The Fate of the Furious - Cipher (Charlize Theron) and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel)

On the first day, there was 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, and Vin Diesel saw that it was good. Eighteen years later, The Rock muscled his way into the Fast & Furious limelight and spearheaded Hobbs and Shaw, the first official spin-off of the main franchise. He, too, saw that it was good (critics and audiences, meanwhile, were somewhat more divided). Now, the Fast Family is once again set to expand even more. And this time, it involves Charlize Theron’s villainous Cipher.

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The Old Guard 2

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood became the first Black woman to direct a big-budget Hollywood comic book movie with The Old Guard, last year’s action-heavy adaptation of writer Greg Rucka‘s comic about a group of immortal warriors. Oscar winner Charlize Theron led the film’s ensemble cast, and now the actress says the sequel will begin filming early next year. Read More »

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Whale Rider director Niki Caro is now set to make a movie about wave riders. Big wave riders, to be more specific.

Caro, who recently directed Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, is teaming up with Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron (MonsterMad Max: Fury Road) to make an untitled movie for Netflix that centers on four women and their fight to compete in big wave surfing.
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Editing Pixar's Onward

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, listen as Pixar’s Onward editor Catherine Apple explains the process of editing an animated film and how the fantasy movie’s climactic battle came together. Plus, get behind the wheel on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road with director George Miller and the ensemble cast. And finally, listen as actor and filmmaker Seth Rogen answers a slew of questions about pot, pottery, beards, the internet, and more. Read More »

The School for Good and Evil Cast

The School for Good and Evil will soon be in session at Netflix. The streaming service is turning the young adult fantasy novel series by Soman Chainani into a Netflix movie (presumably a franchise if all goes well), and director Paul Feig has found two big name actresses to take key educational roles.

Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington have joined The School for Good and Evil cast, each playing “two looming figures at the mysterious house of education.” Find out more about their characters below. Read More »

Furiosa prequel

When Charlize Theron first appeared onscreen in Max Max: Fury Road, wielding a shaved head and righteous fury, she became the unquestionable breakout star, a new cinematic icon for the ages. It was such an impactful performance that Furiosa star Anya Taylor-Joy “can’t even think about trying to step into her shoes,” the actress said of her upcoming leading role in the Fury Road prequel. So instead of trying to fill those shoes, Taylor-Joy will try something “different” from Theron’s performance.

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The Addams Family 2

The animated adaptation of The Addams Family just arrived in theaters last year, but with a box office haul over $203 million on a budget of just $23 million, MGM has wasted no time in getting a sequel off the ground. The Addams Family 2 has been officially announced to arrive just in time for Halloween in 2021. However, one member of the original voice cast won’t be returning, and a new cast member with an impressive array of voices has come on board. Read More »

The Old Guard Honest Trailer

Netflix is back with another forgettable action movie starring A-list talent whose soul purpose seem to be to burn through money in what might be the biggest money laundering scheme of all time. Either that, or Netflix is just throwing anything and everything at the wall and seeing what sticks.

The Old Guard takes Charlie Theron and puts her in charge of a team of immortal warriors who have been trying to make the world a better place for centuries. The only problem, as The Old Guard Honest Trailer astutely observes, is that they’re really bad at it. Like, to the point that Charlize Theron’s character may be better at detecting the subtle flavors of food than realizing someone has the drop on her. How can they be this bad at fighting after thousands of years? Read More »

The Old Guard director interview

Gina Prince-Bythewood is a director known for authenticity and intimacy. In Beyond the Lights, Love & Basketball, and Disappearing Acts, audiences feel how close she is to her characters, their dreams, and their conflicts. That’s a part of what makes her new Netflix movie, The Old Guard, stand far apart from the typical action movie.

Prince-Bythewood, who’s the first black woman to direct a comic book movie, tells an ensemble story with The Old Guard in which the characters are as fully-realized as the propulsive fight scenes. The Old Guard is what you get when a director knows her characters inside and out. What may very well be the only big action movie we see all summer is a movie driven by character, not setpieces.

Recently, we spoke to Prince-Bythewood about crafting the setpieces, the pains of writing, and how her experiences as an athlete drive her as a filmmaker.

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The Old Guard Featurette

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, listen as The Old Guard star Charlize Theron, director Gina Prince-Bythewood, and comic creator Greg Rucka talk about taking the comic to screen. Plus, listen as Adam Savage explores the sound mixing behind the stage show of Hamilton, and learn some Australian and New Zealand slang from Unhinged star Russell Crowe. Read More »