Doctor Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme from comic books to cinema screens


Benedict Cumberbatch brings the idea of magic to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange in this first of many appearances for the coming years. The arrival of Doctor Strange to the cinema world has been a long time coming for comic fans.

Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark force…

The world premiere of “Doctor Strange” was held at the famous TCL Chinese Theater on Thursday night. Fans braved the 90-degree heat to get a glimpse of the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Hollywood Boulevard was transformed into a grand magic sanctum as the cast and crew took the red carpet to celebrate the opening of 14th Marvel Universe movie.

They also took the opportunity to address criticism from some fans over the casting of British actress Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, who in the comics is depicted as an Asian man.

Director Scott Derrickson took on the whitewashing controversy, explaining how selecting Swinton was a diversity choice itself.

“I think diversity is the responsibility of directors and producers,” Derrickson told Variety. “In this case, the stereotype of [the Ancient One] had to be undone. I wanted it to be a woman, a middle-aged woman. Every iteration of that script played by an Asian woman felt like a ‘Dragon Lady,’” Derrickson explained, referencing another negative on-screen stereotype of an exotic and domineering Asian woman. “I’m very sensitive to the history of ‘Dragon Lady’ representation and Anna May Wong films. I moved away from that. Who’s the magical, mystical, woman with secrets that could work in this role?

Read more of this Variety article here

Dwayne Johnson talks MOANA – Movie Moments worth paying for


DUBLIN. 14th October 2016.  The Industry Trust for IP Awareness and The Walt Disney Company launched a new collaboration on the highly-anticipated animated feature film, MOANA, in the latest instalment in the Moments Worth Paying For campaign.

The trailer will run across cinema screens nationwide and features Dwayne Johnson speaking directly to the camera, as he shares with the audience what he thinks makes a great movie moment. According to Dwayne, it must look ‘amazing’, needs ‘blood pumping action’ and it has got to be watched with ‘good friends’! Before concluding that at the end of it all, adventures as huge as MOANA, always need the big screen and are best seen at the cinema.

Dwayne Johnson continues to support The Industry Trust’s consumer education campaign, inspiring audiences to choose cinema and enjoy all those great movie moments worth paying for. The trailer goes on to direct audiences to industry-funded website LOVEMOVIES.IE, which signposts legal content sources as well as information about the film industry in Ireland that employs almost 20,000 people, thanks to audience support. Recent research has identified that children as young as 11 are infringing so it’s  increasingly important to reach a younger demographic to ensure they are inspired to choose official content, making the MOANA trailer a great addition to the Industry Trust’s 2016 education and awareness campaign.

Alison Crinion, Communications Director at The Irish Industry Trust for IP Awareness said: “The Moments  Worth Paying For campaign is now in its 5th year and it’s great to see such continued support from all our distributor partners. It is testament to the campaign and its inspirational message that we are able to secure high-profile talent such as Dwayne Johnson to feature in not only one, but two of the trailers across this year. This collaboration is a great addition to this year’s campaign as we know it’s important to inspire young audiences to choose official film and TV before they reach the tipping point into infringement. MOANA is all about big adventures and it’s great to see Dwayne Johnson deliver our ‘big screen’ messaging in a way that will resonate with children, parents and audiences alike.”

Trish Long, Vice President and General Manager, Walt Disney Studios Ireland said: Moments Worth Paying For continues to be an important and impactful campaign that connects with and inspires Irish audiences. We are delighted to be collaborating with the Irish Industry Trust again and are happy that we could get Dwayne Johnson on board to support. Our aim is for the trailer to deliver the Irish Industry Trust’s core message, encouraging audiences of all ages to join MOANA in cinemas this December for some great moments worth paying for. The Irish Industry Trust’s educational work is vital to the health of our film industry and we hope to continue partnering and keep inspiring audiences to pay to watch the content they love on the big screen.”

Join MOANA on her voyage when she sails into Irish cinemas on December 2nd 2016. This trailer is available to watch right now on  or click on

The loveable pirate Jack Sparrow is back with more swashbuckling action!


Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.” The fifth in the fantasy pirate movies promises more rip-roaring adventure as we find down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.

Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

Put a note in your diary… Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge comes to Irish cinemas in May 2017!

Deepwater Horizon – an assault on your nerves and your emotions


Deepwater Horizon tells the story of the 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico – the worst in US history which created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

With a cast including Kurt Russell, Dylan O’Brien and Gina Rodriguez, director Peter Berg brings us a movie that is an assault on your nerves and your emotions.

The movie is based on the harrowing true story of Mike Williams, played by Mark Wahlberg, one of the last workers to leave the rig, bypassing lifeboats in order to help save the lives of others still trapped, telling his dramatic story and extreme bravery in the face of catastrophe.

Mike Williams, says that while he was honored that director Peter Berg wanted to tell his story on the big screen, the experience brought back some painful memories.

“It’s very anxiety-inducing. Reliving each of those critical moments, those critical time stamps, they’re all very vivid in my memory, and of course we didn’t capture all of it,” he says. “We condensed 12 hours into two hours, and so it was difficult to capture everything. But we did get the highlights, and what is portrayed in the film is all accurate.”

Read more of Mike Williams’s dramatic story in

The Infiltrator – hard to believe it is based on true facts!


Bryan Cranston doesn’t make a false movie in the real-life crime drama, The Infiltrator. When you’re never quite sure you can believe the story is based on facts… Cranston convinces you. He plays Robert Mazur, a Florida-based federal agent who went undercover as a money-launderer in the mid-1980s to help take down Pablo Escobar’s Colombian drug cartel and the banks that funded it.

After Cranston’s huge success in the series Breaking Bad, how do you top what he accomplished playing a gentle-souled family-man chemistry teacher who turns himself into a violent drug badass? The Infiltrator, a sensationally intelligent and exciting true-life thriller directed by Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), offers the answer: Have him play a gentle-souled family-man law enforcer who goes undercover as a money launderer to Pablo Escobar.

Robert Mazur, the man Cranston plays in “The Infiltrator,” actually did that. In 1986, he realized that the war on drugs was going after the wrong target — the drugs themselves, massive shipments of cocaine that even if seized could be replaced within days. Mazur figured out that the infinitely smarter thing to do would be to follow the money, which could lead directly to the kingpins who controlled everything. And so he came up with a sting operation that was built around creating a flamboyant alter ego for himself: Bob Musella, a jaunty, high-rolling businessman who launders mountains of drug-cartel cash — tens upon hundreds of millions — by promising to hide them in a network of legitimate investments. He doesn’t just work with thugs and drug lords; he deals with respectable international bankers, setting up a vast network of corruption that is winked at by governments. It’s like an underworld rehearsal for the new global money culture… Read more from Variety magazine

Will Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt lead The Magnificent Seven to victory?


While The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960’s western adventure, it’s more of a ‘new-style’ action adventure movie with the same story line. This group of disconnected men who come together to help rescue a town from a grave threat are lead by Denzel Washington as a righteous avenger.

The Magnificent Seven is the very definition of a well-oiled machine. It has star power and old-school charisma to burn, along with a primal story that still resonates every time it is retold. There isn’t much depth to be found, give or take its theoretical political undertones, but the picture works exactly as intended and provides any number of crowd-pleasing action beats and just enough character moments for us to care about the fireworks. The Magnificent Seven may not be “magnificent,” but it’s pretty darn good… Read more from Scott Mendelson,

The lovable Bridget Jones is back… with a baby!


After 12 years Renee Zellweger is back on the big screen, oozing lovability and a near perfect English accent, as Bridget Jones.

The 3rd movie in the series, Bridget Jones’s Baby, sees Renee slipping straight back into the title role as if it was written for her. Renee and the scriptwriters keep us guessing for as long as possible about the course of true love as her co-stars Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey, attractive rivals, battle for her affections.

Since Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, writer Helen Fielding has delivered a third novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, but it’s her series of newspaper columns from more than a decade ago that fertilizes this haphazard yet joyful stumble into motherhood.

The third film throws a warm, affectionate and frequently hilarious baby shower for characters we’ve grown to love and proves that Bridget may have (finally) dieted down to her target dress size but she’s no closer to achieving her Happy Ever After… Read more