2020 Hallmark Ornaments

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s about time to get out the Christmas tree, that is if you haven’t already. What better way to beef up the decorations than by picking up some of the 2020 Hallmark Christmas Ornaments that are being released this year. We’ve featured a variety of pop culture-based ornaments that are already available, and this time we’re focusing on a bunch of them from movies like Back to the Future, Jaws, and The Wizard of Oz, as well as TV shows like Stranger Things, Friends, The Muppet Show, Animaniacs, Looney Tunes, and more. Check them all out below. Read More »

fresh prince reunion

HBO Max has managed to land not one, but two reunion specials of beloved ’90s sitcoms. The streamer has really cornered the market on TV nostalgia, and today we’ve got a one-two punch of updates on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion and the long-awaited Friends reunion special. HBO Max has released The Fresh Prince reunion trailer, which shows Will Smith reuniting with the Banks family on the set of the old family living room. The trailer is full of laughs and fond memories, and will keep our nostalgia banks full until the Friends reunion finally begins filming in 2021, as star Matthew Perry has confirmed.

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Friends reunion

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Friends

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Six attractive twenty-somethings struggle through life and love in New York City.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Like many millennials growing up in the ’90s, I learned about sex through Friends. I didn’t quite understand all of their racy jokes or cheeky one-liners, but I thought it was so cool, so hip, so grown-upFriends was like a fantasy of another place, populated by adults who had it together, or at least I thought so at the time. I know that it’s one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, and it has been “exposed” time and time again as being an outdated product of its time, but Friends still occupies a place in my heart as being that (still pretty funny!) fantasy of twenty-something life — the “fantasy” of which became even more clear when I found myself a twenty-something living in New York, around the same age as the cast of Friends was when the show first starts.

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friends table read

After years of barely a person of color on Friends, we’re finally getting “The One With the Diverse Cast.” An all-Black cast will lead a virtual Friends table read, reimagining the classic season 3 episode “The One Where No One’s Ready” in support of Michelle Obama’s voting nonprofit When We All VoteGabrielle Union will host a table read that will include Sterling K. BrownUzo Aduba, and more.

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friends reunion special delayed

HBO Max will have to pivot to a new release date for the Friends reunion special — again. The highly-anticipated unscripted Friends reunion special, which is set to bring back the hit sitcom’s original cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry, has reportedly been delayed yet again due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on physical production.

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Siskel and Ebert on Johnny Carson

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 throwback clip to an appearance by famed film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Plus, check out a video essay about Mad Men exploring how the show skillfully employs text, subtext, and symbolic imagery to emotionally sway the audience. And finally, Friends stars Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston talk to each other about The Morning Show and Space Force, and more. Read More »

Star Trek: Picard VFX

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, the lead visual effects artist talks about how Star Trek: Picard brings the franchise into the future. Plus, a retired homicide detective analyzes the accuracy of hostage negotiation scenes from Inside Man, Captain Phillips, Airheads, and more. And finally, learn how to make a couple cocktails inspired by HBO’s Perry Mason reboot. Read More »

Friends Honest Trailer

So no one told you it was gonna be this way. Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA. And since coronavirus has us stuck at home in fear, it hasn’t been our day, our week, our month, or even our year. But now Friends can be there for us all over again now that the entire series is back in a streaming library. Now the show you used to watch for free, and then paid to watch at Netflix, is available to pay for all over again on HBO Max. Capitalism! Read More »

X-Files - Fake Cigarettes 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 why movies and TV shows from different studios and networks consistently used the same brand of fake cigarettes. Plus, learn how a pop medley scene in Trolls World Tour came together with songs from the likes of the Spice Girls and Baha Men, and Star Wars franchise legend Anthony Daniels reads a story out of the Star Wars: Galactic Adventures Storybook Collection. Read More »

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friends reunion special invite

The cast of Friends will be there for you, in the flesh — if you win their new challenge. HBO Max‘s forthcoming Friends reunion special has extended an invite to six fans of the beloved sitcom to win a spot in the audience and experience the Friends VIP experience on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. But to win one of those six coveted spots in the audience of the HBO Max Friends reunion special, there are a few things you must do.

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