Sir Ben Kingsley Talks THE BOXTROLLS, What Surprised Him About Stop-Motion, Working with Ridley Scott, Robert Zemekis, and Anton Corbijn, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Laika’s The Boxtrolls.  Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.  Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead WrightElle Fanning, Sir Ben KingsleyToni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard AyoadeTracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley).  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we’ve posted on the film.

At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley.  He talked about how they made The Boxtrolls, how much he knew about stop-motion prior to getting involved and what surprised him about the process, the amazing artistry, and what it was like working with Ridley Scott on Exodus: Gods and Kings, Robert Zemekis on The Walk, and Anton Corbijn on LifeHit the jump to watch.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks LEARNING TO DRIVE, Wanting to do More Military Roles, Robert Zemeckis’ THE WALK, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and More

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive.  The film stars Sir Ben Kingsley as a driving instructor who teaches a successful Manhattan writer (Patricia Clarkson) while both of their lives are going through dramatic changes.  While I expected the film to follow the conventional path of two people from different worlds falling in love, it was refreshing to see Coixet’s film focus on people just helping one another overcome difficult situations through friendship and support.  With a film like this everything rests on the actors, and Kingsley and Clarkson deliver honest and realistic performances.

Shortly after the premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley.  He talked about what drew him to the project, how his process has changed over time, his approach to a performance once he meets his fellow actors, if he still gets nervous on set, and more.  In addition, he talked about Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, the King Tut miniseries he’s about to shoot, and his passion project he’s developing about the British Navy in World War I, Victoria Cross.  Hit the jump for what he had to say. 

Meet Fish, Shoe, Oilcan and Sparky in 4 Brand New THE BOXTROLLS Character Posters

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You’ll probably pick up on this soon enough, but I’ve got a major thing for super cute animated creatures.  (Perhaps the result of growing up with pets?)  The “They’ve Got the Whole World in Their Hands” trailer for The Boxtrolls is easily one of the best of 2013 and since, every single thing we’ve seen from the movie’s promotional campaign suggests that it’s got some serious potential, largely due to the detail and expressivity of those incredibly novel and charming creatures – and now we get to take an even closer look at four of them.

With The Boxtrolls due to have a rather big presence at Comic-Con, Focus Features has unveiled four character posters each featuring a different boxtroll as he packs for San Diego.  Hit the jump to check out the Boxtrolls character posters for Fish, Shoe, Oilcan and Sparky as well as all of the details on what they’ve got going on at Comic-Con.  The Boxtrolls arrives in theaters on September 26th and features the voices of Isaac Hempstead WrightElle FanningBen Kingsley, Toni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Jared Harris.

Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Director Gavin Hood, Producer Roberto Orci, and More Talk ENDER’S GAME at London Fan Q&A

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The Odeon Leicester Square in London was surrounded by eager science fiction fans when I approached the cinema for the Ender’s Game Q&A fan event, being held for the MCM London Comic-Con. The book (by controversial author Orson Scott Card) has its fans and the crowd was there to see the film’s cast and crew. Stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Sir Ben Kingsley were in attendance, joined by the film’s director, Gavin Hood and producers Gigi Pritzker and Roberto Orci. However, the crowd really turned-out for the one and only Harrison Ford. The iconic Star Wars actor was his usual dry self as he took to the stage to discuss the film with his colleagues. There was a buzz in the air and clear excitement as he took to the stage to discuss the film in the lead-up to its release.

Hit the jump for my recap of the Ender’s Game Q&A.

TOP 5: IRON MAN 3, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Video Blog Review, PACIFIC RIM Trailer, Michael B. Jordan Next Human Torch?, WHITE HOUSE DOWN Trailer

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Marvel makes it look easy. That’s what kept running through my head while watching Iron Man 3 Thursday night. Pumping out one solid standalone film after another with the overall goal of creating a whole that is equally, if not more, entertaining than its formidable parts can’t be that easy. And yet, Marvel makes it seem that way. In a medium outside of their native reach no less. Granted, Iron Man 3 isn’t without its flaws. But it doesn’t have to be. It succeeds on the exact level it’s meant to: in moving both the individual character and universal stories ahead in an entertaining and logical way. If “Marvel makes it looks easy” was my primary takeaway from IM3, “DC has their work cut out for them” isn’t far behind.

But enough Marvel love for one opening paragraph. In this week’s Top 5 we’ve got Iron Man 3 interviews with director Shane Black and more, a video blog review for Star Trek Into Darkness, the Pacific Rim trailer from WonderCon, Fox’s courting of Michael B. Jordan the the role of Human Torch in its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and the new trailer for Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx‘s White House Down. A brief recap and link to each is a “Continue Reading” click away.

First Look at Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham in ENDER’S GAME

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The first trailer for director Gavin Hood’s highly anticipated adaptation of Ender’s Game arrives next week, but Summit Entertainment has unveiled a first look at one of the film’s characters in order to tide fans over for the time being.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion.  This image gives us a look at a tattooed Sir Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham, a legendary commander whose previous victory over the aliens is used as propaganda to motivate the people of Earth.

Hit the jump to get a better look at the image, and check back next week to see the trailer.  If you missed our recent interview with Butterfield about the film, click here, and to see what Kingsley had to say about playing Rackham, click here.  The pic also stars Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, Nonso Anozie, Moises Arias, and Aramis KnightEnder’s Game opens on November 1st.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks IRON MAN 3, the Way Kevin Feige Offered Him the Role, His Portrayal of the Mandarin, and ENDER’S GAME

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With writer-director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 now playing around the world and opening in America this weekend, I recently got to speak with the cast and filmmakers here in Los Angeles.  During my video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley, we talked about the way Kevin Feige told him about the role and the arc of his character, how it’s tough to talk about the film without giving away some of the twists and turns, the way he prepared for the role, whether he took home the rings, and more.  In addition, Kingsley talked about his work in director Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game.  Hit the jump to watch.

Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Sir Ben Kingsley Talk IRON MAN 3, the Future of the Franchise, and More

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Kicking off the blockbuster movie season, Marvel Studios is releasing Iron Man 3 on May 3rd.  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.  From director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), the film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow (“Pepper Potts”), Don Cheadle (“James Rhodes”), Guy Pearce (“Aldrich Killian”), Rebecca Hall (“Maya Hansen”) and Jon Favreau (“Happy Hogan”).

During this press conference at the film’s Los Angeles junket, co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Sir Ben Kingsley talked about the biggest challenge in making Iron Man 3, the transformation of Pepper Potts, how Rhodey has evolved, how much of The Mandarin was actually in the script, what director Shane Black brought to this installment of the franchise, finding the right tone, how much they wanted the aftermath of the events in The Avengers to affect Tony Stark, what they hope people get out of the film, and the future of the Iron Man franchise.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New IRON MAN 3 Images Show Don Cheadle in Iron Patriot/War Machine Armor

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Two new TV spots for Iron Man 3 debuted during today’s Super Bowl, but now four new images from the Shane Black picture are available.  While Robert Downey Jr. is hidden away behind various versions of his armor, we do get to see the Armored Avenger amidst his rescue of airplane passengers.  We also get a clear shot of Don Cheadle tucked safely away within his Iron Patriot/War Machine armor.

Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben KingsleyRebecca HallGuy PearceJon Favreau and James Badge Dale, Iron Man 3 opens internationally in IMAX 3D theaters starting April 25th with a wide domestic release on May 3.  Hit the jump to see the new images and watch the two Super Bowl TV spots in case you missed them.

Full Synopsis Revealed for ENDER’S GAME Adaptation

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Things have been a bit quite on the Ender’s Game front recently, but Summit Entertainment has revealed the full synopsis for the film. Fans of the Orson Scott Card classic will find nothing new here, but those of you who are unfamiliar with the story might find the synopsis surprisingly spoilery. There are no major reveals ruined, but it does give a way more than is necessary as to the progression of title character Ender Wiggin’s promotions in the Battle School.

Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin, writer/director Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game will open in theaters November 1st, 2013.  Hit the jump to read the new synopsis but beware spoilers

IRON MAN 3 Forges Ahead with Plans for American-Chinese Co-Production

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China is already a huge market for American-made films, but looks to increase its purchasing power by expanding the number of American-Chinese co-productions in the coming year.  Chief among them is the Marvel movie Iron Man 3, which is currently filming.  However, a snafu occurred recently when questions were raised as to what exactly comprised a “co-production.”  The two sides hashed it out at a joint film summit held at UCLA on Monday and things look prosperous for the future.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Sir Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Jon Favreau, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 is slated to open May 3rd, 2013.  Hit the jump for more on the American-Chinese co-production of Iron Man 3.

Kevin Feige Comments on Sir Ben Kingsley’s Powerful Performance as The Mandarin in IRON MAN 3

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Marvel movie fans know what they’re getting from Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Iron Man; what we don’t yet know is what to expect from Sir Ben Kingsley’s performance as the villainous Mandarin in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3.  When the new trailer debuted, audiences were split on Kingsley’s choice of accent, comparing it to the affected tones of Tom Hardy’s Bane in the recent superhero smash, The Dark Knight Rises. Marvel Studio’s president and producer on Iron Man 3, Kevin Feige, previously commented on what the film’s version of the Mandarin would be like compared to the comics.  Now, Feige talks about Kingsley’s performance of the infamous character and how he managed something that’s never been done on a Marvel movie set before.

Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Jon Favreau, Iron Man 3 opens May 3rd, 2013.  Hit the jump for more. 

ENDER’S GAME to be Released in IMAX, Plus New Production Updates

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For a project that has the epic scope of Ender’s Game, it’s only fitting that the film be released in IMAX.  Fans can look forward to seeing the adaptation of the beloved Orson Scott Card novel in IMAX format when it debuts in theaters November 1st, 2013.  The sci-fi film from director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) follows Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a boy trained at a military battle school in the hopes that he’ll develop a strategy to defeat the alien menace known as the Formics.  This will make two big features for Lionsgate being released in the same month (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire releases November 22nd), two properties the studio hopes will continue to bear box-office fruit.  But before Catching Fire can sweep Ender’s Game aside, the sci-fi film will have three weeks to build up a big payday and, hopefully, a bigger following.  Hit the jump for more updates on Ender’s Game from the film’s production blog. 

IRON MAN 3 Update: No Iron Patriot in the Film, Plus a Recap of IRON MAN News With New Set Photos

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The following is an attempt to clear up the confusion over the recent Iron Man 3 set photos and possible heroes/villains.  We recently posted some images of a certain red, white and blue suit of power armor with a non-descript gentleman nestled within.  The internets responded by claiming the man was none other than James Badge Dale and his character was that of the Iron Patriot.  Matt was quick to point out that the suit’s pilot didn’t exactly look like Dale, but we went with it.  Now reports are coming out saying that the Iron Patriot won’t be in the film, but the Patriot Armor does indeed belong to a character.  Hit the jump to get this all sorted out.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall,  Ashley Hamilton, and Guy PearceIron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.

[Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

What’s Filming Where, Including IRON MAN 3, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE TOMB, ENDER’S GAME and More

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You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off.  You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers.  There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house.  What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town.  It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.

The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting.  We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about.  Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.

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