Wonder Woman - Morning Watch

(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.)

This edition of The Morning Watch features a video essay discussing what other superhero movies can learn from Wonder Woman, a collection of clips featuring various fake versions of Arnold Schwarzenegger created with special effects over the year, and a nearly hour and a half masterclass discussion with Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron.

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Del Toro harry potter

Guillermo del Toro was offered the chance to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When Christopher Columbus decided not to direct the third feature after the marathon of making the first two, del Toro, Kenneth Branagh, M. Night Shyamalan, and Marc Forster were potential candidates to direct the third film. A part of the reason del Toro turned down the job was that he could finally get Hellboy going, but to this day, he still “regrets” turning down what became the best film in the franchise.

Below, del Toro discusses Harry Potter.

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Our Favorite Action Scenes

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In honor of John Wick: Chapter 2, which hits theaters this week, we are taking a look at our favorite action scenes from movies and television history. But this isn’t just about us, it’s also about you. What did we get right? What did we get wrong? What is your favorite action scene? Leave your picks in the comments below!

/Answers is a weekly feature where all of the /Film writers and podcasters attempt to answer a pop culture related question. Last week, in honor of the Super Bowl, we answered: “What is your favorite sports movie?”

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Gael García Bernal in Desierto

Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s got villainous swagger to spare, as anyone who’s seen his introduction in The Walking Dead can attest. And this fall he’ll put it to good use on the big screen in Desierto.

Produced by Alfonso Cuarón and directed by his son Jonás CuarónDesierto stars Morgan as a gun-toting vigilante who drives out to the U.S.-Mexico border, looking for migrants to use as human target practice. One morning, he sets his sights on a group of border-crossers led by Moises, played by Gael García Bernal, and a tense cat-and-mouse game ensues. Watch the Desierto trailer below.  Read More »

Alfonso Cuarón directing Gravity - new Alfonso Cuarón movie

Children of Men/Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón has found his new film project, slated to begin shooting in Mexico this fall. Hit the jump to learn more about the new Alfonso Cuaron movie.
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For some time now, Andy Serkis has been working on his directorial debut The Jungle Book, a “dark” take on Rudyard Kipling‘s source material. The film was originally supposed to open in 2016, but was pushed to 2017 and then to 2018. Clearly, Serkis is willing to take the time to get it right. And to that end, he’s just brought in a bit of outside help. Alfonso Cuarón has reportedly been brought on board to give notes on the production.  Read More »

sam mendes interviews

Director Sam Mendes is guest-editing next month’s issue of Empire and he really delivered the goods. He could have easily just coasted on this gig and used his temporary position to just remind people that Spectre is coming out on November 6th, but instead, he rounded up a bunch of Hollywood’s biggest and most respected directors and asked them simple questions about their filmmaking process. The answers are fascinating.

To check out some highlights from the Sam Mendes interviews, hit the jump.

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Oscar Nomination Presentation

This year the Oscar nominations are getting some geek cred. The nominations will take place at 5:30 a.m. PST on January 15 and, unlike in previous years, the nominees for all 24 categories will be publicly presented. That’s pretty cool. What’s cooler is that J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron and Chris Pine will be the celebrities presenting the awards. Read more about the new Oscar nomination presentation below. Read More »

Gravity Diamond Luxe Blu-ray header

Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity did a fantastic job of showing how isolated one might feel in space. It also really pushed the emotions because of Steven Price‘s Oscar-winning score. Space is a silent vacuum, however, and to give Gravity fans a wholly new experience, an upcoming re-release of the Blu-ray will have a “Silent Space” audio track to give the viewer a sense of what the events of the movie might actually sound like in space. Read more about the Gravity silent space version below. Read More »

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VOTD: The Films Of Alfonso Cuaron

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What Alfonso Cuaron lacks in quantity of films made, he damn sure makes up for in quality. He’s only made seven movies over almost 25 years but it’s as if he somehow gets exponentially better with each and ever one.

I admit to not knowing much about his first feature, Love in the Time of Hysteria, but it allowed him to two whimsical crowd pleasers, A Little Princess and Great Expectations. From there, he directed the sexy, provacative Y Tu Mama Tambien then switched gears entirely by doing arguably the best (and most influential) Harry Potter film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From there, he blew minds with the masterpiece, Children of Men and finally won the Oscar for Best Director for his amazing work on Gravity.

It’s a short but insanely impressive list and below you can relive them all in a tribute to Alfonso Cuaron films. Read More »