The Passing Of Legendary Author Ray Bradbury

- 06-06-12Film, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

Many people would, and will say that the world is a smaller, less imaginative place today with the passing of author Ray Bradbury. This NerdBastad believes that isn’t so.

The world is forever more imaginative because Bradbury, with his literary works, forever changed the future’s landscape by opening the minds of his readers to the untold possibilities and influenced countless creative geniuses in every field of human endeavor. Bradbury’s legacy will continue to multiply, divide, and multiply again and again.

Bradbury’s daughter confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Wednesday morning. She said her 91 year old father died Tuesday night in Southern California.

The author of classic Sci-Fi books such as “Fahrenheit 451″ and “The Martian Chronicles” was born in Waukegan, Ill, on Aug. 22, 1920. Bradbury was living in Los Angeles at the time of his death, his home for the past several decades.

Bradbury authored more than 27 novels and collected stories and penned over 600 short stories. Bradbury is often credited with raising the then battered reputation of science fiction. Many say Bradbury single-handedly dragged the Sci-Fi genre from pulp fiction, into the realm of literature. UCI Physics professor and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer Gregory Benford said:

“The only figure comparable to mention would be [Robert A.] Heinlein and then later [Arthur C.] Clarke, but Bradbury, in the ‘40s and ‘50s, became the name brand.”

It’s gonna take a couple of days for this news to really sink in for this NerdBastard, although writing this post has helped. Every nerd or geek has a story about how Ray Bradbury affected their lives, even if they aren’t aware of it.

We’re gonna end this post with two videos. The first is a video conversation with Ray Bradbury that’s a wonderfully whimsical look at Bradbury and his thoughts on books, libraries, and life. The second is a video that reflects the style and outlook on nerdy and geeky things that NerdBastards love.

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Via: Chicago Tribune

‘Doctor Who’ Will Begin Filming in 11 Days! Plus, Have You Heard of Wholock?

- 02-09-12TV Posted by Sarah Moran

Yes, in eleven days the 11th Doctor will again hop in the TARDIS, hopefully joined by Amy and Rory, to start filming another season of adventures in time and space. The BBC’s official Doctor Who site made the announcement filming on the seventh season would begin on February 20th. They’ll also be shooting in a new studio, the BBC Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff, which officially opens in March.

In addition to the shooting date, the Beeb have also confirmed the show’s first director and some writers working on this season.

The first director will be Saul Metzstein (Upstairs Downstairs), with executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat joining new EP Caroline Skinner and producer Marcus Wilson on the production team.

The writers are Toby Whithouse, the creator of BBC’s Being Human and writer of Who episodes “School Reunion,” “The Vampires of Venice,” and “The God Complex,” and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall, who has previously written “42” and the two-parter “The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.”

Literally as I’m typing this I’m shaking with excitement, or possibly too much caffeine, but I’ll err on the side of it’s a case Who-citement! Wow, did I really just go there? I am too caffeinated.

Blastr is also reporting on more Moffat teases, adding to hints he already teased us with in the  foreward for The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. In an interview with The University Observer Moffat talked about the exit of the Pond’s,

I’m writing that right now, the big Rory and Amy heartbreaking finale. It will be quite heartbreaking. I think you’ll be in trouble watching it.

We just had our official day commencing pre-production on Doctor Who, so as for knowing when it’s actually going to be shown is a little bit optimistic. But we’ll definitely show it, and I’m pretty sure it will be the autumn.

Dammit, Moffat! I’m tearing up just reading this. The Pond’s farewell is going to be too much to handle!

Are you pumped for Doctor Who to begin filming? The sooner they start the sooner things leak, right?

All right, secondly, have you heard of Wholock? The emerging fandom obsessed with the possibility of a crossover between Steven Moffat’s two popular series, Doctor Who and Sherlock. Sherlock, if you’re unaware, is Moffat and Mark Gattis’ fabulous modern adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They’re kind of big deal at the moment, what with their involvement in The Hobbit and Cumberbatch’s mysterious role in Star Trek 2.

The Wholock fandom is blowing up right now and already has an impressive of amount of fanfiction and fanart. Here we’re sharing the next step in fandom, the fan trailer. This is an amazingly well-done trailer for a movie about the meeting of the England’s greatest detective with her favorite Time Lord. Tell us what you think!

Source: BBC America’s Anglophenia via The Mary Sue, (2)

New Writer Hired for ‘Tron Legacy’ Sequel

- 06-07-11Film Posted by NickBungay

It looks like Flynn does in fact live as a new writer has been hired to work on a follow-up to Disney’s series Tron Legacy in the form one David DiGilio. After the “success” of the 2010 film people have spoken of a possible sequel in the near future after Disney’s 10-part animated Tron: Uprising hits airwaves next year.

Writers Adam Horowitz and Adam Kitsis, who worked on Legacy, were slated to return for the project but have since begun working on Once Upon a Time, the fairy tale show they created for ABC and is debuting this fall. When one door closes another must open and that door allowed DiGilio to walk right in and continue the work started by Horowitz and Kitsis.

Everything for Disney’s third entry into ‘The Grid’ is still in the early stages of development so it’s unclear if director Joseph Kosinski will return to helm the sequel. If Tron: Uprising ends up becoming a 10-part flop however we might not see Daft Punk hitting some phat beats until their next album drops so here’s hoping.

What do you think of another Tron movie in theaters? Let’s hear what you have to say about all this.

Via: Comics Alliance

Comic-Book Legend Harvey Pekar Dead At Age 70

- 07-12-10Comics, WTF? Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Harvey Pekar was the biggest American icon you may not have heard of. A titan in underground comics of the 70’s and 80’s, Pekar worked with legends like Robert Crumb and turned his unglamorous, blue collar life into a cult series of comic books stories that make him arguably the 2nd most important comic creator of the last 30 years next to Alan Moore. , . Pekar rose to indie cinema prominence with a critically acclaimed adaptation of his “American Splendor” comics in 2003 and fortunately, he leaves us three plus decades of cranky brilliance that will live on forever.

This is indeed a sad day for Cleveland and for all who knew Harvey across the world. Harvey’s brilliant writing, in concert with his circle of equally brilliant illustrators, will truly be missed.

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