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 back at the beginning of Harry Potter‘s magic on the big screen with a one-hour featurette on the making of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Plus, check out some Godzilla vs. Kong Easter eggs that you might have missed amidst the monster mayhem. And finally, Get Him to the Greek star Russell Brand sits down for a new episode of Hot Ones. Read More »
Kenneth Branagh‘s Death on the Nile has found its latest suspect.
Russell Brand is in talks to join the Death on the Nile cast in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel that is being shaped as a sequel to Branagh’s 2017 adaptation of Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.
Read More »
During a recent Q & A for Paul Schrader‘s Dog Eat Dog, Nicolas Cage said he wanted to play the film’s often unhinged, coke-snorting, Humphrey Bogart-quoting, baby-napper crook because, to paraphrase, he was exhausted from playing wacky characters. That should give you some idea of what to expect from his high-energy performance in director Larry Charles‘ (Bruno) Army of One, in which he plays a modern-day Don Quixote hunting Osama Bin Laden.
Below, watch the Army of One trailer.
Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Hollywood’s been rooting around in your old childhood toybox again, and this time they’ve dug up your forgotten troll collection. You remember trolls, right? Those pug-nosed plastic dolls with the bright big furry hair? Well, they’re getting their own movie from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox later this year, and today we have a first look at its star-studded cast (including Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake) and the characters they’ll be voicing. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Despite the title, Nicolas Cage won’t be left all alone in Army of One. In fact, he’s just picked up a bunch of very funny co-stars. Russell Brand, Denis O’Hare, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer, and Rainn Wilson have all signed on for the comedy, about an American handyman who sets out to capture Osama bin Laden. What makes the premise even crazier is that it’s based on a true story.
Wendi McLendon-Covey also stars. Larry Charles (Borat) is directing. Details on the new Army of One casting after the jump. Read More »
Werner Herzog is currently out in the desert for his Gertrude Bell biopic Queen of the Desert, but soon he’ll focus on some arid Americana. His next film is slated to be Vernon God Little, based on the novel by DBC Pierre that won the Booker Prize after its 2003 publication. The novel is set in a small Texas border town, where a high school student shoots six fellow students before taking his own life.
Now Russell Brand, Sasha Pieterse of Pretty Little Liars, and young actor Austin Abrams (The InBetweeners) are in talks for major roles in the film.
Update: Mike Tyson and Pamela Anderson also have roles. If your lifelong dream is the same as mine (to see Herzog direct Pamela Anderson) then this movie just became a must-see.
Read More »
In Paradise, Julianne Hough stars as a young woman who renounces her faith after a plane crash leaves her scarred. She travels to Las Vegas to indulge in all the behaviors that sh has avoided in life, and runs across characters played by Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Nick Offerman. The film is written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), who also makes her directorial debut.
Some of the weirdest news of last week was that Paradise would debut this week (on Thurs, Aug 8) on DirecTV. The plan has been in the works for a while, says the LA Times, to which Cody said, “I don’t know a director who is in on the distribution strategy, or if it’s necessarily ever OKd with the filmmaker. But they believe in my movie, and I’m excited to be trying something a little different. I think VOD is a pretty good place for an indie rom-com right now.”
So Paradise is an unexpected trailblazer for a certain sort of distribution, and you can bet that if it turns out well for the film and DirecTV we’ll see more releases like this in the future. For the time being, you can see the first trailer below. Read More »
How has the movie business changed in the past decade? For one, VOD and streaming video have changed the stigma once attached to films debuting at home before they hit theaters, and movies now routinely can be seen on the small screen before they open on the big one.
But the distribution scheme for Diablo Cody’s first turn as a director is still a bit unusual. The movie is Paradise, starring Julianne Hough as a devout young woman badly burned in a plane crash, who travels to Las Vegas to immerse herself in sin city. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter also appear.
Cody said today that the film will premiere on August 8 on DirectTV. A theatrical release will still take place in October, and in other responses to questions Cody said that the film will hit other VOD services after theatrical. Get her comments below. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Diablo Cody has written some of the sharpest female-led dramedies of the past several years, and now she’s taken the next step by helming her own.
The Juno scribe makes her feature directing debut this fall with Paradise, a comedy about a sheltered young woman (Julianne Hough) taking a walk on the wild side. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman, and Holly Hunter also star. Check out the first pics after the jump.
Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
What the earlier Despicable Me 2 teaser trailers lacked in information, they made up for in cuteness. The puffy yellow minions were all over those, performing “Barbara Ann” and investigating otherworldly visitors. Now a full-length trailer has arrived, and while it’s not quite as adorable (that’s just what happens when you shift focus away from the minions), it tells us far more about what this movie actually is.
Steve Carell is back as the voice of supervillain Gru, who’s recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help defeat a powerful new baddie. Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Ken Jeong also lend their voices. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud return as directors. Check out the new trailer and poster after the jump.
Read More »