Actor Bill Paxton Has Passed Away

Earlier today it was confirmed that Actor Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. Paxton leaves behind a wife and two children.

Paxton was a prolific actor, appearing in films like Aliens, Terminator, and Twister — as well as television roles like his recurring character on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. He was also only one of two actors (the other being Lance Henriksen) to die onscreen at the hands of a Predator, Terminator and Xenomorph. He has been a staple of genre films for quite some time, and he will be missed.

Paxton was 61 years old.

Via People

Chris McKay in Negotiations to Helm ‘Nightwing’ Movie For Warner Bros

The conventional wisdom at Warner Bros seems to be that the easiest way to print money is to make a superhero movie that in some way involves Batman. With that in mind, it is no surprised that they are currently putting together a film based on original-Robin Dick Grayson, better known for the last few decades as Nightwing.

The film is being written by Bill Dubuque, and Warner Bros is currently pursuing director Chris McKay to take the film’s helm. McKay is, of course, no stranger to Dick Grayson or the world surrounding the Dark Knight as he recently directed The Lego Batman Movie (which is in theaters now). Tapping the director of one of the most critically acclaimed Batman movies seems like a no brainer, even if was a comedic take on the character.

Honestly, I have high hopes for this, though it’s so early in development all of this may disappear into the ether at any moment.


Matt Reeves Officially Taking Over as Director of ‘The Batman’

So we’re a little behind on posting news this week (mostly because I was without electricity for most of Thursday), but the biggest piece of news to come out was that Warner Bros has announced a new director for their forthcoming Batman solo film The Batman. Starring Ben Affleck, who stepped down from the director’s chair himself almost a month ago, the film will be now be directed by Matt Reeves.

Reeves is best known to audiences for directing Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. Ever since Affleck stepped down there were rumors that Reeves would take the reigns, and while negotiations were allegedly pretty strained, they seem to have worked everything out.

No word on whether or not they’ll be still using the script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns, but Reeves is a solid director and we’re pretty optimistic about the film still.

‘iZombie’ Season 3 Finally Has a Premiere Date

The CW’s iZombie, adapted from the comic of the same name, has had two very solid seasons so far, and fans have been patiently waiting for the third season to arrive. Originally it was assumed the show would be back in January, but the network decided to delay the season until some vaguely defined time in the spring.

Well, thanks to a photo posted to the official Facebook page, we now have some clarity on that — iZombie will be back April 4th.

The show will be taking over the Tuesday 9/8c timeslot from Legends of Tomorrow (which will have just finished its season), which is the same weeknight the show has aired on for the last two seasons. It’s a pretty phenomenal show, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can currently catch up on Netflix.

And you should.

The New Season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Will Be Here April 14th

The long wait for the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to television finally has an end in sight. Last night, in an email to Kickstarter backers, MST3K creator Joel Hodgson announced that the show would officially hit streaming service Netflix on April 14th. This falls in line with what we’ve previously heard, and while we wish it was coming sooner this means there is now a light at the end of the tunnel.

The revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 broke crowdfunding records back in 2015, and will mark the show’s first new episodes since 1999. The revived show will feature an all new cast, including Jonah Ray, Baran Vaughn, Hampton Yount, Felicia Day, and Patton Oswalt.

We’re pretty psyched up about the series return here at Nerd & Tie. I remember the first time I turned on an episode when I was a kid in the early nineties, and was completely hooked. And while it’ll be hard not to judge this new season against the old ones, hopefully it will stand proudly on its own.

Netflix’s ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Will Run At Least Through Season 6

One of the most surprising hits of the last year is the Dreamworks animatated reboot of Voltron on Netflix. And while Voltron: Legendary Defender season two came out just a month ago, thanks to information that came out of Toy Fair, we now know season three will arrive this fall.

Den of Geek has the news, and not only are we going to get a third season as early as September, but it turns out that Voltron: Legendary Defender has a whopping seventy-eight episode commitment from Netflix. This means we should be getting episodes at least through a sixth season.

Honestly, this is pretty exciting news. Voltron: Legendary Defender has been a fresh take on what a Voltron series could be. While there have been other attempts to create sequels and reboots to the series before, this is the one that got it completely right and has greatly expanded what a Voltron show can be.

And I’m glad we’ll get to keep enjoying it.

Via Den of Geek

The ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 ‘Promo’ is Trolling Us

We’re all fans of Rick and Morty here at Nerd & Tie, and waiting for Season three. No one should be surprised to learn that we jumped at the idea of a new promotional video for the long awaited series continuation. Strangers the creators may be, it’s easy to feel like we know them pretty well, and the new video claimed it was the opening scene. To say you should be skeptical about its contents is an understatement.

Love that they did this honestly.

You may honestly have to wait a while for the Adult Swim series to resume. Know what though? The wait should be worth it. Rules of television usually say that you shouldn’t have to wait more than a year between seasons, but while it’s been sixteen months it appears that season three is only just now starting production.

And I admit that it’s a little long.

So we still wait, and enjoy this little joke. Do I wish it was happening sooner? I do, though I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great.

Lynda Carter Will Return to ‘Supergirl’ in a Kevin Smith Directed Episode

Lynda Carter, best known for starring the classic Wonder Woman television series, appeared earlier this season of Supergirl as the mysterious President Olivia Marsdin. The character’s brief appearance teased a larger backstory that could lead to some serious repercussions, and we’ve all been waiting to know when she’d return.

Well, the good news is that we shouldn’t have to wait too long, because (as Screen Crush reports) Lynda Carter will be back later this season for sure. We know this thanks to an Instagram post by Kevin Smith.

This post is also why we know that her appearance will be in an episode directed by Smith as well, for obvious reasons. We’re not sure when the episode will air, but there’s obviously only so many episodes left in Season 2 at this point.

Supergirl airs Monday nights on The CW.

Via Screen Crush

The New Trailer for ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Looks Good

A new trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hit earlier today, and it sure is a trailer. I mean, I don’t know how much there is to say about a movie based on one of the oldest legends out there, because we all pretty much know the plot. What’s going to make the difference is execution of that story, and with Guy Ritchie directing we know it’s at least going to look good.

Beyond that? It’s a trailer. And trailers look like trailers. But hey, it still seems pretty cool.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword comes out May 12, 2017.

The First Promo for Stephen King and J.J. Abrams’s Hulu Original Series ‘Castle Rock’ Tells Us Nothing

Okay, I’ll admit it — the headline is a little misleading. The promo does tell us something, just not much about the actual show. Castle Rock, named after the fictional Maine town where many of Stephen King’s stories take place, is (according to Deadline) a limited anthology series put together by King and J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions.

The road to the promo is right in line with J.J. Abrams’s obsession with “Mystery Boxes,” where they tweeted out a “mysterious” image on Friday which included a URL to the video:

The promo just shows a list of stories, places, and characters all associated with the fictional town, and while it’s tantalizing it’s also kind of irrelevant as these are all things that probably won’t be anywhere near the show. At the very least this does establish the show’s tone.

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