans in attendance at the panel got way more than they bargain for, though, as Shatner finally decided to break his silence on why he and fellow Trek star George Takei don’t get along so well.

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Star Wars Celebration 2015 Wrap Up!

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is now behind us and there are plenty of fanboys and fangirls out there who feel pretty spent after 4 days of absolute bliss.  The greatest convention in the galaxy brought with it plenty of surprises and even a few tears (of joy, of course) and if you were among the tens of thousands in attendance, making the decision to either go to work or stay in bed on Monday morning was probably a tougher decision than whether or not you should have paid that $15 for the food truck Wookie Fries while at the convention.  Nerd Bastards was on hand for some of the more glorious moments of the convention, so we wanted to share a few of those moments with you! (more…)

TCC – ‘Orphan Black’ is Orphaned No More

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It was exactly one year ago that a little TV show called Orphan Black came to Toronto ComiCon for some pre-release buzz; the panel took place in a small room and maybe a couple of dozen curious fans came in. Fast-forward a year and there are enough Orphan Black fans to fill one of the biggest panel rooms, and then some. This was the scene for series’ stars Tatiana Maslany and Jordan Gavaris on Saturday afternoon. In front of a standing room only crowd of (predominantly) female fans, Maslany and Gavaris recalled their roller coaster first season and teased the highly anticipated season two. (more…)

Toronto ComiCon Day 2 Cosplay Photo Gallery

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On Day 2 of Toronto ComiCon, the parade of weird and unusual continued. Bizarre team-ups and mash-ups seemed to be the rule of thumb for the day, including Star Sapphire Spider-Man, Deadmau5-pool, and a Despicable Me minion that looks a lot like Wolverine. The Batman villains kept coming, including numerous Poison Ivys and Harley Quinns, but for the safety of all fans, LEGO Batman was on the scene to keep the peace. And if he failed there was always Spawn. Or Radioactive Man. Or Master Shake. Also, zombies finally put in an appearance, as did #PoorLeo, and what has to be the first cosplayers from Steven Spielberg’s Hook I’ve ever encountered… Want to take a look at all the cosplay fit to be enshrined from the second of the con? Check out our photo gallery below. (more…)

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The first thing that occurs to you is that Allison Mack looks the same. It’s been nearly three years since the end of Smallville, and the actress best know to millions of fans as the first and only Chloe Sullivan of the Superman multiverse is still every inch the perky blonde quipster that had Clark Kent’s back for 10 years of the show. For her appearance at Toronto ComiCon, a first for the actress I believe, the fans had about a decade’s worth of queries about life in Smallville. (more…)

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In the Toronto area today it was the start of March Break, the Canadian equivalent of spring break, but pre-spring. Today was also the start of Toronto ComiCon, the younger cousin of August’s National Fan Expo and the unofficial kick-off to the Canadian convention season. From as far away as Windsor, London, Kingston and Ottawa, Canadian nerds of all stripes – comics, gaming, sci-fi, anime, and horror – have descended on the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for three days of festivities, including, obviously, the parade of cosplayers on the convention floor. Below, is a gallery of some of the costume all-stars who came out on day 1 and showed off their skill with a needle and thread. (more…)

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I think we all know that the popular fan opinion of Star Trek Into Darkness is less than positive. Well let’s just admit it, many of you thought it sucked the big one. In fact, at the recent Creation Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, Into Darkness was voted the worst Trek film ever. Period.

Now filmmakers and actors have feelings too, so when a big group of people says that something was the “worst ever,” you have to imagine that there’s going to some hurt feelings. Simon Pegg‘s already had a pretty strong reaction to the fan backlash, but we haven’t heard from either director J.J. Abrams or any of the film’s co-writers. Until now.

In response to a recent Trek Movie article about how Star Trek is broken, and how the franchise might be fixed, co-writer Roberto Orci had an entirely different point of view on the future of Star Trek, as well as his own work, Into Darkness. For instance, don’t you ungrateful Trekkies realize that you’re acting like spoiled kids?

I think the article above is akin to a child acting out against his parents. Makes it tough for some to listen, but since I am a loving parent, I read these comments without anger or resentment, no matter how misguided.

Yeah! And by the way, the last two Trek movies, ironically the same ones Orci co-wrote, have been the most well-received critically and commercially.

Having said that, two biggest Star Treks in a row with best reviews is hardly a description of “broken.” And frankly, your tone and attitude make it hard for me to listen to what might otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.”

And finally, well, I’ll Orci take it from here…

“STID has infinitely more social commentary than Raiders in every Universe, and I say that with Harrison Ford being a friend. You lose credibility big time when you don’t honestly engage with the [#@&!]-ING WRITER OF THE MOVIE ASKING YOU AN HONEST QUESTION. You prove the cliche of shitty fans. And rude in the process. So, as Simon Pegg would say: [#@&!] OFF!”

Clearly, he’s a people person. Still, I think the public reaction to Star Trek Into Darkness has been, perhaps, a bit overblown, and I’d hardly call it the worst Trek movie ever, and if you do still think it is, you’ve probably forgotten about The Final Frontier. But I digress. 

Anyway, you can decide for yourself when Star Trek Into Darkness comes out on Blu-ray on Tuesday. In the meantime, sound off with your own Into Darkness hate below.

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Whether you’ve attended a sci-fi/comic/nerd-con in recent years or even just followed online coverage, you know what they are. Big glitzy exposes packed with marketing and promotion from wall to wall, booth to booth. We’re not just talking about the big ones either, even the smaller more local ones have become extravagant media events. It wasn’t always this way.

When the geek-convention movement started in back in the late 60’s early 70’s they were small hovels of people passionate about nerd topic they collected together to celebrate. Cheap hotel conference rooms or community centers or church basements where the locals and they had a very distinct charm all their own. Harken back to this bygone era with Back to Space-Con, a documentary that chronicles a Star Trek convention (The Red Hour Festival)   from 1970.

This feature-length documentary film tells the story of the 1970′s Bay Area Sci-Fi conventions called Space-Con. Told by the original organizers and fans. Includes celebrity interviews, costume contests and over 40 minutes of rare convention footage. See the Federation Trading Post in Berkeley and very first Star Trek convention in San Francisco. A real treat for any Star Trek or Star Wars fan. Film stars Bob Wilkins, John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius, and many more.

Think of it as the anti-thesis to big name pop-documentarian  Morgan Spurlock‘s Comic-Con doc that’s on the way. Maybe I am just a sucker for the history of nerd-culture, but it looks awesome with some great vintage footage.

Would you like it if nerd conventions where a little more like this still or do you prefer lining up to line up to maybe see Robert Downy Jr’s stunt double from the back of a crowed room?

You can check the trailer out after the jump, and after you do sound off in the comments with your thoughts.

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