Harry Potter Visual Effects

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, Warner Bros. Pictures reveals the impressive digital effects used to create some of the sets, creatures, and spells of the Harry Potter franchise. Plus, quick-draw world champion Nicole “Fastdraw” Franks rates the realism of gunslinging scenes in movies and TV shows like Django Unchained and Westworld. And finally, find out how to make Kumandra Soup from Raya and the Last Dragon.
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the continental plot details

Ian McShane has said he will not be reprising his role as assassin hotel owner Winston in The Continental, the John Wick TV series that’s been in development for years at Lionsgate and Starz. But though McShane won’t be in it, his character definitely will be.

Kevin Beggs, the chairman of Lionsgate TV, has revealed that The Continental is going to be a John Wick prequel that follows a younger version of Winston in the 1970s and explores “the origins of The Continental” hotel itself. And it sounds like they’re taking the BBC Sherlock approach here, with The Continental season 1 consisting of three 90-minute episodes. Read More »

john wick 4 release

Back in August of last year, John Wick fans received the fantastic news that there would be at least two more John Wick sequels coming down the pipeline. In fact, John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 were slated to shoot back-to-back because the idea that director Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves had for the fourth film was so big that it started rolling over into another sequel. Unfortunately, Lionsgate is pumping the brakes a little bit on John Wick sequels, opting to shoot only John Wick 4 on its own starting in June. Read More »

john wick 4 filming

If all goes according to plan, Keanu Reeves could be slipping back into his John Wick suit and murdering nameless henchmen very, very soon. As was previously announced, John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 already have a green light, and the plan was originally to shoot them back to back. But the coronavirus pandemic has made many such plans obsolete, leaving the shooting schedule of John Wick 4 and 5 up in the air. But according to co-star Ian McShane, filming on John Wick 4 is probably going to start this year.

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John Wick roller coaster

Last year, Lionsgate scrapped its plans to build an indoor theme park called Lionsgate Entertainment City in New York City. But the company hasn’t gotten out of the theme park industry altogether – it’s just ramped up its efforts overseas.

A new report today brings us some details and the first concept art for a Now You See Me ride and a John Wick roller coaster at a theme park called Motiongate in Dubai, where Lionsgate already has a Hunger Games-themed attraction up and running. Get your first look at John Wick: Open Contract and Now You See Me: High Roller below.

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john wick vs neo

Many actors get the honor of playing at least one iconic character in their career, but Keanu Reeves has gotten to play three. Not only that, but Reeves will get to reprise all three of those characters in highly anticipated upcoming sequels. In the press tour for the first upcoming sequel, Bill and Ted Face the Music, Reeves spoke about his other two memorable characters, John Wick from the John Wick series and Neo from The Matrix, and answered the question that everyone wants to know: who would win in a fight? The answer is truly excellent (or bogus, depending on your preference).

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john wick 5

John Wick’s work won’t be done by the end of the fourth movie.

During a Lionsgate earnings call today, company CEO John Feltheimer revealed that not only is a fifth Wick movie in the works, but that the studio plans to film that sequel back to back with the upcoming fourth film. Yeah, I’m thinking he’s back (to back).
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the continental series

The John Wick series turned a simple revenge thriller into a vast, expansive underworld of assassins who operate just out of sight. The Continental will expand that underworld even more, according to John Wick director Chad Stahelski, who revealed more details about the upcoming Starz TV series spin-off of the acclaimed action franchise. But while The Continental will focus on perspectives of different characters — including some characters who have appeared in the films  — that doesn’t mean that Keanu Reeves’ famous hitman won’t appear in the TV show.

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john wick 4 release

Back before the coronavirus pandemic broke everything, everyone gathered together and celebrated the news that two big Keanu Reeves sequels – The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 – were going to be released on the same day, May 21, 2021. Then everything got shut down and delayed. So where does that leave that double-dose of Keanu? According to John Wick director Chad Stahelski, a guy who is also working on Matrix 4, the John Wick 4 release date is all but guaranteed to change at this point. Plus: Stahelski reveals that after John Wick 3, Keanu Reeves seemed ready to hang up his guns and call it quits on the franchise – only to then quickly change his mind.  Read More »

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Starz first announced plans for a series set in the John Wick universe in January 2017, one year after the success of John Wick Chapter 2 in theaters. There have been sporadic updates on the series at each TCA and this year was no exception.

Starz President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch gave an executive session for the Television Critics Association and /Film asked for an update on The Continental

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