Ben Kingsley

The Most Frightening Gangsters on Film

You’d be hard pressed to find a movie tough guy with a more diverse filmography than Bob Hoskins. The English actor passed away earlier this week. With a burly silhouette, an aura of cockney cool, and a glimmer of menace in his eyes, the versatile performer charmed audiences as a sympathetic everyman and heroic detective (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), but was startling as a vicious gangster in films like The Long Good Friday. The straight-talking star played a number of cinema toughies during his colorful career. In honor of Hoskins’ reign of terror, we revisited some of cinema’s most frightening film gangsters. … Read More

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‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘The Avengers,’ And the Thrill of Authorial Voice in Blockbusters

Iron Man 3 opens with an arresting image — the destruction of three Iron Man suits, right in a row, bang bang bang — and a voice over from Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, a bit of business about facing your demons that quickly degenerates into gibberish. “Never mind, I’m gonna start over,” he says, and the screen fades to black, thus concluding the first of the film’s many assurances that, while it is a mega-budgeted summer tent-pole movie, it is also the work of devilishly clever writer/director Shane Black — whose previous collaboration with Downey, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, included one of the most blissfully self-aware narration tracks in all of moviedom (“Don’t worry, I saw Lord of the Rings, I’m not gonna end this like 17 times”). And that’s the key to the movie’s success: beyond all the explosions and action set pieces and 3D wizardry, you can still hear a writer with a distinctive, entertaining voice. And that’s what separates films like this from their blockbuster brethren, which too often were clearly created by a committee. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’re in Iron Man 3 mode, with noteworthy flicks featuring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Ben Kingsley, plus additional titles featuring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Elliot Gould, Zac Efron, Edgar Ramirez, and John Cusack; check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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15 Acclaimed Actors Who Look Nothing Like the Famous People They Played

Earlier this week, we learned that BBC4 is set to release its own take on the doomed romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton — and fans are already complaining that Helena Bonham Carter, whose been cast as Liz, doesn’t look enough like her. But that doesn’t mean the six-time Golden Globe nominee and winner of Emmy, SAG, and BAFTA awards is doomed to fail at capturing the screen vixen’s famous fire. In fact, there’s plenty of precedent for actors who looked nothing like the real-life icons they portrayed nonetheless managing to convince us. These 15 actors may have presented a challenge for their films’ makeup departments, but they also turned in performances no lookalike could have matched. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we previewed a fascinating collection of Roger Ballen’s photographs. We listened to YouTube star Ted Williams perform a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” We visited a few untapped fashion trends from the 1990s. We saw a great photo of Roman Polanski at the first New… Read More

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Ben Kingsley in Talks for ‘Iron Man 3′ Supervillain

Iron Man fans have been waiting to find out if the playboy superhero’s rival nemesis — megalomaniac scientist and martial arts expert The Mandarin — will be making an appearance in the third Marvel Comics-inspired film. Former franchise director Jon Favreau promised the supervillain would be putting his ten rings of power to evil use… Read More

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Scorsese’s ‘Hugo': Will Kids Respond to Cinema 101?

The most surprising thing about Martin Scorsese’s new film Hugo (out Wednesday) is how much more there is to it than has been indicated in the ad campaign, which presents the picture — probably wisely, from a mass-market standpoint — as a standard children’s adventure with a dose of magic and a dash of slapstick, all in 3D (of course). To be clear: it is all of that, though done with a skill and intelligence that puts most “family movies” to shame.

But Scorsese also uses the film as something of an Introduction to Cinema course for its young audiences — and, frankly, for older moviegoers who may not be as well-versed in the form as the encyclopedic director. There’s nothing dry or educational about it, but within the confines of the big-budget studio 3D holiday movie, he is also presenting the story of film’s earliest days — specifically of Georges Méliès, the artist behind hundreds of early silent fantasies, including the immortal 1902 film A Trip to the Moon. … Read More

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Photos of Famous Actors Recreating Legendary Scorsese Scenes

Martin Scorsese has been all over the news lately, for both his well-received HBO documentary on George Harrison and his first 3D movie, Hugo, debuting at the New York Film Festival. So it makes sense that Harper’s Bazaar has dedicated some space to celebrating “The Age of Scorsese,” with a set of fascinating reminiscences of Marty from Jodie Foster, Tom Cruise, Steve Buscemi, and a slew of other boldface names. The article is accompanied by a set of uncannily accurate recreations of the most memorable scenes from Scorsese’s biggest films, with new actors taking over legendary roles. See Chloë Moretz (who stars in Hugo) and Keanu Reeves take over for Foster and Robert De Niro, and other great surprises, after the jump, and watch behind-the-scenes video from the shoot at the Harper’s Bazaar website. … Read More

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