Nathan Fillion Uncharted

Yesterday morning, director Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) unveiled an Uncharted fan film that gave fans something they’ve been wanting to see for ten years: a live-action Uncharted story that starred actor Nathan Fillion as treasure hunter and video game protagonist Nathan Drake. I spoke with both Fillion and Ungar on the phone about filming their adaptation, Fillion’s history with the franchise, if a sequel is in the works, and more. Read our full Nathan Fillion Uncharted interview below. Read More »

Uncharted fan film

Ever since the first Uncharted video game arrived back in 2007, fans have wanted to see actor Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) play the lead role of Nathan Drake, a treasure-hunting adventurer/thief, in a movie adaptation. The actor bears a striking physical resemblance to the video game protagonist, and Fillion has proven capable of matching the character’s sarcastic temperament and quick wit in parts he’s played in the past. An Uncharted movie has been in the works for years at Sony, but since Fillion isn’t going to be involved with that project, he’s taken matters into his own hands.

In this unofficial live-action Uncharted fan film, Fillion finally suits up as Nathan Drake – and he’s joined by a cast of familiar faces in key supporting roles. Check out the short film below.
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bao recipe

Did Pixar’s heartwarming and magnificent animated short Bao have you craving the love of your absent child, or better yet, dumplings? If it was the latter, then you’re in luck because Pixar has released the Bao recipe that director Domee Shi learned from her own mother. Unfortunately, this recipe probably won’t solve any feelings of abject loneliness surrounding a child who has left the nest. But hey, at least you’ll have delicious food!

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Thomas Middleditch artificial intelligence

Thomas Middleditch is one of the stars of HBO’s tech comedy Silicon Valley, and the most recent season involved his character having some awkward interactions with a robot powered by artificial intelligence. But the actor also has experience working with real A.I., and he’s just appeared in a new short film called Zone Out that was written and directed by an actual A.I. that named itself “Benjamin.”

Watch the latest Thomas Middleditch artificial intelligence short film below, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the project came together. Read More »

looney tunes revival

What’s up, Doc? Well, just the greatest news that could arrive for classic animation lovers. Warner Bros.’s staple of short film animation, Looney Tunes, is coming back to TV. And not just TV — the Looney Tunes revival will be made available on “all screens,” meaning the classic animated characters of Looney Tunes will be coming to a digital and mobile screen near you. Read More »

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best animated shorts

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: here are the most essential stop-motion animated movies.)

With every new Pixar movie comes the promise of another one of the studio’s beautifully constructed, deeply felt animated shorts. And the upcoming short paired with the highly anticipated Incredibles 2, the empty-nester fable Bao, looks like it will be all that and more. But it’s easy to forget that Pixar and Disney aren’t the be-all-end-all for affecting, cutting edge animated shorts. In fact, some of the best animated shorts may lie outside the realm of the two animation giants.

There’s a wealth of animated short films that have pushed the boundaries of animation and storytelling, both in and outside the Hollywood studio system. So let’s run down some of the best animated shorts that don’t come from Pixar or Disney.

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An Emmy for Megan

The Emmy is a coveted award among television talents both in front of and behind the camera, but there are varying levels of Emmys among the various kinds of media out there. One of the Emmy categories created by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences rewards short-form series, which basically allows any Tom, Dick or Harry to be eligible (though not necessarily deserving) for an Emmy with an iPhone, some basic editing software and a decent internet connection at their disposal.

The Good Place writer Megan Amram is hoping to win an Emmy in that category by adhering to the rules of eligibility for that category as close as possible with a new web series called An Emmy for Megan, which is all about Megan Amram trying to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Short Form Series. Read More »

marvel one shots

It’s been a long, satisfying 10 years to Avengers: Infinity War, but it wasn’t only the 18 films that helped shape the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the beginning, when Marvel Studios was still finding its footing, there were the Marvel One Shots.

The Marvel One-Shots were self-contained short films included on the Blu-ray and home video releases of the early Marvel films, up until Thor: The Dark World. They were fun little stories that let us revisit some fan-favorite characters — and provide a back-door pilot for a few ABC TV shows — but most importantly, they also helped expand the world of the MCU. But since “All Hail the King” was released in 2014, the Marvel One-Shots have gone silent. And from the looks of the jam-packed slate of the MCU, we may not get any more for the foreseeable future.

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Bao clip

Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 arrives in theaters this June, but before we reunite with the superheroic Parr family, we’ll be treated to a brand new Pixar short film called Bao. Now the first Bao clip has made its way online, and if there’s such a thing as a trigger warning for cuteness, I’m implementing it now. Warning: watching this may cause squeals of delight or maybe an involuntary “awww” to escape from your mouth. Read More »

Dr. Evil on The Tonight Show

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, Mike Myers brings back his Austin Powers franchise villain Dr. Evil for a topical sketch on The Tonight Show. Plus, friend of the site Will Goss has a clever and charming new short film called Pick-Ups that you should check out, and find out some fun facts you might not have known about Pixar’s Toy Story. Read More »