Doctor Strange 2 Is Still on Track to Shoot This Summer

Quite a few Hollywood productions have been delayed due to current global events, but it looks as though Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be moving ahead as planned. At least for now. The situation is fluid and it's hard to know when the movie business will return to normal. But the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering isn't scheduled to begin filming for a few months, which could help keep the sequel on track. According to a new report detailing some of the challenges the industry is facing as a result of delayed productions, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to begin filming in June. When last we heard, Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead) was being eyed for the director's chair. Scott Derrickson, who directed the first movie based on the Marvel Comics character, had been tapped to return, but he departed over creative differences. Derrickson is set to remain on board as a producer. Michael Waldron, who is the head writer on the Disney+ Loki series, was recently hired to pen the screenplay. RELATED: Doctor Strange 2 May Be Partially Inspired by a Classic Lovecraft Story In the interest of public health, virtually every major production going on currently was forced to shut down temporarily. This is costing studios millions of dollars and is leading to other issues that will need to be worked out once things begin returning to normal. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, another upcoming MCU entry, is one of the movies that has been affected. Marvel announced its Phase 4 plans during San Diego Comic-Con last year. Other movies on deck include Black Widow, which was supposed to come out in May but has been pushed back, as well as Eternals and Thor: Love and Thunder. Plot details are largely being kept under wraps for Doctor Strange 2. Benedict Cumberbatch will be returning as the Sorcerer Supreme, with Benedict Wong also returning as Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor expected to be back as Mordo. Rachel McAdams, however, won't be coming back as Christine Palmer. Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlett Witch will be teaming up with Stephen Strange. WandaVision, which is currently in the works for Disney+ and is set to debut in December, will tie in directly to the sequel. It's expected that Nightmare will be the main villain, but no actor has been cast in the role yet. Doctor Strange, released in 2016, was a sizable success, considering that very few people in the mainstream were familiar with the character prior to his big screen debut. The movie earned $677 million at the global box office and was met with generally favorable reviews from critics. Benedict Cumberbatch has since reprised the role in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently set to hit theaters on May 7, 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via Variety. Topics: Doctor Strange 2, Doctor Strange Writer of various things on the internet (mostly about movies) since 2013. Major lover of popcorn flicks. Avid appreciator of James Bond, Marvel and Star Wars. Has a tremendously fat cat named Buster and still buys CDs. I’ve got my reasons.

Is Jamie Lee Curtis Joining The Mandalorian Season 2?

We've got a new rumor that could be bringing an A-list star to a galaxy far, far away. The Mandalorian season 2 is currently in the works, with filming already wrapped as Disney and Lucasfilm get the show ready for a fall return. Now, we have word that the wildly popular live-action Star Wars show may be adding none other than Jamie Lee Curtis to its sophomore season. Warning: we must caution that, for the time being, this is merely a rumor and should be regarded as nothing more until further confirmation is provided. That said, given the relatively slow news cycle right now, it seems like a fun time to discuss this possible exciting addition to the Star Wars franchise. According to a new report, Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was spotted on set during filming on The Mandalorian season 2 and it is believed that she has a role in the show. Details on her possible role weren't provided at this time. It's also possible that Curtis was on set for other reasons. RELATED: The Mandalorian Season 2 Art Teases the Return of Clone Wars Favorite Captain Rex Jamie Lee Curtis has had something of a major resurgence in the mainstream in recent years. 2018's Halloween, which saw her return as Laurie Strode, became a massive box office hit. Last year, Curtis starred in Rian Johnson's hit whodunnit Knives Out, which proved to be one of the biggest original hits of 2019. As it just so happens, Johnson previously directed The Last Jedi, the second entry in Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy. Johnson, so far as we know, isn't involved in The Mandalorian season 2, but that does provide at least a tiny strand of connective tissue. If this rumor proves to be true, it would be a huge get for the show and Jamie Lee Curtis would seemingly fit right in. We recently learned that Rosario Dawson will be playing fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano, which marks the character's live-action debut. It was also confirmed that Bill Burr will be returning as Mayfield, who we first met in season 1. The cast is led by Pedro Pascal, with Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte also starring in the first season. And let us not forget Baby Yoda, who became an instant internet sensation and helped cement the show as a massive hit. Jon Favreau is returning as showrunner and executive producer. The Clone Wars creator Dave Filone is also back on board as a director and producer. Plot details remain under wraps for the time being, but that's to be expected at this point in the process for a Star Wars project. No exact release date has been set, but The Mandalorian season 2 is currently set to arrive sometime in October on Disney+. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via Making Star Wars. Topics: The Mandalorian, Star Wars, Disney Plus, Streaming Writer of various things on the internet (mostly about movies) since 2013. Major lover of popcorn flicks. Avid appreciator of James Bond, Marvel and Star Wars. Has a tremendously fat cat named Buster and still buys CDs. I’ve got my reasons.

A Quiet Place 2 Gets a New Fall Release Date

One of the most anticipated sequels of the year has been given a new release date. A Quiet Place 2, which was originally supposed to arrive in March, had been delayed by Paramount Pictures, given the current situation the movie industry is facing. Now, the studio has provided the movie with a new date this fall, with director John Krasinski's follow-up set to arrive on September 4, 2020. This move comes as studios are scrambling to try and sort out their schedules as an increasing number of releases have been delayed, with other productions stuck in limbo for the time...

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This Incredible, Unusual, Really Unique Sort of Hook: Writer/Director George Nolfi on The Banker

by Nell Minow March 30, 2020   |  Print Page Tweet"The Banker" sounded like it was going to be 2019's "Hidden Figures." Two "Avengers" stars played real-life black men who became wealthy real estate investors with vast properties by telling their white construction worker what to say so that he could pretend to be the president of their company. But controversy unrelated to the quality of the film became a distraction that derailed some of the marketing for the film, and its quieter release to Apple TV+ has made it harder for the film to find its audience. Advertisement In an interview with RogerEbert.com co-writer/director George Nolfi talked about the eight hours of taped interviews with the real-life Bernard Garrett (played in the film by Anthony Mackie), taking the MasterClass on directing from Samuel L. Jackson (who plays Joe Morris), making property valuation and bank loans cinematic, and how "The Banker" is both a heist film and a "My Fair Lady" story. I’m guessing that until you started working on this movie, you never really thought much about banks. Is that right? [Laughs] That’s mostly right. I would say, because I studied a lot of economics and political science, I certainly was familiar with the importance of the movement of capital into businesses and into private hands, and the way that allows the economic engine to go, society-wide as well as with individuals, being able to start businesses and buy houses. As to the specifics of the arcana of banking laws and also of property valuation, that was all stuff that I had to go and talk to experts about, and then get back into my math brain and figure out how all that stuff worked. Well, that’s step one. Step two is: how do you make that cinematic?  I was concerned when I first heard the story. Let me take a step back and tell you how I first heard about the story. I was making "The Adjustment Bureau." We’d finally saved up the money to get to the top of Rockefeller Center to shoot the end of the movie, and Joel Viertel, a friend of mine who was basically the on-set editor on that project, pitched the story, the real-life story to me and to Anthony Mackie. And we were both so amazed at what these guys accomplished, and we also felt like there was this incredible, unusual, really unique sort of hook where you reverse all the stereotypes and you have these two amazing African-American men, despite all the racism around them, My Fair Lady-ing, as it were, a white guy to be their front. We felt, right then and there we just kinda looked at each other and said: "OK, what can we do to help get this made?" In that same moment, I had a shiver down my spine of like-- it’s about banking and real estate! Not exactly the most cinematic things that there are.  Advertisement It took several years. I had to finish "Adjustment Bureau" and then I went and did a TV show for a while that I created and so forth, and by the time I came back to it, I had been turning it over in my head for a long time. The more I thought about it, the more important I thought it was to try with every tool that I had to not dumb down the banking and real estate, and to create a movie that showed really what these guys did. Because the reality of most of the jobs and most of the wealth in America is that they’re not accumulated in cinematic ways. I felt it was extremely important to tell a story, very closely based on facts, about two African-American men succeeding using only their brains, despite racism around them, having fun doing it, and the movie had to be fun watching them do it.  It’s almost a heist film isn’t it? That was the idea. The idea was to bring to bear the genre elements of a heist movie and the things that Hollywood does great in terms of production design and music and costuming and the look of the film, to bring all of those tools to bear to make that banking and real estate talk something that you can accept. You might say, "I don’t understand it in the moment, but I know these guys understand it." At the last screening I did before the corona epidemic shut all that down, an African-American woman stood up to say: ‘thank you for giving us our very own 'Ocean’s Eleven.'' And I was like, "That’s the best compliment I could possibly have." But I corrected her and said "Ocean’s Twelve," because that’s one I wrote [laughs]. But that’s what I was trying to do.  I feel like white people take for granted that Hollywood will make movies that glamorize them with all the tools that Hollywood has, that glamorize the way they outsmart a system or a person who has vast resources. That’s what the "Ocean's" movies are. I felt like—show me the movie that has African American protagonists that does that, instead of the usual focus on misery.  One thing that I thought was very insightful was acknowledging Bernard’s anger, because he doesn’t show it.  That is what I felt from listening to the eight hours of tapes with Bernard—you get much more so by actually listening to them than by reading the transcripts of them. He does actually talk about it to some extent. He absolutely had made a choice in his life. He looked around and he said, "I’m not going to beat the racist system, I’m not going to change the world, but what I can do is keep my head down, effectively not challenge the white power structure in a direct way, and use my smarts to succeed. I have a steeper climb, but I have the tools to make that steeper climb and make it...

Krzystof Penderecki: 1933-2020

by Scout Tafoya March 29, 2020   |  Print Page TweetDębica, Poland sits only a few hours from the Ukrainian border, which meant it was in a precarious position in the early...

Duncanville: Season Two? Has the FOX Series Been Cancelled or Renewed Yet?

© 2020 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal Animation Studios LLC and Fox Media LLC. Vulture Watch Will viewers get excited about watching an ordinary teen? Has the Duncanville TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on FOX? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal...

John Krasinski and Steve Carell Reunite to Share Office Memories — Watch

John Krasinski’s mission to spread some good news during these difficult times turned out to be great fun for fans of The Office. On March 25, Krasinski invited his followers on Twitter to pass along some feel-good stories. Come Sunday night, the star of Amazon’s Jack Ryan series served up...

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Dates have been set for E3 2021

The Entertainment Software Association has announced (via GamesIndustry.biz) that E3 2021 will be taking place and that it will occupy...

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