The Morning Watch: Jeff Goldblum Explains Ragnarok, Batman vs Elmer Fudd & More

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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, Jeff Goldblum tries to explain the meaning of Ragnarok in the title of Marvel Studios’ upcoming sequel Thor: Ragnarok. Plus, comic book artist and writer Neal Adams created a radio play version of the comic Batman vs Elmer Fudd, and Gal Gadot stars in a pre-recorded Saturday Night Live sketch that was cut for time last weekend.

Leading up to the release of Thor: Ragnarok, the Marvel Studios social media team is keeping things lively with a little Jeff Goldblum to keep us occupied. The Jurassic Park and Independence Day star reads tweets from various fans trying to define what “Ragnarok” means, and he expands upon them as only Jeff Goldblum can. For more, check out io9’s assembly of the best Jeff Goldblum moments, and check out more from the rest of the cast right here.

Next up, comic book artist and writer Neal Adams decided to pay tribute to his new favorite comic book, Batman vs Elmer Fudd, but turning it into a half motion comic, half radio play. Adams doesn’t do a bad Elmer Fudd, though his Batman does need some work, and it’s a fun way to experience one of the more unique comic book offerings in recent memory.

Finally, watch this pre-recorded Saturday Night Live sketch that was intended for the episode hosted by Gal Gadot, but ended up being cut out of the final show due to time constraints. It’s actually better than half the sketches we saw during that episode, featuring Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett doing a cheesy 90s rap while the world goes to hell around them.

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New Google doodle explains the science of a total solar eclipse, adorably


Just like almost everyone else in the United States, Google is amped about the total solar eclipse sweeping the nation on Monday. 

An adorable new doodle reimagines the solar eclipse not as the result of the orbital motion of heavenly bodies, but as the product of a game between two aliens tossing the moon in front of the sun. 

It’s pretty cute. 

If you click on the doodle, Google takes you to a series of vertical videos (hello, Snapchat clone) that explain exactly what lunar and solar eclipses are and why they happen at all. 

This particular total solar eclipse is special for a number of reasons.  Read more…

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ TV Spot Explains the Meaning Behind the Title

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We’re about one month way from seeing Taron Egerton return to action as Eggsy, an operative from the Kingsman secret agent organizations based out of London. In the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, there’s a new threat on the horizon, and it appears they strike a crushing blow against the well-dressed, British spies, because every trailer shows their headquarters being completely destroyed. Now a new Kingsman The Golden Circle TV spot explains a little more about our villains by providing insight into the sequel’s title.

As the trailer illustrates, by way of exposition provided by female Kingsman agent Roxy (Sophie Cookson), it appears The Golden Circle is a villainous organization that keeps the identity of their henchman secret by having their fingerprints burned off and their teeth filed down. Plus, they have a tattoo of a circle made of 24-karat gold, hence, The Golden Circle.

Though the TV spot doesn’t explain what The Golden Circle is trying to do, we found out at Comic-Con that it’s a secretive drug cartel that has some kind of monopoly on illegal substances. They’re pretty wealthy, hence the expensive tattoo, and it has also provided the group’s leader Poppy (Julianne Moore) with enough money to build her own retro 1950s town called Poppy Land that’s on top of a mountain in the middle of a jungle somewhere, which is glimpsed in the above spot briefly.

Furthermore, 20th Century Fox’s marketing team for Kingsman: The Golden Circle is taking full credit for the upcoming total eclipse that will be seen over the United States on Monday, August 21. Here’s the promo showing how they came up with the unprecedented movie marketing idea:

If you’d like to see more from Kingsman: The Golden Circle, check out the most recently released red band trailer right here, and check out our full rundown of all the footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con back in July.

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters September 22, 2017.

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This Video Explains the Misconceptions Surrounding Crop Factor Equivalency

If you want to understand the basic principles of crop factor, depth of field, and sensor size, then you should check out this video.

If you really like to nerd out over gear, then this is your moment. Blake Evans tackles the myths, misconceptions, and general confusion surrounding depth of field, crop factor, and the differences between full frame and crop sensors. In this very detailed video, as well as in his equally detailed write-up in PetaPixel, he offers illustrations that explain these principles in depth to show you what you need in order to get a true equivalent image from different sized sensors.

As you might’ve noticed, this video isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s geared toward professionals who not only have some advanced knowledge of crop factor and camera sensors, but who also want to fully understand crop factor equivalence, as well as how speed boosters work.

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Gore Verbinski Explains Why His ‘Bioshock’ Movie Never Happened


Way back in 2008, before A Cure for Wellness was even a twinkle in his eye, Gore Verbinski had plans to direct the Bioshock movie. But just as things seemed to be coming together, they all fall apart. In spring 2009, Universal abruptly pulled the plug over concerns about its ballooning budget, and by summer 2009, he’d ditched the video game movie entirely.

Still, that hasn’t stopped some fans from wondering what might have been and how it all went wrong. So recently, Verbinski addressed what, exactly, happened on that movie, and whether he would ever consider returning to it again. 

Verbinksi got the Bioshock movie question during a Reddit AMA session. Here’s how he explained what happened:

Well it’s no short answer to that question but we were eight weeks prior shooting when the plug was pulled. It’s an R rated movie. I wanted to keep it R rated, I felt like that would be appropriate, and it’s an expensive movie. It’s a massive world we’re creating and it’s not a world we can simply go to locations to shoot. “A Cure For Wellness”, we were able to really utilize a variety of location to create the world. “Bioshock” it wouldn’t work like that, we’d be building an entire underworld universe. So I think the combination of the price tag and the rating, universal just didn’t feel comfortable ultimately. At that time also there were some R rated, expensive R rated movies that were not working.

This explanation isn’t so different from what we’d already heard before, including from Verbinski himself — Universal was concerned about the budget. But this offers a bit more context. While Verbinski doesn’t name names, Bioshock creator Ken Levine has specifically cited Watchmen as the film that made studio execs nervous. (And let’s not even get into the dubious track record of video game adaptations, as most recently demonstrated by Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed.)

As Verbinski says, though, there’ve been some recent adult-oriented hits that might make an R-rated Bioshock movie seem slightly less risky to a studio executive in the present day. Would he ever consider returning to Bioshock, then? He doesn’t rule it out entirely, but he doesn’t sound all that interested in the idea either:

So I think things have changed and maybe there will be another chance, but it’s very difficult when you’re eight weeks away from shooting a movie you really can see in your head and you’ve almost filmed the entire thing, so emotionally you’re right at that transition from architect to becoming a contractor and that will be a difficult place to get back to.

Which, fair enough. Verbinski’s got enough on his plate without trying to resurrect a failed project from his past. Since Verbinski left Bioshock, he was replaced by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who also eventually walked away. Which, apparently, is just fine with Levine. As of now, the Bioshock movie does not look likely to ever happen.

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ boss explains that literal cliffhanger in the Season 2 finale


Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 2 finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, titled “Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?”

There are a lot of twists and turns in the final episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2.

But showrunners Rachel Bloom (who also stars as Rebecca Bunch) and Aline Brosh McKenna always knew exactly what line to end with:

“Josh Chan must be destroyed.”

That’s right, after two seasons of obsessing over Josh Chan — aka the reason she moved to West Covina, California — Rebecca Bunch has had a change of heart. Why? Josh Chan left her at the altar for … God? (He’s going to become a priest.) Read more…

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