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, see how a professional pole dancer reviews pole-dancing scenes from movies like Hustlers, Date Night, Showgirls, and more. Plus, find out how some of the most influential filmmakers, like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Nora Ephron, and dozens more, got their start and take an epic runthrough of dozens of Easter eggs from Pixar’s 25 years of animated movies, from Toy Story to Onward and everything in between. Read More »
Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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A likable pairing can only take a movie so far, but that doesn’t stop Steve Carell and Tina Fey from working their comedic asses off to take Date Night as far as it can possibly go. They are the sole highlights amid the darkness that is Shawn Levy’s inert direction, which consumes nearly every element of the film with its studio hackery. There is no tension in the plot, the action is bland and incomprehensible, and the majority of big comedic gags are too broadly handled to be funny. It’s almost a miracle that Date Night doesn’t drag Carell and Fey down with its middle-of-the-road lameness, but through their genuine chemistry and well-timed improvisational skills, they manage to inject a great amount of spontaneity, warmth and actual humor into the movie. It doesn’t quite save it, but it’s enough to make the film a semi-enjoyable afternoon rental.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Audio commentary with director Shawn Levy, featurettes (“Directing 301 with Shawn Levy”, “Directing Off Camera”), an extended car chase, a gag reel, and Date Night PSAs (three versions). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as deleted and extended scenes, a Disaster Dates with the Cast featurette, Steve and Tina Camera Tests, and a digital copy of the film.
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In this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley assess whether or not Joss Whedon would make a good Avengers director, try to figure out what Summit Entertainment is trying to do with the final Twilight films, and discuss why the Green Lantern’s CG-only suit…actually makes a lot of sense.
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There have been a bunch of movie trailers to hit over the last 24 hours: Clash of the Titans, Kick-Ass, and now 20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for the Action romantic comedy Date Night. The film stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell as Claire and Phil Foster, as a bored married couple’s attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous due to a case of mistaken identity.
The Fosters are a typical suburban couple whose lives – including their weekly date nights of dinner and a movie – have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro where a case of mistaken identity turns their evening into the ultimate date night-gone-awry. But as Claire and Phil take their unexpected walk on the wild side, they begin to remember what made them so special together.
Judging from the trailer, this is just what we would expect from Night at the Museum/Pink Panther helmer Shawn Levy. A couple mild jokes, an obvious storyline and a flurry of cameos and small supporting performances from actors/actresses you know (like Mila Kunis, Leighton Meester, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, and Ray Liotta). If you look closely near the end of the trailer, you might even see Olivia Munn, of G4 Attack of the Show fame. And what is up with Wahlberg’s Minority Report/Iron Man-style futuristic computer set-up? Seems a bit too much for this movie, doesn’t it?
Fox is betting on this film to be an early summer comedy, but it will face some heavy superhero competition, going head to head with The Losers, and the next week Kick-Ass and Machette. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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We’ve got a batch of new photos, mostly snapped surreptitiously from set. First up is the debut look at the new cast of The A-Team as they shoot in Vancouver. And after the break, you can get a look at better shots of The Green Hornet, a new magazine cover for Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans, a bunch of Red Dawn‘s propaganda posters and the shot of Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night I know you’ve all been waiting for. Read More »
Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Common, Kristen Wiig, Taraji P. Henson and Leighton Meester have all signed up for roles in Shawn Levy‘s Date Night. The headline stars, already announced, are Steve Carrell, who I love, and Tina Fey, who most people love and I kind-of-like-a-bit. The films seems set to be some kind of rom-com take on After Hours, or maybe an inverted version of Adventures in Babysitting.
Variety have indicated who the various new cast additions will be playing, and I’ll bullet point that for you after the ever-essential break.
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