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 terrific Tuesday? Ant-Man gets mashed up with Zoolander, Real Fake History explores the battle of Klendathu in Starship Troopers, Mission: Impossible gets an Honest Trailer and the Fantastic Four reboot gets a meta mashup with Roger Corman's unreleased 1994 version. We also have a complete breakdown of the specific changes made from the original Star Wars movies for the Special Edition releases. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mission: Impossible Honest Trailer
It's Tuesday, and you know what that means? Another Honest Trailer from the Screen Junkies crew. Today they break down Mission: Impossible and all of its sequels, in honor of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation's release this Friday. They tear apart the strikingly similar plots in all of these movies, while poking fun at a franchise trademark: the use of "Scooby-Doo" masks.
Tom Cruise's Epic Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon
Tom Cruise stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to promote Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, but before the interview got under way, the action icon and talk show host engaged in an epic lip sync battle for the ages. Tom Cruise even teased a lip-sync rendition of "Old Time Rock and Roll," the Bob Seger song he famously danced to in Risky Business, but decided against it, stating it wouldn't be "fair." The battle ended with a duet between both competitors, singing "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers to an unsuspecting woman in the audience.
Star Wars Videos Break Down Special Edition Changes
There are many younger fans who have never see the original theatrical versions of George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, since all of the current Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD sets feature the Special Edition re-releases from 1997. While we wait for LucasFilm to finally bring back the beloved theatrical edition fans have been clamoring for, Youtuber Marcelo Zuniga has put together a series of videos that breaks down all of the changes made from the original theatrical cut to these Special Editions. These videos run between 12 and 15 minutes apiece, but it's well worth it for those who have never seen the original theatrical versions.
Reddit user westmontblvd took it upon himself to mash up the box office hit Ant-Man with the 2001 comedy Zoolander with a photo that compares two scenes from the wildly-different movies. The Ant-Man scene in question is where Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) presents his vision for Cross Industries with an intricate model of the new facilities. This is hilariously similar to a Zoolander scene where Mugatu (Will Ferrell) presents a model of the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good to Ben Stiller's title character. The photo is altered, replacing Cross' model with the one used in Zoolander, but the line Derek Zoolander delivers in the actual scene below is just priceless.
Fantastic Four Gets Roger Corman Mashup
Vulture has delivered yet another memorable Remix, which takes the audio from next month's Fantastic Four trailer and mixes it with footage from Roger Corman's unreleased 1994 The Fantastic Four adaptation. The result is more impressive than you might think, and if you want to know more about the 1994 version, you can check out the 2014 documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four.
Real Fake History Explores the Battle of Klendathu in Starship Troopers
Machinima's web series Real Fake History is back with another episode today, exploring the Battle of Klendathu from Starship Troopers. One "expert" suggests that the co-ed showers at boot camp distracted these soldiers, since all they could think about is sex, while poking holes in their training and attack strategies. Check back next Tuesday for Real Fake History's breakdown of The Battle of New York in Marvel's The Avengers.
The Final Inception Song Performed on Cello With Accompanying Lyra Dance
/Film's Dave Chen is an accomplished cellist, and to promote his new CD of looping cello music, he collaborated with dancer Danaë Montreuil to create a unique performance of Hans Zimmer's "Time," the final song from the 2010 blockbuster Inception. This gorgeous song accompanied by the artful dancing is truly a wonderful combination.
Game of Thrones Names Hilariously Auto-Corrected
Like most fantasy movies and TV shows, HBO's Game of Thrones has several unusual names that we won't see in the real world (not yet, anyway), such as Daenerys, Oberyn and Khal. Artist James Chapman has put together an amusing set of images that show how some of these names may be "autocorrected," with "Sansa Stark" turning to "Santa Stark," "Daenerys Targaryen" turning into "Dangerous Targeting" and much more. Check out James Chapman's site for the rest of these images.
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