Scooby-Doo - Director's Roundtable Discussion

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, there’s a scene in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie from 2002 that has driven some people crazy. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a roundtable with directors Alfonso Cuarón, Yorgos Lanthimos, Spike Lee, Ryan Coogler, Marielle Heller and Bradley Cooper, and Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson team up to hijack a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Read More »

Black Panther ending

Black Panther‘s ending is one of the most impactful conclusions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, but it’s a good thing those productions build several days of reshoots into their process, because the entire ending was reworked at the last minute.

Read more about the original Black Panther ending and how co-writer/director Ryan Coogler took inspiration from The Godfather to craft a new finale for the film. Read More »

michael shawver interview

Editor Michael Shawver first met Ryan Coogler nearly eight years ago. They were both film students at the University of Southern California and shared a passion for films about important issues, basketball, and Batman. Impressed by Coogler’s short films that he had directed in class, Shawver suggested that they team up, and the pair have been basically inseparable ever since — working together on all of Coogler’s major films, from Fruitvale Station, to Creed, and finally, to Black Panther. As Coogler’s star has risen, the director’s partnership with star and muse Michael B. Jordan has been feverishly written about, but less so has Coogler and Shawver’s long and trusting partnership.

“We absolutely do [have a shorthand],” Shawver told me in an interview on Black Panther on the heels of the Marvel film’s Critics’ Choice Award nominations. “We can kind of tell just by knowing each other. So I’ll do what I can to protect him and vice versa.”

Shawver and Coogler have rapidly risen in the industry since they were making short student films eight years ago. Now their latest collaboration Black Panther, the critically acclaimed pop culture behemoth that Shawver co-edited with Debbie Berman, gathers more awards buzz by the minute. There’s even talk about it getting a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. But Shawver is trying not to think about that.

“Just the thought that I’d have this tiny, minute piece of my voice in this movie and at least be a vessel for how this movie gets out there, is honestly the reward,” Shawver said. We talked about his and Coogler’s long journey to Wakanda, and where they look to go from here. Plus Shawver reveals the hardest scene he had to edit in Black Panther, and how it beget one of the standout moments of the film (Hint: “Hi Auntie.”)

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Black Panther featurette wakanda

Marvel and Disney want Black Pantherto land some Oscar nominations, and they’re not being shy about it. As we head into Oscar season, the studios have already begun the process of campaigning for the film, including hosting new screening for prospective voters. They’ve also just released a featurette called “Welcome to Wakanda”, where director Ryan Coogler and the cast discuss the film’s “utopian vision of what an uncolonized Africa might look like.” Watch the Black Panther featurette below.

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black panther returning to theaters

You can now really celebrate Wakanda forever, with a Black Panther theatrical re-release for one night only. Marvel announced that Black Panther is returning to theaters for a special one-night showing at nonprofit art house theaters nationwide in honor of Giving Tuesday. That’s tonight folks, so you better snatch up a ticket quick.

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black panther 2 director

Everyone had hoped and assumed this was happening, and now it’s official. Ryan Coogler will return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Coogler’s first Black Panther was a huge hit, but the filmmaker’s deal to helm the sequel had been kept under-wraps until now. Production on the sequel will likely start in late 2019 or early 2020.

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space jam 2

Space Jam 2 is definitely happening, and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is going to lend a hand. Coogler will produce the sequel, which is set to star LeBron James and Bugs Bunny. Terence Nance will direct, with production slated to start in 2019.

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Black Panther box office domination

Even six months after the release of Black Panther, fans are still uncovering all kinds of Easter eggs and hidden messages. The latest discovery hidden in this Marvel Studios movie will say nothing of the Marvel universe at large, but it is insanely cute.

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creed ii trailer

Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa are back in Creed II, the sequel to Ryan Coogler‘s fantastic 2015 Rocky spin-off Creed. Also back: Rocky IV‘s Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) – the man who killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed in the ring many years ago. Watch the Creed II trailer below.

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Donald Glover Black Panther

When Marvel Studios’ Black Panther shot to a record-breaking opening weekend earlier this year, we heard that multi-talented superstar Donald Glover and his brother Stephen Glover helped punch up some of the jokes in the film’s script. But we haven’t been able to confirm which moments in the movie were the result of their contributions…until now.

On the movie’s home video commentary track, director/co-writer Ryan Coogler revealed one of the Donald Glover Black Panther jokes that made the final cut. Read More »