Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves Frontrunners for DOCTOR STRANGE?

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We’ve already got Ryan Gosling, Jared LetoOscar IsaacMatthew McConaugheyEwan McGregorJake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke in the mix for Doctor Strange.  Why not add another name to the ever-growing list?

Not only is it being reported that Colin Farrell is in consideration for the title role, but that Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the race as well.  Hit the jump for more on who’s supposedly in and out.  Doctor Strange is due in theaters on July 8, 2016.

INHERENT VICE Review | NYFF 2014

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After the New York Film Festival screening of Inherent Vice, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson and a good deal of his cast took the stage for a brief Q&A.  At one point, Anderson discussed Howard HawksThe Big Sleep and noted, “I saw The Big Sleep and it made me realize, I could not follow any of it and it didn’t matter because I just wanted to see what was gonna happen next.”  Anderson does manage to achieve that to a degree in Inherent Vice, but it winds up making the film even more of a disappointment because what happens next is rarely satisfying.

Joaquin Phoenix Will Not Be DOCTOR STRANGE as Talks with Marvel Break Down

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The road to Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange just got quite a bit rockier.  After casting rumors had abounded in the months since Scott Derrickson signed on to direct the 2016 Marvel film, the studio finally found their man this summer in Joaquin Phoenix and were ready to announce the news at San Diego Comic-Con in July.  However, as one might imagine, putting the finishing touches on Phoenix’s deal was quite complicated, and they weren’t able to finalize the contract in time for the SDCC announcement.  Word went quiet on the Doctor Strange front in the ensuing months and while rumors started to pick up that maybe Phoenix had dropped out of the film altogether, we were able to exclusively report in August that Phoenix was still in final talks to take on the lead role, as his deal was still in the process of being finalized.

We were hearing as late as two days ago that Phoenix remained Marvel’s man, but we can now confirm Deadline’s report that talks between Phoenix and Marvel broke down in the last 24 hours and he has now walked away from the film, setting Marvel back to square one.  More after the jump.

INHERENT VICE Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Leads Paul Thomas Anderson’s Psychedelic Detective Romp

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Warner Bros. has released the highly anticipated first Inherent Vice trailer for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, and it is glorious.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as private detective Larry “Doc Sportello” who is enlisted to help a former lover thwart a potential kidnapping involving her current billionaire boyfriend.  While PTA has trended a bit darker with his past few films, Inherent Vice looks to be a delightfully goofy romp that’s closer in tone to Boogie Nights than There Will Be Blood.  I found myself laughing multiple times during this trailer, and Joaquin Phoenix looks to be absolutely perfect casting as the pothead protagonist.  Moreover, the supporting cast appears to be phenomenal as well, with Josh Brolin getting a particularly hilarious standout moment here.  Anderson cuts his own trailers so this is likely a very accurate snapshot of the film’s vibe as a whole, and all I can say is it’s made the wait for the film’s release feel so, so, so much farther away.

Hit the jump to watch the Inherent Vice trailer.  The film also stars Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna NewsomInherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th.

New INHERENT VICE Images Goes Online; Paul Thomas Anderson Talks about the Film and Reveals the Ending Differs from the Book

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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice will soon be making its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, and while we wait for the buzz to surface (or die, depending on the reaction), a new image has been released online.  Based on the book by Thomas Pynchon, the story takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institutions, and policemen called “Bigfoot.”  However, don’t go in expecting a direct adaptation of Pynchon’s novel.  According to the New York Times, Anderson wrote an “outrageous new ending for the film that deviates significantly from the novel,” although Phoenix notes that Pynchon was an active participant in the process (the reclusive author may even have a cameo).

Hit the jump to check out the new Inherent Vice image and to learn more about the film.  Inherent Vice opens December 12th, and also stars Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Katherine Waterson, and Joanna Newsom.

First Look at Reese Witherspoon in New INHERENT VICE Image

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We have seen a couple stills and a brief flash of footage from Inherent Vice, but Warner Bros. is happy to keep the flow of publicity materials slow and steady up until the October 4 New York Film Festival premiere.  A new image surfaced tonight that offers our first look at Reese Witherspoon.  Adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel, the plot of the movie is set into motion when an ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) hires private detective Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) to investigate a case in early 1970s Los Angeles.

Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna Newsom also star.  Inherent Vice opens in limited release December 12 and expands nationwide January 9, 2015.  See the full Inherent Vice image after the jump.

TOP 5: Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Lead DOCTOR STRANGE, WHIPLASH, Warner Bros. Superhero Pics Are No Joke, ROSEWATER, KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS

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One of the best documentaries I’ve seen this year is the Netflix original The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Directed by brothers Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the doc premiered at Sundance back in January where Matt gave it a glowing review and debuted on Netflix last month where you can still instant stream it today. The film follows the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team created by actor and lifelong baseball enthusiast Bing Russell in 1973. In addition to being the only professional team in America to operate without a Major League affiliate at the time, the Mavericks held open tryouts and built a roster that was made up almost entirely of players who had long been forgotten by the world of organized baseball. The result was a team that played with a supreme chip on their shoulder that not only lead to wins but also record setting attendance numbers that stand to this day. Whether you grew up wanting to be a big leaguer or simply appreciate a fantastic underdog story, The Battered Bastards of Baseball is an affecting doc that’s not to be missed.

Recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features word that Joaquin Phoenix is in final negotiations to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, a new trailer for Whiplash that will detour you from ever wanting to study jazz performance, the rumor that Warner Bros. has a “no jokes” mandate for its upcoming Superhero movies, the first trailer for Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut Rosewater, and a disturbing trailer for Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Exclusive: Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Lead DOCTOR STRANGE

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Given the cloud of secrecy that surrounds each and every Marvel Studios property while in development, there are bound to be unconfirmed rumors about almost every major aspect of their upcoming films—particularly in the casting department.  The studio is currently filling out its Phase Three slate, and while Ant-Man is the first film out of the gate in July 2015 followed by Captain America 3 in May 2016, we then have the Doctor Strange movie on July 8, 2016.  Marvel recently signed Scott Derrickson to direct the mystical comics adaptation, and in keeping with the rumor tradition, speculation has run rampant as to who will fill the title role.

After rounds of shortlists and cryptic comments with regards to who will inhabit the character, the trades reported in mid-July that Joaquin Phoenix was finally in negotiations to star in the film.  It’s been over a month since that time and there still hasn’t been confirmation from Marvel’s end, so the speculation machine kicked up again recently with word going around that Jack Huston is now “under consideration” for the part.  However, we’re hearing there’s absolutely no truth to that rumor, as Phoenix’s deal is currently being finalized.  More after the jump.

First INHERENT VICE Image Reveals Josh Brolin in a Flat Top

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One of the most anticipated films of the year is undoubtedly Paul Thomas Anderson’s next feature, and now the first official Inherent Vice image has landed online—albeit in rough form.  The film is featured in this week’s Fall Movie Preview edition of Entertainment Weekly, and while the magazine hasn’t officially released the Inherent Vice image online, a scan of the photo has been uploaded for our perusing pleasure.  It’s small in size and low in quality, but we do see Joaquin Phoenix’s title character sporting some serious mutton chops while he chats up a serious-looking Josh Brolin, who has a very particular kind of haircut.  Adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, the film has been described as “a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early ‘70s SoCal counterculture back to full-blown life.”  Hopefully a high-quality version of the image lands online, and we should be seeing a trailer soon.

Hit the jump to check out the Inherent Vice image.  The film also stars Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, and Owen WilsonInherent Vice will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in October and opens in theaters on December 12th.

Joaquin Phoenix Reportedly in Talks to Play DOCTOR STRANGE

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Move over Benedict Cumberbatch and those persistent rumors.  Marvel and director Scott Derrickson might have found their Doctor Strange.  Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to star in the titular role for Marvel’s potential new franchise.

I think this is perfect casting because I think Phoenix is essentially always a great choice.  He’s one of the finest actors of our generation and can effortlessly disappear into pretty much any role.  Hit the jump for more on Joaquin Phoenix potentially playing Doctor Strange.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE to Have World Premiere at New York Film Festival

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The New York Film Festival made a hell of a first selection by nabbing David Fincher’s Gone Girl as its opening night film, and now the fest’s second selection makes it an even more enticing destination.  Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice will have its world premiere at NYFF 2014 on October 4th, as the pic as been selected as the fest’s centerpiece gala.  The Thomas Pynchon adaptation is led by Joaquin Phoenix, with an eclectic cast that also includes Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Owen Wilson.  Per THR, NYFF director Kent Jones describes Inherent Vice as “a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early ‘70s SoCal counterculture back to full-blown life.  It’s a wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed, and altogether stunning movie.”

With the one-two punch of premiering Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, NYFF is giving the traditional festival juggernaut TIFF a run for its money.  Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.  NYFF 2014 runs from September 27th through October 13th, and Inherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th. 

HER Blu-ray Review

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Prior to the release of Spike Jonze’s love story Her last year, the film was essentially the butt of a joke.  A guy falls in love with his phone?  Ridiculous.  How would that even work?  Well the key, apparently, is Spike Jonze.  The filmmaker turned a very simple and potentially laughable premise into one of the most engaging, affecting, and emotional love stories in recent memory.  Her isn’t just about how a guy falls in love with his phone, it’s about how we, humanity, love one another in the modern age.  It’s one of the things that makes us uniquely human, and Jonze explores issues relating to relationships—both romantic and platonic—against a gorgeous and fascinating sci-fi backdrop to phenomenal results, anchored by an incredible, delicate lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix.  Read my full Her Blu-ray review after the jump.

Gerard Butler Drops out of POINT BREAK; Channing Tatum to Produce and Star in Sony Crime Thriller; Emma Stone Joins Woody Allen’s Next Untitled Picture

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Here’s a bit of casting (and anti-casting) news today:

  • Gerard Butler has exited Ericson Core’s Point Break remake scripted by Kurt Wimmer.  Luke Bracey still stars.
  • Channing Tatum will star in and produce an untitled crime thriller for Sony.  Kristin Gore will pen the script.
  • Emma Stone has joined Woody Allen’s latest untitled film, which also stars Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Michelle Forbes is the latest addition to Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

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Joaquin Phoenix to Star in Woody Allen’s Next Film

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As per usual, filmmaker Woody Allen is getting ready to start production on his next film this summer.  Also per usual, plot details on the untitled pic are unknown, but now we have a face to put with Allen’s next feature: Joaquin PhoenixDeadline reports that Phoenix has signed on to lead Allen’s next project, which begins filming in July.  The filmmaker is coming off the success of last year’s darkly comic drama Blue Jasmine, and before that he went straight comedy with To Rome with Love.  It’s unclear which genre he’ll be tackling with Phoenix, but the pairing is certainly promising.

Allen’s 2014 film is the romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight, which opens July 25th and stars Colin Firth as an Englishman in the 1920s who is brought to the south of France to unmask a possible swindle.  Emma Stone also stars.  As for Phoenix, he most recently wrapped Paul Thomas Anderson’s detective story Inherent Vice, which hits theaters December 12th, and was considered for the Lex Luthor role in Batman vs. Superman that was eventually filled by Jesse Eisenberg.  Though a superhero movie would’ve been an interesting career turn, a Woody Allen movie feels a bit more in line with Phoenix’s trajectory.

New Trailer for THE IMMIGRANT Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner

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The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for James Gray‘s period drama The Immigrant.  The story centers on a woman (Marion Cotillard) immigrating to New York City in the 1920s who, when her sister is rejected and sent back to Poland, finds herself lured into the world of prostitution in the hopes of eventually being reunited with her kin.  This trailer focuses on the striking cinematography and throws out several ecstatic blurbs from critics.  I wish I had seen the movie they saw.  When I caught the film at the New York Film Festival last year, I saw a misguided effort that took a softball approach to a harsh narrative.

Hit the jump to check out The Immigrant trailer.  The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner.

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