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The Movie: Rise of the Guardians
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Here’s the one-sentence pitch: what if famous children’s characters were superheroes? Here’s the slightly longer version: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman are collectively known as the Guardians, and they stand guard over important ideas like Wonder, Hope, Memories, and Dreams. But when the evil Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman, returns from dormancy, the Guardians call upon the mischievous winter scamp Jack Frost to join them and fight to keep the world from covering the world in darkness.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Before he served as a co-director on the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Peter Ramsey made his feature directorial debut with this excellent but under-seen 2012 gem. The film somehow failed to reach a large audience upon its initial release, but now that the holiday season is upon us, it’s the perfect time to give it the attention it has always deserved. Read More »
Director Peter Ramsey was one of the three filmmakers who brought us the innovative and electrifying Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. However, he’s stepping outside of the world of comics for a live-action/computer animated hybrid series at Netflix called Lost Ollie, based on William Joyce’s children’s book Ollie’s Odyssey. The story follows a ragdoll searching for the boy who lost him, and Netflix has just released a first look photo at the adorable title character. Read More »
Peter Ramsey, one of the directors of last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, has lined up his next directing gig – and no, it’s not the Spider-Verse sequel. Instead, he’ll make the jump to live action for the first time and direct a film called Love in Vain, an “unconventional biopic” about famed blues musician Robert Johnson. Johnson, a 1930s guitar player who has become legendary in the blues community, is arguably most famous for being the subject of a story that he sold his soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to master the instrument.
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Before the Snyder Cut of Justice League somehow became fanboys’ biggest “what if” obsession in DC movie history, another film that held that position was Superman: Flyby, a script from the early 2000s that was written by J.J. Abrams and set to be directed by McG before the project was scrapped and Superman Returns flew into theaters instead. The stories about Flyby are infamous (its plot is totally bonkers), and a popular article published on Ain’t It Cool News which completely eviscerated the script may be partially responsible for the movie never being made.
Somehow, all these years later, this movie that doesn’t even exist is still surprising us. Case in point: Peter Ramsey, one of the directors of last year’s brilliant Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, worked as a storyboard artist on Flyby, and he recently posted some storyboards from one of the project’s fight scenes.
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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, ABC News remembers Luke Perry after the actor’s sudden death earlier this week. Plus, Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon teamed up to recreate the music video for the “King of Wishful Thinking” from the Pretty Woman soundtrack, and Ava DuVernay sits down for an extensive Q&A with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. Read More »
If seeing Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse win the Best Animated Feature Oscar at this past weekend’s Academy Awards made you want to rewatch the film immediately, we have good news: it’s available to own right now on Digital HD. But if you’d rather wait for the Blu-ray/DVD, the studio has released the first nine minutes of the film online for free as an extended preview. Revisit one of 2018’s very best cinematic offerings below. Read More »
On the February 26, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in Chief Peter Sciretta is joined by senior writer Ben Pearson, and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest film and tv news, including a Gremlins animated series, Rotten Tomatoes, A Quiet Place 2, The Eternals and the future of the MCU. And in Our Feature Presentation, Peter sits down with the filmmakers behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse to talk about deleted and alternate scenes.
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After watching Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, I ran home and downloaded the Miles Morales comic books on Marvel Unlimited because I didn’t want my time with the characters to end. The heart of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book run is Miles Morales relationship with his best friend, a comic book-loving geek named Ganke. After reading the comics, it’s honestly the only thing I wish they had included in the animated film. We later learned that Ganke is actually Miles’ non-speaking roommate, and producers have promised he will have a much bigger role in the sequels.
During an interview to promote the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on home video, filmmakers Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman told me that Ganke was their favorite part of the initial three-hour cut of the film, but he ended up on the cutting room floor. And I learned that Pixar alum Pete Sohn was actually brought in to voice the character when he was a much larger part of the film.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still in theaters, so if you haven’t seen what many have called the best Spider-Man movie ever, there’s still time. Since there’s plenty of love for the new Spider-Man to go around, including a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination, some interesting tidbits from behind the scenes have emerged all over the web (pun intended).
Below we’ve put together some Spider-Verse nuggets, including details on a couple hilarious jokes that got cut from the movie, a look at some early animatics before the film found its signature visual style, and a breakdown of one of the key sequences. There’s also word from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller on how their firing from Solo: A Star Wars Story benefited the animated movie. Read More »
The buzz around Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is at an all-time high, and Sony is taking advantage of that hype to release the entire script for the comic book movie for free online. Written by Rodney Rothman, who co-directed the eye-popping animated movie, and Phil Lord, one half of the high-profile Lord and Miller duo, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse script gives us a small taste of the final dazzling product.
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