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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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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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