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We tend not to weigh in on box-office so much bar our weekly rundown on Sunday afternoons, but every so often a significant milestone comes up, and today is such a day; various sources report that some time yesterday, Marvel's "Iron Man 3" crossed the billion dollar mark at the box office (while also managing to cross $300 million domestically, making it the first film of 2013 to do so). The film managed it just under three weeks after opening internationally, leaving it slightly behind the pace of "The Avengers," but we're sure Disney and Marvel will be delighted, with the film still on course to possibly crack the all-time top 5 if it keeps up this pace. And we're just happy that the man who made "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," Shane Black, is suddenly such a box office behemoth... But it got us thinking, as we head into the weekend: what's the »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Right now Iron Man 3 is just $50 million shy of hitting $1 billion worldwide, and it should hit that milestone by the end of the week. In the meantime, for those who have already seen the film (and even those who haven't), we have a few cool looks behind the scenes at the visual effects put to use in the Marvel blockbuster. One video dives behind the scenes of an effects heavy action sequence while another shows how part of the plane sequence featured in previous promotional materials was pieced together. But one of the more surprising sequences is a short and sweet shot of James Badge Dale that didn't even look like a visual effects shot on the big screen. That last video has a minor spoiler, so be wary. Watch them below! Here are the cool VFX deconstructions from Shane Black's Iron Man 3 via Geek Tyrant: Iron Man 3 »
- Ethan Anderton
Director David Jacobson's crime thriller Tomorrow You're Gone is set to arrive on DVD here in the UK this coming Monday, May 20th, and to celebrate the release we have two copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of Koch Media.
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Fresh out of prison, Charlie Rankin (Stephen Dorff - Blade, Immortals) sets out to exact revenge on two people who wronged him in the past. However, when things don't go as planned, Charlie seeks refuge with a porn actress named Florence Jane (Michelle Monaghan - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Source Code), all the while struggling to contain the violent urges inside of him. Also starring Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The English Patient).
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- Flickering Myth
Shane Black put himself on the map by writing Lethal Weapon, thus creating the most memorable buddy cop duo and franchise in movie history. At one point, Black was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood collecting $1.75 million for The Last Boy Scout and another cool million for The Last Action Hero. Success behind the pen led him to write and direct his first feature, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to positive reviews in 2005, but lukewarm box office receipts. However, Black was responsible for revitalizing Robert Downey Jr.’s career as his performance in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang proved he still had acting chops and got Jon Favreau’s attention. The rest is history, but Black’s history isn’t so clear.
Between 2005 and 2013, the only work Black really did was writing a lengthy treatment for Lethal Weapon 5 which never happened. However, with Favreau’s blessing and a touch of Rdj’s persuasion, »
- Ryan Kim
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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Jon Favreau hasn’t been doing much directing lately (at least not in the film world), but he is putting together a little indie ensemble comedy called Chef. He’s scripted the film and has already locked in Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale. Now, the director has added one more name to the cast list: Robert Downey Jr. Yes, that’s right, the duo that made Iron Man popular again will be teaming up once more.
Production is set to start on July 8th, according to Variety, and the film will follow “a man who loses his chef job and starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise and reclaiming his estranged family.” That’s all we know right now and so far, there’s no word on which role Downey Jr. will play. We’re guessing it won’t be a large part though.
- Matt Joseph
Written by Shane Black
Directed by Shane Black
It was only a few weeks ago that the Howard Hawks classic The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, was reviewed for the purpose of this column. Certainly an amusing film, the highlight of which is the pitch perfect acting from each and every cast member. That said, what held the film back to a degree was its insistence on adhering to the spirit of the original source material insofar as it was so complex and filled to the brim with revelations and twists that the screenwriters themselves had trouble sorting it all out. Fast forward some 60 years and writer-director Shane Black, a big fan of detective and noir-inspired stories, made his debut as a director with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a story which owes a lot to the noir of yesteryear while »
- Edgar Chaput
Like everyone else in the United States, I saw Iron Man 3 last weekend with my illustrious colleague, Mike Gold. I went for the explosions. I went to see my future husband, Robert Downey Jr. I went because I love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang by Shane Black beyond all reason.
And I had a good time. But, as time goes on and I have time to consider what I saw, there is one thing that bugs me. If spoilers are going to bother you, depending on your standards for what constitutes a spoiler, you may want to stop reading now.
And that brings us to this week’s word:
There is a kid in the movie who helps Tony Stark. The kid lives in Tennessee with his mom, his dad having abandoned them long ago. The kid is, of course, a boy, because, for the most part, boys are »
- Martha Thomases
Shane Black's hard work with ""Iron Man 3" has paid off. The movie hasn't even been out in theaters for a week in the United States and it's already a huge success, and other studios have taken notice of that accomplishment.
Sony Pictures issued a press release announcing that it has closed a deal with Black to co-write and direct a remake of "Doc Savage." This is a passion project that Black has been kicking around since 2009 but has been repeatedly put on the backburner. Black is reportedly considering making "Doc Savage" his next film.
It seems as though Sony is trying to copy the same winning formula that Marvel had with "Iron Man 3." Black co-wrote and directed that project as well (he did the same with "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"), and it's gone on to make over $711 million worldwide. Obviously other factors played into "Iron Man 3's" success, »
- Terri Schwartz
The 1930s and 40s pulp fiction hero Doc Savage a.k.a. the Man in Bronze has remained a nostalgic icon – until now. Well, duh, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is officially set to direct the big screen adaptation of Lester Dent’s creation for Sony. Black has already been developing the project for some time and the press release from Sony confirms that the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director is eyeing Savage as his follow-up to Iron Man 3. Black, who co-wrote the script with newcomers Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry back in 2010, had said, It’s my favorite manga. I was just struck by...
- Nick Martin
With Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 launching to the top of the global box office over the past two weeks, and taking the second-highest opening of all time in the Us, we’ve naturally been wondering what project Black would turn to next. The writer-director recently spoke of eyeing Doc Savage whilst promoting the Marvel blockbuster.
And now a press release from Sony confirms that the studio has closed a deal with Black, who is officially eyeing the project as his Iron Man 3 follow-up.
For those unacquainted with the character, here’s a little description from the press release below:
One of the most popular characters of the pulps of the 1930s and 40s, Doc Savage was also popularized on radio, film and television. He is a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. He has been trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, with outstanding strength, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Stellar success of comic-book movie means Black can realise long-nurtured project featuring the 1930s pulp action hero
Black, a screenwriter on the first two Lethal Weapon films in the late 1980s who only made the leap to director with 2005's well-received Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, finds himself suddenly in demand with the latest Iron Man film well on its way to a $1bn box office haul after only two weeks of release. Doc Savage would be only his third feature film as director, but studio Sony is said to ready to fund a big budget project which has been gestating since 2009. Black has a screenplay in place which he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.
Nicknamed "the »
- Ben Child
The movie, based on the pulp character created by Lester Dent, Henry Ralston and John Nanovic in 1933, will focus on the adventures of the 'Man of Bronze' as he uses his near-superhuman strength and mind to punish evil across the globe.
Black, who co-wrote the film with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, is likely to make Doc Savage his next film. Neal H Moritz, Ori Marmur and Michael Uslan will produce the blockbuster, a Sony press release stated.
Columbia Pictures president of production said of Black's involvement: "We couldn't be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team.
"Shane and Neal have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can't wait to get this production up and running. »
News Simon Brew 8 May 2013 - 06:54
In the build up to the release of Iron Man 3, we were one of many who noted that arguably the most exciting thing about it was the chance to see Shane Black direct a feature again. We're sizeable fans of his maiden directorial outing, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and it took the best part of a decade before he made his second, the aforementioned Iron Man sequel. He's like the Terrence Malick of coolly written Robert Downey Jr movies.
Fortunately, the wait for his next project isn't going to be as long. It's been revealed that Sony has hired Shane Black to co-write and direct Doc Savage. Originating in pulp magazines in 30s and 40s America, Doc Savage has appeared on the big and small screen before, »
As of this writing Iron Man 3 has made $711 million around the world after having been out for less than two weeks. Sure, it was bound to make a boatload of money no matter who actually directed the film, but the reason it's making cash hand over fist and people actually love the movie is because of writer-director Shane Black and his knack for action heroes. The Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer hasn't been a Hollywood hit maker for over a decade, but he's certainly back on top now, and a box office haul as big as IM3's means his next movie gets to be whatever he wants. So what does he want? More superheroes, naturally. After wanting to make a movie about the character for some time, Shane Black has signed on for Doc Savage, a hero from pulp...
- Peter Hall
Marvel Studios’ latest addition to their cinematic universe, Iron Man 3, has netted over $700 million so far within the first week of its release, already more than either of the previous films made in their total theatrical runs, and while the audience response has been mixed on a few topics (the depiction of the Mandarin being one of the more controversial plot points), the overall critic consensus is that the film is a strong entry in the franchise and the financial success seems to reflect this. Our own review noted that, despite director Shane Black’s reputation for action movies like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3 is probably the most personal and character-focused of the three movies.
Let’s move on from Iron Man 3, however, because that’s certainly what Black ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Director of the moment Shane Black has certainly shown he can handle a big-budget blockbuster with the Marvel-ous Iron Man 3. The superhero sequel is top of the charts in most worldwide territories and Sony Pictures Entertainment has been quick to snap him up to create a new franchise hero, Doc Savage. The fictional character was originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930/40s, and was created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic at Street and Smith Publications. He’s also appeared in radio, film, and comic books over the years and is looked upon as a combination of Indiana Jones and Tarzan.
The press release below gives all the details on what is essentially a passion project for the writer/director Black.
- Craig Hunter
From Stark … to Savage.
But generations of genre fans might be forgiven for asking: Who is Doc Savage???
Although Doc Savage was a hit on radio and in pulp magazines and comic books, he has never had a successful film adaptation. After many false starts, »
- Anthony Breznican
As the director of the film with the second highest grossing opening weekend of all time, Iron Man 3 co-writer and helmer Shane Black has likely been inundated with a number of offers over the past few days. However, it appears that the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director will be making his next project a property that he’s already been developing for some time. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Black will co-write and direct Doc Savage as his next film. The pic is a feature film adaptation of a popular character from the 1930s and 40s. Doc Savage has been described as “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness,” and so it provides a nice adventure avenue for which Black to imbue with his distinctive sensibilities. Black recently told Steve that he was »
- Adam Chitwood
by Brett White
Art of the Title has posted an interview with "Iron Man 3" Creative Director Danny Yount about the film's memorable end credits sequence, which mixes footage from all three Iron Man films together in one glorious, '70s throwback montage. The interview takes you through the end credits' entire creative process, from the more tech-driven first approach, to an animated Iron Man striptease, up through to the ultra-'70s demo that led to the final product.
"[Director] Shane [Black] is open to retro things — as evidenced in 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' — so he wanted something kind of like an old film title... like Pablo Ferro's 'Bullitt' titles," explains Yount. "And I'm a product of the '70s and '80s so I love old TV crime drama titles like 'The Dukes of Hazard' and 'Get Smart.' I'm also a huge fan of the classic comedies like 'Airplane! »
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