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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.”

Jury Rules Salt Lake Comic Con Violated San Diego Comic-Con’s Trademark

The jury has returned a verdict in San Diego Comic-Con’s lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con. Unfortunately for the hundreds of comic cons across the country, they seem to have sided with the California juggernaut.

Where San Diego Comic-Con was after as much as $12 million, the jury only awarded them $20,000. Importantly though, the jury agreed that Salt Lake Comic Con violated San Diego Comic-Con’s trademark.

This could have massive implications for events across the country that use variations of “comic con” in their names. Frankly, it’s a generic term, and was long before San Diego Comic-Con’s owners Comic Con International applied for the “comic-con” mark. Salt Lake Comic Con is expected to appeal the verdict, and hopefully sanity will eventually prevail.

Via Fox 13, Deseret News

The First Trailer for ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Is Huge

2015’s Jurassic World may not have been the best movie, but it was certainly financially successful. I mean, it was a half-decent Jurassic Park movie, and watching dinosaurs eat people can be fun — well, except for the bit with Katie McGrath.

That was just bizarrely unnecessary and weird.

Anywho, with its success a sequel was inevitable – and now we have the first trailer for it. I don’t have much to say about the trailer, mostly because it’s a bunch of action pieces. I mean, it looks alright, and I’m excited to see Jeff Goldblum back as Dr. Ian Malcolm… but I just don’t have high expectations though.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom comes out June 22, 2018.

The Catoosa County Film Festival Changed Venues Hours Before Opening, Cancelled Halfway Through

This last weekend was the scheduled dates of Georgia’s inaugural Catoosa County Film Festival. Founded by Edwin Morgan III and “co-hosted” by Christine Millraney and Kevin Sexton, the guest list included Samantha Newark, G. Larry Butler, a number of Horror film actors, and enough minor characters and extras from The Walking Dead to choke a horse.

And as far as we can tell, things went terribly. Continue reading The Catoosa County Film Festival Changed Venues Hours Before Opening, Cancelled Halfway Through

Ryan Reynolds Has Been Cast as ‘Detective Pikachu’ Because Why the Hell Not

So one of the weirdest projects out there for a while has been Legendary’s live action/cgi hybrid Detective Pikachu movie. I mean, it’s a live action/cgi hybrid Detective Pikachu movie. No one was really expecting it to happen, and now the latest news is that it has a rather unexpected star: Ryan Reynolds.

That’s right, Ryan Reynolds is going to play Detective Pikachu in the Detective Pikachu movie. I mean, it’s not badcasting – Reynolds is a talented actor – but it’s definitely weird casting. I mean, he’s a funny guy (remember, unlike most Pokemon, Detective Pikachu can talk), but it’s not a direction most people thought casting would go.

The film will also star Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton, and is being directed by Rob Letterman. Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman wrote the screenplay, but beyond that we have very few details about the film.

But it sure is shaping up to be strange.

Via THR

Episode 112 – Nightmare of Nonsense

On this episode of Nerd & Tie Nick and Gen go it alone, as Skype decided it hated Trae just before the episode began. The two of them discuss Netflix’s renewal of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The CW’s firing of Andrew Kreisberg, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s departure from American Gods, Anime Boston’s lawsuit against Boston AnimeFest (with Trae chiming in in post-production), and how Waxacon wrote some bad checks.

It’s all very exciting.

Oh God, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ Movie Pitch Might Actually Go Somewhere?

So back in 2015, Quentin Tarantino stated on the Nerdist Podcast that he was interested in directing a Star Trek movie. We kind of ignored it, since it was just talk, but it seems like he kept running with the ball… and pitched it to J.J. Abrams.

And Abrams apparently liked it.

Deadline is reporting that they’re apparently assembling a writer’s room to develop the idea. Now, don’t get to excited and/or scared at this — Tarantino is currently working on a Manson movie for Sony which will be his next project. And while I’ve never been a huge fan of Tarantino, he at least disliked Into Darkness according to that 2015 interview.

But this is just really weird guys.

Via Deadline

The First Teaser For Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Looks Dark and Moody

Netflix’s adaptation of Richard Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel Altered Carbon hasn’t seen a lot of hype, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look amazing. The streaming service has dropped it’s first teaser trailer for the show, and it looks dark, moody, and just plain interesting.

Set five centuries in the future, it’s set in a world where people are able to transfer their minds electronically. The rich are able to effectively gain immortality by repeatedly replacing their bodies. Entertainment Weekly has additional information (and a lot more photos), so you might want to check out their piece on the show.

All ten epiosdes of Altered Carbon hit Netflix on February 2nd.

Sony Is Trying to Get David S. Goyer to Direct the ‘He-Man’ Movie

So we’ve literally been talking about Sony’s attempt to remake Masters of the Universe for a years. Every time we think it’s a dead project, it seems to pop right back up again. The latest news is that, according to The Wrap, Sony is currently in talks to get David Goyer to direct the movie.

Goyer has written quite a few films, but only directed a handful. His most notable turn in the director’s chair was 2004’s Blade: Trinity… and that was best described as “a thing that happened to us all.” We reported earlier this year that Goyer had been tapped to write a new script for the film, so it makes sense that Sony would consider it.

They need to make a choice soon though if they hope to make the December 2019 release date they’ve bandied about.

Of course, this is all just discussions, and who knows what will come of it. I’m still not sure who this movie is for, as fans of the original He-Man are aging, and unlike other 80s properties (like Transformers) none of the show’s revivals have caught on.

Frankly, the only He-Man remake I ever needed was already done not too long ago in the form of a supermarket commercial. Let’s just all watch that repeatedly instead and call it a day.

Via The Wrap

‘Stranger Things’ Officially Renewed For Season 3

Netflix’s Stranger Things is probably one of the more remarkable, unique television series out there these days. The show’s second season premiered this last October, and it was just as strong as the first. With that in mind, it should surprise absolutely no one then that Netflix has decided to renew the show for a third go round.

The renewal was announced to the public in a tweet by the official Netlfix twitter account:


No word when the new season will begin filming or when it will come out, but it’s highly likely that it will be released in the Fall of 2018.

And we can’t wait.

Anime Boston Organizers Suing Similarly Named Event

The New England Anime Society of Somerville, organizers of long running non-profit anime convention Anime Boston, has filed a lawsuit against an event run by two former volunteers over their name. The other convention is technically called “Boston SouthCoast Comic Con,” but they’ve begun marketing the for-profit event under the name “Boston AnimeFest.”

We’ve posted the Boston AnimeFest logo above, and the con has gone so far as to register the domain BostonAnimeFest.com (which points to the Boston SouthCoast Comi Con site). The Anime Boston organizers are obviously concerned that potential attendees could be confused by the similar names. I don’t think I would have necessarily agreed, but after typing the words “Boston” and “Anime” this many times in a row, I’m a bit turned around myself.

It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.

Via BizJournals.com