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, the infamously terrible Star Wars Holiday Special gets explained and is even given some surprising credit for making Star Wars what it is today. Plus, the classic Peanuts comic strip gets the Riverdale TV series treatment and Avengers: Infinity War gets a retro trailer using footage from old school superhero movies. Read More »
Cool Stuff is your geekarific pop culture holiday shopping guide published all year round. In today’s Cool Stuff we take a look at Hasbro’s foot-tall Dancing Baby Groot figure from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., LEGO Brick Headz of Belle and Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Patrick Wong’s Star Wars-inspired vinyl art release ST-60, ApeMeetsGirl’s awesome 80’s inspired Totoro giclee print, an awesome Batman: Arkham Origins statue, a limited edition Beauty and the Beast “enchanted rose” glass from the Alamo Drafthouse, NECA’s new 12-inch Shin Godzilla figure, and a series of Peanuts prints for Valentine’s Day.
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Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
So much of Stranger Things‘ irresistible pull stems from its uncanny ability to push all your nostalgia buttons. It feels like classic Steven Spielberg and vintage Stephen King, referencing pop culture touchstones and reminding Gen Xers and older Millennials of a time when middle school kids were allowed to roam freely. But what if Stranger Things went even further? What if it doubled down on its nostalgic appeal by transforming itself into another childhood favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas?
A Stranger Things Christmas imagines Will Byers struck by a downright Charlie Brown-esque sense of ennui right around the holiday, and going around getting advice from his old D&D buddies. And yes, they get a good Barb-related jab in there. Watch the Stranger Things Peanuts mashup below (but be warned there are major spoilers if you haven’t finished Stranger Things season one). Read More »
It’s been 65 years since Charles M. Schulz first delivered Charlie Brown and his dog Snoopy to newspapers on October 2nd, 1950. The comic would go on to span 17,897 strips through February 13th, 2000, and at its peak, ran in over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries, translated into 21 languages. And now all that rich history is coming to the big screen with The Peanuts Movie.
The final Peanuts Movie trailer celebrates the seven-decade history of friendship and fun that has come with Charlie Brown and the whole gang, and brings it into the 21st century with a stylish but reserved computer animation makeover that keeps everything we love about Schulz’s iconic illustrations, while bringing them into the third dimension. Watch it after the jump! Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Given how ubiquitous Charlie Brown and Snoopy still are, it’s a bit surprising to realize they haven’t been the subjects of their own full-length feature film in 35 years. But that changes this fall with The Peanuts Movie, which gives Charles M. Schulz‘s beloved creations a 3D CG upgrade.
On paper, that description sounds kind of alarming — does that mean we’re in for a cooler, sexier Charlie? As the new Peanuts Movie poster reveals, you needn’t fear. The gang’s all here, and they still look like their own delightful selves. Check out the Peanuts Movie poster after the jump.
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I just got home from Las Vegas, where for the last week I had attended the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.
Thursday morning we saw a presentation from 20th Century Fox showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Peanuts, Poltergeist, Paper Towns, Hitman: Agent 47, Victor Frankenstein, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Fantastic 4, The Martian, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant and David O Russell’s Joy and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free 20th Century Fox CinemaCon 2015 reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Star Wars and Jurassic Park aren’t the only classic franchises up for a revival this year. This November brings The Peanuts Movie, the first-ever full-length feature film based on Charles M. Schulz‘s beloved characters.
Though the new film gives the old property a 21st century makeover — complete with CG and 3D — it retains the same timeless quality of the source material. Or it tries to, anyway. We’ll see how that turns out when the movie actually premieres. Watch the new The Peanuts Movie trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Ah, that dreaded holiday creep. Thanksgiving hasn’t even passed and already some people are trying to make Christmas happen. But in this case, it’s hard to mind too much because Snoopy and Woodstock are the ones getting a head start on festive decorating. Get a peek at the first The Peanuts Movie trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Charlie Brown and Snoopy turn 65 years young next year, and they’ve got some very big plans to mark the occasion. They’ll be starring in The Peanuts Movie, a new 3D, CG-animated adventure featuring the classic characters created by Charles M. Schulz. Check out the new Peanuts Movie images after the jump.
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While you might not know the name Rob Jones you know his work. I guarantee it. Jones is a creative director for Mondo, which means he works with each and every artist who releases a poster and helps them achieve the best vision imaginable. While a piece by Tyler Stout or Olly Moss was done by them, Jones helped steer them in a specific direction from a very early stage. You could say every Mondo poster is born of Jones’ DNA.
In addition to that, Jones is quite the accomplished artist himself. He’s done dozens of famous album covers, gig posters, movie posters and in 2011 won an Grammy for designing a box set for The White Stripes. Later this week, he’s presenting an ambitious new solo show called “Grief,” comprised of 100 self portraits offering different takes on Charlie Brown. Yes, from the Peanuts Charlie Brown. It open July 17 at Galerie F in Chicago, Illinois.
Below, we’ve got several exclusive, pop culture inspired pieces from the show including detailed descriptions of the personal interpretations behind each from Jones himself. It’s a funny, but sometimes frightening, window into one of the most influential eyes in pop culture art today. Read More »