The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including new Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage in the international trailer, the first images of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and much, much more…
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Daniel Craig (a month ago): “I’d rather slash my wrists [than do another Bond film].”
Money talks. And the knife could never get through all the Omega watch product placement anyway.“What do you mean Heineken can’t be served ‘shaken’?”
Before SPECTRE was released, Sony’s top 3 highest grossing movies of 2015 were all Adam Sandler films. If you think that’s bad, you need only look over to Fox, where Blofeld’s evil brother, Rupert Murdoch, blamed the company’s poor quarterly earnings on Josh Trank’s Summer blockbummer Fantastic Four this week.
Hollywood dollars have seemed more in the news than usual. The paychecks for the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron have now leaked out (presumably at the hand of a malign artificial intelligence lifeform), revealing that Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t just play a shrewd businessman in the movies.“Downey’s getting paid how much?”
Poor Mark ‘Always the Supporting Actor, Never the Solo Movie’ Ruffalo props up the list. He spoke this week about a standalone Hulk outing, saying it’s now further away than ever. Doctor Strange is much closer, with the first images of Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor appearing online. Michael Stuhlbarg (Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire) might soon be joining them on set.
Other superhero casting bits include Nicole Kidman in talks to play Wonder Woman’s mum and Ralph Fiennes voicing Alfred in The LEGO Batman Movie. Jeremy Irons will have some tough butler competition come that and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s release. Speaking of, an allegedly new plot synopsis of BvS has been released.
But superheroes are so passé these days. Now it’s all about magic. Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them got its first logo, look at Eddie Redmayne and plot synopsis this week, and trailers were released for Alice Through the Looking Glass and Duncan Jones’ eagerly-awaited Warcraft. Well, it was until people started moaning about the CGI quality. Not one to laze about, Jones has already announced Paul Rudd for his next science fiction film Mute.
In not-magical-in-a-genre-sense-but-still-makes-you-love-movies news, Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight has a superb new trailer, Noomi Rapace is the front-runner to play Amy Winehouse and – get ready to choke up more than a Darth-Vader-disappointing Admiral – Disney held a special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill cancer patient who might not live long enough to see the film’s December 17th release.
Meanwhile, the rest of us had to make do with a few new shots from the movie’s international trailer (see Flickering Myth’s breakdown of all the new footage) and five posters of characters holding stuff in front of their faces.
And finally, Nic Cage’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage one sheet should have used a similar design – a poster presumably Photoshopped by the guy who sometimes makes event posters for Bexleyheath social club. Cage doesn’t seem to know what expression to wear.
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