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]

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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.

Weekend Box Office: GONE GIRL Defeats DRACULA UNTOLD for Second First Place Finish

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For the second weekend in a row Gone Girl is on top of the domestic box office.  And for the second weekend in a row the R-rated drama got the win despite losing Friday to another title.  Last week’s Friday winner was the horror prequel Annabelle, while this week it was Dracula Untold that got the brief taste of glory.  Universal’s horror-fantasy was a lot stronger out of the gate than many expected, though not quite strong enough to chase down Gone Girl.  After taking in an estimated $78.2 million in ten days, the Fox drama is on its way to becoming the biggest hit of director David Fincher’s career.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gone Girl $26,800,000 $78.2
2.  Dracula Untold $23,460,000 $23.4
3.  Alexander… $19,100,000 $19.1
4.  Annabelle $16,365,000 $62.1
5.  The Judge $13,330,000 $13.3
6.  The Equalizer $9,725,000 $79.8
7.  Addicted $7,600,000 $7.6
8.  The Maze Runner $7,500,000 $83.8
9.  The Boxtrolls $6,676,000 $41
10.  Left Behind $2,909,000 $10.9

 

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TOP 5: TOMORROWLAND Trailer, THE JUDGE, GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot Confirmed with Paul Feig & Female Cast, WHIPLASH, The TRUE DETECTIVE Effect

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Highlighting a movie from a horror icon’s filmography that was generally well received isn’t exactly a reach, but somehow I still feel as if Sam Raimi‘s Drag Me to Hell doesn’t get the praise it deserves. The 2009 release stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long in a simple tale of a bank loan officer who is cursed by an elderly woman after denying her an extension on a mortgage payment. The conceit may be straightforward, but Lohman’s stellar performance in the physically demanding role paired with Raimi’s knack for perfectly balancing horror and camp elevate the pic to something special. Perhaps the best thing I can say about Drag Me to Hell is that I have a great time seeing it, every time I see it. The blend of scares and laughs, of the hilarious and the grotesque, make it incredibly watchable even when your instinct is to look away. It isn’t just worth a spot on your horror watch list but should be counted among the best horror films of the last decade.

Scary movie recommendation aside, this week’s Top 5 features the first trailer for Brad Bird and Disney’s Tomorrowland, interviews for and our review of The Judge, confirmation of the Ghostbusters reboot, interviews for and our review(s) of Whiplash, and Adam’s editorial on why more and more filmmakers are making the transition to creating for television. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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.

Enter Our THE JUDGE Giveaway and Win Free Stuff

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Robert Downey Jr. has had one of the more varied careers in recent memory, and it’s kind of strange to think that at this point in time he’s widely known as a “superhero movie star.”  Downey Jr. may be the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he hasn’t wholly forsaken more dramatic roles in lieu of his superstar status, as evidenced by the upcoming drama The Judge.  Directed by David Dobkin and produced by Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey, the story revolves around 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.  In anticipation of the film’s release on October 10th, we’ve got a few The Judge-related items to give away to some of our readers.  Items include a swanky Kenneth Cole duffel bag, a MoMA paperweight, and more.

Hit the jump to find out how you can enter the giveaway and to get a look at the full prize pack.  There will be special 10pm Thursday showings of The Judge on Thursday, October 9th and it starts everywhere Friday, October 10th.

Dax Shepard and Vera Farmiga Talk THE JUDGE, Working with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, Filming in Massachusetts, and More

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Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, The JudgeRobert 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 Crashers, Fred 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 Howard, David 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 Dax Shepard and Vera Farmiga.  They talked about what it was like working with Downey Jr. and Duvall, filming in Massachusetts, what it was like on and off set, and a lot more   Hit the jump to watch.

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.

Director David Dobkin Talks THE JUDGE, Directing Robert Downey Jr. & Robert Duvall, Extended Cuts, the VACATION Reboot, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., More

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Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, The JudgeRobert 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 Crashers, 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.  The film also stars also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton, Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen Howard, David 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 David Dobkin.  He talked about what it was like directing Downey Jr. and Duvall, filming in Massachusetts, his first cut, why he hates extended cuts and how he won’t be doing any in the future, shooting on film, and more.  In addition, with Dobkin producing the Vacation reboot, he talked about what it’s about and how impressed he was with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein‘s script.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

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.

New Trailer for THE JUDGE Amplifies the Drama, Puts Robert Downey Jr. in Crisis

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family 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.  This new look at the film has a decidedly more emo, awards-baiting, tone than the first trailer.  I’m curious to see the film myself, as I can sit through a bad movie just for a good Downey Jr. performance, but the early word out of TIFF has not been kind (I suspect that we’ll have our own review of this one up soon).

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer for The Judge.  The film also stars Vera FarmigaVincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongBilly Bob ThorntonDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

Robert Downey Jr. Defends His Honor in THE JUDGE Poster; Plus New Posters for FOXCATCHER and PADDINGTON

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Posters for a trio of fall releases have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Judge – The first The Judge poster puts Robert Downey Jr. in a precarious position, as he’s forced to defend his father (Robert Duvall)—a judge—in the court of law.  The film marks director David Dobkin’s first foray into drama and I’m curious to see how it comes together when I catch its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.  The tagline is…interesting.  The pic opens in theaters on October 10th.
  • Foxcatcher – The previous poster for Bennett Miller’s highly anticipated drama focused on Channing Tatum’s Olympic wrestler character, but this new poster is all about the transformed Steve Carell as eccentric millionaire John du Pont.  This is another film that will be screening at TIFF before its theatrical bow on November 14th.
  • Paddington – A new poster for the live-action/CG animation hybrid family adventure puts the adorable titular bear front and center while also highlighting the film’s holiday release date.  Starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville with the voice of Ben Whishaw as Paddington, the pic opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

Hit the jump to check out posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

Check out New Images from THE JUDGE, ANNABELLE, and THE GOOD LIE

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Warner Bros. has released new The Judge images along with new stills from their upcoming films Annabelle and The Good Lie.  Briefly:

  • 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. Opens October 10th.
  • Annabelle: The Conjuring spinoff focuses on the creepy dolls, and stars Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe.  Opens October 3rd.
  • The Good Lie: The film chronicles the attempt to save Sudanese refugees in 1998, and stars Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Nyakuoth Weil.  Opens October 3rd.

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