You look out the window and see the night sky is an interesting kaleidoscope of purple, gold, and green; the dark swirling clouds threaten storms of untold proportions. An alien mother ship hangs ominously over the burning city in the distance, spewing laser beams and attack crafts to the ground. The zombies outside beat a steady rhythm on your front door…wait a minute, is that Betty White? In the next room the TV anchor is droning on about the meteor headed toward earth bound for impact in eight days; as if it mattered. You grab the remote and flip through the channels, the meteor . . . zombies . . . aliens . . . man-eating frogs . . . zombies . . . Jersey Shore . . . meteor . . . tornadoes . . . some kind of western about four weird guys on horses . . . yeah, nothing on, at least that much hasn’t changed.
Not much else to do but go nail another board over that window, grab your baseball bat, a bottle of Tequila, your favorite snacks, and watch:
I guess this makes me extra nerdy that I already knew this, but over at Blastr, they’re educating the rest of the masses about the lyrics to the theme song for Star Trek (TOS). The classic theme was composed by Alexander Courage (who many years later would fulfill musical duties for the ill-fated Superman IV), and since they used the song in each episode, he’d get a decent chunk of change. As Blastr points out, this is even ignoring Trek’s eventual cult-classic status. The show did run for three seasons.
Ah, but Courage had a handshake agreement with Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in which Gene had the option to pen lyrics to the song; in that event, the two would split the royalties. So after the show’s first year, that’s exactly what happened. But not because The Great Bird of the Galaxy had found the perfect words that embodied the memorable memory. As alleged in the book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, Trek producers Herb Solow and Robert Justman, Roddenberry did it to make some extra money.
It seems a bit sketchy, but Star Trek wasn’t then even close to the phenomenon it is today (or more accurately, 10 or 15 years ago when it was a cash cow for Paramount), and it’s not unlikely that at least some of that money helped keep the series afloat in one way or another even if indirectly. It really depends whom you ask.
Regardless, Courage didn’t score any other Trek episodes as a result of this.
So you’re probably wondering, “so what are the lyrics? Do they suck?” Read (and most likely weep):
There comes a point where a once brilliant director and writer cannot maintain his same level of greatness across his movies, and the suitable thing for them to do is move on to do something else entirely. But, there are some directors that insist on trying to re-capture their fleeting moment of greatness again and again … never to do so.
Directors like M. Night Shyamalan.
Can we just skip the formalities and say that, “Lady in the Water“, “The Happening“, and “Avatar the Last Air Blunder Bender” were the equivalent of putting a dead baby in a blender (I dunno what that means, but it sounds right)?
So, moving on. “Devil”, a film about 5 people trapped in elevator who try to figure out who farted and are terrorized by the Devil. Now, mind you that when trailers for “Devil” hit the megaplexis people groaned and laughed (mostly laughed) when “From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan” popped up on onscreen. The trailer, however pushed on, like the little engine that could and opinions started to change. “Devil” looked kinda good. Terrifying, suspenseful, coherent. Could this actually be a film with M. Nights name attached to it that doesn’t suck? Well, according to reviews it’s as bad or as good as you were expecting.
“With no characters worth caring about, a heavy reliance on a mystery and a final-act twist, and absolutely no sense of suspense, Devil completely blows the chance to build on what could have been an effective story.” – Brian Tallerico, Hollywood Chicago
“The screenplay is streamlined but shallow, and director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) doesn’t generate much suspense, and leaves us half-interested in getting to the drab, unsatisfying finale. Devil doesn’t devise a very scary hell, and therefore is doomed to be forgotten.” – John Serba, mlive
” … the climax is frightening, almost living up to the promise of all that’s happened before, and the way the ending is handled feels rewarding and satisfying. After the immaculately wrung tension of the last 80 minutes, I felt like I’d seen an excellent film. ” -Ben Greene, MovieWeb
” … for all its preaching about guilt, redemption, punishment and salvation, Devil delivers its chills in a compact, efficient package of extreme close-ups, decently-timed surprises and the terror of dread-anticipation. It’s not great, but it’s not bad … ” – Roger Moore, Orlando Central
So, it seems like a decent premise, but poor on the execution . Regardless, one the better films “From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan” in years. But, the important question here is: “What Did You Think?” Please share your comments below and feel free to discuss spoilers.
Son of a bitch, I almost went a whole year without thinking about the kick to the taint that was the Battlestar Galactica series finale. (SPOILER ALERT) So, after a long and arduous journey, the BSG crew make the final jump and arrive to Earth (Our Earth. 200,000 years in the past). And, restart their lives with a collective “fuck it” by tossing their ships into the sun and giving up all their comforts and identity. 30,000 plus people dumped on Earth, with no shelter, food or medicine, with the only form of amusement of fucking the indigenous Neanderthals, leading me to believe that I’m the descendant of a Human-Cylon-Neanderthal love triangle? Ridiculous! Don’t even get me started on whole Starbuck kooky ghost/angel thing. Argh, I just remembered the 6 and Baltar Angels. *sigh (END SPOILER ALERT)
So, yeah, would you like to see a followup story on humans getting sand in their vaginas and having orgies with Neanderthals? Well, according to Edward James Olmos, we WILL find out what happened to William Adama after the events of the Battlestar Galactica series finale, because he’s at work on a sequel we’ll all get to see “pretty soon.”
While discussing his film Selena during Hispanic Heritage Month, the conversation (as you might expect) eventually came around to BSG, and Olmos said:
“I’m going to go there. I’m going to go there in a graphic novel. Pretty soon I hope. I don’t know. It just depends on whether people can get behind it and understand it for what it is. I think people will. …
“I want to know what he’s doing right now, don’t you? I kind of was left with him sitting about to build his cabin, so God almighty I’d like to know what’s happening to him right now. In many moments throughout the day, I’ll think, ‘I wonder what he’s doing? What the heck is he up to? What the heck are those people up to?’ Here they were 200,000 years ago on this earth. They came from the experience that they came from. All I can tell you is: aren’t you guys curious as to what happened to them?”
Bill building a cabin and eventually forming early Scotland (presumably) is just pouring salt on a sore wound. Let it rest dude. And dude, given where the show left off in mankind’s history … isn’t there already a sequel written? It’s called the Bible.
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
It appears fans of Doctor Who just got hit with a time splitting revelation from Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer of the series, at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Doctor who is going to be split into two parts (gasp!). The upcoming season, next year, will be split into a 7-episode spring arc and a 6-episode autumn storyline. Rest assured, this is not to screw with loyal Doctor Who fans (myself included).
Steven Moffat let it spill that this break isn’t part of a mid-season hiatus, but to split the series into two distinct storylines:
“Looking at the next series I thought what this show needs is a big event in the middle […] I kept referring to a mid-season finale. So we are going to make it two series – seven episodes at Easter building to an earth-shattering climax, a cliffhanger we could never normally do because it would be too long before it came back. An enormous game-changing cliffhanger that will change everything. The wrong expression would be to say we are splitting it in two. We are making it two separate series […] With an Easter series, an autumn series and a Christmas special, you are never going to be more than few months from the new series of Doctor Who […] Tart that I am, we will now have two first nights and two finales, twice as many event episodes as we had before.”
Moffat also disscused his future with the Doctor Who series, stating he won’t be leaving the show “for a while yet”. He even gave a special glimpse to those at the festival for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, guest starring Michael Gambon (Dumbldore!) and Katherine Jenkins (a Welsh mezzo-soprano). With the Series keeping the Doctor’s companion, now married, in the mix along with her husband Rory, what can we expect from the next season. Is Amy going to have a stronger role in the series? Will they kill Rory again? Will the show say “screw it!” and throw in a time traveling threesome? No one knows for sure but all will be answered in the coming year (come on threesome)
The young teenage me loved Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 film ‘Judge Dredd‘. Of course, that was before I knew any better. Before I knew that Judge Dredd was a comic. Before I knew that unimaginative movie executives and talentless hack filmmakers took a liking to making idiotic and inappropriate liberties with nerd properties. After a few years of misspent youth I quickly realized that Stallone and crew clearly demonstrated only a vague familiarity with the source material. They failed to deliver the the dark satirical elements of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s series. And, don’t even get me started on the whole removal of the helmet… and Rob Schneider. Oi!
Anyways, you wanna see a 1 minute fan film that is better than the entire Sly Judge Dredd film?
This teaser trailer for a 15 minute 2000 AD/Judge Dredd based Fan Film (By Steven Sterlacchini with some shockingly good-looking costumes by Daniel Carey-George of Custom Creations ) is about a rather obscure character created by John Wagner and Mike Mike McMahon, Judge Minty.
An aging Judge who is forced to ‘retire’ from the streets, mainly it seems because he has become too compassionate. He chooses to take ‘The Long Walk’ into the Cursed Earth, there “to take law to the lawless”. The film will be based around his first experiences in the radioactive wastes.
Watch the work-in-progress below
The one minute tease of Steven Sterlacchini’s work in progress is an impressive, well polished, stunning, gorgeous piece of cinematic splendor. Only one minute long and it’s far and above better than the travesty that was Sly Dredd.
FYI: Article starts with loosely related Jusitn Bieber rant.
I’m sorry but if you like Justin Bieber then you’re an asshole. I hate him and you should too. Not just because it’s the culturally thing to do, but because he’s a gay little-boy, studio whore. His factory made music and music like his is the reason we can’t have nice things on the radio. Oi, sorry I had to get that out. Slow him down 800 percent however, and maybe, just maybe his music won’t sound like audio diarrhea. In fact, if your into some of that ‘Pure Moods’ shit it might be just the thing to light a candle to when you break out the tissues and a bottle of Astroglide for those special alone times. What am I talking about? I’m referring to when the Internet went crazy over Justin Bieber’s anthem “U Smile” slowed down 800 percent. It was creepy cool, but we didn’t write about it because it wasn’t nerdy enough to acknowledge. But take classic Sci-Fi themes and slow them down in the same manner, and we have nerdy material worth posting.
The masterful minds at i09.com took the effect to the tunes of Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Buffy, Star Trek, Star Wars and more. As i09 says: “The overall effect of these slowed-down classics is one of spookiness — but they might also recharge your “sense of wonder.” We couldn’t agree more. Ominous, and foreboding, but totally awesome. A neat technique that will elevate your nerdiness in a beyond weird spiritual level. And, that’s without the use of mind altering substances.
This is a song and music video entitled, ‘Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury’ by Rachel Bloom. It’s about some chick who wants to get boned by Ray Bradbury. It’s a catchy little tune with some fair production value and I love how she slaps Kurt Vonnegut at the end, but ultimately it’s a nerd fail. It needed more cowbell. Seriously, the song is nothing but a two minute bit about fucking. But really, is there anything even wrong with that? Her boobs, sexual innuendos and mere mention of Ray Bradbury is a service to fans is it not? So what if she the vaguest familiarity with Ray Bradbury? So what if he would be insulted to be referred to as a Sci-Fi writer? This hot nerdy girlie has some titties that we suck you in like tractor beams. That’s all that matters doesn’t it?
Also at Star Wars Celebration V George Lucas announced that the Star Wars saga will finally make it’s way to Blu-ray.
“I wish I could say it’s coming out this year, but it’s coming out next year,” Mr. Lucas announced as he revealed what additional material would accompany the blu-ray release. “They’ll be different kinds of additional material. I think you’ve seen enough behind the scenes material for a lifetime. There’s some really good material that will be included in there, including more deleted scenes that you haven’t seen “.
IGN also confirmed that all six movies will be released in the format sometime in Fall 2011. Apparently, the press release they were given also said that the set will feature, “…documentaries, vintage behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, retrospectives and never-before-seen footage from the Lucasfilm archives.
When asked why it took so long, Lucas replied “We’ve been wanting to do it as soon as we possibly could, but we just wanted to do it when enough people would be able to buy it and see it. You have to go through and do a whole restoration on it, and you have to do that digitally. It’s a very, very expensive process to do it.”
But that’s not all, a lost scene was found in the Lucas archives and shown for the first time at Celebration V. This incredibly epic, never-before-screened scene cut from Return of the Jedi shows Darth Vader tempting Luke to join the dark side, paired with footage of Luke constructing/activating his green lightsaber and officially becoming a Jedi Knight.
Incredible nerd news today. The AMC Network (Mad Med, Breaking Bad) has ordered up 6 episodes of The Walking Dead, committing beyond the pilot we told you about back in January.
The Walking Dead is a comic book series that was created by Robert Kirkman. To digress for a moment, if you haven’t been reading this series then you are seriously missing out. It’s not about Zombies popping out of no where to give us a good scare. No, it’s a rich, smart, character driven story about what happens when a group of people are forced to survive in a world ruled by the dead. It’s filled with great moments of suspense, psychological terror and gut wrenching loss. It’s just a superbly written series that raises the bar on the Zombie genre and makes us realize why we read comics in the first place. Anyway, the monthly black and white comic is certainly worthy of getting adapted into a television series. AMC certainly sees the potential as well. Ordering 6 episodes, a full season, with out even gauging response from the pilot tells us that the scrip must be pretty F’N incredible.
The cable channel is planning on launching the new series during its Fearfest week, which usually runs during the Halloween week of October.