Every now and then the folks at "Sesame Street" deliver fun, kid-friendly parodies of popular films, and we've highlighted spoofs of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games. And with the 87th Academy Awards looming this weekend, and Birdman being the frontrunner for some big awards, we're happy to see them deliver Big Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants, which puts Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney in place of Michael Keaton's Riggan Thompson. Not only is this fun, but it gets the score right, as well as the single-take style. There's even areference to Raymond Carver. Watch!
We're just a couple days away from Hollywood's big weekend with the 87th Academy Awards airing this Sunday at 7pm ET on ABC. If you haven't check out the full list of nominees for the Oscars this year, you can find that right here. And you just might find that there are some glaring omissions and snubs in the nominee list as we did shortly after the nominations were announced last month. But even though actors like David Oyelowo and movies like The LEGO Movie didn't get nominated, editor Nick Bosworth at JoBlo has been paying tribute to those not nominated with a little video, and this year's installment is here.
"I'll make you a deal - I want three things…" With this film now playing in theaters in Canada, there's no better time to feature the first official trailer for Elephant Song from Canadian distributor eOne Films. Elephant Song is a psychological drama starring Xavier Dolan, the same filmmaker who made Mommy and Laurence Anyways, as a rather eerie patient with a mysterious past. Captain Pike of Star Trek, actor Bruce Greenwood, also stars as the hospital's director, and both Catherine Keener and Carrie-Anne Moss appear as well. I don't want to give away anything else in the plot, but the trailer should give you a good idea what's going on. I missed seeing this at TIFF, and I've been waiting to catch it. I've got to say, this trailer makes me more intrigued, even if I prefer Dolan as a director he certainly can act, too. Take a look.
After debuting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival last month, Taxi to the Dark Side director Alex Gibney is bringing his latest documentary to HBO. The film is called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and as you have probably surmised, it profiles the controversial religion and Church of Scientology that counts several A-list celebrities amongst its members. Now a teaser trailer has arrived to give us a taste of the investigation we can expect when the film hits cable next month. I've heard that it doesn't dig much deeper beyond Lawrence Wright's book on which it's based, but it still sounds informative.
"Don't you dare let me go!" Wow - this is one outstanding, breathtaking animated short film. Cloudrise is a beautiful short animated and directed by Denver Jackson of "DJaxx Studio". The story focuses on Miko and Tenku, who fight off invading pirates on their airship, as this takes place in a "fantasy world above the clouds". The short has a kind of Legend of Korra meets Paperman vibe to it, and I'm really making this comparison in a good way, because those are two of my favorite animated creations in recent years. Aside from the stunning home-made animation, this is an excellent example of innovative storytelling, giving us bits and pieces of the story through creative editing and reveals. This is definitely worth your time to watch.
"Put the money on the ground, and then get in your car, and fuck off." While we're used to seeing Simon Pegg get a little bloody in the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this time things are a little more serious. In Kill Me Three Times, the British actor plays an assassin hired to kill a rich man's wife. But soon some more people end up getting in the way, each with their own desires for money and survival. It's more thriller than comedy, but there seems to be some dark laughs in store. Teresa Palmer, Alice Braga and more star in the film, and now a red band trailer is here with plenty of f-bombs to go around. Watch!
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!
"The only way to break the spell is to bring peace to the surface." After the first peculiar trailer for Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River arrived not too long ago, an international trailer gives us another look at the very strange film. Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Ben Mendelsohn and Saoirse Ronan star in the film that is full of dark fantasy and gorgeous imagery. But it looks like Gosling just may have been trying too hard to make this one work in the end. It feels like the kind of film that sounded good and beautifully artistic on paper but doesn't end up connecting with the audience. Watch?
"Out here everything hurts… now pick up what you can and run!" We've seen some kick ass trailers for this movie already, but why not another one? A short new 1-minute international trailer has debuted for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road and there are just a few glimpses of new footage in this, along with all the awesome music and badass shots we've seen so far. There's not much new stuff, but there is enough to make me keep saying "holy shit!" This is going to be the movie of the summer, move over Avengers, I can't wait for this! Wow. Tom Hardy stars as the new Mad Max, joined by Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, among many others. I still can't believe this movie was even made, and has everything we get a glimpse of in this trailer. Enjoy!
We've been all abuzz with awards talk since the 87th Academy Awards are happening Sunday, and we'll have the winners posted as soon as they are announced during the live telecast. In the meantime, how about we take a look at the past careers of the actors and actresses who were nominated for an award for their work on the big screen. Every actor has to start somewhere, and Flavorwire has put together a little montage showing some of the earliest performances and appearances of talents like Emma Stone, Ethan Hawke, J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette and more. Some are well-known, others are rather surprising. Watch!
In a small amount of time, director Nicolas Winding Refn has made a name for himself as a unique auteur filmmaker, building up an impressive fanbase of cinephiles. Refn found himself in the spotlight after the success of Drive starring Ryan Gosling, and if you've ever wondered what it's like being a filmmaker working on your next project after such success, then you'll want to check out this documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, directed and shot by Refn's wife Liv Corfixen. The film follows Refn as he works on Only God Forgives up through its debut at Cannes, and a trailer has surfaced. Watch!
"You have not seen this before, trust me." As we wait for Adam Sandler to embark on the first film in his new deal with Netflix (it'll be the western comedy The Ridiculous Six), this spring brings The Cobbler. And while we previously hopes that director Thomas McCarthy would help Sandler deliver another worthy dramatic performance, instead, as the first trailer indicated last fall, this is a pretty broad, quirky comedy that just seems to miss the mark. Now another trailer has arrived, and Sandler doesn't even get to have that much fun since he inhabits other people (like Method Man and Dan Stevens) when he puts on their shoes. But this time we get a glimpse at what Melonie Diaz is doing in the film, and she might be the bright spot.
After the initial teaser trailer arrived last year, a full theatrical trailer for the period romance Far from the Madding Crowd, based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel of the same name, has arrived. Carey Mulligan leads the film as Bathsheba Everdene, a young woman who attracts many different suitors, making her life thoroughly complicated. Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen all star in the film along with Juno Temple. This one has been in the can for awhile, and it's not clear why there's been a delay in releasing since it looks fantastic, but maybe there were some post-production woes. Watch below!
In case you missed the action-packed wonder that is John Wick last year, the film is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD for you to bring home. But for those who just want to see Keanu Reeves kick-ass, or maybe don't have time to sit and rewatch the whole movie right now, we have some of the best parts of the film available for you to watch in just seven minutes. Nick DiNizio (via AV Club) has put together a video that counts down every single kill that Reeves makes as the badass assassin out for revenge. If you haven't seen the movie, I'd recommend waiting to see all this kick-assery within the film itself. Otherwise, enjoy!