There are a few big characters in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which acts as one of the first salvos in Marvel’s big Phase Three story set. The primary is obviously Doctor Strange himself, to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. There’s at least one villain, who may be played by Daniel Bruhl, and may or may not be Strange’s early adversary Baron Mordo. Strange and Mordo meet because they have the same teacher, the Ancient One, and he’s the third big character for the film.
So who plays the Ancient One? We don’t know yet, though there has been speculation that it could potentially be Al Pacino, who recently revealed that he has met with Marvel. Now a new report says there is an Ancient One shortlist of three names, with all the actors already contacted about possibly playing the character. Pacino is not one of them. It’s a fairly diverse group — get an eyeful of the Ancient One shortlist below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Cannes Film Festival is never short on buzzy works by high-profile directors and A-list stars. But one of the biggest crowdpleasers this year wound up being a film that had mostly flown under the radar until its premiere.
Directed by Matthew Warchus, Pride tells centers on an unexpected alliance that develops between LGBT activists and striking miners in 1980s Britain. What makes the story even more touching is that it’s true. Hit the jump to watch the first Pride trailer.
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Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has revealed its first trailer. John Madden‘s follow-up to his 2012 sleeper hit once again picks up with the colorful residents of the titular retirement center — all of whom, proprietor Sonny (Dev Patel) is careful to confirm, are still alive.
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Diana Hardcastle, and Ronald Pickup all reprise their roles from the first film. Joining the gang this time around are Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig), both of whom want the only vacant room left. Watch The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer after the jump.
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Fox Searchlight has made some of the most well-liked films in recent memory. The company has won Oscars and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars, but the one thing it has never done is make a sequel. That is, until now. John Madden is returning to make The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, the sequel to the 2012 hit. All of the surviving cast members will be back (such as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel) and there will be new additions including Richard Gere and David Strathairn. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
The last time Rachel McAdams fell in love with a time traveler, things took a turn for the romantically tragic. But she’s apparently willing to go back and do it all over again, in hope of a sunnier result.
Richard Curtis‘ About Time stars Domhnall Gleeson as unlucky-in-love Tim, whose father (Bill Nighy) reveals that the men in their family have the ability to travel through time and alter their own lives. Tim uses the power to woo beautiful Mary (McAdams), altering key moments again and again in an effort to construct a perfect relationship. Watch the technically NSFW (for language) red-band trailer after the jump.
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We’re less than a month away from the granddaddy of all pop culture gatherings, San Diego Comic-Con, and Lionsgate is the first studio to officially announce it will be bringing movies to show off. On Saturday July 20, in Hall H, stars and filmmakers behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and I, Frankenstein will be on hand to promote and show brand new footage. Read More »
The time-travel love story is nearly a constant in film, and it can be played a few ways: there are sweet, earnest, slightly creepy, and super-creepy, just for starters. About Time, in which the rather charming Domhnall Gleeson learns of his ability to travel through time, stars off seeming like it might be the super-creepy kind, as Gleeson’s character uses his ability to score.
But then, thanks to his presence and a gentle turn from Rachel McAdams, it seems to swerve into much sweeter, funny territory. That might be due to the fact that Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) wrote and directed. The additional cast (Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander and Margot Robbie) doesn’t hurt. Sure, there’s a bit of heavy message delivery from Nighy, but that might just be the trailer.
We’ve actually got two trailers, one from the UK and one for the US. Check out both below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
In Jack the Giant Slayer, Bryan Singer engages in the time-honored tradition of taking a classic fairy tale and reshaping it to fit the times. Current trends being what they are, that means turning the film gritty and (relatively) realistic, with plenty of Lord of the Rings-style action.
Screenwriters David Dobkin and Darren Lemke take the basic touchstones of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk — the poor farm boy, the magic beans, the scary giants — but introduce several brand-new elements to the story. In this version, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) heads upward to rescue a beautiful princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) and stop her evil betrothed (Stanley Tucci) from taking over the kingdom. It’s a version of Jack that’s never been told in all the centuries that the character has been around. So why does it all feel so tiresomely familiar?
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On August 10th 2011, I traveled to Toronto and visited the set of Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake. The movie was shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, the same studio where Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Universal’s The Thing remake were filmed. I was on set two thirds of the way through filming. After the jump you can watch a video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider discussing our impressions from being on set, alongside a comprehensive list of over 45 things I learned on set.
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