Space Force Bloopers

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 bloopers from the first season of Netflix’s comedy series Space Force starring Steve Carell, John Malkovich, and more. Plus, a video essay from Patrick (H) Willems takes a look back at what we might call the Dark Universe of monster movies from the 1990s, like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Wolf with Jack Nicholson. And finally, Patrick Stewart and Henry Cavill interview each other in a new edition of Variety’s Actors on Actors video series. Read More »

Frankenstein poster

Nearly one hundred years after they first hit theaters, the classic Universal Monster films remain timeless allegories about the complicated, conflicted nature of mankind. Now Vice Press and Bottleneck Gallery are aiming to pay homage to films like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, and more with a new poster and print collection dedicated to the Universal Monsters, and it kicks off this week with Anthony Petrie‘s twisted take on Frankenstein. Check out the full piece below and find out how to get your hands on one.
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Frankenstein Stage Production

In 2011, the Royal National Theatre in London staged a production of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. And this was no normal take on Mary Shelley’s classic tale. To change things up, Cumberbatch and Miller would alternate their roles, with each actor having an opportunity to play both Dr. Frankenstein and his creation. The productions were filmed, and have been previously broadcast in movie theaters, but now, the National Theatre’s YouTube page will stream both versions on two different dates.

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blumhouse frankenstein

Now that The Invisible Man is a huge hit for Blumhouse, more Universal monster reboots are all but guaranteed. Universal already has the Dracula spin-off Renfield in the works, as well as Elizabeth Banks’s Invisible Woman. What else could we see in the future? According to Blumhouse head Jason Blum, the answer is Frankenstein. Blum recently revealed he’d love to make a new Frankenstein movie – and this isn’t just wishful thinking. He’s actually reached out to filmmakers to try to develop a new adaptation.

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Renfield movie

Renfield, the lunatic who loves to eat bugs and pal around with Count Dracula, is getting his own movie. Having failed with their original Dark Universe plan, Universal is now taking risks on stranger projects. One is Leigh Whannell’s creepy-looking and very modern Invisible Man. The other is Paul Feig’s Dark Army. And now here comes Renfield, with Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher at the helm.

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frankenstein tv show

Criminals beware: Detective Frankenstein is on the case! CBS has ordered a Frankenstein TV series in which a cop is brought back from the dead by none other than Dr. Victor Frankenstein. So it’s basically like RoboCop, which asjs the question: why didn’t they call this FrankenCop? We may never know. Jason Tracey, a writer on Burn Notice and Elementary, is behind the show.

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Mondo Universal Monsters

Mondo is at it again, hosting yet another show devoted to art focused around the classic Universal Monsters. FrankensteinThe Bride of FrankensteinDracula, The Mummy and various other characters featured in the hit song The Monster Mash will all be making an appearance at the show….at least in art from. The monsters won’t really be there, because that would too terrifying. Check out some of the pieces from the Mondo Universal Monsters gallery show below.

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frankenstein and bride of frankenstein

(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. Next on the list: James Whale’s two monster movie classics, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.)

When /Film managing editor Jacob Hall told me that the first two movies I would be watching after It were Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, I breathed a sigh of relief. No. I was more than relieved, I was ecstatic. Gothic romance! The birth of science fiction! Pre-Code movies! Those were my bread and butter.

So it came as a quiet surprise to me that I hadn’t actually seen or read Frankenstein yet. I knew of the mythos, of course — the bolt-headed monster, the frantic shrieks of “It’s alive,” Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks’ hysterically funny satire of the classic movie, Young Frankenstein. I was so familiar with the beats of the story and had seen famous scene countless times in the background of other movies, but had never actually watched James Whale’s 1931 classic and its sequel. It was high time to remedy that.

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universal monsters universe

Cinematic universes are all the rage right now.

Which is why it was met with little surprise — but much chagrin — when Universal Studios announced their plans to create a movie franchise out of classic monster movie reboots. Another cinematic universe? Haven’t we had enough interconnected franchises, with Marvel and DC at each other’s throats over superhero sequels, Warner Bros creating their own MonsterVerse with Godzilla and King Kong, and whatever the heck is going on with that Man in Black/21 Jump Street crossover?

But producer Chris Morgan, one of the minds behind the whole Universal Monsters operation, assures audiences that Universal’s movie universe will be as different from the MCU and DCEU as possible.

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Universal Monsters Movie Universe

Last year it was revealed that Fast and the Furious producer Chris Morgan was teaming with screenwriter/director Alex Kurtzman to design a Universal Monsters cinematic universe. The plan was to reboot the Universal Monsters properties, including characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, each with their own movies leading to an Avengers-type film that would bring them all together.

The trailer for the first film in the series, The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, was released over the weekend, giving us a first look at the Universal Monster movie universe. I had the opportunity to talk with director Alex Kurtzman about the creation of this world, what their intentions are, how they hope to bring it all together and more. Please note the headline comparison to Marvel is my own, not Kurtzman’s. Although I think its obvious that Kurtzman’s opinion on building a cinematic movie universe seem to closely reflect Marvel Studios’ own philosophies and approach.

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