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, an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind video essay focuses on the symbolism that comes from Kate Winslet‘s hair color . Plus, find out how a celebrity trainer gets actors and actresses into shape for the movies, and watch Lady Gaga and Lin-Manuel Miranda interview each other for nearly an hour. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.
To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.
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The 16th Annual Golden Trailer Awards took place last night at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Universal Pictures/AV Squad’s Furious 7 “Family” campaign won the Best of Show Prize and the award for Best Action, just 2 of the 78 different awards given by the annual award show (only 20 of the top awards are handing out at the live awards ceremony).
Universal Pictures (alongside Focus Features) was the winner of the night taking home 15 Golden Trailer Awards, followed by Warner Bros. (with HBO) which earned 11 wins, while Disney and Lionsgate earned 9 statues each. Of all the films that took home golden statues, American Sniper and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 tied for the most wins, each scoring 5 separate categories. Read a complete list of 2015 Golden Trailer Awards winners after the jump.
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From August 2014 until January 2015, Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. In November 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released and by late January 2015, it overtook the Marvel film. Then, in December 2014, Warner Bros. opened American Sniper. The first few weekends were above average for limited release numbers but then it opened wide and grossed a staggering $93 million over three days. Since then Clint Eastwood’s film has remained right near the top of the box office every single week. This weekend, it finally surpassed The Hunger Games, making American Sniper the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. Read More »
While movie theater attendance was down in 2014 (over 50% cite high prices as the reason), MovieTickets.com is reporting that movie ticket sales for January 2015 is up 37% over January 2014. Whats the reason for the uptick in movie ticket purchases? Find out after the jump.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Jude Law’s hairline, praise The Man in the High Castle, and wonder if Indiana Jones should become like the Bond franchise. Also, Jeff explains where he’s been the past few weeks. Read about the reaction American Sniper is provoking and check out Dave’s thoughts on Zero Dark Thirty.
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The first comments I heard from people about Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper, after the film’s premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles last fall, were about the baby. If you’ve seen the film, you’ve noticed the baby. If you haven’t seen the film you’ve probably still heard people talking about it. During a scene in which Chris Kyle is at home, Bradley Cooper has to hold a very obviously plastic baby for over a minute. Sure, joke about the scene being the one to lock Cooper’s latest Best Actor Oscar nomination, but for real, why the plastic baby?
Turns out there’s no grand concept behind using a prop rather than a real baby for the scene — it was a purely practical decision. Read More »
Long before American Sniper was nominated for six Oscars or grossed $100 million on its opening weekend, it was almost a very different movie. In the summer of 2013, Steven Spielberg was attached to direct the film based on the memoir of U.S. sniper Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper was still attached to star and produce. However, after a few months of development, Spielberg dropped off the project. Director Clint Eastwood quickly jumped on and history was made.
So what was different about Steven Spielberg’s version of American Sniper? In a behind the scenes story about the movie, screenwriter Jason Dean Hall revealed some of the suggestions Spielberg made about the script and how they forced Warner Bros. to move in another direction. Read the Steven Spielberg American Sniper quotes below. Read More »
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Going into the weekend, Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper was expected to handily dominate at the box office. Experts were predicting huge numbers for the film, maybe even north of $70 million. But when the smoke cleared Monday and final estimates came in, the film will have grossed a staggering, record-setting $105.3 million from Friday to Monday ($90.2 over the three day). The previous January champion, Ride Along, grossed only $48.6 million over its first four days. Sniper had doubled it and then some.
In Los Angeles, a city where the film had already been opened for three weeks, there were lines around the block. With a number that big, that was probably the case in almost every other city too. So how did American Sniper do so incredibly well? Read more about the American Sniper opening weekend below. Read More »
Editor’s Note: This review originally ran on November 12. We’re bumping it up now that American Sniper is in wide release.
Director Clint Eastwood has great aspirations for American Sniper. First and foremost, he hopes to make a movie paying tribute to the most deadly sniper in the history of the United States. That’s the late Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper. He also hopes to show Kyle not as only a heroic solider, but a complex man confident in his actions and concerned about of their results. The film paints a grim picture of post-traumatic stress disorder and what it does to our veterans, especially in regards to their families. Finally, there’s also a drive to keep things exciting, so there are many gun battles in the deserts of Iraq.
Yes, American Sniper is an incredibly ambitious film with many moving parts. All of those parts work in certain instances, but only on rare occasions do they all come together at once. The disconnection makes the film fall just short of those great aspirations.
American Sniper had its World Premiere on Veterans Day at AFI Fest presented by Audi and you can read the rest of our review below. Read More »