I've got a cool Doctor Strangenews roundup for you today! We've got a collection of awesome poster art from Poster Posse's various artists; three fun new TV spots; 45 high-resolution photos from the film; and a new featurette that focuses on the magical objects in the film. Some of the photos have been released previously, but there are a few in the collection that are new.
From Marvel comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey.
Vin Diesel is currently out promoting his new film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and while talking to ET he managed to squeeze in a little promotional buzz for his next film, Fast 8. According to the actor, he thinks its director F. Gary Gray could get some Oscar attention because of what he brings to the film. The actor explains:
"For as bizarre as that might be, he's definitely going to get his comeuppance. As crazy as that might sound, as he really should have been acknowledged for Straight Outta Compton, I think he went into making this movie with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, going 'Oh, really? Ok. Now I'm going to take the biggest saga in the world, and I'm about to throw Oscars at you. Wait till you see what he does!"
That's pretty high praise. Have you ever thought that the Fast and Furious franchise could actually get some Oscar attention? Not me!? As much as I've enjoyed these films, they've never been Oscar-caliber material, but maybe that could all change with Gray at the helm. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Diesel went on to talk a little bit about the tone of the film and his character, saying:
"Fast 8 is different. It's very dark. My character is conflicted in a way that is really going to shock you. He's coming off of a lot of emotion from 7 and the loss that 7 represents."
That sounds pretty intense, and I'm looking forward to seeing what this creative team has come up with for the film. We'll get our first real look at the movie when the first trailer is released on December 11th. In regards to that, Diesel said:
"It's going to hit you like a ton of bricks. Everything is going to make sense."
Fast 8 races into theaters on April 14th, 2017. That will be followed by parts nine and ten scheduled for April 19th, 2019 and April 2nd, 2021.
Fans seem to be pretty pumped up about Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. It actually looks like it could be a decent conclusion to the long-running franchise. We've got a new international trailer for you to watch today, and it's got a lot of new adrenaline-fueled action-packed footage that's definitely worth checking out. I think this is a much better trailer than the one that was released at NYCC earlier this month.
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
The movie stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, Fraser James, and Rola. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is set to be released on January 27th, 2017. Are you excited about seeing the final film in the Resident Evil franchise?
I've got an awesome and wonderfully entertaining CG animated short film for you to watch today called"Apocalyptos." The film centers on two bratty young gods who become locked in an epic battle on Mount Olympus. As they fight with their tridents and lightning bolts, they are completely unaware that their actions are having a chaotic effect on Earth. This short is a lot of fun to watch so I hope you enjoy it! "Apocalyptos" was created by Simon Loisel, Guillaume Miquel, Mathilde Michel, Melanie Le Bloa, and Julien Loth.
In my opinion, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the most talented young actors working in Hollywood right now. He's a very likable guy who tends to make great films. His next film project is a sci-fi thriller called Sovereign.
According to THR, the actor will take on the role of a man "who travels up to a space station to find his estranged wife and the crew of the station, all of whom have gone missing." We don't really have much more information than that.
The movie is being produced by Shawn Levy (Stranger Things), and it will be directed by Marc Munden, who has helmed several TV series such as Black Sails, Utopia, and Quantico. The script for the film comes from Jack Thorne, the playwright behind the recently released Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Sovereign sounds like it could turn out to be a great film project. It will be fun to see Gordon-Levitt take on another sci-fi project. The last one he did was Rian Johnson's Looper. The most recent film the actor starred in was Oliver Stone's Snowden, which was a solid film that's worth checking out if you haven't already.
I've got a beautiful series of Harry Potter poster art hear from artist Olly Moss that represents each of the seven novels that make up J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga. Moss is an incredibly talented artist, and we've posted a lot of his work over the years, which you can see here. He's probably best known for his Star Wars posters. This latest Harry Potter collection is fantastic. Each one uses the same background with the Hogwarts Castle but has its own unique flare based on the different stories.
They're currently available on his website for purchase until October 25th. Each print costs $50, or you can buy the entire set of seven for $275, which is worth it if you're a Moss and Potter fan. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out soon, which will be followed by four other movies, the Wizarding World is about to get very popular again.
Joe Johnston, the director behind films such as The Rocketeer, October Sky, and Captain America: The First Avenger, is set to helm a $100 million sci-fi film in China called Starfall.
Deadline simply describes the film as "an actioner that takes place on a space station." It's a pretty vague plot description because we have no idea what events will take place on that space station. We know it will be a big spectacle film, though.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers) is producing the film, and the script is being written by David Coggeshall, who has worked on the MTV series Scream. The film will be shot at Wanda’s Qingdao Studios, which is a new China studio that boasts a 56,000-square-foot green screen stage.
I've always liked Johnston's films, and it's great to see him get the opportunity to make another big movie. I can't wait to learn more about it and see how this turns out!
The Ghost of Yotsuya is required viewing material for anyone who loves horror films. It tells a legendary eerie tale of betrayal, murder, and ghostly revenge! It’s one of the most famous Japanese ghosts stories of all time and was a huge influence on the Japanese horror films that we see today.
The story is based on the 1825 play Tōkaidō Yotsuya Kaidan, which was written by Tsuruya Nanboku IV. The basic premise of the story follows a woman who haunts her husband after she dies a miserable death.
A ruthless samurai named Iemon Tamiya wants to marry a woman named Iwa, but after her father refuses, “Iemon kills him and disposes of the body with assistance of Naosuke. Later, tiring of his wife and wishing to marry the heiress Ume Itō, Iemon plots to murder his wife by mixing a poison into her tea and also killing her admirer Takuetsu. Her health deteriorates into a slow agonizing death. The ghosts of Iwa and Takuetsu appear and take vengeance on Iemon and his new wife.”
The story has been adapted for film over 30 times, but director Nobuo Nakagawa's The Ghost of Yotsuya is considered the best one out of all of them. This is one of those films that you have to see. It’s just an old fashioned creepy movie that any true movie fan will appreciate.
If you haven’t already seen it, it’s currently available to watch on Hulu under the title Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan. You can find the trailer for it below. To check out the other 1950s horror movies that I've recommended this Halloween, click on the following links: The Screaming Skulland The Tingler..
YouTube Red has just ordered a handful of new series for audiences to watch. They include a sequel series to the teleportation thriller Jumper, which Doug Liman is attached to direct; a time-travel series from Dwayne Johnson tentatively called Lifeline; and an eSports series from Community creator Dan Harmon.
The Jumper sequel series is called Impulse, and it's based on the third novel in the Jumper book series. The story for it centers on "a rebellious 16-year-old girl, who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. When a local drug dealer attempts to assault her, she discovers her extraordinary ability to teleport. This newfound power confirms her conviction that she really is different from everybody else, but it now makes her the focus of those who want to control her."
This sounds like it could be a fun series. I thought the movie was ok, but it should have been a lot better. Liman said in a statement:
“Steven Gould’s sequel novel to Jumper, Impulse, fully realizes the dynamic potential of this amazing franchise and I’m excited to have the large canvas of YouTube to bring it to life."
Johnson's Lifeline is a half-hour series that's set in the not-too-distant future. The series is said to be about a "little known life insurance company that sends its agents forward 33 days in time to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients. The company’s best man, Charlie Hooks, has never missed a save — until one case changes his life forever."
I really like the concept of this series, and it could turn out to be great! Johnson seems to make smart decisions when it comes to the projects he's involved with. He wouldn't be one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood if he didn't!
As for Harmon's eSports series, it will star YouTube personalities Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson of Game Grumps. The story follows "a newly formed team of eSports players trying to make it to the top in the cutthroat world of competitive gaming." It has received a six-episode order and will air on the Game Grumps YouTube channel in 2017. With the rising popularity of eSports, this has the potential to be a pretty successful series.
Looks like YouTube Red is building itself a solid set of original series for us to watch. Hopefully, they all turn out well.
Thanks to the latest Star Wars novel, Ahsoka, written by E.K. Johnston, we have our first in-canon explanation of why the lightsabers of those who follow the dark side are red. This has never been explained in the films, we just accepted it because red is a villainous color, but there's so much more to it than that, and it's different from the previous expanded universe explanation. In the expanded universe red sabers are powered by synthetically made crystals which the Sith use because the Jedi had control of all the natural sources.
ScreenRant recently posted a list of fifteen things revealed in the novel, and this was one of the more interesting. I'm sure some of you have wondered why the Sith are never carrying around blue or green lightsabers, and the new answer is... because they simply can't. Here's the explanation:
Kyber crystals choose Force users and present themselves to their desired owner, but darksiders don’t experience this same connection to the crystals. The only way the Sith and other dark side Force users can collect kyber crystals is by stealing them or plundering them off the bodies of their fallen foes. Even if a dark sider were to acquire a kyber crystal from a green or blue, the act of bending the crystal to their will in a new lightsaber will cause the crystal to “bleed,” turning it red.
I love the explanation that the Sith bending the crystal to their will causes it to bleed red. Kyber crystals can be found in several places in the Star Wars universe, including Jedha, which was featured in the most recent trailer for Rogue One. I imagine those crystals are the reason The Empire invades Jedha in the first place.
The book also drops a couple of details about the eighteen years Obi-Wan Kenobi was in exile on Tatooine. In the story we learn that Obi-Wan uses the force to briefly make contact with his deceased master, Qui-Gon Jinn. He also visits the grave of Anakin Skywalker’s mother, Shmi, where he apologizes for not being able to keep Anakin from turning to the dark side.