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Doctor Strange weaves his spell on the box office

There’s something strange at the box office this weekend, and it managed to score with audiences. Here’s what went down:

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange debut in first place this weekend with an outstanding $85 million. That’s definitely off from our predictions, but to be fair, I was shooting high with that one. The number is $0.7 million from Thor: The Dark World, the previous Marvel film to debut in November and one that wasn’t debuting a brand new MCU characters. Reviews have been solid across the board, and I’d be surprising if Doctor Strange doesn’t top out over $200 million in North America by the end of its run. It’s yet another home run for Marvel Studios.

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Will Doctor Strange weave a spell at the box office?

This weekend will be a big one at the box office, as the brain trust at Marvel Studios look to launch a brand new franchise with a classic character. Will they deliver the goods again? Here’s our prediction:

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Doctor Strange is yet another new piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe about to be carved out. Directed by horror regular Scott Derrickson, the film follows Stephen Strange, a noticed surgeon who has lost the use of his hands, into the supernatural, spiritual side of the MCU. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Strange and, while he looks the part, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how much the actor is able to claim ownership on the character a la Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. As of this writing, the film is sitting at 90% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes, which is simply outstanding. How will this translate at the box office this fall? Methinks fairly solidly, though not spectacularly. Look for a first place showing for Doctor Strange with $101 million.

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Trailer Time – Doctor Strange Teaser

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One of the more anticipated Marvel Studios movies, after Captain America: Civil War of course, is Doctor Strange. Starring fan favorite Bendict Cumberbatch in the titular role, the film about Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme will premiere in November 2016. Meet me after the jump for a first look at the trailer and the poster for what promises to be a magical experience…

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Marvel’s Agent Carter S02 E02: A View in the Dark

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Finally, thanks to OnDemand, and ABC rerunning the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” the other night after “Galavant,” I was able to see and review the second episode. No thanks to Comcast, meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “A View in the Dark.”

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TIFF 2015: Black Mass

Johnny Depp is terrifying as Southie gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass

There has to be a spot on the colour wheel for psychopath blue. You know the shade. The limpid aquamarine eyes that freeze your blood the second you see them. “Hello,” they say. “You look like dinner.” The moment we meet Johnny Depp in Black Mass, playing gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, those ice blue eyes send chills down the spine. I’m pretty sure you can get those contacts online: Murderer #1313. You instantly know this guy’s a killer and he’s barely said two words.

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Actor Trading Cards: Benedict Cumberbatch

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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

Born: July 19, 1976 in Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Height: 6′

Personal Quote:

“Worst thing about my profession? The press, obviously. Don’t write that, eh?”

Did You Know?

As of 2015, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Atonement (2007), War Horse (2011), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Imitation Game (2014).

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Avengers Assemble S02 E12: Widow’s Run

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One of the dumbest conceits about superhero comics is the concept of keeping dangerous items and weapons confiscated from super-villains in the headquarters of the superheroes. How nice of the heroes to keep all the goodies in one place, right? Here’s what happens when Thanos comes calling for the Infinity Stones. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the newest episode of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” – “Widow’s Run.”

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An Imitation of The Imitation Game

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A disclaimer: I’m a proud Cumbercollective member. Let that color the review as you will.

The Imitation Game is the new biopic picture about Alan Turing: legendary mathematician, oddball and the codebreaker of WWII. If you’re wondering about whether you’ve heard about his ideas before – you have. The sequence in Blade Runner, where Deckard is trying to determine if Rachel is a replicant, is based on Turing’s writing about Artificial Intelligence. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, I don’t want to know you.  More about The Imitation Game after the jump.

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The Next Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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This afternoon, Marvel Studios held a press conference at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles to announce the next batch of movies in their ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. There were some surprises, some we already knew, but all of it is exciting. Meet me after the jump for all the news.

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Saturday At The Movies – August: Osage County

August_Osage_County_2013_posterWith award season looming, all of the studios at throwing their collective spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks for 2013.  Relying heavily on the all-star cast, August: Osage County is an adapted play that makes a surprisingly good movie. Starring on Broadway and playing across the country, the play had great success in the theater. This isn’t always a guarantee of a good movie. Carnage was a great play but a lumbering beast of a movie.

August: Osage County is helped by the fact that  original playright Tracy Letts, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was the one to take a stab at the Hollywood screenplay and she made something of real value.  The film is well timed, subtle, and has a great cast. Juila Roberts and Meryl Streep give command performances, which is why they’re up for SAG nominations. Streep plays Violet Weston, the head of the Weston clan of girls. Her cancer and pain pill addiction serve as one of the focuses of the story that revolves around the suicide of Violet’s husband, Beverly (Sam Shepard). Roberts plays the oldest and “most treasured” daughter, Barbara. The toughness found in the mother has passed to her daughter, which is the cause of Barbara’s imminent divorce. All of the rest of the family comes together to bury Beverly and to expose the many and varied slights, fights and injuries the family has both kept secret and openly flaunted over the years.

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