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

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


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


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.


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


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


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



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:


The BastardCast vs. #Batfleck Begins and Three Other Things

- 08-23-13Featured Posted by Team Bastard


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

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


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…)

Simon Pegg Tells Critical Fans of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ to Go Frak Themselves

- 08-22-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter


Simon Pegg has never held back when it comes to his personal disappointments in some of his favorite nerdy movies like the Star Wars prequels. Now the shoe seems to be on the other foot. Recently Star Trek Into Darkness was voted as the worst Star Trek movie of all time and Pegg isn’t happy about it. The subject came up during one of Pegg’s appearances pimping for his latest movie The World’s End and Pegg had this to say:

I think they haven’t had time to live with it. They haven’t had time to review it. I think there’s a degree of stuck-in-the-mud — there’s a faction within the “Star Trek” community of kind of like, “Well, I don’t want to watch anything anymore.” Which is fine. And, absolutely, they are entitled to that. You know, it’s not for them, really. It’s kind of for everyone.

Is that part of it? That it “used to be for us and now it’s not”?

A little bit. I think it’s like when you tire of an indie band that you love because, suddenly, they get a number one single. You don’t necessarily start disliking their music, but you stop liking them because you’re pissed off that they’re famous, or whatever. “Star Trek Into Darkness” is the most successful “Star Trek” movie ever made. It is, in terms of what it took at the box office and how many people went to see it. More people saw that film than any iteration of “Star Trek” that existed before. That is probably slightly annoying to some “Star Trek” fans — which I totally understand.

And you know what … it absolutely isn’t the worst “Star Trek” movie. It’s asinine, you know? It’s ridiculous. And frustrating, as well, because a lot of hard work and love went into that movie, and all J.J. wanted to do was make a film that people really enjoyed. So, to be subject to that level of sort of, like, crass [#@&!]-ing ire, I just say [#@&!] you.

What do you think? Is this the pot calling the kettle black? Pegg should understand exactly how those upset fans feel because he felt the same thing when the Star Wars Prequels came out. I want to ask Pegg about where the hell the colon went in the title, seriously, shouldn’t it be Star Trek: Into Darkness?

It’s all kinda fun though, it’s like some internet “Finger Gun” slow motion battle.

Via: Huffington Post

Edgar Wright Answers Questions About ‘Ant-Man’ Villain

- 08-20-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

As director Edgar Wright makes the publicity rounds for The World’s End with Simon Pegg, he’s bound to get plenty of questions about his upcoming Marvel movie Ant-Man. The latest tidbit to come out is Wright’s take on the villain in the movie.

Many people first thought the creation and ultimate turn toward villainy for Ultron would be the main Ant-Man story line.  Of course this got shot to hell when the villain for The Avengers II, which comes out before Ant-Man, was revealed as Ultron.

What did Wright have to say about it all?

It was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think “Iron Man” is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.

Is Wright worried about overzealous fans calling him on certain aspects of his Ant-Man story or characterization?

I think there’s something in that it’s a lesser known character, there’s hopefully more license, for the one percent of people who are like, “Wait, Hank Pym would never do that!” there’s 99 percent going, “Who’s Hank Pym?” So, to me, the source material is great but it also frees you up to be like: I’m going to make a movie. The movie is not going to represent 50 years of Marvel comics because that’s impossible. But I’m going to make a 100 minute movie — or 110 minutes [laughs].

So if Ant-Man’s villain comes from his technology, which of his known enemies could it be once Ultron, arguably his greatest arch-enemy is taken out of the picture?


There’s Egghead, not really exciting movie material there though, he might be a great secondary villain.


What about Whirlwind? He might be a good choice, but does he have that big villain flair? Not really.


There’s Radioactive Man, he could work, but could he threaten the world?

I’d like to see Graviton. He could be a colleague of Pym when his power gaining accident occurs.


Franklin Hall is a physicist involved in an experiment in a private research facility in the Canadian Rockies. A mistake in Hall’s calculations causes graviton particles to merge with his own molecules, and Hall later discovers that he can mentally control gravity. Hall at first tries to hide his newfound ability, but becomes tempted by the potential power, and donning a costume adopts the alias “Graviton.”

Wright’s comments though make me think the villain might be new or another established villain that is not from the comic book Hank Pym’s past. If you open it up that far, the villain could be anyone.

Via: Comicbookmovie