For a culture as prevalent as it is, nerds have never really gotten their due. It's usually all glasses and acne and high-waisted pants left over from "Family Matters" and "Revenge of the Nerds." In a lot of ways, pop culture hasn't updated its image of the ultra geeky in decades.
That's why "Zero Charisma" is such an important movie.
The new indie being released by Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Productions, their first, tells the story of Scott (Sam Eidson), an avid RPG gamemaster, who feels the mainstream world creeping in when a new, hipper player joins his game. It's a touching, often hilarious story that anyone who has ever felt like an outcast will be able to relate to.
With nerd culture moving toward the mainstream, we decided to ask the directors of "Zero Charisma," Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, how they feel about the current state of the most popular geek staples.
Every year, Quentin Tarantino blesses us with his signature take on the past year's films, and surprises are essentially guaranteed. That's why we're so thrilled to see that he did a "best of 2013 so far" list. It's... interesting.
Also, get scared by a "Carrie" publicity stunt in today's Dailies!
Like his latest film, "A.C.O.D.," Adam Scott is funny, but he can talk about some pretty serious stuff.
Take, for example, his latest interview with MTV News' Josh Horowitz for the newest episode of After Hours.
During an Up Close segment, Adam and Josh work through a bunch of troublesome areas, like how to tell a child that you're getting a divorce and whether Batman could ever really beat Superman. (No, he can't.)
Check it all out in the latest episode of After Hours with Adam Scott.
So far, everything seems to be lining up for Gavin Hood's "Ender's Game" adaptation. Orson Scott Card's book was thought to be unadaptable, but previews hint that Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, and the rest of the Battle School may have pulled it off.
A new clip from "Ender's Game" may gave us a better idea of what to expect from the film when it hits theaters on November 1. In the clip, Ender (Butterfield) meets with Colonel Hyrum Graff (Ford) about issues he's been having at Battle School, and his superior makes an unexpected offer.
Check out the clip after the jump!
By Alex Zalben
Is there a point when you're building a 150,000 block replica of the battle of Helm's Deep out of LEGOs that you stop and take stock of your life? Thankfully, whatever was going through Rick-K and Big J's minds when they were building this epic model, they didn't stop until 1,700 mini-figures were ready to do battle for the fate of Middle-Earth:
This isn't the first time LEGO builders have gone above and beyond for the sake of J.R.R. Tolkein's finest creations. Click past the jump to see more!
Today is a good day because lots of people saw "Gravity" over the weekend, and that means that there are probably many please moviegoers in the world. Director Alfonso Cuarón made a movie the way he wanted to, and it's already wildly successful both with critics and audiences.
But not everyone is happy. Some scientists, including one of the most famous physicists working today, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who shared his thoughts about "Gravity" over the weekend.
It turns out that some of the more dramatic uses of physics might not hold up to close inspection. Check out Tyson's entire Twitter breakdown after the jump!
It's a good thing that the cast and crew of "Fast and Furious 7" seem as eager to share images from the set as we are to see the damn thing.
Vin Diesel has been updating his Facebook page like he was... Vin Diesel. (There's no better analogy for that.) And now the series' new director, James Wan of "Insidious" and "The Conjuring," his tweeting out some badass imagery himself.
Wan's latest dispatch features one very slick ride and some info about the new villain for the seventh entry into the series.
Click past the jump to see the new picture.
By Ryan Rigley
Looks like somebody finally let the cat out of the bag. While there have been a number of big name actors rumored to have auditioned for a role in "Star Wars VII," nobody has officially confirmed whether or not they have read for a part. Until now, that is. Last week, Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna," "The Lovely Bones") spoke to Empire Podcast about auditioning for a role in "Star Wars VII" that required using a lightsaber.
"I'd imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that he needs," Ronan muses. "But nobody has a clue what it's about, and nobody's read the script. Even if I don't get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber. That was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!" So which lightsaber-wielding female did Ronan read for? Jedi? Sith? Or perhaps both, as is the case with one Tahiri Veila.
By Alex Zalben
The first trailer for "I, Frankenstein" has hit the Internet, and it is AMAZING. From the producers of the "Underworld" series, "I, Frankenstein" casts Aaron Eckhart as the titular monster, wandering the world before getting embroiled in what looks like a battle between demons and angels, or possibly Frankensteins and Gargoyles.
The movie is written and directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux (who previously appeared in – and created - the "Underworld" series), and also stars Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski.
Point being, January can't get here soon enough. So in celebration of this momentous event, we made a few posters for the movie – and even provided a blank one, so you can make your own!
By Amelia Mularz
The government shutdown is NOT projected to affect Goobers sales. Thank god. Head to an institution you can count on—the movie theater̵and catch a flick. Here's what's happening this weekend:
On the Big Screen: "Gravity"
Gravity, the sexiest of all of Newton's laws, has always been a mainstay in entertainment. There was the song by John Mayer, and later a jingle of the same name by Sara Bareilles. Also, the witches in the musical "Wicked" defied gravity, as did Bieber's hair for most of 2012. Well, this weekend Sandra Bullock (Ryan Stone) and George Clooney (Matt Kowalski) get a massive dose of weightlessness when their characters get lost in space in Alfonso Cuarón's new film "Gravity." The movie will take you for a ride, it'll revive your love for oxygen, and it'll have you wondering if the characters are wearing adult diapers under their space suits. James Cameron has already called it "the best space film ever." That coming from the guy who gave us "Aliens"? Um yeah, go see it.