What do Coco and The Shining have in common? Not much — aside from The Shining uber-fan and Coco co-director Lee Unkrich.

The director has a long-running tradition of placing sly homages to the Stanley Kubrick horror film in all of the Pixar films he has worked on since 1995’s Toy Story. And more than 20 years later, he’s keeping up the practice with Coco.

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The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro cameo

Directors have been making cameos in their own movies since the early days of cinema, so it’s appropriate that The Shape of Water – which is at least partially a throwback to classic Hollywood – would include a cameo from its own filmmaker as well. It also seems appropriate that an iconoclast director like Guillermo del Toro wouldn’t have a traditional cameo in his movie; even if you were straining your eyes to look for him, you’d never see del Toro’s face on screen during the entire run time. That’s because he appears in a more unconventional cameo, aiding actor Doug Jones in bringing his exotic fish-man creature to life.

Read more about The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro cameo below.

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Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Visual Effects

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out a ton of Easter eggs you might have missed while being enamored with Marvel’s Black Panther. Plus, see how the visual effects of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle brought the jungle of the mystical board game turned video game to life, and see what Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread would be like with a different character in the lead role. Read More »

Cloverfield sync

It’s been less than three days since Netflix surprised the world by releasing The Cloverfield Paradox immediately after the Super Bowl. If you think that’s not enough time to pinpoint incredibly obscure Easter eggs, you don’t know Cloverfield fans. These people are hardcore, and someone has already discovered a surprisingly cool thing that happens when you sync up the 2008 movie with the latest entry in the franchise. Check out video of this amazing Cloverfield sync below.
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VOTD: Pixar Short Easter Eggs You Probably Missed

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Pixar Animation is famous for including little Easter eggs in all of their movies that reference not only their previous movies from years before, but also their next movie in the pipeline. That same signature applies to all of Pixar’s short films that play before each and every movie that hits theaters.

Not only do the bite-sized Pixar movies reference the other short films they’ve made, but they also have winks and nods to their feature films. Thankfully, Pixar has assembled a video showing off how their shorts are connected to other Pixar movies, and there are even some references to other Disney animated movies too. They begin with the recent Dante’s Lunch that played before Cars 3 and go all the way back to Geri’s Game from the first Toy Story.

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The Cloverfield franchise made history when it released a surprise trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox during the Super Bowl, and then announced that the film would be available to stream on Netflix that very night. Now that folks have had a chance to watch the film, it’s time to talk about the not-so-surprising Cloverfield Paradox cameos from two Bad Robot regulars.

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Guardians Vol. 2 easter egg

That rascally James Gunn is back at it again, driving Marvel movie fans to the brink of insanity with the promise of undiscovered Easter eggs. The Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director has taken to Twitter and confirmed that there is still one hidden Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Easter egg that internet sleuths have yet to find. But what could it be?
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It deleted scenes

Andy Muschietti‘s blockbuster adaptation of Stephen King‘s It hits Blu-ray this week, with a release that’s loaded with extras, including 11 deleted scenes, an interview with King, an alternate ending, and more. Our deep-dive into the It Blu-ray special features examines all the extras any fan of the film should be eager to get their hands on.

Beware of spoilers, of course.

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The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary

Written by the Lucasfilm Story Group’s own Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Visual Dictionary is a fun book showcasing many of the characters, props, locations, and vehicles from the film. The great thing about these Visual Dictionaries is that they give us new Star Wars canon information and explanations for things that might not have been clear in the film itself. Let’s take a look at interesting details we learned from this book that you’ll want to store in your arsenal of Star Wars knowledge.

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The Last Jedi: Deciphering the Chant from the Jedi Tree

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In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Daisy Ridley‘s Rey hears a chant calling to her from the ancient tree on Ahch-To, which houses the oldest books from the Jedi religion. What are the chants saying? I spoke with The Last Jedi sound supervisors Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce and got a definitive answer.
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