The War Magician

Next fall we’ll see Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch get mystical in Marvel Studios’ Phase Three project Doctor Strange, but after that, he’s going to get magical with a true story out of World War II.

Cumberbatch, who was just recently seen as a controversially androgynous model in Zoolander 2, has been attached to star in The War Magician, a thriller about a world famous magician who used his sleight-of-hand tricks and stunts to help the Allied forces defeat the Nazis. That sounds like something a writer would make up, but it’s actually true. Read More »

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Doctor Strange 2

Marvel Studios has officially announced the start of production on Doctor Strange… three weeks after the first set photos surfaced on the web. Yeah, we were already onto you, Marvel.

Still, that press release is useful for confirming certain details about the studio’s mysterious new movie. It reveals the star-studded cast (which includes Mads Mikkelsen, previously reported only as being in talks) and the crew (which is made up almost entirely of Marvel vets). It also gives us the first official Doctor Strange synopsis. Get all the latest officially confirmed Doctor Strange details after the jump.  Read More »

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How does Benedict Cumberbatch look as Doctor Strange? Which Wet Hot American Summer cast member just joined the cast of Agent Carter? Who might the villain in the new Wonder Woman be? Why do Yellowjacket‘s lasers sound familiar in Ant-Man? How will Batman succeed in fighting Superman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Sherlock Victorian special trailer

Sherlock‘s cases have gone to some pretty weird places, but this next one tops them all. In a special airing this winter, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) are going all the way back to their roots. Like, their original, literary, Arthur Conan Doyle roots, i.e., 19th century London.

We’ve already seen a clip and heard some details about the upcoming special, and today we finally have our first full-length trailer. Watch the Sherlock Victorian special trailer after the jump. Read More »

Rachel McAdams in Doctor Strange

UPDATE 9/14/2015: TheWrap reports Rachel McAdams has confirmed she will indeed star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange. Original story from July 25, 2015 follows.

Earlier this month, a rumor surfaced that Rachel McAdams has been offered the female lead in Marvel Studios forthcoming Phase Three film Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. But as usual, Marvel didn’t confirm or deny these rumblings, so we were left in the dark as to the truth of the matter.

Now McAdams, who can currently be seen on HBO each Sunday in True Detective, as well as in theaters in Southpaw starting this weekend, has confirmed discussions about taking a role in the Marvel cinematic universe. Find out more about Rachel McAdams in Doctor Strange after the jump! Read More »

d23 marvel panel

The big D23 Expo from Disney came and went over the weekend, leaving onlookers dizzy with details about more than a dozen upcoming projects from various outfits that are part of the Disney corporate structure. While D23 hosted thousands of visitors, most of our readers were unable to attend. But there’s good news: most of the big panels from D23 are online in video form.

As is the case with similar recordings of Comic Con panels, there is no film footage included here. But if you want to see highlights from the D23 Marvel panel, including talk about Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War, you can watch below. And while the Civil War film footage isn’t here, you can see (most of) Benedict Cumberbatch‘s video greeting and enjoy the on-stage charisma of Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie. Read More »

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Doctor Strange D23

Disney and Marvel kicked off day two of the D23 Expo 2015 with a presentation for Doctor Strange, complete with a video call-in from star Benedict Cumberbatch and a showcase of production art and animatics provided by director Scott Derrickson, who is in London prepping the movie . The film begins shooting in November, but there was enough weird stuff in the early art to wow the crowd, including mock-ups of Cumberbatch in comics-accurate costume.

And while we’ve heard that Doctor Strange could be Marvel’s Fantasia, there were also physics-defying images of cities and cars warped in a manner that immediately bring to mind Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Read More »

Sherlock Special

Steven Moffat returned to the Television Critics Association summer press tour, this time for the upcoming Sherlock special, which takes their modern day Sherlock Holmes back to the original Victorian era. Details are sparse, as even the release date for the latest Sherlock hasn’t been set yet, but Moffat did reveal that the Victorian setting made it more aesthetically appropriate to do an Arthur Conan Doyle ghost story. Read More »

Black Mass trailer

If you haven’t been impressed with the work Johnny Depp has been putting out over the past decade, with disappointments like Mortdecai, The Tourist, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, and tired Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, it looks like Black Mass might restore your faith in the actor.

A new trailer for the crime thriller from Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper has just surfaced showing off more of what appears to be an Oscar-worthy performance from Johnny Depp as the infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, who was given free criminal reign thanks to his brother (Benedict Cumberbatch) being situated at the FBI.

Watch the new Black Mass trailer after the jump! Read More »