UPDATE: Apparently, the quote was misinterpreted. Abrams helped on the first Iron Man, not Iron Man 3. That’s been changed below.

Is there anything J.J. Abrams isn’t doing? Star Trek? Check. Star Wars? Check. Television shows? Check. Video games? Maybe. And now, it seems he even might have had a minor influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a new interview with Robert Downey Jr. (not ours, that’ll be up Thursday) Downey revealed that, in the same way he and director Jon Favreau talked to Shane Black for some help in the first Iron Man film, the group contacted also Abrams for some suggestions on the third act of the original Iron Man. Read the quote below. Read More »

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The final trailer for Iron Man 3 is here, and it raises expectations for Shane Black‘s film to dizzying heights. Here we get a good idea of Tony Stark’s mindset in a post-Avengers world, and see how the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) will pose some crazy new problems. We also start to discover how Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) will combat those. Mainly, his solutions involved dozens of new kinds of armor, including a Hulkbuster and Extremis.

Co-written and directed by Black and also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and James Badge Dale, Iron Man 3 opens May 3. Read More »

When will we see the trailer for The Wolverine? Will Iron Man 3 have a Super Bowl spot? Want to see a bunch of toys featuring Superman and Zod from Man of Steel? What did Kevin Feige tease about Joss Whedon‘s script for The Avengers 2? Have several comic book cartoons been cancelled? How did David Goyer approach Man of Steel? Which comedian is trying to get a role in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Is there really a new Batman movie coming out this Summer and what’s the cost of an original Batmobile? Read about all this and more in the triumphant return of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Before the days of Twitter, which allows access to the daily opinions of some of our favorite filmmakers on an immediate basis, many of us relied on Jon Favreau for connection to one part of the film world. Several years ago Favreau was still an indie darling, almost a decade away from the Marvel Universe, and he hosted a show on IFC called Dinner for Five.

If you were lucky enough to have IFC from 2001-2005, it was pre-DVR appointment television. The writer/director would sit down for dinner with some of the most interesting people in Hollywood and just talk. About movies, about life, whatever. Since the series ended, several of the guests – which ranged from Seth McFarlane and Peter Dinklage to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, have become even bigger stars than they were at the time. “Glorious” doesn’t come close to describing the show.

So whether you were a fan of not, we figured it would be good to let you know that the entire series is legally available to watch on YouTube. Check it out below. Read More »

It’s been a slow week for movie news, but not so on the small-screen front. After the jump:

  • Jon Favreau will direct one of The Office‘s last episodes
  • Nancy Pelosi and Ice-T will appear on the 30 Rock finale
  • A Walking Dead newcomer joins Once Upon a Time
  • Here’s what Donald Glover will be doing on Girls
  • Writer Megan Ganz leaves Community for Modern Family
  • Ryan Murphy teases details on American Horror Story Season 3
  • Anna Faris books Chuck Lorre’s newest comedy, titled Mom
  • Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer team for a new sitcom
  • Starz backs a new drama from William Monahan called Crime
  • Four more trailers debut for David Fincher‘s House of Cards
  • The Walking Dead gets a teaser for the second half of Season 3

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The speculation over who might direct Star Wars Episode VII is downright ridiculous. It’s at the point where people are analyzing every single quote from actors and directors, word by word, to try and figure out who Kathleen Kennedy and Disney want to make the movie. But let’s face it: it’s fun, and a fantastic topic for discussion because we never thought anyone but George Lucas would make a Star Wars film ever again.

The only name that’s been discussed seriously over the past few weeks is Matthew Vaughn, while most directors have come out and flat out denied any involvement. A new report on Deadline, though, confirms rumors we’ve culled from Twitter that Jon Favreau is, indeed, attempting to get the gig. It also adds a sort-of-surprising new name into the mix: David Fincher. He’s reportedly “game for one of these news films” and has a strong relationship with LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, who produced The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

There’s more below, including a video of Fincher’s talking about working at Industrial Light & Magic.

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Not even a long, tryptophan-fueled weekend can slow down the Star Wars talk. After the jump:

  • Jon Favreau raises eyebrows by tweeting about Stormtroopers
  • Sir Derek Jacobi wants in on the new Star Wars trilogy
  • Carrie Fisher was kidding about being cast in Star Wars VII
  • Longtime producer Rick McCallum has retired from Lucasfilm
  • A screenwriter says timing will be tricky on Star Wars VII

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All right, so the sign shown above (via Collider) is just a joke, but the off-the-charts anticipation for Episode VII is very, very real. After the jump:

  • Jon Favreau has Kevin Smith‘s vote for the Star Wars VII directing job
  • Ed Burns is ambivalent on the admittedly slim possibility of getting an offer
  • Peter Serafinowicz and Chris Hemsworth would like to be in Star Wars
  • Watch Lawrence Kasdan talking about Return of the Jedi, way back when
  • Fox announces dates for the 3D re-releases of Episode II and Episode III

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