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We Want to Shine a Light on FanExpo’s Artist Alley: Submit Your Profile Today!

The Nerd Vortex wants to do what we can to support struggling artists and writers. That’s why we’re putting out a call to all of you who will be manning a table in Artist Alley at this year’s  FanExpo Canada. The Nerd Vortex wants to shine a spotlight on all of you who’ve paid for a table to hock your hard work because, let’s face it, anyone who has been to a convention knows some of the best (and most surprising) things are found in Artist Alley.

Just fill out our form (and by all means, add anything you think we’re missing) and send it to nerdvortex AT gmail DOT Com.   Depending on the number of submissions, we’ll be posting our Artist Alley Spotlights daily during the weeks leading up to FanExpo Canada, and will also have a companion piece featured on www.comicbookdaily.com

You’re worked hard and deserve the recognition. Hopefully we can get people excited about this year’s Artist Alley, and a little advertising never hurt anyone.  Spotlight Form after the cut…

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Comic Book Movie Run-Down

Our first glimpse of warm weather reminds us that summer is just around the corner. April showers bring more than May flowers; they bring the start of the summer movie season. What comic book movies hit the big screen this summer? The Nerd Vortex has the run-down on the good and the bad coming to theatres near you.


Release Date: May 6th
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins
Thor angers daddy and is cast out of Asgard.  He finds himself on earth and becomes a superhero.

The Good: The visuals look epic, the cast is solid (Thor stars Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Chris Hemsworth’s arms) and if anyone can pull this off, it’s Kenneth Branagh. Known for his Shakespearean work, Branagh may be able to bring the needed gravitas to ground the fantastical concept. Plus, we get more agent Coulson (Clark Gregg)! You gotta love agent Coulson!

The Bad: Thor could go horribly horribly wrong really fast. Mixing superheroes and Norse mythology is a risk.  One wrong move and Asgard could come crashing down (A la Siege). Setting the right tone is key.  If  Thor or Captain American go of the rails I fear for the Avengers movie.



Release Date: May 13th
Starring: Paul Bettany, Maggie Q, Karl Urban
A warrior priest breaks his vows and hunts down the vampires that have kidnapped his niece. Priest is another film in the ever-growing Paul Bettany Wants to Be a Religious Action Star sub-genre (Seriously, why is this a thing?).

The Good: I’m a sucker for any movie with religious undertones, no matter how cheesy. I watched Season of the Witch for Christ’s sake (pun intended).  Bettany can play brooding quite well, and Karl Urban rarely does wrong.

The Bad: With relatively unknown source material, does Bettany have the star power to fill theatre seats? Director Scott Stewart’s last effort, Legion (also starring Bettany) didn’t do so hot and this looks like more of the same. In an adaptation filled summer season, this may be the one that gets left behind.

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A Bunch of Mad Casting: January Jones to Play Emma Frost and a New Angel

January Jones

Today, all our actresses are just ‘mad’ 

Variety has announced that Mad Men’s January Jones has signed a deal to play mutant Emma Frost in X-men: First Class.  It seems that earlier reports of Alice Eve may have jumped the gun.  Jones plays housewife Betty Draper the early 60s inspired television show.  Emma Frost has transformed in the comic books from socialite, White Queen of the Hellfire club, and enemy, to headmistress of Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters.  I have no idea which one she’ll be playing in this film. 

Yes, yes we have our Angel, but it’s not the Angel you all were hoping for.  21 year old, Zoe Kravitz, has 

Zoe Kravitz

 been cast as Angel.  While there are many angels in the x-men universe I assume this refers to Angel Salvadore, created for Grant Morrison’s New X-men run.  Zoe is the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonnet, and will be seen in 2012’s Mad Max: Fury Road. 

Should I be mad?  Angel is another obscure character to add to the list.  Something smells fishy to me.  

Young actors Bill Milner, and Morgan Lily will play young Magneto and Mystique.

X-men: First Class gains a demon, a scientist, and a musketeer


Hello again, my patient followers.  After internet trouble, computer trouble, and a short but needed vacation, The Nerd Vortex is ready to bring you all of this week’s nerdy news.  And it’s good I’m back because X-men: First Class casting is really picking up–some expected and some…not so much.

Matthew Vaughn is a director who knows what he likes. If you’ve seen one of his films, you’ve probably seen Jason Flemyng’s face up on the screen.  With roles in Layer Cake, Stardust, and Kick-Ass, it was no surprise when he announced at London’s BFU movie convention that he would be in the latest mutant movie.  His character, however, is.  Flemyng told fans that he would be playing Azazel, another character requiring hours of make-up and a CGI tail (Flemyng seems to play a lot of these roles). 

So who is Azazel?  Like Darwin, he’s another recent addition to the X-men Universe.  Demon-like in

Jason Flemyng

 appearance, he’s an ancient mutant (biblically ancient) with the ability to teleport and create portals to other dimensions.  Oh yes, and he may very well be Nightcrawler’s father…you know…until they retcon that out.  I’m filling this with Darwin under “bizarre character additions.”  It seems strange to add characters that are neither recognizable to the movie going public nor favourites.  More importantly, I just can’t figure out how he’ll fit into a plot about the formation of the x-men.  I like Flemyng but he’s got his work cut out for him.  Singer, Vaughn, I hope you know what you’re doing, because you’re losing me.

Rose Byrne

In more logical casting, Rose Byrne has been cast as Scientist, and one time love interest of Charles Xavier, Moira MacTaggert.  The character was briefly portrayed by Olivia Williams in X-men: The Last Stand.  Byrne was recently nominated for an Emmy for her work on Damages.  She’s also earned her geek cred with roles in Troy, 28 Weeks Later, and Get Him to the Greek.

Like Rose Byrne, the newest actor cast, will not be playing a mutant (or so we’re told).  The only name given by Deadline is “The Man in Black” and we don’t think they’re talking about Johnny Cash.  And who better to play our mystery character than Oliver Platt.  Platt is currently starring in Showtimes’ new series ‘The Big C” with Laura Linney.  Looking through his resume I find it hard to narrow down, what type of role he’ll be playing in First Class. 

Could “Man in Black” be a clue?  Emma Frost, the White Queen, has already been confirmed.  Could Platt be playing one of the Black

Oliver Platt

pieces?  Is Jason Flemyng really playing a dimension hoping demon or is this all a ridiculous attempt to make us crazy?

EW Cover features Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

Entertainment Weekly’s new cover offers us our first glimpse of Ryan Reynolds in costume as the Green Lantern.  Sure, it’s a CG costume, but a costume none the less.  Reynolds, who recently played Wade Wilson in X-men Origins: Wolverine will play the ring wielding hero of the DC universe.  Green Lantern’s powers are only limited by his imagination…and that dastardly yellow.  The issue of Entertainment Weekly will include and interview with the star and a behind the scenes look at production.  It has also been reported that Reynolds suppered an injury to his shoulder last week while filming.  The Green Lantern hits theatres summer 2011.  Picture after the cut.
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More Mutants: X-men First Class casts ‘Beast’ ‘Banshee’ and ‘Havok’

The flood-gates have opened.  We have casting, recasting, rumours, and misdirection.







Caleb Landry Jones

Previously rumoured Caleb Landry Jones, has been confirmed as Banshee by EW.com.  Previous credits include football television series, Friday Night Lights, and the award-winning No Country for Old Men.  He will be seen in The Last Exorcism  later this year.

Lucas Til

EW also announces that Lucas Til is in negotiations to play Havok.  Til stole tween hearts as Hannah Montana’s love interesting in the Hannah Montana Movie.  He also played the young Johnny Cash in Walk the Line.





Nicholas Hoult


Hank McCoy has been cast…again. Our Beast is Nicholas Hoult.  Hoult was last seen in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans (but I won’t hold that against him).  He also appeared along side Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s A Single Man.



Kevin Bacon



The plot details for X-men: First Class have been sketchy at best, but every superhero film needs  a baddie. Today’s newest Rumour?
Deadline is reporting Kevin Bacon is in talks to play an un-named antagonist.  Could this be one of the iconic villains of X-men lore, or a new character created by Singer, Vaughn, and the writing staff?  Who knows?



EW has warned us that all may not be what it seems.  The characters names may not necessarily be the ones that will appear in the film. Fox seems to be trying to stop leaks, and keep a few surprises for the theatre.  Rumours about Aaron Johnson and Taylor Lautner have been debunked…for now.

Taylor Lautner, X-men First Class, Girls and Comics

Taylor Lautner

Showbiz411 is reporting that Fox has looked into the availability of the young Twilight star, in hopes of him joining James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in X-men: First Class.  No other specifics have been made public and we are not aware how seriously Fox is pursuing Lautner.  I’m not going to sit here and rant about Twilight (I think I did some of that already) or outright criticize Lautner’s acting.  It Showbiz411 is correct, it tells us a lot more about the production. 

Fox has become a bad word in the mouths of geeks. After the disappointments of X-men: The Last stand, and X-men Origins: Wolverine, many fans don’t want to give Fox another chance.  While those movie’s made money, some of their more resent endeavours have not. Both Knight & Day and the A Team grossed less than the Fox suits expected.  Big names like Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz didn’t bring in the money.  So, Fox wants to go with a working formula.  The Loosers, Kick Ass, and Jona Hex proved that being a comic book adaptation doesn’t necessarily translate into cash. What does?  Being Twilight.  The teen market is still willing to shell over big bucks.  Fox wants a piece of it. Enter X-men: First Class. Continue reading Taylor Lautner, X-men First Class, Girls and Comics