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, a video essay explores the angry young man trope seen in movies like the new Star Wars trilogy, Black Panther, American History X, A Clockwork Orange and more. Plus, an archaeologist reviews scenes about treasure hunting in movies like Riders of the Lost Ark, National Treasure, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and plenty others. And finally, see what Family Feud is like when two different Ent families go head-to-head on Robot Chicken. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Welcome, streaming fans. Once again, I’ve scoured streaming services far and wide to bring you back the best streaming options available to you this week, and beyond. In this edition, you’ll find the sci-fi meditation on grief and love The Fountain, Greta Gerwig‘s acclaimed Lady Bird, the very funny Thor: Ragnarok, the James Dean classic East of Eden, and many more.
These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.
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Audiences weren’t too keen to jump back into the world of Independence Day this past summer. Roland Emmerich‘s all-around underwhelming sequel failed to match half the success of its predecessor. The pricey sequel didn’t connect with audiences, meaning we probably won’t see Independence Day 3‘s intergalactic journey anytime soon. Another sequel we maybe shouldn’t expect from Stonewall director Roland Emmerich? The Stargate one he’s been planning a long time.
Below, learn more about why the Stargate reboot isn’t happening.
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Briefly: Roland Emmerich is rebooting the film Stargate, and his version of the story has a new set of writers. And, no, that’s not a typo — Roland Emmerich did direct the original 1994 film starring Kurt Russell and he is also going to direct this new reboot. Emmerich’s partner Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the original film, is producing this time out.
THR reports the hire. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are the Stargate reboot writers, and if those names sound familiar you might have heard them connected to another Emmerich news thread, concerning the upcoming Independence Day sequel. Woods and Wright have also been working on that sequel, after they came to Emmerich’s attention with an action thriller spec.
This new Stargate film is meant as the first chapter of a new trilogy. There’s no publicly available release date, cast or plotline at this point. The original press release said the upcoming film(s) will be “a new feature film trilogy that reimagines the 1994 film Stargate.”
In a semi-shocking announcement, MGM and Warner Bros. revealed Roland Emmerich will direct a remake of his own 1994 film Stargate. Dean Devlin will be back to produce and the film is being developed with the hopes to be the start of a trilogy.
There’s no word on when this will happen, however, as the release says Emmerich will be shooting Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3 back to back. Read More »
Sci-Fi enthusiast Huston Huddleston happened to fine the Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain’s Bridge in the trash and rescued the touring sets which had been left outside for over 5 years. Both sets were recreated by Paramount in 1998. Huddleston took to Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2012 and raised money to restore the Enterprise-D Bridge, which has since been on the road to over 22 conventions. Huddleston now has a much bigger dream, to open the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum in 2015 on Hollywood Blvd.
The nonprofit educational museum will teach Science Fiction in Film, TV, Art and Literature and Real Space and Science through Sci-Fi. The museum will feature Huston’s finds, along with many other legendary celluloid artifacts along with the first of it’s kind interactive elements to teach anyone about science and space. The project is already backed by Paramount, Google, Bentley Systems, Entertainment Earth and the writers of Star Trek, Battlestar Galatica and more.
Of course, Huddleston has huge dreams which are not achievable at this time, so his new Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop a smaller Hollywood Science Fiction Museum which he believes would open in 2015. The concept art above featuring a giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for the bigger museum project, which Huddleston is planning for 2018. The details and concept art for this museum should excite any sci-fi fan, but I’m a bit skeptical that it will happen. Even a 2018 opening date for a smaller museum seems a bit ambitious to me. Construction takes time and land in Los Angeles isn’t cheap — but I’d love to see it happen (I’m just not sure I’d invest my own money to make it happen). After the jump you can watch the kickstrter video, see more awesome concept art and read the official press release.
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Roland Emmerich was in a scoop-giving mood recently when talking to the UK site The Digital Spy. First up, he revealed while Will Smith was not originally going to come back for the upcoming sequel to Independence Day, the actor might have changed his mind. He then admitted that film could potentially get pushed back to 2016 (despite having a 2015 release date) and finally, he dropped a bomb for Stargate fans.
Apparently Emmerich has approached MGM, which owns the rights to the film, about rebooting the franchise with a whole new trilogy. He will go out to writers soon with the story pitch. Read More »
IO9 has created a handy chart which shows which space movies feature the most common scientific mistakes. It might come as a surprise that Michael Bay’s Armageddon actually fares better than the Star Wars of Alien films. And it comes as no surprise that Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff have been graded a clean bill of accuracy. Hit the jump to see the entire chart.
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On March 25th, we had the opportunity to talk with most of the stars of Grindhouse. We will be posting the interviews leading up until the film’s release on April 6th 2007.
We sat down with Kurt Russell (The Thing, Tombstone, Esacpe from New York) to talk about his role as Stunt Man Mike in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. We talked to Russell about fighting women, hard hitting stunts, the Escape from New York remake, Gerard Butler, picking the good projects, family, Quentin, playing the bad guy, his favorite muscle car and much more.
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