Academy Award-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne has worked on a bunch of the previous Marvel Studio films, but the challenge to adapt Doctor Strange‘s costume for the big screen was harder than even she could have imagined.
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Today we continue our coverage from the set of Doctor Strange with our interview with Tilda Swinton, who plays the Ancient One in the comic book movie adaptation. During our on-set chat, Swinton talked to us about how her character is different from the original comic book version, her physical transformation for the role, her character’s relationship with Stephen Strange, what it’s like to play timeless characters, staying true to the comics even though it seems they are presenting a different vision of this character and much more. Hit the jump to read our Tilda Swinton Doctor Strange interview.
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We continue our Doctor Strange on-set coverage with an interview with actor Benedict Wong (The Martian, Prometheus). He plays the character Wong in this comic book adaptation and shares the first name as the film’s lead actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, which must make things very confusing on set. But as we’ve learned previously, Wong has been upgraded from a racial stereotype manservant/sidekick to a Kamar-Taj master. What role does Wong fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Find out in our Benedict Wong Doctor Strange interview, after the jump.
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When actor Benedict Cumberbatch burst into our room on the set of Doctor Strange, he looked as if he had just come from the North Pole. Specs of snow covered his hair and shoulders, while tiny icicles hung down from his facial hair. He clutched his arms around himself and declared “I bring greetings from Everest. Hello.” We had not stepped on the soundstage yet, so this was the first time we saw Cumberbatch in costume, and it was not what any of us were expecting.
I think maybe we were anticipating the actor to be dressed in his Doctor Strange costume, but they were filming a scene from earlier in the movie when Stephen Strange is conducting his training with The Great One in Kamar-Taj. The doctor has just come back through a portal from Mount Everest.
What follows is our conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch from the set of Doctor Strange earlier this year. We talk about the scene he was filming that day, the costumes and weapons he gets to use, why he wanted to be in this Marvel movie, the pressure of being a very different Marvel film, the evolution of his character and much more. Hit the jump to read our Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange Interview now.
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We continue our on-set Doctor Strange interviews with the director himself, Scott Derrickson. Between filming scenes, Derrickson talked to us briefly about the movie’s possible soundtrack, the adaptation process in a Marvel movie, what its like working in collaboration with Marvel Studios, the struggle to make magic feel different from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, the film as a martial arts based supernatural action movie, the fantastical visual imagery, why Scott loves the character, how the film’s humor is like Captain America: Winter Soldier, how Benedict Cumberbatch brings the humor to the movie, why they chose Kaecilius to be the villain for this story, why they made the changes to Wong and The Ancient One, and more. Hit the jump to read out full Scott Derrickson Doctor Strange interview.
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In February 2016, I traveled to London to get a glimpse at another dimension and visit the set of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. While on set we got a chance to have a long chat with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who as always, provided us with a lot of hints at what to expect from the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Feige talks about Doctor Strange’s origin story, how the movie will be different from the comics, rooting crazy concepts in real science, does Steven Strange know about The Avengers, how the film is more respectful to other cultures than the original source material may have been, how this movie was inspired by The Oath, which characters might connect with the Runaways, Mads Mikkelsen‘s character Kaecilius, multiple dimensions, the trouble with writing magic action, how Mordo is different in the movie, Rachel McAdams‘ character Christine Palmer, is the eye of agamotto an infinity stone, the genre of the film, how this film will defy expectations, Steven Strange’s role in the larger MCU, will we see cameos from the other Marvel characters, and much more.
If you’re a Marvel fan and have ever read a Kevin Feige interview before then, you know this is well worth your time. Hit the jump to open the portal.
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Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 by Fred Topel
The Simpsons is entering its 28th year, yet I still have new questions every time I see showrunner Al Jean at the Fox Television Critics Association party. Jean has been the show runner for 26 of the 28 years. He took two years to do the short-lived animated series The Critic, and may be the only other person besides myself who has watched every single episode of The Simpsons.
This year, Fox made some announcements during their TCA executive session. Amy Schumer is doing a voice role on all of their Sunday night animated shows, and The Simpsons will do their first ever one-hour episode. Read our interview with Al Jean below. Read More »
Mr. Robot Season 2 has come to a close, leaving us with a couple of cliffhangers and many questions. Thankfully Mr. Robot showrunner Sam Esmail and some of the cast have answered some of your burning questions, or at very least, providing insight into the choices that were made in this finale. What is going to happen to Phase 2 of F Society’s plans? How does Tyrell play into the future of this story? What is going on with Angela? Is the FBI too close to stopping it all? What’s with that post-credits scene? And what might we expect from Mr. Robot season 3? Hit the jump as we attempt to sift through the
Hit the jump as we examine the interviews and try to answer all of your Mr. Robot Season 2 finale questions.
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Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 by Fred Topel
James Wan makes his television debut with MacGyver, CBS’s reboot of the classic ’80s action series. With showrunner Peter Lenkov, and after one false start pilot, Wan directed the pilot that will air this week and set the stage for the series going forward. Lucas Till stars as Angus MacGyver, a scientist who uses his knowledge of real principles in the field on missions from a covert task force.
You may have heard the term “MacGyvering” your way out of a situation. It comes from the original show starring Richard Dean Anderson. Will Forte’s MacGruber sketch on SNL and subsequent movie is a spoof of MacGyver. We spoke with Wan and Lenkov before their panel to the Television Critics Association this summer. Read More »