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“Iron Man 3″ looking for 1000 extras

“Iron Man 3″ looking for 1000 extras (photo)

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If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of the Marvel universe, here’s the best chance you’re likely ever going to get. Though “The Avengers” hasn’t even hit theaters yet, “Iron Man 3″ has been in development for a while now and is lined up as the first post-“Avengers” movie to hit theaters. Unsurprisingly, director Shane Black wants to get a head start on the project, and he’s looking for actors. Lots of them.

Premiere Casting, which will handle much of heavy lifting for casting on “Iron Man 3,” had some exciting news for fans living near the Wilmington, North Carolina set of the film. Turns out a lot of locals who work in the film industry could be getting jobs in the next year.

“Received an email this morning. Iron Man 3 will use about 1,000 extras during the film and there will be over 550 crew jobs and will be shooting from May 2012 until January 2013 with a Memorial Day weekend release in 2013,” they wrote on their Facebook page.

The plot for the third “Iron Man” film is being kept under wraps, so it’s anyone’s guess what all those people could be used for. Based on the scenes of mass destruction on the “Avengers” set, though, it could be that the conflicts in “Iron Man” are having global consequences that end up involving a lot of unsuspecting civilians. Either way, star Robert Downey Jr. has said in past interviews that he has his hopes high for this film.

“Bringing in Shane Black to write and direct ‘Iron Man 3′ to me is basically the only transition from Favreau to a ‘next thing’ that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on,” he said. “It’s kind of like we’re fighting on the same side and at the same time we’re circling each other, so it’s all great. It should be great.”

“Iron Man 3″ hits theaters on May 3, 2013.

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “Piranha 3DD” trailers premiere

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “Piranha 3DD” trailers premiere (photo)

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The Spike Scream Awards last night featured a whole lot more than just bringing together the cast members of “The Dark Knight Rises” on stage for the first time and finally acknowledging that “Game of Thrones” is the best TV show around. The annual nerd award show that honors all things horror, sci-fi and fantasy also included some new peeks at “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “Piranha 3DD.”

The new trailer for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” ups the action from the previously released teaser. Everyone’s going to be kicking slo-mo, stylized butt in this sequel, which is for the most part exactly what fans are coming back to see. “A Game of Shadows” follows the Moriarty storyline that was introduced in the first “Sherlock Holmes” film, and features Noomi Rapace as the new leading lady.

This is the first trailer for the sequel — which comes out December 16 — that confirms former romantic interest Rachel McAdams will be back for at least a cameo. Judging by the make-out session at the end of the teaser, she could be back for a lot more than that. Fortunately, the trailer was just as entertaining as the poem Colin Farrell read to introduce the flick’s leading man, Robert Downey Jr.

Like its more modestly endowed predecessor, “Piranha 3DD” is shaping up to be a hilariously self-aware horror satire. Whether it’s David Hasselhoff kicking off the spring break celebrations, Ving Rhames telling someone to pass him his fake, rifle-enhanced legs or that brief Christopher Lloyd cameo, I can’t help but get excited for this film. The only thing that could be more thrilling is if someone told us “More Snakes on a Muthaf—in’ Plane” was headed to theaters soon. “Piranha 3DD” is headed to theaters in 2012.

Are you looking forward to these two films? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“The Avengers 2″ is confirmed at New York Comic Con

“The Avengers 2″ is confirmed at New York Comic Con (photo)

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In case you were under the false impression that ensemble collaboration in Marvel’s superhero movies would end in next year’s “The Avengers,” think again. Marvel producer and all around nerd hero Kevin Feige confirmed at last week’s New York Comic Con that plans for an “Avengers 2” are definitely in the works.

“We’re in pre-production on a movie called ‘Iron Man 3‘ right now. We’ve got a great director called Shane Black who’s taking the reins,” Feige said during “The Avengers” panel at the convention, as reported by CinemaBlend. “‘Iron Man 3′ will be the first in what we’re calling phase two that will hopefully results in an ‘Avengers 2.'”

It’s hard to fault the studio for looking ahead. It’s that same sort of forward-thinking that turned the surprise summer hit “Iron Man” into what’s shaping up to be a pretty successful film franchise and also one of the best comic book adaptations to date. So despite the fact that the first “Avengers” trailer only just hit the web and the movie is still more than half a year away, consider us excited for “The Avengers 2.”

Marvel’s recently announced future movie line-up could be a taste of things to come in the film franchise. After “Iron Man 3,” Marvel intends to release a sequel to “Thor” (which just landed a director), an adaptation of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and an adaptation of “Inhumans.” Both “Guardians” and “Inhumans” are intended to be ensemble flicks along the lines of “The Avengers,” so if those are expected to be released before “The Avengers 2,” we could be seeing a pretty big cast on our hands when all the various superheroes congregate together at last.

Are you excited at the prospect of “The Avengers 2,” or do you think Marvel’s movie planning is getting a bit out of control? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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