We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscars special now features more star power than the actual Oscars, a Diet Coke about movies made us tear up, and revisiting Sacha Baron Cohen's red carpet ash-throwing.
As with the actual Academy Awards, your appreciation for Jimmy Kimmel's annual post-Oscars special depends in large part on how forgiving you are of leisurely paced, star-packed television. Case in point: the centerpiece of last night's show was a 9-minute-long parody trailer for a movie called Movie: The Movie. Nine minutes! But it also had the likes Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jessica Alba, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, and Gary Oldman showing what good sports they could be. On a night in which a black-and-white silent movie from France won Best Picture, we were willing to swap brevity for an extra dose of star power. [ABC]
Considering that Sacha Baron Cohen spent a major chunk of last week in character promoting The Dictator and showed up on the red carpet last night carrying an urn, it's remarkable how much being covered in the purported ashes of Kim Jong Il seemed to frazzle Ryan Seacrest. What did he think was going to happen? More pressingly, what did Seacrest think was in the prop urn? If you're going to be talking with Sacha Baron Cohen on live television, these are really questions that are worth asking, especially if you're going to get upset when your suit is covered in soot. [E!]
Despite swearing never to be moved by a Diet Coke ad, we were moved by the Diet Coke ad that aired during the Oscars last night. It's all about Diet Coke and how much people who make movies like to drink it, but it wormed its way into our heart with a lovely orchestral score and a behind-the-scenes look at how what Martin Scorsese would call a picture is made. [Co.Create]
There was a major event in astronomy over the weekend, when Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and the moon lined up to form a "triple conjunction" that was visible on both Saturday and Sunday night, assuming you live in a place where light pollution isn't too severe. If you live in a place where the view of the night sky is fuzzy at best, Stephen Ramsden of solarastronomy.org took some of his slides from Saturday's sky and turned them into a jaunty, timelapse video that made us jealous of what we missed. [Stephenramsden]
We mentioned earlier that Monday marks John Steinbeck's 110th birthday. To cleanse the palate -- and keep the awards show theme alive -- here's what the East of Eden author had to say about what literature means to him after he received the Nobel Prize in 1962. [GuyJohn59 via Open Culture]