First Trailer for Jon Favreau’s CHEF Starring Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr.

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Open Road Films has released the first trailer for writer/director Jon Favreau’s new film Chef.  Favreau plays Carl Casper, a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise after he loses his job as a chef, all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged family.  The movie looks really good.  I like what it has to say about keeping to one’s artistic integrity instead of pandering, and I not only agree with the blurb about not watching the movie on an empty stomach; I wouldn’t watch this trailer on an empty stomach.  The food looks absolutely delicious.  The story also comes off as charming and funny, so that’s nice too.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey Jr.  Chef opens May 9th.

Reason 1285 Why Robert Downey Jr. Is Awesome: Invited a Bunch of Kids Over to Watch CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER on His Birthday

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If you’re Robert Downey Jr. and your birthday is the same day Captain America: The Winter Solider gets released, what do you do?  If you answered have a ton of kids over to watch the movie with you, congrats: you win.  Every time I think Downey can’t get any cooler, he does stuff like this.

While I know at some point he’s going to stop playing Tony Stark/Iron Man, I don’t know what Marvel is going to do.  He wholly embodies the character and he’s taken ownership of it completely.  I hope Downey continues to play Tony Stark for a very long time.  Hit the jump to check out a great photo of this very special Robert Downey Jr. Captain America: The Winter Soldier screening with a bunch of kids.

SXSW 2014: CHEF Review

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Jon Favreau very clearly has something he’s eager say in his latest directorial endeavor, Chef, but there’s no harm in letting him use the film to express his feelings when he’s doing so in a highly entertaining and motivating manner.

Carl Casper (Favreau) is a talented chef working in a popular Los Angeles restaurant. The problem is, it’s not his restaurant and the owner is afraid of losing a good thing so demands that Carl push creativity aside in order to maintain their clientele with the familiar menu. When a popular food critic calls Carl out for playing it safe and sticking to the same old dishes, Carl loses his temper in the midst of a packed night and winds up an Internet sensation. Trouble is, Internet infamy doesn’t equal job opportunities and now, the only way for Carl to clear his name and get back on his feet is by taking the plunge and finally trying to do things his way – in a food truck.  Hit the jump for my full review of Chef from the SXSW Film Festival.

Watch: Jon Favreau Unveils CHEF Posters Designed by Robert Downey Jr. for SXSW Debut

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While filmmaker Jon Favreau has been dabbling in big-budget studio fare for the past few years, his next film returns him to his indie roots.  Favreau wrote, directed, produced, and stars in Chef as a chef who loses his job and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo), and his son (Emjay Anthony) in order to recapture his artistic promise.  Favreau enlisted some of his friends to appear in the film as well, including his Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr., who has also contributed some original artwork to the pic.  In anticipation of the film’s premiere at SXSW, Favreau has unveiled a video in which he and Downey Jr. display some festival posters that RDJ designed for the film.  They’ll be giving away some signed posters at screenings and around town if you’re attending the festival in Austin, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Hit the jump to watch Favreau and Downey Jr. unveil the posters and crack a few jokes in the process.  Chef opens in theaters on May 9th.

First Images from THE JUDGE Starring Robert Downey Jr. and WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell; Plus New THE LEGO MOVIE Images

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As 2013 winds down to a close, Warner Bros. has unveiled some new images from a few of its 2014 titles.  The debut image from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) dramedy The Judge shows Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall face-to-face, as Downey Jr. plays a man who returns to his hometown when his father is suspected of murder.  The film opens on October 10, 2014.  Additionally, the first image from writer/director Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy pic Winter’s Tale highlight’s the film’s lead romantic duo played by Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay.  The story revolves around a thief who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman and ends up falling in love with her, but as we saw in the debut trailer it also involves a significant time jump.  The film will hit theaters on February 14, 2014.

Finally, Warner Bros. has also released a few new images from The LEGO Movie, which opens February 7, 2014.  Hit the jump to check out high-resolution images from all three aforementioned films.

Robert Downey Jr. May Play Both Pinocchio and Geppetto in Ben Stiller’s PINOCCHIO

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While Robert Downey Jr. may not ever lead his own standalone Iron Man film again, it appears that he plans to stretch his acting chops quite a bit in the near future by possibly starring opposite…himself.  Downey has been developing a new take on Pinocchio for some time now, and though he was initially working with Tim Burton on the pic, we recently learned that Downey had lined up his Tropic Thunder director Ben Stiller to take the helm instead.  The assumption has been that RDJ would be playing the role of Geppetto, but a new report suggests that Downey might also be playing the role of Pinocchio.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Downey Jr. Will Return to Play Iron Man in THE AVENGERS 2 and THE AVENGERS 3

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There was some slight doubt if Robert Downey Jr. would be putting on the Iron Man armor again.  His contract with Marvel had ended, he carried a huge price tag (he told GQ he made about $50 million from The Avengers), and there was the possibility of recasting the role James Bond-style.  But talks began about six weeks ago for Downey to join The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3.  Director Joss Whedon even chimed in saying that he didn’t want to do Avengers 2 if Downey wasn’t on board.

But all those worries can be put to rest.  The Tony Stark we know and love isn’t going anywhere.  Downey has signed a two-picture deal to star in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3.  Hit the jump for more.

Open Road Films to Distribute Jon Favreau’s CHEF; Set for May 9, 2014 Release

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Jon Favreau’s next film has secured distribution.  The Iron Man director’s upcoming comedy Chef has been acquired by Open Road Films, which will release the pic on May 9, 2014.  Favreau wrote the script and will both direct and star in the film, which centers on Carl Casper, a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise after he loses his job as a chef, all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged family.  Favreau will play Casper alongside an impressive supporting cast that includes Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, and Robert Downey Jr. 

Chef marks a return to smaller character-centric films for Favreau after his recent blockbuster turns with the first two Iron Man films and Cowboys & Aliens.  Production on the pic is set to begin next month in Los Angeles, and the comedy will be opening one week after Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and one week before WB’s Godzilla on that May release date.  The only other film currently slated for release on May 9th—Mother’s Day weekend—is Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Joss Whedon Says He’s “Pissed Off” About Lack of Female Superheroes; Talks Robert Downey Jr. in AVENGERS 2

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Marvel’s The Avengers was a success on many levels.  Not only did the film rake in over $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide, but it also enjoyed positive critical reviews and widespread fan acclaim.  Bringing such a beloved property to the screen in a way that pleased diehard fans and general audiences alike seemed like an impossible task, but writer/director Joss Whedon knocked it out of the park.  Furthermore, Whedon crafted a unique entry in the superhero genre in that The Avengers involves well-rounded, three-dimensional female characters that serve a purpose larger than being eye candy and/or acting as a human MacGuffin that needs saving from the male hero; a foreign concept, I know.

Whedon is currently hard at work on prepping The Avengers 2 to start production early next year, but the filmmaker recently took a moment to comment on the depressing state of female superheroes in cinema.  Moreover, Whedon also discussed the notion of Robert Downey Jr. possibly not signing on for more Marvel films, saying he has no intention of making Avengers 2 without RDJ.  Hit the jump to read on.

Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige Talk IRON MAN 4; Downey Says He Wants to Launch a New Non-IRON MAN Franchise

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Though Iron Man 3 only just hit theaters a couple of weeks ago (and crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office today), many of the conversations surrounding the film have revolved around the prospect of Iron Man 4.  A fourth film in Marvel’s most prominent—and successful—franchise seems like a no-brainer, but there’s the tiny matter of star Robert Downey Jr.’s contract.  His agreement with Marvel is currently up for renegotiation, meaning there is no guarantee that he’ll don the Iron Man suit again.  The actor is said to be in negotiations to return for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3, but an agreement has yet to be made regarding another standalone Iron Man film.

Downey and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently talked a bit about the prospect of seeing Iron Man 4 pop up in Marvel’s Phase Three slate of films, and while Feige is confident that the character will live on no matter what happens, Downey seems keen on taking a break from Tony Stark for a bit.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Downey Jr. Reteams with Jon Favreau for Indie Comedy CHEF, Nicole Kidman is RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA, Stephen Lang Joins Stephen King Adaptation

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Not to be confused with the John Wells-directed drama of the same name starring Bradley Cooper, Jon Favreau’s Chef will instead be an indie comedy both directed by and starring Favreau himself.  Joining him will be the world-renowned billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr.  The story centers on “a man (Favreau) who loses his chef job and starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise and reclaiming his estranged family.”  Also starring are Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale.  Hit the jump for casting news for Nicole Kidman and Stephen Lang.

Robert Downey Jr. in Talks to Return for THE AVENGERS 2 and 3; No Deal Yet for IRON MAN 4

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The folks at Marvel are no doubt celebrating the massive opening weekend for Iron Man 3—which currently stands as the second highest of all time behind The Avengers—but the studio still has a very large question mark lingering over its future.  With the release of Iron Man 3, star Robert Downey Jr. fulfilled his contract with Marvel.  He is not contractually obligated to appear in any more Marvel films, and thus has a rather sizable amount of leverage over Marvel going forward given that he is, to the moviegoing public, the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Iron Man is the most recognizable character in Marvel Studios’ roster, and the character is now synonymous with Robert Downey Jr.

As such, everyone has been wondering whether RDJ will be back and if there are any more standalone Iron Man films in the future.  The negotiations have now begun, and things are, well, a bit complicated.  Hit the jump for much more.

Ben Stiller in Talks to Direct Robert Downey Jr. in PINOCCHIO

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A Tropic Thunder reunion may be in the cards.  Robert Downey Jr. has been trying to mount a new feature film version of Pinocchio for some time now, and most recently he had discussions with Tim Burton to possibly direct.  The film is based on an idea by Downey himself, and the actor would tackle the role of Geppetto as well as produce the pic alongside wife Susan Downey.  While on the Iron Man 3 press circuit, the actor recently hinted that his Tropic Thunder director Ben Stiller would be a great fit for the Pinocchio director’s chair, and now it appears that discussions between the two have materialized into something a bit more concrete.  Hit the jump for more.

IRON MAN 3 Review

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There are almost as many concepts floating around in Iron Man 3 as there are suits of armor.  The only difference is that the armors have a clearly defined purpose.  In an attempt to bring Tony Stark back to basics, his latest outing is a strangely bloated affair that still manages to be an incredibly fun thanks to the hilarious comedy and exhilarating action.  Without question, it’s the funniest and most exciting of the trilogy, but it’s also surrounded by a host of underdeveloped ideas relating to notions of desperation, augmentation, and obfuscation, not to mention the aftershock of The Avengers.  Like riding in one of the Iron Man suits, it’s a bumpy but highly enjoyable ride.

Kevin Feige Says AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show Could Feature New Superheroes; Robert Downey Jr. Open to Guest Starring

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It’s almost like this weekend is a national holiday with regards to all the hoopla surrounding the release of Marvel’s first Phase Two film, Iron Man 3.  We’ve already shared details and images for Thor: The Dark World and Ant-Man as well as new info and concept art for Guardians of the Galaxy, and now it’s time for some updates on Marvel’s foray into television: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The pilot for the S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric potential series has already been shot (Joss Whedon co-wrote and directed), and now the series awaits an all-but-guaranteed greenlight from ABC.

We know that Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson returns as the star of the show (under some strange circumstances) and the series takes place after the events of The Avengers, but further details about how Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would fit into the larger Marvel universe have thus far been unclear.  EW’s recent cover story on Phase Two provides a closer look at the show, however, with Marvel’s Kevin Feige addressing the possibility of using the series to introduce new characters and Robert Downey Jr. talking about a possible appearance on the show.  Hit the jump to read on.

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