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“Iron Man 3” trailer: Five key scenes

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The first trailer for “Iron Man 3” has arrived, and it offers not only our first look at Sir Ben Kingsley as the film’s villain, The Mandarin, but also a taste of the destruction wrought on Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the aftermath of “The Avengers.” But the real kicker? Quite a bit of that destruction appears to be caused by various versions of his Iron Man armor.

Marvel released the two-minute trailer online today, and after you give it a look, make sure to re-watch it with an eye toward these five key scenes.


1. Armor Attraction

Around the 0:20 mark, we get a look at one of the improvements Tony has made to his armor when one of his gauntlets flies across the room to his hand as if magnetized. While the first “Iron Man” involved a relatively lengthy suiting-up process and the second film gave us Tony’s “briefcase armor,” we did get a taste of the possibilities in “The Avengers” when Tony’s armor followed him out a window and enveloped him in mid-fall. In “Iron Man 3,” that process takes the logical next step and we see Tony controlling the individual pieces of his armor via some unknown method — something that’s likely to play a big role in the movie, from what the trailer seems to indicate.


2. An Unwelcome Guest

Our first scene featuring what look to be renegade Iron Man suits pops up around the 0:39 mark, and it’s a recurring theme throughout the trailer — which leads us to believe that the greatest threat Tony faces in the new film might not be The Mandarin, but his own technology (which may or may not be controlled by The Mandarin, of course). Between this early scene and the later shots of Tony being pinned by his own armor, it looks like we can expect some Iron Man vs. Iron Man brawls in the new film, taking the brawl between Tony and Rhodey (Don Cheadle) from “Iron Man 2” to the next level.


3. Boom Goes The Iron Man

The destruction that fills the trailer kicks off in a big way around the 0:44 mark with a shot of each suit of Iron Man armor exploding, one after the other, as The Mandarin explains his plan to teach the world a lesson — starting with its so-called heroes. The scenes of devastation only increase from there, with scenes of a rubble-strewn battleground and a climactic shot of Tony’s oceanside home being bombarded with gunfire and missiles. The resulting collapse sends Tony and Pepper flying, and we later see a set of armor — possibly worn by Tony — being dragged to the bottom of the ocean and buried beneath the rubble. To say that this trailer indicates rough times ahead for Tony is like saying Batman had a few bad days in “The Dark Knight Rises.”


4. The Iron Patriot Arrives

One of the most talked-about elements spotted on the set of “Iron Man 3” ages ago was the “Iron Patriot” armor glimpsed in unofficial photos snapped early in the production period for the film. We get our first look at the armor in action around the 0:48 mark, and it looks to be a mix of the classic War Machine armor with some new, red, white, and blue twists. There’s still no firm information about who will be wearing the armor — though there is a lingering shot of Cheadle as Rhodey Rhodes earlier in the trailer. James Badge Dale and Guy Pearce have also been rumored as potential Iron Patriots, but nothing is certain at this point.


5. Behold, The Mandarin

Fans have been speculating since the first “Iron Man” about the future of the character’s best-known foil, The Mandarin, and when we’ll get a glimpse of him in Marvel’s cinematic universe. Well, we get our first good look at Kingsley as the iconic villain right around the 1:09 mark, after a set of early shots tease his debut in the trailer. And while Kingsley certainly strikes an intimidating visual as The Mandarin, it’s also worth a little freeze-frame action at the :59 mark to see the set of ten rings he’s wearing. Comic-book fans know that Mandarin’s ten rings are the source of much of his power, and though early reports indicate that the rings won’t have any magical abilities in the movie, their inclusion is — at the very least — a nice nod to the source material. While the live-action incarnation of Mandarin seems a little more gritty and a little less regal than his comics counterpart, it’s hard to see fault in what we’ve seen of Kingsley’s terrifying take on the character.

Oh, and for anyone wondering about Kingsley’s distinctly non-Asian look, it’s worth noting that the original version of Mandarin in the comics was actually only half-Chinese, and the son of a British mother and Chinese father. Much like the casting of Liam Neeson as the half-Arabic, half-Chinese villain Ra’s al Ghul in Christopher Nolan’s recent Batman franchise, it appears that we’ll see a more mixed-race take on the Mandarin in Marvel’s movie-verse.


And there you have it, folks. Make sure to let us know which scenes from the trailer impressed (or disappointed) you the most.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.