Doctor Strange

For a while there, it looked like the Doctor Strange casting rumors were finally coming to a rest. Then Joaquin Phoenix decided he didn’t want to do the movie after all. That sent Marvel back to square one, and the rest of us gossiping and speculating all over again about who might get the part.

A couple weeks ago, we got word Ethan Hawke was up for the role, and yesterday we heard Ewan McGregor was being looked at as well. Now a new report reveals several more names on the shortlist: Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Jared Leto (again). Hit the jump for all the latest Doctor Strange shortlist.

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When last we left the role of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, Joaquin Phoenix was in “final talks.” That was in late August, but Marvel has yet to make an official announcement about the casting. So we wait. Now, a new name is in the mix, reportedly contacted after Joaquin Phoenix wouldn’t make things final. That name is Ethan Hawke, the star most recently seen in Boyhood.

Hawke starred in director Scott Derrickson‘s 2012 hit, Sinister, so he has a relationship with the director. He also has that wise gravitas needed for the role. But is this real? We explore the Ethan Hawke Doctor Strange rumor after the jump. Read More »

Predestination trailer

When he’s not collaborating with Richard Linklater on beautifully understated indies about the passage of time, Ethan Hawke can often be found heading up thrillers. His recent genre successes include Sinister and The Purge, and now he’s reteaming with his Daybreakers directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig for Predestination.

The time-traveling pic is based on a 1959 short story by Robert Heinlein called “—All You Zombies—” but to our modern eyes it also seems to have shades of Looper and Source Code. Hawke plays a “temporal agent” who tries to stop crimes before they happen. Watch the new Predestination trailer after the jump.

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Good Kill andrew niccol

Writer/director Andrew Niccol, and actor Ethan Hawke have done two films together, Gattaca and Lord of War, and they’re really Niccol’s two best films. Now the pair have done a new film, Good Kill, which is described as “a unique look at the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot.” The film premiered at Venice to good reviews, and makes its North American bow at TIFF tonight. Before that happens, however, we’ve got a dramatic and simple new poster for the film. Read More »

new Cymbeline trailer

Michael Almereyda is the latest to tweak William Shakespeare’s work to suit his purposes. Almereyda’s Cymbeline sees him teaming one more with Ethan Hawke, who starred in the director’s Hamlet in 2000. Cymbeline envisions the original text as “an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled America.” Ed Harris also stars, along with Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson and Anton Yelchin. Check out the new Cymbeline trailer below, along with a new clip. Read More »

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Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood was born of such a simple, smart idea, it begs an equally simple question – could he just keep going? Every year for 12 years, the writer/director shot the same actors to tell the story of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his life from the age of 6 to 18. It’s an idea that, obviously, could be extended to tell the character’s story for years to come. There are other extremely formative times in a person’s life, outside childhood.

When posed with this question in a recent interview, Linklater didn’t dismiss it. Instead, he offered up an absolutely perfect idea. Basically, he suggested he may have already made the sequel. Read the Boyhood sequel quote below. Read More »

Predestination trailer

While the partnership between Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater has led to some of the most satisfying films in recent art-house release, Hawke is also indulging his genre interests in many other pictures. In the recent past he’s done films like Sinister, Total Recall, The Purge and Daybreakers. Now he has reunited with Daybreakers filmmakers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig for Predestination, a time-travel thriller that seems like it has the ambition to grab the audience that loved Looper.

Hawke plays a “temporal agent,” who has pursued one criminal throughout his entire career. This first Predestination trailer is an intriguing tease, as it shies away from specifying too much about the plot. Instead it assembles a set of character beats and hints at a twisting storyline. Check out the trailer and poster below. Read More »

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Boyhood, the new film from Richard Linklater, is a great movie, with touching, funny, and committed performances from all involved. Linklater’s comedy isn’t based in outrageous provocation, but from the observation of moments that are recognizable by almost anyone. And Boyhood works in that mode, provoking the sort of knowing laughter that comes from the exploration of everyday moments.   

But one of the biggest laughs in the film comes from something a little different. The film references pop-culture moments frequently, to ground the story in time and let us know who the characters are. One scene, a conversation about Star Wars, works because of the film’s own backstory (Boyhood was filmed incrementally over a period of 12 years) and a bit of gently perfect timing from Ethan Hawke and editor Sandra Adair.

We talked to Hawke about the film, and he explained how that particular moment came to be.  Read More »

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