Let’s be honest: 2020 was a bad year. Bad for the world, bad for the economy, and bad for the soul. Not to even mention the movie industry, which suffered blows from theater closings and studio delays. Entertainment seemed to be the last thing on people’s minds, and yet, entertainment is what many people turned to in the long months of lockdown. Comfort television became consumed as frequently as comfort food, and many people — after at first feeding into their paranoia with early viewings of Contagion — started to seek out the same in films too.
And, perhaps coincidentally, Hollywood rose to meet their demands. It became par for the course for studios to release their films early to PVOD or streaming, though for the most part there wouldn’t be any one defining theme among them — just the fact that people could see theatrical releases from the comfort of their homes was pleasing enough.
But the films that would capture the feeling of the times began to hit in the summer, and that’s when “nice” started to become the norm.
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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, find out how realistic bodysuits are made by way of some terrifying future versions of the titular duo in Bill and Ted Face the Music. Plus, watch a short documentary of the legacy of The Joker from the big and small screen in The Joker: Put on a Happy Face. And finally, find out how to make a feast fit for a Hobbit in a special Lord of the Rings edition of Binging with Babish. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
It’s been something of a rarity to get a clear look at how certain movies have performed financially during the COVID era than it was in the Before Times. However, a picture is beginning to emerge around MGM and Orion’s Bill and Ted Face the Music which indicates that dropping the film on PVOD was a smart play by the studio. A new report says that Dean Parisot‘s comedy sequel has made just about ten times more on PVOD than it has in theaters so far. Read More »
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter easily slipped back into their roles of the beloved time-traveling slackers after nearly 30 years in Bill & Ted Face the Music, and then some — playing alternate versions of their characters that could have been. But in another timeline, there could have been a very different ending to Bill & Ted Face the Music, co-writer Ed Solomon revealed. Several, in fact, and one including… Santa Claus?
Spoilers for the ending of Bill & Ted Face the Music below.
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The New Mutants became the first major studio title to get a theatrical released in the middle of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With somewhere between 60%-70% of movie theaters across the United States opened, The New Mutants was only able to muster up a $7 million opening weekend, with ticket sales being on the lower end of the expectations of Disney and 20th Century Studios. But even so, it’s the biggest debut for a movie since the pandemic began in the US back in March. Read More »
Can Bill and Ted exist in 2020? That’s the big question attached to Bill & Ted Face the Music, the long-awaited third film in the Bill & Ted series which comes nearly 30 years after Bogus Journey. The two lovable dimwitted slackers who found themselves unlikely saviors of the world seemed like a wonderful relic of the ’90s, products of the kind of absurd surrealism that could only come from the minds of people who were very young, very silly, or very high. The world has drastically changed since the ’90s, and not much for the better. It feels like the time for silliness, for that kind of feel-good comedy that Bill & Ted wore on its tattered, undersized sleeves, has passed. But the truth is, this movie could not have come at a better time.
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Bill and Ted Face the Music, the long-awaited third entry in the Bill and Ted series, hits VOD and select theaters (mostly drive-ins) this week. Many of us thought a third film would never happen, so it’s kind of a small miracle that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were able to reunite for more Wyld Stallyns action. Sadly, one original franchise player is no longer with us – George Carlin, who played the helpful Rufus in the first two films, and who died in 2008. And as it turns out, Bill and Ted Face the Music almost featured a Carlin cameo – in CGI form.
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If Chris Matheson could go back to 1987 when he and Ed Solomon were first writing the screenplay for Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, he would tell himself, “Don’t write that gay joke.”
Even while trying to seriously ponder what he would tell his 26-year-old self, Matheson can’t help but crack a joke, which pretty much embodies the tone of the good-hearted sci-fi comedy Bill and Ted Face the Music. The long-awaited sequel, which comes nearly 30 years after the last Bill and Ted installment, Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted Face the Music seems like it might be bringing a relic from a happier, simpler time. Its two lead characters, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves with the same wide-eyed enthusiasm as they did 29 years ago, are still the dim-witted, optimistic slackers we know and love, now saddled with middle-aged burdens like marriage problems and missed potential. But that was something that Matheson and Solomon wanted to explore, even after decades had passed since Bill and Ted first traveled in time in that dinky old phone booth.
“In 2008, Ed and I had a notion, a starting point, which was that it just hadn’t worked out [for Bill and Ted], that that all this time passed, and they hadn’t saved the world and they hadn’t achieved what they set out to achieve,” Matheson told /Film in a joint interview with Solomon ahead of the release of Bill and Ted Face the Music.
So when given a deadline — write the song that will save the world, or reality will crumble — what will Bill and Ted do? Exactly what you expect them to do: cheat off themselves. And though it could seem a little strange that Bill and Ted haven’t changed much over the years, for Matheson and Solomon, it was important that these beloved slackers maintain the core of what made them so beloved — especially in times like these.
“We’re bringing back these uncynical characters to a much more cynical world,” Solomon said.
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After nearly 30 years, lovable cinematic goofballs William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) are finally returning in a new movie. And just a few days after Bill and Ted Face the Music arrives on VOD, you’ll be able to play a new Bill and Ted board game designed in a phone booth-shaped package which tests your knowledge of history and trivia. Get the details on Bill and Ted’s Excellent Historical Trivia Travel Game below. Read More »
There’s less than a week left until we can see Bill & Ted Face the Music. The long-awaited sequel finally arrives via On Demand and limited theatrical release next week, and to ramp up excitement for the feel-good sci-fi comedy, Orion Pictures has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette that gives the spotlight to the excellent cast led by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Watch the Bill and Ted Face the Music featurette below.
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