A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Scene

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, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director Marielle Heller breaks down a scene from the movie about children’s television personality Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks. Plus, a prop maker and historian fact check the weaponry used in movies and television like Gladiator and Game of Thrones, and Will Ferrell gives an informative tour of the Saturday Night Live studio in Rockefeller Center. Read More »

beautiful day in the neighborhood featurette tom hanks

It’s no easy feat to transform yourself into one of the most recognizable figures in TV history, but leave it to Tom Hanks to make it work. Hanks takes on the role of Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, delivering a wonderful performance that pays tribute to Rogers while never dipping into impersonation territory. In a new Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featurette below, Hanks and director Marielle Heller discuss how Hanks turned himself into Mr. Rogers for the film.

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beautiful day in the neighborhood featurette

In these trying times, we could all use a little more Mr. Rogers in our lives. Unfortunately, the beloved children’s television host has long since passed away. But director Marielle Heller and actor Tom Hanks are trying to give us the next best thing: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a film that celebrates how gosh-darn nice Fred Rogers was. The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featurette below has Hanks, Heller, and co-star Matthew Rhys discussing what made Roger so special.

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a beautiful day in the neighborhood photo

Are you sitting down? You better grab a seat, because the intensity of this brand new, piping hot, fresh-off-the-presses Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood photo is going to knock the breath right out of your chest. Steel yourself for what you’re about to see, because director Marielle Heller‘s Mr. Rogers biopic is getting real. Check out star Tom Hanks in action in the photo below. Read More »

female directors oscars

You can count on one hand the number of female directors who have been nominated for a Best Director Oscar in the award’s 90-year history. You can count on one finger the number of female directors who have won the Best Director prize. But despite their meager showing at awards ceremonies, female directors are thriving in the independent and film festival circuit, with films like Lynne Ramsay‘s lean thriller You Were Never Really Here winning the Cannes screenplay prize or Debra Granik‘s quietly devastating survival drama Leave No Trace earning raves at Sundance. Marielle Heller helmed the Telluride Film Festival darling Can You Ever Forgive Me, which earned a whopping three Oscar nominations for acting and screenplay.

But despite the inroads female filmmakers have made, the Best Director category found itself reverting back to the all-male status quo once again.

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Scooby-Doo - Director's Roundtable Discussion

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, there’s a scene in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie from 2002 that has driven some people crazy. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a roundtable with directors Alfonso Cuarón, Yorgos Lanthimos, Spike Lee, Ryan Coogler, Marielle Heller and Bradley Cooper, and Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson team up to hijack a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Read More »

18 Movies Directed By Women in 2018 You Should Watch

movies directed by women in 2018

At the beginning of 2018, Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig became only the fifth woman in history to be nominated for a Best Director award at the Oscars. “That’s one hand!” she enumerated to USA Today following her indoctrination into the sadly small mile-high club. It’s a club that unfortunately looks to remain small as most female directors remain out of the awards conversation and new reports emerge that female filmmakers saw their numbers shrink in 2018.

But before you write off 2018 as a bad year for women — or at least a step backwards after 2017’s industry-shattering breakthrough success with Gerwig, Patty Jenkins, and more — I implore you to take a closer look. Last year saw Anna Boden, along with Ryan Fleck, taking the helm for Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel, and the announcement of Cathy Yan directing Birds of Prey for DC and Warner Bros. And the slate of Sundance darlings were overwhelmingly female-fronted — from Sarah Colangelo‘s unnerving The Kindergarten Teacher, to Desiree Akhavan‘s ebullient The Miseducation of Cameron Post, to Jennifer Fox‘s harrowing abuse drama The Tale. Lynne Ramsay, Josephine Drecker, and Chloe Zhao achieved some of the highest critical acclaim of the year for their films You Were Never Really HereMadeline’s Madeline, and The Rider, respectively. Hell, there were two movies about Ruth Bader Ginsburg directed by women in 2018.

The numbers may not be speaking, but the quality remains unquestionable. Female directors are slowly making inroads in Hollywood, and while they may not be breaking the Top 100 — or may get unjustly snubbed by the Oscars yet again — don’t believe anyone when they say there are no female directors. Here 18 movies directed by women in 2018 that you should watch.

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Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers Movie

This year’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor brought tears to the eyes of many movie goers who were lucky enough to catch the movie about Fred Rogers and his children’s program Mr. Rogers Neighborhood in theaters. You can now catch it on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD, but soon enough Mr. Rogers will return to the big screen in a different way.

Next fall, Sony Pictures will release You Are My Friend (which may not be the final title of the movie), a film that stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in the story of a real-life friendship that the pastor and television personality struck with a cynical reporter after he was begrudgingly given an assignment to write a profile on the creator of the land of make-believe. Now you can get a first look at Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers from the set. Read More »

Can You Ever Forgive Me Review

“Who’s the master, the painter or the forger?” asked Christian Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle as he looked at a fake Rembrandt hanging on the walls of a major museum. Director Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? asks the same question, albeit from a much less cynical perspective. The film tells the true-life tale of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a writer who began crafting forged letters from dead celebrities when her literary career plummeted. As Lee buries herself deeper into a pit of deception, Heller finds both entertainment and involving drama.

Find out more in our Can You Ever Forgive Me review below. Read More »

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Mr. Rogers Movie

Earlier this morning, we wrote about the trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor, an upcoming documentary about the life of television host and inspirational figure Fred Rogers. But that’s not the only Mr. Rogers movie that’s on the way – Tom Hanks will be stepping into the role of the iconic TV personality in a drama called You Are My Friend. We already knew the movie wouldn’t be a traditional biopic, and in a new interview, director Marielle Heller reaffirms that notion and offers up some new plot details as well. Read More »