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Iron Man may be Robert Downey Jr.‘s most famous role, but you may recall that it’s not his only ongoing franchise about an arrogant genius. He’s also the star of Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes movies — not to be confused with BBC One’s Sherlock TV series, which features a different Marvel actor as the famed detective. The Sherlock […]
- Angie Han
Sources tell Variety that Warner Bros. and Team Downey have selected a writers’ room that includes “Guardians of the Galaxy” scribe Nicole Perlman, “Baywatch” scribe Justin Malen, “Rogue One” writer Gary Whitta and “Snowden” screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald to help shape the script and story for next installment.
The previous two films both brought in more than $500 million worldwide. The threequel has always been a priority for the studio but Downey’s schedule has been busy considering his commitment to playing Tony Stark (Iron Man) in the Marvel universe.
- Justin Kroll
The first reviews are out for Marvel’s latest entry in their Cinematic Universe: Scott Derrickson’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch at the neurosurgeon-turned-mystical-hero and Tilda Swinton as his mentor The Ancient One. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich says that it’s Marvel’s “most exciting addition to their ever-expanding universe since ‘The Avengers'” and that “it often feels as though it’s been shot through a kaleidoscope — it’s hollow, hypnotic, and every twist of the tube reflects a beautiful new dimension of infinite possibilities.” Other critics praise the film’s psychedelic imagery but are less enamored with its familiar origin story narrative.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy calls it “an engaging, smartly cast and sporadically eye-popping addition to the studio’s bulging portfolio” and especially praises the film’s performances. »
- Vikram Murthi
Film School Rejects has purchased One.Perfect.Shot., Variety has learned.
The two popular film fan sites will merge, with the migration expected to begin on Thursday. The sale price is not known, but it was an all-cash deal. As part of the pact, One.Perfect.Shot. founder Geoff Todd will join Film School Rejects as an editor-at-large. He will also run the combined site’s Twitter feed. One.Perfect.Shot. began its life on Twitter in 2013 as a curated stream of iconic images from films by Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and other film icons. It launched a website the following year. Todd will continue to select the images featured on One.Perfect.Shot.
“It started as a place to catalogue shots I wanted to come back to and analyze,” said Todd, who says he looks for “something that’s well composed. Something that encapsulates a story in a single frame. »
- Brent Lang
Unless you’ve spent the past three weeks living in the actual wild west, you will have heard of – if not already become addicted to – Westworld, HBO’s sci-fi mystery about a theme park populated by sentient robot cowboys. One of the most talked-about elements of the show is its soundtrack, which features old-timey western renditions of rock hits. So far, we’ve been treated to Radiohead and Soundgarden performed on a saloon-bar player piano, and an orchestral version of the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black, which provided the dramatic soundtrack to a climactic, and gory, gun battle in the show’s opening episode.
The man responsible for ageing these contemporary classics is Ramin Djawadi, a German-Iranian composer whose credits »
- Gwilym Mumford
Geek Culture Rules!
We all know that Geek Culture has taken over our American civilization. Young’uns may not realize there was a time when the Geek was looked down on and sneered at and frequently beaten up for their lunch money… which is embarrassing when you’re 24. Now, superheroes have taken over the movie box office and can be found in one version or another all over television.
Further proof: the current issue of Entertainment Weekly not only has Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover as Doctor Strange, the majority of the double-sized issue is taken up with a listing of the Fifty Most Powerful Superheroes. How much more geeky can you get? The very quintessence of geekdom is arguing about which superhero icon is better.
EW set up a rating system and asked staffers to rank the superheroes accordingly. The nine categories were Cultural Impact, Bankability, Design, Modern relevance, »
- John Ostrander
Although Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” offers very few insights into the childhood of its main character, applying what we know about bullying on American schoolyards, it’s safe to assume it wasn’t easy growing up with a name like Stephen Strange. Perhaps that explains the complex that has driven Strange (that rare superhero who keeps his name after acquiring his incredible new powers) to become such an arrogant New York neurosurgeon, flaunting his skills at work and his Lamborghini Huracán outside the office.
Cut from the same mold as playboys Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Bruce Wayne (Batman), Strange easily might have become world’s most insufferable superhero. But instead, it’s the very fact of this deeply insecure and wildly overcompensating character’s determination to prove himself — coupled with the setback by which texting while driving cripples his hands and very nearly derails him of that ambition — that »
- Peter Debruge
The world premiere of “Doctor Strange” was held at the famous Tcl Chinese Theater on Thursday night. Fans braved the 90-degree heat to get a glimpse of the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Hollywood Boulevard was transformed into a grand magic sanctum as the cast and crew took the red carpet to celebrate the opening of 14th Marvel Universe movie.
They also took the opportunity to address criticism from some fans over the casting of British actress Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, who in the comics is depicted as an Asian man.
Director Scott Derrickson took on the whitewashing controversy, explaining how selecting Swinton was a diversity choice itself.
“I think diversity is the responsibility of directors and producers,” Derrickson told Variety. “In this case, the stereotype of [the Ancient One] had to be undone. I wanted it to be a woman, a middle-aged woman. Every iteration of that script played by »
- Lawrence Yee
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– Robert De Niro will receive the Chaplin Award at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 44th Chaplin Award Gala on May 8, 2017. The event will celebrate De Niro’s more than 40-year career in cinema and his championing of independent film through the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute.
“De Niro has long been such a legendary presence that one can overlook the remarkably fine-tuned craft and quality he has brought to his roles over his multi-decade career,” Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said in a statement. “If you watch his performances, from ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘The Godfather Part II’ to ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Awakenings’ and on to his more recent work »
- Graham Winfrey
As well as being home to the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, the state of Nevada is also a beautiful area of open desert land that makes it ideal as a location for a number of different movies. Las Vegas and the wider Nevada area have been used as stunning backdrops in a number of well known movies, here we take a look at just a few of them.
The first instalment of (what has affectionately become known as) the Wolfpack Trilogy, the Hangover was released in 2009, and sees groom-to-be Doug go missing on his bachelor party in Vegas, and it’s up to his friends to find him again. Director, Todd Phillips was certain to show off the very best sights of Las Vegas and the wider Nevada area. A lot of the action takes place in, or around, Caesar’s Palace, where the main characters are staying. »
- The Hollywood News
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is always evolving and changing, and in just a few weeks, fans will finally get to see a more mystical side to the McU when Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4. Phase 3 will culminate with Avengers: Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers Sequel. During a press conference for Doctor Strange, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased that a comic book group dubbed the Illuminati may be formed in the McU very soon.
Kevin Feige was part of a press conference that Marvel held today at the Doctor Strange junket, where he dropped a surprising revelation that the Illuminati characters will come together in Avengers: Infinity War. While he didn't mention any specific characters, Doctor Strange is a key member of the Illuminati in the comics, along with Iron Man, which could mean that Robert Downey Jr.'s beloved character may join forces with Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange. »
With every Marvel Studios film, the filmmakers are faced with the monumental task of one-upping the previous one. Sure, occasionally, they’re able to reset the scope a bit, but the general trend on the horizon seems to be going up and up. Even Doctor Strange, a standalone film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is opening the doors to even greater possibilities.
Of course, Avengers: Infinity War is setting itself up to be the most ambitious entry in the franchise yet, with the potential to bring in every living Avenger into the picture — plus the Guardians of the Galaxy. With the latter group likely headed to Earth, you know that Tony Stark himself will likely be getting more paranoid than ever about extraterrestrial threats — threats that maybe the Avengers themselves won’t be able to handle without a plan.
Enter the Illuminati, a brain trust of sorts in the »
- Joseph Medina
There's been a lot of talk about what's next for Benedict Cumberbatch's Sorcerer Supreme after Doctor Strange, but talking at the press conference for that movie today, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed some long standing rumours and speculation about his future. As expected, we'll see the hero return in Avengers: Infinity War. No further details beyond that were provided, but it's exciting! What role he'll play there remains to be seen, but if we're right about the Eye of Agamotto being the Time Stone, that would explain why he ends up getting involved with the battle against Thanos. Interestingly, Feige was also asked about the possibility of the Illuminati showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and he confirmed that we'll see "some" of those characters. Chances are that he's referring to Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Iron Man rather than Black Bolt, Namor, and Mr. Fantastic. Are you »
For fourteen years, Hugh Jackman has not only watched the rise of the comic book movie into a staple of Hollywood’s business machine, he’s been a key cornerstone. He arguably stands next to Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man in longevity, with his Wolverine one of the most beloved mutants to ever grace the big screen. But that journey ends next year with “Logan,” and Jackman and co.
- Kevin Jagernauth
On Wednesday, director James Gunn debuted the first poster from the new adventure on his Facebook page.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff »
- Michelle McCue
Plus: Nato announces Q3 average Us ticket price; Samuel Goldwyn picks up 100 Streets; and more…
The festival, which runs from March 10-17, will feature approximately 700 sessions and keynote speakers who besides Edwards include Everest photographer Cory Richards and Transparent creator Jill Soloway.
Panel sessions will cover topics such as innovation in the digital health age and the role of the government in disruption. Click here for further details.
The average cost of a ticket in the Us in the third quarter reached $8.51, the National Association Of Theatre Owners announced on Tuesday. The price marks a 2.5% drop on the second quarter and a 3/1% year-on-year hike.Uri Singer’s Bb Film Productions has optioned rights to Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise and has set Michael Almereyda to adapt the screenplay about a professor of Hitler studies »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The award will be presented at the 53rd annual Cas Awards on Feb. 18.
“Jon has been a steadfast presence humanizing his storytelling with intelligence and skill,” said Cas President Mark Ulano, who previously worked with Favreau on “Cowboys & Aliens” and the “Iron Man” films. “His light touch continues to produce engaging classics, from ‘Elf’ to ‘The Jungle Book.’ As a director, actor, producer, his ubiquitous creativity continues to entertain millions and makes him a wonderful choice for the Cas Filmmaker Award.”
Favreau’s “Iron Man” received a Cinema Audio Society nomination in 2009.
Previous recipients of the Cas filmmaker award include Jay Roach, Richard Linklater, Edward Zwick, Jonathan Demme, Rob Marshall, Taylor Hackford, Henry Selick, Paul Mazursky, Bill Condon, Gil Cates, and Quentin Tarantino.
Favreau’s latest film, »
- Kristopher Tapley
In the new hit series Preacher, based on the cult comic book, Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) is possessed by an angel-demon entity, imbuing him with not just any ordinary super-power, but ‘The Word of God’- whereby people must obey his commands when he talks in a strange voice. It takes Jesse some getting used to before he can fully utilise this powerful and peculiar new skill. Here are some other of the strangest – and possibly most useless – superpowers that comic book characters have been given.
Yes, you read that right – after Spider Man and Catwoman, there’s Squirrel Girl, who has the incredible ability to befriend and deploy squirrels to her advantage. In her first appearance in a Marvel Comic in 1992, she rescues Iron Man from Doctor Doom with the help of a load of squirrels, so surely it is only a matter of time »
- Phil Wheat
The Sorcerer Supreme is finally coming to the big screen in just a few weeks, when Doctor Strange opens in theaters nationwide on November 4. To get fans ready for this superhero adventure, a new TV spot has arrived, featuring The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) explaining this new world to Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange, as she shows him how to open the Eye of Agamotto. While we'll have to wait a few weeks to see how it fares at the box office, Doctor Strange has already been tracking quite strongly.
We reported last weekend that box office analysts are predicting an opening weekend between $55 million and $75 million. As of now, the lowest opening weekend is 2008's The Incredible Hulk, which earned $55 million, just months after Iron Man kicked off Marvel Phase 1 eight years ago. As we get closer to the November 4 release date, those numbers may be adjusted, but we »
Kevin Feige has been on quite a winning streak since 2008. It took some doing, and some paying of dues, as his resumé up until Iron Man was- shall we say?- questionable, but he's become a huge force in Hollywood. But Feige is quick to point out that his sudden reversal of fortune hinged on the success of a major gamble. The gamble, of course, paid off, and he now says it's one of the things that makes him look forward to Avengers: Infinity War and for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So what was that gamble? Feige tells IGN that he and his Marvel Studios team had to create a world that was both singular in its vision and expansive in it's scope:
"When Tony Stark and Stark Industries and the world of that first movie was the definition of the Cinematic Universe, the question was how »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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