Benedict Cumberbatch to Probably Play Marvel's "John Johnson," er, Dr. Strange

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11:57 am

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Seems like they could have saved us a lot of time with this one, instead of pursuing the always unlikely choice of Joaquin Phoenix and allowing John Wick fans to imagine Keanu Reeves' prospects.

Deadline's Mike Fleming isn't saying the deal is done yet, mind you - just that Marvel has finally settled on Sherlock and negotiations on the specifics are now beginning, looking likely to take. Considering he's not an actor who generally turns down big franchises, I'd say Mike's intuition could well be right...but this isn't quite 100% yet.

Do you hate this choice, or are you ready to Cumberbatch in your pants?

TR Review: Interstellar Is Intermittently Stellar

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

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I like Interstellar just enough that I wish I loved it. But I can't.

It did make me realize that The Prestige informs a lot more of Christopher Nolan's work than may have been apparent before. Because, let's face it, when it comes to the sorts of movies he actually makes versus the sort of movies he is perceived to have made, there's a whole lot of misdirection going on that conceals absurd twists.

Do you think a Christopher Nolan movie is somehow going to be a super-accurate, realistic piece of science fiction that doesn't extrapolate greatly beyond what we know? If so, why? Because of that one time he showed you where the different parts of Batman's outfit came from? Nolan makes great leaps for the sake of the story just like everyone else - the big reveal in The Prestige jumped way outside the bounds of real science, the mental condition in Memento is far too precise and convenient to be an actual disorder, and even if we bring up Batman, it's hugely unfeasible that Harvey Dent would be able to function like a normal human being with the level of disfigurement he sustains.


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Friday Tidbits and Weekend Open Thread - Bob Kane Birthday Edition

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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Happy birthday, Bob.

There'll be no recap thread Monday - all the Halloween lists need their slots next week. Here are some last things to start your weekend.

-A full-length feature made for the Oculus Rift is available now.

-Tractor beam: ON!

-Tyler Perry just went Full Poochie.

-Shia LaBeouf is a cannibal.

- Sarah Connor vs. Jason Voorhees.

-Jon Voight in a terrible fatsuit for some reason.

-RUMOR: Joel Schumacher to write Batman comic that would showcase his original vision for the Bat-nip flicks.

-Hikari is Groot.

TR Review: John Wick Is a Breezy Blast of Macho Madness

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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See Keanu Reeves. His wife died. He is sad.

Sad, sad Keanu.

See the puppy. The puppy is cute. See puppy eat. See puppy lick Keanu's ear. See puppy shit on the lawn.

See puppy GET BEATEN THE FUCK TO DEATH BY RUSSIAN MOBSTERS.

That's the set-up for John Wick.

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ABCs of Death 2 Directors Reveal Favorite Movie Deaths in a Supercut

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

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In our last of three ABCs of Death 2 exclusives, we have a montage of every director's favorite movie death scene of all time, along with an exclusive quote from "our" director, Marvin Kren. Considering his segment is "R Is for Roulette," it should come as no surprise...

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9 Memorable Things About Max Landis' 436-Page Super Mario World Script

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

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There are plenty of writers who will tell you that the only thing that separates the bad, the good, and the great are the amount of hours put in by the writer. Given his ratio of scripts written to scripts considered truly great, Max Landis is undoubtedly one of these writers. Say what you will about his persona or product, but Landis has an incredible tenacity; clocking in at nearly a hundred completed scripts is a surefire path to mastering the craft. And so arguably the most intriguing words in his recently revealed Mario manifesto are the first four pages, in which adult Max Landis reflects on teenage Max Landis's writing.


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Dredd Producer's Sequel Minisodes Are Both Unofficial and Animated (TRAILER)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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Adi Shankar has presumably received more than one phone call from a lawyer, as he really, really wants us to know that his Judge Death webisodes featuring Judge Dredd are not official spinoffs in any way of his own movie Dredd, nor necessarily endorsed by 2000AD, who own the rights to the characters.

That said - it's a Judge Death cartoon, more comic-based than the movie, and it looks pretty fun, if simple.

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Kotobukiya's Sexy Female Freddy vs. Jason Figures Get Live-Action Adaptation

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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Remember these ladies? Kotobukiya's bishoujo statue line turns whatever character it interprets into buxom, scantily clad, anime-style babes, which makes more sense when it's, say, Catwoman. But yeah, they made Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

And now Nerdist and Scream Factory have made a live-action short based on these unique variants, starring Adrianne Curry, and giving Kotobukiya ideas for another figure at the very end. I'm not sure it quite does the toys justice - for that, you'd need Axel Braun. But it comes as close as may be possible to making the female versions somewhat empowering, which, while almost certainly contrary to the intent of the toy, is impressive.

(Note: being a Nerdist video, it may autoplay)

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Remade as a Single-Take Horror Short Might Ruin Your Childhood Forever

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I was only recently made aware of the children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, in which an increasingly demanding mouse makes like the conservative stereotype of a welfare recipient, and just keeps requesting more and more free handouts after you grant him one kind act of charity. I am informed by the person who shares my apartment that in context, it is in fact very cute.

Naturally, Some People on the Internet have made it into a horror movie short. Tales From the Crypt and Funny Games were the most obvious inspirations, but there are more to be found therein. In this mousetrap, the mouse traps you. And he wants more than just a glass of milk this time.

George Lucas was quite kind to your youth by comparison.

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Geoff Johns Just Mentioned a Live-Action DC Multiverse. Now It Needs to Happen.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

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"We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist." - Geoff Johns.

Some years ago, when Marvel was still at Paramount and before Thor had even been cast, I got to take a tour of their facilities, from an art department designing MIckey Rourke's then-unrevealed Whiplash costume to the actual gym set in Tony Stark's house. We already knew Avengers was the big plan, but Kevin Feige had something else in mind as well. He wanted, he said, to let filmmakers with unique visions "play in our sandbox," going through the list of C and D-list Marvel properties to see what they liked, eventually making smaller, more personal features that weren't obliged to connect to the main Avengers narrative.

The first of those? Edgar Wright's Ant-Man.

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