The Princess Bride

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The Princess Bride is an 80s classic in the same vein as The Goonies, Stand By Me and Flight of the Navigator – the kind of film  that can be watched time and time again, vicariously letting the nostalgia seep through. However, one thing that stands out with The Princess Bride is mere fact that repeat viewings are bound conjure up something new. Fan theories come, many justified, then nullified, and then they go, moving onto the next batch of theories in a perennial fashion. Which is why this particular fan theory stands out all the more, with a lovingly cryptic ending, blurring the lines of the outside world and the story that is read within the realm of the film itself. (more…)

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Following in the footsteps of The Lion King, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Producers and Evil Dead, it seems that the next Hollywood movie heading for a musical adaptation is The Princess Bride. Inconceivable? Not really, since the deal involves no less than the man behind the story in the first place and one of the biggest names in huge, stage musicals currently working. (more…)

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ABOVE: Lady Death cosplayed by BelleChere is a great way to kick it all off, Hit the jump for MOAR! [FashionablyGeek]

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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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Chances are you don’t know his name or recognize his face but you’ve seen his work and sat in awe of its beauty. Bob Anderson is the man behind many of our favorite sword fights in movie history and sadly, he passed away yesterday at the age of 89.

To begin with, Anderson trained with legendary swashbuckler Errol Flynn and that in itself would give anyone some serious badass credentials, but for Anderson that was only the beginning. He was David Prowse‘s stunt double in The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Yes, there’s another name to add the the long list of men inside Darth Vader’s suit, and Anderson was the one responsible for the cool shit involving lightsabers.

Mark Hamill eventually revealed this in an 1983 interview, saying,

Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader’s fighting. It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told George I didn’t think it was fair any more. Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition. It’s ridiculous to preserve the myth that it’s all done by one man.

Anderson was also the fight choreographer for Highlander, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Princess Bride and he’s listed as “Sword Master” for The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro, Die Another Day, and The Phantom. He’s even credited with a role in a 1968 episode of Doctor Who, “The Enemy of the World” as “Fighting Guard” and he did uncredited stuntwork for Superman II.

Most recently, Anderson was the Sword Master for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the upcoming Hobbit films. According to TheLordOfTheRings.net, Anderson, “developed sparring methods based on Tolkien’s descriptions of each culture.”

He appeared in the 2009 documentary, Reclaiming the Blade, which focused on the cinematic choreography of swordsmanship. The doc was narrated by John Rhys-Davies and in it Viggo Mortenson shares his experience of training with the master swordsman for his role of Aragorn for the LotR’s trilogy. Watch of clip of Anderson and Mortenson from Reclaiming the Blade below.

Anderson, who was also an Olympic fencer for Great Britain, will be fondly remembered for his mastery of swordplay and his uncanny ability to train actors to look like they too were masters of the sword. We nerds owe him a debt of gratitude for making our sci-fi and fantasy heroes appear like the badasses with blades we believed they were, and for that we’re so thankful.

He will truly be missed, but the wonderful thing about movies is your work is immortal, forever available for future generations. Below are some clips from famous fight scenes Anderson made possible.

Sources: Geeks of Doom, The Mary Sue

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.

You knew bowties were cool, right? Of course you did. Now own the coolest bowtie around, an official Doctor Who bowtie. Perfect to pair with the official 11th Doctor jacket. (Fashionably Geek)

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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.

Batman vs Darth Vader. How would that go down? Who would prevail? Leave it to someone and their action figures to find out. (The Mary Sue)

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