The Making of Mary Poppins Returns

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, go behind the scenes of the making of Mary Poppins Returns. Plus, find out how Peter Jackson pieced together his World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, and Modern Family star Ariel Winter recaps the ninth and tenth season (so far) of the ABC sitcom so you can catch up. Read More »

They say life imitates art, but when you’ve had a storied career like that of Burt Reynolds, it can easily be the other way around.

In The Last Movie Star, Reynolds plays a not-too-transparent version of himself: a fading former Hollywood idol who gets invited to accept a lifetime achievement award at a film festival — only to discover that the festival is a low-rent affair held out of a bar.

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Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley helped change the comic book landscape when the first issue of their four-issue Batman reinvention The Dark Knight Returns was released in 1986. Those four issues have influenced film and television as well as comics; Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films are shaped to a great degree by the grim, violent vision of Batman put forth by Miller & Co.

The Dark Knight Returns has never been directly adapted to film or television, however, until now. Warner Bros. animation label DC Comics Premiere Movies is creating a two-part adaptation of the four-issue series. The good part is: Peter Weller (RoboCop) has been hired to voice Bruce Wayne and Batman. Read More »

Triple H

WWE Studios announced today that Kevin Corrigan (American Gangster), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) and Annabeth Gish (“The West Wing”) have joined WWE® Superstar Paul “Triple H” Levesque (who had a small role in Blade: Trinity) in the cast of the studios’ upcoming comedy,  The Chaperone.

Triple H plays ex-con Ray Bradstone, a former getaway driver determined to turn his life around and establish a relationship with his estranged daughter Sally. Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, The Mighty Ducks, Criters, 101 Dalmations, Holy Man, Rock Star) will direct the film from a screenplay by playwright S.J. Roth. The film will begin principal photography today in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. Read the full press release after the jump.

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