Do you like awesome movies? Good, because right now the summer of 2012 is shaping up to be one of the most overly-awesome awesome movie summers of all time!
What movies are coming up, you ask? How about a little movie called “The Dark Knight Rises.” Ever hear of it? No? Does "Prometheus" ring a bell, or "The Avengers" (known in some circles as "Fury's Seven")? If none of these flicks get your blood pumping, then you've come to the wrong place. But if you want to see a video that highlights what could be the most awesome summer for movies since 1996 (“Independence Day” anyone?), then click below for this week's Talk Nerdy!
Do you agree with our picks? Is there a contender we overlooked? Did my jokes fall way too flat this week? Let us know in the comments below!
by Joel Hanek
This summer could not be any more exciting for comic book fans. The Avengers finally assemble, "Dark Knight" sees his final chapter, and it marks the two year anniversary since we've forgotten "Jonah Hex."
Once again, Marvel and DC will face off —but this time at the box office (Hey, remember the 90's when this happened?) Will "Avengers" be able to break the $158 million opening box office bar set by "Dark Knight" in 2008? Or will Nolan top himself again with "Dark Knight Rises"?
With an ever shrinking production timeframe, director Francis Lawrence has been chosen to helm the "Hunger Games" follow-up "Catching Fire." Although he has a diverse pedigree ("I Am Legend" and "Water for Elephants") some of our experts think they'll miss Gary Ross a little too much.
by Joel Hanek
Will The Avengers be the ones to break The Bat? That’s what analysts are suggesting!
With less than a month before its hotly anticipated theatrical release, pre-ticket sales and buzz for the film are setting the stage for Marvel’s mightiest heroes to top "The Dark Knight's" opening weekend record. Individually, “Captain America,” “Thor” and “Iron Man” have all had solid debuts, with “Iron Man 2” having the strongest opening at $128 million. But that’s still $30 million short of the Caped Crusader. Can the assembled Avengers surpass Nolan’s iconic franchise? Toppling the whopping $158 million that “Dark Knight” raked in over a July weekend in 2008 won’t be an easy feat - but not necessarily an unattainable one.
Keep reading to vote in our poll!
by Joel Hanek
With a little less than a month to go before it's official theatrical release, "The Avengers" premiered earlier this week to rave reviews. While Splash Page Editor Josh Wigler is convinced this is the Marvel movie we have all been waiting for, fellow "Talk Nerdy" panelists Brian Phares and Eric Ditzian still have their reservations about Whedon's envision. Remember, your boo's and hiss's at Eric and Brian work better if they're done in unison.
And while "Avengers" is predicted to make an obscene amount of money at the box office, "The Hunger Games" already has proven to be the movie to beat at the box office this year. Even so, the surprising departure of director Gary Ross from the series has shocked many fans. The resident "Nerds" discuss what this means for the series—but more importantly, allows us to revisit our dream-director wish list. I’m personally voting for Wes Anderson.
The first "Avengers" clip has landed, featuring Black Widow kicking terrorist ass while tied to a chair. I love the scene, but my Talk Nerdy colleagues Eric Ditzian and Brian Phares disagree. One thing the three of us do agree on: the return of Liam Neeson for "The Dark Knight Rises" is completely excellent news. No, we don't know how Ra's al Ghul will return, nor do we care. Following the hot sauce principle, the addition of Neeson to any franchise is always a good thing.
Outside of the comic book movie realm, this week's episode of Nerdy also centered on some "Hunger Games" drama and offered a preview of the weekend box office. Get all that and more in the video above you, and make sure to let us know what you think in the comments section or on Twitter!
Talk Nerdy and Hero of the Week collide today for the first (and hopefully not last) time. Swinging by as Nerdy's special guest hosts this week: none other than Kermit the Frog and Walter [last name redacted] of "The Muppets" fame. The hilarious duo stopped in at MTV News headquarters this week to hype up their home-video release of "The Muppets" on March 20, and were kind enough to field a bunch of other ridiculous questions about "The Avengers," "The Hunger Games" and more.
Find out all about Walter's "Avengers" enthusiasm (as well as his alternate casting suggestions) in the video below. Side-note: this was a lot of fun. If you're ever given the opportunity to talk to a Muppet, by all means, do it. You won't be disappointed.
Tell us what you think of this week's Talk Nerdy, and agree or disagree with Kermit and Walter as our heroes of the week, in the comments section or on Twitter!
Earlier in the week, "Avengers" director Joss Whedon pointed at the incredible Hulk as the most difficult of Earth's Mightiest Heroes to translate to the screen. Ask the co-hosts of Talk Nerdy, and you'll get some different opinions in the mix.
No doubt, Hulk's a tough nut to crack, but there are a lot of tricky pieces to put in place in order for "Avengers" to come out successfully. So we want to know from you: which Avenger are you most worried about Joss Whedon pulling off without a hitch? Vote in our poll and explain your choice in the comments section or on Twitter!
by Joel Hanek
The second official "Avengers" trailer hit the Internets earlier this week and if that didn’t convince you that this movie is worth waiting in line at midnight for, then I have no idea what will. But alas, since it’s the Internet, the naysayers and the cynics have conspired to cast doubt on the awesomeness that is "The Avengers." After watching the trailer, most people have fallen into one of two camps: on one side, there are the fanboys and girls who had their hearts and minds explode on seeing the team assembled in that John Woo-vian circling camera shot. On the other side, viewers remain skeptical of the imminent summer blockbuster’s trailer-by-numbers style (everything from the doom tones a la “Inception” to the mechanical space beasts a la “Transformers”).
Check out this week's edition of Talk Nerdy to join in on the conversation. Which side are you on? Do you agree with @pharesvswild and @ericditzian and think that you need to see a little more before you’re sold, or are you geeking out like @roundhoward and wiping away tears of joy? Either way, let’s all just hope that the dialogue is better than this previous time bomb.
Let us know what your thoughts are in in the comments or hit us up on Twitter!
The days after the Oscars have left the movies world in kind of entertainment food coma. Most news still centers on the ceremony and the nipples and legs that made appearances there. It was going to take a big event to shake Hollywood awake and splash some cold water in the face of the post-Oscar drag.
The new trailer for "The Avengers" was just the cure.
For some reason or another the Academy always seems to overlook the nerdiest of movies when it's Oscar time. Well here on Splash Page, we're saying forget the Oscars ("The Artist", more like "The Fartist!") and we're celebrating (and denigrating) some of the biggest releases in nerdom this past year: everything from the Oscar-snubbed "Deathly Hallows Part 2" to, for better or worse, the forgotten under-performers "The Green Hornet" and "Cowboys & Aliens".
Tweet us @mtvsplashpage with your picks for Nerdy movies in 2011!