Asteroids

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Like the “average” summer movie fare, Pixels has good stuff and bad stuff.  Like most films that want to be profitable and seen as a “hit” in the eyes of the public, the question must that must be asked is “does the good stuff outweigh the bad stuff?”  If you’re an eager pre-teen movie-goer, a parent of an eager pre-teen movie-goer, or a thirtysomething who really digs some deep-reaching retro references, then Pixels is probably right up your alley.  And if you don’t fall into one of those categories?  Well, let’s just say that your princess might be in another castle.

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This time on The Real Heroes of Podcasting, otherwise known as The BastardCast, Jeremy and Jason are joined by leather clad dynamo Chris Cummins (Geekadelphia, Topless Robot, & HibernationSickness.com) to do the no-no dance with words and emotion and sexual fervor. Also, Star Wars and a special iTeam investigation, “Unicorns vs. Dragons: Who Would You Rather Get Blown By?” The answer may surprise you. (more…)

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Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura seems quite excited about his work on the upcoming film adaptation of the classic Atari game Asteroids:

“It’s not a disaster movie, yeah, if we’re successful at getting it made. It’s much more of a space opera. It’s like a great sci-fi movie if we get it done right. It is not at all what people think it is. People think, ‘Oh, the asteroid’s gonna hit the earth,’ and I have no interest in doing that. That’s been done exceedingly well before. No, this takes place in an asteroid belt, the whole movie.”

Okay….that’s all well and good. It still doesn’t quite explain WHY anyone would want a movie about a four decade old arcade game with no plot. The last time a big budget sci-fi flick was made out of a classic game with no story or characters, we got the baffling, pointless train wreck that was Battleship.

While Bonaventura is adamant that Asteroids won’t be an Armageddon-esque disaster flick (Roland Emmerich was considered as director), his previous work makes it hard to believe this won’t descend to mindless popcorn movie SFX orgy levels….listen to him gush about his love for the title:

“It just seems like that’s big. Like, what? Asteroids? That’s big. What’s going on up there? When I look at that project, that’s what I think about it, is I think about the scale of it and I think about the possibility of it.”

These just don’t strike me as the sentiments of a producer interested in a story-driven science fiction epic.

Then again, the truly awesome David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man Of Steel, Dark City) is one of several writers working on the screenplay, so maybe Asteroids will end up surprising everyone…It’d help to know who’s directing, but that has yet to be announced.

Stay alert for further updates.

Source: ScreenRant

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This time on The Bastardcast: Jeremy and Jason try to keep it together as they discuss meteoroids, asteroids, zombies, and other world enders like Warner Brothers’ development slate and the Dan Harmonless Community. Also, Jeremy and Jason nerd out on all the Toy Fair 2013 news and then fight about A Good Day to Die Hard.

Following that, Jeremy swings low on latest member of the X-Men First Class: Days of Future Past cast, Jason goes off the deep end when Jeremy mocks Han Solo, and they both think the that reports about the demise of the video game industry are premature and full of poop.

Yes, it’s the kind of high brow episode where our fearless hosts let you know that an actor’s artistic worth is determined by how many times he shows peen on the screen. In fact, that’s this week’s special happy fun hashtag, #PeenOnTheScreen.

All that and more #FebruMurray fun as we continue to celebrate noted kickball striker Bill Murray.

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The Bastardcast: Presently running low on witty taglines.

There have been awesome movies based off video and board games over the years, but with the scars of Peter Berg’s Battleship still fresh in our minds the record has kind of slipped. That hasn’t stopped studios from making movies based on games with no adherent plot.

So Universal has decided to beat their dead horse of ideas once again, going back to the well to try and bring early ’80s arcade game Asteroids to the theaters. At one time Roland Emmerich was the potential director with  screenwriters Matt Lopez and Evan Spiliotopoulos set to write. Now Universal has hired Jez Butterworth, the playwright who co-wrote Doug Liman’s Fair Game, to take over where Lopez and Spiliotopoulos left off.

The studio still has nobody announced to direct in place of Emmerich, but what about the story? The game itself was all about shooting floating rocks until they got smaller AND SHOOTING THEM AGAIN! The fact that Universal was able to turn a game about naming coordinates on a board into a “blockbuster” still astounds and frightens me.

Universal should just hire Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, give the ship a fraking drill and call it a franchise.

Source: Variety

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While we may have seen quite the amount of alphabet’s here on NerdBastards, this one puts nothing but a huge smile on my face. Francis Acupan drew some memorable icons that any gamer will recognize. Of course, from this picture, we can see which of the three console company he is a fan of but at least he gave some love to the other two. Check after the jump for a bigger image to see exactly what icon is what since he wrote descriptions of them on the image.
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