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 fantastic Friday? Alfred helps Batman get rid of his bats in a hilarious animated video, CollegeHumor "unveils" Pixar's next seven movies and Conan O'Brien crashes an all-female Magic Mike XXL party. Plus, learn why movie special effects peaked in the 1990s. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Batman has a Bat Problem
Dorkly has put together a clever animated video that shows how Batman's bats wreak havoc for Bruce Wayne's trusted butler Alfred. The video is put together like an 8-bit video game, and it's quite hilarious, with Alfred bringing up a lot of valid points about hordes of bats just hanging around, which apparently contributed to the deaths of several Robins.
Amy Schumer's Don't Talk PSA
While promoting her upcoming comedy Trainwreck, Amy Schumer contributed to the Alamo Drafthouse's long-running series of "Don't Talk" PSA videos. At first, the comedienne appears to be quite friendly and courteous, asking all gentlemen to tell their lady friend's they're amazing. When the subject of talking in the theater comes up, she goes hilariously off the rails.
Pixar's Next 7 Movies Revealed in New Parody
Inside Out has been raking it in at the box office, with hordes of movie goers leaving with tears of heartfelt emotion in their eyes. But what if Pixar's next crop of movies made you cry in much, much different ways? College Humor answers that question with a hilarious parody video that "unveils" the studio's next seven movies. The spoof starts off with Toy Story 4, which is actually set for a 2017 release, but this is a much darker version, where the toys are all that remain in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, as Woody and Buzz search for the last batteries on Earth. If you think that's bad, wait until you see the other six "movies."
Conan O'Brien Crashes a Magic Mike XXL 'Girls Night Out'
Last night's episode of Conan featured a side-splitting segment where Conan O'Brien joins his assistant Sona and her lady friends for a screening of Magic Mike XXL. The nine-minute video shows Conan hanging out with these ladies, trying to get some insight into why they're so obsessed with the movie, and he even convinces a local waitress to join them. And be sure to watch for a special cameo at the end.
Learn Why Movie Special Effects Peaked in the 1990s
If you're of the persuasion that thinks movie special effects have gotten out of control, then you should enjoy this new video from StoryBrain, which explains how movie special effects peaked in the 1990s. The video breaks down how, after 2004, technology advanced to the point where full CGI-created environments were made possible, but viewer's brains still can't quite process these seamless CGI images. While CGI will never fully go away, this video offers a compelling explanation on why they should be scaled back.
A Kansas Town Changes Its Name to Hill Valley to Celebrate Back to The Future
Exactly 30 years ago today, Back to The Future was released in theaters nationwide, and one town in Kansas has done something awesome to celebrate. The Butler County Gazette reported this week that the city of Augusta, Kansas will change its name to Hill Valley, Marty McFly's (Michael J. Fox) hometown in the classic, for today only. The town's Augusta Theatre, which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year, will play all three Back to The Future films tonight, and there will also be a Marty McFly look-alike contest, parade, barbeque and even an actual DeLorean, which fans can take pictures with.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Writes a Touching Letter To a Sick Terminator Genisys Fan
Reddit user bizzyjay recently shared a heartwarming story about how he took his ailing 72-year-old father to Terminator Genisys, even though he didn't want to see any more movies since his health is failing. The 30-year-old son wrote that he saw his father smile for the first time in months during one particular scene. As it turns out, this story found its way to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who responded with the handwritten note to the ailing father, which you can see above, and the following message on the Reddit thread.
"Wow. I'm in Korea on a whirlwind tour but you stopped me in my tracks. This is so touching. Thank you for sharing. I'd like to say 'this is why I do this' but you should know it was you who made your father smile. It was your presence and caring. Happy birthday, you've got a lot of wisdom for 30 years."
Original 1988 Sony/Nintendo Prototype Playstation Uncovered
Imgur user Dan Diebold made an incredible find in a box of "junk" belonging to his dad, a 1988 prototype for the first Sony/Nintendo Playstation. Nintendo and Sony did team up for this gaming system, which was unveiled at the 1991 CES convention, but one day later, Nintendo partnered with Phillips for their CD-ROM technology, which lead to Sony developing their own Playstation console. According to Diebold, his dad worked with a man he thinks is named "Olaf," who used to work for Nintendo. His dad found the console in a box of junk he was supposed to throw out. It's possible that the "Olaf" he's referring to is Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson, co-founder and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and that this could be, literally, the first ever Playstation console.
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