Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Revisit the entire Terminator franchise in 10 minutes, learn which superhero is the most toxic, and watch Paul Rudd fart his way through an Ant-Man interview. We even have Stephen Colbert taking over a Michigan cable access show, where he interviews Eminem. And Giant Robot Wars! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Press junkets can be tedious affairs, for both the press and talent involved, but mostly for the talent, who are forced to spend an entire day listening to, largely, the exact same questions over and over again. During the Ant-Man junket last weekend, Paul Rudd decided to "spice" things up a bit by "farting" through an entire interview with Clevver Movies. You're a national treasure, Paul Rudd.
USA Challenges Japan To a Giant Robot Duel
Just weeks after ABC brought back the robot fighting series BattleBots, robotics company MegaBots Inc. has stepped things up a notch, issuing a challenge to Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a giant robot duel. You see, Suidobashi Heavy Industries recently unveiled their 9,000-pound fighting robot dubbed the Kurata, but these two unnamed dudes from MegaBots, donning Aviator shades and American flags as capes, think their MegaBot Mark II can defeat it in battle. It's unclear whether or not Suidobashi will accept the challenge, but even if they do, the fight won't take place for another year. One can only hope that this does happen, on the 4th of July next year, giving Americans something else besides fireworks and hot-dog eaters to cheer for.
10-Minute Terminator Franchise Recap
With Terminator Genisys debuting in theaters this week, JoBlo has a nifty 10-minute recap of the entire Terminator franchise. The video is quite thorough, offering numerous tidbits of trivia on The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation.
The Most "Toxic" Superheroes Online
Anti-virus company McAfee has come up with an infographic breaking down the superheroes that are the most connected to malicious websites trying to infect your computer with viruses and malware. This year, Aquaman holds that title, with a risk percentage of 20%, meaning if you search for Aquaman, there's a 20% chance you'll land on an website trying to attack your computer.
Stephen Colbert Interviews Eminem on a Michigan Cable Access Show
In preparation for taking over the hosting duties on CBS' The Late Show, Stephen Colbert took over a Michigan cable access show called Only in Monroe, where he interviewed rapper Eminem. Instead of just hijacking a segment or two, Stephen Colbert hosted the entire 40-minute show, complete with segments where he breaks down the history of Monroe, Michigan, gives shout-outs to his voluntary crew, and breaks down Yelp reviews of local restaurants, before interviewing Michigan native Eminem. With Late Show with Stephen Colbert slated to debut on September 8, one can only hope that Only in Monroe is just the first cable access show Stephen Colbert hijacks.
How to Properly Scare Your Audience
Frame by Frame has put together an intriguing nine-minute video that breaks down the most effective horror techniques to scare your cinematic audience. The video examines three films, The Innkeepers, Changeling and Let the Right One in to show how the most effective scares are often done off-camera.
Game of Thrones Toys From Todd McFarlane
Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and his McFarlane Toys company has teamed up with HBO for a new line of Game of Thrones toys, which will be revealed at Comic-Con next week. The sets range in price from $14.99 to $49.99, with figurines for characters such as Tyrion, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Grey Worm, Ghost, Rhaegal, an Unsullied, a Crow, a Wildling and a Wight running for $3.99 each. As you can see in the photos above, the first set is the infamous Iron Throne room in King's Landing, which includes a number of intricate accessories. There is no word yet on whether any of these figures' heads can be removed...
Behind-the-Scenes of Peter Pan's Disneyland Flight
Disneyland Imagineers Larry Nikolai and Elisabeth Papadopoulos take fans behind-the-scenes as the Disneyland attraction Peter Pan's Flight is re-opened, after a recent refurbishment which added new magic and effects throughout the classic attraction. This three-minute video takes you behind-the-scenes of the popular attraction, showing fans everything that has been upgraded.
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