Iron Man 3 is a bundle of contradictions. It is light and genuinely funny, yet a vein of deep cynicism acts as the movie’s spine. At times it is gleefully silly, but it indulges ideas that are merely goofy. It wants to reconcile real-world violence into larger-than-life escapism. Yet the contradictions don’t quite break the movie. Director/writer Shane Black and co-screenwriter Drew Pearce understand the mode in which they have to work, and manage to make both impulses live side by side.
Those contradictions give Iron Man 3 a weird sense of pace, and a personality that isn’t quite like any other superhero movie. This isn’t the gleeful candy-colored romp of The Avengers, and I sympathize with any audience thrown by the film’s shuffling rhythm. Shane Black writes and directs movies that walk a fine line between idiosyncratic and mainstream, and many of the director’s impulses (winking narration, in-jokes, the subversion of cliches) are on display here.
Black and Pearce struggle at times to keep all their ideas in the frame, but that struggle alone makes Iron Man 3 interesting to watch. The film’s giddy highs are quite wonderful, and its personal quirks are testament to the power Marvel Studios has accumulated. The film plays loose with characters and ideas from the comics, but in doing so presents a story that is more unique than we have any right to expect from a threequel. In fact, crossover between real and heightened worlds has defined Marvel Comics since day one, and Iron Man 3 may be more true to Marvel’s spirit than any other film.
(Note: Iron Man 3 features a couple big plot elements that shouldn’t be spoiled, and so the following review avoids discussing those elements. I’m not going to say this is 100% spoiler-free, but I’ve avoided the big points. ) Read More »
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Going into the junket for Iron Man 3, one of the things I wanted to talk to writer/director Shane Black about is the film’s Christmas setting. Many of the films Black has been involved with have been set during Christmas: Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Someone beat me to the punch at the press conference, and as it turns out, setting the movie during Christmas wasn’t even Black’s idea.
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Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
In less than two weeks, we’ll get to find out just what Tony Stark has been up to since the Avengers’ big showdown in New York. The Iron Man 3 trailers have hinted that he’s struggling a bit with the aftermath, and that there are tougher times and meaner villains ahead still. But one enemy he won’t be battling is alcoholism.
Though the “Demon in a Bottle” storyline is one of the most iconic from the Iron Man comics, director Shane Black and writer Drew Pearce say that not only has it not been incorporated into Iron Man 3, it’s unlikely it’ll make its way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe any time in the near future. Find out why after the jump.
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Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’s 2011 documentary The Other F Word explored the awkward, and often hilarious transition from famous rock star to fatherhood. It followed musicians like Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath as they went from drink-all-day, party-all-night rock stars to fathers with responsibilities. And if you think that sounds like an idea ripe for Hollywood parody, you’d be 100% right.
Jason Segel and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) just sold a comedic remake of The Other F Word to 20th Century Fox. The pair will co-write and executive produce with Segel set to star. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: Back in July at Comic Con, Warner Bros. and Legendar Pictures ran a sizzle reel for the new Godzilla film to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). The reel, featuring the aftereffect of Godzilla stomping through a city, was complete enough that a few people wondered if WB and Legendary had actually shot footage in secret. That seemed wildly unlikely, but not totally impossible.
Now with news that Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) is being brought in to spend four weeks rewriting Godzilla prior to the commencement of casting, we know that what we saw at Comic Con was really just a proof of concept sizzle reel. Which isn’t disappointing at all — if that’s what came together just to show off the film, the final result might be much more impressive.
Variety says the thrust of this rewrite is to “age up” the characters originally written by David Callahan, David Goyer and Max Borenstein. WB reportedly likes the core ideas of the script. The characters just need to be older. Just how much older is open to question, but unless the original drafts were written with kids in mind (also not impossible) we’ll hopefully get a movie that isn’t full of young model-type actors. (Though, really, so long as Godzilla is done well, all else might be acceptable.)
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Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Thanks to the dual successes of last year’s Easy A and this year’s Friends with Benefits, director Will Gluck is on a hot streak right now. He’s been attached to helm the reality-based moon rock heist movie (really) Sex on the Moon since the spring, has plans to produce a remake of Ed Zwick’s About Last Night…, and could be reuniting with Easy A star Emma Stone for another Screen Gems pic. And that’s just on the silver screen — he’s also executive producing the upcoming TV series Mrs. Miller, with Ugly Betty developer Silvio Horta.
Now Gluck’s newest gig is Secretaries Day, which thankfully is not a sequel to Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, but an action comedy from Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce. More details after the jump.
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We here at /Film aim to please. So, instead of making you click on four different articles for your sequel themed updates, all you have to do is read this one. After the jump we’ve got news on the following:
- Producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari update us on the latest regarding the sequel to 300, 300 Battle of Artemisia
- Shane Black had a lot to say about the actors, villains, themes and more in regards to Iron Man 3
- James Mangold got in-depth about why he took The Wolverine and his plans for it
- Two new Cabin Fever films, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak, will be shot back to back next year
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Can we assume that Robert Downey Jr. has become a fan of Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce? Months before Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens, Pearce has been hired to write the provisional Sherlock Holmes 3 for Warner Bros. (Just as the studio hired A Game of Shadows screenwriters Kieran and Michele Mulroney to get to work on the script before Sherlock Holmes opened.) And since Pearce is writing the third Iron Man film, something Downey is likely quite involved in given his admitted disappointment with the second movie, it isn’t difficult to assume that Downey had a hand in suggesting him to pen Sherlock 3. No plot has been revealed for the potential third film at this time. [Deadline]
After the break, one Paramount exec says Paranormal Activity 4 is almost a certainty, and Frank Miller talks Sin City 2. Read More »
As Disney has penciled in dates for new Marvel Studios films in 2014, one of the films that has been on the shortlist of suspected possible occupying projects has been Runaways. That’s a project that Marvel has had at the script stage for some time, based on a comic about five LA teens who forms their own fringe super-team when they discover their parents are actually members of a big-time supervillain cadre called The Pride.
Runaways seemed last year like a project that was starting to take off at Marvel, but it has been relatively quiet in the past few months. That’s been the case, says screenwriter Drew Pearce, because The Avengers became the all-consuming ‘team movie’ priority at Marvel. But Runaways might not be dead yet. Read More »