Chris Hardwick, Sam Witwer, Patrick Warburton Join Cast of Tales from the Borderlands

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BREAKING E3 NEWS: Chris Hardwick, Sam Witwer, Patrick Warburton join the cast of ‘Tales from the Borderlands’

Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick and Star Wars: Clone Wars’ Sam Witwer will join the cast of ‘Tales from the Borderlands’ as best friends ‘Vaughn’ and ‘Rhys’

Plus: Nerdist team will square off in Evolve tournament at E3 Expo

June 5, 2014, Burbank, CA — Breaking: Chris Hardwick and Sam Witwer will be joining the cast of the upcoming series ‘Tales from the Borderlands’ from Telltale Games and Gearbox Software in partnership with 2K Games. Chris joins the main cast in the role of ‘Vaughn,’ best friend of ‘Rhys,’ played by Sam Witwer, as the two Hyperion workers venture to the desert world of Pandora in search of a mysterious vault key. The cast will also include the talents of other actors such as Nolan North, Nerdist podcastfavorite Patrick Warburton, and multiple members of the cast of the ‘Borderlands’ series including Dameon Clarke. Continue reading

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Nerdist All Star Bowling Jimmy Fallon &Questlove vs. Neil Degrasse Tyson

We all know Neil deGrasse Tyson is a whiz in astrophysics, but how is he as a bowler?

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And why are Jimmy Fallon and Questlove wearing ascots?

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Can SOMEBODY explain why Seth Herzog is wearing velvet tighty-whiteys and leg warmers?

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Get all the answers and see who wins this crazy and outrageous bowling competition on the brand new episode of All-Star Celebrity Bowling on theNerdist Channel!
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Team Fallon:
Jimmy Fallon
Qwest Love
A.D. Miles (Head Writer)
Steve Higgins (Announcer)Team Nerdist:
Chris Hardwick
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Jonathan Coulton (singer songwriter)
Seth Herzog
The video goes live at 1:30 PST today!
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PaleyFest 2013 The Walking Dead Panel Photos

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PaleyFest 2013 openend last night at the Saban Theater with the cast of AMC”s “The Walking Dead”. It was a great night and a lot of fun to see a sneek peak of the episode that will air on Sunday 3/3/13. Chris Hardwick was an amazing moderator and asked the cast some great questions. I’m compiling the notes from the panel and will post here as soon as done.

Deadline.com has great coverage here for the panel:

EW.com posted the “10 things we learned from the cast last night”:

1. Character development will play a big role in Season Four.
“I think there may be a wee bit less of the run and gun. And [we'll] get a little more into some of our characters,” Executive Producer Greg Nicotero told EW. “The challenge with a show like this, when you have a big ensemble, is you don’t want any of the characters to get lost; it’s important that we know what Carol’s story is and that we know what Beth’s story is. And when you’re trying to service a lot of characters, it becomes challenging. Watching the first season of Walking Dead and seeing how grounded it was, that’s really important to all of us. Andy Lincoln and I spent a lot of time going through the scripts and making sure we feel that they’re grounded. Because that’s what keeps our audience coming back. The walkers and the gore and the action and stuff, that’s fun, that’s the popcorn part of it. But if you don’t have characters that people are invested in, you lose your audience.”

2. Rick’s descent into madness won’t last for long
Even though Carl doesn’t seem to think that he’s fit to lead anymore, Andrew Lincoln assured EW that Rick isn’t going to be this way forever. “I think you’ll see in the next episode a turning point happens and he realizes his responsibilities. And hopefully he’ll come back from the brink. But certainly since the death of Lori and the pressure imposed by The Governor, he is in a state of shock, grief, and stress, and he has had a breakdown. It’s tough times for Rick, but it’s always tough times for him, isn’t it? He never gets a day off, this guy.” Later in the panel, Lincoln came back to Carl’s criticism: “He has a point. I have been making some terrible calls. So, you know, bless him. Parenting in the apocalypse.”

3. Daryl could lead, but he’d probably rather not
Norman Reedus immediately deflected the idea that he’s become the fan favorite. “We all have our people,” he said. But when asked whether or not he thinks Daryl has the capacity to step up and lead the group, Reedus was much more assured. “I don’t think he wants to be the leader in any way. Like with Randall, remember Randall? There’s a whole episode about ‘what do we do with Randall’ and Daryl just kind of quietly went in there and beat the s— out of him and came back with bloody knuckles and was like ‘yeah, what’s up?’ He wasn’t like ‘look at me, look what I did!” I think if he had to lead, it would be reluctantly,” said Reedus. “He doesn’t want to talk about feelings or make you feel better about the future. He just does stuff. He gets it done.”

4. What Glenn really wants
Steven Yeun said in Glenn’s perfect world, “The Governor would be dead and he would be happy with Maggie in a field full of…food.” He said his world would be like a savory Willy Wonka factory. With steak trees.

5. Everyone is scared of Carl the child soldier
Lincoln said of Carl’s recent changes: “I see a boy turning into a soldier, which is a terrifying thing. And I think that that story between the group, the family, and this seemingly wayward boy turning into a child soldier is a terrifying and very interesting arc that we follow in the last five episodes.”

6. Andrea does not have feelings for The Governor anymore
Laurie Holden told EW: “I think she thinks The Governor is disgusting at this point. She didn’t sleep with him because she was having a weak moment. She slept with him because she had every intention of doing what Carol suggested. But it’s not easy to just slit someone’s throat when they’re sleeping. She doesn’t have all the information. She doesn’t know about Maggie, but at this point it doesn’t matter. He’s gross to her.” In the panel discussion, Hardwick referred to the almost murder as “Carol’s creepy vagina warfare,” causing Reedus and Lincoln to fall apart laughing.

7. Shipping Daryl and Carol
An audience member asked if we’re ever going to see them make out. Reedus said, “I like these two damaged people gravitating towards each other. It might happen…I don’t want to make the first move.” Reedus added, “I don’t think he has much game.” Given the shrieks that comment solicited, either he actually does have game, or he doesn’t and his female fans just don’t care.

8. Andrea and Michonne: not a cat fight 
Holden told the audience that “Andrea and Michonne are two adult women who wanted different things. Andrea did not choose a guy over her. After eight months she wanted a life and she wanted a community. I think this one [Michonne] could have ended up anywhere and she would have been unhappy.” She added, “I think that she didn’t want to share Andrea with anybody. She was happy when it was just the two of them. And I wish that they really had been able to have a deeper conversation before Michonne left those gates.”

8. If Season Two ended with a hopeful cliffhanger…
“I would say [the Season Three finale] is the opposite of last year. In every way,” Holden said.

9. Season Four is underway
Executive Producer Gale Ann Hurd told EW that “the writer’s room has cooked up the first eight episodes, and they’ll probably start writing next week. And we start shooting May 6. We’re still finishing the season finale – editing and music.”

10. If you’re a fan, they’re listening to what you have to say
Comic creator and Executive Producer Robert Kirkman told EW, “we have the best fans in the world. If you go to the site, you see the message boards and can find out what they like and what they don’t like. We look at that, so we know sort of what fans want and what we don’t. They’ve given us a lot of interesting ideas. We’re ultimately going to do something that’s entirely unique and ours, but the fans are going to be very happy.” Sometimes the suggestions aren’t entirely helpful, but amusing nonetheless. Kirkman said, “we get a lot of requests for zombie animals.” EP David Alpert added, jokingly, “I’m not going to rule out seeing a zombie polar bear in Season Four. Because you never know.”

The gallery below are the photos I was able to get during the panel. enjoy!

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Nerdist Industries at WonderCon

NERDIST INDUSTRIES TAKES CENTER STAGE
AT WONDERCON
Live podcast panel with special guests will highlight Friday night 

Los Angeles, CA, March 11, 2012 – Nerdists of the world will unite in Anaheim as Chris Hardwick brings Nerdist Industries to WonderCon in a live panel discussion with friends, laughs and surprises. Hear the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Nerdist Industries talk about all Nerdist-centric goings on for 2012 and beyond.

The evening’s agenda will include a lively walk through the premium Nerdist Channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/nerdist) with an exclusive video surprise for all in attendance. Additionally, Hardwick and fellow panelists will explore the thriving Nerdist podcast network (www.nerdist.com), Nerdist News and TOKYOPOP newsletters (www.nerdistnews.com).

The Main Ballroom of the convention will become the Nerdist Ballroom for an hour of comedy, insight and fun at 5:30 on Friday March 16th.

Joining Chris on the panel will be Nerdist contributors:

Alison Haislip – Four Points, Course of the Force
Alex Albrecht – Four Points
Matt Mira – Just Cos, The Nerdist Podcast
Kumail Nanjiani – Indoor Kids
Emily Gordon – Indoor Kids
Steve Agee – Indoor Kids
Chloe Dykstra – Just Cos

“Last year I had the pleasure of moderating the Doctor Who panel at Wondercon, and saw some amazing booths & people walking the show floor. At the time, I had only wished that this Con was closer to where I live in L.A. With the news that it had moved to Anaheim in 2012, I can only infer that I willed this into reality. Naturally, I’m super-excited—both for the southern migration of Wondercon and my weird new psionic power.” –Chris Hardwick.

Team Nerdist will be touching on:

The Nerdist Channel: The newest member of the Nerdist Industries family goes live on April 2nd. Shows from the brains of Harry Knowles, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Zombie and Hardwick himself have already been announced, but Wondercon will get the first public announcement of the FULL channel line-up!  www.youtube.com/nerdist

The Nerdist Podcast Network: The home of Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira and Jonah Ray’s signature podcast as well as host to a variety of podcasts including The Indoor Kids w/ Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, The Nerdist Writer’s Panel with Ben Blacker, Sex Nerd SandraYou Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and many many more. Find out who has new podcasts coming to your earholes and what you can expect from some of your favorites! ww.nerdist.com/podcast

Course of the Force: Get more details on the pre-Comic Con Olympic-torch-style relay from Santa Monica to San Diego this July.  Find out what awesome celebrities have already jumped on board the Force train and how you can get involved.  Runners take their marks July 7th, 2012. www.courseoftheforce.com

Nerdist News and TOKYOPOP: Find out what’s important to nerds daily and free with the e-mail newsletter from Nerdist Industries. Get a peek at where the exclusive news, features and prizes come from! www.nerdistnews.com & www.nerdistnews.com/tokyopop/

Nerdist.comMeet the original voices that come together to form the choir of beautiful harmonies that make up Nerdist.com, the web’s best source for original minds. www.nerdist.com

Please note all times, dates and locations are subject to change.  

FRIDAY, MARCH 16
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Nerdist Industries Live! w/Chris Hardwick
Location: Ballroom, Third Floor

The host of BBC America’s The Nerdist and AMC’s Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick will host a lively discussion of his newest ventures, with special guests from the all-new Nerdist Channel on YouTube, and his podcast network and comedy shows from Nerdmelt Theater in Los Angeles. Join Chris and friends for a no-holds barred conversation and some surprise announcements!  

ABOUT NERDIST INDUSTRIES
Nerdist Industries is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular-culture content – a true next generation media company. Founded in 2008, Nerdist is the brainchild of comedian, author, podcaster and new media personality Chris Hardwick. In 2011, Nerdist and GeekChicDaily merged to form Nerdist Industries with Hardwick serving as Founder and Chief Creative Officer and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin, co-founder of GeekChicDaily, serving as Chief Executive Officer. Nerdist Industries investors include Legendary Pictures, Mandalay Enterprises, Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise, Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo and Revolution Studio’s Joe Roth. Nerdist Industries’ partners in its premium YouTube channel include The Jim Henson Company, Broadway Video Entertainment and The Chernin Company. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA.

For more info:
Resources
Website – www.Nerdist.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/nerdist
Twitter - @Nerdist@Nerdistnews@Nerdistchannel
YouTube – www.youtube.com/nerdist
Daily email newsletter – www.nerdistnews.com
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