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Watch: Ryan Reynolds Self/Less Spots


Before Ryan Reynolds stars in Deadpool, he will be bringing Ben Kingsley back to life in Self/less.

Check out a batch of spots below for the movie.

Self/less has a July 10, 2015 release directed by Tarsem Singh also starring Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke and Michelle Dockery.


In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award® Winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.


Watch Another Clip From “All Hail The King” Ben Kingsley Mandarin Short

Marvel Studios has released a new clip from the “All Hail The King” Mandarin short that sees Ben Kingsley reprise as Trevor Slatterly from Iron Man 3.

The short film is an extra on the Thor 2 Blu-Ray.

After the events of Iron Man 3, Trevor Slattery is now an infamous icon. He’s also locked up in a high-security prison. Luckily, his newfound profile has brought him celebrity and protection on the inside — and the actor has gladly agreed to an in-depth profile with a documentary filmmaker. Starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Scoot McNairy, directed by Drew Pearce.


Watch All Hail The King In Its Entirety: Mandarin Spoilers

The complete short film of the Thor 2 Blu-Ray extra, “All Hail The King,” has been leaked online. The short features Ben Kingsley reprising as Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3 being interviewed for a documentary. It looks as if disgruntled Mandarin fans may be happy by what they see.


Watch The Villains Super Bowl Jaguar Trailer With Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley & Mark Strong

Check out the cool “villains” Super Bowl commercial for Jaguar featuring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong and Ben Kingsley.

Have you ever noticed how in Hollywood, all the villains are played by Brits? Let us introduce you to the newest British Villain that will make you forget all the usual suspects. #GoodToBeBad 

Scarlett Johansson has a Super Bowl trailer, too.

The Super Bowl airs this Sunday on Fox.


Watch All Hail The King Clip Featuring Ben Kingsley

The first clip for the Thor 2 Blu-Ray extra, “All Hail The King,” featuring Ben Kingsley has been released.

Kingsely reprises as Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3.

Updated with video:







First Look At Ben Kingsley In Marvel One Shot “All Hail The King” & Details

Check out a first look at the new Marvel one shot, “All Hail The King,” that is written and directed by Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce.

The new short film is 14 minutes and a featured part of the Thor 2 Blu-Ray.

Details include that Trevor Slattery is at Seagate Prison where he is being interviewed for a documentary about Tony Stark.

It’s said the interviewer is trying to determine if the Ten Rings is really out there and trying to target Slattery for making a mockery of their organization. If we read into it, it sounds as if the real Mandarin might really be out there.

Via EW:

Pearce offers some explanations regarding Iron Man 3 and how things fit.

 Aldrich essentially took a thing that was real, historically real and culturally real, and co-opted it for his own means — essentially co-opting an ancient terrorist concept. What [All Hail the King] does is show that everything in Iron Man 1 [involving the terrorist group] was canon all along any way. We kind of knew The Ten Rings were a real terrorist cell.

And on the Captain America tatoo the Mandarin sports and references?

It’s another one of Killian’s co-opting concepts. I think the whole of Iron Man 3 is about symbols and fake faces we’re creating around demons and what are heroes, you know so the idea of a cross between the Captain American shield and an anarchy sign felt exactly like what Killian’s think tank would put together as an incendiary tattoo that the Mandarin would have. But I like the fact that Trevor really has got all the tattoos on him as well. That was part of it.






Sorry, Tom Hiddleston Fans: Drew Pearce Tweets “All Hail The King”; Could Be Mandarin


Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce looks to have given a big clue as to the bonus short film that is part of the Thor 2 Blu-Ray.

While online speculation has it that “All Hail The King” is a Loki short, as that plays into the conclusion of Thor 2, it’s possible the Thor 2 extra could be Iron Man 3 related.

Of course, it’s possible Drew Pearce may have wrote the “All Hail The King” short, which could still be Loki.

However, the bigger possibility is that it’s related to Ben Kingsley and the fake Mandarin, as Kingsley previously let it be known he has a secret project in the works at Marvel and hinted it’s a short film.

So Tom Hiddleston fans, your hopes of a Loki short leading to a Loki movie seems to be crushed as the Thor 2 Blu-Ray extra could be some sort of Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery Mandarin prequel.

At least we are getting new Captain America 2 footage as part of the Thor 2 Blu-Ray.



Ben Kingsley Further Hints Marvel Studios Secret Project Could Be Short Film


We get more hints about Ben Kingsley’s mysterious Marvel Studios project as the actor lets it be known it could be a short film attached to an upcoming DVD.

Kingsley stayed mum when questioned if it was about the Mandarin, but offered the following to Vanity Fair suggesting it could be along the lines of the Iron Man 3 Agent Carter short or The Avengers Item 47 film.

Not really. [Laughs.] I think it may be seen as . . . sometimes [Marvel] tacks on a short film to one of their other releases, maybe on a DVD or something. I haven’t heard anything at all about this. So it’s in progress. It will have to remain under wraps. Marvel was so brilliant in the way they kept the transition from the Mandarin to Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3. They were absolutely brilliant at it. I so respect the way they dearly want to surprise their audiences. But we will just have to leave it in the realm of rumor.

Recently, Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce offered a similar response to the Mandarin rumor in that he stated nobody would be apologizing for the twist anytime soon.

The new Ben Kingsley short could be something as simple as the events preceding Iron Man 3, or even something after. I’ve even speculated that the secret project might involve Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Sorry: Marvel Isn’t Apologizing For Iron Man 3 Mandarin Twist Anytime Soon


Recently, Ben Kingsley let it be known that he is involved in a top secret Marvel project.

It then was rumored that the “real” Mandarin would “set the record straight,” and that he was “furious” at what happened with Aldrich Killian and Ben Kingsley’s character Trevor Slattery. 

Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce took to Twitter to not exactly shoot the rumor down.

“One thing I know for sure: nobody’s going to be apologizing for the Mandarin twist any time soon,” Pearce said in response.

While Pearce didn’t specifically deny it, basically all he did was say he isn’t sorry for what went down in the movie.

Who knows if the rumor is true, but we’ve speculated here that it could mean an appearance for the Mandarin and Ben Kingsely on Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Speculation: Ben Kingsley And The Mandarin To Appear On Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Last week Tuesday it was revealed that Ben Kingsley is involved in some sort of secret project with Marvel Studios.

Speculation and rumors began swirling about that Ben Kingsley might actually be the Mandarin with the latest rumor stating he’s not, but that the Mandarin does exist and is upset with basically what went down in Iron Man 3.

Seems the Mandarin (via Latino Review) didn’t like the fact that Aldrich Killian got Trevor Slattery, the drunken British actor, to portray him as well as Killian taking credit for the Mandarin.

Well, how is it all going to play out?

Pure speculation on my part, but it’s possible the Mandarin could be revealed as the big bad in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as already Iron Man 3 plays heavily into the series with the Extremis.

It’s also possible that Ben Kingsley could portray the Mandarin with the actor Trevor Slattery made to look like him in Iron Man 3. Or, of course, another actor altogether, but Kingsley appearing as a cameo with the real Mandarin getting his revenge on the ABC TV series.

As details about Ben Kingsley just came to light, it doesn’t seem as if the character would fit into any of the upcoming Marvel Studios movies with Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, or even The Avengers 2 or Ant-Man. Ben Kingsley having a role on the Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series seems more likely given the aforementioned Extremis reference in addition to a villains group referenced in the series that has advanced technology. S.H.I.E.L.D. could also use a boost in the superhero/super villains department, which the Mandarin and Ben Kingsley would provide rather nicely.

“You’ll never see me coming.” – Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin from Iron Man 3.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET on ABC.


Maybe Ben Kingsley Really Is The Mandarin?! Teases Secret Marvel Project


Iron Man 3 saw Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin” only to be later revealed as Trevor Slattery, the drunken British actor.

Last we saw of Trevor, he was being taken away in cuffs.

Now we learn we will see Trevor as well as Ben Kingsley again.

While promoting Ender’s Game, Ben Kingsley offered the Belfast Telegraph the following:

“It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see,” he said.

Perhaps another twist is in the works as Ben Kingsley really is the Mandarin and his role in Iron Man 3 was a ruse? Or could it be that S.H.I.E.L.D. might require the services of an actor such as Trevor?

Of course, it could be for a different role and character all together, such as voice-over work.


Iron Man 3 Alternate Fate For The Ben Kingsley Mandarin Revealed (Video)


Storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro has released a batch of Iron Man 3 animatics with one revealing an alternate fate for the Ben Kingsley Mandarin.

Spoilers follow.

As we all know, Ben Kingsley was actually a hired actor by the name of Trevor Slattery who ended up being hauled off to jail after Tony and Rhodey discovered the ruse.

In Federico D’Alessandro’s Iron Man 3 storyboard animatic, things get a little more explosive for Slattery.

The other two animatics feature James Rhodes running away, and Tony Stark vs. Killian with the armors letting loose.

The Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray hits September 24th which includes additional footage not previously seen (note: the animatrics are not on the Blu-Ray).


Movie Review: Iron Man 3 (IMAX 3D)

Phase 2 Fizzle

A Film Review of Iron Man 3

By: Lawrence Napoli


Thanks to Robert Downey Jr. (and him alone), the Iron Man franchise has become a household name for the Marvel/Disney Super PAC that isn’t named Spider-Man, Wolverine, Mickey Mouse, Indiana Jones or Luke Skywalker.  His performance breathes life into the inanimate and has raised the bar substantially for actors taking roles in the contemporary action/adventure/blockbuster film that is more than likely based on a comic book.  Unfortunately, Iron Man is still a man, and apparently Downey isn’t interested in doing these movies for the rest of his career.  Yes, Downey is in for The Avengers 2 (which is what Phase 2 is all about), but Iron Man 3 is clearly the official beginning of phasing out Tony Stark from this film universe (thus confirming the rumor that alpha personalities tied to this franchise are walking away) and this impacts Iron Man 3 in a negative way.  The parallel to The Dark Knight Rises are undeniable and though we can debate over which final chapter was better than the other, both films could have and should have been more than the final product we all witnessed.  Iron Man 3, like Iron Man 2 before it, is guilty of being an average (but expensive) blockbuster.  It isn’t fresh and inventive like the first Iron Man, nor does it approach the greatness of Marvel’s The Avengers.  For this entire movement of putting the Marvel Universe on film with the infinite resources at its disposal, the crime of going through the motions is inexcusable.


Is Iron Man flying or falling?  You be the judge.

Once enough people fork over the cash to see Iron Man 3 (and don’t you even consider the increased prices for digital DLP projection or IMAX because the 3D effect is 100% NOT worth it), we will finally know what Joss Whedon meant when he was quoted as saying “Now what am I supposed to do now?  What am I going to do in Avengers 2?”  Everyone in the news media press presumed this was some posturing to the effort made by director/co-writer Shane Black by acknowledging that Whedon’s own plot for the next Avengers would somehow pale in comparison to what others have described as Iron Man’s “epic,” “bombastic,” and “incredible,” third installment.  Go ahead and watch the film, then think about that quote one more time.  Whedon wasn’t bowing.  He was pulling the last strands out of his balding dome over the plot and character limitations imposed on him as a result of Iron Man 3.  There are no spoilers here, so if you want to know what I’m talking about, read EIC Matt McGloin’s thoughts.  There are only so many places Whedon can go with the Avengers’ MVP and now those possibilities are cut in half.


So buddy.  Where do we go now?

Ultimately, the story of Iron Man 3 is a whole lot of blather that involves Tony Stark’s spring cleaning of some trivial domestic issues back in the US.  The Mandarin is blowing up American landmarks and he’s a crazy terrorist that needs to be put down.  I found it hilarious how his buddy James Rhodes actually makes reference to this situation: “Aren’t you running around with the Super Friends now?” as to suggest that his involvement in this plot is a little low-ball for Tony.  What was suggested as a terrorist plot for some sort of world control boils down to a personal grudge between massive egos in this fictitious, scientific community.  What was hinted as Tony becoming an even more devoted partner to Pepper Potts is glazed over thanks to a time consuming, Sherlock-ian investigation and is used as a shameless plot device to usher in what will be the end of Robert Downey Jr. in these films.  What would have been possible in seeing the fallout of the invasion of New York is completely swept under the rug with another convenient plot device of Tony’s frequent panic attacks which allows this script to ignore The Avengers completely. 


You know, I could have used you in The Avengers.

I didn’t like any of this.  It reaffirms the fact that while Iron Man is a cool Marvel personality, he has the worst rogue’s gallery of every major comic book hero.  It tells me in a world where aliens have invaded and can potentially invade again, terrorism in any capacity is somehow still relevant.  This script only introduces more important, personal issues with Tony Stark (the man) only to ignore them in order to focus on the active plot of pitting Iron Man against some obscure villain.  The story is still funny in that it still shows off Tony Stark as an ego driven, genius, philanthropist, playboy, but there’s just so much of it shoved in your face from start to finish that the audience is left wondering if even Stark is taking any of this seriously even when he gets angry after the conflict hits way too close to home.  The climax and resolution of this film treats the audience like children by presenting us with several brand new toys (plot twists) and then taking them away immediately, never to be seen again.  The bullet points of Iron Man 3 too closely resemble those of Iron Man 2 and nothing that happens in this film (even in the post credits teaser) introduces, suggests or even slightly hints at anything that could be happening for The Avengers 2.  Perhaps this is Hollywood mimicking the comic book industry by employing a lot of writers all in charge of their own projects and are somehow expected to be relevant to the crossover arc the company as a whole is trying to promote.  Whedon was right.  I have no idea what the heck he’s going to do with Tony Stark now.


Don’t tell me the dream is dead.

Iron Man 3 is not a total loss (despite the fact it is a big disappointment) and most of that credit goes to the action and visual effects on display.  $200 million yields plenty of massive set pieces that get devastated from gun fire, missiles and massive explosions.  It also yields lots of awesome Iron Man aerial maneuvers, combat and technology.  I must say that it was a real treat to see Stark’s ‘Iron Family’ at work during the climax, but my criticism of them is twofold.  First, they only pay off in a minimal way thanks to how they end up (but that’s another writing criticism) and second, the different armors don’t really show off their individual specializations very well.  The only one that stands out is the ‘Hulk Buster’ armor we’ve all seen in the trailers, which is used to do one thing and never seen again.   As a result, the Iron party is more like a lot of copy/pastes with different paint jobs that still look sleek and realistic, but all do the same thing.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of Robert Downey Jr. engaging in a lot more action out of the suit in this film, but those sequences are surprising at displaying Tony Stark’s martial prowess (I’m pretty sure Matt Murdock isn’t his sensei).  I like that the plot forces Tony out of the tin can for no other reason than giving the audience something different to look at which is still stimulating, though not as sexy as the suit.  Eye candy alone will see this film easily double its budget, but it won’t see Avengers money.


Here we come to save the day.

I have no complaints about the performances in Iron Man 3 because the overall cast demonstrates their veteran prowess.  Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian is your stereotypical bad guy/crazy evil genius, and I knew his character was going to be that way because the man’s made a career of playing *ssholes in movies.  Don Cheadle, the man who should have been established as James Rhodes in the first Iron Man, produces another fine performance as the Iron Patriot who secretly pines for a resurrection of War Machine which produces a few memorable laughs amidst Stark’s constant “I’m a needy genius” comedy throughout.  Jon Favreau is thankfully limited to screen time in the beginning of the film as Happy Hogan (ugh, how is he still skulking around the sets of these films?).  Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen presents a character meant to be plagued by the ethics/morality of science unchecked (which is a plot point that dies before given a real chance to live), but she is hilarious when making reference to her role in Ben Affleck’s The Town in the beginning of the movie.  Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts is once again personable, elegant and charming, and I really enjoyed when her character is called upon to get her fists dirty, but that too is muffled thanks to shoddy writing.  Paul Bettany simply does not get enough credit as the voice of Jarvis in all of these films, so I’ll give him a much deserved shout-out now because his dignified delivery is matched only by his brilliant comedic timing.


Wait a minute!  We can do stuff outside of the armor?

A word on Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3: I totally get what they were trying to do with this character, but I cannot fathom how Shane Black lured an actor of Kingsley’s caliber into this film with the red herring his character represents.  Let’s not confuse the quality of his performance with the irrelevance of his character.  Kingsley delivers; plain and simple.  You may think the lines of dialogue we’ve all heard in the trailers may sound annoying thanks to his disjointed delivery, but that goes away to reveal something much more entertaining, hilarious and actually thought provoking when considering the world’s modern experience with terrorism.  Perhaps the uniqueness of the satire is what hooked Sir Ben; that and one fat paycheck.


I am more (or less) than what I appear to be.

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark.  It’s all been said and it’s all true once again.


Seriously?  Were you expecting anything less?

This movie was good, but it is not great.  Iron Man 3 is very entertaining in presenting amazing visual effects while coalescing them with uniquely hilarious dialogue and circumstances.  Unfortunately, without any effort to move the Avenger franchise forward with Tony Stark’s individual efforts in this film, it makes this story a complete waste of time.  It’s great that Tony still cares about stuff at home, both in his country and his personal life.  It’s great that he’s still at work doing his innovative Iron-Man-thing.  It’s great that he feels anguish over the invasion of New York.  But let’s expand on all of those plot points, not just leave them behind in the dust.  For a character all about transformation and improvement, there really isn’t a concept of change that matters for Tony Stark.  He’s the same human dynamo that is simply put into another dangerous situation that he can skillfully address thanks to his own efforts.  A $200 million dollar investment should be thinking about doing more than giving me another day in the life of the amazing Tony Stark especially when you consider the future of the character moving forward.  Phase 2 is in like a lamb, and it is left to Joss Whedon to insure that it goes out like a lion.   


First Look At Ben Kinglsey As Mazer Rackham In Ender’s Game

Yesterday we learned the first Ender’s Game trailer will be here next week, and now we get a first look at Ben Kinglsey As Mazer Rackham.

Mazer Rackham is a half-Maori New Zealander commander.

(via EW)


Ender’s Game has a November 1, 2013 release date directed by Gavin Hood starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dillmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brendan Meyer, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy and Khylin Rhambo. 


In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.


Iron Man 3 Mandarin Featurette #4 Online with Kevin Feige

Marvel Studios has released a new featurette with Kevin Feige talking The Mandarin in Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3 blasts off May 3rd, 2013 directed by Shane Black and starring Robert DowneyJr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and James Badge Dale.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.


Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?


Ben Kingsley Rumored For The Avengers 2

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7163:]]Haven’t seen Iron Man 3.

Don’t know the fate of the Mandarin.

So this can’t be taken as spoilers for what happens to the Mandarin. Or not.

It’s being reported that Ben Kingsley will be filming a movie in India that is rumored to be for The Avengers 2.

IBNLive, which looks to be a CNN affiliate out of India, reports that a source filled them in that Ben Kingsley is likely coming to India to shoot a film in September.

Their source says that though the project is being kept under wraps, it could be for The Avengers 2.

It’s further stated the shoot will be for 20 days.

Now this info could be wrong as Joss Whedon recently said they will not be filming The Avengers 2 until next February.

Or maybe The Avengers 2 is filming earlier than expected?

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015..

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.


Iron Man 3 Behind-The-Scenes Mandarin Mansion Attack Action ET Video

Below you can check out some behind-the-scenes action from Iron Man 3 for the scene that featured the Mandarin attacking Tony Stark at his Malibu Mansion.

Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Kingsley all offer insights into the film and characters as we are taking behind the camera to see how the scene was shot.

The Iron Man 3 video was featured on Entertainment Tonight.

Iron Man 3 blasts off May 3rd, 2013 directed by Shane Black and starring Robert DowneyJr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and James Badge Dale.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.


Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?