Kong: Skull Island 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, watch the declassified Kong: Skull Island featurette before Godzilla vs. Kong comes along later this month. Plus, listen as director Chloé Zhao digs into her Oscar-nominated film Nomadland. And finally, go behind the scenes of Moxie, the new Netflix movie starring Hadley Robinson and Amy Poehler. Read More »

chloe zhao awards

Chloé Zhao has just added another nomination under her belt on Nomadland‘s road to the Oscars. And in her latest nod, she’s just made Directors Guild of America history alongside Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell. The pair are the first two women to have been nominated in the same year for best director of a feature film in the 73-year history of the DGA Awards. Overall, they’re only the ninth and 10th women to ever be nominated for the category.

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chloe zhao awards

Chloé Zhao has set a new awards season record. The director of awards darling Nomadland has surpassed Alexander Payne (Sideways) as the person to earn the most awards in a single awards season in the modern era, pushing Nomadland to the front of this year’s Oscar race.

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Nomadland trailer new

After spending months at the forefront of awards discussions and appearing on dozens of “best of 2020” lists, Nomadland is finally poised to actually come out in the United States in a major way. Writer/director Chloé Zhao‘s excellent, contemplative drama starring Frances McDormand is coming to Hulu and theaters in just a few days, and Searchlight Pictures has released a new trailer to remind people A) that this is a great movie that everyone will finally have access to, and B) that this is one of the most acclaimed films of the entire year.
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Chloe Zhao Dracula

Universal’s attempt to revive their classic monsters continues with a new take on Dracula, but this doesn’t sound like any other Dracula movie we’ve seen before. The studio has hired Chloe Zhao, director of Nomadland and the upcoming Marvel movie Eternals, to adapt the classic tale of the bloodsucking count. Zhao’s approach will be a futuristic, sci-fi Western take on the material. Yes, really.

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Nomadland IMAX release

A few days ago, we learned that Searchlight Pictures plans to put Chloé Zhao‘s poetic drama Nomadland into IMAX theaters at the end of this month. Now a cool Nomadland IMAX poster has arrived to promote that large-format theatrical release – although, sadly, we can’t recommend seeing the movie in that format right now because of the pandemic is still raging in the United States. But at least the poster is a nice representation of the movie. Plus, the film itself arrives on streaming next month, so you don’t have to wait too much longer to finally see it. Read More »

WandaVision Hints at How Is Vision Alive

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, take a closer look at some of the hints about how Vision has returned in Marvel’s new series WandaVision. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a virtual directors roundtable with filmmakers Spike Lee, Regina King, Lee Isaac Chung, George Clooney, and more. And finally, go behind the scenes of the first season of the Netflix period romance series Bridgerton. Read More »

nomadland release

Nomadland is one of the best movies of 2020 that barely anyone has seen. But that will soon change, as distributor Searchlight Pictures has set a Nomadland release in both theaters and streaming next month, just ahead of the Oscars.

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eternals screenplay

Chloé Zhao, director of quiet, introspective films like The Rider and Nomadland, is also the filmmaker behind the big, expensive Marvel superhero movie Eternals – a move that’s bound to give some people whiplash. But if you were worried that Zhao was just some hired gun on the upcoming MCU movie, Zhao is ready to set the record straight and confirm that she played a big part in the Eternals screenplay, too.

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Chloe Zhao approached Marvel

There’s a perception in the comic book movie fandom that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and his team of executives hand-pick talented, up-and-coming filmmakers from the independent film scene to become directors of big budget superhero movies. But that wasn’t the case with Chloé Zhao, the talented, up-and-coming indie filmmaker behind films like The Rider and the forthcoming Nomadland. In a new interview, Zhao explains that she was the one who approached the studio about making a comic book movie, not the other way around. Read More »