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    Superhero Corner: Cumberbatch gets ‘Strange,’ Batfleck deals with the past, Oscar winner joins ‘Wonder Woman’

    Michael Stuhlbarg set to join impressive ‘Doctor Strange’ cast Who would’ve thought Marvel could create such an eclectically interesting cast as they have for the one with Doctor Strange? The Wrap reports that Michael Stuhlbarg, who was just seen in Steve Jobs and Trumbo, is set to join the cast for Doctor Strange, which is […] More

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    ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is a fitting farewell to Middle-Earth

    To fully appreciate Peter Jackson’s last foray into Middle-Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, one must understand it’s actually two separate movies. The first movie is a sour, pseudo-Shakespearean morality play that has nothing to do with Hobbits. The second movie is a heartfelt rumination about friendship and self-sacrifice. For those willing to overlook the sour for the sweet, there are great treasures to be found, as Jackson brings his trilogy to a suitably-epic conclusion. More

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    Week in Review: Is Christoph Waltz the next Bond villain?

    Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting. First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding […] More

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    Benedict Cumberbatch is cast as ‘Doctor Strange’

    The Marvel drumbeat continues as Deadline has word that the studio has selected Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange in their next comic adaptation. According to Deadline, negotiations are now about to begin. Doctor Strange has proved a notorious role to cast, with Joaquin Phoenix falling out of the project several months back (here was […] More

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    LFF 2014: ‘The Imitation Game’ is a fitting tribute to shamefully unsung heroes

    The mysterious and secretive figure of Alan Turing has undergone something of a political and cultural renaissance in the UK over the past few years. A young mathematic prodigy, Oxford graduate, and cryptographer par excellence, he was ushered into the ultra top secret Bletchley Park programme during the Second World War and tasked with the impossible: to break the German military codes through a captured sequencer which could potentially offer billions of responses to any clandestine communication. Socially incompetent and ruthlessly dedicated, Turing willingly threw himself into the arena of cerebral combat, along the way erecting much of the intellectual and theoretical infrastructure of the modern computing world. But as a closeted homosexual his treatment at the hands of the authorities in the post-war period should cause the great British bulldog to hang its head in shame, with he and his team’s contribution to the continuation of civilisation remaining cloaked for over half acentury due to the Official Secrets Act. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown would later make an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated,” while the Queen granted him a posthumous pardon on Christmas Eve 2013. More

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    The Hype Cycle: Toronto, Telluride and Venice Oscar buzz (Part 1)

    The Hype Cycle is News Editor Brian Welk’s roundup of industry news, reviews and predictions of everything Oscar, boiled down into weekly power rankings of the buzziest and most likely contenders in this year’s awards season. The Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award has been one of the most reliable barometers for both Best […] More

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    Telluride Film Festival 2014: Most Anticipated

    The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st […] More

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