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, run through over 80 Easter eggs and comic references from the first episode of HBO’s new Watchmen series. Plus, watch a video tribute to 25 years of films from the arthouse distributor Fox Searchlight, and listen as Kevin Smith partakes in Rolling Stone‘s “First Time” questionnaire, answering questions about the first time he Read More »
Even though it may be forgotten by the time you’re done watching a movie for the first time, the opening shot of any movie is integral to introducing the audience to the world and/or characters they’re about to watch for a little while.
It may not seem like a single shot can do much to accurately prepare viewers for the movie they’re about to see, but a new video essay from Now You See It explains how opening shots in movies can tell you a lot about the story you’re about to see unfold. Read More »
When LucasFilm hired Michael Arndt to write Star Wars Episode VII, the screenwriter instantly became a household name. Even though he’d already won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine and scripted the billion-dollar hit Toy Story 3, this job made us extremely curious about the man. What made him tick? How big a Star Wars fan is he? Will he deliver a story worthy of the films that preceded it?
Most of those questions remain unanswered. An old video has come to light, however, that shows Arndt talking in depth about his process, his path to success and writing Little Miss Sunshine. It’s a video that shows the storied Star Wars franchise is in excellent hands. Check it out below. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Hollywood use to make a lot more big screen adaptations on live stage plays. These days, it seems that most stage plays are adaptations of Hollywood films. This type of closed circle leads to big screen adaptations of board games and action figures.
Hairspray, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer, Billy Elliot, Grey Gardens, The Adams Family, The Lion King, The Full Monty, Legally Blonde the Musical, High Fidelity, Shrek the Musical, Catch Me If You Can, The Producers, A Little Night Music, Sunset Boulevard, Urban Cowboy, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, Cry-Baby, Fame, A Catered Affair, Dirty Dancing, Mary Poppins,
… and now… Little Miss Sunshine?
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MTV has revealed the nominees for the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. Only at the MTV Awards can you see 300 and Blades of Glory nominated for best picture or Little Man getting nominated for, ANYTHING.Â I’m sure Transformers will win The Best Summer Movie You Haven’t Seen Yet. Let’s hope that Borat‘s Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ken Davitian wins for Best Fight.
Check out the full list after the jump.
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Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays the very awkward Chloe on the hit tv show 24, has joined the cast of Sunshine Cleaning.
Pop Quiz: Strangely, this is the second film Rajskub has done in the last two years that had “sunshine” in its title. Do you know what the other movie was? Answer and more information after the jump.
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Let’s look at the results from the 79th Academy Awards ceremony:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Queen
Achievement in Directing:
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
- Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
- Stephen Frears for The Queen
- Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
- Paul Greengrass for United 93
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
- Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
- Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
- Peter O’Toole for Venus
- Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Helen Mirren for The Queen
- Penélope Cruz for Volver
- Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal
- Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada
- Kate Winslet for Little Children
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Little Miss Sunshine won the top prize at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, a day before the underdog indie comedy competes for Best Picture at the 2007 Academy Awards. Could the little indie that could win an Oscar? Check out the full list of winners after the jump.
Best Feature: Little Miss Sunshine
Best Female Lead: Shareeka Epps for Half Nelson
Best Male Lead: Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
Best Supporting Female: Frances McDormand for Friends with Money
Best Supporting Male: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman for Thank You for Smoking
Best First Screenplay: Michael Arndt for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro for Pan’s Labyrinth
Best First Feature: Sweet Land
Best Foreign Film: Leben der Anderen, Das
Best Documentary: The Road to Guantanamo
John Cassavetes Award: Quinceaï¿½era
Truer Than Fiction Award: P.O.V.: The Tailenders (#19.5)
I’m glad to see Quinceaï¿½era get an award, but I’m surprised that Pan’s Labyrinth didn’t win best feature.
It costs big money to run the Oscar race. Many people don’t realize all the money it takes to market an award winner.
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