Movies Leaving Netflix In July

It’s time to say “so long” to some great titles on Netflix. There’s always a chance some of these films will be back on the streaming service in the near future, but for now, they’re hitting the old dusty trail. These are best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in July 2019.

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All That Outtakes

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 series of throwback outtakes and bloopers from the original iteration of the Nickelodeon sketch series All That. Plus, watch a video essay that attempts to fix some of the shortcomings in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, and Tig Notaro has no idea who Modern Family star Julie Bowen is, but she tries to figure it out. Read More »

the matrix reboot

Update: A representative for Chad Stahelski has reached out and let us know that the initial report was inaccurate. His comments were in response to a hypothetical scenario were the Wachowskis would be involved and he did not confirm them being attached to the new film. Our original article follows below.

When Warner Bros. announced that a reboot of The Matrix was in early stages of development, fans of the game-changing sci-fi action movie awoke from their stupor — only for excitement to abate when it was reported that the Wachowskis would not be involved. But The Matrix reboot may have gotten the filmmakers on board after all, according to John Wick 3 director and former Matrix stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski.

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Warner Bros Movie Prop Warehouse

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 tour of Warner Bros. Pictures old movie prop warehouse featuring iconic pieces from movies like Batman, the Harry Potter franchise, The Matrix, and more. Plus, check out Shazam! star Zachary Levi’s man cave in his garage where he seems to be a bit of a doomsday prepper, and find out some things you might not know about Quantum Leap. Read More »

It’s been two decades since viewers chose the red pill and entered the science-fiction world of The Matrix. David, Devindra, Jeff are joined by David Sims, film critic for the Atlantic and co-host of Blank Check podcast, to chase the white rabbit and discuss The Matrix’s lasting impact on film culture today.

Read David Sim’s writing in The Atlantic on why a movie like The Matrix might never be made again, Mark Harris’s piece in Vulture on how The Matrix built our reality-denying world, and Emily Sandalwood’s article in Vox on how the film influenced her own trans experience.

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Will Smith wasn’t the only big name to turn down Neo in The Matrix. It turns out there was a whole line of A-list celebrities that Warner Bros. went through before finally settling on Keanu Reeves, who went on to become the face of the multimillion dollar franchise. But that face almost looked completely different — though certainly familiar to Reeves fans.

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future of warner bros

In the mid-to-late 2000s, Warner Bros. couldn’t be stopped. They were releasing hit after hit – big moneymakers like Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, the Harry Potter movies, and The Hangover, branding themselves as a filmmaker-friendly studio that would foster creativity and support directors in their visions. Compare that with, say, the colossal behind-the-scenes mess associated with Suicide Squad, and it’s clear that something changed.

But the studio hopes to return to those golden days, and they’re going to do it by focusing on making good movies instead of getting caught up in how much one of their DC superhero films connects with another. Read a new quote from WB head Kevin Tsujihara below, which also includes his desire to make more Mad Max and The Matrix films.
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Why Will Smith Turned Down ‘The Matrix’

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It’s a well-known piece of film trivia that Will Smith turned down The Matrix. It’s up there on the list of other famous almost-casts: Molly Ringwald could have been in Pretty Woman, Eric Stoltz was Marty McFly for a few weeks of filming.

But Smith missing out on the role of Neo in The Matrix always seemed especially tragic considering he turned it down to star in the biggest bomb of his early career, Wild Wild West. “I’m not proud of it,” Smith said of the Western comedy in the latest entry of his YouTube “Storytime” series. In addition to the Wild Wild West apology, Smith goes into detail about why he turned down The Matrix, and why he’s ultimately happy he did.

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franchise remake poll

Doc Brown may have hit it on the nose when he wildly guessed that there was a problem with Earth’s gravitational pull in the future, because there’s something off in Hollywood in 2018. We’ve had an influx of remakes and reboots of well-known and little-known franchises, all for the sake of nostalgia. But for some reason, we’re clamoring for more.

A new poll reveals that the next movie franchise remake that audiences want is Back to the Future. That, and a slew of other titles like The Matrix and The Hunger Games, because we can’t ever let things die. See the results of the franchise remake poll below.

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Why Jet Li Turned Down a Role in ‘The Matrix’

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The Matrix seemed like a franchise tailor-made for Jet Li. The Wachowskis‘ mind-bending sci-fi series that began in 1999 featured brooding heroes in black coats with insane martial arts skills — all elements that Li had down pat.

And the Chinese action star was actually offered a part as Seraph in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, only to turn it down. But he has a good reason for turning down a part in the defining sci-fi franchise of the ’90s and early 2000s.

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