willy wonka and the chocolate factory 50th anniversary reunion

Fifty years ago, Gene Wilder did a somersault down a red carpet while sporting a top hat and purple velvet suit before opening the gates to invite viewers into the wonderful, whimsical world of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Director Mel Stuart delivered a fantastic fantasy film with artistic set design, colorful costumes, and cooky characters that still entertain audiences to this day. To celebrate the film’s 50-year release, the lucky golden ticket winners themselves got together to reminisce working on the magical movie.

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Willy Wonka 50th Anniversary Retrospective

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, listen as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory director Mel Stuart reflects on the making of the delicious movie for its 50th anniversary. Plus, see how The Birdcage compares to the 1978 film upon which it’s based, La Cage Aux Folles. And finally, watch a dramatic TV actors roundtable with Rege-Jean Page, Jonathan Majors, Chris Rock and more. Read More »

The Best Movies Leaving HBO Max in June 2021

movies leaving hbo max in june 2021

We’re approaching the halfway point of 2021, and if part of your New Year’s resolution was to watch the 2006 Robin Williams family comedy RV on HBO Max, I’m sad to say that your window to do that is rapidly closing. Here are some of the best movies leaving HBO Max in June 2021, followed by the complete list of films that are vacating the service next month. Read More »

The Best Movies Leaving HBO Max in February 2021

movies leaving HBO max in february 2021

We’re about to head into February, which means another vicious cycle of titles will soon be exiting streaming services. Here’s a look at the best movies leaving HBO Max in February 2021 – and some of these disappear in less than a month, so if you want to catch them while they’re still available, you better get to watchin’!
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wonka prequel

Hollywood loves brand awareness. They love it more than life itself. A studio is far more likely to give a green light to an established property than to something fresh and original, because that’s just how it goes. It’s nothing new – Tinseltown has been doing this for decades. But that doesn’t make it any less draining. The latest example: Wonka, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel movie that explores the origins of chocolatier and child murderer Willy Wonka. It sounds unnecessary, but there’s one silver lining: Paul King, the filmmaker behind the wonderful Paddington films, is at the helm.

If that news sounds familiar, that’s because this movie has been in the works for some time now. But now it has a release date.

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Movie Scenes That Scared Kids

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 supercut of movie moments that probably scared the hell out of you as a kid, including clips from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Dark Crystal, and more. Plus, take a close look at the model miniatures used to make Moon, and watch the first full episode of Syfy’s new comedy series The Movie Show. Read More »

2019 Hallmark Movie Ornaments

It may only be mid-November, but people are already getting out their Christmas and holiday decorations up a little bit early. Maybe it’s because each new day brings with it another nightmare that we just want a little bit of cheer greeting us each day. No matter the reason, Hallmark is helping beef up your Christmas tree again this year with a new set of Keepsake Ornaments.

We’ve already featured a bunch of ornaments from Star Wars, Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios and DC Comics. Now we have an assortment of miscellaneous movie-inspired ornaments from a variety of our favorite movies, including Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jurassic Park, A Christmas Story, and more. Check them all out below. Read More »

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory SNL Sketch

A new Saturday Night Live aired over the weekend, the first of three episodes closing out 2018 with a bang. First-time host Claire Foy (The Girl in the Spider’s Web, First Man) was a satisfying guest during a solid episode of the series, which featured two sketches that were very much lined up with our interests and deserved to be singled out.

First up, SNL created a commercial for Netflix and their seemingly endless creation of new streaming content each and every day, including a tease at some of their upcoming projects. But the real treat is a new take on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which explores the more disturbing side of living with in a house where all four of your grandparents sleep together  in the same bed. Read More »

Harry Potter Sound Design

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 dives into the difficult task of sound design on the Harry Potter franchise. Plus, another video wonders if Snowpiercer is secretly a sequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx teach you medieval slang to use on your friends. Read More »

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Willy Wonka remake

Great, another Willy Wonka reimagining! If the Gene Wilder classic and the goofball Tim Burton take on the Roald Dahl children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory weren’t enough for you, you’re in luck. A new Willy Wonka movie is in the works, with Paddington director Paul King set to helm.

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