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, see how Star Trek: Lower Decks went from storyboard to the screen on CBS All Access. Plus, watch as VFX artists reaction to Mary Poppins and the impressive effects used to bring live-action and animation together back in 1964. And finally, watch a comedy actress roundtable with Jameela Jamil, Tiffany Haddish, and more. Read More »
How was DC Entertainment impacted by recent Warner Media layoffs? Which X-Men character does Arrow co-star Colton Haynes want to play? Did you know Wolverine was Australian a couple times before Hugh Jackman played him? Are you sad to see Agents of SHIELD bid farewell? Does Scott Pilgrim vs the World sink up with The Smashing Pumpkins albums? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Tenet is finally coming to movie theaters around the world later this month, even though the United States will have to wait until early September. In support of the film, some new tidbits about the mysterious production have been surfacing online from director Christopher Nolan himself. Though he’s not giving away any new plot details, he has revealed that not only does this movie somehow have fewer visual effects shots than most romantic comedies, but it was also probably one of the hardest movies for any editor to tackle. Read More »
Middle school kids will actually want to seek out a book with the word “test” in its title. The upcoming middle grade novel Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage is one of many books coming out of the High Republic subseries, but the first to exclusively cater to young readers, who will get the chance to see characters their age in a Star Wars story. Written by Justina Ireland, The High Republic: A Test of Courage follows a teen Jedi and her ragtag group of friends, including a young Padawan, a tech kid, and the son of an ambassador, on an adventure during the peak of the Jedi Order.
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James Hong is an all-time great Hollywood “that guy.” You might not know him by name, but you’ve definitely seen his work: he’s been in more movies and TV shows than just about anyone, including classics like Chinatown, Blade Runner, Seinfeld, Airplane!, Big Trouble in Little China, and many more.
Fellow actor Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0) thinks Hong deserves more recognition for his contributions to the world of entertainment, so he has raised over $50,000 to try to get Hong his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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When I was a youngster, Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair was a huge deal. It was one of the first, and only, games I owned for our huge, bulky Gateway computer, and, most important of all, it featured Steven Spielberg. As a budding young cinephile, Steven Spielberg was like a god to me (which probably explains why I now spend all my free time putting together a podcast about his movies), and the prospect of playing a game where you got to make your own movie with Spielberg’s guidance was too cool to ignore. And to sweeten the deal, Quentin Tarantino was part of the game, too. Now, some kind soul has gone ahead and made the game available to play online. Sort of.
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The hit animated children’s series SpongeBob SquarePants continues to be a massively important property for ViacomCBS – so much so that yet another spin-off show is in the works. The Patrick Star Show, an animated talk show starring SpongeBob’s best pal, is reportedly in the works at Nickelodeon, and deals are currently being finalized for creative forces behind the scenes, including longtime Patrick voice actor Bill Fagerbakke. Read More »
Next summer, Netflix will unleash “The Summer of Fear.”
The streaming service has picked up the rights to a Fear Street trilogy of movies based on author R.L. Stine’s dark, violent, teen-centric horror novels. The original plan was for all three films to be released theatrically by Fox one month at a time next summer, which would have been as close as the theatrical film industry came to approximating Netflix’s popular binge model. But a new report says the streamer has made a deal with Disney to acquire all three of the completed movies and release them directly onto the streaming service during a themed event that will be marketed as “The Summer of Fear.”
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My Spy, a film that was finished shooting in 2018, sat around for a few years, got delayed multiple times, and then finally got dumped onto Amazon, might be getting a sequel. The PG-13 family comedy from STX starring Dave Bautista as a CIA agent who teams up with a child (Chloe Coleman) debuted on Amazon Prime Video in June, and now STX and Amazon are thinking about a follow-up film with the original cast returning. The movie reportedly did well on Amazon, and that seems to be enough of a reason for the streaming service to want more.
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If you’re missing movie theaters and have an extra $300-plus burning a hole in your pocket, Alamo Drafthouse wants to help. The theater chain is offering patrons a chance to rent out the joint for 30 of their friends, with 40 movies to pick from, including The Iron Giant, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, and more. The theater rental will run you $150 and there’s a required minimum food purchase of $150, too. And oh yeah, you and your friends will still have to buy tickets.
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