Facebook

jacksonblog

Or, rather, I should say he Facebook-ed it all because all day yesterday Peter Jackson was updating his Facebook page with reports from the set on the final day of filming for The Hobbit trilogy. Above is a photo he posted with the caption, “Big Richard, Medium Richard and Little Richard,” referring to Richard Armitage who plays Thorin pictured along with two of his dwarven-size doubles. It’s up to you to figure out which is which. “One of these is Richard Armitage, and two of them are not. It’s your guess,” says Jackson.

Directors utilizing social media is nothing new. I mean, doesn’t Bryan Singer tweet a picture from the set of Days of Future Past like every hour? But I don’t believe anyone’s done it better than Jackson. His video blogs and Facebook updates have provided fans an inside look at the filmmaking process that often even Blu-ray extras can’t compete with. And this particular day of Facebook updates is the best yet. You’ll marvel at how much stuff the man must manage in one day. It’s amazing! From 8:30 in the morning until 7:30 at night Jackson posted about filming stunts, fights scenes with Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Fili (Dean O’Gorman), and Kili (Aidan Turner), music spotting with Howard Shore, and Mr. Smudge, his cat, who sees him off every morning and welcomes him home in the evening.

Oh! And these two,

penguins

What’s happening here, I have no idea, but Jackson assures us this was filmed. For the movie, not simply shits and giggles, though I can’t imagine anyone keeping a straight face while whatever this is happens.

Do go scroll through Jackson’s Facebook for all the updates as they’re a fascinating look at the final filming day for one monumental movie undertaking. The only bummer is, if we’re to get any more of his video blogs, they’ll be coming from post-production. Still looking forward to them, though, so hurry up Peter!

Source: Cinema Blend

ven1

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.

ABOVE: This unsettling-ly sexy Venom bodypaint crossplay comes to us via discret incognito78. [Fashionably Geek]

(more…)

Social Star Awards Day-1

And no, not that cool ghost from the beloved crime-solving kids show of the 90s. Instead, George Takei just isn’t as witty as we all thought.

At least that’s the spin being reported with the “news” former Enterprise helmsmen and 76-year-old Star Trek actor has been receiving jokes from comedy writers that he then shares on his Facebook page under the guise he’s the one posting. I know, I know, this’ll be a scandal which will rock Hollywood and its use of social media to its very core. Fans are outraged, feeling betrayed to learn comments like, “I’m bacon breakfast fun again,” posted along with a photo of bacon aren’t truly from Takei.

Sigh.

Okay, maybe it’s because I’m not one of Takei’s 4.1 million Facebook followers, but I don’t feel this betrayal quite so earnestly. I honestly couldn’t give a shit if Takei hired a chimpanzee to type his Facebook posts. Turns out, it was Rick Polito who had been hired to write jokes at $10 a pop, and then spilled the  beans in an interview with media blogger Jim Romenesko.

And even as this point in the article I’m still surprised over the hubbub this “breaking news” has caused. I mean, sure, I guess those Facebook followers were hoping for genuine interactions with their favorite actor through the posting of recycled internet memes, but I’ve got a hunch those are the same folks who think Jon Stewart writes every joke on The Daily Show. Or that Conan O’Brien writes every word of his opening monologue. Facebook hasn’t been about true, personal interactions for years and maybe this “scandal” will finally open up everyone’s eyes to that fact. It’s a business and it’s a tool for making more business.

Commenting on the kerfuffle, Takei told Wired,

I have Brad, my husband, to help me and interns to assist. What is important is the reliability of my posts being there to greet my fans with a smile or a giggle every morning. That’s how we keep on growing.

What’s that sound like? A business strategy. Not all that different from what Polito was hoping to score from the collaboration, saying in a follow-up interview with Romenesko,

I just said that I’d been looking for any mention of my book I could get and that I hadn’t meant to expose anything. I don’t update his page. I’ve had no direct contact with George. I’ve sent him some memes, as have other comedian types, and I was happy for the exposure.

Bastards, where do you sit on this controversy? Do you feel betrayed by Takei’s non-disclosure that not everything on his Facebook page comes from him personally? Or could you give flying fuck?

Source: THR

‘Godzilla’ Was Here…?

Godzilla 1954

Sure looks that way. On the Facebook fan page for Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures new Godzilla remake yesterday, the below picture was posted with the caption, “Path of Destruction.” Not sure where this is supposed to be in the context of the film, but if you said that it looks like British Columbia, you’d be correct because Godzilla is indeed shooting in and around Canada’s western-most province right now. (No word yet on how a Godzilla attack is going to affect the current provincial election in B.C., and between you, me, and the lamp post Liberal Premier Christy Clark can’t take any more bad news.)

Here’s the shot from the Godzilla set courtesy of Geek Tyrant.

godzilla_path527263712

Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, and Sally Hawkins, is scheduled to be released on May 16th, 2014.

mandarin1

Today in Iron Man 3 news, the word seems to be going around that director Shane Black MAY have had Sir Ben Kingsley tone down the histrionic supervillain menace in the latest TV advert for the hotly anticipated Marvel sequel. It started when Movieline noted that there seems to be a definite change in the delivery of the line: “You’ll never see me coming” between the most recent theatrical trailer, and the just released television spot. The former seemed more dynamic and theatrical, while the latter was less affected and more straightforward….according to some fans, anyway.

So….will the real Mandarin please stand up?

Now that that’s out of my system, let’s give a listen to the lines in question – starting with the appropriately “theatric” theatrical trailer version, about 47 seconds in:

And here’s the same line as delivered in the TV spot, at 18 seconds:

Naturally, there’s all manner of possible explanations for this slight discrepancy: The line could be delivered more than once during the film, and these snippets were taken from different scenes, for instance. Personally, it sounds like exactly the same read to me – with the addition of a little reverb and other audio effects added to the theatrical trailer for “flair”.

If anyone still cares more than a few days from now, they can find out the truth on May 3rd.

If you haven’t sold your soul to Mark Zuckerberg like I have, you might still be unaware of Facebook’s “Unlock The Armors” contest. Already the Silver Centurion and Shotgun suits have been revealed, today FB added the Heartbreaker and Igor armors (below).

_1364361807

_1364361817

There was speculation among fans who saw concept art for what we now know is the Igor armor that it may actually be the cinematic interpretation of the famous “Hulkbuster” suit. While that seems unlikely now, one could argue that if Tony and Bruce HAD to throw down, this armor would probably be the one to wear.

Prepare to be inundated by even more IM3 news as the release date draws nigh.