‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Ready To Disembark In 2017

- 07-23-14Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

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In just about 3 years, another film in the POTC franchise will take what it can–which, based on history, could be as much as a billion dollars worldwide–and give nothing back, except a reasonably entertaining two hours or so.

Perhaps solely to remind us that they STILL do things other than Star Wars and superheroes, Disney has decided to continue the lucrative franchise with a fifth installment tentatively subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.

As for who will make up this outing’s cast, we have no information as of yet–though all 4 installments have thus far starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, so the return of one or both of them is more or less assured…..and frankly, I don’t see how you could even consider making a POTC film without Depp–but then, I didn’t think they could (or should) make one without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley….More after the jump: (more…)

Scott Derrickson Will Direct ‘Doctor Strange’ But Will Jared Leto Play Title Role?

- 06-03-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It was a provocative tweet to say the least. Sure, any director can say “My next movie will be strange,” but usually that’s just a statement of quality. In this case, Scott Derrickson means Strange, Doctor Strange. As the upset of Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant Man has more or less died down, this news is surely designed to get people excited about Marvel movies again, especially after the Sorcerer Supreme was name dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But is this news legit, or another oddly specific rumor testing the waters? (more…)

Johnny Depp In Talks to Play “America’s First Superhero” Harry Houdini

- 05-28-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Johnny Depp has been on a bit of a bad run lately (and by “lately”, I mean “since 2009″). While still somewhat “bankable”, the A-List actor hasn’t truly “acted” since Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (which, if you know that film or Mann’s body of work as a whole, ain’t exactly saying much). Outside of a cute cameo in 21 Jump Street, Depp has relegated his craft to slathering on makeup and wearing “a bunch of funny hats”, calling into question his overall likability as a performer. To boil it down into silly catchphrases: instead of a “McConaissance” what we’re witnessing is a “Deppcline” (Trademark! Print Money!). For a more detailed look at the degeneration of Depp, I’d advise checking out Britt Hayes’ breakdown of the man’s career and the questionability of his “great actor” status over at BAD.

But now Depp is trying his hand at the “superhero” game (sort of), as the actor’s currently in talks to portray Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. (more…)

‘Transcendence’ Fears the Internet Like It’s 1991

- 04-18-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Back in the early to mid 90s, there was a series of films about the coming wonders and nightmares about the internet, but in hindsight they had all the finesse of George W. Bush’s description of the World Wide Web as a series of tubes, and were almost as prescient too. Watching Transcendence, one is taken back to a more innocent time when the internet was an unknown unknown, and thus capable of anything and everything because the audience didn’t know the difference. But it’s been 20 years since flicks like The Net and Lawnmower Man and Virtuosity, and the internet has become ingrained in almost every facet of our world. In 2014, even the most luddite of audience members isn’t going to buy the film’s magical portrayal of technology. And by “magic,” I mean literal magic. (more…)

Helena Bonham Carter to Return to Wonderland as “The Red Queen” in Upcoming Sequel

- 03-13-14Film Posted by James Daniels

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While Tim Burton will, sadly, not be returning to helm the sequel to his 2010 Alice in Wonderland adaptation, according to Variety: Helena Bonham Carter is in negotiations to reprise her role as The Red Queen.  Johnny Depp will also return as The Mad Hatter–making this possibly the only time Carter and Depp have been in a movie together without Tim Burton directing.  (more…)

Feige Discusses ‘Doctor Strange’… Again

- 02-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Some stuff we just can’t stop talking about. Even if it’s years away from becoming reality, we can’t help ourselves. Even if there’s a chance nothing will ever, ever come of it, we get all excited like a kid who ate too many Pixie sticks. Of course, we hardly expect nothing to come of all this Doctor Strange discussion, Marvel’s too heavily invested in turning every character they have into something, be it their own movie, or a side character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But as the rumor mill keeps churning, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige sat down once again to chill us out. (more…)

The BastardCast vs The LEGO Warriors of the Taco Robot Wars

- 02-16-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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Come with us now for an experience that will stress your senses and tickle your gag reflex AND your funny bone. The astounding, the horrifying, the morbidly obese, and infectiously clever — The BastardCast. We are thought stallions rolling across a docile plain, a dust cloud of airborne giggle bits trailing the swipe of our night black tails. You will suck the marrow from the bone of this podcast and it will fill you with justice, purpose, and also marrow. Which is so gross. (more…)

Another ‘Transcendence’ Trailer Coming Your Way

- 02-11-14Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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The Depp is back, and this time he’s actually not dressed up in some ridiculous costume with make-up all over his face. Johnny Depp’s latest project happens to be an AI-themed flick directed by Wally Pfister, AKA the guy that did all that neat cinematography stuff for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. With Transcendence, he’s in the director’s chair and you can see from the newest trailer that he’s delving into material that looks to be in line with what Nolan might do himself. Check it out below: (more…)

The BastardCast vs. For Whom the Taco Bell Tolls

- 01-14-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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It was foretold that there would be a week of unrelenting news, rumors, and numors — a spilled over volcano of headlines about Star Wars, Marvel Studios, DC Comics, and something to do with swiss cheese masturbation. To combat that onslaught, The BastardCast is here to carry you to safety like a rotting piece of driftwood in a poop water flood. Also, there is Taco Talk! (more…)

Johnny Depp Gets Thrown Into the Mighty Marvel Movie Rumor-Mill

- 01-14-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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It’s become a daily ritual for this Nerd Bastard. Wake up in the morning, grab a Diet Coke, crank up the computer and while it’s booting up, take a guess at what Hollywood celebrity will be linked to, looked at, or just blindly thrown into the Internet’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Casting Cauldron. This time around, it’s Johnny Depp, but what role has he been linked to? (more…)