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 a throwback clip to an appearance by famed film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Plus, check out a video essay about Mad Men exploring how the show skillfully employs text, subtext, and symbolic imagery to emotionally sway the audience. And finally, Friends stars Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston talk to each other about The Morning Show and Space Force, and more. Read More »
The last time actor Steve Carell and writer/producer Greg Daniels teamed up, it resulted in The Office on NBC, a show that initially stumbled in the shadow of its British predecessor but became one of the greatest television comedies of the 21st century. Now Carell and Daniels have ventured out on their own with Space Force, an original workplace comedy coming to Netflix that takes a cue from the real life creation of a space warfare branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Unfortunately, while the series literally shoots for the moon, it has a hard time staying focused in a number of ways, from a fluctuating, inconsistent comedic tone to meandering, insignificant sideplots. It’s not a complete mess, but it certainly doesn’t feel ready for launch. Read More »
Every now and then a television show is popular enough to warrant a big screen adaptation. Though NBC’s Friends was one of the most popular sitcoms of all-time, it never made the leap to theaters. But that changes this year for the show’s 25th anniversary.
Fathom Events is celebrating the milestone anniversary of Friends with a special three-night event playing 12 fan-favorite episodes in movie theaters. Along with the episodes themselves, there will also be exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content featuring the cast and creators of the show. Get more details on the Friends 25th anniversary screenings below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
After spending the past few months playing one incredibly immature businessman, Alec Baldwin will be lending his voice to another in The Boss Baby. It’s an entire movie built around the oft-repeated joke that babies are the real bosses in the household, running their parents ragged with their ever-changing whims. In this film, though, the only one who can see the baby for what he really is is his older brother, who seems to resent this newcomer for sucking up all the attention in the household. Watch The Boss Baby trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s a familiar joke that the baby is the real head of the household. Family life revolves around the whims of its youngest, most unpredictable member, and all the attention in the room immediately goes to him or her. But what if the baby weren’t just a metaphorical boss? What if the baby were a real boss, with a tiny business suit and a mean coffee addiction and the voice of Alec Baldwin and everything?
That’s the premise of The Boss Baby, the new animated comedy from DreamWorks. Baldwin voices a bratty little baby whose arrival upends the life of his older brother, 7-year-old Tim. Sadly, this is not an adaptation of Beck Bennett’s hilarious “office boss” recurring sketch from Saturday Night Live. Watch the Boss Baby teaser trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
In theory, weddings are joyful celebrations of love and community. You’re thrilled to see two people you care about commit to one another, while surrounded by the warm embrace of their friends and family. In practice, though, they’re very often recipes for awkwardness. You find yourself stuck at a table of people you barely know, making stilted small talk while trying to avoid humiliating run-ins with exes and frenemies. That’s the situation Anna Kendrick finds herself in in Table 19, the new comedy from Spellbound and Rocket Scientist director Jeffrey Blitz.
Written by Mark and Jay Duplass, Table 19 follows a woman who was supposed to be the maid of honor at a wedding, with her boyfriend serving as the best man. When the couple breaks up, she’s relieved of her duties, but decides to come to the wedding anyway. She’s stuck at table 19: the one furthest from the bride and groom, filled with random people who don’t really fit in at any of the other tables. Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Stephen Merchant, and Tony Revolori play the other members table 19, while Wyatt Russell is Kendrick’s ex. Watch the first Table 19 trailer below.
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This morning brought the nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards, and while the winners (and losers) won’t be revealed until September 20th on Fox, the nominations themselves are enough to stir up some conversation.
When it comes down to itt’s all a matter of personal preference, and the opinions of average viewers don’t always match up with what the Emmys have cooked up. But we can’t help but notice some of the more annoying snubs, as well as some wonderful surprises, in this year’s round of honorees.
Check out our list of 2015 Emmy snubs and surprises after the jump! Read More »
The Netflix series BoJack Horseman has a goofy comic concept: Will Arnett voices a drunk, washed-up actor who is also a horse. And while the show’s first season was often pretty goofy, it also turned out to be a brutally funny and frequently very dark evisceration of celebrity culture, media, and many other aspects of modern life. It also works well as a full season of interconnected stories — the show isn’t just a string of jokes, but a character piece that builds some involving arcs.
Now there’s a trailer for the second season. Naturally it focuses more on quick jokes than any deeper stuff, but it’s still great. Check out the BoJack Horseman S2 trailer below. Read More »
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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Table 19 is a project I’ve been tracking since 2009.
Originally The Duplass Brothers were set to direct their script for Fox Searchlight and producer Jason Reitman, but director Jeffrey Blitz will be helming the movie instead, and he is now reuniting with his Rocket Science star Anna Kendrick. There is so much awesome in that last sentence, and I’m very excited to see this movie finally come to fruition. The film, which begins shooting next week in Atlanta, also stars Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew.
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Misery Loves Comedy is one of the films I wish I could have seen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was presented as a special screening, slotted at a very inconvenient time all the way on the top of Main Street at the Egyptian. Thankfully, actor/comedian Kevin Pollak‘s documentary film was sold at Sundance to Tribeca Film, which will allow all of us to see it when it is released on iTunes on April 14th and in limited theaters on April 24th 2015. The documentary features over 60 famous funny people “featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company.” Hit the jump to watch the Misery Loves Comedy trailer, and leave your thoughts int he comments below.
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