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Sometimes it seems that getting a remake of The Crow off the ground is almost as difficult as trying to get a third Ghostbusters made, but with movement happening on the latter, what will it take to get progression on the former? Of course, you’re immediate reaction may be, “Why does it need to?” the vitriolic distaste for remakes drives fan culture, and not all of it unjustifiably cynical. Still, some people want to see The Crow fly again, but damned if the Powers That Be can’t figure out a way to make it happen, especially since they keep losing directors and leading men. So let’s go right to Crow creator James O’Barr, who would he want as The Crow? Hint: he’s already fought vampires, Superman and Cylons. (more…)

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Things must be tough for British TV shows if you’re not Doctor Who or Downton Abbey. Being Human, as best as I could judge, was a popular series both across the pond and here in the States, which is saying something since we went ahead and made our own America version. Like we do. But today it was announced by BBC Three this season, its fifth, would be its last.

Though apparently, fans should see this as good news rather than bad. Series creator, Toby Whithouse blogged about the end of Being Human, putting an optimistic spin on the events,

We must remember too that the remit of BBC Three is to encourage and support new talent, to give them opportunities to make television, to test out new ideas and formats. In that sense Being Human is perhaps a victim of its own success. We can’t really call ourselves a new show anymore, and much as I’d like to think of myself as a young thrusting new talent and not a bitter old war horse, the reality is we have a duty to move aside and make space for the next Being Human.

But much like the cast change from seasons 3 to 4, we viewed the news as an opportunity. It meant I could actually write a climax for the show, instead of it just popping out to the shops at the end of season 5 and never coming back. You’ve no idea how rare that is in television, and what a great opportunity it is to write something suitably definitive and satisfactory.

Consequently we’ve created what I hope you’ll agree is an epic, thrilling and shocking finale that’ll keep the fans guessing and speculating for years to come.

I like to think fans will find comfort in this. Just think of all the American shows allowed to hang on too long, wallowing in their lack of originality. Chances are we’ll see that happen the U.S. version of Being Human, so don’t worry, in a way there’ll be more.

Are you sad to see Being Human go? Were you a bigger fan of the U.K. or U.S. version? And hey, with the series coming to a proper end I’ve got another show to add to my list of binge-watching.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Original image from SyFy series Being Human

Yesterday we spoke with Sam Witwer about playing Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, his love of the force, the chances that he might come aboard Frank Darabont’s upcoming series, LA Noir, and I asked Sam if some around The Walking Dead had tried to diminish Darabont’s contribution to the show. Part 1 can be found here, but today Part 2 is ALL about Being Human (well, almost ALL about Being Human).

On the series, Witwer plays Aidan, a Boston-based vampire who is trying to find the way to normal. He shares an apartment and a life with Sally (a ghost) and Josh (a self-hating werewolf). The concept is based on the popular UK show of the same name but the two aren’t particularly identical at this point and Aidan has been on the edge of a downward spiral all season long.

In this half of the interview, Witwer discusses that potential spiral, the journey his character is taking, what he doesn’t like about his vampire super powers, and the chances that we’ll see zombies on Being Human.

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It’s hard to put my finger on it — the moment that I realized that Sam Witwer was really one of us — a nerd, a geek, a fan. Was it his hilarious Star Wars-centric voicemail greeting? The way he bemoaned his Being Human character’s use of vamp super speed or the way he passionately spoke to me about those who would deny Frank Darabont’s contribution to The Walking Dead? How about all of the above? Simply put, talking to Witwer was like talking to some guy you’re lined up next to while waiting to get into a Comic Con panel. The difference is he’s the guy who headlines those panels and he really doesn’t seem to be fazed by it.

In a wide-ranging, 2 part interview that touched on the above topics and The Clone Wars, The Muppets, the comic book superhero he wants to play, whether he would stay on Being Human if his castmates left, and the chances of him joining Darabont’s new series, L.A. NoirWitwer came off as easygoing, affable and honest. A regular guy who doesn’t BS, an actor who is too excited by the work he does to come off as jaded.

Check out Part 1 today and look out for Part 2 tomorrow, only on NerdBastards.com.

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A perfectly straight guy has no interest in swinging the other way (obviously), but under a gun-to-the-head circumstance, in which we had pick to another man to bone or blow, there is…the list. Every guy, whether he care to admit it, has a list filed away of dudes they’d go gay for. In my case, Being Human‘s  star Sam Witwer is the top contender. Not only is he a very striking-looking man, but he’s a Jedi master.

The guy’s provided the voice work and likeness for Starkiller in the two Star Wars: The Force Unleashed games, and he’s now the voice of the resurrected Sith Lord Darth Maul on Clone Wars.

So, here’s video of Witwer showing talk show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb how to handle a penis a lightsaber.

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Damn, weren’t those some wicked-sweet Jedi movies? And how about that Darth Maul? *lips quivering*

Hmm, I really have no idea how my confession of men I’d like to fuck has anything to do with Witwer playing Jedi Master to some bimbo talk show hosts, but I feel good admitting it.

I’ll be in my bunk. Playing with my lightsaber of course.

Source: Blastr

 

‘Being Human’ Renewed for Third Season

Is the Americanized version of Being Human better than it’s UK counterpart? Meh, probably not, but hey, the Americans try. I for one, think it’s good stuff. The show, which is about a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost cohabitating and trying their darnedest to live and act like “normal people”,  effectively examines the human condition. With emotionally besieged characters and topics that are heavy and complex, you couldn’t ask for better Emo Sci-Fi.

Anyway, the strangest set of roommates ever—vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) and ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath)—will continue trying to live normal lives (or afterlives) in a Boston brownstone, because Syfy announced today that the hit series will be back for a third season.

The press release announcing Being Human‘s renewal touts the show’s strong showing with the female audience (the best ever for a Syfy series) as a big selling point, as well as the continued general growth in viewership between the first and second seasons. Mark Stern, President of Original Content at Syfy, had this to say:

“With the success of season two, Being Human has become a premier destination for Syfy viewers,” said Stern. “Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke have taken this series to new heights this year and we’re excited to see where the third season will go.”

I, for one, am stoked. How do the rest of you feel?

I don’t know if you can tell, but the zombie pictured above happens to be Being Human‘s Sam Witwer. If you remember, he’s the zombie soldier that gets a hole blasted into his head at the end of season 0ne pilot and also provides the grenade that saves the group in season two of The Walking Dead.

Why would this matter? Because Frank Darabont had plans ao far ahead in the series that he had an entire side story for a character that’s only in the last seconds of the first season of the show. Similar to the web series that was done to tell the story of the “bicycle zombie”, “Tank Zombie” Sam would have had an entire episode to star in about how he came to be in that tank, but it’ll never happen . . .

thanks to AMC.

Click the link to listen to Sam not only vent frustrations about how much Darabont poured his guts into the franchise, but how awesome this would have looked.
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Squee! San Diego Comic Con, the media mecca for comics, movies, television, video games, toys and more, is a little over 4 weeks a way (July 21-24) . Good lord we can’t wait! Oh, FYI NerdBastards will be in attendance. Luke Gallagher and Mrs. NerdBastards (aka Luke’s mistress, life coach and supplier of NOMs) Crystal H. will be doing some field reporting, schmoozing with celebs, and procuring as much swag as we can. We’ll also be on hand to meet with any NB fans in attendance. Come say hi (Will be wearing NB t-shirts, as scene on splitreason.com). Tell us how much you love us, or how much you hate us. Either way, we’re happy to meet you. Though, if you say some shit, that nullifies your chances of getting any free fan appreciation swag from us. Also,  warning to the busty nerdy girlies out there, Luke is a weak and very perverted man. Stay at-least 5 feet away.

Anyway, as the dates come closer and closer, news on guest appearances, panels and other festivities will be rolling out. At the moment, thanks to TV Line, we have a list of what TV shows and stars will be in attendance.

HIT THE JUMP for the run-down.

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DVD Tuesday 5/3/11: Double The Chou!

Welcome bastards to another installment of NerdBastards’ weekly DVD Tuesday feature. We list what came out today and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS.

This week we see two major releases for y’all to check out to see if it’s worth your money and attention. After that, we got few releases for you to check out for both the Old is New and TV Show DVD section. We also have a title that is being released straight to DVD and Blu-Ray.

So click on the Read More button to see what came out and see if there’s anything you want to watch!

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