Simon Pegg Discusses Edgar Wright’s Sudden ‘Ant-Man’ Departure

- 06-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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We’ve heard from a few of the film’s stars and it was only a matter of time before someone started asking Simon Pegg questions about his friend and movie making partner Edgar Wright stepping away from the director’s chair for Ant-Man after years of hard work. Now we’ve got video of Pegg’s response. (more…)

Simon Pegg in ‘Star Wars VII’?!?! IGN Source Says J.J. Abrams ‘Made it so’

- 06-12-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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IGN Middle East is reporting that their source puts Simon Pegg on the Star Wars VII Abu Dhabi set before filming completed recently. Is this just another crazy Star Wars rumor? (more…)

Simon Pegg’s Advice to ‘Ant-Man’ Director Edgar Wright: Don’t…

- 12-17-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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While Paul Rudd deftly dances around the Ant-Man casting rumors during Anchorman 2 press interviews, Simon Pegg has some casting advice for his long time collaborator and Ant-Man director Edgar Wright: Don’t . . . (more…)

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Writer Roberto Orci’s Mea Culpa to Fans

- 09-09-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The other week, Star Trek Into Darkness writer Roberto Orci took to the Internets in response to an article on Trek Movie about fan’s at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention rating Star Trek Into Darkness as the worst Star Trek movie ever. He wasn’t alone in his reaction, Simon Pegg was also a little hot under the collar about the whole thing.

Although Pegg has not reconsidered his response, and this NerdBastard doesn’t think he should, Orci cooled down a bit, decided he could have handled the whole thing much better, and took to the Twitter-verse for his own mea copa.

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Now, everything he says is true, that wasn’t exactly the best way to address the problem, but we all know how late night Internet rage can quickly escalate into something we would never do in the bright morning sun.

Orci really didn’t do or say anything that bad or unforgivable when stacked up against many of the other Internet rants we’ve seen. On a scale of one to ten, his would only rate a 5 at best.

What do you think? Should he have even bothered except for his own peace of mind?

Via: Blastr

‘Star Trek’ Writer Respectfully Disagrees with Your Assessment of ‘Into Darkness’

- 09-06-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I think we all know that the popular fan opinion of Star Trek Into Darkness is less than positive. Well let’s just admit it, many of you thought it sucked the big one. In fact, at the recent Creation Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, Into Darkness was voted the worst Trek film ever. Period.

Now filmmakers and actors have feelings too, so when a big group of people says that something was the “worst ever,” you have to imagine that there’s going to some hurt feelings. Simon Pegg‘s already had a pretty strong reaction to the fan backlash, but we haven’t heard from either director J.J. Abrams or any of the film’s co-writers. Until now.

In response to a recent Trek Movie article about how Star Trek is broken, and how the franchise might be fixed, co-writer Roberto Orci had an entirely different point of view on the future of Star Trek, as well as his own work, Into Darkness. For instance, don’t you ungrateful Trekkies realize that you’re acting like spoiled kids?

I think the article above is akin to a child acting out against his parents. Makes it tough for some to listen, but since I am a loving parent, I read these comments without anger or resentment, no matter how misguided.

Yeah! And by the way, the last two Trek movies, ironically the same ones Orci co-wrote, have been the most well-received critically and commercially.

Having said that, two biggest Star Treks in a row with best reviews is hardly a description of “broken.” And frankly, your tone and attitude make it hard for me to listen to what might otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.”

And finally, well, I’ll Orci take it from here…

“STID has infinitely more social commentary than Raiders in every Universe, and I say that with Harrison Ford being a friend. You lose credibility big time when you don’t honestly engage with the [#@&!]-ING WRITER OF THE MOVIE ASKING YOU AN HONEST QUESTION. You prove the cliche of shitty fans. And rude in the process. So, as Simon Pegg would say: [#@&!] OFF!”

Clearly, he’s a people person. Still, I think the public reaction to Star Trek Into Darkness has been, perhaps, a bit overblown, and I’d hardly call it the worst Trek movie ever, and if you do still think it is, you’ve probably forgotten about The Final Frontier. But I digress. 

Anyway, you can decide for yourself when Star Trek Into Darkness comes out on Blu-ray on Tuesday. In the meantime, sound off with your own Into Darkness hate below.

Source: Blastr

 

Simon Pegg ‘Neutron Cream’ Prank Video

- 09-03-13Film, Funny Videos Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Simon Pegg is known for being quite the joker, even on the set of a prestigious movie such as Star Trek Into DarknessAnd while it’s been talked about before, Pegg’s now infamous Neutron Cream prank is available for you to watch as it goes down.  Check out fellow actors Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban and Benedict Cumberbatch all get trolled by Pegg in the video below:

Remind me to watch my back if Pegg ever comes around…

 

Thanks to /Film for the heads-up.

‘X-Files’ Creator Chris Carter Still Talking About a Third Movie; Interested in Casting Simon Pegg

- 08-27-13Film, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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Talk of a third film to give The X-Files an ending befitting of the classic sci-fi series continues. The decision of whether or not to pursue said third movie lies in the hands of FOX, but this hasn’t dampened creator Chris Carter‘s spirits one bit. He was again talking up a third movie, this time with Empire,

I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonisation date has passed and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.

A flick that would further explore and perhaps give some kind of ending to X-Files‘ confusing mythology is exactly what’s needed. That second movie was just filler and a real waste of fans’ time.

But how does Simon Pegg fit into all of this? Apparently Carter was interested in getting him involved with the second film,

Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.

Do you believe X-Files deserves one more shot? Should it be as movie? I was just thinking a mini-series might suit the property better, but then, what do I know? What of including Pegg along with Anderson and David Duchovny?

Source: Coming Soon

The Top Ten Most Influential Nerds

- 08-24-13Cool Stuff, Featured Posted by James Daniels

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I could be unbelievably corny and opine that we’ve “Come A Long Way, Baby…”  And regardless of how hackneyed a comment that would be, it’s the simple truth: Nerds and Geeks (use whatever term you like–the differences between them are a subject for another article) are at the vanguard of modern pop culture and entertainment: Scientists are celebrities, comic book heroes are movie stars, supermodels talk of their love for video games….This is the world Nerds built….

And this list celebrates some of it’s greatest architects.

Honored here are actors, comedians, filmmakers, physicists, TV personalities, and writers. All are card-carrying geeks, and all have contributed something unique to this wonderful Nerdiverse of ours. In the interest of communicating exactly what makes each of these personalities worthy of inclusion here, I have included a quotation from each of them (and links to their respective Facebook Pages in their names).

Anyhoo, let’s proceed with the list proper–starting at number ten with:

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The BastardCast vs. #Batfleck Begins and Three Other Things

- 08-23-13Featured Posted by Team Bastard

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This time on The BastardCast, Jere… screw it. BATMAN FEVER! Ben Affleck is the latest actor to put on the cowl and Jeremy and Jason have armed themselves against the imposing waves of nerd hate to talk about the good, the bad, and the unknown regarding Warner Bros. shocking choice.

That’s not all! There’s other stuff to discuss like Sylvester Stallone’s possible Rambo return, the way that Mel Gibson may be curling his way back to legitimacy, a cell phone that goes up your butt (no, it’s not the platinum iPhone), and a robot stand-up comedian.

More? Fine! Jason yells about Steven Moffat’s comments about the Doctor’s regeneration limit, Katee Sackhoff wants to play Harley Quinn and Mark Wahlberg wants to play Iron Man, and a Canadian dentist wants to play God thanks to his pricey purchase of a John Lennon tooth and advances in Mammoth cloning.

We’ve also got Jason drooling all over The World’s End, Simon Pegg getting lippy about Star Trek fans, Sean Connery’s sad cinematic death, and for some reason, Jason adopts a Scottish accent for the last 7 minutes of the show.

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The BastardCast: We did not try to set Dick Van Dyke on fire.

 

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The World’s End’ is a Slice of Fried Gold

- 08-23-13Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

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The World’s End won’t be a classic in the way that Shaun of the Dead was — not yet, at least.

That film was a hilarious and fresh surprise. A zombie film with something to say that slammed a full needle of adrenaline past the breast plate of an arrested genre.

Science fiction doesn’t need that kind of boost — not entirely, at least. Over the last few years, we’ve had to endure a lot of crap (with more on the way), but we’ve also been blessed with Attack the Block, Moon, Elysium, Looper, Children of Men, Sunshine, and a handful of others.

These are smart and bold films with something to say and The World’s End belongs on that list. It may even belong on the top of it, but in that it isn’t going to save a dying genre and in that we expected this brilliance, it won’t likely become the cultural icon that Shaun has become.

Even though it’s a better movie.  (more…)