Kickstarter is an amazing resource for creatives and creators to seek crowdfunding for projects that would otherwise never see the light of day. People, fans, nerds, just like you produce amazing works of art with the help of their peers and like-minded fans. NerdBastards would like to take some time to stop and recognize some noteworthy projects in need of funding. Help make all kinds of fantastic art and support independent creators. Today’s spotlight is on…
When Yooka-Laylee was announced on Kickstarter, it was a big deal. The game was being developed by Playtonic Games, a new game studio comprised entirely of former members of Rare, many of which had worked on game series such as Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Perfect Dark, and the timeless N64 classic Goldeneye. Their mission was to create a new game to reinvigorate the dying genre of 3D platformers, a genre set into motion by Super Mario 64 that once dominated the video game market. These developers, led by project director Chris Sutherland, wanted to bring the style of gameplay they had (arguably) perfected in games like Banjo-Kazooie. There was only one problem: Banjo and pals are owned by Microsoft. Enter his unofficial successor: Yooka the Chameleon, and his pal, Laylee the Bat. With new characters, the boys (formerly of Rare) were back in business, so they turned to Kickstarter to fund the dream. They asked for $270,000 to make it happen; well, it did. In less than 30 minutes. (more…)
“Kung Fury,” the Kickstarter-backed, 80s throwback, action/comedy, which became a hit sensation, is ready for Round 2. The half hour short film, a creation made in the basement of director David Sandberg, incorporated several green screen shots (along with some mad editing skills) to create an exciting and enjoyable flick destined to be a cult classic. Sandberg took to social media in announcing the film’s one year anniversary of its release on his ‘Laser Unicorns‘ Instagram page.
In his post, the short film’s writer not only celebrates the movie’s anniversary, but takes the opportunity to reveal that a sequel is in the works. The accompanying picture shows the finished script of the as-of-yet untitled follow-up to the throwback action-comedy romp tightly wrapped with the hero of the film’s recognizable red bandana. (more…)
Far from a new idea, a film of The Goon comic series was first launched on Kickstarter in 2012. It was planned to be a feature length animated production based on Eric Powell‘s fifty comic series. It seemed to have a fair amount of steam behind it, too, with over 7,500 fans raising almost $450,000 to put towards it. The project even attracted the attention of big names including David Fincher of House of Cards.
With 12 days left on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter campaign, a new cast member has been revealed! Consumate character actor Patton Oswalt has been announced as the next evil henchman, TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. For those who are not avid fans of the B movie-riffing television show that ran from 1988 until its cancellation in 1999, TV’s Frank was the henchman to Mad Scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester. It seems family ties are strong in this reboot/continuation, since it has already been announced that Felicia Day is to play Dr. Forrester’s daughter, Kinga Forrester. (more…)
Interview With Zachary Levi: “Every Intention” Of Doing More ‘Chuck,’ Kickstarter Hatred, ‘Thor 3,’ New ‘Tangled’ Stuff, And More!
If there is one thing you can say about Zachary Levi, it’s that the man knows his nerdy stuff! Serving as the host of the pop-culture gameshow Geeks Who Drink (SyFy, new episodes every Thursday night) as well as starring in the new Heroes Reborn mini-series (premiering tonight, September 24th, on NBC), he’s got to routinely be on his game, and it’s apparent that he has had the love of all things pop-ish from well before his days starring as everyman spy-wannabe Chuck from the mid-2000s NBC show of the same name.
Check out our conversation below, and be sure to check Zachary out in his new shows Geeks Who Drink and Heroes Reborn this Fall!
Now that the most wonderful time of the year for us gaming nerds has come and gone, I think it’s high time to get into the biggest hits and misses of what was, without question, a truly exceptional show. It’s difficult to think of another year (without any new console announcements) that was even close to matching this one in terms of excitement and excellent game announcements, and that’s really the best thing that could possibly be said about it. And so ladies and gentlebastards, without further interruption, I give you the 17 biggest hits and misses of E3 2015! (more…)
I was just saying to myself last week, “Self – it’s been far, far too long since Uwe Boll has done something bat-crap crazy.” Well, now I can rest easy, because everyone’s favorite B-list Hollywood maniac is at it again. After famously challenging movie critics to a boxing match – and actually going through with some of them – almost a decade ago, Boll posted multiple videos to YouTube over the weekend, blasting his fans, the Kickstarter staff, the crowdfunding model in general, Hollywood “elitists,” and even his potential future investors. (more…)
Just when you were wondering who you were gonna call on Board Game night, Ghostbusters gets a brand new Kickstarter to create an awesome looking new board game. Cryptozoic Entertainment just kicked off their new Kickstarter for the Ghostbusters Board Game. Let’s take a look at it. (more…)
Whenever I’m channel surfing on a boring Monday night and land on ‘Back To The Future’, I just put the remote down without even thinking. It’s a brilliant film with oodles of complexity and a tight hold on one of Hollywood’s various ideas on time travel. I don’t think we’ll ever navigate the past or the future, but there’s a good chance that some of the movie’s technology could come to fruition. Take hoverboards, for instance. In the movie’s somewhat inferior sequel, protagonist Marty McFly zips from 1985 into 2015 and experiences his first encounter with the floating device. Director Robert Zemeckis lied in an interview, saying the contraption was real. But we told science that, according to the movie, they have until 2015 to make that shit happen. Did they or didn’t they? You be the judge. (more…)