Life is strange, and people are even stranger. That’s something I often think when stories like this one pop up on the Internet.
Sci-Fi fans will immediately liken this to the infamous three boobed hooker as featured in film Total Recall (and the subsequent reboot) but Jasmine Tridevil (Not her real name), paid $20,000 dollars in plastic surgery fees for a third breast, including a faux nipple. No, you didn’t read that wrong. She scoured the medical community of Florida to find a plastic surgeon who would surgically give her a third breast. The rumor is that she went through over 50 plastic surgeons before she found one willing to do the procedure, as long as she signed a confidentiality agreement and his name remained anonymous. Wanna see how it all turned out? (more…)
Oh yeah, you thought they had forgot, didn’t you? But no, Len Wiseman is still working towards making the remake of The Mummy his next film, and while out promoting the DVD release of Total Recall, Wiseman had some words about his next project, courtesy of Movie Web:
“There was skepticism. The difference between the two, if The Mummy is to be the next movie for me, is that The Mummy is a completely different film,” he says when asked whether or not his views on remakes has changed since Total Recall. “It is a modern day take. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind. The Mummy is one of Universal’s long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies… This is such a different thing. What was attractive to me…There is still a script to be written, and all of that….But the pitch was to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I’d never heard of before. It’s nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking.”
“Shocking?” The film is being scripted by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, authors of Transformers and Star Trek, and Universal is aiming for a 2014 release date. Frankly, I think the only shocking thing for me will be living to see the day that Len Wiseman pursues an original idea, and before you say Underworld let me add, “Worlds of Darkness.”
So what do you think, Bastards? Interested in seeing Wiseman/Orci/Kurtzman’s new take on The Mummy?
Welcome, boys and girls, to another thoroughly offensive edition of “Ask the Bastards,” the weekly feature where you, the readers, get to ask us, the staff of Nerd Bastards, any questions you want about our lives of semi-professional (or, in some cases, full-on professional) nerdery. This week we’re tackling another round of very important questions covering everything from Star Wars vs. Star Trek, fear of Michael Bay’s TMNT flick, the “true” definition of nerd and just who the hot chick is on our Facebook fan page.
Our dreams are a mystery to us. These expansive places that can be titillating, horrifying, and everything in between. What if we could control those dreams though? Would we wreak havoc and give into our lesser Angels and our carnal desires, or would we explore? Would we get lost and what would we uncover? The movie Inception takes us into a world where people can control dreams, and Mark Staufer, the screen writer behind Russel Crowe’s upcoming Bill Hicks bio-pic believes in both the power and the existence of lucid dreaming.
Inspired by that belief and the dream world — Staufer is in the process of constructing a truly epic, multi-platform fiction project that will utilize the page, the web, and other available technologies. I spoke to the author about this project, The Numinous Place, his beliefs on lucid dreaming, the power of Kick Starter, and storytelling.
Can you describe lucid dreaming for the uninitiated?
Mark Staufer: The first thing I should say about lucid dreaming is that it is not a new thing. I guess you could say that as soon as we started becoming aware of our dreams — and we were aware of our dreams a lot more in ancient times — we started to learn to control them. And so there’s been a kind of rediscovery in the last half century of what is possible in the dream world. So lucid dreaming is just becoming conscious in your dream world — its forming the ability to wake up inside your dreams and then [you] control what happens in your dream world.
It’s a teachable skill and there is a very strong spiritual element to it amongst the Tibetan Buddhists — they call it dream yoga and they view the dream world as very similar to the experience which we all enter immediately after death, so part of their teaching about lucid dreaming or dream yoga is that if you learn to control your dream life you will have a better chance of moving on to enlightenment after death. But for you and me, since we’re not Tibetan Buddhists its an opportunity to fly and travel back in time and have sex with beautiful women and do a whole lot of other stuff that we always wanted to do in the real word.
Now I imagine the appeal — and you spoke to this earlier — is a dual existence that offers one half of a life that has the potential to be a boundless kind of consequence free state, but what is there to stop people from staying in a dream world? I mean countless sci-fi stories show a world where we lay contently hooked up to life support lost inside our own minds — could lucid dreaming be a of gateway to that kind of bent utopia?
Staufer: Yeah, I think that the problem with lucid dreaming at the moment is, that the dream world is one that is difficult to control and keep stable. You need to practice and become very good and persistent at controlling the dream world and it’s a place that you can only stay in for an hour if you’re very, very good but I think the future of this thing is sort of limitless. But its kinda weird with Total Recall being released — I haven’t seen it, but the original was all about this sort of thing.
I truly believe that with advances with neuro-tech and supplements, that there will be this duel existence that we will be able to inhabit a “Sim’s” like life in the dream world and our normal waking life.
Is that a good thing though? If people get used to [having] a part of their lives without consequence, is there a concern that it might bleed out into our actual existence?
Staufer: I dont know that its a world without consequence though, we dont…
Well, lasting consequences I mean…
Staufer: I understand. I think that the better you get at lucid dreaming, I think you realize that there is a spiritual aspect to it and after the initial entry into a life that has no consequence as you say — there are no Newtonian laws ruling our lives in the dream world — you pretty soon get bored with that and you want to move on to something else. You want to move on to testing the parameters of the dream world and discovering what its there for. Going back to the Tibetan Buddhists again: there is a profound connection between the dream world and the afterlife, and if we can find that mechanism in there somewhere we will be able to travel to the afterlife eventually.
What’s the basis for those who oppose this or call it a fantasy?
Staufer: I think there is also kind of a big psychiatric push back against this. The Freudians especially dont like Lucid Dreaming, they think dreams are sacred things that are being sent to us from our sub-consciousness and that we shouldnt be mucking about with them and trying to control them.
I gotta say, some of my dreams don’t exactly seem very sacred.
Staufer: But Jason they could be messages, right? They could be messages from your sub-conscious.
I suppose — “Go out to Vegas, marry three strippers…”, I suppose that’s a message from my sub-conscious.
How does The Numinous Place play on these ideas and these fears?
Staufer: I began The Numinous Place with a kind of thought that I worked out from a particularly vivid dream about 10 years ago. And the thought was: “Wow, what would happen if we developed the technology to film dreams?” and my first response was, “Jesus, we wouldn’t need Hollywood anymore.” I wasnt here in LA at that stage, now that thought wouldn’t occur to me since I’m now a part of it.
My second thought was: “What if we can use the dream world to travel to other places like the afterlife? Is the dream world a destination or is it a part of the journey?” So that’s where this all began and so as I started kind of throwing ideas around and thinking it through and slowly willed myself to go to the computer to start work on it — which is the hardest part of all this — I started thinking to myself “I need to tell this in a different way”, I want to use all media. I want to try and capture a whole bunch of chaotic thoughts, I want to capture the chaos and then with every version of story telling available, I want to put it all down because I believe that using video and audio and all these different elements and all of these different story telling techniques allows for a really realistic and believable experience.
The only way that I believe that, you know, talking about movies of the dream world, REM movies as I call them, is by actually showing them. I have transcripts of them and I could write a screenplay about them, but it’s not goona have the visceral impact in a story unless you see somebody’s REM movie and that’s where I sort of started from in terms of sitting in front of my computer.
How much of this came from your experience with lucid dreaming?
Staufer: A lot of it and I think about the same time something else really odd happened to me. I havent lucid dreamed, to my knowledge, [for] my entire life and I was speaking to a friend and we were talking about our earliest childhood memories and he said his earliest childhood memory was walking, and he said he could see his parents and walking between his parents. Then he asked me what my earliest childhood memory was and it kind of hit me like a sledgehammer: my earliest memory was of flying and it just came to me and then I just started remembering all of these other dreams from my childhood from my early childhood and I remember controlling them and I remember doing things in the dream world and I just simply had absolutely forgot about them. My adult brain had taken over and I just discounted that I could do this. So in the course of re-entering this whole life I have also started lucid dreaming again.
Going back to the book: what makes these efforts to tell a story beyond the page — the comic book, the website, the fake news articles, the apps — what makes those different than the kind of viral marketing campaigns that we’re seeing attached to projects large and small? What makes them something more than well crafted tie in products?
Staufer: First and foremost it’s a great story. We’re using all storytelling techniques to tell the story and that makes for a really interesting ride and its goona be right there in front of you on the page. You’re goona download it on your iPad or your iPhone. And so this linear story starts to take shape and you can go off and investigate other little clues if you wish too, but at the end of the day its a great story and its just told in a different way.
You guys are using Kickstarter. Could this live without Kickstarter do you think?
Staufer: It’s a tough one. When I first started forming this idea, I started going to investors and investors wanted too much of my equity and publishers just freaked out about it. They just didn’t know what to do with it.
Do you think it presents a threat to the standard way of writing?
Staufer: Absolutely it does. I mean publishers are totally scared of this. It doesn’t fit into their narrow confines or parameters of what storytelling is because it uses all storytelling techniques and they cant get their heads around it. For me, it’s the logical next step of digital story telling. At the moment words are just moved from the pages of the book to the screen and we’re not using these devices that have been developed that kids now use to read and experience amazing stories. As adults we dont have that becase nobody has written something specifically for these devices and that’s what The Numinous Place is: real, live, digital storytelling that works best on an electronic device rather than on a page.
Why do you think people are ready for a new kind of storytelling? I mean the old way has lasted for quite some time with great succes, why do you think the time is right for a change?
Staufer: Storytelling is always goona be here in whatever form it takes and this isn’t goona supercede it, its just another way of telling stories and the bottom line is you gotta have a great story before you can tell it.
You can check out more on The Numinous Place here, and you can go to there Kickstarter page here.
Total Recall is a film about a ho-hum factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) who, on the recommendation of a co-worker, decides to visit a company called Rekall. In Rekall, they basically plug you into a machine that can give you the memories of any life or fantasy that you desire. Want to think that you were a rock star and have actual memories of living that life? No problem, just pay up and plug in. The only catch is that you’re not supposed to have them implant memories of a life that you already live. If you are already a spy in real life, they won’t implant additional fake memories of a spy fantasy, or it could cause a drastic brain overload, and then God kills a puppy…or did my mom tell me that after the time she caught me…nevermind. Anyway, guess what happens to poor old Doug! After he essentially gets his mind scrambled, Doug spends the rest of the movie trying to figure out what’s real, who he was, who he is and who he should be, not to mention who he should trust. It’s a great concept, but the movie left much to be desired with the follow-through.
There were some ups, some downs…some more downs, and way too much Colin Farrell. I do have to give credit where credit is due, though, so let’s start out with a spoon full of sugar before the medicine goes down.
Poor Kaitlyn Leeb. It seems that when people meet the actress now, they expect her to have three breasts. And when I say people, I mean fanboys. The above photograph is from Comic Con where Leeb wore the triple-breasted prosthetic to promote her new movie Total Recall, and naturally there were a lot of salivating geeky types who thought – surprise, surprise – that her boobies were legit.
“There were a bunch of people at Comic-Con asking if I had surgery for the third one. Others thought that the two on the side were real. I guess that’s the one thing that bothers me the most is that they think I’m out there prancing around Comic-Con with my breasts out. They really are not mine.”
On the upside, such a high-profile part is a pretty big break for Leeb, who despite the inherent creepiness of some fanboys, seems to be enjoying the ride as she told the Toronto Star:
“It feels amazing that you’re recognized. It’s surreal, the past couple of days. It’s all new and exciting.”
So for the record, Kaitlyn Leeb doesn’t really have three breasts, so if your sole purpose in talking to her is to see them, please leave her be.
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.
ABOVE: “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. I’ve made a lot of special modifications myself.” Jennifer Landa, who is is known for her Death Star Dress at last years San Diego Comic Con, one-upped herself with this Millennium Falcon dress. [Landa Calrissian]
I dunno if you noticed, but NB is striving very hard to be your #1 source for all SDCC12 news. Three days into the convention and we’ve done nothing but supply a steady stream of news and updates. If you’re happy with our work then please spread the NB gospel to your friends. Tell em’ about NB prime and have them check out our Twitter and and Facebook fan page.
Now, I will tell you, that while we’ve been extremely dedicated to filling your feed with the latest TV, film, comics and gaming news, the one aspect of Comic Con we’ve overlooked… is the actual convention floor. We aimed to have a huge gallery of images for you, but we’ve have been so busy with panels and schmoozing with celebrities that we really haven’t had time to break out the camera. One of NB’s correspondents, Dev Richards, was able to sneak in a few pics. Maybe you saw them in our SDCC pictures night 1 and night 2? Those handful of pictures, however, simply don’t show the grandness of it all. It’s a massive floor, with amazing sights. Really, just cool stuff everywhere. I myself, am I’m still taking it all in.
Anyway, here’s few more pictures to wet your whistle. I got some shots from Mattel’s booth, a flying car from Total Recall, both Walking Dead booths (1 for show and the other for comic), Iron Man 3‘s hall or amour and a few others. I’ll be uploading some more later. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: We were able to snag a few more pics. We would have got these to you sooner, but bad wifi made uploading impossible. In this round of pics, we were able to get some shots of IMN3 Hall w/ new mustard suit, the Indiana Jones snake pit and a few other fun stuff. Special thanks to Steven Sautter for getting these.
Anyone familiar with the 1990 version of Total Recallwill undoubtedly recall (no pun intended) the 3 breasted mutant hooker; the one Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character surprisingly didn’t fuck. When that triple chested whore appeared on screen, men were given a fantasy of breasts they never knew they wanted. I mean come on, 3 breasts? What a novel idea! Oh, this reminds me of a funny story. This one time, in a strip club in Canada, I got a lap dance from a girl with 3 nipples. At least I think it was a third nipple. It could have been a slice of pepperoni. Regardless, that’s the closest I’ve ever come to living out my Total Recall triple tit fantasy. It was amazing! But I digress…
Will the Len Wiseman‘s adaptation of Total Recall feature a three-boobed woman? I had heard reports that it was real, that it was actually happening. But in the latest trailer for Total Recall, we finally get to see the three-breasted mutant woman for ourselves. Yippie!
Besides the triple chested tramp, this looks pretty good for a reboot. Wiseman can stage some good action sequences and it looks like he’s gone all out here. I’m actually looking forward to it.
The August 3 release is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
Another television spot for Len Wiseman’sTotal Recall remake has hit the Internet and you can watch it below. For those of you that have no idea what Total Recall is . . . don’t worry, we’re not gonna make too much fun of ya. Check out the synopsis below to bring yourself up to speed.
“Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police � controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world � Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.”
Total Recall is set for release on August 3rd and stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho and Bill Nighy, and is based on Phillip K. Dick’s“We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.”