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 email@example.com.
Above: Hello! Yes, that’s Stan Lee posing for a centerfold with only an extra large Hulk comic to cover himself. Read in to that what you will, but here’s the whole story on how this happened. (The Mary Sue)
What’s even better than Scott Pilgim? More Scott Pilgrim, right? You’ve had to wonder if after the hugely successful film adaption we’d see more comics follow? Oh wait – the film was a flop because today’s audiences are stupid and couldn’t recognize something epic and awesome if it bit them on the ass. But Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was the critic’s and nerd’s darling, we just gobbled it up and wanted more! After the comic books you might have been left with a craving for more, but there wasn’t any more to be had.
Could we eventually see more Scott Pilgrim from creator Bryan Lee O’Malley?
I have to be honest, if I was doing a new scott pilgrim book in 2012 I could make a LOT of money and get a LOT of tumblr notes (lol). But listen, I’m really married to the idea that stories have beginnings, middles and ends. I set out to make a story that had an ending. I’m always bummed out by manga that goes on for 30+ volumes and just seems to be going nowhere. I set out to tell the story of Scott and Ramona in this limited scope. I think I was only like partially successful all-around, but I at least accomplished my goal.
If I do more Scott Pilgrim stories in the future, it would have to be a ‘new saga’ that had a different focus. I’ve had a few ideas for that, but I don’t have any specific plans to return to SP anytime soon, because I want to start a whole new unrelated series. That’s my plan for immediately after “Seconds” (which is a stand-alone book).
Well, that sounds like a big no, but I wouldn’t completely rule out the chance he might revisit that world. He just needs a good reason to.
In the meantime, “a whole new unrelated series”? I’m down! I’ve learned my lesson after coming to Scott Pilgrim only after the film. Now I’ll never miss a new Bryan Lee O’Malley book again, and neither should you!
Source: Bleeding Cool
Rarely will one go as far as to publicly bury the movies their studio was responsible for making, but Universal‘s Ron Meyer decided to bring out the shovel and start digging…. deep.
While speaking to a crowd at the Savannah Film Festival, Meyer pulled no punches describing just how he really feels. Let’s just say you won’t be seeing the words “Fantastic”, “wonderful” or “Oscar worthy” anywhere in the following.
Meyer said “We make a lot of s***ty movies…Every one of them breaks my heart.”
If Ron has anyone to blame he could blame himself, as an executive he does have say in how a film can be constructed right up to the final development stages. At any point he could have pulled the plug on anything, but instead he just wants to bitch and boy does he ever.
On Jon Favreau’s sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford:
“Cowboys & Aliens wasn’t good enough. … Forget all the smart people involved in it, it wasn’t good enough. All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it … I have to take first responsibility because I’m part of it, but we all did a mediocre job and we paid the price for it. It happens. They’re talented people. Certainly you couldn’t have more talented people involved in Cowboys & Aliens, but it took, you know, ten smart and talented people to come up with a mediocre movie. It just happens.”
On the comedy time and space traveling comedy Land of the Lost, starring Will Ferrell:
“Land of the Lost was just crap. … I mean, there was no excuse for it. The best intentions all went wrong … Cowboys & Aliens didn’t deserve better. Land of the Lost didn’t deserve better. Scott Pilgrim did deserve better, but it just didn’t capture enough of the imaginations of people.”
I give Ron credit for the Land of the Lost slam, since it really did suck something ferice, and the defense of Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim. Ron however, saved the worst of his venom for the Joe Johnston (Captain America) directed The Wolfman, starring Anthony Hopkins and Benecio Del Toro:
“One of the worst movies we ever made was Wolfman. … It’s one of those movies, the moment I saw it I thought, ‘What have we all done here?’ That movie was crappy. [The cast] was awful. The director was wrong. Benicio stunk. It all stunk.”
The cost of security alone is already going to cost him big, but after hearing such kind words spoken about their movies it will be some kind of miracle if Ron stays in Universal for much longer.
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, every morning, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I choose you, young Hollywood tween star! (TDW: Geek)
The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s fuckin’ weird shit like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker comparing dicks and shit like that. But there are a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis, and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm glory.
We’ll start off this week with a piece by DeviantArtist 89g, of Batman and Superman going at it. I’ve got my money on Batman!
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have built themselves quite an avid, nerdy fan base. They’ve been the creative minds behind such amazing series and movies as Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. When they’re not working together Wright is off bringing Scott Pilgrim to life and Pegg, with other frequent collaborator, Nick Frost, is traveling the American West with an alien in Paul. Clearly, they have lots of excellence to own up to and somehow top.
Shaun and Hot Fuzz are considered two parts of the ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ or ‘Three Flavored Cornetto’ trilogy. The (hopeful) trilogy is named for the excessive, over the top violence in the films as well as the inclusion of the scene, “Want anything from the shop?” “Cornetto.” which appears in both.
When Pegg was recently asked by Mr. Beaks of Ain’t It Cool News whether they felt any pressure to live up to their previous films,
Yeah, and I hope we sort of confound it in a way. I wouldn’t want to become predictable or be the guys who do that. The next thing that we do will hopefully be… you know, in writing our new thing, Edgar and me have been very determined – that we’re going to start in earnest very, very soon – to not just do the same thing again, to do something very different. Not to the point of alienating people who want something, but just give people something new and something different. You can’t just stay where you are forever. You have to mutate to survive, and I think we’re going to make sure that we do that. I’d hate to become stale and predictable. People are already making films that are kind of like the sort of thing we might do. I want to stay a little bit ahead of the curve at least.
And when asked about when we might expect such a collaboration,
We already started the conception process, so it’s just a question of when we can get together. I’m just about to start shooting a movie here in the UK, so maybe between that and STAR TREK we might get a chance to bang out a first draft if we’re lucky.
As we know Star Trek 2 (or 12) still has some script work to be done as well as J.J. Abrams having his way with it before they can make any head way into production. So there’s a solid chance the finale of the Bloody Cornetto Trilogy could be happening. Or we’ll be gettting something completely different yet totally awesome from Wright and Pegg soon.
Curly hair, inappropriate laugh, awkward gestures…repeat. Follow this formula and you’ve got all you need to be the new Michael Cera. So wait, where does one go to learn such difficult skills? The Michael Cera School of Acting, of course. This recent video post is certainly intended for all you Cera haters out there but can also be enjoyed by those who dig the guy as well. Whether you like the guy or not it’s just WAY too easy to make fun of the dope! In the end, what makes Cera great isn’t necessarily his acting ability; He has what I like to refer to as the “Nic Cage affect” where he ends up playing the same character in every film, but rather his uncanny ability to makes us laugh at him for who he truly is and that’s what is so charming about the guy. So the question is, do you wanna be like Michael Cera? If so, check out the video for some step by step directions on how to be a fucking klutzy goofball.
Source: FilmDrunk (more…)
So the box office numbers are out and to no one’s surprise, The Expendables took the number one spot with $35 million this past weekend. After that, Eat, Pray, Love took the number 2 spot while The Other Guys and Inception was 3rd and 4th. Which leaves Scott Pilgrim vs. The World debuting at 5th at $10.5 million. While that may not be the worst of 2010, that honor goes to the MacGruber film, it’s still not a good number to look at when the budget of the film was somewhere around $60-$80 million.
So what went wrong? Was this a film that no one really wanted but the hardcore? Did having Michael Cera as the lead affected people’s decision to watch the film? Or did most nerds just pirated film so that they didn’t need to show their face in public? As for me, this was the first film in a LONG time where I went to go see on opening day because I’m a fan of the graphic novel and loved the video game, in which you can read the review here.
Am I upset by this news, of course I am. Though, I’m sure the film will eventually get most of it’s money through DVD/Blu-Ray sales, I did hope for it to at least take the number 3 spot. What do y’all think? Do you think this was going to happen or did you believe it would do better? While I know it’s not the end of the world, I would facepalm if both Vampire Sucks and Piranha 3D have better opening numbers than Scott Pilgrim.
Our friends over at CollegeHumor got a bunch of illustration, done by Caldwell Tanner, of comic book characters hanging out in college. This will be your chance to see characters like Thor being drunk of his ass, Superman being the crying bitch that he is, and Aquaman pretty much being a joke (oh wait, that always happens). Check after the jump to get some chuckles and see a variety of characters in college situations that fits with the character and see if you can name them all as well (ya know, just to prove how much of a nerd you are).
Source: CollegeHumor (more…)
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That wait is over. Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is here!!! But, was it worth the wait? It’s being herald as one of our generations most outlandish, quirky, stylistic, unconventional, pieces of cinematic heaven. Does it live up to it’s critical acclaim? Was it a faithful adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels? Was it fun, funny and offbeat as you were hoping? Were the visuals as splashy and stylish enough to make your pupils hurt (in a good way)? Is the films tone and sensibilities something everyone can enjoy? How was Micheal Cera? Was the role of Scott Pilgrim his most un-Cera role yet or did you still want to punch him in the face? How has Scott Pilgrim set the bar for future comic/videogame genre films?
Was Scott Pilgrim an epic of epic epicness or was it the most overrated film of the year?
Tell us what you thought. Spoilers are allowed in the comments.