Cruella First Look Photo

Though Disney has had plenty of success with their live-action remakes like Aladdin and The Lion King this year, not everything will be carbon copies of their original animated movies. Following in the footsteps of Maleficent, there’s also the upcoming live-action spin-off Cruella, featuring Emma Stone as the fashionista villain from Disney’s animated classic (and previous live-action remake) 101 Dalmatians. The D23 Expo brought a Cruella first look photo, showing Emma Stone looking deliciously evil. Read More »

New Damien Chazelle Movie

Director Damien Chazelle didn’t get nearly as much acclaim as he deserved for last year’s biographical historical drama First Man. The chronicle of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon and the key moments that led to it was much more than your average account of NASA’s exploits in the space race, but the film only garnered a few technical award nominations at the Oscars. But this is Hollywood, and Chazelle will likely have another chance at Oscar gold with his next project.

After drumming up praise with films like Whiplash and bringing classic musical flair with La La Land, Damien Chazelle is shopping a new project called Babylon around Hollywood. If Chazelle by himself isn’t enough to excite you, maybe a reunion with Oscar nominee Emma Stone will help sweeten the deal.  Read More »

Emma Thompson in Cruella Movie

Walt Disney Pictures is still going full steam ahead with their slate of live-action remakes of their animated classics. However, in the case of one of their most famous movies, they’re taking a different live-action approach. Since 101 Dalmatians was already remade into a live-action movie back in 1996 (and even spawned a sequel), Disney is giving the fashionista villain Cruella de Vil her own movie starring Emma Stone as a younger version of the deranged woman who wants to make a coat out of puppy fur.

Now the film, simply called Cruella, has landed a new cast member in Emma Thompson. And come to think of it, she would have made a hell of a choice to play Cruella de Vil in the live-action 101 Dalmatians if Glenn Close had ended up turning down the job. Read More »

Shaun of the Dead Pop Culture References

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 a round-up of over 50 pop culture references found in Edgar Wright‘s breakthrough film Shaun of the Dead. Plus, listen to a song recapping the deaths in Game of Thrones in the style of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and watch as Emma Stone and the cast of Saturday Night Live gets excited for the arrival of K-pop sensation BTS this weekend. Read More »

April Saturday Night Live Hosts

Saturday Night Live is taking a short break between new episodes, but when the late night sketch comedy returns at the end of the month, they’ll be churning out three episodes in a row. After how great the recent back-to-back episodes hosted by John Mulaney and Idris Elba turned out to be, the pressure is on to keep the momentum going.

Thankfully, the three upcoming Saturday Night Live hosts set for the spring are exciting prospects since two of them are stars of hit TV shows hosting for the first time, and another is a comedy treasure who will be hosting for the fourth time.  Read More »

The Favourite 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, take a look behind the scenes of the Golden Globe nominated and likely soon-to-be Oscar-nominated film The Favourite. A batch of featurettes take a closer look at the film’s intricate and elegant production design, another shows off the incredible costume design bringing 18th century fashion to life, and the final shines a light on the award-worthy cast. Read More »

zombieland 2 cast Zoey Deutch

The returning cast of Zombieland is teaming with a new addition for the sequel: Zoey Deutch. The Set It Up actress has joined the Zombieland 2 cast in an unspecified role, but there’s a good chance she’ll be one of the humans running from zombies. The sequel will arrive ten years after the original zombie comedy hit theaters, with virtually the entire original cast and crew returning.

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The National - Bob's Burgers Music Video

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 if you noticed the various Creed II references and Easter eggs linked to the Rocky franchise. Plus, watch The National‘s animated Bob’s Burgers music video centered around Thanksgiving, and listen in as Emma Stone learns some British slang from her The Favourite co-star Rachel Weisz. Read More »

“There was nothing that didn’t appeal to me about it,” replied Emma Stone when asked about why she wanted to be a part of The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest directorial outing. The film has been a standout on the fall film festival circuit wherever it has played. I caught it on opening night at the New York Film Festival, and it’s been my favorite film of 2018 ever since.

The Favourite provides a delicious showcase for three tremendously talented actresses in a sumptuous period setting without ever getting mired in mothballs. Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne provides the center of gravity, shifting the equilibrium of England with her every erratic whim. At the start of the film, Anne’s mood is stabilized by a lifelong friend, Rachel Weisz’ Sarah Churchill. Her hold on the queen’s heart and purse strings receives a real challenge, however, when Sarah’s cousin, Emma Stone’s Abigail, enters the palace grounds and begins to rise in Anne’s esteem.

This is not the Wikipedia version of history by any stretch of the imagination, and as such, many more questions linger after viewing than the traditional costume drama. Luckily, I was able to run a few of them by stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as well as director Yorgos Lanthimos at roundtable discussions earlier this month. We talked about how The Favourite journeyed from script to screen, how everyone tuned into Lanthimos’ particular wavelength and why we’ll never know what the director thinks about any of his endings.

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Netflix’s Maniac is incredible – one of the best original programs the streaming service has released to date. It’s also weird as hell, and almost impossible to coherently sum up. A new video attempts to break down the Emma Stone and Jonah Hill show while highlighting what makes it so unique. Watch it below.

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