It’s time for war! Civil War! As in Captain America: Civil War. The next Marvel Studios film is wrapping up principal photography and is on course for its release next summer, but spoilers are starting to leak out, and that’s what might be making publicity for Marvel Studios saying “It’s time for war” this morning. It concerns a kind of a major character who is going to have a bigger part in the Marvel franchise as we move headlong into Phase 3. Who could we mean? Wanna find out? If you do it should go without saying that some potentially big spoilers are below. (more…)
This is not the usual type of thing that I file under the “Whatever” banner and this is not an obituary, Jacob Knight did a wonderful job paying tribute to Robin Williams with his obituary yesterday. I didn’t expect to write anything about this and I don’t really know what this is “officially”, I know all things must be labeled, but this is just a rhythm strip of my thoughts from 5AM this morning, sparked by the reactions — good and bad. This is how I deal, I guess. (more…)
The sad and untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman hit show business hard last weekend, but it left a couple of logistical conundrums in its wake, like one final, yet reportedly key scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, involving Hoffman’s character. But in an interesting turn of events, we apparently have the technology to duplicate our dear departed actors digitally, and insert him into the live-action scene. This, rumor has it, is the way that Hoffman will be able to finish The Hunger Games postmortem. (more…)
Starting the New Year off with some sad news, it’s been reported actor James Avery has died at the age of 68. He played Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and was the voice of Shredder and Splinter on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show (among many other credits).
Sad news from Britain today with word reaching our shores that acclaimed actor Richard Griffiths passed away due to complications during heart surgery at the age of 65. Although Griffiths had a rich and accomplished life as an actor, he will be forever known to audiences of all ages for being the overbearing Muggle relative of one of the world’s most famous wizards.
Griffiths got his start in British TV in the 1970s, and soon made his way to films that got him attention from American audiences, movies like Superman II, Ragtime, Chariots of Fire and Ghandi. Griffiths continued to work steadily in TV, film and theater for the next 20 years including critically-acclaimed roles in the film Whitenail & I, and the series A Kind of Living and Pie in the Sky. “My beloved Uncle Monty Richard Griffiths died last night. Chin-Chin my dear friend,” wrote Griffiths Whitenail co-star Richard E. Grant last night on Twitter.
But the new millennium would bring Griffiths even bigger worldwide fame being cast as Harry Potter’s mean Uncle Vernon in the first seven Harry Potter films. “Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him,” said Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe. Griffiths also starred alongside Radcliffe in the latter’s West End stage debut in Equus. “Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence,” he added.
In non-nerdy roles, Griffiths earned a rare honor in 2006 when he received both a Tony and an Oliver for his performance as the charming history teacher Hector in the play The History Boys. He also filled the role to critical acclaim in the movie based on the play. “Richard Griffiths wasn’t only one of the most loved and recognizable British actors – he was also one of the very greatest,” said Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre. “His performance in The History Boys was quite overwhelming: a masterpiece of wit, delicacy, mischief and desolation, often simultaneously.
“His anecdotes were legendary. They were, literally, endless. They would go on for hours, apparently without destination, constantly side-splitting.”
And despite his heart issues, Griffiths stayed busy. He starred on stage in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito last year and he appeared in film in the World War I drama Private Peaceful.
Griffiths is survived by his wife Heather Gibson.
It’s New Comic Book Day! (Yay!) And one of the books hitting the shelves is Batman Incorporated #8, it’s a big deal because a major character from the Bat-family dies in the issue, a culmination of nearly a decade of planning and writing on the part of DC Comics mainstay Grant Morrison.
So in order to discuss this, I guess we need a… SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
Damian dies. Yes, the current Robin, and only son of the Dark Knight, gets killed off. How, why and how painful I leave for you to discover for yourself (or maybe you already know), but Morrison took to his blog to comment on his decision to kill off such an important character, and how it plays into the larger themes of the Batman books as he sees it.
“I chose to build my story around the basic trauma, the murder of his parents, that lies at the heart of Batman’s genesis. It seemed to me there would be a part of Bruce Wayne that resented his parents for leaving him and especially resented his father for not being Batman that night, so the principal villains were an archetypal bad father figure in the form of Dr. Hurt and a dark mother in the form of Talia, our villain for the concluding chapters of the story.
This master theme of damaged and ruined families was nowhere more in evidence than in the creation of Damian, the first “Son of Batman” to be acknowledged in the canon. In many ways this has been Damian’s story as much as it has been the story of Bruce Wayne and it’s a story that had its end planned a long time ago – for what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies?
And so, via Batman, Batman and Robin, Return of Bruce Wayne and Batman Inc. this epic tale has finally reached its finale.”
Bastards: Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts on the (new) death of Robin below. Have you read the book? Was it good? Will you miss Damian Wayne? Sound off below.
Sad news from the world of nerdery as this long weekend comes to a close as it’s being reported tonight that actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at the age of 54.
At 6’5″ and 300-pounds, Duncan was an unlikely movie star. He worked security for the likes of Will Smith and Jamie Foxx, and consequently had small roles on their shows (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Jamie Foxx Show respectively). After several turns playing an inmate or bouncer, Duncan got his big break in 1998 as one of the gang in the killer asteroid film Armageddon. The next year Duncan’s star rose further when he was cast as John Coffey in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Green Mile, for which Duncan won an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Over the next 14 years, Duncan stayed incredibly busy, appearing in many films that appealed to the nerdy at heart. Films including: Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King, Sin City and The Island. He was also cast as The Kingpin in Daredevil, which, despite the outcome of that movie, was a brazen and unexpected choice given the character’s origin as a white man. Duncan was also an accomplished voice actor for movies, TV and video games, including the Kung Fu Panda movies and last year’s Green Lantern. Most recently, Duncan was one of the main characters on the FOX series The Finder, a spin-off of Bones.
Actor Duncan’s death this morning in a Los Angeles hospital, followed weeks of after a July 13 heart attack that put him in intensive care. Although Duncan had since left intensive care, he was never again well enough to be discharged from the hospital. Duncan is survived by his fiance, The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault.
The thoughts and prayers of nerds everywhere, and the Nerd Bastards’ as well, go out to Duncan’s friends and families tonight.
Spoiler alert, in case you’re completely unawares about some 40 years worth of Spider-Man continuity, Gwen Stacy dies. And it seems that her portrayer in the new Amazing Spider-Man, actress Emma Stone, is well aware of that fact, and additionally, is looking forward to it.
In an interview with IGN, Stone talked about Gwen’s place in Spidey lore and how she’s looking forward to playing out her characters sad though epically tragic death on street in a (near) future Spider-Man movie.
“I think that’s a hugely important part of her story and of this incarnation of Spider-Man. I think that was very important to everybody. I think there’s a certain expectation and then there’s a certain awareness of mortality that Gwen has already, so I think that it was important to…just because her father was in the face of death everyday and so is Peter, so I think death always surrounds her. I think it’s a really important element to her character. I mean, she, as fans know, is kind of most famous for how she departs. So that’s a weird thing to play, knowing about such an iconic part of her existence.”
Certainly, the filmmakers’ choice to go with Gwen Stacy as the love interest is very interesting given the fact that audiences are more familiar with Mary Jane Watson as Spidey’s usual paramour. I’m guess that Gwen’s fate is in the works and if Amazing is a success, the moment may be upon us with break-neck speed.
The world has gone spoiler-crazy as of recently. You’re either terrified you’ll hear one or you’re desperately seeking them out. Just to be clear, this article is for those who associate with the latter. Don’t want the spoils, don’t continue reading, ‘kay?
When it was first announced there’d be a reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise only a few years after Sam Raimi ended his trilogy with that terribly disappointing Spider-Man 3, most fans we’re a little surprised we’d have new Spider-Man films quite so soon. Of course, Spider-Man’s a high-grossing property and Sony would like to continue to cash in before the film rights revert back to Marvel, and more importantly Disney. Thankfully, The Amazing Spider-Man looks, well, amazing and I think we’ll be in for a fantastic flick not just a chance for Sony to rake in more moolah.
While the future of Torchwood is still up in the air after a disappointing fourth season, fans haven’t stopped speculating on the fates of the team’s only remaining original members, Gwen Cooper and Captain Jack Harkness. It would obviously be suicide for the show to kill of Captain Jack, so that only leaves Ms. Cooper. Could it happen?
Eve Myles seems confidant it couldn’t and simply wouldn’t happen. Then again, I’d be just as positive if my character’s life was on the line.
No, I don’t. And I am looking at it as an outsider. Every year, you’re expecting to turn to page 16, and go, oh I’ve been shot in the face. You just expect it, it’s Torchwood. But no. I don’t think so.
I think they’ve really developed that character into a fantastic everyday hero. I don’t think that it would be right to take somebody like her out of the equation.
She said the above in an interview with Den of Geek, discussing Torchwood‘s future, and adding, “This happens every time! All the time! There was never going to be a second, there was never going to be a third … ” Myles went on to even hint at a Torchwood movie.
Uh-huh, yeah. Premiering right after that Doctor Who movie. I hear David Yates is looking into it.
Anyway, back to Gwen possibly being offed, Den of Geek suggested it might be tougher for Gwen to keep living than to die, to which Myles responded,
Yes, absolutely. She lives, especially from when Ianto died, in complete guilt. And she loses people around her all the time. It’s always the ones who are left behind who suffer. So I don’t think they’d kill her off. But saying that, we never knew that Tosh, and Owen, and Ianto, Alexa, they would be killed off. It depends on what story [Russell] wants to tell. If he tells the story of, in the first scene, Gwen gets shot in the face, and it’s then backstory …
She then adds in that if she were to die, “she’s going to die fantastically.” So, there you go. If she dies it’ll be in a blaze of glory and hopefully not anywhere near as heartbreakingly sad as Ianto’s death.
What do you think the odds are if Torchwood returns we’d see Gwen die?