Need a work day pickup and caffeine isn't cutting it? Look no further than the awe-inspiring videos on Vimeo. While YouTube is home to aspiring comedians and makeup experts, Vimeo is the video-sharing service favored among storytellers and cinematographers. In recognition of their users' creative efforts and the work that goes into each video, the site recently introduced the Vimeo Tip Jar, a new button that lets community members show support for independent filmmakers with a monetary donation. Here, in honor of the site's spirit of ingenuity, we present 20 of the most inspiring videos currently on Vimeo.
On last night's Late Show With David Letterman, President Barack Obama got candid about his relationship with wife Michelle and told a funny story about their first anniversary. The president gushed to Letterman about "wonderful" Michelle, joking that the Democratic National Convention was more about her than him, saying, "As usual, people always realize how much better Michelle is than me." He added that what really makes the first wife special is how genuine she is, noting that she doesn't act differently around different people. Neither Barack nor Michelle are likely to forget their 20th anniversary on Oct. 3, but one of them did forget their very first anniversary! Watch the clip now to find out who it was!
On Katie Couric's new talk show, Katie, yesterday, E.L. James shared some more details on how her best seller Fifty Shades of Grey was inspired by Twilight. E.L. explained that it all started with her love of the first Twilight movie. Then after reading the books — that she couldn't couldn't put down — a "switch was flipped" and she had to write. Her fan fiction about Bella and Edward eventually evolved into the erotic story of Christian and Ana that made her famous. Watch the clip now to find out more behind-the-scenes tidbits on how Fifty Shades came to be.
"So you heard that," Anderson Cooper said to guest cohost Kristin Chenoweth when she brought up Anderson's recent coming out. On the premiere of his show Anderson Live, the now openly gay journalist was in good spirits, if not a tiny bit bashful, when Kristin mentioned his sexuality. He told Kristin, "I came out in high school. I told my friends. I told my family. I've always been out to my co-workers." Anderson said he didn't believe it was appropriate to talk about his personal life in public as a reporter. Yet, he came to change his mind and explained why he decided this year to come out publicly. Watch him explain now.
Is this the man who inspired Christian Grey? No, says Niall Leonard — husband to Fifty Shades of Grey erotic novelist E.L. James — in an interview with CNN. Niall said, "I'm really happy not to be Christian Grey, because that guy's a mess." But he noted that his wife of 20-plus years does have a little Ana Steele in her (or rather, the other way around), saying, "I see my wife in the emails that they exchange. That's very much my wife's amazing ability to flirt via email." Also a writer (his debut crime novel Crusher goes on sale in Europe and Asia this week), Niall explained that he was more of a proofreader for E.L. than an editor. He added that he tried giving her writing input, but their "approaches are completely different." And while he appreciates her writing and storytelling, he's honest about the erotic book series appealing to a specific sex: "It works for women. Men — not always."
E.L. and Niall have two teenage sons together, who Niall admits get teased for their mom's steamy best-seller, but "deep down" are very proud of her. Niall also squashed any rumors that they have an "adventurous lifestyle" à la Ana and Christian, noting that they are just a regular family. Watch the video interview with CNN below.
Gifting a sci-fi film compiled of NASA footage is enough to make any geek swoon: Robbie, a short created by Australian director Neil Harvey, was first made with the intention of being an anniversary gift for his girlfriend. A few months later, it is a bit bigger than that and quickly getting the attention it deserves.
After downloading some 10 hours of preexisting NASA footage, Harvey cut it down into clips that "resonated" with him: over the course of a few months, an intriguing narrative evolved. Set 6,000 years in the future, the film follows Robbie, an aging robot drifting alone through space. Mesmerizing and fascinating to watch, both the story and the footage make our hearts go pitter-patter. See the film below and let us know what you think.
We've heard all different opinions from actors and actresses about acting out sex scenes, and they usually involve the words "awkward" and "uncomfortable." But Bachelorette star Lizzy Caplan actually enjoys shooting sex scenes, telling Chelsea Handler last night that she just embraces the awkwardness. Watch the interview now to hear why she's all about making pretend love on screen and what her and her Bachelorette costars were really snorting in the dark comedy about a bachelorette party gone wrong.
In select theaters today, For a Good Time, Call . . . stars Ari Graynor and Lauren Miller as two roommates who run a phone sex line. We recently chatted with Lauren — who also cowrote the screenplay — and Ari about their sweet and sexy flick, which is actually based loosely on cowriter Katie Anne Naylon's real-life experiences as a phone sex operator in college! (Check out our interview with Katie here.) Lauren and Ari shared their own roommate horror stories, how they researched the business of phone sex, and what it was like to be a part of this new wave of raunchy female comedies. Plus, Lauren dished on the effect this sexy role had on her relationship with hubby Seth Rogen, who has a cameo in the film. Watch our interview now!
We dare you not to smile while watching this adorable video of twin girls grooving to Dad's guitar playing. These sweet babes love eating their peas while Dad serenades — and they sure have their moves down. It really makes you wonder about that mysterious twin connection because at one point they are totally in sync! We know babes love music, so after watching this adorable clip, go crank some tunes for your tot and have a fun dance party of your own!
Out Friday, For a Good Time, Call . . . is a sweet and raunchy comedy about two roommates who run a phone sex line. We recently interviewed the stars Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor, and now we're sharing our chat with director Jamie Travis and cowriter Katie Anne Naylon, who wrote the screenplay with her former roommate Lauren. The film's story may sound too crazy to be true, but it's actually based on Katie's real-life experience running a phone sex line from her dorm room in college! Katie dished on why she had to Google things like S&M, the effect her surprising sexual history had on running a phone sex business, and a disturbing roommate story involving a condom. Known for his short films, this is Jamie's first time directing a full-length feature film, and he talked to us about why his love of women drew him to the story. Watch our interview now, and be sure to check out For a Good Time, Call . . . when it hits select theaters Aug. 31!