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Casting: Mark Wahlberg Joins 'Deepwater Horizon,' Johnny Depp Flexes For Kevin Smith's 'Yoga Hosers' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 3:00 PM
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Transformer: Age of Extinction
Still no sign of J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" on the fall festival slate, but while we wait to see where the film pops up (*cough* Telluride *cough*), the director is keeping busy with the lineup for his next, "Deepwater Horizon," landing none other than Mark Wahlberg for the lead role. The movie is based on a true story and will find the actor playing the "No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig" in the movie that "revisits the acts of heroism that followed in trying to rescue men in the water, stories not known to the general public." Production starts next year.

Watch: New Trailer And Clip For 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' Brings A New Adventure

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2014 12:52 PM
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The Penguins Of Madagascar
I haven't seen any of the "Madagascar" movies, possibly due to the fact that I'm not four years old. But with the franchise earning nearly $2 billion dollars worldwide after three installments, clearly DreamWorks Animation are appealing to kids in all the right ways, a trend sure to continue this fall with the release of "The Penguins Of Madagascar."

Rian Johnson Cites 'Twelve O’Clock High' & 'Letter Never Sent' Among Inspirations For 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2014 3:26 PM
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Twelve O'Clock High Rian Johnson Letter Never Sent
While J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: Episode 7" doesn't have a formal, non-generic title yet, the spotlight now turns to Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode 8." With the filmmaker tapped to write and direct that installment and to write the treatment for "Star Wars: Episode 9," he's diving deep into the George Lucas created universe. And while he's likely sitting on all kinds of spoiler-y details, he recently shared a couple of clues that will give super-fans something to chew on.

Benedict Cumberbatch Says Dr. Strange Didn’t Pan Out, James Gunn Talks Potential ‘Avengers’/Guardians’ Crossover

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 24, 2014 6:08 PM
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Marvel, Comic-Con 2014
It’s Marvel’s world and the rest of us are just living in it— at least when it comes to Comic-Con. The superhero studio juggernaut hasn't even presented anything yet (not til Saturday), but they’ve dominated the buzz and conversation down at the marketing tradeshow that is San-Diego Comic-Con. Firstly, they announced a sixth release date last night now that “Amazing Spider-Man 4” is no longer slotted for May 2018 (Marvel scooped up the empty date immediately). Then they’re garnering rave reviews for “Guardians of The Galaxy,” and they’re stealing a lot of thunder with just teaser posters for “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.” Suffice it to say if anyone wants to unseat Marvel as the kings of Comic-Con this year, they’re going to have to start working harder.

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Breaks The Code In First Trailer For 'The Imitation Game'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 10:22 AM
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Imitation Game
We may be in the sticky heat of July, but eyes are already turned to the awards season. Tomorrow, the Toronto International Film Festival will be unveiling the first titles of their slate, and it will be an interesting window into what the studios will be trotting out as their contenders. And one that is still in play for Toronto (and its competitors) is The Weinstein Company's "The Imitation Game," and the first trailer is here to show you why they paid $7 million for the rights earlier this year.

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Is A Wolf In Trailer For DreamWorks Animation's 'The Penguins Of Madagascar'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 12:29 PM
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The Penguins Of Madagascar
You can say many things of Benedict Cumberbatch, but that he lacks range is not one of them. In the last year or so, the British actor has played an insane, murderous superman in space, a Southern slave owner, Julian Assange, Alan Rickman (in an episode of "The Simpsons"), Meryl Streep's nephew, the world's greatest detective, and a big fuck-off dragon. And that's not about to change, it appears, as the actor's latest role is as an animated wolf.

Marvel’s ‘Dr. Strange’ Wishlist Includes Tom Hardy & Benedict Cumberbatch

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 6, 2014 8:54 PM
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Well, they aren’t aiming low. Marvel recently hired “Sinister” director Scott Derrickson to direct their adaptation of Marvel Phase 3 character “Dr. Strange,” and apparently they’re moving full speed ahead with the search for actors (guys, what’s with all the Marvel news this late on a Friday?)

New Photos Of Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley In ‘The Imitation Game’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2014 4:04 PM
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Imitation Game
If you’re on Oscar watch, just dreading the summer season, what fall film are you anticipating the most? Well, it could be “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Directed by Morten Tyldum (the Norwegian film director behind "Headhunters" starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the movie is about the brilliant English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing who helped crack and decipher Nazi codes during World War II who was later prosecuted for being gay (though whether that’ll be charted in the movie is unclear). Either way, it’s pretty complex material for Cumberbatch to sink his teeth into.

Benedict Cumberbatch & Adam Scott Join Johnny Depp & Joel Edgerton In Gangster Pic 'Black Mass'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2014 8:11 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Ok, here's a pairing you don't see everyday. While Johnny Depp and Guy Pearce together and side-by-side in the Whitey Bulger gangster pic "Black Mass" would have been a terrific paring, "The Rover" star has had to drop out for scheduling reasons. Alas, nothing to fear here Cross Creek Productions has found a more than viable replacement with in-demand actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Benedict Cumberbatch & Tye Sheridan To Star In David Lowery's 'Yellow Birds'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2014 12:33 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Of the many, many projects "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery has been linked to in the past year or so — "The Old Man And The Gun," with Robert Redford slated to star and produce; writing and directing former David Fincher project "Torso"; producing Alex Ross Perry's upcoming "Listen Up Philip"; writing and directing the sci-fi "Two" with Casey Affleck set to star; writing and directing Disney's "Pete's Dragon" — one you may have forgotten about is "The Yellow Birds." Lowery got attached to the gig last fall during TIFF, and not much has been heard since, but now it has some fresh movement.

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