'Doctor Strange,' a rare fall release from Marvel, is looking at a big opening weekend

'Doctor Strange,' a rare fall release from Marvel, is looking at a big opening weekend
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Doctor Strange is going to make a ton of money, are you surprised? You're not. Trust me.

Based on new tracking data procured by Deadline, the Scott Derrickson-directed Marvel adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch is on track for an opening weekend take somewhere between $55-$75 million -- a wide range, admittedly, but a very good range to be in.

While coming in at the lower end of that scale would put Doctor Strange in line with the relatively-underwhelming $57 million opening of 2015's Ant-Man, keep in mind that Ant-Man made over $519 million worldwide and was, like every other MCU film thus far, a rousing commercial success. With the possible exception of 2008's The Incredible Hulk -- which made a measly $263 worldwide off a steep $150 million budget -- there simply isn't a flop in the bunch.

Incidentally, the only other MCU film to open in the fall was 2013's Thor: The Dark World, which -- while not especially beloved by critics or fans -- went on to gross over $644 million globally on the unshakable strength of the Marvel brand.

As Deadline notes, opening-weekend estimates will likely increase as Doctor Strange's release date grows closer. Tickets for the film went on sale Monday.

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Scarlett Johansson knows what she wants in a Black Widow movie, but will it ever happen?

Scarlett Johansson knows what she wants in a Black Widow movie, but will it ever happen?
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Variety has been on a roll lately with their "Power of Women" features. Earlier this week they had a great talk with Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot and now it's Black Widow's turn! Scarlett Johansson filled them in on the chances of her getting a Marvel solo film.

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Feast your eyes on this amazing unused logo for the original 'Alien'

Feast your eyes on this amazing unused logo for the original 'Alien'
Credit: 20th Century Fox

I actually really like the minimalist title art for the original Alien, which famously fades in, slowly and methodically, line by line, in the movie's eerie opening shot. It's an elegant treatment for an elegant film, and jibes with the subtle tone established by director Ridley Scott.

I bring this up because We Are Mutants just debuted an unused title treatment for Alien by illustrator Michael Doret and Todd Schorr that is beautiful and exciting to look at and also, I think, better in isolation than it would have been in the context of the film. As cool as the treatment is, it would have given viewers the wrong idea about the movie they were about to watch -- less sophisticated monster movie than pulpy creature feature.

"The title treatment I designed for Ridley Scott’s Alien never made it into the public arena," Doret -- who later designed the title treatments for such films as the 1981 werewolf movie Wolfen and 2012's Wreck-It Ralph, among others -- told We Are Mutants. "It had some small promotional uses before it was run over by the Bill Gold Advertising machine and relegated to the back burner. At any rate, this was great fun to have worked on—the more so since I was able to work on it with my friend (the now famous 'pop-surrealist') Todd Schorr. I designed and drew the forms based on the 'bio-mechanical' forms I saw in some publicity stills from the production, and Todd painted the absolutely gorgeous finished art."

It is, indeed, gorgeous. Take a look below.

[via Bloody Disgusting]

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Did you catch that HUGE reveal in the 'Rogue One' Star Wars trailer?

Chills. Tears, Screams.
Did you catch that HUGE reveal in the 'Rogue One' Star Wars trailer?
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Don't tell anyone, but the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer made me cry.

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PETA, are you listening? 'Jurassic World 2' is a parable about animal abuse

PETA, are you listening? 'Jurassic World 2' is a parable about animal abuse
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PETA is a notoriously difficult organization to please -- and they should be, given that their entire reason for existing is to protect animals from rampant human abuse and indifference -- but methinks Jurassic World 2, of all movies, may actually earn the non-profit's stamp of approval. Or not! I can't pretend to know how they'll react to this.

Regardless, in a new interview with Spanish-language outlet El Mundo (translated by Time), Colin Trevorrow -- who directed the first Jurassic World and is co-writing and producing J.A. Bayona's sequel -- claims that the follow-up's dinosaurs will be at the center of a "parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons."

As Slashfilm points out, this theme easily ties in with a plot tease that Trevorrow offered over a year ago, when he told the outlet that the sequel would explore the weaponization (and, inevitably, abuse of) our dino pals:

"...when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it and later on we found it could be used for energy. And this isn’t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: What if this went open source?

           "It’s almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15                 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?’"

This is an interesting way to tackle the story, and while I'm sure that Trevorrow's heart is in the right place, I highly doubt that anyone who sees Jurassic World 2 will come away from the film deciding to be a vegan. Still, maybe we will end up shedding a tear or two for a vulnerable triceratops (though I assume those straight-up evil raptors are exempt from our sympathy).

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New ‘Rogue One’ poster assures us this is Jyn Erso’s story

New ‘Rogue One’ poster assures us this is Jyn Erso’s story
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The poster for The Force Awakens created a swell of emotion in a lot of Star Wars fans as we finally were assured we’d be seeing a movie about that galaxy far, far away with a woman at the forefront. Today’s debut of the new poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will likely similarly have millions of voices suddenly crying out in glee.

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‘Moon’ director Duncan Jones’ next sci-fi project is getting a Netflix release sooner than we’d hoped

‘Moon’ director Duncan Jones’ next sci-fi project is getting a Netflix release sooner than we’d hoped
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Duncan Jones has been working on Mute for 12 years, and now its release is just about 12 months away (maybe less than!).

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' gets exactly the treatment you've come to love from Honest Trailers

Say it with me now... JUBILEE!
'X-Men: Apocalypse' gets exactly the treatment you've come to love from Honest Trailers
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It was only a matter of time before Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse got the Honest Trailers treatment from Screen Junkies. It's a good one.

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Richard Dreyfuss responds to Mike Huckabee's lame 'Jaws'-Trump analogy

Richard Dreyfuss responds to Mike Huckabee's lame 'Jaws'-Trump analogy
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In a truly awful election season, it's important to laugh if only to keep from crying. Which is why this clip of Donald Trump supporter Mike Huckabee making an ill-advised Jaws analogy on Fox News' The Kelly File on Monday night, before being deftly corrected by host/serious cinephile Megyn Kelly, is such a delight:

Kelly is, of course, correct in noting that Quint (a character Huckabee likened to Trump) was in fact eaten by the man-eating Great White shark (which he likened to Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton) at the end of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic -- and while Huckabee gamely attempted to parry with his own observation that the shark was itself killed at the end of the film, the predator was blown up by not by Quint but rather Roy Scheider's Chief Martin Brody (who is, I guess, Jill Stein in this equation?).

Guess who else knows a thing or two about Jaws? Richard Dreyfuss, who was forced to suffer through months of shooting with the allegedly-terrifying Robert Shaw to play oceanographer Matt Hooper in the film. Piggybacking on Kelly's correction, just minutes ago the actor threw himself into the fray with the following tweet:

Is it possible for Jaws to just swallow the entire planet, because I am tired.

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Gal Gadot weighs in on the queer Wonder Woman news

Paradise Island.
Gal Gadot weighs in on the queer Wonder Woman news
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Gal Gadot has already joined the DC cinematic universe with Batman v Superman but is set for her solo outing as Wonder Woman June 2, 2017. Gadot spoke about Princess Diana's agenda and the recent headlines made about the comic book character being queer.

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