Dominic Cooke’s Ironbark is a sturdy, Dad-core period thriller destined to impress fathers everywhere.
As the Cold War rages in the early 1960s, Soviet and American relations are so tense that the U.S. can’t risk sending an agent to make contact with a spy inside the Russian government. So the American and British governments team up to recruit a typical English businessman named Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) to make contact for them, all in the hopes of preventing all-out nuclear war. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as the beloved characters from the Children’s Television Workshop look back on 50 years of memories on Sesame Street before the show’s big anniversary celebration. Plus, watch as real stuntmen react to action sequences from Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and others, and check out Benedict Cumberbatch going undercover on the internet to address questions and comments about himself. Read More »
The Current War had its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2017. The reaction from the audience in attendance: considerably mixed, bordering on mostly negative. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon understood where this was coming from: he wasn’t happy with the film, either. The filmmaker had been rushed to finish the film in time for TIFF and delivered a cut he was unhappy with. The urging for the rush job came from the film’s producer: Harvey Weinstein. After the TIFF screening, Weinstein, as was his habit, recut the film himself – a development that only made Gomez-Rejon more miserable.
And then everything came crashing down: numerous sexual misconduct accusations against Weinstein came to light, The Weinstein Company imploded, and The Current War was pulled from its November 2017 release. Now, the film about the battle between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) is finally being released with a cut approved by Gomez-Rejon – a cut that uses a new score, adds a few new scenes, and presents a much tidier narrative. After all this time, will The Current War spark – or flicker out and go dark?
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After Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Wreck-It Ralph came to the virtual reality experience known as The VOID in previous years, ILMxLAB and Marvel Studios are bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life with an Avengers VR experience of their own.
Avengers: Damage Control will let fans step into the MCU to team up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and the first trailer has arrived, revealing what appear to be Wakandan vibranium Iron Man suits that you’ll be wearing within the Avengers VR experience. Check it out below! Read More »
After two globe-trotting movies with a certain suave spy, Skyfall director Sam Mendes is making his return to the period piece with 1917. A war drama that follows two soldiers in a single day at the height of World War I, 1917 has a stacked cast full of every British actor in existence, including Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, and Hot Priest himself, Andrew Scott. Watch the 1917 trailer below.
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon are ready to do the electric slide in The Current War, the delayed film about the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. The Current War debuted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, only to be pulled from the release calendar following the many allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Now, the film is finally ready for release, with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon having re-edited the flick to his own satisfaction. Watch The Current War trailer below.
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After premiering at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, The Current War was set to open in November of that year. The film was supposed to be a Weinstein Company release, but when the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein effectively killed TWC, The Current War was pulled from the release schedule. Now, the film – which tells the story of the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse – will finally see the light of day.
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Two years ago, The Current War was being primed to be a key Oscar candidate. A historical drama about the race for electricity dominance in 19th century America starring awards darlings Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon and directed by Martin Scorsese protégé Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, The Current War had all the right elements to make it a frontrunner in the awards race. It was met with lukewarm reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, and that might have obstructed it, sure, but critical acclaim isn’t always a driving force come awards season. But then its distributor The Weinstein Company imploded amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked Hollywood. And The Current War disappeared.
But sparked by a Scorsese clause in the film’s contract, The Current War flickered back to life. Now the film has been acquired by 101 Studios, which will finally set The Current War US release for an overhauled cut that is 10 minutes shorter and has five additional scenes.
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Make way for British Men: The Movie. No, that’s not actually the name of this new movie, but it may as well be judging by the sheer amount of pale white skin and sharp cheekbones that its cast shares. The film is Sam Mendes‘ latest effort, a World War I drama titled 1917, which takes place on a single day at the height of the Great War. The 1917 cast has just added British heartthrobs young and old to its numbers, including Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Richard Madden.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Fred Topel
Amazon presented a panel on their upcoming series Good Omens on the last day of the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where they announced the show’s official premiere date. Author and showrunner Neil Gaiman was on the panel with stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant and executive producer and director Douglas Mackinnon, where they revealed that Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in the series opposite Frances McDormand as God. Here are four things we learned about Amazon’s Good Omens. Read More »