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Ted 2 hits theaters June 26th this summer and looks to be as crazy fun as the first. Director Seth MacFarlane and Universal Pictures have just released the Red Band trailer for Ted 2 and it’s exactly as filthy as you’d expect, and want, it to be. Sorry to all of you still at work, but even I wouldn’t risk playing this one while still in a working environment. For the rest of you, enjoy. (more…)

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It’s hard to believe it has been 35 years since a blonde haired warrior in tight pants graced the silver screen and saved everyone of us from Ming The Merciless; all to the tune of Queen’s title track “FLASH!“. The 1980 movie Flash Gordon (based on the long running comic strip and old time serials) has always had a pop and sub culture fan base, but given three decades past, the cult film had started to fall into obscurity. That is, until Sam Jones donned those tights again and reminded us why he’s the “savior of the universe” appearing in Seth McFarlane’s Ted.

Since his uproarious (and damn near god like) appearance in Ted, Sam Jones is now in the spot light again. He’ll be appearing as himself again in this summers Ted 2, and he’s even been mentioned to reprise his Flash role (or make a cameo) in a proposed Flash Gordon reboot. Sam is also being featured in his own documentary called Life After Flash which will be hitting Kickstarter in June. You can check out the trailer below.

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Who knew that Mark Wahlberg and a CGI debauchery fueled foul mouthed Teddy Bear would make for one of the funniest movies in the last 10 years. I think we all expected crap from Seth McFarlane’s directorial debut in Ted, but it was ripe with wit, sophomoric charm,  and boisterous laughter. It did run a little long and had a completely unnecessary side storyline with Giovanni Ribisi, but the ever good looking Mila Kunis and a special guest appearance from the Defender of the Earth Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) rounded out the raunchy film.

Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted 2 hits theaters June 26 with the writer/director reprising his performance capture role as the potty mouth, partying teddy bear alongside his “Thunder Buddy” John, played by Mark Wahlberg. The trailer for the sequel has just dropped, and it looks more of the same, which in some cases isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (more…)

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J.J. Abrams has always had an air of mystery with his projects, always keeping something intentionally held back for the good of the viewing audience. It’s made his ideas heavily sought after and one of his best kept secrets is the “Mystery Box.”

Back in 2007 the director, prior to his hiring for Star Wars Episode VII and before his work reinventing the Star Trek universe, was a guest speaker at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference, otherwise known as TED. Abrams gave a speech explaining his development for TV shows and movies, saying, “The intentional withholding of information is much more engaging,” and he used Star Wars as an example for this mystery box formula.

Want to hear the whole speech? Check out the full video after the jump.
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It was bound to happen sometime, the blowback. You can make $1.5 billion at the box office, re-ignite the flailing comic movie subgenre and create a mini-mogul out of Joss Whedon, but you can’t convince Los Angeles Times readers that you’re not overrated.

In an online poll, Times readers were asked what film, in their opinion, was the most overrated of 2012 and the winner, by an overwhelming margin was The Avengers. Here’s the breakdown of the vote:

  • The Avengers – 85.39%
  • Prometheus – 4.62%
  • Ted – 3.03%
  • Cloud Atlas – 2.38%
  • The Master – 1.78%
  • Project X – 1.78%
  • Brave – 1.02%

Now before you start getting your nerd Irish up, keep in mind that this is a web poll, and thus extremely unscientific. If you want to dump your nerd rage on someone, try David Cronenberg.

In a new interview with Playlist, Cronenberg clarified some earlier comments about the comic book film genre. Don’t worry, he just thinks that comic book movies are kept from true cinematic greatness because they’re based on material original meant for young people (I had to clean that up a bit). Read Cronenberg’s full comment below:

“What I was saying was that a comic book movie is really a comic book movie. Comic books were — especially those comic books which I was raised on (I loved Captain Marvel) — created for adolescents and they have a core that is adolescent […] To me, that limits the discourse of your movie if you’re basing it accurately on that, and you cannot rise to the highest level of cinematic art. That’s my take on it. I went on to say that, of course, technically they can be incredibly interesting, since there are very clever people making the movie and of course have a lot of money they are throwing at it. But creatively, artistically, they are incredibly limited.”

I don’t think anyone would argue that Avengers is high art, but it seems that Cronenberg has a rather limited (or old-fashioned, if you like) definition of “comic book.” I don’t think you’d classify Maus or even Watchmen as “adolescent,” would you? It seems that Cronenberg knows about as much about comics as he does about teleportation, but I digress.

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He might not be able to find the live microphone when presenting at the Emmys, but Fox executives still have enough confidence in Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show) to place a pilot order (with series penalty commitment) for a LIVE-ACTION comedy.

MacFarlane, along with the writers of Ted (Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild) will be the creative forces behind the untitled sitcom as well as executive producing. The core idea behind the show is:

“Two successful guys in their 30s and the insanity that ensues after their crazy fathers unexpectedly move in with them.”

Wait, didn’t Adam Sandler just do a movie along those same lines or is this just a flip around of Sh@t My Dad Says? Considering MacFarlane’s well known twisted sense of humor and the raunchiness of the comedy in the movie Ted, one can easily see this series pushing the censor’s limits to the breaking point.

This would be the first live action show for MacFarlane since The Winner in 2007. Yeah, I didn’t know what the hell that show was either so I looked it up.

“A successful guy looks back to the time he spent living with his parents when he was in his thirties.”

Sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it? I can almost imagine the brainstorming meeting that took place . . .

We gotta come up with a sitcom for Fox . . .

Well, you did that “Winner” show a couple of years ago . . .

Yeah, but maybe this time we turn the whole thing around . . .

Have the parents come stay with the kid ? ? ?

That’s comedic genius ! ! !

Meeting adjourned, bring in the hookers and blow!

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to ask the Bastardcast Boys about their deepest, darkest opinions and yearnings. Well, in this very special “Lil Bastardcast” dreams really do come true as the boys steal and pilfer from the weekly “Ask the Bastards” segment and kidnap site dark overlord Luke Gallagher to answer some questions about the New 52, our worst theater experience, and more!

Naturally hillariosity breaks out of it’s confinement and goes on a tickle spree so listen up and then wait patiently for an ALL NEW REGULAR SIZED EDITION of THE BASTARDCAST premiering later this week. What’s on tap for this week’s full length episode? Whatever the fuck we want and also DOCTOR WHO!!! Why am I yelling?

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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: Cosplay babe Andrea Nami Herrera dressed up Sonya Blade from Mortal Kombat. Cosplay, you’re doing it right! [CBM]

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This week on the emporium of dastardly bastardness, also know as The Bastardcast: Jason recounts his wild, possibly grifted birthday adventure, Jeremy has a nerdy quibble with a new Justice League project, the guys unleash the official NOW ITS SUMMER, SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW, and discuss a new study that shows how positive internet buzz leads to positive box office.

Do to you like gladiator movies? Spectacular, the guys won’t be talking about that in headlines, but they will discuss the guy from The Man Show dragging his knuckles to get attention, Justin Timberlake‘s continued campaign to bring sexy back AND make it safe to go to the beach again, and Barbarella. All that and some potator chips (not for you) on the podcast. It’s almost a radio show, and we’re almost getting paid for this… but not really.

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So to be an angst-ridden reborn man or the devil himself, this was Bradley Cooper’s dilemma when it came to deciding which film he’d rather take. Why did he have to choose? Well, insider sources say that The Crow and Paradise Lost, both films with Cooper casted, would shoot around the same time next year. Between the two options, The Hollywood Reporter says that Bradley Cooper chose Satan, and has flown out on The Crow.

Of course despite the fact that these allegations haven’t been confirmed, Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg are listed as possible replacements if this turns out to be true. Coming Soon Net reports that both men are already in different film projects.

Wahlberg can soon be seen in Seth MacFarlane’s feature debut Ted and recently signed on for the crime thriller Broken City. Tatum, meanwhile, is currently in production on the still-untitled G.I. Joe sequel and will re-team with Steven Soderbergh for Magic Mike, based on the actor’s own experiences working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida.

So, could we see scheduling problems arise once more if Bradley Cooper does have to be replaced? For now we just have to wait and see little Nerbastards. For now though we do know that the film will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). This film will be  a  re-adaptation to James O’Barr’s comic book series that was previously made into the 1994 film of the same name.  This reboot is reported as a grittier version compared to its 1994 counterpart, but will once again tell the story of Eric Draven, who returns from the grave to avenge the death of his wife. Script written originally by Fresandillo has been reported as going under the ‘editing knife’ once Alex Tse came on board.

Will this film work, or is the curse of ‘The Crow’ coming back to bite everyone’s derriere so that it is left alone?