Iron Man 3: Scanline VFX Shot Breakdowns Reel from ScanlineVFX on Vimeo. The Wolf Of Wall Street: Scanline VFX Shot Breakdowns Reel from ScanlineVFX on Vimeo. Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Iron Man 3 was directed by Shane Black, from a screenplay written by Drew Pearce. »
Anthony Stokes on why The Mandarin was the best villain of 2013....
2013 was a year that showed much promise, and when it came to the Oscar contenders, it delivered in full. Honestly I can't look at a single Best Picture nominee and say it doesn't deserve it, and there were very few snubs (the big ones being Rush and Fruitvale Station). However, where 2013 really dropped the ball was the summer blockbusters. Like clockwork each and every one of them disappointed in some way, while smaller movies sneaked up and made an impression (see The World's End, Pain and Gain, This Is the End, etc.). Nevertheless, one blockbuster from last year that I believe is under-appreciated is Iron Man 3, and it also happens to have the best villain in The Mandarin.
Iron Man 3 is a classic case of not being able to please the fans. It's darker, more focused, and more character-based then its predecessors, »
- Gary Collinson
You might not have realized, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a behemoth. I mean, it topped Iron Man 3 on the box-office charts for 2013, earning $418 million domestically to become the highest grossing movie of last year. As a reminder, it came out in November, and still topped Shane Black.s Marvel movie, which was released in May. Lionsgate knows that it is sitting on a gold mine with the remaining two Hunger Games sequels . the adaptations of Mockingjay -- and is starting to reveal the intricate plans it will engage to promote the pending blockbusters. "When we started, we decided to look at this as one big movie that.s eight hours long," Tim Palen, the head of Lionsgate.s marketing effort, told Yahoo Movies in a new interview. "Otherwise, it.s going to be kind of overwhelming to do a new campaign for each movie." Producers »
Before we begin, let’s take a moment to clarify that headline: The Long Kiss Goodnight is not a masterpiece. Sorry to break it to you, Renny Harlin, but your finest work falls just short of Lawrence of Arabia and all those other films about schoolteachers discovering their killer pasts. Harlin’s career is full of highs and lows, including last weekend‘s The Legend of Hercules, but everything about Harlin’s “style,” from even his lowest points, came into focus for 1996′s The Long Kiss Goodnight. When Harlin’s name shows in the opening credits for his quasi-spy thriller, a grenade appears, appropriately (and visually) declaring this is the director’s most explosive outing yet. Harlin maintains a jovial energy through the film’s entire runtime, but much of the its success is attributed to screenwriter Shane Black. Black’s sensibility rings loud and clear underneath Harlin’s bombast: a dark sense of humor, an »
- Jack Giroux
Oscar nominations 2014: Quite a few surprises (photo: Best Actress Oscar nominee Amy Adams in ‘American Hustle’) The Oscar 2014 nominations were announced early on Thursday morning, January 16, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Was Amy Adams shortlisted for American Hustle? Did Meryl Streep break another Oscar record? Did Robert Redford nearly break the record for longest gap between nominations in the acting categories? Was Jennifer Lawrence snubbed? Did Scarlett Johansson make Oscar history for her voice performance as Joaquin Phoenix’s love interest in Her? Was Peter Jackson-Ian McKellen’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug shortlisted in the technical categories? Well, below you’ll find the answers to all these questions. Be prepared: as usual, there were quite a few surprises. (You can compare the Academy’s choices to our Oscar 2014 predictions.) Full list of Oscar 2014 nominations Best Picture: American Hustle, »
- Steve Montgomery
Watch Oscar 2014 nominations announcement live streaming online (photo: shirtless Leonardo DiCaprio seducing/seduced by Margot Robbie in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’) You can watch the Oscar 2014 nominations announcement live streaming online in the embedded video link below. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences countdown clock, we’re 2 hours 16 minutes and 50 seconds, 42 seconds, 34 seconds … from the time of the announcement of those in the running for the 86th Academy Awards. Will Golden Globe winners American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Jonze, and The Great Beauty be included? Check out the 2014 Oscar nominations announcement below (once it goes live, of course). Oscar 2014 predictions "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Picture, Best Director." "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Actor." "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Actress." "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Supporting Actress." "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Supporting Actor". Once made available, the full list of Oscar 2014 nominations will be posted here. »
- Steve Montgomery
"It.s not exactly the Ritz, is it?" Trevor Slattery, the "villain" Sir Ben Kingsley played in Shane Black.s Iron Man 3, is back in action in the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King. We have been reporting on this seemingly important short film for weeks, banking on the fact that it might share a little more information on the Real identity of The Mandarin. Well now we have an exclusive look at the beginning of the short, courtesy of EW.com. They won.t embed the clip (sneaky bastards), so click here to check it out. What are we seeing? Scoot McNairy (of Argo) is playing a documentary filmmaker who is trying to get to the heart of Trevor.s identity. He admits that the man is simply an actor who pretended to be The Mandarin, and we learned in Iron Man 3 that Guy Pearce.s character »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 16 Jan 2014 - 06:20
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 2005...
It's underappreciated films time again, and this week, we delve deep into the year 2005 - a collection of months dominated by the likes of Star Wars: Episode III, another Harry Potter, Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, Peter Jackson's King Kong, and CG family movie Madagascar.
It was also the year Pierce Brosnan formally bowed out of his role as James Bond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator was hyped to win the director his first Oscar, but didn't. Still, the contents of this list received nothing like the acclaim of The Aviator, nor the financial pickings of a Star Wars or Harry Potter. As ever, we've focused on 25 films which we think deserve a bit more love.
So with apologies to »
After last week’s onslaught of new stuff, it was perhaps inevitable that this week would be something of a comedown with not much going on. There is some worthwhile new stuff added, the John Milius documentary for one which has debuted on Lovefilm the same time as DVD more or less and, of course, a contender for the worst film of all time. I have used this opportunity to catch up on some titles that were added last week and I didn’t have space for which are definitely worth writing about. I hope you enjoy.
The Host (2013)
Once upon a time, a bright young writer from New Zealand wrote a brilliant and ahead of its time screenplay called The Truman Show which then became a pretty fantastic film and a career peak for Jim Carrey which predicted the world’s obsession with reality television. The year before, his »
- Chris Holt
Warner Bros. Pictures
High expectations can make or break an artist, and no higher expectations exist for a creator than to helm a Hollywood blockbuster. While some artists thrive on ballooning budgets, busted deadlines and the boundaries of their sanity (ask Francis Ford Coppola), others crumble beneath the weight of all that mounting pressure. And do I mean pressure.
One need look no further than the journalistic lambasting that surrounded nearly every aspect of 2013′s The Lone Ranger (which wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone wanted you to think it was). In my opinion, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer never even stood a chance, and they’re seasoned Hollywood vets.
So what about the newcomers? Every year and in seemingly greater numbers, fresh-faced directors used to handling small budgets on small projects are being handed the reins of massive franchise-hopefuls or highly-anticipated sequels and reboots. And even »
- G.Y. Haney
The first images of Marvel’s latest One-Shot All Hail the King have debuted over at Entertainment Weekly. These images confirm the appearance of Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin - or as everybody is aware by now, Trevor Slattery - who will be joined in the cast by Scoot McNairy (Argo) as a reporter searching for the Ten Rings terrorist organisation...
Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce revealed, “imagine a real terrorist organisation whose beliefs were long held and religious for thousands of years, and imagine a drunk, British actor coming along and essentially telling the world that he’s the face of your organisation, I think they would be right to be quite angry.”
- Gary Collinson
News Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 07:27
Nb: This post contains spoilers for Iron Man 3
Shane Black and Drew Pearce's handling of The Mandarin may have been one of the most controversial aspects of last summer's Iron Man 3, but Marvel's next One Shot will see Ben Kingsley reprise the role one more time.
It'll see Kingsley's Mandarin (or to give him his real name, Trevor Slattery) in Seagate maximum security prison and held to account for his actions in Iron Man 3 - namely, pretending to be the leader of The Ten Rings group. »
The People.s Choice Awards: is there anything as pointless? There are already too many awards shows as is. Audiences already announce their "People.s Choice" of the year when they vote with their dollars, allowing films to be revealed as the highest grossing pictures of the year, or for shows to become The Most Watched Show Of The Week, which, considering the bulk of television, is like winning a shortest giraffe contest. No one cares except the money men, so I guess it.s nice that all these celebrities can get together and celebrate how much cash they've bringing down. Regardless, The People.s Choice Awards were held last night and it was announced that the Favorite Movie of the year was Shane Black'sIron Man 3 - which actually is about to be lapped by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as 2013's biggest film. Apparently The Hunger Games was »
When we first reported that the next Marvel One-Shot short film might focus on The Mandarin, it was suggested that Sir Ben Kingsley.s character . a drunk, British actor . might have to pay the price for impersonating an actual, powerful villain. It raised hope that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) would have to contend with his rival somewhere down the line. And now Marvel.s sort of confirming this via a sneak peek at the planned short, "All Hail the King." EW spoke with Marvel insiders about the short, which will be part of the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray disc. The 14-minute short will follow Kingsley.s character, Trevor, as he.s locked away in a maximum-security prison. It is being viewed as an epilogue to Shane Black.s Iron Man 3, but also a possible set up for Iron Man 4. Says Drew Pearce, who wrote the IM3 screenplay: »
(Potential spoilers below for those yet to see “Iron Man 3.”) For those of you wondering whatever happened to bad guy The Mandarin from Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3,” well, Marvel has your answer in a new one-shot that will star The Mandarin himself, Ben Kingsley. Trevor Slattery, as he’s also known, was busted for impersonating the terrorist The Mandarin in “Iron Man 3,” but of course we now know he was merely some actor coked out of his mind and being used by the real bad guy, fire-breathing dude Guy Pearce. So what became of Slattery? You’ll be able to find out in the 14-minute one-shot “All Hail the King,” which finds the has-been actor/terrorist impersonator in a maximum security prison, we’re told, enjoying his newfound fame. The short was written and directed by “Iron Man 3″ co-writer Drew Pearce, and will be included »
A lot of comic book fans were far from pleased by Marvel Studios’ decision to turn The Mandarin into a dim-witted impersonator being used by A.I.M. as the face of terrorist organisation, The Ten Rings, in Iron Man 3. However, few had many issues with Sir Ben Kingsley’s hilarious performance, and he will be returning to the role of Trevor Slattery in a 14-minute Marvel One-Shot which will be included on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray later this year.
According to EW, “All Hail The King” serves as an epilogue to Iron Man 3 and perhaps even a prelude to a fourth instalment of the franchise. The short picks up with Trevor in a maximum security prison (Seagate prison; the same location in which Luke Cage gained his powers in the comics) where he is enjoying his newfound infamy. As it turns out, The Ten Rings »
- Josh Wilding
Odd List Ivan Radford 7 Jan 2014 - 06:37
Last year may only be a memory, but its film themes linger in the mind. Here's Ivan's pick of 2013's best soundtracks...
Just a quick scan down the list below reveals an extraordinary breadth of genres and subject matters, from imposing, expensive science fiction films to quiet, intimate stories about men at sea on boats or outlaws breaking out of prison to be with their wives. Disparate though the films are, they're all linked by at least one common motif: their music is utterly brilliant.
So with 2014 already well underway, and an entire new wave of films with great music in them beckoning, join us as we look back to the movies of last year, their finest soundtracks, and the must-listen pieces of music you can dig out on each one.
Must-listen track: Don't Let Go
When does sound »
If there are two certainties in Hollywood, one is that nobody’s perfect and another is that people love comeback stories. After years of drugs, rehab stints and even a little jail time, Robert Downey Jr. became the biggest – and one of the most beloved – movie stars in the world. Arguably this should have happened years before, sometime shortly after the actor earned an Oscar nomination for Chaplin in the early ’90s.
The reason for Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback success? His talent speaks for itself and while his role in Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang certainly earned Rdj respect on his return tour, it was director Jon Favreau and the decision-makers at ...
- Rob Keyes
Marvel is known for their somewhat unorthodox casting choices over the years. Before Iron Man became a massive blockbuster, Robert Downey Jr. was considered a controversial choice to lead a big-budget franchise. Of course, it all turned out just fine, with the 2008 movie launching Robert Downey Jr.'s career into the stratosphere. Now, according to an unconfirmed report, the actor wants to bring in his old friends Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster to co-star in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
"Robert is raising eyebrows with his efforts on behalf of his longtime best pals Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson. He wants to bring Mel and Jodie into the Marvel universe, preferably in one of the Avengers films. It's been a longtime dream of Robert's »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 3 Jan 2014 - 07:52
They made us boo and hiss, and maybe made us like them a little bit, too. Here's our rundown of our favourite 2013 movie villains...
Nb: The following contains spoilers. If you stumble on an entry for a film you haven't seen yet, you're advised to skip to the next one.
We love them, we hate them, and sometimes, we love to hate them. Villains are the driving force of just about every story, and there was no shortage of great ones in 2013's movies. Whether they were violent and weapon waving, or quiet and slyly insinuating, last year's films were full of great antagonists of every sort.
You're sure to have some of your own ideas over who deserved to be listed among 2013's best baddies (so feel free to add yours in the comments, as ever), and honourable mentions should »
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