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“Iron Man 3″ casts Guy Pearce in villain role

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Ben Kingsley might be playing a villain in “Iron Man 3,” but he won’t be playing Aldrich Killian.

That responsibility will fall on the capable shoulders of Guy Pearce, Variety is reporting. The “Prometheus” star is in talks to play the geneticist who is one of Iron Man’s antagonists in Warren Ellis’ six-issue series “Extremis,” the comic book storyline that “Iron Man 3″ is going to be based on.

When Kingsley’s name was first announced as a villain in the flick, it was assumed he would be playing Aldrich. But this new information seems to confirm the rumor that he will be playing Iron Man’s greatest archnemesis, the Mandarin. In addition for the fact that Kingsley’s the perfect fit for the role (despite the fact that he keeps denying that’s what he’ll be playing), a portion of “Iron Man 3″ is also going to be shot in China, which seems to back up the Mandarin storyline.

Which Aldrich cast, that means that director Shane Black only needs to fill the role of Maya Hansen. Hansen is the bioengineer who originally dreamed up the idea of the Extremis serum, and turned to her partner Aldrich to help her create it. Together, they decided to put the serum into the hands of terrorists and set them against Iron Man in order to prove the strength of the Extremis-enhanced supersoldiers created.

“Iron Man 3″ is set to begin shooting in North Carolina in May. It’s due to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.

Do you think Guy Pearce is a good fit for Aldrich Killian? Does this mean Kingsley is actually playing the Mandarin? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Kevin Feige talks “Iron Man 3,” “Avengers 2″ and more Marvel films

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Kevin Feige has been busy making the media rounds recently to promote “The Avengers.” But with that film nearly a month away from release, it seems like all anyone wants to hear about is Marvel’s future films.

Fortunately, Feige is willing to talk about those as much as he can. During his many recent interviews, he’s talked about everything from “The Avengers 2″ to “Iron Man 3″ to “The Guardians of the Galaxy,” and given us just enough to be appeased on all fronts. And thank goodness for that!

Marvel’s next movie will be “Iron Man 3,” which starts shooting in the next two months. While Feige wouldn’t confirm Ben Kingsley’s involvement, he would talk a bit about the substance of the movie. It turns out that even he knew “Iron Man 2″ kind of sucked, which is why the plan is to return to the winning formula of “Iron Man.”

“Metaphorically, we’re not going back to the cave there’s nothing like that, but we’ve always said let’s get Tony back to the cave, which is he’s stripped of everything, he’s backed up against a wall, and he’s gotta use his intelligence to get out of it,” Feige told Collider. “He can’t call Thor, he can’t call Cap, he can’t call Nick Fury, and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky.”

Up next there will be “Thor 2,” which will see a return of Natalie Portman’s Jane. Though her relationship with the Norse demigod was skimmed over in “The Avengers,” it’s back in the forefront of “Thor 2.”

“We’re acknowledging that that love story in the first movie was sort of a quick crush, essentially, over the course of three quick days in the middle of the desert,” Feige continued to Collider. “And [the heart of the movie is also] the relationship between Thor and Odin, which does change drastically as it did over the course of the first movie, and picks up and continues from there.”

And don’t think that we’ve seen the last of Loki in “The Avengers.”

“Loki has a part, but there will be a different villain, another big villain. But you can’t do a ‘Thor’ movie without Loki,” Feige teased.

We also might meet someone new in “Captain America 2.” The Huffington Post asked Feige whether Captain America would have a new sidekick in his upcoming modern day sequel, and Feige hedged the answer.

“It is interesting that you ask that question. And I’m not going to give you an answer. But I will give you kudos for pointing that out and recognizing that,” he said. When HuffPo commented that they were fans of the “Captain America and the Falcon” era, Feige paused for a second and answered carefully, “That was a fun era.”

Since “The Avengers” is tracking to do so well, it seems to go without saying that Marvel wants to make a sequel. But just to be clear: they do. It turns out that before director Joss Whedon even wrote a word for “The Avengers” script, Feige and Marvel had already optioned him for an “Avengers 2,” so there is a chance he’ll be on board somewhere down the road. Feige offered up a look at how the Marvel film series will get us back to an “Avengers 2.”

“I loved that in comics, you could read all your individual heroes and you could follow their adventures, then every few years there’d be a crossover event that would bring them all together, in one book,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Then they’d go their separate ways again, have their own adventures, and a few years later, they’d get back together again. I want to replicate that in movies.”

But even with all these sequels at work, Marvel is also working on adapting some of their standalone properties.

“I think whether it’s Ant-Man, or Dr. Strange, or The Inhumans, or The Guardians of the Galaxy,” Feige said of future projects to CraveOnline. When asked to elaborate which characters we’ll see in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Feige said “It’s more Star-Lord and Drax and Gamora, and less Vance Astro and that team.”

Which upcoming Marvel movie are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Ben Kingsley in talks to join “Iron Man 3″

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“The Avengers” is less than a month away from release, and Marvel is already gearing up to bring “Iron Man 3″ to the big screen. The upcoming Iron Man movie is set to start filming next month and has the main cast — Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson — back on board. But the latest news from the project reveals it’s close to landing itself a new villain, as well.

And that villain could be played by Ben Kingsley. Variety is reporting that the “Hugo” star is in talks to join the cast of “Iron Man 3.” He won’t play the Mandarin as many suspected, but rather a character “involved in the spread of a virus through nanobots,” as “Iron Man 3″ is loosely based on Warren Ellis’ “Extremis” (first published in 2005).

The Hollywood Reporter later elaborated that Kingsley would “not be the primary villain” in the film. Their sources say there is still a chance Kingsley will play Mandarin in the movie, though that character might be altered as the script is still being written. According to THR, “the Mandarin’s classic traits might be merged with a nano-technological virus seen in a storyline titled ‘Extremis.'”

Kingsley has previously said he had no interest portraying the Mandarin on the big screen because he is “a racist caricature,” according to ComicBookMovie.com. But maybe with some tweaks to the character — including changing the fact he’s a Chinese communist ruler to appease the Chinese film market — Kingsley would be more willing to take the role.

“Iron Man 3″ is directed by Shane Black, and slated for a May 3, 2013 release date.

Do you think Kingsley will be a good addition to the Marvel universe? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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