Enter the 36th Chamber of the Pop Culture Roundup, Kid.

Paramount and Marvel released the trailer for Iron Man 3 (above at header) on Monday and it’s fucking amazing; truly epic in scale. It’s a riveting tease of what’s to come. I am astounded at how much of the anticipated movie is there; the amount, spectrum/range of footage revealed is polished and goosebump-inducing. Included are finished marquee action sequences and our first glimpse of master thespian, Sir Ben Kingsley, as the arch-villain and terrorist, Mandarin. I was worried about a potentially gaudy paint job with the new patriotic color scheme of War Machine but even that looks supremely badass, it pops (check the still below). I was left bored after the second installment, after viewing this trailer, gone are the reservations I held concerning this third film. I’m ashamed for having any inkling of doubt of Shane Black commanding this large and complex production. Though, I should note, I thoroughly enjoyed his directorial debut of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It looks like there won’t be a sophomore slump for Black. We will see. Kudos to the crew who cut the trailer; the fanboys are revved up to a frenzy. The third installment releases May 3, 2013. (movie site)

In Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”, brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr., is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?


Cloud Atlas opens today, here’s a featurette.


A Good Day to Die Hard, iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack–unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.


When a film like, The Evil Dead (1981), is one of the rare few to ever clock a perfect 100% rating by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s expected that there’s going to be a healthy amount of fanboys grumbling about a remake. But if the original creator of the holy franchise, and the man himself, Bruce Campbell, is fully behind it…then I’m all in. Watch the red band trailer of Evil Dead (April 12, 2013) below and then decide for yourselves. Be forewarned, this trailer is gruesome and gory.


The first television spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in theaters December 14, 2012.

It follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. 

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. 

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. (movie site)


More from The Man with the Iron Fists, in theaters November 2nd.


On Tuesday, October 23rd, the world premiere of Skyfall took place at Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Cast


The Evolution of Bond


We featured the Tarantino XX: 8 Film Collection Blu-ray set in Pop Culture Roundup 34. Here is some stunning panel artwork by artist Ken Taylor. Six different panels were released on various sites throughout the week; the full panoramic collage was released today. (click to enlarge)


A poster for Django Unchained.


Artist and favorite Tyler Stout has created a poster for Reservoir Dogs for the 20th Anniversary and upcoming re-release in theaters.


Quentin Tarantino on David Letterman in 1994.


A cool poster for The Master.


Robocop (2014)


Artwork from Mondo‘s Universal Monsters Show. (gallery)

Creature by Ken Taylor

Shaun of the Dead and variant by Jock


Just in time for HALLOWEEN, here’s Flavorwire’s 50 Essential Horror Films, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. There are two more parts remaining to cover the remaining top 20.




The Exorcist (80s Sitcom Recut)


The Claire Danes Cry Face Supercut


Supercut: Bruce Willis causes massive property damage


The Future by Eclectic Method


Miami Connection (Trailer – Drafthouse Films): The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song “Against the Ninja,” Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”…and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!


Miami Vice by Fancy Mike


HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Zombies and Ghouls! Have a scary, fun but safe one…


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