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? Friday the 13th gets mashed up with Weekend at Bernie's, Dragon Ball Z gets a live action fan film and Liam Neeson teams up with Stephen Colbert for a Candy Crush movie parody. But wait, there's more! Another mashup brings Star Wars: The Force Awakens and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia together, and a 30 for 30 parody shows how Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Liam Neeson Teams Up With Stephen Colbert For The Candy Crush Movie
Last week, we reported that Activision Blizzard is launching their own movie and TV studio. They also recently made headlines by purchasing the company responsible for the popular mobile game Candy Crush. Stephen Colbert put two and two together and, with the help of Liam Neeson, showed fans what a Candy Crush movie may look like. It's worth noting that Activision paid $5.9 billion for Candy Crush, nearly $2 billion more than Disney paid for LucasFilm, so don't be surprised if a real movie is announced.
Dragon Ball Z Live-Action Fan Film
The Dragon Ball Z franchise is one that has found much more success on the small screen than in cinemas. The 2009 misfire Dragonball Evolution was the last time we saw a live action adaptation of this beloved manga on the big screen, and it didn't fare quite so well at the box office. Black Smoke Films has put together a fascinating 29-minute fan film entitled Dragon Ball Z: The Fall of Men, which is inspired by the original characters but set in a different world that pays tribute to the universe created by Akira Toriyama.
Star Wars 7 Meets It's Always Sunny
Even if you aren't a fan of FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you've probably heard their classic song Dayman at some point. Youtuber Brown Moses has taken this hilarious song and spliced it into the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens released last month. This video is cut together rather brilliantly, with all of the Dayman portions of the song matching up with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens heroes, while the Nightman parts are in sync with Kylo Ren scenes.
In case you haven't looked at the calendar today, it's Friday the 13th, making it the perfect time for a Friday the 13th mashup. Shawn Kohne has put together a fantastic video that collides the Friday the 13th franchise with the 1989 comedy classic Weekend at Bernie's. While at first glance these movies may not appear to have too much in common, they both involve dead people popping up near a lake.
Here's How Rocky IV Ended the Cold War
College Humor has put together a hilarious parody of ESPN's 30 for 30 film series, which shows how Rocky IV ended the Cold War. We hear from boxing analyst Max Kellerman and a number of journalists and historians who break down the events of Rocky IV, including how Apollo Creed's dance number with James Brown wore him out, and led to his eventual death at the massive hands of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). This five minute parody is truly hilarious, and a must watch for any Rocky fan.
The Social Network and Monsters University Mashup
The fine folks at Zenlike Productions have put together a fantastic mashup of The Social Network and Monsters University. While the footage is all from Monsters University, they splice in audio from The Social Network, including that haunting cover of Radiohead's Creep. None of the audio from the trailer was altered in any way, and thanks to some clever editing, this is a practically perfect mashup.
Miles Morales Stars in Spider-Man Fan Film
Before Tom Holland was cast as the new Spider-Man, there had been speculation that Sony and Marvel may use Miles Morales as Spidey in the upcoming reboot. There are still rumors that Miles may show up in this new movie, but until that is confirmed, Bard Tales Productions has created a wonderful nine-minute fan film that offers an live action origin story for Miles becoming Spider-Man, in the wake of Peter Parker's death.
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