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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, watch as stuntment recreate a fight scene from The Mandalorian with some low-rent props and visual effects in the middle of a dojo. Plus, Patrick H Willems, or rather some of his collaborators, put together a video essay on Labyrinth and the themes of capitalism in 1980s America, and you can get a lesson on how to draw a Walt Disney caricature.
First up, some professional stuntmen, with the help of some local cosplayers and propmakers, got together in Atlanta Judo Midtown to recreate a fight scene from The Mandalorian in a very low budget style. But the camera work and cheap digital effects make this video from Legend of Micah a little more stylish than your average sweded video elsewhere on the web.
Next up, since things are crazy right now with coronavirus, Patrick H Willems takes a backseat to video essays this week. Instead, his collaborators Jake and Matt took advantage of the situation to do a video essay about the 1980s cult favorite Labyrinth starring David Bowie and how it fights back against the idea of greed being good.
Finally, Walt Disney Animation Studios animation supervisor Michael Woodside sat down to teach you how to draw a Disney-Style caricature of Walt Disney himself. It’s all in honor of the annual caricature show curated by the studio, and it’ll help you pass the time while you’re stick at home with nothing to do. Maybe you can even try to draw a caricature of someone else like this too.
Marvel Studios has tapped Rick and Morty writer Jeff Loveness to pen the Ant-Man 3 script. Peyton Reed is returning to direct the sequel after helming the first two installments. Paul Rudd is expected to return as Scott Lang, along with Evangeline Lilly and Michael Pena. Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce the project and it was not included in the latest MCU release dates that were revealed earlier today. With that being said, Ant-Man 3 more than likely will not hit theaters until sometime in 2023.
Jeff Loveness is arguably best-known as a writer/co-producer on Cartoon Network's Rick and Morty. He has a comic book background having written for Spider-Man, Groot, Nova, and other Marvel characters. Loveness got his start writing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has also worked on the Academy Awards, the Emmys and the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Additionally, he contributed to TBS' Miracle Workers, which Daniel Radcliffe stars in. It is believed that the deal between Loveness and Marvel Studios was inked before the entertainment business shut down.
While a 2023 release date seems plausible for Ant-Man 3, there are a few open slots in the Marvel Cinematic Universe release calendar. October 7th, 2022 is the next available date and if all goes well, the movie could make it in time. It seems doubtful that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be ready by that time. Marvel Studios and Sony currently do not have a release date for Spider-Man 3, so that could very well fit into that slot too, though that is pure speculation at this point in time.
Scott Lang sat out of Infinity War, along with Clint Barton. However, both characters came back in a major way for Avengers: Endgame. Lang, specifically, was the one responsible for bringing Pym Particles into the picture to get the time heist off the ground. If it weren't for Lang, there would not have been a movie. Paul Rudd's portrayal of Lang also provided some comic relief during the heavy movie, which was much-needed. With that being said, it's unclear where Ant-Man 3 will go in terms of storyline.
There have been plenty of rumors suggesting that Scott Lang's daughter Cassie, could have a bigger role in Ant-Man 3. Cassie is known in the comic books as Stinger. She's a member of the Young Avengers and The Initiative, and also has the same powers as her father. Cassie manifested her powers much later than her first exposure to Pym Particles, unlike her father. 18-year old actress Emma Fuhrmann played the character in Avengers: Endgame and it's believed she will be a part of the sequel, though it's unknown if she will be introduced as Stinger on the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce that Jeff Loveness will be writing Ant-Man 3.
Right now, everyone is looking for some kind of reprieve from being locked up at home due to the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon, but The Office executive producers Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman think they’ve figured out a way to make light of the situation by crafting a new workplace comedy series inspired by the sudden rise in employees working from home due to the outbreak of coronavirus forcing people to practice social distancing.
Deadline was first to learn of the currently untitled coronavirus comedy series, though it’s not necessarily about the pandemic. Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, better known to The Office fans as the frequently maligned Toby Flenderson and one of Jim’s business partners at their company Athlead, are creating the series that is said to focus on “wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day.”
The series is in the works at Big Breakfast, the comedy production banner Silverman runs, where he’ll executive produce the series along with and Luke Kelly-Clyne College Humor and Kevin Healey Scare Tactics. They’ll also be working with Howard Owens’ Propagate Content, which will have Rodney Ferrell serving as an executive producer as well.
Silverman, who was also once an NBC executive, explained the inception of the series and his hope for what it will become:
“So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings — for work and beyond. We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives. With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come.”
While the prospect of trying to craft a series around the coronavirus outbreak sounds like a bad idea at this time, there’s no indication that the pandemic will actually play a part in the overall concept of the series. In fact, it would be easy to pull something like this off without introducing such a grim plot device.
What I’m envisioning with this series is a show with a format that echoes what we’ve seen accomplished with movies like Unfriended and Searching. Both of those films play out entirely on computer or mobile device screens and successfully tell a solid narrative. Modern Family did something similar with an episode that unfolded across the ensemble cast’s various screens, and it worked pretty well. But if that’s what this series will be like, can that concept be sustained for an entire series? Or will they need to take...
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: