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, for the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, the animated shorts of Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures tackles The Battle of Hoth. Plus, learn the history of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin located at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, and listen to Nicholas Hoult break down the most memorable characters in his career, from About a Boy to X-Men and more. Read More »
Remember Warm Bodies? It was the original zomcom, focusing on Nichols Hoult as a zombie known only as “R,” who is slowly becoming more self-aware and less undead-like. When he encounters a living girl (Teresa Palmer) from a nearby group of survivors, she’s the only one who sees that some of the zombies seem to be turning less monstrous as time goes on. Now the unique horror romantic comedy will get a TV series adaptation from Lionsgate. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you think the zombie movie is dead, you’re not alone.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opened with a thud this past weekend. The shambling undead have become television fixtures thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead, which has dominated the zombie conversation for so long that the genre has stopped feeling special. Countless new movies have been rightfully accused of repeatedly treading on familiar ground, riffing on a template that George Romero built with Night of the Living Dead decades ago and refusing to try anything truly new. For many, the mere thought of a new zombie movie sounds exhausting, boring.
But like all horror subgenres, a zombie movie is only as good and as unique as its makers are ambitious and clever. I’ve rounded up a group of zombie movies, some older and some new, that don’t play by the traditional rules. These are the movies that allow me to keep my faith in zombie movies alive and well, so consider these the antidote to everything else that has been frustrating you lately.
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Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
We’ve got some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump:
- Jennifer Aniston makes a Horrible Bosses 3 casting suggestion
- Scooby-Doo and WrestleMania will team up once more
- Den DeBlois gives a How to Train Your Dragon 3 status update
- Producer wants Jonathan Levine to write Warm Bodies 2
- That “leaked” Ghostbusters 3 script from 2009 is a fake
- Now You See Me 2 makes room for Sanaa Lathan
- Andy Serkis says the Apes franchise might go beyond a trilogy
- Flip through some Night at the Museum 3 character posters
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Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s no coincidence that the official website for author Isaac Marion includes glowing blurbs from both Stephenie Meyer and Simon Pegg. Marion’s novel Warm Bodies, and Jonathan Levine‘s film adaptation of same, owes as much to Twilight as it does Shaun of the Dead. It attempts to infuse some self-aware humor into a tale of star-crossed inter-species romance. Ultimately, however, the combination turns out to be less than the sum of its parts.
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Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Both paranormal romances and zombie thrillers have abounded on the big screen in recent years, but next year’s Warm Bodies promises to do something a little different by combining the two subgenres.
Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50) based on the book by Isaac Marion, the zom-rom-com follows an unlikely relationship between the handsome-but-undead R (Nicholas Hoult) and the very-much-alive Julie (Teresa Palmer). The promos we’ve seen so far suggest a movie that’s equal parts sweet and funny. Now the first four minutes have come online, giving us a better look at R and the grim, gray world he inhabits.
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There’s a short new trailer for Warm Bodies, the zombie romantic comedy from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness), starring Nicholas Hoult as a zombie who falls for a human girl (Teresa Palmer). It’s the classic wrong side of the tracks romantic setup, complete with the girl’s father (John Malkovich) being a guy who is opposed — really, violently opposed — to the idea of their relationship.
Malkovich gets a bit more play in this trailer, which, despite being only one minute long, is probably more effective than the first longer spot for the film was. Read More »
As a genre, the zombie film is pretty thoroughly mined at this point. There has even been a zombie romantic comedy (or zom-rom-com) that made a few fans. You’ve probably seen Shaun of the Dead four or five times by now.
But Warm Bodies, from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) might not be as redundant as the idea of another zom-rom-com might seem. It plays with the tropes of rom-coms and zombie films even more, creating an exaggerated “wrong side of the tracks” romance where, in this case, the “track” in question is actually the line between life and death.
See, Nicholas Hoult is a zombie, but when he meets Teresa Palmer, his heart starts to beat again. Her father, John Malkovich, isn’t too keen on this. Eventually, it seems other zombies are edging back towards life, too, but in the meantime there’s some weird comedy and romance to play with. Two trailers for the film have hit today, and through them you can start to get an idea of how the mix all works. Read More »
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If you have any spare sympathy cards lying around, might want to address one to Nicholas Hoult. The actor had a good turn last year in X-Men: First Class, and had two films set to release in 2012: Jack the Giant Killer and Warm Bodies. But last month Jack was pushed to March 2013, and now Warm Bodies has been pushed from August 10 of this year to February 1 of 2013. Read More »
Summit today dropped a bunch of high-res images from the studio’s slate for much of 2012. We’ve seen images from a few of these films — Gone, with Amanda Seyfried, the (sorta) zombie rom-com Warm Bodies with Nicholas Hoult, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman — but here are a few new stills. There are also shots from Man on a Ledge (for which we’ve seen a trailer and is already screening — it’s a solid little b-movie) and some debut shots from the Ethan Hawke thriller Sinister. Read More »