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In a week already filled with sad news, we got more sad news today as we learned that Alan Rickman, star of stage and screen, had passed away at the age of 69 after a non-public battle with cancer. One of Hollywood’s most reliable character actors, and one of its most versatile, Rickman had fans from around the globe, and built up an impressive movie resume in the last 30 years. Everyone has their favorite Rickman performance, and here are five. They are perhaps not his best (some of them anyway), but there are among his most memorable. Whatever else these movies may be, there were made better because Alan Rickman was in them. (more…)

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“Talent is an accident of the genes- and a responsibility.”- Alan Rickman.

Alan Rickman, much loved British actor, has passed at the age of 69 in London. His family confirmed that at his passing he was “surrounded by family and friends”. Rickman had been battling cancer. The actor made a name for himself on the stage by establishing himself as a very compelling talent. He would return to the stage multiple times throughout his career. His breakthrough came in 1986, during his performance of Valmont in Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses.  The character was sardonic seducer which Rickman played to perfection. Lindsay Duncan, who played alongside Rickman said of his performance:

“[You] would leave the theatre wanting to have sex, and preferably with Alan Rickman.”

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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.

NOTHING if SOPA & PIPA aren’t stopped. If these controversial pieces of legislation were to pass you could say goodbye to amusing collections of funny shit on the internet, like Nerdy Bits.

Above: The Joy of Tech illustrate the internet blackout of 2012, happening today in protest of the damaging legislation SOPA and PIPA. And while yes, the blackout could help get you laid, you won’t be able visit many of your favorite sites. Here’s a list of websites currently blacked out in protest. (Laughing Squid)

Don’t know what SOPA , or it’s sibling PIPA, are? Let’s educate! What is SOPA? by Gizmodo gives a great and easy to understand explanation. But so does this animated clip from The Oatmeal, and it involves jet skis and koala/goat love, making it much more amusing.

Do your part to stop SOPA and PIPA. As of now SOPA has been shelved, but it’s not dead, it could rear its ugly head again. PIPA, it’s Senate counterpart is still going strong. Call your senator and tell them you want to keep the internet a cool, hip place where we can laugh at Arnold Schwarzenegger parodies and Skyrim memes until we too take an arrow in the knee.

Please guys, do it for the LOLcats.

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