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Guy Pearce Explains Why He Almost Didn't Take The Role Of Aldrich Killian In 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 11:18 AM
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Iron Man 3, Guy Pearce
While he's not generally opposed to the idea, Guy Pearce rarely goes down the path of blockbuster tentpoles, preferring to work with interesting directors and weighty material. But he's an open-minded dude, and so when Marvel came calling for him to play the slimy Aldrich Killian in "Iron Man 3," he took the meeting. But as the actor explained to Total Film, he had some conditions before signing on.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

Money Talks: 8 Out Of 10 Of The Top Grossing Movies Of 2013 Are Sequels Or Reboots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 3:52 PM
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Iron Man 3
With the clock ticking on 2013, you might be finalizing your list of resolutions before heading out to celebrate the New Year. But in Hollywood, you can bet that studio executives are looking at the year that was, and hoping to do more of the same in the years ahead. Much more.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ & 'Django Unchained' Top List Of Most Pirated Movies Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 11:33 AM
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"I would be a liar if I was to say, across the board, no piracy," Quentin Tarantino told Cannes Film Festival press back in 2004 when he was serving as Jury president. That said, he wasn't advocating nicking movies that are legally available, instead saying that it's an option to view movies that are harder to find via traditional methods. So we can't imagine he's wildly pleased about this bit of news.

Crash! Boom! Pow! The 15 Best Action Sequences Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 23, 2013 9:05 PM
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Best Action Sequences Of 2013
It seemed as though 2013 was positively clogged up with major "event" movies, each one bigger, louder, and more expensive than the last. Every week some new gargantuan thingummy was trying to one-up the previous week's path of destruction. While many of these movies turned out to be numbing and dull, there were still a few that were actually pretty dazzling, or at the very least featured one truly outstanding sequence that caused you to drop your popcorn or spill your oversized soda in pure, unabashed delight. Almost every big movie in 2013 was marketed at 13-year-old boys; the very best of them made you actually feel like you were 13 again, if only momentarily.

Box Office 2013 Year In Review: The Good, The Bad And The 'Oldboy'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 20, 2013 1:01 PM
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Best of Box Office, 2013
The standards for what constituted a megahit used to be reaching the fabled $100 million milestone. The goalposts have been moved: only taking into account domestic numbers, a whopping thirty films this year crossed that mark, and a couple more stragglers might join them soon.

Oscars: 'Gravity' Has Visual Effects Sewn Up, But What About The Other Tech Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2013 4:51 PM
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Gravity, Sandra Bullock
ast week, the Academy announced the longlist for their visual effects awards, from which five nominees will be picked. The list is made up of "Elysium," "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," "Iron Man 3," "The Lone Ranger," "Oblivion," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Thor" The Dark World" and "World War Z." Oh, and one more, which overshadows all of the others: "Gravity," which bar some immense shock is certain to take the prize. It's a solid front-runner in cinematography too bu does it have the rest of the technical awards—editing, sound design and sound mixing—sewn up in the same way?

Watch: Final Cut 2013, An 8-Minute Tribute To The Year In Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 10:19 AM
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Well, it's that time of year again. And no, we're not referring to snow flurries or hot cocoa, but the ongoing lists, ranks and various awards qualifications that roll out every December. As listmaking in general tends to be reductive (let alone year-centric surveys), the actual moving images—from films both big and small, blockbuster and arthouse—tend to be overlooked or forgotten. But luckily, some folks with time on their hands and video editing skills cut together what it was like to see movies in 2013.

'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips,' 'Iron Man 3' & More Make Empire Magazine's Top 10 Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 10:14 AM
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Well, the cinephiles at Cahiers Du Cinema and Sight & Sound have had their say on 2013, now how about something for everyone else? Leaning much more toward the mainstream, the folks over at Empire have kicked off December with their list of the greatest from the past twelve months and it's pretty safe to say that there are definitely a couple of movies on here that likely won't be found anywhere else.

Ben Kingsley's Secret Marvel Project Is A Mandarin-Focused One Shot

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 9:22 AM
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One of the more tantalizing unrealized moments from Shane Black's terrific "Iron Man 3," that was revealed during the lead-up to the film's home video release: Ben Kingsley's Mandarin character (in actuality a druggy London stage actor named Trevor Slattery), mistakenly injects himself with the Extremis virus, a virus that turns people into human bombs (he thought it was just some really good shit). Slattery walks out onto the oil tanker where the big action set piece happens and spontaneously explodes. It's a shocking, wonderful moment and its deletion made us wonder if Marvel has other plans for the character. It turns out, they do.

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