Yet another Iron Man 3 character poster has been revealed and it’s the worst one yet. But only in terms of mental stability. Sir Ben Kingsley graces the latest Iron Man 3 poster as the villainous, criminal mastermind The Mandarin. He’s the major bad guy in the film, co-written and directed by Shane Black. Not only can you check out the new poster below, but the original art as well. Iron Man 3 opens May 3.  Read More »

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Animation house Laika only has two completed features to its name, but thanks to the strength of those two outings (Coraline and ParaNorman), it’s already earned a reputation for unusually smart, creative family fare. Now they’re joining forces with Focus Features a third time for The Boxtrolls, an adaptation of Alan Snow‘s book Here Be Monsters!

Open Season co-director Anthony Stacchi and Coraline/ParaNorman story artist Graham Annable are teaming to direct, with an excellent voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones). Hit the jump for more details.

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Justin Reardon‘s feature directing debut A Many Splintered Thing isn’t even out yet, but he already seems to have a knack for attracting strong on-camera talent. The star-studded ensemble for that film includes Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Giovanni Ribisi, Audrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, and Luke Wilson, for starters. Now Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass, and Ben Kingsley have attached themselves to his sophomore effort, Convention.

The film is billed as a sci-fi comedy, which isn’t such an unusual genre combination. However, this one sounds intriguingly offbeat, as the marketing materials reference Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich for comparison. Hit the jump for more details.

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How much do you want to know about Iron Man 3 before the film is even finished shooting? We’re in the center of the Venn diagram that features circles of rumor and spoiler, so I’ll keep things after the break.

But the basics are as follows: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is in North Carolina shooting Iron Man 3 now, with Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Jon Favreau reprising their roles from the past films and The Avengers. Actors new to the series include Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Andy Lau, James Badge Dale, Rebecca Hall, Ashley Hamilton, and likely William Sadler. We know that Kingsley is a villain, and rumors have persisted for months that he plays the Mandarin, which Marvel roundly denies. Now there’s a report that claims to shed some light on how the film’s villainous power structure works.

Update: There’s also new info about the appearance of a specific Iron Man suit, the Iron Patriot. Details on that have been added below.

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If even Martin Scorsese can’t convince people to watch Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator, I don’t know what can. But Paramount, of course, continues to try their hardest. Their latest effort is a red-band trailer that offers several fresh jokes, including bits on childbirth and 9/11.

It also finally, helpfully, offers an explanation of exactly how Admiral General Aladeen (Cohen) goes from being the all-powerful ruler of the Republic of Wadiya to being a grubby-looking cashier at a grocery store. Watch the trailer after the jump — and as usual, be warned that red-band means NSFW, in this case mostly for language.

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Thanks in a large part to this past weekend’s The Avengers, we’ve got a ton of superhero-related odds and ends for you today. After the jump:

  • Kick-Ass illustrator claims sequel will shoot this summer
  • Scarlett Johansson really wants a Black Widow spinoff
  • Joss Whedon isn’t ready to think about Avengers 2 yet
  • Captain America 2 will be closely linked to Avengers
  • Ben Kingsley is still developing his Iron Man 3 character

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After the Avengers face off against Loki in next month’s The Avengers, Tony Stark will be striking out in his own to contend with his own nemesis — but who will it be? After the jump:

  • Is Iron Man 3‘s big bad the Mandarin?
  • G.I. Joe is testing two different endings
  • Peter Farrelly talks Dumb & Dumber 2
  • Cast interviews from the set of Skyfall
  • Seven new images from Piranha 3DD
  • A small peek at Ice Age: Continental Drift

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Filming begins next month for Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3, and we still havent heard many details of what to expect in the next installent of Marvel’s popular movie franchise. We know that many of the regulars have signed on to return, including Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes. But where are the new characters and new casting announcements?

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