Our First Live Action Ghost in the Shell Teaser is here I guess…

So we here at Nerd & Tie haven’t exactly been excited for the American Produced Ghost in the Shell movie.  But we finally got our first five teasers. So here they are…

So yeah, some scenes out of context… and an uncomfortable reminder of just how white-washed this film is.  I’m not sure what I make of this. Like is this supposed to generate buzz? What was the point of #4 anyway.

Anyway, the American Live Action Ghost in the Shell is coming in 2017, whether we want it or not.

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Passengers’ Trailer is Here

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence may be two of the biggest names in Hollywood right now, so when Passengers (a science fiction film starring the pair) was announced, we were pretty excited. Now we’ve gotten the first trailer for the film… and we’re more excited? Actually, we’re the same level of excited as before — but it was kind of a high level to start with.

There’s a cap on this sort of thing.

The film is about a pair of people who had boarded a long term space flight to a new world, where they were supposed to spend the journey in stasis. The two are woken up early for unknown reasons though, and are faced with spending the remaining ninety years alone with each other.

Oh, and then some other stuff goes wrong too.

It looks really interesting, and it’s nice to see something that’s both serious science fiction and a strong character piece. Hopefully it lives up to expectations (and survives getting released around the same time as a Star Wars film).

Passengers comes out December 21st.

Tatiana Maslany Finally Wins an Emmy

We can never stop raving about Tatiana Maslany’s powerhouse performance on BBC America’s Orphan Black, where she doesn’t just play one character, but almost a dozen. Often Maslany is sharing scenes with multiple versions of herself, but she so perfectly creates people so different from each other, it’s actually difficult to remember that they’re all still her.

But for the fist couple of years of the show, she was seemingly ignored by the Emmys. Maybe that has to do more with the show being on a cable network many still don’t receive than anything intentional, but it still seemed odd not to hear her name during nominations those first couple of seasons. Then, last year, she was finally nominated — but lost out to Viola Davis (who, admittedly, is an amazing performer). This year Maslany was nominated again though…

…and last night she won.

It’s a long time coming, and well deserved. I’ve embedded her acceptance speech below (though it’s not from any official account so it may get pulled), and frankly she looks pretty surprised that she finally won too.

Orphan Black returns for its final season next year.

C. Martin Croker, the voice of Zorak on ‘Space Ghost: Coast to Coast,’ Has Passed Away

C. Martin Croker, best known to audiences as the voices of Zorak and Moltar on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and Steve and Dr. Weird on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, has passed away. Croker, who also worked as an animator, was just 54 years old.

Space Ghost: Coast to Coast really was the kernel that launched what eventually became Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. and Croker’s involvement was no small part of it. The version of Zorak that appeared on the show was, without a doubt, the best part of the program.

He was a talented man, and he will be missed.

Dichen Lachman to Play Roulette on ‘Supergirl’

Dichen Lachman is no stranger to genre shows, as she’s best known to audiences for her performances on Agents of SHIELD, The 100, Being Human, Torchwood, The Last Ship, and (of course) Dollhouse. And now it looks like she’ll be adding another one under her belt, as she’ll now be making an appearance on Supergirl this upcoming season.

Lachman will play Roulette, a villain who is usually an antagonist for the Justice Society of America. In this incarnation, Roulette will be running an underground alien fight club, and she really wants to get into the ring with the last daughter of Krypton.

No word on when Lachman’s episode will air, but considering we’re only hearing about her involvement now, one can assume it will show up later in the upcoming season.

Supergirl‘s second season begins this October on the CW, airing on Monday nights.

Via Comicbook.com

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Until May 2017

One of the things we’ve been really looking forward to here at Nerd & Tie is the upcoming Trek series Star Trek: Discovery. I mean, the amazing Bryan Fuller is the showrunner, the legendary Nicholas Meyer is on the writing staff, and the ship design comes straight out of the history of the franchise. And I mean sure, we were all going to have to sign up for CBS All Access to watch it (and then quickly cancel the service once we’re done), but that seems like a small price to pay for what will likely be an amazing show. What could go wrong?

Well, the show could get delayed — that’s what.

Deadline is reporting that CBS All Access has pushed the shows premiere to May 2017, from it’s original January 2017 release date. Apparently this was done at the request of Fuller and the show’s creative staff, and not the network. While the show has been making its production schedule, Fuller wants the additional time for filming and post production.

While it does mean we all have to wait longer for the program, it actually might be a good sign. It means Fuller’s plan is not only ambitious, but he knows how ambitious it is. I’m no fan of waiting longer, but I’d rather do that if I get to see something truly amazing.

Y’know, not that I’m getting my hopes up or anything.

Via Deadline

The New ‘Westworld’ Trailer is Ten Kinds of Messed Up

While it’s far from the first trailer we’ve seen for HBO’s upcoming Westworld television adaptation, this one’s probably the darkest. I don’t want to give too much away, but I should warn you some of the imagery is kind of disturbing.

Am I a bad person for being more excited about the series because of it though?

Probably.

Westworld premieres on HBO on October 2nd.

Fox Orders ‘Black Lightning’ Pilot

Black Lightning may not be the most well known superhero in DC’s lineup, but he may be headed to your television screen none the less. The Wrap is reporting that Fox has ordered a pilot for a show based on the comic book character.

Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil are executive producing, alongside veteran of DC television Greg Berlanti. While a lot of coverage has touted Berlanti’s involvement, the producer behind Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl has made it clear that this is the Akils’ rodeo. Berlanti told IndieWire he was brought on board because Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil haven’t done a superhero show before.

Of course, with Berlanti being involved and the show being on Fox, the geekier realms have already been asking if the show would take place in either in Berlanti’s Arrowverse or the continuity of Fox’s other DC show Gotham… but who cares? As long as the show is solid, it really doesn’t matter.

Of course, this is just a pilot order, so it may never see the light of day… but we can hope.

Via The Wrap, IndieWire

‘Shin Godzilla’ Gets a US Trailer

Back in July we found out Toho’s latest Godzilla film, Shin Godzilla, would get a limited run in American theaters thanks to Funimation. Well, we now have a trailer for that release… and it sure is a trailer.

Don’t expect to see anything new, or to hear any dialogue (as the release will have subtitles that probably aren’t perfected yet), but here it is… all trailer like.

Shin Godzilla will appear in American theaters from October 11-18.

Joe Manganiello Will Play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s Batman Film

Current movie Batman Ben Affleck recently tweeted out a short video revealing what is easily assumed to be the DCEU version of Deathstroke. While we don’t know if this is a shot from the forthcoming Justice League film or a costume test for the currently untitled Batman solo film Affleck will direct, it was clear the Deathstroke is coming to the big screen.

And now we know who will play him.

According to The Wall Street Journal, DC Creative Officer Geoff Johns has confirmed that Joe Manganiello will be suiting up as Slade Wilson in Affleck’s Batman film.

Johns wouldn’t confirm whether or not Deathstroke would show up in Justice League, but even if he does — it would just be a cameo. We wouldn’t get a chance to really spend time with the character until the Batman film anyway.

Via The Wall Street Journal