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This season’s penultimate episode really felt like a moment to breathe, didn’t it Newbies? With last week’s major gearshift in play and next week’s season finale in the wings, it was nice to have the chance to process. Even better, this moment was accompanied by some unexpected sweetness from Nick and a reminder that Jess is more than just an object to be desired — not to mention some independent romantic developments between Cece/Shivrang and Schmidt/Elizabeth that will make next week’s wedding-stravaganza more complicated and dynamic. It wasn’t the most high-octane episode, but »
- Lanford Beard
By Kevin Kelly
Movies about geeks have never been particularly flattering. Even in films like Revenge of the Nerds where the nerds win the day, there is plenty of dramatic license taken to make them badass so they can win the girl. But stories that cut to the heart of geekdom and reveal what true nerdery is all about? Those are extremely rare. It's even rarer when you find yourself pulling for the geek at the heart of those stories, despite everything else.
Luckily this year at SXSW we stumbled across Zero Charisma, a film about a gamemaster struggling to keep his RPG campaign alive after losing one of the main players. But problems arise when he has to battle with the replacement for popularity, and his world begins to unravel. The entire movie hinges on the fantastic performance of Sam Eidson as Scott Weidemeyer, and while he might seem a bit over the top, »
Dean better thank his lucky stars he’s still in one piece, because everyone around him is falling apart. At least, that was the case in this week’s Supernatural.
Let’s start with sweaty Sam, who continued to suffer the effects of the trials and seemed to get worse with every passing minute. When he wasn’t losing consciousness from a dangerously high fever or coughing up a lung, he also had another bizarre side-effect that had him recalling very early childhood memories with perfect clarity. (Dean reading to him as a kid and one family trip with a farting donkey. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
On TV this first Wednesday of May sweeps: The Americans prepares to defect for the summer, Family Tools gets its premiere under its belt, Chicago Fire rekindles an old flame and Supernatural tees up its third trial. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
- Kimberly Roots
Two gawky teens go to college looking to pursue an education that will hopefully prepare them for their dream job. However, they soon find that the school is ruled by bullying jocks and frat members who jostle our heroes to outsider status. Still, our plucky protagonists must harness their offbeat talents.as well as those of their fellow so-called "nerds".and show what they're really made of! This is basically the breakdown of the memorable 1980s comedy Revenge of the Nerds, and according to the above trailer, it also seems to fit for Monsters University. Since this sequel to Monsters Inc. was announced, we've been promised a story that would reveal how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) met and became best friends. The film's first teasers suggested these two did not initially hit it off. From there Pixar gave us a look into the world »
Disney has released a new trailer for the Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University. The pic focuses on the college years of Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman), and this new full-length trailer reveals the film's plot. The Revenge of the Nerds-esque story finds Mike and Sully joining a fraternity of outcasts, as all of the Greek houses must compete against each other in the Scare Games, which carry dire consequences for the losers. The film looks like it could be Pixar's most purely fun movie yet, and early reactions from the screening at CinemaCon had many praising the pic's heart. If you missed any of Dave's coverage from his visit to Pixar, be sure to check out his review from seeing 40 minutes of footage, 35 things to know about the film, and his interview with director Dan Scanlon. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also »
- Adam Chitwood
Anyone wondering when Twentieth Century Fox was going to finally step into the 21st century, today’s the day. Sort of.
News Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox’s parent company, is preparing to split its entertainment assets from its publishing units. The name News Corporation will stay with those publishing units, which include The Wall Street Journal and HarperCollins. But the group of entertainment companies, including the studio and TV networks such as FX, will get a new name: 21st Century Fox.
But that does not mean the film studio or the television studio will have a name change — only the »
- Emily Rome
Disney/Pixar has released a number of nifty “class portraits” for its upcoming prequel Monsters University that introduce the film’s numerous fraternities and sororities. The pic focuses on the college years of Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman), and as we’ve started to learn more about the film, it’s become clear that Greek Life figures heavily into the pic’s Revenge of the Nerds-esque plot. These new images introduce the A-list frat Roar Omega Roar (RΩR), the jock frat Jaws Theta Chi (Jox), the “Mean Girls” sorority Python Nu Kappa (Pnk), the Goth sorority Eta Hiss Hiss (Hss), the athletic sorority Slugma Slugma Kappa (Eek), and the misfit fraternity Oozma Kappa (Ok), which boasts Mike and Sully as members. We also get a look at the Greek Council members Claire (Aubrey Plaza) and Brock (Tyler Labine), and as a fellow Greek myself, I’m excited »
- Adam Chitwood
Armstrong makes his debut in the May 1 episode (The CW, 9/8c) — penned by fan favorite Ben Edlund — when Dean and Sam seek out the heavenly creature to fill in the holes in Kevin’s research.
But will Metatron offer up his services to help out the Winchesters? It sure doesn’t look that way from the confrontational photos below. (In case you missed our earlier scoop, »
- Vlada Gelman
Ah, the good ol' fashioned college prank. It's a staple of cinema from Animal House to Van Wilder to Revenge of the Nerds, it's a true staple of the college comedy genre - so it just makes sense that Monsters University would want to get in on the action as well. In celebration of the April Fools Day holiday, the fictional homepage for the premiere scaring school featured in Pixar's upcoming movie has been hacked...by the rival Fear Tech. While the site was originally beautiful and blue, showing off picturesque images of the Mu campus, all images have now been replaced with shots of Ft's weird pig-looking mascot and the whole site has been painted with an orange coat. Also, clicking anywhere on the site reveals more graffiti as well as some ugly squeal sounds. But that's not all the Monsters University action we have for you! In the »
That works. But now, as we near the end of the season, is it time for Brennan to pop the question? Should she? What could possibly encourage this eminently rational person to suddenly change her belief that marriage serves no purpose?
There are definite hints that "Bones" is heading in the direction of a marriage proposal, probably sooner rather than later. The most recent episode, "The Blood from the Stones," for example, gave us an entire scene with virtually no purpose other than a discussion on proposals and engagement rings. Sure, Brennan hedged like crazy and refused to budge on her anti-marriage stance, but the idea was out there.
This couldn't possibly be the end of it. After all, why waste »
It feels like the nerd is as old as time, but it's a relatively young term and younger phenomenon. The first documented appearance of the word was in Dr. Seuss's If I Ran the Zoo, but it would be decades before the classic nerd would materialize: smart, if not too smart; socially awkward; obsessive; glasses (often with tape); ill-fitting clothing; into sci-fi and/or computers; high and/or nasally voice. However, over the last 40 years or so the archetype has evolved beyond the Revenge of the Nerds stereotype into something more nuanced. And TV comedies had a lot to do with that. In celebration of the Inspector Spacetime–obsessed Abed, whose Community competed in today's Sitcom Smackdown quarterfinals, we present the evolutionary ladder of the TV nerd, from its earliest appearance on Happy Days through Screech, Carlton, Lisa Simpson, and The Big Bang Theory. 1974: Potsie, Happy Days Happy »
- Jesse David Fox
A 1980s piece of anti-communist propaganda has been remade for the modern age. Did they have to?
Say what you will about John Milius's 1980s rightwing cold war flag-waver Red Dawn, at least it had the courage of its convictions. The new remake – released three years after completion, thanks to the MGM bankruptcy restructuring – can't even decide who its real enemies are. When it wrapped, the invading superpower was still Red China; in the interim, some wise suit remembered the billion-plus Chinese moviegoing market and decreed that the enemy should henceforth be North Korea, a black hole for Hollywood releases. Cue some retroactive digital adjustments – commie signage, uniforms, etc – a new opening voiceover, a couple of reshoots and, voila! – a new enemy. The late Kim Jong-il, a budding auteur himself, would have been charmed by the attention.
He might also have wondered, just as I did, what the hell was going on. »
- John Patterson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel, Batman, Lobo, Arrow, Kick-Ass 2, Spawn, Super Clyde, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers Assemble and more...
Over the past couple of months we've seen plenty of familiar faces signing on to reprise their roles in Bryan Singer's forthcoming superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now we have our first newcomer to the X-Men universe with the news that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has been cast as the "main antagonist" of the time-travelling mutant epic. According to reports, Dinklage could be set to play Bolivar Trask, a »
- Flickering Myth
Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn't stop Curtis Armstrong on the street and yell "Booger" – the name of the belching, nose-picking dweeb he played in all four Revenge of the Nerds movies. "This goes on all over the world," he tells Rolling Stone. "I've been called things in foreign tongues that I need help understanding. It usually translates into some word like 'mucus.'"
Rather than fight the public's love of his iconic character, Armstrong harnessed it for his latest project: the new TBS reality show King of the Nerds. »
Before Chris Evans donned the star-spangled suit in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, Matt Salinger (Revenge of the Nerds) brought the Sentinel of Liberty to life in director Albert Pyun's (Cyborg) low-budget 1990 adaptation Captain America.
Pulled from a theatrical release in the States (due to it being terrible, and all), Captain America went unreleased for several years before hitting shelves direct-to-video in the early 90s; currently only available via MGM's made-on-demand program in North America, the film is now gearing up for a Blu-ray release courtesy of Shout Factory, and is set to arrive in stores this coming May. Here's the official synopsis:
Long ago, Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) was a true American hero, a brave super soldier created by scientists to help the Allied Forces fight for freedom in World War II. But during a battle with the sinister Red Skull (Scott Paulin), he was lost, »
- Flickering Myth
I was trying to refrain from talking much more about G4. While the network was pretty useless, it still had gaming shows and those shows were great to watch. It was the only place on TV (besides Spike TV's E3 coverage) that we could get some gaming entertainment. Now it's gone, and NBC isn't blaming themselves. Instead they are saying you don't watch enough TV and are now seemingly lying about their new "Esquire Network" programming to get you back.
NBCUniversal announced that G4 will now be called Esquire Network, do we get sexy Mila Kunis on the Esquire magazine with it?! Joking aside, this is an odd new twist to G4. There will be two original series to start with. The first being "The Getaway" which is about an "underground" cooking event where celebrities travel around and basically get taunted on their cooking. The second is "Knife Fight »
- email@example.com (Dustin Spino)
Cosplay is the game of the game this week on the new TBS competition series King of the Nerds (Thursdays, 10/9c) — and TVLine has a first look at hosts Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine properly setting the mood.
As the Revenge of the Nerds costars introduce the remaining competitors to their latest challenge — involving the art of dressing in costume and then all-out playing a character — the big screen’s erstwhile “Booger” makes like a geisha, while his cohort slices and dices like a samurai. Adam Busch, Yaya Han and George Takei serve as this “heroes-versus-villains” challenge’s judges.
- Matt Webb Mitovich
When the current theatrical reboot (a sequel and toothless TV remake had already come and gone) of Carrie was announced, there was a lot of teeth gnashing and cries of "leave the classics alone!," mostly by me. But as details began to leak out, the prospect became more intriguing. Gay director Kimberly Pierce gave us the masterpiece Boys Don't Cry, and the fabulous Julianne Moore signed up to play Carrie's psychotic fanatical mother. Chloe Moretz doesn't look anything like Stephen King's Carrie, but then neither did Sissy Spacek, so I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Carrie was supposed to open in March, but the studio has pushed it back to October, which means they're either hoping for Halloween dollars ... or it's a sign of a troubled production.
But while we wait to rain judgment down on the new version of our favorite telekinetic teen, let's take »
On Thursday, Jan. 17, TBS goes for a walk on the geek side with the premiere of the competitive reality show "King of the Nerds." (There are female competitors, so perhaps it should be "Monarch of the Nerds," but, it's not.)
In 1984, the feature comedy "Revenge of the Nerds" focused on bullied geeks on a college campus who fight back by creating their own nerd-centric fraternity, eventually rallying anyone who's "ever felt stepped on, left out, picked on, put down" to their cause.
Now two of the stars of that movie, Robert Carradine (Lewis Skolnick) and Curtis Armstrong (Dudley "Booger" Dawson), have joined forces to produce and judge a competition among people from across the nerd spectrum in search of a crown and a $100,000 prize.
"When Bobby and I pitched the idea, the one-line idea, 'A reality show based on "Revenge of the Nerds" ' that we would host and produce, »
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