Unearthed

Doug Liman resists paths of convention. The director, who’s always prided himself as a rule-breaker, typically doesn’t follow trends but establishes them. Look at The Bourne IdentitySwingers, and even Mr. & Mrs. Smith – other movies have tried to copy their success. Once again, Liman ventured into uncharted territory with Locked Down.

Liman shot the heist movie, which is more of a relationship drama, during the ongoing lockdown in London. There is a third act heist involving the garish Harrods department store, but it’s not the main focus of the HBO Max release. The first 90 minutes of Locked Down are a suitably, dizzyingly claustrophobic experience that depicts a couple crumbling during the pandemic.

It was only months ago when Liman started shooting the Steven Knight-written movie, which was quickly filmed, edited, and sold to HBO Max. As Liman stated, the surreal experience began when he flew his “little prop plane” over the Atlantic on a two-day journey to London.

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Tenet Puzzle

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, take a deep dive into the secrets that may be hidden in the title of Tenet after exploring the history of the word in an ancient puzzle. Plus, take a look at a specific sequence in WALL-E that defied the traditions of animation and resulted in the perfect romantic scene. And finally, look back at how Kelly Kapoor was a master manipulator on The Office. Read More »

never have i ever season 2

Never Have I Ever, one of Netflix’s best original series, is officially coming back for a second season.

The teen-centric comedy/drama, which was co-created by The Office and The Mindy Project veteran Mindy Kaling and based partially on her childhood, debuted on the streaming service at the end of April and instantly became one of the most beloved and best-reviewed new shows of the year. Now Netflix has given it a second season order.
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The Office Wedding Reunion

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 as John Krasinski puts together a reunion of The Office cast members to remotely recreate the dance number from Jim and Pam’s wedding for a couple celebrating their nuptials. Plus, listen to a message from Mark Hamill and Lucasfilm thanking the Star Wars fans who spend their days as medical workers saving as many lives as possible in the middle of a pandemic, and watch Ben Stiller and his late father Jerry Stiller on an old episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Read More »

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Never Have I Ever

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Loosely inspired by creator Mindy Kaling‘s childhood growing up in a Massachusetts suburb, Never Have I Ever is a high school romantic-comedy that follows cocky 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) as she recovers from her father’s death and an unexplained bout of paralysis by chasing after the hottest boy at school.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: A young woman shoves down her expanding feelings of grief by throwing herself into a series of bad life decisions that alienate the people around her, while navigating a fractured family dynamic. But enough about Fleabag. Yes, the comparisons between Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s raunchy, incisive Emmy-winning series and Mindy Kaling’s high school coming-of-age comedy may seem odd, but just like FleabagNever Have I Ever is an unexpectedly heart-wrenching delight. Kaling’s best TV series yet, Never Have I Ever is a disarmingly sincere exploration of grief and a snapshot of the immigrant experience nestled within a sweet, hysterical teen rom-com.

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never have i ever trailer

Mindy Kaling has ruled the romantic-comedy TV landscape lately, with her acclaimed Four Weddings and a Funeral reboot, which followed her fun but uneven comedy series The Mindy Project. But now she’s tackling girlhood, and all the ups and downs that come with it, in the Netflix comedy series Never Have I Ever. More specifically, her own girlhood, as an Indian-American teen growing up in suburban Massachusetts. Newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan plays Devi, a fictionalized version of Kaling, who introduces herself to her family’s altar of Hindu gods (and to us) in the first Never Have I Ever teaser.

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Cybertruck Goes Back to the Future

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, see what it would be like if Back to the Future replace the iconic DeLorean time machine with the latest in futuristic automobile technology: the Tesla Cybertruck. Plus, run through nearly seven dozen Easter eggs and comic book references from the new Birds of Prey movie, and watch Late Night star/writer Mindy Kaling get glam for the Oscars. Read More »

four weddings and a funeral trailer

Mike Newell‘s beloved 1994 rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral is a bonafide classic that launched Hugh Grant to floppy-haired stardom and started a long partnership with the star and screenwriter Richard Curtis that blessed us with even more era-defining romantic-comedies. Now Four Weddings and a Funeral is getting a modern update for Hulu by notable rom-com lover Mindy Kaling. But this time, instead of a young and bashful Hugh Grant, we’re following the romantic trials and tribulations of Game of Thrones‘ Nathalie Emmanuel and her colorful group of American friends reuniting at a London wedding. Watch the Four Weddings and a Funeral trailer below.

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late night final trailer

Late Night is sure to please audiences. It’s a good-natured, timely comedy featuring the incredibly likable Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling (who also wrote the script). The Amazon-released film is already playing in limited release, and opens wide this weekend – which means it’s time for one last marketing push! Below, you can watch the Late Night final trailer, which goes heavy on the pull quotes. In addition to that, there’s a behind-the-scenes featurette highlighting the importance of diversity both in front of and behind the camera.

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ms. marvel mindy kaling

When Kamala Khan debuted in the pages of her very own solo title Ms. Marvel in 2014, she was an immediate sensation. Marvel’s first Muslim superhero character to head her own comic book took on the mantle once worn by Carol Danvers (the current Captain Marvel) and became a wildly popular success, with fans quickly clamoring for Kamala’s turn on the big screen. And perhaps that turn may come sooner than we think. Mindy Kaling, who has pioneered diversity both in front of and behind the camera, confirmed that she has had discussions with Marvel Studios for a Ms. Marvel project.

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