Iron Man 2 Begins Production

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Iron Man 2 has begun filming. The sign directing people to the set warns “No Cameras on Set”. But I guess if you’re director Jon Favreau, you can do whatever you want. Favs has posted the above two photos on his Twitter account.

Speaking of Twitter — Earlier today we posted a massive update to our list of Writers, Directors and Actors on Twitter, and since the story went live this morning, we’ve added a ton of new names to the list.

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Robert Downey Jr has been making the press rounds as of late, and has been sharing some teaserish details for Iron Man 2. The actor tells Splash that the infamous fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, yet ultimately less marketable “Demon in a Bottle” storyline is not explored in the sequel. The controversial character arc involved Tony Stark battling alcoholism, while trying to balance his superhero responsibilities.

“I think [Demon in a Bottle is] probably best saved, because it’s such its own storyline,” Downey told MTV. “We’re going for the interim space [between the origin and Demon], which is more a look behind the mask of someone who says he’s Iron Man and what it really is to become a superhero.”

Downey Jr told ET that the sequel “is almost entirely about character,” yet packs “twice as much action” compared to the first film.

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I’m a collector, always have been, always will be. I’m the kinda guy who has action figures on my computer desk, movie posters on my walls, a wall of dvds and a few select sideshow collectibles on my book shelf. I always find it interesting to learn about other geek’s collections, or even better, geek directors. At Comic Con, Zack Sndyer admitted that he owns a life-size Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Guillermo Del Toro has a whole second home that houses his geeky memorabilia. Jon Favreau had some extra time as he gears up for production on Iron Man 2 and gave a tour of some of the geeky memorabilia in his home.

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Will Jon Favreau Direct The Avengers?

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It’s no secret: Jon Favreau would love to helm an Avengers movie. He’s has gone on the record multiple times talking about the possibility. But after Marvel announced their overly ambitious release schedule, Favs was forced to admit that the production schedule would likely prevent him from doing so.

I would love to. Clearly I have stated that The Avengers would be fun. But I look at their release schedule and they have announced ‘Iron Man 2? for 2010 and then Avengers for 2011. I know from experience there is no way I could. I don’t know what they have in mind, but there is no way that The Avengers could be done in a year. Either they are thinking about somebody else doing it or they have something up their sleeve that I don’t know.

But as you now know, Marvel decided to push back the release date of The Avengers an entire year to May 4th, 2012. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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From time to time, we have a feature on /Film called “Movie Playlist” where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.

We’ve had some great artists tell us their favorites over the years, but we just don’t have the connections to get the likes of Steven Spielberg or Wes Anderson… but Gwyneth Paltrow does. Yes, I said Gwyneth Paltrow. On the actresses’ new website GOOP, she asked “five brilliant directors” to share their “top five DVD rental picks.”
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Jon Favreau Shows Off Tony Stark’s House on Twitter

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Hopefully, Peter’s recent post about actors and directors using social networking/blogging site Twitter opened up a whole new world for of information for you. If you’re a Twitter user, you can now keep track of the latest Repo: The Genetic Opera developments, read frustratingly cryptic and psychologically disturbing thoughts from the guy who who directed Hard Candy, or find out whatever the hell it is Demi Moore is doing after all these years. Turns out, though, that some directors are using Twitter to share some potentially useful and interesting information.

Just yesterday, Jon Favreau posted a photo on Twitter, with the description “Matty and me in Casa de Stark,” under construction. As MC Hammer recently opined regarding Twitter, what he loves about the service is that it disintermediates the distance between fans and celebrities. As filmmakers and marketers discover how easy the service is to use, my guess is you can expect to see much more of this type of stuff in the days to come. Hit the jump to see Tony Stark’s house under construction with Jon Favreau and cinematographer Matthew Libatique.
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While Iron Man director Jon Favreau was walking the red carpet at the Oscars, the director apparently revealed to E! that Emily Blunt is officially out as Black Widow in Iron Man 2. According the the Playlist, Favreau said that 20th Century Fox has decided to exercise their option on the actress, an option that was part of Blunt’s Devil Wears Prada contract, and that she will be starring in Gulliver’s Travels instead.

Also, professional wrestler turned American Gladiator Matt Morgan appeared on Hot Talk 1280 WHTK and revealed that he is in talks to play a villain role in the comic book sequel. He couldn’t reveal anymore, according to WrestleZone (found via: Comic Book Movie), but said that the casting directors discovered him on American Gladiators. The TNA wrestler is also supposedly going to have a part in the 9th season of Smallville.

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Entertainment Weekly just published their list of the 25 Greatest Active Film Directors. It’s one of those really annoying slideshow stories, so we’ve done the legwork and printed the entire shortlist after the jump.
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First Look: Couples Retreat

USA Today has a first look at the cast of Peter Billingsley‘s directorial debut, Couples Retreat. Based on an idea by Vince Vaughn, and scripted by Jon Favreau, the PG-13 (ick!) comedy stars Favs, Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Kali Hawk, and Malin Akerman. Jean Reno and John Michael Higgins co-star as the resort’s mastermind and the therapist.

The movie will tell the story a married couple, played by Bell and Bateman, who drag their three married friends to a couples herapy vacation in order to save on costs. The other couples quickly learn that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional, and they become “forced to scrutinize the states of their own marriages.” Vaughn gives us a character rundown:

“Jason and Kristen are Type A’s struggling to have kids. Faizon and his wife have just separated, and he is dating a young girl from Foot Locker (Hawk). Me and my wife (Akerman) are swamped with the kids and work. Favreau and Kristin Davis are secretly not completely faithful to each other.”

Entertainment Tonight has a set visit video report, which you can watch here. Billingsley began has career as a child actor, best known as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, and later the producer of Favreau’s films: Made, Zathura, The Break-Up, Iron Man and Four Christmases. The Universal Pictures comedy doesn’t currently have a release date.

Thanks to /Film reader Jack Q for the tip.