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Ennio Morricone Dead

When you picture a western stand-off on the big screen, it’s very likely that you can’t help but hear the opening notes of the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The sound of a flute and ocarina resemble the howl of a coyote before you hear that famous three-note melody from a harmonica. It’s one of the most recognizable themes in cinematic history, and sadly, the man who created it has died.

Ennio Morricone, the famed Italian composer known for spaghetti westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the crime thriller The Untouchables, the sci-fi horror classic The Thing, and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, has passed away at 91. Read More »

the god of high school review

The God of High School is the second Crunchyroll original anime to adapt a Korean webtoon, center its premise around a competition to win the reward of getting one’s wish granted, and feature the word “God” in its title. But unlike the otherworldly Tower of GodThe God of High School is a much more recognizable twist on the action anime, marrying a mythic Dragon Ball-style story with your classic shounen tournament structure, and featuring some of the most fluid and crisp battle sequences you’ve ever seen.

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rocky 4 director's cut

Rocky Balboa may have hung up his boxing gloves, but Sylvester Stallone hasn’t left the Rocky franchise behind just yet. Stallone revealed that he is working on a director’s cut of the 1985 classic Rocky IV, which he says will be “amazing.” The news comes in the wake of the success of Creed 2, which continues the Rocky franchise through the story of Michael B. Jordan‘s Adonis Creed, and following the release of an extended cut of Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood.

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(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 SeriesChopped

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: There are three rounds. Mandatory mystery ingredients for each course. If your dish doesn’t cut it, you will be chopped.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Until recently, food competition shows had a reputation for being cutthroat television, edited for maximum drama and intensity. They weren’t about the food as much as they were about the spectacle that could unfold in the pressure cooker environment like a professional kitchen — and occasionally a fun test for how many exotic ingredients you know. But more genial cooking shows have become all the rage recently, with the influx of nicecore shows like The Great British Baking Show or Nailed It! However, even those shows are less about the food and more about the bright personalities of its contestants or judges. But the Food Network’s insanely addicting Chopped offers the perfect median. A competition show that pits four chefs against each other over three courses, each of which are required to be made with a basket of mystery ingredients, Chopped sounds like it could represent the worst of cooking reality shows. But a panel of strict judges who never fall for the contestant sob story, and a competition that gives loving attention to the dishes and cooking technique, makes Chopped the rare cooking competition show that values the food first and foremost.

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Queer Eye Meets Gritty

If you’ve been enjoying season four of Queer Eye on Netflix, then you’ll love seeing the Fab Five help out one of Philadelphia’s newest icons.

Gritty is the mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, and he has quickly become a favorite, not just for Flyers fans, but for people who love seeing orange maniacs with eyes that hypnotize you with the fires of hell. Nominated by fell mascot the Philly Phanatic, Gritty gets a make-better from Queer Eye, but honestly, he really doesn’t need it. Read More »

The Boys Season 1 Bloopers Reel

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, watch lines get flubbed in The Boys season 1 bloopers reel, featuring cast members like Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and more. Plus, enjoy the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular from Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park to make up for the fact that a lot of big fireworks shows were canceled this year. And finally, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s comedy actors roundtable with hopeful Emmy contenders like Kumail Nanjiani, Kenan Thompson,and more. Read More »

Brie Larson Auditioned for Star Wars, Terminator and The Hunger Games

Brie Larson has been established as one of the strongest superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her role as Captain Marvel. But she’s been auditioning for a number of other major studio blockbuster franchises that just didn’t pan out for her.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Brie Larson started her own YouTube channel in order to allow her to bolster “deep conversations, anti-racist rhetoric, inclusive content.” But the actress will also use the outlet to express herself personally, not to mention talking about her career. When addressing the latter in her inaugural video, Brie Larson revealed that she auditioned for some major franchises, including The Hunger Games, Terminator, and at least one of the Star Wars movies. Read More »

Christopher McQuarrie - R-Rated Tom Cruise Movie

Tom Cruise has been enjoying working with Christopher McQuarrie for over a decade now. They first collaborated with Valkyrie back in 2008, have found great success with the Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible franchises, not to mention Edge of Tomorrow (aka Live Die Repeat). Oh, and there’s The Mummy too. With production on the back-to-back Mission: Impossible sequels possibly resuming overseas in September, Cruise and McQuarrie will be busy together for the next few years. But their next collaboration will bring something much different.

Christopher McQuarrie recently revealed that he’s developing some kind of R-rated movie that would have Tom Cruise playing a character that you wouldn’t expect the global superstar to tackle. Find out more below. Read More »

The Black Cauldron

(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 MovieThe Black Cauldron

Where You Can Stream It: Disney+

The Pitch: In a far-flung fantasy world, a young assistant pig keeper discovers that his pig has the power to see the future. Meanwhile, the evil Horned King is searching for the mythical Black Cauldron, which will help him raise an army of undead warriors and take over the world. As the two storylines converge, the young pig keeper’s mettle is tested, friendships are formed, and lessons are learned.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: The phrase “the night is darkest just before dawn” could apply to The Black Cauldron, which endangered the entire future of animation at Disney a few years before the Disney Renaissance brought the company to new creative and financial heights. Reportedly costing $44 million and only earning $21 million domestically, The Black Cauldron is a fascinating failure and a piece of Disney history that’s more interesting than its reputation gives it credit for. Read More »

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This Week in Trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we recognize “Our Lips Are Sealed” as the Go-Go’s best single, go cubein’, spend some quality time with Liam Neeson, tackle the controversial issue of abortion, and wine down for the weekend.

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