Iron Man 2

“A video of everything wrong with Iron Man 2? What is it, the whole movie?” That was what first popped into my head when I saw that the CinemaSins team was back to their old tricks, ripping apart some of pop culture’s biggest movies. In honor of this week’s release of Iron Man 3, they’ve gone ahead and dissected the film most people consider the worst of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man 2, in six minutes or less.

Jon Favreau‘s second Iron Man film has been a huge point of contention since its release in 2010. Many people love its fun irreverence and the way it sets up the next few Marvel movies for The Avengers. But others think it’s a mine field of plot holes, weak narrative connections and questionable character motivations, partially because of its production during the writer’s strike.

Which side do you fall on? Check out the video and discuss below. Read More »

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Jon Favreau Going Indie With ‘Chef’

Jon Favreau

After directing a string of big-budget actioners — Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys & AliensJon Favreau will get back in touch with his indie roots with his next project. The filmmaker has signed on to direct in star in Chef, which he also wrote and will produce.

In addition to Favreau, the cast will feature some solid talents including Sofia Vergara and Bobby CannavaleJohn Leguizamo is also said to be circling. Get more details after the jump.

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Iron Man 3 IMAX poster (header)

Currently, there are two camps when it comes to Iron Man 3. There’s the “Okay, Disney, we get it, stop with the footage and images” camp . These people are already sold on the film, have bought their tickets (figuratively, at least) and just want to see the full movie already. Then there’s the “Gimmie, gimmie, gimme” camp. They also have their tickets but still wants to see every little hint at what Shane Black has in store come May 3. This is for the second group.

A new featurette is online that’s about the new and expanded characters featured in the film. There are the new characters played by Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce and the expanded ones, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau. Each gets a few seconds in the sun here, much of which happens with new footage. Read More »

Sitting down with Robert Downey Jr. is as cool as you think it would be. The guy is smart, funny and comes off as incredibly open about, well, everything. So when a bunch of journalists got a chance to chat with the actor to discuss Iron Man 3, he gave us loads of information. How is Tony feeling post Avengers? Will there be an Iron Man 4 and how is Downey feeling at the end of his Marvel contract? Does he prefer being part of an ensemble or the lead? What kind of impact has Joss Whedon had on Phase 2? How is Iron Man 3 director Shane Black versus Iron Man 1 and 2 director Jon Favreau?

Downey Jr. brings up his own expectations for Iron Man 3, Oliver Stone and much more. It’s a fun, light read with the star of one of the biggest franchises on the planet. Read it below. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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