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 over 150 Star Wars references and Easter eggs from the second season of The Mandalorian. Plus, learn about some of the filmmaking tricks and movie magic that went into creating the modern holiday classic Elf, and watch Stephen Colbert have all of The Late Show virtual guests warm up with a little sound sync slate. Read More »

the lord of the rings stephen colbert

Peter Jackson has frequently been asked what his favorite The Lord of the Rings movie is. But rarely has he been asked what his favorite scene from the fantasy epics he shot is. So of course only extreme Lord of the Rings nerd Stephen Colbert could think to ask that question, and to score the director in a parody of the fantasy series made on the very sets and locations where Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films were shot.

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Stop-Motion Animation in Elf

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, learn about the work that went into creating the stop-motion animated elements of Jon Favreau’s modern holiday favorite Elf. Plus, find out how the crew behind Unsolved Mysteries actually finds the stories that are featured on the program, and listen as The Late Show host Stephen Colbert answers the Proust Questionnaire to reveal the nature of his true self. Read More »

Too Funny to Fail: The Rise and Fall of The Dana Carvey Show

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Fresh off a successful run on Saturday Night Live, comedian Dana Carvey was hired by ABC to create a new sketch show. Armed with a writers room that included a Murderer’s Row of up-and-coming talent such as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Charlie Kaufman, and more, the show aimed to fly high on primetime. So how did The Dana Carvey Show crash and burn so spectacularly while still launching the careers of some of today’s most respective comedians? The documentary Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show will tell you everything you need to know.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: There are plenty of examples about miraculous showbiz success in Hollywood. But the more interesting stories often come from colossal failures. The Dana Carvey Show is perhaps the best example of falling upwards, and the chronicle of the show’s promising rise and frustrating fall is full of some of the best showbiz anecdotes I’ve ever heard. We’re talking about a show that premiered on ABC by having Dana Carvery as a breast-feeding Bill Clinton, complete with real-working nipples that actually dripped milk. That’s where the show started on a network that had just been purchased by The Walt Disney Company. Read More »

stephen colbert election special

Stephen Colbert is heading back to Showtime for another live election night special. Hopefully, the results of this year’s will be better than the last one. In a wordy but appropriately urgently titled special called Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning late night host Stephen Colbert will react in real-time to election results as the state-by-state returns come in. See the Stephen Colbert election special teaser below.

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Stephen Colbert and James Corden Return to Studio

Production on all movies and TV shows was shut down in early April when the coronavirus pandemic started spreading quickly across the United States. However, late night television was able to make a comeback by producing episodes remotely. Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Conan O’Brien, and Samantha Bee, hosted their shows from the comfort of their home and had guests appear through video chat. But two of them will be returning to the studio soon.

ViacomCBS has revealed that both The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden will no longer be produced from the hosts’ homes. Instead, they’ll be returning to the studio, but they won’t be returning to show business as usual. Find out more below. Read More »

Colbert Saved by the Bell

While we’re all sitting around daydreaming about an alternate reality in which the coronavirus doesn’t exist, it may be interesting to mix it up for a second and try to envision a world in which Samuel “Screech” Powers – the scrawny, Lisa Turtle-obsessed goofball on Saved by the Bell – was played by late night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert instead of actor Dustin Diamond. Colbert says he auditioned for the role of Screech in the 1980s and was rejected for a pretty humorous reason. Watch him tell the story below. Read More »

Colbert's Lord of the Rings Spin-Off

Talk show host Stephen Colbert is well-established as one of the world’s preeminent scholars of the works of author J.R.R. Tolkien (well, at least in the pop culture realm). He reads Tolkien’s Elvish language, has interviewed Smaug, and is such a big fan that he even scored an extremely brief role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as “Laketown spy.” Colbert recently took his show to New Zealand, where he met back up with director Peter Jackson and pitched him a whole new Lord of the Rings spin-off trilogy about his character, who Colbert imagines is revealed to be Aragorn’s hotter twin brother.  Read More »

the crown season 3 teaser

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Sarah Silverman strikes a deal for a late-night series pilot and stand-up comedy special with HBO.
  • Heather Graham joins The Stand.
  • What We Do in the Shadows season 2 has started production.
  • Stephen Colbert will host The Late Show until at least 2023.
  • Kurt Sutter has bee fired for being a jerk.
  • There will be a dramatic TV series based on Clueless for some reason.
  • A TV adaptation of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical will air on Nickelodeon.
  • The Crown season 3 now has a regal poster.
  • Bless the Harts renewed for a second season.
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has also been renewed for a second season.

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Star Trek Picard Props and Costume Tour

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, watch a tour of the props and costumes from the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard. Plus, get some laughs from the blooper reel for the third season of The Good Place, and Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon recreate The NeverEnding Story musical moment from the final episode of season three of Stranger Things. Read More »