AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Reveals James Spader’s Ultimate Form

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After the unexpected trailer release this week, we sort of got the idea of what Avengers: Age of Ultron would look like.  But what we didn’t get was a super clear image of Ultron’s final design in the film (most of the footage of him appears to center on his incomplete form).  But now some concept art has hit that rectifies that issue.  In the film, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) “from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon CheadleAndy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the sequel directed by Joss Whedon.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the concept art after the jump.  I’d consider this a light spoiler

First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Teases Dark Tone, Catastrophic Destruction

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The first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer for writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero follow-up has leaked online under a week before its official release.  The sequel finds Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) teaming up once again to battle the devious robot known as Ultron (James Spader).  This is very close to the footage that was shown at Comic-Con, save for a different final shot and an extended clip that was shown of the so-called “Avengers Party.”  What’s clear from this trailer is that the tone is darker, the stakes are higher, and the threat is seemingly more nefarious.

Watch the trailer after the jump.  Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson and opens in theaters May 1, 2015. 

Robert Downey Jr. Says CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 Is “Gonna Be Huge” Thus Putting Hugeness Doubts to Rest

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I enjoy Marvel’s constant change-ups with fan expectations.  Immediately following Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was looking like Captain America 3 would be driven by the hunt for Bucky.  That could still be the case in terms of a baseline or prologue, but what Marvel is really going for is setting up a big plot arc with Civil War (a.k.a “Thanos Who?”), and they managed to nab Robert Downey Jr. as a co-lead.  There are plenty of reasons to be excited for the third Captain America movie because the future is wonderful, mysterious, and glorious place where anything is possible.

And we will be able to let our imaginations run wild for almost a year as we wonder what Marvel is cooking, and everyone involved in Cap 3 has to be evasive until Entertainment Weekly gets a big, studio-timed cover story that reveals actual information.  But until then, RDJ has some comments on the upcoming sequel.  Hit the jump for more.  Captain America 3 opens May 6, 2016.

THE COLLISION: Episode 107 – GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Cinematic Universes, and Robert Downey Jr.

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the past week’s biggest news stories including the announcement that Ghostbuster 3 will be a reboot featuring a female lead cast; cinematic universes including Universal Monsters, Robin Hood, and Marvel; and the future of Robert Downey Jr‘s career following the painfully self-indulgent The Judge, and if these kinds of flops will drive the actor back into his Iron Man suit. [Note: We recorded this podcast before last night's Captain America 3 news broke]

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Boxtrolls and Laika”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Robert Downey Jr. Joins CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; “Civil War” Storyline Pits Iron Man vs. Captain America

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Last week, Robert Downey Jr. went on the record to clarify that Iron Man 4 was not in the cards for him.  Instead, Downey promised, “I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”  Downey also hinted at a secret plan he expected Marvel to announce soon.  That plan was revealed tonight.

Downey is close to signing a deal to co-star in Captain America 3.  The sequel will use the “Civil War” storyline, where the Superhero Registration Act mandates that anyone with superhuman abilities register with the U.S. government and agree to act as law enforcement.  Captain America opposes the legislation, but Iron Man supports it, setting up Downey to play the villain.  More after the jump.

THE JUDGE Review

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David Dobkin previously directed broad comedies such as Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up, and now he’s moved to broad drama with his latest feature, The Judge, a movie that clumsily grasps at every heartstring you have.  It’s a soft-focus weepy that rarely elicits any emotion.  Instead, the film feels made to showcase Robert Downey Jr‘s acting ability by proving he can do more than play variations of Tony Stark.  While the movie succeeds in showing the actor’s range, it still feels indulgent as it piles on plotlines instead of keeping the focus on the chemistry between Downey and co-star Robert Duvall.

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall Talk THE JUDGE, the Rehearsal Process, Making the First Team Downey Movie, Their First Day on Set, and More

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Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, The Judge.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies such as Wedding CrashersFred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  The film also stars also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton,Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  For more on The Judge,watch the trailer or these eight clips.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.  They talked about filming in Massachusetts, how the rehearsals helped them figure out the characters, the way they like to work, what it was like making the first Team Downey project, the experience during the first day on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Robert Downey Jr. Hits the Repulsors on IRON MAN 4; Says He’s Not Doing the Movie but Will Continue to Work with Marvel

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Yesterday on Ellen, Robert Downey Jr. said he and Marvel were in the middle of negotiations for Iron Man 4.  However, later that night, he went on The Late Show, and told David Letterman that not only is there no script, but when pressed to give a definitive answer on whether he would do the movie, Downey responded:

“Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”

He also said that Marvel does “have a plan, and I think they’re going to announce — they’re very secretive about it,” which is a statement one could say about Marvel Studios at any point in time.  Hit the jump for more.  Downey will next be seen as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens on May 1, 2015.

Robert Downey Jr. Dismisses “Mel Gibson Directing IRON MAN 4” Comments But Confirms Film Is in Development; Talks SHERLOCK 3 and More

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Robert Downey Jr. is quite the popular guy, so it’s no surprise that his AMA on reddit was a heavily populated affair.  Downey Jr. took some time to answer a number of different questions in promotion of his upcoming drama The Judge, and during the course of the AMA he touched on a number of issues.  Chiefly, Downey Jr. dismissed his recent comment about starring in Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson directs as a simple offhanded remark (as was made clear in the context of the full interview; not sure why everyone started reporting this as fact in the first place).  He also touched on the likelihood of making an appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the status of Sherlock Holmes 3, a noir-tinged Perry Mason project that he’s developing, and he even made brief mention of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Additionally, while appearing on The Ellen Show Downey straight-up admitted that Iron Man 4 is in the works.  Read on after the jump.

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall Talk THE JUDGE, Combining Humor with Drama, the Differences in Their Approach, Billy Bob Thornton, and More

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From director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), The Judge tells the story of big city defense attorney Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), who returns to his hometown only to find that his estranged father, the town’s esteemed judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder.  Hanks sets out to discover the truth and help his family, but no one in town wants to make it easy for him.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Balthazar Getty and David Krumholtz.

During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall talked about putting together this cast, why this was the first Team Downey film, finding the highs and lows of character, what it was like on their first day together, what surprised them about working with each other, why Billy Bob Thornton is the real deal, adding humor to the intense drama, and the talk come awards season.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Robert Downey Jr. Goes Dramatic Opposite Robert Duvall in 8 Clips from THE JUDGE

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of eight The Judge clips from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a major departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies like Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  These clips offer a good snapshot of the film’s tone, which is certainly dramatic but also tinged with Downey’s signature quick-witted sense of humor.

Watch the Judge clips after the jump.  The film also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton, Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

The Films of David Fincher: ZODIAC

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.]

Listening to the commentary tracks for Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, and Panic Room, you can hear in Fincher’s voice a slight bit of annoyance and frustration.  It’s not quite bitterness, but there’s an acerbic quality from a man who’s exhausted and can’t help but lay out wry observations.  The Panic Room track in particular conveys the sense that no one should ever make a movie because it’s a hellish experience meant only for masochists.  But his commentaries pick up afterwards, and I believe that’s partly because Fincher found his true love: digital.

Digital completely changed the way Fincher made movies, and it allowed him to provide the precision to performances that he’d applied to all other aspects of his pictures.  From here on, he sounds much happier, and when talking about Zodiac, it’s like a trip down memory lane as he recalls childhood memories of a serial killer who terrorized and tormented a city, and would never be caught.  Zodiac is by no means a happy movie, but it’s one that feels like part of a revitalized director who found a picture that fits perfectly with his admiration for process, attention to detail, and the cynicism of how a search for “truth” can rip lives apart.

Producer Susan Downey Talks Team Downey’s Upcoming Slate, Including the Horror-Comedy CLOAKED and PINOCCHIO

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As the former co-president of Dark Castle Entertainment and Executive Vice President of Production at Silver Pictures, producer Susan Downey has a bit of experience in putting movies together.  Her current venture is overseeing the Warner Bros.-based production shingle Team Downey, which she and her husband Robert Downey Jr. formed in 2010.  Their first produced feature from the company, The Judge, opens in theaters on October 10th, but Team Downey has plenty of other intriguing projects on tap for the near future.

Steve recently spoke with Susan Downey in anticipation of the release of The Judge, but during the course of their conversation she also gave an update of what the company has in active development at the moment, including a pair of films poised to star Robert Downey Jr.—the horror comedy Cloaked and their long-developing Pinocchio riff—and a number of television projects.  See what she had to say after the jump.

Robert Downey Jr. Has Father Issues in New THE JUDGE Trailer

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  Reviews out of the film’s TIFF premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging.  I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership.

Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Now Has an Official Synopsis, Check Out the Film’s Plot

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Even though I think Guardians of the Galaxy trumped 2012′s Avengers in overall quality, I wouldn’t count the supremely talented Joss Whedon out in terms of one-upping it in the Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s certainly not lacking in ability and, if this synopsis is any indication (and one assumes that it is), Age of Ultron will be insanely eventful.  It also looks like it corrects the original film’s first act issues.

“When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.”  Hit the jump to check out the full synopsis.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie SmuldersJames Spader, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

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