Someday, someone should make a movie about the casting process for Doctor Strange because, holy moly, it has been a wild ride. There was a time when it was being confidently reported that Jared Leto had the part, and then equally confidently reported that Joaquin Phoenix would get it. Now, according to the most recent report, basically any human white man with an interest of being in a movie is in talks. Jared Leto appears to still be in the running, along with Ryan Gosling, Justin Theroux, Matthew McConaughey, Oscar Isaac, Ewan McGregor, Ethan Hawke, Keanu Reeves and Jake Gyllenhaal. If you're a guy who likes to act, you might as well call Marvel up too, since they're clearly open to options. In Marvel comics, Doctor Strange is a heroic wizard who does battle with supernatural foes but, in our world, the only battle is who is going to become a millionaire for playing him in real life ... Discuss
In 1820, a New England whaling ship was attacked by a giant whale so hellbent on destruction that it inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. In real life, there was no Captain Ahab, but there was a crew who lost their ship and was forced to survive on a deserted island. Now, Ron Howard is bringing the true story to life, and he's got quite a trailer to do it. Chris Helmsworth stars with Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw. The film will release next March ... Discuss
The latest teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has it all: desolation, an angry Katniss, an ominous voiceover, a new jam from Lorde. The new installment to the massive YA fiction adaptation franchise opens on Nov. 21 ... Discuss
Good news muggles, there’s an entire new trilogy from the Hogwarts universe in the works. Warner Bros. has announced that they are producing “at least” three films based on J.K. Rowling’s creation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The spin-off films, that drop in 2016, 2018 and 2020, are based on the character Newt Scamander, who authored the wizarding textbook (called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) used by Harry Potter and his fellow Hogwarts students. Last month, Rowling explained, “Newt's story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry's gets underway” ... Discuss
One of the sadly indisputable facts about the superhero movie boom is that it's a boy's club. Sure, Black Widow and Gamora are a significant part of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but the movies are named after men. And if Marvel's bad, DC is worse, populating their films with distressed damsels. But that's about to change—well, it'll change at some point in the next six years. Having gone through the ranks of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow and Constantine, DC has finally decided to make a movie about the most famous female superhero of all time, a decision that has taken them a bizarrely long time to make. Gal Gadot, who we'll be introduced to in the upcoming Superman V Batman movie, will star.
Oh, yeah, and there's an Aquaman movie coming too, which ought to excite all the Aquaman fans out there ... Discuss
Batman. John Conner. Moses. Christian Bale's list of famous characters is a long one, and now, add (another) eccentric billionaire to the list. Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) has written a script about the life of Steve Jobs that will be directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), and will star, evidently, Christian Bale. Sorkin has said the movie will revolve around three key moments in Jobs' life: the launch of the Mac computer, Jobs' return to the company in 1996 and the launch of the iPod. As we all know, Bale will follow in the trail blazed by Ashton Kutcher ... Discuss