FAN EXPO – Images from Day 1: Cosplay, LEGO, and Gaming

- 08-28-14Cosplay, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Whenever Nerd Bastards goes to a con, we don’t just like to highlight the celebrity guests, news items and other things. No! We also like to put the camera on you, the fans. Those of you in costume anyway. So many fans get into an incredible amount of detail with their costumes, fret over the smallest detail and make sacrifices of comfort and mobility, so it’s only right that as we celebrate the culture, we also celebrate those that make the culture possible with their mad nerdiness. On this Thursday of Fan Expo 2014, we found judges, super-people, brains, robots, and something that looks suspiciously like something out of Will Graham’s nightmares. Also, some very impress LEGO sculptures were on display. All that, and MOAR, in this first photo gallery from Toronto’s National Fan Expo! (more…)

Zeb Kicks @$$ in New ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Short

- 08-25-14Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The more I see of Star Wars: Rebels, the more I get excited about it. I wish I could have said the same about The Clone Wars animated series, but while I will admit that it got better with time, that initial taste offered in movie theaters left a lot to be desired. There’s nothing bitter about these Rebels shorts though, and once again this sneak peak at the upcoming Disney XD show reinforces the idea that it’s going to fun, action-packed and has a pretty decent sense of humor. In “Entanglement,” the new character Zeb proves that while the Force may not be with him, he can definitely still use force. (more…)

Episode VII Really Wants You To Love Star Wars Again

- 08-22-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Star Wars is a franchise that brings out the passion in an almost countless number of fanboys and fangirls.  Most of that passion is for the nostalgia that comes along with one of the greatest space operas in history and just demonstrates the love that fans feel towards the franchise.  Unfortunately, thanks to the not quite thought out prequels, there is another passion that is ignited at the mention of Star Wars; one that is punctuated not only by the bad acting in Episodes I-III but also in the inconsistent storytelling that made it obvious that George Lucas had no idea what he wanted to do with those prequels.  Now, a new era beginning with Episode VII is finally a reality that will arrive much sooner than it may seem.  Between a new trilogy and several spinoff movies, the Star Wars Universe will be expanding exponentially over the next few years.  How will it be handled? Luckily, it appears that the new trilogy will do what it can to make sure that moving forward, all of the stories in the Star Wars universe remain consistent. (more…)

How Dedicated Fans are De-Specializing the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Themselves

- 08-21-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The other day, Disney floated the idea that sometime soon the original versions of the original Star Wars trilogy might be released, unmolested by special edition tinkering, would be issued in the high-def Blu-ray format. Now fans are not often known for their patience, and considering that George Lucas spent years saying that those first cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are gone, and that they weren’t coming back, it should come as no surprise that many weren’t holding their breath for Lucas to change his mind. So one group of techie savvy and dedicated fans said “F**k It! We’ll do our own original version release! With Black Jack! And hookers! (Okay, maybe not those last two.)

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Can A Original Unaltered Cut Of The Star Wars Trilogy Be Released On Blu-ray?

- 08-19-14Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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The purest of Star Wars fans have, for years, been clamoring for the holy trinity – A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of The Jedi – to be released on DVD/BluRay in their original unaltered format. For those that have forgotten, and those too young to know, there was a time when Han shot first and force ghost Anakin Skywalker was not Hayden Christensen (amongst many other mostly unneeded changes). The all father of Star Wars, its creator, George Lucas has denied fans time and time again to release the films as they first appeared in theaters, insisting the remastered special editions are absolute. Or rather, as Lucas believes, there is basically one version of Star Wars that just keeps getting improved as technology moves forward.

The People vs George Lucas is a debate (as well as must watch documentary) that shall not be discussed today. What’s up for consideration, however, is the possibility, that after all these years, the original untouched trilogy might finally be getting unleashed from the vault (I assume it’s been in the same warehouse that Indiana Jones had the ark of the covenant stored) and being dusted off for home release. Could it be, is it true?   (more…)

Latest ‘SW7′ Rumors Could Reveal New Villains and Old Heroes

- 08-15-14Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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Let’s get one thing absolutely clear:

Far as I’m concerned, ANY information regarding new Star Wars films that did not originate with a source directly connected to Disney or Lucasfilm will be treated as rumor until confirmed. That doesn’t mean leaked bits of news that pop up here and there are not necessarily accurate–only that info which cannot be traced to a reliable source should not be treated as fact.

That being said, the folks over at Latino Review have got a couple of doozies for us today. Follow me after the jump for what the Episode VII rumor mill is currently churning out:  (more…)

*Updated With New Picture ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ – Are These The New StormTrooper Helmets?

- 08-14-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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As tight as security has been on the set and production of Star Wars: Episode VII there have been a couple of leaks aside from the official announcements and marketing material. We recently reported on a sketch purported to be the new Stormtrooper helmet that will be used in J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII. Now some images has surfaced on the Internet showing us two distinct types of Stormtrooper helmets. (more…)

J.J. Abrams Tweets ‘Star Wars VII’ Teaser After ‘Star Wars: Force For Change’ Raises $5 Million

- 08-11-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilms, and Disney teamed up to use the power of Star Wars Fandom to raise funds for UNICEF Innovation Labs. The Star Wars: Force For Change drive recently hit a milestone surpassing $5 million in total funds including $1 million in matching funds from Disney. To celebrate the achievement, J.J. Abrams tweeted out a nice teaser to fans and announced the winner of the grand prize of a VIP plus one guest visit to the Episode VII set in London, which also includes the opportunity to be in the movie in full makeup and costume. (more…)

“A Galaxy Far, Far Away” Is Coming To “The Most Magical Place On Earth”

- 08-06-14Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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Next year, The House of Mouse will be doing more for Star Wars fans than bringing the franchise back to the silver screen–they’ll also be expanding the brand’s presence in their worldwide theme parks in a BIG way:

Disney CEO Bob Iger said on Tuesday during an earnings call that the company is:

developing designs for a far greater ‘Star Wars’ presence in the parks

The SW presence in Disney’s parks already includes the Star Tours simulator ride in the California, Tokyo, and Paris Disneylands–as well as in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Furthermore, the California and Florida parks feature an interactive show called Jedi Training Academy. Disney’s Hollywood Studios also hosts an annual event known as Star Wars Weekends featuring shows, parades, and some kind of store called–I swear to God–Darth’s Mall.

Hit the jump for the future of Disney’s Star Wars theme park expansion: (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Takes A Ride Into The Danger Zone

- 08-03-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Comic-Con has come (verified) and gone and now we’re left with stories about Nic Cage in space, Hellboy screwfests, redheaded sith lords, Ryan Reynolds and the best CGI costume that he has ever worn (we’re talking about the Deadpool footage, not Green Lantern. Promise), our #LounginWithLoggins initiative, a trip to the stars with Batmanaughey and more things, like: (more…)