Today in Movie Culture: ‘Long Shot’ Director Commentary, the Science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Long Shot’ Director Commentary, the Science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Director Commentary of the Day:

Long Shot, a romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, is now in theaters and receiving excellent reviews. For the New York Times in promotion of the new movie, director Jonathan Levine shares a scene in which the main characters fall for each other and offers voiceover commentary on the making of this memorable moment:


Genre Tribute of the Day:

As part of their promotion of Long Shot, Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen joined James Corden on The Late Late Show for a speedy marathon reenacting iconic scenes from classic romantic comedies, including Notting Hill, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, all in just 12 minutes. Watch the living supercut below.


Movie Science of the Day:

Marvel Studios movies make all the money, but how scientifically accurate are they? In celebration of the release of Avengers: Endgame, Insider got physicist Jim Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes, to comment on the science of many of the installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Black Panther and Captain Marvel:


Fan Art of the Day:

Dan Hipp, who is both a professional artist — he’s the production designer on Teen Titans Go! to the Movies — and a fan of the MCU, shared another piece this week celebrating the release of Avengers: Endgame. Here’s Thor, Rocket and Teen Groot about to take on the villain Thanos:


Character Song of the Day:

Aaron Fraser-Nash continues to create special character-arc plot songs for the ensemble of Avengers: Endgame and the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. His latest gives Black Widow a musical number, sung to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “ME!,” which is focused on her platonic love for Hawkeye:


Cosplay of the Day:

Are dogs allowed in theaters to see Avengers: Endgame? Maybe if they’re service animals. Or if they’re disguised with cosplay. Here’s a good boy dressed up as Iron Man ready to see the character’s supposed final appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The caption calls him Iron Pup, but what’s his alter ego? We’re thinking Tony Bark.


Franchise Origin of the Day:

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for 11 years, and despite its sense of conclusion with Avengers: Endgame, the franchise will be going on for many more years. But how was the MCU born? No, not when did it officially begin, but what might have inspired its conception? This video from SyFy Wire makes the case that the MCU owes a lot to the 1990s cartoon X-Men: The Animated Series:


Filmmaker in Focus:

Werner Herzog has a new movie in theaters this weekend, the documentary feature Meeting Gorbachev, about the titular world leader, which he co-directed with Andre Singer. To mark the occasion of the release, here is a lengthy video essay by Tom van der Linden for Like Stories of Old that goes deep into examining Herzog’s work in both fiction and nonfiction:


Mashup of the Day:

We are one week away from the release of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, which is mostly for younger audiences but will surely also appeal to nostalgic adults who collected Pokémon cards or watched the animated series or played the video game of the same name. But what if the movie was really targeting mature audiences? Here’s a parody mashing up Detective Pikachu with True Detective for a much grittier take on the source material that’s anything but family friendly:


Movie Fashion of the Day:

Thanks to Fandango, Rocketman is hitting select theaters two weeks early. While we wait for the release of the Elton John biopic musical, GQ got leading man Taron Egerton and his co-stars Jamie Bell and Richard Madden to discuss the subject’s iconic style and the fabulous costumes they get to wear on screen:

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