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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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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Mirror, Mirror

Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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