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Nerd Alert: Back to the Future Gets R Rated, Bad Batman and More

11 September 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 futuristic Friday? Check out a fantastic 3D-printed prosthetic arm inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road's Furiosa, another Batman animated parody and Back to The Future gets re-cut with R-rated language. We also have a video that shows you how to become James Bond in just a few simple steps. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Back to The Future Gets Rated R

There is no denying that Back to The Future is one of cinema's enduring classics, but how would audiences have responded to the film if it had F-bombs dropped throughout? Youtuber Andrew Robertson decided to find out, cutting together a seven-minute video of various scenes from the 1985 classic, »

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Oscar-Winning Composer James Horner Dead At Age 61

22 June 2015 9:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Braveheart, Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Apollo 13, Wolfen, Legends Of The Fall, Krull, Battle Beyond The Stars, A Beautiful Mind, Titanic. The list goes on and on.

The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.

Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015

Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.

From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):

Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.

He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »

- Michelle McCue

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Celebrating bad artwork on DVD reissues

17 April 2015 5:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

When a DVD gets a reissue, its distributor tends to change the artwork. Er, not always for the better...

Movie studios love having large catalogues of older movies. They guarantee a revenue stream after all, through TV sales, streaming services, and the occasional repackaging of a DVD and/or Blu-ray edition.

But new packaging means new artwork, and a star who was hot when the film first came around may have faded since. Plus, audience trends change. Plus, there's the added bonus of luring people to buy two copies. Marvellous!

Most of the time, artwork updates go without a hitch. But in recent times, particularly with 90s movies we've noticed, some of the updates, er, 'dumb things down' slightly. Most of these exhibits are from the UK, we should note. If we broadened it more than we had into the Us - which we may do in a future piece »

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