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Ten years after George Lucas directed the last installment of the Star Wars prequels, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, a still untitled film, needed a director. It couldn’t just be any director either, this one needed to set the tone for the return of the beloved franchise. Unlike the previous Star Wars films, Episode VII, for better or worse depending on who you ask, no longer had its creator at the helm. LucasFilm made the decision and entrusted the responsibility of directing Star Wars VII to none other than Star Trek director J.J. Abrams.  How exactly did Abrams come to sit in the director’s chair, and end up producing the Star Wars movies that would follow? The answer comes from… Mr. Steven Spielberg.


‘Titanfall 2’ Single Player Trailer Released


Earlier today, Electronic Arts hosted the first ever EA Play event prior to E3 at simultaneous conferences in London and Los Angeles. The conference had the usual offerings of gameplay changes and new trailers we have come to expect, with the added bonus of being able to play the games at the show. Among huge announcements for Fifa 17 and Mass Effect Andromeda, EA also released a brand new trailer for the long awaited Titanfall 2. Although the first game in the franchise received amazing reviews one of the biggest downfalls was the lack of single player mode. It was leaked this morning that Titanfall 2 will definitely have a single player campaign prior to EA releasing a trailer for it this evening. Take a look at the trailer below!



When Jurassic World was released last year, there was a mixture of anticipation along with trepidation, would the movie live up to the original Jurassic Park or be more like Jurassic Park III? This was a franchise that reached legendary status almost instantly after the first film. The original film’s visual effects still stand the test of time, twenty-three years after its original release. By all measures Jurassic Park was a perfect movie, loved by a very wide demographic of people. So there was a lot of pressure on any follow-up to the exceptional standard. Fortunately, Jurassic World was everything fans had hoped for from a sequel/reboot of the franchise. The movie was filled with nostalgia, comedy, action and more deadly dinosaurs than you could shake a stick at. (more…)

Select Screenings Of The Killing Joke Announced


News about the animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s classic Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke has been coming thick and fast since its announcement earlier this year. One of the biggest pieces of news regarding the adaptation was the R-rating the film is receiving upon release. Fans are excited to see what Warner Bros. Studios have done with the graphic novel and how they will adapt some of the more iconic scenes from the seminal novel. Everyone is speculating what to expect from the movie and the Nerdbastards team were no exception! A lucky few will even be able to see The Killing Joke on the big screen for one night only!



Telltale Games have risen in power over the last decade and it is easy to see why they are so popular. After the success of quirky point and click series Sam and MaxTelltale have acquired the rights to many sought-after franchises to add their own brand of comic book style, decision making gameplay to. Although the acquisition of the rights to Jurassic Park and Back To The Future thrust this unique style of game into the mainstream, it is the development of games around series like Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead that has seen the biggest response from fans. The Walking Dead game alone sold one million copies in its first twenty days! Following these successes news broke that Telltale Games was producing a Batman game to add to its ever growing roster. There were very few details announced about the game as Telltale teased with a very short video (that you can see below.) Despite Telltale staying tight lipped over Batman – The Telltale Series, the window for its release has been narrowed!



Transformers has had some serious criticism thrown its way since the first film was released back in 2007. This hasn’t stopped director Michael Bay developing more movies involving the ongoing battle between the Autobots and the DecepticonsWhen the title was announced for Transformer 5 (The Last Knight) audiences were also reintroduced to the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime in a very short teaser video, with Prime’s face followed by the title. Putting two and two together, fans have theorized that the “Last Knight” could be Optimus Prime himself. Now, today, audiences were introduced to another cast member....



The Alien franchise is well-known for the tense atmosphere it seems to so effortlessly create. Ever since Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo came up against the extraterrestrial beings known as the xenomorphs, the Alien films have consistently generated an image of a dark and harrowing world. Whether you enjoyed the films in the Alien universe or not, there is no denying they use a stunning mix of haunting, fully realized creatures and a well developed set to engage an audience. It seems this will be the case with the follow-up to PrometheusAlien: Covenant. Ridley Scott and the cast and crew of Alien: Covenant landed in Sydney to got straight to work on the upcoming movie, where initial pictures have been released from the set.



Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After being introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man will be played by Tom Holland. It’s safe to say that Marvel Studios have got their casting for Peter Parker bang on the money but more often than not it is the villains that fall flat in the web-slinger’s movies. Back in early April, fans were given a ray of hope when it was rumored that Batman himself, Michael Keaton, was in talks to play the lead villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming. (You can find out what NB had to say about that here.) Alas, that was short lived and almost a month ago to the day, NerdBastards brought you the news that Michael Keaton was no longer in contention for the role after talks broke down. Well dry those tears, quit saying Beetlejuice three times and stop watching Birdman on repeat because there is good news after all!



Those who grew up with the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and films have an expectation that the franchise be action packed as well as funny. The 2014 reboot had a lot of weight placed on its shoulders. There was a massive fan base of people young and old, not wanting their favorite scaly heroes to be a let down. It’s safe to say that the film did not disappoint! So when the sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, was given the green light fans expected a lot from it. There have been snippets of the sequel released through various trailers and everyone assumed they’d been given their fill and had to wait for the film’s release. (Check out the previous “final” trailer here.) Well, there has been another trailer released and it seems to fill the simple but effective criteria that fans know and love. Plenty of madcap action and laughs to go with it…



AMC’s The Walking Dead has been immensely popular since the TV show aired in 2010. Due to the sizeable fanbase The Walking Dead created, it was no real surprise Universal Studios Hollywood announced an all year round attraction dedicated to the show. Universal Studios are well known for their immersive and often horrifying Halloween attractions that run from September through to the end of October. The fact that The Walking Dead attraction is open to visitors throughout the year means that regardless of the time of year, fans of the show can get a taste of first hand experience of The Walking Dead. The real question is, can a walk through attraction really generate a similar atmosphere to the show? Well, this week the world was allowed a sneak peak into the inner workings of the attraction that opens July 4th and it looks like they’re going to have a damn good go!