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, an investigative video attempts to figure out where the famous squiggly version of the letter “D” comes from in the Walt Disney Pictures logo. Plus, a video essay explores how to write a good beginning to a story, and Jada Pinkett Smith breaks down her career on film and television. Read More »
With Snatched hitting theaters this past weekend, studios threw out new trailers for some of their upcoming comedies that are being geared towards female audiences. Rough Night debuted a new trailer last week, and now a new trailer for what could easily be a companion comedy has arrived.
Girls Night follows Regina Hall (About Last Night), Queen Latifah (Chicago), Jada Pinkett Smith (Bad Moms) and Tiffany Haddish (Keanu) as four longtime friends who get together for a weekend getaway down in New Orleans for the Essence Festival. However, unlike Rough Night, there doesn’t seem to be a dead body involved, though there are definitely some drugs, raunchy humor and plenty of bonding.
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Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 by Angie Han
Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish are planning a party vacation to remember in Girls Trip, and you know what that means: things are about to go hilariously, horribly awry. That’s just how these kind of trips go in the movies. But the first trailer doesn’t dwell on the misadventures and hangovers we know are coming. Instead, it highlights the lovable cast and offers a taste of the great times to come. Check out the Girls Trip teaser below.
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Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Imagine if Mean Girls‘ Regina George never got hit by that bus, and instead continued along the path she’d been on before she met Cady Heron. Imagine the smug, gossipy, mean mom she’d grow up to be. That’s more or less the character Christina Applegate plays in Bad Moms, the new comedy from 21 & Over writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Together with her two besties (Jada Pinkett-Smith and Annie Mumolo), Gwendolyn rules the PTA with an iron fist.
But they aren’t the “bad moms” of the title. That’d be Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn, three stressed-out suburban moms. Fed up with the pressure to be perfect parents, they decide to indulge themselves for a change. When Gwendolyn stands in their way, they realize they’ve got to take her down. Watch the Bad Moms trailer after the jump.
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Since Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, there’s no better time to unleash the Bad Moms trailer. Mila Kunis is sick of trying to be the perfect mother, so she decides to just take a break from trying to please everyone all the time and just live it up. Joining her for the carefree lifestyle change are Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn while Christina Applegate plays the uppity, high-strung PTA mother who is not about to let them get away with their reckless behavior.
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Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Surely you didn’t think Gotham had seen the last of Fish Mooney, did you? Sure, the vixenish villainess got a dramatic sendoff at the end of season one — but in superhero shows, as in superhero comics, no character ever really stays gone if they’re popular enough. And so Jada Pinkett Smith is set to return as Fish Mooney in season two, as revealed today. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The 2016 Academy Awards nominations instantly left a sour taste in the mouth. Although many great movies and talented artists received Oscar nods this year, there was one snub that was quickly recognized: anyone who wasn’t white. For the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominees were white and only one of the directing nominations went to a person of color. The firestorm that followed, organized under the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, led to passionate responses from casual movie fans and film industry veterans alike. Everyone had an opinion on this matter and rightfully so – this isn’t just an Oscar problem, but a Hollywood problem.
And now, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has issued an official statement on the matter.
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Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Out of all the films and artists that were snubbed for Academy Awards nominations last week, one area of oversight stood out for being particularly egregious: the lack of nods for people of color. Of all the major nominees, only one person, The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu, was not white. And for the second year in a row, the 20 acting nominees didn’t include a single person of color.
Naturally, the internet got outraged and rightfully so – it’s not like this year was lacking in tremendous work from performers of all ethnic backgrounds. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a thing again and think pieces from both sides of this controversy began to spring up across the internet. And now, prepare for things to get even more heated: director Spike Lee, who was just awarded an honorary Oscar in November, is boycotting this year’s ceremony.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike was a thoughtful examination of the American dream, but of course the real draw was the gyrating hardbodies on stage. So far, Magic Mike XXL seems to be leaning into that raunchy appeal, with a marketing campaign heavy on half-naked torsos and naughty puns. Not that we’re complaining.
The newest Magic Mike XXL trailer continues in the same vein, commenting on how hard (wink wink) it was to resist showing off all the best parts (nudge nudge) of the movie. Even so, there’s plenty to enjoy here. Feast your eyes on the new Magic Mike XXL trailer after the jump. Read More »
One thing we know about Gotham is most of the characters are going to survive. The show has to endure long enough for a young Bruce Wayne to grow up, become Batman, and then tangle with characters like Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and the Joker. Any mystery the show has revolves either in how that will all play out, or in new characters not previously seen in comic books or movies.
The most prominent new character in the show’s first season is Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett Smith. She’s a major new villain specific to the show who looked to have a long future in Gotham. In a new interview, however, Pinkett-Smith said she’s not likely to return to Gotham after this season. Read the Jada Pinkett Smith Gotham Season 2 quotes below. Read More »