The new Baz Luhrmann-directed film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"made a big bang over the weekend at the box office with a $50 million take domestically, but it wasn't the first time the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic had been made for the big screen, Back in 1974, the book was adapted with stars Robert Redford (as Gatsby), Mia Farrow (as Daisy) and Sam Waterston (as Nick Carraway).
While critics have had mixed opinions about the current musically-modernized version, they were far less kind to 1974's take (written by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Jack Clayton) -- the late critic Roger Ebert called it a "superficially beautiful hunk of a movie with nothing much in common with the spirit" of the novel.
But what if Clayton's adaptation had been Luhrmannized? What if you could take jazzed-up modern tunes and a score by Jay-Z and slap them on a hyper-cut trailer of the old film -- would the movie have seemed more exciting?
Film fan Richard Sandling (aka "That Awesome Movie Guy") wanted to find out, and cut a trailer from the 1974 film in the style of today's movie (see below).
Whatever you think of the new "old" film's trailer, the box office battle is still being waged: "Gatsby's" 1974 earnings of $26.5 million would be $121.7 million adjusted for inflation today.
Too hot to handle? Robin Thicke's latest music video for new single "Blurred Lines" may be blurring the line between artistic license and X-rated adult entertainment, according to critics of the video.
In the music video, the sultry singer is surrounded by several models who strip down over the course of the video, save for a few strategically placed farm animals and nude-colored panties.
An unrated version of Thicke's video, with also features rappers T.I. and Pharrell (fully clothed), was pulled off YouTube shortly after its debut late last week, prompting the singer to tweet his disappointment.
"YouTube took down the Unrated version of #BLURREDLINES because it was toot!" he tweeted on Saturday, March 30.
Pharrell responded with similar disbelief: "Why they trying to ban good sh--?"
(Note: Video below has no overt nudity, though it is sexually suggestive.)
At one point during the music video, the phrase "Robin Thicke Has a Big D" appears across the screen. The crooner's last name also flashes in bold red font numerous times throughout the length of the upbeat video.
Representatives for YouTube have thus far not commented on their removal of the video.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the 36-year-old singer explained that he got wife Paula Patton's permission before going forward with the videos.
"When I first got both videos, I liked them both, but I thought the first one is so good maybe we'll just release that and not release the second one," he said. "And then I started playing it for my friends and my lady, and everybody just thought it was great. It's entertainment … Obviously if she (Patton) didn't like it, I wouldn't put it out."
It sure is a good thing that the princesses who live such charmed lives in Disney movies don't have to spend their ever-afters in the real world. Because, as Jon Cozart -- a University of Texas sophomore who's had several YouTube hits already -- notes in his latest viral video, the "After Ever After" can be pretty grim.
Focusing on four Disney princesses -- "The Little Mermaid's" Ariel, "Aladdin's" Jasmine, "Beauty and the Beast's" Belle and the title character of "Pocahontas" -- Cozart's video splits the screen into four images of himself singing and humming every part of the song from background to lead vocal. It's a synchronous delight to hear him crooning his own background vocals, but it's the lyrics -- with music riffed on from each film -- that actually hit hard.
For Ariel, "Under the Sea" becomes "Thanks to BP," a caustic homage to the corporation behind the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Jasmine is stunned to discover her husband has been taken by the CIA as a possible member of the Taliban. Belle's neighbors aren't happy with her shacking up with a half-animal, and Pocahontas goes on a killing spree of her land's European invaders: "I can paint with the red colors in these men."
This is Cozart's first new video on YouTube since last July, when he racked up over 12 million hits with his "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds," and his YouTube channel Paint has several other big hitters as well. As of now, "After Ever After" is right around the 1 million views mark, but expect that to climb in subsequent days.
"Fandom is a huge thing on the Internet," Cozart, who is studying radio, television and film, told the Daily Texan last September. "Fan fiction and things like that have huge followings. Any way I can throw myself onto the wave is good for me."
She's just 6, but the British breakdancer known as B-Girl Terra saw her video fly around the world last week, as footage of her competing in a French competition went viral and earned millions of views.
"She doesn't really understand how big it all is," Gavin Vincent, of Terra's dance crew, Soul Mavericks, told TODAY. "Here in the U.K., her popularity is growing. She has done some local news things but hasn't been on TV shows yet.
B-Girl Terra, who keeps her real name private, is from Wolverhampton, England, and is the youngest member of Soul Mavericks, a London-based troupe of about 16 members who range in age from Terra's 6 to 32.
"She has been dancing since she was 2 years old," Vincent told TODAY. "She just loves to dance. She has been a member of Soul Mavericks for about 18 months. She practices about 3 times a week for about 2-3 hours."
The video that made Terra internationally famous was the French competition Chelles Battle Pro, an annual event held in Chelles, France. Terra competed in the baby battle portion of the event, which includes children under 12. At 6, Terra was by far the youngest competitor, Vincent told TODAY, noting that the next-youngest child in the baby battle was 9.
Courtesy Soul Mavericks dance crew
B-Girl Terra in competition.
Terra didn't win her battle with 11-year-old B-Boy Jalen, but as the video shows, the audience fell in love with the tiny girl in the gray track suit. She rolls and leaps to her feet, kicks and spins, and balances on her head as viewers go wild.
"She was definitely a crowd favorite," Vincent told TODAY, adding that Terra was told backstage that she was "France's sweetheart."
She became a social media sweetheart too. "If someday I have a daughter...PLEASE let this be her!!!" tweeted Michael Ashton.
Soul Mavericks, with B-Girl Terra front and center.
Terra herself wasn't too disappointed in her loss, and she's keeping it all in perspective. She posted Tuesday on her own Facebook page that "I made friends from battlin at France and Jstyles is one of them. Well done Jalen for win. I'm off to school now."
If you liked how they picked apart "Skyfall," you're going to love the way the folks at Cinema Sins completely shred 2008's "Twilight." The first entry in the vampire romance franchise may have a shorter running time than "Skyfall" (sin count 61) but apparently it has nearly twice as many things wrong with it.
(Warning: Video includes bleeped out vulgar language.)
Of course, plenty of these nitpicks are editorial along with the expected flat-out continuity errors and other technical mistakes. Cinema Sins groups all failings and flailings into one batch, which include: characters who show up in one scene but not an adjoining cut; a fan blowing Bella's hair fetchingly as she walks in her classroom, despite it being a cold day; the not-so-subtle angel imagery in reference to Edward, and so forth.
They also wonder about certain story conventions, like how everybody in the sprawling school already knows Bella and her history, asking, "What is it about the pasty, introverted Bella that makes everyone so drawn to her?"
After six minutes the movie's "sin" tally is only 71. But wait: There's a bonus sequence, featuring Kristen Stewart's "Bella Noises" -- gasps, "ums" and so forth -- which ratchets the total up considerably. So stick around for the end; even non-fans of the series will want to see how far this particular stake-in-the-heart penetrates.
Children of the 1970s, you remember "Schoolhouse Rock," the short catchy musical bits that taught kids how to unpack their adjectives, helped them memorize the preamble to the constitution, and taught us all how a bill becomes a law.
Now "Schoolhouse Rock" has met up with another 1970s powerhouse, "Star Wars," in a smashing viral video. The video sets scenes from the "Star Wars" movies (the originals, please, not the sad sequels) to that "Grammar Rock" song "Interjections."
So instead of Reginald being home with flu (uh-huh!), it's Luke Skywalker getting his new prosthetic hand. Princess Leia is the "Geraldine" who played hard to get (ah-ha!), though "Geraldo" (Han Solo) knew he'd woo her yet. And when the "game was tied at 7-all," it's not Home vs. Visitors in a football stadium, but the Empire vs. the Rebels in a galactic brawl-for-it-all.
Wrote one viewer, "This is hysterically funny. I grew up w/ School House Rock and Star Wars in the 70s and am NOT easy to impress when it comes to things nerdy and comical. This had me in tears I was laughing so hard."
Another poster was hoping for a mashup set to History Rock's "Shot Heard Round the World." And he or she may get their wish for more content. The video was posted Feb. 24 by the YouTube account One Minute Galactica, and the poster says another mashup, using "Schoolhouse Rock's" camp-themed "Unpack Your Adjectives," could be on the way. He was a hairy Darth, he was a scary Darth...
Even Roger Moore, a former James Bond himself, has called “Skyfall,” the best Bond film ever made. The 2012 movie based on Ian Fleming’s debonair spy racked up five Oscar nominations and won two -- for best original song and best sound editing.
Yet like all films, it has a few flaws. The fellows over at Cinema Sins have been poking holes in big-time movies like “The Hunger Games,” “Avatar,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and now take on “Skyfall" in a fun viral video.
The video is breezy, clocking in around 4 minutes, but the lighthearted mockery moves a mile a second.
The video pokes fun at the film's insistence that Bond could be shot off of a moving train, fall limply into the water below and somehow survive with minimal injuries. It also zeroes in on huh-I-didn't-notice-that-questions. When Bond is fighting for his life on top of that speeding train, the video asks, “Why is there a random broken piece of chain just sitting atop this rapidly moving train car?” Um, it was in the script?
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Oh, Mister Bond: Did you really survive that fall?
Some of the critiques are absolutely hilarious, asking viewers to think about the unbelievably in-depth evil plan of villain Silva (Javier Bardem). “After the Joker and Loki this is the third stupidest get-yourself-captured-and-then-escape-with-no-real-other-objective plan I’ve ever heard of in my life," cracks the video's narrator.
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It wasn't your typical Oscars song. On Sunday night, host Seth MacFarlane led a number of singers, including the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, in a song he called, "We Saw Your Boobs." The lyrics called out a number of actresses in the auditorium who'd gone topless in movies, repeating, "in the movie that we saw, we saw your boobs." Meryl Streep, Naomi Watts, Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet (repeatedly) were among the women mentioned.
But now someone is striking back, and pointing out the fact that MacFarlane chose to focus only on women who'd gone partially nude in films, not men. Kevin Gisi, an engineer at Mashable.com, put together a hilarious twist on the song, aimed at male actors and called, "We Saw Your Junk."
Sporting a great voice, Gisi dives right in, with "We saw your junk, we saw your junk, in the movie that we saw, we saw your junk." He goes on to namedrop such male actors as Kevin Bacon, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Richard Gere, Ben Stiller and more.
"Mark Wahlberg used prosthetics in 'Boogie Niiiiiiiiiights,'" he sings, gesturing to indicate that said prosthetics were quite lengthy.
And where MacFarlane used Kate Winslet's numerous nude scenes as a joke in his version, Gisi picked someone who's made his name on nudity. He sings, "And Ron Jeremy kept it hidden in (1996 horror film) 'They Bite.' And 'Orgazmo.' 'Crank: High Voltage.' And 'The Chase.' And '54.' But that doesn't make up for the porn!"
Gisi even gets in a dig at the Oscar host himself, singing, "Not a peep of Seth MacFarlane's junk to see, hypocrite!"
But Gisi says that he has mixed feelings about MacFarlane's original song.
"For that particular joke premise, if it didn't offend, it wouldn't have gotten laughs in the first place," Gisi told TODAY.com. "I abhor the objectification of anyone -- but I don't think Seth actively objectified, rather he identified the objectification in the film industry. But I can certainly understand why being so casual about it would make many people feel uncomfortable. My video was just to point out that whether Seth's song was taken as crass and immature, or as insightful social commentary -- there's no shortage of men who've done the very same thing as the women he mentioned."
Gisi had to work hard to get his video together before the Oscar parody lost steam. "It was a fair bit of work," he says. "Honestly, the toughest part was re-orchestrating the music. I was in a rush to get the video up, mainly just concerned that people would be sick of the Oscars if I waited too long. I think I could have done better, but I'm proud I was able to get it out.
His video deftly skewers MacFarlane's number, but Gisi says he realizes what a tough job the "Family Guy" creator had hosting the Oscars.
"Seth tweeted out 'The Oscars is basically the Kobayashi Maru test,' " Gisi says, referring to "Star Trek's" famed unwinnable scenario. "It certainly seems that way to me -- award shows hosts are expected to be roast masters, but in front of too wide an audience to avoid seriously offending many."
While this is Gisi's first video that's gone viral, he releases videos Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on his You Tube Channel, "The Kevin Show."
Somebody likes her. Somebody really, really likes Anne Hathaway. Thus far, those someones include the Screen Actors Guild, the Hollywood Foreign Press and the Critics Choice voters, all of whom have given the co-star of "Les Miserables" serious accolades in the run-up to the Academy Awards (for which she's nominated as a best supporting actress for her role as the doomed Fantine).
Now you can add to the list another list of names: The filmmakers behind a hilarious, altered-lyrics parody of Hathaway's movie-stopping performance of "I Dreamed a Dream." (For those who haven't seen the film, Hathaway's Fantine belts out the tune in a single take shot that focuses solely on her face and shoulders.)
"For Your Consideration" stars Emma Fitzpatrick ("The Collection," "The Social Network"), who has been appropriately grunged up, wears a waif haircut and sports a pretty decent voice as she belts out lyrics like: "I coughed and wheezed and cried in every scene until I died." And, "I lost half my body weight but then they never did a wide shot."
It took eight takes to get the one they liked, Fitzpatrick told The Global Post, noting that she didn't originate the parody concept. The video's director, Alberto Belli, got writer Robert Hill to rewrite the lyrics, "and a mutual friend of ours knew I had short hair and could sing," she said.
And so she does, belting out later: "... And though I had to blow my nose, I did it all in one take, b----!"
"Everything builds really beautifully to that moment," said Fitzpatrick. "That line came flowing out of my mouth very naturally."
Despite poking a bit of fun at the performance, it's true: Fitzpatrick really likes Hathaway. "I thought her performance (in "Les Miserables") was awesome," she said. "As someone in the public eye, you have to be able to take a joke and laugh at yourself. There was no malicious intent."
The 85th Annual Academy Awards airs live Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.
It started off as a well-publicized event in and of itself: Coldplay and Jay-Z co-headlining a show on New Year's Eve at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Ringing in 2013 with two great onstage acts? What could be better?
How about Gwyneth Paltrow making an appearance onstage, dancing to "Run This Town" in this now-viral video?
Paltrow (who's married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin) is visible on the stage along with their kids Apple and Moses. Paltrow engages in what some are calling "champagne sway-dancing," or "pony-tail whipping," while trying to entice the little ones to groove along with her.
It's been fodder for a good bit of mockery, but in our opinion, the Goop-goddess is rightly taking advantage of one of the perks of being one degree of separation from music's most-inner circle.
It's rare these days to hear a musician do anything vocally without realizing that Auto-Tune or some sort of electronic filter has altered the singer's true voice. That makes this video of Belgian beatboxer BigBen all the more impressive.
You don't have to be a fan of electronic music or dubstep or hip-hop or any other musical genre that might sample beatbox elements to be wowed by the noise coming out of BigBen. The 19-year-old says in his video description that he's been beatboxing since he was 3 1/2 ... and that he ate pasta the day before this performance, for what that's worth.
The depth of the bass is surely what's attracting viewers to his YouTube clips. You can almost imagine the sound rattling the windows of a car with way too much bump in the trunk.
If you're new to beatbox, most of what you need to know about its history can be linked to the name Doug E. Fresh. It's fun to watch his 27-year-old video after watching BigBen do his thing.
Set to the visuals of the British band's video for "Gotta Be You," "Pico" dubs phony languages over the top for a dramatic art-house feel.
"They've captivated the world with their music," the intro says. "Now experience One Direction as you've never seen them before. In their first foreign language motion picture." And then, instead of bubbly lyrics about girls and bro-bonding, the gibberish begins.
Turning on the video's closed captioning makes the entire effort all the better, especially when "Ooh, ooh, ooh" is translated as "Ooh, ooh, ooh."
With 82 million views, the real music video is in no danger (yet) of being eclipsed by the spoof's 29,000 views. But Bad Lip Reading does attract a lot of eyes -- this classic "Twilight" spoof has 16 million views.