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, check out nearly four dozen Easter eggs from the latest trailer for the upcoming seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Plus, listen as Will Ferrell tells some stories from behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live, and retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink breaks down combat scenes in movies like Lone Survivor, American Sniper, and more.
First up, Screen Crush takes a closer look at the trailer for the seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for some extra details and Easter eggs. For example, at an important strategy meeting between Jedi and Clone Troopers, you can spot a young Caleb Dume, who you know better as Star Wars Rebels hero Kanan Jarrus.
Next up, Will Ferrell tells stories from his days at Saturday Night Live. Find out why he wore the same outfit from one of his sketches everyday for a year, what he used to do in the writer’s room as Lisa Kudrow’s brother Chip Kudrow, and how he interrupted Puff Daddy’s rehearsal as a weird character named Ron. There’s even some video of the latter escapade.
Finally, retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink has plenty of experience in the field, so GQ had him break down the accuracy and realism of combat scenes from military dramas like American Sniper, Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips, Navy SEALs, Act of Valor and Lone Survivor. What do they get right, and what do they get wrong? Find out above.
The 2010s were a banner decade for female directors. Despite the still abysmally low number of women working behind the camera, women directors have made significant strides in Hollywood and across the globe, earning as much or even more acclaim — and now, as much money — as their male counterparts.
In just the past decade, which came off of Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, Greta Gerwig became the new generation’s rising star, Patty Jenkins became the highest-paid female director working in Hollywood, and acclaimed indie filmmakers like Chloe Zhao and Ava DuVernay used their weight to land high-profile superhero jobs or boost other rising diverse directors. We still have a long way to go, but the glass ceiling has already started to accumulate plenty of cracks.
So without further ado, here are the best female directed movies of the decade, listed in alphabetical order.
Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Is the U.S. Senate secretly working for Team Affleck? Certainly not, but they couldn’t have helped Argo more if they’d tried. Heading into prestige pic season, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty looked like a strong contender for several top prizes. Then came the controversies over the film’s inaccuracies and its portrayal of torture, culminating in a formal investigation by the U.S. Senate into the Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal‘s relationship with the CIA.
All that hoopla may have crippled the film’s awards chances, and indeed it walked away from Sunday’s Oscars with just one lone Oscar for sound editing. Naturally, the Senate has now dropped its probe into the matter without revealing any of its findings. Hit the jump for more details.
Posted on Sunday, February 24th, 2013 by David Chen
Dave, Devindra, Germain, and Russ chat about their thoughts on this year’s Academy Awards. How funny and offensive was Seth MacFarlane? Who still remembers Chicago? What the hell were Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy doing up there? Tune in and find out!
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Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
In the last major pre-Oscars guild awards, the WGA followed the PGA, the DGA, and the SAG (not to mention the HFPA, the BAFTA, and most every other film-related acronym you can think of) in feting Argo, this time for the excellent adapted screenplay by Chris Terrio. Mark Boal‘s Zero Dark Thirty nabbed the original screenplay award, but at this point Argo seems a virtual lock to pick up Best Picture come Sunday.
Meanwhile, Malik Bendjelloul‘s documentary Searching for Sugar Man continued its winning streak, while critical faves Breaking Bad, Louie, and Girls all emerged victorious in the television categories. Hit the jump to see the winners.
Zach Galifianakis‘ talk show Between Two Ferns made its triumphant return to Funny Or Die yesterday with a special Oscar Buzz Edition.
In Part one of this special, which we posted yesterday, Galifianakis talked to Oscar contenders Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining Playbook), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Naomi Watts (The Impossible) and Amy Adams (The Master).
Today we bring you Part 2 of the hilariously and awkwardly interview series, this time featuring Bradley Cooper (Silver Lining Playbook), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Sally Field (Lincoln) and another special guest from Lincoln. Watch part two of the interview special after the jump.
Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s a given that any film “based on a true story” will harbor several inaccuracies, from minor factual errors to wholesale fabrications. But perhaps because it’s based on such recent events, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty has attracted more than its fair share of controversy over its portrayal of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Some have decried its use of artistic license, others have commended it for its attention to detail, still others have wondered if Bigelow knew too much, and so on.
Now a guy who should really know what he’s talking about is weighing in on the issues. In a new interview, the SEAL Team 6 member who actually shot and killed the terrorist leader offers his two cents regarding Zero Dark Thirty‘s relationship to real-life events. In a nutshell: “They Hollywooded it up some.” Hit the jump to keep reading.
We’ve got a bunch of cool movie art for you today. The Academy and Gallery1988 commissioned a small group of artists to create original screen prints inspired by this year’s nine Best Picture nominees. After the jump you can see some of them, including:
AMOUR by artist Matt Owen, ARGO by Anthony Petrie, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Rich Kelly, DJANGO UNCHAINED by Mark Englert, LES MISÉRABLES by Phantom City Creative, LINCOLN by Jeff Boyes, LIFE OF PI by Tom Whalen, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Joshua Budich and ZERO DARK THIRTY by Godmachine.
Gallery1988 has tweeted that “this is just the start” and there will be “more soon” including a tweet teasing the appearance of popular artist Olly Moss. The G1988 x The Academy show will run February 14th to the 17, with more details coming soon. See the first batch of art after the jump.