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What would you do for Benedict Cumberbatch?
When putting together “Doctor Strange,” Marvel had their pick of the crop when it came to leading men, with Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto and Ryan Gosling all taking meetings at various points, but it was the “Sherlock” star who proved to be the right fit. But there was one problem.
- Kevin Jagernauth
In less than a month, Marvel Studios will unleash its latest superhero franchise as Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of the Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange. However, speaking to Empire, the British actor has revealed that he almost missed out due to his commitments to a stage production of Hamlet.
“[I] really did think I had to kiss it goodbye,” said Cumberbatch. “If you can’t jump on board when the ride’s going past, that’s usually it. So the hugest compliment they paid me was to come back to me. It motivated me to try to fulfill their faith in me.”
As it happened, director Scott Derrickson felt that Cumberbatch was the only fit for the role, despite meeting with Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling and Joaquin Phoenix, so Marvel chief Kevin Feige pushed the film back from its original summer date in order to secure Cumberbatch’s participation. »
- Gary Collinson
Under the new pact, DeVincentis will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for FX Productions. He will create projects for all TV services and platforms. The deal does not include his film work.
“We had a great experience working with D.V. on ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.’ His ‘Marcia Marcia Marcia’ episode of Oj was one of the most memorable episodes of television this year. He’s an exceptionally talented writer-producer and will be a great partner with Fxp,” said Nick Grad, who announced the deal today with Eric Schrier, both presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
DeVincentis commented, “FX’s mission is to make content rooted in ideas and culture as much as entertainment, and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Before production on Doctor Strange got going in earnest, it was revealed late last week that the chance to play Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme almost passed Benedict Cumberbatch by, at a time when the studio and director Scott Derrickson began hosting early talks with Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling and even Suicide Squad‘s Jared Leto about possibly donning that majestic cape.
Fast forward to now and, after a minor reshuffling effort behind the scenes, Cumberbatch is primed to light up the big screen as Doctor Strange come November. But as is so often the case, the actor’s contract with Marvel seems to span further than Derrickson’s origin story, and will allow for Cumberbatch to rub shoulders with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War.
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- Michael Briers
“Silence,” Martin Scorsese’s passion project about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan, has snagged an awards-season release date, signaling that Paramount Pictures believes it has an Oscar contender on its hands.
The religious epic will debut in limited release on Dec. 23, before expanding in January. There are no wide releases scheduled to debut on that date, but “A Monster Calls,” a fantasy adventure, will bow in limited release on that date. Moreover, it is a crowded time of year as studios are fielding a number of prestige films and commercial projects, all trying to take advantage of the holidays. The animated musical “Sing,” video game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” and “Passengers,” a sci-fi romance with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, hit theaters two days before “Silence” debuts.
- Brent Lang
The Nice Guys, 2016.
Directed by Shane Black.
A private detective and an enforcer team up to infiltrate the porn industry in 1977 Los Angeles.
Mismatched buddy movies have been a constant staple of Hollywood since the year dot and Shane Black’s 1987 hit Lethal Weapon is still pretty much the benchmark to which all others adhere to, the stars in perfect alignment with regards to script, actors and direction. With The Nice Guys, Black returns to the sub-genre but this time the emphasis is on the comedy rather than the action, and where better to start than hiring two actors not exactly known for their comedy chops. That’s right; instead of ‘Mad’ Mel and straight man Danny Glover – admittedly another two actors that don’t immediately spring to mind »
Antoine Fuqua knew what it would take to get him to remake “The Magnificent Seven,” John Sturges’ 1960 classic about a band of gunslingers. The film, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 movie “The Seven Samurai,” is an oft-told story about a band of mercenaries who save a town. Its genetic code can be found in everything from “Star Wars” to “The Three Amigos.” But Fuqua knew how to give the familiar yarn a fresh spin.
In an interview with NPR, Fuqua said he turned to studio executives and told them, “Personally, what would make this an event for me to really want to make this movie is to see Denzel Washington on a horse in all black as a cowboy.'”
Of course, getting Denzel to ride into town takes a big check and often a taste of the backend. But in an era of diminishing star power, »
- Brent Lang
Lionsgate has moved the limited launch of its Summit Entertainment hot awards contender, originally dated December 2.
La La Land will now open on December 9, while the wide expansion remains set for December 16.
Noël Wells, Josh Radnor, Aya Cash, Carly Chaikin and Fortune Feimster have joined the cast of Cranium Entertainment’s F*Cking People, a dark rom-com about a commitment-averse young woman that is currently shooting in Austin, Texas. Theresa Bennett wrote the script and makes her directorial debut and executive producers Jeff Sackman and Berry Meyerowitz handle worldwide sales. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Marvel's Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters on November 4th but we could have already seen it if not for everyone involved really, really wanting Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Sorcerer Supreme. We've been talking a lot about Doctor Strange the last year or so here at HitFix and while we've seen a few trailers we're about to see the marketing machine ramp up very soon. Empire Magazine started off with their new cover reveals and has started rolling out a few bits of information about their larger feature on the film which stars Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams. But as it turns out, there's an alternate history (if you think existentially like that, and I think Doctor Strange would) in which the cast was led by another actor. Several in fact. Director/co-writer Scott Derrickson told Empire they met with Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, »
- Jill Pantozzi
Doctor Strange is nearly ready to blast his way into theaters, but the good doctor has arrived on the cover of Empire Magazine's latest issue first. Well, two covers to be exact. Doctor Strange will indeed be on full display in the publication's latest issue and there will be two different covers featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as The Sorcerer Supreme. But as it turns out, it almost didn't happen this way. If things had of worked out just a little bit differently, we could be looking at a completely different Doctor Strange.
Empire recently revealed their two exclusive Doctor Strange covers, which will be featured on the latest issue of Empire Magazine that hits stands next week. Both covers prominently feature Benedict Cumberbatch, as has most of the marketing material for Doctor Strange. Given that he is a massive star and the centerpiece of the movie, that isn't at all surprising. »
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Update: This post has been updated with the two covers for the film in Empire Magazine:
The lead-up to Doctor Strange has been a fascinating one. While the character may be even lesser known to mainstream audiences than Iron Man was before he made a big splash in 2008, the names of actors considered to play him have been staggering. I famously broke the story, many moons ago, that Johnny Depp had taken a meeting with Marvel about possibly taking on the role- back when he was still a made man. In the years to follow we heard all kinds of other rumored candidates, and now- thanks to a new feature in Empire Magazine, we've got some new insight into the casting process for Doctor Strange.
As part of a story meant to highlight how star Benedict Cumberbatch thought he'd lost his chance to play the Sorcerer Supreme because of a scheduling conflict, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
“La La Land’s” musical debut has been delayed by a week.
Damien Chazelle’s romantic drama, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, will open in limited release on Dec. 9 — seven days after its previously scheduled launch. The wide release date remains Dec. 16.
“La La Land,” distributed by Summit Entertainment, dazzled during its festival run, stealing the spotlight at the Telluride Film Festival, Venice Film Festival (kicking off the fest), and Toronto Film Festival, where it won the audience award. Stone, meanwhile, nabbed the Venice Film Festival’s best actress prize for her role as aspiring actress/playwright Mia.
The film, which premiered to rave reviews and standing ovations, is expected to be a major Oscar season contender. Variety Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review that “Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ … is the most audacious big-screen musical in a long time, and — irony of ironies — that »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange was unveiled as the official Empire cover star during today’s Empire Live event in London (see the magical one-sheet below) but according to the good doctor himself, he almost missed out on the role of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.
Director Scott Derrickson has stressed before that the Sherlock star was the only actor “seriously considered” to don that dashing cape, but due to his commitment to playing Hamlet in London’s Barbican, Derrickson and the Powers That Be at Marvel were forced into drafting up a contingency plan. That was around this time last year, when the director held talks with Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling and even Suicide Squad‘s Jared Leto, before ultimately circling back to Cumberbatch after head honcho Kevin Feige ruled, “It’s got to be Benedict.”
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- Michael Briers
Ask a number of awards prognosticators around town: If they had to make a bet in Las Vegas on a surefire Oscar contender right now, it would be Lionsgate’s La La Land, which just won the awards-bellwether People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Lionsgate just announced that instead of debuting the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone musical in limited theaters on December 2, they’ll now step back to December 9. As originally planned, the wide break for the Damien… »
The comedy drama, created by “Danny Collins” writer-director Dan Fogelman, follows the lives of a variety of people who share the same birthday, as their paths cross and lives intertwine. The pilot episode was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who previously worked with Fogelman on 2011 feature “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
“This Is Us” features an ensemble cast including Sterling K. Brown, who won an Emmy on Sunday for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones.
“‘This Is Us’ is unmissably life-affirming with a warmth that has drawn critical acclaim and bumper ratings,” said Jay Hunt, chief »
- Robert Mitchell
Anyone who spends more than a few days at a major festival like the Toronto International Film Festival gets used to hearing the same question: “What’s the best thing you’ve seen?”
For this year’s edition of the Tiff Critics Poll, we asked a variety of writers covering the festival exactly that. The results, culled from 45 ballots, point to a particularly interesting mixture of awards season hopefuls and some of the festival’s standout international offerings.
The quartet at the top? Fan favorite “La La Land” (which was named by seven different critics), followed closely by Barry Jenkins’ tender coming-of-age story “Moonlight” (six), Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” (five) and Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” (four). However, there were many other votes cast for under-the-radar titles.
The close race partly reflects »
- Steve Greene and Zipporah Smith
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
Full Lineup Announcements
– The Chicago International Film Festival today announces the complete film and event lineup, including the International Feature Competition, Documentary Competition and Special Presentations. The festival will include Special Presentations of “Lion,” “Paterson” and the re-release of “Daughters of the Dust.” Other highlights include “After the Storm,” “Neruda” and “The Salesman.” The festival’s documentary lineup is also a typically robust one, including titles like “Among Wolves,” “Karl Marx City” and “A Mere Breath.”
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 21 for Cinema/Chicago members and September 23 for the general public.
– The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has announced its Spotlight Films, World Cinema, Shorts programs, Views from Long Island, and Special Screenings, as part of the 2016 festival lineup. The 24th edition will take place October 6 – 10, Columbus Day Weekend, »
- Kate Erbland
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are apparently not married despite recent reports that claimed that the two had tied the knot. Are Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes Married? It was reported earlier this week that Gosling and Mendes had quietly gotten hitched sometime this year. The notoriously private couple said their “I dos” with just a […]
- Chelsea Regan
Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” segment is back for another round of celebrities reading the terrible things people say about them on Twitter. This edition included Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans, Norman Reedus, and Margot Robbie, whose tweet (from @sodomyclown) read: “‘Tongue punch in the fart box’ is a neglected phrase. Use it today! Example: Margot Robbie deserves a tongue punch in the fart box.” Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel's Latest 'Lie Witness News' Proves Donald Trump Fans Will Support Anything He Does (Video) After reading his, which compared his lack of charm to the experience of »
- Oriana Schwindt
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