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Ender’s Game

Here’s a clip from the upcoming movie.

After watching that, the only thing I can say is: at what point in time did Harrison Ford turn into a mumbler?

Star Wars

Saoirse Ronan spills the beans a bit regarding her audition process for Episode VII.

“Even if I don’t get it,” she said during The Empire Film Podcast, “I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber – out of a bag, kind of inspect it and not know what it is. That was…that was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!”

We have no idea, of course, if that was a piece written for the movie or a piece written for the auditions to throw us off, so speculation at this point is useless.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Io9 has an image of Beorn, the shapeshifter posted. Not quite how I pictured him, but okay. As the writer said, as least he’s not covered in bird poo.


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Fans of the TV show and movie will be happy to hear that the series will live on in comic book form. Coulson may live on tonight on TV, but Wash is definitely still pushing up daisies.

As the series begins, Mal and the crew are recouping from their recent strike against the sinister interplanetary government, The Alliance, in which they exposed government agencies as those responsible for the creation of the Reavers — the scourge of the universe. With River Tam in the co-pilot chair and a very pregnant Zoe reeling from the death of her husband, Wash, Mal is finding himself and his ship in greater danger than ever.

For shame PR guy for not shortening universe to ‘verse. An Operative will be by shortly to discuss your failure with you.

World of Warcraft movie

Deadline has the casting news on this picture up, a bunch of names are in various stages of negotiation, including Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin

I still think it would be a better movie if it were a Spinal Tap style mockumentary about a WoW Guild, but I pretty much hate WoW, so I’m probably not the best person to ask.

Star Trek

No movie news, but here’s a cool image gallery that blends the faces of the Classic Trek and New Trek crews.

Star Wars

No new movie news, but if you’ve got some spare cash under your couch cushions and a very, very, very, very understanding spouse (or no spouse), you can buy yourself a replica of an AT-ST. Sadly, it doesn’t walk and I’m pretty sure the blasters are non-functional, so no Ewok stamping for you.

If I bought this, I'm pretty sure it would be exhibit A in my divorce proceedings.

If I bought this, I’m pretty sure it would be exhibit A in the inevitable divorce proceedings that followed.

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In which I really scrape the bottom of the barrel for anything worth talking about:

Star Wars

There is a casting call for a rather tall actor that could be for Chewbacca, another Wookie, or a 7 foot tall alien noodle monster for all we know.

But let’s run with Wookie for now.

Unknown Marvel Female Superhero Movie

Natalie Portman spills the beans that Marvel is at least in the planning stages of a superhero movie that will have a central female character or lead. It would be a safe bet to say that it’s probably Captain Marvel, because she’s the only super-heroine that I can think of that isn’t currently on a team that Marvel doesn’t own the movie rights to.

I’ve got nothing else. So post any nerd news you find in the comments, folks.

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Almost Human

Here’s a poster from JJ Abrams upcoming television show about cop Karl Urban teaming up with an android partner. Aside from Agents of SHIELD, this the project  I think I’m most looking forward to this season.

"I am the law." "The Law is a term for the abstract concept entailing the entire sum of all ordinances and regulations passed by your human society's various governing bodies. You cannot be the law. Rather you should say, "I am a representative of the law." "Shut up, Data."

“I am the law.”
“The Law is a term for the abstract concept entailing the entire sum of all ordinances and regulations passed by your human society’s various governing bodies. You cannot be the law. Rather you should say, “I am a representative of the law.”
“Shut up, Data.”

(h/t ComicBookMovie)

Star Wars

Another day, more rumors about the casting process.

Today’s rumor involves Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo reading for unknown parts.

Video Games

Sadly, former head of Nintendo head Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away.

He was known as “the godfather of the console”, building the Japanese firm Nintendo from a playing cards manufacturer into one of the world’s most powerful computer games businesses. Now the gaming industry is paying tribute to the company’s former president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, who died on Thursday at 85.

For a generation of gamers, Yamauchi’s Nintendo represented a golden era of mainstream gaming, dominated by classic titles like Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda and Metroid. In the early 90s, the company’s mascot Mario, a moustachioed Italian plumber, became one of the world’s most popular animated characters. A 1990 survey found he was more recognisable to American children than Mickey Mouse.

Yamauchi installed the company’s central doctrine – that gameplay is always more important than technology

In other video game news, all of the executives at Rockstar Games are going around yelling “KA-CHING!” today.

(Reuters) – “Grand Theft Auto V,” the fifth installment of the video game that became a focal point of debate about gratuitous violence and explicit content in the media, came out guns blasting with $800 million in global first-day sales.

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Agent Carter

Depending upon how well Agents of SHIELD does and how well received her short film attached to Iron Man 3 is, you might be seeing another Marvel universe show on ABC in the future starring Agent Peggy Carter.

I approve this rumor.

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Well, your latest rumors of the day (via io9)

  • Sairose Ronan is reading for a part.
  • There is a allegedly a female villain.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch will cameo in Episode VII, but will be the Big Bad for Episode VIII and possible IX

All of this sounds about as likely as finding out that Chewbacca gay married Jar Jar and they somehow reproduced some very hairy, annoying children, but you never know, right?

Metal Gear Solid V

Here’s a video of some gameplay from the upcoming game.

(h/t Kotaku)

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So, there are rumors that the title of the film will be A New Dawn, as a throwback to Episode 4’s A New Hope. It wouldn’t be the first call back to the original trilogy, with Episode 3’s title: Revenge of the Sith being a call back to Return of the Jedi (which was briefly named Revenge of the Jedi during its production before it was changed, presumably because Jedi aren’t about revenge.)

And Benedict Cumberbatch is issuing a non-denial denial about the rumors that he’ll be involved basically saying that he’d love to do it, but there have been no official signings or offers beyond the original trilogy cast.

As always, take it all with a grain of salt.

Star Trek

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. I thought it was a good action sci-fi movie, I thought Cumberbatch did a good turn as Khan making the villain relatable. I was annoyed by the outright lying of the promotional folks telling us that Khan wasn’t in it. And Spock yelling Khan was a bit silly. But overall I count it as a movie right in the middle of the pack. And arguably, until Melllvar nerdrages out and destroys every copy of Star Trek V from the face of the Earth, anyone saying it’s the worst Star Trek movie is being hyperbolic.

That said, handy tip to all screenwriters out there handling beloved nerd franchises… you should probably just avoid reading the Internet. Ever.

This guy didn’t. Don’t be him.

Video Games

Crossing nerd news with politics, Blizzard Entertainment is hiring a lobbyist firm to get their input in on a bill that would commission a study on violence in video games and its effects on children.

Considering the hundreds of millions of dollars put into video games and the billions that are paid for them, it’s a lucrative question and you can see why the industry is getting political.

For the record, I grew up watching a lot of Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes and I have yet to drop a single anvil on anyone.


No, not an homage to the MMA fighter, but a new movie based on the arcade classic which featured three humans mutated into King Kong, Godzilla, and… a giant Werewolf… okay…  running about wrecking America city by city while being attacked by the military. Also, you could eat people to get health back. And you could eat your partners if they took enough damage in their monster form and reverted to being human.

According to THR the studio is aiming to make another “smartly-budgeted monster movie in the vein and tone of Ghostbusters and Independence Day.”

If there ever was a movie that demanded the talents of Michael Bay, I think it’s this one.

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I liked the 1994 movie. I own it. I think it’s a just a great flick that captured that same sort of old-timey serial space adventure  vibe that Star Wars had. I think it was much better than the TV shows that followed it. A classic.

So naturally Roland Emmerich who made the original movie wants to reboot the franchise as a trilogy.


There are mornings when I think the movie gods truly hate me.


It’s reboot o’rama here at the house of the Dread. All the reboots you never asked for and didn’t want. Up next on the auction block, the Terminator! Starring senior citizen Arnold Schwarzenegger and I’m guessing a ton of the CGI stuff they used in Tron: Legacy to make Jeff Bridges young again.

The news is that they’ve signed director Alan Taylor late of Thor: The Dark World to retell the tale of a homicidal robot sent back in time to change the past and keep its evil AI overlord from being defeated by humans.

Now, I haven’t seen Thor: The Dark World yet, but you know my general feelings about reboots. The only way this thing is going to be good is if Kyle Reese is replaced by this guy:

Dr Who

or these guys:


X-Men: Days of Future Past

Jennifer Lawrence will be naked in most of the movie. Well, her character will be. She’ll be fully clothed in an appropriate blue body suit as the mutant Mystique:

“Some of the Mystique look is a little different, but we’re still using the same paint. But she’s different in this film too,” she tells SciFiNow exclusively. “She was struggling – like a lot of normal humans – with the way she looked, and she was covered up a lot in the first movie, but this time she is Mutant and proud.”

It’s a trivial non-story, really, but I posted it to get the words Jennifer Lawrence and naked in my blog as a way to drive up my page views and search engine hits.

Star Wars

I love crazy casting rumors. This morning, rumors abound that actress Ksenia Solo will be playing the role of Han Solo’s daughter, which is too cute by far seeing as the actress already shares a name with the fictional smuggler. So it probably won’t happen. It was probably a rumor started by a couple of guys who were baked thinking, Dude… wouldn’t it be funny if they cast someone named Solo to play Han Solo’s daughter? My mind… is… blown. Dude, we have to get that to happen. Hand me my smart phone.

The other rumor is that actor Liam McIntyre is also up for a role.

Island of Dr. Moreau

Lastly, two writers have been hired to once again try and tell the tale of a crazed geneticist and an island of furries gone wild.

Briefly: Two writers have been hired to make a third film adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. Warner Bros. tapped Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, producers on the Netflix show Hemlock Grove, to adapt the novel in a modern, socially conscious sci-fi film.

It remains unnecessary, but I can’t see how they would bollucks it up any more than the last go-round with Val Kilmer did, so I remain ambivalent.

Moment of Zen

Darth Vader, riding a unicycle playing Star Wars on bagpipes that shoot flames in front of a “Keep Portland Weird” sign.

Mission accomplished, good sir. Mission accomplished.

(h/t io9)

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Star Wars

There is a rumor flying around that Benedict Cumberbatch (winner three years in a row of the coveted “Most British Name” award) has signed on to the cast for Episode VII.

So with that in mind, let the rumors begin of a shared Paramount and Disney sci-fi universe that will culminate with Joss Whedon directing a Star Trek/Star Wars/Firefly team up movie in 2021.

Until the eldritch horror that now resides within the frozen head of Walt utters in its gibbering, slavering dialect the dark command to its shambling be-suited minions to proclaim forth the casting decisions, none of this should be taken seriously.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Confirming the rumor I mentioned the other day, yes, Bradley Cooper is a talking space raccoon with a gun. There is nothing that is not completely absurd about that statement and yet, I really want to see this movie.

Thor: The Dark World

Here’s a good look at former Dr. Who (or if you’re feeling particularly vindictive, former Destro) Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed.


In case you were wondering who Malekith the Accursed is, I’ll quote the Wikipedia article:

Malekith struck an alliance with Loki on behalf of the fire demon Surtur.[1] He took control of a number of Earth humans using special food of the faerie provided by Hela. Malekith then killed Eric Willis, guardian of the Casket of Ancient Winters, after learning its location.[2] As Master of the Hounds, Malekith hunted down Roger Willis, Eric’s son and new guardian of the Casket. Malekith battled Thor, and kidnapped Lorelei.[3] Using Lorelei as bait, Malekith forced Thor to battle Algrim the Strong, one of his Dark Elf followers, then attempted to destroy both combatants by plunging them into a pool of magma. He then captured the Casket of Ancient Winters from Roger Willis.[4] Malekith was ultimately defeated by Thor, but not before he destroyed the Casket of Ancient Winters, releasing magical frigid force all over the Earth.[5] Malekith was then brought as a captive by Thor to Asgard

Of course… it all makes sense now.

I don’t have a real world analogue for the leader of a band of evil elves who fights a thunder god, but with only 694 words in his wiki, I have to say that comic book fans just aren’t trying that hard these days. I expected at least 5,000 words on a minor character in a B-list superhero comic.

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Can I just say again how much I love this show? Despite the CW-cheese that sometimes leaks it, it is consistently good and entertaining. I’ve never been happier to be wrong about a show.

And it’s doing a much better job of building a coherent DC live action universe than anything the movie guys are doing.

We’ve already heard plans to add the Flash for a couple of episodes and then a spin-off. We heard about them incorporating the League of Assassins from the Batman mythos, and now we’re getting Amanda Waller.

Episode 2.06 of Arrow will be called “Keep Your Enemies Closer

This episode will see the introduction of recurring character Amanda Waller who is an agent of A.R.G.U.S. who sends out a team to kidnap Diggle.

If you’re not familiar with Waller, think Nick Fury, but tougher. Here’s her wiki link.

(Just to keep score and show that we all have the proper perspective in life, BTW the wiki for Waller is 3,863 words long, while the wiki for her closest real life counterpart, General Keith Alexander director of the NSA has a wiki that is 1,692 words long.)

And now that I’ve linked to that last wiki, I would like to welcome all of my new NSA analyst readers. I hope you enjoy this entirely pro-American, patriotic blog where you will find nothing objectionable at all. Ever.

Star Wars

The latest rumors involving two actors being looked at for key roles.

Following up on their claims that actors like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron have been looked at for roles in the new Star Wars film, Latino Review is now saying that the production is now considering actors Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood for roles in the sci-fi movie.

While the site doesn’t have any information regarding the character that Pettyfer is going out for, their guess is that he is trying out for the part of Luke Skywalker’s son (which, mind you, isn’t a character that has been confirmed to be in the movie)…

But while the site’s sources don’t seem to have any confirmed details about the character that Pettyfer is looking to play, they are a bit more specific about Hurd-Wood’s potential part. The rumor says that she has gone in to read for the “daughter of Princess Leia (and presumably Han Solo).”

So, yeah. They appear to be very pretty people. But I’m sure the same could be said for the last batch of actors they cast for the prequels, so I remain unmoved either way. Besides, tomorrow will probably bring a new casting rumor, so I wouldn’t put much stock in this until Disney starts talking. (Note to our new NSA analyst readers, I know it’s probably against regulations, but if you could just give me a hint as to what Disney is doing with Episode VII, I’ll buy you a six pack.)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Well, they found their villain. It is not, as previously anticipated, Paul Bettany, but is:

James Spader will face off against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to 2012’s record-breaking “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The Emmy Award-winning actor will play Ultron in the Avengers’ much anticipated return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to theaters on May 1, 2015.

Batman v. Superman

There is a rumor that Timothy Dalton will be taking on the role of Alfred in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel. If true, that would instantly make the movie a little bit better sounding to me. Dude was awesome in Hot Fuzz and the Rocketeer. And I’ll be contrary and say that I even liked his Bond movies.