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, get caught up on the Predator franchise before the latest installment arrives in theaters this week. Plus, meet the man behind the voice of Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger too), and watch the pitch for Paul Feig‘s thriller A Simple Favor starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. Read More »
After debuting in the top spot last weekend with $61.2 million, two new wide releases couldn’t stop Tom Cruise and his Impossible Mission Force from taking the #1 spot again. Mission: Impossible – Fallout earned an estimated $35 million in its second weekend, enough to stop the family friendly Christopher Robin and even a couple of amateur secret agents in the form of Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon in The Spy Who Dumped Me. Read More »
Marc Forster has one of the most varied resumes of any director in Hollywood. It’s not often you find someone who’s helmed a James Bond movie (Quantum of Solace), quiet dramas (Finding Neverland), an unconventional comedy (Stranger Than Fiction), a full-fledged zombie movie (World War Z), and a live-action/CG Disney hybrid.
Unlike many of Disney’s recent live-action fairy tale movies, Christopher Robin isn’t a remake or even a loose adaptation of an earlier animated project. This one is a new story that basically boils down to Hook, But With Winnie The Pooh: an adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), who spends too much time working and not enough time with his family, encounters his childhood pals Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger, and learns to shift his understanding of what’s truly important in life. I spoke with Forster on the phone earlier this week to ask him about stepping into the Disney machine, if the Paddington franchise impacted this film at all, a random Gladiator reference he snuck into this movie, and more. Read our full Marc Forster interview below. Read More »
Just when you thought 2018 couldn’t get any stranger, Winnie the Pooh has become a polarizing political figure…in China? And it’s not because of his lack of pants, nor his habit of stealing honey from bees (what’s up with that, Pooh!), but because he apparently has a striking resemblance to the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping. Because of that, a Christopher Robin China release has been denied by the country, as the Chinese government cracks down on all images of the silly old bear.
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Disney has released a new extended Christopher Robin sneak peek ahead of the film’s release next week. Chock full of sweet nostalgia and honeyed interactions between Ewan McGregor‘s titular Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh, the sneak peek expands upon what we’ve seen in the trailers to give us a fuller picture of the big-screen adventure that the residents of the 100-Acre Wood find themselves on.
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This summer will be full of blockbuster action, but once the season starts to wind down, things will get a little more quiet and charming thanks to the return of a certain silly old bear.
Christopher Robin finds Disney doing their own rendition of Hook with the titular human friend of Winnie the Pooh (and all his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood) being all grown up, played by Ewan McGregor and having nearly forgotten about all the good times he had with the honey-loving bear who doesn’t wear any pants. A new Christopher Robin trailer has just arrived, and this movie looks absolutely delightful. Read More »
As Disney continues its reign of box office domination, one of the most effective tools in the studio’s arsenal has been the live-action adaptation of a classic animated property. Beauty and the Beast is the latest example, pulling in over a billion dollars worldwide (and counting), but there are plenty more where that came from.
One of the many in development is Christopher Robin, a live-action Winnie the Pooh sequel that follows an adult version of Pooh’s best friend. A new report states that Beauty and the Beast star Ewan McGregor is set to play the title character…does that bode well for a Star Wars spinoff centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi? Read on for the Ewan McGregor Christopher Robin news.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Angie Han
This month, Beauty and the Beast joins Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book on the list of Disney animated features that have undergone live-action makeovers. And over the next few years, that list is only going to grow. It seems like every week brings a major update on yet another Disney fairy tale, and the studio’s already got several dates set aside for these projects through 2019. Let’s take a look at all the Disney live-action remakes in development right now. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Disney is preparing to return to the Hundred Acre Wood. Last year the studio put into development a live-action Winnie the Pooh project centering on the bear’s human pal Christopher, who’s now all grown up and many years removed from his adventures with Pooh and friends. Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) was tapped to write, and as of now Marc Forster (World War Z) has been hired to direct Christopher Robin. Read More »
More than a few people were confused when writer/director Alex Ross Perry signed on to write Disney’s live-action Winnie the Pooh film. Perry is known for his brutal and darkly funny dramas, like the fantastic Listen Up, Phillip, so he isn’t the first name you associate with a property like Winnie the Pooh.
Once you learn what the director’s inspirations are for the live-action Disney film, his involvement in the project makes more sense. After the jump, learn why A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a template for the project.
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