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At movie junkets, the cast and crew of movies sit in a chair all day while hundreds of interviewers rotate in, most asking the same exact questions. The result is that the talent begin repeating the same soundbites over and over again. So much so that it almost becomes a script. Sometimes you go into one of these rooms, asking a different question that no one else has asked, and the tired actor might just try to find a way to work one of the dozen now-scripted soundbites as the answer, never really touching on your question. I always try to ask questions that aren’t asked by other journalists, but I try to stay away from the tv interview set-ups as they create an environment of recycled soundbite with not enough time to delve into any real substance.

But I do enjoy watching the tv interviews from the few journalists that find a way to keep the talent on their feet, and out of the soundbite zone. Daniele Rizzo is a German comedian who we’ve featured on the site in the past, usually working fun sketch interviews in at international film junkets. This time around Rizzo has shown up at the Star Trek Into Darkness junket as “Spocko”  to grill both cast and crew on the details of their missions. He also showed up at the Iron Man 3 junket to ask Robert Downey Jr & Gwyneth Paltrow the important questions in full costume as Italian Iron Man. He may not get any serious answers or scoops, but its fun to watch.

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Briefly: In the big GQ profile of Robert Downey, Jr. that ran a few weeks ago, the actor mentioned the version of Pinocchio that he had been working on with Tim Burton set to direct. Downey pitched the idea to Warner Bros. (his first pitch, he said!) and positioned it as a high priority for him. In another interview, Downey suggested that Burton had fallen away, and that Ben Stiller had become his choice to sit in the director’s chair.

Now Deadlne has confirmed that Stiller is in talks to direct the movie. Downey’s a pretty powerful guy right now, and with his career in a state of semi-free agency thanks to the end of his Marvel contract, one would guess that he can get just about whatever he wants, so it’s not surprising to hear that this is in motion. Stiller and Downey have a working history as well, thanks to Tropic Thunder. And with footage from Ben Stiller’s new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty drawing raves and early Oscar predictions after debuting at CinemaCon, he’s in a good place as well.

Jane Goldman wrote one draft of Pinocchio; but now the film will go in a new direction with a new writer.

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Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr. have been linked to Warner Bros.’ live-action Pinocchio since early last year — in fact, Downey pitched the movie to the studio — but during the fall the director admitted that he was starting to doubt the film would ever get made. Now it appears Pinocchio is, in fact, moving forward, and there’s reason to think it will be without Burton.

Italian publications have quoted Downey as saying that he hopes Ben Stiller will direct the film. The pair previously worked together on 2008′s Tropic Thunder. Hit the jump for more info.

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Iron Man 3 screened for press in London last night, and while reviews remain embargoed, Twitter reactions were given the OK by the studio. And so now we’ve got the first slate of responses to Shane Black‘s film featuring Robert Downey, Jr. in his fourth turn as Marvel’s armored hero.

They’re not the most measured group of reactions, and as with any collection of first-blush responses to a big film the first Twitter posts only hint at what we might find in the movie. But if you’re looking for a general “is it good or not?” answer, you might get an idea below. Read More »

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It’s no secret Iron Man 3 marks the end of Robert Downey Jr.‘s contract with Marvel. The actor has been vocal about it, the president of the studio Kevin Feige has talked about it, but everyone agreed concentrating on Iron Man 3 was the most important thing. That film is now done and hitting theaters in mere days. So talk once again turns to Downey’s future with Marvel. The actor’s charismatic turn as billionaire playboy Tony Stark is credited for igniting the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while he feels like an integral part of that universe Downey recently revealed he has an end in mind for his Marvel run.

In a new interview with GQ magazine, the actor said he’s had a ton of fun playing Iron Man and hasn’t decided anything for sure, but suggests about three more years is as far as he can go with the role, at least physically. After that, he’d like to direct and star in a Halloween-set thriller. Read the quotes below. Read More »

‘Iron Man 3′ Post-Credits Spoiler Revealed

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I’m going to give you every possible chance not to read this post. Latino Review has a report from the Paris premiere screening of Iron Man 3 and is ready to reveal the film’s post-credits scene. I’m sure about 95% of us will want to keep that a secret, even if we already think we know what it is. For that other five percent, we’re going to pass on the description below. It’s still safe to click after the jump, but there will be a nice big warning. Beware. Seriously. Read More »

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By this point, anyone who wants to know the major points of Iron Man 3 probably does, as so many have been teased to audiences. Tony Stark/Iron Man stares into his future in the aftermath of the events of The Avengers and catches a glimpse of his possible end, personified by international terrorist the Mandarin.

Previous trailers have shown quite a lot, but the movie probably still has some big surprises in store. A clip aired during the MTV Movie Awards doesn’t give away too much, as it shows an extended look at a scene already teased in multiple trailers. And a new TV spot does more or less the same thing. If you’re not closing your eyes to all new images from the film before it opens in early May, check out both below. Read More »

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By now, the cat is out of the bag in terms of Tony Stark’s little secret. Since The Avengers, he’s been sitting in his workshop making dozens of brand new Iron Man suits for all different kinds of occasions: heavy lifting, Hulk busting, medical emergencies, space travel. And they’ll all help him in a battle with the Mandarin at the climax of Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3.

That much we’ve seen on the Iron Man Facebook page and in numerous trailers and commercials. What we haven’t seen are these gorgeous motion graphic “Armor Reveals” by designer Kaism Lim. He’s done little video pieces, almost commercials, for several of the armors and they’re a sight to behold. Check them out below. Read More »

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