It was one of the worst kept secrets in recent fanboy movie speculation. No matter how hard director J.J. Abrams, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and the rest of the cast and crew of Star Trek Into Darkness tried, us diehard fans weren’t sold on John Harrison being the movie’s true villain. The more they told us it wasn’t Khan, the more fervently we believed it was. So much so, I found, the movie’s big reveal fell flat and didn’t give the expected emotional punch. (more…)
If you were dreaming of some quality Brit TV this Christmas, it seems that BBC One has answered your wish. The network has announced that the new season of Sherlock will premiere on New Year’s Day with the first episode of the three-episode third season. That’s the good news. The bad news, at least it’s bad for American viewers, is that you’ll have to wait till January 19th. (more…)
The first taste of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Smaug from The Desolation of Smaug trailer was incredible. The voice they’ve managed to create is both terrifying and masterful, suiting the imposing dragon perfectly. Along with the voice, Cumberbatch has also provided motion capture work for animators to work his facial expressions into the Smaug design. And to provide us with some damn funny shots of the one and only, CumberSmaug. (more…)
Yes, it’s here! With the summer blockbuster season well behind us there’s still one movie nerds are squirming over: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We saw a few nifty posters yesterday, but they don’t compare to the majesty of a full two and a half minute trailer. Hit the jump, and enjoy,
I swear, the Trek and the Wars are starting to blend together for me. Who’d have thought that Abrams would be directing Star Wars Episode VII after directing the new Star Trek movies? So, I guess since people are seeing that just about anything can happen, it’s lead to rumors of cast members coming over to appear in the upcoming Star Wars trilogy.
The latest of these rumored castings is Benedict Cumberbatch, who stared in the Abrams directed Star Trek Into Darkness. Although Disney refused to comment on the rumor, it seems that the star himself has left it open a bit.
Of course I’d love to do Star Wars and work with JJ Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek. But nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that’s that rumour quashed…We’ll have to wait and see.
Wow, gotta love that answer. Nothing is definite, which basically leaves us at square one. So, for those of you who are looking forward to Cumberbatch showing up in Star Wars, there’s still a chance that it could happen, but we’re most likely going to have to wait until Disney decides to start dropping some of the details on their plans for the trilogy. As of right now though, there just hasn’t been a definite answer either way.
It is interesting that he seems to confirm that the “regulars” are returning, which, although heavily rumored and speculated, hasn’t yet been officially confirmed. Maybe he’s just going on the rumors that the rest of us are, or maybe he has the inside scoop. I’m inclined to believe what the man says, as it’s fairly consistent with comments made previously.
This is the simple truth. J.J. and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that. And that is that.
He’s twice brought up that offers haven’t yet been made, but that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been talks between his people and Abrams. Take this as you will, but until we get some official news, all we can do is speculate. Or, you know, take Cumberbatch’s advice and just wait and see.
Next on director Guillermo del Toro’s list of things to do is the upcoming movie, Crimson Peak. This haunted house-based flick originally saw Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead, but he has since dropped out. Now, it looks like del Toro has picked up a replacement. And the winner is… Tom Hiddleston,
Hiddleston’s career has been kicking ass and taking names ever since his fan-praised performance as Loki. And no doubt there are plenty of people that wouldn’t mind seeing the actor front-and-center once more, particularly with del Toro on the other side of the camera.
In case you don’t know anything about what to expect from Crimson Peak, here’s what del Toro had to say about it:
Crimson Peak is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven. It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for Blade or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie more akin to what I do in the Spanish movies… The thing I do in those movies is recontextualization, take a movie and then move it into a completely different place. Like a Gothic and then move it into the Spanish Civil War [The Devil's Backbone]. This is a Gothic romance, haunted house, in the north of England.
Well, I for one am happy to see del Toro getting back to his roots, away from the big FX and big budget films he’s been doing lately. This will be a chance to see a movie similar to the ones that made me love his work so much.
What do the Nerd Readers think? Hiddleston = good for horror flick? Excited to see del Toro going back to character-centric movies?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
This time on The BastardCast, Jason and Jeremy pull a 180 after watching the new RoboCop trailer, warn you about the first ever GTA related virus that didn’t come from banging a pixelated hooker in a car park, and go back to school to learn about zombie stuff and things.
Also on the show: This Week in OMG/Total BS Star Wars News, another DC writer leaves the nest (and shits in it too), Will Smith gets ready to have a meeting in an airport Ramada about returning to his signature role (WILD WILD WILD WESTER here we come!), and Transformers 4 gets a title that we don’t care about (look forward to our 180 on The Dinobot Holocaust in a future episode.)
More? We can not deny you the news about an internet addiction treatment center (step one is admitting that you have a problem, step two is joining Google +), our sparkling repartee about the next iteration of the Bat suit, or our questions about whether Elizabeth Berkely (Showgirls & Saved by the Bell… we’re just helping you so you don’t have to use IMDB) can successfully undulate on dry land without the aid of Kyle MacLachlan’s magical unicorn penis on Dancing with the Stars?
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These rumors are getting ridiculous, yet somehow strangely alluring if the following turns out to be true. Today’s latest tidbit of casting speculation in regards to the higher than highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII is that director J.J. Abrams is looking to transfer Benedict Cumberbatch from Star Trek villainy to a new role in that galaxy far, far away.
The fine folk at The Film Chronicles were the first ones to report the rumor. although they didn’t specify a role. Of course, this could be a bunch of nerd-obsessive bull mash, but as /Film points out, Cumberbatch recently checked out of Guillermo del Toro’s next film Crimson Peak. Was that to make it possible for the actor to free up his schedule for some Star Wars-y action? It is possible. Back in May, while promoting Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch talked about his love for all things Star Wars with Total Film. To revisit his comments, Cumberbatch said:
I’ve already asked [J.J. Abrams] if I can be a lightsaber and we’re in talks – about whirring sounds and the rates for the lights and everything [laughs].
I thought, ‘Yeah, I grew up with them,’ and I just looked recently at when they were released and now I’m like, ‘No, I didn’t grow up with them, I was born with them.’ They were a huge part of my background, and my upbringing.
I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are because it’s immediate storytelling, very simple – a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way – and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera. And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo. Everything Harrison Ford did I just thought was the coolest thing ever – Raiders Of The Lost Ark was very much my upbringing as well.
What I realized with the reboot of Star Trek in 2009 is that I had a residual love and empathy for these characters because I felt really, giddily sentimental about them getting back together, and this origin story. So Star Trek seeds a little deeper for most people, it’s a little bit more mature – it doesn’t take itself too seriously though, it’s very humorous and fast-paced and imaginative and fun.
But I think the serious things that really kind of get you… that comes from good characters, really well drawn characters that have fantastically rich relationships and really interesting meat in the stories.
They may be set in space but they dealt with every kind of discussion or morality play, or debate about race or purpose and place and identity, and what it is to belong, and the human condition, and that’s its enduring appeal. I’m backtracking a bit but what I’m saying is my fervor for Trek was there, I just didn’t realize it. I was an out-and-out kid running around with a lightsaber wanting to fly the Millennium Falcon but I think I’m growing into being a Trekkie, if that makes sense.
So how possible is it? Well, Abrams is one of those directors that likes to work with the same actors again and again, just ask Simon Pegg or Greg Grunberg. Adding Cumberbatch to the Star Wars universe is a good call, I could see him easily as a Sith, or a Jedi Master, or maybe even as some member of the new galactic order, an ex-Imperial or member of the new Republican government… Let further idle speculation commence below.
Last series, Sherlock ended with quite the bang. Or should it be a thud? Either way, it was a brilliant finale that immediately sent Sherlockians wild trying to figure out how he did it. How did Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) survive “The Reichenbach Fall”?
This very first teaser of the greatly anticipated Series 3 doesn’t reveal how he did it, but it does hint at Sherlock revealing his “not dead” status to Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs), Detective Lestrade (Rupert Graves), his brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss), and of course, John (Martin Freeman).
Oooh… anyone else get chills once the music picked up and his shadow appeared in the doorway? And is this implying Sherlock simply shows up at restaurant to announce to John he’s alive?!? That’s going to cause quite a scene, surely. Maybe not as big a scene as Freeman’s mustache will undoubtedly cause on Tumblr, but a scene nonetheless.
Series 3 of Sherlock is expected to air this fall in the U.K. and *hopefully* early 2014 here in the U.S.
At this very moment the Sherlock panel at San Diego Comic Con is wrapping up. Sadly, I’m not there, and I’m guessing neither are you. But guess what!? Neither are stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They’re simply too damn busy.
Not ones to leave their fans at Comic Con – or elsewhere, for that matter – hanging, the two recorded separate video messages which were then played at the panel. Entertainment Weekly presented the panel, and because they’re awesome and swell, have uploaded the videos online for us all to enjoy!
And enjoy it you will. Martin’s segment is short, but very sweet. And I love his hobbit-y hair. Benedict has more fun with his, the cheeky bastard, even sharing the secret of how Sherlock survived the fall in “The Reichenbach Fall”!
The video’s not embeddable, so click the image to be taken to EW’s site,
In addition to the video message, fans in attendance of the panel are getting sneak peeks at some footage from the highly anticipated Season 3! As Sherlockology tweets,
— Sherlockology (@Sherlockology) July 18, 2013
They also report the footage being shared at the panel was, “a rough cut, with uncorrected audio, and will not be released online.” Well, bugger. I don’t care if it’s handicam footage filmed guerilla style, I want to see that footage!?
Hopefully, later this evening either EW or PBS will upload the panel in full. Until then, keep it tuned to Nerd Bastards for all your SDCC needs!