Anthony Bourdain Tribute - Waffle House

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, a video remembers the life and career of Anthony Bourdain after the famous chef and travel host took his own life last week. Plus, Stephen Colbert takes aim at the hateful fanboys who are ruining Star Wars for the rest of us, and Denzel Washington auditions some familiar faces in sports to be the next Equalizer.

First up, The New York Times put together this profile that illustrates perfectly why people loved Anthony Bourdain so much. He wasn’t just a TV personality who loved food and traveling. He was someone who helped us connect to the rest of the world and realize that we’re not so different from each other.

Stephen Colbert and his staff at The Late Show were annoyed with the news that Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran felt the need to leave Instagram due to hateful fanboys harassing her online. So they created this trailer to put them in their place and tell them to grow up. For more, listen to our special podcast episode about it.

Finally, during the NBA Finals, Denzel Washington and Sony Pictures took the time to have some of the NBA’s biggest stars (and even some from the WNBA) audition to become the next star of The Equalizer franchise. It should come as no surprise that these athletes aren’t the best actors, but this is still a fun gag.

john wick chapter 3 photo

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • A teaser poster (of sorts) for John Wick: Chapter 3
  • Lethal Weapon 5 might still be happening after all
  • Will Paddington 3 happen? It should, but no one knows yet
  • Bond 25 won’t start production until the end of the year
  • Another behind-the-scenes look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • A new Equalizer 2 poster
  • David Leitch offers an update on Atomic Blonde 2 and Hobbs and Shaw
  • Jenn Murray joins Maleficent 2
  • An explanation on Deadpool 2‘s title, in case you needed something like that

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the nun release date

Several Warner Bros. and Sony release dates for upcoming 2018 films are being shuffled around ahead of the summer season.

Warner Bros. is pushing back The Conjuring spin-off The Nun, while Sony is moving up the release for Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer sequel.

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James Bond 25 Daniel Craig

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Daniel Craig is rumored to want Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve to direct James Bond 25
  • Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station adds a new cast member
  • The Equalizer 2‘s release date has been bumped up
  • Casting has begun on Blumhouse’s The Purge: The Island prequel
  • WB’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel recruits an evil henchman
  • And more!

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Ivan Drago in Creed 2

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Rocky IV star Dolph Lundgren is preparing for Creed 2
  • A zombie version of Adolf Hitler will appear in Dead Snow 3
  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween gets a new trailer
  • Narcos and Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal joins Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2
  • And more!

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

jumanji release date

Sony is reorganizing its release calendar, and that means a few big titles are getting shifted around. First off, The Dark Tower has been postponed from February 2017 to summer 2017, as we reported earlier today… and it’s taking over Jumanji‘s slot, which means Jumanji is now getting pushed to Christmas 2017.

Meanwhile, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver has gone from being a spring movie to being a summer movie, and The Equalizer 2 — the first sequel of Denzel Washington’s entire career — is getting delayed one year to fall 2018. Get full details on the Jumanji release date and more below.  Read More »

The Equalizer 2 director

Denzel Washington is starring in the first sequel of his career with The Equalizer 2. Washington was doing just great without a franchise, but he found a potentially good one in Sony’s remake of the 1980s CBS television show. Months before The Equalizer came out, the studio got the ball rolling on a follow-up film, tapping the original film’s screenwriter Richard Wenk to pen the sequel. Initially, it wasn’t known if director Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven) would come back to the director’s chair, but Fuqua is indeed returning for The Equalizer 2.

Below, learn more about The Equalizer 2 director.

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Sony Sets ‘The Equalizer’ Sequel for 2017

Denzel Washington

Sony was so confident in The Equalizer, it got the ball rolling on a sequel months before the first one hit theaters. And now it looks like the studio’s franchise dreams are coming true. The studio has set a 2017 release date for The Equalizer 2, with Denzel Washington set to return as vigilante Robert McCall. Hit the jump for all the details on the Equalizer sequel release.  Read More »

Denzel Washington in The Equalizer

Sony got the wheels turning on a second The Equalizer before the first The Equalizer even hit theaters, and now they’re finally ready to make it official. The studio has announced a sequel to the thriller, with Denzel Washington expected to return as vigilante Robert McCall. More details on the Equalizer sequel after the jump.  Read More »

Antoine Fuqua magnificent seven remake

MGM’s The Magnificent Seven is zeroing in on a director. Antoine Fuqua has reportedly been offered the Western remake, written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto.

Which is pretty good news for Fuqua in itself, but that’s not all. He’s apparently also eyeing the former Tony Scott project Narco Sub at Fox, and The Equalizer 2 at Sony. Hit the jump for the latest on all three potential projects.

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