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 as the original cast members of The Avengers have their hands and feet immortalized in cement at the historical TCL Chinese Theatre. Plus, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson sling playground insults at each other just for the hell of it, and part of the Avengers: Endgame cast answers the 50 most searched Marvel questions on Google.
Avengers: Endgame Cast Gets Hands and Feet Cemented at Chinese Theatre in Hollywood - YouTube
First up, the original cast members of Marvel’s The Avengers, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner, all had their hands and feet immortalized in cement at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre (which was also featured in Iron Man 3), and Kevin Feige joined them in the ceremony as well.
Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson Insult Each Other | CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE! - YouTube
Next up, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson may be teammates in The Avengers franchise, but for BBC Radio, the two had no problem throwing out some playground insults at each other. Hemsworth throws some insults at Black Widow while Johansson makes fun of the actor’s bleached eyebrows in the original Thor.
Avengers: Endgame Cast Answer 50 of the Most Googled Marvel Questions | WIRED - YouTube
Finally, Avengers: Endgame cast members Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Danai Gurira, Don Cheadle and Chris Hemsworth sat down to answer the most Googled questions about Marvel. What’s the language they speak in Black Panther? What is Thanos? And most of the other questions are terrible.
Why wasn’t Tom Holland at the Avengers: Endgame premiere? How did Letitia Wright find out Shuri was taken out after the snap in Avengers: Infinity War? What happens when you Google “Thanos” and then use the Infinity Gauntlet? Is there a good time to go to the bathroom during Avengers: Endgame? Want to get another sneak peek at the upcoming Pennyworth series on Epix? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Arrow | Confessions Promo | The CW - YouTube
With a Ninth Circle attack on the way, Team Arrow calls Roy Harper to help them in the next episode of Arrow.
As if there was any doubt, Daredevil star Deborah Ann Woll says there are no talks of the show being revived.
Avengers: Infinity War - (JOKER Style) - YouTube
Watch a trailer for Avengers: Infinity War cut in the style of the first teaser trailer for the new Joker movie.
Batwoman‘s executive producer Sarah Schechtetalked about how they approached not having Batman in it.
Pennyworth (EPIX 2019 Series) Official Teaser #2 – DC Origin Story, Alfred Pennyworth - YouTube
Here’s a new 30-second tease announcing the forthcoming arrival of the Batman prequel series Pennyworth.
One of Steven Spielberg‘s biggest achievements, Saving Private Ryan, will return to theaters to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Spielberg’s 1998 World War II movie earned widespread acclaim, and won the filmmaker an Academy Award for Best Director. Fathom Events will bring the movie back to theaters for two days in June.
On June 2 and June 5, Fathom Events will bring Saving Private Ryan back to the big screen. Per Forbes, the movie will play 600 theaters nationwide, screening at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm on both days. This falls in line with the 75th anniversary of the June, 1944 D-Day invasion. D-Day is vividly, and graphically, recreated in a lengthy opening scene in Saving Private Ryan, in which Tom Hanks and other soldiers dodge bullets, blood spray, shrapnel and more. It’s a harrowing sequence, and a major technical milestone for Spielberg. With these opening minutes alone, Spielberg almost immediately cemented that Private Ryan would go on to become something of a modern-day classic.
“It’s easy to point out a couple of shots that are obviously very graphic, but it’s the accumulation of the sequence on Omaha Beach that’s supposed to help the audience understand the physical experience of combat,” Spielberg said in an interview with Roger Ebert. “I didn’t want to do something I’ve done with many of my other movies – allowing the audience to be spectators. Here I wanted to bring the audience onto the stage with me and demand them to be participants with those kids who had never seen combat before in real life, and get to the top of Omaha Beach together.”
In Saving Private Ryan, “Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.”
Seeing Saving Private Ryan on the big screen again might be a must-attend affair, simply to experience the stunning visuals and impeccable sound design Spielberg and company employed to fully immerse viewers in the world of the movie. Then again, Fathom Events aren’t exactly known for the highest quality presentations. Hopefully there are protocols in place to make sure the big screen return is presented properly.
Netflix has a creepy new show dropping this week: Chambers, starring Uma Thurman. The series follows a young woman who is the recipient of a heart transplant. Rather than just accept her new live-saving operation, the young woman becomes obsessed with trying to find out who the heart came from. The more she digs, however, the more she begins to realize this probably isn’t the best idea. The Chambers featurette below delves into the story.
Chambers | Cast Interview | Inside the Story | Netflix - YouTube
It’s hard to keep track of all the Netflix originals that drop seemingly every day, but Chambers looks interesting. In the series, a 17-year-old girl named Sasha has a heart attack, and ends up receiving a heart transplant from a rich, suburban family. After the surgery, Sasha begins having vision about Becky, the girl who’s heart she received.
Netflix assures you that the series is “guaranteed to give you nightmares”, which is a pretty big boast there, Netflix. In the featurette above, Chambers cast members Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn and Sivan Alyra Rose, along with showrunner Leah Rachel, offer some insight into the show. Everyone involved here promises that the series gets crazier and crazier as the story progresses, and that there’s going to be plenty of supernatural stuff to deal with. I’m sold. This clearly looks like it’s being marketed towards teens, but it also appears to have some gore and weirdness. Plus: Uma Thurman! Here’s the synopsis:
A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister.
Previously, creator Rachel offered this description of the series:
“Taking place in a mystic, New Age pocket of Arizona, Chambers is a psychological horror story that explores the different ways we metabolize trauma. But what starts out as a grounded human story eventually pivots into something far more strange and fucked up than you were expecting.”
Chambers premieres on Netflix April 26, 2019. So if you don’t feel like going out to the movies to see Avengers: Endgame with everyone else, perhaps you can stay in and stream this instead.
Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to say hello to warmer weather, and goodbye to a few movies on Netflix. If you have any of the following films in your queue, and have yet to get around to watching them, you might want to carve out some time. These are best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in May 2019.
Movies Leaving Netflix In May 2019
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Michel Gondry still hasn’t been able to top Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, his incredible 2004 film that teamed him with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Jim Carrey undergoes a procedure to have his ex, Kate Winslet, removed from his memory. This sends Carrey through a dream-like trip through the past, and makes him realize that no matter how heartbroken he may be, he doesn’t want to lose his memories – good or bad. But it might be too late. Trippy, romantic and imaginative, this remains an altogether wonderful film. Catch it before it’s erased from Netflix’s memory.
All of the Jaws movies are currently streaming on Netflix, but all of them will swim off into the sunset in May. Why then, you may be wondering, am I highlighting Jaws 2 and not Jaws? Let’s be honest: you’ve already seen Jaws. In fact, I’m willing to wager you’ve seen Jaws dozens, if not hundreds, of times. I know I have. But you may not have watched Jaws 2 as often. And it’s worth a watch. Is it as good as the first film? Oh, heavens no. But it’s a lot of fun. Jaws 2 is like an ’80s slasher movie – where the slasher is a shark. A bunch of dumb teens go out on the water, and proceed to get picked-off by a new shark. And in true slasher movie fashion, the shark has a scarred-up face. And Roy Scheider is back too, once again trying to warn everyone. And once again, no one listens.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez teamed up for this sleazy, trashy horror-comedy about vampires at a strip club. That’s really all you need to know. Oh, and George Clooney is there, too! There’s lots of gore, lots of pulpy dialogue, and almost no common sense. These are all positives, I assure you.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
One of the better early ’90s slashers, I Know What You Did Last Summer has a bunch of youths dealing with the repercussions of a terrible crime they once committed. A killer in a slicker with a hook is out there, slicing and dicing. What sets this apart from most other slashers is that the potential victims are being targeted for a specific reason – not just because they’re in the way of some random killer. Plus: dig that soundtrack!
I’m not the biggest fan of Zack Snyder‘s Watchmen, but I know many are, so here’s your warning: the movie is about to leave Netflix. To be fair, I think Snyder did about the best job he could with this material, even though some of his choices raise an eyebrow or two. Still, the movie, a dark deconstruction of the superhero mythos, has its moments. And like most Snyder movies, it looks pretty cool.
First up, if you’re eagerly anticipating the upcoming animated sequels to Illumination Entertainment’s Sing and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, Deadline says you’ll be waiting a little bit longer.
First, Sing 2 has been bumped from a December 2020 opening to a new summer release date of July 2, 2021. The sequel will bring back Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll and Tori Kelly from the original movie as the animal singers Buster, Meena, Rosita, Gunter, Johnny and Ash prepare for a bigger stage, leaving the Moon Theater behind for the big city.
And The Croods 2 will be moving into the vacated December 23, 2020 release date, leaving behind the previously set September 2020 opening. Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke are reprising their roles as the titular caveman family while Leslie Mann and Peter Dinklage have joined the cast as part of another family.
If that’s not enough of animation news for you, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation are teaming up with VStar Entertainment Group to take a Trolls live show on tour across 60 cities.
Deadline reports Trolls Live! will have “singing, dancing and glitter-filled celebration that only the Trolls can bring.” The show will have its own original story following Poppy and Branch as they enlist the help of Biggie and Mr. Dinkles, Satin and Chenille, Cooper, Cloud Guy, Smidge, Guy Diamond and Fuzzbert when the beloved tradition of Hug Time is threatened. It’s all in support of the upcoming animated sequel Trolls World Tour arriving in 2020, and the spin-off animated series Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Trolls may be computer animated, but the show will use a combination of scenic projection, puppetry, media technology and special effects and interactive surprises, so your kids will lose their goddamn minds. The show begins touring sometime later this year.
Bumblebee may not have been as big of a box office hit as Paramount Pictures was hoping, but the Transformers spin-off did deliver the most satisfying entry in the franchise since the original movie debuted in 2007. But the ending resulted in the camaraderie between the titular Autobot and his teenage friend Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) seemingly coming to an end. Will they end up reuniting in the sequel, or will this just allow Bumblebee to have a new adventure with someone else?
Director Travis Knight talked about why he felt having Charlie and Bee go their separate ways was necessary to have a story that had a beginning, middle and end, though he doesn’t rule out the possibility of them seeing each other again. Knight told ComicBook.com:
“I’m sure a creative mind could come up with a way to bring them back together, but it was always incredibly important to me that this film, even though it sits within a larger context of mythology and comics and cartoons and films, that this film be self contained that it lives on its own. That it had a beginning, it had a middle and an end and it had proper resolution. And so as I was charting the relationship between these two character there was no other way for it to end. It had to end with them parting. It’s about one of those relationships, one of those life changing relationships that where someone comes into your orbit and fundamentally changes your trajectory moving forward. And it was, he has his mission to do and he has to go do it and she has her life and she has to live and she has to go live it. And they change each others lives, but then they had to part and that was the story that I was telling. And so even though I love seeing them together, and I was sad when they had to part as well. It was critical for what this movie was.”
Pennyworth - Official Teaser #2 - YouTube
Even though Gotham is coming to an end, another Batman prequel series is just beginning. This time, we’re flashing back to the younger days of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth in the aptly named series Pennyworth.
Jack Bannon plays the title role in the series set in 1960s London, when Alfred Pennyworth was a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne. The rest of the cast includes Paloma Faith, Ben Aldridge, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Ryan Fletcher, Jason Flemyng and Polly Walker.
Pennyworth debuts on Epix starting July 28, 2019.
Finally, director Michael Chavestook to his website to post this official title artwork from The Conjuring 3. Along with the image, he also posted this quote from Ed Warren:
“Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.”
The Conjuring 3 has been said to focus on a man on trial for a murderwho claims that he was possessed by a demon and didn’t willingly commit the crime. Obviously, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) will be needed to work on the case.
The Conjuring 3 arrives next fall on September 11, 2020.
Next month, Netflix will drop a whole new set of films and TV shows for your viewing pleasure. The constant barrage of Netflix originals will be there, as well as some must-see titles from others. Check out the best new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in May 2019.
Movies Coming to Netflix in May 2019
Barry Jenkins‘s beautiful, Oscar-winning Moonlight remains one of the best films of the 21st century – a stunning, swooning, emotionally-charged portrait of three distinct periods in one young man’s life. We meet Chiron as a child (Alex Hibbert), a teen (Ashton Sanders), and an adult (Trevante Rhodes) as he comes to terms with who he is, including his sexuality and his place in the world. Honest, thoughtful and daring, Moonlight is what people mean when they throw around the term “modern classic.”
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Zac Efron gives a shockingly uncanny performance as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in Joe Berlinger‘s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The film got a bit of a lukewarm reaction when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, probably because it’s not your typical serial killer movie. Instead, Berlinger’s approach to this material is to tell the story from the point-of-view of Bundy’s girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who was unaware of Bundy’s true nature. As a result, Efron’s Bundy often comes across to us as a harmless, likable guy – and that’s the point. It was Bundy’s ability to cloak his monstrosity that enabled him to get away with his crimes for so long.
Insidious is a spooky, effective, entertaining ghost movie from James Wan. It borrows heavily from Poltergeist, while also creating its own brand of fun-filled horror. A family moves into a new house, only to encounter several ghostly presences. They think moving again will solve the problem, but they’re wrong. Dead wrong. Cue the loud music!
The Blackcoat’s Daughter
Oz Perkins‘s extremely slow-burn chiller The Blackcoat’s Daughter follows Kiernan Shipka as a strange, lonely girl at a snowy boarding school, dealing with some sort of supernatural presence. At the same time, we follow Emma Roberts, who is hitchhiking her way back to the school. What do Shipka and Roberts’s characters have in common? You’ll have to wait and see, but rest assured, it’s pretty damn creepy.
What happened to Jack and Rose after Titanic? They moved to the suburbs and became extremely depressed! Okay, Revolutionary Road isn’t actually a sequel to Titanic, but it does reunite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The duo play a married couple in the late 1950s, slowly coming apart. DiCaprio hates his job, Winslet hates her life as a suburban housewife, and there’s no real escape. This isn’t the most upbeat of films, but DiCaprio and Winslet are both great, as is Michael Shannon, in a brief but memorable performance as an unhinged neighbor.
There’s a lot of sandy ground to cover with Dune, and one movie might not cut it. Director Denis Villeneuve‘s star-studded Dune adaptation is currently filming, but will there be more to come? Villeneuve has hinted in the past that he’d like to make more than one film to bring Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic to life, and as of now, that seems to be the plan. In a new interview, Legendary CEO Joshua Grode confirms that at least one Dune sequel is being planned – although that could change.
Frank Herbert’s Dune spans 400-plus pages, and tells an epic, world-hopping saga featuring a cavalcade of characters. It’s proven notoriously hard to bring to the screen – not even David Lynch could make it work. Now, Denis Villeneuve is attempt to succeed where others failed. And he’s not going to try to cram it all into one movie. In a new THR interview, Legendary’s Joshua Grode was asked if there would be a Dune sequel. Here’s his reply:
“That’s the plan. There’s a backstory that was hinted at in some of the books [that we expanded]. Also, when you read the book there’s a logical place to stop the movie before the book is over.”
Villeneuve is currently at work on the first film, but he’s not shooting both movies back-to-back. It looks like there’s a wait-and-see mentality here – should the first Dune clean up at the box office, Legendary will likely jump into the sequel with both feet. This project may have a great cast, but it’s something of a gamble – at least in terms of box office. Villeneuve is a fantastic filmmaker, and his Blade Runner 2049 is wonderful. But it also underperformed at the box office. Hopefully that won’t happen with Dune.
To pull this off, Villeneuve has put together a cast that features Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. That is one attention-grabbing, good-looking cast. If that line-up can’t put butts in seats, maybe nothing can.
Dune (part 1) will open November 20, 2020.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Eight years ago, the opening scene of HBO’s Game of Thrones included imagery of a White Walker killing someone beyond the Wall. Now, in the show’s final season, the Wall has finally fallen and the army of the undead has arrived at Winterfell, where they’ll face off against dozens of recognizable characters in this Sunday night’s episode.
HBO has released a batch of new Battle of Winterfell photos, and we have a theory about what might be causing that look on Jon Snow’s face.
Here are the new photos, a few of which essentially seem like screenshots from the preview trailer for this episode:
HBO isn’t about to spoil anything major that happens in the episode by releasing any revealing photos, so most of these are pretty standard. Jon and Dany probably take a quick dragon ride out to an overlook and survey the lay of the land, Brienne gives a battle scream to her soldiers from the left flank, Tyrion and Varys have a heart to heart in the crypts, and Arya probably casually drops the news to Sansa that she and Gendry hooked up, causing that fantastic Sansa reaction face.
But it’s that last image of Jon Snow – er, excuse me, Aegon Targaryen – that’s really worth concentrating on. Jon led a whole meeting in last week’s episode preparing everyone for what they’re about to fight, so what could possibly cause him to make that face on the battlefield? The Night King running a sword through Bran’s face, just seconds before Jon could get there to stop him? Sure. Dany struck by an arrow, falling off Drogon’s back as she plummets to the ground? Maybe!
But what if…
What if it’s time for the ice spiders as big as hounds? When Bran was a child, his nurse/nanny, nicknamed Old Nan, used to tell him stories of The Long Night, a period of seemingly unending winter in which the White Walkers conquered Westeros, riding around on the backs of huge, icy spiders. A few months ago, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martinshared the first look at these creatures on an upcoming calendar, and I theorized that he specifically released that image before the final Game of Thrones season as a way to beat the show to the punch in revealing something he’s been hinting at since the first book in the series.
It’s unclear if Jon heard the same stories from Old Nan when he was growing up at Winterfell, but look at his face again: that looks like the face of a man who’s just realized that a section of the army of the dead is riding straight for him on the backs of massive, creepy-ass spiders. Am I right? We’ll find out when the next episode of Game of Thrones airs this Sunday night, April 28, 2019.
Kevin Feige was ecstatic when he learned that parts of Avengers: Endgame had leaked online. Oh, no, sorry. My mistake. He was actually upset, as you probably could’ve guessed. At the same time, Feige found comfort in fandom urging others to ignore the leaks and not spoil themselves. And since Endgame is still on track to make all the money in the world this weekend, the Marvel Studios president probably won’t be losing any sleep over this.
The wait is almost over, as Avengers: Endgame hits theaters this week. But last week, a lengthy clip from the superhero sequel hit the web, pirated from what was likely a private screening. Within seconds, the footage was burning across the internet like a brush fire, impossible to contain or snuff out. Piracy is, sadly, nothing new in the world of movies. But Marvel goes to extreme lengths to protect secrets from their films, and they’ve gone above and beyond to make sure virtually nothing was revealed about Endgame. The fact that such a detailed, spoiler-free scene dropped a full week before the movie hit theaters was no doubt a sore spot for many within the Marvel stratosphere.
Kevin Feige is as far into that stratosphere as possible, since he’s in charge of Marvel Studios. When asked (by Cinemablend) how he felt about the leaks, his answer was a tad predictable: not great! But Feige is an optimist, because he managed to see the bright side to this whole “stealing movies” thing:
“I wasn’t pleased. It’s not cool. It’s not fun. But the response was what I expected, which was everybody turning it off, dismissing it, ‘Don’t watch it, don’t spoil it for anybody else.'”
Take advice from Kevin Feige, folks: always look on the bright side. Of course, Feige has room to be optimistic. Avengers: Endgame is tracking to make oodles of money, with some predicting it might actually have a $1 billion opening weekend. In other words, no amount of piracy seems able to hurt this film. Had the leak caused a sudden drop in box office numbers, Feige might be singing a different tune.
In any case, please don’t pirate movies. I know it’s tempting, and I know many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. But piracy isn’t the answer. Unless we’re talking piracy on the high seas, with hidden treasure, ghosts and those cool tricorn hats. If that’s what you want, then by all means, be a pirate.