Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin in 'Iron Man 3'
Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin in 'Iron Man 3'

As we predicted, EW's CapeTown Film Festival, running at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from April 30 through May 5, will kick off with a complimentary advance screening of Marvel's "Iron Man 3." The film, starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, hits theaters in wide release on May 3. Full lineup for the fest below.

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A discussion with Marvel Studios president and "Iron Man 3" producer Kevin Feige will follow the special screening. The film is directed by Shane Black.

The CapeTown fest will run 14  screenings in six days for some 8,500 fans. Filmmakers Terry Gilliam and Richard Donner and author Neil Gaiman will join the fest with screenings of their classics "Twelve Monkeys," "The Goonies" and "Coraline," respectively (Laika chief Travis Knight will fill in for filmmaker Henry Selick).

EW will record all the Q&As by Capetown programmer Geoff Boucher and his EW colleagues Jeff Jensen and Anthony Breznican to run as video on and audio on the new EW SiriusXM channel. We'll see how much coverage winds up in the magazine itself. (I was amazed at how much the magazine's SXSW coverage favored music over one teeny paragraph about film award-winners.) EW is giving all profits from ticket sales and concessions to benefit nonprofit American Cinematheque.

Meanwhile the L.A. Times is opting to continue Boucher's one-time Hero Complex Blog and Film Festival, which will also roll out May 10-12. Described as an "annual celebration of classic films from sci-fi, fantasy, horror, superhero and pop culture genres," each screening is followed by a Q&A with the cast and creators. Past speakers include: Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Damon Lindelof, Robert Downey, Jr., Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Malcolm McDowell, Zack Snyder, and Nathan Fillion. At the end of the festival they will have a “Fan’s Choice” event where they screen three "X-Files" episodes, selected by the fans. 

Among the stars of Boucher's new Capetown program are returning Nimoy (with 2009 "Star Trek") and Wright (with "Shaun of the Dead") as well as "Escape from New York"'s Snake Plissken, Kurt Russell, and his director John Carpenter (with "The Thing"). Friday night brings a screening of Carpenter's 1981 "Escape from New York," which is about to be remade. Boucher will interview Russell afterwards; Carpenter and Russell went on to collaborate on "The Thing" (1982), "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986), and "Escape from L.A." (1996). That night CapeTown will also screen a second feature with a free big-screen preview of the season three premiere of "Falling Skies," the TNT sci-fi series that stars Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood, after the Q & A. (TNT is a fest sponsor.) 

CapeTown also features a full day of screenings of George Lucas's classic "Return of the Jedi," and we can assume some speakers will be involved as well, presumably at the invitation-only 10 AM first screening. 

The full lineup for the CapeTown Fest is as follows: