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Episode 114 – The Best and Worst of 2017!

It’s time for our annual year in review episode! On this edition of Nerd & Tie we tackle the best and worst that 2017 brought us in Movies, Television, Video Games, Conventions, and more!

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Episode 113 – Screaming Porg Edition

The holidays have borked up our schedule a bit, but here we are with another episode of Nerd & Tie! On this go-round, we give you our spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi, talk about Disney’s impending purchase of Fox, get freaked out by the Alita: Battle Angel trailer, and contemplate the ramifications of the San Diego Comic-Con v. Salt Lake Comic Con verdict.

It’s super fun.

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Well Holy Crap, Apparently Disney HAS Bought 20th Century Fox

About a month ago, talks reportedly fell through in a deal in which Disney would purchase most of 21st Century Fox’s assets (including film studio 20th Century Fox). Well, after a few weeks of rumors that the two parties had gone back to the table, it’s now been officially announced that a $52 billion deal has been reached between the two companies.

Disney is purchasing movie studio 20th Century Fox, the FX cable networks, and Fox’s intellectual properties and rights. Fox’s terrestrial broadcast and news arms would of course remain a separate entity.

On the surface, this is exciting, as it reunites all the the Star Wars rights under Disney’s roof (so we might actually get an official, HD release of the unaltered trilogy), and brings most of Marvel’s properties (with the exception of Spider-Man) back under the same roof too. But there’s a more worrying set of repercussions, and it’s the ongoing consolidation of the entertainment industry. This means one less studio producing materials, and that Fox’s broadcast arm can no longer purchase programming from their own studio. This also means Disney will own two thirds of streaming service Hulu as well.

So yeah, this is a bit complicated.

Via Disney

The First Trailer For ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is–OH MY GOD HER FACE

Well, the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel has dropped, and we have lots of thoughts. We could talk about how the James Cameron produced and Robert Rodriguez directed live action adaptation of the manga and anime Battle Angel Alita seems to be devoid of Asian actors, but–OH MY GOD WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO HER FACE. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ROSA SALAZAR’S FACE.

DO NOT LOOK AT ME WITH THOSE EYES.

THOSE ARE THE EYES OF THE DAMNED. THEY WILL HAUNT MY DREAMS. WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS. WHY GOD WHY. THERE IS NO POINT TO THIS. ANIME EYES SHOULD NEVER APPEAR AS FLESH, AND DAMN THE FOUL SOULS WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA. OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD.

Alita: Battle Angel comes out July 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.

Sorry, But Disney Probably isn’t Buying Fox

The internet went crazy over the last few days with when the news broke that Disney was in talks to purchase most of 20th Century Fox. The idea that the X-Men and Fantastic Four could join the Marvel Cinematic Universe was enticing, and it would consolidate the rights to the original Star Wars trilogy under one roof.

Unfortunately, it’ll probably never happen.

Bloomberg is reporting that while the two companies had been in talks, those talks have now fallen apart. So while there was a point where this pop culture merger could have moved forward, we are no longer living in a world where that’s a likelihood.

It was interesting to think about for a while though.

Via Bloomberg

James Mangold Working on Potential X-23 Movie Script

Hugh Jackman’s swansong as Wolverine in this year’s Logan was amazing, and with Dafne Keen’s breakout performance as X-23 it should be no surprise that some people are asking what’s next for that corner of Fox’s X franchise. The obvious answer is to follow up on what happens to X-23 in this near-future world — and that seems to be the direction that things are going.

According to THR, Logan director James Mangold is working on a potential script for an X-23 centric sequel. Now, before you get too excited, remember that this is just an early stage for any project like that, and we have no indication that the sequel has been greenlit by Fox.

But man would it be neat if it does.

Via THR

Holy Crap, ‘The New Mutants’ Trailer is Friggin’ Dark

So when it was first announced that Fox was making a New Mutants movie, most of us were expecting a coming of age film in superhero clothing. I mean, the comics started out about a group of new recruits at Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters learning to use their powers.

That is not what this movie is going to be.

The first trailer for The New Mutants has now dropped, and to say that director Josh Boone took things in a different direction would be an understatement. What we’re getting looks more akin to a horror film, and that’s pretty damned neat. It’s clear with the success of Deadpool and Logan the studio is willing to take risks with the franchise, and hopefully this one will pay off for them too.

The New Mutants comes out April 13, 2018.

Mulder and Scully’s Son is Central to ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Trailer

The revival of The X-Files was a mixed bag. The tenth season brought us one of the most brilliant episodes of the series ever produced… and it also brought along some of the worst. That includes a cliff hanger ending, which sure was a kicker to everyone who believed that the tenth season was going to wrap up the show. Well, the series is coming back for another revival season, and Fox has released a trailer for it.

It looks like one of the major focuses of the season will be William, the son of Mulder and Scully who somehow never got mentioned last season. Honestly, I don’t know how much I care about William, but it would be super weird if he never came up again. I just can’t help but think about the fact that due to various TV crossovers, that the pandemic cliff hanger of season 10 technically happened on Law & Order: SVU too. Like, how did Ice-T deal with that?

The X-Files Season 11 arrives in 2018.

Trek Off: Comparing ‘The Orville’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

It was 2005 the last time a new episode of Star Trek aired on TV. Let that sink in.

The franchise has been off the air for more than a decade, and after not only all this time, but also a lackluster 50th Anniversary celebration, fans have been desperate for any new Star Trek. These last couple of weeks would see Trekker’s wishes granted though, not only by the debut of Star Trek: Discovery, but also by The Orville, an obviously Trek-inspired spoof produced by and starring Seth MacFarlane.

Over the last few months, as rumors of issues behind the scenes plagued Discovery‘s PR, some fans joked that with The Orville we would be able to get at least one good Star Trek show. Now that both are out, I think its time to put that theory to the test. We’re going to compare the debut episodes of these two shows to see which one is the better Trek. Continue reading Trek Off: Comparing ‘The Orville’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’