First Look at Netflix’s Next Marvel Series: IRON FIST

Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for IRON FIST, the next installment in its series showcasing Marvel Comics’ “street level” superheroes. GAME OF THRONES’ Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand, scion of a wealthy industrial family and a man presumed dead in a plane crash 15 years ago, who returns wielding the incredible martial arts ability known as the Iron First. 

In the comics, this ability is usually described as “He summons his chi — the essence of his spirit and strength —  channeling its raw power down into his arm, into his hand, until that hand becomes like unto a thing of iron!

Take a look at the terrific way the Iron Fist is being visualized for the series in the clip below…

IRON FIST also stars David Wenham as Harold Meachum, the former business partner of Danny’s late parents; Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey as Harold’s children, Joy and Ward Meachum, who have known Danny since childhood; and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, an ally of Danny’s who runs a martial arts dojo.

IRON FIST premieres March 17, 2017, on Netflix.

Introducing “Doctor Strange” Characters via Posters

docstrange_poster_1sheetDoctor Strange, the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opens in just over one month, and these character posters are intended to get folks familiar with the main characters — and the topsy-turvy mystical world they inhabit.

Magic has not yet been seen in a Marvel movie, but Doctor Strange will introduce the concept in a big way. Ant-Man showed vans that other realities, such as the microverse, are possible, so viewers shouldn’t be too shocked that magic can exist in the largely science-fiction-based MCU.

The reality-bending images include Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron MordoRachel McAdams as Christine “Night Nurse” Palmer, Benedict Wong  as Wong, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One.

Directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Doctor Strange also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay.

Doctor Strange will appear in theaters Nov. 4.

Miss Peregrine’s Movie for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton‘s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is the movie I most want to see this weekend. It feels like a perfect match of material and director!

Based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs, this movie looks like a gentler, younger take on the idea of mutants. In some ways it might be what a cinematic take on what Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Students could have been, had the “X-Men” movies gone in a different (better) direction.

But the proof will be in the viewing…

Why Bill Murray Finally Agreed to a ‘Ghostbusters’ Redux

busters01Just about everyone was floored by the news that Bill Murray had agreed to appear in the so-called “all-female” Ghostbusters reboot after so many decades of refusing to associate himself with any of the long-mooted attempts at making a third film in the franchise.

Well, newsflash folks: Murray has not only agreed to make a cameo in the new flick — he has already shot his role (as a ghost debunker). So there’s no turning back now.

Vulture asked Murray why he did it, and he replied:

“I thought about it for a very long time. Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really… It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”

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“He slimed me.”

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All the Lightsabers!

allsabersThis is a fun info graphic put together by the good folks at HalloweenCostumes that breaks down every lightsaber that has appeared onscreen in the films, STAR WARS: CLONE WARS and STAR WARS REBELS, whether used by Jedi or Sith.

Click for larger views.

Just Another ‘Frankenstein’ Remake — Or Is It?

Watch this trailer for Victor Frankenstein, yet another bash at the horror classic — but this one has moved the pieces around a little, including elevating Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) from a hunchbacked, bit-playing assistant to an equal partner with the good doctor (James McAvoy).

This clip also has a Young Frankenstein reference worthy of Mel Brooks himself, so this movie probably has a great sense of humor!

Trivia time: Where my horror aficionados at, the ones who know the name of the put-upon assistant in James Whale‘s original Frankenstein?

 

Victor Frankenstein opens Nov. 25.

Trivia answer: Henry Frankenstein’s assistant was called Fritz in the 1931 classic.

The Fourth Doctor Is Joining the Star Wars Universe

TomBakerScarfTom Baker, already am unrivaled genre legend for portraying the Fourth (and arguably most famous) Doctor on DOCTOR WHO, is about to join the Star Wars universe in an as-yet undefined capacity.

While signing autographs at the Day Of The Doctors convention in Slough, England, last week, Baker said:

“I’m going to be in this new Star Wars thing, you know? I’m going down to record some voices for this new character they’ve created for me, very soon.”

It sounds like his character will either be for an animated property, such as Star Wars Rebels, or it could be a computer-generated character for one of the main movies or the innumerable live-action spin-offs planned.

Whatever his role, it’s sure to be epic!