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.”

Robbie Amell Cast as Firestorm in CW’s Flash Series

Robbie Amell, cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell, has been cast as Firestorm in the upcoming Flash TV series. Robbie Amell is, of course, available because the CW chose to cancel the remake of The Tomorrow People which he’d been starring in. I have no idea which version of “The Nuclear Man” Firestorm’s origin the show will be using, but I don’t doubt that I’ll be confused by it.

I’ve never really *gotten* Firestorm.

With Brandon Routh already cast as The Atom and Devin Aoki cast as Katana (did we mention that?), it looks like the CW is building its own veritable Justice League… International?

In any case, the CW’s DC Arrowverse seems to be a lot more interesting that DC’s Movieverse going forward.

Via Variety

Get Nostalgic For 50 Years of the Non-Existent American Doctor Who

So a while back there was a list going around of American actors who would have made great Doctors… on Doctor Who. Let’s be clear, we’re talking about “The Doctor” not “A Doctor.” They might have made great normal Doctors too, but that’s doesn’t really correlate with acting ability.

Everyone forgets Jonathan LaPaglia used to be an Emergency Room Doctor…

Anyway, that’s really beside the point. A gentleman named Sam Vestey saw that list of “American Doctors” and decided to edit together a montage from various repurposed onscreen appearances of the actors into a work of genius. You see, he’s created a nostalgia inducing, heart string pulling video that draws from memories of an American Doctor Who that never actually existed.

How cool is that?

Via io9

Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem” Gets New Trailer and US Release Date, Looks Amazing

The Zero Theorem is quickly looking to be Terry Gilliam’s best looking film since Brazil and possibly the most engaging since 12 Monkeys. It premiered almost a year ago at the Venice International Film Festival, but fans of Gilliam have had to wait patiently to see it so far.

Until now.

Because we have a release date.

The Zero Theorem gets released in the US for Digital and VOD on August 19th and theatrically on September 19th. A new trailer is out as well, and it’s just so stunning that I am at a loss for words.

Via Slashfilm

Moffat Ponders History of the Doctor’s Species in Canon, Fans Freak Out

We have mixed feelings about Steven Moffat around here at Nerd & Tie. I’m probably his biggest fan out of the three of us, and I think he can be an arrogant, sexist toolbag whose storylines too often focus exclusively on the nature of the Doctor and nothing else a lot of the time. He’s written good episodes, he’s done bad ones – but hey, we’re Who fans.

We endure.

Anyway, Moffat seems to delight in causing occasional chaos amongst the fans, and his recent behavior is no different. In an issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat asked a simple question: When exactly was the Doctor first explicitly stated to be not-human in canon?

And the fandom flipped out. Continue reading Moffat Ponders History of the Doctor’s Species in Canon, Fans Freak Out

New Guardians of the Galaxy Extended Trailer? Yes Please.

Guardians of the Galaxy? Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians of the Galaxy! The Galaxy, Guardians of. Galaxy galaxy galaxy, guardians guardians guardians. Guardians of the Galaxy of the Galaxy of the Galaxy.

Extended Trailer? Extended Trailer. Chris Pratt? Chris Pratt. Vin Diesel? Vin Diesel. Green Uhura? Green Uhura. Bald Amy Pond? Bald Amy Pond.

Hangover Raccoon.

Cassette Tape.

August 1st.

Brandon Routh to be Arrow’s Atom

It’s no secret that we here at Nerd & Tie are very appreciative of Brandon Routh’s performance in “Superman Returns” in the wake of “Man of Steel.” We’re fond of saying that Routh’s still relevant, and we honestly mean it.

Well, it looks like Brandon Routh is going to get another turn as a DC superhero – this time on the small screen. TV Line reports that Routh has been cast as superhero “The Atom” in the next season of the CW’s Arrow.

For those unaware, the Atom’s powers primarily are that he can manipulate his size and the size of other objects. The Atom is not a character who has gotten a lot of live-action appearances, so the very fact that he is showing up in this next season of Arrow is kind of neat.

And it’s Brandon Routh.

So it’s exciting.

I’m excited at least.

Five Doctor Who Series 8 Scripts Leaked, BBC Asks Fans Not To Spread Spoilers

Five unfinished scripts for the eighth series of Doctor Who have been leaked online after they were sent to the BBC Latin America offices in Miami for translation.

This has been judged by BBC Worldwide as “a bad thing.”

In a statement, the BBC said:

We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches. We know only too well that Doctor Who fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty.

So pretty much they’re asking that fans not share the scripts, mostly so that those not wanting the episodes spoiled don’t accidentally run across unwanted details.

Sounds reasonable to me.

Via Radio Times

Producers of CW’s “Arrow” To Write Green Arrow Comics

We may now be entering a world where Nick is tempted to purchase a DC comic, as the newly announced creative team for the Green Arrow comic is none other than Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski. Kreisberg and Sokolowski are most notably producers on The CW’s hit series Arrow. They’ll be taking over from current creative team Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino effective in October with issue #35 of the book.

For those worried Comic Book Ollie will start immediately becoming TV Ollie, fret not. While talking with Hero Complex, Kreisberg said:

I think the version Ben and I are going for now is an amalgamation of the TV version and his comic book persona. As our TV partner, Greg Berlanti, puts it, at his core, Oliver is an optimist. He believes in people. On the TV show, that optimism is buried under years of torture and suffering, but it’s still there. In the comics, he’s been a bit more fun, a bit faster with a quip, so we are trying to add some of that zest for life.

So yeah. This is a bit exciting.

Via Comics Alliance, Hero Complex

Episode 25 – Revivals Both Wanted And Not

In this barely assembled edition of the podcast, we talk about Pacific Rim 2, Heroes of Cosplay’s awfulness, Harmony Gold’s ridiculous Robotech Academy Kickstarter, Community getting a sixth season and the new Sailor Moon series “Sailor Moon Crystal.”

And, y’know, we read your letters.

That may not seem like much, but trust me, it is.

Also, please remember that next fortnight we’re actually doing a “best of” episode instead of a regular one. If there are any parts of this first year of Nerd & Tie you’d like to see featured, tell us (including the episode title and the timecode of the bit you liked) in our contact form!

Five Weird Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Founding Fathers

So today is the Fourth of July. Independence Day. America’s Birthday. Or, as they call it in Canada, “Friday.”

Some of you might not know that I actually have a degree in Political Science, and have studied the history of the United States and its founding at length. I figured that in celebration of this starspangled orgasm of freedom that is today, I would share some of this knowledge with you. The founding fathers were complex men, and by going into the details of their lives we can better understand their state of mind when they founded this great nation.

So with that, let’s take a look at some lesser known facts about the founding fathers. Continue reading Five Weird Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Founding Fathers