(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 fun animated video puts a new spin of famous movie quotes. Plus, see video from the live Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory concert at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, and check out a special dance-off featuring the four best friends from Stranger Things. Read More »
Almost a year ago, we heard that Warner Bros. was developing a new movie based on the early adventures of Willy Wonka, the enigmatic chocolatier immortalized in the pages of Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and memorably brought to life by the late Gene Wilder in a 1971 movie adaptation. But while movement on that project has been quiet, there’s another new Willy Wonka coming to town.
This November, Full House star John Stamos will star as Willy Wonka live in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Weird Al Yankovic as the Oompa Loompas (?!) and Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard as Charlie Bucket.
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Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe that decline is a fact. But The Simpsons endures. This year is the 25th anniversary of the show, making it the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history.
To celebrate the anniversary, The Simpsons took over legendary Los Angeles concert venue The Hollywood Bowl for a three night concert event called The Simpsons Take the Bowl. Hosted by Hank Azaria (the voice of Moe, Ape, Chief Wiggum and many others), the event featured a slew of guest stars performing songs and score from The Simpsons, with a strong focus on the early years. Mainly, songs from the 1997 album Songs in the Key of Springfield, including The Monorail Song, Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart, The Stonecutters Song, Happy Birthday Lisa and others. This being Hollywood, there were some references to The Simpsons Movie, too, and Hans Zimmer live-conducting the score to the Oscar-nominated short, The Longest Daycare.
Basically, if you loved The Simpsons as a child or adult, it was a simply fantastic evening of entertainment. And, if you couldn’t be there, several of the numbers from the evening have been uploaded online. Check them out below. Read More »
One of the most famous scenes in Mary Harron‘s American Psycho turns in on itself in thanks to Funny or Die. The scene in question finds Christan Bale’s character Patrick Bateman pointing out the cultural and musical value of Huey Lewis and the News while preparing to murder a colleague.
Funny or Die’s version puts Huey Lewis into the Bateman role, turning the scene into a psychopathic cultural ouroboros. But why’s “Weird” Al Yankovic in this parody? I think you already know. Read More »
There are quite a few fans out there to support UHF, the oddball movie from 1989 written by and starring “Weird Al” Yankovic. The singer has been working on a film for Cartoon Network, but recently found that the network abruptly reversed plans to create feature-length live-action content for TV. (Cartoon Network…no live-action…go figure. Though CN is still doing short live-action stuff.) But Yankovic says he’s not giving up on the idea and is pitching it around as a theatrical feature. Read More »
Earlier this month, the Alamo Drafthouse held two sold out screenings of UHF at the huge Paramount Theater with Director Jay Levey and Weird Al Yankovic in attendance. To commemorate the event, MondoTees worked with Jay and Al and come up with a special limited edition poster.
The poster, designed by Rich Kelley, is available as a 18?x24? screen print, hand numbered edition of 200 for only $30. Mondo is also inserting random posters signed by both Al and Jay, and your chances of getting a signed copy are about 1 in 25, so good luck. See the full poster design after the jump.
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Rock musician biopics are pretty foolish. OK, you love a singer or performer and want to see a dramatization of his life, great. No big deal. But after a while they all end up looking alike. I liked Walk the Line just as much as the next guy (OK, maybe less) but we can admit this: these movies are often like endless recombinations of the same elements.
But Weird Al Yankovic…that’s a guy whose life is just screaming to be treated with a high-wattage cast on screen. Why does he love polka? What really went on with Madonna? Was he actually always weird, or just drunk? A new film offers answers. Read More »