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 wonderful Wednesday, the eve of Christmas Eve? Patrick Stewart narrates a fictional history of BB-8, The Santa Clause is reimagined as a body horror movie, and a new video illustrates how all movie trailers are the same. But wait, there's more! A new video breaks down all of the Easter Eggs and references in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and we have a new Christmas movie supercut! To start things off, Neil DeGrasse Tyson breaks down the science in Star Wars. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains What's Scientifically Wrong With Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Unashamed of inanity, #TheForceAwakens repeats the Millennium Falcon boast of completing the Kessel Run in "under 12 parsecs"— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 21, 2015
( A Parsec is an obscure unit of distance in Astrophysics, equal to 3.26 Light Years. Neither has anything to do with time. )— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 21, 2015
Whenever a movie that involves any facet of science is released, many fans look to famed astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson for his thoughts on the scientific plausibility of said movie. Naturally, many were waiting with bated breath for his reactions to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and earlier this week he delivered his thoughts through a series of factual and humorous tweets. His observations include the "running" style of Stormtroopers, how BB-8 wouldn't be able to roll in the desert, and much more.
Patrick Stewart Narrates The Fictional History of BB-8
Long before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, BB-8 stole the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere from the moment we first saw him in the original teaser trailer. Only Leigh has put together an amusing parody of VH1's Behind the Music, dubbed Behind the Circuits, that breaks down the fictional background of "actor" BB-8, narrated by Patrick Stewart. This hilarious video shows how BB-8 got his acting start in British theater, alongside Jude Law, plus guest spots on Doctor Who.
The Ultimate Christmas Movie Supercut
Youtuber Lindsay Italia is certainly in the Christmas spirit, putting together a cleverly-edited supercut chocked full of classic moments from your favorite Christmas movies. Lindsay cuts together scenes from Die Hard, A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone and Christmas Vacation.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Easter Eggs and References Breakdown
It's only been a few days since Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormed into theaters, and fans just can't get enough of this blockbuster adventure. Director J.J. Abrams' movie is chocked full of Easter Eggs and references to the original trilogy and the prequels, and in case you missed any of them, Mr. Sunday Movies has put together a comprehensive nine-minute video that breaks down all of these references for you to explore, before you go back to the theater for more repeat viewing.
The Santa Clause Reimagined as a Body Horror Movie
Vulture is back with another one of their weekly "remix" videos, which explores a much different take on a Christmas classic. With the help of some ominous voice over work and cheesy 80s music, this video turns the 1994 hit The Santa Clause into a body horror movie, directed by David Cronenberg.
5 Ways All Movie Trailers Are The Same
This month, movie fans have been treated to a slew of trailers from some of next year's biggest movies, such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and X-Men: Apocalypse, with the Deadpool trailer arriving on Christmas Day. Screen Rant has put together an intriguing video that shows five ways all movie trailers are essentially the same. This video points out how the original track Mind Heist from Christopher Nolan's Inception spawned a number of similar "foghorn" sounds in many movie trailers that followed, while other tropes like "The Bass Drop," "Ominous Voice-Over," "The Montage" and "The Final Gag" have been around for years.
A New Poll Reveals 30% of Republican Voters Support Bombing of Fictional Aladdin Country
30% of Republican primary voters nationally say they support bombing Agrabah. Agrabah is the country from Aladdin. #NotTheOnion— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) December 18, 2015
A new report from The Washington Post reveals some disturbing news about Republican voters and their aversion to the fictional country of Agrabah. Public Policy Polling, which often poses loaded questions to GOP voters, asked over 500 people if they would support the bombing of Agrabah, without mentioning that it was the fictional city in Disney's animated classic Aladdin. 30% of Republican voters were in favor of the bombing, while 19% of Democrat voters would support this bombing.
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