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 »
Danielle Harris, someone who has been a horror icon since she was about 11 years old, is set to direct Sequel, an all-female slasher movie being produced by Joe Dante. This won’t be Harris’ first time in the director’s chair – she helmed the 2008 film Prank and 2012’s Among Friends. Plot details for Sequel are still locked away, but the project is being described as “darkly comedic.”
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Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch director Joe Dante is feeding fans of the furry creatures with the confirmation that he will be consulting on the upcoming HBO Max animated prequel series, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai. The filmmaker revealed to what degree he will be consulting on the series, which is set in 1920s Shanghai and will follow Mr. Wing, the shopkeeper from the first movie, as he first discovers Gizmo the Mogwai.
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Here’s a story that sounds like a grab-bag of random words all thrust together: Cary Fukunaga, the filmmaker behind Netflix’s Maniac, and David Lowery, the director of A Ghost Story and Pete’s Dragon, are teaming-up to turn the 1985 Joe Dante film Explores into a TV series. The original film featured Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix in their youths, playing kids who blast off into outer space and encounter some rubbery looking aliens. Fukunaga and Lowery plan to write the script for the Explorers TV series together.
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Just as countless horror anthologies of past years have been defined by their own grab bag results, Nightmare Cinema is a mixed collection of eerie crescendos and deflating downswings. Joe Dante. Mick Garris. Alejandro Brugués. Ryûhei Kitamura. David Slade. These directors would fill the roster of any movie lover’s Murderers’ Row, and their collective worth skews towards positive reactions with an emphasis on differentiation. Their segments take ambitious swings and rarely skimp on absurdity, to a degree where the highest peaks overshadow the shallowest valleys.
Could this be thanks to Mr. “Projectionist,” Mickey Rourke’s wraparound purveyor of nasty delights whose old-school theatrical torture ushers in each story with opening night menace? Maybe not entirely, but boy does Nightmare Cinema introduce one maliciously memorable mascot. Read More »
In a great new interview with Syfy, Joe Dante, who helmed Gremlins, The Howling, Innerspace and more, sat down to talk about his long, eclectic career, and passed along some invaluable advice he received from B-movie mastermind Roger Corman. Read the important Roger Corman filmmaking advice passed on to Joe Dante below.
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Steven Spielberg shows no signs of slowing down. The 70-year-old filmmaker will be delivering the excellent The Post to theaters this month and releasing his pop culture extravaganza Ready Player One in 2018. But just because Spielberg seems to be constantly plowing ahead into the future, that doesn’t mean we can’t stop and reflect on his past. Two new revealing bits of info from the director’s past detail revelations from former projects, including the time he saved Gremlins and when he got yelled at by Kathleen Kennedy on the set of E.T. Read More »
Around the holiday season, plenty of cinephiles like to throw around the names of their favorite unconventional Christmas movies. One of the movies consistently near the top of that list is Gremlins, the campy horror comedy from director Joe Dante and executive producer Steven Spielberg. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to see Gremlins in theaters, or you have a loved one who has never had the pleasure of watching this holiday favorite, December has quite the opportunity for you.
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Gremlins will be returning to theaters beginning on December 8, but only at select theaters across the United States. Find out more about when and where you can catch Gremlins in theaters below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Tim Burton’s Batman shook the pop culture landscape in some pretty profound ways when it first arrived back in 1989. Burton transformed into a go-to blockbuster guy. Michael Keaton proved himself to be more than just a comedian. Jack Nicholson became absurdly wealthy. And perhaps most importantly, millions of people around the world willingly paid hard-earned cash money to see a superhero movie, which wasn’t exactly a healthy genre at the time.
But that version of the film only came about after nearly a decade of development, with many different directors, writers, and actors brushing against the project. One of those directors was Joe Dante, and he wanted to cast John Lithgow as the Joker.
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A part of the charm of Joe Dante‘s Gremlins films is how much hell the little monsters raise. They also don’t cause massive, destruction porn. If the Gremlins reboot/sequel comes to fruition, will it feel the need to compete with the huge monsters we see today?
According to the original films’ star, Zach Galligan, he’d like to see the series go in that direction — and maybe it will. Read more after the jump.
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