Kathleen Kennedy is a woman that has the weight of the world upon her shoulders. Or, perhaps more appropriately, she has the weight of a thousand star systems on her shoulders, backed with the potential wrath of an army of fans. So now that she’s gearing up to make sure Star Wars Episode VII goes smoothly, she’s decided to say goodbye to her producing duties on Jurassic Park IV.
According to Kennedy’s husband, Frank Marshall:
No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering how much needs to get done what with all the spin-offs that Lucasfilm appears to be planning. But never fear, her production role will be changing hands to those of Marshall. Steven Spielberg will, of course, also be involved in an executive producer role. So rampaging dinosaur fans need not panic.
Look for Jurassic Park IV to hit theaters on June 13th, 2014.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
You may have seen the phrase “Harlem Shake” circulating around social media sites lately. I hadn’t bothered to check it out until I saw it paired with Star Wars (the inclusion of those two words will make me click on most links).
The Harlem Shake is a dance and according to the Hero Complex, it follows a specific formula:
Set to a clip from a song by Baauer, the videos (and the song) have a two-part structure. When the first part plays, one person – often wearing a mask – dances while being ignored by the other the people in the scene. Then the beat changes and the scene changes: Suddenly everyone is wearing crazy costumes and going nuts.
It’s practically made for cosplayers, and if you’re still on the fence about watching Jedi and astromechs cut a rug, the clip’s only 30 seconds. I like the one with humans, but I love the one with action figures.
Watch the videos after the break.
(LAT Hero Complex via TMS)
Once word got out about George Lucas selling Star Wars to Disney, everyone knew there would be new movies. The big question for most fan boys and girls was: Would any of the original actors be back in the Star Wars saddle again? We then heard that Harrison Ford would be open to reprising his nerdy iconic Han Solo character, a character he wanted killed off in the original trilogy.
Now El Mayimbe of Latino Review is ready to announce that his sources have confirmed Harrison’s return as Han Solo and his on screen involvement in the some of the upcoming Star Wars movies. He says that everything is locked and the powers that be are just waiting for the ink to dry before announcing this big news. El Mayimbe does have a darn good track record with these types of movie rumors. In the video of his talk with FOX News Latino he discusses his methods and sources.
We all expected Hamill, Fisher, and the rest of the still living Star Wars actors to come back, but Ford was the wildcard in the cast that while we all hoped for, we couldn’t be sure. Until now that is. Remember, when Ford finished the third movie and left the franchise it was no secret that he thought he was done with anything Star Wars forever. He wanted Han dead. I don’t think he’s ever attended a convention or one of the Star Wars Celebrations has he? I couldn’t find any Internet footprint of it.
Click this link to check out the video, then come back to let us know what you think.
Wanna see what Adrianne Curry wore to Comic Con?
Cosplay Queen Adrianne Curry lived up to the hype that the 2012 SDCC Comic Con her her version of an Evil Queen. Apparently her costume was inspired by Charlize Theron’s character from Snow White and the Huntsman. EDIT Actually it’s from Legend. I have that movie on DVD but stopped halfway through due to sheer boredom. Not to be content with the black dress, Adrianne then donned a tight fitting leather outfit that was a play on a certain Star Wars look… oh, how could I forget Raptor Jesus….
|The Queen struts her stuff|
Adrianne in her second comic con costume, an employee of the Evil Empire from Star Wars
|Curry at the Tekken party of the Comic Con|
What’s that you say? Bring out the Raptor Jesus? OK, here you go…..
The latest offerings form Geeky Jerseys cover Star Wars, Spaceballs and Ghostbusters with three great new hockey jerseys. We’ve featured their jerseys before like the Transformers Optimus Prime version and these new styles are a welcome edition. If you’re not worried about Luke lopping off your arms, you can play for the Hoth Wampas. You can also choose to fight ghosts as a member of the Ghostbusters or, if you’re thinking merchandising, try the “Spaceballs: The Hockey Jersey” shirt. The choice is yours, but no matter which you decide to buy you’ll look fantastic!
See more pictures after the break…
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You want to dress like one of the ultimate Star Wars villains, but you don’t want to don a helmet or chest plate. What’s a girl to do? Easy, wear a Darth Vader inspired skirt.
This design by Nerd Alert Creations incorporates Vader’s iconic look into a simple, made to order skirt. Wear it out with just a black tank or t-shirt or pair it with a black corset and a lightsaber hilt for a fun costume.
Turnaround time is about three weeks. Check out another angle after the break.
Product Page ($45)
There’s been a lot of Star Wars news and rumors going around lately, particularly with regards to the subjects of future stand-alone projects. Though they wouldn’t reveal much about what they expect for the future, writers Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) did chat a bit about their upcoming involvement with the franchise.
Kasdan had this to say when asked about Episode VII:
They’re going to be fun. J.J. (Abrams)’s a great director for the first sequel. Perfect. We’re very happy to have him. The writers I’ve been working with – Michael Arndt, who’s going to write the sequel, and Simon Kinberg, who has, like me, been sort of consulting – they’re great. I’ve never really collaborated a lot, and I’ve never been a room with a bunch of writers thinking, “Well, what should this thing be?” It’s fun. It’s really fun. And J.J.’s a writer. Yeah, lovely guy. I’d met him but didn’t know him. But now I’m totally enamored by him. He’s really funny and so enthusiastic.
And Kinberg talked about what to expect in the future. Or rather he elected to not talk about it:
This is what I would say: as a fan, I wouldn’t want to know too much. I know that’s impossible because it’s not the ’70s or ’80s anymore, but part of what was so exciting about A New Hope for me was I was entering into a universe I didn’t know. Even in Empire, I was surprised by a twist I never would have seen coming. But it’s different nowadays. I understand the excitement, and I’m happy that people are interested, obviously. But I’d rather people have something left to discover when they go in.
And with the rumors of a Yoda-centered spin-off flying around, the next person whose voice needed to be heard was the original voice of Yoda himself, the almighty Frank Oz. He had the following to say with regards to the original puppet Yoda versus the new and improved CGI Yoda:
He’s in my heart. I know Yoda very deeply…The future of Yoda is likely in CGI, as he was rendered in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.” I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can’t go back to the puppet. The reason George [Lucas] did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet.
So yeah, not much new here folks. Rest assured we will get back to you when it finally comes time for someone to accidently leak something crucial about the films. And we’ll report on every rumor as well, but that’s why you love us, right?
Thanks to Collider for the heads-up.
Earlier this week, Disney confirmed they are working on non-trilogy spin-off movies based on individual characters from Star Wars. They also confirmed two of the spin-offs were being worked on by recently hired writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes). They didn’t, however, comment on rumors that a Yoda spin-off was a high priority. Now Entertainment Weekly has an update.
Several sources tell EW that two of the spin-offs in early planning stages are an origin story of a young Han Solo and a “bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett.” EW also says it’s very early and “the deal could always be altered further.”
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope). [...] The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. [Ed.- THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SPOILER.] Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required. [EW]
This is very early in the planning and might go nowhere, so no directors or actors are rumored to be involved yet. In the past, Joe Johnston has expressed interest in doing a Boba Fett movie, while Robert Rodriguez wanted to do a Han Solo solo film. As for the rumored Yoda movie, EW writer Anthony Breznican tweeted, “There will be many spin-offs. I’m not negating the Yoda report at all.”
On a personal note: as much as I love Yoda, I’ll admit both Han Solo and Boba Fett would make for much more entertaining spin-off movies. Also, when they say “young Han Solo” they better not mean “snotty little Disney kid” young, or I am going to do some things involving a shovel.
[Thanks to /film and commenter JusttheBadassFarts for the assist.]
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Nerdy Bits: ‘Game of Thrones’ Pizza, Star Destroyer Cake, ‘Skyfall’ Honest Trailer, Mr. and Mrs. Sith Lightsaber Fight, and MOAR!
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 email@example.com
ABOVE: Game of Thrones house sigil pizzas. Toppings are coming… [ObviousWinner]
Assassins Creed Figures by McFarlane Toys. Series one will feature seven figures, including two versions of Connor and one Haytham Kenway. No word yet on vehicles or boxed sets, but the figures will come with codes to unlock in-game content: things like new weapons, clothing colors or other customization options. [ToplessRobot]
This is the Imperial Star Destroyer birthday cake made by Lorenzo Wood. It’s delicious goodness has me in it’s tractor beam. I’m being pulled in for NOMS. [Geekologie]
Mega Man inspired eye shadow. You can get a blue bomber make-up tutorial via Jangsara
Big Barda cosplayed by Evina Luna. A pair a boots, a loin cloth and paper helmet, the rest is painted flesh. Giggity! [FashionablyGeek]
A family AT-AT’s found in the wild yonder. [RedandJohnny]
Stargate SG-1 fans, behold: MGM plans to release the first episode of a tablet-based Stargate game in just a month. [GAS]
The Honest Trailer gang have a reputation for mocking Hollywood’s biggest movies – and now they’ve turned their loving mockery on Skyfall. [NerdApproved]
Mr. and Mrs. Sith lightsaber fight. It’s nice when couples enjoy foreplay without having to Force it. I wish my girlfriend would lick my blade like that. [GeekTyrant]
And now, T-Shirts You Gotta Buy…TODAY! (Before they’re gone.)
Don’t forget about our Nerd Bastards’ tees, available at RedBubble!
Finding the right purse can be challenging. It needs to be a certain size, match the right number of outfits, but above all – it needs to suit your personality. I think this Star Wars clutch is made for me and about every geeky lady I know. It’s an oversized clutch but still manageable at 8″ x 12″, it has a zipped pocket on the interior, and the print is perfect. This is going in the want a whole bunch category.
Check out a couple more pics after the break.
Product Page ($65 via Geekleetist)
Are you guys ready for yet another Star Wars rumor? AICN is saying — in their nearly-unreadable, every-other-word-capitalized way — that the first spin-off movie about a Star Wars character will be starring Yoda. Excellent news this is, if true. AICN also says Lucas has been considering a stand-alone film about Jabba the Hutt, but a Yoda film would come first.
In the past, Joe Johnston has expressed interest in doing a Boba Fett movie, while Robert Rodriguez wanted to do a Han Solo stand-alone film. And Zach Snyder recently denied rumors he was working on a Seven Samurai style Star Wars spin-off. We also heard recently that writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) would be involved in a future Star Wars project, but they aren’t writing episode VII.
In other words, Kathleen Kennedy and LucasFilm do seem to be planning multiple Star Wars projects, but a stand-alone movie about Yoda is still just a rumor. Slashfilm also brings up an obvious point that “merchandise is always going to be a part of any plans for the Lucas universe, and a Yoda film — complete with a collection of other cute but tough alien characters — could be a bonanza in that department.”
Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. Yoda the T-shirt, Yoda the coloring book, Yoda the lunch box, Yoda the breakfast cereal, Yoda the flame thrower. And last but not least, Yoda the doll. Adorable.
[Banner image: "A (very) long time ago" by Vincent Bocognani.]
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J.J. Abrams has always had an air of mystery with his projects, always keeping something intentionally held back for the good of the viewing audience. It’s made his ideas heavily sought after and one of his best kept secrets is the “Mystery Box.”
Back in 2007 the director, prior to his hiring for Star Wars Episode VII and before his work reinventing the Star Trek universe, was a guest speaker at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference, otherwise known as TED. Abrams gave a speech explaining his development for TV shows and movies, saying, “The intentional withholding of information is much more engaging,” and he used Star Wars as an example for this mystery box formula.
Want to hear the whole speech? Check out the full video after the jump.
If this doesn’t confirm Abrams as having some kind of Jedi powers, I don’t what will.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art. On with the dump!
J-Estacado must really love the work of famed pin-up artist Gil Elvgren, so much so that he made his own tribute piece to Gil with DC Comics Zatanna in place of Gil’s girls. He really nails it too, right down to the black negligee she has on in the tribute piece. Now that’s some real magic. [Nudity and Nerdery]
Hit the jump for the abominable snowman, puppies in costumes and moar.
One of the most popular shows of the last few years, Game of Thrones has been integrating into so many fan bases that it’s hard to keep count. Luckily, Miguel Lokia has saved the day with his series of “Houses” based on famous pop cultures characters, including Jack Sparrow and the House of House. They’re all great sounding houses, but you can’t beat House Lannister and the mighty Tyrion Lannister. [Geek-Art]
Bioware had a smash hit with Mass Effect 3, but they would shatter all records if they borrowed from Amales and released a bit of Mass Ferret DLC content. Just the promotional material alone would sell a couple hundred of those after which the sea of hate towards the ending will last for years. [Game Freaks]
Back when I was really young I was terrified of the abominable snowman in the Rudolph Christmas special, this piece by Chirstine Larsen cements my fear. Just seeing the look in that blood covered monsters eyes brings back so many bad memories. Show this to your kids if you’re looking to scare them into good behavior. [Comics Alliance]
This Hobbit/Sherlock crossover by Irise is just one of many that have been popping up since Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch were cast. With their connection to both we can be sure there’s going to be thousands more like this popping up in the next few years. [Deviant Art]
Bobba Fett is the galaxy’s best bounty hunter, especially when it comes to hunting down the ladies. Am I right? [Nerd Sexin's]
Doctor Who is back in full force and ready for 2013 in a big way, so why not have ElectroCereal do amazing pieces for the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors just for the hell of it? With each drawing featuring it’s own Doctor, villains and famous companions each drawing is a refresher course in the who’s who of Doctor Who. Good luck saying that three times fast. [Geek Tyrant]
Skin-tight suit, check; Fuzzy white fur, check; the Black Cat is ready for another night of high class theft and criminal activity. Dan Don Fuga is pretty damn good at drawing the ladies of the Marvel universe. We’ll definitely have Don back on here again soon. [Tech Sergant Jenn]
Spoiler alert! This drawing by maruco sums up the first half of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit pretty nicely, lots of food and not enough action. If it wasn’t for the hope that The Hobbit will surely make up for itself next year, I would loath this piece.[Lado Inverso]
He’s come for Sarah Connor — and a squeaky toy. Brian Rubenacker must really like Boston Terriers, he’s featured the dog breed in a small series of portraits based on pop culture icons like the T-800 and Clockwork Orange’s Alex. Dogs love this man, but cats…we won’t even go there. [XombieDIRGE]
Yesterday we brought up a rather questionable quote in an article published by Reuters referencing a possible plot piece in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The writer, Michael McDonald, didn’t seem to have much of a source when he dropped the proverbial thermite boring charge on nerds everywhere, casually announcing that the new movie would feature Luke Skywalker returning to Yavin 4 to start a new Jedi Temple. The Force.Net reached out to McDonald to ask WTF?
“This was a mistake. I misunderstood what fan clubs had told me and shown me in book plots and that story line has not been announced by Disney. Perhaps I should have written something along the lines of ‘Yavin 4 appears in several Star Wars book plots and while Guatemala fans said they hope film crews return to Tikal, the company has not announced plans for the new episode.’”
So it really was all just a misunderstanding after all, confusion between fan fantasy and the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Personally I am glad this news came out quick and we can quash this rumor before it spread to far. Now we can return to our regular wild Episode VII speculation and rumor spreading.
Source: The Force.Net
Looks like the world eater known as Disney may be setting it’s sights on another license — the BlueSkyDisney blog is reporting that the Star Wars comic book license will leave Dark Horse Comics at the end of it’s present deal and return to Marvel Comics, a Disney owned company.
BlueSkyDisney — which was called “rather reliable” in Bleeding Cool‘s report about the possible switch– went on to say that:
As for the past, Dark Horse President Mike Richardson spoke about the future of the Star Wars franchise at Dark Horse to CBR at the end of October when Disney bought Lucas Film:
“Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore,” said Richardson. ”‘Star Wars’ will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we’ll all have to see what it means for the future.”
Confident, but certainly not definitive.
On paper, Disney’s move makes sense in a post Lucas Film/Disney… world: now they can use their comic division (Marvel) to help promote the upcoming slate of Star Wars films. That likely means prequel comics that may be used to introduce new characters prior to their on-screen debuts, tie ins, and a cross promotional bonanza.
The question is: is that the most effective use of the Star Wars comic brand?
For 20 plus years, Dark Horse Comics has been the home of Star Wars branded comics. Presently Dark Horse holds about 5% of market share, but a larger share of the buzz in the industry thanks to Hellboy, Whedonverse comics (which Dark Horse aligned with the addition of the Angel license), a slew of acclaimed creator-owned books, and also the strength of their Star Wars books.
Why are those books so strong? Because there is a focus on quality and talent (John Ostrander, Brian Wood, etc) above all other things.
We’ve all read bad licensed comics. There are companies that seem like that’s all they churn out. Dark Horse is not one of those, and though it would have been easy to do so, they’ve done a great bit more than just slap a Star Wars logo on a piece of derivative space crap and hope that the pull of that shining logo keeps them fat.
Will that be the case at Marvel? Is there any way that that overall quality could possibly continue with a more corporatised focus on revenue maximization by way of cross-promotional marketing opportunities? Possibly, and maybe Marvel will rise to the occasion and flesh out, in a full and impactful way, the outer reaches of the Star Wars universe as Dark Horse has, but I don’t think that’s why they’re potentially looking to acquire it and that is a shame for those who love Star Wars comics.
Marvel’s history with the license likely has little to do with this prospective deal as well, but it is worth mentioning.
Before Dark Horse acquired the license back in 1990, Marvel had held it — literally sitting on it for four years without releasing a book. For nine years though, from 1977 to 1986, Marvel was the place for Star Wars comics and they benefited greatly from it.
Keith Veronese wrote a great article on this for IO9, and I urge you to check it out, but here are some of the main beats:
Marvel was in a state of disarray in the late 70s before the Star Wars license fell into their laps for free, thanks to the efforts of former editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, who proposed the comic to Marvel after Stan Lee had rejected it.
Remember, this is before New Hope’s release, so no one really knew what Star Wars was back then. Obviously that quickly changed and the book — initially an adaptation of New Hope before they expanded to the un-touched universe in later arcs — became a massive hit for Marvel, outselling The Amazing Spider-Man and other stalwarts.
“Star Wars was a tremendous hit and kept the company alive during a very tough time. That book kept the company going.” said former editor Jim Shooter to IO9.
That company, Marvel, is now going strong of course and not in the market for a savior. They just want a new toy — a toy that they hopefully don’t break.
Sources: IO9, BlueSkyDisney, Bleeding Cool, Diamond Comics
Earlier this week, the Director’s Guild of America hosted a sold out screening of The Avengers, which also featured a Q&A with none other than the film’s writer and director Joss Whedon. Naturally, nothing even remotely newsworthy came out of the discussion.
While being grilled by Jeff Goldsmith of Backstory Magazine, Whedon let slip some subtle info about the team’s next challenge in The Avengers 2, and how The Wasp almost made the cut. As for the former, Whedon’s references about the future of the franchise began with a discussion of its past. Whedon says that he originally had more than one villain in mind for the film saying that he felt that the team needed more than Loki to justify their teaming up.
“But it took me a long time to accept that because I was like, ‘they need someone to hit,’” Whedon said. When pressed to say who that villain would be, Whedon said, “I’m not gonna tell you that because that person might crop up another time.”
As for his attempts to get in another one of the founding members of The Avengers into the script, it seemed that the director’s attempts to recruit The Wasp might have cost the film Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow. “[I wrote a] very Wasp-y draft,” said Whedon but, “it was way too Wasp-y. Cause I was like, ‘She’s adorable!’ I’m just gonna write her!’”
Another piece of interesting quotable that came out of the Q&A was Whedon’s response to which Star Wars is better: A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back? “I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars,” said Whedon. “Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite. That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”
And on the subject of franchising films, let’s just say that the filmmaker isn’t a fan of using one movie to tee up a series. “I rail against those movies,” he said. “Let’s just take a moment of honesty here and say Jumper.”
The Q&A will likely make a future podcast episode of The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith. Watch your iTunes queue for it.
For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved. Basically, stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.
We hope you’ll find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.
As nerds, we like to put a twist on almost everything. Which is why, sure, a frying pan is something every kitchen shouldn’t be without, but frying pans are boring. You need a set of pots and pans with sword hilts! Combat Kitchenware is a Kickstarter campaign and they’re goal has already been surpassed. You can still get a variety of pan sizes through donating either $27 for a handle kit to craft your own up to a $275 donation which would get you a customized handle on your pan.
Mornings are hard. That’s why there’s tea, or coffee, or Irish coffee, or maybe you forget the coffee and just drink the whiskey straight. I’m not judging. But I do suggest your check our these funny, geeky, and sometimes wrong mug cozies from KnotworkShop on Etsy. Besides the awesome Jaws quote above, there are Doctor Who cozies, including a pair labeled “Doctor” and “Companion,” words and phrases like “”, “don’t panic”, “I’m a fucking professional!”, and “I am blogging this.” Basically, I dare you to look through the collection and tell me you can’t find a mug cozie you or someone you know would love to have for a mere $13-$25.
Never be accidentally walked in upon again! With this Star Trek-inspired door chime you’ll be alerted whenever anyone crosses the threshold into your room or office. Can be set with either the door opening sound effect or the Red Alert alarm. Also, now on sale at Think Geek for only $19.99!
I just love all of Funko’s Pop! vinyl figures. I have a Joker figure on my coffee table right now. The line only keeps growing with The Walking Dead‘s Daryl joining in January. Available now on Entertainment Earth are characters from Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, DC and Marvel superheroes, Disney characters, and many more. All for only $9.99!
No matter how often DC likes to change her outfit or alter her origin, Harley Quinn is still my girl. But that doesn’t mean I’d buy a statue of her wearing anything besides her original, sexy, classy, and let’s be honest, practical for her line of work, leotard. This latest Bishoujo Statue, available at Entertainment Earth for $54.99, is too cute to pass up.
And speaking of cute, you couldn’t go wrong with these apron pinafores from DarlingAmy‘s Etsy shop. Perfect for either the kitchen or convention floor she’s got a designs from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, Adventure Time, and more. Ranging from about $65 t0 $100 these sadly won’t be available in time for Christmas, but knowing this is what you’re waiting for, I think it’s okay.
The only thing I want more than this Portal customizable Aperture Labs handheld portal device is an actual working Aperture Labs handheld portal device. This non-working model is available at Entertainment Earth for $99.99, but I’m sure with some tweaking you might be able to get the thing shooting portals. Maybe. For Science!
I bought myself this set during a Black Friday sale, but still, if you don’t yet own a full set of The Lords of the Rings trilogy this is the best bang for your buck. It’s got everything: the extended edition of all three films plus all of the special features and appendices ever released. It’s 15 discs for only $55.99 on Amazon.
Also available on Amazon is this new box set of the first six volumes of the Sailor Moon manga. Newly translated and restored, the manga is a true classic and surprisingly different from the anime series. With a new anime releasing next year it’s the perfect time to check out the manga that started it all. Only $40.86!
And lastly, a lightsaber. Who hasn’t always wanted one? Nobody, that’s who. You offer someone a lightsaber and you will have their eternal gratitude. Think Geek has these authentic replicas licensed from Lucasfilm for $119.99. But if you’re looking for something with a more personal touch there’s a variety of custom shops including Ultra Sabers and Saber Forge.
Nerdy Bits: Chuck Taylors Crocheted w/Geeky Designs, Soaps of Westeros, Real Life Mario Kart Injury, Hobbiton Weather Report, and MOAR!
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Above: Yup, Summer Glau laying one on the Serenity. You’re welcome. [Geeks Are Sexy]
We feature a lot of fab cosplayers, and definitely plenty of Harley Quinn’s and Poison Ivy’s, but these creations by Ryoko-demon and Rei, here photographed by Kifir, are my new favorites. The designs are so imaginative and impeccably made! [Fashionably Geek]
These crocheted Converse Chuck Taylors by Pretty Sneaky will be must for your holiday wish list. They feature designs from Stars Wars, classic NES games, Doctor Who, and more. Check out their Etsy store. [Fashionably Geek]
First, what a hilarious and precious kid costume. Second, what are the chances this kid even knows who Hannibal Lector is? [Geek Tyrant]
Oh my GLOB! We’ve seen these Funko Pop figures before, but never with so much attitude. Just check out those lumps! [The Mary Sue]
Clean yourself like one of the great houses of Westeros with these house sigil soaps from Geek Soap. Available in in Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, and Targaryen. [Nerd Approved]
A school in Australia held its annual billy cart derby and, of course, one of the entries dressed as Mario. It all ended roughly how a live action Mario Kart race would, with broken bones. [Kotaku]
And now from down under – though this time New Zealand – the weather, presented in Elvish and including a weather update for Hobbiton. These people are really rallying behind this franchise, and I love it. [Geekologie]
YouTuber Erin Stevenson took the audio of The Hobbit trailer, added the visuals of Adventure Time, and what we get is this rad re-imagining of Bilbo’s adventures through Finn the Human. Honestly, I’m a little surprised we haven’t seen anything like this from Adventure Time, officially.[The Mary Sue]
Man, things are moving so fast with the new Star Wars films from Disney. In this video, George Lucas teases a few of their upcoming features you won’t want to miss. [Laughing Squid]
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The Empire has found some new recruits in these rolly poly snowmen. Remold their heads a bit, hand them some blasters and you’ve got the perfect army to track down the rebels on Hoth.
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The nerd world is buzzing with rumors and possibilities of what could be with Star Wars Episode VII. Many of the talk surrounds the original cast. Carrie Fisher has been hounded by press and geeks alike with the question will she reprise her role as the infamous Princess Leia? After a recent appearance on the show The Talk (don’t worry we don’t know what it is either) we may be closer to a real answer, sort of.
When asked if she would return her response was the hilarious self deprecating alcoholic humor we’ve come to expect.
She has never been gone. As far I know, she has been with me forever!
The story she’s set for her character?
I like to think of it as ‘old Leia’, like, sway-backed old Leia the horse. I like the idea of being Mrs Solo, and we’ve just fought and fought and…I killed him, but I’m sorry. I’m sorry – that’s right, I feel badly and I probably had an affair with some general.
So maybe it’s not a real answer, but it’s better than what we’ve had so far. We would be elated to see any of the original cast return, just keep her away from the gold bikini…and the booze.
In other Star Wars news!
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly the head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy stated the company would like to produce ‘..Two or three films a year.”. Before we get all excited/nervous/angry remember that includes possible Indiana Jones flicks, original content, or if we’re lucky a sweet ass sweet Clone Wars, Pixar mashup. Whatever they decide there is nothing we can do to sway their decisions, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride. Splash Mountain to be specific.
Sources: ComicBookMovie, Kotaku
It’s never too early to teach your children the way of the Force if you’re a Star Wars fan. You can start by dressing them in Jedi approved apparel – like these clever t-shirts! The Star Kids line is available in sizes that match the titles. The Newborn Hope comes in a onesie for babies, The Infant Strikes Back is made to fit infants, etc. The whole set makes a great gift for expecting parents!
Check out the sequels after the break.
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Emily is a lucky girl. Her boyfriend Joe is a tattoo artist, and he decided that a regular ring just wouldn’t do when it came time to propose. So he turned to Custom Made and Paul of Paul Michael Design to create a one-of-a-kind ring that no geek girl could resist. Needless to say, they succeeded with this awesome R2-D2 ring.
Check out a few more shots after the break, along with a video of the proposal on Halloween.
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