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Hey Internet, do you like movies about ineffective robots that go back in time to muddled and defective plots riddled with holes? Then do we have a movie for you. Yes, Terminator Genisys is out and it is not good so we turned on the microphones and were unnecessarily harsh on ol’Arnie’s new movie. (Young Arnie was mostly saved from the rancor because he’s not really real.) (more…)

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If this Lost Girl recap comes late in the game, it’s only because of the lingering death wail that’s emanated out from this week’s instalment and cast a pall over the last two episodes of the season. It’s impressive that the final 10 minutes of the episode packed the emotional punch that it did considering that the preceding 30 minutes were all about performing the complex narrative gymnastics to explain just what the heck this season’s been all about. What’s up with Rainer? Who’s the bad man Tamsin used to work for? What’s the plan with the last Una mens seed? And what about that death the Leviathan predicted? (more…)

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At Nerd Bastards we’re no strangers to weird movie rumors, we deal with them on a daily basis, but this latest tidbit concerning Terminator 5 really boggles the mind.

Comic Book Movie is reporting that, in addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger, original Terminator co-stars Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn are also being courted by the film’s producers. No word on exactly what their status is: Are they negotiating? Has the offer been merely extended? Is this for a full-on supporting role, or are they only going to cameo? Who knows.

As I’m sure you know Hamilton and Biehn had pretty pivotal roles in The Terminator. She played Sarah Connor, mother of humanity’s future savior John Connor, and he played Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Sarah, and, inadvertently (by design) father her child. It would seem unlikely that Hamilton and Biehn would be appearing as Sarah and Kyle though, so could something else be afoot?

Naturally. Remember that rumor about Terminator 5 taking place in the 1950s and is about a grizzled old man (Schwarzenegger) who protects Sarah Connor’s parents from an all new, more deadly Terminator played by Dwayne Johnson? Hamilton and Biehn be recast in this provocative new setting too, although they may still be too old to play Sarah Conner’s parents. Of course all this is merely rumor, and everything about the production of Terminator 5, with the exception of its existence, should be taken with a grain of salt.

But what do you say Bastards, want to see a Terminator reunion of Schwarzenegger, Hamilton and Biehn? Sound off below.

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In the aftermath of The Dawning, Bo was in good spirits, and we all know that that can’t last.

Indeed, there wasn’t much room for Bo and the gang to take a break from the Dawning-related drama from the week before. Dyson approached Bo and Kenzi with a case: a camp for delinquent youth has suffered a couple of casualties that are obviously Fae-related. There are three victims so far, and they’ve all been killed in different ways although there are some commonalities. Bo and Kenzi go undercover at the camp, Bo – once the most popular councilor three years running at Camp Chipowa – goes embedded as a councilor, and Kenzi – owning all her skill as a delinquent herself – takes up the part of the camp’s newest camper.

Bo, Kenzi and Dyson eventually discover that one of the campers is actually the Fae killer they’re looking for. The killer, Jolene, is a Tikbalang. a type of Fae from the Philippines who disorient travelers in the woods and forests and leads them astray. But more than that, a Tikbalang hunts in pairs, and Jolene had a human lover at the camp. He attacks Lauren in retaliation for Bo killing Jolene, but Bo manages to save Lauren in the nick of time.

But there is one thing that Bo couldn’t seem to save in regards to Lauren, and that’s their relationship. Feeling a greater distance now more than ever between herself and Bo, Lauren also learned this week of the unexpected kiss a couple of week’s ago between Bo and Tamsin. It’s the last draw. Lauren tells Bo that she feels like she’s losing herself, and that she needs a break, and Bo reluctantly agrees. Is this the end of Bolo? I guess we’ll see.

Speaking of Tamsin, she stayed busy this week with matters of the non-home wrecking variety. She’s visited by her mentor Acacia (played by Linda Hamilton) who knows that Tamsin has discover the identity of The Wanderer, and the man they once both worked for also knows that she knows, and is demanding that Bo be brought to him. But Bo’s getting too strong right? Well, Acacia has the solution to that: in a magic pill bottle Tamsin must collect one hair from someone Bo loves, two from someone she trusts, and three from the succubus herself. When the spell’s complete, Bo’s power should be contained enough for her to be taken to him with a minimum of fuss.

So what does Tamsin do? Well, she initially goes about collecting the hairs, but eventually refuses to go through with it, even if that means betraying one of her oldest friends. As punishment, Tamsin receives Acacia’s severed hand in a box implying that Acacia was killed as recompense of Tamsin’s refusal to play ball. By the end of the episode though Tamsin reluctantly sees the light and collects the hairs from Bo, but what is she going to do now that she’s got Bo in her power.

To find out, let’s go to the precap of tonight’s episode, “Adventures In Fae-bysitting”:

1) Three Episodes Left! – Tonight’s entry is the antepenultimate season three episode of Lost Girl. As you may or may not know, the show has been renewed for season four on both Showcase and Sy-Fy.

2) Case of the Week – Bo and Kenzi get back into being gumshoes for hire when a babysitter named Lisa brings them the case of a number of mysterious disappearances from an upper-middle class suburb. Bo and Kenzi go undercover as prospective buyers to get a feel for the neighborhood and make friends with the desperate housewives only to learn that the whole thing is way freakier than the trappings of some cancelled ABC dramedy.

3) More Mysteries – Dyson makes progress on another mystery this week: the mysterious Fae murders that looked as though Bo might have been doing them. A couple of overlooked clues – an odd bite mark, the imprint of an extra digit – point to something completely different. Tamsin, still mourning the loss of her mentor Acacia in last week’s episode, sobers up long enough to help Dyson unearth an incredible new development in the case.

4) Hale Sighting! – The not-so-temporary Ash makes a brief return appearance, but the nice suit isn’t the only change in Ash Hale. Lauren requests some time off to deal with personal issues, like her recent break from Bo, but Hale goes all Scrooge on her telling her to take the weekend, but be back ready to work Monday morning.

5) You Don’t Know Jack About Lauren – The enigmatic Issac (Shawn Doyle), Lauren’s fan in science, returns to make her an offer she can’t refuse. No, it’s not an indecent proposal, but rather the opportunity to work in the interest of pure science; he offers her a job. But what tethers Lauren to the world of the Fae, especially now that her relationship with Bo is all but over? The answer will probably surprise, as do the implications.

6) Creepy Carousel – Dion’s “The Wanderer” comes back as a motif this week. Guess how.

7) Where Do I Know Her From? – Caroline, the head desperate house-witch, is played by Canadian actress Gabrielle Miller. Miller played Lacy on the Canadian sitcom and modern classic Corner Gas, and was a regular on another CTV comedy Robson Arms. She’s also appeared in such fine stateside series like Brothers & Sisters, NCIS and Cold Case (which was actually “inspired” by a Canadian series, Cold Squad, which launched in 1998 and co-starred Michael “Col. Saul Tigh” Hogan from Battlestar Galactica).

8) Klassic Kenzi – “Bo likes them all,” she says when one of the desperate housewives inquires about Bo’s taste in men. Kenzi also showed that she can channel her inner-Randy from Scream. “I thought only stupid girls go into the house,” she reminds Bo.

9) Burning Questions – “Does daddy have the same anger issues you do?” “What would Lisa do that I’m not doing?” “What’s a siren?” “What am I doing here, Kenzi?”

10) How Does it End? – “Something is hunting the Fae.”

NEXT WEEK – Hale gets official, Ash-wise speaking.

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*Of course, the real headline for this week’s episode should be, “Holy Crap! Is that really Linda Hamilton in an episode of Lost Girl?” But I digress. Before peeling back the layers of this week’s episode, let’s first look back at the events of last week’s ultra-metaphorical “The Ceremony.”

Last week, Bo entered The Dawning, but she don’t go in alone. Before beginning she had to choose a weapon to take with her, but choosing a weapon meant having to choose a side – Light or Dark – and Bo wasn’t about to do that. Instead, Dyson volunteered to be her hand. Most people looked concerned, and Bo didn’t like the idea of Dyson shoe-horning himself into her big night, but Lauren convinced Bo that with Dyson in tow she stood a better chance of coming home. So with werewolf in tow, Bo entered the temple.

Initially, the setting for the Dawning ceremony looked suspiciously like the Dal – even Bo remarked on The Dawning’s seeming thriftiness on choice of locales – but instead of the usual Celtic music, the song selection playing on the faux-Dal’s sound system was Dion’s “The Wanderer,” another not-so-subtle hint that there’s another Bo-centric prophecy in the ether. But this wasn’t the time to go into that. A man named The Caretaker appears and tells Bo and Dyson that they must find the key, and accept it in the form it’s offered, which is the only way Bo can complete The Dawning ritual and leave the temple.

Bo and Dyson’s journey through The Dawning takes them to facsimiles of Bo’s house and Dyson’s boxing gym, where the two of them encounter a monster with a key. Bo beats down the monster, gets the key and vanishes before Dyson’s able to react. Now this is where we enter “Restless” territory. We see Bo and Lauren as uniformed cops, partners, at the local precinct. Trick is Bo’s boss, compelling her to break a confidential informant named “McKenzie” (AKA: Kenzi) to testify against “the family.”

At home, Officer Bo is married to Doctor Dyson, and her neighbor is the happy and cheerful Tamsin, who enjoys pruning bushes and baking cookies, but the animosity between Bo and Tamsin remains the same (Bo secretly refers to her as “Bitchy Crocker.”) We can see that Bo and Dyson are having some kind of issues, but all that’s laid aside when Bo reveals she’s pregnant. But the fantasy does not last, and it’s revealed that Dyson’s the key, and that he must die in order for Bo to escape, because while two can enter the temple, only one can leave.

Bo eventually is able to stab Dyson, but refusing to play by the rules, she realizes her true self and is able to leave the temple taking Dyson’s body with her. Back in the real world, Bo is able to take the chi from Trick, Lauren, Kenzi and Stella in order to revive Dyson. Bo now owns her power as a full-fledged succubus. She has passed The Dawning. But somewhere between all the domestic drama, Bo got a vision of herself as a baby. A man (her father) leaves her in the care of a nanny, who is slain by Aife who then takes the baby Bo. Was Bo seeing her actual origins, or a vision of what she imagined to be true?

In other news, Stella departs for Scotland to help another Fae prepare for their Dawning. She invites Trick to go with her, but Trick is the ever dutiful grandfather and needs to stay for Bo. But while Trick may miss Stella, Kenzi certainly won’t. Stella whispered to her the fate of humans “claimed” by Fae and lose their claimant, and it did not look like a fun fate. To assuage her fears, Trick tells Kenzi that if anything happens to Bo then he will claim her. It was a very sweet moment.

But now that The Dawning has passed, what new dangers await for the Happy Sunshine Gang? Let’s go into the precap of tonight’s entry, “Delinquents.”

1) So Yeah, Linda Hamilton? – The star of The Terminator and Beauty and the Beast plays Acacia, a Fae bounty hunter/assassin who has a past with Tamsin. In fact, Acacia was Tamsin’s mentor in the, ahem, head hunting business, and she comes to her old pupil with a dilemma. Some mysterious “he” who is never named wants our favorite succubus collected, and Tamsin, who is in “his” debt, needs to make good.

2) Speaking of Bo… – She seems fully recovered from her experience during The Dawning. Filled with new confidence, positivity and comfort with her place in the universe, Bo is ready to meet new challenges and new missions. Naturally, this is not meant to last…

3) Case of the Week – Several teen delinquents are being killed at random by a Fae at their reformation camp. Dyson recruits Bo and Kenzi to go undercover to help him investigate with Bo posing as a camp councilor and Kenzi posing as the latest teen criminal trying to go straight. But what kind of Fae uses more than one method to kill, and leaves the scent of slightly singed hair at the scene?

4) Strained Relations – While Bo’s in the post-Dawning glow, Lauren’s feeling a little left behind. Obviously, there’s been a disconnect for a couple of episodes now, and although Bo does want to get away Lauren (travelling is part of Bo’s post-Dawning plans), Fae business keeps getting in the way. And then there’s that small matter of a kiss with another hot blonde two weeks ago…

5) Favorite Fae Trivia – Bo, as it turns out, was voted favorite councilor three years in a row at Camp Chipowa. and Tamsin sided with the Americans during the War of 1812. (Incidentally, her mentor Acacia worked with the Canadians.)

6) Wander No More? – No overt clues this week as to why Bo is “The Wanderer” or why that has Tamsin and other Dark Fae so sketchy at the mention, but Acacia does identify Bo as The Wanderer, knows that Tamsin knows, and admits that the “he” they’ve both worked for wants The Wanderer, and not necessarily Bo by name.

7) Klassic Kenzi – Bo’s spunky sidekick is fine form this week, going undercover as a teen (again) and with a group of like-minded hoodlums. As for K-bombs, it has to be a tie between, “What is this camp and why does Freddy Krueger work there?” and “What are you going to do, pipe self-actualization through the intercom until they fall for a group hug?

8) Burning Questions – “The Dawning, intense huh?” “You’re going to cook?” “Are you $#!%ing me?!” “Who here knows how to make pipe bombs?” “Was it hard dating me?”

9) How Does it End? – “Would you like some wine? Tamsin?”

NEXT WEEK:

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You know you’re big when your show starts attracting the creme of the crop of genre talent. Lost Girl, welcome to the big time.

Terminator star Linda Hamilton is appearing in an upcoming episode of the fantasy series Lost Girl. The episode, called “Delinquents,” airs Sunday March 24 on Showcase in Canada, and on Monday March 25 on Sy-Fy in the U.S.

So who is Hamilton playing? According to the press release posted below, she’s playing someone from Tamsin’s sorted past, and Bo, Kenzi and Dyson get caught up in the mystery.

Here’s the press release from Showcase:

Golden Globe-nominated Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) will guest star on an upcoming episode of Showcase’s hit series Lost Girl airing Sunday, March 24 at 9PM ET/PT.

In the episode titled “Delinquents,” Hamilton portrays Acacia, a tough, sexy and ruthless assassin who has resurfaced from Tamsin’s (Rachel Skarsten) secretive past. Her arrival spells trouble for Bo (Anna Silk), Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried), who are undercover at an urban camp to catch a serial killer Fae preying on at-risk youth.

The hit Showcase original series’ third season will finale on Sunday, April 14. Rounding out the season three cast are Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland and K.C. Collins.

Synopsis:

Episode 310 “Delinquents”

Airs Sunday, March 24 at 9PM ET/PT

Bo, Dyson and Kenzi go undercover at an urban camp to catch a serial killer Fae who preys on at-risk youth. Meanwhile, a blast from Tamsin’s past makes an appearance, but the visit may not be purely social. Bo is given some hard to accept emotional news.

Be sure to visit Nerd Bastards every Monday for our Lost Girl precap.

A few months back I wrote a piece lamenting the lack of action movies starring kick-ass ladies. It was an article brought on by comments made claiming there could never be a successful superhero movie with a female lead because there isn’t, one, an iconic enough female superhero and, two, an actress capable of making such a movie work. Of course, reasonable people understand this is utter bullshit.

Women aren’t only capable of making successful “chick flicks”, period dramas, and mother/daughter coming of age stories. Look at the success of the outrageous and at times downright crude comedy, Bridesmaids. How about The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who then went on to be the first lady to ever win a Best Director Academy Award. And, how can I not mention the staggering success of The Hunger Games which not only catapulted Jennifer Lawrence into mega-stardom but proved action movies starring women can make bank just as easily as those starring men. In fact, if we really want to start comparing figures, The Hunger Games’ opening weekend gross was $152 million while The Expendables 2, which opened this past weekend, raked in only $28.6 million. Obviously there are more factors at work here than one starred a woman and the other starred a whole slate of burly, beefcake men, but it’s hard to argue with that dough.

Women make up a larger percent of the population in the U.S. In many families, it’s the women who are in charge of expenditures. Businesses, and in particular studios, should be bustin’ their asses to market to the ladies and not this glorified demographic of men 18-35.

Which brings me to the news that broke over the weekend. It’s been confirmed an Expendables 3 is on its way, only difference is this time they’re looking to drop the macho men and instead cast a league of lady ass-kickers! It’s like Christmas came early! Adi Shankar, producer of The Grey as well as the upcoming Dredd, is spearheading the project of an all female Expendables and will back it with his production company, 1984 Private Defense Contractors. Tapped to write the script is Dutch Southern, to me a relative unknown, and Variety reports they’re already in talks with, “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.”

Hells yea. The news has spurred dozens upon dozens of lists casting potentials for packing heat in an all female Expendables, and not to be left out, I’ve compiled my own list of ladies prominent in the action genre who I think should get a call. I’ve included some of the obvious and necessary choices but hopefully there’s a few surprises in here, too.

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The CW’s up and coming Beauty and the Beast remake will be using the original 1987 TV series as a template upon which it will be loosely based.  Jennifer Levin (Without A Trace) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters) are the screenwriters for this project, which is essentially a retelling of the story in today’s world.

According to Moviehole, the remake will be much flashier than the ’80s original.  And chances are it will be nothing like the original series; it’ll be something new with some vestiges of the Beauty and the Beast storyline and the same character names from Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman‘s day.  So what’s the point of calling it a remake?  Oh… probably because all the cool kids are doing that these days.

Before we get into the deets about the proposed pilot, here’s a quick synopsis of the 1987 TV series:

Wealthy socialite Catherine Chandler works for her father’s firm as a corporate attorney in NYC.  Leaving a party unescorted, she is mistaken for someone else.  She is shoved into a van where her face is slashed as a warning to keep her mouth shut.  Dumped in Central Park she is found by Vincent, a man-beast, who takes her to his home in the forgotten tunnels beneath the city streets.  During her 10 days of recovery, Vincent discovers that he has developed an empathic bond with her.  He returns her to the world above where Catherine immediately changes her life.  She repairs the damage to her face, takes self-defense classes and quits her father’s firm to work as an investigator at the DA’s office.  Eight months later she is looking into her own assault. Nearing the end of the investigation, she is again threatened and attacked.  Vincent, feeling her fear through the bond, arrives just in time to save her.  They realize that they are now a part of each other but each must return to their own worlds. (Source: ClassicAlliance.Net)

Hit the jump for more details on the CW’s remake.

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ABC Orders ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Pilot

Not to be outdone by all the other networks and the recent emergence of multiple fairy tale shows, ABC is moving forward with its reboot of the classic fairy tale where a beautiful and tough princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast, Beauty and the Beast.

Human Target writer Jonathan E. Steinberg (Jericho) will pen the project while Gary Fleder (Life Unexpected) and Mary Beth Basile (October Road) are attached to executive produce the ABC Studios project through Mojo Films.

ABC’s Beauty and the Beast update comes on the heels of the network’s new found success with the modern day retelling of the fairy tale Once Upon a Time, the dual universe drama revolving around Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and her long-lost daughter (Jennifer Morrison).

It’s the second Beauty and the Beast project ordered to pilot this month. The CW’s modern-day take (Reboot) on the 1980s CBS drama that starred Ron Perlman as Vincent (aka the Beast) and Linda Hamilton as Catherine (the Beauty).

Felicity’s Jennifer Levin and Brothers and SistersSherri Cooper are attached to write the project and executive produce alongside Paul Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber.

So we get dueling Beauty and the Beast shows.

Couldn’t we just put them all in the Thunder-dome and let one come out?

Terminator 5 Will Bring Back Original Cast

(Article by Nerd Bastards contributor Laura Metcalf)

What do you do when you are great at blowing shit up then suck at governing California? Well you go back to doing what you do best in that state- saving humanity!! (Only in film…reality wasn’t so great). Thats right, Arnold Schwarzenegger is all set to blow some more shit up and erase the memory of Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines and Terminator 4: Salvation from our minds.

The last 20 years haven’t been the best for our favorite cyborg. We flinched at Salvation, knowing that T3 was doomed from the very day franchise creator James Cameron decided to pass on it.

There was no reason for this movie to be made. T4, Rise of The Machines, was mostly battles. Loud Battles. Constant battles. And some blaring machines thrown in there. Schwarzenegger wasn’t all there, neither was the film. So we move on to the fifth installment of the six-part series and say “hooray!” for the promising looking Terminator 5 (tentative title in the works is Terminator: 2012).

Here’s an excerpt from Deadline for the tentative story line:

 

“Wisher’s 2-picture construct takes place in a post-apocalyptic battleground, and factors in an element of time travel that allows for Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese to interact beyond their single fateful meeting when he traveled back in time to protect her in the original film. Wisher has created a role for Arnold Schwarzenegger that is as surprising as his shift from villain in the first film, to John Connor’s bodyguard in the second. Schwarzenegger wouldn’t be needed until the final film. … There are several new villains, and plenty of firepower. For instance, a swarm of “Night Crawlers,” 4 1/2-foot tall border sentries that are set like mines to spring up out of the ground and ambush rebel fighters with 10 MM pistols built into their wrists, and fingers and feet that are razor sharp. Also fresh off the Skynet assembly line are new shape-shifting cyborgs that can morph together in Transformers-like mode, and are more lethal than anything we’ve seen in previous Terminator installments.”

Pretty awesome stuff. The rumor (always with the rumors…for once i’d like to hear the quit the vague and say : “Hey Guys- here’s the true, solid, and undoubtedly happening truth!”. Ahh Dreams.) is that Linda Hamilton and Michael Bien will reprise their roles of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, respectively. Other rumors state that the entire original cast will return. Holy shit, that a lot of rounding up actors from 1984. No sources have really mentioned Edward Furlong as John Connor. Thoughts? ::Cricket::

With time travel, new and deadly opposing forces, and director James Lin having a love for this franchise, I’m expecting fireworks. And post-apocalyptic special effects. I don’t ask much.