JJ Murphy, who recently took on the role of Ser Denys Mallister in the hit television show ‘Game Of Thrones’ has passed away at age 86. In the books, the character of Ser Denys has commanded the Shadow Tower of the Night’s Watch for 33 years and is a candidate for Lord Commander. He is the eldest living crow and Murphy was expected to shoot more scenes in the role for season 5 of the smash HBO series. The actor’s other film credits include ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and 2014’s ‘Dracula Untold.’ The latter film is a big budget project shot in Northern Ireland, in which Murphy played a “village elder.” More inside about the late actor and on what ‘Game Of Thrones’ plans to do with the character of Mallister. (more…)
Because the soon-to-be former Time Lord and big chin having lady killer is going to need a sharp chopping tool for all the psychotic killer-y things that are sure to go down when he takes the stage for an upcoming musical that should be very familiar to fans of the 80s, slasher films, and Huey Lewis and the News.
Proof positive that a superhero musical doesn’t have to be a money pit (cough*Spider-Man*cough), the folks behind the Harry Potter Musical, Star Kid, have brought to life a Dark Knight theatrical effort called “Holy Musical B@tman!” The show had a small preview back in February, and for your viewing pleasure you watch the whole thing via YouTube with part one below, followed by links to the other 12 parts.
Batman Live, the multimillion-dollar arena stage show that kicked off a European tour in Manchester, England last summer, is finally making its way to the states. The show’s U.S. premiere is scheduled for this September in Anaheim, with stops in 8 other cities to follow.
Batman Live‘s 42-person cast includes the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder, naturally, as well as a villain lineup featuring The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and The Penguin.
Anaheim, CA — Sept. 5-9
St. Paul, MN — Sept. 13-16
San Jose, CA — Sept. 20-23
Los Angeles, CA — Sept. 27-30
Las Vegas, NV — Oct. 3-7
Oklahoma City, OK — Oct. 10-14
Rio Rancho, NM — Oct. 17-21
Colorado Springs, CO — Oct. 23-24
Loveland, CO — Oct. 26-28
“Meh” Joel Schumacher’s Batman meets cirque du solgay. I’m not interested. Far too cheesy. Plus, there doesn’t appear be any East Coast dates lined up, so I’m out. I will say that Poison Ivy gets my body ready for sexual intercourse.
It’s no surprise that the Broadway adaptation Spider-man: Turn off the Dark was going to be a success. Even with their delays in production, going several million dollars over budget and the removal and replacement of former director Julie Taymor the production has been successful enough for a Tony nomination for Julie Taymor. Wait…my spider-sense is tingling. (more…)
The Piper McKenzie theater company in Brooklyn compiled a collection of short plays that were inspired by video games and nerdery. “Theater of the Arcade” features plays based on Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and more. The video below is the Duck Hunt portion of the aforementioned compilation. And it’s pretty fuckin ‘awesome.
The official description:
A “Deleted Scene” from THEATER OF THE ARCADE: Five Classic Video Games Adapted for the Stage,” as performed at the GAME PLAY Opening Night Cabaret at The Brick on July 9, 2010. Written by Jeff Lewonczyk, Directed by Gyda Arber, Starring Fred Backus and Josh Mertz.
Wanna watch some rebel scum get blasted by the force in the most bad ass way possible? It might cost more then Darth Vader’s light bright chest piece but it’ll make everyone jealous as far away as Tatooine. Want it real bad then knock out some walls in your house (ask your parents), call Custom Home Systems of San Diego and get this sucker custom built right now. Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru must have been saving for this place as part of their retirement home.
Drink that blue milk in style.
Built by Custom Home Systems of San Diego, this monster of home theater systems has it all and some droids too. No really, this actually has the droids your looking for: R2-D2 and C3P0. With all the hidden speakers, electronics, drool worthy details and 107 inch screen it’s heaven. This one was built as the centerpiece of a 10,000 square-foot mansion in Honolulu, Hawaii. This must be were the rich nerds got to retire in style, the true ‘Graceland’ of the home theater world. So get this built, call up your princess and after watching her cry over how beautiful your theater is, rides your X-wing straight through to Return of the Jedi.
May the force be with you…or at least a lot of money and time.
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
Manchester, England is very lucky to be the first stop in the ‘Batman Live’ European tour in July of 2011. With this stage performance of the Dark Knight just over nine months away people have speculated just what the show will contain. The Batman history, so very rich and deep, has plenty of material to run with from it’s 71 years of existence. Recently, new details have emerged, thanks to theManchester Evening Newson just what the English population will be the first in the world to see live. While this will be a stage show it has been confirmed there will be no singing or dancing on stage. Any foul play like that and their could be a riot on Batman’s hand even he couldn’t stop.
Here the scoop on what’s in store:
The story will focus on Dick Grayson’s transformation from orphan to Batman’s acrobatic sidekick Robin
It will include a cast over over 90 performers protraying classic villians The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman. As well as recent additions Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Scarface & The Ventriloquist and allies Commissioner Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth.
The set will consist of 130-foot video screen, a full-scale Batmobile and pyrotechnic effects
“…We basically wanted to bring the excitement of a comic book to stage.” Executive producer Nick Grace, of Mamma Mia! and Walking With Dinosaurs fame, told Manchester Evening news. They want the show to feel like your watching a comic book unfold before your eyes. Short, snappy dialogue filled with more action, aerial acrobatics and martial arts then your eyes can handle. ‘Batman Live’ will still contain the darker elements that fans have come to expect thanks to the recent Dark Knight film while keeping it a family friendly show for the younger bat fans.
Sadly, fans in North America will have to wait till mid-2012 before we get to see any of this unless you bought a plane ticket ahead of schedule.
This musical of epic proportions created by the college students of Lincoln, Nebraska is a riot! Opening with a the classic song from RENT was SO fitting. The minimalist set is reminiscent of the home theater productions that we would put on as kid for our parents. The whole musical is about 45 minutes long and a great watch! How great would a Broadway production of this be? They could even use those dinosaurs from the Walking with Dinosaurs tour. Check out the video after the jump!