Where the Wild Things Are 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 visual effects artists from Corridor Crew take a look back at some of the work done on Gladiator, Babe, and Where the Wild Things Are. Plus, listen to an impressionist do the entire first act of Hamilton with the voices of The Muppets, and see the Ultimate Collector Series version of the Star Wars LEGO Millennium Falcon build itself in a stop-motion video. Read More »

New Blu-ray Releases Columbia Classics

In the words of the Mama Mia! sequel: here we go again. It’s time for another Blu-ray round-up, and this week’s titles are what I’d call “specialty titles.” None of these are new movies – but they’re all new releases. These are the new Blu-ray releases (and digital releases, too) you should check out this week.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Scene

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, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director Marielle Heller breaks down a scene from the movie about children’s television personality Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks. Plus, a prop maker and historian fact check the weaponry used in movies and television like Gladiator and Game of Thrones, and Will Ferrell gives an informative tour of the Saturday Night Live studio in Rockefeller Center. Read More »

gladiator sequel setting

The Gladiator sequel is still heading back to the Coliseum, though it may be one a little worse for wear than the glorious one we saw in Ridley Scott‘s Oscar-winning 2000 film. Scott is apparently still plugging away at that sequel, with new details emerging about the film’s potential plot and setting.

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gladiator sequel

Ridley Scott wants to return to ancient Rome with a Gladiator sequel. A potential sequel to the Oscar-winning 2000 film has been rumbled about for years, but now it appears Scott is finally moving forward with the project, with hopes to direct. The sequel will follow Lucius, the nephew of Joaquin Phoenix‘s character from the first film. The original film featured Russell Crowe as a former Roman general who becomes a gladiator after being betrayed.

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Gladiator

Ridley Scott knows how to resurrect Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) for a Gladiator sequel. It’s been 17 years since the somewhat divisive Best Picture winner came out, but Scott still has the desire to bring Maximus back from the dead. Unfortunately, the sequel he envisions today probably isn’t the bonkers Gladiator 2 script Nick Cave wrote.

Below, read Scott’s thoughts on a Gladiator sequel.

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Gladiator Honest Trailer

This weekend brings the sword and sandal epic Ben-Hur to theaters, a new telling of the classic novel by Lew Wallace that was already turned into a movie back in 1959. Therefore, the folks over at Screen Junkies thought it would be appropriate to skewer one of the most successful sword and sandal epics of the past 20 years with an Honest Trailer.

Back in 2000, Gladiator was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and ended up taking home five of them, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe. There are many who don’t think the movie deserved to take home Best Picture that year, and now they can revel in the jokes made at the movie’s expense in the Gladiator Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

Blade Runner 2

We frequently think of Ridley Scott as a master, a filmmaker with huge ambition and bigger talent who can bring any vision to the big screen. His resume certainly seems to confirm that. Space opera, war movies, period pieces, spy thrillers, Best Picture winners — he’s pretty much done them all. Still, out of the 22 films Scott has directed, including this week’s release Exodus: Gods and Kings, how many of them are actually good? What about great? It’s a pretty high percentage. Below, we rank the top 15 best Ridley Scott movies. Read More »

nick-cave-2013

Leave it to the literate and persistently perverse musician/lyricist/screenwriter Nick Cave to totally upend the basic idea of a Hollywood sequel. (This is the man who, for instance, incarnated his fascination with violent folk songs by tossing out all subtlety on the album Murder Ballads, which among other tunes contains an almost shockingly profane revamp of the song ‘Stagger Lee.’)

You may or may not have heard that Russell Crowe once called up Cave to hire him as a screenwriter for Gladiator 2. Cave had written only one other script at the time, Ghosts… Of the Civil Dead; he’s since written The Proposition and Lawless, among other unproduced scripts. “Hey Russell, didn’t you die in Gladiator?” asked Cave. Crowe’s response: “Yeah, you sort that out.”

The basic news of Cave writing a Gladiator sequel script surfaced years back, and in fact the script itself has done the internet rounds. (It’s embedded below, and after reading the leadup to it, you’ll want to give it a spin.) Cave recently appeared on Marc Maron’s podcast, and talked at length about that project. That’s the source of the quotes above, and just wait ’till you hear how he sorted things out. Hint: Cave’s solution involved a blend of Roman and Christian religions for a story he wanted to call Christ Killer. Yeah, wonder why that didn’t get made? Read More »

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Over the weekend, I visited Orlando Florida to preview Universal Studios Orlando’s two new entertainment options, the new Superstar Parade and nighttime watershow Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories. I also found the time to ride the new renovated version of Island of Adventure’s The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride. After the jump you can find my thoughts on all three of these new theme park experiences, along with photos we took at the preview event.
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