When Iron Man 3 came out in 2013, I remember the Internet cheering when Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) got in the last punch on bad guy Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). “The girl gets the bad guy in the end!” The Internet heralded this as a semi-feminist great moment in an ultimately disappointing film. But… is it?
This past spring, Iron Man 3's director described one of the more disappointing rewrites made to the film before its release; an earlier draft of the movie had a female villain. Today, Rebecca Hall confirmed that her role in the movie did indeed get reduced over the course of these rewrites.
Super-rad cosplayer Casey Renee Cosplay isn't cool with how jerky Daenerys's dragons have been as of late, so she imagined a world where our Khaleesi is Mother to the cutest dragon of all - How to Train Your Dragon's Toothless! (via Fashionably Geek)
I have a liking for literal humor, so these clever movie posters by Danish Ahmed tickled my funny bone (figuratively). To be honest, I kind of want to see his version of The Wolf of Wall Street. It's got potential.
Shane Black has clarified reports that he will be rebooting the 1987 Predator, saying his addition to the franchise will instead be an entirely new story mining the creatures' "rich mythology." So...female Predators? That's what you're telling us, right, Black?
Art of the Title, which analyzes movie credits from a technical and artistic perspective, is a wonderful site on a normal day. But there are times when it goes above and beyond. That happened in its interview with Iron Man 3 creative director Danny Yount, during which it was revealed that a genius by the name of Kyle Cooper pitched a version of the end credits during which Tony Stark does a striptease. We have a concept video. And, behind the cut, gifs. Because we know you love a good gif.
Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags.
The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention).
The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or...ah...have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.
For a week now, many Marvel movie fans have been basking in the golden possibility that Loki might be getting his very own short film, perhaps detailing exactly how he took the throne of Asgard and particularly how he dispatched with Odin. It has now been revealed that the secret short accompanying the DVD release of Thor: The Dark World next month actually stars a different villain, with a similar gift for impersonation but a lot less power. Trevor Slattery, the face of the Mandarin.
Professor Snape, Robb Stark, and Maya Hansen (aka Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, and Rebecca Hall) star in a totally not nerdy film called A Promise. But we thought you might want to see the trailer anyway.
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I don't mean to beat a dead kaiju (with a found oil tanker, or whatever that is), but the Pacific Rim fandom is more concerned with box office results than most. The line between beloved cult film and the holy grail of a successful original action franchise is very thin with this one, and depends entirely on whether Legendary Pictures decides whether it made enough money to worth investing in a sequel, so it's no wonder that fans of the movie, and of original science fiction in cinema, are watching very closely.
This summer was a weird one. It felt, in a way, like were were still coming down from the high of The Avengers, the movie that ruled our hearts, minds, and wallets a single summer ago. On hand to catch us as we fell were some good movies, some bad movies, some movies that we weren't angry at, just disappointed, and one shining example of Oh please God, no, why did this movie happen?!
We're taking a fond (or, in some cases, not-so-fond) look back at the summer of 2013's giant monsters, giant robots, giant stuffed rabbits, and the giant pile of wrongness that was a whole lot o' whitewashing. Whew. With the summer over, let's get ready for the end-of-year releases. More Hunger Games, Thor, and The Hobbit are right around the corner.
The Iron Man 3 Blu-ray doesn't come out until September 24th, but Marvel has started releasing some special features as teasers, like they do. Above you'll find a short clip from the gag reel, in which Robert Downey Jr. is generally a ridiculous human being (in the best way) and channels Sherlock Holmes for a second. RDJ, don't forget what movie you're filming! Under the cut is a brief deleted scene featuring Ben Kingsley's Mandarin. Warning: It autoplays.
Now that I own a Hot Toys figure, I can personally attest to their quality but while they've already produced a few Iron Man collectibles, they've decided to put out another, mostly armor-less one. "Hot Toys is thrilled to introduce the Tony Stark (The Mechanic) Collectible Figurine after the exciting scene where Tony Stark creates homemade weapons to infiltrate The Mandarin’s mansion," they write on Facebook. "Tony Stark in his battle damaged civilian attire in the movie, highlighting the newly developed head sculpt, an advanced body with light-up chest light and greatly detailed weapons and accessories." Take a look.
If you weren't at San Diego Comic-Con, you'll have to wait until the Iron Man 3 dvd/blu-ray is released to see "Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter” starring Hayley Atwell. But happily, Marvel decided to release a little sneak peek for us to flail over.
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