I think we all assumed that Dwayne Johnson would fill out any costume they gave him to play Hercules nicely, be it loincloth, or something more, shall we say, functional. And voila! As you’ll observe above, Johnson looks ready to kick butt and take names in a Grecian way for next summers swords-and-sandals epic, Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

Plot Synopsis:

Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.

Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt, and directed by Brett Ratner, will be in theaters July 25th, 2014.

Source: Comic Book Movie


Amongst the announcements at Microsoft’s unveiling of the new X-Box One this afternoon (Nerd Bastards will have more about it throughout the afternoon and evening), was the somewhat unexpected announcement that there would be a new Halo project coming soon that would have nothing to do with the new console.

After years of trying to get a live-action movie going, most notably under producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp, it seems that Microsoft is teaming up with no less than Steven Spielberg to turn Halo into a live-action TV series. Microsoft tweeted that Spielberg will also direct, but that likely means that Spielberg will direct the pilot before turning over those duties to others.

Why a TV series, and why now? Interesting questions. Right now, there’s no launch date for the series, and there’s no network or outlet announced to be air the eventual series. Microsoft reps have said though that they want this to look like a premium show a la Game of Thrones, which is a pretty big yard stick to measure themselves by, but at this point the series could end up on broadcast, cable, or online.

As to why, one of the reasons that the plug was pulled on the movie was because Microsoft wanted more creative control on the project. Producing a TV series probably gives them that.

Anyway, more news as it develops.

Source: Geek Nation

Xmen days of future past

What did X-Men fans do before Twitter? And who needs internet spies when you have Bryan Singer, the director himself, sending out regular tweets of photos and updates about Days of Future Past?

To wit, a pair of telling new photos were recently tweeted by Singer from the set of Days, one of them doesn’t spoil much, but shows a returning cast member in full (lack of) costume, and the other may tip off the observer as to what role a new cast member may play in the drama. So does it? Well, we’ll let you be the judge.

First the obvious thing:

First look: #JenniferLawrence as a vengeful #Mystique. #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast

Yes fans, its the image of Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique that way we’ve all wanted to see her…


Next up, we have Singer conferring with Peter Dinklage between takes on set. The set looks like the a private plane, and Dinklage looks like he’s ready to sail out with the tune fleet. And what’s the deal with that mustache? Let’s have a look:


The folks at Blastr seem to think that this is confirmation that Dinklage is playing Boliver Trask, inventor of the Sentinels. Did he have a mustache? Does it even matter? And why haven’t you scrolled back up to blue naked Jennifer Lawrence again?

More news as it develops.

Lawrence photo courtesy of Collider.

Dinklage photo courtesy of Blastr.


Considering that Rob Thomas’ Kickstarter campaign for a Veronica Mars movie met its minimum goal of $2 million in about 12 hours, it should hardly come as a surprise that others now might want to follow in his example.

Enter Zachary Levi, the former star of the NBC series Chuck, the spy-fy rom-com that wrapped last season after sputtering five years on the air built mostly through the engagement of fans. That’s the kind of fanaticism that can translate into real dollars, dollars that can be used to fund, say, a Chuck movie?

Let’s go to Levi live on Twitter:


So the gauntlet’s been tossed down. Does Chuck co-creator Josh Schwartz have anything to add?


There’s the rub. Veronica Mars, what was essentially a weekly noir detective story set in high school, is way easier (read: cheaper) to produce than something like Chuck, which would require it’s fair share of high- octane action sequences. I assume Schwartz was joking about the CG beard for Morgan, but a Chuck movie would need some serious cash to be “kickstarted.”

What do you think Bastards? Could the money be raised to make a Chuck movie a reality? Would you take part? Sound off below.

Source: Blastr

April Fool’s is the day that pranks run rampant, and Adult Swim pulled all the stops with their prank and brought back the 90’s. Toonami was re-animated and brought back from the dead, for a one night engagement that had the internet a-buzz! As a child of the 90’s, Toonami was by far what I would attribute to my love of anime and all the great memories of after school viewings. Not only did this April Fool’s Joke take me back in time, but it also debuted new material from TOM, Toonami’s CGI host, created just for the joke.

Now while many sat in their own versions of “The Twilight Zone” as they watched all the goodies of Toonami, others immediately voiced their joy/demands that Toonami be brought back and become a permanent member of the Adult Swim broadcast. The following are some of the many Tweets gathered from the #BringBackToonami TwitterFeed:

Initially started as a request by Adult Swim as feedback on the Toonami broadcast, it has now become a large snowball of activity that is rolling down the hill and gaining large momentum. So much momentum, that Adult Swim had to quickly respond:

So for those who got to see Toonami on Adult Swim April 1st, what’d you think of the flash from the past and of its possible resurrgence to television.