Universal Studios Hollywood Presents: ‘Bill &Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure’…Because They Hate You

- 10-22-13Comics, Film, Nerd Culture, WTF? Posted by James Daniels

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How’s this for a mash-up?

Bill and Ted travel to the land of Oz where they meet Gay Superman, the crew of the USS Enterprise, General Zod, Wreck-It Ralph, Amanda Bynes, and the ghost of  late Glee star Cory Monteith (in the form of a tornado).

This could have been absurdly awesome–instead, the producers decided to go in another direction, and put on a show offensive to every moral, ethical, artistic, and simply HUMAN sensibility imaginable. (more…)

Orci & Kurtzman Putting the “Universe” in Universal Monsters

- 10-18-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Universal Studios has an incredible catalog of iconic monsters, and that kids is called brand recognition, and in modern Hollywood, brand recognition has zork. It’s kapowza in the bank in other words.

Naturally, Universal wants to be in the business of using its intellectual property to make cash, and they hired Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow) to make it happen. And then nothing happened. They hired Len Wiseman (Underworld) to (re)make The Mummy, but that went nowhere, and the reason that maybe the case is because there are bigger plans for these movies afoot. What exactly? Think a giant cohesive movie universe a la Marvel. (more…)

‘Warcraft’ Stakes a Claim for Holiday Season 2015

- 10-01-13Film, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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This just in, but 2015 has officially added another high-profile movie to its all ready bursting schedule. Mark your calendars for December 18, 2015 because Warcraft, the movie based on the massive online role-playing game World of Warcraft, will be in theaters that day.

The preceding tweet also confirmed that Universal would be distributing the film under their new arrangement with Legendary Pictures, who are producing the film. Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is directing.

Comic Book Movie also points out an interesting conundrum, the official scheduling of Warcraft for the 2015 holiday season also calls into question the supposed release date of Star Wars Episode VII, which was rumored to be looking at a similar release date. And with a very full summer schedule, there’s not a lot of room for Wars to maneuver in 2015. 2016 anyone?

More news as it develops.

Source: Comic Book Movie

‘Simpsons’ Springfield Moves to Orlando, Florida

- 05-24-13TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Happen to be a fan of the Simpsons?  Well, it looks like you’ll have the chance to wander in a piece of good old Springfield, and pretty soon.  Universal Studios in Orlando has been working on a new themed area based off of the famous cartoon city.  In the vein of their Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visitors will be able to travel the streets of Springfield and partake of its many wonders.

The new Simpsons world will have everything you need, from food to drinks to rides.  The line-up consists of Moe’s Tavern, Lard Lad’s Donuts, Krusty Burgers, The Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza, Duff Gardens and even The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop.  Along with the shops and eats, there will be another Simpsons ride coming to join the one already there.

Best of all, you don’t have to wait too long, as the folks at Universal have said that it will be ready to go sometime this summer.  Just remember, if you happen to be on a ride, don’t drink the water.

 

Thanks to Topless Robot for the heads-up.

This is How You Play God: ‘Jurassic Park 4′ Might Be a Reboot

- 05-21-13Film Posted by NickBungay

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Sequels are a tricky subject in Hollywood. They’re either films everybody wants or nobody needs. It the case of Jurassic Park, however, it’s both. We don’t need another Jurassic Park, especially one being developed 13 years past it’s predecessor, but what JR fans can really say no to more dinosaurs? What can I say “life finds a way”.

So, what the hell hell can we expect from this upcoming 4th installment? We’ve heard nothing but speculation at this point. Jurassic Park alumni Sam Neill, however, may have just dropped a huge bomb. The actor who portrayed Alan Grant in both the first and third installments said in a new interview (via Dominion Post) he doesn’t think he’ll be asked to return because he hears the new film is a reboot. Here’s the excerpt from the interview:

“As well as confirming that he is unlikely to be a part of next year’s Jurassic Park 4 (“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig”), Neill confesses he hasn’t seen the new version of the original.”

Does this mean that Jurassic Park 4 won’t be the return to Michael Crichton’s Isla Nublar – the ruins of the former park facility -  and Jeff Goldblum’s chest hair blowing in the wind? Not quite.

This “total re-jig” could simply be director Colin Trevorrow‘s  take on the world already created from the franchise of the trilogy, but with a cast of new characters looking to avoid being dinosaur chow. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t see a future cameo or co-starring role from Neill and others that have survived previous installments, it just means Universal could be leaning towards the introduction of new blood to a new audience. It’s a smart decision and a good way to start off the process of getting the dinosaurs back into theaters.

What do you think of it all?

Source: /Film

Is There a Big Secret About Who’s Directing ‘Jurassic Park 4?’

- 03-14-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The short answer is maybe. Back in January, Universal Pictures announced that Jurassic Park 4 was moving forward with a 2014 release date, which, working backwards, would mean that the film would have to go into production sometime this summer. But there’s still no word on who might be directing the film, and this even though there’s a “Now Hiring” sign outside the JP4 offices for everything on the side of either cast or crew.

So what’s the skinny? Is there some kind of big secret that prevents Universal from naming a director till they can cash in the news for maximum effect? And it must be a doozy if the studio feels confident enough that it can recruit top talent without naming a director.

According to HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny, those members of the crew hired to help bring this new Jurassic Park to life are being brought on without being told who they’re working for. McWeeney posits that Universal must be in negotiations with someone pretty high-profile to take the director’s chair, and he’s putting his money on Oblivion and TRON Legacy filmmaker Joseph Kosinski. But what if its even bigger than that? What if the big director being negotiated with is none other than Steven Spielberg?

Exhibit A: Spielberg’s always been close to the franchise, pushing for the development of a fourth film he though he stepped away from the director’s role after The Lost World. Exhibit B: Spielberg’s next project Robopocalypse has been delayed till the script issues have been resolved, and the only other project on his radar is the Tintin sequel, which Peter Jackson, not Spielberg, will be directing. It’s possible that Spielberg has the room in his schedule now and willingness to bang out a Jurassic Park sequel.

So when will we know? Well, the 3-D version of Jurassic Park comes out in theaters on April 5, so maybe Universal will time their announcement for maximum impact.

More news as it develops.

Source: Cinema Blend

Could a Tolkien LOTR Theme Park be in Your Future Vacation Plans?

- 01-03-13Cool Stuff, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Rumor has it that Universal Studios is planning a Tolkien Middle-Earth theme park much like the Warner Brothers The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. At this stage the word is that Universal, Warner Brothers and the Tolkien estate are in the beginning stages of talks. /Film reports:

Hypable picked up a post on the Orlando United forum from a reputable user, who claims that Universal Studios asked Warner Bros. to raise the topic with the Tolkien estate.

The Tolkien estate has always carefully guarded the LOTR rights and it is interesting that it is also being reported that the Tolkien estate representatives spoke with J.K. Rowling herself about the Warner Brothers theme park creation and her experiences protecting her vision for the project, and apparently liked what they heard. Universal then got in contact with the Tolkiens to discuss their ideas.

That’s pretty exciting news if accurate. Fans wouldn’t have to travel half way across the world to get that Tolkien itch scratched. What do you think, would a LOTR themed park work? Is it just a much more expensive Medieval Times Diner theater?

Via: /Film

Nerdy Bits: Slimer Bong, TARDIS Purse, Sherlock Solves Blues Clues, DragonCon Cosplay Compilation and MOAR!

- 09-20-12Cool Stuff, Funny Videos, TV, Videogames Posted by Luke Gallagher

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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! Also, a Slimer glass pipe [ObviousWinner]

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Universal Plows Forward With ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Sequel . . . Or Prequel

- 06-08-12Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Word on the street is that Universal Pictures was so enamored with Snow White and the Huntsman that they started the ball rolling on a sequel even before the movie was released, hiring David Koepp to draft the script.

Universal studio execs must be breathing a little easier about that decision after the film debuted and earned $56 million the opening weekend. The movie is up to $118 million worldwide and although doing well, it still has some theater seat filling to do to recoup the reported $180 million production costs.

What kind of story could the sequel be? Most are betting that the story will revolve around the Huntsman played by Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers – Thor). There should be enough material there for a good action adventure film, but would that make it a sequel or a prequel?

What do you think, if you have seen the movie, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Via: Deadline

Battleship Rumored to Fail At Box Office Worse Than ‘John Carter’: Nerdbastards Doesn’t Think So

- 05-18-12Film Posted by Veronique Medrano

With the release of ‘The Avengers‘, it has laid waste to the box-office and made it hard for other films to rise and take the No. 1 crown. Deadline writer, Nikki Finke pointed out logistics and numbers coming from Battleship’s current release information:

“It opened with only $420K midnights from 1,074 theaters: that’s weaker than Warner Bros’ under performing Dark Shadows last weekend and even Disney’s notorious 2012 bomb John Carter…Universal cautions that ‘both of those films have a bigger geek base’ whereas the strength of Peter Berg’s military vs. aliens actioner is ‘that it’s the anti-geek, anti-midnight movie of all time.”

Battleship opened today in theaters nationwide, and while it has made$220 million Internationally. North American buzz on the film has been overshadowed by ‘The Avengers’, so the Midnight showing for the film has not hauled in the numbers it expected.  The film has all the elements to be a high-grossing film: good graphics, action,well-known actors, and aliens. Even though this film has been made fun of for being based on a childhood board game, this film should not be something you miss out on.

While it is difficult to compete with a titan, i.e.: The Avengers, the film does have a lot to look forward to. The die-hard fans of Marvel may not want to defect, and will continue to watch the movie 4 times and onward, but the ending is the same, the plots points are the same, and moviegoers would do best to spend their money on other films.

So what this Nerdbastard would like to make clear, is that you shouldn’t revoke my ‘nerd-liscense’ just because I don’t want to watch The Avengers in theaters so much that I go broke, but that you should take the time to watch another movie. John Carter really stunk a high heaven, and to compare a worthless movie from beginning to end with Battleship that has more merit,better acting, and lots of destruction then be my guest and rot your brain.

Nerdbastard out!