VFX Artists React to Harry Potter

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, see what visual effects artists think of the work done on the Harry Potter film franchise over the years. Plus, watch a nearly hour-long Q&A hangout session with the cast of Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. And finally, take a look behind the scenes at the reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish attraction at Disneyland Read More »

Christmas Carol Musical Spirited

Spirited, the expensive musical remake of A Christmas Carol headed to Apple TV+ with Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, might add Octavia Spencer into the mix. The Oscar-winning actress is reportedly in talks to join the film in what sounds like an update of the Bob Cratchit-inspired figure who works with Reynolds’ Scrooge-like character.

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A Night at the Roxbury

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The Movie: A Night at the Roxbury

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

The Pitch: Despite being well into adulthood, brothers Doug (Chris Kattan) and Steve Butabi (Will Ferrell) still live at home and work in the flower shop owned by their dad (Dan Hedaya). They exist only to hit on women at discos, though they’re routinely unsuccessful until a chance run-in with Richard Grieco (Richard Grieco) gets them inside the swank Roxbury club. Mistaken for high rollers, they meet their dream women, and resolve to open a club of their own.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Movies based on Saturday Night Live sketches are rather difficult to pull off simply because it’s hard to expand a premise for a sketch that lasts only a few minutes into a full-fledged feature film. One of the less commendable attempts is undoubtedly A Night at the Roxbury starring Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as the club-hopping, head-nodding losers who are always trying to dance with hot ladies with zero success. There’s no way that I can call this movie essential viewing, but I can tell you that I shamelessly love this stupid comedy thanks to the dimwitted antics of Ferrell and Kattan, who make for a hilarious pair of brothers whose arrested development results in some immature but entertaining gags. Read More »

Elf Monopoly

Right now, all eyes are on Jon Favreau‘s work on the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, but as we get closer to the holidays, fans will be digging into the director’s modern holiday classic Elf. The movie is played endlessly during the Christmas season, and this year you can take your love of Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf to the next level.

This year, fans will be able to play a special Elf version of the classic board game Monopoly, featuring familiar locations and settings from the film. Plus, while you’re arguing about how much money you own for landing on whatever the Elf equivalent of Boardwalk will be, you’ll be able to munch on some Elf breakfast cereal from General Mills. Read More »

Awkwafina Sandra Oh

Awkwafina (Crazy Rich AsiansThe Farewell) and Sandra Oh (Killing EveSideways) are set to star in a new untitled comedy from Netflix. The two actresses will play sisters in the movie, and they’ll both produce alongside comedy legend Will Ferrell. Get some plot details about the new project below. Read More »

Stranger Than Fiction - Will Ferrell

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Stranger Than Fiction

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: What happens when a man suddenly starts to hear someone narrating his life as if he were the main character in a story? That’s exactly what happens to IRS auditor Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), and as if hearing a female voice describing everything he was doing wasn’t bad enough, she’s also made him out to be an ill-fated protagonist, and his death is imminent. It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, “There are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.”

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Will Ferrell is best known for his raucously hilarious comedic roles in Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and other comedies. But in 2006, Stranger Than Fiction saw Ferrell mix some of his comedic antics with an outstanding dramatic performance that should have earned him an Academy Award nomination. Read More »

Anchorman Funko POPs

San Diego Comic-Con is nearly upon us. Well, this year it’s Comic-Con at Home with a bunch of virtual panels instead of the usual massive gathering of nerds and geeks at the San Diego Convention Center, but we’ll try to make the best of it.

Even though there isn’t a show floor to scour for the usual Comic-Con exclusive merchandise, that’s not stopping the arrival of a new wave of 2020 SDCC exclusive Funko POPs. While this year’s selection feels a little lackluster overall, the introduction of one particular new series of Funko POPs kinda makes up for it. We’re talking about a set of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Funko POPs featuring several different versions of the titular San Francisco news man, and some of the Channel 4 news team. Read More »

Vintage Ghostbusters Featurette

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 1984 featurette on the making of Ghostbusters, revealing funny behind the scenes footage, a look at the creating of sets and props, and more. Plus, Adam Savage shows off the frog props he has from the pivotal scene in Magnolia where they rain down from the sky, and some new stories from behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live are told by John Mulaney, Eddie Murphy, and more. Read More »

Eurovision Movie Music Video

Netflix’s Eurovision movie now has a title and a music video to go with it. The title: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire SagaThe music video: “Volcano Man.” What does any of this mean? Who can say? All we can know for sure is that stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams are decked out in some memorable costumes for a suitably epic – and silly – video.

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The Shrink Next Door is the latest buzz-worthy podcast to find itself turned into a TV series, and now that TV adaptation has a home. Apple TV+ just won a bidding war to land the show, which will reunite Anchorman cast members Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. The true story follows a psychiatrist who slowly takes over the life of his unsuspecting patient.

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