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We’ve figured for years that Warner Bros. would get around to remaking Lethal Weapon sooner or later. There has been no reported movement on the project, but with the title standing as one of the studio’s more recognizable and salable catalog titles, it has to happen. Now there are rumors of movement, and producers are at least not straying from the idea of an Australian in the lead role. Word is that Chris Hemsworth is being sought to star in the reboot, with Justin Lin as the possible director.

Update: At least half of this rumor is already debunked, as Justin Lin says he’s not doing the movie. More below.

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What has Gwyneth Paltrow heard about Iron Man 4 and Avengers: Age of Ultron? When is Thor: The Dark World coming to Disneyland? Does Shane Black have an update on Doc Savage? Want to see a new behind the scenes image from X-Men: Days of Future Past? Is Michael Rooker enjoying Guardians of the Galaxy? Is that film’s IMDB page accurate? Why does Chris O’Donnell have the script to Batman vs. Superman? Who is the new lead of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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At this rate, there won’t be much reason to buy the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray come September 24. Yet another deleted scene has popped online, this one showing the brilliance of Ben Kingsley‘s performance as The Mandarin. Under duress from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Kingsley goes through several different personas resulting in lots of laughs.

If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3, this deleted scene is a pretty big spoiler. But at $1.2 billion at the box office and counting, odds are most of you are safe. Read More »

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Briefly: The year’s biggest hit, Iron Man 3, is coming to Blu-ray September 24 and the first of several deleted scenes has just hit the net. In it, the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) hints at a reveal to come later as he offer some brief comments on the explosion at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

It’s a brief scene, but more Mandarin is more Mandarin. Check it out below, along with a gag reel featuring Robert Downey Jr. Read More »

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Skyfall was a smash, and naturally EON Productions, MGM and Sony want to get a new James Bond film rolling with all due speed. All the companies involved want to get their money’s worth out of Daniel Craig while they’ve got him. The Bond machine doesn’t move quickly, however, and it’s no easy task to choose the path for the new installment of a franchise that is 50 years old and almost two dozen films along.

Since Sam Mendes won’t return to make the 24th Bond film (title TBD) who might do the job? EON is talking to a variety of people now, and some of the names are being reported. Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Shane Black are all “in the mix” as possible directors. That doesn’t mean that any of them will be the person who next brings Bond to life, but it gives us something to think about.

Update: Everyone may have spoken too soon. Deadline reports that Sam Mendes is in talks to return to direct Bond 24. More below.

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Iron Man 3 Animatic

Federico D’Alessandro has one of the coolest jobs in the world. He’s the Head Storyboard Artist/Animatics Supervisor at Marvel Studios, meaning he gets to conceptualize all your favorite Marvel Movies from the earliest point in the process. (You might also remember him from this Halloween pitch reel.)

With Iron Man 3 now in theaters, D’Alessandro has shared with /Film a very early animatic from the film. It’s of the mansion attack, where the Mandarin’s goons totally destroy Tony Stark’s Malibu home. The scene is filled not only with action, but non-verbal character development and tons of cool uses of the Iron Man armor.

D’Alessandro completed the animatic for the scene long before filming began and, below, you can check it out and read his account of creating it alongside director Shane Black. Read More »

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Audiences worldwide will eventually get to see the extended Iron Man 3 scenes that were exclusive to China. Director Shane Black shot several scenes in the country, with native actors Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing, that are all but absent from the domestic cut of the film. They remain in Chinese theaters, but reportedly don’t add much.

Now it seems those scenes will be at the center of an upcoming Marvel short film tentatively called The Prologue. Read More »

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Dave, Devindra, and Matt Singer from Criticwire chat about the awesome directorial stylings of Renny Harlin and reflect on the decline (or lack thereof) of the American film industry.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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