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With production winding down over the next few months on Captain America: Civil War, the next Marvel adventure, Doctor Strange, is gearing up to start production this November. There still isn't much we know about the project, except that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Doctor Strange, with a supporting cast that includes Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo), so far. Screen Daily attended a BAFTA Masterclass in London last night, where Doctor Strange cinematographer Ben Davis compared the movie to Disney's Fantasia.
"It has a very psychedelic grounding, and it's not your typical Marvel action movie. Most of the work within it is about other dimensions. And I described it, I think, when I was talking to Marvel as Marvel's Fantasia, in a way, because it's so sort of out there and different to everything else that they've done. There's a lot of previsualisation, and there's a »
Doctor Strange is expected to begin shooting this November, but it sounds like Tilda Swinton still isn't sure which gender she'll be playing The Ancient One as in the Marvel Studios movie. Wait, what?! Well, in a recent interview with The Guardian, the site concludes their report by stating that "She will soon start shooting a Marvel blockbuster, Doctor Strange, but there is a Swinton-esque twist – she doesn’t yet know if she will play the part as a man or a woman." We already know that The Ancient One will just be a mantle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it could be that the character simply isn't defined by gender. The Ancient One isn't a man or woman; they're The Ancient One. That or Swinton will just be playing a male character as she did in Constantine! It's hard to say at this point, but this is certainly »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, X-Force, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Superman Lives, Justice League Mortal, Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, Supergirl, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman: Bad Blood, The Lego Batman Movie and more…
Marvel Studios unleashed the second superhero movie of 2015 – and the twelfth instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – on Thursday evening as Ant-Man began its roll out around the globe. In the States, the film kicked off its run with $6.4 million in Thursday previews and is tracking a domestic opening weekend in the region of $60 million, with around $125 million expected worldwide. Here’s an excerpt from Scott Davis’ ★★★★ spoiler free review of the film:
While its troubled production history »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood directors are notorious flirts when it comes to picking projects, and spy thriller Red Sparrow has been the belle of the ball for some time. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was at one point eyeing the pic as his follow-up to Biblical epic Noah, and David Fincher considered coming aboard in hopes of reuniting with his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lead Rooney Mara (who walked when Fincher did). Now, Francis Lawrence, who’ll finally be done directing Lionsgate’s Hunger Games films this fall, is in the mix to take the reins.
Lawrence is accustomed to swimming in blockbuster waters, albeit without the same consistent praise Aronofsky and Fincher have received throughout their careers. Outside of The Hunger Games quadrilogy (of which he directed three), Lawrence has helmed I Am Legend, Constantine and Water for Elephants, as well as episodes of short-lived series Kings and Touch. Still, working »
- Isaac Feldberg
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
Some pretty big additions to the fourth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles here - both in terms of characters and the actors that will be providing their voices. We have: David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Fugitoid (fan favourite android from another dimension), Peter Stormare (Constantine, Fargo) as Lord Dregg (space-villain bent on world domination), Michael Dorn (Star Trek The Next Generation) as Captain Mozar (Supereme Commander of the Triceratons), Lance Henriksen (Terminator, Aliens) as Zog (a Triceraton scout), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) as Armaggon (robotic bounty hunting shark), and finally Zelda Williams (The Legend Of Korra) as Mona Lisa (amphibious friend of the Turtles). Tmnt returns with 20 all-new episodes this Fall. Returning will be: Seth Green (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), Hoon Lee (Master Splinter), Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder), Josh Peck (Casey Jones) and Corey Feldman (Slash). »
Back in May, we reported that Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton is in talks to play The Ancient One in Marvel's Phase Three adventure Doctor Strange, but it was never confirmed if she finalized her deal or not. While doing press for her summer comedy Trainwreck, in theaters this weekend, the actress confirmed that it's a done deal. Here's what she had to say, in an interview with Screen Crush.
"No no no, it's done. We're so far in talks that we're not talking any more [laughs]. It's done. The conversation has been had."
Over the last few years, Marvel has managed to land Oscar winners and cinematic legends such as Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy) to star in their blockbusters, with Tilda Swinton following in that tradition. The actress has previously starred in comic book movies such as Constantine and last year's Snowpiercer, »
With the San Diego Comic-Con International set to get underway next week, Idw and Top Shelf have announced their full schedule of panels for the convention; check them out here…
Thursday July 9th
God Is Disappointed in You
Thursday, 7/9/15, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28De
Hey, nothing personal — that’s what the book says! Writer Mark Russell (Prez) and Eisner Award winning artist Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) bring to life their hilariously irreverent retelling of the Bible, God Is Disappointed in You (published by Top Shelf). They’ll perform their infamous “Bible in Ten Minutes” slide show and play a selection from the God Is Disappointed in You audiobook, as read by James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers), recently nominated for an Audie Award for Best Comedy Audiobook. They will also give a sneak preview of the hotly anticipated sequel, Apocrypha Now.
The One »
- Gary Collinson
Having started his career as both a music video director (his video for Atreyu’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” is a fave of mine) and a storyboard artist on films like Amazing Spiderman 2 and Constantine, Jay Martin’s directorial feature debut 7 Minutes is a heist gone wrong film full of tension and suspense. Dealing with jumping timelines, and a lot of energy, the Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell and Zane Holtz-led crime thriller is now in theaters and is one wild ride.
Martin was nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about his inspiration with the film, the transition of going from music videos to films and some awesome wardrobe choices for Zane Holtz’s character in the film. Read on!
I have always been interested in the heist gone wrong kinds of films, like Dog Day Afternoon. Those are my favorite movies, so your movie had me at the very beginning. »
- Jerry Smith
As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected. From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form.
(Charles Darwin ‘Origin of the Species’ 1859)
So the show opens with Ethan atop an outcrop overlooking Wayward Pines. From there we switch between scenes of suburban serenity and Burke’s increasingly wayward wanderings. There are biblical references to be culled from ‘The Truth’ alongside more blatant examples, illustrating Blake Crouch is a fan of certain classical authors who will remain nameless. Suffice »
- Gary Collinson
With the cast for Captain America: Civil War now finally locked and in place, with the movie before the cameras, the casting spotlight switches to the next Marvel cinematic universe project after that. And the film in question is Doctor Strange, which Scott Derrickson is directing for a November 2016 release.
Swinton is set to play the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic, and a mentor to the character of Doctor Strange. The role in the comics is male, and Marvel Studios was originally on the hunt for a man to play the part. Yet the studio has changed direction, »
I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I’m a massive fan of heist films. Dog Day Afternoon, Heat, and every other great entry into what can easily be one of the best intense genres around if done right. One film that seems to be a good contender into that kind of movie is Jay Martin’s 7 Minutes (hitting Theaters, VOD & iTunes June 26) . Having cut his teeth being the storyboard artist on films like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Amazing Spiderman, I Am Legend, and Constantine, Martin made the transition to director,when helmed music videos for everyone from Cold War Kids and Deathcab For Cutie, to legendary rapper Nas.
It’s pretty obvious that Jay knows what he wants in front of the camera and how to get it and the heist film led by Luke Mitchell (TV’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L. »
- Jerry Smith
I never was a comic book fan. Had no affinity for the medium. Watchmen was only purchased for research purposes before the cinematic release. And what’s more I only just made it through the tome. You see, at that tender age I was convinced comic books and graphic novels were not an adult endeavour. Super heroes on the written page, irrespective of gender, powers, political leanings or violence quota failed to connect with me. Instead I spent my childhood watching films including Driller Killer, Re-Animator, Death Race 2000 and Shogun Assassin. Those and other more family friendly fare informed my decisions. Something which was counterbalanced by access to classical literature, including Dickens, Austen and Stoker with the occasional Shelley thrown in. Missing the boat you see is never solely down to the individual, not when family are involved. »
- Gary Collinson
A totally bodacious interview with Keanu Reeves
Lionsgate will begin looking for an international distribution deal at the Cannes Film Festival later in the month.
"We knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell," Constantine added.
Reeves starred in John Wick as a stoic assassin on a mission of vengeance against Russian mobsters who killed his puppy.
John Wick has made more than $78 million worldwide, and earned rave reviews from critics.
Watch a trailer for John Wick below: »
John Wick opened in the Us in October 2014 and grossed $43m, while a further $35.7m from international markets elevated the worldwide tally to $78.7m.
“We are thrilled that Keanu, David and Chad have reteamed with us and promise to bring audiences even more excitement the second time around.”
Constantine and [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, Tales From The Crypt, Superman Returns). With a skeleton crew and donated performances (the plaid shirt performer is a friend of the producer), the ...
Every October, we stab them with knives, killing their regular appearances and bringing them to new life with sharpened teeth, ghoulish gazes, and impossibly wide, sinister smiles. We make pumpkins into little monsters every year, but what if they came to life on their own... and wanted revenge for the years of jack-o'-lantern carvings, discarded guts, and baked seeds? Darin Beckstead's Proof of Concept for his planned feature film, Evil Nature, expertly explores this unnerving "what if?" with ample amounts of holiday humor and creature-centric horror. We've been provided with the fun and frightening Evil Nature Proof of Concept to share with Daily Dead readers, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Darin Beckstead.
Press Release -- "The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, »
- Derek Anderson
Right now we are looking at a very manly cast for Netflix's drama of Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan, played by hunky Dornan, as he leads a stand-off with troops against French and Belgian mercenaries in the 1960s Congo. TV's Jason O'Mara, who led Fox's beleaguered "Terra Nova" and appeared on "The Good Wife" and elsewhere, has just been added to the ensemble. Directed by first-timer Richie Smyth and written by Kevin Brodbin (whose story credits including "Constantine" do not bode well), this muscly drama enters production this April in Ireland and South Africa, and will stream across all territories in 2016. Netflix snapped up "Jadotville" out of this year's Berlinale. Read More: "Fifty Shades" Star Jamie Dornan Joins "Anthropoid" Netflix is reportedly spending $450 million on original content this year, and it shows. Its feature film slate includes Duplass grabs out of SXSW "6 Years" and "Mason Family »
- Ryan Lattanzio
AMC’s stronghold over gritty, adult-oriented comic book fare continues with its Preacher adaptation. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are developing the small screen series based on the cult classic comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The main thrust of the controversial story focuses on badass Texan preacher, Jesse Custer. After he learns that his maker has been shirking on his heavenly duties, Custer enlists his best friend and ex-girlfriend to aid in his mission to hunt down God.
Casting kicked off recently and looks to confidently firming up its core crew. So far, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ruth Negga is set as Custer’s fiery ex-paramour Tulip, This Is England‘s Joseph Gilgun will tag along as his haphazard best mate Cassidy, and Ian Colletti is locked in to play the unfortunately-named Arseface.
That initial line-up expands a little more today with THR reporting that Lucy Griffiths has boarded the cast. »
- Gem Seddon
British actress Lucy Griffith played the female lead in the Constantine pilot but wound up being replaced by Angélica Celaya's Zed when the series was picked up. Well, she'll have a chance to make an impact in a other small-screen Vertigo adaptation as THR reports that Griffiths has been cast in AMC's Preacher as character who seems to have been created just for the show, Emily Woodrow. The site describe Emily as "a no-nonsense single mother of three. Emily's a waitress, the church organist, bookkeeper and Jesse's loyal right hand. Stoic and strong, wise beyond her years, she can’t help but have a little thing for Preacher Jesse." In Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic series, we only saw Jesse as a practising preacher very briefly so unless Griffiths is only a part of flashback scenes, we might be looking at an extra character going on the road with the core trio. »
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