To paraphrase Sunday night’s Best Actor winner, pop culture is now a flat circle.
After the Oscars spent four hours honoring the legacy of classic films, Jimmy Kimmel inaugurated an early class of viral videos into the highest level of consumer-driven culture — all thanks to the help from some big movie stars.
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With assists from Oscar winners like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Ben Kingsley, and Waltz — as well as Ellen DeGeneres, Mandy Patinkin, and Queen Latifah — Kimmel made movie “trailers” for would-be prestige films based on the likes of “Keyboard Cat,” “Charlie Bit My Finger,” “David After Dentist,” and “Ain’t Got No Time For That.”
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Beyond creating instant meta viral videos, Kimmel also pointed the way to the next phase in the era of franchising and intellectual property reboots; after all, there are only so many superhero remakes the world can stand before demanding something different (but not too different). He also subtly poked fun at just how formulaic the movies that are seemingly made explicitly to win Oscars have become.
Check out the four videos, above and below.