(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made 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 the surprisingly deep history of product placement in movies and TV over the decades. Plus, get a refresher on the entire Fast and Furious franchise before F9 speeds into theaters this coming weekend. And finally, check out a roundtable discussion with TV directors such as Zach Braff (Ted Lasso), Rick Famuyiwa (The Mandalorian), and Lena Dunham (Industry). Read More »
This week’s edition of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian was shorter than usual, running just under 20 minutes. However, it revealed some more fascinating behind-the-scenes details of the live-action Star Wars series. Like the previous two episodes, this one keeps the focus on the technical side, specifically the visualization process used to plan what will go in front of cameras, both practically and in the immersive virtual set known as The Volume. And we see yet again how The Mandalorian shakes up the typical film production process.
In this episode, it’s revealed that The Mandalorian is not only groundbreaking in the technology being used to make the Star Wars series, but also the manner in which the production is planned through storyboards and previsualization. More specifically, every single episode of The Mandalorian was previsualized in its entirety, and they did it by using the same virtual cinema technology that Jon Favreau utilized while remaking The Lion King. Read More »
The third episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian arrived on Disney+ today, and with it comes a focus on the show’s small but stellar ensemble cast, which introduces a batch of memorable new characters into the live-action Star Wars universe.
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers sat down with executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to discuss their experience working on The Mandalorian, get their perspective on Star Wars and share some stories from behind the scenes. Easily the most fascinating reveal from this particular episode involves learning that not only was Carl Weathers’ character Greef Karga originally designed for him to be in alien prosthetic make-up, but he was going to be killed off in “Chapter 3: The Sin.”
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In honor of Star Wars Day, the first episode of the new documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian has arrived on Disney+. The series begins by profiling all of the directors who took on an episode in the first season of the live-action Star Wars series. The result is a collection of some entertaining anecdotes from long before The Mandalorian was even an idea, perspective on tackling something as big as Star Wars, and a peek at how the show was produced.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the finer points of the first episode, including executive producer Dave Filoni telling the story of how he nearly blew his opportunity to tackle The Clone Wars, which turned him into the Star Wars creator that fans adore today. Read More »
A remake of the classic buddy comedy Uptown Saturday Night starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby has been in the works since 2012. The original iteration of the project would have had Denzel Washington and Will Smith taking the lead roles, Adam McKay (Anchorman, Vice) behind the camera, and Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) on the script. But now the project has Kevin Hart in one of the lead roles, and a new director has just signed on. Read More »
Just a day ago, the news broke that Jon Favreau‘s mystery Star Wars TV series would be titled The Mandalorian and follow the escapades of a lone gunfighter on the Outer Rim planet of Mandalore.
Along with the title, the star-studded roster of episode directors were announced, including Star Wars stalwarts like Dave Filoni, Thor Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi, and two of the first female directors for a Star Wars live-action project. Now, more information has been released about which episodes these high-profile directors will helm.
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Production on the Star Wars live-action television series has officially begun and we have our first look at Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which is being produced for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Hit the jump to learn more about The Mandalorian.
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Disney is developing its first fairytale film starring an African princess. The House of Mouse has tapped Dope director Rick Famuyiwa to produce Sadé, a live-action fantasy film featuring the studio’s very first African princess.
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Director Rick Famuyiwa may have walked away from The Flash, but he’s not done with superheroes. The Dope filmmaker will helm a new superhero movie for Netflix, with Keanu Reeves in talks to star.
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The long-gestating Black Hole adaptation may finally see the light.
Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has signed on to write and direct Black Hole, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Charles Burns. The adaptation is being revived nearly 10 years after David Fincher, who was initially attached to direct a script by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery, dropped out of the project.
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