For those of you that fanboy out on seeing how things work behind the scenes of your favorite films, I’ve got a treat for you today.  A PBS documentary that focuses on none-other-than Raiders of the Lost Ark is making the rounds.  Coming in at just under an hour, you can check this video out for FREE, courtesy of the magic of the Internetz.  Keep reading for more details and the video itself. (more…)


Seemingly out of left field, the BBC and executive producer Sam Mendes (Skyfall) have developed an incredibly huge production within the Focus Features series. The Hollow Crown adapts William Shakespeare’s four classic plays, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, and brings them to the small screen with an excellent cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Ben Whishaw, as the titular kings along with other notable stars Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale, and Rory Kinnear.

Take a look at the trailer below and you’ll see how incredibly huge this production was, spanning the reigns of three kings with a total running time of over 500 minutes of screen time. The series has numerous nominations for BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) including Ben Whishaw for leading actor and Simon Russell Beale for supporting actor, and the Richard II episode for Best Single Drama.

The Hollow Crown will air on PBS’ Great Performances starting Friday September 20th, so set your DVR accordingly. The series will also be released on iTunes, VOD, and DVD on August 27th.

Via: Geek Tyrant


At this very moment the Sherlock panel at San Diego Comic Con is wrapping up. Sadly, I’m not there, and I’m guessing neither are you. But guess what!? Neither are stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They’re simply too damn busy.

Not ones to leave their fans at Comic Con – or elsewhere, for that matter – hanging, the two recorded separate video messages which were then played at the panel. Entertainment Weekly presented the panel, and because they’re awesome and swell, have uploaded the videos online for us all to enjoy!

And enjoy it you will. Martin’s segment is short, but very sweet. And I love his hobbit-y hair. Benedict has more fun with his, the cheeky bastard, even sharing the secret of how Sherlock survived the fall in “The Reichenbach Fall”!

The video’s not embeddable, so click the image to be taken to EW’s site,


In addition to the video message, fans in attendance of the panel are getting sneak peeks at some footage from the highly anticipated Season 3! As Sherlockology tweets,

They also report the footage being shared at the panel was, “a rough cut, with uncorrected audio, and will not be released online.” Well, bugger. I don’t care if it’s handicam footage filmed guerilla style, I want to see that footage!?

Hopefully, later this evening either EW or PBS will upload the panel in full. Until then, keep it tuned to Nerd Bastards for all your SDCC needs!


Appearing on Tavis Smiley‘s PBS talk show last night was one Joss Whedon. The man’s had a lot to talk about lately, like promoting his recent Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing, fielding questions about his upcoming ABC series Agents of SHIELD, and discussing his progress on scripting Avengers 2. It’s that last gig, writing the sequel to the billion dollar earning The Avengers, that I find most interesting. Partly because we all want to see how Whedon will follow up the superhero smash hit, and, we want to know how he’s incorporating new characters Scarlet Witch and her brother, Quicksilver.

He talks Marvel from around the 10:00 minute to the 19:30 mark,

His specific comments on Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are as follows,

We are introducing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch who are mainstays of The Avengers universe, they’re foes, they’ve been allies and they’re very interesting to me because I grew up reading The Avengers. They have powers that are visually exciting, different from the characters we’ve seen before so I’m excited to knock them against The Avengers and see what shakes loose.

Quicksilver’s been at the center of an industry scandal since director Bryan Singer revealed he’s cast a Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, a FOX film, all the while Whedon’s been publicly discussing his inclusion in Avengers 2, a Marvel/Disney production. It’s a battle for film rights the lawyers haven’t yet begun, but when they do, there’s no telling what affect there’ll be on these films.

Obviously, Whedon’s made no change in his decision to include the twins, and it seems we’ll first see them squaring off against The Avengers before they team up, if they ever do. What do you think the role of the Maximoff twins will be? And is the whole FOX vs Marvel/Disney mess only going to complicate the production on these films as things move forward?

Source: PBS vis CBM

The  warrior princess of the Amazons will make her return to the tube this April. No, I am not talking about the never-happening CW TV show Amazon  since that project is back in limbo. This spring Wonder Woman serves as a focal point and lead into to a documentary about female superheroes in comic books, television, film and, pop-culture. Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines will air at 10 p.m. Friday, April 15th on PBS’s Independent Lens after meeting with rave reviews at its premiere at last years SXSW.

Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, the documentary uses the character’s 1941 debut as a starting point to explore the empowerment movement as seen through the lens of the cape and tights crowd including interviews with those that made WW famous, like Lynda Carter who played her in the classic TV show, as well as feminist figures such as Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna.

Check the trailer out after the jump. (more…)

Can’t say I didn’t see this coming, but it doesn’t make the news any easier to endure. Due to the exploding careers of its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, Sherlock won’t be returning any earlier than late 2013, or likely early 2014 for those in the U.S. awaiting PBS’ broadcast.

BBC‘s hit series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective was schedule to begin shooting its third series this coming January, with hopes for a Fall 2013 premiere, but filming has been pushed back to March. It seems Cumberbatch – who can been seen in next year’s Star Trek Into Darkness and heard in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – is expected to begin shooting director Bill Condon’s untitled WikiLeaks project soon, and Freeman is expected to be needed for more filming to finish up Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit now that it’s a trilogy, cause y’know, he’s the hobbit.

Add to this how busy series creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss already are, what with that little anniversary happening next year for that silly science fiction, and you can see why Sherlock is being put on the back burner. And after the cliffhanger at the end of Series 2 those few more months of waiting will be a struggle. How will fans cope? Well, there’s always Tumblr. Especially the Johnlock tag.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Really, Marvel? It’s like a week and half till we all get to see The Avengers from beginning to end in theatres and you’re still handing out clips piecemeal. Well we don’t need your charity


I take it back! Yes, we do!

Below is a clip from PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show, where Agent Phil Coulson, AKA actor Clark Gregg, stopped by to promote the film (because it really, really needs the help. After all, there’s only so much that Dr Pepper, Farmers Insurance, Harley-Davidson, Hershey, Land O’Frost lunchmeats, Oracle, Red Baron pizza, Symantec, Visa and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts can do alone).

The clip features (what I assume) is Coulson’s first conversation with Captain America, and things get a little uncomfortable there for a minute. It also features the entire interview between Smiley and Gregg, but the clip is up front if that’s all you want to see.

Watch Actor-writer-director Clark Gregg on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

And remember, it’s just 10 more sleeps till The Avengers comes out May 4th.

Source: Coming Soon

You’ve seen them at conventions, you’ve enjoyed their Cosplay efforts, you’ve even put up with the few “snooty” Steampunk roleplayers that refuse to drop character to tell you the time or the location of the closest bathroom. PBS is diving headfirst into the world of Steampunk Cosplay in their web-series Off Book.

Off Book intends to “expand the definition of art.” If you have ever wondered where Steampunk foundations come from, what rules exist, and the lengths Steampunk ideas take it’s devoted followers. If you thought Steampunk was just hot gluing gears to your vintage clothing and pinning on a glowing thing-a-ma-jig before heading off to the nearest convention, this video might just change your mind.



katy-and-springfieldians(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

By now we’ve all seen the live-action Simpsons opener that was used only as a specially produced, promotional tool. Well look’s like a new, actual, live-action episode being created by Fox. Just like every episode of ‘The Simpsons’ it’s gonna have a guest star, which is gonna be international sensation Katy Perry. By live-action we mean green screen and puppets which means Katy is gonna be in a special, Sesame Street style episode. Those folks at PBS must be slapping themselves silly since this is gonna be the best form of payback for Katy Perry.

According to EW, the Dec 5th episode, entitled The Fight Before Christmas, Katy will be involved in her own rendition of The 39 Days of Christmas. Also noted was the fact that she would also be playing the girlfriend of local bartender, Moe Szyslak. This might just be an actually watchable episode since their so-called ‘Glee’ episode sucked harder then Lindsay Lohan with a bottle of Jack Daniels. After all, Katy Perry’s sketch with Sesame Streets Elmo was pulled from being aired (but can be seen here) this is a perfect piece of universal karma.

Via: Bleeding Cool