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 some things you maybe didn’t know about the beloved sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Plus, watch Adam Savage and the crew from Tested build a snub-nosed blaster from Blade Runner, and listen to Mike Myers give a touching tribute to his late Austin Powers franchise co-star Verne Troyer. Read More »
Nearly 30 years ago, Bill Preston and Ted Logan stepped into a time-traveling phone booth and wreaked havoc on history. But in the process, they taught us an important lesson: Be excellent to each other.
It’s a simple, jovial message from two pure-hearted lunkheads, one that has resonated in the decades since Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure became a cult classic. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have since moved on — Reeves to breaking the bones of assassins, Winter to his tech and political activism – but it’s always excellent to revisit the cult comedy. And the latest jaunt back in time comes courtesy of one of Bill and Ted’s creators himself, writer Ed Solomon.
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The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
In this edition, we’ve got an outstanding two-pack of figures featuring the titular characters from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a new picture disc vinyl set of the soundtrack for Star Wars: A New Hope, a fun Rick and Morty game involving Mr. Meeseeks and more.
See everything in The Toy Box after the jump.
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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This week we’ve got some new Star Trek goodies for the 50th anniversary, including a new Barbie doll set and an exclusive bobbelhead diorama coming to San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, there’s a great new Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure movie set that comes with an action figure of George Carlin as Rufus, new Funko POP Vinyls for Power Rangers and Preacher, and a few new Star Wars items, including a couple featuring BB-8.
See all that and more in The Toy Box after the jump.
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Did you know that not every single shot in a movie is overseen by any given film’s primary director? There’s an entire crew of people called the second unit whose responsibility it is to shoot supplementary footage such as establishing shots, stunts, inserts and cutaways. The director still has to approve that footage, but he’s not on set to actually shoot it. It’s not exactly a secret in Hollywood, even if most people outside of Hollywood don’t know it.
However, what you may not be aware of is that there are instances when recycled movie footage is used to complete a movie. We’re not just talking about a shot of a cityscape or mountainside, but very specific shots and scenes that were reused between two different movies. For example, did you know War and Peace footage can be seen in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Read More »
The Alamo Drafthouse recently held a Bill and Ted screening which included two new DKNG poster prints for Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure and the sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. I’ve been a fan of DKNG for a long time and I love how much detail they were able get into both of these prints. A limited amount of the poster prints will be sold tomorrow morning by Mondo. Hit the jump to check out the DKNG Bill and Ted Posters.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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What if the popular time travelers of cinema and television history existed on the same timeline? David McCandless created this crazy visualization as part of his upcoming book The Visual Miscellaneum ($18 preorder on Amazon). The chart tracks all the action between 800 AD and 4000 AD, and the tracking is color-coded by method of time travel: Alien Technology, Force of Nature, Time Machine, Deep Freeze, or Unknown. McCandless also imagines what possible paradoxes might occur when multiple time travelers converge on the same date. Check out the full chart after the jump.
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“Closer to 50!”
Remember when we reported last week that Keanu Reeves flicked his hand dismissively at the notion of all sequels? Well, we lied. Actually, the Internets lied. Sort of. Reeves talked to MTV about a second sequel to his amazing Bill and Ted’s filmography following 1991’s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and said he remains stoked on headbanging in a phone booth with co-star Alex Winter aka Bill S. Preston, Esquire but not until they’re 50. Also, there might be a bathroom stop in Bummerville because Reeves says a remake is on the horizon…
“I hear they’re doing a remake,” Reeves said of the movie that launched him to fame. “[Alex Winter and I spoke] on the phone the other day [about it]. We’re great friends.
“The most serious we ever got was a few years ago,” he confessed of a hitherto unknown third film. “I had once mentioned about doing it when we were 40. Now maybe the only shot we have is to do it when we’re 50.”
Winter and Reeves are both in their early 40s, which is unfortunate because another sequel could probably be a big hit and I’m all for Valley Speak making a brute force comeback to the well-quaffed ire of Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere. Which reminds my ego: I once threw a Bill and Ted’s party at a log cabin in Miami complete with a phone booth stuffed with unmentionable antics and a massive UM football player dressed Socratically who dragged a keg onto the street, sat on it, batted others away, and nursed the tap like a goat teat. Wyld Stallyns, get it together and go for the trilogy, and bring William Sadler. [Belch]
Requisite Alex Winter Update: Alex Winter has directed a Big Pharma-comedy called We’re Here to Help starring Alan Rickman (Hans) that is due this year. Go Winter!
Bill and Ted’s Remake Update: Apparently Moviehole has gotten wind of the remake, and they report it will likely go straight-to-DVD. The gist? The “phone” is “funkier.” I’m guessing this means cell phone > phone booth. (LAME.) The new Bill and Ted are 10th graders. They meet snooze-worthy historical figures like Ghandi and Calamity Jane. Remake has fewer “Whoa”‘s. (LAME). “Cool and hip” references aplenty including a “we’re going to miss The Dark Knight!” scene. Wyld Stallions? No, this time it’s the “Atomic Gorillas.” (LAME.) Worthy? The site says it mostly depends on who they cast. Bummer.
Discuss: Do you miss the “phone booth?” Who had more gnarlitude, Bill or Ted? Are these movies smartly stupid or stupidly smart?