T he 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, learn how ILMxLAB created the immersive Star Wars virtual reality quest Vader Immortal for the Oculus Quest. Plus, find out about the differences between Netflix’s Locke & Key series and the comic series that inspired it, and Sonic the Hedgehog voice actor Ben Schwartz plays Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and answers questions about the movie and more.
First up, the ILMxLAB takes you behind the scenes of how they created the Star Wars VR series Vader Immortal for the Oculus Quest. Find out how the series came to be, how they brought Star Wars characters, items and environments into virtual reality, and made it as immersive experience as possible for fans who have always wanted to venture into a galaxy far, far away.
Next up, now that Netflix has finally adapted Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s comic Locke & Key into a series, CineFix reveals how much the series departs from the source material. Initially, a lot of the differences between the comic and series come from dulling down the gruesome violence, but as the series goes on, the narrative takes plenty of liberties. But you’ll have to watch the video in order to learn about them, so we don’t have to spoil anything.
Finally, after Sonic the Hedgehog topped the box office this past weekend, you can watch the voice of the Blue Blur himself, Parks and Recreation co-star Ben Schwartz, answer some questions about the movie while playing the SEGA video game sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The conversation with The Hollywood Reporter also veers into some other fun subject areas, so give it a watch!
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.
Mark Hamill says one of his 2020 goals is to meet Natalie Portman. The two Star Wars actors have never met each other, which is rather surprising. Portman famously first played Luke Skywalker's mother Padme Amidala in 1999's The Phantom Menace. In 2018, Hamill revealed that he had never met Portman, which was brought up by Stephen Colbert when he was interviewing the actress around the same time. Portman also admitted that they had not met, but that she would 'love' to meet him.
A Star Wars fan brought up Natalie Portman's 2018 comments to Mark Hamill on social media over the weekend and asked if they had been able to meet yet. Hamill, said 'Not yet, but it's very high on my 2020 To-Do List.' While it would be nice to see the two actors meetup, it will more than likely be in the future since everybody is practicing social distancing. Everybody, including Hamill and Portman are staying inside their homes and away from the outside world.
Hopefully 2020 will be able to turn around and allow Mark Hamill and Natalie Portman to meet up. Portman was able to briefly meet her Star Wars daughter, Carrie Fisher, before she passed away. Fans were hoping that Portman was going to show up in the sequel trilogy, but that was not to be. Anakin Skywalker actor Hayden Christensen provided his voice for The Rise of Skywalker, which raised excitement. Christensen had been rumored to be a part of the sequel trilogy for just as long as Portman was.
The Skywalker Saga Blu-ray boxed set was recently released and it features a Farwell letter from Mark Hamill. The Luke Skywalker actor posted his note to fans on social media, which served as a heartfelt goodbye to the Star Wars franchise. He indicated that everybody in the movies and the fans have become a large family over the past 40+ years, which is pretty much true, even though it gets to be a bit dysfunctional at times. The letter from Hamill got a lot of attention from fans and made people realize how much they love the franchise. Now is a perfect time to go back and watch all of the movies from all three trilogies since we have so much free time on our hands now.
For now, Mark Hamill and Natalie Portman might have to meet via Zoom or facetime since we're not really allowed to leave the house unless it's to go to the grocery store or pharmacy. As for where the Star Wars franchise goes next, that is a mystery on the big screen. For now, the next movie is still on schedule to be released in December 2022. As for the small screen, we'll hopefully see The Mandalorian season 2 in October, with the Rogue One prequel and Obi-Wan Kenobi shows in current development. You can check out Mark Hamill's Twitter response below.
Not yet, but it's very high on my 2020 To-Do List.#MeetingMyMovieMamahttps://t.co/d0tCwE3y8i