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


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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.

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

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.

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

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


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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.

Stephen Amell on ‘Arrow,’ His Charity to Fight Cancer and ‘The Flash’ – Speakeasy – WSJ


From the onset of reading the title of this article he sounded to me that Amell was going to fight cancer and The Flash. Maybe, it’s just me. Now, on with the show with this topic on hand, should DC continue to keep their shows on TV separate from their movie counterparts?

About a week ago, I came across this article from Cinema Blend which talk about this very point.

Geoff Johns goes on to tell Buzzfeed that DC has no desire to just recreate what Marvel has already been doing for several years. Instead, the company wants to forge its own path and do something a little different.

via http://www.cinemablend.com/television/What-DC-Calling-Its-Split-Universe-Why-Everything-Being-Kept-Separate-67994.html

I’m okay with DC calling it a multiverse provided this leads to more and greater things. I’m all for DC to go something different since Marvel is literally blowing them out of the water. With being said, Marvel is not the all around comic book company juggernaut. A perfect example would be Agents of SHIELD which I was so looking forward to last year but after a few episodes, the quality became poor. Yes, I know that the show picks up after the event from Captain America The Winter Soldier but I don’t have the will to keeping watching. Besides, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine (which I have to finish the pilot) are DC strongest efforts to combat Marvel’s dominance. With that said, Marvel does have that deal with Netflix coming in 2015 with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist with a possible Defenders mini series. Let’s not forget, Agent Carter on ABC will becoming sometime early January. Marvel has a lot to prove on the small screen. However, if they can tie this all together with the MCU, then Marvel will have an unprecedented capacity to entertain us that is beyond any comic book fan boys wet dream. As for DC, not so much except for this – Infinity Crisis.

Before I delve into the Infinity Crisis, Amell said something in the article below which I agreed with.

I’d put making 23 hours of interesting content in a TV season up against anything on the film side.

The reason why I agreed with this statement is how rewarding it is to have a show a payoff towards the season finale for those who spent the time over the course of the season. Whereas watching Thor The Dark World movie bored me. The build up between Thor and the Dark Elf Malekith failed to be compelling nor interesting because there was no history, though there was a quick backstory, but with Loki we do. Imagine if Loki was not in the Avengers movie leading the Chitauri attack. We would have a very simple and a non compelling nemesis in the Chitauri for The Avengers to fight. Moving from Loki to Thanos, here we are getting seeds planted from the Avengers movie and Guardians of the Galaxy which leads us for seeing him in the third Avengers film. If we are just given Thanos in Avengers 3, the movie would have to spend a great time to giving him a quick backstory, then goes off to fight, he loses and the end. Who cares? With Arrow, we have two amazing years in which storylines of Oliver’s time on the island was mixed in with the current day storylines. Deathstroke build up would not have been pulled off masterfully if there was no investment of a long story arc. You can’t get that in just two hours and have to wait for a couple years for the next chapter.

Now, let’s get back to the heart of the matter. DC has made their movie lineup known for the next several years. Within those films, we will have crossovers. Right off the bat, no pun intended, we get Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice and within that movie we will also get Wonder Woman. As DC does their thing on the big screen, we could ultimately have a true DC multiverse. There’s good discussion of Supergirl being brought to the small screen which makes me want to believe The Infinity Crisis could happen. There was another show the CW was looking to do was Amazon which could have been Wonder Woman’s return to tv. If all this goes, we could and will have two actors playing the same role like the Flash, Green Arrow, Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman? Having the multiple universe would be compelling and freeing as storylines don’t have to be restricted by comic book canon.  This would incredible venture for DC to take but I know this is just wishing thinking.

Stephen Amell’s TV show, “Arrow” is in its third season, while the comic book spinoff from “Arrow,” “The Flash” is setting ratings records for The CW. Amell’s fans have also lobbied for him to play Green Arrow in DC’s upcoming Justice League film.

The actor talked with Speakeasy about life as a comic book icon.

Congrats on season three of “Arrow.”

I would say that it is everything that we expected but that wouldn’t really be true because there hasn’t been a recent history of successful comic book shows on television, with the exception of “Smallville.” Aside from the success of our show, the appearance and relative abundance of comic book properties on TV is really gratifying.

Aside from “Smallville,” comic books had a pretty spotty history on TV until “Arrow” came along. Now “Flash” is doing well and so is “Gotham.” Last season saw “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” score big ratings.

Yeah. A lot of reviews of “Arrow” at first said “This is an interesting concept but we know that comic book shows don’t work long-term on TV.” Well, that has now been proven wrong. I think the success of “Flash” and the other comic book properties is because of the quality of the material in those shows. But if we had been a bust, I don’t think any of those shows would exist. They stand on their own two feet, but I think we led the way.

via Stephen Amell on ‘Arrow,’ His Charity to Fight Cancer and ‘The Flash’ – Speakeasy – WSJ.

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].