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The Wrap reports that martial artist turned actor Scott Adkins has joined the cast of Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"). Sources close to the production say Adkins will be filming multiple action sequences including hand-to-hand combat.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is producing "Doctor Strange" with a script written by "Prometheus" screenwriter Jon Spaihts. Adkins' film credits include "The Bourne Ultimatum", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", "Zero Dark Thirty", and "The Expendables 2."
The full cast for "Doctor Strange" includes Benedict Cumberbatch ("Black Mass"), Tilda Swinton ("Trainwreck"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Rachel McAdams ("True Detective"), Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal"), Michael Stuhlbarg ("Boardwalk Empire"), and Amy Landecker ("Transparent").
"Doctor Strange" opens in theaters November 4th, 2016.
Source: The Wrap »
- J.B. Casas
Just two days after Amy Landecker signed on for a mystery role in Doctor Strange, the Marvel adventure has brought on another new cast member. The Wrap reports that Scott Adkins has joined the cast in an unspecified role. The actor is best known for his martial arts expertise, and sources claim that the actor will have numerous major action scenes featuring hand-to-hand combat. We don't know for sure if this character will be fighting Doctor Strange himself, but hopefully we'll get more details as production continues.
Regardless of who he's playing, Scott Adkins joins a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West and Rachel McAdams as the female lead. Rachel McAdams has been rumored to be playing Night Nurse, but that has not been confirmed. It isn't known how many other main »
Production is now underway on Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, and yet another actor has now been added to the second of Marvel’s Phase 3 movies. That’s martial artist Scott Adkins, and while his role is being kept a secret, The Wrap reveals that he’ll “have several major action scenes featuring hand-to-hand combat.”
Adkins played the transformed version of “Deadpool” in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and took part in an impressive battle sequence which saw him pitted against Wolverine and Sabretooth. He’s also made an impact in movies like The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2, and Zero Dark Thirty. He’ll next be seen alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in The Brothers Grimsby.
Adkins is English, but could he be playing an updated version of Wong? In the Doctor Strange comic books, he’s the Sorcerer Supreme’s Asian manservant, something which wouldn’t go down too well in »
- Josh Wilding
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Production rumbles on today on the set of Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass’ long-awaited action sequel Bourne 5, and Coming Soon has spotted the pair atop a London rooftop capturing an intense sequence.
This isn’t the first batch of set photos to surface from Universal’s yet-to-be-titled follow-up, with fans getting a glimpse of a muscular Damon back in September when the film set up shop in Tenerife, Spain. Hopping from one European location to the next, today’s slew of images will be familiar territory for ardent supporters of the series, and we imagine that both Greengrass and Damon have a few tricks up their sleeves after collaborating across The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Primed to release almost a decade after the actor’s last foray as the title agent, Universal has understandably kept story specific under wraps at such an early stage. »
- Michael Briers
Boy, oh boy. Lots of movies bomb. Lots of blockbuster productions come out and quickly vanish. Lots of great ideas get misfired. Lots of terrible ideas come out, and are confirmed to be terrible. These things happen all the time. What doesn't typically happen is when the folks involved with those productions each takes turns taking a dump on them. In the months since Fantastic Four was released, the film's director and members of the cast like Kate Mara, have publicly thrown shade on Fox's failed reboot. Well, now we can add Doctor Doom into the mix.
Actor Toby Kebbell, who played the seminal Fantastic Four villain, gave a frank assessment on what was at stake for him in a chat with IGN. He started by stating that he absolutely agrees with the fan base, who thrashed the film when it came out this summer.
"I was disappointed, but the fans aren’t wrong. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
As we launch the Best Editing category in our Oscars predictions center, we must note that the category is known for its close correlation with Best Picture. Since 1981, every Best Picture winner has at least been nominated in this category -- except one. Last year "Birdman" became the first film in more than three decades to buck that trend; it was snubbed for Best Editing, but won Best Picture anyway. Does that mean the link between the categories is broken, or do you think last year's outcome was a fluke? -Break- Predict Best Cinematography Oscar: Emmanuel Lubezki ('Revenant') could win three in a row Because editing is a non-visual art, it is not as easy to identify trends among winners. Action-heavy and suspense-driven films often prevail, including "Gravity," "Argo," "The Hurt Locker," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Black Hawk Down," and "The Matrix." Lavish e...' »
Variety is reporting that "Nightcrawler" actor Riz Ahmed has joined the untitled "Bourne 5" film which is currently filming with director Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") and actor Matt Damon ("The Martian") reprising his role as spy Jason Bourne. Variety points out that Ahmed will play a CIA tech specialist who plays a key role in the film.
Ahmed was the top choice for the role, but scheduling conflicts with Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Rogue One" prevented him from signing on earlier for the role. Ahmed joins a cast that includes Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Scott Shepherd, Tommy Lee Jones, and Julia Stiles.
Matt Damon starred in three "Bourne" films which included "The Bourne Identity" (2002), "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004), and "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), which grossed a total of $1 billion at the worldwide box-office. Actor Jeremy Renner ("American Hustle") starred in the spin-off, "The Bourne Legacy", in 2012 with writer-director Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote all three "Bourne" films. »
- J.B. Casas
See Also: Matt Damon teases Bourne 5 plot
Bourne 5 reunites Damon with The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum helmer Paul Greengrass and co-star Julia Stiles, while new additions include Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Vincent Cassel (Trance), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Ato Essandoh (Django Unchained) and Scott Shepherd (Bridge of Spies).
- Gary Collinson
The trade reports that Ahmed could possibly be playing a tech specialist at the CIA.
Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Scott Shepherd and Tommy Lee Jones are also cast in the sequel, which will once again feature the further adventures of Jason Bourne, who was last seen in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum.
Shooting continues on the movie, which is released next year.
The post Riz Ahmed joins the cast of the new Bourne movie appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
The impressive cast of Universal's upcoming Bourne sequel, which features the return of the director/star duo of Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) & Matt Damon (The Martian) and is currently shooting in Budapest, has added Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) in a key role. Plot details remain scarce, but Variety has learned that he will portray a CIA tech specialist. They also add that Ahmed was always the studio's top choice, but scheduling conflicts with Star Wars: Rogue One, which have now been cleared up, held back the official confirmation of his casting until today. What do you guys think of this Ahmed's addition? Sound off with your thoughts below! Global superstar Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role as Jason Bourne in the fifth installment of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise. Acclaimed director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips) also returns for this much-anticipated chapter, and »
Paul Greengrass is attached to direct and co-write the script with Christopher Rouse — rejoining the franchise after helming 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Frank Marshall again produces the action-thriller sequel alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Rouse and Henry Morrison serve as executive producers.
Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Ahmed will play a tech specialist at the CIA. Sources tell Variety that Ahmed had always been the top choice for this key role, but scheduling conflicts with “Rogue One” almost stymied the deal. Insiders now »
- Justin Kroll
Fresh from his role in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, Scott Shepherd has signed on to appear in the currently-in-production Bourne 5, with Variety reporting that the actor will play the deputy director of the CIA.
See Also: First look at Matt Damon in Bourne 5
The new Bourne movies sees Matt Damon returning to the franchise alongside The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum helmer Paul Greengrass and co-star Julia Stiles, while new additions include Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Vincent Cassel (Trance), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) and Ato Essandoh (Django Unchained).
See Also: Matt Damon teases Bourne 5 plot
Bourne 5 is set for release on July 26th 2016.
- Gary Collinson
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There is nothing more unequivocally human than the will to survive. We refuse to accept defeat, to give into death; life is more than just for living – it’s for conquering.
Whether isolated in sprawling forests, covertly entering enemy territories or scaling through the endless nothingness to hunt for their meal, the silver screen has forever been populated by characters with the mentality and ability to prosper. From the ordinary hero to the highly-equipped assassin, these film icons must adopt and execute a very particular set of skills in order to thrive, succeed and ensure they are still upon this earth in time for tomorrow.
Our world is a jungle; packed full of dangers and obstacles, many of which perhaps seem too challenging to overcome, but not for these select few. Here’s our list which honours the ten boldest, bravest and most bad-ass cinematic survivors.
10. Jason »
- Chris Haydon
Earlier today, Variety learned that Scott Shepherd (Bridge Of Spies) has signed on for a role in Universal's upcoming Bourne sequel, which features the return of both director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon (The Martian) as Jason Bourne. Shepherd will reportedly play the deputy director of the CIA, someone who will likely be a pain in Bourne's side. In addition to his role in Steven Spielberg's latest, Shepherd has previously had roles in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects and Rob Reiner's And So It Goes. He'll be seen next alongside Jude Law & Diane Keaton in the HBO miniseries The Young Pope. What do you guys think of this latest addition? Sound off with your thoughts below! Global superstar Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role as Jason Bourne in the fifth installment of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise. Acclaimed director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, »
Paul Greengrass is back to direct (his first since helming 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum”) and co-pen the script with Christopher Rouse. Frank Marshall again produces the action-thriller alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Rouse and Henry Morrison serve as executive producers.
Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Shepherd will play the deputy director of the CIA.
Production is under way in Budapest. The film will bow on July 29.
Damon’s three Bourne movies, which began in 2002 and ended in 2007, grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Shepherd can be seen in DreamWorks’ “Bridge of Spies »
- Justin Kroll
It was a weekend of highs and lows, with the lows coming from the more-disappointing-than-expected opening weekend for Warner Bros' Pan. The Peter Pan origin story directed by Joe Wright was struggling to gain a foothold well before its opening weekend and opened even worse than even the most dire predictions expected. At the high end of the box office, however, The Martian enjoyed a strong second weekend and, in limited release, Universal appears to have another hit in the making with Steve Jobs. Beginning with Pan, the $150 million production was originally set to be released this summer, but was moved to October so reshoots could take place. Tracking reports had the film opening in the low $20 million range and I predicted a $18.4 million opening, but even that proved too high. Playing in 3,515 theaters, the Hugh Jackman-led fantasy feature could only muster an estimated $15.5 million. The film did score a "B+" CinemaScore, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Last weekend The Martian opened in the number one spot at the box office with a $55 million debut, falling just short of director Ridley Scott‘s highest-grossing opening for 2001’s Hannibal, which grossed $58 million. Likewise, star Matt Damon also scored his second biggest premiere, just behind 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which had a $69.3 million bow.
The film is not only a commercial success, however, as it has been earning high praise from critics as well. Early Oscar buzz is already surrounding the sci-fi flick, adapted from author Andy Weir‘s novel, and it is projected to maintain its position at number one this weekend against newcomers The Walk and Pan.
Big box office numbers are not necessary for Oscar success, as history has shown, but several of those films in the running for best picture nominations this year have been major hits with audiences.
- Patrick Shanley
October is known more for horror sequels and second tier animated movies than box office hits, but in the last couple of years top shelf sci-fi entries have started replacing the likes of Jackass 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 as the month's top openers. This weekend The Martian joined 2013's Gravity at the top of the October debut chart. With an estimated $55 million The Martian was easily number one this weekend, but fell slightly short of Gravity's $55.7 million opening. There's still a slim chance Martian's final numbers might put it ahead of Gravity when Monday's updates roll out, but even without it the opening is a nice uptick for star Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott. Damon's last movie to open above $50 million was The Bourne Ultimatum, banking $69 million in 2007. Since then the highest performer he has headlined was Elysium which opened at just $29 million. His highest grossing film since »
It was all systems go for Fox’s The Martian this weekend at the North America box office. The critically-acclaimed Ridley Scott epic was an instant hit with the public, who helped the Matt Damon-starrer come very close to breaking the record for biggest October opening ever, a honor currently residing with another popular space drama that opened two years ago this weekend: Gravity.
Following its world premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival –and a month of advance rave reviews and shrewd marketing-, The Martian arrived on 3,831 screens Friday where it earned an estimated $55 million. Should Sunday’s actual numbers prove to be bigger than the estimates reported, The Martian has a very good chance of taking the crown for biggest October opening of all time. Gravity currently holds the record with $55.7 million.
“The Martian” blasted off with a massive $55 million this weekend, nearly surpassing another space-based adventure, “Gravity,” as the highest-grossing October debut in history.
The Ridley Scott release was bolstered by rapturous reviews, with critics calling the picture among the director’s best and heaping praise on Matt Damon’s performance as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. It marks the second-best launch of Scott’s career, behind only “Hannibal’s” $58 million debut, and the second-best premiere for Damon, trailing “The Bourne Ultimatum’s” $69.3 million bow.
“It’s going to hold up really well,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s got everything. It’s got suspense, action, heart and humor, and the ending is really satisfying. People will walk out of the theater and talk it up to their friends.”
Twentieth Century Fox backed the $108 million production and pushed the film out to 3,831 theaters. »
- Brent Lang
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