Warwick Davis

Is There a ‘Willow’ Sequel in Our Future?

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Quick! What was your favorite action/fantasy adventure from the 80s starring Val Kilmer? If you said Willow, then you are correct, although Top Secret! would also have been an acceptable answer. Yes, this heart-warming, George Lucas-penned tale of a Nelwyn’s (basically a Hobbit) journey to become a sorcerer while protecting an orphaned infant from the evil Queen Bavmorda taught us all a little something about life, about love, and most importantly about ourselves. For thirty years, many of us have been hoping for a return for the mystical lands of Nockmaar and Nelwyn Valley. Fortunately for the trajectory of this article, director Ron Howard was recently on hand to talk about just that!

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Warwick Davis has a wonderful attitude about himself and the world around him. His show Life’s too Short is a wonderful look at how he tweaks his own nose about his life. His appearance on An Idiot Abroad is another fine example. When the news broke last year that J.J. Abrams would be directing Star Wars VII everyone who was ever in a Star Wars movie was bombarded with questions, were they going to be in it, did they know what the movie would be about, had they talked with J.J.? Well know we know that Warwick has indeed talked with J.J. and he decided to let us know what happened with this little video. (more…)

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Remember the scene above from Return Of The Jedi? Where Princess Leia wins the undying friendship and loyalty of the Ewok Wicket by sharing a….I think it’s a rice cake, but no doubt bigger Nerds than me know exactly what foodstuff brokered the eventual military alliance between the Ewoks and the Rebellion.

Anyhoo, Star Wars fans in Germany at Celebration 2 were treated to a live performance of the classic scene courtesy of the very actors who brought us the original: Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, and Warwick Davis as Wicket W. Warrick.

Check out the immensely entertaining video below….though to be perfectly honest, when I heard Carrie Fisher was re-enacting a classic scene from ROTJ, something else came to mind 😉

Source: Blastr

 

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I seem to be writing about all manner of sequels this week: From brilliant ideas that will never happen, to big budget sci-fi sequels that will likely be buried under the avalanche of Star Wars hype…

Today, we’ve got ourselves a fictional sequel I know I desperately wish was more than just a clever comedy bit about two forgotten actors trying to regain some relevancy in Hollywood.

Below is the trailer for the series finale of Life’s Too Short–the semi-autobiographical HBO comedy series created by and starring Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis. The show is apparently based around Davis’ daily trials and tribulations…I wish I could say more about it, but I don’t get HBO–looks awesome, though. The trailer features Davis and Willow co-star Val Kilmer attempting to pitch Willow 2 to investors.


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The Life’s Too Short Series Finale Special airs on July 5 on HBO.

Source: The Mary Sue

Well, here we are, sitting on the brink starring at Doctor Who‘s Season 7B finale. A rather big finale at that, where all sorts of wild things are promised: The Doctor’s name, the truth of the “impossible girl”, the Fall of the Eleventh. (OOOoooOOOooohhh.) And, how did we get here? Let’s go back, two weeks back in fact because if you’ve been paying attention you’ll have noticed last week’s episode, “The Crimson Horror” wasn’t reviewed. My bad. To get us all back on track, Nerd Bastards proudly presents, a mini-review.

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Welcome to Sweetville. And, what was probably the weirdest episode this season since “The Rings of Akhatan”, and unfortunately, the weakest. Actually, that may be unfair because even after all this time I’m not sure what to think of “The Crimson Horror.” It began like one of those episodes where The Doctor wasn’t in it except as a peripheral character with Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart), and Strax (Dan Starkey) taking the lead. But that isn’t what this episode ended up being at all, and maybe if it had things would have worked better. Once The Doctor is back in action Vastra and Strax are basically sidelined and used entirely as comic relief. Though the episode was genuinely funny, on a second viewing a good chunk of the comedy falls flat. Jenny’s the only one of the trio given some time to shine, but even she’s eventually rendered useless.

The premise is weird, no getting around that. Mrs. Gillyflower (Dame Diana Rigg) finds a prehistoric parasite, Mr. Sweet – now a good front runner for creepiest, grossest Who villain – and by using his “necter” creates a toxic disease that’ll both preserve her chosen people for the second coming and wipe out the rest of the planet. What saves this episode are the pretty fantastic performances, especially from Rigg and her actual daughter, Rachael Stirling, who also plays her daughter. Rigg relishes the role of the absolutely mad Gillyflower, and Stirling gets a good bit of range, too, flipping from sweet, downtrodden Ada to going completely postal on her mother and Mr. Sweet. Y’know, turns out this is a great episode for Mother’s Day, even if it’s highlighting the worst kind of mother.

Plans are foiled and the day is saved, but I felt the real reveal of this episode would be The Doctor admitting something to Vastra, Jenny, and Strax about Clara. I mean, otherwise, what was the point of visiting Yorkshire in this period? Especially once they turned up and all kept asking how Clara was alive. So that was a bit of a let down and a wasted opportunity. What we are given is an ending that wonderfully sets things up for where they go next, a family holidy – The Doctor, Clara, and the kids off to visit the amusement park planet, Hedgewick’s World, in “Nightmare in Silver.”

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Welcome to another edition of Star Wars-y goodness, filled with all the latest news, rumors and random crap regarding Disney’s shiny new toy.  This week, Warwick Davis says Ewoks are awesome, the Carrie Fisher in-again-out-again conundrum, the challenges of time and Episode VII and the retirement of a veteran Star Wars producer.

So without further ado, brace yourselves.

A short time ago, in a galaxy that looks pretty much the same as our own, there was a franchise purchased


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Yesterday we shared some new details about Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming Doctor Who episode for Series 7 Part 2, most importantly the return of the Cybermen. Well guess what? Had we just waited a day we would have learned lots more as someone, hopefully not Mr. Gaiman himself, left a copy of the script in the backseat of a Cardiff cab! The finder and, surprisingly, not keeper made a post to Facebook which then ended up on Reddit trying to get the BBC’s attention in order to return the script. That’s a standup citizen. Most would have easily succumbed to temptation, scanned and shared it by now.

But, at least we learned some things, like the official title being, “The Last Cyberman,” which many had already guessed based on the clues given on Gaiman’s blog. We can also confirm Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s companion is named Clara, as we’ve long suspected. And guest star Warwick Davis‘ name is Porridge. Really? Poor guy can’t catch a break with character names, can he?

Now, if you’re looking for a few more details about, “The Last Cyberman,” and specifically what the Cyberman will look like, turn to ever reliable Doctor Who on set reporter, Timeboy. Those visiting the set are being asked not to take photos or video so all we have are these reports,

Very similar to the Cybus ones, but they have tighter armour and Tomb of the Cybermen-like faces!!! Really shiny. The armour is like slim-fitted rubber, similar to the new Sontarans, but silver. Guns fixed on arms, and the leader has an extra gun.

They’re walking softly, slowly, and quietly, like the Hartnell/Troughton era Cybermen

The Cybermen have a cool chest plate, with a camera iris thing in the middle, like this, but closed
 Cool slot-like mouth and a more blank, fitted headpiece. And dare I say it, as close to cloth faces as would work in 2012.

Click for a rough sketch of what they look like (by Gabundy).

Hmm, so they’re called the last Cyberman but it sounds like they look more like the first Cyberman. What do you think it means? Coming from Gaiman I’m sure it’s not as simple as The Doctor meeting with the last of the cybernetic race, so what’s the twist?

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Doctor Who TV

They’re back! The BBC has confirmed The Cybermen will indeed be returning to Doctor Who in Series 7 Part 2. And not just in any episode, but in the episode penned by celebrated and loved writer Neil Gaiman. Double win!

Here are the recently released episode details,

Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion, the episode co-stars Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short and Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders and Hotel Babylon) and Jason Watkins (Being Human and Lark Rise to Candleford) as a band of misfits on a mysterious planet


Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, told us, ‘Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing. ’ He added, ‘And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick.’

I think a lot of fans might be more excited for this episode than any other, what about you? I know Gaiman’s episode in Series 6, “The Doctor’s Wife” was my favorite and I can’t wait to see what he does next. I wonder what the title is? Gaiman offered some clues on his blog a few weeks back and it’s been guessed the title will fit this format: _ _ _ (3 letters )  _ _ _ _ (4 letters)  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (8 letters). So, “The  _ _ _ _ Cybermen” perhaps? It’s a guess, but what could that four letter word be?

Source: Doctor Who TV

I drank too many Shamrock shakes from McDonalds tonight (they are flippin’ delicious). I’m in such a green-sugared induced coma that tonights story is either real or it’s all happening in my frap freezed brain. Nah, this news is far to stupid for my retard mind to make up.

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend. And wouldn’t you know it, here’s comes the WWE (Yes, that one) to ruin it with news of a horror movie remake.

WWE (really, that one) and Lionsgate are teaming up to remake Leprechaun, the 90’s horror classic  about a evil fucking Leprechaun who tortures a young Jennifer Aniston.

Variety broke the news of the deal, which comes as part one of a two-film deal between WWE and Lionsgate. Head of WWE Studios, Michael Luisi, said the following about the remake:

We have been looking for ways to continue our relationship with Lionsgate and we saw ‘Leprechaun’ as the perfect opportunity to take a well-known franchise and put a modern-day spin on it. This is a property that we believe our audience will respond to and we continue to look for ways to surprise and engage them.

While no director, screenwriter or actors are attached, they’re hoping for a 2013 release

I am outraged. How can they remake this classic franchise? I hope Warwick Davis dons his Leprechaun make-up, marches on down to WWE headquarters and shits in their morning cereal. Lucky Charms cereal of course.

Actually, now that I think about it. This remake can’t be any worse than Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. So fuck it, let it happen. All I ask is that Hornswaggle be involved.

Source: Variety