Most of the Oscars walk-up blah-blah-blah has been Seth-MacFarlane-is-going-to-bomb-as-host this, and what-were-the-producers-thinking-when-they-cast-MacFarlane? that — with a little how-dare-they-not-nominate-Ben-Affleck-for-best-director thrown in. But on Tuesday, attention turned to Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscar plans.
Last year, “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards” was maybe the most talked about thing about the 84th Annual Academy Awards — that and Angelina Jolie’s right leg pulling an Eve Harrington and stealing the show, catapulting it into the mem-o-sphere.
Part of Kimmel’s post-Oscar coup was his premiere of a trailer for “Movie: The Movie” — the most star-studded nonexistent film the world has ever seen. Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Don Cheadle, Billy Crystal and Ellen DeGeneres were among the stars who, well, starred.
(UPDATE: Here’s the trailer for this year’s sequel, “Movie: The Movie: Twovie”):
“Movie: The Movie” was billed as a romantic action thriller comedy drama, based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, with Abrams and Scorsese as directors and Michael Bay as a producer.
Josh Brolin, playing the president of the United States, kissed Edward Norton; Colin Farrell high-fived a sports-playing dog; Gary Oldman made a cameo as a Centaur.
Kimmel said he’d set out to “make the biggest, most star-studded movie in the history of American cinema. . . . Something that packs everything moviegoers love into one spectacular motion picture event.”
“M:TM” garnering nearly 20 million viewers on YouTube and even opened on nearly 6,000 movie screens across the country.
The movie industry being the wellspring of original ideas that it is, a “M:TM” sequel was inevitable. And although it’s no “A Good Day to Die Hard,” the sequel, “Movie: The Movie Twovie” will star Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain, Jude Law, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson and, of course, John Krasinski, because he and Kimmel are BFF neighbors, as we’re plenty sick of hearing.
Last year’s post-Oscar show featured its first sitdown with Oprah Winfrey.
This year’s show will feature Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and “Good Morning America’s” newly-back-after-bone-marrow-transplant host Robin Roberts. Zzzzzzzz.
The 2012 post-Oscar show snagged “Jimmy Kimmel Live’s” second biggest audience ever — behind only his late-night show’s post-Super Bowl broadcast in 2006.
Here’s the original “Movie: The Movie” video: