Sir Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin

“It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more. You’re going to have to wait and see.” That’s Sir Ben Kingsley revealing to The Belfast Telegraph (via Comic Book Movie) that he’s partnering with Marvel once more. A return of The Mandarin seems most likely (considering continuity), but there are other speculative options on the table including voice over work in the animated Big Hero 6 or as CGI Alien Soldier #4 in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The greatest question (and greatest fear) is whether they’ll stack a twist on top of a twist following Kingsley’s fun as hell performance in Iron Man 3. At the pace they’re going, he might just get his own TV show. Which I’d watch. Especially if he were the only actor on it. So, with this little tidbit, it’s instantly 2012 again. In other news, can you believe that Iron Man 3 came out this year? It was less than six months ago! Insanity. Feels like a 2011 release at the very latest.

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This would appear to be the week of Iron Man 3, at least where marketing is concerned. Yesterday we showed you a look at the teaser for the trailer that will debut online tomorrow morning. Today, we get something that will last a bit longer: a number of images from Iron Man 3 that show some of the most buzzed about elements from the film. There’s also a very fancy teaser poster. All of which can be seen right after the jump, alongside first looks at Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, an official shot of the Iron Patriot armor and a little bit of the new Tony Stark haircut.

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Sacha Baron Cohen is a bit of an odd duck. An understatement, true, but he’s an outlier as a lead in studio comedies because thus far, instead of receiving a script and playing a character, he’s been making features based on characters created for his short lived HBO show. From the appropriately titled Da Ali G Show, Baron Cohen’s alter egos Borat and Bruno sprang forth assaulting the minds, eyes and morals of moviegoers the world over in what were essentially feature-length sketch shows more so than films (though Borat does get extra credit for the Pam Anderson narrative thread). Cohen’s new studio comedy, The Dictator, represents a departure from his norm and thus a challenge. Despite his involvement in the writing process, this wasn’t a persona he was used to slipping in and out of for years. Moreover, this would supposedly be a film with a narrative, filled with Cohen’s trademark humor for sure, but an actual story with a beginning, middle and end. All that remained to be seen was whether or not Cohen could pull that off.

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It’s fascinating that the director of Taxi Driver is the man who put this together. Martin Scorsese once again shows his versatility by tackling Hugo, an adaptation of the popular children’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” Interestingly, it look like he’s channeling Chris Columbus here with a healthy dose of Lemony Snicket. Yes, it looks fun and silly, but this trailer makes it look a bit too childish (and features far, far too much of Sacha Baron Cohen falling down and smashing into things Kevin James-style).

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When I thought more and more about it, I realized that Scorsese is one director that doesn’t need 3D to add depth to his visuals.

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Walt Disney Pictures has released the second full trailer for the upcoming video game adaptation Prince of Persia, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Sir Ben Kingsley. This new trailer provides a bit of new footage, but mixes it with healthy helpings of previously seen footage. New or old, it all seems to be cut together in a way that makes this film feel exciting, even grand.

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Expecting a quality film from Martin Scorsese is like expecting to get wet in the rain. It’s the anticipation of the inevitable with the director who has given us so many excellent cinematic experience, and you wouldn’t be foolish to expect quality here again with Shutter Island.

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Don’t let the twinkle in his eye fool you, Ben Kingsley’s promotional shot for Prince of Persia is hypnotizing. And he’ll command you to kill for him once you’re under his power.

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The Incredible Mr. Remake!

Finally a remake that no one will care about – except for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Don Knotts. And what DON’T they get upset about these days? Am I right or am I right?

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Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, and Sir Ben Kingsley in The Three Stooges

My battle to avoid printing this story comes to an end with me losing. Johnny Depp and Sean Penn are rumored for The Three Stooges. Probably not. But maybe. But probably not.

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The Wackness

We finally have the release schedule for one of our favorite indie flicks of the year, The Wackness. If you are sick of hearing us blabber on about it and just want to see it already, you may be in luck.

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As you may already know, if you read my review, I absolutely fell in love with director Jonathan Levine’s mid-90s comedy The Wackness. Starting with this trailer, I hope to bring that love to all of you…

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Writer/Director Jonathan Levine has brought his incredibly intelligent, amazingly cast film to Sundance to delight audiences — especially those who were children of the 90s.

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