Fox Wants to Push Serkis Oscar Nom for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

- 11-06-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


When motion capture performance became a thing at the beginning of the 21st century, Andy Serkis was at the forefront, and it was his dedication and talent playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy that made people realize this was an extremely effective tool in creating a new kind of performance on film. Still, like most technological evolutions in Hollywood, there has yet to be a lot of love for it from the establishment, and by that we mean major awards consideration. There’s been talk before of Serkis getting a nod for Lord of the Rings or other roles where his performance has been motion captured, but Twentieth Century Fox is now apparently getting ready to make a serious push for Serkis to get an Academy Award nomination for his work in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. (more…)

Was Warner Bros. High When They Greenlit The Budget For ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy??

- 10-22-14Books, Film, WTF? Posted by Aspry Jones


It cost over 3 times as much to make ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy than it did ‘Lord Of The Rings.’ I know they’ve got awesome weed in that fantasy universe, but who knew it would be so goddamned expensive?? When news got out that crazy man Guillermo del Toro signed to direct ‘The Hobbit,’ fans were mildly okay with it but wanted Peter Jackson instead. The studio wanted him too. But Jackson was busy, and compromises were made. Hands were shook, del Toro quietly exited, and boom – the king returned. Well, they must’ve wanted him something powerful because the budget Jackson ended up with could rebuild Metropolis after ‘Man Of Steel’ left it crumbled. Wait, I’m mixing genres here. That Shire mary jane must be getting to me. Let’s all get stoned just from talking about how much freakin’ money went into this wholly average production. (more…)

“Will You Follow Me One Last Time?” – New Trailer for Final ‘Hobbit’

- 07-28-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


So if you were at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you’ve probably already seen this, but for the rest of us the trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now online. As director Peter Jackson promised on the weekend, this one looks to be much darker than the previous installments of the The Hobbit, that and there’s a ton of action coming in the film because if there’s five armies in the title then it better be one good, big fight. (more…)

Viggo Mortensen Criticizes Peter Jackson and CGI Excess

- 05-16-14Film Posted by Brandon Marcus


Without Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen wouldn’t be nearly as big a star as he is. But despite the success and fame he garnered because of the films, Mortensen still has some harsh words for Jackson. Harsh as they may be, the actor might be pretty spot-on.

So what did Viggo said that could rub some Jackson fans the wrong way?


TCC – Sean Astin and Billy Boyd: Hobbits Forever

- 03-10-14Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Fans may be divided on The Hobbit, but they’re united in their love for Lord of the Rings even 10 years after that trilogy came to a close. If you have any doubt that the love was still there, then you should have been in Room 718B on Saturday afternoon for the standing room only crowd for Sean Astin and Billy Boyd. Fire regulations were definitely pushed to the breaking point, and the Q&A was delayed as more and more people crowded around the back of the room to relive the glory days with two of the Fellowship. (more…)

Weinsteins Fighting Warners for Sackfuls of ‘Hobbit’ Money

- 12-12-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


If you once owned the rights to a franchise that makes 10 figures every time at bat, wouldn’t you sue for more money? That seems to be the tact being taken by Bob and Harvey Weinstein who yesterday brought suit against Warner Bros, owners of New Line Cinema, stating that they’re owned more money from the franchise they sold: the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien‘s books The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. How’s that? Well, it’s kind of a long story. In fact, you’d need a whole trilogy of three-hour films to tell it in the most excruciating detail possible. (more…)

WB Games to Produce Original Concept Middle Earth Game

- 11-12-13Film, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


As the hype builds for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second film of the Hobbit trilogy, there comes news about other Middle Earth developments, in this case, of the video game variety. The game, which is called Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, features an original story about a ranger who’s killed with his family the night Sauron returns only to be resurrected with Wraith-like powers to embark on a mission of vengeance. Intrigued yet? Read the press release below: (more…)

Nerd Art Dump: Hobbit Troubles, Batman vs. The Monarch, Watercolor Heroes & MOAR!

- 06-27-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay


Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: In all three Lord of the Rings films poor Samwise never really got the credit for having to deal with all the crap he had to put up with. Thankfully Glen Brogan feels the hobbit’s pain and gave him the credit he rightfully deserves. [XombieDIRGE]

Hit the jump for Disney girls, ninja turtles and more.

Nerdy Bits: Nerdy Condoms, Stop Motion Zelda, LEGO Wedding Dress and MOAR!!!

- 06-26-13Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, WTF? Posted by Regina Lizik

Millennium Falcon Bed

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

ABOVE: Round beds are pretty cool and they are even cooler when they’re shaped like the Millennium Falcon.  This bed was handmade by supernerd Kayla Kromer. You can see more photos, taken by Heather Leah Kennedy, on Kayla’s Facebook page.  [Laughing Squid]


Nerd Art Dump: Marvel/DC Mash Up Heroes, ‘Hannibal’, Zombie E.T. and MOAR!

- 06-13-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay



Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: Taking the best of what Marvel and DC have to offer artist Eric Guzman has combined several heroes and villains into one cool mash-up. And everything fits so well together too! [The Mary Sue]

Hit the jump for Green Arrow and Black Canary, Daleks in the rain and more. (more…)