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 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 visual effects breakdown shows off the digital work that went into creating a variety of elements during the climactic third act. Plus, Robert Rodriguez and Jon Landau talks about the inception of the upcoming James Cameron produced sci-fi movie Alita: Battle Angel, and Bill Hader shows off some of his more obscure impressions. Read More »
It may not happen every day, but it’s not uncommon for the same actor to play multiple roles in a single movie. But how often have we seen the lead actor in a film also play an extra in the same film? That’s far more rare, but according to Rosa Salazar, the Alita: Battle Angel star who’s headlining Robert Rodriguez‘s adaptation of the acclaimed Japanese manga, we’re going to see it happen when she plays dual roles later this year. Read More »
20th Century Fox has shuffled around some release dates, so break out your calendars.
Shane Black‘s The Predator, previously set for August, is now set for September. Robert Rodriguez‘s Alita: Battle Angel, once expected to arrive in July, has been pushed to December. Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express follow-up Death on the Nile will now open in November 2019.
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Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez make very different kinds of movies, which makes their collaboration on Alita: Battle Angel all the more intriguing. After years of delays, Cameron left the director’s chair on this big-budget adaptation of the Japanese manga, opting instead to produce while Rodriguez stepped behind the camera.
But what does a film directed by Robert Rodriguez, known for his scrappy and energetic experiments, and produced by Cameron, known for pushing the boundaries of film technology forward to produce slick and glossy blockbusters, look like? The first Alita: Battle Angel trailer is here to show us.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jack Giroux
Filming just wrapped on director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter James Cameron‘s Alita: Battle Angel, but another cast member has just been announced. Michelle Rodriguez, who’s worked with both Rodriguez and Cameron, is a part of the adaptation of Yukito Kishiro‘s Japanese manga. The news comes only a few short weeks after we learned Jennifer Connelly has a role in the 3D sci-fi action movie.
Below, learn more about the Michelle Rodriguez Battle Angel casting news.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Alita: Battle Angel has one of the most unique pedigrees of any major motion picture on the horizon: this is an adaptation of a Japanese manga developed by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez. That’s a recipe for something very interesting and I’m curious to see what that combination of names will deliver, especially since they’re filming the whole thing far from Hollywood, in Rodriguez’s home turf of Austin, Texas.
Now, late in production, another name has been added to the cast: Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly.
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Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
If you spent all weekend binging Luke Cage, as we did, you probably came away marveling at Mahershala Ali. While he’s been doing fine work for years, 2016 seems destined to go down as the year he really broke out, between his Marvel villain turn and his highly praised performances in films like Moonlight. And his winning streak doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon.
Ali is in negotiations to join Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez‘s adaptation of the popular manga. Rosa Salazar stars as the title character and Christoph Waltz and Jackie Earle Haley are also among the cast. James Cameron is producing. Read More »
IMAX has announced they will be expanding their partnership with Twentieth Century Fox to include four key tentpole films: Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Predator, Alita: Battle Angel and the Fox’s untitled Marvel film. Hit the jump for the details.
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
If Jackie Earle Haley has some kind of geek property bingo card, he’s surely won several times over by now. The star of Watchmen, AMC’s Preacher, Amazon’s The Tick pilot, and the upcoming The Dark Tower, has now signed on for Alita: Battle Angel, the sci-fi manga adaptation being directed by Robert Rodriguez for producer James Cameron. He joins Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
After several years of on-again, off-again development, Alita: Battle Angel got a much-needed shot in the arm last year when Robert Rodriguez signed on to direct. Not long after, Rosa Salazar was cast in the lead role. And now the film may have its second star. Christoph Waltz is reportedly circling the James Cameron-produced adaptation of the popular manga series. And in a shocking twist, he might actually get to play a good guy for once. Read More »