Even though Marvel fans are mostly pleased with the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Sorcerer Supreme in the forthcoming Phase Three film Doctor Strange, there was almost another actor in the role who might have been a somewhat more interesting addition to the Marvel cinematic universe.
We know that Joaquin Phoenix was not just courted for the lead role in Doctor Strange, but he was even said to be in final talks for the Marvel Studios production. But sadly, he ended up falling away from the project. The question is why? We finally have an answer as to why Joaquin Phoenix passed on Doctor Strange, and it’s not entirely surprising. Read More »
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A couple week ago it was revealed that Dwayne Johnson would be starring in Jungle Cruise, based on Disneyland’s classic boat ride. The Rock has now revealed that the movie will be a period piece taking place during the 1920’s.
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Not too long ago, Benicio del Toro confirmed rumors that he was taking a role in the next chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy. In addition, reports have indicated that he will have some kind of villain role, though Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t confirmed anything.
However, del Toro seems to have been given permission to talk about the film as he has just seemingly confirmed the villain part of the equation while also revealing when Star Wars Episode 8 shooting actually begins. Read More »
Ever since the little ball droid known as BB-8 was revealed in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans were hoping that the franchise that has mastered the art of merchandising would be releasing a remote controlled BB-8 toy for fans to play with at home. And their hopes have become realities.
Not one, but two remote controlled BB-8 toys are coming on Force Friday, and we have a good look at the two different options you’ll have to choose between. They’re both relatively pricey for toys, but they just might be worth it, especially the more expensive version, which comes from Sphero, the company that helped create BB-8 in the first place. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
The Netflix branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow. Luke Cage has just added two key players to its lineup: Theo Rossi, who’ll play villain Shades, and Rosario Dawson, who’ll reprise her role as Claire Temple. Get the details on the Luke Cage Theo Rossi and Rosario Dawson casting after the jump. Read More »
Since 2009 Dreamworks has enjoyed a deal with Disney that sees Dreamworks films released and promoted through Disney’s machinery, but that could change soon. That Disney deal expires in 2016, and Steven Spielberg is reportedly in talks with Universal to house Dreamworks at that studio.
It’s a business deal that won’t come as a surprise to many, and which might not seem to mean much to people outside of the fact that the Ghost in the Shell film being assembled by Dreamworks could ultimately be released by Universal in the US, instead of Disney.
But there’s one sentence that sticks out in news of a possible Dreamworks Universal deal: “[Spielbeg] also is key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises such as Jaws and Back to the Future.” Those words inspire chills, and not good ones. Read More »
How do you feel about seeing Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black in a Star Wars movie? She’s been rumored for a role in the past (in Rogue One, which ultimately went to Felicity Jones), and now she’s one of three names on a shortlist of young women who are reportedly in contention for a primary role in Star Wars Episode VIII.
Note that potential very vague spoilers for the new films follow along with the full Star Wars Episode VIII shortlist is below. Read More »
This weekend, Disney and Lucasfilm unleash an onslaught of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise into stores around the world with a little event they’ve called Force Friday, which will be preceded by an 18-hour unboxing live stream of tons of goodies hitting shelves for Star Wars fans.
There’s no doubt that people are going to spend tons of money on this stuff, whether it’s for themselves or for their kids, and a new report unsurprisingly indicates Disney will make quite the pretty penny on all this. But the real surprise is just how much these sales will total in a single year. Read More »
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Chances are, many Marvel fans don’t even know the name Ike Perlmutter. Ask people who runs Marvel Studios and the name you’ll hear will be Kevin Feige. Even Feige reports to someone, however. Since 2007, when Feige was made president of production at Marvel Studios, that someone has been Ike Perlmutter, who became CEO of Marvel Entertainment in 2005.
Things changed last week, however, as Feige managed to tweak the corporate structure at Marvel and Disney. In short, Feige now reports to Disney chief Alan Horn, while Perlmutter remains Marvel Entertainment CEO, working out of New York.
On the surface the change may seem small, but the new exec structure could have a couple of big long-range effects for Marvel movies and TV. Time will tell how big those changes will be; we’ll explore the possible ramifications of the Marvel Studios shakeup after the break. Read More »