Put Taika Waititi and Stephen Merchant in a room together, and what do you get? Pure comedic chaos, as the Jojo Rabbit director and his star exchange jokes, draw mustaches on each other, and swing unpredictably from jokey banter to serious filmmaking conversations in a Vanity Fair scene breakdown — much like the tone of Waititi’s World War II satire itself. But watch this Jojo Rabbit scene breakdown long enough and you’ll see Merchant and Waititi get serious about the heartfelt themes at the center of this film, and address the criticisms that have been lobbied against the Nazi comedy.
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It’s a little too early in awards season to make any grand claims about frontrunners and whatnot, but word on the street is that Jojo Rabbit will very likely be a key player when the time comes, and a new featurette with director Taika Waititi introducing the film’s cast shows us why.
Based on Christine Leunens’s book Caging Skies, the film follows a young German boy named Jojo (newcomer Roman Griffin Davis) who finds himself questioning the Nazi principles being instilled in him at a young age when he encounters a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) being hidden in their attic by his mother (Scarlett Johansson). Oh, and did we mention that this is a comedy that makes Nazis look like complete fools and pushes forth a message of love and acceptance? Watch below! Read More »
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, check out a bunch of Spider-Man Far From Home trailer Easter eggs and hidden details you might have missed in the new trailer. Plus, The Office UK co-creator Stephen Merchant talks about how technology has changed the idea of fame and how to live with it, and Zac Efron and Lily Collins break down a scene from Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. Read More »
The marketing for Fighting With My Family isn’t shy pushing the Based On A True Story angle, because that’s the type of feel-good entertainment that gets butts in seats. The Stephen Merchant comedy about wrestler Paige and her rise to fame. A new Fighting With My Family featurette peels back the gauzy biopic curtain to focus on the real true story that inspired the film. Check it out below.
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Through his years of work as a writer, director, and producer (and eventually performer) on such television series as The Office, Extras, Life’s Too Short, and Hello Ladies, Stephen Merchant has proven to be not just one of the great makers of comedy currently working, but also a craftsman of awkward moments. And few moments in life are more awkward than the ones with have with our family, which may have been one of the reasons Dwayne Johnson hand-picked his Tooth Fairy co-star to write and direct Fighting with My Family, the surprisingly engaging and moving film about real-life WWE wrestler Paige (real name Saraya-Jade Bevis and played by Florence Pugh in a career-making turn) and her journey from growing up in a wrestling family in Norwich, England to becoming one of the most successful and popular female wrestlers of all time.
Only Merchant’s second feature film as writer/director (following 2010’s Cemetery Junction), this features a note-perfect group of actors playing Paige’s family, including Nick Frost and Lena Headey as her parents and Jack Lowden (Dunkirk) as brother Zak, who also dreamed of becoming a part of the WWE, only to see his sister do so instead. As much as the film is about a young woman rising through the ranks of wrestling, at its core, it’s a family drama with a great sense of humor and solid supporting roles from the likes of Vince Vaughn, Julia Davis, and Merchant himself, as well as Johnson popping in as himself at key moments in Paige’s ascent.
/Film spoke with Merchant in Chicago, just days after Fighting with My Family debuted at the Sundance Film Festival as a not-so-secret screening to talk about how The Rock convinced him to return to feature directing, making a movie about wrestlers appeal to non-fans of wrestling, and filming the climactic match in front of an audience of thousands. The film is currently playing in limited release and opens nationwide on February 22, 2019.
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Fighting with My Family is a true underdog story about the amateur female wrestler from the United Kingdom who would go on to become the championship Diva known as Paige. Florence Pugh takes the lead role in the film from writer/director Stephen Merchant (the co-creator of The Office), and one more Fighting with My Family trailer highlights the heartfelt and inspiring wrestling comedy before the film hits theaters this weekend. Watch it below. Read More »
Did you ever dream of becoming a professional wrestler when you were a kid? Well, in the new comedy Fighting with My Family, British siblings Paige (Florence Pugh) and Zak (Jack Lowden) certainly did, and it’s not something that they’ve given up even as they’ve grown into adults. It just so happens that dreams sometime come true, even in 2018, because they get the call from the WWE to come try out for the big leagues. And they somehow get taken under the wing of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But as the Fighting with my Family trailer shows, they’re not both going to become WWE Superstars. Read More »
The cast of Taika Waititi‘s World War II comedy Jojo Rabbit is multiplying like…well, rabbits. British writer/director/actor Stephen Merchant is the latest quirky talent to join the cast. Best known Stateside for his role in last year’s Logan and the short-lived HBO series Hello Ladies, Merchant will be playing a Gestapo agent in the Nazi satire.
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Lisbeth Salander, aka The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is back, and she’s got a whole new look. The Crown actress Claire Foy steps into the role for the new film The Girl In The Spider’s Web, which draws inspiration from Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium trilogy. Watch the Girl In The Spider’s Web trailer below.
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What have we done to deserve Sherlock Gnomes? You know what? Don’t answer that. Gnomeo & Juliet, a very real movie about sentient garden gnomes, was apparently a big enough hit to warrant a sequel. That sequel? Why Sherlock Gnomes, of course! Finally, lawn ornaments and detective work have been combined into a candy color nightmare, and you can share in the nightmare by watching the new Sherlock Gnomes trailer!
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