Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Gag Reel

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, get some laughs from watching a gag reel from the hilarious, wacky comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. Plus, get a look at the first table read for Spike Lee‘s outstanding war drama Da 5 Bloods and see how the script compares to the scenes in the final cut. And finally, listen to Borat Subsequent Moviefilm co-star Maria Bakalova look back on two pivotal scenes in the sequel. Read More »

da 5 bloods release date

Early last year, Spike Lee was all set to make Cannes history. The Da 5 Bloods filmmaker was going to be the first African-American to serve as jury president for the Cannes Film Festival, at its 73rd annual fest taking place in May 2020. Then the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit. And the prestigious film festival — after several delays and talks of a virtual version — was canceled. Now, nearly a year later, Cannes is taking another stab at holding its film festival, and has invited Lee to serve as jury president again. Hopefully this time, he’ll be able to (rightfully) preside.

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Making of Wolfwalkers

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 at how Wolfwalkers was brought to life with a mix of three-dimensional and two-dimensional animation. Plus, learn about the true story that inspired Netflix’s his limited series The Queen’s Gambit. And finally, listen as director Spike Lee answers 35 questions organized by Marcel Proust as a parlor game that reveals the nature of one’s personality. Read More »

spike lee september 11 docuseries

Spike Lee and HBO Documentary Films are teaming for NYC Epicenters 9/11?2021 1/2 (yes, that’s the full title), a multi-part documentary that will cover the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks, and the docuseries is said to “offer an unprecedented, sweeping portrait of New Yorkers as they rebuild and rebound, from a devastating terrorist attack through the ongoing global pandemic.”

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Gordon Hemingway and The Realm of Cthulhu

Spike Lee is sticking with Netflix after Da 5 Bloods. The filmmaker will produce Gordon Hemingway & The Realm of Cthulhu, a Netflix movie directed by Stefon Bristol. The flick follows a “roguish Black American gunslinger” dealing with an ancient evil in East Africa in 1928, and based on that title, one has to assume H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos plays some sort of part in the story.

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Spike Lee is Getting His Very Own Funko Pop

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Spike Lee is joining that privileged group of auteurs who have their own Funko Pop. The Da 5 Bloods director is getting his own figurine via Funko’s popular Pop! line, which will hit stores this May. See the first look at the Spike Lee Funko Pop below.

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Making of Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods is likely to be a key contender in the Oscar race when nominations are announced in March. But until then, Netflix is making sure the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences get a proper look at the making of Spike Lee‘s new joint starring Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman, and Jonathan Majors. The streaming service has released a nearly 30-minute featurette on the making of Da 5 Bloods, complete with the kind of insightful and energetic commentary you love to get from Spike Lee. Read More »

WandaVision Hints at How Is Vision Alive

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 closer look at some of the hints about how Vision has returned in Marvel’s new series WandaVision. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a virtual directors roundtable with filmmakers Spike Lee, Regina King, Lee Isaac Chung, George Clooney, and more. And finally, go behind the scenes of the first season of the Netflix period romance series Bridgerton. Read More »

Spike Lee musical

Spike Lee is always pushing forward, always evolving, and always doing interesting things as a storyteller. He has been making movies for more than 35 years, and now he’s about to attempt something he has never tried before: directing a full-blown narrative movie musical. In the wake of Lee’s filmed version of David Byrne’s American Utopia, the next Spike Lee joint will be a musical about an unexpected topic: the invention of Viagra. Read More »

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David Byrne's American Utopia Review

“Thanks for leaving your house,” David Byrne tells the audience at the start of David Byrne’s American Utopia. He couldn’t have realized it at the time, but the statement is surreal now. This is the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, and many of us can’t leave our houses. I myself am covering the festival remotely, watching American Utopia in my house rather than somewhere nestled into Toronto. It’s not the last time the surreality will take hold, because ultimately, David Byrne’s American Utopia is a show about connections. About reaching out and connecting with others – and it arrives at a time where doing such a thing in person is near impossible.  Read More »