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 learn about a heavy metal band inspired by The Simpsons' Ned Flanders, the new trailer for The Hateful Eight gets mashed up with The Thing and a breakdown of Wonder Woman's costume evolution. We also get to watch as a scientist dissects Fantastic Four! So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The Hateful Eight Meets The Thing
Inspired by The Hateful Eight trailer's "isolation, snow, dudes and Kurt Russell," Youtube user Paul Garrison Dean has crafted a wonderful mashup with the 1982 horror classic The Thing. The video shows The Hateful Eight footage with dialogue from The Thing that, with the help of some crafty editing, works incredibly well. Kudos, Paul Garrison Dean.
The Simpsons Goes Metal
Any fan of The Simpsons knows that Ned Flanders and heavy metal music don't exactly belong in the same sentence. A Phoenix band calling themselves Okily Dokily is making that happen, and as you can hear in the player above. They even have Ned Flanders costumes. Billed as the world's only "Nedal Band," their new four-track demo features a song inspired by The Leftorium, Ned's store for left-handed folks. You can visit the group's Bandcamp page to listen to the demo and purchase it digitally, where you can name your own price, and check out their Facebook page. If you're in the Phoenix area, Okily Dokily will perform their first ever live show Saturday, September 5 at 8:00pm at The Trunk Space.
Neil Patrick Harris Revisits Doogie Howser, M.D.
Neil Patrick Harris paid a visit to The Late Late Show with James Corden earlier this week, where he re-created his "creepy" voice from the 1980s classic series Doogie Howser, M.D.. It's quite eerie, actually, hearing him bring back his childhood voice, but also very entertaining.
Wonder Woman Costume Evolution
Costume Discounters has put together a handy infographic that breaks down every different version of Wonder Woman's costume in the comics, film and TV. Spanning from her first comic book appearance in 1941 all the way up to next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It certainly is interesting to see how the costume has changed throughout the years while still retaining several of the original elements.
Fantastic Four Science Breakdown
Fantastic Four is officially a box office bomb, but if you're looking for a few redeeming qualities, or some reason to drag yourself to theaters, then you might want to check out Screen Junkies' latest edition of Movie Science. The site has brought on USC physics professor Dr. Clifford V. Johnson, who says there is some merit to some of the scientific aspects of Fantastic Four, except, you know, the whole travelling to other dimensions thing. While the movie science ultimate crumbles, Dr. Johnson brings up some interesting points and theories the film is playing with.
What The Disney Universe Would Be Like With The Internet
Dorkly has enlisted the help of JHall Comics to come up with a few intriguing comic strip images that depict how some beloved characters in the Disney universe might be altered, if they had access to the Internet. Featured in this strip is a Craigslist ad inspired by Cinderella, Merida from Brave using Tumblr, and the "creep" Prince Charming "assaulting" Sleeping Beauty. The last one is just too perfect/disturbing for words.
Phallic Symbolism In Movies
Now You See It has an intriguing breakdown of phallic symbolism throughout film history, and what themes they convey. The video breaks down films such as Inglourious Basterds and Alien, just to name a few, exploring how the filmmakers used phallic symbols to convey different themes in these stories.
New Infographics Break Down Fictional Character Travel Times
Travel Math has put together two infographics that break down how long it would take various characters and vehicles throughout film and television to travel from New York to L.A. We also get a comparison of how long certain iconic spaceships would take to literally travel around the world, as opposed to a regular airplane (38 hours), and much more.
That wraps it up for today's Nerd Alert. Do you have any suggestions for future Nerd Alert columns? Hit us up on Twitter @MovieWeb and send us your suggestions, and it may even make it in the next edition. Check back on Monday for the next installment of Nerd Alert.