Iron Man 3
June 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Accepting “The Walking Dead’s” prize for best syndicated/cable television series, executive producer Scott Gimple, surrounded by cast members past and present, told the crowd, “You have to be a geek to do this. We’re proud to be geeks.” That was the prevailing sentiment orbiting around the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank on Thursday during the 40th Saturn Awards, a celebration of genre entertainment. It was a celebratory evening for AMC’s zombie saga smash hit, as it won a total of three competitive awards and saw one of its top creative forces receive an honorary one. The blockbuster space-survival film “Gravity” was the night’s biggest winner, claiming five of the eight categories it was nominated in, including best science-fiction film, best actress for Sandra Bullock and best director for Alfonso Cuarón (who has said the film isn’t science fiction, but a […]
June 25, 2014 | 6:33 p.m.
Proving that the ’80s will never die, 20th Century Fox has announced that it will revive the “Predator” mission, with Shane Black attached as director. The “Lethal Weapon” scribe, credited with reviving the action movie genre in the ’80s with his first-ever script (sold for $250,000 at age 23), will also write the treatment before handing over script duties to his college chum, Fred Dekker (the two collaborated on “Monster Squad”). Coincidentally, Black has a history with the “Predator” franchise. Though he turned down the studio’s repeated pleas to punch up the original script, he did end up playing a small role in the 1987 film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura. Black played Rick Hawkins, the team’s tech expert, otherwise known as the hunting alien’s first onscreen kill. (Insert comeback joke here.) Though the project has been touted as a reboot, Black told Collider that he’s thinking […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated “Gravity” are the top contenders at the upcoming 40th annual Saturn Awards, with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2012’s highest-grossing film, earned seven nominations, while “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” were recognized with five nominations each. On the television side, HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” received five nominations, as did AMC’s drama “Breaking Bad” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Founded in 1972 to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards series, the Saturn Awards fetes projects in a broad swath of genres, including science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller and action/adventure — there are also awards for best independent film with nominees including critical favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”; best international film (a […]
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 […]
June 20, 2013 | 11:24 a.m.
Robert Downey Jr. has signed a deal to reprise his role as billionaire genius/playboy/inventor Tony Stark in two “Avengers” films. Marvel.com posted news this morning that the actor has signed a two-picture agreement to climb back into the Iron Man armor for “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3.” The first “Avengers” sequel will be written and directed by Joss Whedon and is set to begin production in England’s venerable Pinewood-Shepperton facility in March. The film is set for release May 1, 2015. “We fit each other pretty snug, and I feel like when I’m him I know what to do,” Downey told Hero Complex earlier this year of his relationship to Tony Stark. “At the same time, I don’t know why I know what to do. I just know that I do. There’s still just a sense of wonder […]
May 10, 2013 | 5:56 p.m.
So it turns out that rescuing a bunch of people sucked out of a hole in Air Force One at 30,000 feet is actually harder than Robert Downey Jr. makes it look in “Iron Man 3.” Who knew? The audacious action sequence that occurs midway through director Shane Black’s superhero sequel, known by those on the film crew as the “barrel of monkeys” scene, required a mix of real-world guts and digital ingenuity to pull off. The guts were supplied by the Red Bull skydiving team, who stand in for the crew of the president’s plane in the scene — the effects that placed them believably within the story came from Digital Domain, the VFX shop that created about 250 of the shots in the movie, including 35 different Iron Man suits, a wholly digital Air Force One and a […]
May 07, 2013 | 1:26 p.m.
Looks like “Iron Man 3” director Shane Black is sticking with the world of superheroes for now. Sony announced today that Black will co-write and direct “Doc Savage,” a new film based on the popular pulp hero from the 1930s and ’40s. First introduced in 1933, Clark Savage Jr. was a physician, scientist, inventor and adventurer who had great strength, a photographic memory and was skilled in martial arts. The character has appeared in comics and on radio and other media — he’s had a movie as well, 1975’s “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze,” starring Ron Ely. Black, who co-wrote the “Doc Savage” screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, told Hero Complex last month that he would be interested in following “Iron Man 3” with “an adventure picture,” and “Doc Savage” certainly fits the bill. PHOTOS: Shane Black: […]
May 06, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
“Iron Man 3” pits genius billionaire Tony Stark, played with panache by Robert Downey Jr., against a terrorist plot that threatens to bring the most powerful people in the world to their knees. But that threat is not quite what it seems. Reader beware: Spoilers lie ahead. Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin may be the face on the posters and the focus of the movie trailers, but lurking in the background is Aldrich Killian, another visionary genius like Stark, but one whose circumstances led him down darker paths. Killian, played by Emmy-winning actor Guy Pearce, is the founder of the private brain trust AIM, which helped develop the Extremis virus. Extremis imparts superhuman strength and regenerative powers to its subjects, and Killian takes full advantage of the effects. In many ways, Killian is a foil for Stark, using his mind (and the […]
May 02, 2013 | 5:24 p.m.
Sometimes, even for “Iron Man 3” star Robert Downey Jr., it’s not always easy to describe where Tony Stark ends and the actor begins. “We fit each other pretty snug, and I feel like when I’m him I know what to do,” Downey told Hero Complex. “At the same time, I don’t know why I know what to do. I just know that I do. There’s still just a sense of wonder to me that there’s something so watchable about this character’s ongoing, trippy saga.” It was late April, and the twice Oscar-nominated actor already had been around the world to promote the latest Marvel blockbuster, the first film from the comic-book-movie powerhouse since the $2-billion success of “The Avengers” last year. But even during a day-long onslaught of press leading up to the movie’s U.S. premiere in Hollywood, Downey’s […]
May 01, 2013 | 3:00 p.m.
By mid-April, “Iron Man 3” was beginning to look like the surest of sure things. Three weeks before the film was to arrive in U.S. theaters, early reviews and box-office tracking suggested that the latest installment in the adventures of Robert Downey Jr.’s charming superhero Tony Stark might rival or even surpass the $2-billion success of last summer’s hit “The Avengers.” But on a Monday afternoon just days before “Iron Man 3” was set to premiere in London, the film’s director and co-writer, Shane Black, wasn’t taking anything for granted. “If the movie’s a huge hit, I’ll pump my fist in anticipation of the fact that I’m still viable,” Black said, sitting on a rolling chair in a dusty, sparsely furnished office at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. “The fact that I have a chance to come in and […]