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 fantastic Friday? One tech-savvy fan builds a Thor hammer that is impossible to lift, a real 9-foot Hulkbuster costume is built and the real Paranormal Activity house is used for a hair-raising prank. But wait, that's not all! Find out everything that's wrong with Avengers: Age of Ultron and a new animated short shows Back to The Future's Marty and Doc traveling to the real 2015! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Back to The Future Goes to the Real 2015
College Humor has a hilarious animated spoof that shows what would have happened if Marty and Doc had traveled forward in time to the real 2015, instead of the 2015 depicted in 1989's Back to the Future Part II. Instead of self-lacing sneakers and a hoverboard, Marty is given Crocs and an oxboard in this wonderful parody.
Everything Wrong With Avengers: Age of Ultron
Cinema Sins is back with a massive 19-minute video that breaks down everything wrong with the summer blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the superhero sequel certainly did well at the box office, grossing $1.4 billion worldwide, many thought it wasn't nearly as good as its predecessor, Marvel's The Avengers. Before you revisit Avengers: Age of Ultron on Blu-ray or DVD, check out this comprehensive video that points out the sequel's numerous "sins" and mistakes.
50 Things You Don't Known About Star Wars
Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a comprehensive video that offers 50 obscure facts about the 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. If you're a die-hard Star Wars fan, you may have known a lot of these facts, but for the casual fan, it is quite enlightening, with little-known facts such as The Dark Side of the Force was originally known as The Bogan.
Back to The Future Costume Infographic
Next week, fans all over the world will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Back to the Future, with all three films coming back to theaters for one night only, and a new boxed set on Blu-ray and DVD. The folks over at HalloweenCostumes.com have a handy infographic that showcases all of the different costumes worn by Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Biff/Buford Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) throughout the entire trilogy.
A Real Thor Hammer That Is Impossible To Lift
One of the most memorable scenes of this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron is during a party at Avengers Tower, where Earth's Mightiest Heroes all try to wield Thor's hammer Mjolnir, to no avail. The brilliant minds at Sufficiently Advanced have created their own version of Mjolnir, that literally only one person on Earth can wield. The hammer is actually constructed with an electromagnet from a microwave oven, which is connected to a thumbprint scanner on the handle, which only recognizes the thumbprint of the creator. Therefore, when placed over a metal surface, no one is able to lift this hammer. Make sure you watch until the end, to see how one guy managed to beat the system.
Tom Hanks Acts Out Bridge of Spies Scenes Written By Kids
Before critically-acclaimed drama Bridge of Spies hits theaters this weekend, Tom Hanks stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he acted out scenes written by children, as part of a segment known as Kid Theater. All these kids were given was the title Bridge of Spies, and nothing else, and the results are rather hilarious.
The Walking Dead Protein Bar Mystery
In last week's Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead, one of the most memorable scenes was a callback to the Season 3 episode Clear, where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) reunites with his old friend Morgan (Lennie James), along with Michonne (Danai Gurira). Michonne is seen eating some of Morgan's food, which she justifies with the line "The mat said Welcome," a scene that is brought up during last week's episode, when Morgan asks Michonne if she ate one of his peanut butter protein bars. Michonne says she didn't, but Cyber Cat Films has put both scenes together in one video. While Michonne is certainly eating something, we don't know for sure if it's a protein bar. Could Rick have been the one to steal Morgan's last peanut butter protein bar? Perhaps this mystery will be solved later on in the season.
A Real 9-Foot Hulkbuster Costume From Avengers: Age of Ultron
A previous Nerd Alert column from earlier this month showcased a 10-foot tall Hulkbuster. Today, we have a new video from the fine folks at Morph Costumes that shows how "costume creating genius" Tom DePetrillo created the incredible costume, which took 1600 man-hours to construct and cost a whopping $60,000.
The Real Paranormal Activity House Is Used For a Hilarious Prank
With Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension marking the end of Paramount's horror franchise, the Paranormal Activity YouTube channel has posted a hilarious prank. A number of random people were invited to an open house, but they didn't realize that it was the actual house from the original Paranormal Activity. A number of hidden cameras were placed throughout the house, which was rigged with a number of surprises as these unsuspecting people experienced "The Ghost Dimension."
Mad Max: Fury Road 8-Bit Cinema
The fine folks at Cinefix are back with a new installment of 8-Bit Cinema, with this week's edition centering on the box office hit Mad Max: Fury Road. This wonderful three-minute video recreates several iconic scenes from director George Miller's action masterpiece with low-tech 8-bit graphics, which any fan will surely appreciate.
New Infographic Breaks Down Horror Movie Popularity By City
With Halloween just around the corner, HalloweenExpress.com has taken it upon themselves to scour through Google Trends data to find out what the most popular horror movies are in a number of major U.S. cities. For example, based on Google Trends data, Alien is the most popular horror movie in Los Angeles, while New York City residents favor the original Friday the 13th. It isn't terribly surprising that The Shining is Denver's favorite horror movie, since Colorado's Stanley Hotel served as the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel, but some of these other picks may surprise you.
Watch How Filmmakers Use Color To Manipulate Our Emotions
The Verge has an intriguing three-minute video that explains how filmmakers have been using distinct colors to achieve a certain emotional feel. They even test out their theories by applying different color grades to footage they shot themselves, which drastically alters how one would perceive this footage. This video offers a lot of food for thought, and something new to keep an eye out for whenever new trailers and other footage is released.
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