Mortal Kombat Sound Effects

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 the sounds of blood and gore were created for the violent video game adaptation Mortal Kombat. Plus, see how the Disney villain  Cruella de Vil has evolved from her debut in the animated classic 101 Dalmatians. And finally, see what happens when A Quiet Place Part II star Emily Blunt sits down to take a lie detector test. Read More »

glenn close cruella

Cruella de Vil, kidnapper of dogs, queen of the sewers. At least, that’s Glenn Close‘s pitch for a 101 Dalmatians sequel starring her Cruella, which the Oscar-nominated actress recently said she would be happy to reprise. You know, when we’re done with Emma Stone’s cool punk-rock Cruella.

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2021 Oscars Highlights

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 at 2021 Oscars highlights from the 93rd Academy Awards that aired last night on ABC. See how the format was initially shaken up by Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins, and see some of the best speeches of the night from the winners. Plus, check out a viral moment featuring Glenn Close, and be puzzled by the unnecessarily speedy In Memoriam segment honoring the Hollywood greats that we lost over the past year. Read More »

TRON Legacy DeepFake

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 dated visual effects used to bring young Jeff Bridges to life in TRON Legacy given a makeover with DeepFake technology. Plus, take a look back at Joe Dante’s darker, Gremlins-esque take on Toy Story with a retrospective on Small Soldiers. And finally, listen to Glenn Close take a look back at some of her most memorable characters, from The Big Chill to the live-action 101 Dalmatians remake and beyond. Read More »

hillbilly elegy trailer

In the fallout of the 2016 election, J. D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy became a nationwide hit, as media pundits sought to understood President Trump’s victory and influence over the rust belt states. The notion of the “Real America” became a hot-button topic, and one that Vance’s memoir supposedly captured in all of its depictions of economic anxiety and white working class poverty. Which means it was ripe for a sentimental adaptation by Ron Howard, with none other than Oscar nominees Glenn Close and Amy Adams chewing the scenery and donning bad wigs and old-age make-up to earn their long-awaited trophies. Watch the Hillbilly Elegy trailer below.

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2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners

The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards were last night, honoring the best in independent cinema before Hollywood gathers for the Academy Awards. Even though some movies that ended up nominated for Oscars took home trophies last night, the best thing to come out of the 2019 Indie Spirit Awards winners was the love shown to If Beale Street Could Talk. The film from Barry Jenkins movie that didn’t get anywhere near the amount of accolades it deserved from the Academy Awards, but last night it took home Best Feature and Best Director, not to mention further affirmation of Regina King‘s work as Best Supporting Actress.

Get the full list of 2019 Indie Spirit Awards winners below. Read More »

Movie Poster Remakes

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 professional movie poster designer compares and contrasts the movie posters of remakes with the posters from the original films. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts another awards season roundtable discussion, this time with actresses like Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Regina King, and more. And Tidying Up host Marie Kondo tries to clean up Ellen Degeneres‘ office. Read More »

2019 critics choice awards winners

Rotten Tomatometers and Metacritic aggregation can only show a sliver of what critics think about films, but the Critics Choice Awards is the definitive proof. The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association bestowed their annual Critics’ Choice Awards to the best in movies and TV over the past year, awarding a few festival and awards circuit favorites while mostly passing over The Favourite, despite the Yorgos Lanthimos film’s 14 nods — the most of any film.

The top 2019 Critics Choice Awards winners instead included Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, which led the film categories with four wins, followed by Black Panther and Vice with three wins apiece. Meanwhile in TV, The Americans and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel earned the critics’ love with three wins each.

See the full list of 2019 Critics Choice awards winners below.

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3below trailer

Guillermo del Toro has revealed footage from the second chapter in his animated Tales of Arcadia trilogy: 3Below, a story of aliens who crash-land in the familiar town of Arcadia. Featuring the voice talents of Glenn CloseNick Offerman, Andy Garcia, Nick Frost and more, the animated series arrives on Netflix in December. Watch the 3Below trailer below, and learn more about the show.  Read More »

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Ray Donovan season 6

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • There’s a Magnum P.I. reboot in the works at CBS
  • Amazon Pilot Season 2017 announced
  • Mike Schur is developing a Mexican-American family sitcom with Shea Serrano
  • Ray Donovan renewed for season 6
  • A trailer for Lady Dynamite season 2
  • A first look at WGN America’s Bellevue 

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