All posts by Trae Dorn

Trae is the tallest of the hosts, and he is certain it’s because he is the oldest. This is (at the very least) why he is the baldest. Trae co-founded Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con and refuses to apologize for it. Which he probably should. Trae also writes the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell he has time to actually do anything anymore. He says he has time because he “does it all quite poorly.”

Episode 111 – Just Three Turkeys

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we start by discussing how Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Rurouni Kenshin, has been charged with possession of child pornography. After we all feel gross for a few minutes, we move on to the details surrounding the Lord of the Rings television series in the works at Amazon, Rian Johnson tackling his own Star Wars trilogy, and convention chain Wizard World’s financial woes.

Oh, and we all went to Daisho Con, and it was awesome.

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The New Trailer For ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Looks Stunning

The new trailer for A Wrinkle in Time has dropped. With a solid cast, and some brilliant visuals, it looks pretty danged amazing.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is probably one of the stranger books from some of our childhoods. Disney’s film adaptation has been in the works since 2010, but didn’t really kick into gear until 2014 when Frozen‘s Jennifer Lee was brought onboard. It’s certainly a unique story with some unique and pretty demanding visuals, so it will be interesting to see if the adaptation holds up to the original.

A Wrinkle in Time will find its way to theaters March 9, 2018.

The Incredibles 2 Has Given Us the Briefest of Teaser Trailers

Many of us have been excited at the idea of a sequel to The Incredibles for quite some time, and with a scheduled release for next summer. Now we finally have a teaser trailer for the film too.

It’s only about a minute long (not even), and it shows us almost nothing. That said, we’re so hungry for this movie even the slightest trickle has us going crazy. I mean, it’s just a movie… right? Right. I’m going to calm down now.

The Incredibles 2 comes out June 15, 2018.

The First Trailer For ‘Rampage’ Sure Is a Thing That Exists

We haven’t really talked about the Rampage movie since it was first announced back in the summer of 2015, but the first trailer dropped a few days ago for the film. Starring Dwayne Johnson, and based off the classic video game… you can pretty much figure out what this movie is going to be.

The movie looks sadly like they’re taking the premise seriously, which is too bad — as the joy of Rampage was just how ridiculous the game was. I mean it was a game where you play a giant monster wrecking buildings. It seems a waste to just turn it into another straight action film. At least Johnson is a charming enough actor to make it watchable.

Rampage comes out April 20, 2018.

The New Deadpool 2 Teaser Is Mostly A Bob Ross Spoof

We took a few days off (since we all went to Daisho Con this last weekend) so we missed a few things last week. One of the big ones was the new teaser for Deadpool 2. There’s a montage of new footage and images in it, but it’s embedded in the middle of a rather on-point Bob Ross spoof.

Personally I think it’s pretty funny, and probably the most Deadpool-like way to promote the movie. The first film had some pretty creative marketing too – though that time around it was because the movie mostly had the freedom to do whatever it wanted (as it was a low priority for Fox). As Deadpool was a remarkably successful film though, his time around they know that stuff worked… so we should expect to see a lot more.

Even the Youtube description for this video isn’t exactly taking this seriously:

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Deadpool 2 comes out June 1, 2018.

Wizard World May Not Be Able to Continue After 2018 Without Major Changes

Convention chain Wizard World has had a rocky few years, and things certainly haven’t gotten better. The latest “bad news” comes in their 2017 third quarter report, where the company has warned that there is “substantial doubt” that they can continue with their current model after November of 2018.

As reported by Newsarama, Wizard World, Inc stated:

The Company had a loss from operations of $4,454,857 and $1,182,246 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and the year ended December 31, 2016, respectively. As of September 30, 2017, we had cash and working capital deficit (excluding the derivative liability) of $1,176,034 and $1,514,182, respectively. […] We have evaluated the significance of these conditions in relation to our ability to meet our obligations and have concluded that, due to these conditions, there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern through November 2018.

Over the last few years the company has seen some major losses, and the company has drastically shrunk the number of cons they run (from 25 in 2015 to a planned 17 in 2018). But that rapid expansion had a cost, over saturating the market. I mean, they almost ran a con on a boat at one point.

One of the only reasons the convention has survived this long is because Chairman Paul Kesller infused $2.475 million in a deal with his financial firm Bristol. The company says they may be looking for similar, external measures to keep going, but without some internal changes (to bring in more profit), it’s like bailing water without plugging the leak.

Via Newsarama

A (Thankfully Animated) Super Mario Bros Film Is in Development

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo is working to bring Mario and Luigi back to the big screen. Unlike the 1993 film, which is best described as “a thing that happened one time,” this new movie will be an animated one.

The video game company has made a deal with Universal’s Illumination Entertainment (best known for the Despicable Me films) to make the movie, after completing negotiations that have been apparently been going on for years. The film is still just “in development,” which of course means things could fall apart at any moment. Even if this does go perfectly, animated movies like this take years to make it to screen.

But hey — there’s a good chance it will eventually happen, and that’s pretty exciting.

Via The Wall Street Journal

Amazon Greenlights ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series For Multiseason Order

Last week we reported that Amazon was in talks with Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate to produce a Lord of the Rings television series for their Prime streaming service. Well, it’s now moved beyond talks, as it’s now being reported that Amazon has made a multiseason order for the show.

Interestingly enough, the series will not rehash the events of anything covered in the Peter Jackson films. Instead the show will focus on stories that occurred prior to The Lord of the Rings. We don’t really know specifically what that means though, whether these will be events between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings or if we’re tackling something bigger like The Silmarillion.

No word yet on the creative team, let alone actors or a release date, but we also know the deal includes the options for spinoff series as well.

Via EW

Gal Gadot Will Only Star in Wonder Woman 2 if Warner Bros Cuts Out Brett Ratner

A number of women have come forward and accused director Brett Ratner of Sexual Harassment and Assault. He’s just one of many prominent figures in Hollywood whose misconduct has come to light in recent months, and Warner Bros will apparently not renew their deal with Ratner and his RatPac-Dune Entertainment company after 2018.

Understandably, this isn’t soon enough for some people.

According to Page Six, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is refusing to sign on to Wonder Woman 2 or any other future DCEU films unless Ratner is out immediately. RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped produce Wonder Woman, and Gadot doesn’t want Ratner profiting off of any film she’s in going forward.

And honestly? I don’t blame her.

Via Page Six

The Final Trailer for ‘The Shape of Water’ Is All About the Cold War

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is, in many ways, a romance between mute woman and a fish monster. But lest we forget, it’s also set in the 1950s, during the Cold War. The final trailer for the film focuses on that aspect.

Honestly, I’m pretty excited for this movie. It’s a unique looking story, and The Shape of Water looks visually stunning. I mean, it’s directed by Guillermo del Toro. Visually stunning was kind of assumed.

The Shape of Water comes out on December 8th.