He’s out and about on the promotional trail of Thor: The Dark World, which is doing very well at the international box-office thank you very much, but has Alan Taylor just confirmed the existence of a Dr. Strange movie over at Marvel? Speaking to the Telegraph newspaper in the UK, the helmer is quoted in saying:
“I do like the weirder ones,” he says. “What’s cool about them is they can now start exploring the weirder ones because they had so much success with the mainstream ones. So Ant Man is coming along, Guardians of the Galaxy, you know a raccoon is one of the main characters and that’s nuts. And then Doctor Strange. They’ve got lots of places to go.
Ant Man is due in the summer of 2015, with Guardians Of The Galaxy coming next summer, but there’s potentially there’s a space for »
- Paul Heath
★★★☆☆With Shane Black's Iron Man 3 (2013) trumping Jon Favreau's previous efforts whilst doing a brisk trade at the box office, expectations were high that Thor: The Dark World (2013), the second release of Marvels 'Phase Two', would better its lacklustre predecessor, whetting our appetites for next year's double header of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Guardians of the Galaxy. Set two years after the original outing, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is back in Asgard defending his people from a variety of otherworldly threats, all the while pining for human love interest (and unlikely astrophysicist) Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
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The Tomorrow People Season 1, Episode 4, “Kill or Be Killed”
Directed by Guy Bee
Airs Wednesdays at 9pm Est on the CW
The Tomorrow People has been off to a rocky start, retreading tired genre tropes rather than developing its characters. This week, the show tries to change that by focusing in on John’s back story and in some ways, it works. Unfortunately, the episode wastes its time on exposition, splitting its focus between too many characters and wasting genre-favorite guest star Jason Dohring in the process.
Much of “Kill or Be Killed” is spent telling, rather than showing. We’re told John and Killian were close. We’re told they came up together and fought side-by-side. We’re told Killian is dangerous, that he went off the deep end when subjected to extreme drug therapy and started bombing random targets, looking for some twisted kind of revenge. »
- Kate Kulzick
Thor's second solo outing strikes a far better balance between the Earth-bound action and the dramas on his home world of Asgard, but beyond the strong set pieces and knowing humour, the plot and central romance fail to hit home.Marvel explores the aftermath of 2012's epic The Avengers for the second time this year, as Thor: The Dark World follows in the wake of Shane Black's incredibly successful Iron Man 3. Wisely, this film steers clear of those events, keeping the promise that each standalone film would give the franchise as a whole space to breathe, rather than attempting to fulfil sequel duties for everything that had come before it.Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is returned to Asgard, and incarcerated in the city's dungeons. Thor (Chris Hemsworth),...
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After the bleak shorts I attended on Saturday, I decided a light romance was what I needed Sunday afternoon. I went to the screening of My Man Godfrey (1936) at the Paramount, introduced by Shane Black, and then drove over to the Rollins.
Director Guillermo Fernández Groizard was there to introduce his film I'm Dating You Not, filmed in Madrid. The fast-paced comedy stars his wife Virginia Rodríguez as Paula, a woman whose coworker Roberto (Dario Frias) is besotted with her.
The director told us before the movie began that the budget for this work was in the hundred-thousands (!!), but I'm Dating You Not has the look of something with a larger budget. Rodríguez and Frias have a great will-they/won't-they chemistry and the script by Pablo Flores is silly without being stupid. The Spanish film was a perfect remedy.
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Feature James Clayton 1 Nov 2013 - 06:42
With Thor: The Dark World out now, James comes up with his own ways of expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
The big blonde thunder god is back! By Thor, it's Thor and he's so Thor-some! Chris Hemsworth's Norse superhero is in cinemas again, wielding his magic hammer and headlining his own standalone-that-isn't-really-standing-alone feature which is, of course, Thor: The Dark World.
He's joined by all his old friends and familial frenemies, including Earthling astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), one-eyed Allfather Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and beguiling trickster bastard god Loki (Tom Hiddleston). We like all of them and the supplementary characters that populated the 2011 film directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. Now for The Dark World we have Alan Taylor at the helm, a fresh antagonist in the form of Dark Elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) and the promise of a lot more Asgard-based action this time around. »
by Charles Webb
Alright, place this squarely in the "rumor" column, but Latino Review is claiming they have a scoop on Sir Ben Kingsley's role in an upcoming secret Marvel project - a role that undoes one of the most interesting things in this summer's "http://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/iron-man-3/ttp://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/iron-man-3/">Iron Man 3."
According to the site, Kingsley will be appearing in a new Marvel One-Shot which will reveal the true head of the Ten Rings and perennial Iron Man villain, the Mandarin.
So somehow, Kingsley's "Trevor" character - a drug-addled, hedonistic British actor hired by Aim to play act as a global terrorist - will bring the real version of the character into the Marvel universe.
- Splash Page Team
We won’t know if Thor: The Dark World is a spectacular installment in Marvel’s Phase Two lineup until the superhero sequel hits theaters – but one thing we do know, is that Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor will probably be making Thor 2 his only stop in the Marvel movie universe for the forseeable future. Taylor is taking over directorial duties on the sequel from Thor director Kenneth Branagh – who himself was one of Marvel’s burned-out directors from the Phase One lineup, alongside Captain America helmer Joe Johnston and Iron Man director Jon Favreau.
Phase Two has introduced an unlikely lineup of replacements for the solo character sequels: Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) divided fans with his vision of Click to continue reading ‘Thor 2′ Director Talks Marvel Movie Difficulties & Importance of Humor
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- Kofi Outlaw
One of the more tantalizing unrealized moments from Shane Black's terrific "Iron Man 3," that was revealed during the lead-up to the film's home video release: Ben Kingsley's Mandarin character (in actuality a druggy London stage actor named Trevor Slattery), mistakenly injects himself with the Extremis virus, a virus that turns people into human bombs (he thought it was just some really good shit). Slattery walks out onto the oil tanker where the big action set piece happens and spontaneously explodes. It's a shocking, wonderful moment and its deletion made us wonder if Marvel has other plans for the character. It turns out, they do. Kingsley made waves last week when he told an Irish paper that he was in a "secret project" for Marvel. "I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see,” he told the Belfast Telegraph. "I »
- Drew Taylor
The biggest hit of the year by some distance was Marvel’s Phase II opener Iron Man 3. The solid action sequel, co-written and directed by Shane Black, did have more than its fair share of critics who believe comic-book nemesis, The Mandarin, was wasted in the film’s big twist. The ruthless terrorist, played by Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley, was in fact washed-up alcoholic actor Trevor Slattery hired by the real villain Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) to “give evil a face”.
Last week we reported Kingsley, while promoting sci-fi thriller Ender’S Game, revealed he was working on another secret Marvel project. He refused to divulge any information and it wasn’t sure if it could feature his Iron Man 3 character or whole other new project. Well, we’re now hearing Kingsley will indeed return as Trevor Slattery in a forthcoming Marvel One-Shot short. The plot is expected to »
- Craig Hunter
Iron Man 3 might prove to be the most financially successful Marvel Studios production in between The Avengers and its summer 2015 sequel, but it may also be its most controversial. And it’s all because of one major deviation from the source material.
Ever since Iron Man released in 2008, giving birth the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans of the comics and those who worked on the project were dying for the chance to properly introduce Iron Man’s archenemy from the books known as the Mandarin. With Shane Black taking over the director’s chair for the threequel and co-writing a script with Drew Pearce, they finally did, but not really.
In the biggest twist the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ...
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- Rob Keyes
Shane Black's Iron Man 3 did incredibly well at the box office. Critics for the most part gave it solid marks. However, fans have been divided by it's big twist, which is Ben Kingsley's Mandarin isn't really the Mandarin. He's actually, Trevor Slattery, a drunken British actor hired by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) to give Evil a face. So, when Kingsley was doing press for Ender's Game last week, and the actor told the Belfast Telegraph that he worked on a secret Marvel project, hope began to arise. Could Marvel rectify the Mandarin mistake? Latino-Review.com seems to think so. According to sources, Marvel wants to make it up to fans so in the one shot, the Real Mandarin is furious with Aldrich Killian and Ben Kingsley’s character Trevor Slattery for the mockery they made of the real Mandarin’s identity and legacy. The real Mandarin wants to set the record straight. »
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The inherent problem with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that it’s constantly under threat of imploding under its own weight. The bigger it gets, the more complicated things become – and it is getting bigger. Look at it like a Jenga tower: it must be treated carefully, and with every addition that is made, you have to consider how it will affect the balance – and the overall harmony – of everything else that it’s connected to. That balance needs to be keep in check at every turn, otherwise… well, we’ve all been at the end of a failed Jenga game. It’s not a pretty sight.
But how do you prevent something so big from toppling over once it has reached the huge climax it was so very obviously building towards over the sum of five years? Once that climax has been met, where else is there to go? »
- Sam Hill
Marvel are on something of a roll at this moment in time. With Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble (2012) and Shane Black's riotous Iron Man 3 (2013) both crossing the billion dollar mark at the global box office, it's clear that their colourful superhero blockbusters have struck a tone with not only comic book fans, but uninformed audiences as well. There's a good chance that Alan Taylor's Thor: The Dark World (2013) will continue the strong start to Marvel's 'Phase Two' when it hits UK cinemas next week, and smartly the studio has also seen fit to reveal the first trailer for Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) online this week to ride on the current wave of goodwill. Here's the synopsis:
- CineVue UK
Sir Ben Kingsley has a long and varied career with high points as the foul-mouthed Don Logan, Itzhak Stern and Mahatma Gandhi providing a neat example of the moral spectrum the beknighted actor is capable of.
James Kleinmann got to sit down with the actor to talk about the film.
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- Jon Lyus
When Joss Whedon was brought on board with The Avengers, he fundamentally changed the entire franchise. Those who have been following Agents of Shield can tell you that it carries the usual Whedon wit, but we're seeing that in other aspects to. Iron Man 3 was a damn funny movie (though writer-director Shane Black had a lot to do with that), and we're getting some distinctly Whedon-esque elements in other parts of the franchise. Take this new clip from Thor: The Dark World. »
- David Hoffman
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark’s most recent adventure, Iron Man 3 left many a hardcore fan grumbling, due to filmmaker Shane Black’s subversive take on the superhero-verse. Nonetheless, the film was well-received by the general public and grossed over a $1 billion in theaters around the globe (thus starting “Phase 2″ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in style). Now, it’s the God of Thunder’s turn to pick up the baton from his fellow Avenger and carry it forward, with the sequel Thor: The Dark World readying to invade overseas markets around Halloween – a week before it launches in U.S. theaters, that is.
As such, the first wave of reviews for the Thor sequel ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
They did a major movie marathon for Joss Whedon.s The Avengers and another one for Shane Black.s Iron Man 3, and now AMC Theaters is gearing up to celebrate the release of Alan Taylor.s Thor: The Dark World in similar fashion. The theater chain has announced that on Thursday November 7th . a day that.s been dubbed THORsday . theaters nationwide will be hosting back-to-back screenings of both Kenneth Branagh.s Thor and The Avengers in preparation for an 8pm early premiere of the God of Thunder.s sequel. Not only is it nice to get the opportunity to see three 3D movies in theaters for only $25, the purchase comes with some serious perks as well. AMC members who pre-order their tickets prior to November 7th will receive $5 AMC Stubs. Bonus Bucks that can be used for future screenings at the theater, while everyone who attends the screenings »
If you are saving Iron Man 3 for its Disney Channel debut, and have not yet learned of its secrets, you may want to turn back now. As its about to get a little Spoiler-ish in the next few paragraphs. What you need to know is that Ben Kingsley, who played Mandarin in Iron Man 3, is reuniting with Marvel Studios for a secret project. Okay, now you can move on.
For those of you interested in what this project is, the Oscar-winning actor did not reveal any further details. But its being speculated that his character Mandarin, revealed to actually be British actor Trevor Slattery posing as a terrorist as a front and a distraction for Tony Stark, will return in a Marvel One-Shot that explains what happened to the oblivious thespian once his role as Mandarin 'wrapped'. A cameo on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is also not being ruled out. »
[If you haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, stop reading this article] One of the best film twists in recent years was how Shane Black handled the reveal of the Iron Man's arch-nemesis, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). It wasn't just a hilarious surprise, but also a clear sign that Marvel was going to do what was best for their movie rather than try to work around fidelity to the comics (also, there wasn't much complaining when Ben Kingsley was cast even though he's not Chinese). Black and Marvel decided to have their Mandarin turn out to be an adorably clueless actor/drug-addict named Trevor Slattery. The character was originally supposed to die at the end of Iron Man 3, but thankfully they kept him around, and now it appears we'll be seeing him again. Hit the jump for more. Kingsley is currently doing the press rounds for Ender's Game, and in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph [via The Playlist], he said he's already shot "a secret Marvel project. »
- Matt Goldberg
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