One of the things that makes Game of Thrones, and the book series it’s based on, so fascinating is the rich world building and history created by George R.R. Martin. You could study Westeros as if it were a real point in history because, hell, we know more about it than we do actual points in history!
Included in the special features on Game of Thrones Season One Blu-ray is an awesome collection of featurettes which explain in detail the complicated history and mythos of Westeros. There are features on the different houses and their lineage, the religions, certain orders and important events. Basically, if you’re watching the show and need to understand how groups of people relate to each other, or don’t understand why one family loathes another, here’s your homework.
We told you last week about Epix’ Avengers premiere contest and now comes some fresh footage about another Avengers adjacent and relevant bit of news from Epix, featuring none-other than Avengers co-creator Stan Lee. In the clip, from the upcoming EPIX documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, Lee talks about the way he helped shine a light on artists and writers in the golden and silver age by giving them proper credit on the cover of their books. Lee also gave them nicknames in an effort to more ably single out these talents, comic historian Jim McLauchlin explains, ”Stan Made sure that everyone got a credit and he started building personality behind these people.”
So, will the full documentary shine a light on Lee’s opinions about the other ways some writers and artists have been cheated out of full credit? We’ll see when With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story premiers on Epix during their Marvel Heroes Weekend, a marathon of Marvel movies Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger that takes place April 27th to the 29th. For more info on the marathon and the Lee documentary check out the Epix facebook page.
And no, we don’t mean the X-Man that can turn himself into metal.
Mere hours after having their adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Towers put into turn-around by Universal, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are now looking to move a project on the back-burner to the front-burner. That project is Colossus: The Forbin Project, which will be based on a 1966 novel by D.F. Jones and turned into a 1970 movie directed by Joseph Sargent (who later made Jaws: The Revenge) and starring Young and the Restless thespian Eric Braeden.
So what’s the plot? “A genius creates a supercomputer put in charge of independently regulating the national defense of the United States. It’s soon discovered the Russians have created a similar computer, and both machines have begun sharing top secret information. The Russians and Americans must work together before both computers seize control of each country’s stockpile of missiles.” So think of it as a kind of War Games prequel, but sans Ferris Beuller.
Blake Masters (Law and Order: LA) will be the man charged with adapting the story for the big screen again. Whether or not he’ll update the story to take place in the 21st century, or maybe keep the story Cold War-centric, no one knows yet. Once Howard himself was attached to direct and Will Smith was going to star in it, but the times may have changed, and a new creative team will need to be recruited.
For now, we shall wait and see what else may come out of this killer computer news.
The new season of Doctor Who premieres on BBC America April 23rd at 9pm (et). This will be the second series following the adventures of the 11th Doctor. Yep, 11th. Meaning if you’re new to Who you’ve got a bit of catching up to do. Doctor Who premiered in 1963 and over 47 years we’ve flown through time and space with 11 different Doctors and all his companions. Even though 11 different actors have played the renegade Time Lord he’s always the same man. Confused?
I’ll let the Fine Bros take it from here. They’ve created for all you Doctor Who n00bs a review of all 47 years of history in under six minutes. So pencils at the ready, you’re gonna need to be a very quick note taker.
I have a confession to make, I hate history! History is 1. Boring 2. You can’t be there to experience it because it’s already happened 3. Is not always 100% true. Really, though I feel history is learning definitions, names, dates places.. etc, and not really learning about it. History is full of good stories, but the education system batters it up and makes it as uninteresting as possible.
Now, how would history become more interesting to the less interested like myself? Well, let comic legend Frank Miller tell it. Throw in some slutty-ness, disproportionate muscles, blood, guts and we got ourselves a history lesson. That’s how.
And, wouldn’t you know it, some cartoon artist thought the exact same thing. Caldwell Tanner imagined historical events and figures as though they had been illustrated by comic book artist Frank Miller.
Martin Luther, Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, and more retold in the style of Frank Miller’s Sin City.
It’s cool artwork, and I give Caldwell a tip of the hat for making history look appetizing. Just one question though. Why the fuck is Rosa Parks white?
Wednesday is here and with the release of our 20thpodcastepisode comes the ever-popular question of the week! Question of the week is a question we ask you, our readers and listeners, and you answer it by either commenting to this post, or telling us your answer on facebook or twitter (@nerdbastards)! We choose the best answer on the Podcast and the winner will have their answer read aloud on the air, as well as the ability to shout-out or plug anything they want to. You will also see your answer written here on the weekly question post.
Last week’s question was: What is the nerdiest way to die? The user Mordrun won with this answer: Trip over your dog named Darth Spot while wearing your Ewok slippers, Spiderman boxers, and Batman Bathrobe
, falling onto your Harry Potter movie quality replica wand, which goes right through your Twilight “I Heart Shining Vampires!” tshirt, barely missing your Star Trek Communicator pin, and goes straight into your heart.
This week’s question is: If you could go back in time to change any nerd moment, what would it be and why?
It’s billed as a slideshow of every console in gaming history, but you just know that some nerd out there is going to take issue with that, saying they used the four-switch Atari 2600 for 1977 instead of a Heavy Sixer or some crap like that.
But still, this is pretty badass. You can see just how far consoles have come since the dark ages when I was a kid. And dear God, carve out some time from your day to watch it. It lasts a bit over 20 minutes.
Remember back to when you were all in middle school and you were sitting in that dreaded history class. Always boring, right?? Would you have been more apt to listen and pay attention if you were told Batman was in WWII? Would you find the Yalta Conference more mesmerizing if Darth Vader was there? Well guess what…they were!!! At least accoring to Agan Harahap they were. He likes to place fictonal characters in historic photographs (as well as a bunch of other things, but this is what I found hilarious). Check out his website here. And check out some other pics after the jump.
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