Here's a bit of light-hearted fun to kick off your count-down to the weekend - a new video of actor Tom Hiddleston announcing the weather for Fox 32 Chicago. Interrupting the network's regular presenter, Hiddleston stepped into frame to help explain the 'Godly' reason behind the fierce tornadoes and heavy downfalls the area has been experiencing. The star was originally there for an interview with Jake Hamilton on Good Day Chicago, promoting his upcoming slew of projects, however it seems at some point he was asked to try his hand at a little weather reading too.
'My brother from another mother has been misbehaving. The God of Thunder has brought his skill-set to bear on the local weather. So there is this huge storm-front coming in and all that means is Chris Hemsworth has taken his hammer and has smashed it on the surface of the sky and it's going to rain a hell of a lot. So good luck with that!
Hiddleston has been keeping himself very busy of late, making the rounds to promote his upcoming films I Saw The Light (2016) and High-Rise (2016), as well as the TV mini-series adaptation of John Le Carre's The Night Manager (2016). Along the way he's also been fielding questions about the rumour he may be stepping into the shoes of 007 spy James Bond. The response to the video, which was posted to Jake Hamilton Fox 32 Chicago's Facebook page, seems to be mostly positive, with quotes ranging from 'This is awesome' to my personal favourite, 'Cloudy with a chance of elevated estrogen levels'. Despite Hiddleston looking a little awkward (like he was kind-of asked at the last minute maybe...) the thespian pulled off the feat with aplomb. So if you need a little pick-me up in the form of a good looking guy discussing a Norse Gods elemental tantrum, then check out the video below.
The Jurassic Park (1993) franchise, begun by Steven Spielberg back in the early nineties, made a lot of its money on the back of its photo-realism. Never before had dinosaurs looked plausible and downright frightening. However, if a plan was hatched to bring back these ancient beasts back today (which thankfully archaeologists and other scientists have ruled out thanks to the good-old half-life of DNA), my belief is that society would not necessarily follow in the footsteps of the 'building a theme park' trope like the first and fourth movie, but would instead treat the world to a documentary on the Jurassic inhabitants.
So what would that look like? Well, wonder no more, with YouTube user Mashable Watercooler re-imagining the billion-dollar franchise as a Disneynature documentary. Channelling the style of The House of Mouse's original features Bears (2014), Chimpanzee (2012), and African Cats (2011), the video is titled 'Raptors' and has all the elements to make a successful documentary - including a likable protagonist name Littletail, a range of buzzwords to keep you interested (Love, Struggle, Wonder, Joy, Danger, Passion, Uncertainty), and of course a soaring musical score to elicit emotion at all the right moments.
Frankly, if it was a real film, I for one would watch the hell out of it. Especially with the next instalment of the beloved series not likely won't hit theatres for another 2+ years. So, if you need something to tide you over in the meantime, or simply want a reminder as to why Jurassic Park (1993) was so fun to begin with, make sure you check out the video below.
Marvel studios has listened to fans complaints about the lack of strong female superheroes on-screen recently, by adding Scarlet Witch to their cannon, but now they're also looking to improve the gender balance behind-the-scenes by creating a competition for science-minded young girls. Partnering with the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange, the studio have organised a program for girls ages 15 - 18 to create projects that could, like the Avengers, change the world for the better. The designs must be submitted alongside a short video, which explains and demonstrates the potential for their idea.
To be considered the idea must also have relevance in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics), thus encouraging other young women to pursue careers in this field. The campaign was launched this week, with a little help from Marvel stars Elizabeth Olsen and Emily VanCamp, who recorded a short introductory video to encourage young girls to apply. In the video, Olsen reiterated how their project should share in the ideals of the movies to make them a reality by showing; '[A] commitment to safeguard humanity, protect the earth at all costs and make the world a better place for future generations'.
The pool will be whittled down to five finalists, who will be flown to California to present their project in front of a panel of industry experts. They will also all hit the red carpet for the Captain America: Civil War (2016) world premiere on April 12, receive a $500 savings account, and get to tour the Walt Disney Studios. But the best news of all is that the lucky grand-final girl will win an exclusive internship at Marvel Studios. Applications and other information regarding the program can be found on their official website. You can also watch the video below.
While fans wait the cold, long winter (or in Australia - the hot, dry summer) until HBO's Game of Thrones (2011) returns this April, they can enjoy a hilarious new mash-up video featuring US Republican Donald Trump to tide them over. The video, created by political satirist Huw Parkinson for the Australian Broadcasting Commissions show Insiders (2001), takes a mocking look at the Presidential candidate's fierce media exchange over comments to 'build a wall' to keep immigrants out of America.
Titled 'Game of Thrones: Winter is Trumping', the parody begins with Trump telling the Khaleesi and her Dothraki horde that he will not let them pass into the borders of Qarth, before going head-to-head with Jon Snow and the men of the Night's Watch to reinforce their boundaries. Lines like 'The people are with me. 100% are the people', simply reinforcing the profound stupidity of the situation.
It is not the first time Parkinson has created such genius political mash-ups either, with the producer also behind the viral 'Seinfeld in Australian Politics' and 'I'm a Fixer' Christopher Pyne parodies. The new video comes in light of Trump's increasing successes in early voting, with the ex-businessman knocking a bunch of well-established Republican candidates out of the race, including Jeb Bush. You can watch the parody video below.
Lastly, as part of the Christmas cheer that came our way this year, we received an update on how Macaulay Culkin's Home Alone (1990) character Kevin McCallister fared in later life, with the actor reprising the role in an online video for web series DRYVRS. The clip, which featured Culkin reminiscing about his 'polka-groupie' mother and creating a branding iron out of a coat-hanger, was likely a nod towards 2015 being the 25th Anniversary of the film's release. But he wasn't the only actor from the original franchise, however, to join in the fun, with Daniel Stern the actor behind bumbling bandit Marv hosting a Reddit AMA on Christmas Eve, and recording yet another video response.
In his clip, we find the tables have turned, with Marv now the one that's home alone and faced with the prospect of a terrifying intruder. He's seen what Kevin grew up to become (a guy who apparently murdered a car-jacker), and he's begging Harry to come find him so he doesn't meet the same fate. Whilst the video is of course very tongue-in-cheek, it's a hilarious follow-up, and very fitting for a film that has stolen the hearts of audience members all over the world come Christmas time. It's also a great homage to the original, with Stern beginning the video with the trademark 'Harrrrry... Harrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy' line from the second film, before concluding with his washing-machine skeleton screams as the clip concludes.
When discussing the film during the Q&A time, Stern even mentioned which of the scenes was his favourite to shoot, and found he couldn't pass up the Tarantula moment from the first film. "They were all a ton of fun, [but] my favourite was having the tarantula crawl on my face. Not only was it really fun and funny to do but it was a personal challenge to overcome my fear of having something that ICKY and deadly crawling on my face. It was even freakier because I had to do that scream, which meant my mouth was wide open too - and I was afraid the little bastard might take a detour down my throat! AAAAAAAAAH!". You can watch the video below.
If 2016 is the year of superhero films, then 2015 is arguably the year of Star Wars, and what better way to celebrate that (and the new movie) than by checking out some bad lip readings of the original trilogy. Put together by the team over at Bad Lip Reading, the three new videos parody the classics Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). I won't spoil the fun for you by quoting all the best lines, but I will say that it is on par with the humour and irreverence of previous outings like The Walking (and Talking) Dead, and Redneck Avengers. In the first minute alone of Star Wars: A Bad Lip Reading there's a brilliant exchange between Darth Vader and Princess Leia. So if you need a bit of a weekend distraction to while away the hours, then check out the three videos below.
Find out what happened to Home Alone's Kevin McCallister as Macaulay Culkin guest stars in a new web-series
If there's one downside to watching movies it is that once those credits roll we usually never really get to know what happens in the characters' futures. Do they live happily ever after? Or do they die miserable? Well, in a new video released today, we finally get answers about the fate of one beloved character - the young Kevin McCallister from the Christmas classic Home Alone (1990).
Sadly, like Macaulay Culkin career it's not a good one, because underneath all the laughs and humour of an eight year-old boy taking down two dim-witted thieves, lays the emotional scars of being chased by madmen and left behind by your family. If that's not traumatic I don't know what is. The video, which is part of the new DRYVRS web series, is all very tongue in cheek mind you, with the basic plot following guitarist Jack Dishel calling for an Uber-style car-ride that turns into a weird outing when none other than a grown-up Kevin McCallister picks him up.
Even if he's never actually mentioned by that name. He's married now (his wife Anna likely being a throwback to My Girl's (1991) Anna Chlumsky), but a total emotional mess, still unable to forgive his mother for abandoning him two years in a row, turning him somewhat psychopathic. He might have the skills to take down any would be car thief, but now Kevin's grown up, he doesn't really know where to stop. It's a weird video, and one of the first real acting gigs we've seen Culkin in for a while now. He's even still got the scream down pat... You can check out the video below.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) officially opening as of midnight last night, there are bound to be spoilers galore lurking out there on the inter-webs. But there is one new video released yesterday that is completely spoiler free, brought to you by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The host and his band The Roots have teamed up with the cast of the new sci-fi epic to bring fans a beautiful acapella rendition of the Star Wars score.
Featuring newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and Adam Driver (all of whom have stunning voices), as well as old hands Chewbacca, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, the group deliver a powerful performance of everything from the traditional theme song all the way through to the new music played in the trailers.
While the move seems a little cheesy, it is pulled off with grace galore, teaming up the cast and their dark or light side counterparts at exactly the right moments (i.e. Adam Driver leading the menacing Darth Vader march), and using the 'Brady Bunch' style windows to present visual gags as well. So check out the videos below, before heading to the cinema to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
It was one of the biggest announcements of Marvel's year when they cast young Brit Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man, but executives for the studio may be resting a little easier today after new footage has arrived showing just how seriously the young actor is taking the job. In a video uploaded to Instagram by Holland, the actor is seen performing a range of gymnastics routines as training for his role. After all, Spider-Man does need to be light, strong, and sleek.
And Holland is every one of those in the new footage, deftly performing back flips, spins, and a number of other moves which will help his portrayal of the famous web-slinger. Although Holland wrapped his part in Captain America: Civil War (2016) earlier this year, the standalone Spider-Man (2017) film is approaching, so the actor hitting the gym can only mean good things as the films shooting schedule draws nearer.
Details around the film are rather sketchy at this point, with Jon Watts tapped to direct from a script by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. No other casting or plot details have been released as of yet. If Sony and Marvel can firm up their production plans though (which seem likely given Holland's intense training regime), maybe we might just get a Christmas miracle, and see the Spidey film hit production before the year is out. Fingers crossed. Until then, make sure you check out Holland's video below to see just how good he is.
The Merc with a Mouth was back again on the weekend for Halloween, taking a rather elaborately staged snap with some mini X-Men (the kids really are adorable). While the original story was a little bit weird, today we finally got the news on what exactly went down when Deadpool tried to recruit his new heroic team, with a new video released from the Fox Studios.
The results are a hilarious look at what happens when you pair up swearing with children, and especially children who are coached into discussing the horrible past superhero fails Reynolds has been a part of (Green Lantern and the awful Wolverine solo film for starters...) At least he was good enough to tell them not to turn around in the final photo. Does the video perhaps go too far in terms of cynicism, crassness, and immorality? Maybe, however I am definitely looking forward to the film when it bows February 12th next year. If you are too, then check out the new video below.
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