Susan Downey Talks THE JUDGE, Radical Changes in Developing the Script, SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 Status, PINOCCHIO, YUCATAN, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director David Dobkin’s 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 an extended interview with Susan Downey.  She talked about developing The Judge and what changed along the way, the first cut, collaborating with Dobkin in the editing room, why they wanted it to be their first project, how the industry has changed since working with Joel Silver, what needs to happen to get Robert and Shane Black (writer/director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) working on another project, the status of Sherlock Holmes 3, Team Downey projects Pinnochio, Yucatan (which was based on the late Steve McQueen’s idea for the treasure hunt movie), the Hunter Scott U.S.S. Indianapolis story, a horror movie, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

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.

Producer Dan Lin Talks THE LEGO MOVIE, the Sequel, Deleted Jokes, SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, José Padilha’s THE BROTHERHOOD, Cary Fukunaga’s IT, and More

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As I have said many times, director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie exceeded my lofty expectations.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (“Everything is Awesome”), The LEGO Movie is truly something special and I strongly recommend checking it out this weekend.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah HillAlison Brie, and many others.

At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Dan Lin.  He talked about how the project came together, LEGO’s reaction to the finished film, getting to put Batman, Superman, and other cool characters in the film, the challenge of making it look photo real, how long it might take to get a sequel, what they learned from testing the film, and more.  In addition, with Lin producing other projects, I got updates on Sherlock Holmes 3José Padilha’s The Brotherhood, and Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Jude Law Talks SIDE EFFECTS, GATTACA, EXISTENZ, A.I., SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, His Favorite Comic Books, Future Projects, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects.  Written by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!), the film is about “a successful New York couple (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law)—intended to treat anxiety—has unexpected side effects.”  The film also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Jude Law.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about old projects like Gattaca, eXistenZ, and A.I., how he got involved with Side Effects, what it was like to work with Soderbergh again, how he prepares for a role, and more.  In addition, we also talked about future projects like Sherlock Holmes 3the new Wes Anderson movie The Grand Budapest HotelDom Hemingway, Queen of the Desert, his thoughts on the comic book genre and whether he’s interested in doing one, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.


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We recently spoke with Jude Law at the press day for his upcoming film Side Effects, and he provided some brief updates on his upcoming projects plus details about his role in Wes Anderson‘s Grand Budapest Hotel.  Regarding his minor updates, Law says that the script for Sherlock Holmes 3 is still in development, but he hasn’t heard anything yet.  “But you know what it’s like, it’s going to be about scheduling, it’s going to be about the right time for the studio and it is about keeping the bar raised,” says Law, “you know, coming up with something that’s really smart and making sure it keeps getting better.”

Hit the jump for what Law had to say about Queen of the Desert, Dom Hemingway, and Grand Budapest Hotel.


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Opening this weekend is director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad” made up of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, and Robert Patrick.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Dan Lin.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about making Gangster Squad, editing, the test screenings, improv on set, and more.  In addition, with Lin producing a number of other projects, I got updates on Sherlock Holmes 3, The Lego Movie, Suicide Squad, the ACME movie, Brotherhood, Moses, and much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Producer Dan Lin Gives Update on SHERLOCK HOLMES 3; Says They’re Waiting on the Script

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For a 125 year old, Sherlock Holmes is a pretty popular guy.  The character is currently being portrayed on two different television series (the BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’ Elementary), and Warner Bros. has a very successful Sherlock Holmes film franchise on their hands.  Director Guy Ritchie’s 2009 period take, Sherlock Holmes, struck a chord with audiences thanks to the electric chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and Ritchie’s interesting visual approach to the story, and its worldwide gross of over half a billion dollars spawned a sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Game of Shadows saw Ritchie and Co. tackle the classic Arthur Conan Doyle villain Moriarty (played by Jared Harris), and again grossed over $500 million worldwide.  Back in October of 2011, Warner Bros. unsurprisingly hired Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) to start working on a screenplay for Sherlock Holmes 3.  Steve recently got the chance to interview producer Dan Lin in anticipation of the upcoming crime drama Gangster Squad, and Lin provided a promising update on the status of SH3.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Jude Law Talks ANNA KARENINA, Working with Director Joe Wright, and SHERLOCK HOLMES 3

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Opening tomorrow is director Joe Wright’s adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina.  The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness.  In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through a door and into a separate setting entirely.  The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia Williams.  For more on Anna Karenina, here’s Matt’s review, five clips, and all our previous coverage.

At the press day, I spoke to Jude Law.  We talked about what it was like to collaborate with Joe Wright and his unique camera angles, how he found out Wright wanted to tell the story in an unconventional way, the status of the 3rd Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr., and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jude Law Provides Update on SHERLOCK HOLMES 3; Says There’s “Still a Lot of Legs” in the Series

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Though Robert Downey Jr. is currently busy shooting the third installment of his Marvel franchise Iron Man, he has another popular series that’s poised to get the threequel treatment at some point in the near future.  The success of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (it grossed over $540 million worldwide) spurred Warner Bros. to get working on another entry in the action sleuth series, as the studio hired Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce to handle the screenplay last October.

Word on the project since then has been quiet, but Steve recently sat down with Jude Law at the Toronto Film Festival to talk about his upcoming romantic drama Anna Karenina.  Towards the end of the conversation, Law provided a brief update on Sherlock Holmes 3, expressing his excitement at the prospect of reuniting with the Sherlock team for another go-around.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Drew Pearce to Write SHERLOCK HOLMES 3

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It’s not much of a surprise that regardless of the success of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros. is ordering a script for Sherlock Holmes 3.  Getting a sequel script into development has become standard practice for major franchises so if the upcoming film is a success, the studio can hit the ground running with the next one.  According to Deadline, Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce will handle the screenplay for the next adventure of Sherlock Holmes and his boy Watson.  Unsurprisingly, there are no details about Sherlock Holmes 3.  I assume it will involve a mystery, crazy deductive-reasoning skills, and lots of speed-ramping.

Pearce has been on a hot streak lately.  He was the co-writer of British superhero comedy series No Heroics and then was hired as a go-to guy for superhero movies including Iron Man 3, Runaways, and The Mighty plus he also did some work for the script for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monster movie, Pacific Rim.  This latest gig serves as a reminder that I really need to get around to seeing No Heroics.

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