Doctor Strange

Marvel’s decision to cast Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange was always bound to attract controversy. The character is an Asian man in the comics, so putting a white woman in the role led to complaints about whitewashing. But the Doctor Strange team is standing by its choice. Last week Swinton went on record insisting that there were “very good reasons” for the change, and now Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill and Marvel Studios have weighed in as well.  Read More »

doctor strange whitewashing

Tilda Swinton is an ethereal being who has temporarily taken on our form so she can grace us with her presence and quietly exude psychic waves that hint at the true nature of the cosmos, so it’s a bit of a shame that she’s currently at the center of a very human controversy. She plays the mystical mentor to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange, a character known as the Ancient One…a character who was originally depicted as an Asian man in his 1963 comic book debut. As you’d expect, the arrival of the trailer two weeks ago sparked a controversy over the whitewashing of this character and now, Swinton herself has responded to it.

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doctor strange trailer breakdown

Captain America: Civil War will probably be pretty great, but if I could only see one Marvel superhero movie this year, it would be Doctor Strange. Part of this is because I have an affinity for the character, who is one of my favorite comic book heroes of all time. However, it’s also hard to say no to a superhero movie that takes a hard left turn into the realm of the mystical and the magical, which sounds like a refreshing change of pace. And that’s before you even talk about the cast that director Scott Derrickson has assembled, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda SwintonChiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Benedict Wong.

The first teaser trailer for Doctor Strange arrived late last night, so you know what that means – a frame-by-frame breakdown of the new footage.

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suspiria remake

You should look upon any remake of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece Suspiria with a certain amount of caution and distrust. Like the sinister, hiding-in-plain-sight villains of the original film, this remake is saying all of the right things and doing its best to pull you into a hellish trap from which you cannot escape. Don’t believe its lies. Get out while you still can!

Or maybe sit down and stay awhile. Maybe it’s okay to listen to director I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino describe his vision for the remake, which has been in development for years under a series of different directors. And who knows? Maybe the promise of a cast that includes Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson will be enough to convince you to get comfortable and relax. Maybe.

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a bigger splash trailer

How did it take this long for Tilda Swinton to play a rock star? The seemingly ageless Academy Award winner has tackled many roles throughout her fascinating career, but A Bigger Splash seems to be the first film to recognize how great she can look in shiny face paint and glittery costumes. You look at Swinton and immediately believe that yes, she is a legendary singer because Swinton is everything.

The newest trailer for A Bigger Splash is enigmatic, seemingly skirting around what’s really going on in this movie’s core, but it’s easy to buy what it’s selling. How could you say no to a movie starring Swinton and Ralph Fiennes and the stars of Bullhead and Fifty Shades of Grey? That’s too strange of a line-up to ignore.

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Hail Caesar trailer

As if we didn’t have enough movies to look forward to between now and the end of this year, it’s already time to start looking ahead to next year. Working Title has just dropped the first trailer for Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s not-quite-musical farce set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Josh Brolin plays studio fixer Eddie Manix, whose crazy day gets a whole lot crazier when a movie star (played by George Clooney) gets abducted. The all-star cast also includes Ralph FiennesScarlett JohanssonTilda SwintonAlden Ehrenreich, and Frances McDormand. Watch the Hail Caesar trailer after the jump. Read More »

Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy

Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho pulled together an all-star lineup for his first English-language film, Snowpiercer, and got some of the most memorable performances of the year out of them. No surprise, then, that heavyweight talents are eagerly lining up to join his new film Okja. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, and Bill Nighy are looking to board the multilingual monster pic, joining Tilda Swinton.

Read more about the Jake Gyllenhaal Okja casting after the jump. Read More »

A Bigger Splash trailer

Following the sumptuous I Am LoveTilda Swinton and director Luca Gadagnino have reunited for another tale of sun-drenched desire. In A Bigger Splash, a rock star (Swinton) and her filmmaker boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) find their relationship rocked by the arrival of her ex (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson). Mind games, jealousy, and possibly danger ensue. Watch the A Bigger Splash trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Want to see a Fox Marvel family portrait? What does Tilda Swinton have to say about Doctor Strange? Does Paul Rudd have stories to share from the Ant-Man shoot? How are things looking for Iron Man on the Captain America: Civil War set? Does Doom (a.k.a. Toby Kebbell) want to battle the Avengers? Why are Punisher and Spider-Man hanging out? Did Agent Carter just win the Dubsmash war? Would M. Night Shyamalan make an Unbreakable sequel? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Doctor Strange is about to get a good dose of strange. Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the Marvel adventure, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson.

As if that weren’t insane enough, Derrickson has also dropped a hint that Death itself could stop by the movie. More on the Tilda Swinton Doctor Strange casting, and the possible Death appearance, after the jump.  Read More »