Ghostbusters VFX

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 vintage featurette on the making of the ghosts, monsters, and visual effects of the original Ghostbusters. Plus, learn how the famous “Oh Yeah” song from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came into existence, and listen to a roundtable discussion hopefully Emmy contenders in TV directing, including Jonathan Nolan (Westworld), Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian), Alex Garland (Devs), and more. Read More »

The Politician Season 2

The first season of Ryan Murphy‘s dramedy series The Politician followed the exploits of the ambitious Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) as he campaigned to become student body president in a Santa Barbara, California high school. It was full of satirical political back-stabbing and double-crossing, not to mention plenty of morally and ethically questionable decisions. The end of the first season paved the way for a college-aged Payton to take it to the next level by becoming a young candidate in the New York State Senate race, and it looks like that race is going to get dirty.

The Politician‘s second season picks up where the first season left off as Payton is in the thick of his campaign against Dede Standish (Judith Light), the Senate Majority Leader who now finds herself at the center of a scandal that leaves her vulnerable to defeat. But she has her loyal Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler), at her side, and they’re not going to let this kid get the better of them. See how the political mudslinging begins in The Politician season 2 trailer below. Read More »

The Politician Trailer

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • A whole bunch of shows recently got renewed.
  • Netflix announces the premiere date of The Politician season 2.
  • Watch the Orphan Black cast get together again (remotely, of course).
  • HBO Max’s underground ballroom community competition series Legendary gets a trailer.
  • ESPN wants to replicate the success of The Last Dance with a docuseries about Tom Brady.
  • Why did Skeet Ulrich leave Riverdale? Because he was bored, that’s why.

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the politician trailer

Bette Midler and Judith Light in power suits? You know they’re here to win. And as the new trailer for Ryan Murphy’s razor-sharp black comedy series says, “the real honor is actually winning.” Midler and Light join the insanely stacked cast of The Politician, which stars Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect) as a wealthy student who dreams of being the President of the United States of America. Watch the new The Politician trailer below.

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The Politician Trailer

Take the attitude of Glee, the rich world of Cruel Intentions, and the wit of Clueless, and you’ve got the new Netflix original comedy series The Politician from executive producer Ryan Murphy.

Pitch Perfect co-star Ben Platt leads the series as a wealthy student who has dreams of being the President of the United States of America. But for now, he has to deal with the cutthroat world of high school politics as he tries to become student body president. As you’ll see in The Politician trailer below, this dark comedy will stab you in the back while shaking hands and kissing babies. Read More »

the politician premiere date

Ryan Murphy signed a huge deal with Netflix, and the first results of that deal will soon be upon us. The Politician, which Murphy co-created with Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, follows the political aspirations of a wealthy Santa Barbarian. The ambitious concept for the show will have each season dealing with a different type of political race the main character is dealing with. First up: Student Body President at his high school. The Politician premiere date has been officially announced by Netflix, along with the full cast.

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The Black List 2013

Most year-end best-of lists consist of things that have already been produced, released, and consumed. But the Black List stands apart in that it’s all about the films that haven’t come out yet. Created by Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic, the annual compilation shines a light on the “most liked” unproduced screenplays of each year, as voted on by hundreds of Hollywood executives.

Not all of these films will get made, let alone made well, but the Black List still serves as a good indication of what projects are being buzzed about. Last year’s list included Transcendence and RodhamDjango Unchained and Saving Mr. Banks were among the highlights the year before that. Three out of the last five Best Picture winners were Black List scripts, as were seven of the past twelve screenwriting Oscar winners. Hit the jump to read titles and descriptions for the 72 that made the cut this year.

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aaron-sorkin-politician

Aaron Sorkin is no stranger to real-life material, political stories, and the topical combination of both. Among his many credits he’s known for political television show The West Wing, and recent feature writing credits include The Social Network, Moneyball and Charlie Wilson’s War — all features based on real life stories.

Now he’s looking to debut as a director with an adaptation of The Politician, which charts the aspirations and downfall of Senator John Edwards, who campaigned for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination. Read More »