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They are two best friends, Firefly alum, and probably the only two guys that can get both nerdy boys and girls to drop their underoos with burning man desire. They are Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion. These two well known stars of TV and film have been around the Convention circuit offering their stories, egos, and devilishly handsome looks to elated fans. Now they’re now using their experience with cons to transform the weird and wonderful world of conventions into a web series. It’s called Con Man and will be written, directed and star Tudyk with Fillion co-starring as well as producing.

The series focuses on the actors’ experiences after their show’s cancellation, as they make their way into the convention circuit. As Tudyk explains in the video below, outsiders often think that science fiction fans are the weirdest part about a convention when, in truth, the strangest characters can be found behind the scenes.

Already they have their Firefly cast members Sean Maher and Gina Torres along for the ride as well as James Gunn, Seth Green, Felicia Day and Amy Acker, just to start. (more…)

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It shouldn’t come as surprise that a major issue I’ve had with Arrow are their piss poor villains. This season they’ve thankfully moved away from the terrible ‘villain of the week’ trope for more interesting and varied episodes, but often villains with potential are still wasted in forgettable, one-off appearances. Knowing that, I was a little worried about an episode centered are returning villains working as team, but honestly, I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed “Suicide Squad.” (more…)

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Arrow‘s second season ended its first half on a real high note. Oliver (Stephen Amell) is firmly cemented in his role as Starling City’s hero, Roy (Colton Haynes) survived his injection of Miracle (aw shucks), Barry (Grant Gustin) was successfully electrocuted and is on his way to becoming The Flash, and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennet) was revealed as the man funding Blood’s (Kevin Alejandro) slow take over of the city. Basically, the mid-season finale was fantastic. Can the second half keep up that momentum? (more…)

Time for a ‘Firefly’ Reunion – on ‘Arrow’

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Arrow’s been pretty good about employing well-known faces of sci-fi and fantasy – think of appearances by the likes of Seth Gabel (Fringe), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), and Kelly Hu (X2) – and this season, Firefly star Summer Glau joined the fun as Isabel Rochev, a rival industrialist threatening to take over Oliver Queen’s company. Now Glau is best known for her breakthrough role as River Tam, but soon she will be joined in Starling City by a fellow member of the Serenity’s crew. (Hint: it’s the guy in the picture above.) (more…)

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Two new trailers hit the web today for flicks with two very devoted and eager fanbases: The Hangover 3 and Much Ado About Nothing. Honestly, I never thought I’d ever combine the Bard and the Wolf Pack in one article, but here we are. Hangover 3 is the culmination of a trilogy I don’t think anyone expected would come this far. After their trip abroad the guys are coming back to Vegas for more outrageous insanity. There’s really no description I can give you that’d do the trailer justice, just watch,

OMG. He buys a giraffe. No word on what bad decisions they’ll make or what mayhem will follow, but guys, there’s a giraffe. And the return of Ken Jeong‘s Mr. Chow. The Hangover 3, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, opens nationwide May 24th.

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On the other side of the spectrum of comedy comes Joss Whedon‘s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s’ Much Ado About Nothing. In true Whedon fashion he gathered a cast of favorites: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg, and Tom Lenk, and stuck them in a low-budget, black and white, indie flick. Basically, the polar opposite of The Avengers.

Damn, this looks good. Leave it to Whedon to take Shakespeare and make it look unabashedly cool. Oh! And I looked up who Fillion’s playing since the trailer doesn’t say, and it’s the role of the sheriff, Dogberry. And oh man, are we in for a treat with Fillion as Dogberry. It’ll be hilarious.

Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.

A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.

Much Ado About Nothing opens June 7th.

Interested in either flick? Both? Which are more excited to see?

Its hard to believe that 10 years ago at this time, Fox was misusing and abusing a little series called Firefly, Joss Whedon’s now seminal series which combined space opera with the Old West to create one of the most unique and fascinating science fiction shows since the originalStar Trek. Naturally, it was cancelled after 13 episodes.

Well, on this occasion of its tenth anniversary, and as they’re airing the run of Firefly in intended order, the Science Channel hosted a special tenth anniversary panel for Firefly at New York Comic Con today. Although it was unlikely to be the barn-burner the one in San Diego was earlier this year, there was still enough for Browncoats to get excited about: a first look at the Browncoats Unite special (which airs on November 11 at 10 pm), some insights from the people that made the special, and even some surprise guests (each more surprising than the last).

So let’s end the teasing there and segue into a recap of the panel, as interpreted by our fine Bastard crew.

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Yesterday the Firefly reunion panel happened – Nerd Bastards was at the following press conference, were you? – and it’s being hailed as one of those truly magical Comic-Con moments. It was a heartwarming, tearful, hilarious celebration of one our favorite science fiction shows, and those who were in attendance will have a great convention story to share.

Now we will too, sorta, if you fudge the details and leave out the part where you didn’t see it live but rather later on YouTube. Yup, thanks to TFAW the whole panel has been uploaded.

What are you waiting for, WATCH IT NOW!

While the packed panel for the Science Channel’s 10th Anniversary Firefly panel seems like it was high on tears and reminiscence from both fans and the cast, the press conference that followed seemed a bit more cold and focused on the big question: is there any way we will ever get more Firefly?

Our Steven Sautter was there and has the following report. If you want to know what went on at the Firefly panel, go to HitFix and read Alan Sepinwall’s live-blog. We would have been at the panel ourselves, but lines are long and Comic-Con is big.

On the value of the “Warrior Woman” trope in geek culture and what Firefly says to women: 

Joss Whedon: Everything I do is going to contain the message that men who are going to be comfortable with powerful women are going to be more powerful men. They’re all going to have different energies, but the difference is the way you paint life. We covered enough bases.

On if the cast looks back at the show and see’s more now than hey did before:

Alan Tudyk: I just rewatched them again. And uh, no.

Nathan Fillion: It’s hard to pick up on it when you’re fast-forwarding everyone else’s lines.

Alan Tudyk: I watched “War Stories”. Listening to the commentaries, I had more knowledge back then. My memories are like blurry photographs. I love the show almost more now because it’s pure.

On the possibility of a Firefly video game:

Joss Whedon: It lends itself to an MMO, but I also still think the series should still be on the air.

On the notion of a reboot:

Joss Whedon: Yes, we need a younger cast. Captain Andrew Garfiled.

Sean Maher:Zac Efron as the Doctor

Joss Whedon: We’d have to shoot it with my phone. But these phones are getting good.

On a possible Serenity sequel in the style of Blake’s 7:

Joss Whedon: I don’t believe in evil twins and clones in that universe. You have to move forward. And by that I mean an intricate flashback sequel. The opened scene would be a conversation between Wash and Book

On possible future plans comic book continuations?

Alan Tudyk: I had a story, but..oh no. Some of my story got told. Patton Oswald wrote it. Mine got told, what are you guys doing?

Adam Baldwin: My guy didn’t fair so well.

Nathan Fillion: It’s hard for me to say I want more. I got a lot out of the show. I got a group of friends, I got a movie…

On a future animated return to the verse:

Nathan Fillion: I think that’s pretty cool. It’d be easy. You don’t even have to shower.

Joss Whedon: You can shower.

Nathan Fillion: There’s a water shortage in LA.

On if the show might fare better today — in the age of social media:

Adam Baldwin: Nope. You need a network that shows the pilot first!

Alan Tudyk: But there are more revenue streams..

Adam Baldwin: Make something for the internet?(Looks at Joss)

On Firefly’s less than Utopian view of the future:

Joss Whedon: I don’t have any faith in the future of mankind. But I have faith in my friends and their ability to band together. I don’t think we’re going to band together and solve problems.

We all know Sean Maher as Dr. Simon Tam from Firefly. Yes? Yes.

For the 14 years in which Sean Maher has been a part of Hollywood, he’s lived his professional life in the closet. And he did a pretty damn good job of it; I don’t recall any kind of speculation about that at all. But, of course, living this kind of double life is super stressful. Even Clark Kent stresses over the efficacy of his disguise a-la-glasses. Okay, maybe not. But in Maher’s case, it took quite a toll on him to keep his personal and professional life in completely different arenas. But now, at his “coming out ball”, he feels more liberated and open than ever.

But being in the closet tormented Maher. “It was so exhausting, and I was so miserable,” Maher says. “I didn’t really have any life other than work and this façade I was putting on. So I kept my friends from college [where he was out] separate from my work friends, and that was very confusing. I just kept going on and on painting this picture of somebody I wasn’t. I didn’t have time for a personal relationship anyway. And you just don’t realize that it’s eating away at your soul.”

He has two young adopted children with his partner of nine years, Paul. While he makes no secret of his fatherhood, often mentioning his kids on his Twitter, he keeps the romantic situation skillfully ambiguous. Because the media wasn’t as accepting of homosexuality back when he’d made his first forays into Hollywood, and because of the pressure from both his manager and agent to “be straight”, this is the first time he’s publicly talked about his sexual orientation:

“I’ve never discussed it publicly,” the 36-year-old continues. “I’ve never been asked about it publicly, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t paint a different picture.” Maher says that not coming out wasn’t so much a choice as much as it was a reality of the business when he first came to L.A. fresh out of college back in 1997. Publicists working with him during his first Tinseltown role as the title character on Fox’s short-lived cop drama Ryan Caulfield: Year One assumed he was straight — and he didn’t tell them otherwise, out of fear. “I’m 22, I move to L.A., and it’s such a cliché, but the day I arrive, publicists from the show took me out to The Ivy for lunch,” he remembers. “They’re telling me, ‘You know, gosh, we’d really appreciate it if you could keep your girlfriend on the side because we want to appeal to the female demographic of the show.’”

Granted, Maher could have corrected his handlers, but in that instant, he decided not to. “At that moment, I didn’t think to say, ‘Oh, I’m gay,’ because right before I left New York [where he went to college at NYU], I had my manager tell me: ‘You need to get a girl on your arm or people will start talking.’ I remember telling him: ‘I’m gay.’ He had no idea. And he said: ‘All the more reason to get a girl on your arm.’ My agent was also like, ‘It’s best if you keep your options open. Maybe bisexual?’”

Luckily that kind of shit would not be taken quite as easily these days. Maher has chosen this moment in particular to come out because of his role on the new NBC show, The Playboy Club, where he plays a closeted gay man (also named Sean) who is married to a lesbian Playboy Bunny.

“I was working on other stuff, and then this role came up, which was like a light bulb going off,” Maher remembers. “I was like, This is perfect. I want to do this, and I want to use it as a platform to come out.”

And now he’s fuckin’ happier than ever. One can say that he’s found serenity. (See what I did thar?)

In the end, coming out publicly is what Maher feels he needed to do to tie his life together, personally and professionally. “Creatively, I feel so much more open and free, and I am so happy on The Playboy Club,” he says. “I think it’s because I’ve never been so open on set. All of the relationships that I have off-camera, I never would have allowed five years ago. It feels so liberating.”

The picture above is Maher’s new Twitter profile picture, changed to reflect the occasion and to show his support.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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