Although only 15 years old, Constantine is already aging well. The adaptation of the Hellblazer comic continues to find more fans and doesn’t date in the special effects department like so many early and mid-2000s movies already have. There’s no hard rock, pop culture references, or even outdated tech that could age the movie. Director Francis Lawrence created a world of his own in his noir-ish, sometimes hellish vision of Los Angeles.

When Constantine was released in 2005, it wasn’t as well-regard as it is today. Perhaps after years of watching frequently interchangeable comic book movies, Lawrence’s idiosyncratic addition to the genre plays better today. Whatever the reason, Lawrence is pleased Constantine continues to entertain, especially after a slightly disappointing box-office performance and lukewarm reception from critics.

Before directing Constantine, Lawrence was an in-demand music video director. He helmed music videos for Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and even his I Am Legend star, Will Smith. The list is long. Initially, Keanu Reeves wasn’t interested in a music video director making Constantine, which is one of the many stories Lawrence told us when looking back at his directorial debut (now celebrating its 15th anniversary).

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Black Widow Trailer

Natasha Romanoff may have sacrificed herself for the greater good in Avengers: Endgame, but that’s not stopping Black Widow from finally getting her own movie. And neither is coronavirus.

Black Widow is still slated for release in May (for now), and Marvel Studios just released the final trailer that reveals so much more about the movie taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Infinity War. A villain calling himself Taskmaster has taken over the assassin group known as the Red Room, the organization which turned Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) into a weapon. We’re not sure what his plan is exactly, but it likely has something to do with toppling governments and taking over the world. Standard villain stuff. Watch the new Black Widow trailer below. Read More »

Black Widow Super Bowl Spot

Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame to bring back everyone that Thanos snapped away in Avengers: Infinity War. But there’s more to the former SHIELD agent’s story in between the events of Captain America: Civil War and the villainy of Thanos, and we’ll see it unfold in Black Widow. Natasha reunites with the deadly makeshift family she had before falling in with The Avengers, and there’s likely betrayal and danger in her future (or rather her past). Watch the Black Widow Super Bowl spot for more. Read More »

Black Widow Featurette

Ever since Black Widow debuted in Iron Man 2 back in 2010, fans have wanted to see the SHIELD agents and assassin go solo with a movie of her own. Now, 10 years later, the newly double-Oscar nominated Scarlett Johansson finally gets to dig into the character who has been an integral part of The Avengers. A new featurette goes behind the scenes of Black Widow and recalls the legacy of the character, who looks significantly different from her debut a decade ago. Watch below. Read More »

multiple black widows

Scarlett Johansson will be back as Black Widow in the Black Widow movie – but she’s not going to be the only person to use that codename. It sounds like there are in fact multiple Black Widows. According to co-star Rachel Weisz, she and fellow co-star Florence Pugh are also Black Widows. And there are even more we’re not aware of yet.

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Black Widow Cast Rachel Weisz

Marvel’s Black Widow movie is slowly coming together. After promising to make the standalone film for years, Marvel Studios is forging ahead, picking up exciting cast members as they go. The latest: Rachel Weisz, who is good in just about everything, and Stranger Things and Hellboy actor David Harbour, will now both appear alongside mainstay player Scarlett Johansson and recent cast addition Florence Pugh.

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Movie Poster Remakes

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 professional movie poster designer compares and contrasts the movie posters of remakes with the posters from the original films. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts another awards season roundtable discussion, this time with actresses like Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Regina King, and more. And Tidying Up host Marie Kondo tries to clean up Ellen Degeneres‘ office. Read More »

The Favourite Featurette

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 Golden Globe nominated and likely soon-to-be Oscar-nominated film The Favourite. A batch of featurettes take a closer look at the film’s intricate and elegant production design, another shows off the incredible costume design bringing 18th century fashion to life, and the final shines a light on the award-worthy cast. Read More »

The National - Bob's Burgers Music Video

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, find out if you noticed the various Creed II references and Easter eggs linked to the Rocky franchise. Plus, watch The National‘s animated Bob’s Burgers music video centered around Thanksgiving, and listen in as Emma Stone learns some British slang from her The Favourite co-star Rachel Weisz. Read More »

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“There was nothing that didn’t appeal to me about it,” replied Emma Stone when asked about why she wanted to be a part of The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest directorial outing. The film has been a standout on the fall film festival circuit wherever it has played. I caught it on opening night at the New York Film Festival, and it’s been my favorite film of 2018 ever since.

The Favourite provides a delicious showcase for three tremendously talented actresses in a sumptuous period setting without ever getting mired in mothballs. Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne provides the center of gravity, shifting the equilibrium of England with her every erratic whim. At the start of the film, Anne’s mood is stabilized by a lifelong friend, Rachel Weisz’ Sarah Churchill. Her hold on the queen’s heart and purse strings receives a real challenge, however, when Sarah’s cousin, Emma Stone’s Abigail, enters the palace grounds and begins to rise in Anne’s esteem.

This is not the Wikipedia version of history by any stretch of the imagination, and as such, many more questions linger after viewing than the traditional costume drama. Luckily, I was able to run a few of them by stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as well as director Yorgos Lanthimos at roundtable discussions earlier this month. We talked about how The Favourite journeyed from script to screen, how everyone tuned into Lanthimos’ particular wavelength and why we’ll never know what the director thinks about any of his endings.

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