2012

Its hard to believe that 10 years ago at this time, Fox was misusing and abusing a little series called Firefly, Joss Whedon’s now seminal series which combined space opera with the Old West to create one of the most unique and fascinating science fiction shows since the originalStar Trek. Naturally, it was cancelled after 13 episodes.

Well, on this occasion of its tenth anniversary, and as they’re airing the run of Firefly in intended order, the Science Channel hosted a special tenth anniversary panel for Firefly at New York Comic Con today. Although it was unlikely to be the barn-burner the one in San Diego was earlier this year, there was still enough for Browncoats to get excited about: a first look at the Browncoats Unite special (which airs on November 11 at 10 pm), some insights from the people that made the special, and even some surprise guests (each more surprising than the last).

So let’s end the teasing there and segue into a recap of the panel, as interpreted by our fine Bastard crew.

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Say Hello to WonderCon 2012…In Anaheim!

WonderCon has been held in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987, but it look’s like that’s all about to change… for 2012 at least.

Due to the Moscone Center (host of WonderCon) undergoing renovations in 2012 it look’s like the largest comic book/pop culture con in northern America will be calling Anaheim home for 2012. Thankfully this will only be a temporary measure as Comic-Con International had issued a press release making the announcement.

As long as the renovations for Moscone center goes well, WonderCon will return to San Francisco area just in time for 2013. The only fear is that it could do so well in Anaheim that it might never come back and Bay geeks aren’t too pleased about it.

Here’s the official press release from Comic-Con International :
WonderCon to Be Held in Anaheim, CA, March 16-18, 2012

C2E2 and Wizard World to Accommodate Change

San Diego – WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s (CCI) family of conventions, today announced that the 2012 show will be held March 16-18, and Anaheim, California, will play host to the long-running comics and popular arts convention. San Francisco’s Moscone Center, WonderCon’s traditional venue, will undergo renovations in early 2012, leaving the 25-year-old show in the unenviable position of either being canceled or finding a new venue.

In a move to help alleviate an overcrowded calendar, ReedPop’s C2E2, which has been waiting to announce dates for its own show in March 2012, will now seek alternative dates while Wizard World has announced that it will postpone its April 2012 Anaheim show.

“It certainly was not our wish to move,” commented David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for the nonprofit event. “However, when faced with the prospect of canceling the show for a year or moving locations, after careful consideration we decided to keep WonderCon on the 2012 calendar at a venue that could accommodate our needs.”

“We fully understand the challenges of trying to secure dates at any venue, let alone one undergoing renovation,” said Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President of ReedPop. “In an effort to minimize the impact on exhibitors and attendees we are currently looking to shift C2E2 from our traditional March dates.”

Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard World offered a unique solution to offset any potential conflict for fans and exhibitors: “All of us who produce conventions know securing dates can often be a frustrating experience especially when you find yourself having to move to a new city.” Shamus continued, “Because of their long history, Wizard World has decided to accommodate WonderCon and postpone our April 2012 Anaheim show.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Lance and Gareb for going above and beyond in making the WonderCon transition more manageable,” said Glanzer.

Via: You Bent My Wookie

Hey Harry Potter fans! You sad the movies are over? Oh don’t cry, ’cause the magic will continue. Warner Bros. is opening up a tour of its Leavesden soundstages, where much of the films were shot. Called “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter,” it’s as close as you’ll ever get to rubbing your wand against the tri-wizard cup.

The three-hour walking tour will cover 150,000 square feet, including two dedicated soundstages of Warner Bros. Studios in West Hertfordshire, England. “Potterphiles” will get to tour actual sets from the franchise, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut, and the Gryffindor common room, all the while checking out various artifacts, props, and costumes from the franchise. A Creature Effects workshop will show visitors the animatronics that brought characters like Buckbeack the Hippogriff, Aragog, Fawkes, and the basilisk from Chamber of Secrets. Someone please Avada Kedavra me, pretty please.

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Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender was an amazing series, funny, action packed and worth watching. That’s more then you can say for a few cartoons that should have died years ago -cough- SpongeBob -cough-. Thankfully Avatar: The Legend of Korra is just the sequel that will drag you right back into world where throwing fire doesn’t count as arson.

The Avatar world has become a vastly different place since The Last Airbender. It’s now full of cities, airships and statues of the fun loving Aang. Korra herself looks like someone that knows how to throw some punches, a strong female character for the kids to look up to. Too bad you won’t be able to spend hours watching this on repeat til 2012.

Via: Topless Robot

Avengers Villain Revealed?

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Please be aware: I love Marvel and plan on seeing The Avengers on opening day, so this news is tainted with Marvel love.

There has been some huge stirrings in the Marvel camp today about Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers movie, to be released in 2012.

Apparently, some scenes have been shot to be attached to either Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger or both, revealing the villain to the movie. And, the best part is, it looks like we know who it is!

If you want to find out, click the jump. But you will be entering spoiler territory.

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We’re Screwed: SKYNET Now Exists

Start re-watching all those old Terminator movies and it’s spin-off series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, you’re going to need all the information you can get. While the villainous program ‘Skynet’ was only a figment of the imagination it looks like it could actually be just around the corner. Those scientists should known better, you’d think they would have at least watched I,Robot at least once. First we create the programs that serve us and it looks like we could be creating our own real to life “Judgement day” thanks to things meant to make our lives simpler. With 2012 being the year known as the end of the world could we be seeing the first glimpse of the human race kissing shiny metal ass?

We got Skynet by the balls now, don’t we?

“RoboEarth is an attempt at creating a sort of Google Earth/Internet for robots, a place where standardized navigation and object information can be uploaded, stored, and then downloaded by a bot that needs it.”

“Scientists and researchers from the Technical University of Eindhoven, Philips & the universities of Stuttgart, München, Zaragoza & Zurich have just made a huge breakthrough with RoboEarth. They have managed to get the TechUnited AMIGO robot (pictured above) to download all the information it needs for a specific task and then carry out this task. The task seems simple, the robot had to pick up and serve a bottle of water to a person. The AMIGO was successful in doing this autonomously”

First we’re teaching these robots to serve us beer, the next thing we know they’re robbing us with a broken beer bottle. Sure they don’t look like T-800’s (and who decided the music) yet wait a few months and scientists will be developing this stuff for military applications. As long as your name isn’t John Connor the most you should be worrying about right now is if you have enough ammo in your basement.

Via: Geekologie


2012: The How It Should Have Ended Version

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Are ya one of those folks who believe the Mayan calendar theory that the end of the world is upon us in two years that you went out to watch 2012 in preparation for the “catastrophe” that some “legends” say it’ll happen (Yes folks, there are some people who will use this as one of their reference to survive). Well, the fine folks at How It Should Have Ended has released a new vid with how they believe the movie, and possibly, what may happen to others when the disaster does happen. Look, the movie was pretty much a roller coaster ride where you shouldn’t pay too much attention to the story and just be in awe at the destruction. The video is after the jump and hope ya’ll enjoy it. (more…)

New To Nerdbastards: DVD Tuesday

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Here at Nerdbastards, we wanted to show some love for all the movie buffs. So new to nerdbastards, every tuesday we will do DVD tuesday. This is where we will take all major movies, and some non-major worth mentioning, that are coming to DVD and rate them for you. It will be on a 3 part grade system. Buy it, Rent it, pass it. We will bring you the synopsis of the story, and the special features on the disc. So read after the break for this weeks movies.

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There have been many times in my life where I have been forced to make a decision.  That decision is of course weather or not go see a movie.  Back in the old days when tickets didn’t break the bank it was easy to throw a little money in the trash if you ended up suffering through a stinker of a movie. Now, with ticket and concession prices set to almost cruel proportions it’s no wonder people pirate movies on the internet.  Now Hollywood has given us 2012. This is a movie that is so unbelievably bad, that it is not even worth your bandwith to download it for free. I kid you not, If I could actually afford the popcorn at the concession stand I would’ve thrown it at the fucking screen! Oh yeah, right, this is a review not a rant.  Let me tell you why this movie is complete garbage…

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