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Justin Theroux While working on the script for the sequel to Iron Man, screenwriter Justin Theroux told MTV that the main theme of Iron Man 2 will be the issue of identity, considering Iron Man's identity is public knowledge.
"It's something that we've made a real decision to run towards rather than away from," said Theroux, who maintains that identity, and the nature of it, will be a big part of the sequel.
Link | Posted 12/30/2008 by reelz
- reelz reelz
One of the things that interests me about super-hero stories is the duality of their identity. Who is the real identity: Spider-Man or Peter Parker? Superman or Clark Kent? Batman or Bruce Wayne? Each time a writer climbs on board for a stint on one of these comics or a director starts a new film, that duality gets a new exploration, with different answers developing over time. But what about Tony Stark, Iron Man, who doesn't have the split identity issues of other super-heroes? That difference about Tony Stark is exactly what Justin Theroux, scriptwriter for Iron Man 2, who told MTV's Splash Page that the lack of a dual nature will be a fundamental part of the second film. After all, Tony Stark is the first mainstream hero to have a movie where the main character isn't hiding his identity. There's no ducking into a closet/telephone booth/ whatever »
Iron Man 2 news continues to leak out with Latino Review reporting that Tim Robbins may be signing on to portray Howard Stark, father to Tony, a man whose legacy was extolled in the first film. In other comments, producer Jon Favreau hinted that Howard Stark may have had something to do with the super soldier formula which would further link Iron Man to 2011’s First Avenger: Captain America.
“Jon [Favreau] wanted to get a good actor because he didn't think the guy who played Howard in the last film could carry such an important scene,” the site noted.
They also report that our speculation that casting notes meant Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. the Black Widow, was expected appear to be true. Not only that, the site says Clint Barton, the carny turned criminal Hawkeye will also appear. Both were introduced in Iron Man’s Tales of Suspense days so »
- Robert Greenberger
"Iron Man is just a unique character in the comic book world,” Theroux said. “He can get away with being incorrigible, slightly awful, funny, sexist at times. He has a very high threshold for things that he can do and get away with.
"So in a weird way it's a lot of fun writing for him and it's not like writing a more stoic superhero part. Obviously, you have the story elements and the action elements and all those gears of that you want to make sure are well oiled. But within that you can have a lot of play."
To write the sequel, he recognizes the need to keep things set in a somewhat familiar world. "[You] can't really go crazy,” he said. “It has to live »
- Robert Greenberger
Lots of maddening hints in the news today -- I share them merely in order to tease you as they have me.
Or this: Guy Ritchie has a lead in mind for Sgt. Rock, but he won't say who, except that it's no one from his past films. So you can cross Jason Statham, Mark Strong, Robert Downey Jr., and Gerard Butler off the "Names That Rumor-Mongerers Love" list. He did say the script is done, it will be set in WWII, and it will feature Easy Company. However, the biggest hurdle in getting it made is its budget which is "slightly intimidating." [MTV Splash Page]
David S. Goyer says the Master of Magnetism's origin movie is on hold »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Movies about movie making can be filled with inside jokes that lose the audience or use the miniature world of a set to tell a dramatic story. Then there’s Tropic Thunder, a broad comedy poking fun at multiple Hollywood types in one stroke.
Ben Stiller, aided and abetted by Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen, wrote a movie about a stereotypical misfit cast that is making a war story but find themselves in a real jungle battle. Not the most original of ideas, but as handled by the ensemble, it’s remarkably refreshing and entertaining. When the film opened in August, it was like a tonic to the explosive super-heroic fare and lackluster comedies.
The movie sends up Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, and other modern day war dramas, not just in structure, but in the way scenes are staged, lit, and performed. There’s affection here, respecting the source »
- Robert Greenberger
You have to admit, as far as stingers go (scenes after a film's credits), Iron Man had a pretty kick-ass idea. Not only setting up the idea that we will have an Avengers movie soon, but introducing Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury? It doesn't get much better than that. Then, of course, you had the cool crossover in The Incredible Hulk with Tony Stark showing up. So, what can we expect from the upcoming swath of Marvel Movies? Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux says he has no idea yet. The writer told MTV Splashpage that no conversations are going on between the writers of the various movies. Theroux clarifies that this is a good thing though. The potential is there for all sorts of cool crossovers, but nothing is being sent down as a requirement. The studio is focused more on making great individual movies, and then allowing »
Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux told MTV’s Splash Page that the Entertainment Weekly reports as to why Terrence Howard was dropped from the cast in favor of Don Cheadle were not entirely accurate.
“I can’t really speak to the plot stuff and all the rest of it but Rhodes is completely present in a very strong and big way,” Theroux said Tony Stark's friend and the future War Machine. “He’s completely present.”
“All that stuff that was in the EW article,” said Theroux regarding statements Howard was being dropped when the story being crafted minimized Rhodey’s role,. “I don’t know. I can only tell you what I know which is that from a writing standpoint we didn’t do anything differently [with the character]. It’s not like we were sitting there going, we need less of this or that. We just approached the characters and the story on their own terms. »
- Robert Greenberger
I've just finished watching the Iron Man film. It's November, and the film was released back in May, but, what can I say? I haven't felt the urge to search out the film to see what all the fuss is about. Well, I watched it the other day, and do you know what? Pisses all over the Hulk. Both Hulks. Brilliant. I love what Favs has done with it, and I really want to see where the second film goes... which brings me nicely onto this article. It seems that a recent article in Entertainment Weekly made a few minor errors regarding Terrence Howard's replacement in the form of Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes in Iron Man 2.
The EW article said that due to the over-sized paycheck and disputes with Howard over his role of Rhodes in the first film, director Jon Favreau was thinking of curtailing the »
Justin Theroux recently sat down to talk with Ugo, and dished on, besides the DVD release of “Tropic Thunder”, the progress happening with the “Iron Man” sequel. Theroux says “We’ve kind of got a first draft around. You know what I mean? I just got back from London where I was working with Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige. He was out there. We were talking with Robert, who’s out there doing ‘Sherlock Holmes’, he was giving his input and his notes. We’re sort of there. It’s just sort of chugging along. The crews, I think, are now starting to see what [...] »
- Costa Koutsoutis
Iron Man scribe Justin Theroux spoke to MTV recently about Jim Rhodes/War Machine and his place in the sequel to the much-loved movie. There was of course talk in an EW article that director Jon Favreau and Theroux was looking at minimizing the role... .All that stuff that was in the .EW. article... I don.t know. I can only tell you what I know which is that from a writing standpoint we didn.t do anything differently [with the character]. It.s not like we were sitting there going, we need »
- James Thoo
Seeing as it's a slow news day, let's check in with Justin Theroux, who's hard at work penning Iron Man 2. The cool people of Ugo did a nice interview with him, where he talks all about Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2, and even a little bit about The Avengers.
Theroux says the script is around "the first draft" and is chugging right along with input and notes from Robert Downey Jr. The writer was quick to dismiss rumors that he was involved in the Terrence Howard/Don Cheadle change-up, that his script will reflect it in any way, or that the role of War Machine will be scaled down. "No, that's all nonsense. Whatever their reason is, I'll leave that up to Marvel. We're writing the thing, virtually the same for Rhodey that we would for any actor. We're really taking what's going to be the most interesting story for the fans, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
MTV has a new interview with Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux as yet another mouth weighs in on what really was behind the letting go of Terrence Howard from the Iron Man 2 production as Don Cheadle steps into the role of Col. Jim Rhodes. The thrust of the questioning is in relation to Nicole Sperling's article at Entertainment Weekly from October 31 which basically said Howard was let go from the production because his salary was too high, director Jon Favreau was not happy with his performance and Theroux was having to cut back the role of Rhodes due to a lack of faith in Howard. Well, Theroux steps up to the mic and pretty much says, "Bullsh*t." Here's the quote: "I can't really speak to the plot stuff and all the rest of it but Rhodes is completely present in a very strong and big way... He's Completely present. »
- Brad Brevet
By now I'm sure we're all familiar with every last detail surrounding Iron Man 2, including that Marvel hired Justin Theroux (seen above) to write the script this time around. Theroux got the job coming off of Tropic Thunder; he used to be an actor and only turned to writing recently, making his impressive debut with Tropic Thunder. Ugo caught up with Theroux recently and while he didn't give much of an update, he at least mentioned some interesting things regarding his work on Iron Man 2, the role of Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the sequels, and his considerations surrounding The Avengers movie as well. Theroux explains that they've only finished a first draft. "I just got back from London where I was working with Robert [Downey Jr.] and Kevin Feige... We were talking with Robert, who's out there doing Sherlock Holmes -- he was giving his input and his »
- Alex Billington
Photo: Paramount Home Entertainment It's been a long time since I have enjoyed a DVD or Blu-ray release as much as I enjoyed this one. Sure, some good movies have come my way, but for the most part the majority of special features and extra content never really does anything to get me too excited. The Tropic Thunder Director's Cut DVD and Blu-ray not only offer an extended look at the funniest film of the year, but it also comes equipped with features you are going to want to watch as opposed to features you will skim through. This isn't to say all of the features are good, but there are a couple that make the release worthwhile on their own. Throughout this review you will see screenshots taken directly from the DVD release accompanied by captions either describing what you are seeing or quoting what the actor was saying when the image was captured. »
- Brad Brevet
We have some hilarious clips from the "Tropic Thunder" release on DVD and Blu-ray. Seven clips to be exact, all embedded within a single player. Released in theatres on August 15th, the comedy starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Jay Baruschel, Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey, Bill Hader, Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte and Brandon T. Jackson pulled in over $110 million domestically. Add $73.6 million in U.S. sales from the Ben Stiller helmed and written film. This is truly one of the funniest films you are likely to see if you keep an open mind. Release for your home entertainment enjoyment is on November 18th and should not be missed. Be sure to read our Blu-ray review and two movie reviews! Tropic Thunder(2008)(Released date: 8/15/2008) - Rate & Review this! - Add to your List! - Find similar releases!Starring:Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Bill Hader, Justin Theroux, »
Such an uproariously funny comedy I have not seen for a long, long time. A fantastic satire helmed by lead actor Ben Stiller who directs as well as writing alongside Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen. A visually entertaining menu layout out with scenes flashing from the film including Stiller’s “Platoon” spoof with arms reached out and more. As far as the Blu-ray disc goes, one can find an abundance of HD features like deleted scenes, an alternate ending, featurettes, "Rain of Madness" and so much more! »
Terrence Howard was apparently replaced by Don Cheadle on super-sequel Iron Man 2 because director John Favreau didn’t think his performance hit the mark. According to a story by Entertainment Weekly, Howard was in fact the highest paid cast member on Iron Man, scoring an even bigger paycheque than star Robert Downey Jr. But when Marvel heard that Favreau and co-writer Justin Theroux were cutting down the role of Howard’s character Rhodey – and his expected battle-bot War Machine – for the sequel, they demanded... .
Photo: Paramount Pictures, manipulated by Brad Brevet Wanna know why Terrence Howard won't be coming back for Iron Man 2? I know you do and I am wondering if those that were down on the switch to Don Cheadle will think differently once they learn what Entertainment Weekly has to tell us or if they still think Howard got the shaft. Here is the skinny as reported by "Ew" in a slightly paraphrased fashion: Howard was the first actor signed to the film and, on top of that, was the highest-paid... more than Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges [and] Robert Downey Jr. And once the project fully came together, it was too late to renegotiate his deal. It didn't help that, according to one source, Favreau and his producers were ultimately unhappy with Howard's performance, and spent a lot of »
- Brad Brevet
A couple of weeks ago we asked if Terrence Howard had been blindsided by Marvel with his removal from Iron Man 2. According to that post the word that he was left out of the sequel and replaced by Don Cheadle came out of the blue, and he heard about it online like the rest of us. My first reaction was “What the heck is wrong with Marvel?” but I did figure that there were two sides to the story and we should wait until we heard the other side before coming to any conclusions.
Well we now have the other side of the story (albeit unofficially), and it’s quite fascinating and unusual.
According to Entertainment Weekly, while some insiders guessed it had to do with Howard being difficult on the set, the story has much more to it:
“Howard was the first actor signed to the film and, »
- Vic Holtreman
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