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 as John Krasinski puts together a reunion of The Office cast members to remotely recreate the dance number from Jim and Pam’s wedding for a couple celebrating their nuptials. Plus, listen to a message from Mark Hamill and Lucasfilm thanking the Star Wars fans who spend their days as medical workers saving as many lives as possible in the middle of a pandemic, and watch Ben Stiller and his late father Jerry Stiller on an old episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Read More »
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime
The Pitch: Galaxy Quest cast members Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, Missi Pyle, Rainn Wilson and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, along with director Dean Parisot and writer Robert Gordon, share their memories of making the movie in a fantastic ensemble of new interviews. Meanwhile, pop culture favorites such as Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Greg Berlanti, Damon Lindelof and more than a dozen other notable filmmakers, craftspeople and entertainment-industry observers offer keen insight into how the movie, despite not being a box office sensation, has had a lasting impact and a growing fan base that extends around the world.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Back in 1999, just over 20 years ago around Christmas, the freshly formed DreamWorks studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen was in need of a hit. With the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, they hoped they had found it. Unfortunately, the movie that cost an estimated $45 million only raked in $71.5 million at the domestic box office and a less than stellar $19.1 million internationally. It wasn’t a flop, but it was far from the big success they hoped it would be. But as time has proven over and over again, that doesn’t always mean a movie will be forgotten. In fact, since being released in theaters, Galaxy Quest has only grown in popularity, obtaining a different kind of success. And the new documentary Never Surrender charts the film’s path to production and ultimate rise to the status of cult classic. Read More »
The first season of HBO’s anthology series Room 104 was uneven, but showed a lot of promise. Each episode takes place inside the same motel room, but that’s essentially the only requirement: genres, characters, styles, and tones are all up for grabs depending on the episode’s individual story, and season one served up a varied meal of period pieces, Mormon missionaries, an MMA-style brawl, and a pants-less Santa Claus, just to name a few.
Room 104 season 2 will hit HBO on November 9, 2018, and the full cast and list of writers and directors has been revealed, and things are about to get very interesting behind the door of that motel room.
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Star Trek: Discovery won’t return until 2019, but if you’re craving something sooner than that, you’re in luck. Next month, CBS All Access is launching a series of Star Trek Discovery mini-episodes, titled Star Trek: Short Treks, to tide you over. Plot details about the mini-episodes, and a teaser, are available below.
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One of the greatest friendly rivalries in the history of television is undoubtedly that of Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), two of the top salespeople from the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company followed closely in the mockumentary series The Office. However, that rivalry is about to be taken to a new level.
Tom Clancy’s Jim Ryan is a new series that we wish was real on Amazon where the titular analyst must go undercover as a paper salesman is forced to deal with a top security threat in the form of another salesman at the company. Mixing footage from Amazon’s Jack Ryan series with The Office makes for a trailer mash-up that is better than it has any right to be. Watch below! Read More »
We’re going to need a bigger box office estimate. Jon Turteltaub‘s big-budget sci-fi horror movie that can essentially be boiled down to “Jason Statham versus a giant shark” has some giant problems of its own: lukewarm box office tracking numbers.
The Meg is tracking to open to roughly $20 million domestically — which barely takes a bite out of the film’s $130 million mega-budget.
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The only thing that can save the summer at this point is Jason Statham fighting a big-ass prehistoric shark. Thankfully, a new The Meg international trailer just swam online, bringing with it a ton of new footage.
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Even if most summer movies turn out to disappoint this year, we can all take solace in knowing that, as the summer winds down, Jason Statham will battle a giant shark in The Meg. A new The Meg TV spot offers up some new footage, and confirms that this movie will probably be very dumb and very entertaining.
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Jaws may have set the bar for killer shark movies, but even if nothing comes close to Steven Spielberg’s 1975 smash hit, shark films will never go out of style in Hollywood. Both The Shallows and 47 Meters Down performed well at the box office recently, and now we’re about to see The Meg, which pits a giant prehistoric beast against a cast that includes Jason Statham and Rainn Wilson.
Watch the first The Meg trailer below, and read about the experience of seeing the trailer in 4DX.
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The small, friendly town of Shimmer Lake isn’t as innocent as it looks. Neither are some of the characters in writer-director Oren Uziel‘s crafty crime thriller, which shows a crime gone wrong in reverse time. The robbery involves a moralistic Sherrif (Benjamin Walker), a desperate lawyer on the run (Rainn Wilson), two D-list FBI agents (Ron Livingston and Rob Corddry), and more.
It’s an 83-minute ensemble crime story with a surprising amount of intimacy. Few of Uziel’s characters are what their jobs, past, or archetypes imply. He reveals them all to be more than what they seem with his directorial debut, which marks his first time ever behind the camera. Uziel, who co-wrote 22 Jump Street and the next addition to the Cloverfield universe, God Particle, told us about writing and directing his debut film, which is streaming on Netflix right now.
Below, read our Oren Uziel interview [Spoilers ahead].
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