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2020 Toyko Olympics Rescheduled

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are just one of the many major events being delayed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak across the world. Since gathering hundreds of thousands of people together for athletic events isn’t wise during a time of widespread illness, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were pushed to an undetermined time. But now the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set new dates for late summer in 2021, giving everyone “the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.” Read More »

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: The Endless Adventure

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube

The Pitch: “Greetings adventurers! We’re Eric & Allison, a travel couple on a journey to find the most interesting places and unique foods this planet has to offer! We’ve traded in our steady paychecks and permanent home for a life of travel and adventure. Come along and see the world with us!”

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: If you’re anything like me, you’re probably already feeling a bit cooped up during self-quarantine. What better way to escape your home during this period of social distancing than by traveling virtually around the world with friends you never knew you had? Eric and Allison are a hipster couple who traded in their full-time jobs to travel the world with plans to document it for a YouTube channel. Four years and nearly 650 videos into their journey, they have found a way to make their dream a reality.

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Watch G.I. Joe Animated Series

Since the population of the United States (and the rest of the world) is spending a lot more time at home these days thanks to our efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s never been a higher need for streaming content. There are plenty of options at your disposal, including our recommendations in our new recurring feature The Quarantine Stream, and Hasbro has just offered up full episodes of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, the original animated series based on the popular Kenner toys. Read More »

Contagion PSAs

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, the cast of Steven Soderbergh‘s pandemic drama Contagion has delivered a set of PSAs about how to stop the spread of coronavirus. Plus, a video essay takes a look at the symbols and motifs of the Best Picture winner Parasite to express the film’s powerful thematic elements, and Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman runs through everything he does in a day. Read More »

Alternate Zombieland Cameo Scenes - JCVD and Kevin Bacon

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are revealing more of the alternate script pages for Zombieland that would have given the big cameo made famous by Bill Murray to a number of other movie stars.

Patrick Swayze was in the very first draft of the movie, but he never got offered the part since he was diagnosed with cancer around the time the movie would have started production. Then Sylvester Stallone had to pass due to scheduling, and Mark Hamill’s people just flat out said no (read those pages here). And Zombieland just didn’t have enough money to lure Joe Pesci in. The offers didn’t stop there though, because Kevin Bacon and Jean-Claude Van Damme were each offered the cameo, and they both turned it down. Read the latest alternate Zombieland cameo script pages below. Read More »

Nickelodeon Coronavirus Town Hall

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, kids all around the United States are home from school for the foreseeable future. But some of the younger ones may not fully understand exactly why they’re home, and some parents may not be sure how to best explain it to them. Nickelodeon wants to help with #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, an hour-long special offering “a kid’s-eye view of life today amid the COVID-19 outbreak.” We’re not sure how you’ll get kids to sit still for an hour to watch something like this, but maybe having Frozen star Kristen Bell hosting the special will help. Read More »

The Main Event trailer

For years, we’ve been talking about how Hollywood doesn’t make the same kinds of movies that it used to, but Netflix seems determined not to let those older, previously-successful templates disappear completely. In recent years, the streaming service has ushered in a rom-com resurgence and breathed life back into the mid-budget action thriller, and now it looks like they’re resurrecting both the kid-centric fantasy and the family-friendly sports movie at the same time with The Main Event, in which a young boy finds a magical wrestling mask and becomes a WWE superstar. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

All the Natalie Portmans

After an extension by the MCC Theater off-Broadway, the COVID-19 outbreak forced the early closing of C.A. Johnson’s All the Natalie Portmans. That’s over two weeks of audiences who didn’t get to experience this production in its original form, which is a real shame. But as the virus forced New Yorkers and other entertainment-seeking visitors in the city out of public spaces, it moved them closer to more intimate forms of consuming entertainment – and quite proximate to the scenario of the play’s protagonist, Keyonna (Kara Young).

I recognize elements of her life because I lived many of them myself. As a 16-year-old in the year 2009 (yes, we’re even the exact same age), we didn’t have too much trouble with the classwork part of school but struggled to relate with other people. Instead, we found solace and comfort inside DVD boxes, learning empathy and connectivity through movie characters on our TV sets.

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the crown season 3 featurette

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Showtime has changed the schedule of Black Monday and two other shows.
  • Watch a trailer for Billions season 5.
  • The Crown was able to beat the coronavirus and wrap early.
  • Star Trek: Short Treks coming to Blu-ray in June.
  • ESPN is airing an encore presentation of O.J.: Made in America.

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I Think You Should Leave

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Former Saturday Night Live featured player and Comedy Central’s Detroiters creator and co-star Tim Robinson teams up with fellow SNL writer and his Detroiters co-creator Zack Kanin to deliver a series of offbeat comedy sketches mostly featuring characters that need to desperately leave, would be wise to leave, or are being implored to leave a variety of awkward, confrontational and goofy situations.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Saturday Night Live is still largely considered the gold standard for sketch comedy, even if you always hear someone saying that the current cast isn’t as funny as the previous generation, which has happened with every new roster of players since the beginning of the show. But that doesn’t mean SNL is the only place to find great sketch comedy. In fact, sometimes the style of the series doesn’t lend itself well to certain comedians’ sensibilities. Such is the case with Tim Robinson. But that’s not always a bad thing. Read More »