J.K. Simmons

Watch the Short Film That Inspired the Oscar-Winning ‘Whiplash’

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by Matt Singer 2 days ago
Sony
Before he made the Oscar-winning film Whiplash, writer/director Damien Chazelle made a short film called “Whiplash,” an excerpt from the feature script with the same characters, one of the same lead actors, and much the same story. J.K. Simmons, who won an Academy Award last week for his performance as the brutally abusive music teacher Mr. Fletcher, first played the role here. Miles Teller, who played ambitious drummer Andrew Neiman is MIA though; his part is played by Johnny Simmons from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

‘Whiplash’ Gets the Muppets Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For

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by Britt Hayes 4 days ago
It was only a matter of time, really, but that doesn’t make this new Whiplash mashup video any less awesome. Some clever human beings have edited together footage from Whiplash with footage of Animal from The Muppets playing drums, obviously, and the results are super funny and super cute and absolutely wonderful.

Comic Strip: ‘Fantastic Four’ Finally Gets a Trailer and Joss Whedon Promises ‘Avengers’ Deaths

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by Jacob Hall February 2, 2015 @ 2:48 PM
20th Century Fox
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, watch the first footage from the new ‘Fantastic Four,’ see who is returning for the new ‘X-Men’ movie, and dread whatever Joss Whedon has in store for the cast of ‘Avengers 2.’

‘SNL’ Ranked: J.K. Simmons Is Totally Our Tempo

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by Britt Hayes February 1, 2015 @ 8:32 AM
NBC
After the disappointment that was last week’s episode with country superstar Blake Shelton, we could desperately use another great show from ‘SNL.’ Recent Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee J.K. Simmons has arrived to perk things up a bit, bringing his versatile character actor chops to the stage as this week’s host. But did he live up to our expectations? Read on for this week’s ‘SNL’ rankings!

‘SNL’ Lets J.K. Simmons Go Full ‘Whiplash’ on the Cast

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by Jacob Hall February 1, 2015 @ 8:23 AM
One of the best character actors of the past few decades, J.K. Simmons has always been one of the world’s most beloved ”that guys.” Everyone knows his face, but not everyone knows his name. However, the fact that he’s the current frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Academy Awards for ‘Whiplash’ has started to change that, earning him a well-deserved moment in the spotlight and guest hosting duties on ‘SNL.’ Although much of last night’s episode saw him blending in with the rest of the cast, there was one big moment where he was called upon to poke fun at his work in ‘Whiplash.’ It was inevitable.

‘SNL’ Has a Super Bowl Commercial Parody Designed to Make You Feel Reeeal Bad

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by Jacob Hall February 1, 2015 @ 8:19 AM
Super Bowl commercials are still a big, huge, massive, crazy deal, with major corporations shelling out absurd amounts of money on ads designed to win over the most reliably large and receptive audience in all of televised sports. So of course ‘SNL’ was going to contribute its own commercial parody to the mix...but man, no one was expecting something this mean, scathing or on-point.

‘SNL’ and J.K. Simmons Reveal the Alternate Ending For ‘Casablanca’

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by Jacob Hall February 1, 2015 @ 8:13 AM
The very nature of ‘SNL’ requires the show to stay as modern as possible, with many sketches created to directly comment on recent events or current trends. However, the show is often at its absolute best when it values humor over timeliness. We have no idea who decided to write and air a sketch that creates an alternate ending for the timeless Hollywood classic ‘Casablanca,’ but we want to give them a big ol’ hug. This is a real treat for fans of great cinema who also have a sense of humor.

J.K. Simmons Might Be Returning to ‘Spider-Man’ as the Beloved and Cranky J. Jonah Jameson

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by Britt Hayes January 30, 2015 @ 6:19 PM
Sony
J.K. Simmons has finally gotten the sort of recognition he’s long deserved—the character actor recently picked up a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for his powerful supporting turn in ‘Whiplash,’ which means we’re going to start seeing him in more interesting projects. And one of those projects just might be a new ‘Spider-Man’ movie, in which Simmons could very well reprise the beloved role of J. Jonah Jameson.

‘SNL’ Preview: J.K. Simmons Battles Snowmageddon, Kenan’s ‘Whiplash’

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 28, 2015 @ 12:13 AM
NBC
This past weekend’s ‘SNL’ installment with ‘The Voice’ coach Blake Shelton pulling double duty proved every bit as exciting as it sounded (read: not), but what better way to restore the 40th anniversary season’s tempo than with ‘Whiplash’ master J.K. Simmons himself? Watch Simmons and Kenan brave the cold and bitter loneliness in this weekend’s ‘SNL’ promos!