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, director Martin Scorsese provides insight into a scene from The Irishman involving a meaningful exchange between Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Plus, an astrobiologist breaks down apocalyptic scenes from movies like I Am Legend and Waterworld to look at their accuracy and likelihood of actually happening, and Andy Samberg, John Mulaney and Kenan Thompson stop by Late Night with Seth Myers to act out an aired sketch on Saturday Night Live. Read More »
Hollywood loves a good apocalypse. Post-apocalyptic films continue to flourish, and with the way current events seem to be headed, these movies are becoming even more relevant. Be it exciting adventure films or bleak existential reflections, the end of the world is big business for show business. After all, who doesn’t want to see the human race meet its demise at this point?
This week, those damn dirty apes are back for War For the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the surprisingly excellent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Once again, humanity inches ever-closer to extinction while intelligent apes claim the planet for themselves. Good for them! In the grand scheme of post-apocalyptic films, it’s not that bad, especially when compared to some other films in a similar vein. In the spirit of this latest cinematic excursion into the aftermath of the end of the world, let’s rank some cinematic post-apocalypses from how tolerable they seem to how devastatingly awful they are. Sounds pleasant! Ever wonder how you might fare in the aftermath of the end of the world? Reading this list is the only way to find out!
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“Reshoots” is a dirty word in entertainment journalism, often used as an indicator of a disastrous film production. But the truth of the matter is, reshoots can be a good thing. The purpose of reshoots is to make a movie better, not worse. Let’s take a look at the purpose of reshoots, and why they don’t necessarily signal disaster for films like Star Wars: Rogue One and Suicide Squad.
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A movie isn’t finished until it’s playing on the big screen in front of you, and sometimes not even then if you’re someone like George Lucas. But leading up to that final cut, a lot of decisions are made, whether it’s in the writing process, during filming or sometime in post-production, that can drastically change a movie from how it was originally conceived.
Recently we’ve seen how that process works, mostly for the worse, with the reboot of Fantastic Four. However, our friends at ScreenRant have rounded up five alternate movie endings that could have been for First Blood, I Am Legend, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 28 Days Later and more recently, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Find out how those movies could have ended below! Read More »
In recent years, there’s been a lot of backlash against CGI visual effects as movie studios rely on them more and more instead of practical set pieces, models and make-up effects (mostly because there’s some pretty terrible visual effects out there). We’ve already highlighted a thoughtful look at how CGI effects are actually great when not relied upon too heavily and blend seamlessly with practical filmmaking techniques.
But sometimes CGI special effects are just downright unnecessary and baffling, and the folks at Dorkly have assembled a short list of five of the most unnecessary CGI special effects, but beware of some brief NSFW nudity. Somehow one of the Star Wars prequels only appeared on the list once. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Warner Bros. really, really wanted to make a franchise out of the Will Smith-starrer I Am Legend. And they tried really, really hard to make a sequel or prequel, to no avail. Smith just didn’t seem interested.
But now they’ve found another way to revive the property without involving Smith. I Am Legend will come back as a reboot, based on a script that originally had nothing to do with I Am Legend. Hit the jump for more on the I Am Legend reboot.
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Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Rio 2 and Muppets Most Wanted have some sweet V-Day messages for you. Also after the jump:
- Jed Whedon explains why there hasn’t been a Dr. Horrible sequel.
- Kurt Russell talks Fast & Furious 7 and the Expendables series.
- Elizabeth Banks reveals a little detail about Pitch Perfect 2.
- Speaking of which, Brittany Snow will also be back with the Bellas.
- What would an I Am Legend follow-up have been about?
- Check out the new toy line for Transformers: Age of Extinction.
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Once again, it’s time to tip my hat to Prometheus for having a particular longevity online. Whether you loved the film or hated it, or had very mixed emotions (perhaps relating to the beautiful cinematography versus the particular actions and motivations of the characters) there’s no question that Ridley Scott‘s vague Alien prequel remains a viable topic of conversation months after its release.
And now you can read the version that might have been. It was only a few days ago that a fake version of a Damon Lindelof draft was being sent out to editors in a lame trolling attempt, so the first reaction to this early draft of what became Prometheus was skepticism. But the author has verified it, so now you can examine the early DNA of the movie that traced the early DNA of Alien, and of humanity.
And, as a bonus, you can also see early effects tests for a Ridley Scott movie that didn’t happen: his version of Richard Matheson‘s I Am Legend. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
The long-threatened sequel to the 2007 Will Smith movie I Am Legend is moving again. Warner Bros. has signed Akiva Goldsman and Overbrook Entertainment to create another film in which Will Smith will reprise the role of ‘last man on Earth’ Robert Neville. Arash Amel will script. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
Hollywood may be synonymous with moviemaking, but when it comes to iconic cinematic landmarks, few cities can beat New York, NY. The Big Apple’s many facets are well represented in every type of story, for every type of person — including, of course, geeky types like us. While all the other tourists are running to Katz’s Deli to pay way too much for the sandwiches Sally made famous in When Harry Met Sally, BuzzFeed’s guide to nerd-friendly New York City spots will direct you to Avengers HQ and the future home of Planet Express. Check it out after the jump.
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