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New Doctor Strange Photo: Let’s get Mystical

The new shot reveals Benedict Cumberbatch in full sorcerer’s garb as Doctor Strange in the second instalment of Marvel’s Third Phase.

Doctor Strange has been in production for a while now, but it’s become something of a lightening rod since filming moved to New York. When we got word a few days ago that Benedict Cumberbatch had wandered into a comic book store in full Doctor Strange garb, we knew things were going to get interesting. And so they have, because amongst all the set photos now we have a new official look at the sorcerer supreme himself. Take a look, courtesy of Slashfilm: Continue reading New Doctor Strange Photo: Let’s get Mystical

“Doctor Strange” will be “Marvel’s Fantasia”

As entertaining as Marvel’s Ant-Man was (check out our review to see just how entertaining), it has managed to saturate the Marvel marketing machine recently to the point of irritability. Now that Ant-Man has proved itself on the big screen, the stage has been opened up and the rest of Phase 3 is rushing on for attention. It just so happens Doctor Strange was fastest this time, and with that we have some news on the visual experimentation of the good Doctor’s first film. Continue reading “Doctor Strange” will be “Marvel’s Fantasia”

Simon Pegg Slams Idris Elba “Star Trek” Rumours…Or Does He?

As delicious as a movie rumour is in it’s prime, there is something even sweeter about that same rumour being shot down by someone in the know. Whispers were abounding last week (here included, I’m not ashamed to say – actually I am shamed but I’ll still say it) that Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba might be donning a ridged skull cap and taking a villainous turn in Star Trek 3 as the most handsome klingon in the quadrant. So what happened? Was the klingon part all nonsense. Nope, it was all nonsense, according to the nerd-do-well himself Mr Simon Pegg.

According to Slashfilm, Pegg, who starred in both previous Star Trek films and has continued with the third installment as both actor and co-writer (not a new experience for the Cornetto wieldin’ Brit) has spoken out about the alleged involvement of Elba. Here’s the key nugget from his interview on Absolute Radio:

“That’s not true. No, no, no. I heard there’s a rumour he’s been spoken to about stuff, so he may be in the film but he won’t be a Klingon. [Laughs.] Or maybe he will!”

Well that started as helpful but sort of trailed off at the the end there. It’s clear that Pegg is more interested in keeping everything about the new film a secret than quashing rumour after rumour until people can stitch the plot together themselves.

It’s also worth mentioning that we went through a similar situation with Benedict Cumberbatch and Khan with Star Trek into Darkness. Granted that came about after we knew Cumberbatch was attached. Could this be another run-around? My guess is no. Those kinds of rumour traps are very much JJ Abrams’ thing, but he’s not helming this project. And even if he were, he wouldn’t use the same trick twice in a row.

I’m sure if Elba is confirmed a week from now I will be sitting here once again with a Romulan-sized egg on my face (Romulans lay eggs right?), but that’s the game we play, baby. I’m willing to trust Pegg this time. Are you?

It’s a Birdman, it’s a painter, it’s the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations!

We have another list of nominations for you today, and it’s a doozy! It’s the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, and there are a lot of films picked for nominations that we’ll be hearing a lot about. Even so, the LFCC has selected a diverse range of British, American and foreign films for their latest batch of awards. Last year there were a lot of surprise winners, including foreign smash Amour for Film of the Year, Ang Lee for Director of the Year, and The Master snatching up awards for Best Actor (Joquain Phoenix) and Best Supporting actor (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). So with the LFCC we get an often more independent take on the award-magnet features of 2014. For the moment we just have the nominations, so it’s anyone’s guess right now. Take a look, care of Deadline:

FILM OF THE YEAR
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Leviathan
Mr Turner
Nightcrawler
The Theory Of Everything
Under The Skin
Whiplash

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Ida
Leviathan
Norte, The End Of History
Two Days, One Night
Winter Sleep

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
The Imitation Game
Mr Turner
Pride
The Theory Of Everything
Under The Skin

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
20,000 Days On Earth
Citizenfour
Manakamana
Next Goal Wins
Night Will Fall

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Essie Davis – The Babadook
Scarlett Johansson – Under The Skin
Julianne Moore – Maps To The Stars
Julianne Moore – Still Alice

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
JK Simmons – Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Marion Bailey – Mr Turner
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Agata Kulesza – Ida
Emma Stone – Birdman

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Tom Hardy – Locke, The Drop
Jack O’Connell – Starred Up, ’71, Unbroken
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt – Into The Woods, Edge Of Tomorrow
Felicity Jones – The Theory Of Everything
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game, Begin Again, Say When
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl, What We Did On Our Holiday

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Huttlestone – Into The Woods
Alex Lawther – The Imitation Game
Corey McKinley – ’71
Will Poulter – The Maze Runner, Plastic
Saoirse Ronan – The Grand Budapest Hotel

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jonathan Glazer – Under The Skin
Alejandro G Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Alejandro G Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Hossein Amini – The Two Faces Of January
Elaine Constantine – Northern Soul
Yann Demange – ’71
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days On Earth
James Kent – Testament Of Youth

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
’71 – Chris Wyatt, editing
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematography
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Joe Letteri, visual effects
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, production design
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges, costumes
Leviathan – Mikhail Krichman, cinematography
Mr Turner – Dick Pope, cinematography
A Most Violent Year – Kasia Walicka-Maimone, costumes
Under The Skin – Mica Levi, score
Whiplash – Tom Cross, editing

Mr Turner and Birdman are definitely coming out on top in this list with 7 and 6 categories respectively, but it’s not a bad day to be Under The Skin either. For an indie sci-fi on the r-rated side, the film starring Scarlett Johansson has done pretty well out of this awards season. Julianne Moore hasn’t done too badly either, getting a Best Actress nomination for two different films in the same category (Maps To The Stars and Still Alice). It’s gonna be a treat as always to see what the LFCC chooses as the winners, so we’ll keep you updated as the news comes in.

Who’s your pick for Film of the Year?

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Named

I know, I know, if you see another nominations list this month you’re going to shove your Golden Globe replica into the face of the person next to you. But this one will be different, I promise.

Ok, so it’s really not different to all the others. Birdman is there, The Imitation Game is there and Boyhood is there. But there are a few little additions that we’ may well start seeing a lot more of. You know how I am about lists inside paragraphs by now, so here’s the list care of the Screen Actors Guild Awards site. Read at your own peril:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Naomi Watts – St. Vincent

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrew Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Boyhood – Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Lorelai Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel – F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwarzman, Lea Seydoux

The Imitation Game – Matthew Beard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Mark Strong

The Theory of Everything – Charlie Cox, Felicity Jones, Simon McBurney, Eddie Redmayne, David Thewlis, Emily Watson

SAG Awards® Honours for Stunt Ensembles
Fury
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Without giving too much away I was surprised to see St Vincent up there, but not as surprised to Naomi Watts‘s name. Into The Woods is definitely making a lot more appearances than people thought considering it’s a soft musical sort. It’s good to see Fury and The Judge poking their heads above water, and hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them.

Any films you think were missed out?

Time releases it’s top 10 movie lists for 2014

If there’s one thing I’ll say about Time Magazine, they are a thorough bunch. So it’s always intriguing to see what they make of the movies that have come out over this year. They have a pretty comprehensive list entertainment lists ranging from Best Movie Performances to Worst Songs to Best Plays and Musicals. We’ll just be looking at the movie categories here, but do take a look at the whole selection if you have a moment – after we go through the important ones at first. Check them out:

Top 10 Best Movies

1.The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Boyhood 
3. The LEGO Movie
4. Lucy
5. Goodbye to Language
6. Jodorowsky’s Dune
7. Nightcrawler
8. Citizenfour
9. Wild Tales
10. Birdman

Top 10 Worst Movies

1.Blended
2. A Million Ways to Die in the West
3. Men, Women & Children
4. Walk of Shame
5. Let’s Be Cops
6. The Legend of Hercules
7. Winter’s Tale
8. The Nut Job
9. Transcendence
10. Hateship Loveship

Top 10 Best Movie Performances

1.Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
2. Julianne Moore, Still Alice
3. Chadwick Boseman, Get On Up
4. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night
5. Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
6. Jack O’Connell, Unbroken
7. David Oyelowo, Selma
8. Essie Davis, The Babadook
9. Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
10. Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game": Have you tried turning it off and on again?
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”: Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Not a bad set of lists there. A few surprises to see on the Best list like Lucy and Goodbye to language, not to mention a good portion of documentaries like Citizenfour and Jodorowsky’s Dune. as for the Worst, no real surprises there, but a very good way of picking a few scabs (I really had forgotten how much I disliked Blended). Between the Best Movies and the Best Performances there are a lot of dependable Oscar hopefuls stretching over a few categories. Good to see Essie Davis get some credit for her role in The Babadook and Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left AliveI’ve been lucky enough to see most of the films on the list, and I would strongly recommend on them. Not the Worst list so much, although if you’re looking for a masochistic giggle this Christmas, see how long you can watch Transcendence without shouting at the screen.

What’s your favourite movie on this list? Any of your favourites not make the grade?