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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THE JUDGE Trailer: Robert Downey Jr. Goes Dramatic, Plus the Film’s First Poster

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family 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 trailer starts out with RDJ at his Starkiest, but takes a left turn away from the arrogant individualist to more of an everyman with daddy issues once the hook of the story comes in.  It’s got a touch of schmaltz to it, but it’s also refreshing to see Downey Jr. putting in work outside of the superhero/action-adventure franchises.

Hit the jump to check out the first The Judge trailer.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’HareThe Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

Robert Downey Jr. Defends His Father in New THE JUDGE Image

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge image from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family 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 departure for Dobkin, who has worked primarily with comedic material like The Change-Up and Fred Claus in the past.  Moreover, the pic marks the first project for the Team Downey production shingle from Downey Jr. and his wife/producing partner Susan Downey.  I’ll be interested to see exactly what kind of tone The Judge strikes, and I imagine we’ll be seeing a debut trailer sooner rather than later.  For now, this image finds Downey Jr. and Duvall looking mighty serious.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Judge image.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’HareThe Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

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.

MONSTER TRUCKS and SPONGEBOB 2 Get 2015 Release Dates; Robert Downey Jr.’s THE JUDGE Opens 10/11/2014; OUT OF THE FURNACE Shifted

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We’ve got a bit of release date news to attend to:

  • Monster Trucks –Paramount will release the original live-action/CG hybrid film on May 29, 2015, a few weeks after The Avengers 2Chris Wedge (Ice Age) directs from a script by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda).
  • Spongebob Squarepants 2 – The feature film sequel adaptation of the popular animated TV series will open in theaters on February 13, 2015.
  • The Judge – Warner Bros. will release director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) dramedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall on October 10, 2014, opposite the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview and the childrens book adaptation Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  • Out of the Furnace – Director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) promising drama starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson will forego its limited release on November 27th and will instead just open wide on December 6th.

Robert Downey Jr. Reiterates His Consideration of Retiring from Iron Man; Thinking about Doing a Movie Involving Halloween

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Robert Downey Jr. is about to have another hit on his hands when Iron Man 3 opens in a couple weeks.  Iron Man is the franchise that took him back from the brink to the point where his past failures—the flops, the drug addiction, the prison time—become somewhat forgettable.  He’s now one of the biggest stars in the world, and has the freedom to choose projects.  However, he knows that at age 48, genre movies are becoming a little too much.  He learned that lesson the hard way when he injured his ankle while doing a stunt on Iron Man 3.

In a new profile for GQ, Downey talks about how that’s leading him to possibly put away the armor in the near future.  He also mentions some projects beyond the Marvel Universe.  Hit the jump for more.

Vera Farmiga Joins Robert Downey Jr. in THE JUDGE; Haley Joel Osment to Star in WORLD MADE STRAIGHT, BLANK NATION, and SEX ED

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Today’s casting news updates include:

  • Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), coming off of a great debut with Bates Motel, has been cast opposite Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge.  Dave Dobkin (The Change-Up) is set to direct, with Robert Duvall and Vincent D’Onofrio rounding out the cast.
  • Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) is keeping himself busy, lining up three new projects: The World Made Straight with Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Sex Ed with Glen Powell (Stuck in Love), and Blank Nation opposite Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl).

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Robert Duvall to Star Alongside Robert Downey Jr. in THE JUDGE; Amy Ryan Joins Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN

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We’ve got a couple of exciting casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Robert Duvall is signing on to co-star with Robert Downey Jr. in the dramedy The Judge.  The folks at Variety report that Duvall is in final negotiations to play Downey Jr.’s father in the pic, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral where he learns that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder.  Last fall we heard that Warner Bros. was attempting to coax Jack Nicholson to take on the father role and Tommy Lee Jones was apparently also in the mix, but Duvall won out in the end.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s in the running for the female lead and casting news for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s star-studded comedy Birdman.

Jack Nicholson Recruited to Serve as Robert Downey Jr.’s Father in THE JUDGE

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When last we reported on director David Dobkins’ dramedy The Judge, it was to announce that Bill Dubuque had come on to do a rewrite and that Robert Downey Jr. was producing the picture as a starring vehicle. Now it looks as if Warner Bros. has extended an unofficial offer to Jack Nicholson to play Downey Jr.’s father in the film. Originally penned by Nick Schenk with an intermediate rewrite from David Seidler, The Judge centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder. Hit the jump for more, including how Nicholson’s fussy track record of selecting roles may impact The Judge.

Robert Downey Jr. to Star in Davin Dobkin’s Dramedy THE JUDGE; Bill Dubuque to Rewrite Script

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We last heard about The Judge a year ago when David Seidler, basking in the glow of his Oscar win for The King’s Speech, signed on to rewrite the dramedyDavid Dobkin (The Change-Up) is set to direct and produce alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.  In a report on Bill Dubuque coming in to do another rewrite, Deadline mentions that The Judge is now planned as a starring vehicle for Downey.  The story, originally scripted by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino), centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral.  He learns that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder.

Downey will film Iron Man 3 in a few weeks on the heels of the May 4 release of The Avengers.  After that, there’s a long list of projects the actor is attached to, including Tim Burton’s Pinocchio, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and the Perry Mason reboot.  It seems unlikely The Judge will shoot to the top of the list, and Dobkin’s immediate focus is on Arthur & Lancelot.  But it could be a nice change of pace if and when Downey seeks a smaller production among these giant superhero tentpoles.  I’d nudge him toward Inherent Vice if I had a vote.

THE KING’S SPEECH Oscar Winner David Seidler Will Write THE JUDGE and GAMES OF 1940

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For me, the greatest outcome of The King’s Speech‘s success was getting to know screenwriter David Seidler — the wittiest, most eloquent interviewee on the press circuit in 2010.  One Oscar later, and Seidler is rightfully in demand.  He just signed on to write for two projects: the family drama The Judge and the WWII tale Games of 1940.

Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) wrote the original script for The Judge, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral — he learns that his father who suffers from Alzheimer’s is suspected of murder.  Warner Bros. has hired Seidler to rewrite the screenplay.  David Dobkin (Fred Claus) will direct The Judge and produce with Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.

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