Movie Posters Look Similar

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 some Avengers: Endgame Easter eggs and plot hints you might have missed in the most recent trailer. Plus, watch a video essay explain why a lot of movie posters have similar designs, and watch as character actor John Turturro breaks down the many roles of his versatile career, from The Big Lebowski to Do the Right Thing and more. Read More »

Gloria Bell Trailer

Hollywood has always had a problem with giving women leading roles once they start hitting their 40s and 50s. Obsessed with the fresh-faced, young women pouring into Los Angeles everyday, it’s one of the more shameful sides of show business. But thankfully that’s started to change a bit with great roles for women of all ages, and A24 has just released the first trailer that gives Julianne Moore one of those fantastic roles.

Gloria Bell (Julianne Moore) is a divorced woman just trying to meet the right man all over again, hitting up night clubs, dancing like no one is watching, and living her best life. That’s when she meets Arnold (John Turturro), and it looks like everything is coming up Gloria. At least at first. See what happens in the Gloria Bell trailer below. Read More »

Landline trailer

Director Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child was such a pleasant surprise for a lot of people back in 2014 that news she was reuniting with star Jenny Slate for a new movie called Landline was greeted with cheers. Amazon Studios picked up the film and has debuted the first trailer for the dramedy, which is set in 1995 and focuses on a dysfunctional family with parents played by John Turturro and Edie Falco. But even with a cast made up of industry vets, it sounds like the film’s largely unknown youngest cast member may be the one who steals the movie.
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The Big Lebowski Spin-Off - Going Places - John Turturro - Jesus

Even though Joel & Ethan Coen were expressly against the idea of The Big Lebowski 2, they are totally cool with John Turturro creating a spin-off focusing on his character, the purple-clad, bowling-ball-licking Jesus Quintana. After all, Turturro had created the character before The Big Lebowski was even a movie, so why not?

The Big Lebowski spin-off is called Going Places, and it’s inspired by Bertrand Blier‘s 1974 French film Les valseuses. A set photo was posted when production began a couple months ago. Now the first official photo has surfaced online, and it features Jesus doing exactly what you’d expect him to be doing: bowling. Read More »

Transformers 5 John Turturro

Transformers: The Last Knight will bring back a couple of familiar names. Director Michael Bay has confirmed that John Turturro and John Goodman are both set to return to the franchise — which means, yup, Transformers 5 is now a Big Lebowski reunion. Turturro played Agent Simmons in the first three Transformers films, and Goodman voiced Hound in the fourth Transformers film.

In addition, Bay also dropped a hint about when we might see the first Transformers: The Last Knight teaser.  Read More »

big lebowski spin-off - john turturro

I probably have to eat a pile of shoes or hats or something because I’m pretty sure I’ve said in public, on more than occasion, that John Turturro‘s much-discussed The Big Lebwoski spin-off was obviously a pipe dream that was never going to happen. Well, I was apparently wrong. Which article of clothing shall I devour first?

The news that Turturro was reprising the role of Jesus Quintana in a new film broke just a few days ago and now the first picture from the set has arrived. Lesson learned: don’t ever underestimate the perseverance of a beloved character actor who really, really loves one of his most memorable characters.

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Big Lebowski Spinoff

For years now, John Turturro has been really, really clear that he’d like to star in a Big Lebowski spinoff centered on his Jesus Quintana character. But for the most part, we’ve written off that chatter as wishful thinking. Actors talk all the time about sequels and spinoffs that never get made, and the Coens have never expressed any serious interest in making a Jesus movie.

As it turns out, though, Turturro was dead serious. In fact, he may even be working on that Big Lebowski spinoff as we speak. A new report indicates his new film Going Places, which is currently in production with Turturro, Bobby CannavaleAudrey Tautou, and Susan Sarandon, is actually the long-talked-about Big Lebowski follow-up.  Read More »

The Night Of

If you haven’t started watching HBO’s The Night Of, you should. The miniseries follows Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as a Pakistani-American college student who, after a night of partying with a female stranger, wakes up to find her stabbed to death and gets charged with her murder. Based on the British television series Criminal Justice, the critically acclaimed HBO show features a compelling mystery which gives us a look into the devastating criminal justice system.

Nasir “Naz” Khan’s case is quickly picked up by a plea lawyer named John Stone, played by John Turturro. One aspect of the series that I’ve seen a lot of people talking about is a subplot involving Turturro’s character battling a weird foot condition.  On the show, Stone explains:

It’s eczema. My dermatologist says to keep them aerated — like that’s going to cure anything. I don’t know. Maybe it helps, I really can’t tell.

The affliction gets a lot of screen time in the first three episodes, causing a lot of viewers to wonder what possible purpose it serves in the series. So why is John Turturro’s foot condition a significant subplot of The Night Of, and what might it possibly represent?
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The Big Lebowski Spin-Off

Back in February, around the time Hail Caesar! was hitting theaters, the writing and directing duo of Joel & Ethan Coen made it very clear that they aren’t interested in The Big Lebowski 2. Furthermore, they made no indication that the possibility of a follow-up about John Turturro’s character Jesus was not in the cards, despite hopes that the actor had to write, direct and star in a spin-off. However, there is one important part of The Big Lebowski interested in the prospect of both of those projects.

Jeff Bridges is easily best known for his portrayal of The Dude or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. And when he was recently asked about the possibility of reprising his role as the White Russian-loving bowler, Bridges thought both the idea of The Big Lebowski spin-off and a potential sequel sounded great. Read More »

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The Night of trailer

Based on Peter Moffat‘s 2008 BBC series Criminal Justice, HBO’s upcoming remake of The Night Of has no shortage of talent behind it. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) directed nearly all eight episodes of the miniseries, making this is his first directorial effort in over a decade since the critical and financial misfire All the King’s Men. The director’s latest effort, which stars John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), looks significantly more appealing than that remake.

Below, watch The Night Of trailer.

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