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Even though we're still a little under a couple months until The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters, it's probably safe to say our heroes will defeat the title villain before the end of the film (though we wonder if we'll lose some team members in the process). However, the folks at "Saturday Night Live" are ahead of the curve by predicting flawless victory for our heroes in a new sketch from this past weekend's new episode with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, as the host. And with the battle over, the God of Thunder is ready to party like a frat boy as he's interviewed live on the news, and he even seems a bit drunk already. Watch!
Ever since the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp's latest sci-fi flick Chappie debuted, there have been plenty of comparisons to RoboCop and Short Circuit. And now the trailer mash-up that we all expected has finally arrived. A clever editor has utilized footage from Short Circuit and edited it to the audio from one of the trailers for Chappie. The result shows that the films definitely share the same concept and basic story between Johnny Five and Chappie, and it's certainly amusing. Of course, I'm hoping Chappie is a little more thoughtful being a contemporary film about future robot technology and artificial intelligence. Watch now!
It's hard to believe, but next year marks the 20th anniversary of Happy Gilmore, one of Adam Sandler's best comedies, and one that has aged surprisingly well considering his recent comedies seem to be getting worse and worse. One of the more memorable scenes from the film involves Sandler's unorthodox hockey player turned golfer getting into a brawl with "The Price is Right" game show host Bob Barker during a celebrity gold tournament. Well, the Comedy Central charity event "A Night of Too Many Stars" brings the two together again. Don't let the hospital setting fool you, these two get into it yet again. Watch below!
If you go look online, there's a lot of parodies inspired by the work of Wes Anderson. Honestly, they all should have stopped after "Saturday Night Live" nailed it by creating the director's first horror film, but here we are with yet another spoof in the style of the director behind The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums. This time, Patrick H. Willems has created a trailer for The Uncanny X-Men as if Wes Anderson directed the Marvel mutant comic book flick. It's quirky and odd as you would expect, and while it's mildly entertaining, it just feels a little uninspired, despite the effort put in. But surely some will enjoy it.
The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is currently being held up by negotiations with the source material's author E.L. James, who wants to write the screenplay to Fifty Shades Darker herself. However, that didn't stop "Saturday Night Live" from hypothesizing what might happen with Christian Grey's playroom in the sequel. The film's star Dakota Johnson hosted the late night sketch show over the weekend, but this sketch ended up getting cut for time. But thankfully, it's been posted online for us to enjoy. It's actually better than most of the sketches that aired for that episode, so I'm wondering why it ended up cut. Watch!
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.