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In case you hadn’t heard, the Twelfth Doctor will be regenerating into the sunset in this year’s Christmas Day Doctor Who annual special. Peter Capaldi has announced his intention to leave the TARDIS, which leaves a pretty big hole in our sci-fi lives, and it begins a pretty big guessing game as fans both hardcore and casual start to place their bets on who might pilot the blue box into further adventures in time and space. Of course, this is England we’re talking about, so there’s actual, literal bets being placed, and for those looking to make the safe bet, there’s a new contender worth looking at… (more…)

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A lot of Spider-Man movies have been released in the past fifteen years. Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the web-slinger launched just four years after Tobey Maguire hung up the cobwebbed cowl. Instead of finishing The Amazing Spider-Man series, the iconic character has instead swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with yet another reboot now due for 2017. While it’s easy to see why some fans would be reluctant to get excited about another retelling of the same story so soon, a lot of the criticism already levelled at Spiderman: Homecoming has nothing to do with the potential lack of originality. (more…)

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If there is such a thing as an expert on race and casting in Hollywood, George Takei would definitely be in the running. He’s enjoyed a long and vaunted career, which of course includes all his years on the bridge of the Enterprise as Star Trek’s Sulu. Takei knows well the powerful message in casting minorities, after all, he played a character of Japanese descent on American TV less than two decades after World War Two, and more than that, Sulu sat in a position of authority, and in time when Asian actors are still struggling to get their fair share of the spotlight, that’s saying something. And then there’s Doctor Strange(more…)

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There is a serious issue with whitewashing in cinema at the minute. Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Dormer have been the actors whose roles have most recently been pushed into contention as they both take on roles originally written for Japanese characters. Even more recently, Marvel have found themselves accused of whitewashing in their upcoming movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange. But it is not the protagonist that the issue is with, this time it is Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One that has been accused of being wrongly cast. The question here is, have Marvel made the right choice in their casting and is that choice justified? Earlier today Marvel released a statement regarding their stance on the issue of Tilda Swinton‘s role… (more…)

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White-washing. In these racial charged times in Hollywood, especially following the #OscarsSoWhite protest earlier this year, the blowback flared up again with two specific pieces of news last week: the first look at Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, and the appearance of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the Doctor Strange trailer. On the subject of the latter, the film’s screenwriter spoke on the matter in a recent interview comparing the situation to Star Trek’s classic no-win scenario, the Kobayashi Maru. Sure, Marvel whitewashed an Asian character, but a particularly stereotypical Asian character from a political *ahem* tricky area. (more…)

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Well, that  didn’t take long. Principle photography has just started for Marvel‘s upcoming Doctor Strange and already we’ve got an on set picture of (REDACTED) Benedict Cumberbatch. Director Scott Derrickson is wasting no time getting right to it in Nepal where this picture originates. Prayush Khadka snapped and posted the shot. We’re not sure if Khadka is just a passerby or works on, or around the set where filming is taking place. Check out the picture below.
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It’s been a day full of news from D23, Disney’s bi-annual celebration of all things Disney. Star Wars has owned the day with all new details about Rogue One, The Force Awakens, and the announcement of their choice to direct Episode IX, but Marvel Studios will not be outdone. You’ve probably read the footage description of Captain America: Civil War, but Marvel has two big movies coming out in 2016, and the other is Doctor Strange. Of course, the big screen adaptation of the Sorcerer Supreme is another gamble for Marvel, but the movie’s lead is pretty confident in the material saying that Doctor Strange promises”girls, cars, explosions, and astral projections into multiple universes; The usual fare.” (more…)

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Have you seen Serenity? Well if you’re a fan of this site, I assume that you have. Anyway, you will surely remember what a compelling villain that Chiwetel Ejiofor made in the part of the Operative, the bloodless functionary of the galactic parliament who will do anything to protect their secrets. It’s was a star-making turn, or at least it would have been if more people had seen Serenity, but it certainly made people who did go to the trouble to watch Serenity stand up and take notice. One of those people must have been Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, or Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, because they’ve cast Ejiofor in an unnamed role that has now been revealed to be the villainous Baron Mordo. (more…)

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After numerous delays and the threat of a Weinstein-supervised trim to appease fly-over state audiences in America, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer is finally primed to be released into American theaters in its original cut. To hype the film up (and ride on the coattails of star Chris Evans’ recent mega-hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier), The Weinsteins have smartly released a new red-band trailer, highlighting some of the picture’s nastier moments.

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