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, John Oliver turns a Q&A about Wag the Dog into an opportunity to question Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment accusations made against him. Plus, check out the process of making an incredible, professional Chewbacca mask, and see what Mary Poppins would be like with Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta in the lead role instead of Julie Andrews. Read More »
Remember that time that John Oliver spent $13,700 in a bidding war for wax figures of U.S. presidents against Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Rachel Maddow? That super wonky and pricy move begat Oliver’s movie trailer for his ideal Warren G. Harding biopic, featuring Anna Kendrick and Laura Linney acting the hell out of their wax co-star.
And because we’re nearing the closing months of 2017, it’s only fitting that Last Week Tonight pulls off something even more admirably ridiculous. Think of this as a highly anticipated sequel to “Harding,” in a shared cinematic universe of world-saving wax presidents, led by a resolute Tom Hanks.
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Jon Favreau is directing a live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic The Lion King, and though we’ve heard about some of the cast members, the D23 Expo brought the official announcement of the entire cast.
The biggest news actually isn’t official yet, and that’s word that X-Men franchise star Hugh Jackman has landed the role of the villain Scar, the brother of the Pride Rock king Mufasa and uncle to the cub prince Simba, but we’re not really sure if that’s true or not. Find out more about The Lion King remake cast below as well as new details about the project. Read More »
In Disney’s original animated hit The Lion King, the future king Simba is followed around by a red-billed hornbill named Zazu. The bird serves as his father Mufasa’s majordomo, or the the chief steward of a household staff, so he’s tasked with keeping an eye on the lion cub who will one day inherit everything the light touches. The voice of the bird in Disney’s 1994 animated classic was none other than Rowan Atkinson, best known for not having much of a voice at all in the British comedy series Mr. Bean. But now Zazu will have a new voice in Disney’s live-action remake from director Jon Favreau.
The Lion King remake cast has picked up Last Week Tonight host John Oliver to play the loyal bird who keeps Simba in line, which is pretty much the perfect casting for the British comedian. Read More »
The battle for late-night TV domination has been an ongoing one, but I think John Oliver has just taken the cake. At least for this round of “who can make the best joke about the closure of a wax museum of past presidents?”
John Oliver can. By buying five wax mannequins and recruiting four Academy Award nominees to star in a dramatic trailer for his fake Warren G. Harding biopic. And getting Anna Kendrick and Laura Linney to fight for the love of a creepy life-size replica of Warren G. Harding.
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There was a time when the most biting political satire came from the one-two punch of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and its spin-off, The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert. But all good things must come to an end. Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report to pursue his dream of hosting The Late Show after David Letterman retired from the program, and shortly thereafter, Jon Stewart decided it was time for him to move on to other things as well. Since then, Colbert and Stewart have had some brief, public reunions, but those were nothing like The Daily Show reunion that’s coming to The Late Show next week.
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Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
At this point, even the most devoted comic book fan might be getting tired of DC and Marvel movies. This month’s Suicide Squad was the fifth such film this year, following X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Deadpool, and we’ve still got Doctor Strange coming this fall. Fortunately, John Oliver is here to help.
In a web exclusive video for Last Week Tonight, Oliver empathizes with your exhaustion and suggests the solution might be… another superhero movie. Specifically, his own superhero movie, Johnny Strong, based on a character he created in fifth grade. I’m not sure this is actually the best way to combat superhero movie fatigue, but not gonna lie, I would watch the crap out of a superhero movie starring John Oliver. Watch the John Oliver superhero movie pitch below. Read More »
Much of the finest entertainment in the world isn’t free. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find great content that won’t cost you a dime. Case in point, Jerry Seinfeld has his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee available to watch for free through Sony’s Crackle, and the eighth season is on its way this summer.
The first Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 8 trailer has just debuted online, teasing Seinfeld’s fascinating discussions with some of comedy’s most brilliant minds. This season includes Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, director Judd Apatow, former Daily Show correspondent and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, and plenty more. Watch below! Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
The 88th Oscars don’t take place for another several days, but we can already say with absolute certainty that all four winners in the acting categories will be white — because for the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated. #OscarsSoWhite has been the defining controversy of this year’s awards season, sparking uncomfortable and long overdue conversations about who wins these awards, and why, and what should be done about it.
But #OscarsSoWhite is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Hollywood’s race problem. There’s also the fact that roles for people of color are all too rare to begin with. And then even when they do exist, they often wind up getting filled by white actors. In last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and his team took on Hollywood whitewashing, asking, “How is this still a thing?” Watch the John Oliver Hollywood whitewashing segment after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Monster Trucks keeps speeding further and further into the future. The live-action / CG film, originally slated to open in May of this year, has been delayed yet again, this time from 2016 all the way to 2017. Taking its old 2016 slot will be The Little Prince, an animated adaptation of the classic children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
While they were at it, Paramount also set new dates for SpongeBob SquarePants 3 and Amusement Park. Get all the Paramount Animation release dates after the jump. Read More »