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? A Star Wars Darth Vader cosplayer is seen "choking" people at Comic-Con, Season 2 of True Detective is recut as a 1970s cop show and Andy Richter delivers a fantasy weather report. Plus, a tournament-style breakdown of the best summer movie ever. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
True Detective Season 2 70s Reboot
Last week, we showed you a remix of Ant-Man as a 1950s horror movie, and today Vulture is back with a new remix, which mashes up Season 2 of HBO's True Detective with the hit 1970s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Given the rather chilly response to this new season, many may think this remix is a vast improvement over the show itself.
Darth Vader "Chokes Out" Comic-Con
There aren't many places where you'll find several random strangers pretend to be choked by a Darth Vader cosplayer, but San Diego Comic-Con is one of those places. Wired put together a hilarious video with a man dressed as Darth Vader, equipped with a camera on his costume, going up to total strangers and "force choking" them, as they wonderfully play along. The video takes an awesome turn around the one-minute mark, where this fully grown Vader meets a young Vader, and a light saber battle ensues.
Conan's Andy Richter Delivers a Fantasy Weather Report
The hit late-night talk show Conan broadcast live from Comic-Con all last week, delivering a number of terrific nerd-friendly segments plus interviews with several of the stars who attended the convention. On Friday's episode, Andy Richter delivered what started out as a regular "weather report," with the current temperatures for the San Diego area, before exploring the forecast for several fantasy realms, such as Middle Earth, Narnia, Dune and a terrific 5,000-year forecast for Westeros. Winter is coming, indeed.
Real Fake History Explores Game of Thrones' Battle of Castle Black
Machinima's Real Fake History web series is tackling the wonderful world of Westeros with this week's episode, where they delve into the history of Game of Thrones' Battle of Castle Black, at the end of Season 4. One of the surviving giants in Mance Rayder's army, Bu Won Dun Bu Way, reveals in an interview that he was "tricked," believing there was cake on the other side of The Wall. Next week's Real Fake History explores the journey of Little Mac in Mike Tyson's Punch Out, so check back next Tuesday for that.
Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time
With the summer movie season in full swing, Screen Junkies has assembled a team to determine which summer blockbuster is the best of all time. Instead of just formulating a list, they have put together a seeded tournament system, where three panelists vote which movie will advance in the tournament. The winner of this 16-film tournament may surprise you, especially considering the movie it beat in the final round. But all are worthy candidates.
Stan Lee Marvel Cameo Infographic
MorphSuits has put together a handy infographic that breaks down every single one of Stan Lee's cameos in Marvel movies, from 1989's The Trial of the Incredible Hulk to this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Marvel legend even made a cameo during 20th Century Fox's superhero-centric Comic-Con panel, where he asked for the fans' support in begging the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create a cameo category at the Oscars. While that probably won't happen, at least you can check out all of his cameos in one place with this infographic.
Disney 1990s Animated Movies Supercut
Youtuber indrancole3 has put together a wonderful supercut of 1990s Disney animated movies, set to the Jose Gonzalez song "Step Out." If nostalgia is what you're looking for on this particular Tuesday, look no farther, because this three-minute video features all of your favorite Disney hits from the 1990s.
J.J. Abrams Felt Terrible For Clearing out Hall H Before Kevin Smith's Panel
At the end of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel in Hall H of Comic-Con, director J.J. Abrams had quite the surprise for his fans, inviting all 6,500 of them to attend a free concert conducted by legendary composer John Williams. As you can imagine, the room exited quite quickly, leaving a rather empty arena for the next panel, where Kevin Smith debuted the first Yoga Hosers trailer. The director recently spoke about being upstaged by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and as it turns out, director J.J. Abrams felt really bad about it. Kevin Smith revealed on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast that J.J. Abrams was extremely apologetic, saying to him at the panel, "Oh my god, I'm so sorry, I feel like Darth Vader." He later received an email from J.J. Abrams, which included the following passage.
"I'm mortified, I'm f--ing like I would never do that to anyone, let alone somebody I adore, like you."
Kevin Smith added on the podcast that he plans on using this to guilt his way into getting J.J. Abrams to make him a "fat Stormtrooper" in one of the upcoming movies. When all was said and done, Kevin Smith did end up drawing a decent crowd at his panel, as evidenced in this photo from his Friday night panel.
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