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Kempt’s Nominations for Best Menswear on Film...

  • Kempt Staff

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Today, the Academy unveiled this year’s Oscar nominees. And it got us thinking... about how Robert Redford totally got snubbed. And about how we’d do it, if we got to run the show...

First: we’d change the name to something like “The Kempties.”

Then we’d throw out all the categories and start anew, focusing solely on the menswear. So we collected our collective memories of the past year’s worth of handsomeness on film and tried to nail down what exactly made each film stylish—much like the actual Oscars, we’re breaking down the movies by individual garment performance, not just handing out awards willy-nilly.

So without further ado, the Kempty for Best Oxford Cloth Button-Down in a Supporting Role goes to...»

Icon: Jim Jarmusch

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For his latest film, our favorite downtown rock-and-roll hepcat, Jim Jarmusch, is doing... a vampire movie.

Yes, it’s true: Jimbo has jumped on the Edward-and-Bella bandwagon. Except, of course, the bloodsuckers in Only Lovers Left Alive—played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston—are anything but teenage hornballs. Rather, they spend their days driving around aimlessly, languishing on settees, smoking cigarettes and otherwise marinating in their own hyper-cultured ennui.

In other words, it’s a Jim Jarmusch movie—with fangs.

Then again, every iconic character in Jarmusch’s 30-year oeuvre has been a study in laconic cool, including the director himself.

See why, after the jump.»

Breaking: Here’s the New The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer

  • Najib Benouar

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With the announcement of a hard release date of Christmas Day 2013 for Wolf of Wall Street, the powers that be have also unveiled an all-new theatrical trailer today. Apparently, the original mid-November date caught a minor snag when Scorsese turned in a reel pushing three hours—and the NC-17 envelope—but what remains looks just as exciting: a fever dream of pinstripes, fun shirts, dad jeans, power ties, money bikinis and just about everything else great about ’90s excess.

Just take a moment to drink it all in, after the jump...»

Your Summer Movie Playbook

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Have we mentioned recently that it’s hot out? Because it is. Hot. And is there really any better way to sidestep that sweat than going to see a movie in a perfectly 74-degree cinema?

The plot and popcorn are pretty sweet perks, too.

We want to make sure you get the most out of the viewing experience, so we took a moment to cut through the noise on your behalf. Filtered out the truly cringe-worthy reels (we thought so much better of you, Elba). Handpicked the coolest theaters. Secured your accoutrements. And put it all together in this handy guide, covering all the bases of this summer’s film-ing.

You’re welcome. Now behold, your Summer Movie Playbook, after the jump...»

Kempt Digs: The 1974 Robert Redford Great Gatsby

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You may have heard of an upcoming Gatsby film from a guy named Baz “shiny things everywhere” Luhrmann. Perhaps here. Or here, even.

With all the hullabaloo around a bow-tied Leonardo DiCaprio, we thought it worth remembering that this is not the only pass made at turning TGG into a movie.

In fact, Robert Redford gave a master class in Jazz Age chic way back in 1974—the year young Leo was born.

Here are five reasons that film’s worth revisiting.»

Cinematic Architecture, Mastering Spotify and the World’s Best Men’s Shops

  • Kempt Staff

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Quite a Pad: Mr Porter explores the avant-garde connection between film and architecture in 20th-century Los Angeles, with a Lautner-heavy roundup of iconic movie residences.

River Life: Filson wades in knee-deep with legendary fly-fisherman Frank Moore.

Sounds Even Better: Gizmodo has 10 handy tricks that will help you master Spotify.

Sartorial Tourism: GQ maps out the 25 best men’s shops worth a transatlantic voyage.

Family Vacation Style, Polish Film Posters and an Oral History of Jurassic Park

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Lampooned: Valet mines the wardrobe of Clark Griswold for some solid road trip style inspiration.

Madcap: In case our reminder that Mad Men returns on Sunday wasn’t enough, Ask Men has a refresher course on what happened last season.

Post It: Open Culture finds a stylish cache of Polish film posters that put the stuff we’re seeing on the sides of buses and in subway stations to shame.

Life Finds a Way: Relive the making of Jurassic Park 20 years after its release, with this oral history.

Denim Jackets, Picking Pockets and Bankable Kickstarter Movies

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Jacket-ology: GQ seems to agree with us about the denim jacket being a spring must-have: here’s a roundup.

Pickup Artist: For any aspiring pickpockets, Cool Material has assembled the seven seminal instructional videos on the subject.

Your Producer Credit Awaits: Daily Details rounds up the five films worth backing on Kickstarter.

Fresh Direct: Sample the finest restaurants around the country without having to leave your home—thanks to this list from First We Feast and the magic of mail-order food.

Spielberg Takes On Napoleon, Meeting Hemingway’s Nemesis and Menswear Gets Knocked Off

  • Kempt Staff

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After Abe: Reports are surfacing that Steven Spielberg’s next massive filmic undertaking will be repurposing Stanley Kubrick’s famously beleaguered Napoleon biopic.

Barnaby’s Jones: A chance meeting with Barnaby Conrad, the “bon vivantiest bon vivant writer” and bullfighter (and thorn in Hemingway’s side) makes for some fantastic yarn-spinning.

Willie’s World: If you weren’t already impressed by Put This On’s eBay-scouring skills, get a load of this trove of vintage menswear they found, owned by former SF mayor Willie Brown.

For the Soggy Gentleman: Four Pins uncovers menswear’s most impressive/egregious knockoff site—replete with faux Isaia choral pins.

The Morning After the Oscars

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Talking Tuxes: GQ sums up just about every tuxedo in attendance in the photo above, as modeled by the cast of The Avengers.

First Impression: The gents at Esky name Samantha Banks the most stunning red-carpet newcomer.

Pointed Argument: The Cut takes a look at the most heated debate during the Oscars: Anne Hathaway's dress darts.

Tie Goes to Runner: Apparently, the shocking “tie” for best sound editing was not unprecedented. Huffington Post looks at the history of Oscar ties.

Dusting Off: The Politically Charged Oscars Speech

  • Najib Benouar

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Before the advent of the 24-hour news cycle and Twitter, a movie star’s biggest offscreen stage was an awards show podium.

And there was none grander than the Oscars. So if a celebrity wanted to unequivocally take their stance on the current state of government, war, immigration, gay rights or what have you, they’d have to win first—then decide whether it was more important to thank the list of people who got them there or go off-book on some rant that would surely ruffle a few feathers. (Or, in the case of Marlon Brando, send up a Native American woman to decline accepting the award on his behalf.)

It made for the sort of incredibly surreal moment that we’ve been seeing less and less of lately. And that’s a shame. So, in honor of those sometimes patronizing, sometimes endearing and always overly passionate moments of stardom, we’d like to look back at a few of the finer exhibitions of celebrity political grandstanding.

Let’s go to the video, shall we.»

Oscar Pie Charts, Fashion Faux Pas and Undercover Lovers

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Life of Pie: For your Oscar information, Daily Intel turns each best film nominee into an easily digestible pie chart.

Sheer Madness: In typical Internet-scouring fashion, BuzzFeed has tracked down the 15 craziest Oscar fashion moments of all time.

The Sinceriod: College Humor has devised eight new punctuation marks that should help lessen the confusion over what tone your next text message or email is conveying.

Spooky Sex: Turns out, everything we’ve ever heard about the salacious world of spies and clandestine operatives is true: they’re a randy bunch, according to New Republic’s inside man.