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Some you out there (myself included) have no interest in sitting down and watching giant human beings run into each other for hours on end. We do, however, have a certain desire to see all those fancy new movie trailers that the Super Bowl attracts. So we here at Nerd Bastards, as a courtesy to our non-football readers, have put together the ten big trailers that dropped this Sunday. Some of them are older, some of them are being seen for the first time. So scroll down and get a healthy dose of explosions, fast cars, rampaging Muppets, a double dose of Kevin Costner and Optimus Prime riding Grimlock! (more…)


How can you tell the difference between a Michael Bay movie and a Paul W.S. Anderson movie? The minute of destruction featured in the second half of the trailer would take up all two minutes if this were a Michael Bay joint! But since this is Anderson, it meanders from being a rip-off of Gladiator, to a rip-off of 300, then segues to ripping off Dante’s Peak before capping things off with a healthy “homage” to Roland Emmerich’s 2012. That’s right disaster gore fans, the latest trailer for Pompeii– excuse me, I mean, Pompeii 3-D was released today. Behold the doom of the angriest volcano of the ancient world below: (more…)


First, a disclaimer: any reference to director Paul Anderson doesn’t mean Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson. It means Paul W.S. Anderson, the director of Mortal Kombat, Alien Vs Predator and the Resident Evil movies.

Paul W.S. Anderson’s next, uh, masterpiece is the upcoming Pompeii, the story of – spoiler alert – the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that killed the entire population of the city of Pompeii in 79 AD. Shot predominately in Toronto, Canada (?), the film is basically Titanic in Ancient Rome with a scrappy young slave-turned-gladiator named Milo (Kit Harington ) who falls for the upper class cutie Cassia (Emily Browning). And that’s why you’ve got to love Paul W.S. Anderson, he can take two completely random things – like Titanic and Gladiator – and turn it into another piece of crap. Probably.

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the trailer for Pompeii.

In addition, Entertainment Weekly interviewed Harrington about the film, including the first instance we meet his character:

“This is the first scene you see me in. It’s set in London, in fact, and it’s a scene where my character is a gladiator fighting in an arena. That’s his gladiator look. It’s a great little fight against three masked gladiators and sets up who he is and where he’s going. You see me display my skills quite early on.”


But wait, don’t cry “derivative” too soon, Harrington talks about his character’s motivation in more detail:

“Milo is a Celt who is enslaved when he is a child and his family is killed. There’s a time cut that happens in the movie where you see me go from a child to a man, and you realize he’s been a gladiator for a long time. Eventually he’s taken to Pompeii… There are some beautiful scenes in there.

He’s a good swordsman and good fighter, and quite brooding, which is all of what Jon Snow is, and he doesn’t really speak a hell of a lot, even though I’ve got a lot of screen time. He kind of keeps himself to himself.

He’s an angry, angry man who doesn’t care what he does. For a large part of the film, he’s driven by pure rage.”

I think there’s going to be a lot of angry men when Pompeii comes out February 21st, 2014.

Source: Geek Tyrant


It seems like Resident Evil 6 is on like Donkey Kong (so to speak) after some initial suspicion that director Paul W.S. Anderson may be too busy with his passion project Pompeii to make Screen Gems’ already set release date of September 12, 2014. However, an interview with Anderson in The Toronto Star seems to renege that previous assumption as the director himself confirms that the film will move forward this fall.

Believable? Possibly. The last couple of Resident Evil movies have been shot in Toronto, which is coincidentally where Pompeii is shooting right now. As to why a story about a volcano eruption in Italy thousands of years ago is shooting in Canada, I don’t know, but that’s the way it goes I guess. As for Resident Evil 6, look for it to pick off where Resident Evil: Retribution left off with Alice (Milla Jovovich) and friends teaming up with Umbrella to save the last dregs of humanity.

As for the franchise he started, Anderson explained why he wanted to do zombies in the first place.

As a teenager I used to love zombie flicks. They were very, very popular with directors like (George A.) Romero and (Lucio) Fulci. That’s one of the reasons I created the first Resident Evil; I looked at the genre and thought, wow, I used to love this stuff and nobody had made a zombie film for over a decade, so I decided to make one. It ended up being the first in a whole slew of undead films.

I think the undead genre really plays to primal human fears. That kind of stuff never goes out of fashion. The themes of a zombie story are always good; they make for good filmmaking.

So are you Bastards out there looking forward to the next Resident Evil flick? Can’t say that I am, but this thing keeps making money, so why not?

Source: Geek Tyrant