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Morgan Freeman rumoured for ‘Doctor Strange’ role

- December 15th, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch may have been officially revealed as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, but the casting rumours surrounding the film have yet to simmer down completely.

Bill Nighy (About Time, The World’s End), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), and most importantly, Morgan Freeman have apparently all been approached by Marvel Studios to take on the role of the Ancient One, superhero film news site Latino Review reported Monday.

The Ancient One is a crucial character in the Doctor Strange universe. He’s the mad man –the previous Sorcerer Supreme- that eventually becomes Stephen Strange’s mentor.

It’s still unclear just how big of a role the Ancient One will have in the film since Marvel has explicitly said the Cumberbatch lead project won’t focus on the character’s origin story.

That being said, Morgan Freeman would make for a pretty outstanding Ancient One. He has plenty of experience playing cosmic characters in a variety of genre movies, and would be a perfect contrast to Cumberbatch’s newbie magician.

As the film gets closer to shooting, more information about the casting of secondary characters will be revealed.

Until then, it’s rumour mill central.

‘Pitch Perfect 2′ trailer lands

- November 20th, 2014

The Bellas have regrouped and are headed to the global acapella stage.

Three years after the small musical was released in theaters, the highly anticipated sequel is set to be released this upcoming May.

Every star player from the original movie will pick up their microphones once again for the sequel, seeing the return of Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Skylar Astin, and Adam DeVine. Banks will also be stepping behind the camera to direct the feature.

The film will follow Kendrick’s Beca and the rest of her sassy singing sorority as they travel to Europe to take on some of the best acapella teams from around the world.

Sounds familiar? If you’ve seen any of the Step Up movies in the past decade, you’ll notice a similar trend in story line.

It’s hard to give a fresh arc to a series that doesn’t need more than one movie in the first place, and setting the stage for a world competition was the only next logical step.

Hopefully, the sequel will focus on all the same aspects that made the first movie the unbelievable success it was.

Plenty of remixes, a wide array of music they can use in their arsenal, and more screen time between Adam DeVine and Rebel Wilson.

Sequels, especially comedy sequels, have always been tricky projects to nail.

Here’s to hoping Pitch Perfect 2 follows the same path as American Pie and not Mean Girls.

Marvel releases official timeline image for Phase 3

- November 18th, 2014

Even if you don’t know where you’ll be May 4, 2018, Marvel does. After announcing its slate of Phase 3 films last month, the company released a timeline image perfect for framing to help you keep track of what’s coming between May 6, 2016, and May 3, 2019.

Phase 3 kicks off with Captain America: Civil War, which brings together Chris Evans’ titular character and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in a popular storyline from a limited-series comic written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass).

Marvel’s Phase 2 continues next summer with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.

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What ‘Interstellar’ got wrong and why scientists are pissed off

- November 8th, 2014

Christopher Nolan’s latest intergalactic cavalcade of scientific phenomenon, Interstellar, has been met with a mixture of adoration and condemnation by the critic community.

There’s no question that the film is one of the most cerebral cinematic experiences mainstream film goers will see this year, or that its worlds are beautifully constructed, coming to life in the coziness of an IMAX theater.

One of the most contentious issues surmised by movie goers is the authenticity surrounding the science in the film. A facet to the feature Nolan blatantly brags about before the movie even begins.

When it was revealed that he was bringing on Kip Thorne, a revered and world renowned astrophysicist who’s spent the majority of his life trying to understand the makeup of black holes and gravitational pulls, the science community nearly fainted with excitement.

Together, Nolan and Thorne promised they would bring scientifically accurate black hole representations to the film, something science fiction fans had been waiting quite some time for.

It didn’t take long, however, for other scientists to start taking their own notes and picking apart Nolan’s representation of Thorne’s work.

Slate’s resident science author Phil Plait collected information and set about debunking some of the most extravagant scenes in the movie.

For those interested in the movie but who haven’t actually made it out to a theater to see it, there will be spoiler alerts in the following paragraphs. You’ve been officially warned.

Black holes and time difference

A large part of Interstellar’s plot relies on the use of black holes to exaggerate the difference in the speed of time Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway’s characters would experience while they were off exploring different planets to use as a secondary home while the Earth literally fades to dust.

According to Plait, while it may be true that time does slow down the closer a planet is to a black hole, it’s utter malarkey to assume that every hour that passed on the planet closest to the black hole is equivalent to seven normal years on Earth.

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In order to attain that severe degree in time difference, the planet would have to be literally hovering over the black hole. Unfortunately, a planet must be able to sustain an orbit of about three black hole sizes away from the actual space vacuum to be considered stable.

In other words, if they were that close to the black hole, they would have literally fallen into it.

Black holes and tidal waves

Another issue that Plait talks about is tides. On the aforementioned black hole hovering planet, Hathaway and McConaughey encounter massive tidal waves. As in thousands of feet high tidal waves ensuring a massive amount of devastation and destruction.

Here’s the issue: The kind of gravity enforced on a planet that close to a black hole would be so daunting, the tidal waves would envelop the surface in its entirety. The waves would be so titanic, they would cause the planet to vaporize.

Black holes and the “Accretion Disk”

One of the last problems Plait discusses occurs within the final act of the movie. In order to save himself, and the future of the Earth, McConaughey must actually fall into a black hole. In the movie, he’s able to navigate through the black hole and warn his daughter (played by Jessica Chastain) about everything that’s going on in the world through a form of gravitational pull and Morse code.

The problem with this scenario is pretty blatant, and as Plait points out, one of the more careless mistakes. Before McConaughey enters the black hole, audiences get a glimpse of the “accretion disk.” The accretion disk is a compilation of all the matter about to be sucked into the black hole.

As Plait points out, the problem with this scenario is that neither Nolan nor Thorne took into consideration that accretion disks run extremely hot. Like, millions upon millions of degrees blazing hot. If McConughey had even gotten close to the disk he would have been incinerated in seconds. Good luck saving the world at that point.

More and more of these debunking stories will come out of different publications for weeks to come, and while it might not matter to someone who wants a visually stimulating experience set in space, fans of astrophysics and space in general should take the information they’re being doled out hesitantly.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ title revealed

- November 6th, 2014

Disney has announced that filming has wrapped on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. They’ve also revealed the film’s full title – Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in London and Abu Dhabi. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow joined the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie in the new film.

On the eve of filming, Abrams released a statement saying, “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again.”

The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18, 2015

It didn’t take long for people on Twitter to make fun of the title with #rejectedstarwarstitles becoming a trending hashtag on Thursday.

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