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There has literally never been a better time to be a genre fan. Sci-fi and fantasy has been a staple of the silver screen since it began but the quality and box office success had always varied tremendously. Now, however, we are swamped with the stuff, in a true golden age, and most if not all is seen as both a critical and commercial success. It can be argued that this is a very specific, 21st Century phenomenon, starting with the huge success of the Harry Potter films that began in 2001, continuing with Spider-Man (2002) and it’s sequels – which brought a certain acceptability to big screen superheroes – and then the start of the Marvel dominance with Iron Man (2008). Sure, there have been occasional misses – any Fantastic Four film for example – but genre has come to dominate a great deal of Hollywood spend and blockbuster output. Would Disney have forked out the $4bn it did for the Star Wars universe if their similar spend on Marvel in 2009 hadn’t proved a worthwhile gamble? Would DC still be building their own Cinematic Universe had the Avengers not shown the way? It’s doubtful.

A quick glance at Coming Attractions for 2016 would see your attention drawn to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, Doctor Strange, reboots-of-a-sort Ghostbusters and Independence Day: Resurgence and……well, you’re a fan, you know exactly what’s coming. This is good. This is what we always wanted, for not only are most of what has come and what is to follow big-budget flicks of the sort that couldn’t be imagined only a relatively short time ago, but a lot of it is quality stuff that even the most jaded and cynical will buy a ticket for.

However, you should also cast your eye to the margins, to the smaller budgeted and promotionally-ignored films that are due your way. (more…)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Artist MrWhaite, was able to sum up Jim Henson’s cult fantasy movie The Labyrinth in one single illustration. Magic dance indeed.  [MrWhaite]

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While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected, and we can’t help you fix any past holiday humbuggery, maybe we can help you get this holiday season off to a good start.

For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of  items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved.  Basically,  stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.

We hope you’ll  find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.

Hit the jump for Adam Donaldson’s list of nerdful things. Check back tomorrow for Jason Tabry’s list. To see archive of this feature, click HERE.

 

Speaking of Christmas, although that’s what this whole column – and yes – series of columns are about, let’s turn to something more of the Christmas toy persuasion. Now I’m a recent convert to Community, and because we’ve had to go upwards of seven months now without a new episode, you can relive the glory days with this set up figurines based on the 2010 Claymation-inspired Christmas special. And bonus, the NBC store now has them on for half price. Price: $49.99 from $99.65 [NBCUniversal Store]

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While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected, and we can’t help you fix any past holiday humbuggery, maybe we can help you get this holiday season off to a good start.

For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of  items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved.  Basically,  stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.

We hope you’ll  find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.

Hit the jump for Luke Gallagher’s list of Nerdful things. Check back tomorrow for Adam Donaldson’s list. To see archive of this feature, click HERE.

Keep your desk tidy and pristine by sticking all your junk into the Deadpool pencil holder. Non hardcore fans might not want to see Deadpool in this state. It is part of Gentle Giant’s line of Marvel desk accessories and it comes with two shuriken-shaped erasers and a soft plastic arrow fletching for a pencil cap.  Price: $88.99 [Entertainment Earth]

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will present The Princess Bride Quote-Along & Feaston February 14th. In conjunction with the event, they are launching their signature wine collection called The Bottle of Wits, featuring Inconceivable Cabernet and As You Wish White. The wines will debut at the Valentines Day event, then will be offered for sale to the public only through the end of 2012.

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With the Green Lantern flick expecting to be one of this summers biggest blockbusters it means two things. 1. Thousands of dedicated fans of the character hooting and hollering at how badly Warner Bros. and Ryan Reynolds did it wrong (movie trailer, while passable, already has a lot of fans mad). 2. The inevitable cash-grab for merchandise. Oh yes, an endless supply of t-shirts, hats, mugs, toys, statues, pens, toilet tress  underwear, rub-on-tattoos, candy, scholastic supplies, jewelry, condoms (green) flame throwers (one can only hope) and so on. While the majority of it is junk… junk I tell ya, there will be a few shining gems that will be must-haves. Namely sculptures and props based on the character.

Thus brings up to a preview of awesome movie prop replica’s, sculptures and busts for the highly anticipated collectible line.

Without further ado, we present DC Direct’s GREEN LANTERN statues and movie prop replica’s that will be available in June 2011.

I call dibs on the Green Lantern Power Battery (it’ll make for an nifty nightlight).

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batmanphonebelt-tb(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

Ever wondered if Batman carried a cell phone in his utility belt with him? The answer is yes and you can have one too, for the price of 150 dollars. Sure it looks like a piece from a halloween costume but this is an actual Batman belt you can wear. The Batman TDK Utility Pouch comes in three adjustable sizes and three adjustable belt buckles. With added piece of nerd flare like  adjustable pouches, chrome studs and a heavy-duty velcro closure. The pouches are large enough to carry your cell phone in or that batarang you made. Created from gold colored cowhide leather the belt looks comfortable to wear, if your brave enough to anyway.

This is the same company that created a Dark Knight Motorcycle suit If your a big enough fan of the Batman series and are will to spend the bones, it’s a sale. How long till the world sees a Robin utility belt though.

Via: TechnaBob

Atlanta Cutlery has the last of the Lord of the Rings Sword Replicas, The Sword of Isildur:

This fine collectible is the last in a series based on the blockbuster movie trilogy “Lord Of The Rings”. This officially licensed sword is exact copy of the one in the movie and made with a tempered stainless steel blade. Features faux engraving and faux bronze parts with an inlaid tree of Gondor symbol adorning the pommel, while the molded grip to imitates worn braided leather. Every sword comes complete with a wall plaque with mounting hardware and a numbered certificate of authenticity. No scabbard available.

To tell you the truth, I’m surprised they took so long to get the last of these replicas out there. Talk about milking it, I mean Return of the King was released in 2003, and in 2009 they are releasing weapons of characters who 37 second screen time. Technically, it’s Isildur’s fault all the bullshit happened in the first place. Elrond was there the day three thousand years ago, the day the strength of men failed.