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VARIETY.COM – Simon Baker, star of CBS’ “The Mentalist,” will make his debut as a movie director with dramatic thriller “Breath.” Baker will also star in the movie, which shoots in the second half of the year.

The picture is the bigscreen adaptation of the novel of the same title by celebrated Australian novelist Tim Winton. The story follows two thrill-seeking teenage boys who form an unlikely bond with a reclusive older surfer – Baker – and his mysterious wife. The script is penned by “Top of the Lake” screenwriter Gerard Lee.

“When I first read ‘Breath,’ I knew I had to somehow make the film,” said Baker. “The gathering storm of the story, detailed and intimate against the power and scope of the rugged setting, struck me as incredibly cinematic. I’m beyond excited to be back in Australia realizing this dream.”

Baker made his first steps into directing through episodes of “The Mentalist,” which he also produced. Baker also directed some episodes of TV’s “The Guardian,” which Johnson produced.

Sydney and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films is handling sales of the movie. Pic is produced by Mark Johnson, Baker and Australian producer Jamie Hilton.

“Breath” is being developed and financed with the assistance of principal investor Screen Australia. The film is also being financed with the assistance of regional film support agency ScreenWest.

COMICBOOKMOVIE.COM – One Reddit user has taken to the web to report a (possibly dubious) cast of Doctor Strange, as well as detailing how the Scarlet Avenger may factor in to future sequels.

One ForbiddenOne01 reported this today on the Marvel Studios reddit:

Okay, so filming starts in May, so I feel comfortable revealing this info since Marvel’s bound to release it soon (I’m surprised it’s taken them this long to be honest).

Marvel has been taking advantage of the Spider-Man and Civil War news to keep attention on them assembling the cast of Doctor Strange. That’s not why they made that deal obviously, but they certainly are taking advantage of the opportunity to get the news outlets like Latino Review off their back.

Essentially it works like this:

Chiwetel Ejiofor is Jericho Drumm (aka Brother Voodoo)
Juliet Rylance (who worked with Derrickson on Sinister) is reportedly Clea
Ancient One hasn’t been cast yet, but it’s down to the previously reported Freeman and Watanabe.
Baron Mordo, the primary villain, is Simon Baker
Wong is John Cho

The villain of the first film is Baron Mordo, with references to Dormammu ala Thanos in Guardians. The film will deal with either the Time or Soul Gem (with Guardians 2 around the corner, I presume they are using the Soul Gem, so it’s likely the Time Gem but that’s just me), which will tie it into Avengers.

There is also another female role, Umar, that has not been cast, though apparently Marvel instated an executive mandate of a minimum of two plot-important female characters per film, which has been in place since the start of Phase 2.

Apparently the plan is that during Infinity War, Strange will meet Scarlet Witch, and from there Marvel will incorporate her into the Doctor Strange franchise in future sequels as Strange’s apprentice so they have something for her to do. (I guess Quicksilver will be with Captain America)

So what do you believe? Do you take it with a grain of salt, or do you think it seems plausible enough to be accurate? There is a lot of very specific information here, and not all (or even any) of it may be accurate. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough, with the way this sort of thing works.

February 23rd, 2015
melanie jo

The Mentalist – “Finale” Recap

Jane agrees to once again pretend to be a renowned psychic and be used as bait in an attempt to lure out a serial killer and give the FBI a chance to apprehend him. Lisbon accepts Jane’s surprise marriage proposal, but a killer’s quest for revenge may cost them the happy ending they’ve worked so hard to achieve. – It all comes to an end for “The Mentalist” next week. Wednesday, Feb. 18, will bring the two-hour double-episode finale of the long-running CBS series, which promises to be a bittersweet affair. Fans will have to say goodbye to Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), but, on the plus side, wedding bells are ringing! How will it all go down in last two episodes?

Episode 12, “Brown Shag Carpet,” will feature a blast from the past for Jane and fans as the FBI consultant gives an old trick a new look. According to the synopsis, Jane will agree to pretend to be a prominent psychic again to lure a bad guy out of hiding for the FBI. The plot brings the series full circle as viewers were introduced to Jane as a psychic before it was revealed he was just gifted with keen skills of observation.

However, all fans will be talking about when the show comes to an end will be the wedding! The synopsis for episode 13, “White Orchids,” reveals Jane will surprise Lisbon with a marriage proposal in the show’s finale and that she, of course, will accept. The two lead characters have been in a romantic relationship since the finale of Season 6 — after six seasons of romantic tension — and they will end the show by tying the knot. Apparently, a killer out for revenge will try to ruin the much-anticipated wedding. However, recently released pictures of the episode, like the one above, suggest nothing will stop the happy couple from exchanging their vows before they say their goodbyes to fans.

February 12th, 2015
melanie jo

The Mentalist – “Byzantium” Recap

A young man claims to be psychic and offers to assist the FBI with solving some murders, but soon the team suspect he might be the person who committed the killings.

February 7th, 2015
melanie jo

The Mentalist Photocall in Paris

Simon has been in Paris, France this past week and while there, he participated in a photoshoot for Elle as well as attending the photocall for The Mentalist. I have added over 100 pics of him from the event to the gallery. So check them out.

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