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It's become tradition for Jimmy Kimmel to have some fun with a cavalcade of Hollywood's biggest talents right after the Academy Awards are over. Last year he had actors like Kevin Spacey star in feature film adaptations of internet viral videos, and previously he delivered trailers for Movie: The Movie as well as the sequel Movie: The Movie 2V starring the likes of Tom Hanks, Jessica Chastain and more. This year he put together The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong'o, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Aniston and of course, Matt Damon (and tons of other actors and actresses as well). The late night host also gave Neil Patrick Harris a pep talk after the show too. Watch below now!
Even though the 87th Academy Awards are tonight (we'll have the list of winners available here after they're announced), the weekend already saw another celebration for cinema with the 30th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring achievements in independent filmmaking. It's one of those years where there's actually a lot of overlap with the Oscars and the Spirit Awards, with Boyhood, Birdman, Whiplash and Nightcrawler (though Selma got more love from the indie world). You can see the winners right here, but if you missed the ceremony on IFC last night, then you simply must check out this spectacular spoof of Birdman featuring comedians Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Bill Hader, Miles Teller and more.
This weekend, the New Zealand comedy What We Do in the Shadows hits limited theaters in the United States and will expand to more theaters in the coming weeks (see the release schedule and participating theaters right here). And in order to help get the word out about this worthy comedy following a group of vampire roommates, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (both of who also co-wrote and directed the film) have taken to Funny or Die, as Vladislav and Viago respectively, to tell everyone about the rules of the vampire. If this movie is playing somewhere near you, please go see it. It's simply fantastic. Watch below!
For the past two years, CineFix has rounded up some adorable kids to reenact the Best Pictures nominees, and they've done splendidly by acting out scenes from Argo in 2013 and Her in 2014. Now it's 2015, and there's a whole slew of new Oscar nominees to adorably recreate. Kids with fake beards and mustaches by itself is hilarious, but having them act out scenes from The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper makes it even better, especially when the fake baby in the recreation isn't any better than the one used in the real movie. My favorites though are the kid versions of Whiplash and The Imitation Game.
If you've been paying attention to movies lately, you know that men are constantly being depicted unfairly as being bumbling idiots or tyrannical villains. When's the last time you saw a movie showing a handsome man as the hero? Meanwhile, women are having all the fun, taking all the meaty roles in Hollywood, winning all the awards, and every single superhero movie out there is taken by a female. Well, this seems to be because of something called "The Frozen Effect," named for the Disney animated film Frozen from 2013 where two sisters take the lead, while the major male roles are relegated to an oafish ice salesman or an awful phony lover. This is a problem, and it's dissected with flawless logic and awareness below. Watch!
Have you been hoping to land an iconic action star, but you just can't afford the paycheck that goes along with it? Well, look no further than this collection of footage from the YouTube channel Green Screen. Somehow they've gotten Jean-Claude Van Damme to star in three minutes of green screen footage that can be downloaded, edited, shared, remixed and more for whatever you require from the Muscles from Brussels himself. Do you need a JCVD death scene? They've got it. Do you need him wielding a sword? No problem. Do you need him sneaking around stealthily with an assault rifle? You're in luck. Watch below!
"28 dinner jackets in 23 films." James Bond is known for many things, dressing in suave suits being one of them. Many have tried for years to profile his jackets, or feature them as marketing for expensive fashion designers. A die-hard Bond fan has created a website dedicated to Bond's fashion and recently debuted and infographic that "breaks down James Bond’s 28 black tie outfits by every part of the outfit. All illustrations are based on examples from the James Bond films." It's titled "The Suits of James Bond" and highlights everything from the style to the color to the tie itself. As a big Bond fan myself, I can't help sharing this here.
Pretty much everyone is well aware of the abundance of lens flares in the reboot of Star Trek from director J.J. Abrams, so much that it's become a bit of a tired joke to even reference that element of the film anymore. And to put the nail in the coffin, fan Dylan Browne decided to put together a video showing and counting every single lens flare that appears in Star Trek. And if that wasn't enough, he also went through the trouble to see how many lens flares were also in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Browne says that even he underestimated just how many lens flares there were in the film. Watch below!
It seems like everyone has something to gripe about with this year's nominations for the 87th Academy Awards (except for maybe the nominees themselves), and we even looked at some of the most egregious snubs along with the pleasing surprises from this year's field of honorees. But rather than gripe about the nominations, The Shiznit (via The Playlist) took aim at most of the big players this awards season and gave them honest movie posters. American Sniper, Selma, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Foxcatcher and more all get skewered. Love or hate the movies, these are clever.
"Some days you wake up, and life just kicks you in the bollocks." Yep. It's Monday, no ones wants to be at work, it's cold out there, the office probably has pranks planned. It's not going to be a fun day. Or is it? The short film Bad Day at the Office from director Nick Scott tries to put a spin on the old fashioned idea of a "bad day at the office". I won't even make the obvious Office Space comparison, because this is much more like Wes Anderson meets Lars von Trier than anything from Mike Judge, but whatever it takes to convince you this is worth 10 mins of your time. There's a polished, professional feel to this and the FX (including all the make-up) look great. It's not the best film I've ever watched, but it's the perfect short to start the week.
In case you haven't heard, Taken 3 is pretty terrible. It's boring, has awfil action, a predictable story, stupid villains and still doesn't measure up to that surprisingly great first film. But thankfully, it looks like Taken 4 is going to be infinitely better. Sure, Taken 3 may still be in theaters, but this sequel looks so damn exciting that you're going to be anticipating this one more than The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In this one, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) finally gets the co-star he's always needed: Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Honestly, this could reinvigorate the entire franchise. Watch!
For anyone who loves Chris Pratt, you probably already know that the final season of "Parks & Recreation" premieres this month, and will be over in just eight weeks. The show was a breakthrough role for Pratt, but now he's in a completely different role as an action hero following his fantastic turn in Guardians of the Galaxy and this summer's role in Jurassic World. And because the internet loves combining stuff they love, we get to see Pratt's dimwitted but loveable Andy Dwyer from the NBC comedy series if he ended up working at Jurassic World in a mash-up called Jurassic Parks and Recreation.
Even though we're in 2015 now, there's still plenty to look back at in 2014. Another year end video that we just stumbled upon and wanted to feature is one called "2014: How We Used Slow Motion" made by The Nerdwriter YouTube channel. The video is simply a showcase of some of the best slow motion moments from movies of 2014, including some music videos and TV shows like "Sherlock" and "True Detective". Of course, there was a lot of impressive cinematography in 2014 (A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Birdman) and it's invigorating to see so much talent out there. That said, slow motion moments are always fun, and it's cool to see the technique used in different ways. The real winner is the Quicksilver scene from X-Men.
We've refrained from doing a list of the worst movies from 2014, simply because we'd rather take time to highlight the films you should see, rather than just bash the ones that we don't really want to talk about anymore. However, Yahoo has put together a video that is simultaneously entertaining and also calls out some of the bad movies that made it to the big screen this year. And the best part is that it's short, and uses dialogue from the films being dishonored to deliver quick but tough blows. My favorite is the line they chose from Dwayne Johnson for Hercules, which I can't believe is in that movie, since I have not seen it yet.