When you spend half a year screaming to the masses “THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN”, it is very difficult to actually make it the best thing people have ever seen, or even one of the better things people have seen this month. Against these odds, and my ever-existent desire to tell people that they were wrong, Lions Gate’s The Hunger Games really was excellent.
Yesterday, the first official trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Part 1 was released. We here at NNAR, to put it modestly, are really frickin‘ excited for Tolkien’s prequel to LOTR to hit the big screen. Those cast members new to Middle Earth include Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Evangeline Lilly. Many actors are returning to work with Jackson on this project, namely Ian Mckellan and Andy Serkis (who is also co-directing). Over the next year, re-reading of Bilbo’s epic tale is a must. But for now, wet your whistle with this short video. Read more
Last night, three members of the NNAR team went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Why, you ask? Because it was preceded by the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises! The third (and final) Batman installment will be released in the summer of 2012, a full four years after The Dark Knight, but we just couldn’t wait.
The first six minutes introduces Bane, a powerful masked villain who clearly has few qualms about crushing his enemies into oblivion, and hints at the epic scale of this film. Check out the video of our thoughts after the jump.
We all know that Batman is a master of stealth, and that’s great when you’re sneaking up on Gotham’s criminals, dispensing justice with your fists. But, Batman also has a well documented penchant for using his stealth capabilities against his own allies. When was the last time you heard Batman say “goodbye”? The answer is never.
This past weekend on SNL, Andy Samberg (as Batman) and Steve Buscemi (as Commissioner Gordon) took that appearing/disappearing act and followed it to it’s inevitable, horrifying conclusion. Did we really think it could end any other way? Embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few months, the country has recently seen the rise of a new protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street (seriously, if you haven’t heard of this yet you need to put down that Xbox controller right now and go outside for a few minutes). This movement takes the stance that the top %1 of the country controls well above 90% of the wealth and political influence in the country.
As someone who is concerned with all things geek, it is rare that I find myself in the world of politics (in my writing, at least). I certainly didn’t expect to find myself there when I ventured to my local theater tonight to see In Time, the new dystopian sci-fi film starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. But there I was, as this movie could just has easily have been titled Occupy Dystopian Future, or something similar. Read more
I don’t really know how to react to this news, as it is a little too awesome to process. Joss Whedon has apparently just finished principle photography on a completely secret film project called Much Ado About Nothing, based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name. Until links to the film website were tweeted out by some of the film’s actors last night, nobody knew this project was even happening. So let me get this straight: Joss Whedon adapted one of the most well-known plays of all time into a movie he’s directing and just finished shooting, while at the same time he’s is directing (and wrote!) what will probably be the highest grossing film of next year? Just…wow. Check out the full press release (which is worth reading, because it is funny) and casting details after the Jump.
Friday was the first day of New York Comic Con that was open to the majority of the general public (those who paid extra for VIP passes got access for a little while on Thursday), and my was it busy. The Javits Convention Center was packed to the gills with cosplayers, creators, fanpersons (we are nothing if not PC at NNAR), and even us humble members of the press. While we aren’t able to be everywhere at once, we did try to get around and see what we anticipated to be some of the cooler stuff today. Check out the highlights after The Jump. Read more
If you’ve ever played a traditional fantasy setting RPG, you’ve seen this guy. The skeleton. He’s everywhere. But what are his motivations? What are his hopes? His dreams? His favorite Salt-N-Pepa song?
You’ll never know, because you killed him for a measly 4 XP. Big man with a big sword. I hope you’re proud of yourself.
Hit the jump for two Ray Harryhausen-produced memorial videos and a shirt that does not celebrate his death, but honors his life.