Shang-Chi Trailer Easter Eggs

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 at nearly four dozen Shang-Chi Easter Eggs and comic book references from the first trailer for the new Marvel movie. Plus, watch the shameless but adorable Oscar campaign video for the original song “Húsavík” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. And finally, take a tour of the set of Netflix’s superhero comedy Thunder Force. Read More »

Thunder Force Gag Reel

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 Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman and the rest of the Thunder Force cast crack up in a gag reel. Plus, take a look back at X-Men: The Animated Series with Disney+’s latest edition of The Deets. And finally, watch a half-hour broadcast special on the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated drama Nomadland starring Frances McDormand. Read More »

thunder force trailer

In the new Netflix comedy Thunder Force, supervillains are an every-day thing, but now it’s time for the world’s first superhero team – and that superhero team is played by Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. The two star as estranged friends who reunite and end up with superpowers, with comedic results. It’s the latest entry from McCarthy and husband and frequent director Ben Falcone, and whether or not that’s a good thing is up to you to decide. Watch the Thunder Force trailer below.

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Christmas Carol Musical Spirited

Spirited, the expensive musical remake of A Christmas Carol headed to Apple TV+ with Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, might add Octavia Spencer into the mix. The Oscar-winning actress is reportedly in talks to join the film in what sounds like an update of the Bob Cratchit-inspired figure who works with Reynolds’ Scrooge-like character.

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Invasion cast

Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is about to get back in science fiction mode.

Emmy winner Ahmed and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) have joined the cast of Invasion, a new sci-fi thriller that’s been acquired by Amazon Studios. Get the details about the upcoming project below.  Read More »

self made trailer

How many self-made female millionaires are there in America? And how many of them have had prestigious limited series made about them? Only a handful, at best. But Netflix is adding to that number with Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stars as the title character of Self Made, a limited series which tells the story of America’s “first self-made female millionaire.” Watch the Self Made trailer below.

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onward clips

The first reactions are out for Pixar’s latest animated film Onward, and while the fantasy-comedy film doesn’t seem to be casting a spell on all critics, there’s plenty of reason to be excited for the road trip movie starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt.

Two new Onward clips help feed into that excitement, showing a sneak peek at the scene in which Holland and Pratt’s elf brothers, on a quest to magic their dead father to life for a day, come face to face with the not-so-fearsome Manticore, played by Octavia Spencer. Accompanying that clip is a behind-the-scenes featurette showing Holland and Pratt’s sibling relationship, and exactly what kind of performance Spencer is giving here. Watch the new Onward clips below.

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Truth Be Told featurette

Is there a point where the personal fallout from a quest for truth and the consequences of uncovering long-buried secrets become so detrimental that the quest itself should be stifled? That seems to be a question at the heart of Truth Be Told, a new AppleTV+ show that stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as a podcaster who might have contributed to an innocent man (Aaron Paul) being put in jail. But it seems to be a pair of twin sisters, played by the great Lizzy Caplan, whose lives hang in the balance if the real truth is discovered. Check out a new featurette for the series below. Read More »

truth be told trailer

Podcasting can be a dangerous vocation – especially if you’re a true crime podcaster who may have accidentally condemned an innocent man to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. And even more so if you are that podcaster who decides to re-examine said murder case and uncovers even more secrets. Octavia Spencer stars as this podcaster in Truth Be Told, the upcoming Apple TV+ crime series that posits the question: what if Serial actually came up with a concrete answer?

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Onward D23

Disney/Pixar is pumping the brakes on sequels, and its next movie is a totally original animated fantasy adventure called Onward. As usual, the cast is wildly impressive: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer star, and Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is the writer/director behind the new feature.

We learned a bit more about this elf-centric adventure film during today’s D23 presentation – here’s what we know so far.
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