Benedict Cumberbatch claims he knows nothing of being ‘Doctor Strange’ – Orlando Geek Culture |

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One of the things I try to do is before I get all nerded out on casting news is to verify if it has been confirmed. While I love using IMDB, I was still dumbfounded but as to why, I felt, there was no official word from Marvel about Benedict playing Dr.Strange. Sure, we have the official release of the MCU lineup for the next several years but not everything has been confirmed.

The worry that I have with MCU is the already committed movies when there is neither an actor/actress, cast, director, or even a screenwriter attached to the project. Yet, we have an assembly line of sorts for the MCU and I feel they will bang this movies out without much concern to get it right.  Yes, MCU has a great record of treating their Marvel properties with great care… so far. Like with any company, there are bound to be clunkers along the way. A perfect example is Pixar and their strong commitment on telling on a good story. Toys Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and others were perfectly done which made Pixar a household name. However, I think the chink in the armor came with Cars. I felt no connection to anyone or anything which was odd for me loving Pixar. The movie felt a bit flat with me as I did not have the same love of cars or road trips across America as John Lasseter discuss in making Cars. No big deal as not everything is going to connect with every movie goer. Ratatouille was the next film and was better than Cars but the really winners for Pixar were Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3. These movies were Pixar at its best but then Cars 2, Brave, and Monster’s University have made Pixar dip even lower than my feelings for Cars. This goes to prove the point, no one and no company is without failure. MCU is going like gangbusters especially after Guardians of the Galaxy was released over the summer but can they avoid the same pitfalls as Pixar? I’ve already seen the chink in the armor for the MCU. Thor 2 was not for me and a complete wasted effort on the acting talent since the first movie was absolute well executed. On that note, my podcast partner felt lukewarm about Captain America 2. We also split on Iron Man 3 where I liked it and he did not. Still we both enjoy watch MCU regardless.

As for Benedict not knowing anything about this Dr.Strange project is a bit worrisome. We’ve seen issues like with Edgar Wright ultimately leaving the Ant Man movie nearly derail the project. Sure, the movie is on track but this may be a sign of further things to come. What I’m trying to say is that sure Benedict may be the ideal person for the role and for argument sake what if he declines it? Who else are you going to get? Yes, there are plenty of actors that are unknown that would love this chance but I  don’t want to see those behind the MCU group have Johnny Bravo mentality. Now, the Johnny Bravo I’m referring to is not the animated series on Cartoon Network but from the Brady Bunch. Greg wanted to be a singing artist and discovered by a music producer. In the end it wasn’t about the talent or the passion for music that Greg had but rather he simply fit the suit. Check out the clip below to see my point.

The MCU Phase 3 is going to be ambitious schedule to keep up. They do need ensure quality in their films remains paramount. I’m expecting MCU to have a home run hit every single the movies need to be enjoyable and entertainment for us fans.

According to Comic Book Movie on Saturday, actor Benedict Cumberbatch was in a short interview during the Hollywood Film Awards on the red carpet. There was a brief stint of a code breaking in lieu of Cumberbatch’s new “Imitation Game” movie and also question asked about him playing Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch said he knew nothing of the sort and even asked the reporter if even he knew. Of course, as a nod to “The Imitation Game’s” World War 2 genre, there could have also been a reference to “Hogan Heroes’” Sergeant Shultz’s “I know nothing!” to being a super hero.

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A New Blu-Ray Release Of Gravity Will Let The Space Scenes Be Silent

One of my biggest pet peeves are when movies are released on dvd/blu ray and there are multiple edition of the same movie. The biggest culprit is the Lord of the Rings series where each movie of the trilogy released as the theatrical version but soon after a director’s cut came along and made these movies even longer. I’m not bitching about the longer version but rather, if you bought the first version on dvd and, like me, love watching the director’s cut, this means more money out of the pocket. Or to boot, Star Trek Into Darkness and how Paramount decided to c-block, (content block, you dick) us by putting the bonus material broken up via iTunes, disc format, and even stores. However, this upcoming release on Gravity may be an exception.

I love movie scores and soundtracks enormously. If a score can live beyond the visual of the film they go with then this is a worthy soundtrack to listen over and over again by itself. Before the age of DVD, there was “laserdisc” which if you saw them, they are the size of a record album. If you’re reading this and saying what’s a record album, you’ve made me feel that much older and a step closer to the grave. Getting back on point, one of the benefits of a “laserdisc” player was the feature to separate the audio from the music so one could hear the score by itself or watch the movie without the score. Doing either option does change the movie watching experience. Flash forward to today, the only movie that I own that does a score isolation was X-Men First Class. The score cue which is one of my favorite is called Frankenstein’s Monster. This is the scene in Michael Fassbender (Magneto) is in South America and stops in a little town bar. As the scene plays out, Fassbender has been looking for these particular men from the days at the camp. The music is low and slow but builds as the scene gets more tense. By the time the men realize what Fassbender is doing with his mutant powers; it’s too late. This dark theme and ominous music for Magneto can fully appreciated being separated by itself and watching the visuals play out. Honestly, the death screams really drown out the music by that point so hearing it by itself is a treat.

Moving to Gravity, I’ve only seen this movie once and it was on the big screen. Thankfully, the score and the visuals worked well together which made me want to buy it on dvd when it came out. At this time, I haven’t and I don’t know why I am hesitant to have this in my collection. After reading this news piece below, thank god I waited. There’s nothing worse than a fan and collector of movies to be stuck with a dvd that did not have all the goodies as mentioned before. So, will I be waiting for this new release? YUP. The absence of music or score does give a movie a different feel. Being that this movie takes place in space and in space no one can hear you scream…wait…wrong movie but you get the idea that in space there is no sound, so why would there be music? The tv series Firefly had no sound for the space shots of Serenity traveling though we did hear music. But my feeling, this may be the best example of not having a score to compliment the visuals. Don’t get me wrong, the score was amazingly good but seeing the climax scene from Hitchcock’s Saboteur where it’s completely devoid of any music during the lead up and the death of the villain speaks volumes. Now imagine that goodness stretched to the entire film and in this case, Gravity. Silence would not only golden but a wonderful change to the non stop ear noise carnage from most movies. I can’t wait to get my copy…. next year.

I was already kind of traumatized by watching Sandra Bullock hurtling through the vast nothingness of space in Gravity; the idea of seeing the movie without its score, where space is as audibly empty as it is visually, sounds chilling. And that’s exactly what we’re going to get in a new special Gravity Blu-ray.

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Marvel wants Google to help unmask ‘Avengers’ leaker | New York Post



Do you remember when the new Avengers trailer was released a week before  the scheduled airdate on Agents of SHIELD? Do you remember when fanboys and fangirls had non stop nerdgasms from the constant watching and rewatching of the trailer on the Internet? Do you remember the perfect response from Marvel?

Well, the fun is now over for “John Gazelle”; who ever leaker is? Let’s look at the upside to this leaked Avengers trailer. First, the amount of interest or buzz around the early release only helped Marvel/Disney’s bottom line. Granted, this movie will not be out until next year but as reported yesterday, Disney’s financial report for 2013-2014 came out as the year increased 8% to a record $48.8 billion in revenue. So really, Disney is not hurting financially but how does this damage Disney in the long run? I really can’t see this how hurts them except in the way of ratings for Agents of SHIELD as this was to be broadcast during the show. Granted, Disney was smart to have this to help this struggling show but this would not be the case if the show was any good.

As for the matter of Marvel/Disney looking to Google for help in finding the alleged leaker is a dangerous move. I’m not going to give a slippery slope statement that this one move by Marvel/Disney means that Mickey Mouse and Iron Man will come knocking on your door if you say something inappropriate about this corporation or how Minnie is fucking Goofy (old joke). But where do you draw the line? As Princess Leia would say, “The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” The more Marvel/Disney flex their muscle to combat this the more these problems will become even more persistent.

I think the tweet from Marvel Entertainment was done very tongue in cheek but a perfect response. However, if there are leaks in the House of Mouse, perhaps this is where they need to start. Besides, Marvel/Disney need to make this problem work to their advantage.

The Avengers are fighting a new masked villain and his name is “John Gazelle.”Disney-owned Marvel claims that’s the name used by the online culprit who leaked the trailer of its upcoming superhero opus, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” almost a week early. The studio wants to force Google to help it track down the “alleged leaker,” claiming that a user who by the name “John Gazelle” uploaded content from the trailer to his Google Drive account, according to court papers.

via Marvel wants Google to help unmask ‘Avengers’ leaker | New York Post.

Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report]

This caught my eye yesterday and I wanted to chime in about the idea of a female director when it comes to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Let me begin with… WE HAD A FUCKING DIRECTOR CALLED JOSS WHEDON WHO WAS NOT ONLY GOING TO DIRECT THE MOVIE BUT ALSO WRITE IT AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS WHY DC/WB IS PLAYING CATCH UP!!! I’m sorry, I lost my cool. This is a very, very sore subject with me.

Back in 2007, Joss was working on the script for a Wonder Woman movie and while the studio, I believe, liked the script had wanted to go in a different direction. It happens all the time but I hated the studio for letting Joss go cause as we all know he went on to direct Marvel’s Avengers which kicked major ass. Those who know Joss’s work with Buffy, Angel, Serenity and Dollhouse will know how much he loves having female characters that are strong and on par to their male counterparts. Imagine if Joss did a Wonder Woman movie and how that tide might have turn to DC/WB favor instead of Marvel? The outcome would have been tremendous. Yet, one could say that Joss might have been our last hope but to quote Yoda, ‘There is another.”

David E. Kelley, writer and tv producer, of such shows like L.A.Law, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal and Harry’s Law, to name a few, had many strong female characters. In 2011, David took a crack at bringing back Wonder Woman to the small screen. The pilot that he wrote failed to get picked up but upon viewing this unfinished product, I saw this Wonder Woman version to have great potential that mirror the comic at that time. So, when I read yesterday about finding a female director to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot, I have to ask if this is even the right move.

Do not take what I said about female director out of context. All I want is to have the right director for the right job regardless of the gender. Yes, it would be great for a female director to break into the all male directors group which have direct 99.999% superhero movies past, present and future. Thor 2 might have been the first with Patty Jenkins but departed the project when there were difference between her and Marvel. Even Portman wanted off the Thor 2 but had to stay due to her contractual obligations. Does that mean female director can’t helm big projects? No, but when there are restrictions or a conflicting visions of the project, the studio is going to win 9 out of 10 times; hence Edgar Wright leaving the Ant-Man project so it’s not a gender thing.

Still, I don’t want a female director for female sake. Though, the first thought about a great female director would be Kathryn Bigelow. With Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker being my two favorites movies of Kathryn, I would nominate her instantly to the top of the list. Sadly, I can’t think of another female director to this project. Now, having said this, when Star Trek needed to be rebooted, Abrams was brought in to direct it. He even admitted to not being a Star Trek fan and yet he made one the best Star Trek films. Yet, Shatner, our Captain Kirk, made of one of the worst Trek films. So despite being associated with a franchise it’s not a given that success will come. The same can be said about the female director and Wonder Woman; it would be great but not necessary.

Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a female director to helm the recently announced Wonder Woman movie. The film would mark the first time the superhero has had her own standalone film, and also the second time a female director leads such a production.

In the aftermath of the studio’s announcement of nine superhero films to premiere between 2016 and 2020, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, WB is trying hard to respond to criticism that superhero films are ruled by males, both in front and behind the camera. Additionally, critics have accused Hollywood of lack of diversity in casting main characters.

via Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report].

‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline


Ladies and gentleman, it is time to have some cherry pie and some damn fine coffee. Twin Peaks will rise once more to continue its storyline from season two in  2016. So, should I spoil this series by revealing who killed Laura Palmer or how Agent Cooper is now…? No, I know the general time rule about spoilers and yes, we’re running close to 25 years since it aired but frankly, I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it by now. To me, this show was truly remarkable for its time from the cast, to its direction, haunting images and music from Angelo Badalamenti and Julie Cruise. I want that magic once more.

If you were a fan like me you will remember this great SNL parody sketch which includes the late and great Jan Hooks.

Yesterday, I came across this piece from Vanity Fair and I almost plotz in my pants. I have not seen Twin Peaks in ages but I do remember this scene and this shot above. This was one of those OMG moments that is making fall in love with this series all over again. I am also thrilled to know that there will be a new publication, “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks” by co-creator Mark Frost. The only 3 produced media outside the show were the Agent Cooper Tapes (audio), The Diary of Laura Palmer (book) and my favorite Wrapped in Plastic (magazine). I am beyond eager to delve back to this great series.


UPDATED: Twin Peaks fans’ quarter-century wait is over. One of the top cult series of all time is coming back with a new limited series on Showtime from its original creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost. The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC. In a fact that will delight Twin Peaks devotees, Lynch and Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch set to direct every episode.

via [VIDEO] ‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline.