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Rebecca Hall to replace Jessica Chastain in “Iron Man 3″

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With Jessica Chastain officially out of “Iron Man 3,” director Shane Black is looking to “The Town” star Rebecca Hall to replace her as scientist Maya Hansen.

Variety has news of the casting development. Hansen is a central character in the upcoming “Iron Man” film. She and Aldrich Killian (who will likely be played by Guy Pearce) develop a nanotechnology known as Extremis, which acts as a biological enhancement that turns those who use it into supersoldiers.

According to /Film‘s plot synopsis, terrorists steal the technology for their own means, and then Tony Stark gets his hands on it. He uses it “to sort of become a superhero both out of the armor as well as in it.” We’ll see how that turns out for him.

As Andy Lau is supposed to be playing a Chinese scientist who helps Stark, maybe he is the man the philanthropist playboy millionaire turns to in order to help him turn the serum into something he can use for himself. There’s also the speculation that the terrorists in this movie will actually be a manifestation of the Mandarin.

“Iron Man 3″ is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2013. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are all going to be reprising their roles in the flick, but Scarlett Johansson just confirmed that she won’t be returning for the third “Iron Man” film.

Do you think Hall is a good fit for this role? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige talks “Captain America 2″ and the Skrulls in “The Avengers”

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It’s official: “The Avengers” was a huge success. But after Marvel finally brought their various superhero properties into one epic ensemble blockbuster, it’s time to send them their own separate ways again.

In an interview with CHUD, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that the next few standalone movies will have the Avengers standing very much on their own.

“If we do an ‘Avengers 2′ it will be after [‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Thor 2,’ ‘Captain America 2′]. They have to grow, they have to change,” he said. “What they’ve gone through in this movie will impact their state of mind and where they stand in their next movies. Then whatever they go through in those movies is going to affect where we meet them in the next Avengers film. But I think people will be surprised to see, as we go forward – particularly in ‘Iron Man 3′ – the notion of how singular the stories can become. ‘Iron Man 3′ is a very singular Tony Stark story. As is ‘Thor 2.’

The only upcoming movie to really diverge from this will be “Captain America 2,” Feige explained. “Cap, who is stuck in the modern day with no friends or family, there will be some revelations of who is still alive from his days in WWII, but S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury are kind of his confidants right now,” he said. “So of all these movies, ‘Captain America 2′ will be most closely associated with ‘Avengers.'”

Speaking of S.H.I.E.L.D., it turns out that they almost didn’t appear in the movie — until Feige realized Marvel had the rights to the property.

By now we’ve already heard the story of how Marvel opted to introduce S.H.I.E.L.D. to their movie franchise, but Feige said that he almost knocked the idea down before it was brought to fruition.

“Some of the writers asked, ‘Hey we want to have an agent who is sort of trailing Tony Stark, and is asking questions to add an air of mystery and global consequence to what he’s doing. Can we use S.H.I.E.L.D.?’ And I said, no no, you can’t do that,” Feige said. “I said that as a knee-jerk reaction because that is what I would always say when people writing ‘Fantastic Four’ or ‘X-Men’ or ‘Spider-Man’ or whatever — I’m not saying they all asked for S.H.I.E.L.D., but many of them would ask for something that wasn’t in their contract. So my knee-jerk was no no. But then I thought, oh wait, you can! Of course you can! It’s ours! We have it!”

Something they don’t have, though, is the complete rights to the Skrulls. That’s one of the main reasons the alien race didn’t appear in “The Avengers,” apparently.

“Skrulls have a big connection to ‘Fantastic Four.’ So there are some contractual limitations about who can do what when it comes to Skrulls,” Feige said. “Though that is not why we didn’t do Skrulls. There is already enough going on in this movie.”

Are you glad the next Marvel movies will be more standalone? Are you disappointed the Skrulls didn’t appear? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Iron Man 3″ could feature the Mandarin as a crime group

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Disney brought a whole heck of a lot of material to their panel at CinemaCon yesterday, but some of the most interesting information came out of their segment on “Iron Man 3.” The studio presented a sizzle reel (all old footage, unfortunately) for the upcoming flick that included a narration by director Shane Black.

ComingSoon.net attended the panel, and reports that Black dubded the movie a “technological thriller” and “crisis movie” set in a world of “international war, arms and terror.” He added that Tony Stark will be put “through the wringer” as they explore the trials and tribulations of being Tony Stark. The villain for the flick hasn’t been confirmed, but Black said that it will “frighten in today’s world.”

That’s not much to go on, but yesterday’s report by NeonPunch should help elaborate some of the villain talk. We already know that Guy Pearce is up to play Aldrich Killian and Jessica Chastain is in talks to play Maya Hansen, but it could be that the Mandarin character is different from what we expected.

Apparently the Mandarin could actually be a crime group that would potentially be led by Ben Kingsley‘s character. As Andy Lau‘s Chinese character is on Tony Stark’s side, it is clear that the Mandarin is an enemy to both the US and China.

In the comics, the Mandarin derived his power from his 10 magic rings, but the “Iron Man” movies have always made a point to be based more in science than in fantasy. Granted, that could change once “The Avengers” comes out, but it seems like a big shift in tone to suddenly have Tony Stark battling magic forces in “Iron Man 3.”

It could be that we’ll see a realistic take on the magic rings in this upcoming flick. Since Black is touting this movie as involving an “international terror war,” maybe the “rings” will actually be 10 terrorist cells or linked crime empires that make up “the Mandarin.” That would also be a good way to tie into the terrorist storyline from Warren Ellis’s graphic novel “Extremis,” which “Iron Man 3″ is going to be based on.

That’s all pure speculation, of course, but at least it seems to be confirmed that the Mandarin will be a part of the movie in one form or another. We’re still hoping Kingsley is involved as head honcho somehow, but we’re starting to feel like a broken record with that sentiment. Hopefully we’ll get confirmation on his role some day soon.

“Iron Man 3″ is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2013. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are all going to be reprising their roles in the flick, but Scarlett Johansson just confirmed that she won’t be returning for the third “Iron Man” film.

Are you looking forward to this storyline in “Iron Man 3″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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