‘Beauty & the Beast’ (or Bust),’Wonder Woman’ Awakens & Double Up on ‘Insecure’ [Nerd Girl Corner]

 

Hey-lo, peoples!

I’m back again with some nerdy news. I’m certain you guys already heard it because I meant to write some of this stuff as soon as it came out, but life happened in the form of sickness after sickness after sickness and your girl wasn’t here for the shenanigans.

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But guess what, I’m still gonna share it. Why? Because, why not. Also, I’m kind of in my feelings (or lack thereof) when it comes to some of it. So, if you’ll indulge me a little, let’s get the ball a’rollin’…

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‘Logan’ Has Arrived, Domino Joins ‘Deadpool 2’, and New Stars For ‘Star Wars’ [Nerd Girl Corner]

Hey, y’all!

Your girl is back — and it didn’t even take me a whole month, either. See, I’m trying to do right by you all…

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In any event, I have some cool nerdy news for you all and some of it has me all kinds of excited. Are you ready to head into the Nerd Girl Corner with me?

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SDCC Comic-Con Overload, Channing Makes a Splash & More [Nerd Girl Corner]

Hello, my darlings!

I must begin this post by expressing my sincerest apologies for breaking my promise to double up on my post after breaking my promise to be more consistent.  I left you guys for a whole month — and during San Diego Comic Con, too! I am ashamed of myself.

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BUT, I am back. All (or most) of the distractions which kept me from you are (somewhat) behind me now and I’ve come bringing gifts, including some exclusive SDCC tidbits you probably didn’t even know about. Oh, and some pretty distressing news.

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Assassins Assemble, The Ms. Marvel Maybe, and Another Dreadful Night [Nerd Girl Corner]

It’s Fri-YAY y’all, and I didn’t want the weekend to start without me dropping off a little nerdy news that I’m all kinds of excited about.

After last week’s unintentional hiatus (hey, it was Memorial weekend?!), I’m back with some tid bits that I’m finding all kinds of intriguing. Shall we begin?

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My Dreadful Night at the Penny Dreadful Season 2 Premiere Screening!

Hello, my darlings!

I am back today to tell you guys about my fabulous time at the Penny Dreadful Season 2 premiere screening in TriBeCa. But before I tell you what it was like, let me give you a little bit of background on how I got there…

As some of you may know, I’m an avid live-tweeter. I’m more of a rabid live-tweeter. And one of the many shows that I live tweet happens to be, well, Penny Dreadful. Anyway, as I previously mentioned, my tweet was featured on the show during their New Years Day marathon and as such, I’ve been on their radar for a bit. Well, don’t you know that the great people at Showtime reached out to me and Black Girl Nerdsthe site that I do some Penny Dreadful coverage for — and not only sent us some serious swag, but invited us to join them for the Season 2 screening in New York! I’ll show you the swag later, but now on to the event. Continue reading

Psylocke Comes to the Big Screen, Ant-Man’s Big Little Trailer, and DareDevil’s Golden — Nerd Girl Corner

Hey there, devotees!

It’s been a month since my last post (forgive the delay), but I’m back with a new entry and it’s chock full of nerdy goodness. The headline barely covers the amount of ‘ish that I’ve been in my feelings about, but I’ll try my best to get through it all as quickly as possible.

First up in NGC news: Newsroom star and super geek girl Olivia Munn is set to portray Elizabeth “Besty” Braddock aka Psylocke in the new X-Men: Apocalypse movie.

psylockecollageSo why is this a big deal to me? Well, for starters, Psylocke was always my favorite character to play in the Capcom video games back in the day and then again in  X-Men Mutant Academy 2 for PlayStation. Next, I always loved the look of the character, even though the only incarnation I knew of her was of the Japanese assassin. And lastly, when I did finally dabble into the world of comics, it was with the Uncanny X-Men featuring Psylocke.

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I must admit, however, I didn’t keep up with the comics, but I still maintained a soft spot in my heart for her. Also doesn’t hurt that she has purple hair and I did desperately wanted to streak my hair purple in high school. Yes, it was a phase, but I eventually got over it (not really).

Anyway, I’m excited to know she’s going to be portrayed by Ms Olivia, who was the chick I wanted to be at San Diego Comic Con’s coverage on G4. She knew her stuff when chatting with guests, looked like she was having a great time, and could hang with the rest of the “nerds,” while still flicking her fabulous hair. She’s also of Asian ancestry, which I think it a good look on Marvel’s part to get someone who many won’t question (too much) with regards to cultural relevance.

Moving on…

Mavel’s Daredevil is on Netflix!

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 officially released its 13 episodes for screening on April 10. Like most people, I kicked myself for not taking the day off from work to sit at home and binge watch them all, but I was able to sneak in one episode during the day, and I have to say, the premiere episode was interesting. If it’s one thing that got me, it was the fight choreography. My first reaction to it all was “I really like this fight choreography.” Then, when I got home, I watched the second episode (while live tweeting with Black Girl Nerds) and I really fell in love with the fight scenes. They were visceral and real. When homeboy got punched in the face, he took the punch, and when he gave them, he dolled them out, but not without showing just how much energy he exerted in the act. I like a fight that looks like a real fight in movies.

I decided that I was going to pace myself, and watch only two episodes a week, but I missed the bar (this week and last week), and am several episodes behind. Nevertheless, I will get around to watching the rest of the episodes in due course, savoring every fight — which I’m told gets better with every episode — and I’m so happy to announce that the show’s been renewed for Season 2! Sucky part? The show’s coming with new showrunners (*hiss*). Cross your fingers that they keep the momentum going ’cause this show has the makings to be something pretty great.

Oh, Charlie Cox aka Matt “Daredevil” Murddock gets honorable mention in this post for being a much better DD than Ben Affleck. Sorry, but search your feelings. You know it to be true.

And last but not least…

The trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally dropped. Go ahead, check it out if you haven’t already.

 

It starts out with news reporters, telecasters, and the like talking about Superman’s power and you, there are those who idolize him, and then those who loathe him. You know, the usual reaction foreign entities get when people are aware of their presence. Holly Hunter’s voice is clearly audible, which makes me a little happy to know that she’s going to be involved in this movie. Anyway, there’s a shot to a giant Superman statue which somehow has “False God” painted on it. (Note: who the hell got up there to right that in the FIRST DAMN PLACE?)

Next thing you know, Scar Jeremy Iron’s voice is heard talking about “that’s how it starts, the anger, the powerlessness” and we get a shot of Ben Affleck (aka Bruce Wayne) looking at his ol’ Batman suit. I’m guessing he’s put the cape away for a bit, but thanks to Superman causing villains and nimrod civilians to catch their feelings, he feels it’s about time to venture back into the night and fight crime. But lo! It’s not crime Batsy is after —it’s Superman! And with all the high-tech planes and cars from the The Dark Knight movies — oh, and an auto-tuning helmet, Batman comes after the sexy Henry Cavill — uh, I mean Superman, and the two appear to square off.

Now, I will not lie to you guys: I do not know the comic book history behind movie’s plot. I’ve seen a couple of DC animated films and this reminds me of Justice League: War, where all the superheroes kind of fight each other until they find a common enemy and then battle that. I’m going to hypothesize that this film is going along that route, especially since a Justice League movie is in the works, and several of the JL characters are going to be making cameos.

My thoughts thus far? I’m going to give it a chance. I shall admit, I’m not a fan of the whole “Batfleck” deal just because I didn’t like Ben as Daredevil. But, many people thought Ryan Reynolds sucked as Green Lantern and now he’s getting tons of love for Marvel’s Deadpool. So maybe the transitional magic will work for Ben shifting from Marvel to DC… I don’t know. I just hope his helmet isn’t set to auto-tune all the time. I get that maybe he’s supposed to be an older version of The Dark Knight‘s Christina Bale, but his voice was annoying enough and this mechanical version of it is not doing it for me.

Before I sign off on this post, I did need to give a condensed geeking to a couple other pieces of news that broke in the weeks that I’ve been gone. Brace yourselves because some of this is just pure awesome:

  1. Finally, I’ve got some exciting news regarding the Suicide Squad movie: Jared Leto is officially the prettiest ugly Joker out there! Director Dave Ayers posted the first official look of Jared as Mr. J for the 75th anniversary of the character and I DIG IT.

    I was weary that he was going to be too pretty, but he’s got this pretty ugly thing and I can only imagine where he’s going to go with the role. I also can’t wait to see his interaction with Margo Robbie who plays Harley Quin. Bottom line, I approve.

  2. Is it time to pour one out for the homies? Word around town is that Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino have parted creative ways after working together for 10 years. Hypable reports that are their recent art show, where they give us that beautiful pic of Korra and Asami in the spirit world together, the duo announced that they were parting ways.
    I’m not sure if this report should be taken seriously — since no other outlet that covers ATLA and LOK has covered the news, nor has “Bryke” taken to the internets to confirm such split, but Hypable said the creators claimed they were “tired”, “burnt out”, and seeking to do other projects, but they were ultimately open to joining forces again in the future.
  3. The Ant-Man trailer dropped. And as much as I love Paul Rudd, I have a feeling this movie will be one of Marvel’s lowest-performing films. Don’t get me wrong — it’ll make a good chunk of change. And there may even be some solid acting and fight scenes, but I don’t foresee a ton of people rushing to the theaters to see it. After watching some Avenger cartoons on Netflix, I’ve grown a bit of appreciation for Ant-Man, but it also left me curious as to why Marvel decided to introduce the superhero with this new incarnation that’s not Hank Pym. In the film, Hank is played by the elderly Michael Douglass. If Hank and Tony Stark created Ultron, why isn’t Hank Ant-Man? Ugh, I’m not even going to try to understand that. Anyway, here’s the trailer:
  4. Archangel has also been cast for the X-Men: Apocalypse movie in the form of actor Ben Hardy (of East Enders).

    Director Bryan Singer also released images of what Archangel will look like this time around since, you know, he’s going to be one of the Four Horseman of Apocalypse.
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  5. Speaking of X-Men, it looks like one X-Men we spoke in length about isn’t going to be showing his face in X-Men: Apocalypse after all! In a recent interview with MTV, Channing Tatum broke the news that it was a possibility his Gambit was going to first hit the screen in a solo film. Channing dished, “You know, I don’t know if I’m at liberty to say, but I don’t think I want to introduce Gambit until you can really explain who Gambit is.” Looks like we’ve gotten ourselves about two years before we finally meet Chambit, which should be well enough time for Channing to get that Cajun accent down… along with any other shortcomings people were weary of.

That’s all the nerding out I’ll do this time around. I did want to give a Season 1 exit review for some pilots, but since I stopped watching several of the shows I was geeking over… I’m going to have to go time some time, finish a couple shows, and then come back.

Until then, keep geeking folks and always, drop a line in the comments or hit me up on le Twitter!

x Nerd Girl Out x

Twitter Shows Me Love And I’m Gonna Swim In It Until I’m Pruney — A Day In The Life

Hello friends,

I know I promised you guys a season 1 end review for the new pilots I’d wanted to check out in my previous posts, but considering that one show has one more week to go before its Season 1 finale, I figured I’d wait until then to give my full, honest review. Also, there was a show that I did want to watch, but didn’t (Extant) and I need the weekend to catch up.

So, what do I have in store for you today, then? Well, I figured I’d update you on my life… but with a slant. Instead of just writing about my day-to-day experiences, I thought I’d highlight some of my biggest achievements for the week — which were mainly on Twitter.

OK, so my first accomplishment was getting none other than Mara Brock Akil, a.k.a creator of Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane to laugh at my tweet (which she re-tweeted to her followers) during Tuesday night’s episode of Being Mary Jane (Season 2, Episode 6: “Pulling The Trigger”).

Here’s my tweet:

  And here’s Mara’s response:

But that’s not all. After cracking Twitter up with my The Cosby Show crossover tweets for Empire (you know damn well Lee Daniels and the creators named Raven-Symoné’s character “Olivia” for a reason), I did a bit of live-tweeting for Scandal and then this happened…

Jeff PerryCyrus “The Devil Incarnate” Beene re-tweeted me. And when I tweeted about him re-tweeting my stuff, and he freaking favorited it.

Jeff Perry Part 2After that, Tom Verica aka the director/co-producer of Scandal as well as bad (dead) guy Sam Keating from How to Get Away With Murder favorited a tweet I sent in his direction. Tom VericaNow, why do I celebrate these small victories? Well, for a plethora of reasons, actually. The basic reason being that, I love Twitter, live-tweeting, and making people laugh. The other reason being that I love to connect with people (though I need to do a better job of it here on ATW) and when I see that the ones whose shows I watch aren’t too haughty to speak with the common folk such as myself, it puts a little smile on my face. Also, I like to imagine that other people in their circles get to see my tweets too and it’ll encourage them all to say “hey this girl is funny, let’s follow her.” A stretch? Yes, but dammit, let me live in my fantasy world!

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That’s all that I’ve got for now, but expect me to do another one of these posts once Grimm returns on Friday, March 20. I’m still determined to get the cast to re-tweet, tweet at me, or favorite one of my tweets… especially since Grimm‘s official Twitter used my hashtag a couple months ago to promote an episode… #WesenLessons.

Until then, be good my darlings!
-Alja

Super Girl Gets Gear, Avengers Looks Awesome, and KorrAsami Canon First Look — Nerd Girl Corner

Hello darlings,

It’s literally been a month since I last chatter with you, but don’t lose faith in me just yet! This past month was kinda rough, but you know what else? It was also kinda awesome too! This week alone had some pretty rad developments in the geeky universe in which I reside, and as such, I will get all in my feelings about them below.  Continue reading

Apocalypse Has Its Mutants, Korra’s (Temporarily) Back, and Penny’s Been Pushed — Nerd Girl Corner

I’m back, ladies and gents. Yes, I know it’s been almost a month since I last wrote to you and yes, I feel deeply sorry about it. I’m already starting the year off bad, but I promise you — it was not done in vain. I’ve got some pretty exciting projects in the wings, one of which will definitely rock the socks of some of your readers. But, let’s move on to tonight’s post, shall we?

As the title suggests, the upcoming X-Men flick, X-Men: Apocalypse has cast the actors who will play the younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm. If you can recall, about a month ago, Latino-Review got its hands on the list of Hollywood yougins testing for the spot and the results are as follows: Continue reading

Legend of Korra Final Four Episode Titles Revealed Marking the End of an Era — Nerd Girl Corner

Hey Korra Nation!

I rarely do “newsy” stuff for damn near anything that I write, however,  Nickelodeon just confirmed the Legend of Korra Season 4 final four episode titles and, well, I’m beside myself. The end is near. After these four episodes, we don’t know when next we’ll see anything from the Avatar and/or Korra universe. Essentially, these four episodes mark the end of an era.

Sigh…

But, back to business.

So the final four episodes have been confirmed as follows:

Chapter Ten:
“Operation: Beifong

Chapter Eleven:
“Kuvira’s Gambit

Chapter Twelve:
“Day of Colossus

Chapter Thirteen:
“The Last Stand

It’s also confirmed that Chapter Twelve and Thirteen will air as a one-hour episode (as other finales have aired through the seasons). The names are pretty damn intriguing and as such, I’ve decided to do quite the bit of speculation based on them all.

“Operation Beifong” – This episode title seems simple enough to deduce that this episode will deal with Opal, Lin Beifong, and Bolin breaking out the Beifong clan — with the help of ol’ Toph Beifong — held in captivity by Kuvira in Zaofu.As I’ve previously speculated, this may also be the episode where Baatar Jr. aka Kuvira’s fiancé aka Kuvira’s puppet will have to make a choice of family or girlfriend. I see Baatar’s involvement going one of two way: either he turns a blind eye to his family’s escape plans and chooses to stay with Kuvira (who he’ll later realize only got with him to solidify her ranking as a world leader with his Zaofu ties) OR Kuvira uses him as bait for the Beifong women to back down and he makes some sort of sacrifice to stay as Kuvira’s prisoner of sorts to help his family get away. If it does or doesn’t happen, what I do expect is to see a ton of rapid fire earth and metal bending, and a little lava bending on the Bolin front.

“Kuvira’s Gambit” – This episode sounds to me like Kuvira’s wagering something. We all know Kuvira likes a wager (ie. “If the Avatar can defeat me, I’ll leave Zaofu”). I’m guessing at this point, Kuvira’s probably got her spirit nuclear bomb ready and she might be telling President Raiko to hand over the land Republic City took from the Earth Kingdom OR she’ll level the place. I’m also going to wager that President Raiko isn’t going to back down to Kuvira’s demands (because he’s hella stubborn himself) and he calls her bluff, which brings up to the next episode…

“Day of Colossus” – I have a feeling that the “Day of Colossus” is going to have something to do with Kuvira setting off her weapon of mass destruction. I don’t know what to expect or speculate other than maybe Asami and Varrick come through at the end with a weapon to counter Kuvira’s bomb that offsets the total devastation, but still causes major damage nonetheless.

“The Last Stand” – This episode will definitely entail a ton of fighting. Just the title alone is giving me “Sozin’s Comet” feels where everyone will be battling someone on an epic scale. Korra will have her re-match with Kuvira, as the rest of Team Avatar and Friends will have to battle Korra’s army of robots, tanks, and soldiers. I would hope since this is the last stand and all, Toph, Zuko, and maybe even Katara may get in on the action — though I really don’t see Katara doing anything other than waiting for people to travel to see her in the Water Tribe for healing.

So just how will Korra take down Kuvira in this instance? Well, the creators can bring it all full circle and have Korra take away Kuvira’s bending like Aang did during “Sozin’s Comet” or Korra can do something extra daring and like send Kuvira into the Spirit World to be trapped there forever. But I don’t think Korra’s that daring. Furthermore, Of the last three seasons, Korra’s only ever once “did away” with her enemy, and that’s when her uncle Unalaq merged with the spirit Vatu. If she does handle Kuvira, it’ll have to be with some brute force and then she’ll have to be locked up somewhere where she can’t bend… like on a ship like Red Lotus member Ghazan.

But aside from all that, I’m hoping that this much is true: everyone ends on a somewhat happy note! I’m gonna speculate that either Korra learns that she’s totally in love with Mako or she achieves total Avatar realization being single and all. I hope Asami and General Iroh II start dating (which prob won’t happen because they don’t like to see Asami happy), and that Bolin and Opal really reconcile because Bolin needs a woman in his life that loves him. I also hope to see Bolin rise to some kind of power in the Earth Kingdom since he seems to have a genuine care for the social issues and welfare of the people.

Legend of Korra Season 4, Episode 10: “Operation: Beifong” is out now, so make sure you tune in. And of course, expect a post-cap for the episode to come later today!