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You can’t see everything at San Diego Comic-Con.

No matter how many times you hear that, it really doesn’t sink in until you’ve experienced SDCC for the first time. At any given moment, there will be several things happening that you’d like to attend and you’re going to have to make some tough choices.

It’s a safe bet you’re still digesting the list of exclusive items that Comic-Con announced last week. We covered many of the highlights in last week’s column.

And before the rest of panels comes out (Thurs and Fri schedules have just been released) and completely overwhelms you, let’s walk through some strategies for making the most of Comic-Con.

In addition to the many panels that will be announced shortly, there will be so many other things competing for your time: cast signings, booth giveaways, lining up for exclusives, offsite adventures, screenings, after parties. Hell, crossing the street could take you fifteen minutes at peak and just getting into the convention center can slow you down if you go at the wrong time. (more…)

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When you’re making the last film in a series based on some of the most beloved fantasy novels of all time, it’s only natural that your fans wait with baited breath for any glimpse of the final product. Often this glimpse takes the form of a proper trailer that we can then watch on a loop or even examine frame by frame as we wait for the film’s release.

Sometimes the full trailer isn’t ready yet, or a studio just wants to stoke the fires of anticipation with a teaser.

And sometimes, as in the case with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the director will actually hype the release of both the film’s teaser and trailer. (more…)

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With just one short month until San Diego Comic-Con, hopefully your planning is well underway. Here at  Nerd Bastards, we started getting ready for this year on the plane ride home from LAST year’s SDCC.  This is the first in a series of columns aimed at helping you make the most of Comic-Con, whether you’re  attending the event or catching the highlights online from the comfort of home. Over the next month  we’ll cover getting to & around the con, surviving all 4.5 days of the show, can’t miss events/panels/ guests and of course, the precious exclusives. We’ll even get around to attending the con without a badge.

We’ll cover how to go about acquiring these treasures in a future column, but for now let’s take a look at the best exclusives that have been announced so far.  (more…)

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If you were like me and couldn’t exit the theater fast enough when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 credits rolled, you missed the X-Men: Days of Future Past easter egg that ran half way through said credits.

Don’t fret though — IGN has posted the film’s teaser and it gives a very brief look at Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique rounding up some mutant help and declaring herself (at least temporarily) working without Magneto.

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Shirley Temple 1928–2014

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[EDITORS NOTE: Some celebrities that leave us haven’t had much of an imprint on nerdom, but sometimes their status in pop culture trumps what’s nerdy. Their presence and influence need to be saluted.]

Perhaps the most successful and ubiquitous child star of all time, Shirley Temple passed away Monday night, February 10, 2014. She died of natural causes at her home in Woodside, CA, a suburb of San Francisco.

Temple was one of the most successful actors of her time. She appeared in dozens of films in the 1930s and 40s, served as a United States ambassador, hosted a television series and penned a best-selling autobiography, Child Star, in 1988. (more…)

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One of Marvel Studios’ strengths is keeping interest in its films going long after the credits roll. It began with their now traditional post-credits teasers and continues with the short films they include on their home video releases. What started with brief Agent Coulson clips and the ‘Item 47’ short has grown into full-scale short films with last year’s ‘Agent Carter’ one-shot and the newest entry, ‘All Hail the King‘ starring Sir Ben Kingsley.

Massive spoilers for Iron Man 3 ahead. (more…)