The Polka King -Jack Black - 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.

In this edition, dig into the physics of a certain sequence in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Plus, watch Jack Black perform “Everybody Polka” from his upcoming movie The Polka King, and a couple members from the Saturday Night Live cast take the infamous Paqui’s Carolina Reaper chip challenge. Read More »

Jumanji 3

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a surprise hit with both critics and audiences, which means it’s only a matter of time before we get another entry in the Juamanji series. Thankfully, Welcome to the Jungle stars Jack Black and Nick Jonas already have an Jumanji 3 idea handy. Plus: Karen Gillan reveals an alternate Welcome to the Jungle ending that also could’ve tied into a potential sequel.

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the polka king trailer

Life truly can be stranger than fiction. In The Polka King, based on a true story, Jack Black plays Jan Lewan, a real-life polka dancer who fell from grace after he conned an entire town with a Ponzi scheme.

The Polka King, a black comedy that Netflix bought after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has released a first trailer, and it lives up to its wacky premise. There’s Jack Black in a blonde wig and a Polish accent, Jenny Slate rightfully crowned as a beauty queen, and a lot of dancing.

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Goosebumps

Goosebumps was one of 2015’s more pleasant surprises, a goofy and spooky horror romp that was just scary enough for kids and just clever enough for their parents. It also managed to evoke R.L. Stine’s original books while lovingly poking fun at them. It’s a good kids’ movie, a kind of gateway horror movie that functions much like the original books in that it offers youngsters a successful entry point into an intimidating genre.

Now, the sequel has a new director. Unless it doesn’t get made. Because even as the sequel moves forward, some behind-the-scenes issues have been plaguing the follow-up as it struggles to get off the ground.

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Depp Beasts

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jumanji character posters
  • Fantastic Beasts sequel details and a new photo
  • A defense of Johnny Depp in The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • You could be in Pacific Rim: Uprising!
  • Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai is getting a sequel
  • A new Mission: Impossible image
  • New Maze Runner: The Death Cure posters and a Maze Runner recap
  • The Crow director does not want The Crow reboot

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Jumanji Welcome to the JungleAmazon Prime Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Early Screening Trailer

There are still three weeks until Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits theaters. The sequel to the original 1995 movie puts a more modern spin on the children’s book classic by Chris Van Allsburg by throwing four high school kids into the jungle as video game avatars brought to life by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. If the early buzz got you excited to see how the movie turned out, Amazon is offering you a chance to see it before all your friends.

Anyone with an Amazon Prime account can now purchase tickets to an early screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle happening two weeks early. There’s quite a wide array of theaters hosting the event which you can find out more about below. Read More »

jumanji welcome to the jungle early buzz

Nostalgia-infused remakes are a dime a dozen, but successful ones are another story. Surprisingly, it seems like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the latter.

It’s a huge burden to live up to a Robin Williams performance, and one that is beloved by every ’90s kid at that. (Yes, I hold his Jumanji performance to be up there with his heartfelt comedic turn in Mrs. Doubtfire. Fight me.) But it seems like Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan are up to the task, delivering the laughs and the love toward Williams’ character in Jake Kasdan‘s sorta-sequel to the 1995 Jumanji movie.

Below, check out some of the Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle early buzz.

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Goosebumps 2 writer

Goosebumps may not have been the best family horror film, but it was surprisingly fun, and apparently a big enough hit to warrant a sequel. Sony has just hired a new writer to pen the latest adventure set in the wild world of R.L. Stine, but the new script comes with a caveat: Jack Black, star of the first Goosebumps, may not be returning for Goosebumps 2. The latest treatment from the new Goosebumps 2 writer does not include a part for Black’s take on R.L. Stine.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Featurette

You might not expect a movie like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to fit in with the spirit of other holiday movies that usually get released around Christmas time, but that’s exactly what Dwayne Johnson hoped to accomplish.

In a new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle featurette, the wrestler turned actor says, “We wanted to make a movie that encapsulates what the holiday spirit really means: the spirit of wonderment [and] discovering who you are.” Furthermore, Johnson wanted to sure that the spirit of the movie was in line with the original 1995 adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved children’s book. Go behind the scenes to see how they tried to accomplish that by checking out the featurette below. Read More »

jumanji

How do you go about updating Jumanji for 2017? By transforming that magical (and dangerous) board game of the title into a video game, of course. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a sort-of sequel to Joe Johnston’s 1995 film, with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan stepping in for Robin Williams. Since that film has its fair share of nostalgic fans, the first trailer for this sequel/reboot is surely going to undergo some scrutiny.

So let’s get the scrutinizing started.

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