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First Look: CONAN Set Photos

Plus: MEN IN BLACK, IRON MAN 2, IRON MAN 3 and more!

By Rob M. Worley     May 10, 2010
Source: Various

First Look: 'Conan' set photos. Plus: Sony announces 'Men in Black III'. 'Iron Man 2' tops box office and attention turns to 'Iron Man 3'. More! Issuing an eight-armed octopus salute to the fallen, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.10!

 

 

 

Box Office: IRON MAN, LOSERS, KICK-ASS

'Iron Man 2' performed as expected, kicking off the summer blockbuster season and collecting $133.6 million in its opening weekend, according to the box office report elsewhere on Mania.com.  The movie claimed the #1 spot but did not topple opening frame of 'The Dark Knight' as some had hoped it would. So far the movie has collected $327.6 million worldwide, making it the #4 movie of 2010 thus far.

On the DC side, 'The Losers' is fading fast, falling three spots to #9. In addition to the Iron smack, 'Losers' also lost ground to 'Clash of the Titans' and 'Death at a Funeral'. It has earned almost $21.5 million against a $25 million budget in three weeks.

Finally, the much-hyped, but modest-performing 'Kick-Ass' has left the top 10 in its fourth week. The move also fell three spots to #11, pushed down by newcomers 'Iron Man 2' and 'Babies', and also losing ground against 'Death at a Funeral'. That movie's domestic take is over $45 million against a $30 million budget.

 

 

Could Mandarin Appear in IRON MAN 3?

Although both 'Iron Man' movies lay the groundwork for one of shell-head's ultimate villains The Mandarin to appear as a full blown super-villain (the guy who delivers the explosives to Vanko in part 2 is part of the 10 Rings clan), director Jon Favreau has expressed some trepidation about how an Asian guy in robes with 10 magic rings fits into the grounded sensibilities of his films.

Still, he told MTV Splash Page that the progression of Marvel movies may open the door to the Mandarin being realized as the primary villain in 'Iron Man 3'.

"I would like 'Iron Man 3' to pay it off, but there's so much I don't understand yet about what the world is going to be like then. You've got 'Thor,' 'Captain America,' 'Avengers' all happening with different directors before 'Iron Man 3' — and that's all going to affect 'Iron Man 3,'" Favreau said.

'Thor' of all those movies, with it's supernatural basis, could open the door to the mystical villain.

"You have to do The Mandarin," Favreau told MTV. "The problem with The Mandarin is, the way it's depicted in the comic books, you don't want to see that. He also has 10 magical rings, and it just doesn't feel right for our thing, so it's either tech-based or the rings are not really rings, but maybe with 'Thor' and all those others you'll introduce magic to that world and it won't seem so out of place."

What do you think, Maniacs? Should the Mandarin menace IRON MAN 3? What villain would you want to see?

 

 

RED Set Visit

Journalists assembled on the set of 'Red' back in April. Check out reports from IGN and Collider.com.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

MEN IN BLACK III is on!

Just before the weekend break, Columbia Pictures officially announced plans for 'Men In Black III'. The movie is set for a 3D release in the far off future of May 25, 2012. The franchise is based on the little-known comics by Lowell Cunningham which were shepherded to the big screen by Platinum Studios' Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

Will Smith is confirmed to be returning to the role that cemented his reputation as a box office superstar. Columbia also claims to be in "advanced negotiations" with Tommy Lee Jones to return as Agent Kay. Josh Brolin is also said to be "in talks" to play young Agent Kay in the film.

Barry Sonnenfeld is returning as director. Etan Cohen has written the screenplay. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are returning as producers along with Sonnenfeld. Steven Spielberg is set to executive produce.

The movie will provide a one-two 3D punch for Sony/Columbia, who also has the new 'Spider-Man' coming out that summer.

In related news, Deadline.com says that Rick Baker is already at work on the movie designing and building creatures (as he's done for the previous films). They also report that Bo Welch has been designing the sets, and David Koepp is polishing a script by Etan Cohen.

Over at MTV Splash Page, Josh Brolin commented on the project, which he initially wanted to pass over.

"then they got more specific with the story, and I go, 'Yes, that's f---ing great!' This is a character where I feel like I can do some actual acting work within this franchise that everybody knows," Brolin said.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

First Look: CONAN

Bulgarian site OperationKino.net has your first photos from the set of 'Conan'.

The movie is currently filming in Bistriza, Bulgaria with 'Friday the 13th' director Marcus Nispel behind the camera. Jason Momoa ('Stargate') is playing the titular Barbarian King. While the current photos only reveal a primitive looking village set, the site promises that they've scored some photos of Momoa in barbarian gear and will post those soon.

For now enjoy these images:

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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captm0rgan77 5/10/2010 7:15:55 AM

 Saw Iron Man 2 on Friday and loved it.  I'll agree that there was less Iron Man in the movie than I'd liked but they did a good job with making up for it in content, showing Stark hitting bottom and then rising up and remembering what is precious to him, just like in the "Demon in the Bottle" story arch.  I don't know about The Mandarin being in this series.... I have no ideas on that.

However!  I was a little disappointed when I didn't get to see the super secret Abrams project trailer.  I don't know if it was my location or theater that didn't participate.  Did anybody else see it?

As for the MIB 3; eh.... I think it's been to long since the sequel came out and the time has passed for it.

Looking forward to see more of the Conan film before making judgement.  I saw what Hollywood did to Clash of the Titans and I wasn't impressed.

OmegaDean 5/10/2010 7:39:35 AM

Am I the only who remembers that the rings were originally the power source from some alien ship that crashed on earth.  I think that's tech enough.  The Mandarain just explained it mystically because perhaps he didn't have the knowledge to figure it out sceintifcially.

John take a look at the animated version if you need to fit the magical into the world. 

joeybaloney 5/10/2010 7:59:57 AM

OmegaDean you beat me to the punch. My recollection is the rings are alien tech as well. The way the Marvel Movie U is shaping up you're gonna have to have Skrull or Kree eventually. I think once Avengers is out of the way things will open up easier for that kind of stuff.

monkeyfoot 5/10/2010 8:13:09 AM

IM2: Loved it. It is a RDJ driven vehicle like the first movie. Making Stark such an interesting character is the draw. The bonus is that he's a superhero and there is SFX action thrown in, too. Omega, yeah I agree. I thought the Mandarin's rings were alien tech which would fit in better than the supernatural. But we'll see.

MIB 3: I'm wondering if Tommy Lee Jones' character gets turned young so that Josh Brolin can play him through most of the movie. It could also have him continue into more sequels.

Conan set: Looks like the bad summer camp I stayed at as a kid.

 

monkeyfoot 5/10/2010 8:15:57 AM

On IM2 again: I don't understand this obsession of people to make sure a movie beats the record of something else all the time. The movie is doing fantastic. It just did "ludicrious speed". It doesn't have to go "plaid."

SelectiveRealism 5/10/2010 8:17:20 AM

 Thor is the one wildcard in the grand scheme Marvel is attempting.  Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America are all based in that world's established "super science" while Thor is indeed supernatural.  They could play up the Ultimates angle where there Loki convinces people that Thor is really a delusional mentally ill man with stolen gear that gives him his powers.  

Calibur454 5/10/2010 8:39:53 AM

Conan pics- there are no pics of actors or action scene stills and that should be worrysome for fans- this is a rental for me at any rate but still- no costume pics?

mib3 cool that smith and proably jones is back for next installment.

Mandrian in IM3- yea I want to see this happen.

Kick-Ass- has made a 15 million dollar profit so far. Dvds will put it over the top. I have said it before and I will say it again this is going to become a cult classic like Hackers /or the boondock saints

redhairs99 5/10/2010 8:57:54 AM

Monkeyfoot, sorry, but I have to correct you on one point.  Ludicrious Speed is where the go "Plaid."  Maybe you meant "It just did ridiculous speed.  It doesn't have to go plaid."

lracors 5/10/2010 9:48:23 AM

There are variations of the Asgardian's that point to them being technologically superior Aliens who's "magic" is really just advanced technology.  I would like to see that, and Kenneth Branagh has dropped many hints that the technology is so advanced that it appears to be magic to humans.  With that in mind... i do see it being plausible that "The Mandarian" could make a viable appearance following "Thor" and "The Avengers" by emphasising that it is advanced alien technology.

axia777 5/10/2010 10:23:46 AM

They had better not make the Asgardians "aliens".  They are GODS.  Thor is the GOD OF THUNDER.  That is how it is.  GOD OF THUNDER.  Anything will be LAME.  >:(

Iron Man 2 owns.  Next up Thor the GOD OF THUNDER and Captain America!  Then it is Avengers Assemble!

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