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When Robert Downey Jr took the leading role in "Iron Man," he had no idea that in 2013 he would end up being Hollywood's highest-paid actor with "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers" both breaking $1 billion at the box office. Forbes has now unveiled their list for 2014, with Downey once again topping the list as the highest-paid actor, earning a whopping $75 million, with the majority coming from just one movie, "Iron Man 3." He earned the same amount in 2013. Taking second place is Dwayne Johnson with earnings of $52 million. The actor was in fifth place last year with $46 million. Rounding out the top five are Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth. And despite being second last year, Channing Tatum didn't make the list in 2014. 1. Robert Downey Jr. - $75 million 2. Dwayne Johnson - $52 million 3. Bradley Cooper - $46 million 4. Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million 5. Chris Hemsworth - $37 million 6. Liam Neeson - $36 million 7. Ben Affleck »
The first few pages of Frank Miller's script for the shelved Batman: Year One have a disturbed Bruce Wayne waking up from chronic nightmares, some nameless prostitutes being slapped around by their pimp, and Jim Gordon putting a gun in his mouth.
You can see why Warner Bros didn't ultimately go for the project, which was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky and would have rewritten the Bat mythology even more radically than Miller already had in his comic book arc of the same name.
"Our take was to infuse the Batman franchise with a dose of reality," Aronofsky has said, citing The French Connection and Taxi Driver among his influences. "We tried to ask that eternal question, 'What does it take for a real man to put on tights and fight crime?'" It's an approach not far from the one ultimately taken by Christopher Nolan in Batman Begins, »
We should have seen it coming. The questioning of Anne Hathaway’s casting as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises may not have reached the heights of Batfleck, but there were certainly people out there who questioned whether Princess Mia really was the perfect person to play Batman’s femme fatale thief. But, just as with 10 Things I Hate About You’s Heath Ledger and his appointment as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, we needn’t have worried. Director Christopher Nolan knew exactly what he was doing.
Hathaway’s Selina Kyle proved to be one the best things about Nolan’s trilogy ender, at all times both smart and seductive, desirable and deadly. Some may have baulked at her role in (spoiler, if you haven’t seen this two year old movie) Bane’s death and that she (second spoiler) ultimately ran off to live the quiet life with Bruce Wayne, »
- Alex Leadbeater
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People were a little surprised at the choice of villain for the final entry in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The previous installment in the latest series of Batman films had made a (sadly posthumous) star of Heath Ledger, who delivered a barnstorming performance as psychotic supervillain The Joker, whose chaotic cunning and lack of limits placed Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne on the back foot from the off. Rumour had it that, with Ledger passing away between films, the third movie would see a similarly cerebral, psychological bad guy take his place.
When Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast, the scuttlebutt is he would be playing The Riddler, who has some similarities with the Clown Prince Of Crime. Nobody was expecting the announcement that followed Jgl’s addition to the ensemble: that fellow Inception star Tom Hardy was on board, and would take the part of lead antagonist Bane. »
- Tom Baker
As Nicolas Cage returns to Oscar-worthy form in David Gordon Green's extraordinary Southern Gothic drama Joe, we celebrate some of the strangest roles he's essayed along the way, from insect-munching Manhattanite to bee-wrangling bear impersonator. It's not always pretty, but it's never boring...
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
After he was a leading man, but before he was a very good one, Cage played that 1980s stalwart – the Yuppy Dick – in this off-kilter black comedy. Enunciating in an inexplicably anglicised drawl, like Loyd Grossman shouting through a tube, his character Peter Loew confides to his therapist: "I brought this girl up to my place, really hot, you knooooooow... Suddenly, this bat comes sweeping down out of noooowhere. I'll be daaaaamned if I didn't get really turned on!"
From here things only get stranger, with Loew exhibiting all the usual signs of vampirism: cringing at the sign of crosses/mirrors, shouting the alphabet »
Robert Downey Jr has been named the highest-earning actor in Hollywood for the second year in a row.
The Marvel films involving Downey Jr have grossed over $4 billion.
The Top 10 highest-earning actors of 2014 are as follows:
Robert Downey Jr ($75m)Dwayne Johnson ($52m)Bradley Cooper ($46m)Leonardo DiCaprio ($39m)Chris Hemsworth ($37m)Liam Neeson ($36m)Ben Affleck ($35m)Christian Bale ($35m)Will Smith ($32m)Mark Wahlberg ($32m)
Downey Jr will soon be seen in legal drama The Judge, where he will play a brash lawyer who returns to »
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, whose celebrations in honor of 75 years of one of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes—Batman—will be in full swing.
On Saturday, July 26th, beginning at 10 a.m., Warner Bros. Pictures brings to Hall H three of its most hotly anticipated films to this year’s Con:
Peter Jackson will be on the main stage with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” From New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and George Miller will be on hand to present a first look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The Wachowskis’ original sci-fi actioner “Jupiter Ascending,” also from Warner Bros. »
- Michelle McCue
We just featured a cool collection of custom Back to the Future Lego Ideas sets that the creator hopes will be turned into real sets for Lego enthusiasts to add to their collection. But now we're going to focus on a set that customers will be able to buy much sooner. The Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy will be getting the Lego treatment by way of the brand's Ultimate Collector line. With 1,869 pieces, this is awesome for any Batman fan, or for anyone who just likes awesome Lego sets. Plus, it comes with Lego versions of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger's version of The Joker. Look now! Here's the Ultimate Collector's Edition Lego of The Tumbler from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Thanks to USA Today for the above photos. And anyone interested in picking up this Lego set will be able to snag it »
- Ethan Anderton
The annual list of top earning actors published by Forbes magazine has come out for 2014 with Robert Downey Jr. heading up the list again. Downey took home approximately $75 million over the past financial year, two-thirds of which were backend profits from "The Avengers".
There was some surprising additions that show that young Hollywood is making bank on films despite claims these actors don't command the kinds of salaries that older stars (ala Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, even Will Smith) do. Downey's fellow Marvel star Chris Hemsworth made it into fifth place with $37 million, "Hangover" star Bradley Cooper nabbed a very impressive $46 million, and both the former (Christian Bale) and current (Ben Affleck) Batman tied for seventh and eighth with $35 million apiece. Here's the Top 10:
1 - Robert Downey Jr - $75 million
2 - Dwayne Johnson - $52 million
3 - Bradley Cooper - $46 million
4 - Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million
5 - Chris Hemsworth - »
- Garth Franklin
For the second year in a row, “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. tops the Forbes annual list of highest earning actors with an estimated $75 million since June 2013, the same amount that Forbes estimated the year before.
Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man 3” crossed the billion dollar threshold in 2013. His turn in Jon Favreau’s “Chef” was more of a favor than a moneymaker, but he also appears the mystery drama “The Judge,” opening Oct. 13.
Downey Jr. received notable press for holding out on his contract for upcoming sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” due to salary concerns. Though he has agreed to star in both “Age of Ultron” and an upcoming “The Avengers 3,” neither role has been confirmed.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the only other actor from last year’s Forbes top five to make this year’s top five again, placing second with $52 million. Johnson will star in “Hercules, »
- Sebastian Torrelio
For the second successive year, Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes’ annual list of the highest paid actors, released today. What is even more impressive is that he is number one again despite only having had one film released in 2014 so far – his cameo in Jon Favreau’s hit indie comedy Chef.
It turns out that most (if not all) of Downey Jr.’s earnings this year have come from his back-end deals with Disney and Marvel for his work in last year’s highest grossing film Iron Man 3, which took a whopping $1.215 billion at the worldwide box office. In addition, he re-signed a contract with Disney for roles in next summer’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron (and its inevitable sequel), for which he is said to have had a hike in pay. In total, the actor earned $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014.
In second place was Dwayne Johnson »
- Scott Davis
Ja from Mnpp here - what with The Film Experience turning its eyes towards the year that was 1973 this month I kind of feel it's my duty as the horror-genre drum-beater in residence to pick up the baton (ahh, delicious scrambled metaphors) and race us over to the brownstones of Georgetown for a hot minute, where a sweet little girl and her mother are busy being dragged through all nine circles of Hell and back for this week's Exorcist-flavored edition of "Beauty Vs. Beast."
Quite a literal round this time: an emphatically most horrible Beast, while our Beauty... well, Ellen Burstyn's Chris MacNeil is maybe even a smidge too amazing as our Beauty? I know most of the film's power comes from the corruption of the sweet relationship she has with her daughter but it always feels a wee bit to me like it strains credibility how much time »
Mondays are usually pretty lousy. But you want a little something to add some salt to the wound, well, how about finding out how much Hollywood's leading men make. That'll give you some much-needed perspective, especially when you're trying to decide whether or not you can splurge for a six-inch tuna sandwich from Subway.
At the top of the list, compiled by Forbes and put into handily readable form by The Short List, is Robert Downey Jr., who commanded a handsome $75 million last year. What makes this number even more incredible is the fact that the money was almost exclusively due to one role/movie: last May's $1 billion-grossing "Iron Man 3." Coming in second place is Dwayne Johnson who, unlike Rdj, was in six movies in the same time period. Homeboy never stops working. Coming in third, somewhat surprisingly, is Bradley Cooper, who doesn't seem to work all that often and »
- Drew Taylor
Lego has plans to debut a new set based on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight franchise at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The set will include a Tumbler, Christian Bale's Batman and Heath Ledger's Joker. The Tumbler set consists of 1,869 pieces and will be priced at $199. Check them out and pick them up at Lego stores and shop.Lego.com this September.
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Measuring 15 inches tall and 9 inches wide, the Lego Tumbler has an armored exterior, adjustable wings, a detailed interior (with a console screen that reads "Intimidate") and oversized rubber-tread tires. It also comes with a fact sheet about the vehicle from the movies. »
Don’t get ahead of yourself guys, this one has nothing to do with a certain teleporting, blue skinned mutant. The first viral video popped up online this week for Jake Gyllenhaal’s low budget, under the radar drama Nightcrawler, in which he stars as Lou Bloom, a dejected man struggling to find a job who stumbles upon the underground world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles.
In the teaser Gyllenhaal’s character speaks to the camera and reeks of desperation. He also seems to have dropped quite a bit of weight for the role following in the footsteps of Christian Bale (The Machinist) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club).
Check out the teaser trailer below.
Nightcrawler will hit U.S. theatres October 17
- Gavin Logan
Thanks to USA Today, we’ve got our first look at the upcoming Lego Tumbler set, which comes with two minifigures from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker (the first time Ledger’s Clown Prince of Crime has appeared in Lego form). The set will be on display at Comic-Con this week, and consists of 1,869 pieces, with the armored Batmobile measuring 15 inches long by 15 inches wide. Here it is in all its glory…
The Lego Tumbler will be available from September and is priced at $199.
The post First look at Lego Tumbler and The Dark Knight minifigures appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
USA Today have offered the first look at new Lego sets based on Christopher Nolan's masterpiece, The Dark Knight. The Lego Tumbler set can be constructed from 1,869 pieces and will set you back $199. It will go on sale in September at Lego stores and shop.Lego.com. Here's some additional information about the product: "15 inches tall and 9 inches wide, the Lego Tumbler has an armored exterior, adjustable wings, a detailed interior (with a console screen that reads "Intimidate") and oversized rubber-tread tires. It also comes with a fact sheet about the vehicle from the movies." There's also two mini-figure with the Tumbler set: Christian Bale's Batman and Heath Ledger's Joker. This is the first time Ledger's Joker has appeared in Lego form. That performance earned Ledger an Oscar. If you'd like to get a close-up look at these items they will be on display at Comic-Con next weekend. »
With summer starting to wrap up (after "Guardians Of The Galaxy" in two weeks, blockbusters get considerably thinner on the ground), it's time to start looking even further ahead to big movies planned for the fall, or even for next summer. And happily, with Comic-Con just around the corner, the studios have obliged, releasing a slew of images for some new upcoming movies. First up is "Exodus: Gods & Kings," Ridley Scott's first attempt at the Biblical epic. The first live-action big-screen version of the story of Moses since "The Ten Commandments," Scott's picture is taking the big-budget "Gladiator"-style approach, but has drawn controversy due to casting Caucasian actors in Jewish and Egyptian roles, and for casting Australian actor Joel Edgerton as a tangerine with eyebrows drawn on with a magic marker. Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Indira Varma star alongside Edgerton, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
When chef Marco Pierre White published his autobiography in 2006, his infamously tumultuous life was guaranteed to be a dramatic read. Originally titled White Slave, the book was released in America under the new moniker, The Devil In The Kitchen, and readers were not disappointed. Now, it seems the story of the man widely regarded as the first ‘celebrity chef’ may be headed for the screen, as Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi have optioned the work for development.
Following the man from his humble and tragic beginnings in Leeds, UK, to the height of fame and fortune at the centre of London’s restaurant scene, The Devil In The Kitchen depicts the genesis of “the godfather of modern cooking.” Earning his stripes from some of the best chefs in the country, such as Albert Roux and Raymond Blanc, White himself would go on to train Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal, »
- Sarah Myles
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