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The new drama "The Judge" is both a traditional courtroom narrative and an intense story of father-son friction, but stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall found the balance easy to strike since director David Dobkin gave them specific time before the movie to get to know each other. What's not as easy for Duvall, however, is watching some of his old films. "Sometimes when I see myself in a movie [on TV], I pass over it," Duvall told us. "If I thought it was good way back, I think maybe it's not good anymore. So I keep going." We caught up with the stars of "The Judge" to discuss their old movies, the fun of finally getting to work with one another, and the costars they really want to work with again. "The Judge," which premiered at Tiff, opens October 10. »
- Louis Virtel
The last big missing piece in Marvel's Agent Carter has been put into place with today's news that Dominic Cooper is set to reprise the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder Howard Stark in the period TV series.
Agent Carter will mark Cooper's third turn as Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) father in Marvel's live-action properties. He first appeared as the brilliant inventor in Captain America: The First Avenger, and was on-hand for the experiment that turned Steve Rogers into a super soldier and eventual Avenger. Cooper also had a brief cameo as Howard Stark in the Agent Carter Marvel One-Shot for a pivotal scene that marked the formal beginning of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Before Marvel fans will see Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark again in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," they'll get to spend some time with his dad, Howard Stark. Dominic Cooper has signed on to reprise his role as the the inventor father of Tony "Iron Man" Stark in ABC's upcoming "Agent Carter," starring Hayley Atwell. The news was announced on Marvel's official site. Cooper first played the senior Stark in 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," and reprised the role in 2013's "Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter." As seen in "The First Avenger," Stark was involved with the supersoldier project which created Captain America, and later went on to play a key role in the founding of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Carter" takes place just after WWII. Atwell recently popped up in a flashback scene on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," so it's not out of the question for »
- Dave Lewis
The Movie on its own merit…
There are some experiences that, while not life changing, are life reaffirming and leave an impression not easily forgotten. Arguably, the best kinds of these experiences are the ones that are fully unexpected. Being caught off guard, leaving the unmistakable mark of joy stretched across one’s face. Moments that make us smile, spontaneously. I am reminded of the very first time I had an authentic Cuban sandwich, which happened to be off a food truck in Austin, Texas. Watching Jon Favreau’s newest film, Chef, is the cinematic equivalent.
From the filmmaker who Made (2001) an independent first impression, immortalized Will Ferrell as a holiday staple in Elf (2003) and realized the Iron Man trilogy on the big screen, its refreshing to see writer and director Jon Favreau returning to his smaller, indie roots with Chef. Favreau also stars as the film’s central character, »
- Travis Keune
Warner Bros. has released a batch of eight The Judge clips from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming drama. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. The film marks a major departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies like Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey. These clips offer a good snapshot of the film’s tone, which is certainly dramatic but also tinged with Downey’s signature quick-witted sense of humor. Watch the Judge clips after the jump. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, »
- Adam Chitwood
Sexually unapologetic women are all over TV these days: From “Outlander” to “Orphan Black" The Starz series, with its “revolutionary” wedding episode, joins a several recent shows "that treat the sexual activities of their leading ladies with refreshing matter-of-factness and genuine interest,” says Maureen Ryan. She adds: "But almost lost amid this welcome expansion of protagonists is a really important fact: In these narratives, sexual women are not shamed by the shows themselves for their desires. The women own their sexuality and the narratives are interested in exploring their desires -- and in judging their mistakes, carnal and otherwise, without stealthily blaming them for being sexual in the first place." Study: Tweeting while watching TV can leave you with fewer brain cells University of Sussex researchers found that "people who used a higher number of media devices concurrently also had smaller grey matter density in the part of the brain »
- Norman Weiss
As Jeremy Renner continues to make the press rounds for his upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, the actor cleared the air about a certain Captain America 3 rumor and teased new details about Avengers: Age of Ultron. And, despite claiming that he wasn't really interested in a Hawkeye solo movie last week, Renner does confirmed that he is signed on for one should Marvel deem it necessary. He then teases a possible Hawkeye/Black Widow team-up movie.
Most actors who take on a major role in any Marvel movie sign multi-picture deals that will span several years. When asked about his own Marvel contract, Jeremy Renner says the deal includes Marvel's The Avengers, next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3, along with a possible Hawkeye spin-off movie:
Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan are in the midst of dealing with son Exton's "terrible twos," but the actor said the notoriously difficult years haven't been too bad so far.
"Yeah, he just wants to sling open drawers and grab knives," he continued. "It's really not stressful at all! When he first started walking, it was kind of like, alright, this is a little bit exhausting and terrifying, and then he kind of ...
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Having been absent from Marvel’s slate of Phase Two movies, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is set to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in May alongside the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the actor has taken a moment to discuss his role in the hotly-anticipated sequel during an interview with Starplus (via Cbm).
“It was fun to finally kind of discover who Clint Barton is a little bit. We have some good secrets revealed. I think everything that was great about the first Avengers, is exponentially expressed in this one. From the action, to the making fun of itself, and there’s a lot more time spent with the Avengers together, after being so separated in the first one. We’ve got some great new goodies, and some good baddies.”
There’s also been talk that Hawkeye could reunite with Chris Evans »
- Gary Collinson
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan have a new movie and a new baby on the way.
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife (and producer) Susan are opening up about how nervous now that they are expecting a baby girl. While promoting their new film The Judge, Et's Rocsi Diaz got the actor's thoughts on his struggles with addictions, second chances and how he's preparing to welcome his first daughter in November.
"I don't want to be a pushover. I hear about these pushover dads," the 49-year-old told Rocsi Diaz about what kind of father he'd be to a girl. "I want to be a fair but firm dad. I want her to fear and respect me."
This is the couple’s second child together, and Susan admits she's the good cop when it comes to their 2-year-old son, Exton. But how »
What’s it like to work with David Fincher? Well, he’s reportedly a challenging director that demands a lot of takes, right? We’re talking sometimes 60 or more. During “Zodiac,” Robert Downey Jr. described the set as “a gulag,” and in protest of the grueling number of takes the director put the cast through he left urine-filled mason jars around the set. Jake Gyllenhaal has also discussed the filmmaker’s exhausting approach, venting his frustrations in a 2007 New York Times article. Have times changed? Has Fincher mellowed and found a new approach, or did the “Gone Girl” cast simply know what they were getting into? During the New York Film Festival press conference—"Gone Girl" had its world premiere there this weekend—the cast mostly just raved about their director. Here’s some highlights: Ben Affleck: "I'm at this point in my career where I've decided it's all about the director. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Co-written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, the film harkens to the noirs of times past. Bomer will join Ryan Gosling, who plays Holland March, a troubled private detective in 1970s Los Angeles. When March hooks up with tough guy Jackson Healy – played by Russell Crowe – the pair unite to track down a missing girl and solve the seemingly-unrelated death of a porn star. Somewhere in the mix, Bomer’s character makes an appearance. As yet, we’re not sure who he’s slated to play.
We do know that as well as Gosling and Crowe, he’ll be joining The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley who’s set to take the female lead. Currently back on set for Magic Mike Xxl, Bomer will start shooting after principal »
- Gem Seddon
As if you needed another reason to head to theaters to see Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, we have reports that the first Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer will play ahead of it in theaters. If you are Russian, you will definitely get to see the Avengers teaser, as Warner Bros. Russia has announced that it will be attached to the space odyssey in that country. It makes sense for that to be true here in the States as well, given that Interstellar’s November 7 (U.S.) release date puts it almost exactly six months ahead of Age of Ultron’s May 1, 2015 (also U.S.) release date. That’s about when the Marvel PR machine starts rolling things out. They also usually put their trailers online a few days before theatrical release, so come back at the end of October/beginning of November to watch it here.
- Mily Dunbar
There must be a multitude of Hollywood actors who seethe at the effortless charisma Robert Downey Jr. has at his disposal, giving him the ability to turn even deeply average material into compulsive viewing. David Dobkin's "The Judge" doesn’t qualify as average, but without Downey Jr.'s dazzlingly emphatic turn as a hotshot Chicago lawyer lured home to defend his estranged, cantankerous father (Robert Duvall) from a deadly hit-and-run charge, it probably would. (The film is, so far, being panned by critics per Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes.) With franchise work consuming his hours following that overlong stretch in the wilderness, "The Judge" arrives as Downey Jr.'s first meaty dramatic role since Joe Wright's "The Soloist" in 2009, and seemingly comes mixed from the same formula: middlebrow awards bait with the potential for landing him the Big One. Downey Jr.'s only Best Actor Oscar nomination to date »
- Matt Mueller
The world of entertainment is rife with actors who, after achieving a certain degree of fame, just couldn’t avoid the lure of furthering their “brand” by jumping ship to the world of music, and though there’s a shed-load of examples that actually worked (such as Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Viggo Mortensen, Jared Leto and Juliette Lewis), often actors end up churning out vanity projects because of their wealth and fame without having any discernible musical talent. Simply, they do it just because they can.
It’s sage advice to master one craft before diving into another, though a number of these actors can’t even profess to have perfected acting yet. Their have-a-go attitude is admirable to an extent, but without their millions of dollars and familiar faces, they’d be relegated to recording themselves on a laptop in their garages like the rest of us, »
- Jack Pooley
"...when 'Tony Stark' tries to jump start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including 'Iron Man', 'Captain America', 'Thor', 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Black Widow' and 'Hawkeye', are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.
"As the villainous 'Ultron' emerges, it is up to 'The Avengers' to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
"Together with »
- Michael Stevens
Pete Hammond believes this year's Oscar race for Best Actor is the "most crowded ever" and asks why the Academy doesn't double its number of acting nominees. He calls it a "serious glut of qualified" contenders in 2014 with just under 30 legitimate men in the discussion. Hammond reminds that even "sure things" like Tom Hanks and Robert Redford could not get nominations last year. The current list starts with Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"). Then throw in Ben Affleck ("Gone Girl"), Chadwick Boseman ("Get on Up"), Gael Garcia Bernal ("Rosewater"), Ellar Coltrane ("Boyhood"), Kevin Costner ("Black and White"), Robert Downey, Jr. ("The Judge"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler"), Matthew McConaughey ("Interstellar"), »
Robert Downey Jr. suffered the loss of his mother this week and he subsequently decided that a "generic" obituary wouldn't do.
According to her son, Elsie Ann Downey died Monday night at the age of 80, and today the actor took to Facebook to pen a touching.and yet signaturely quirky.tribute to the woman to whom he owes so very much.
"As promotion for The Judge kicks off this weekend, I feel the need to run the risk of over sharing..." Downey's essay began as he delved into describing different stages of his mom's life, from her birth as Elsie Ann Ford near Pittsburgh in April 1934, through her short but turbulent marriage to Downy's father, filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., her unremarkable acting career and her struggle with addiction, and onto how she helped him battle his own demons when he was at his worst, how she bonded with her grandchildren »
Now that the slow grind of September is over and we get prepped for the cold winds of winter to enter our lives, the fall movie season can begin. Commonly known as "awards season" we can expect a bevy of hard-hitting flicks that go for more of an emotional impact rather than the more visceral thrills of summer. October kicks into gear with entries from the likes of David Fincher, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Brad Pitt, David Ayer, Michael Keaton, Jake »
- Paul Shirey
Ever since The Avengers: Age Of Ultron wrapped production in August, everyone's been wondering when we'd see our first public look at the finished product. For a moment, we thought we'd see the first trailer drop on Robert Downey Jr.'s social networking profiles, but that reveal wound up being a new trailer for The Judge. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but we're dying to see a glimpse at the movie we'll be lining up to see next summer. Well if Comic Book Movie's latest scoop is telling the truth, we could be seeing that trailer in theaters at the beginning of November, with a possible online release at the end of October. The announcement was apparently made by Warner Bros Russia (via FilmPro) and Cbm speculates that the online strategy will be used in conjunction with this release. Rather than just being a straightforward trailer, I wonder »
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