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Marvel is currently in talks with Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Snowpiercer) to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming "Doctor Strange" superhero film, to be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister). The movie revolves around Strange, a cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands, and while on a last ditch attempt to heal himself, discovers magic. Strange's mentor is a Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One, who is training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme. Swinton will play the Ancient One. In the comics, the character has been a male, and Marvel initially was searching for a male actor. But the studio rethought the role and has now made it female. "Doctor Strange" will begin shooting in November and hit theaters on November 4th, 2016. »
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, »
With production set to begin in November, word has reached us from The Hollywood Reporter that the Marvel Studios in currently courting Tilda Swinton, who is no stranger to supernatural tinged comic book movies after starring in Constatine, to appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme. While you would immediately think she would be up for the role of love interest Clea, you would be wrong, because she is actually being sought to play the role of Strange’s mentor in the ways of the mystic arts, The Ancient One, up until this point a part that was looked to be filled by a man (Morgan Freeman and Ken Watanabe were previously tied to the role). And of course she is. Swinton’s career at this stage has being filled with performance after performance, from We Need To Talk About Kevin to Snowpiercer to The Grand Budapest Hotel (the role »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The high priestess of strange Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's Strange, THR reports. Swinton will play the Ancient One, Dr. Strange's mentor, who has a fleet of pupils training to be the world's next top sorcerer. In the comics, the character is male, and Marvel was initially looking for a male actor to fill the role but realized that Swinton's natural otherworldly glow knows no gender (or race, apparently). Nothing is outside of the Swinton wheelhouse: Recently, she's been an ennui-drenched vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive and a sniveling lackey in Snowpiercer, and she'll be Amy Schumer's exacting boss in the upcoming Trainwreck. With the Ancient One's age topping out over 500, it appears Swinton is well on her way to fulfilling her email auto-reply message's prophecy:"Hello, I am away until 01/01/2070 and am unable to read your message." »
- E. Alex Jung
While Tilda Swinton has acted alongside a number of Marvel universe folk in recent years – Chris Evans in Snowpiercer and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive to name but two – she’s never set foot inside the actual McU. All that is set to change, as she’s in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange.Sinister’s Scott Derrickson is calling the shots on this one, working from a script by Jon Spaihts. They will bring to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) starts his story as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as the Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer, Chronicles of Narnia) is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Imitation Game) in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange as the Ancient One. If reports are true, this is yet another case of Marvel Studios hiring incredible actors in supporting roles. Swinton would join Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man) in helping Marvel establish serious acting credibility in their films. Fans of the comic series are probably scratching their heads at this casting announcement. The Ancient One is usually portrayed in the comics as an older Tibetan man. In fact, earlier casting rumors had Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, Batman Begins) as someone Marvel was considering for the role. It'll be very interesting to see how Marvel tackles this new take on the character. Granted, with the acting chops Swinton possesses, I »
- Charles Dean
Whoa. Some impressive casting news for Marvel's Dr. Strange movie in the works. THR is reporting that Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton is discussions to play the character called The Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange, originally a male role in the comics but now a female role in the movie. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is at the helm of this new Marvel introduction, and it seems like he's really pushing for bold choices in the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead Dr. Strange, and now with Swinton, this is an excellent duo so far. More casting news is likely on the way soon, as shooting us supposed to begin in November. Read on. Tilda Swinton is one of our favorites because she can play such unique characters. She's been in plenty of films recently: Snowpiercer, »
- Alex Billington
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Snowpiercer) is in talks with Marvel Studios about taking on the role of the Ancient One in next year’s Doctor Strange.
Initially Marvel had been looking for a male actor to portray Dr. Stephen Strange’s mentor, with Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) and Bill Nighy (Pride) rumoured as potential candidates, although the part has subsequently been reworked.
- Gary Collinson
Most of the focus in the Marvel-verse is currently on the expansive cast of Captain America: Civil War, but we can.t forget that Doctor Strange is coming down the pipe next year as well. Set to film this fall, Tilda Swinton is joining the cast as an important character, though there movie is making one drastic change that is sure to spark a lot of conversation and controversy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Swinton is in talks to play the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic (who better for a role like that than the Snowpiercer and Only Lovers Left Alive star?), who serves as a mentor and advisor to the title character, to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. However, in the comics, the character is a man, while, with Swinton taking the role, it will obviously be a woman. In Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, a cocky surgeon »
Benedict Cumberbatch will have some company as he traverses the world of sorcery in Marvel’s Doctor Strange – THR is reporting today that Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) will be taking on the role of a Tibetan mystic known as The Ancient One (because you didn’t think she’d be playing a straight love interest, now did ya?) in the Scott Derrickson-directed blockbuster, which is intended to simultaneously introduce the Sorcerer Supreme and the more magical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What Marvel fans will make of the casting (The Ancient One was a man in the comics) should be interesting, but there’s no denying the attraction of casting a uniquely talented actress like Swinton in the part of a major comic-book character. She’s transformed herself again and again in everything from Snowpiercer to The Grand Budapest Hotel in recent years, so it’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
Now this is how to get people excited about a new Marvel movie. More action? New villains? Nope, Tilda Freaking Swinton. Per THR, the unbelievably talented actress/chameleon is in talks to join the cast of Marvel Studios’ superhero film Doctor Strange opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. The lynchpin here is that Swinton isn’t being eyed to play Cumberbatch’s female co-star or love interest. No, she’s in line to fill the role of the Ancient One, the Tibetan mystic who serves as Doctor Strange’s mentor and trains him to become the next Sorcerer Supreme. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Strange is a Tony Stark-esque cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands in an accident, and while on a subsequent quest to heal himself, stumbles across magic. Cumberbatch is set to play the title character for director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), and »
- Adam Chitwood
Last December, it was reported that Marvel were considering Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe for the role of The Ancient One in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange, but things have clearly changed since then. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Tilda Swinton is now in talks to play Strange's mentor in the movie, and it's no doubt both a surprising and interesting choice. Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the hero (who will apparently lead the New Avengers following Captain America: Civil War if recent rumours are to be believed), and seeing him alongside Swinton would no doubt be great. The site adds that Marvel were initially considering keeping the character of The Ancient One male, but changed their mind and have made him a woman instead. Swinton has also starred in Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer, and We Need to Talk About Kevin. »
After haunting moviegoers this spring, the relentless entity in David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is going to make house calls this summer, as Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS, and Dimension are releasing It Follows on Blu-ray and DVD on July 14th:
Press Release -- "Beverly Hills, Calif. – May 19, 2015 – The critically acclaimed breakout movie of the year, It Follows arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS and Dimension. Dubbed “the best horror film in over a decade”*, It Follows is directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), and stars Maika Monroe (upcoming Independence Day 2, The Guest), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath, Innocence, Laggies) and Jake Weary (Altitude, Fred).
One of the highest grossing independent films of the year so far, It Follows is credited with ushering in a new era of indie film success, »
- Derek Anderson
The workplace is scarier than any haunted house in “Office,” a South Korean psychothriller that’s razor-sharp as a satire on petty politics in the corporate world, but becomes sledgehammer-blunt when it wades into gory slasher territory. Tyro helmer Hong Won-chan boasts an instinctive grasp of when to dish out scream-worthy jolts and shocks, but the screenplay, though laced with wickedly bitchy dialogue, could have been more carefully thought out in terms of coherence and behavioral logic. Still, it’s hearty genre entertainment that provides an eye-catching vehicle for leading actress Ko A-sung, who’s made an impression in Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host” and “Snowpiercer.” Pic should find easy employment in Asian genre ancillary.
Kim Byung-guk (Bae Seong-woo) has had a rough day at the office, but his family notices nothing amiss when he comes home, until he pulls out a hammer. The next day, Det. Choi Jung-hoon (Park »
- Maggie Lee
“The challenge we have set ourselves over the last 20 years was to become the number one Asian film studio,” says Jeong Tae-sung, CEO of Cj Entertainment. “This means that we want to be Asia-wide, while also being truly localized.”
It’s a bold statement, but it comes from a company that has helped remake the Korean cinema industry.
When Cj Entertainment entered the fray 20 years ago, Korean audiences had turned their backs on cinema and filmmakers were struggling to find the funds needed to make their films.
How times have changed. Today, Cj is the largest film conglomerate in South Korea. It dominates the scene with a 25% share of the theatrical distribution market and is South Korea’s leading film financier and producer.
Over two decades Cj has been one of the few international companies to have come close to replicating the model provided by Hollywood’s “dream factories,” with »
- Sonia Kil
When it comes to international film festivals, there are sprinters and there are distance runners. Spanning 25 days across May and June, Seattle International Film Festival is the Pheidippides of American fests. Unlike its splashier cousins, Sundance and SXSW, Siff doesn’t pander to big movie stars or flashy hipsters. Staying true to its Northwest sensibilities, Siff quietly grinds out one terrific program after another. The 41st edition boasts a whopping 193 feature films, 164 short films, and 70 documentaries, many of which are either World or North American premieres. It’s enough to make even the most ambitious cinephile curl up in a corner with his festival guide and cry. Here, then, is a brief preview of some hotly anticipated films, as well as some obscure titles that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Strategically positioned in the middle of the calendar year, Siff has the advantage of playing favorites. More specifically, they »
- J.R. Kinnard
Last month, near the tail-end of the massive Avengers: Age Of Ultron press tour, stars Chris Evans (Snowpiercer) & Jeremy Renner (Kill The Messenger) found themselves in a bit of hot water after a joke they made about fellow Avenger, the Black Widow, went viral. After the comments were blown way out of proportion, both actors issued quick apologies, with Renner's statement receiving a bit of initial flak, and the issue was seemingly forgotten as it got caught up in the hype surrounding the release of the Joss Whedon-directed film. Last night on Conan, Renner revisited the whole situation and clarified a bit on the initial joke. Check out his comments in the video below: Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, »
In our latest round-up, we take a look at the theatrical release details for L.A. Slasher, Anchor Bay Entertainment's Blu-ray release of Monsters: Dark Continent, and the news of Helix being cancelled by Syfy.
L.A. Slasher: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2015) - Archstone Distribution has announced that the horror-dark comedy feature L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, will receive a North American theatrical release starting June 12 in select AMC Theatres.
“We are very excited to take L.A. Slasher to the silver screen," Archstone Distribution's President & CEO Brady Bowen stated. "It is a highly entertaining film with a unique voice that we know audiences are going to love!”
- Derek Anderson
From NYC to New South Wales, these stellar schools earn accolades for their showbiz programs.
U.S. Showbiz Programs
American Film Institute
AFI’s Conservatory is training 260 Fellows that are all, per the school, “worthy to watch.” The school’s participants create between four and 10 movies during the two-year program, and 37 alumni have received Oscar nominations in the past decade alone. An additional 118 have participated in award-winning projects ranging from “Boyhood” to “Mad Men.”
Art Center College of Design
The venerable private college’s film and graduate broadcast program continues to establish itself as an influential entity through its immersive curriculum and close working relationships between students and faculty. Its list of celebrated alumni includes director Zack Snyder and conceptual designers Ralph McQuarrie (“Star Wars”) and Syd Mead (“Blade Runner”).
Boston U. Department Film & Television, College of Communication
2015 saw the establishment of a one-year Mfa program, »
- Variety Staff
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
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