Since the day Iron Man 2 opened, fan speculation has run rampant over the cleverly integrated easter eggs that snuck their way into the film. Now, some of that speculation can be put to rest as director Jon Favreau provides confirmation on what’s what in the scene featuring Tony Stark and Nick Fury discussing the Avengers Initiative, the background of which was littered with an assortment of footage, maps and images hinting at other Marvel properties. Read More »


It’s a slow Friday at the end of a pretty insubstantial news week, which makes it rumor time. We still don’t know what character will act as the bad guy in Sony’s new version of Spider-Man (persistent scuttlebutt says it’s the Lizard) and we don’t know who’ll be hired to play the character. But one report, now seemingly corroborated by Production Weekly, is that Sony has an eye on Christoph Waltz for the role.

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Excuse me if I state the obvious: While this daily column is titled “Cool Stuff”, the stuff we feature doesn’t really fit the traditional or mainstream definition of “cool”. We feature items that might be of specific interest to tv and movie geeks, some of which could be enough to get you ridiculed by the actual “cool” people. But we’re film geeks, who really cares? Today’s item is one of those things I’d never personally buy as wearing this shirt in public outside of Comic-Con is likely to result in a lot of strange looks. But I thought it was geekarific enough to feature on the site.

The Iron Man 2 Comic Chest t-shirt is being sold exclusively on for $15 Euros or around $18.

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French Iron Man 2 Poster WhiplashIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley assess the history of Matthew Vaughn’s relationship with the X-Men franchise and discuss the frightening implications of straight-to-TV movies. Special guest Vince Mancini joins us from FilmDrunk.

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Justin Theroux

A couple weeks back I got the opportunity to chat with Justin Theroux, the actor-turned-director-turned-screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for Tropic Thunder, and penned Iron Man 2, which is the main topic of discussion. Read the full interview below.

Q: Okay, so we should start at the beginning.

Justin Theroux: Alright. <laugh>

Q:  How do you get involved with this project. I mean, you were on Tropic Thunder with Robert [Downey Jr] and then all of a sudden…

Justin Theroux: Tropic Thunder, the obvious connection was Robert. We had a great time doing that movie. And he was like <whispers> you got to meet Kevin Feige, and Jon [Favreau], and those guys. And so I went in and I met with them. And it was super-organic. And it wasn’t clearly well orchestrated. It was just kind of like I met. I explained what I loved about the first movie. Ideas of where it could possibly go into. The themes that I thought were interesting. And we really sort of jived on a lot of things, so. We just started from there. And it moved. I got asked to do it. I met with Jon obviously, and we talked, and…

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Iron Man 2 – What Did You Think?

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Iron Man 2

Jon Favreau’s Iron Man took a lot of people by surprise. It was Favreau’s first tentpole film, for one thing (unless you count Zathura), and his seamless blend of action, CGI, and practical effects cemented him as a credible and skilled action director. But it also showed us that Robert Downey Jr. could perfectly incarnate billionaire playboy Tony Stark. Despite the film’s flaws, the first one had a nice balance of drama, humor, action, and sci-fi geekery. So how well does Iron Man 2 carry on its legacy? Hit the jump for some of my brief thoughts, and leave yours in the comments section below.

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There are screenplays that are as well-engineered and powerful as the armor Tony Stark built for himself in the movie Iron Man. And then there are those that…aren’t. But a sloppy script can still be charming and fun enough to pass a couple hours when acted out by people like Robert Downey, Jr., Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke. Thinking back on Iron Man 2, it is difficult to say what the point of the story was, but I had a fine old time watching the cast and crew try to figure it out. Read More »

The /Filmcast Interview is a series of conversations with actors, directors, and other key figures from the entertainment industry. In this episode, I speak with actor Sam Rockwell about his role in Iron Man 2. Rockwell plays Justin Hammer, the CEO of Hammer Industries, and a direct rival to of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). In my opinion, Rockwell is one of the best things about the film. His performance as Justin Hammer is pitch perfect, a compelling combination of sleaziness, impotence, and egotism that plays off of Stark nicely.

Iron Man 2 is out in theaters on May 7, 2010.

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Earlier this morning, it Hitfix revealed that a easer trailer for a super secret JJ Abrams project was attached to prints of Iron Man 2. All we knew is the trailer is titled “Super 8“, and is locked in a film canister “that has a coded electronic lock on it” with the final reel of Iron Man 2.

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Iron Man 2 Press Conference

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Two weeks ago, I attended the worldwide press conference for Iron Man 2 in Los Angeles. In attendance on the panel were the following: Mavel producer Kevin Feige, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jon Favreau, Mickey Rourke, and screenwriter Justin Theroux.

I usually don’t post video or footage from these type of events, but Robert Downey Jr was on his game and had some great quips. Unfortunately Paramount decided to cut out the funniest moment of the event: a part at the very end where the Iron Man 2 banner behind them fell down, and Downey decided to try to hold it up behind Scarlett Johansson as she answered the last question. After the jump you can watch the video or read the transcript.

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