July 26, 2014 | 3:51 p.m.
Travis Knight, the chief executive of stop-motion animation studio Laika wanted to be clear about something while presenting the upcoming feature “The Boxtrolls” to the fans in Hall H on Saturday. “No farts,” Knight said of the script to the film. “This ain’t DreamWorks.” Indeed, the animators responsible for “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and now “Boxtrolls” made a point of showing just how much their work was a labor of love. The sizzle reel shown at the beginning of the panel spent ample time showing animators hand-crafting the sets, props and puppets used in the film. The film is based on British author Alan Snow’s 2005 children’s novel, “Here Be Monsters!” And Knight spoke to how the source material spoke to him. “It had whispers of classic literature,” he said. “Roald Dahl, Monty Python and Dickens.” The story is set in Victorian […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 8:38 a.m.
Marvel Studios previewed the first 10 minutes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at a fan screening of the new one-shot “All Hail the King” in Hollywood on Monday night, providing an early glimpse of the sequel’s mix of action-packed superheroics and 1970s-style political intrigue. The preview was introduced by Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige during a post-show Q&A with “All Hail the King” writer-director Drew Pearce and star Ben Kingsley. (If you’d rather be surprised by the opening when “Winter Soldier” opens April 4, you might want to stop reading now — spoilers are below.) The “Winter Soldier” clip began with a humorous, possibly fateful meeting between Steve Rogers, a.k.a. super-soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and fellow military man Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon (a bulked-up Anthony Mackie), with the former repeatedly lapping the latter on a jog around […]
Feb. 06, 2014 | 4:46 p.m.
Ben Kingsley is back as the Mandarin — or more precisely, actor Trevor Slattery — in Marvel’s new one-shot, “All Hail the King.” The Oscar winner originated the comic book villain for last summer’s blockbuster “Iron Man 3,” turning up as a dangerous terrorist determined to bring down billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Of course, as the story advanced, the Mandarin was revealed to be something other than what he initially seemed, a character far removed from the scientist and martial artist who first appeared in comics in 1964’s “Tales of Suspense” No. 50. In director Shane Black’s film, Kingsley played to great comedic effect a failed English actor who was hired to create the role of a warrior philosopher with a driving hatred for America to help distract Stark from the machinations of Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. […]
Jan. 16, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.
Ben Kingsley is back as the Mandarin in a new clip from Marvel’s upcoming One-Shot, “All Hail the King.” The Oscar winner originated the comic book villain for last summer’s blockbuster “Iron Man 3,” turning up as a dangerous terrorist determined to bring down billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) — of course, as the story advanced, the Mandarin was revealed to be something other than what he initially seemed (and if you somehow have yet to see “Iron Man 3,” you probably should stop reading now). Created by Stan Lee and designed by Don Heck, the Mandarin first appeared on the paneled page in 1964’s “Tales of Suspense” No. 50. A scientist and martial artist who derived his power from 10 rings that harness alien technology, the character has been criticized as a “racist caricature.” “In the old […]
May 07, 2013 | 2:33 p.m.
The new trailer for “Ender’s Game” received a prominent rollout online Tuesday afternoon, with director Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), producer Robert Orci and star Asa Butterfield participating in a Google+ hangout that coincided with the premiere of the promotional spot for the sci-fi adventure adapted from the novel by Orson Scott Card. Set in a near future in which an alien race known as the Formics have attacked Earth, the movie stars Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a bright boy who’s recruited to help humanity face future threats. Guided in his growth by Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), Ender advances from Battle School to Command School and soon finds himself under the tutelage of the legendary Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley, the Oscar-winning actor who’s getting a lot of screen time in fantastic films these days). “They know our strategies. […]
March 19, 2013 | 4:00 a.m.
When Oscar winner Ben Kingsley signed on to play the Mandarin in “Iron Man 3,” he joined a legion of super actors who have brought serious chops to villainous roles in comic-book movies throughout the years. In the “Iron Man 3” trailers, Kingsley’s Mandarin is calm and possessed, like a Zen master of evil, as he orchestrates the destruction of Tony Stark’s world. “Ladies, children, sheep,” he says in the first “Iron Man 3″ trailer in a menacing intonation all his own. “Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson No. 1: Heroes. There is no such thing.” Iron Man Quiz: How well do you know Tony Stark? But, whether Kingsley’s performance will live up to the best supervillain turns in cinema history remains to be seen. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman in “Batman Returns,” for example, might […]