Iron Man 3: New Pepper Potts Poster


Posted February 25, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

Iron Man 3: New Pepper Potts Poster

Iron Man 3 continues to roll out its series of character posters, this time with an Empire exclusive focusing on Gwyneth Paltrow as Tony Stark's love interest and corporate caretaker, Pepper Potts.

While the exact details on the film's plot are still somewhat vague, what is perfectly clear, is that at some point in the film, Iron Man gets his ass handed to him in a huge way. The aftermath of this incident will leave a wave of destruction that won't even exclude his kick-ass pad and collection of armors. However, if we are to go by the tone of this poster, then it appears that the possession which is most precious to him, Pepper, will be left in mourning for her man...at least for a little while.

As Pepper holds the now-familiar imagery of Iron Man's gashed-inflicted empty helmet, it looks like Tony won't be going through this sequel of suffering alone in the build-up to game-changing events with the dreaded Mandarin, his villainous cohorts, and the Extremis nanovirus. While the film will see Tony's old life destroyed, something that is perhaps even more powerful could rise from the sparky remnants.

Iron Man 3 gets ready to file the biggest private insurance claim ever at theaters on May 3. Check out the full Pepper Potts poster below and speculate if she's in mourning or just giving an impromptu performance of Hamlet.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: New Costume Revealed

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has given fans a look at the new digs that the titular web-head will sport in next year's sequel.

While director, Marc Webb has spent the last month or so dropping numerous tidbits of visual clues about the new film on Twitter, including a small part of Spidey's new mask, it appears that a more substantive look at the new wall-crawling couture would come in the form of this new image, exclusive to ComingSoon.

Indeed, this glimpse at current Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield's new spider-garb shows a more minimal approach compared to the one taken in last year's The Amazing Spider-Man. Gone is the small, sinewy, mesh-like surface which seemed to give Spidey's entire body a graspable consistency that made you wonder if his suit was official NBA gear made by Spalding. In fact, it is a such a purist departure that it does seem to resemble the outfit worn by Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

However, the most notable modification comes in the form of the super-sized eye screens, relieving Spidey of what would seemingly be a limited field of vision that the last costume afforded him. Ironically enough, this franchise reboot, which started out with an ambitious new take on the classic costume will roll into its sequel with what may be the most comic-book-accurate live-action rendition of the Spider-Man costume, yet.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets tingly Spidey Senses for both Gwen Stacy and Mary-Jane Watson at theaters on May 2, 2014. Check out the full image of the new costume, as well as a comparison pic below!

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Iron Man 3: New Posters Featuring The Mandarin

Iron Man 3 has unveiled yet another character poster which may end up being its most revealing. This time, the film's maniacal mastermind, The Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley takes the spotlight.

While we've already seen bits of this sinister schemer in the various trailers for the film, including the already-famous manifesto monologue in which the villain decries the classification of him being "a terrorist," instead declaring himself "a teacher." Yet these new posters, exclusive to Empire, give us our first real glimpse of him in full-figure view amidst a background that's ripe with clues.

While The Mandarin is certainly Iron Man's main nemesis from the pages of Marvel Comics, this film has given his look and back-story a serious facelift. In the comic title, he was depicted as an exiled and disgraced Chinese aristocrat who encountered a crashed alien spaceship and finds a powerful set of artifacts in the form of 10 mysterious, power-infused rings. He would use their power to build an empire of crime; a situation that would regularly pit him against Iron Man. However, in Iron Man 3, he is an ethnically-ambiguous shadowy leader of a militant group called "The 10 Rings" (presumably named after his bling) who, as those who saw the first film recall, were responsible for the initial kidnapping of Tony Stark, leading to him creating his first Iron Man prototype armor to escape.

Indeed, these posters (which essentially show the same image) visually depicts Kinglsey's Mandarin as an amalgam of the comic Mandarin and Lieutenant Kilgore from Apocalypse Now. While we're not sure if he too enjoys the smell of napalm in the morning, he does seem to appreciate an Asian aesthetic and plotting malevolent machinations to make Tony Stark suffer in the most definitive way.

This "teacher" makes his debut when Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3. In the meantime, check out the full posters below and ponder about who does his decorating.

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Megan Fox Joins Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot

It appears that the upcoming Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot project, tentatively titled, Ninja Turtles, will be a reunion of sorts. Bay himself has confirmed on his website that the one and only Megan Fox will return to "the family," cast in the reptilian reboot film. The (extremely strong) assumption is that she will play the Turtles' cute and constantly-kidnapped cohort, April O'Neil.

Indeed, the casting news falls within the "hell has frozen over" category, especially after the highly-publicized "he said, she said" behind-the-scenes drama between Fox and director, Bay on the set of his 2009 franchise sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Long story short, they found each other incredibly-impossible to work with, culminating in Fox making a serious infraction of Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies when the inked-up ingenue dropped the "H" word when referring to Bay.

Now, four long years later, the sexy starlet, since then becoming a wife and mother, has let this rivalry, much like Jennifer's Body and Jonah Hex, fizzle out. Now back under the Bay tent-pole, she could be gearing up for a career comeback of sorts, possibly playing the iconic TV reporter with a thing for giant anthropomorphic turtles...and occasionally, vigilantes in hockey masks.

With that being said, the Transformers trustee is still only serving in the capacity of producer for this TMNT reboot, which, according to Bay, will depict the foursome being reinvented as aliens. -- Yeah. So, while the reunion with Hollywood's auteur of explosions seems to indicate the hatchet has been buried, Fox will nevertheless be working with a more immediate overseer in director, Jonathan Liebesman. (Wrath of the Titans, Battle Los Angeles.)

Ninja Turtles busts out of alien space sewers for pizzas covered in pineapple, marshmallow, and anchovies at theaters on May 16, 2014.


The Wolverine: New Photo Gives Evil The Stink Eye

This summer's long-overdue X-Man solo outing, The Wolverine has released a new photo of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine squinting at someone...hard.

Yeah, so it isn't exactly "stop the presses" kind of material, but given the ultra-secretive, piecemeal way that revelations about this film have been rolled-out, it's equivalent to your waiter bringing out a lowly, but welcome piece of bread to the table as your stomach growls in hunger, desperately waiting for, in the very least, your appetizer. For the purposes of that metaphor, the "appetizer" in question is the film's trailer, which, much like the film itself over the years, keeps getting delayed.

So, is there anything we can glean from this new photo? Clearly, some people in this Japanese joint have rubbed Logan the wrong way. Rather than utilizing his usual method of breaking out his trusty adamantium claws to eviscerate the bastards before lighting up a big fat stogy, he's killing the bad guys with the overwhelming power of righteous indignation. (Which, for all we know, may be a supplemental mutant power he possess.) Watch out, Silver Samurai, that shiny armor won't protect you from the all-powerful Stink Eye of Doom.

The Wolverine stares disapprovingly at evil in the Land of the Rising Sun at theaters on July 26.



Star Wars: Episode VII: Mark Hamill Updates On Status

Could Mark Hamill be ready to once again pick up his lightsaber for the upcoming Star Wars Sequel Trilogy? Well, in a recent interview with ET, Hamill seems to confirm that the prospects of him reprising Luke Skywalker are quite likely.

While the 2015 release of the yet-to-be-titled Star Wars: Episode VII has opened the floodgates of rumors, one narrative which carries a distinct ring of truth seems to surround the impending return of the Original Trilogy cast, reuniting fans with older versions of the characters set several years after the fall of the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi. This is especially so with the recent, yet-to-be-confirmed report of Harrison Ford being secretly locked-in and official for a return as Han Solo. Yet, the prospective return of Hamill as the character that is essentially the main protagonist of the entire mythos seems even more of an inevitability. Thus, Hamill does not seem to play coy when it comes to that possibility, as he candidly reveals that he is indeed in talks with the new Disney-sized Lucasfilm coalition.

"They're talking to us," he reveals. "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts. We're in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed -- on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am." 

While those talks don't seem to be taking place with a sense of urgency, it could very well be the case that the big brass are waiting for director, J.J. Abrams to finish things up with his current baby, Star Trek Into Darkness. Once the film hits on May 17 and Abrams has fulfilled all the ensuing creative and promotional obligations, the living envy of the sci-fi world will be able to turn his full attention to casting details and the shoot itself.

However, Hamill would be walking into this project with an ideal about where Luke Skywalker is in his life and how the film should come across.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For: First Pics Of Josh Brolin

The upcoming long-awaited follow-up, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has now given us a first look at its primary star, Josh Brolin in character as aspiring-photog/hired-muscle, Dwight McCarthy.

Co-director, Robert Rodriguez tweeted a set a photos over the weekend, one of which (seen above) is set in the film's proper black & white color scheme, depicting Brolin as Dwight doing a bit of night driving in the rain. (A setting that may very well be the quintessence of Sin City.) According to Rodriguez, the image is not actually a shot from the final film, but rather, is just a set photo that he personally touched-up which he is using to help set the tone of the film for the actors. Nevertheless, by releasing the image, it is a virtual confirmation that this is how Brolin will look in the film.

The image strikes a dramatic contrast to the version of the Dwight character we got in the first Sin City film played by Clive Owen in 2005. (And, thanks to an infamous plastic surgery sequence, may be reprised by Owen later in the film.) Brolin's Dwight is sporting more of a wrinkled brow mean mug, almost akin to a Dick Tracy villain. While this is one tough guy who can easily handle Sin City's meanest, he will come across the most formidable challenge of his life: Resisting libidinous urges towards his manipulative, wicked ex, Ava Lord (Eva Green). Unfortunately, this poor sap is in for a lot trouble.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits theaters on October 4. In the meantime, check out the green-screen set photo of Brolin with Robert Rodriguez below.

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Iron Man 3: New Character Poster For Aldrich Killian

The latest in a series of new character posters for Iron Man 3 has hit. Exclusive to Empire, this one showcases actor, Guy Pearce as geneticist, Aldrich Killian.

Despite the fact that he looks more like a spray-tanned self-help guru, this film version of the Killian character will play a critical part in the film's plot. Along with his colleague, Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), Killian creates "Extremis," a technological virus that (in the comics, anyway,) re-writes the genetic code of a potential living subject, endowing enhanced physical abilities and rapid healing. Of course, when it comes to all powerful new toys with the potential to improve the lot of humanity, there always has to be some bitter, belligerent bad guy out there that wants to take nice things and turn it into a weapon of some kind. Indeed, that is what will happen when the sinister Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) arrives on the scene.

For Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, the course of events will bring his life into a literal upheaval. (You did see what happened to his crib and his armor collection in the trailers, right?) However, while The Mandarin and his nano-powered cronies may have Iron Man in their crosshairs, Killian's potentially-deadly breakthrough could also end up being the beginning of some serious upgrades to Tony's tech in ways even his brilliant mind didn't imagine possible.

Iron Man 3 crashes into theaters on May 3. Check out the full Aldrich Killian poster below and speculate on whether he whitens his teeth.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Peter Dinklage's Role Revealed?

It seems that the mystery of what character confirmed cast member, Peter Dinklage will be playing in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past may be solved. A report from MTV Geek! claims that the fan fave Game of Thrones star will fill the role of scientist, Bolivar Trask.

This, of course, is contrary to the initial fan-fueled rumors which assumed that his short-stature status sized him for the role of Canadian crusher, Puck. However, an ensuing report from Variety, citing unnamed sources claimed that Dinklage would play the film's "main antagonist." Now, this latest development points to Dinklage playing Trask, the character known from the pages of Marvel Comics as inventor of the giant robot bane of all things mutant, The Sentinels. (Who are definitely a part of this film.) Interestingly enough, Trask was last portrayed by repertory Schwarzenegger film player, Bill Duke in X-Men: The Last Stand. (Consistency, thy name is Fox.)

Trask created the assassin automatons out of fear from the destruction caused by mutantkind, exemplified by the actions of Magneto and his crew. However, the issue hit him close to home, since his two children, Larry and Tanya were also mutants. In the case of Tanya, her powers allow her to travel through time; a power that she uses against her father's anti-mutant cause. (An intriguing thought, considering that this will be a film involving time travel, right?) Yet, at the end of the day, multiple renditions of the Bolivar Trask character in the various comic book and animated storylines ultimately show him to be a character that was well-intentioned and not beyond redemption. Indeed, his own robot creations, led by his progenitive prototype, Master Mold, turn on him, quickly making this "antagonist" into a somewhat sympathetic figure.

At the moment, nothing has been confirmed regarding the identity of Dinklage's role and for all we know, rumors of him playing another character may surface. When it comes to Fox's jumbled canonical mess with the X-Men films, anything is possible.


X-Men: Days Of Future Past Casts Peter Dinklage

Next year's prequel-sequel film, X-Men: Days of Future Past may already be an embarrassment of riches in cast members, but now, it lands another feather in its cap: A Lannister! Director, Bryan Singer has revealed via tweet that actor, Peter Dinklage has officially joined the cast.

Best known for his Golden Globe and Emmy-winning role as the diminutive, yet dangerous Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Dinklage now joins a cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and just about ANY top name actor who has been associated with the X-Men film franchise in the past. (Except maybe Halle Berry for some reason.) At the moment, his exact role in the time-bending mutant mega-movie has yet to be confirmed.

However, putting two and two together, fan speculation is already pointing to Dinklage playing Puck, the short-statured slayer of the Marvel Comics Universe. In the comics, Puck was not a mutant, or a real dwarf, for that matter. He was a former mercenary and mountain of a man named Eugene Judd, who, in his quest for power, would turn to a magical artifact that gave him enhanced strength, speed, durability, agility, and lifespan. -- All of which came with the "huge" downside of turning the formerly-full-sized fighter into a dwarf. Puck would become a key member of superhero-team, Alpha Flight, who were essentially Marvel's attempt to recreate the magic of The Avengers for a team based in Canada. The Super-Canucks also hold the distinction of being historically tied to the early crime-fighting career of fellow countryman, Wolverine.

IF, indeed, Dinklage plays Puck, then his character would likely be retconned as a mutant. (Although, ties to Wolverine might still manifest.) However, it's too soon to tell. Despite the speculation that this casting will erupt, it could end up being for a more innocuous role.

X-Men: Days of Future Past may be looking to show that there are other badass Canadians besides Wolverine at theaters on July 18, 2014.

*UPDATE: According to Variety's sources, Dinklage is allegedly playing a role identified as the film's "main antagonist." This intel, however, is far from confirmed.

Iron Man 3: New Iron Patriot Poster


Posted February 13, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

Iron Man 3: New Iron Patriot Poster

Iron Man 3 has released a brand new character poster highlighting Don Cheadle as Tony Stark's buddy, Colonel James Rhodes all decked-out in his new Iron Patriot armor.

Indeed, the former "War Machine" has new digs that are powerful enough to make anyone say "America, f**k yeah!" It's a good thing, too, because Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) will need all the help he can possibly get this time around when he faces an array of vile villains, headlined by a mastermind in his signature comic book nemesis, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).

Adopted from the pages of Marvel Comics' post-Civil War era, the Iron Patriot suit was worn by Norman Osborn, the former original villainous Green Goblin who resurfaced, attempting to reinvent himself as a hero, eventually becoming director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course, when it comes to the big screen, Osborn only exists in Sony Pictures' Spider-Man Universe, which has led to the contextual alteration of having James Rhodes suit up in the red, white, and blue badassery.

Not much is known specifically about what role he will play in this action-packed launch of Marvel Studios' "Phase Two" set of films, but it will surely involve A LOT of insanely-explosive ammunition being unleashed on some hapless baddies.

Iron Man 3 crashes into theaters on May 3. Check out the full poster below to see James Rhodes in the armor that's so patriotic, it smells like apple pie and spawns bald eagles.

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Oblivion: New Trailer Showcases Ruined World

A new trailer has landed for the upcoming sci-fi standout, Oblivion which highlights a vastly ruined Earth of the future...and also Tom Cruise fixing robots.

While this new trailer does not deviate too far from the teaser that hit back in December, it manages to prominently display a gorgeously-ruined version of a future Earth ravaged by war and left to rot. Several examples of iconic imagery are immersed in post-apocalyptic form while managing to capture a kind of sublime beauty as nature has essentially taken it all back. Yet, at the same time, it contrasts with a high-altitude haven of a luxurious and clean future in which Cruise's character lives. It really drives home the full scope of the kind of retro-70's visually bright, almost clinical style of sci-fi that director, Joseph Kosinski is attempting bring back with this project.

Originally Kosinski's brainchild, it would first take the form of a graphic novel of the same name with a would-be film project ruminating in his mind for over five years. However, after landing a career-making gig of helming the 2010 franchise revival, Tron: Legacy, his newly-upgraded status would land him the one and only Tom Cruise for this long-in-the-making pet project. Kosinski takes the director's chair and has collaborated on the script with Karl Gajdusek and scribe of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, Michael Arndt.

The film is set to hit theaters on April 19. Check out the new trailer below to see a ruined, yet lush Earth of the future which forces Tom Cruise to finally put in an honest day's work.

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Justice League Troubles To Prompt Batman Reboot?

Recent reports pointing to serious troubles hitting Warner's plans for a Justice League mega-movie seem to have primed the rumor mill pumps. In this case, fan site, Batman On Film is claiming that a possible delay for the beleaguered superhero team-up could lead to a reboot of the Batman movie franchise hitting beforehand.

Of course, this theory should be treated as rumor-iffic as speculative rumors such as this one gets. According to BOF, an unnamed source of theirs close to the behind-the-scenes dealings strongly believes that the alleged troubles with the Justice League script by Will Beall and its apparent scrapping have sent shockwaves of doubt throughout Warner's superhero movie circle. According to the report, the current state of Justice League, which was supposed to introduce a new incarnation of the Caped Crusader to join the team, has worried the brass so much that they fear it may damage the Batman film brand. However, BOF's source attempts to quell what may be fear amongst the fans:

“Don’t worry about the Batman [film] franchise,” he said, “it’s [Warner Bros.’] most valuable [DC Comics-based] asset.” He continued, “I believe that they are now looking at introducing [the rebooted] Batman in a solo film, though that will likely take place later than they initially had planned. They are extremely worried how a [the Batman film franchise] would be affect[ed] if JUSTCE LEAGUE [sic] bombs...and rightfully so."

What could this mean for superhero plans by Warner that fans believed to be sprawling and ambitious?

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Official Title And Plot Details

The upcoming sequel that fans have been calling The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has officially revealed that it will be called...wait for it...The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

In an official press release by Columbia Pictures confirming the film has begun production in New York, the not-so-creative, but necessarily-straightforward title was announced. Additionally, it drops a brief (albeit vague,) synopsis of the plot. The details, while bare bones, are still the most substantive info that has been released thus far.

"In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough.  Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep.  Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past."

Indeed, it looks like Peter's put himself in an awkward position, seeing as Captain Stacy, in his dying act, managed to c-block him from his daughter, Gwen. Of course, he won't have much time to think about that with the arrival a new electrically-charged villain who wants to tell Spider-Man, "I like the way you die, boy."

Besides the mention of our new villain, Jamie Foxx and the returning cast members, the presence of Shailene Woodley and Paul Giamatti are also confirmed, although it fails to say whether they will play, respectively, Mary Jane Watson and Rhino. (Even though we know they will.) However, perhaps the most intriguing bit of news to come out of this presser is the naming of actor, Colm Feore to the cast. The 54 year-old actor, a regular on The Borgias, has also notably played Frost Giant King Laufey in Thor. While nothing was revealed about his role, it is quite possible that he could be our new incarnation of ominous villain and would-be Green Goblin, Norman Osborn.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 3D will shoot an Electro shock that will make your lips swell like Wanda from In Living Color at theaters on May 2, 2014.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Finds Its Lead In Chris Pratt

Marvel's upcoming cosmic super-team epic, Guardians of the Galaxy has apparently found its lead. Beating out a long list of potential candidates with names far bigger than him, it is being reported that Chris Pratt has landed the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord.

Pratt, a regular on Parks and Recreation, has been carving out quite a resume on the side in films like Moneyball and The Five-Year Engagement. However, his recent outing as a buffed-up U.S. Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty has swung momentum his way like never before. The actor now nabs his first big-screen moment in the spotlight and does so in a major way with this Marvel movie tentpole.

With its apparent star, Pratt still far from a household name, Marvel will likely look for star power to serve in a supporting capacity. With Star-Lord only being the first official casting decision, it could be the case that roles for other team members who will be portrayed in a live-action capacity like Drax the Destroyer and Gamora will be filled by more recognizable names. In fact, a recent rumor which has comedy icons, Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler in the running to voice furry fellow, Rocket Raccoon still seems to hold water. -- Plus, rumors point to events in this May's Iron Man 3 leading to Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark showing up in Guardians in some capacity, which is definitely some major supporting star power.

So, who is Star-Lord, anyway? Let's take a quick look below.

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