Iron Man 3 News: Ben Kingsley and the Iron Patriot

There’s some Iron Man 3 casting news circling around the internet. For starters, it has been confirmed that Sir Ben Kingsley is indeed playing The Mandarin in the upcoming film.

Ben Kingsley Picture

The news has also hit that the Iron Patriot suit will be making an appearance. The suit was originally donned in the comics by Norman Osborn (A.K.A. the Green Goblin), but since that character belongs to Sony’s Spider-Man series (check out The Amazing Spider-Man trailer for the upcoming reboot), a different villain will likely throw on the suit for Iron Man 3.

Who do you think will wear the combination Iron Man/Captain America suit? Will it be one of the villains we already know of, or someone yet to be announced?

Iron Man 3 will hit theaters May 3, 2013. In the meantime, visit our Avengers quotes page to catch up on Tony Stark’s latest one-liner gems.

Julianne Hough to Join Josh Duhamel in Nick Sparks’ Safe Haven

‘Nick Sparks’ is a bare-bones iPhone app that randomly generates characters from a list of the top 25 baby names, and locations from a list of small American tourist towns, then plugs them into the single love story outline it has stored on its server and creates a poster of the two main characters kissing in the rain. Wait, forgive me, I’m getting word that Nicholas Sparks is a real person. And he’s wildly successful. Hmm…

Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages) has officially signed on as the female lead alongside Josh Duhamel (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven.

Julianne Hough in Footloose

Hough will play Katie, a young woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town, carrying with her a dark secret. When she meets a widowed store owner Alex (Duhamel), she begins to let her guard down and get close to him.

Despite my jabs, Sparks has created some incredibly popular novel/movie pairings, including Dear John, A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook (check out our The Notebook quotes page). Safe Haven will begin production next month, and open in theaters February 8, 2013. Look for the poster of Hough and Duhamel kissing some time between now and then.

Les Miserables Trailer: I Dreamed A Dream

Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) shines in this first trailer from the upcoming film Les Miserables. Watch her sing “I Dreamed A Dream” below:

The film, based on the popular musical which is in turn based on the 19th-century novel by French author Victor Hugo, stars Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Amanda Seyfried. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen also make appearances. Cohen, most well known for his outrageous comedic characters, stars in The Dictator, in theaters now (check out some The Dictator quotes).

Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean (Jackman), an ex-prisoner in 19th-century France who has agreed to take care of Cosette (Seyfried), the daughter of Fantine (Hathaway), while avoiding capture by the police inspector Javert (Crowe). It seems that director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) has adapted the musical excellently to film, with the trailer looking epically dark and dramatic.

Catch Les Miserables in theaters December 14.

Killing Them Softly: Two New Clips Feature Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta

I know you all think Killing Them Softly is the Roberta Flack biopic. But two new clips have hit the internet and that’s not what it is at all.

No, Killing Them Softly is in fact a new crime drama starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, and James Gandolfini. The film follows Pitt as an enforcer who is tracking down two criminals who held up a Mafia poker game.

Jenkins, a seasoned veteran of both comedy and drama, also appeared earlier this year in Jos Whedon deconstructed horror film, The Cabin in the Woods (check out some Cabin in the Woods quotes). Liotta himself is no stranger to mob films, having taken off after his starring role in 1990’s Goodfellas, but the year prior to that saw Liotta play Shoeless Joe Jackson in the classic Field of Dreams (explore our Field of Dreams quotes page here).

For more from the film before its September 21 release, head over to our post about the very cool, very minimalistic Killing them Softly poster.

The Dictator Clips Keep on Coming: ‘Restaurant Clip’

If you haven’t yet seen The Dictator in theaters, perhaps the onslaught of improvised clips will persuade you. Check out the latest clip to hit the internet, featuring Sacha Baron Cohen and Fred Armisen, as Cohen tries desperately to come up with a fake name.

Cohen has surrounded himself in this film with some of the foremost improvisational actors around, as evidenced by The Dictator helicopter scene, and Fred Armisen absolutely falls under that category. Armisen, known for his work on SNL and Portlandia is no stranger to snappy comedic cameos, one of the most memorable of which being Tino from Anchorman (check out some Anchorman quotes).

The Dictator is in theaters now, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you still have a chance.

For those of you who have seen the film, what’s your favorite scene from The Dictator? Let us know in the comments section, and visit our The Dictator quotes page to relive some of the hilarity.