It’s almost becoming a sub-genre unto itself, the documentary exploring the secret lives of geeks. And a group of geeks who are no strangers to public scrutiny and examination are the Trekkies, or Trekkers if you prefer. But now it’s their own captain who’s turning the microscope on the Star Trek fans to find out what really makes the culture tick.

Here’s the trailer for William Shatner’s Get a Life, a mission of exploration into the heart of the most intense fanbase around,

If you haven’t had the chance to watch Shatner’s documentary, The Captains, also for EPIX, then I really suggest you check it out in preparation for this doc. It’ll give you a sense of what a great interviewer Shatner really is. I know he has the reputation to hog the spotlight, and I can’t say he doesn’t keep a good amount of attention focused on himself – he is the Captain – but Shatner’s interviews are very engaging and, oh I just have to say it, fascinating.

Having seen The Captains, I’m eagerly awaiting Get a Life because I can’t wait to see Shatner turn his inquisitive mind to his own eager fanbase. It will premiere on EPIX, EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps (Xbox, Roku players and more) on July 28th at 8 PM ET.

What do you guys think, will it be worth checking out?

Source: /Film

To see Stan Lee in person is to witness a display of dynamism and enthusiasm that is both unbelievable and delightful — after all, the man is 89 years old and he certainly owes no one a tap dance. Still though, he performs, he glad-hands, he gushes about everything and everyone around him — perpetually playing the content, shrugging, jovial old man; the legend, the architect and now mascot for Marvel Comics.

We want to like Lee, and he makes it easy. We want to learn more about him, but that is made hard because we’ve been fed his smile-inducing anecdotes and the history of his and Marvel’s rise for years and years. It isn’t his fault, the man’s been living in the public eye for nearly half a century, feeding the quest for insight on his work for just as long — trouble is, there are unexplored areas of Lee‘s career, questions that are rarely asked, and never fully answered.

It was my great hope going into With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, that we would get a look into the mindset of Lee and get a fuller examination of his take on the more controversial elements of his career and still developing situations like the fight being waged against Marvel by the family of departed comic legend, Jack “King” Kirby, the artist and co-creator of many of Marvel Comics’ (and before it, Timely Comics’) most lasting and iconic characters. Sadly, this is not that kind of “documentary”, but rather it is a moving biography that never really feels objective or independent. (more…)

Stan Lee Live Streaming Q&A

You can’t be on this site and not know who Stan Lee is and you have to appreciate his contribution to comic books and now, comic book movies no matter your stance on creator rights and the whole Kirby v. Marvel struggle. Lee is making the rounds now in an effort to promote the Epix documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, and as a part of that, Lee sat down with Geoff Boucher (Hero Complex) to answer some viewer questions, and a members of the press, including we Bastards here at NerdBastards.

Take a look at the stream, which is embedded below, and look out for our review of With Great Power later this week.

Bits and pieces keep trickling out about the upcoming Epix documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story and we are morally obligated to show them all to you.

In this latest clip, Mr. Lee talks about his penchant for exploring real world issues like diversity and race withing the Marvel Universe. Check out the end of the clip for a testimonial from an avowed fan and major contributor to the cinematic legacy of the X-Men, that’s right Brett Ratner put down the shrimp and he has something to… nah, it’s Bryan Singer.

With Great Power: The Story of Stan Lee premiers on Epix and EpixHD.com on April 27th during their Marvel Heroes Weekend April 27th to the 29th.

This is a picture of Stan Lee on a Harley at tonight’s Avengers world premier.

Stan Lee on Sharing Credit

We told you last week about Epix’ Avengers premiere contest and now comes some fresh footage about another Avengers adjacent and relevant bit of news from Epix, featuring none-other than Avengers co-creator Stan Lee. In the clip, from the upcoming EPIX documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, Lee talks about the way he helped shine a light on artists and writers in the golden and silver age by giving them proper credit on the cover of their books. Lee also gave them nicknames in an effort to more ably single out these talents, comic historian Jim McLauchlin explains, “Stan Made sure that everyone got a credit and he started building personality behind these people.”

So, will the full documentary shine a light on Lee’s opinions about the other ways some writers and artists have been cheated out of full credit? We’ll see when With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story premiers on Epix during their Marvel Heroes Weekend, a marathon of Marvel movies Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger that takes place April 27th to the 29th. For more info on the marathon and the Lee documentary check out the Epix facebook page.

Back in October of 2010, Kevin Smith teamed with video-on-demand service EpixHD for Kevin Smith: Too Fat For 40, the fourth installment in his live Q&A recordings. In Too Fat Kevin answered one question, a question that turned into a near two hour story on everything from the much publicized “Too Fat to Fly” incident to the highs and lows of Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Cop Out.

Well, Kevin has teamed up with Epix once again for Kevin Smith Burn in Hell. In the hour and a half special, recorded live at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, Smith conducts a riotous and outrageous Q&A session about the aftermath of his latest film, Red State. Topics include his mishaps and misadventures such as drawing the ire of the entire movie blogger community at the Sundance Film Festival and being followed around the country by the highly devout, and highly angered, Phelps Family.

The original comedy event premieres February 11 on the EPIX premium network. We actually have an exclusive clip from the special. In the clip Kevin answers the age old question ” Do women find Smith sexually attractive?” Kevin goes straight into his own brand of classy answers. Check it out:

I’ve seen Kevin quite a few times and it never gets old. I am so amazed at how this guy never shuts up, no joke. He can talk about everything and everything and turn a one word response into a 20 minute story. Unbelieveable. But the guy is definately interesting to listen to. Burn in Hell sounds like another trip and a half.


Source: EpixHD