Making Fake Crowds in Movies

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 Hollywood creates massive, fake crowds in sports arenas, parades, and more with examples from TV shows like Ted Lasso and Insecure. Plus, take a look at the making of a charitable event from HBO’s new fantasy series The Nevers. And finally, watch the first three minutes of the new Peacock original comedy series Rutherford Falls with Ed Helms. Read More »

Rutherford Falls Trailer

Native American representation in the media hasn’t been given much of a chance to shine outside of different kinds of westerns and historical tales. But that’s about to change with a new comedy series coming to Peacock from The Good Place and Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur.

Rutherford Falls is a comedy about two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a literal crossroads when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call involving an inconveniently placed statue in the town square. Read More »

together together review

Together Together is a love story – kind of. This is not the typical romantic love story that Hollywood usually pumps out; it’s a story about platonic love. About finding a connection with another human being that isn’t based on seduction or romance. And that’s refreshing! More stories like this from the movies would be welcomed. Unfortunately, the film that’s built around that platonic love story is lacking, resulting in a film that’s sweet and kind but also kind of forgettable.

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the miserable adventures of burt squire

It sounds like a dream to be stuck at sea with Harrison Ford, but it’s more of a comic nightmare for Ed Helms in the new STXfilms movie The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire Abord the Horn High Yo. That mouthful of a title is for a new seafaring comedy pairing together the unlikely duo of Helms and Ford, as a family man who gets shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean, and the unhinged sea captain he is stuck with, respectively.

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The Office Wedding Reunion

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 as John Krasinski puts together a reunion of The Office cast members to remotely recreate the dance number from Jim and Pam’s wedding for a couple celebrating their nuptials. Plus, listen to a message from Mark Hamill and Lucasfilm thanking the Star Wars fans who spend their days as medical workers saving as many lives as possible in the middle of a pandemic, and watch Ben Stiller and his late father Jerry Stiller on an old episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Read More »

Jim Gaffigan Playing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Jim Gaffigan is mostly know for his stand-up comedy antics and being a hilarious character actor. But he’s recently turned in some solid work in indie dramas and thrillers such as Light from Light, Them That Follow, and Chappaquiddick. Soon he’ll stretch his dramatic chops with a little bit of dark comedy by leading his own limited series at AMC that will see him playing late, former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was infamously caught smoking crack cocaine during his re-election campaign and had a reputation for being a substance abusing party guy. Read More »

Coffee and Kareem Trailer

Coffee and Kareem appeared on the Black List in 2014, a collection of the best unproduced screenplays that are kicking around Hollywood and looking to get made. Thankfully, Netflix picked up the script not too long ago and brought in Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson to star in it. Now the first Coffee and Kareem trailer has arrived, and we get to meet Terrence Little Gardenhigh, the foul-mouthed kid being paired with Ed Helms, and they look like they’re going to make a hilarious duo. Read More »

true story

Sometimes life gets stranger than fiction, and Ed Helms and Randall Park will prove just how much with the new NBC comedy series True Story. A hybrid scripted and unscripted series, True Story will follow Helms and Park’s hosts as they interview people who have had unbelievable real-life experiences, while a team of performers re-enact their stories.

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2020 THR Directors Roundtable

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 Hollywood Reporter’s 2020 directors roundtable with Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Greta Gerwig, and more. Plus, listen as the writers and directors of Uncut Gems deliver a script breakdown of one of the movie’s most tense scenes, and hear Ed Helms answer questions from Reddit’s “Too Afraid to Ask” community. Read More »

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Coffee and Kareem

Every year the Black List names the best unproduced screenplays that are still being kicked around Hollywood, just waiting for a greenlight to go into production. One of the scripts that made the cut on the lower end of the list in 2014 was a crime comedy called Coffee and Kareem that teams up a cop with his girlfriend’s kid (for some reason) to help take down a ruthless drug lord. Now the project has a home at Netflix and a surprising comedic duo to lead it.

Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson have signed on to star in Coffee and Kareem, a pairing that sounds like it was done in the same manner in which you might pull names from a hat for Secret Santa. Read More »