The Judge trailer

Long before Robert Downey Jr. was a massive box office star and superhero, he starred in smaller, character based films. With all the Tony Stark flair these days, it’s almost hard to remember the days of Chaplin, Only You, and Heart and Souls. And his next film, which we’ll see before he again joins the Avengers, is back in that genre. Even more so, he produced this one with his wife, Susan Downey.

The film is called The Judge, and it opens on October 10. Downey plays a hotshot lawyer (or, so there’s some Tony Stark there) who returns to his hometown only to find his father, played by Robert Duvall, accused of murder. Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), the impressive cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shephard, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Leighton Meester and a few Oscar-winners in Billy Bob Thornton and Melissa Leo.

The first trailer for The Judge is now out. Check it out below. Read More »

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Thought Tony Stark had daddy issues? At least Howard Stark isn’t around to bother him anymore. That’s sadly not the case for Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge, the new drama by David Dobkin.

Downey plays a Chicago defense attorney who returns home for his mom’s funeral, and then sticks around to defend his dad (Robert Duvall) in a murder trial. That’d be a tough situation in the best of cases, but it’s complicated further by the old hostility between father and son. Check out The Judge first-look image after the jump.

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Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers

Briefly: Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey have spent years developing films, some for Downey to star in. Now they’ve cooked up a new story, called Cloaked, with writer Derek Connolly. The scribe’s name is one you should know, as he’s the co-writer (with director Colin Trevorrow) on Jurassic World. (He also did a rewrite of the Paramount film Monster Trucks that we’ve been trying to ignore as it casts up.)

Will Downey star in Cloaked? At this point we don’t know. The actor came up with the original pitch for the script, and he and his wife developed it with Connolly. Deadline calls the story “a supernatural horror comedy in the vein of An American Werewolf In London,” and reports that Warner Bros. has picked it up to develop further.

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Want to see the first image of Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Where is there an officially licensed Hellboy art show? Does Marc Webb think J. Jonah Jameson will appear in upcoming Amazing Spider-Man movies? What Spider-Man-related comment did Andrew Garfield say to make Emma Stone mad? Who will be voicing Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron? How can you see Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender talking about X-Men: Days of Future Past? Has Diane Lane already worked on Batman vs. Superman? How strong is Batman‘s suit? Could we see a Mystique spinoff movie? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Chef trailer

Jon Favreau returns to his roots with the upcoming comedy Chef. He wrote, directed and starred in the film, which tells the story of a chef who tackles his own independent food truck after being unhappy with his more traditional restaurant job. The film is a far cry from Favreau’s latest work, the Iron Man films and Cowboys and Aliens. That’s surely by design. He hasn’t skimped on the talented cast, though, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt,and Scarlett Johansson.

The film opens May 9, check out the Chef trailer below. Read More »

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All actors will praise a script there’re about to do. That’s their job. They’re not going to crap on something that hasn’t even been made yet. But when an actor can be even a tad more reserved, that’s saying something. In a new interview, Robert Downey Jr. was precisely that in regards to Joss Whedon‘s script for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He had high praise for it, make no mistake, but he also called it “very ambitious” and hinted it’s going to be very difficult to get right. Read his quote below. Read More »

Gravity

Gravity was one of the unqualified successes of 2013, earning universal acclaim, awards season love, and approximately a gazillion dollars at the box office. But the road to the theater wasn’t exactly easy. One of the tricky aspects was the casting. In 2010, Gravity was practically a revolving door of movie stars.

Two that were attached to star for some time were Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. Eventually, both dropped out and were replaced by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. In a new interview, director Alfonso Cuaron explains why, exactly, the original casting failed to work out. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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