Let Chris Pratt take you on a Cribs-style tour of the Milano

We always say the more Guardians of the Galaxy the better here at Nerd & Tie — so needless to say this particular featurette piqued my interest. In it, Chris Pratt takes us on a tour of the sets for the Milano (you can guess who Peter Quill named it after). Shot like an episode of MTV’s Cribs, it’s pretty damned entertaining.

Via Vulture

Some plot to ‘Batman v. Superman’ leaked, surprisingly some of it even makes sense!

We finally now have a bit more plot detail trickling out about Batman v. Superman, the sequel to last year’s very un-Superman-like Superman film Man of Steel. Color us skeptical about the upcoming installment in the DC Carnival of Sadness, but much to our surprise, a few of these even seem to make sense.

We’re as shocked as you are.

According to Badass Digest, in the Man of Steel universe, Batman has been operating in secret for 30 years – never photographed and believed to be an urban legend. Wonder Woman has apparently also been operating for years, as had Aquaman – but both have done so in secret.

Mostly it’s “Oh, there have been superheroes, they’re just not dumb enough to go out and destroy a city and get noticed.”

In that vein, Batman on Film is reporting that there will be a very anti-Superman theme in the film, with people marching in the streets against him. Honestly that strikes me as the most realistic thing I could possibly think of. Because Man of Steel’s Superman is a menace and is responsible for so much destruction it’s incredible.


All of this information comes from unsourced leaks, so take it with a grain of salt.

Via Badass Digest, Batman on Film

Artist Randy Queen Abusing DMCA to Silence Critic

More than a few of you may be familiar with Escher Girls, a blog that (with a good does of humor) criticizes unrealistic portrayals of women in comics. It happens to be a personal favorite of mine, and I’d recommend any comics fan check it out.

Randy Queen, best known for Darkchylde, has had his work end up on the site several times (and rightfully so). Rather than accept the critique (or even just swear a bunch and have a tantrum), Queen sent DMCA takedown notices to Tumblr, which hosts Escher Girls, for any posts which contained his art. These posts included “redraws,” in which Escher Girl readers submit their own art in which they attempt to correct the anatomical errors in the original work, and in all of these cases there is a solid fair use defense.

But Randy Queen doesn’t care.

Escher Girls made a post about the take downs, and in a display of pure ludicrous chutzpa Randy Queen sent a takedown notice for that post even though it contained no art whatsoever.

It’s just bizarre.

The story continues (and gets more complex), but Ami (the sole person running Escher Girls) has posted a comprehensive timeline of events along with what’s happening now.

It’s definitely worth a read.

Update: It looks like Mr. Queen may have come to his senses. (thanks Wurm!)

Update 2: Randy Queen reached out to Ami of Escher Girls, and it looks like things have ended amicably.

Frozen’s Jennifer Lee adapting ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ for Disney

If I had to pick one of the strangest books from my childhood, one of them would most likely be A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. But Disney bought the rights to adapt it back in 2010, and while things started out promising, the projects stalled.

Well, until now.

With the success of Frozen, Jennifer Lee (who wrote the screenplay and co-directed the film) had pretty much her choice of projects at Disney… and this is what she picked.

Once Lee completes the screenplay, it’s unclear where the project will go next – whether she’ll be retained to direct it or if it will be handed off to someone else. Either way, it should be interesting to see how closely she stays to the source material, considering how much Frozen deviated from The Snow Queen.

As long as Uriel is populated by cracked out centaur-ish creatures I’ll be okay with it though.

Via Screenrant

Dirk Gently to come to American Television?

File this under “things Trae is pretty confident he doesn’t want to happen,” but The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ideate Media and IDW have optioned the worldwide television rights to Dirk Gently, and want Max Landis to write an adaptation for American Television. Yes, you read that correctly. If you’re like me, a small amount of bile may be building up in the back of your throat.

This is normal.

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

IDWE and Ideate have formed a partnership to co-fund development and co-produce with the plan to secure a direct-to-series commitment. Circle of Confusion will executive produce.

Landis, who has become a go-to film writer among the studios after penning the breakout Chronicle, will write the pilot and executive produce.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think this is… well… wrong? Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently novels (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul) are fundamentally British in their settings. When you remove that element, it’s just not a Dirk Gently story. You wouldn’t adapt On the Road and set it in Wales.

And yes, I just compared Adams to Kerouac. Deal with it.

This isn’t the first time Dirk Gently has been adapted for the small screen, as the BBC aired an adaptation a few years ago that I will shamefully admit I haven’t seen. But whether that version was good or bad, it had a shot because it didn’t mess with the fundamental formula of Dirk Gently.

All we can hope at this point is that no television networks takes the bait.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

This guy played ‘Spot the Easter Eggs’ in Guardians of the Galaxy so you don’t have to

There were a lot of random things thrown into Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and maybe you didn’t catch them all. Frankly, I know I didn’t — but my knowledge of the cosmic side of the Marvel universe is limited. Thankfully, at least for people like me, “Mr. Sunday Movies” of The Weekly Planet has put out a compilation video of all the easter eggs he could find scattered throughout the film.

And there are quite a few of them.

So sit back, hit play below, and spend the next six minutes with this spoiler-filled video.

Sony Working On Female-Hero Led Spider-verse Film

So with Kevin Fiege saying that they just don’t have time to do a woman led Superhero movie over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it comes as a bit of a surprise to find out that Sony is working on a female superhero led film in their Spider-man franchise.

Deadline reports that Sony is aiming for a 2017 release date, but little else is known. While my money is on Black Cat (as we’ve already been introduced to her in Amazing Spider-Man 2), there are other Spider-man related characters (Firestar, Spider-woman, Silver Sable) who could be the lead.

In any case, it’s nice to see that at least one studio making superhero films right now is willing to take the risk and make a woman-led film in the genre.

Let’s hope it starts a trend.

Via Deadline. Photo via the talented Hydraworx

Website ‘GaminG4Respect’ shows none, writes bizarre, misgendering article about notable cosplayer

You have probably never heard of the website “GaminG4Respect,” and hopefully after you read this article you won’t think about them a second time… but for now let me tell you a story.

A story about some of the weirdest moves I’ve ever seen a website make.

And I’m not talking about how it’s 2014 and they host themselves on Ning.

Some of you may have heard of well known cosplayer Jay Justice. She’s arguably the best known person of color cosplayer out there, and frankly (from everything I’ve ever seen her say) a very cool person. Gail Simone has said that she partially based the character Virtue from the ill-fated comic The Movement on Ms. Justice. My rule of thumb is that if Gail Simone is basing any part of one of her heroes off of you, you’re doing something right.

Anyway, Ms. Justice was contacted by GaminG4Respect for an email interview. She agreed, and asked them to send her the questions.

And then stuff got weird. Continue reading Website ‘GaminG4Respect’ shows none, writes bizarre, misgendering article about notable cosplayer

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Has Massive, Record Breaking Opening

So Marvel’s newest film premiered this last weekend, and it shattered expectations. Guardians of the Galaxy was originally only expected to make $60-75 million on its opening weekend domestically, but instead crushed that figure with a jaw dropping $94 million in North America.

That makes it the third largest domestic debut this summer (behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Transformers 4), and more importantly the biggest North American opening in August of all time.

Not bad for a movie based off a comic most people had never heard of.

Internationally, the film made $66.4 million, for a total opening figure of $160.4 million – which is pretty impressive too. If you want to hear our thoughts about Guardians of the Galaxy here at Nerd & Tie, go on over to our special episode of the podcast where we review the film, but you should go see the movie first.

Do it.

Like right now.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

Studio Ghibli Shutting Down

Studio Ghibli, best known for the works of Hayao Miyazaki, will be (for the most part) shutting down. As some of their more recent releases haven’t done so well (and rumors have been circulating for a while) this doesn’t come as a massive surprise.

It’s still disappointing though.

Studio Ghibli will no longer be producing new work, and will instead just manage its licenses and copyrights. While the possibility is still there long term for the doors to reopen, it’s very unlikely.

It’s a sad day, really.

Via Indiewire

All the nerd news and convention scene updates you can handle. Featuring a fornightly podcast and fueled by a lot of caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine