Encountering people in strange, weird, or downright elaborate costumes is one of the reasons a con going experience is so much fun. Now, in the case of San Diego Comic Con, which houses 130,00+ attendees, it means mecca for the cosplayers of the world. Nerds come out in droves to show off their very best. You’ll see all sorts here. From the guy that puts a red bucket on his head and calls himself Iron Man, to some dude dressed in an extremely detailed Samurai-inspired Boba Fett. While those crafty cosplays weren’t seen at this years SDCC, there we’re variety drab and fab costumes.
There are picture galleries for you to view, which you can search for elsewhere, but nothing beats video. Fortunately, we have one of the spiffiest.
The brilliantly geeky duo of sneakyzebra were on hand recording all the cosplay mayhem into a sweet musical recap. Having done several musical cosplay videos before including the London Film & Comic con and London Comic-con, the boys from the UK may have outdone themselves pairing Down With Webster‘s “One in a Million” with one of the biggest events of the year. Featuring notable names like Yaya-Han, Riddle and the Screen Team this is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
In a few weeks time we’ll find out if all the re-shoots, rewrites and delays were worth it for Marc Forster‘sWorld WarZ. So far, though, the zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt has failed to get the attention Paramount Studios was hoping for. Maybe a music video with all new footage of Brad Pitt will help?
Paramount called in British rock trio Muse, to lend their track “Isolated System” from the 2012 album The 2nd Law to the feature-length film. While “Isolated System” was released last year, this version by Paramount features Pitt’s character – UN worker Gerry Lane – and his family unknowingly watching the virus spread until it practically reaches their doorstep. Honestly, if you’re a fan of Muse it’s not half bad song. It’s a real tension builder.
In a strange twist during the red carpet premier of World War Z with MTV, Pitt discussed the connection the band had to the project months before their inclusion.
“At the same time, these guys were reading the book, unbeknownst to us, and were fans of the book. They wrote the album that’s out now, ‘The 2nd Law.’ On it, we found the song, ‘The 2nd Law,’ that we thought was exactly what we were looking for the film,” Pitt said. “It just kind of worked out in a nice, kismet kind of way.”
It must have been fate that Muse would be attached to the film, what with their inspiration from the book leading to their involvement. Hopefully it will help boost the reviews that seem to be aiming for the head. Time will tell, time will tell.
As a possessor of somewhat odd tastes I rarely get to experience multiple things I like all at once. There is no baseball video game with a Tom Waits soundtrack and time travel puzzle solving, and rarely does porn include a healthy dose of 90s style sketch comedy or Aaron Sorkin written dialogue. Here though, below these meager words, lives a collection of assembled cool shit. A joyfulness jambalaya for me and those who dig what I dig.
Behold, Fraggles, The Ben Folds Five, a cute girl (Anna Kendrick), Nerdist, and Rob Corddry — all brought together for the Ben Folds Five video “Do it Anyway”. The cake icing? No Gorgs, man I hate Gorgs.
There, now wasn’t that amazing? It kinda reminded me of that old Weezer video for “Keep Fishing”* that had a horde of Muppets in it. Sadly, Weezer began sucking h-h-hard after the “Green Album” (or maybe during it), so here’s hoping Folds, Darren Jessee, and Robert Sledge don’t fall victim to the felt curse as well.
For those of you who are not quite sure what you just watched, here is a link to the Wiki definition of what a music video is. If you don’t know what Fraggles are, there is no help for you.
*I wrongly said the Weezer video was Island in the Sun. I was totally right about Weezer sucking now though.
Most of you will recognize at least one of the two names, John Scalzi and Jonathan Coulton. One is a fantastic Science Fiction writer / commentator and the other is a terrifically nerdy musician, put the two together then add a creative pinch of Star Trek fan Trekpropguy and you get the wonderful video below. It all started with Scalzi’s new book Redshirts. Scalzi then got Coulton involved.
“A while ago John Scalzi, one of my favorite sci-fi authors (and a pal as well) asked if I would write a theme song for his new novel, Redshirts. I said yes, mostly so I could get a chance to read it. You can read about and listen to what happened next and listen to the song over at tor.com as of this morning. You can also check out the whole series of chats about other sci-fi-themed songs of mine that John and I did leading up to today. I’ll be putting Redshirt up in my store soon, and the band and I will be playing it on our June tour. Hooray!”
Then Trekpropguy heard the song and:
“This video was made in tribute to an awesome new song from Jonathan Coulton called “Redshirt” After the song stuck in my head for several days, I decided to make a video using clips from Star Trek to go with the music. I think I did pretty well. No copyright infringement was intended. All these clips were used from clips available on Youtube. Feel free to share, comment, embed, just don’t modify the video!”
Blend the three together and you get Musical Star Trek magic n a bottle. This NerdeBastard has been a long time fan of Scalzi’s writing and Coulton’s music. This merger of the two has made my day. I’m gonna watch it again once I get this dust out of my eyes . . .
There is a bonus video as well. You see, Scalzi has been learning to play the Ukelele. Who better to perform the first Internet Ukelele cover of “Redshirts” than the author of the book? He’s pretty damn good for an amateur.
Today marks the much awaited arrival of Youtube’s all new channels. Taking a step in the direction towards providing original content, well, more original than all those ball-bustin’ videos, Youtube has partnered with a few our favorite geeks to bring you channels with all new programming. Both channels launching today, the Nerdist Channel from The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick and Geek & Sundry from the mind of Felicia Day, will feature programs aimed at the geek crowd.
So what have they got for us today? Awesome stuff, that’s what. First up from the Nerdist Channel is Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling. In a bowling match for charity Team Nerdist: Chris Hardwick, Alex Albrecht (4Points), Klye Clark (Nerdterns), and Steve Agee (Indoor Kids) will square off againt Team Machinima: Adam Kovic (Inside Gaming – Machinima), Khail Anonymous (ETC – Machinima), Bruce Greene (Wrecknology – Machinima), and Matt Dannevik (Inside Gaming – Machinima).
Okay, I don’t know about you but I kinda want to go bowling now. And not Wii Bowling, which I’m a champion at, but outside the house go to a lane real bowling, which I SUCK at. So there you go, Chris Hardwick’s All Star Bowling has inspired me to leave the house. What did you guys think?
Next is a real treat from Felicia Day’s Geek & Sunday, a new Guild music video! Yay! (Kermit Flail!) It”s a real nerd anthem and it’s already stuck in my head. In a good way.
Yeah, screw those people from high school. Now we’re the cool and trendy ones! “I’m the One That’s Cool” like, “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar” before it, was created by Jed Whedon and Felicia Day and I’m gonna bet it’ll be a real hit at the convention circuit this summer.
So what do you guys think of these new Youtube channels? Hooray for the future of web content, I say. Expect new awesome stuff everyday so make sure you subscribe: Nerdist Channel – Geek & Sundry. Are there any other channels you’ll be checking out? Share ’em below.
Screenteamshow put together this Maroon 5 parody that will make you smile. Sure, the Batman costume doesn’t fit great and it’s not movie quality . . . the guy can dance though, and he had the balls to do it in public.
What really made this video for this NerdBastard was the public joining in to dance their own moves and maybe teach Batman a move or two. There is no need to mention that sexy hot Catwoman in the background . . . you’ll find that out all on your own I’m sure.
For those of you who really enjoyed The Muppets, we’ve got a bunch of news for you! We’ve got two great videos for you, and there may very well be a sequel in the future.
When the Hollywood Reporter asked about the status of a potential sequel, producer Todd Lieberman replied:
We’ve been discussing the potential for something. We don’t know what it is or anything about it, it just started coming up recently — very early, nascent discussions of something potential that I wouldn’t even say is definitely going to happen.
What do you do while you are waiting for your favorite show to return to television?
Write your own Fan Fiction?
Stage your own backyard episodes?
Stalk the series writer, break into his house, jimmy his safe, read all the notes on the upcoming series, get caught by said surprised writer, kidnap said writer after a brief struggle, take said writer and put him in the hole in your basement . . .
Don’t do that,
Do this instead:
Adam Ben Ezra created a masterful music video featuring his fan-made musical version of the opening theme (Morning Routine) and ending titles (Blood Theme) of the hit series Dexter. Then he combines the two into one glorious musical number. Watch the video and tell NerdBastards what you do while waiting on your favorite series to start back up.
In preparation and celebration of the upcoming Muppets movie several bands have come together to cover famous Muppet songs. These songs, including “Rainbow Connection”, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, are then collected on to ‘The Green Album,’ dropping today.
So who gets to cover the famous Muppet’s them song? Why, pretty famous themselves, OK Go. Their music videos are viral phenomenas and expect plenty of winks and nods to those antics in this video for their rendition of the theme song. Also expect to see the Muppets puppeting OK Go (complete with Muppet hands up the band’s rear ends), which is kind of creepy, and a collection of strange ‘morning after’ scenes which tend to be even creepier.
Best part, of course, involves Statler and Waldorf, give it a watch below.