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, check out a Superbad table read from back in 2002 when Seth Rogen and Jason Segel were going to star in the movie. Plus, Westworld executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy deliver an extensive breakdown of one of the pivotal episodes this season, and get a recap of the first two seasons of This Is Us in just 12 minutes. Read More »
At first glance, Come Sunday is nothing we haven’t seen before out of Hollywood. There’s a tormented man in a position of authority, a deeply religious story about a church community, and a powerful performance from an underrated actor. But little did you know, Come Sunday is actually the beginning of a burgeoning new genre of films: podcast adaptations.
That’s right, Come Sunday is one of the first prolific films to be adapted from a podcast. And it won’t be the last.
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The latest Lego Movie spin-off has lost one of its key pieces: the director. Jorge R. Gutierrez was set to helm The Billion Brick Race, but has departed the project. Now, Lego and Warner Bros. will need a new master builder for their latest Lego title..
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In the wake of the success of The LEGO Movie, the folks at Warner Bros. Pictures decided to go crazy for building brick movies by scheduling a sequel to the imaginative hit, as well as spin-offs in the form of The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie. But there’s one more LEGO movie in development that you might have forgotten about.
The Billion Brick Race is a project we first heard about back in the spring of 2015, but no new details have emerged since then. That changes today with word that The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez has come aboard the animated movie to help develop the film. Find out more below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The first trailer for The Discovery, which arrived shortly before the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month, was all about unnerving imagery and unsettling questions without answers. The new trailer slows down just enough to explain what the movie is actually about…which only means more unnerving imagery and even more unsettling questions. The film has a great hook: what if scientists discovered that the afterlife is real, leading millions of people to commit suicide to get there faster? What would the world look like? This new preview offers a few hints.
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We could have an argument all day about whether it’s more difficult to create a multi-million dollar, visual effects spectacular blockbuster or an independent film with a budget that is spread too thin. But there’s something extremely impressive about a high-concept sci-fi drama doing something so grand and ambitious with so few resources. Such is the case with the new film from The One I Love director Charlie McDowell.
The Discovery takes place in a world where Dr. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has proved that an afterlife exists. This revelation has prompted a huge increase in suicide in the two years since his historic finding, over four million and counting, with more being added everyday as people “celebrate” the anniversary of the discovery. The premise itself is intriguing enough, but this is just the beginning of the remarkable, fascinating, thought-provoking indie sci-fi film.
Read the rest of our The Discovery review after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
How about this for a high concept: scientists have proven that the afterlife exists, leading to millions of people all over the world killing themselves so they can get there faster. Against this bizarre backdrop, characters played by Jason Segel and Rooney Mara fall in love. That’s the premise of The Discovery, a new film set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival that has already been acquired by Netflix.
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Charlie McDowell recently shot his second feature film, The Discovery. The sci-fi film is his follow-up to the high-concept drama The One I Love, a promising, small-scale directorial debut. While his new feature doesn’t sound much bigger in scope, its cast is certainly larger than the two-person show McDowell previously directed. The Discovery stars Rooney Mara , Robert Redford, Jason Segel, Jesse Plemmons, and Riley Keough. Netflix has acquired the global rights to McDowell’s next feature, which we’ll see in 2017.
Below, learn more about The Discovery.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
Are there too many sequels? Brad Bird kinda thinks so, and he’s the one working on The Incredibles 2. Also after the jump:
- Vin Diesel has quietly revealed the title of xXx 3
- Will Smith says Bad Boys 3 is coming in the next 12-16 years
- Simon Pegg never plans to direct a Star Trek movie
- Jason Segel is writing, not directing, the Lego Movie spinoff
- Christoph Waltz has had it with those Blofeld rumors
- Katniss joins her “star squad” in a new Mockingjay Part 2 clip
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This fall we’ll see Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara on screen together in Pan (watch the latest trailer right here), and the two stars were meant to reunite on Collateral Beauty, the next film from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. But Jackman ended up falling away from the project, and a replacement has been sought over the past month or so.
Recently Johnny Depp was tipped as a potential replacement, but instead another international superstar has stepped up to the plate with Will Smith taking the lead role in the drama that still has Rooney Mara attached as the female lead. Find out more about Will Smith in Collateral Beauty after the jump! Read More »