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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, find out about the big differences between the Best Picture nominated Jojo Rabbit and Christine Leunens’ novel on which it’s based, Caging Skies. Plus, watch how kids react when parents show them 90s cartoons like Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Beavis & Butt-Head, and more. Finally, Nick Offerman takes a look back at some of his movie famous characters, especially Parks and Recreation.
First up, CineFix‘s new edition of What’s The Difference focuses on Jojo Rabbit, which was adapted from Christine Leunens‘ novel Caging Skies. While the movie is a hilarious satire mixed with heavy dose of heart-wrenching drama, the book isn’t comedic whatsoever. The movie’s script covers less than half of the original story in the book, so there’s a lot to compare and contrats.
Next up, parents who grew up in the 90s sit down to show their kids clips from cartoons they grew up with like Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Beavis & Butt-Head and Rocko’s Modern Life. See how they react when they see animation, that is clearly older than the cartoons they’re used to watching, and try not to feel old.
Finally, with Nick Offerman appearing in the FX on Hulu series Devs, the folks at GQ had the actor take a look back at some of his more famous characters. Obviously he covers Parks and Recreation, but he also covers the LEGO Movie, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, We’re The Millers, Hearts Beat Loud, and more.
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Amani Ballour, the courageous subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Cave, has been granted a visa to enter the United States in time for the Academy Awards, Deadline has learned.
Amani, whose efforts to run a subterranean hospital in the besieged Syrian city of Eastern Ghouta are documented in the film by Feras Fayyad, is expected to arrive in New York on Sunday, capping an extensive effort by distributor National Geographic to get her here.
“I have seen the visa with my own eyes. It was texted to me this morning,” Chris Albert, EVP Marketing Strategy and Communications at National Geographic, told Deadline exclusively. “For Dr. Amani - who is just, in our eyes, such a hero - to be able to come [here] ... in person means a lot to us.”Feras Fayyad Efren Landaos/Variety/Shutterstock
Nat Geo previously went to bat for Fayyad, who had been denied a visa to come back to the U.S. under Trump administration policy banning citizens of several predominantly Muslim countries, including Syria, from entering the country. As Deadline reported Sunday, Fayyad finally got his visa “after weeks of turmoil and struggle and obstacles no one should have to endure,” as National Geographic Documentary Films phrased it in a statement.
Amani was forced to flee to Turkey in 2018 after Syrian government forces squelched the last pockets of resistance in Ghouta. As a refugee in Turkey, that country had a say in whether she would be allowed to travel.
“The Turkish government first had to give her permission to leave and return,” Albert explained, adding that a breakthrough came earlier this month when Dr. Amani was awarded the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Prize for her humanitarian work. Turkey allowed the physician to go to France to accept the prize. NatGeo then redoubled its efforts to get a U.S. visa for Amani, working in concert with the Syrian American Medical Society SAMS.
“The team at SAMS — because this is something they have done before—really, really helped us in this process,” Albert noted. “They got Dr. Amani an appointment at the American embassy in Paris and then helped in finalizing it so that she got her visa, which she picked up late [Thursday].”
Fayyad expressed pleasure that the subject of his film is heading stateside.
“I'm very excited to be here and now more excited to announce that Dr. Amani will join us to support The Cave,” he told Deadline exclusively, “and share her voice as a powerful Syrian woman and leader who will bring most of her focus on the future of Syria, calling for peace and justice.”
Albert expects Amani will hit the ground running once she arrives....
National Geographic’s forthcoming Genius: Aretha will no longer debut on May 25. The limited series about the legendary singer Aretha Franklin starring Cynthia Erivo will premiere at a later to-be-announced date due to production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Below sent to Deadline from National Geographic.
Production on National Geographic's limited series Genius: Aretha from Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios remains suspended and it has become clear that the series will not be completed in time for our previously announced Memorial Day airdate. We look forward to resuming work as soon as is possible and safe, and at that time will announce a new premiere date for later this year.
We cannot wait to let Aretha's voice sing, and in the words of the Queen herself, “Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.”
In that spirit, we wish all of our viewers well in these challenging times, particularly those who are working in our communities to keep us all safe.
Earlier this month, Disney Television Studios announced that they would be suspending production on the limited series for at least three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. The studio, comprised of 20th Century Fox, ABC Studios and Genius producer Fox 21, also postponed the start of production on all of its in-cycle pilots.
Genius: Aretha joins a growing list of shows forced to shift their premiere dates due to the coronavirus-imposed mass production shutdowns. The fourth installment of FX's Fargo starring Chris Rock pushed its previously scheduled April 19 premiere to a date to be determined. The second season of the CW's In the Dark will premiere April 16, more than a month ahead of its previously scheduled date of May 28, to fill the hole left by Legacies, which has aired all of its episodes that completed production prior to shutting down. The CW also is moving up the network premiere of DC's Stargirl by a week, to Tuesday, May 19 at 8 PM. It will succeed The Flash, which will have wrapped its abbreviated season by May 12.
Genius: Aretha is the third installment of the Nat Geo anthology, following Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. It is dubbed as the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of the Queen of Soul. Production kicked off in December and the series also stars Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Shaian Jordan, Marque Richardson, Pauletta Washington, Steven Norfleet and Omar J. Dorsey....
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...