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 manic Monday? We have a letter written by a young Tom Hanks that proved he would be a star, a guide to the most incredible movie and TV weapons and Kyle Chandler returns as Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights for a new PSA. But first, Simon Pegg ranks all of the Star Wars movies. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Simon Pegg Ranks Every Star Wars Movie In One Minute
During LucasFilm's Hall H panel at Comic-Con last month, a behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars: The Force Awakens confirmed that Simon Pegg has some sort of role in the film. While promoting Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, the actor was tasked by MTV to rank all six movies, from worst to first. His answers may surprise you, and it's quite clear he's not very fond of the prequels.
A Guide To the Most Amazing Movie and TV Weapons
The folks over at Morph Suits are always coming up with creative movie-related infographics, and if you're into fictional weaponry, their latest should be right up your alley. They have put together a comprehensive list of movie, TV and video game weapons, ranking them by their "badass" qualities. Only three in this list received 100%, two of which are wielded by The Avengers.
A Fully-Functional M41A Pulse Rifle from Aliens
Jackie Lage has constructed a fully-functional M41A Pulse Rifle used by Michael Biehn's Corporal Hicks in the 1986 movie Aliens. The weapon is a 9mm submachine gun with 50 round magazines and a 12 gauge under barrel shotgun that holds three shells. There is even a red dot sight and a digital ammunition counter as seen in the movie. Unfortunately, the weapon is not for sale, but you can learn more at Max-11.com/TopSecret.
18-Year-Old Tom Hanks' Letter to Director George Roy Hill
During a recent trip to the Library of the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills, NPR came across a letter written by an 18-year-old Tom Hanks in 1974, to director George Roy Hill. The letter was written after the release of George Roy Hill's Best Picture Winner The Sting, revealing why Tom Hanks should be discovered. Even at just 18 years old, Tom Hanks was well-versed in cinematic history and well on his way to stardom.
Dear Mr. Hill,
Seeing that ... I have seen your fantastically entertaining and award-winning film "The Sting," starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and enjoyed it very much, it is all together fitting and proper that you should "discover" me. Now, right away I know what you are thinking: 'Who is this kid?' and I can understand your apprehensions. I am a nobody. No one outside of Skyline High School has heard of me. ... My looks are not stunning. I am not built like a Greek God, and I can't even grow a mustache, but I figure if people will pay to see certain films ... they will pay to see me.
Let's work out the details of my discovery. We can do it the way Lana Turner was discovered, me sitting on a soda shop stool, you walk in and notice me and -- BANGO -- I am a star.
Or maybe we can do it this way. I stumble into your office one day and beg for a job. To get rid of me, you give me a stand-in part in your next film. While shooting the film, the star breaks his leg in the dressing room, and, because you are behind schedule already, you arbitrarily place me in his part and -- BANGO -- I am a star.
All of these plans are fine with me, or we could do it any way you would like, it makes no difference to me! But let's get one thing straight. Mr. Hill, I do not want to be some bigtime, Hollywood superstar with girls crawling all over me, just a hometown American boy who has hit the big-time, owns a Porsche, and calls Robert Redford "Bob".
Your Pal Forever,
Thomas J. Hanks
Kyle Chandler Returns as Coach Taylor in a new Drafthouse PSA
The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain is always coming up with unique PSA videos to prevent their moviegoers from talking, texting or being disruptive during the presentation. Their latest brings back beloved Friday Night Lights character Coach Taylor, played by Kyle Chandler. Do yourself a favor and stop talking and texting, or Coach will get very upset.
Gilbert Gottfried Voices Your Favorite Video Game Characters
Game Informer has tasked legendary comedic actor Gilbert Gottfried to use his distinct voice for several iconic video game characters. If you ever wanted to hear Gilbert Gottfried say "Get Over Here" from Mortal Kombat, then this is surely the video for you. The comedian also lends his voice to Resident Evil, Super Mario World, Altered Beast and many more.
If Characters Said What Actors Tweeted - Part 2
College Humor is back with another installment of 'If Characters Said What Actors Tweeted', following the first edition that debuted a few months ago. This latest video features tweets from Val Kilmer used in Batman Forever, Jim Carrey's tweets inserted into Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Ray Romano's tweets used in Everybody Loves Raymond. In case you missed the first installment, we have both videos for you to enjoy above.
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