Rogue One Reshoots

The morning after watching 28 minutes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I joined the rest of the gathered press as we reconvened at Lucasfilm for a full day of interviews (which you can read right over here). But before that, we assembled for the group press conference, moderated by StarWars.com’s Andi Gutierrez. In attendance were Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director Gareth Edwards, visual effects supervisor (and story creator) John Knoll, and actors Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, and Riz Ahmed.

The result was a sprawling morning that covered everything from the genesis of the film’s unique look, to George Lucas’ reaction to the final cut, to Kathleen Kennedy addressing her previous comments about women directing Star Wars movies…to Alan Tudyk’s very, very tight motion capture jumpsuit. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Rogue One Clip

The clips are starting to pour in for Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After plenty of welcomed secrecy, just two short weeks before the movie finally comes out, we’re seeing more and more footage. Yesterday brought us a clip in which Stormtroopers have yet to master the art of simply aiming, while today brings us a new clip showing Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) trying to get on the same page and another with a character you’ll remember from the prequels.

Below, watch the Rogue One clips.

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death stranding trailer mads mikkelsen

Few game video game designers have managed to blur the line between interactive gaming and cinema quite as effectively as Hideo Kojima, so is it any surprise that the trailer for his latest project, the oddly titled Death Stranding, features characters played by Mads Mikkelsen and director Guillermo del Toro in motion capture performances? We still don’t know how this game plays or what it’s about or when it’s expected to hit shelves, but these actors (and the sensibilities on display in this footage) suggest that Kojima is trying to draw as many cinephiles into his web as he is gamers.

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Jon Spaihts interview

2016 is a good year for screenwriter Jon Spaihts. After years of development, Spaihts’ first hot spec script, Passengers, finally got made and is coming to theaters before the year ends. On top of that, he co-wrote Marvel’s latest, Doctor Strange, with director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

The origin story shows Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) transformation from an arrogant, selfish surgeon to a powerful, compassionate sorcerer. Spaihts worked on the Doctor Strange script before Derrickson and Cargill conducted rewrites, but he was the first writer to board the project to help Derrickson and MarvelKevin Feige figure out how to best tell Stephen Strange’s trippy tale.

We recently spoke with Spaihts to discuss the challenges of writing an origin story, comic book conventions, his writing process, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.

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Doctor Strange Chase Clip - Benedict Cumberbatch

We’re just two days out from Doctor Strange hitting theaters all over the United States (with some screenings arriving tomorrow evening). The film has already been pulling in some decent cash overseas after hitting plenty of international territories last weekend, and it’s bound to have a good weekend at the domestic box office as well.

However, it seems like Marvel maybe needs to make a little more of a marketing push than they usually do, if only because Doctor Strange isn’t quite as well known of a character as their other franchise starters. Their latest effort is a Doctor Strange clip that finds our villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his minions chasing after Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Making this chase all the more interesting is the manipulation of the city around them so that its basically a pursuit through a metropolis designed by M.C. Escher.

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Doctor Strange sequel

The other day, director Scott Derrickson said if he’s lucky enough to direct a Doctor Strange sequel, he wants to make a more visceral film, one that digs a little deeper into the villain. With plenty of world building and character introductions completed in the Marvel film, Derrickson is now free to jump right into the deep end the next time around and explore more ideas unrelated to Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) origin story. The filmmaker already has a few thoughts on what he’d like to see in a Doctor Strange sequel.

Below, learn which character from the comics Scott Derrickson hopes to use in another Doctor Strange tale.

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Doctor Strange Upside Down TV Spot

Next week, you’ll get to see how Marvel and director Scott Derrickson pulled off Doctor Strange. The character is a very different flavor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The origin story shares obvious similarities to their past films, but in tone and execution, Doctor Strange is a slightly different, trippier, and sometimes more dramatic comic book movie. The wild visuals alone help separate Scott Derrickson’s film from the herd a little, and a new upside down TV spot uses some of the film’s grander, action-heavier shots to sell audiences on Marvel’s latest and weirdest.

Below, watch the upside down Doctor Strange upside down TV spot.

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Doctor Strange Reviews - Benedict Cumberbatch

Last week brought the first reactions to Doctor Strange after press saw the movie before it hits international markets this coming week. Now the embargo has lifted on full reviews of Marvel’s latest addition to their cinematic universe, providing us with a much more detailed reception from critics.

The full Doctor Strange reviews paint a promising picture full of rich performances, dazzling visuals and some of the best action we’ve ever seen. However, these reviews also dive deeper into the movie’s shortcomings, mainly coming from treading familiar territory as another origin story and putting forth a lead character whose defining characteristics might be a little to close to the Marvel franchise that started this whole universe with Iron Man. But thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson keep that from being too frustrating.

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Jake Scott short film

Sir Ridley Scott has quite the talented family. His three children have all directed feature films. The last feature Scott’s eldest son, Jake Scott, directed was Welcome to the Rileys, a compelling drama with memorable performances. The director made his feature filmmaking debut with the little-known Plunkett & Macleane, which, even in Jake Scott’s eyes, is a very rough around the edges first movie. He’s also directed some excellent music videos and short films throughout his career, including a new eight-minute short starring Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) as an assassin.

Below, watch the new Jake Scott short film.

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Last week’s third (and final) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer gave us a great deal to talk about. Now, the actors involved have given us even more. The past few days have seen new character details revealed and a fair share of new interviews with various cast members, so how about we run through everything you need to know?

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