The Mandalorian Fan Service

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, a video essay explores how The Mandalorian uses fan service references on the planet Tatooine in a more effective way than in previous Star Wars projects. Plus, Aaron Sorkin breaks down his career, including A Few Good Men and The Social Network, and Moonbase 8 stars John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

west wing reunion trailer

A trailer for the somewhat clunkily-titled A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote gives us a glimpse at the West Wing reunion that brings back the cast of the hit series for a very special cause. The reunion will have the original cast members in a stage production of the West Wing episode “Hartsfield’s Landing”, all in the name of raising awareness and support for When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama which was founded to increase participation in every election in America.

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the west wing reunion special

Only the greatest political emergency can bring the Bartlet administration back together for the first time in 17 years — and this election year definitely qualifies. The cast of Aaron Sorkin‘s beloved political drama The West Wing are reuniting in an HBO Max special, which will premiere on the platform on October 15, just two weeks before the November presidential elections. HBO Max announced the October premiere date of A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote with a photo of star Martin Sheen back behind the desk.

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west wing reunion

The Bartlet Administration is back. Sort of.

HBO Max will stage a reunion of The West Wing for the first time in 17 years, with creator Aaron Sorkin and the original cast all coming together for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote. The reunion is to benefit When We All Vote, a non-profit org founded by Michelle Obama to inspire voter participation in every election. And in case you forgot, there’s a pretty big election coming up.

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protest donations

As protests continued across every state in the nation, some people in the film and TV world decided to use their privilege for a good cause. Indie distributor A24 released a list of worthwhile organizations they’ve donated to while the cast and creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine donated $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network. Meanwhile, Bad Robot and the Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation have pledged $10 million to organizations and efforts committed to anti-racist agendas.

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the west wing streaming

HBO Max, the new streaming service from Warner Bros., is slowly building up its content. While many new streaming services are heavily focused on creating new original programming, HBO Max is happy to add pre-existing titles. They already have Friends and The Big Bang Theory locked down, and now they’re adding another popular show: The West Wing. Aaron Sorkin‘s political drama, which seems more and more like fantasy these days, is currently available to stream on Netflix. But come next year, you’ll find The West Wing streaming on HBO Max.

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The 15 Best Christmas TV Episodes Streaming Right Now

christmas tv episodes

With presents nestled under the Christmas tree and family members to avoid, what better time to pop in an episode of your favorite show? While holiday-themed episodes are often hit-or-miss, they’ve also churned out some of the best hours and half-hours of television that you can throw on in the background while you wrap your presents.

Christmas-themed TV episodes offer a wonderful alternative to the myriad of saccharine Christmas movies, with stories ranging from profoundly uplifting to hopelessly bleak. A good chaser after watching The Holiday for the umpteenth time.

Here is a list of the best holiday-themed episodes that you can find streaming online now.

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The Office Revival

This year NBC is bringing back the fan favorite sitcom Will & Grace for a new season, and they’re so happy with the proceedings that they’ve already ordered a second season of more episodes. But that might just be the first of several revivals the network brings to the table.

During publicity rounds at the Television Critics Association panels, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt revealed the network’s strong interest in bringing back the hit comedies The Office and 30 Rock at some point, as well as the staple political drama The West Wing and medical drama ER. Find out more below. Read More »

aaron sorkin screenwriting tips

I’ve rarely felt this annoyed in a movie theater. Next to me, during a screening of Steve Jobs, an elderly couple loudly whispers comments to each other every few minutes. With each line of dialogue they distract me from basking in, the more frustrated I grow. I’m afraid to ask them to keep quiet — not because I care how they’ll react, but out of fear of missing another line from the movie.

Aaron Sorkin writes anti-bathroom break movies. You don’t want to miss a scene or a line of his, especially in the case of his latest piece of work, the breathless, unrelentingly paced, and intricately structured Steve Jobs. By now, such an exciting piece of drama seems like a foregone conclusion from one of Hollywood’s most prolific, acclaimed, and all-around successful screenwriters. But past and present interviews with him have revealed not only how he pulls off these feats of genius, but how to start if you’re trying to create your own.

After the jump, learn writing tips from Steve Jobs screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Whether you like spiteful Philadelphians or vengeful Romans, there’s something for you here. After the jump:

  • Louis CK, Bryan Cranston, and Rian Johnson score DGA noms
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is getting its own beer
  • Revolution, Political Animals, and more are coming to Netflix
  • Fox’s late-night animation block will kick off this summer
  • Fox’s In Living Color reboot is not going to happen
  • Read one fan’s argument that it’s OK if NBC kills Community
  • Is ABC’s Happy Endings in danger of getting cancelled?
  • The casting search for Dexter Season 8 offers some plot hints
  • Spartacus: War of the Damned has a bloody new trailer

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