“Doctor Strange,” the new live-action flick from Marvel Studios starring Benedict Cumberbatch which goes into wide release today, had its kick-off party this week when Lamborghini with The Cinema Society, Jaeger-LeCoultre and 19 Crimes wines hosted a screening of the movie followed by a glam after-party at Bar SixtyFive. Cumberbatch, looking as stylish and smart as ever, arrived with wife Sophie Hunter, along with big names from film, fashion, and television like Baz Luhrmann, Gerard Butler, Christian Slater, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Taran Killam (SNL), Sebastian Stan (Captain America), Billy Magnussen, Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Amir Arison (The Blacklist), Michael Weatherly (Bull), Gina Gershon, Paul Sorvino, Sean Pertwee (Gotham), Cory Michael Smith (Gotham), Sunrise Ruffalo, Jeremy L. Carver (Empire), Nikki Michelle James (BrainDead), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Doug Liman, Louisa Krause (Billions), Dree Hemingway, Ryan Cooper, Oh Land, Terry George, Geoffrey Fletcher, Caroline Rhea, Chaske Spencer, Krystal Joy Brown, Sandy Gallin, Kiera Chaplin, Lorraine Schwartz, Fern Mallis, Daniel Benedict, Alexandra Agoston, Caroline Lowe, Katie Moore, Sam Shaffer, Eric “Elew” Lewis, Will Cotton, Candy Pratts Price, Genevieve Jones, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.
The movie, directed by Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Based on the fictional mega-hero from Marvel Comics, who first appeared in print in1963 and is considered among the greatest comic book characters ever created, Doctor Strange traces the journey of a neurosurgreon who loses the use of his hands in a horrendous car accident and ends up as a sorcerer in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. Tilda Swinton in the well-known role of the Ancient One mentors the doctor in his new journey,
In addition to taking in all the derring do, watch lovers and collectors will want to check out the unique Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual watch that Dr. Strange wears throughout the film.
The lively after-party had guests intrigued not only by the movie’s plot and special effects, but also by the wine brand with an unusual name,19 Crimes, on offer. The winery’s labels feature the real-life “bad boys,” who broke one (or many) of a series of UK laws in the 18th and 19th centuries, and were forced to endure “punishment by transportation” to Australia. They became Down Under’s first colonists. The winery says it celebrates these men’s grit and determination and the new country they helped to create by remembering them on their bottle labels.