Screen Junkies » NerdMachine 2012 http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Here’s What Went Down At Comic-Con 2012: A Wrap-Up http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/heres-what-went-down-at-comic-con-2012-a-wrap-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/heres-what-went-down-at-comic-con-2012-a-wrap-up/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:35:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249800 You can sort through hundreds of articles, or you can read this piece in about four minutes to figure out what happened this year.

The post Here’s What Went Down At Comic-Con 2012: A Wrap-Up appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Comic-Con 2012 has come and gone, leaving movie and television fans with a lot of answers, almost as many questions, and convention goers with the lingering question of what the hell they’re going to do with a zombie Stormtrooper costume for the next 360 days.

Comic-Con has long existed to serve niche interests in entertainment and comics, but over the years, the “niche” has grown to include more and more topics of interest to general entertainment fans. Consequently, the comings and goings of Comic-Con fall into two camps: stuff movie fans might care about and stuff only nerds will care about.

Here at Screen Junkies, we hate nerds. We absolutely despise them. They are weak and have difficulty with women, which presents them from passing on their genes to future generations. Totally lame.

However, we do enjoy the former camp, the movie fans that click on our articles and patronize our advertisers, so this rundown of Comic-Con exists to serve them.

If you’re a nerd, stop reading. This isn’t for you.

Fans Camping Out for The Walking Dead, Twilight, and Game of Thrones Panels

While lots of panels can fill their venues, it was this triumverate that managed to garner enough interest to not only fill the vaunted “Hall H,” but get people to camp out overnight to guarantee access. Twilight is the biggest story here, not only because the cast and crew have made Comic-Con a regular stop for a half-dozen or so years, but also because a fan camped out in line was tragically hit by a car and killed after being camped out in line for days.

The 50 Shades of Grey Author Also Got Overnight Lines

One story that would best be left unreported would be the appearance of 50 Shades of Grey author E L James, who turned an entire generation of women on to the existence of butt plugs. James conducted a signing that also had fans camping out overnight. However, I didn’t include it in the above list of panels that fans camped out for because I find 50 Shades of Grey to be exceptionally dumb to the point that it deserves its own section.

Yes, I find it dumber than Twlight. Somehow.

The Hobbit Will Be Two Films, Not Three

We covered this earlier. See here for the whole story.

Oz: The Great and Powerful Trailer

It’s been a while since we got inundated with James Franco entertainment news stories every fourteen seconds. On behalf of entertainment journalists everywhere:

Welcome back, old friend.

The Big Bang Theory Will Send a Fan to Space

At the show’s Hall H panel on Friday, the show announced that it would be sending one “lucky” fan into space about the Lynx RLV rocket.

From the coverage, it seemed as though this parallels a plotline in the show, but I don’t watch The Big Bang Theory, so all I can do is guess. Or do about thirty seconds of research. Nah. I’ll guess.

The announcement allowed the Warner Bros. PR team to drop fun little pull quotes like, “I guess you can say we are over the moon that we were able to give away a trip to space to a Big Bang Theory fan.”

Cute, guys. Real cute.

The Newly-Announced Godzilla Remake Will Be “Realistic”

You know that insufferable friend that always picks out the logical inconsistencies in films that shouldn’t be presumed to have any logical consistency in the first place? Well, he or she will be delighted to know that there’s a Godzilla movie in the works from helmer Gareth Edwards.

I guess this realistic take on Godzilla will only be somewhat realistic, as it will still feature a giant mutant lizard destroying cities.

That’s pretty realistic, I guess.

The post Here’s What Went Down At Comic-Con 2012: A Wrap-Up appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/heres-what-went-down-at-comic-con-2012-a-wrap-up/feed/ 0 148192580PB00004_HBO_s_Game 50 shades the hobbit massimino-big-bang-theory Godzilla
Comic-Con 2012: Marvel Announces ‘Ant-Man’ Happening http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-marvel-announces-ant-man-happening/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-marvel-announces-ant-man-happening/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:41:52 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249776 For real, this time.

The post Comic-Con 2012: Marvel Announces ‘Ant-Man’ Happening appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Marvel Studios and director Edgar Wright played a little bit of a prank on the media and fans for Comic-Con this year. In the lead-up to their panel for the upcoming Iron Man 3, director Edgar Wright posted on his Twitter account about being in London and missing Comic-Con, etc. Well it turns out this was all a smokescreen to hide the fact that ahead of the Iron Man 3 panel Marvel Studios was going to show some test footage shot for Ant-Man, with Wright in attendance.

And although there’s no casting news or a release date yet, they showed the shit out of that test footage! It’s about a minute long and showed Ant-Man at ant-size taking out two full-sized henchmen with his incredible shrinking powers. So, with this test footage, plus Marvel’s online announcement that an Ant-Man movie, which we first started hearing about in 2006, is finally coming, and it looks like it’s really happening. Ant-Man Fever: Catch It! That’s mine, not Marvel’s. (The Playlist)

The post Comic-Con 2012: Marvel Announces ‘Ant-Man’ Happening appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-marvel-announces-ant-man-happening/feed/ 0
Peter Jackson On ‘The Hobbit’s Higher Frame Rate: The Audience Will ‘Get Used To It’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-on-the-hobbits-higher-frame-rate-the-audience-will-get-used-to-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-on-the-hobbits-higher-frame-rate-the-audience-will-get-used-to-it/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 06:08:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249765 The higher frame rate will make everything look too...look too...too REAL, man.

The post Peter Jackson On ‘The Hobbit’s Higher Frame Rate: The Audience Will ‘Get Used To It’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
If you have to “get used to” something, then you probably don’t like it to begin with. And if I don’t like something immediately, I will never, ever, ever change my mind. Because I represent fickle American audiences that the studio’s lover and artists hate.

Unfortunately for Peter Jackson, director of the upcoming The Hobbit saga, the higher frame rate of the film’s 3D version might not be an instant hit with audiences. At a screening of a 12-minute, regular frame rate, non-3D clip, Jackson said about audiences’ reception of the innovation, “Like anything, you’ve got to get used to it.” Oh, and of course, because theater owners aren’t the most forward-thinking lot, audiences will be paying extra to see something they’ve gotta “get used to.”

He didn’t specify if the higher frame rate is something you get used to in ten minutes, or maybe after a hundred years of inundation, so who knows if audiences will view The Hobbit as a starter film, which will jump on the proverbial grenade of the learning curve associated with new technologies.

The new frame rate will represent a “hyper-realistic” approach, not unlike the way that higher refresh rates on LCD TVs make everything look like a British soap opera or porn. You know what I’m talking about.

The director showed up with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Andy “Ping Pong Ball” Serkis, and Richard Armitage.

The post Peter Jackson On ‘The Hobbit’s Higher Frame Rate: The Audience Will ‘Get Used To It’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-on-the-hobbits-higher-frame-rate-the-audience-will-get-used-to-it/feed/ 0
Comic-Con 2012: Guillermo del Toro Finally Shows The World Some ‘Pacific Rim’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-guillermo-del-toro-finally-shows-the-world-some-pacific-rim/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-guillermo-del-toro-finally-shows-the-world-some-pacific-rim/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 05:49:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249762 It's a sci-fi thriller with Charlie Day. Do we really need to see it to know it will rock?

The post Comic-Con 2012: Guillermo del Toro Finally Shows The World Some ‘Pacific Rim’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
While a panel from a studio (in this case Warner Bros.) doesn’t sound like quite the good team the more fan-friendly cast-and-crew panels are, that doesn’t mean they’re not fountains of info from time to time.

Earlier today, the stars of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim came out to present the world’s first taste of the film, which will also be the only footage released until the end of the year. Onhand were Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, and the helmer himself to offer up a look at what we can expect.

Describing a clip will most likely not do the clip justice, so me paraphrasing someone else’s verbal description would be downright foolish. So, rather than tell you what happens, let me just give you a few out-of-context elements to whet your appetite.

  • Tundra
  • Metal Detector
  • Robot Missing An Arm
  • Child
  • Other Synchronized Robots
  • Jets
  • “Summer 2013″
This shit sells itself.
And in case it doesn’t, Charlie Day’s presence should give it the push it needs.

The post Comic-Con 2012: Guillermo del Toro Finally Shows The World Some ‘Pacific Rim’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-guillermo-del-toro-finally-shows-the-world-some-pacific-rim/feed/ 0
Comic-Con 2012: Party’s Over In New ‘Dredd’ Clip http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-partys-over-in-new-dredd-clip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-partys-over-in-new-dredd-clip/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 18:07:54 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249747 Jeez, what a narc.

The post Comic-Con 2012: Party’s Over In New ‘Dredd’ Clip appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Comic-Con 2012 has also brought us this first clip from the upcoming Dredd. Here we see Karl Urban judging, jurying, and executing all over the place as he busts in on some tweakers and crashes the party. And their faces.

Slow motion in action movies gets a pretty bad rap, but here it works really well. If they truly invented a drug that made the world look like it was shot with the Phantom camera, I’d try it. Oh wait. Am I addicted already? They say the first hit’s free. When’s this movie come out?!? My skin itches and I want to ride the snake to Valhalla!

The post Comic-Con 2012: Party’s Over In New ‘Dredd’ Clip appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-partys-over-in-new-dredd-clip/feed/ 0
Comic-Con 2012: ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’ Trailer Lands http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-oz-the-great-and-powerful-trailer-lands/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-oz-the-great-and-powerful-trailer-lands/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:47:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249741 So that's where James Franco's been hiding. The Land of Oz.

The post Comic-Con 2012: ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’ Trailer Lands appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard much from James Franco and those worried that he would no longer appear in every single movie, can rest assured. He was just busy with Sam Raimi‘s new epic Oz: The Great and Powerful, which the director presented to a Comic-Con audience yesterday afternoon.

The Wizard of Oz prequel takes a look at the humble beginnings of the Wizard before he found his way to Oz and leveled up. We’re also given glimpses of Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz as hot witches. No sexy Munchkins yet though. Gotta save something for opening day crowds.

The post Comic-Con 2012: ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’ Trailer Lands appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-oz-the-great-and-powerful-trailer-lands/feed/ 0
Comic-Con 2012: Peter Jackson Denies The World A Third ‘Hobbit’ Film…For Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-peter-jackson-denies-the-world-a-third-hobbit-film-for-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-peter-jackson-denies-the-world-a-third-hobbit-film-for-now/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:48:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249730 Only seven hours of 'Hobbit' films? I WISH I WAS NEVER BORN!

The post Comic-Con 2012: Peter Jackson Denies The World A Third ‘Hobbit’ Film…For Now appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Oh, Peter Jackson, why do you tease us so? During the Hobbit panel earlier today, many were expecting Jackson to announce a third film in the series, but no dice. Unfortunately, the audience was left with knowledge of the two, with studio PR folks saying ”The plan was always for two.”

F*ck the plan! This is Peter Jackson and tiny whimsical people! Give us a third you motherless monsters!!!

During the 266-day shoot, producers had accumulated enough extra footage to make a third fiml feasible, which is a concept so ridiculous that it could only exist in Hollywood.

“Oh, I was so cavalier with filming for your projects that cost hundreds of millions of dollars that there’s a bunch of extra stuff that you could probably turn into its own movie, but whatever. Totes up to you guys. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go alternate between “fat guy with an unkempt beard” and “skinny dude with a well-manicured beard” for the next year or so.”

Or so I assume it went.

The post Comic-Con 2012: Peter Jackson Denies The World A Third ‘Hobbit’ Film…For Now appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-peter-jackson-denies-the-world-a-third-hobbit-film-for-now/feed/ 0
Comic-Con 2012: Lionsgate Breaks Into TV With Graphic Novel ‘Wonderland’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/comic-con-2012-lionsgate-breaks-into-tv-with-graphic-novel-wonderland/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/comic-con-2012-lionsgate-breaks-into-tv-with-graphic-novel-wonderland/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:13:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249716 Let the 2012 Comic-Con....BEGIN!

The post Comic-Con 2012: Lionsgate Breaks Into TV With Graphic Novel ‘Wonderland’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Zenoscope’s graphic novel take on Alice in Wonderland, entitled simply, Wonderland, has emerged from a six-studio bidding war as a property of Lionsgate TV. If that phrase doesn’t sound right to you, you’re not alone, as Wonderland is among Lionsgate’s first forays into television, aside from Anger Management, Nashville, and NBC’s Dane Cook comedy Next Caller.

Brian Robbins, the executive producer of Smallville, one of those shows that you think was cancelled five years ago but is probably still on the air, will serve as EP of this new project as well.

No network has gotten on board with Wonderland yet, but expect (hope?) that it finds its way onto cable, as the adaptation is a sexual and dark take on the source material, which is actually pretty dark to begin with, though not all that sexual.

Sexy Alice? That sounds like a character tailor-made for Comic-Con.

The post Comic-Con 2012: Lionsgate Breaks Into TV With Graphic Novel ‘Wonderland’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/comic-con-2012-lionsgate-breaks-into-tv-with-graphic-novel-wonderland/feed/ 0
Comic-Con 2012 Is Going To Have A ‘Zombie Obstacle Course’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-is-going-to-have-a-zombie-obstacle-course/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-is-going-to-have-a-zombie-obstacle-course/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:05:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249189 No biting!

The post Comic-Con 2012 Is Going To Have A ‘Zombie Obstacle Course’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Well, you know what they say – today’s fun and games is tomorrow’s apocalyptic horror (they say that, right?). And the organizers of the upcoming 2012 San Diego Comic-Con along with the producers of AMC‘s smash hit The Walking Dead are bringing this possible expression to life, in the form of a “zombie obstacle course” for guests to enjoy.

Basically, the obstacle course will give visitors a chance to experience a zombie attack in a safe and judgment-free setting. You pay $70 to be chased by zombies through an obstacle course. Sound steep? Well, maybe you’d prefer to play as a zombie instead, where the goal is to spread the “infection” as much as possible through physical contact. No biting.

It’s not known what other obstacles will make up the obstacle course – it seems to me that any obstacle course that includes zombies doesn’t have much to worry about on the obstacle front. I mean, isn’t “zombie” pretty much the ultimate obstacle? Even without the biting?

The post Comic-Con 2012 Is Going To Have A ‘Zombie Obstacle Course’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-is-going-to-have-a-zombie-obstacle-course/feed/ 0
7 Things You Might Not Know About San Diego Comic-Con http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-san-diego-comic-con/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-san-diego-comic-con/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:04:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249191 Layers upon layers, man.

The post 7 Things You Might Not Know About San Diego Comic-Con appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
The San Diego Comic-Con has been around so long that you might think you know everything there is to know about it. And with comic book super heroes, science-fiction, and fantasy being not only mainstream, but massively popular, Comic-Con (and other conventions like it) are as ubiquitous and visible as ever. BUT – there are still a few obscure corners of the massive pop culture monolith that is San Diego Comic-Con. Here are 7 of them.

It Started Small

Contrary to what you might think, Comic-Con wasn’t always the massive, almost-impossible-to-actually-get-into behemoth and media frenzy that it is today. No, when it started in 1970, it was truly a niche operation, attracting only 300 comic book devotees to the U.S. Grant Hotel. What would go on to become San Diego Comic-Con was called “Golden State Comic-Con,” and it’s a safe bet that no one expected it to become such a massive phenomenon.

It’s Not Just About Comics

Casual observers could be forgiven for assuming that Comic-Con is just about comic books. After all, it’s called Comic-Con, not “General Pop Culture Stew-Con.” But that name might actually be more accurate, since Comic-Con has exploded to include pretty much every form of pop culture under the sun. Movies used to be the primary focus, but in recent years this has shifted to TV, but really all aspects of pop culture are included, from anime to TV commercials to obscure science fiction movies.

It’s More Popular Than Ever

Ever since 2006, when Comic-Con had to temporarily suspend registration due to crowding, the organizers of the event have had to deal with the problem of too many people trying to get into it at once. In 2008, all the tickets to Comic-Con were sold out before the event even began, for the first time in the event’s history. And it has only continued to grow since then – if this keeps up, they might have to add a “Sort of Comic-Con” for spillover or something.

It’s Been In The Movies And On The TV

You know you’re on the map when Hollywood is setting movies around you – and Comic-Con is definitely on the map. It was the primary setting for the aptly-titled Comic Book: The Movie, and in episodes of TV shows like Entourage, Numb3rs, Beauty and the Geek, and Punk’d. Also, it’s been featured in at least one actual comic book: The Invincible Iron Man #72. File under “Is This Ironic?”

It’s Stuck In San Diego Until At Least 2015

Despite the aforementioned issues with crowding and whatnot, it appears that most of the parties involved are happy with the San Diego Convention Center as the home of Comic-Con, as it’s been since 1991. And it’s easy to see why the people of San Diego are willing and eager to accommodate such a giant spectacle: The San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has calculated the convention’s economic impact as $162.8 million a year.

It Was Robbed In 1979

Not much information on this incident is available online, but apparently the Comic-Con organization was robbed of a significant amount of money in 1979. Instead of closing up shop, they had to ask for donations from patrons in order to cover bills like rent and expenses. Nowadays, if something like that happened, they could probably just get a quick loan from George Lucas or something.

At Least One Attendee Has Made Good

It’s a safe assumption that many Comic-Con attendees of today have dreams of making it big. Money, caviar, gorgeous women, etc. And at least one lucky guest from the early years of the convention has made good on those dreams: Matt Groening, creator of the animated sitcom/merchandising bonanza The Simpsons is said to be one of the attendees of the convention in its early years, long before he found yellow animated stardom. See? It can happen!

The post 7 Things You Might Not Know About San Diego Comic-Con appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-san-diego-comic-con/feed/ 0 krueger_fja_73 Mystery-Team-Comic-con_l JETSET-ComicCon_Day3_Saturday Crowd-sm_0 Johnny-Drama-at-Comicon-entourage-45530_506_316 San-Diego-photo2 dark-knight-robbery simpsonsmusic
Your 2012 Comic Con Bingo Card Is Here http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/your-2012-comic-con-bingo-card-is-here/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/your-2012-comic-con-bingo-card-is-here/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:34:19 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249150 The most eagerly anticipated aspect of Comic-Con 2012 is here.

The post Your 2012 Comic Con Bingo Card Is Here appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
That tingling sensation you feel at the base of your skull is Comic Con 2012′s slow approach. And it’s almost here – in just over a month, the San Diego Convention Center will be packed to the gills with Na’avi warriors, Jedi, superheroes, sexy vampires, dystopian fighting teens, and all kinds of other fantastical creatures. And, if you happen to be one of those lucky creatures that got a ticket – you’ve got something a little less adventurous to look forward too: Waiting in line.

But never fear! You don’t even need a smartphone to have a good time thanks to Screen Junkies’ exclusive 2012 Comic-Con Bingo Card. Just put a mark on each space as you see these fantastic sights. That’s good for, like, hours of entertainment right there. Who needs comic books anyway?

The post Your 2012 Comic Con Bingo Card Is Here appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/your-2012-comic-con-bingo-card-is-here/feed/ 0 Comic Con Bingo final