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…)
I’m a bit behind on Game of Thrones, did anything big happen in the last episode? Kidding. But while fans revel in the awesomeness of the great Red Wedding scene in last week’s episode, a kettle of fish about the portrayal of violence on TV seems to have once again been opened.
Game of Thrones producer Dan Weiss weighed in on the debate via The Hollywood Reporter, and called the network TV approach to violence “sanitized,” and that it’s desensitizing the kids of the America. Here’s what Weiss had to say:
“Violence in the real world is awful to witness. But it’s the sanitized versions of violence on TV that are worse … On network TV, people die in droves in a way that’s clean and easy to watch and fun. It’s more like an old video game…
Especially with the gore, there’s a line beyond which it starts to work against itself and… looks like The Evil Dead 2 – it becomes a splatterfest.”
He’s got a point. Half the shows on network TV start with a hooker being found in a dumpster, and it’s almost always bloodless. In fact, there was more blood on M*A*S*H then there is on the average episode of CSI. But I digress, where do you Bastards weigh in on this?
So we all know that The Amazing Spider-Man has pretty divisive amongst fans when it was released last year (including some division amongst the Bastards here), but seriously, what did Sam Raimi think?
The director of the first three Spider-Man movies has previously said he was afraid to see the film, not because he was concerned that Marc Webb had done an awful job, but because he felt so close to the material. But now it seems that Raimi has swallowed that fear, and put the Blu-ray on his TV. So what did he think? Raimi told the gang at Hey U Guys in an interview.
“It was very hard for me to see the new Spider-Man movie, I felt so attached to it, I couldn’t see Spider-Man with another director; it’s like my love, and I didn’t want to walk in on my love with someone else. It was just like that. Then I got over myself last week and said, ‘just see the damn thing’. And I did, and I loved it. I actually felt free.
“I thought, ‘why am I carrying around this baggage?’ Of course the next Spider-Man story should be told, and [Marc Webb] did a wonderful job telling that. I loved the movie, and I’m looking forward like a fan to the next instalment. I love the comic book, and now I don’t feel bound, and I’m really glad somebody’s remaking it again.”
So there you go. Stop asking Raimi about Amazing, he loved it.
Of course, now the conspiracy begins: did he really love it, or was he trying to save face for Webb? Sound off below.
It happens to the best of us. We’re all out there scouring the Internet for the Nerdiest news to bring to you readers out there. Heck, we even make some up sometimes to troll you NerdBastards on April Fools day. Well today it was Blastr’s turn to eat a little Internet troll crow. It sounds like just the kind of story to get all those Game of Thrones fans going, a Christian group wants to boycott Game of Thrones because . . . (drum roll please) . . .
“It will make teens depressed.”
(Cue rim shot)
Ba DUM DAH!
That might have been the first clue, what teenager isn’t depressed? What really got me though was when I clicked over to the Christwire site and took a look at all the Game of Thrones pictures they had posted . . . it was fairly obvious that something was up. The subject matter and pictures made me hope they had made a video clip montage . . . so I could go “be in my bunk”. Well Blastr’s readers soon clued in Blastr on the slip up and Blastr posted the update below. I imagine the writers over at Christwire have had a good chuckle like the rest of us.
[UPDATE: As many of you have pointed out in the comments section below—we accepted as real a post on a satirical site that’s the religious equivalent of The Onion. But we didn’t want to take the posting down so you’d know that we knew we fell for it and that we’re listening to what you have to say. Thanks for setting us straight!]
I would like to point out though that the READERS of Blastr are the true heroes of this story. Much like you NerdBastards, they not only read the story, they checked it out and gave feedback. Now I may get snippy with spelling Nazi’s sometimes but we all here at NerdBastards really do appreciate our readers taking an active interest in our site and writing. When I see a comment on an article I posted to the site or Facebook, I get a little thrill and sometimes giggle (like a man . . . not a school girl).
So below is the Blastr article, and you can go over to Christwire with this link to check out the original article.
We love Game of Thrones, but we’d be the first to admit that it’s not exactly a family-friendly program. It comes as no surprise that a Christian group is organizing a boycott of this very, very adult show, but among the usual reasons of sex, violence and magic, they also manage to take digs at the acting and the depressing low light … and even admit that they just can’t follow what’s going on.
This particular boycott stems from a feature written by Stephenson Billings on the ultraconservative website Christwire. The piece, entitled “12 Reasons to Boycott Game of Thrones in 2012,” begins by chastising HBO for promoting “sorcery, sexuality and socialism … to America’s young adults.” You know, as if this was a CW drama that just wound up on the wrong network.
“In essence, Game of Thrones is a poorly produced copy of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart with a dash of smut straight out of Hustler Magazine added to spice up the frustratingly complicated drama,” Billings writes. “It can be preachy and pretentious one moment, and decidedly X-rated the next. You will witness effeminate men having sex in bathtubs while speaking about dragons, dead bodies splayed out in satanic pentagrams in the snow and some of the most artificial acting ever broadcast on the small screen.”
And that’s just from the opening paragraphs. Billings goes on to outline 12 reasons why you shouldn’t tune in to the series. There are predictable digs at the sexuality of the show, “including incest and lesbianism,” and then a dig at witchcraft in which it becomes clear that Billings didn’t quite finish his research before writing the piece.
“Deadly potions and menacing spirits dominate the storyline, but there is no mention of Jesus despite the fact that His love was the backbone of wisdom in the Middle Ages.”
It’s probably not important to Billings or any of his readers that Game of Thrones is set in a separate and entirely fictional universe, not the Middle Ages, but it’s hard for fans like us not to notice glaring stuff like that. This is followed by a dig at the show’s extreme violence (of course), and then it gets personal as Billings goes after actress Emilia Clark, who co-stars on the show as Daenerys Targaryen.
“This pretty young girl unfortunately lacks the intellect or the sophistication to appear on prime time television. The producers seem to know this and require her to disrobe in every scene,” he wrote. “Her gentle, undeveloped teenage body does not evoke womanhood, but the innocence of a lost child, alone on the side of a highway and ripe for the picking.”
Well, never mind that—though she plays a teenager—Clarke herself is 24. It’s time to go after the Emmy-winning Peter Dinklage now, who has apparently become some kind of sodomy icon for kids.
“Children identify with Dinklage because of his small size and comical accent, but his obsession with anal penetration crosses the boundaries into pure propaganda. How many children will watch the little man and want to try his grunty thrusts at home?”
We would agree that it’s probably not a good idea to plop kids down in front of the TV when this particular program is on, but it’s not Dinklage’s fault that he’s small. And where’s this “comical accent”? Is Billings seeing this show and thinking of a Munchkin?
The dig at Dinklage is followed by more predictable ranting against homosexuality, drinking, paganism and a lack of positive role models on the show. Then it gets weird again, as Billings claims that the “dark cinematography” of the program will cause depression in teens.
“Many youth subculture groups, including Goths and Skinheads, prefer to inhabit the world of the night. In darkness they find convenient cover to master their addiction to drugs and sexual violence. Does Games of Thrones actively promote marijuana usage and rape? Should parents really sit idly by as we await the answer to this important question?”
Wait, did we just go from “dim lighting gives you the blues” to “dim lighting causes rape”? Yeah, it looks like we did.
But perhaps the most amusing bit of this lengthy diatribe against the show is reason number 10 on Billings’ list of 12, in which he basically admits that he didn’t know what was going on while he watched the show anyway, and spins this into a claim that HBO is secretly making the show too complicated for grownups because they really want to corrupt teenagers with its naughty naughtiness.
“Most parents will find the thick European accents of the actors confusing. The story, vamped up from the original book, is frustrating for its leaps of logic and implausible romantic scenes. The producers of Games seem to understand this and have crafted the series so that it intentionally turns away older viewers. Should we be suspicious that they have worked so hard to have some private alone time with America’s children?”
It’s understandable that an ultraconservative Christian would want to tell people not to watch this show. Billings is clearly not the intended audience. What’s more bizarre is that he has made the leap from thinking this show doesn’t jibe with his values to thinking this show isn’t for adults at all. Or maybe he just had trouble coming up with 12 whole reasons and he had to make some stuff up. Either way, do you think he’ll affect the season two ratings at all?
Zombie’s are a mainstay of horror movies and Halloween. There is something about a re-animated corpse that frightens us, no matter how unlikely the chances of it happening. But, could it happen?
Phil Plait (aka @BadAstronomer on Twitter) writes the Bad Astronomy Blog for Discover Magazine and host’s “Phil Plait’s Bad Universe” on the Discovery channel is an astronomer and certified science-fiction nut. Taking his cues for the abundance of zombie movies airing on television this time of the year, and the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead series on Halloween, he decided to delve a little deeper into what makes a zombie. And most importantly, are zombie’s even scientifically possible?
Therefore, he decided to write an article for Blastr about the scientific possibility of re-animating the dead. Read the article below, and feel free to chew on the fat.
What if everything from movies and TV shows that were set in the past and/or future actually happened? What if they all occurred within the same universe and were displayed on a real-world timeline? Well, you are in luck!
The folks at blastr (a part of SyFy) have created a time-line showcasing 120 of the most memorable science fiction events from movies and TV shows in order. It covers everything from a long time ago in a galaxy far away in Star Wars, to Jean-Luc Picard’s birthday from Star Trek, and even the end of the universe from Doctor Who.
I can just imagine science fiction geeks all over the world drooling and waiting to print it out to put it over their walls.
How many have you seen?