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? We have the ultimate movie car chase supercut, a custom-made Star Wars-themed Playstation Playbook and Brie Larson reads the "script" from the upcoming Emoji movie. But first, we have a comprehensive breakdown on how the hit Game of Thrones TV series almost never happened. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Game of Thrones History Lesson
If you're a Game of Thrones fan desperately seeking something Westeros-related to pass the time before Season 6 arrives next spring, then you'll certainly enjoy The Film Theorists' comprehensive video about how the series almost never happened at all. Most die-hard fans know that series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff won the approval of author George R.R. Martin by revealing who they thought Jon Snow's mother was, but they certainly weren't the first to try to adapt the series. This video has tons of interesting trivia bits about the development of the show, cameos from the writers and crew members, and why some scenes from the book were cut.
Straight Outta Compton and Pitch Perfect Trailer Mashup
The fine folks at CineMash have taken the R-rated red band trailer for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton and hilariously mashed it up with scenes from a much different musical movie, Pitch Perfect. These movies couldn't be more different, but the mashup, entitled Straight Outta Barden, actually works quite well in surprising ways.
A Pippi Longstocking Reboot Pitch Starring Milla Jovovich
The mad geniuses at Funny or Die have another classic on their hands, with a new video featuring Clint Howard pitching a Pippi Longstocking reboot starring Milla Jovovich. If that wasn't enough, Pippi's sidekick is named Assius, who shoots lightning bolts out of his ass. Watch for a special cameo at the end as well.
Brie Larson and Jimmy Kimmel Read the Emoji Movie "Script"
Earlier this week, Sony Pictures announced they are making an Emoji movie, based on the social networking and texting icons that have exploded in popularity. Since there is no actual narrative behind these weird little faces, the most obvious question is where will the story come from? During a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy Kimmel enlisted the help of Brie Larson to read scenes from the "script," which is actually quite hilarious. Of course, this script isn't real, but just their reading was hilarious, even though it would hardly hold up on the big screen for more than a few minutes. Still, there could be hope for the Emoji movie yet... maybe.
The Ultimate Movie Car Chase Supercut
Michael Mirasol at Movie Mezzanine has created a fantastic 10-minute supercut featuring some of the best car chase scenes in cinematic history. Classics such as Bullitt and The French Connection are among the slew of movies featured in this fantastic video, which was even given a ringing endorsement from director William Friedkin (The French Connection, To Live and Die in L.A.), who posted the video on his own Twitter page. If that isn't reason enough to watch this, then I don't know what is.
Star Wars-Themed Playstation Playbook
Eddie Zarick has turned his ordinary Playstation Playbook laptop into a fascinating Star Wars-themed device, based on R2-D2. When the computer boots up, you'll automatically hear R2-D2's familiar "voice," and the laptop is designed with custom, 3D-printed artwork that looks just sensational. There is even a button you can push to hear more of R2-D2. This isn't the first custom machine Ed has built, but he reveals it's by far his favorite. You can visit EdsJunk.net for more of his designs.
Mad Max: Fury Road and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Trailer Mashup
Ezequiel Lopez has taken footage from the 1963 classic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and cut in audio from the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer for a humorous mashup. Everything doesn't match up exactly, but it's still an entertaining video, especially since the movies share some similar landscapes, at times.
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