Transformers Rise of the Beasts Human Characters

The absolute last thing the world needs right now, or ever again, is a new Transformers movie, but hey, we’re getting one anyway. It’s called Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, and it’s bringing Beast Wars into the mix. The first real details about the new Transformers movie arrived today, and they hint at a franchise that’s ready to go back to the drawing board and start all over again. Because movie franchises never die, folks. They just get reincarnated. As robot animals.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the real reason everyone watches these movies: the human characters! This time, they’re played by Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback. Here’s what we know about them.

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In the Heights Opening Sequence

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, listen as In the Heights director Jon M. Chu breaks down part of the lively and mesmerizing opening musical sequel from In the Heights. Plus, take a closer look at the upcoming animated series sequel Masters of the Universe: Revelation with executive producer Kevin Smith. And finally, listen as Tig Notaro stops by Conan one more time to thank the titular host for giving the comedian her big break. Read More »

new Transformers sequel cast

The Transformers series will never end, so we’re getting yet another new Transformers sequel. This latest entry in the robots in disguise series comes from director  Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), and now it looks like the flick has found its lead – Anthony Ramos, star of Hamilton and the upcoming In the Heights. Ramos will play a “flawed and vulnerable hero,” and there’s a good chance he’ll spend most of the film yelling “Optimus!” as stuff explodes around him.  Read More »

In the Heights Trailer

After originally being slated for release last summer, the big screen adaptation of Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s musical In the Heights is finally coming to theaters. But thanks to the Warner Bros. Pictures deal to bring the studio’s entire theatrical slate to HBO Max, audiences will also be able to watch from the comfort of their homes. If you’ve forgotten how infectious the first In the Heights trailer was when it arrived at the end of 2019, a new one has arrived to get your toes tapping. Read More »

Hamilton Reunion

The Office and Jack Ryan star John Krasinski recently started passing some of his time in self-quarantine by hosting a web series called Some Good News. Recorded from the home office of the A Quiet Place director/star, the series highlights some uplifting stories from around the web to help drown out the hellish nightmare of news from our government and the coronavirus pandemic that is claiming lives everyday.

The first episode of Some Good News brought the wonderful surprise of The Office star Steve Carell appearing on the show for a chat, just in time for the NBC workplace comedy’s 15th anniversary. But an even more impressive reunion comes in this week’s second episode as John Krasinski assembled the entire original cast of the Broadway music Hamilton and had them perform a musical number on the video conference service Zoom, all for a little girl who missed the show due to coronavirus cancellations. Read More »

distant

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan and In the HeightsAnthony Ramos are uniting for a sci-fi comedy from the fine folks at Amblin. The flick features a script from Spenser Cohen and follows an asteroid miner and a woman trapped in an escape pod. I, for one, am sick and tired of all these Hollywood movies about asteroid miners – there’s one every week! But maybe this one will be a cut above the rest.

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in the heights movie cast

Anthony Ramos, who has appeared in Hamilton, can currently be seen in A Star is Born, and who has appeared in productions of the In the Heights stage production, is in talks to star in the In the Heights movie. The film is an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s pre-Hamilton musical set over the course of three hot summer days in the neighborhood of Washington Heights.

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she's gotta have it trailer

She’s Gotta Have It is being touted as a “modern update” of visionary director Spike Lee‘s breakthrough movie, but it feels like less of an update than a story that was always suited for modern, millennial times.

The 10-episode Netflix series remakes Lee‘s debut feature film, which was originally shot over the course of 10 days in a hot summer in 1986. That grimy heat isn’t replicated in the sleek new TV series, but the story is just as sweltering in the first full trailer for She’s Gotta Have It.

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she's gotta have it

Continuing the trend of talented, mid-budget directors making their way to TV, Spike Lee is making his television debut with a Netflix adaptation of his groundbreaking 1986 debut film She’s Gotta Have It.

A short teaser was released for the television adaptation of She’s Gotta Have It, showcasing that trademark Spike Lee look: a bold style, vivid colors, and even the same graffiti-inspired title card of the original film.

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