Oscar Shortlist for Best Visual Effects Announced

- 12-05-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lots and lots of Best and Worst lists! True, but it also means that awards season is just around the corner. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AKA: the people who give out the Oscars, announced their short list of 10 potential nominees for the Best Visual Effects category, and you’ll notice a definite nerdy trend amongst the ten films that will be vying for that golden trophy early next year. (more…)

What Was That Secret Marvel Project Ben Kingsley Hinted About???

- 10-29-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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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…)

Sir Ben Kingsley and the Super Secret Marvel Project

- 10-22-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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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…)

‘Iron Man 3′ Gets the Honest Trailers Treatment

- 09-04-13Comics, Film, Funny Videos Posted by Mark Poynter

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Have you ever watched a movie, seen something that just didn’t quite make sense, and thought to yourself, “Honestly?” Of course you have, and you’re not the only one! The gang over at Honest Trailers think that all the time, even better, they make videos about all those nagging little plot points that you just can’t seem to get past.

This time around, Honest Trailers takes a crack at one of this summers biggest blockbusters, Iron Man 3. After watching, and agreeing with all the little issues they found in the movie, I’m wondering, how I missed so many of them while watching the movie. It must be all that Robert Downey Jr. boyish charm. How can anyone stay annoyed with that man?

Don’t get me wrong, I still loved the movie, even though the powers that be decided to neuter the main villain and turn him into a punch line. Take a look at the video below and let us know in the comments section below if Honest Trailers poked all your sensitive areas when you think about Iron Man 3.

Via: Comicbookmovie

 

Alt-Ending Shows Different Fate for Mandarin in ‘Iron Man 3′

- 08-26-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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:

Source: /Film

‘Iron Man 3′ Deleted Scene: More of the Mandarin

- 08-13-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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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.

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HULK SPECULATE! Is Marvel Plotting a Course for the Next ‘Hulk’ Film?

- 07-15-13Comics, Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Can Joseph Gordon Levitt grow convincing facial hair? This is the question on everyone’s mind following the latest Doctor Strange rumor, but as Marvel readies for it’s next phase, some people are wondering when The House of Mouse and The House of Ideas will let the Hulk smash in his own solo adventure film.

Sadly, we’re no close to knowing when that time will come (yet), but there is a new RUMOR today, coming from Comic Book Movie that may shed some light on the possible direction of this film, and if true, that direction should sound very familiar to fans of the current Marvel comic series, Indestructible Hulk.

In the comic, Bruce Banner decides to use himself as a weapon for good, cutting a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. that will allow him to run a research lab with a staff of his choosing and the goal of innovating. In exchange for this, Banner lends the Hulk to S.H.I.E.L.D. for deployment against the biggest of the bads. It’s a Mark Waid creation, so you know it’s good and meaty, and it really could make for an interesting concept for a film if they go this way.

An Indestructible Hulk film could also open up a few other speculation windows, like: would Maria Hill appear (she’d sorta have to), and could this very S.H.I.E.L.D. based project loop in ABC’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show in some way?

We’ll have to wait to find out anything tangible on those questions and if this is really the road that Marvel wants to go down with Mark Ruffalo’s first standalone Hulk film, but for now, we should all just be devastated that Science Bros the cinema film seems so very far away.

Source: Comic Book Movie

 

 

Sayeth WHAT?! How ‘Iron Man 3′ Should Have Ended

- 05-30-13Film, Funny Videos Posted by Luke Gallagher

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The funny folks at How It Should Have Ended have done the impossible. They’ve made Iron Man 3 watchable!  Damn if it’s the 5th most successful movie of all time, it was a shit show through and through. Plot holes, fire breathers, misuse of The Mandarin, the head turning ending; it all culminated in IM3 being a massive disappointment. I shake my head to this swan song of Tony Stark. Anyway…

HISHE makes several very funny points about Shane Black‘s Marvel blockbuster. They give us their humorous vision of how of how IM3 should have ended.

WARNING: If you haven’t seen the film (it’s been out for 5 weeks already, what’s wrong with you?), the video below contains massive spoilers.

This just covers everything I was thinking when I watched the film, except The Incredibles thing. The comparison is really changing my opinion on how unoriginal this movie might actually be.

 

Super Hero Round-Up – ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Wolverine’, ‘Winter Soldier’, ‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘Avengers Assemble’

- 05-20-13Comics, Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s that time again folks, time for we at the great Nerd Bastards to enlighten you with a quick blast of all the super hero news that wasn’t spectacular enough to warrant its own write-up.  Yes, it’s Super Hero Round-Up time and this week we have for you some pretty posters, a new video and a little bit of info. on when you can own your own house-hold versions of some super hero media.  Read on after the jump for all the hot buttery goodness.

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Shane Black Explains Himself, RE: The Mandarin Twist

- 05-16-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Anyone who’s seen Iron Man 3 falls into one of two camps on the subject of the twist involving main villain, The Mandarin: they either love it or they hate it. Writer/director Shane Black had to know that when he developed the story, but he still pulled the proverbial trigger anyway. So how about Shane, why piss off half the nerd world with this development? Total Film asked him the question, and the answer, obviously, was spoilerish implications. Stop reading now if you want to see Iron Man 3 and not be spoiled. (But really, why haven’t you seen Iron Man 3 already?!)

Here’s what Black had to say:

“I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie’s over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use. And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened.

They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it. I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world, because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”

Sounds reasonable. I, frankly, don’t know what all the fuss is about considering that The Mandarin is as much an Asian stereotype as Ming the Merciless, Charlie Chan and Mr. Yunioshi, but I’ll leave it to the Bastard nation to decide: does Black’s explanation satisfy you, or are you still pissed?

Source: Blastr