If you are talking about Iron Man 3, you are likely discussing either that sweet “House Party Protocol” scene or you’re talking about Sir Ben Kingsley ’s portrayal of The Mandarin. If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet, or the Marvel One Shot, “All Hail The King”, you may want to turn away now to avoid some pretty big spoilers. Otherwise, get ready to start contemplating the identity of Iron Man 3’s big baddie. (more…)
Super Bowl XLVIII Ad Roundup: Kingsley, Hiddleston & Mark Strong on Why Brits Make Great Bad Guys; Morpheus Sells Luxury for Kia
Every year the Super Bowl Ads take center stage on the Internet in a rush to get the most bang for those millions of bucks spent for those precious 30 seconds. This year is no different. We’ve got two car companies, Jaguar and Kia taking the Super Bowl Ad plunge. They both use some big names to drive home their points. (more…)
The folks at Marvel are putting a little more focus on the seemingly useless character of The Mandarin (played by the almighty Ben Kingsley). Though he wandered through Iron Man 3 without much purpose other than being a façade for more devious undertakings, the renewed interest seems to suggest they might be looking to make him more than what we’ve seen thus far. Check out the first clip from the upcoming All Hail the King one-shot and see what you think. (more…)
One of Marvel Studios’ strengths is keeping interest in its films going long after the credits roll. It began with their now traditional post-credits teasers and continues with the short films they include on their home video releases. What started with brief Agent Coulson clips and the ‘Item 47’ short has grown into full-scale short films with last year’s ‘Agent Carter’ one-shot and the newest entry, ‘All Hail the King‘ starring Sir Ben Kingsley.
Massive spoilers for Iron Man 3 ahead. (more…)
And by that, I mean happy.
With Ender’s Game, writer/Director Gavid Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) delivers a strong and pleasing — yet occasionally dull and dispassionate — sci-fi epic, proving that Orson Scott Card’s allegedly unfilmable literary classic just needed the right guiding hand. Yes, the right guiding hand previously guided Wolverine into a ditch, deal with it. (more…)
Last week, while doing press for Ender’s Game in England, Ben Kingsley teased Marvel fans with the news that he had just finished work on a super secret Marvel project. Now rumors abound about the project details . . . *Insert Standard Spoiler Warning here. (more…)
While doing the publicity rounds for Ender’s Game, Ben Kingsley hinted at an upcoming super secret Marvel project. What could this mysterious project be? (more…)
There’s just over a month to go until director Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game hits the big screen on November 1st and the marketing should be picking up steam in the next couple of weeks. This first television spot focuses more on an overview of the film rather than any particular part or character.
Of course, films rarely go from script to screen with absolutely no changes to plot, or character, or dialogue, and Iron Man 3 is no exception. In advance of the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film, several alternative takes of the film’s grand finale at the docks have been posted online. The work by storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro shows some subtle differences between what was planned and what the finished film turned out to be.
Amongst the changes, an all-new, all-different ending for The Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. Now I know what Shane Black did with The Mandarin in the film was, uh, contentious to say the least. I was fine with it, but the “new ending” for The Mandarin seems kind of silly to me, which is maybe why it was cut. Anyway, there may be spoilers in the video clips below if you haven’t yet seen Iron Man 3, so you’ve been warned appropriately.
Here’s the alternative ending for The Mandarin:
Expanded Rhodey Role in Finale:
Final Fight, Tony Vs Killian:
Overall I enjoyed Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3, overall… until the big reveal about Ben Kingsley‘s character the Mandarin. If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet and don’t want to know more, then for pete’s sake stop reading and go figure out why you haven’t seen this movie yet. Seriously, you should get whatever stopped you from going to the theater straightened out before it prevents you from seeing Avengers 2, on the big screen.