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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.