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Has Tony Stark already had his last standalone movie?
Marvel fans may be disappointed with Robert Downey Jr.'s recent revelation. It seems Tony Stark will only be seen as one of the 'Avengers' for the foreseeable future as the 49 year-old actor recently claimed a fourth 'Iron Man' film isn't happening.
Downey as Tony Stark in 'Iron Man 3'
"There isn't one in the pipe," he told Variety at the Toronto International Film Festival. "No, there's no plan for a fourth Iron Man."
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr. Denies A Fourth 'Iron Man' Film Is In The Works
Robert Downey Jr ditches the special effects for a good old fashioned family drama, but how did the Toronto critics receive ‘The Judge’?
Starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall as a dysfunctional father son duo, The Judge had its premiere at the Toronto Film festival on Friday (September 5th). While the film’s impressive leads might have been enough for some to generate ‘Oscar buzz’, the critics have been left a little underwhelmed by Downey’s latest offering. Could it be that Robert Downey Jr just packs too much punch for a small town family drama?
Robert Downey Jr star in TheJudge alongside Robert Duvall
Since becoming Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr has reinvented himself as the quintessential action hero. We’re now so used to seeing him surrounded by special effects in the sleek environment of Stark Industries, that it’s hard to imagine him in any other setting. But in The Judge Downey is transported to small town Indiana as a big city lawyer who’s forced to return home after the death of his mother. Along with his mother’s passing, Downey’s Hank must also detail with his judge father and their complicated relationship which becomes more strained after his dad is accused of a hit and run.
Continue reading: The Jury Is Left Divided After Robert Downey Jr’s ‘The Judge’ Shows At TIFF
The Hollywood actress and her French former journalist fiance have become parents
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson and her fiancé Romain Dauriac have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl they have called Rose. A representative for the couple has confirmed that mother and baby are doing well but that the new parents are seeking privacy and wish to raise their daughter away from the spotlight.
Hollywood actress, Scarlett Johansson, has given birth to a daughter
Johansson, well-known for her roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Lucy, in which she takes on the titular role, and her betrothed, French former journalist Dauriac, have been together since 2012.
Continue reading: Baby On Board! Scarlett Johansson And French Fiancé Welcome A Baby Girl
Now you've seen everyone do it...
Just when we thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge couldn't get any better (we honestly thought the swearing toddler topped them all!), an unlikely group of people have decided to take it on over in Ireland; they would be none other than Redemptoristine Sisters of Dublin.
Nuns can have fun too!
In the latest viral Ice Bucket Challenge to hit the web, a group of six nuns dressed in their traditional habits and red robes drench each other in icy water after hearing about the hugely popular charity internet craze which was set up to raise money for the ALS Association. Now it seems LITERALLY everybody has done it.
Continue reading: No-One Is Safe! The Redemptoristine Sisters Of Dublin Accept Their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Nomination [Video]
David Dobkin's movie 'The Judge' is the opener at Toronto Film Festival - a slot not traditionally associated with high quality.
David Dobkin, the filmmaker best known for his classic comedy Wedding Crashers, brings an altogether different film to the Toronto Film Festival this week. His legal drama The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, opens this year's festival on Thursday (August 4, 2014).
Robert Downey Jr [L] and Robert Duvall [R] in 'The Judge'
"I hadn't had an opportunity to really dig in and do something like this in 20 years," Dobkin told the Canadian Press of his foray into drama. "There are a lot of intense scenes in the movie. You would think that comedies are more fun to work on and they're not always as fun as they come out. This movie was strangely cathartic."
Continue reading: Downey Jr And 'The Judge' Set To Open Toronto Film Festival
If Robert Downey Jr says 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is the finest Marvel movie ever, then 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is the finest Marvel movie ever.
And so it's official. It must be. Iron Man said it. Yep, that's right: Robert Downey Jr himself has proclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy to be the finest Marvel movie of them all. The actor was speaking at the world premiere of his new movie The Judge, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Robert Downey Jr [L] stars in 'The Judge'
Downey pretty much single-handedly injected some dynamism into the Marvel movie brand, playing Tony Stark/Iron Man so effortlessly and there's likely to be further movies on the horizon (not to mention Avengers 2). However, the 49-year-old has the upmost admiration for Guardians, which will undoubtedly become its own mega-franchise.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr: "Guardians Of The Galaxy Is The Best Marvel Movie Ever"
The Gravity star emerged as top of Hollywood's female earners, but just how did she reach this accolade?
The results of Forbes annual celebrity rich list are in and it is with a certain amount of surprise thatSandra Bullockwas the highest paid film star of the past year. Bullock raked in over $51 million (that just over £30 million) and it seems that the 50 year-old has made some very shrewd decisions over the past years over which films she attached her name to, and not all of them looked like sure-fire box-office smashes, on paper at least.
Sandra's box-office success has exerted a gravitational pull on all cash in her vicinity.
Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and also starring George Clooney, cost a whopping $100 million to produce thanks to its almost exclusive reliance on extensive special effects. Yet the film excelled with audiences and critics alike, scooping seven Oscars as well as a host of BAFTA’s. Bullock also duly received an Oscar nomination for her role as the astronaut caught in a potentially catastrophic disaster in Earth’s orbit. Gravity drew $716 million in global box-office takings, awarding Bullock and co-star Clooney a tidy sum for their efforts which included a gruelling shooting experience whereupon the leading duo were suspended from wires and trapped in claustrophobic space suits.
Continue reading: How Sandra Bullock Became The Highest Paid Actress In Hollywood
Which films were on the brink of a completely different lead star?
With Robert Downey Jr fitting so perfectly as likeable irritant Tony Stark, Christian Bale slipping so easily into the tortured billionaire psyche of Bruce Wayne and Daniel Day-Lewis transforming himself into the epitome of Abraham Lincoln, it's hard to believe that for all of the above roles, there were some serious previous contenders. But contenders there were and some of the not entirely savoury.
Tom Cruise as Iron Man
The pint-sized action hero made it his mission impossible to kick ass as IMF agent, Ethan Hunt, but could he have romanced Pepper Potts in quite the same way as Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man? It seems like we very nearly found out with Cruise at one point in serious contention to play the arrogant but entertaining genius.
Continue reading: Lead Film Roles That Could Have Looked Very Different
Sorry, Marvel nerds, no Dr. Strange news for you. But here's a bunch of other stuff!
No one is surprised that Marvel had big things prepared for their Comic-Con panel, after all it’s the biggest industry event of the year. Those, who missed out on a seat in Hall H, however, won’t have to wait long for the recaps and news leaks to start pouring in, not including (unfortunately) the long awaited announcement of the actor cast to play Dr. Strange in the upcoming film, HitFix reports.
RDJ won't be the (only) star of the show this time.
The panel, which featured the longest superhero lineup of any event ever (we’re guessing here) included Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), James Spader, who will be introduced as Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Josh Brolin, who was announced as the voice of Thanos. And breathe.
Continue reading: Marvel's Comic-Con Panel Was Packed With "Ultron" Stars And "Guardians" Footage
If Robert Downey Jr is out of Iron Man 4, is Colin Farrell good enough to be in?
Rumors are abound that seminal Iron Man actor, Robert Downey Jr, will not be returning for a fourth instalment as the man in the super strong suit. Whether this is Downey Jr related because he’s become too expensive for the role or Tony Stark related and the character is actually killed off in Avengers: Age of Ultron is uncertain.
Colin Farrell as Tony Stark? [Getty/Frazer Harrison]
Whatever the reason, Colin Farrell’s name has been put in the replacement frame and it seems Iron Man as a rolling character with different actors is not a new thought to the studios.
Continue reading: Those Colin Farrell For 'Iron Man 4' Rumors Refuse To Die
Marvel Studios announces yet another movie release date without actually telling us what it is.
Last week Marvel studios took the unusual step of announcing five upcoming movie release dates stretching into 2019 without actually announcing what movies they would be. Now they’ve added another date for that schedule: May 4th 2018.
Robert Downey Jr, pictured here with wife Susan, is unsure of his future role with the Iron Man films
Presumably this has been made possible because of the recent news that Sony has pushed back the release date of The Amazing Spiderman 3. The projected Amazing Spiderman 4 movie had been due to be released on May 4th 2018, but obviously that date has now become available.
Continue reading: Marvel Announces Release Date For Unknown Movie - What Could It Be?
Robert Downey Jr is ready for 'Iron Man 4' - providing Marvel have the cash.
We've been reporting on the chances of Robert Downey Jr returning for Iron Man 4 all week, and, despite some speculation that Colin Farrell is waiting in the wings to take up the role of Tony Stark, it seems Downey Jr is going nowhere - providing Marvel has (a) a decent script and (b) a fat wallet. We know it has at least one of these.
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man
The actor hinted at the necessity for both during an interview with Entertainment Weekly this week (but mainly money).
Continue reading: This Is Why Robert Downey Jr Is So Rich
Until recently, Robert Downey Jr.'s place as Iron Man was unshakable. Not anymore.
You know who he is. Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement in the Iron Man franchise has been kept tightly under wraps ever since speculation first started that he may not be returning for the fourth movie. Iron Man without RDJ? Impossible! Preposterous! And not completely out of the question. If Downey knows anything for sure, he didn’t let it slip during his chat with Entertainment Weekly on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Tony Stark is Iron Man. But what about RDJ?
“It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” Downey said. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.”
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?
The franchise is likely to roll on with or without Downey Jr.
If you can be sure of one thing, it’s that Marvel will keep putting out Iron Man films until we stop paying to see them. You can also be sure that Robert Downey Jr. will be demanding lucrative pay structure to return to the franchise.
Robert Downey Jr. shooting Iron Man 3
The actor, who played Tony Stark and his iron-clad alter-ego for the first three films to both critical acclaim and fiscal success, was named as the highest earning actor working in Hollywood by Forbes for the second year running, and a huge part of that was down to his work on Iron Man 3, which grossed $1.2b from the global box office.
Continue reading: What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?
But who made the top 5?
Robert Downey Jr. is the highest paid actor in Hollywood for a second year running, Forbes has announced, putting Iron Man star top of the list with earnings totalling around $75 million. It is his involvement with the Marvel franchise that boosts his position to pole – the movie bagged around $1.2b when it was released last May and comprises the bulk of his counted earnings.
Robert Downey Jr is a rich, rich man [Getty/Jason Merritt]
Given Iron Man’s heavy involvement with the Avengers team – the highest grossing single film in the entirety of the company’s output – Downey Jr. presence in the upcoming instalment, Age of Ultron, means he’ll be ‘there or there abouts’ for a few years to come, we’d predict.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Is The Biggest Earner In Hollywood, Again
Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes Magazine's annual list of Top Earners in Hollywood for the second year in a row.
With an estimated income of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, Downey Jr. shows that he's somewhat similar to his onscreen counterpart, billionaire superhero Tony Stark. 2014 has actually been a fairly quiet year for Downey Jr. considering there is no Marvel blockbuster hitting our screens (featuring him, at any rate) but he still managed to maintain his spot at the top.
It's been another great year for Robert Downey Jr.
More: Robert Downey Jr. And Susan Downey Expecting Second Child Together: Part I - The Twitter Announcement
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Crowned King Of The Box Office
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As the production for 2015’s most anticipated movie, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ rumbles on, some on set pictures have arrived from the North London leg of filming.
The film was written and is being directed by Joss Whedon and features an all star cast, including: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader.
The film has big boots to fill: Marvel’s Avengers was a breakthrough success for the franchise’s move to cinema, culminating in brilliant reviews and an even better box office gross, pulling in $1.5b from the worldwide market.
Continue reading: On Set Pictures From The Filming Of 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' [Photos]
The 49 year-old actor and his wife of nearly nine years are "delighted to announce we are expecting a baby," this coming November (2014).
Robert Downey Jr. is going to become a father once again.
The Hollywood star and his wife of nearly nine years, Susan, are expecting a baby daughter together.
Downey announced the exciting news via Twitter on Wednesday (July 9th), in a post addressed to his longtime love.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr. And Wife Susan Expecting First Baby Daughter Together
The 49 year-old actor, who has famously battled his own drug abuse issues, will offer a lot of "support and understanding" to his son, who was arrested for possessing cocaine on Sunday.
The 20 year-old son of Robert Downey Jr, Indio Falconer Downey, has now been released on bail after being arrested for cocaine possession on Sunday (June 29th).
He was apprehended by local authorities in West Hollywood, California, around 2 p.m. after he was spotted smoking a pipe, TMZ reports.
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department have since given an update on the situation to LA's KNBC, telling the news network that Indio was the only person in the vehicle who was under the influence of drugs when the police approached him.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Addresses Son's Arrest For Cocaine Possession
The actor himself has dealt with drug addiction; now his son has been caught.
Robert Downey Jr. has issued a sensible and understanding public statement after his son, Indio Falconer Downey, was arrested for cocaine possession. The 20 year-old was apprehended from a car after a traffic stop where he was spotted smoking a pipe, according to TMZ.
Sgt. Arballo of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirms that police officers pulled the car and arrested Indio then charged him with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia around 2pm on Sunday afternoon (29th June). Indio was taken to jail but was released shortly after midnight after posting $10,000 bail.
Downey Jr. has struggled with heroin and cocaine addiction in the past but has reportedly been clean since successfully completing a court-ordered stint in rehab in 2002. Instead of refusing to speak to press on the matter as many embarrassed parents might, the actor issued a statement that illustrates his solidarity with his son as well as his understanding of drug abuse.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Reacts Calmly After Son, Indio, Arrested For Cocaine Possession
Like comfort food, this movie has very little nutritional value, but it sure goes down smoothly. This is one of those shamelessly delicious-looking films that makes our mouths water at the tasty dishes that are lovingly created on-camera. And it also has an array of deeply likeable characters, witty cameos and sparkling dialogue to keep us smiling. So who cares that nothing unexpected happens from start to finish? This is a movie we sit back and enjoy without worrying about the appearance of a plot twist.
The title character is Carl (played by writer-director Jon Favreau), the chef at a top Los Angeles restaurant that is stuck in a rut because the owner (Dustin Hoffman) refuses to change anything on the menu. When a snooty food critic (Oliver Platt) criticises Carl for his tired and predictable cuisine, Carl's reaction sparks an angry Twitter war. In a fit of anger, Carl quits his job then hatches a plan to get back to his roots while bonding with Percy (Emjay Anthony), his pre-teen son with spicy ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara). So Carl and his sidekick Martin (John Leguizamo) take Percy to Miami to refurbish food truck and drive back to California, along the way building a reputation and perfecting their Latin-infused menu.
Since a complex plot would just be distracting, this film coasts on the charisma of its likeable cast, throwing in lively side roles for the likes of Scarlett Johansson as a restaurant colleague, Bobby Cannavale as a fellow chef and most memorably Robert Downey Jr. as Inez's hilariously nutty ex. Everyone is relaxed and effortlessly funny, which makes the interaction feel amusing and never remotely forced. While this is easily Favreau's most assured work as a director (that's including the first two Iron Man movies), this is also his most generous performance too. He infuses the whole film with easy-going charm.
Continue reading: Chef Review
A new, emotionally-charged drama sees Duvall and Downey Jr. side by side as father and son.
Warner Bros. have released the first trailer for The Judge, an emotionally-charged family drama and thriller that sees Robert Downey Jr. starring alongside Robert Duvall as father and son. David Dobkin ('Wedding Crashers') directs this tense and surprising tale of family loyalties and moral challenges.
Though Robert Downey Jr. imparts some of his trademark charm and arrogance to the role to humorous effect for the opening scenes of the movie, Wedding Crashers The Judge is not, with serious and thought-provoking undertones.
Downey Jr. is Hank Palmer, a ruthless but brilliant lawyer who has no qualms about defending people he knows to be blatantly guilty, leading to tension in the courtroom. His high-flying city lifestyle hits the ground with a bump when he learns that his mother has died.
Continue reading: 'The Judge': Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall Have Big Problems In Powerful New Drama
Hank Palmer is a ruthless but excellent lawyer, despised by many of his peers for his habit of representing often blatantly guilty criminals. One day mid-trial however, he receives a call from home informing him of his mother's recent death. Reluctantly, he ventures back to the town of Carlinville, Indiana where he grew up to convene with his family ahead of the funeral. As he expected, the greeting between himself and his father - the local Judge Joseph Palmer - is particularly frosty. As a young college graduate, Hank was desperate to leave the harsh and unfriendly grasp of his father but when the town's sheriff tells him that Joseph is now a murder suspect, he begins to feel a grudging obligation to cast their differences aside and help him protest his innocence.
Continue: The Judge - Trailer
The creators of 'The Lego Movie' have hinted they would like the Marvel superheroes to appear in 'The Lego Movie 2.' Here's our pick of the top five that we'd like to see.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writer/director dream team behind the hugely successful The Lego Movie have said that they would love to feature Marvel heroes in The Lego Movie 2. The sequel, which is provisionally set to come out in May 2017, will be directed by Chris McKay, rather than Miller and Lord.
The Lego Movie won over even the harshest critics to become one of the biggest films of 2013
Both have admitted it would be difficult to make it work with Marvel in The Lego Movie 2 because of legal issues. The Lego Movie was made by Warner Bros, so they were able to use all of the DC superheroes, as they are owned by Warner. Superman, the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash all featured in the first Lego Movie, but would Marvel allow Warner to use their characters?
Continue reading: The 5 Marvel Superheroes We'd Like To See In 'The Lego Movie 2'
Carl Casper is a chef working at one of the top restaurants of Miami. Food is his ultimate passion in life and so he is utterly heartbroken when his boss forces him to cook a 'safer' menu, bypassing his usually ambitious creations. The change came about when it was found that a formidable food critic would be visiting the establishment, but, as it turns out, the menu switch was a bad idea and Carl doesn't take his subsequent criticism very well at all. After reading his bad review and going viral, he sends out a badly judged post over Twitter and is thus forced to leave his post at the eatery. Instead, he sets up his own food truck, delivering his food on wheels to anyone willing to try a new culinary experience, and along the way uses it to reconnect with his young son and ex-wife.
'Chef' is brilliant comedy about self-discovery, passion and drive. The movie's main star, Primetime Emmy nominated Jon Favreau ('Cowboys & Aliens', 'Iron Man', 'Elf', 'Zathura: A Space Adventure'), was also responsible for the direction, production and screenplay and it made its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March. It is due for UK release on June 18th 2014.
The 'Age of Ultron' cast were snapped filming in Italy.
Last week we saw the Avengers: Age of Ultron brother-sister duo Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Marvel's concept art but thanks to newly released on-set photos, we have been able to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson as their superhero alter-egos filming an action scene in Italy, via Getty Images/Comic Book Resources.
Elizabeth Olsen Settles Into Her Super New Role In Italy.
The brand new snaps also afford us the opportunity to have a gander at the sequel's main villain, Ultron, who appeared in pre-CGI form as a sinister looking silver robot. Hilariously, the actor performing the movements of the baddie was photographed wearing a thick puffer jacker underneath his high tech silver scales and helmet; a feature that will be digitally erased when it comes to editing.
Continue reading: First Look At 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron': Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, And Hawkeye
What to expect from Jon Favreau's food truck movie 'Chef':
Jon Favreau has gone back to his comedy roots with new movie ‘Chef’ which premiered at SXSW this weekend. Mixing the world’s growing obsession with food and rockstar chefs with an all-star cast, Favreau has already won rave reviews for the film and his return to comedy. So what can we expect from a movie that features food trucks and Scarlett Johansson?
Jon Favreau in 'Chef'
Jon Favreau has gone from comedy actor and writer, to being the director of one of the biggest comic book franchise films of all time, ‘Iron Man’, to walking away from it to direct a movie about a food truck chef. Reckless career move? You might have though so, but Favreau’s latest offering has earned him the favour of critics after its SXSW premiere.
Continue reading: What To Expect From Jon Favreau's New Movie 'Chef'
Carl Casper is a well-known chef from Miami who works in a trendy LA restaurant much lauded by critics. However, when one particularly formidable critic shows up to taste Casper's food, his culinary creativity is thrown into question when his boss requests he make something a little more 'safe' than his usual creations. Unfortunately for Casper, he doesn't take criticism too well and loses his cool in a tirade which is captured on film and subsequently goes viral across all social mediums. Now jobless and unsure of his own passions, he returns to Miami to set up a food truck by the name of El Jefe Cubanos in a bid to regain some of his ingenuity and, of course, respect. The journey also sees him reconnect with his wealthy ex-wife and young son as the family attempt to rebuild the bonds between them.
Continue: Chef - Clip
Sandra Bullock was the big winner on the night, with Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres also taking home gongs
The People's Choice Awards kicks started awards season and the celebrities didn't let down as they came out in force and with style in Los Angeles for the fan-favourites awards show on Wednesday, 8 January. The 40th incarnation of the awards show, there was no shortage of class and glamour as the people's favourite movies, TV shows, actors and actresses were singled out over the course of the night.
With a total of four wins, Sandra Bullock was the night's big winner
Hosted by 2 Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, the awards show held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles gave out almost 60 awards in total, and with four wins in all it was Sandra Bullock who ended the night with the most wins of all. Bullock's wins included Favorite Movie Actress, Comedic Actress, Dramatic Actress and she shared the Favorite Movie Duo award with her Gravity co-star George Clooney. The buddy cop comedy The Heat that she starred in with Melissa McCarthy won the Favourite Comedic Movie award.
Continue reading: The Year's Favourites Are Chosen At The 2014 People's Choice Awards: Full List Of Winners [Photos]
Marvel is finally getting a move on with Phase 3, starting with the casting of Ant-Man.
Marvel is steadily gearing up for its highly anticipated “phase 3” and it looks like the studio may cast Paul Rudd as Ant Man, a lesser known superhero soon to be brought to the Marvel film universe. Ant-Man is definitely one of the less coveted roles within the Marvel-verse and the decision to bring the character into the films was originally questioned by fans, because of Ant-Man’s mostly comedic role in the comics. Rudd himself is currently promoting his most recent movie, Anchorman 2, where he stars opposite Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Christina Applegate.
Rudd's casting is yet to be confirmed by Marvel officials.
Then again, there were similar concerns before the introduction of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. Originally, the actor was selected for his similar personality to the character of Tony Stark and with Paul Rudd being known mostly for his comedic work, it seems the studio might be using the same casting method.
Continue reading: 'Ant-Man' Will Star Paul Rudd In 2015. Should We Be Excited?
With four movies in total, Johnson has had a very productive 2013.
Let’s talk about how Dwayne Johnson was named the highest grossing actor of 2013. No seriously, you did not misread that. Thanks to profits from the incredibly successful Fast & Furious 6, The Rock has topped Forbes’ list of biggest earners for this year with his films making $1.3 bn this year. That’s cool, since Johnson seems like a pretty chilled and hardworking guy, etc.
That is what you would call a $1.3 billion smile.
But what about Robert Downey Jr. or F&F co-stars like Vin Diesel? Surely the man who starred in the highest grossing film of 2013 (Iron Man 3, in case you’ve spent most of this year in a cave with no wi-fi) must be somewhere around the top? That he is, in fact Downey took second place. This maybe because, while Iron Man 3 was a huge success at the box office, it was the actor’s only film this year, while Johnson starred in four, including blockbuster G.I. Joe: Retaliation and of course Fast & Furious 6.
Continue reading: Plot Twist: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Tops Forbes Highest Grossing Actors List
It's Christmas in the Aniston household! The 'Friends' actress throws a pretty rockin' party.
Jennifer Aniston has celebrated the festive season by throwing another major Hollywood Christmas party, cramming her estate to the rafters with A-list stars and friends old and new. Co-hosting with her fiancé Justin Theroux, Jennifer made sure as many big Hollywood names as possible were in attendance, drawing an enviable roster of guests that included Robert Downey Jr., Chelsea Handler, Courtney Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Tobey Maguire, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett.
Jennifer Aniston Sure Knows How To Rock A Party.
A seasoned party-thrower and goer, Jennifer told Parade magazine her tried and tested hosting tips to make any festive bash a success. "There's usually three different kinds of chili at the tree-trimming party. There's a vegetarian chili, a turkey chili and a good ol' beef chili," the actress said. "I can't honestly say I make that, but I do make some Rice Krispies treats and hot chocolate. My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music! We usually put on the Charlie Brown Christmas album. That's my favorite. And then we'll go to Bing Crosby and stuff like that."
Continue reading: Jennifer Aniston Celebrates "Wonderful" Life & Throws Star-Studded Xmas Bash
The People's Choice Awards this year welcome back the usual suspects.
It’s that time of the year again – time for the most important awards of the season, the People’s Choice Awards (wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) This year the favorites are easy to pick out from the crowd. The award show will be held in January and today was the day that the nominees were finally announced.
The super successful Katy Perry is the favorite in several musical categories.
In the world of TV, Glee is the favorite, with eight nominations, proving that nothing can keep this show down. That may or may not be a good thing. Meanwhile, Katy Perry seems to be the people’s favorite when it comes to music. The Roar singer has nabbed five nods. Coincidentally, that’s also Sandra Bullock’s number. The Gravity actress heads up the movie division.
Continue reading: Teen Choice Awards List Nominees Anounced: The Usual Suspects
James Spader has joined the cast of Marvel's Avengers. Spader will be playing the villain in the upcoming 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.
James Spader has been cast as the villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel announced Spader will be playing the evil robot set against the Avengers team in the upcoming sequel of the superhero film. Spader is best known for his roles in such television series as Boston Legal, The Office and The Practice.
James Spader has been cast as Ultron the robot.
In Marvel lore, according to Entertainment Weekly, Ultron is a robot intent on acquiring power. His qualities include super-strength, mind control, genius intellect and a coma ray. Considering he has these qualities and happens to be a robot may make this a difficult role to play for Spader. It has not been announced if Spader will be providing the voice or playing the role with the help of motion capture.
Continue reading: James Spader Joins Avengers Cast As Villain Ultron
Ultron will be the set against the Avengers in the 2015 superhero film. Producer Joss Whedon discussed with an American entertainment website how he humanised a robot with super-human strength and intelligence.
Joss Whedon has chosen Ultron to face The Avengers in the next movie. The hugely anticipated sequel to the 2012 block office sensation is due to be released in cinemas in 2015. Filming of the superheroes film will begin next year. Whedon has discussed how he intends to make Ultron, an omnipotent machine into a character who can interact, effectively, with the superheroes. According to Entertainment Weekly, Ultron is a robot intend on acquiring power, something he will most likely almost acquire before being foiled by the Avengers. His qualities include super-strength, mind control, genius intellect and a coma ray.
Joss Whedon at the premiere of The Worlds End in L.A.
Whedon, speaking to the entertainment website, said "I knew right away what I wanted to do with him, he's always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he's got a bee in his bonnet. He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy. He's got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we'll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [Scarlet Witch, a new character] who's a witch."
Continue reading: Joss Whedon Discusses Humanising Machines For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
The 2013 Teen Choice Awards, held last night (11th August) saw the likes of the Twilight cast; Pretty Little Liars; The Vampire Diaries and Glee taking home a full sized surf board as a trophy.
The 2013 Teen Choice was held last night, Sunday 11th August, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The event was star studded with attendees photographed on the red carpet including Selena Gomez, Lucy Hale, Brittany Snow, Michelle Rodriguez, Chloe Grace Moretz, Cher Lloyd and Naya Rivera.
Selena Gomez on the red carpet.
The Teen Choice Awards are an annual event held to celebrate what teenagers think deserves recognition from the world of film, TV, fashion and music. It was first held in 1999 and has gradually grown increasing popular with the passing years. This year, according to the Teen Choice Award Website, over 150 million teenagers voted on the various categories.
Continue reading: 2013 Teen Choice Awards: On The Red Carpet And Highlights
Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman has been successfully treated for cancer.
Actor Dustin Hoffman can now breathe a sigh of relief after the surgery he underwent to treat his cancer was a success. With little confirmed information regarding the nature or type of cancer, Hoffman's fans should simply be relieved that the twice Oscar-winning actor is still alive and well.
Dustin's Wife Lisa Has Supported The Actor Through Cancer.
In a statement reported by People magazine, Hoffman's publicist Jodi Gottlieb confirmed that the 75 year-old is doing well: "It was detected early and he has been surgically cured," she said, "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health." Apparently the actor and director will undergo doctor-recommended preventative treatments to minimise any chance of a recurrence of what was allegedly throat cancer in the future.
Continue reading: Dustin Hoffman Gives Cancer The Slip After Being "Surgically Cured"
Dustin Hoffman is "feeling great" after undergoing treatment for cancer, his representative announced yesterday (Tuesday 6th August).
Dustin Hoffman has undergone successful cancer treatment, his representative announced on Tuesday 6th August.
Dustin Hoffman at the AFI Festival's screening of Quartet, held at Grauman's Chinese Theater, L.A.
His representative, Jodi Gottlieb, announced Hoffman's cancer "was detected early and he has been successfully cured." However, reports suggest the 75-year-old will continue with preventative treatments in the next few years, as recommended by his doctor. Further details on the procedure have, as yet, not been disclosed to the press.
Continue reading: Dustin Hoffman "Feeling Great" After Cancer Treatment
Angelina Jolie is the top of the Forbes highest earning actresses list. Jolie has not been seen in a big-budget movie for three years so her position is slightly surprising. Also in the top five are: Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Aniston and Emma Stone.
Angelina Jolie returns to the top of the Forbes highest paid actress list after a three year break since her last big-budget movie.
Angelina Jolie at the London premiere of World War Z.
That's not to suggest Jolie has been lazing about, quite the contrary, she has written and directed her first film The Land of Blood and Honey; opted for a double mastectomy following the discovery she carries the BRCA1 gene and wrote a New York Times article on her operation.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence And Kristen Stewart Top Forbes Highest Paid Actresses List
Can we legitimately call 2013's Comic-Con a geeky affair?
Comic Con has always been the Mecca of the geek. Whether it’s showcasing the latest superhero movie, a Q&A session with a prominent comic book writer or a season reveal of the latest sci-fi franchise; it’s always been for geeks, by geeks. But what about this year?
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
The last decade has seen a rise in popularity of geek culture, culminating in the ever-popular U.S sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, featuring four lovable geeks and their supposedly ‘normal’ neighbor Penny. Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj all eulogize Comic-Con in the show, and like many of so-called geeks who identify these characters, they collect innumerable fantasy and sci-fi object D’art.
Continue reading: Is Comic-Con Still Just For Geeks?
Is Robert Downey really worth $75 million a year?
Robert Downey has obliterated the field in Forbes' annual list of the highest paid actors in the world, earning $75 million in just 12 months thanks to super-hits The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
Robert Downey Jr As Tony Stark in 'Iron Man 3'
Downey Jr didn't even feature in last year's list, though beat second place Channing Tatum by over $30 million in earnings for 2013. He also left the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington in his dust, begging the question: is a man once considered box-office poison by studios really worth the cash?
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Tops Forbes List: What Do You Get For $75 Million?
Nobody really knows what to expect from Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'
George Clooney's new movie Gravity, about two astronauts stranded in space, will open the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2013. The 3D movie by acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron, will hit theaters in the U.S. on October 4, 2013 and is already drumming up anticipation thanks largely to an intriguing teaser trailer.
"It is a very odd film, really," Clooney told USA Today in 2011, the year before Gravity was originally set to be released. "Two people in space. No monsters. It's more like 2001 (A Space Odyssey) than an action film." It's been a long road to get the movie to screen, with Robert Downey Jr originally pencilled in for the male lead before dropping out of the project and opening the door for Clooney.
Producers originally settled on Sandra Bullock for the female lead after reportedly testing French actress Marion Cotillard and mulling over the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively. Natalie Portman was apparently offered the role without a screen test following her Oscar winning performance in Black Swan, though passed on the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Continue reading: George Clooney's 'Odd Film' 'Gravity' To Open Venice Film Festival
Robert Downey Jr., who plays the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel's Iron Man and Avengers film franchises, has signed up for at least two more Avengers films.
After rumours had circulated that Robert Downey Jr. wouldn't be involved in any more Avengers films due to contract issues, an announcement was made on Marvel's website this week that put our collective minds at ease. It read: "Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the 'billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.'"
The 48 year-old actor has signed a two-picture deal that will see him don the red and gold suit as least two more times in the Avengers films. Downey's co-star in the films, Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays love interest Pepper Potts explained how it just wouldn't be right for anyone else to take over from Downey Jr. in the franchise: "Personally, I think it would be very hard for someone to step into Iron Man, because it is so Robert."
The success of the first film could have been a deciding factor for the Manhattan-born actor after reportedly earning $50 million (£33m) from the first Avengers film alone. According to Marvel, the first of the Avengers films - 2012's Avengers Assemble - and this year's Iron Man 3 are ranked currently in the top five highest grossing films to date, with collective worldwide earnings of over $2.7 billion (£1.7bn).
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man Will Return With Two More 'Avengers' Movies
Can Avengers 2 go ahead without Robert Downey Jr?
Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr is yet to sign on to appear in Avengers 2, it has emerged. Contractual negotiations between Marvel and the actor have been complicated by the fact that the third movie in the Iron Man franchise became the fifth highest grossing movie in history, just $100 million short of The Avengers.
Pretty much everyone - including Marvel - assumed Downey would be turning in for work on Avengers 2 given the huge success of the first film, though nothing has been signed. In conversation with the Daily Beast, director Joss Whedon made it clear he would not begin production on the sequel without his leading man, saying, "He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I'll be called upon to do that," he said, unequivocally adding, "I don't think it's in my interest, Marvel's interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can."
Of course both Whedon and Downey Jr would make an ABSOLUTE FORTUNE from Avengers 2, though the actor's standing as (probably) the most bankable star in the world right now is muddying a deal. Nevertheless, Whedon remained upbeat, saying, "I think everything will be fine."
Continue reading: Joss Whedon Won't Make 'Avengers 2' Without Downey Jr. And That's A Fact.
It isn't all about the boozy franchise you know? He's been weird in plenty of other roles too
Zach Galifianakis may well be back for another stab at The Hangover franchise, with the rest of the goofy gang who constantly managed to find ways to get more boozed up than anyone thought possibly imaginable, but he's got plenty more to his canon than that too, you know? The actor has been in the game since the 90's, and already had ammassed a large selection credits before the first Hangover film came about in 2009. 'Sure, anyone can tot up how many small speaking roles he's had listed on IMDB' I hear you cry; well, let us show you that there is a little more to Zach Galifianakis than roles where he simply has to drink hard and be a little bit weird.
Zach Galifianakis is back in The Hangover ... but else has he been in?
1. Tim And Eric Awesome Show
Continue reading: Forget 'The Hangover', Zach Galifianakis Top 5 (Other) Roles
Lindsay Lohan apparently wants out of the Betty Ford Center.
Lindsay Lohan is apparently "determined" to leave The Betty Ford Center though prosecutors are having absolutely none of it. According to TMZ.com, doctors at the famous rehabilitation center have cut Lindsay off her precious Adderall, which she always considered a deal breaker.
Sources connected to the situation say Lindsay is going "crazy" and is desperate to move to another facility that will cater for her needs. The Hollywood star has taken matters into her own hands and have researched other facilities, finding one on the west coast which she believes is the perfect venue to spend her 90 days. It is believed that Lohan believes the Betty Ford Center - home to previous patients including Robert Downey Jr and Johnny Cash - is "old school" and not sensitive to the contemporary problems of young people.
Law enforcement sources say prosecutors are "unbending" and will not approve any move. One source said, "She had 45 days to find a suitable place. She didn't listen to her people and just did what she wanted so it's her problem now. Not gonna happen."
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan 'Determined' To Leave The Betty Ford Center
Changing the writer and director for this third Iron Man movie turns out to be the best thing that could have happened, because Shane Black is a much more focussed filmmaker, and he gives this franchise a badly needed kick. We know that he and Downey work well together (see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), but we could never have anticipated how Black would bring clarity to Downey's comical riffs. He also makes the action scenes much more human, and therefore a lot more thrilling.
The story takes place in the overall Marvel chronology. Wealthy arms manufacturer Tony Stark (Downey) is feeling badly shaken by his experience working with the Avengers to fight off an alien invasion. So he dives into his work and neglects his relationship with Pepper (Paltrow), who also runs his company. Then two faces from the past reappear: bio-scientist Maya (Hall) is an old colleague of Tony's, while technical genius Aldrich (Pearce) has a past with Pepper. And both seem somehow connected to a wave of nasty bombings that is terrorising America, masterminded by a menacing man who calls himself the Mandarin (Kingsley). And the Mandarin's next target is Tony.
Intriguingly, the script keeps Tony out of the Iron Man suit for much of the film's running time, which makes his character feel much more grounded than ever before. It also makes the action set pieces even more spectacular, since they're not mere robot-vs-robot animated battles. So even if the dialog is peppered with technical gibberish, at least it has a personal dimension. Which not only deepens Tony and Pepper as characters, but makes the surrounding people more interesting. These include Tony's old pal (Cheadle), two self-healing goons (Dale and Szostak) and a pre-teen (Simpkins) who helps Tony. And with his constantly surprising character, Kingsley very nearly steals the show.
Continue reading: Iron Man 3 Review
The alternate Iron Man 3 trailer hints a darker direction for Tony Stark.
"I build neat stuff, I've got a great girl, and occasionally save the world. So why can't I sleep?" asks Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark in the opening sequence of the new Iron Man 3 trailer. The businessman and superhero promises "good, old-fashioned revenge," in the third movie in the franchise, which sees Stark do battle with Ben Kingsley's evil Mandarin. At one point in the new promo, the villain forebodingly asks Iron Man "Do you want an empty life, or a meaningful death?"
We also get our first real look at Stark's girlfriend Virginia 'Pepper' Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, who appears to be in danger. We wonder who'll come to her rescue? It's been long assumed that the third instalment of the Marvel franchise will be the darkest yet, and the latest trailer appears to confirm that. The official synopsis reads, "Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds..When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle."
Continue reading: Iron Man 3 Trailer: "I Build Neat Stuff, I've Got A Great Girl, I Save The World" (Video)
Tony Stark may have the woman of his dreams, the technological skills of a genius and the ability to save the world from the occasional threatening force, but he's starting to realise that he's not entirely invincible. Unable to sleep and distracted by feelings of guilt, he is forced to reassess his ability to defend himself and his people as his formidable adversary Mandarin threatens to dismantle his life piece by piece. As he watches his life's work burn before his eyes, he is left only with his inner strength and resourcefulness to have a chance at destroying Mandarin once and for all. For the first time, Stark is feeling very vulnerable as he struggles to come to terms with himself as just Tony Stark rather than the supposedly indestructible Iron Man.
Continue: Iron Man 3 - Alternate Trailer
Terrence Howard says during the press tour for his new movie that his appearance in the first Iron Man cost him his career.
With the third instalment of the Iron Man franchise fast approaching you could be forgiven for forgetting that Oscar nominee Terrence Howard was actually one of the stars of the first instalment of the comic adaption. One person who hasn't forgotten about his involvement though is Howard himself and the reason why is not nostalgia or because he holds particularly fond memories of his time portraying James Rhodes/WarMachine, the reason he recalls his only liaison with Marvel is because he blames the Disney-owned studio for ruining his career.
Terrence Howard at the premier of his new film Dead Man Down
Continue reading: As 'Iron Man 3' Trailer Hits, Terrence Howard Blames Franchise For 'Killing His Career'
Charlie Brooker's Channel 4 anthology series Black Mirror returned this week, with an altogether more dramatic and engaging season opener. Though praised for its uniqueness, the first installment of the show was dubbed unwatchable by some TV critics, with plot lines exploring the Prime Minister being forced into sexual intercourse with a pig and a talent show descending into pornography. Brooker's show was certainly hard hitting, though he seems to have toned things down for season two, sacrificing some of the surrealism for a more narrative driven approach.
Last night's episode - Be Right Back - was set in a distorted reality future, following young couple Ash (Domhall Gleeson) and Martha (Hayley Atwell). When Ash is killed in a road accident, his girlfriend signs up for a computer program that trawls the internet for Ash's public information and creates a profile representing him, which replies realistically to her messages. The Guardian gave the show a positive review, "This Black Mirror feels less like the usual Brookerian nightmarish video game dystopia, and more like 2019. It's also less satirical and acerbic than some of his previous television; not just a technology-obsessed sarcastic underwhelmist's bleak view of the future," wrote critic Sam Wollaston. The Independent's Neela Debnath picked up on Brooker's ability to intrigue the Twitter generation, "Be Right Back works so well because it has captured the social media zeitgeist. It was a lovely and touching story."
Brooker - a former PC Zone writer - has become a familiar figure on British television in recent years. He won early acclaim for his Screenwipe series, a comedic yet intelligent look at current shows and how television is produced. He went on to create the Newswipe spin-off series as well as hosting 10 O'Clock Live and writing for The Guardian. His five-part horror drama Dead Set was nominated for the 2009 Best Drama Serial at the BAFTAs.
Continue reading: Black Mirror: How Britain (And Hollywood) Fell In Love With Charlie Brooker
Tony Stark may be Iron Man, but he's feeling less than unbreakable these days. Plagued by nightmares and guilty feelings, he is forced to doubt himself and his ability to protect himself and the ones he loves against a new enemy; the formidably ruthless Mandarin. His doubts are only amplified when his world and his power source are brutally snatched from him and left to burn at the hands of his enemy and he is left with his own internal strengths and resourcefulness alone to find the perpetrator and end his reign of terror. Stark is finally made to confront himself and his superhero identity as Mandarin sets out to prove there are no real heroes in the world.
The third instalment of this Marvel adventure, 'Iron Man 3' is set to be the most hard-hitting of the movies so far with questions being raised less about Iron Man and more about the true Tony Stark and his deeper abilities. It has been directed by Shane Black (the writer of the 'Lethal Weapon' film series) who also co-wrote the comic action flick with Drew Pearce ('Lip Service', 'No Heroics'). It is set for a spectacular release in cinemas on April 26th 2013 in the UK.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Paul Bettany, William Sadler, Stan Lee, Yvonne Zima, Dale Dickey, Ashley Hamilton, Ty Simpkins, Spencer Garrett,
Continue: Iron Man 3 Trailer
Little has caused more contention in the contactmusic office than our recent discussion about the Christmas films list! Obviously, everyone has their own favourite, and to them that will always be the top of the list. One thing that became all too clear to us was that - with the exception of Elf & Bad Santa - there really hasn't been too many full blown Christmas films so we'd like to make a plea to Bill Murray and the other Hollywood greats - PLEASE make a new (top quality) Christmas film to join these festive favourites!
I can't say we particularly advocate parents encouraging their offspring to watch films above their age certificate, but it appears we all grew up in houses that didn't really mind what we watched - and let's face it, some of the best Christmas films might have a few boobs or rowdy drunken behaviour... As children of the 80's and 90's, we're fully aware that there's original to some of these remakes, but as is always the way, these are the films we grew up with and as such, they are our favourites.
Enough explanation, in no particular order here are the films we recommend you watch over the holidays!
Continue reading: Top Twenty Classic Holiday Season Christmas Films
Next year looks set to be a seminal year for movies. Forget sequels and the so-called impending apocalypse; 2013 is all about beginnings as we discover the dubious past of 'The Wizard of Oz' in upcoming sequel 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' and how loveable 'Monsters, Inc.' protagonists Sulley and Mike got qualified to become scarers. Move over 'Breaking Dawn', 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Skyfall', and let's see what 2013 has in store! There have been plenty of dodgy trailers come out for 2013 releases, but here are ten of the trailers we consider worthy of your time!
Continue reading: 10 Of The Best Big Budget Film Trailers For 2013
When mischievous Loki (Hiddleston) steals the tesseract from top-secret agency Shield, director Nick Fury (Jackson) and his sidekicks (Gregg and Smulders) call in their superheroes: Tony (Downey), Steve (Evans), Natasha (Johansson), Bruce (Ruffalo) and Clint (Renner), better known as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk and Hawkeye. And Loki's brother Thor (Hemsworth) also turns up. But calling them a team is misleading, as they find it tricky to put rivalries and mistrust aside to save the world from Loki's apocalyptic plan.
Continue reading: The Avengers Review
Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with superhuman threats. One day, an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. The problem is made known to Nick, who decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem. starts looking all across the globe.
Continue: The Avengers Trailer
Ritchie, Downey and Law are back with another manic romp that feels more like a Victorian James Bond adventure than anything about the famed Conan Doyle characters. While it has the same comical energy, it's not quite as fun as the first go-round.
Brilliant Cambridge professor Moriarty (Harris) is up to no good, taking on Holmes (Downey) by messing with those around him, including his girlfriend-nemesis Irene (McAdams) and his partner Watson (Law), who plans to retire after his upcoming wedding to Mary (Reilly). But nothing goes as planned, and Holmes and Watson are propelled into a vicious game of intrigue that sends them to Paris where they team up with a sexy gypsy (Rapace). They also get help from Holmes' brother Mycroft (Fry) as they head to a climactic showdown in Switzerland.
Who needs logic when the action is this wildly exhilarating? And much of it is drastically slowed-down so Ritchie can show us Holmes' powers of deduction as well as whizzing bullets, explosions and other cool-looking things. The dialog is the same mix of faux intelligent banter and shameless innuendo, which gives the actors something to play with, especially as Downey and Law amusingly move beyond bromance into Brokeback territory.
But we do need some logic. This plot is so messy that it never engages us. And as it builds to a climax in a crazy cliff-perched Alpine castle, we begin to lose interest. Even with the bigger action, zingy dialog and colourful characters, this film barely works up any steam. Whenever Holmes isn't being mischievous, Downey actually looks bored. And Rapace is so sidelined that it's difficult to understand why she's here at all; the filmmakers never give her anything interesting to do.
It's a shame the screenwriters never push the characters further. But at least Ritchie keeps things moving briskly, filling the screen with comical nuttiness and big-gun mayhem. Even if Moriarty makes no sense (would someone this intelligent resort to such a ridiculous plan to make his fortune?), Harris adds heft in the role, including some jagged chemistry with Downey. Let's just hope that the requisite third film lets us in on the joke.
Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, a law enforcement and espionage agency that deals with threats that can be perceived as superhuman. One such threat is made known to him one day, when an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. Nick decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem and starts looking all across the globe.
Continue: The Avengers Trailer
Arthur Conan Doyle's tales of Sherlock Holmes are known all over the world, both him and his partner Dr. Watson are his most famous characters. In this new film from director Guy Ritchie, a new side to Sherlock Holmes is revealed, one where his fighting skills are just as strong as his celebrated intellect.
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