Prepare Your Butts! Wil Wheaton is Getting a Talk Show on SyFy

- 04-02-14Nerd Culture, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It looks like everyone’s favorite geek guru is gearing up to do a new series. You may have seen him on his YouTube series TableTop. You may have witnessed him make his way through The Guild. Oh yeah, you might remember him from that Star Trek: The Next Generation show that all the kids were talking about. He is Wil Wheaton and now he’s coming back with his own talk show. (more…)

The Top Ten Most Influential Nerds

- 08-24-13Cool Stuff, Featured Posted by James Daniels

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I could be unbelievably corny and opine that we’ve “Come A Long Way, Baby…”  And regardless of how hackneyed a comment that would be, it’s the simple truth: Nerds and Geeks (use whatever term you like–the differences between them are a subject for another article) are at the vanguard of modern pop culture and entertainment: Scientists are celebrities, comic book heroes are movie stars, supermodels talk of their love for video games….This is the world Nerds built….

And this list celebrates some of it’s greatest architects.

Honored here are actors, comedians, filmmakers, physicists, TV personalities, and writers. All are card-carrying geeks, and all have contributed something unique to this wonderful Nerdiverse of ours. In the interest of communicating exactly what makes each of these personalities worthy of inclusion here, I have included a quotation from each of them (and links to their respective Facebook Pages in their names).

Anyhoo, let’s proceed with the list proper–starting at number ten with:

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‘Sharknado’ Round-up: How a Ratings Bomb Could Get a Sequel & The Top Tweets During the Movie

- 07-13-13Film, WTF? Posted by NickBungay

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In the last twenty-four hours people have been stunned by SyFy’s latest freak of nature Sharknado, ourselves included. The made for TV movie starring Cassie Scerbo, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and John Heard was a social media sensation, sparking over a half million tweets on Twitter alone, but only gained an average 0.4 rating for viewers. That doesn’t translate to quality television, but as Deadline‘s reporting, this hasn’t stopped SyFy from thinking about their next shark-related sequel.

Not waiting for the viewing numberds, and based solely on those tweets, SyFy announced it was re-airing the film:

“Given the enormous popular demand, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18 at 7PM (ET/PT),” the network announced proudly this morning before the audience numbers came in.

There’s a reason they ok’d this before the actual audience numbers came in, the movie sucked – even by SyFy’s standards. In a report from Business Week the SyFy original movie, involving a freak hurricane flooding the city of Los Angeles and filling the city with man-eating sharks from tornadoes, only gained 1.3 million where on average SyFy movies have a regular viewership of 1.5 million viewers. It’s because social media like Twitter, where it received 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak, made Sharknado the “success” it appears to be.

So I guess things like Twitter and outrageous TV movies can come together and create magic. Those tweets were what made it made a worthwhile watch. Read on for the top 25 tweets from all the madness, including a few from one of Nerd Bastards own after the jump. (more…)

Chiwetel Ejiofor Frontrunner for Next Doctor; Wil Wheaton Hints He Already Knows the 12th Doctor

- 06-04-13TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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Unsurprisingly, ever since the announcement Matt Smith‘s leaving Doctor Who all anyone can talk about is who’ll be his replacement. There’s all sort of rumors ranging from the next Doctor being older, maybe younger, no longer white, and possibly a woman. Of course, it’s all hearsay as I’m sure eve the BBC doesn’t know who’ll be the next Doctor. Or, do they?

All right, so yesterday the Radio Times ran a story stating there could be an announcement of who is the next Doctor by next month, because it’ll be impossible to keep things secret while filming the Christmas special. And this is Radio Times, not The Sun or Daily Mail, they’re not printing total bullshit just to drive up their numbers. If an official announcement is only a month away, surely the role already is cast, right?

Then there’s this from one Mr. Wil Wheaton, who on his Tumblr wrote,

Am I the only person who knows who has been cast as the next Doctor, and who has known this was coming for several weeks? I figured that if it filtered down to me, it must be common knowledge among people who matter.

…now I feel kind of special. Yay me.

The post was in response to a quote from an article naming actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the running favorite for Doctor Who. He apparently has very good odds, coming in at 7/1. Back in 2011 when Ejiofor was asked if he’d ever be interested in playing The Doctor he responded,

Yes, of course. It’s always good to be asked to come back to London and do great stuff not only in television but in theatre and film too.

And while a little vague, still an affirmative. But what does Wheaton’s cryptic confession and the good odds for Ejiofor have to do with one another? Other than both appeared on Wheaton’s Tumblr? Absolutely nothing, but it’s interesting nonetheless, no? Could Wheaton’s response mean Ejiofor is a likely candidate, or that he isn’t?

I certainly think Ejiofor would make an excellent Doctor and his casting would comply with wishes of those, like myself, who’d like to see someone other than a white male as the Time Lord. What do you think? Is Ejiofor someone you’d like to see the BBC consider? Does Wheaton actually know who’s been cast? Meaning, have they already cast Smith’s replacement?

Source: The Mary Sue

Oh Wesley: Watch Wil Wheaton Tell a Newborn Baby Why Being a Nerd is Awesome

- 04-30-13Funny Videos Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Ok, this one doesn’t need much set-up, but you may need a handkerchief by the end. While speaking at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment expo this past Saturday Wil Wheaton, everyone’s favorite starship ensign/Twitter star (and actor and writer and all around awesome guy,) was asked by an audience member/new mom to explain why being a nerd is awesome to her newborn baby girl. His response was perfect, amazing, and very heartstrings tugging.

I dare you to find a flaw in his logic!

Via: Laughing Squid

Interview: Paul and Storm Talk About Their New Show, ‘Learning Town’

- 01-08-13Featured, Interviews Posted by Regina Lizik

 

Veteran nerdy musicians Paul and Storm, of w00tstock! fame, are already known for their nerdy music and catchy Twitter hashtags but they’re about to catapult into geek royalty with their new show Learning Town. The show, which centers around the shenanigans of the duo as they try their hand at children’s television, premiers on Geek and Sundry January 15th. Check out the interview below to see Paul and Storm dish about being nerds, setting puppets on fire and what makes them geek-out.

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Nerdy Bits: Xbox Achievements We’ve All Unlocked, Master Splinter’s 80s Ballad, Peter Parkour, and MOAR!

- 12-03-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, WTF? Posted by Sarah Moran

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: The bidding may have ended for this bit of Wil Wheaton memorabilia –  earning a total of $1,035.00 for charity! - but that doesn’t mean you can’t share in the story. See, Wheaton was autographing this card for a friend when with a swipe of the marker he drew a big, ugly line across his face. To rectify it he added sunglasses and the requisite, “Yeeaahh!” WIN. [Nerd Approved]

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Nerd Art Dump: Stephanie Brown Times Two, Nerdist vs. Doctor Who, Retro Cylons & MOAR!

- 09-06-12Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay

Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerd based art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every net based nook and cranny. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly Nerd Art Dumps.

Na na na na na na na na, Batgirls! – Well, one Batgirl and a Robin anyways, but a single Stephanie Brown. We here at Nerd Bastards HQ love the work of Lynne Yoshii, having featured her here several times before, but featuring the former Spoiler turned third Batgirl with her past self is pretty damn cool. When your originally a three-issue deal and you become one of the biggest female characters in comics you know your doing something right. [Comics Alliance]

Hit the jump for Spider-Man, Ginny Weasley and MOAR! (more…)

Nerdy Bits: Sonic Screwdriver Bouquet, Hot Toy’s New Cap Figure, Dubsteppin’ Droids, Get Learned by Bill Nye, and MOAR!

- 07-06-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Uncategorized Posted by Sarah Moran

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: Watch out when Black Widows got her guns drawn. And I mean her actual guns, not the good she’s unzipped. Though they do serve as an excellent distraction. Cosplayed by Giorgiacosplay. Photographed by Daniele Faccioli. (Fashionably Geek)

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Nerdy Bits: Necronomicon Pizza, Own Joss Whedon, Every Anime Opening Ever Made, Princess Whatshername Cosplay and MOAR!

- 06-15-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos 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: Klaatu barada nikto…. It’s a Necronomicon thin crust pizza from the deadite love’n Elizabeth at Blog Of The Fed!  [thatsnerdalicious]

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