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(Yes, this is from that superlatively nerdy Verizon commercial with the whole family in Star Wars costumes.)

As nerds of a “certain age” (I’m making the assumption that at least the majority of our readers are “legally” adults), it is our responsibility to ensure that the hallowed traditions of our subculture are passed down to the next generation. Younglings must be schooled in the ways of comics, sci-fi/fantasy, gaming (video and otherwise), pop culture, film and television, so that the Way of the Nerd will live on long after everyone reading this has become one with the Force…

And one of the best ways to achieve this is to utilize that nerdiest of all holidays: Halloween. (more…)

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Director Tim Burton, and longtime musical collaborator: Composer Danny Elfman, known for their work together on Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, among other films, are planning a one-shot concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra showcasing the music Elfman has done for Burton’s films over the decades. Elfman will sing live for the first time in almost 20 years.

News of this concert was first announced by The Telegraph. It will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London–below is a description:

The Royal Albert Hall will host an exclusive World Premiere of Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton.

Conductor John Mauceri has collaborated with composer Danny Elfman and visionary Hollywood film maker Tim Burton to create a unique filmic experience, blending music and visuals to celebrate the long standing partnership of two of Hollywood’s top players.

This live concert features Danny Elfman’s famous Tim Burton film scores brought to life on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra, enhanced by visuals on the big screen of Burton’s original sketches, drawings and storyboards.

With a range of films from a fascinating back catalogue of classics including Beetlejuice,Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland and Frankenwienie, this concert explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling and the process and importance that this has in filmmaking.

Most of Elfman’s singing will consist of songs from The Nightmare before Christmas, in which he provided the singing voice of Jack Skellington. Click here for tickets and further information.

Source: /Film

There are certain  pop culture creations that people shouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, such as: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Super Mario, Star Wars, and so on; it seems that not everyone got the memo when it came The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While some may see the last few antics of changing the Turtles into Aliens as a great “marketing tool”, a consensus of angry nerds would happily tell you that “marketing” is a bunch of malarcky. When Bay announced that the turtles we all know and love would be “from an alien race,” in his film adaptation of the TMNT franchise due to release in a year, made all involved across the board chime in.

From TMNT creators  Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and various actors involved in the franchise in the past managed to get Bay and Liebesman feathers all ruffled with their immediate response being “take a breath, and chill.” Well, I guess you all should take his advice ’cause there is another set of rumors ready to be validated that are gonna make you made in every type of way. You ready?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film adaptation, will supposedly be called Ninja Turtles, which means that the characters will not be teens and (blasphemy in 3…2..1) may not be pizza hungry fiends! Bleeding Cool has this to say on the title change:

“We haven’t been able to get a definite statement as to why this title change is occurring, and our sources are not 100% clear on whether or not the Turtles will indeed be adolescents. One of our sources has said: “It seems to be driven by marketing. Think of John Carter and how Disney wouldn’t allow for a title with either “Princess” or “Mars.”

Just to cast a friendly reminder,  John Carter bombed in the box-office because of all the changes it made to a well known and iconic story line, so why is Michael Bay choosing to repeat an obviously proven mistake? Maybe ’cause he’s a fool, look at how long it took to get a decent Transformers movie out of that guy. Here is a simple and well proven saying that should be used in all situation like this: “If it ain’t broke. Don’t fix it.”

 

A few weeks back we shared with you, “This is Aperture”, an incredibly awesome, Portal-ized version of, “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas. It came from Youtuber Harry-UK and I am thrilled to say he’s back with another song.

The Wheatley Song” casts our favorite personality core as Oogie Boogie and just like his first video, contains spot-on voice overs.

I don’t know about you guys, but I would totally be down for a feature-length, Portal musical. How about we get Harry and Valve talking.

Source: Nerds in Babeland

Valentine’s may be over and the rejection may have worn off for some, but John Carter is not getting a break. Disney execs are scurrying around in panic this afternoon after the results of  John Carter’s tracking numbers were leaked to the press. Deadline reported the results as follows:

 “2 unaided, 53 aware, 27 definitely interested, 3 first choice….Women of all ages have flat out rejected the film.”

Now the most interesting part of the quote, seems to be the last. John Carter was not the official title of the film. This film initially went by the original title “Princess of Mars” due to the  film being based on the first book of  Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsom series. When books are being made into film it is custom to keep the title so as to attract the fan base that the book has and add to the fan base.  Disney did not seem to go in that direction, which is odd seeing as they’ve made book based films such as: The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Little Mermaid, and so on.

When asked on the reason for the changed title Writer/Director Andrew Stanton said in an interview:

 “Here’s the real truth of it, I’d already changed it from A Princess Of Mars to John Carter Of Mars. I don’t like to get fixated on it, but I changed Princess Of Mars…because not a single boy would go,” he said. “And then the other truth is, no girl would go to see John Carter Of Mars. So I said, ‘I don’t won’t to do anything out of fear, I hate doing things out of fear, but I can’t ignore that truth.”

Stanton and the Disney  may be gritting their teeth because this minor mistake in titling could cost them more money than they expected. Due to the tracking study, the film is estimated to gain only $100 million even though the film cost about $250 million to produce. With a loss this great and the film’s release coming up; there really isn’t much to do, but wait and see what the final results are.

John Carter, while being initially appealing last year seems to be losing steam and  after taking from it the one thing that made it unique due to gender preference and, from what the company has divulged, is the sloppy seconds of someone else’s project. A representative from Disney was quoted as saying:

“We’re not running away from the movie. Our job is to sell it.”

They will have to come up with a new strategy to sell this film, and that will be a hard thing to do in three weeks. But hey, this is the company of dreamers and the imaginative types so this could work out. John Carter, starring Taylor KitschBryan CranstonLynn Collins, and Mark Strong, hits theaters March 9.