Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tantalizing Thursday? Conan O'Brien takes Fury Road to San Diego, Mad Max style, a man dressed as a Stormtrooper walks over 500 miles to Comic-Con in honor of his late wife, and Magic Mike XXL gets an unwanted NSFW spinoff. Plus, Terminator 2: Judgment Day gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment and the Seinfeld "death by envelope licking" theory is put to the test. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Stormtrooper Walks Over 600 Miles to Comic-Con
Fans at Comic-Con will likely see several Stormtroopers this week, but one particular Star Wars fan's journey is much more incredible than the destination he'll reach today at SDCC. Illustrator/photographer Kevin Doyle, a member of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costume fan group, spent just over one month walking 645 miles from San Francisco to San Diego, while wearing a full Stormtrooper costume, all in honor of his late wife, who passed away in 2012 from pancreatic cancer. He is also trying to raise funds for a charity he created in his wife's honor, Eileen's Angels, which provides coloring books, toys, blankets and other items with original artwork to kids going through chemotherapy. You can follow his whole journey on Twitter @501MileWalk, and contribute to this wonderful cause at CrowdRise.com/501MileWalk.
Conan O'Brien Takes Fury Road to Comic-Con
As you may know, Conan will be broadcasting live from Comic-Con this week, and to kick things off, Conan O'Brien put together a wonderful five-minute segment that shows how he made the trek from L.A. to San Diego, by taking the "Fury Road." With Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band providing percussion, and Andy Richter behind the wheel, Conan O'Brien went to SDCC in style, doing his best impression of Coma the Doof Warrior, the flamethrowing guitarist from Mad Max: Fury Road.
Magic Mike XXL Gets a 'Super Hot NSFW Mashup' (Warning: Male Nudity Below)
The bizarre bastards at Funny or Die have taken the Magic Mike XXL trailer and added some celebrity male dancers you might not want to see, such as Napoleon Dynamite, Pee-Wee Herman, Louis C.K. and Billy Elliot along with a number of infamous male nude scenes. Hilariously, they even refer to the flasher at the end of Observe and Report as documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 8-Bit Cinema
With Terminator Genisys currently in theaters, the 8-Bit Cinema crew at Cinefix has transformed the 1991 classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day into a retro video game. I have actually played the 16-bit Terminator game for the Sega Genesis, and every time I see one of these videos, I always wish there was some sort of playable version, somewhere. Get on that, retro video game designers!
Seinfeld's "Death By Envelope" Theory Tested
You may recall a few months ago that Seinfeld star Jason Alexander revealed that actress Heidi Swedberg, who played George's fiancee Susan on the show, was killed off because he couldn't "figure out how to play off her." This resulted in one of the most bizarre TV deaths, where Susan died from licking the adhesive from discontinued envelopes. The folks over at Film Theory have decided to examine this further, MythBusters style, to see if anyone could actually die from licking envelope glue.
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Tribute Video
CLS Videos has put together a lovely tribute to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises. The seven-minute video is presented in split-screen, with memorable moments from both franchises playing simultaneously. For those looking for a quick Middle Earth fix, this will most certainly do the trick.
Will Arnett Performs "Everything Is Awesome" on Lip Sync Battle
If you needed another reason to think that Will Arnett is awesome, then you can check out the actor lip-syncing the hit song "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie on a preview for tonight's episode of Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle. Sporting a bright orange jumpsuit, just like Chris Pratt's Emmet, Will Arnett puts on one hell of a show, even if he isn't actually singing. I'd hate to see who has to go up against this later tonight.
Johnny Depp Visits Australian Children's Hospital as Captain Jack Sparrow
With production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales still under way in Australia, Johnny Depp took some time out of his busy schedule on Tuesday to visit Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane along with his co-star Stephen Graham. The actors are both in full costume while paying these children a visit, as Johnny Depp gives a shout-out to Juiced TV, a show put together by children in the hospital, staying in character the whole time, as he pretends not to know what a camera and microphone are.
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