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Tim Robbins Rumored for 'Iron Man 2'

18 December 2008 2:40 PM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Jon Favreau directed a movie called Zathura a few years ago. It was pretty good, actually. Tanked, but it was Ok. Perhaps he developed a good rapport with Tim Robbins, who played the father in that film, and perhaps, Favreau's heart went out to Robbins for the failure of City of Ember, among the year's biggest flops. Coincidentally, Tim Robbins played the father in that one, too.

He was also a dad in Mystic River, and well, that could've ended more happily.

There are reports swirling that Robbins might join Iron Man 2 as Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark. Latino Review broke the news, pointing out that even though the character was in the first movie (played by Gerard Sanders), he has a much more important role in round two. There will apparently be a big-time flashback with the elder Stark that helps further set up The Avengers and Captain America. »

- Colin Boyd

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Robbins Rumored to Play Tony Stark's Old Man in Iron Man 2

18 December 2008 1:47 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The Latino Review is reporting that the role of Howard Stark, founder of Stark Industries and father of Tony (a.k.a. Iron Man), may be taken over by Shawshank actor Tim Robbins.

If this casting rumor is true, director Jon Favreau's decision to dump Gerard Sanders, who appeared in the part for the first movie, will be because of an enhanced role and important story arc which may introduce The Avengers and Captain America in particular.

This means that the elder Stark (and Robbins) will play a big part in Marvel's multiple comic book movies, and will probably involve Stark's company in the WWII Super Soldier experiment that created Captain America. Such set-up in Iron Man 2 will most certainly follow through in the two other Marvel movies -- already in pre-production.

Also mentioned as possible players in Iron Man 2 are two other Avengers: Black Widow and Hawkeye. »

- reelz reelz

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Tim Robbins to Play Howard Stark in Iron Man 2?

17 December 2008 10:25 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Well it looks like Terrance Howard isn’t that only Iron Man actor getting the shaft in the Marvel Studios sequel. Latino Review reports a rumor that Gerard Sanders, who played Tony Stark’s father Howard in a montage will not return for Iron Man 2. Instead, Howard Stark will be played by Tim Robbins. Apparently there is a pretty important flashback sequence that among other things, helps set up The Avengers and Captain America films, and director Jon Favreau needed an actor who could pull off the scene.

While not 100% confirmed, this makes perfect sense. Screenwriter Mark Fergus told MTV in September that Tony’s “relationship with his father and this person you only heard about in the first movie is going to be much more fully explored” in the sequel and “in other Marvel movies”. It certainly makes sense to involve Howard Stark in the Super Soldier program. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Robert Downey Jr.

16 December 2008 7:32 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Robert Downey Jr. was born in New York City on April 4th, 1965, the son of film maker Robert Downey. One of his first roles was The Pick-Up Artist, opposite Molly Ringwold in 1987. He has since starred in films like Chaplin as Charlie Chaplin as well as the more recent Iron Man and the upcoming Guy Ritchie film Sherlock Holmes.

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The Geek Beat: What Shall We Do With the Justice League?

2 December 2008 10:03 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

It's official. Justice League is dead in the water. The last man standing, director George Miller, has dropped out and the film goes back Warner Bros archives -- something I imagine to be similar to the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Reportedly, Miller told an Australian television audience that Warner Bros wants "bigger stars" in the Justice League movie, and that he believes it will be recast. That's not at all surprising, considering the way the world is wetting their pants over Warner/DC's super competitors, The Avengers, which is probably going to be nothing but A-List. What studio wouldn't look at the line-up for Justice League Mortal, where no one compares to Robert Downey Jr., and say "Thanks, but no thanks."

Honestly, I don't know if there can ever be a Justice League movie. Correct me if I'm wrong (and I know you will »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Discuss: Should They Make an 'Incredible Hulk' Sequel?

28 November 2008 9:03 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Poor Hulk! Batman, Iron Man, even Wolverine get more sequel press than he does. But late last week, Tim Blake Nelson revealed to MTV that he had signed for Hulk sequels, with every intention of taking the villainous center stage as The Leader. But like the rest of us, he has no idea whether or not they'll come to be, or whether or not Edward Norton will return. "It's all good, and I really do hope [the sequel] happens, for all sorts of reasons. But yeah, we did, we had a great time on Hulk together. I'm eager to do Hulk 2 if they make it ... I'm signed on to do Hulk 2 and 3 whether Edward's there or not, so it's not even up to me ... I certainly hope Edward is on the sequel - but that's up to Marvel and Edward."

Meanwhile, over in Avengers land, Robert Downey Jr. mentioned again »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Downey: We need to get 'Avengers' right

26 November 2008 9:42 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Robert Downey Jr. has said that Marvel Comics crossover film The Avengers could run into problems if it is not done correctly. The actor, who recently signed up to reprise the role of Iron Man (aka Tony Stark) in the 2011 movie, said it will be tough balancing all the story's superheroes. "If we don't get it right, it's really going to suck," he told MTV. "It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel's best and brightest, because it's the hardest thing to get right. It's tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters." (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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Downey Jr on The Avengers film

26 November 2008 7:24 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Robert Downey Jr has been talking up the planned Avengers movie, which will unite a whole bunch of Marvel characters upon its release in 2012, or something. It seems that doubts are being made, and it's a little uncertain about how the whole thing will be approached. Here's the man talking to MTV.

"The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is [director] Jon [Favreau] was very certain that 'Iron Man' should be set in a very realistic world. Nothing that happened in 'Iron Man' is really outside the realm of possibility. Once you start talking about Valhalla and supersized super soldiers and jolly green giants it warrants much further discussion." »

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Robert Downey Jr. Warns 'The Avengers', Talks 'Iron Man 2'

26 November 2008 7:02 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Robert Downey Jr. is, quite simply, a god of geekdom. If there's a holy trinity, he shares it only with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman because it is so rare that actors just get it, and even rarer that they'll say it. Witness Downey's thoughts on The Avengers to MTV: "If we don't get it right it's really, really going to suck. It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel's best and brightest because it's the hardest thing to get right. It's tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters."

He also may have let slip who The Avengers might be battling in his concerns that Iron Man remain in a real-world setting: "The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is that Jon was very certain that Iron Man should be set in a very realistic way. Nothing that happened in Iron Man is »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Downey Jr.'s Fears Over Avengers Movie

26 November 2008 4:04 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Robert Downey Jr. is concerned about the upcoming adaptation of comic book classic The Avengers - urging moviemakers to get it right or "it will really suck".

The Hollywood actor has signed on to reprise his role as Iron Man Tony Stark for an appearance in the new film, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2011.

The movie will bring together Marvel superheroes Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America.

But Downey Jr. is adamant that producers need to be extra careful when making the picture, as he doesn't want to see the movie flop.

He tells MTV.com, "It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel.s best and brightest because it.s the hardest thing to get right. It.s tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters. If they don't get it right, it's going to really, really suck."

And Downey Jr is convinced the key to The Avengers' success is to keep the movie realistic.

He adds, "The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is (director) Jon (Favreau) was very certain that Iron Man should be set in a very realistic world. Nothing that happened in Iron Man is really outside the realm of possibility. Once you start talking about Valhalla and supersized super soldiers and jolly green giants it warrants much further discussion.. »

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Robert Downey Jr. Worries About 'The Avengers'

26 November 2008 12:50 AM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

I'm glad Robert Downey Jr. said this about The Avengers. It is, as you know, the culmination of years of preparation for Marvel, and the entertainment titan will be combining several of their best known comic book heroes, all of whom have bolted for the big screen. Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America - That's a lot to put together and keep straight.

"If we don’t get it right it’s really, really going to suck,” Downey told MTV, leaving little room for interpretation. “It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel’s best and brightest because it’s the hardest thing to get right. It’s tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters.”

And he's exactly right. There are so many things to consider, and I look to the X-Men films for a few pointers. Remember how there was never enough for all the characters to do? »

- Colin Boyd

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Robert Downey Jr. Hopes The Avengers Doesn't Suck - Same Here!

25 November 2008 3:33 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

While we wait for Marvel to figure out who to cast as Thor and Captain America, we can safely know that Robert Downey Jr. will return star as Tony Stark / Iron Man in The Avengers movie. So if there's one man to get some early details out of on what we can all hope will be the absolute geek dream come 2011, it's Downey Jr. MTV caught up with him on the set of Sherlock Holmes in London and got a few interesting eye-brow-raising details out of him. We don't really know too much about The Avengers at the moment, mainly because Marvel is trying to focus on the other solo movies first, but of course we all want to know about who is in the cast and crew and what's going on with it, so let's dive right into this update. "If we don't get it right it's really, »

- Alex Billington

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Downey on 'Avengers', Rejected 'Twilight' Script, 'Terminator' Poster and Much, Much More

25 November 2008 2:59 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

(from top left) New Terminator Salvation poster, Criterion logo, Whatever Works, Dolph Lundgren, I am Legend, He-Man, "Star Trek" comic, Tim Blake Nelson in The Incredible Hulk It's been a long time since there were enough stupid online stories to create a Rumor Mill Roundup, but thanks to fanboy excitement and a lack of stories to copy out of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter we have a fresh batch of inane items from around the Internet to dazzle the eye and illuminate the senses. Let's get started shall we... First off, Sony Pictures is handling the international distribution of Terminator Salvation and as a coming out prize they bring a Flash animated motion poster picturing the destruction of Los Angeles as it turns into the robotic face of a Terminator. You think that is just a coincidence? Guess again. Check it out here. Rumor: Sylvester Stallone hints at the possibility »

- Brad Brevet

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Downey, Jr. Realizes Avengers Has Potential to Suck

25 November 2008 12:49 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We've already questioned several times why The Avengers is already bubbling with buzz despite not being released for twenty or thirty years. But with the Oscars and several new projects coming up, people can't stop themselves from asking It-Man of the year Robert Downey, Jr. about his involvement in the »

- Cole Abaius

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Justin Theroux Talks 'Iron Man 2'

24 November 2008 6:45 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

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

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Justin Theroux Delivers a Minor Iron Man 2 Script Update

22 November 2008 8:05 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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'Captain America' Finds His Storyteller

19 November 2008 1:46 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Marvel has done well in their second turn in keeping their next big superhero in the news cycle as news screenwriting duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have been brought aboard to pen the script for First Avenger: Captain America based on the 1941 Jack Kirby and Joe Simon created comicbook superhero. Markus and McFeely both contributed to the first two Narnia films as well as the Ben Kingsley 2007 starrer You Kill Me. The news comes 9 days after director Joe Johnston was named as the film's helmer, but there still remains no word on who is being considered for the lead role of Steve Rogers a man deemed too frail to enter the Army, but through a secret 'Super-Soldier Serum' he becomes a perfect specimen. Following his transformation he sets out as Captain America in a war against evil. Captain America is also the leader of the superhero group knows as the Avengers, »

- Brad Brevet

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Joe Johnston to direct "Captain America"

11 November 2008 12:15 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Marvel Studios has tapped Joe Johnston to direct its superhero actioner “The First Avenger: Captain America.” Johnston is also helming Universal Pictures' “The Wolfman” at Universal Pictures, which has its debut in April next year. Based on the Marvel comic book about a shield-wielding hero who battles crime donning a suit with the stars and stripes of the U.S. Paramount will distribute and no lead actor has been cast as yet. This lead will also co-star in "The Avengers" alongside Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark a.k.a. "Iron Man") and Don Cheadle (Colonel James Rhodes). »

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Joe Johnston to direct "Captain America"

11 November 2008 12:15 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Marvel Studios has tapped Joe Johnston to direct its superhero actioner “The First Avenger: Captain America.” Johnston is also helming Universal Pictures' “The Wolfman” at Universal Pictures, which has its debut in April next year. Based on the Marvel comic book about a shield-wielding hero who battles crime donning a suit with the stars and stripes of the U.S. Paramount will distribute and no lead actor has been cast as yet. This lead will also co-star in "The Avengers" alongside Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark a.k.a. "Iron Man") and Don Cheadle (Colonel James Rhodes). »

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Joe Johnston to direct "Captain America"

11 November 2008 12:15 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Marvel Studios has tapped Joe Johnston to direct its superhero actioner “The First Avenger: Captain America.” Johnston is also helming Universal Pictures' “The Wolfman” at Universal Pictures, which has its debut in April next year. Based on the Marvel comic book about a shield-wielding hero who battles crime donning a suit with the stars and stripes of the U.S. Paramount will distribute and no lead actor has been cast as yet. This lead will also co-star in "The Avengers" alongside Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark a.k.a. "Iron Man") and Don Cheadle (Colonel James Rhodes). The film sees a 2011 release. About "The Avengers" Based on the Marvel comic book. For more detailed information on the characters and concepts we recommend Marvel Comicsand Wikipedia. First debuted in the same month as "X-Men" and originally consisted of Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk. Later other heroes joined including Scarlet Witch, »

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