Making of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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 look behind the scenes of the making of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the unique visual style that gives it such vibrant life. Plus, a video essay explores how Aaron Sorkin crafted a compelling battle in court in the script for A Few Good Men. And finally, a new edition of The Deets from Disney+ takes a look at some interesting details from behind the scenes of National Treasure. Read More »

National Treasure Honest Trailer

If The Da Vinci Code was too hard to follow because of all the art and nonsense, then Disney has you covered with a treasure hunt where the puzzles are easy and everything is thoroughly explained like you’re on some kind of high school field trip. National Treasure brings us Nicolas Cage in his most subtle role yet, and as the Honest Trailer reveals, there’s an even greater conspiracy at the center of this movie than a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

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chungking express

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Spenser Confidential 2 is “definitely” happening, so everyone please relax.
  • Gabrielle Union says a Bring It On sequel is “absolutely going to happen.”
  • Kevin Hart’s Quibi series is getting a sequel.
  • The Boss Baby: Family Business announces its voice cast.
  • Hotel Transylvania 4 will arrive in 2021.
  • A producer explains why National Treasure 3 still hasn’t happened.
  • Wong Kar-wai has written a Chungking Express sequel.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Kylo Ren

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 video essay explores the angry young man trope seen in movies like the new Star Wars trilogy, Black Panther, American History X, A Clockwork Orange and more. Plus, an archaeologist reviews scenes about treasure hunting in movies like Riders of the Lost Ark, National Treasure, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and plenty others. And finally, see what Family Feud is like when two different Ent families go head-to-head on Robot Chicken. Read More »

national treasure tv series

Disney is all-in on more National Treasure. Not only is a new National Treasure sequel in the works, there’s alsoNational Treasure TV series being developed for Disney+. There’s a catch, though. The TV series will feature a younger cast, which means that we won’t get the pleasure of seeing Nicolas Cage run around the country finding puzzles left by Ben Franklin and other famous dead guys.

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movies leaving netflix april 2020

The month is drawing to a close, and everything is on fire. We all have to stay the heck inside for the time being – which means we should have more time to sit back and watch Netflix. But you better hurry up on some titles, because as the month ends and April begins, several great movies and TV shows are hitting the road. These are the TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in April 2020.

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national treasure 3 update

Are we actually getting National Treasure 3 sometime soon? Maybe! A new report indicates that Bad Boys for Life co-writer Chris Bremner is writing the script for the third entry in the Nicolas Cage adventure series, which will presumably send Cage’s Benjamin Gates on yet another silly-yet-entertaining historically inaccurate adventure. National Treasure 3 has been a possibility for several years now, but the project has stalled out multiple times. But now it looks like the third film might be happening after all.

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National Treasure reboot

Every time I talk to director Jon Turteltaub, I have to ask about the status of National Treasure 3. The Nicolas Cage-led 2004 film is a delightful Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones-lite adventure and it spawned a not-as-much-fun sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, in 2007. Fans have been asking for a third installment in the series for over a decade.

Now, it sounds like we may never get a National Treasure 3. More likely, Disney will be rebooting the franchise in some way for their announced direct to consumer streaming service. Read More »

movies coming to Netflix in January 2018

Believe it or not, 2017 is almost over. This long, strange year is at an end, and we’re about to jump into 2018. With a new month and year comes a whole new list of streaming titles on Netflix. So as you drift through the holidays and look to the future, you can also look forward to all these upcoming titles. January brings with it a pretty stellar Netflix line-up, including an immortal mafia movie classic, a costume drama begging to be rediscovered, a superhero reboot that changed everything, Nicolas Cage trying to steal the Declaration of Independence, the best exorcism movie since The Exorcist, and more. So check out the full list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in January 2018 below.

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Sorcerer's Apprentice Director Jon Turteltaub

On June 23rd 2010, I had an appointment to chat with Jon Turteltaub, director of the National Treasure films and Disney’s upcoming Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

I woke up early that morning, and headed down to the Apple Store at The Grove to pick up the new iPhone 4, which I had reserved. The plan was to crib for the interview while I was waiting a few hours in line to get the new phone. I had waited in line for the previous three iPhone launches at one of Apple’s flagship stores in the downtown San Francisco, I expected this to be quick and painless (or at least quicker and less painful than it ended up being). The few hours I had expected to wait in line quickly turned into multiples of that. And by the time my scheduled interview time approached, I found myself near the front of the line. I waited all day, and regretfully, I had to choose between calling it a total loss of my 10 hours and rush to the interview, or cancel the chat and get the iPhone. Don’t get me wrong, if I had known at the beginning of the day that I’d have to choose, I would have never gotten in line (actually, if I had known I was going to wait 11 hours in line, I would have never gotten in line…). I called Disney to see what I should do, and they told me I could probably reschedule the interview to another day and time, which was a big relief.

Thanks to the wonderful Disney publicists, I was able to get time with Jon on the phone the next week. By the time I talked with Jon, he had already done a week full of press, international, domestic and television. I decided the best approach was to ask him some questions, for the most part, out of the norm. The bad situation turned into to be the best possible result — I got to talk to Jon for over 30 minutes. For those of you who don’t know, a normal 1:1 interview lasts 10-15 minutes, resulting in a very fast pace as the interviewer is usually trying to cram all their questions in. The interview you are about to read after the jump has a much different pace (which is probably why Turteltaub allowed me to go over the scheduled fifteen minute time limit.

We talk about how Jon launched his career with Three Ninjas, Being pigeonholed as a kid movie director, How Phenomenon was originally supposed to star Harrison Ford and Holly Hunter, Becoming the “surprisingly good” director, Being a populist movie director who gets not-so-good reviews from critics/film snobs, the disappointments of National Treasure 2, the possibility of a Sorcerer’s Apprentice sequel, How he became involved in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Going to High School with Nicolas Cage and beating him out for the lead role in the school play, what it is like being a part of a “Jerry Bruckheimer production”, weaving science with magic, the choice to not film the movie in 3D, the choice not to post convert it to 3D, Balthazar’s Warehouse of Magical Artifacts, The Easter Eggs hidden in the movie, Where did the artifacts disappear to and the possibilities for a sequel, shooting the movie on location in New York City and shutting down traffic in Times Square for five nights, the troubles of trying to shoot a movie with “any kind of depth or any social relevance” (referring to the Greenpeace biopic he’s developing), Avatar, and more.

Read the full interview, after the jump.

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