Making of Onward Cinematography

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, the cinematographers behind Pixar’s fantasy adventure Onward deconsrtuct their shot composition, lighting, and more in an extensive featurette. Plus, take a look at nearly four dozen Easter eggs, clues and comic references from the final Black Widow trailer, and listen as The Hobbit star Martin Freeman takes a look back at his career, including the original UK version of The Office. Read More »

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy TV Series

Few writers could turn a phrase quite like the late, great Douglas Adams, whose The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series remains a high watermark for literary comedy and science fiction. Now, we’re greeted with the news that his beloved books are being adapted into a television series on Hulu and I’m reminded of one of his best quotes: “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” 

Substitute “space” for “online streaming” and it still works. Eventually, there will be enough streaming platforms to accommodate series adaptations of every single thing you have ever loved.

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One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. The engineers at Apple have also included a bunch of cool Easter eggs in the results.

For example, when Siri is asked “What’s the best phone?” it says, “Wait… there are other phones?” or when a person says “I love you” to Siri, she responds, “I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones, [NAME]”. When you ask her what her name is, she responds “My name is Siri, but you already knew that.” If you ask who made Siri, she responds “Like it says on the box, I was designed by Apple in California.” And this is only the beginning of a list of funny responses that has been uncovered pre-release.

But best of all, Siri responds to, and references, Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Details after the jump.

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