Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this magnificent Monday? The Madden 16 video game has a new ad using movie stars, we have a supercut of awkward celebrity interviews and a video that shows iconic horror themes with much different sounds. But first, watch how teenagers react to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer and learn just how many people Batman has killed over the years. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a new three-minute supercut that shows every time Batman has killed one of his enemies in the live-action movies. The final number may surprise you, and it's interesting to see the ways that Batman has dispensed of his enemies, from the 1989 Batman all the way up through 2012's The Dark Knight Rises.
Fine Brothers Entertainment's long-running Teens React series is back, with a group of kids reacting to the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. It's refreshing to learn that most of these kids are sick of the fairly new Hollywood trend of splitting the last book in a series into two movies, and it's entertaining to watch them geek out over their favorite parts of the book being translated to the big screen.
Late August normally brings the arrival of fantasy football drafts happening all over the country, along with the latest installment in the long-running Madden football video game series. With Madden 16 debuting tomorrow, EA Sports has put together a five-minute video entitled Madden: The Movie, where actors Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse team up with NFL luminaries Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown and Rex Ryan to take down an evil boss in a game of Madden.
J. Matthew Turner has put together an insightful five-minute video that attempts to prove that Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is the real bully in the 1984 classic The Karate Kid. The video brings up some interesting points, showing how William Zabka's Johnny Lawrence was just trying to turn his life around, and it's Daniel who actually instigates all of the main fights.
When actors and filmmakers participate in press junkets to promote their movies and/or TV shows, it's an all-day affair that brings them face to face with dozens of journalists for a slew of interviews. Sometimes, things can get a bit awkward, as you can see in this supercut from Worldwide Interweb, where stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Aniston and Jerry Seinfeld, take interviewers to task for strange questions.
Muted Vocal has put together two very interesting videos that alters the theme songs from iconic horror movies and TV shows, changing them from a "minor key" to a "major key." While it may seem like an insignificant difference to the less musically-inclined (like myself), the results are quite surprising. These changes turn themes from The X-Files, Jaws and Psycho from creepy to cheerful and even inspirational.
Now You See It has put together an insightful video essay that shows just how important opening shots are in movies. This seven-minute video breaks down the opening shots in four classics, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silver Linings Playbook, Little Miss Sunshine and Silence of the Lambs. The narrator shows us everything we learn from these shots, and what the filmmakers were trying to convey.
Geekologie found an an interesting wedding cake that has a superhero surprise. The front side looks like a traditional cake you'd find at any wedding, but the back side hides iconic superhero designs such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Batman and Iron Man. Little is known about who came up with this cake's concept or the couple who asked for it, but it's rather impressive.
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