When movie fans saw the first ever image from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, we were treated to Matt Damon looking far from the Jason Bourne action hero we know him to be. Bald, dirty and carrying a bad ass Chemrail gun in a mission against those who live on Elysium, a pristine man-made space station for the rich and powerful.
Seeing as Damon is the hero and looks like shit, you would expect his counterpart to be clean and well kept as he tries to eliminate the hero. Empire gives us our first look at Elysium‘s Kruger, played by District 9’s Sharlto Copley, and we see exactly what we didn’t expect. If you don’t believe me, take a look for yourself and see what I mean after the jump. (more…)
Many, like myself, have watched all three Back to the Future movies end-to-end, but some of you may not recognize the name Tom Wilson. Replace that name with either Biff, Griff or Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen and you’re quoting “butt-head” till the DeLoreans come back to the present.
Unlike some of his co-stars, however, Tom didn’t “break out” following the trilogy. With a few bit parts here and there, as well as playing Coach Ben Fredricks in Freaks and Geeks, Wilson was more known for playing his past, present and future family members. That hasn’t stopped him from having a successful artistic and comedic career, but even twenty-two years later many BTTF fans still ask him to call them “butt-heads” or ask if the manure he was covered in was real.
In an interview with Nerd ambassador to the world Chris Hardwick and the Nerdist podcast last Fall, Wilson talked a bit about the past as well as what’s changed in the present with his comedy and career. An image posted on their site went almost unnoticed, but has recently been making a resurgence thanks to Reddit, answering any question you may have been saving up in case you ever met him. Check it out:
I won’t lie, I used to be scared to death of Bif Tannen. Now I see he’s really just a cool guy that loves his fans. Even with the years of constantly having to repeat the same phrases and answers asked of him, he still manages to be a stand-up guy. But I have even more respect for him putting it into song, something he did back in 2006:
Funny, well-respected and best of all, he’s got a few live shows upcoming up that you can actually go to! Check out TomWilsonUSA for his upcoming appearances and BigPopFun to get a look at Tom’s more artistic side – he’s damn good with a brush.
Hollywood actor and 39-year-old star of the cable series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Andy Whitfield has passed away.
Born in Wales and raised in Australia, Andy was considered by many a virtual unknown when hired alongside fellow actors Lucy Lawless, John Hannah and Peter Mensah to star in the original series from the Starz network. A series known for it’s sexual content and graphic violence Andy fit the role of Spartacus perfectly, a former soldier condemned to fight in the arena as a gladiator and ultimately leads a rebellion against the Roman Empire. This role showcased not only his athletic side, but allowed Andy to show his depth as an actor and portray a man deeply in love with his wife. This duality made Andy an instant star the world over.
Sadly, in March 2010 while prepping for the second season of “Spartacus”, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodkin Lymphoma and began treatment immediately. In between all this adversity Andy still took the time to have fun, co-starring alongside Youtube filmmaker Freddie Wong in the 2 minute short Time Crisis. Earlier this year fellow Australian Liam McIntyre was signed to take over the role.
Andy’s manager Sam Maydew confirmed that he passed away Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia.
In a statement made by Whitfield’s wife Vashti she called her husband a “beautiful young warrior” who died on a “sunny Sydney morning” in the “arms of his loving wife.”
The man was a true warrior to the end and will sorely be missed by his fans, but more importantly his friends and family.
He voiced two of the most iconic characters in British Science Fiction and they were both on the same show. Roy Skelton may not be a name many of us have heard across the pond, but we certainly know his voice and his now iconic phrases from Doctor Who. A particularly small set of phrases repeated over and over again.
The man who was the voice to one of the Doctor’s greatest foes, the Daleks, has passed away at the the age of 79 the BBC has reported. Not only did this brilliant man voice the Daleks from 1967 to 1988 but Skelton also voiced the Cybermen and the Krotons.
It’s a terrible loss for the science fiction community with the passing of one of it’s greats, the man raised a generation to fear garbage cans with plungers attached to them. Hopefully Jesus is up there sharing a pint with this gentleman, asking him if being the best got all kinds of nerd tail. Safe Journey Roy.
A mere four days after William Shatner hit the big 8-0 his friend and fellow Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy turns 80. Kind of creepy, isn’t it? As if these two were destined to do great things together.
Leonard Nimoy, as if you didn’t already know, warped in to our American consciousness with his life-altering performance as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series. It’s a role he’s been fighting with every day since, initially hating the pointy-eared bastard for typecasting him and later embracing the role and it’s impact on television and science fiction history. He’s written two autobiographies illustrating this, the first I Am Not Spock the second, I Am Spock. Clever, Leonard. In addition to his acting chops Nimoy is a celebrated photographer. His photo series, Secret Selves, allowed his subjects to break free and strut their true selves for the camera. Something I think any nerd or geek can appreciate. His work from this series is available in t-shirt form at his Etsy shop.
Recently Nimoy has appeared on FOX’s show Fringe (which was just, surprisingly, renewed) and of course the newest Star Trek film, again reprising his most famous role. In an interview with StarTrek.com he says he has no plans of reprising the role in the 2012 sequel and that his time in the last movie gave him great closure.
I think I was useful in the last film and I think for me it really was the last film. I think the torch has been very successfully passed to a bunch of very talented young people, and not just Zachary, but Chris Pine and all of them. I think they’re very talented and will have a lot of fun, and I wish them well.
You can read the massive and in depth interview here, here and here. Yes, it comes in three parts. What can I tell you, the man has a lot to say. He’s been around for 80 freakin’ years!
So bust out your Vulcan ears, Romulan ale and old VHS tapes of the coveted Star Trek blooper reels and celebrate Nimoy’s birthday in style. You can even wish him a happy one via Twitter. He, like Bill Shatner, has embraced the new social media often tweeting personal photos from his childhood or behind the scenes of Trek. He also has his own sign off, Shatner’s is ‘My Best, Bill’ or MBB. To no real surprise it’s LLAP, better known as ‘Live Long and Prosper.’ And we wish him nothing more.
(‘Guess Who Monday’ is a weekly feature here at nerdbastards, where we challenge you to take a look at the latest, grown up, former child star and see if you can guess who they use to be. )
Wowwy!! Time can make people go from who they WERE to WHAT THE FUCK??! This guy was super cool, although – goofy bastard alert! Even when he was super cool he lent to a certain awkwardness that no superhero could save.
Gandalf the homeless? A generous passerby placed an Australian dollar in the hat of what she thought was a homeless elderly man . Turns out it was Sir Ian McKellen . McKellen had just stepped outside for a breather during the dress rehearsal for Waiting for Godot in Melbourne, Australia.
Sir Ian is quoted saying:
“During the dress rehearsal of Godot, I crouched by the stage door of the Comedy Theatre, getting some air, my bowler hat at my feet (and) seeing an unkempt old man down on his luck, a passer-by said, ‘Need some help, brother?’ and put a dollar in my hat. … I hope the Melbourne audiences will be as generous.” .
It’s nice to see that people are still caring for others. Many are going to say “How the hell could she have not known who that was?” Judging from the picture the mistaken identity isn’t that far fetched. YOU know who he is and your first thought would have been “That hobo looks like Magneto!” Honestly though who hasn’t this happened to? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been mistaken for an old hobo grandpa.