Today in Movie Culture: ‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Pay Tribute to Maggie Smith, The Best ‘Rambo’ Copycats and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Pay Tribute to Maggie Smith, The Best ‘Rambo’ Copycats and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Actor in the Spotlight

The Downton Abbey movie topped the box office over the weekend, and a lot of its success is thanks to fans wanting more of Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess. But fans aren’t the only ones who appreciate her. Here’s a video from Harper’s Bazaar in which her cast mates state what they love about her:


Copycats of the Day

For fans flocking to see Rambo: Last Blood over the weekend, there’s nothing like the real John Rambo, as played by Sylvester Stallone. But that hasn’t stopped others from trying to mimic the iconic action hero. In honor of the new Rambo movie, here’s Birth.Movies.Death with a look at the best cheesy Rambo rip-offs:


Plot Song Parody of the Day

The only thing that could have made Hustlers a better movie is an end-credits plot song performed by Jennifer Lopez. Unfortunately, the movie’s musical star doesn’t have a song on the soundtrack at all, so here’s an essential parody from Aaron Fraser-Nash and Jenny Nicole sung to the tune of Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me”:


Fan Art of the Day

A lot of the fan art we’ve been seeing inspired by It Chapter Two has been drawings and paintings — generally, two-dimensional works. To change things up, here is a video from an artist who goes by Yh Ha chronicling their making of a realistic sculpture of Pennywise the Clown:


Cosplay of the Day

Speaking of It Chapter Two and changing things up, we have also been seeing and sharing a lot of Pennywise cosplay in honor of the new horror sequel. But there are also a lot of fans cosplaying as Richie. The look may not require as much work and it might not be as scary, but here’s one that’s just perfect:


Easter Eggs of the Day

Tickets went on sale for Joker this week, meaning it’s time to go back and look at the trailers for the movie with focus on its many Easter eggs. This video is from Mr. Sunday Movies and explains where Joker fits in the DC canon and where it draws inspiration from Martin Scorsese movies:


Mashup of the Day

Joker may be heavily inspired by old Scorsese movies, but due to the casting of Joaquin Phoenix, fans are also being reminded of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Here’s a well-edited video from Nelson Carvajal combing the two movies, turning the iconic DC villain into a World War II veteran:


Character in Close Up

Speaking of mashups, what if all the various live-action versions of the Joker were thrown together into a multi-verse sitcom? Darth Blender celebrates the oft-portrayed villain with clips of Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto, Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero in the role in this video in the style of the Friends opening:


Fan Theory of the Day

Joker has been playing film festivals this month, so anyone who has seen the movie could easily refute this video, but we’re sharing anyway for those not yet spoiled by whether or not it’s true. MatPat of Film Theory has an idea about the movie and the title character, guessing that not everything is as real as it appears:


Alternate Movie Poster of the Day

Motion posters are pretty cool, but what if they were all done in claymation-style animation and had creepy audio to go with the visuals? Joker has inspired one from Trent Shy that features a really terrific clay rendering of Joaquin Phoenix as he transforms into the clown-faced villain complete with his laughter:

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