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Every once in a while a young creator steps forward and brings the world something unique. Something fresh. Ryan Hääck has shared with the world his Unspeakable Text. A comic book horror anthology that exposes an evil book, a collection of tales throughout history that supernatural forces tried to force the world to forget. Ryan, along with ten fabulously talented artists are seeking to make these stories into a collection under one cover. Join Ryan Hääck and the artists behind these spine-tingling tales, help them see their horrors to reality and get some awesome reward goals for yourself to boot.

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This year most of the big names for movies this summer are either sequels or remakes with some original ideas mixed in. The good news is that many of the sequels look pretty great. The bad news is the remakes don’t look so great.

Regardless, there’s plenty of reasons to go to the theater this summer. Endgame certainly isn’t the only big name movie this year.

June

There are a lot of big releases in June like Men in Black: International (June 14), Child’s Play (June 21), and Annabelle Comes Home (June 25). If you feel like seeing the originals in drive-through setting visit this site.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (June 7)

Continuing the down the path of the current X-Men universe we get another shot at Jean Grey and her evolution into the Dark Phoenix. It’s one of the most popular arcs in X-Men and the last time she was on screen she had to share with the anti-mutant drug plotline.

This time around she isn’t sharing the spotlight. Dark Phoenix is all about Jean’s inner struggle with the Phoenix Force. And judging by the trailers she seems to enjoy the violence more and more as the film goes on.

The Dead Don’t Die (June 14)

While there’s no lack of zombie movies out there it’s been a few years since a good comedy. The Dead Don’t Die is looking to be closer to Shaun of the Dead than Zombieland with more dry wit and toned-down jokes.

Bill Murray fights the undead instead of impersonating them and Adam Driver wastes no time saying the “Z” word. Other big names like Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, and Iggy Pop join in as townsfolk or zombies.

Toy Story 4 (June 20)

Even if we thought the last one was a great way to end the franchise, someone wanted another one. Toy Story 4 will feature a fork’s existential crisis, Woody and Bo Peep reuniting, and all of the sneaky toy antics from the previous installments. Hopefully, it does can hit the high marks from the other movies but doesn’t make us cry like the last one.

July

July adds two more highly anticipated Disney productions with Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 2) and the remake of The Lion King (July 19). Here are some other movies that aren’t as well advertised.

Midsommar (July 2)

If you liked Wickerman and The Witch you’ll probably dig this. Some friends go to a rural festival in Sweden where stuff gets freaky. There’s drugs, blood, animal sacrifices, and maypoles.

Stuber (July 12)

It’s like Collateral but the other way around, a detective forces his Uber driver to help him solve crimes. Dave Bautista reprises his role as Drax but without the full body makeup and replaces his knives with guns. Kumail Nanjiani does his best as a clumsy driver and shoots a dude.

Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (July 26)

Tarantino returns with another seedy movie about some not so wholesome folks. This time Brad Pitt plays Leonardo DiCaprio’s stunt double and the two deal with the decline of Hollywood and their careers. It looks dirty and depressing but knowing Tarantino it should be fun.

August

Summer’s winding down but there are still some movies left to see. Dora and The Lost City of Gold (August 2) might be a neat live-action adaptation of a kid show. The Nightingale (August 2) had a previous festival screening and is now coming to theaters.

Hobbs & Shaw (August 2)

The Fast & Furious franchise can be pretty divisive, you either love it or hate it. But it certainly has its place in the action pantheon.

As a spinoff of the main series, we now follow Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as they try to stop a physically enhanced Idris Elba. It might be dumb fun, but at least it’s fun.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (August 9)

Scary Stories is like Goosebumps darker cousin, and just like the Goosebumps movie, the monsters show up when kids read the book. But between corpses, spider-zits, and other ghoulish creatures it definetly has a darker tone. Guillermo del Toro is on the crew so expect some freaky looking monsters.

Good Boys (August 16)

It’s made by the same guys as Superbad, and it looks and sounds just like it. Three sixth graders get into hijinks involving drugs, parties, and their parent’s sex toys. Good Boys may make you reconsider having kids by the end of it.

Make Sure to Catch These Movies this Summer

It’s been an up and down year for movies. Some have been everything we wanted, while others ended up pretty lame. There are a lot of other movies this summer so keep up with our movie articles, just be careful not to get spoiled by reviews.  

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The face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is changing, and many fans believe those changes are for the better. In recent years, we’ve seen more diversity with on-screen superheroes than ever before. That trend will continue well into the future, at least according to Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige.

Feige, who is credited as the groundbreaking Black Panther‘s producer, recently told The Wrap that diversity and representation are the future of the MCU: “This is the way the world is, and the way, certainly, our studio’s going to be run going forward, because it brings about better stories,” the director said. “The more diverse the group of people making the movie is, the better the stories.”

One only has to watch the final minutes of Avengers: Endgame (spoilers ahead!) to see just how committed the studio is to creating a more diverse MCU. In a poignant scene after living a full life in the past, an elderly Captain America hands his shield over to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. The scene indicates that forthcoming Captain America films will, like Black Panther, have a strong African-American superhero at the helm. With the power superhero films have right now, a more inclusive MCU could help break down social barriers in our increasingly diverse world.

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Rick Stafford is a cosplayer with a wide range of charters that he brings to life, but he is most known for his many variations of DC Comics’ heroic defender of the deep, Aquaman. Rick dons the green & gold to attend cons and volunteers to visit sick children in hospitals. He has attended numerous charity events, and conventions to inspire the hero in all of us.

Like any true hero, Rick has had to overcome some extremely difficult obstacles in his life. Some of these obstacles would have broken weaker men, yet Rick continues to preserver, moving forward with the strength and endurance of the indomitable characters he brings to life through his cosplays.

We at NerdBastards had a chance to talk with this real life hero and learn what motivates him to cosplay and volunteer so much of his time to others.
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Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Premiere Review

Gilead’s a cesspool of discomfort that only gets worse, isn’t it?

This last weekend, The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 premiered on Hulu. Instead of gracing fans with just a single episode, though, Hulu gave fans three. Thank you, Hulu gods, for such a gift. Since they premiere Handmaid’s Tale weekly, it’s nice to be able to binge ourselves a little to get back into the show before wait each week to continue the journey. 

As the NerdBastards resident Handmaid’s Tale reviewer, I thought it might be good for me to cover such a momentous debut.

And boy, did the show really go for it.

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No Will Smith; no (major) problem.

With Will Smith completely uninterested in returning to the 22-year-old Men in Black franchise (once upon a time, Smith made it look good) and otherwise busy with other commercial pursuits (playing a blue-skinned, top-knotted, magical genie in the recent live-action Aladdin adaptation), Tommy Lee Jones all-but-retired from performing, Sony Pictures unsurprisingly turned to one of the MCU’s MVPs, Chris Hemsworth, and Hemsworth’s Thor: Ragnarok co-star, Tessa Thompson, to restart and/or soft reboot a series that last saw the darkened interior of an air-conditioned movie theater seven years ago (given the rapidity in which pop-culture favorites turn into yesterday’s disposable detritus, zero guarantee moviegoers will respond with more than just passing nostalgia). It was still a gamble. Hemsworth has yet to carry a film outside the MCU. Thompson has yet to topline a major studio film. On individual charisma and collective chemistry alone, Hemsworth and Thompson prove themselves more than worthy of headlining a big-budget, spectacle-driven franchise entry of their own, the F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, The Negotiator, Friday) directed Men in Black: International. (more…)

 

Mad Cave Studios is an indie comic book company on the rise. With titles like Honor & Curse, Midnight Task Force, Knights of the Golden Sun, Show’s End, and their flagship title Battlecats, Mad Cave is making a name for itself and taking its place as a respectable indie brand in the comic community. The company repeatedly creates new and diverse titles to captivate its’ readers. No two titles in the Mad Cave line-up are the same, making their books more accessible to a wider audience.

The MADMAN behind this ambitious indie company and the writer for the majority of its titles is Mark London. His MAD dreams and visions have shaped Mad Cave Studios into a forward-thinking company that prides itself on quality storytelling and beautifully expressive art. We had a chance to talk with Mark about Mad Cave Studios, writing comics, the indie scene, and the future for himself, and his company. (more…)

Despite early complaints about She-Ra’s design not being sexy enough, Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princesses of Power series has made a huge splash. Fans have fallen in love with the inclusive, diverse, and beautiful show. With the strong and powerful Adora, bold but insecure Glimmer, and the overexcited, intelligent Bow, the main cast drives each episode with gusto. Even if the intro theme song sometimes gives a harsh reminder that the show’s made for kids, people of all ages can enjoy and appreciate it. 

However, what’s gotten the biggest buzz about She-Ra is its open and casual acceptance of LGBTQ+ people and relationships. Bow has two fathers. Two different allies are in a serious relationship (Netossa and Spinerella). Adora and Catra have romantic undertones so heavy that they could drown an entire city.

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