A Done Deal: Marvel Confirms Benedict Cumberbatch Is DOCTOR STRANGE; Logline Revealed

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It’s Official.  Confirmed.  Signed, sealed, and delivered.  After months of rumors, negotiations, and close calls, Marvel has officially confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed be the star of Doctor Strange, putting an end to the longest casting process since…well probably True Detective Season 2.  Regardless, the studio has found its man, and producer Kevin Feige has high praise for the star:

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing the film from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts. Hit the jump for more on this long road to finding Doctor Strange.

Rumor: Ewan McGregor Could Be DOCTOR STRANGE

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Ah, the casting saga of Doctor Strange continues.  I’m sure whoever director Scott Derrickson casts in the role will be great, but it’s interesting to see the wide breadth of names being mentioned for the part.  Derrickson and Marvel had been dancing with Joaquin Phoenix for a while before he dropped out and a lot of the subsequent online fan casting has mentioned names like Keanu Reeves and Ethan Hawke.

One of the names those fan casters haven’t brought up is Ewan McGregor, but here he is suddenly in the middle of the conversation.  And I don’t even necessarily think he’d be a bad choice.  He may not look the part on the surface, but there’s this thing he can do called “acting” that I’m sure could smooth everything over.  Hit the jump for more on Ewan McGregor potentially playing Doctor Strange.

Keanu Reeves Talks DOCTOR STRANGE and His Stance on Comic Book Movies in General

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For the past week or so since Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of negotiations to play the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange (and even before that really if you go back a few months) the internet has been torn virtually asunder by chatter regarding whom might be right for the role.  One of the names that has been bandied about in recent days is Keanu Reeves and I can see why he’s a fan casting favorite.  Not only does he have the right look and demeanor for the role, but he’s worked with director Scott Derrickson before on The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Steve caught up with Reeves today and, while the bulk of their interview centered around the f*cking fantastic John Wick, they discussing the notion of playing Doctor Strange and doing superhero movies in general.  Hit the jump for Reeves’ thoughts on Doctor StrangeJohn Wick hits theaters on October 24th.

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.


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[Incompresa has been titled Misunderstood in the U.S.  For the purposes of this review I will be referring to it by its original title.]

In 1993 Hole’s Courtney Love was asked about the differences between their then-impending masterpiece Live Through This and their prior album, the cathartic but formally messy Pretty on the Inside.  She replied, “it’s leaps and bounds different.  It’s so different there should have been an album in between.”  The same sentiment could be used to describe the vast gulf between writer/director Asia Argento’s last feature film, the undeniably visceral The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, and her new work Incompresa, which carries a sustained and palpable ache that could only be achieved by someone working at the top of their craft.  

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.

Cast and Synopsis Revealed For SINISTER 2; Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone to Star

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Sinister 2 is underway and will start filming next week in Chicago with Shannyn Sossamon as the film’s new lead.  Also, in a bit of good news for fans of the original film, James Ransone is returning as “Deputy So and So.”  Maybe we’ll even learn his name this time (or maybe not, I have a theory that they will find a clever way to hold back).  While original director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil)  isn’t returning behind the camera, he did team with C. Robert Cargill (who also worked on the original film) to pen the script and will of course produce the movie alongside Jason Blum.  As far as a helmer is concerned, they’re entrusting the reins on this on to Ciaran Foy, who directed the excellent Citadel (definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it already).

Robert and Dartanian Sloan will be portraying Sossamon’s twin sons in the movie.  Hit the jump for more on Sinister 2’s cast and synopsis.  Focus Features releases the film on August 21st, 2015.

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.

SINISTER 2 Will Haunt Theaters on August 21st, 2015

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Sinister 2 is just over a year away.  Focus Features announced today that the horror sequel will land in wide release on August 21st, 2015.  While original director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil)  isn’t returning behind the camera, he did team with C. Robert Cargill (who also worked on the original film) to pen the script and will of course produce the movie alongside Jason Blum.  If you saw Sinister you can probably guess why there aren’t any announcements about Ethan Hawke coming back.

I really liked the first film’s use of imagery and I think the general mood of the piece was its most successful element.  So I’m glad that they’re entrusting the reins on this on to Ciaran Foy, who directed the excellent Citadel (seriously, seek that one out if you haven’t seen it already).  Hit the jump for more on the Sinister 2 release date.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Edgar Wright’s Departure From ANT-MAN; Teases the Tone of DOCTOR STRANGE

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It will probably be a long time before we get some truly candid quotes regarding director Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man.  Maybe in 20 years when Peter Biskind gets around to whatever book of his that will cover Hollywood from 2000-2020.  Today’s comments from Marvel head Kevin Feige on the matter are probably about as frank as things are going to get in the near future.  The fact of the matter is that this kind of stuff happens all the time, but the exceptions here are that Wright was on the project for eight years and was only months out from shooting.  For whatever reason, Disney and Marvel (with an emphasis on the former most likely) became unhappy with the script fashioned by Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish and brought on studio writers to take a crack at a polish.  When that polish wasn’t to Wright and Cornish’s liking, they exited the project.

Enter new director Peyton Reed (in my opinion a very talented filmmaker in his own right) and a new revision by Adam McKay (followed up by a production polish).  While Feige doesn’t give exact details of what went wrong, he does successfully paint a portrait of a flawed dynamic where everyone is being “too nice.”  Which can always lead to problems.  Hit the jump for more on the departure of Ant-Man director Edgar Wright as well as a few tidbits about Doctor Strange.

What Will We See at Marvel’s Comic-Con Panel This Year?

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The madness of San Diego Comic-Con is upon us, and that means it’s speculation time.  Marvel is always a highlight of the event, and this morning the studio “announced” that its Hall H panel is set for Saturday from 5:30-6:30pm.  I say “announced” because the official description of the panel is as follows: “Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige and special guests will provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.”  That’s incredibly vague, but not altogether surprising given that Marvel loves to keep things under wraps.

However, even though no official Comic-Con announcements have been made, we actually have a pretty good idea of what the panel will entail.  Much more after the jump.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL Writer/Director Scott Derrickson Talks Cops, Demons, Popes and More

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Last weekend, Collider sat down with Scott Derrickson to discuss his new supernatural police thriller, Deliver Us From Evil, starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale.  The deeply creepy and surprisingly thoughtful film, which hits theaters July 2nd, mixes Serpico and The Exorcist in the story of Ralph Sarchie (Bana) a real-life NYPD Sergeant from the Bronx who eventually became involved in Church-approved exorcisms after a career working the toughest streets the city had to offer.

During our one-on-one interview, Derrickson discussed creating original and memorable priests to match original and memorable demonic possessions, how he bought the rights to The Exorcism of Emily Rose for a hundred bucks, the way this movie prefigured Pope Francis,  the relative merits of Hellraiser and Exorcist sequels, why The Day the Earth Stood Still is perhaps the film closest to his heart, the limits of found footage as a storytelling device and much more.  Hit the jump to read the full, exclusive interview.

THE OUTER LIMITS Movie in the Works at MGM with Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill Penning the Script

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MGM has been interested in bringing The Outer Limits to the big screen for some time now.  The last time we heard any movement on the development front was almost four years ago when the studio was still in the thick of their financial issues.  Now, it sounds like Scott Derrickson and his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill will tackle the script for the big-screen adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi television series.  Derrickson, who recently won the director’s chair for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, is a self-professed longtime fan of the series.  Hit the jump for more on The Outer Limits and the writing duo’s plan of attack.


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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Director Scott Derrickson Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Shooting in the Bronx, Casting His Best Friend, and Working with Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

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When the group of reporters arrived in the Bronx late on a Friday night in June of last year, we were ushered into a holding area to wait for our interviews- in the utterly creepy sactuary of a dilapidated church.  As we waited, the wide-eyed portraits hanging askew on the wall and the faded red velour of the pews lent an eerie air to the already stormy night.  The production could not have picked a creepier place for us to wait – although it set the mood perfectly for the film we were there to cover – Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil.

In the creepy church sanctuary we were able to score an interview with director  Derrickson, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Paul Harris Boardman.  He told us about why he would never regret filming in the Bronx despite the terrible weather, and in fact why he wouldn’t shoot anywhere else (other than the parts of the film shot in Abu Dhabi).  He also spoke about casting (including his best friend Joel McHale) and his experience working with Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the film.  Starring Eric Bana, Edgar RamirezJoel McHale, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy and Sean HarrisDeliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.  Hit the jump for our interview with Scott Derrickson.

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