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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Mel Gibson Get the Gringo

In the past twenty years, Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson have all but switched places. Back then Gibson was one of the biggest stars in the world and Downey Jr. was known for being a partying troublemaker. Fast forward to now, and thanks to Marvel, Downey is one of the biggest box office stars on the planet while Gibson is persona non grata thanks to his anti-Semitic rants and other bouts of anger. The two actors both know the highs and lows of fame, and it seems the currently popular one is hoping to help a brother out.

Radar Online is reporting Downey wants to share his superhero success with his friend and is pushing for Gibson, as well as Jodie Foster, to appear in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron or Avengers 3.

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In a new interview, Mark Wahlberg says he’d like to take over the Iron Man franchise from Robert Downey Jr. He’s mostly kidding. The line is delivered in a semi-joking tone and he goes on to say he’s never really been asked to play a superhero. He prefers to play someone real and relatable. The actor then realizes, with turns in Ted and the upcoming Transformers 4, he’s getting quite comfortable acting with someone who isn’t there and finishes the thought by saying how much he liked The Avengers.

So while Wahlberg’s quote definitely comes off as a throwaway line, the fact that Robert Downey Jr. could only have two more appearances as Iron Man, and that Wahlberg is six years younger than Downey Jr., does leave the door open a crack. Check out the interview below. Read More »

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