Before two Amazing Spider-Man movies got fans’ dander up about sub par, over-stuffed, meandering entries into the Wall-Crawler’s cinema canon, there was Spider-Man 3. Following hot on the heels of Spider-Man 2, which was beloved by fans and critics alike, Spider-Man 3, despite its financial success, was an utter misfire. Pick your poison: too many characters, Nu Goblin, Spider-Strut, emo-Peter Parker, the movie’s rendition of Venom… Oh yeah. While many people appreciated Thomas Haden Church’s rendition of Sandman, no one was high-fiving Topher Grace for the way he played Eddie Brock/Venom. Still, Grace recently defended the film on the basis of you don’t know what it takes to make a movie like Spider-Man. (more…)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘American Ultra’ Blends Lots of Movie Tropes Together to Create a Very Different Kind of Film
Tired of the same old summer fare? Romantic comedies, superheroes, animated animals getting into trouble, and stuff blowing up – they can all be found en masse at your local Cineplex every year during the warmer months. American Ultra, swooping in towards the end of the “popcorn” season, is a movie that may feel both very familiar but oddly foreign at the same time; the film features everything on the list in the previous sentence, but is presented in a highly unorthodox manner. The result is an experience that feels very unique, but definitely won’t ring everyone’s bell.
Last year we told you about Topher Grace‘s pet project in which he recut George Lucas‘ Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III into one movie. Grace’s version of the film was only shown to a select group and was never meant to be publicly shown. Well, some of those that saw the recut posted some of the story plot lines Grace cut. Now another enterprising fan has taken that blueprint and made their own recut, and we’ve got it here for you! (more…)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (more…)
The search for a director for Star Wars VII is going to have to continue as J.J. Abrams clarifies his refusal to sit in the Star Wars VII directorial chair. Empire Magazine recently sat down with Abrams:
“I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I’m not thinking that far ahead! I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It’s in great hands.”
“There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”
The list of potential directors keeps getting smaller and smaller as some of the hottest directors in Hollywood step back from the Star Wars franchise. Are we going to end up with a first time director at the helm of one of the biggest Sci-Fi franchises of all time?
I’m wondering if we might be better with someone like Seth Green, or Topher Grace in the director’s chair. Grace recently re-cut the Star Wars Prequels and although it was not shown in public, I’m sure that someone in the Lucas Arts management team must have seen it by now.
What do you think? Who is your choice to take over the directorial reins?
After years of being a Spiderman fairweather fan, I was in rapture to find out long before the 3rd’s release that one of the nemisi in the film would be none other than my hulking black love. No not Michael Clark Duncan, but the notoriously vile and sinister Venom. After the huge reviews of Spiderman 2, expectations ran high with part 3 rounding out the bunch, but what was unexpected were the lukewarm reviews and terrible fan reaction to Topher Grace’s Venom. His retracting ooze mask to have conversations as Grace was absolutley ludicrous, for the tyrant is known in the series for his deep hissing voice desiring to eat Spidey’s brain.
Not to say Topher isn’t a splendid and charismatic actor, but now we come to the turn in the story to say that Sony has given the go ahead on a Venom starring vehicle. People were so disappointed with the design and portrayal of the big beast that I think they will give it a complete overhaul during the process. At some point when his comic went independent, Venom had stints as a hero for many a series during his run on his own, so it looks like we gotta upgrade to a bigger guy. Venom’s human persona is Eddie Brock, a large opposite of what Topher Grace appeared to be in Spiderman 3, so I think if they go with him we are all in trouble.
So here’s the good news, Zombieland co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are scribbling up this badboy so we can rejoice in that. And if we can kick Topher to the curb and get us a monstrous, good spinoff of Venom with him struggling against his evil impulses but ultimately remaining a drooling, hissing, demonturned goodguy….Maybe the fans won’t take to the streets and burn the town down…