IRON MAN 3 Gets the Honest Trailer Treatment

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Iron Man 3 is in the books for earning the biggest box office of 2013 (so far), but that doesn’t mean it can escape the wrath of the folks over at Honest Trailers.  It goes without saying that this snarky take is full of spoilers, but we’ll keep those after the jump.  They do go after Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin, and Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian quite a bit, along with Shane Black’s directing/screenwriting choices and some suspect visual effects.  Iron Man 3 has a number of problems which Honest Trailers latches onto, but sometimes it gets confused by in-movie jokes or makes tired observations that have been picked over by the internet denizens since the film’s May release.  It’s worth a couple of chuckles, especially for alternate names of Stark’s army of odd-looking suits.  Hit the jump to watch.

Box Office: 2013′s Record Breaking Summer

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Labor Day brings an official end to Hollywood’s busiest season which means it’s time to parse the numbers. If you’ve been following the box office for the past few months it won’t surprise you to learn that 2013 was the most profitable summer of all time with over $4.6 billion in domestic earnings. That’s a jump of almost 8% from last summer: a figure that is especially impressive when you recall that the 2013 lagged 14% behind 2012 in yearly earnings before the season started.

As expected, summer’s giant blockbusters closed that gap, but Tony Stark didn’t do it alone. Hit the jump for a breakdown of summer’s most notable box office moments.

Joss Whedon Talks about Killing Marvel Characters; Alternate Ending and Deleted Scene from IRON MAN 3; Check out The Wasp in Early AVENGERS Animatic

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We’re going to throw a variety of Marvel news at you this morning.  First up, Joss Whedon fans know he’s not shy about killing off characters.  He did it with Coulson (Clark Gregg) in The Avengers, but the character managed a resurrection for the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  But when it comes to other heroes, Whedon tells EW that Marvel is wary of knocking off its moneymakers.  “I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’”, says Whedon. “They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get?”  The writer-director continued, “We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’ You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that’s why you go to the movies.”  Personally, I would love it if a nothing superhero from the Marvel universe popped up at the beginning of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and was immediately annihilated.

Hit the jump for Marvel stuff including deleted scenes and an alternate ending for Iron Man 3.  You can also check out a brief shot of The Wasp in an animatic for an early draft for The Avengers.

Ben Kingsley Runs through His Accents in New Deleted Scene from IRON MAN 3

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I have a tough time deciding which part of Ben Kingsley‘s Iron Man 3 performances I enjoy more: the Mandarin side or the Trevor side.  Earlier this week, we got a deleted scene featuring the former, and now we have one with the latter.  The scene shows the hapless Trevor going through a host of accents at Rhodey’s (Don Cheadle) request.  It’s pretty funny, but there’s a huge missed opportunity to have Trevor to do an Indian accent.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scene.  Iron Man 3 will be release on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray on September 24th.  Click here to pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon

Deleted Scene from IRON MAN 3 Featuring Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin” [UPDATED with Gag Reel]

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I almost feel like whenever we refer to Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin”, quotes are now required to indicate the misleading name of the character.  Some people will never forgive the movie for the bait-and-switch because they wanted to see the Mandarin from the comics, which they were probably never going to get in the movie Iron Man world Marvel had been established.  There wasn’t going to be a guy with ten magic rings, and while I understand Iron Man 3 had a radical reinvention of the character for the screen, it was still highly entertaining.  For those who can’t get enough of co-writer and director Shane Black‘s take on the character, a deleted scene from the upcoming Iron Man 3 Blu-ray has been released online, and it features Kingsley in his hammy Mandarin persona.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scene.  Iron Man 3 will be release on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray on September 24th. [Update: We've added a just-released gag reel that will also be on the Blu-ray.]

Shane Black Talks IRON MAN 3, the Mandarin Reveal, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, DOC SAVAGE, and More

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A few days ago, we landed an exclusive video interview with Shane Black backstage at the Saturn Awards.  During the wide-ranging interview, he talked about working with Marvel on Iron Man 3,  the Mandarin, the fan reaction to the surprising twist, a deleted scene with Ashley Hamilton, did he have plans for a sequel to The Last Boy Scout, how the spec market has changed for screenwriters and his advice for writers wanting to get into the business.  In addition, he talked about his very first script, his Doc Savage movie, the brace on his wrist, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: FAST & FURIOUS 6 Leads Biggest Memorial Day Box Office of All Time

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So far, 2013 has been a little light on winning weekends – even the phenomenal success of Iron Man 3 represented a decline from 2012 when The Avengers reigned. But the ridiculous bounty of big-time releases this holiday weekend has delivered a win over last year’s frame and set a new record for the biggest Memorial Day box office of all time.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Fast & Furious 6 $98,528,000 $98.5
2.  The Hangover III $42,400,000 $54.2
3.  Star Trek Into Darkness $38,000,000 $146.8
4.  Epic $34,200,000 $34.2
5.  Iron Man 3 $19,424,000 $367.5
6.  The Great Gatsby 3D $13,705,000 $114.4
7.  Mud $1,980,000 $14.5
8.  42 $1,245,000 $91
9.  The Croods $1,215,000 $179.2
10.  Oblivion $815,000 $87.2

James Badge Dale Talks IRON MAN 3, His Audition Process, the Character’s Physicality, WORLD WAR Z, THE LONE RANGER, and More

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From director Shane Black, Iron Man 3 has certainly gotten the blockbuster movie season off to a pretty incredible start.  This time out, brilliant billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), aka Iron Man, faces a terrifying enemy, known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), whose reach knows no bounds, and he must rely on his own instincts to protect those that he loves.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor James Badge Dale, who plays Extremis agent and all-around bad-ass Eric Savin, talked about how he came to be a part of the film, having to read pages from a cop movie for his audition, due to secrecy, how he finally gut a full script after negotiations for the role were finished, what it means to him to get to be a part of the Iron Man franchise, how he viewed Savin, and what he wanted to bring to the character’s physicality.  He also talked about his roles in two more upcoming blockbusters, World War Z with Brad Pitt and The Lone Ranger with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, and the great experiences he had on each.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Joss Whedon Confirms Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for THE AVENGERS 2; Talks about Iron Man’s Return

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The twin brother-sister superheroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have been likely contenders to join The Avengers 2 since April when Joss Whedon teased, “I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act. They’re in the movie.”  Kevin Feige followed that even though the characters fall into a legal grey area (The characters are mutants, Magneto is their father, and Fox could have possession since they own X-Men), they would be available.  Today, Whedon has confirmed that the characters will be in The Avengers 2.

Hit the jump for more including what Whedon had to say about bringing Iron Man into The Avengers 2.

IRON MAN 3 Crosses $1 Billion at Box Office

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The Billionaire Box Office Club has a new member.  Just a couple weeks out from its domestic release, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 has now grossed over $1 billion worldwide.  That makes the Shane Black-helmed pic the 16th film ever to cross that benchmark, as it surpasses the grosses of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($974.9 million), Jurassic Park ($969.4 million), and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963.4 million).  It also makes it the second highest grossing Marvel film of all time, easily besting Iron Man 2’s worldwide gross of $623.9 million.  Obviously, though, Iron Man 3 has a long way to go to catch up to The Avengers, which takes the number three all-time slot with $1.5 billion.  Hit the jump for more.

Geek Gifts: Hot Toys’ IRON MAN 3 Sixth-Scale Figures War Machine Mark II and Iron Man Mark XXXV “Red Snapper” Armor

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Want to reenact your favorite scenes from Iron Man 3 but can’t afford to build your own suit of armor?  Well, you’re in luck!  Two new figures from Hot Toys will bring the fun and action of the Marvel movie into your home at just a fraction of the price.  The special edition of the War Machine Mark II figure will set you back US $284.99 with an expected shipping date in February 2014.  This is the same price for the non-exclusive edition.  The Iron Man Mark XXXV “Red Snapper” armor is available to pre-order for US $254.99, with delivery expected by December of this year.  Hit the jump for more details and images for each of the figures.

Weekend Box Office: THE GREAT GATSBY Delivers Big $51.1 Million Debut but IRON MAN 3 Still Reigns

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It isn’t easy to outshine Iron Man but that’s just what The Great Gatsby has done. Warner Brothers’ 3D adaptation of the classic novel may have come in second this weekend, but it was a much bigger draw than expected – earning an estimated $51.1 million from 3,035 locations. Iron Man 3 was always destined to be the easy winner on its second weekend, but the novelty of Gatsby’s success means that, on this particular May frame, the superhero will have to settle for first place… and second billing.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Iron Man 3 $72,472,000 $284.8
2.  The Great Gatsby 3D $51,115,000 $51.1
3.  Pain & Gain $5,000,000 $41.6
4.  42 $4,650,000 $84.7
5.  Peeples $4,850,000 $4.8
6.  Oblivion $3,900,000 $81.6
7.  The Croods $3,600,000 $173.2
8.  The Big Wedding $2,500,000 $18.2
9.  Mud
$2,343,000 $8.3
10.  Oz the Great & Powerful
$802,000 $229.9

Marvel to Turn China-Only Scenes in IRON MAN 3 into Short Film for American Audiences

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In response to fan outrage that some of the footage in Iron Man 3 was exclusive to the Chinese release, the studios have decided to recut said footage into a short film and release it.  The short focuses on Dr. Wu, a character who only gets ten seconds of screen time in the American theatrical release.  Titled The Prologue, the short film will reveal more about Wu, who is played by the Chinese actor Wang Xueqi.  Hit the jump for more information.

TOP 5: First Trailer and Poster for GRAVITY, NINJA TURTLES Set Pics Galore, Kevin Feige Interview, ENDER’S GAME Trailer, IRON MAN by the Numbers

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Last night I turned to Xbox Live to check out Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color for the first time. While not quite as impenetrable after one viewing as its predecessor, 2004′s Primer, Upstream still demands the utmost attention of its viewers in exchange for the slightest hint of clarity. The dialogue is sparse, the setting is ever-changing, the editing is heavily dependent on juxtaposition as a way of creating meaning, and the sound design/foley work is turned up to “11″ at times. Whereas Primer played more to the intellect behind making time travel a reality, Upstream is an extremely visceral experience that is more interested, or at least more successful, in eliciting an emotional response than explaining how a rare organism can be harvested, used as a method of mind control, and ultimately link humans to pigs. The exact degree to which it succeeds will vary from viewer to viewer but it’s ultimately an experience I recommend taking in.

Of course a movie like Upstream lends itself to more than a few lines of my humble analysis, but that’s not actually why we’re here. In this week’s Top 5 you can check out the first trailer and poster for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, a generous number of set pics from director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Steve’s exclusive phone interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the first trailer for Ender’s Game, and a look at Iron Man by the Numbers. A brief recap and link to each will greet you after the jump.

Friday Box Office: IRON MAN 3 Stays On Top; THE GREAT GATSBY Defies Expectations

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One week after Iron Man 3 scored the second-highest domestic debut of all-time, the Marvel sequel is still on top. The blockbuster passed the $200 million mark in the US on Thursday and now stands at an incredible $794 million total worldwide.  On its second Friday, Iron Man 3 earned an estimated $19.7 million – down 71% from last week. That was a bit steeper than the 63% drop The Avengers saw on its own second Friday, though not entirely unexpected.

What was unexpected was how close The Great Gatsby came to unseating Iron Man 3 on its first day in theatres. Baz Luhrmann’s lavish, 3D adaptation of the literary classic earned an estimated $19.4 million from 3,035 locations: including $3.25 million from Thursday pm & midnight previews. That puts Gatsby on track for a three-day debut of $52 million – nearly double what box office watchers forecast back when the film was moved from its original December 2012 release date. The good news for Gatsby was disaster for Peeples, the weekend’s second new release. The Tyler Perry-produced project earned an estimated $1.1 million from 2,031 locations towards an opening weekend projection of just $4 million.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Iron Man 3 $19,757,000 $232.1
2.  The Great Gatsby $19,400,000 $19.4
3.  Pain & Gain $1,320,000 $37.9
4.  Peeples $1,185,000 $1.18
5.  42 $1,110,000 $81.1

We’ll have complete details and the weekend top ten when you check back tomorrow.

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