Chef keeps on casting. The Jon Favreau-starrer that just added Robert Downey, Jr. last week got a little bit bigger Wednesday, becoming more of an Iron Man 2 reunion than anything else. Happy Hogan has just recruited his Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson in a supporting role. This comes in addition to credits being given to Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Cannavale. Favreau released a statement acknowledging today’s news:
“Scarlett is a tremendous talent and I’m honored to be collaborating with her again. I’m so fortunate to be working with such a fine ensemble.”
The film follow’s the director’s character who establishes a food truck business after loosing his job as a chef. Themes seem to include ‘artistic promise’ and ‘family reunions’ for the estranged. Johansson’s role is that of Molly, a love interest of Favreau’s and a restaurant manager.
Robert Downey, Jr. may be milking Marvel Studios for all they are worth at the negotiating table, but he is more than happy to join in the occasional indie production at the cost of a nickel. He has just climbed on board Jon Favreau’s next low-budget pic Chef, adding that to his in-development slate which also includes a role in The Judge which he happens to be producing. All this while audiences fawn over his latest Tony Stark interpretation to the tune of over $700 million global box office in two weeks.
Robert Downey, Jr. took a victory lap at Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night. The actor is coming off the success of his third Iron Movie which grossed $700 million worldwide as of Monday night. It has been revealed just yesterday that RDJ has one heck of a back-end deal there with as much as 7% of the gross coming his way which might explain the overtime.
The appearance was a good one if only for a few reasons. The actor talked a little bit about the bad guy of the film (without giving much away) and he reasserted his acceptance of a fourth installment in the standalone movie franchise. He also threw a jab at the trades at the end of part two of the appearance, hitting on a sore subject that they have been harping on since Veronica Mars succeeded–that major Hollywood Studios could decide to use Kickstarter to supplement their big budget films. Continue Reading
Iron Man 3 was great. Plain and simple, it was my favorite movie since seeing The Avengers last May and that includes Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hobbit for those keeping score at home. It was not better than its Marvel Studio’s predecessor, but it certainly got the job done by showcasing a lot of fun sequences, capable dialogue, and better than average relationships created by superior acting. Sadly though, I have major nitpicks and no I am not talking about the twist that is infuriating fans of the comic book source material nationwide.
I am mostly referring to the overarching theme of the movie. Is it the suit or the man? What audiences will see from this movie is Tony Stark developing into more than just a playboy tech genius who wears a fancy suit of armor. They will really see his first ounces of pure heroism from an action standpoint. Have we ever seen Tony flaunt a gun and use makeshift gadgets to attack the bad guys before? Well, we certainly did in this movie to an excess. Continue Reading
Well, it looks like the biggest starts of the weekend are going to be the two leads from Todd Phillips’ Due Date. Robert Downey, Jr. is reprising his role as Iron Man on the feature side while the most-watched television broadcast will likely be Saturday Night Live. Coincidentally, the gig at the helm has gone to Zach Galifianakis who is out promoting The Hangover Part III which will arrive in theaters in just three short weeks. That said, we have no other choice but to look back on one of the most under-appreciated R-comedies of our time, an odd-couple road trip movie that starred the duo as they made their way to California together after being placed on the no-fly list. Continue Reading
It seems the Robert Downey, Jr. Pinocchio movie no one has been asking for is still around even after Tim Burton’s exit. The film with the Iron Man actor playing Geppetto has apparently been reconceived as Ben Stiller looks to be taking up the helm. The two actors previously partnered on Tropic Thunder thus the connection and something further might be that this was at the request of Downey himself. That seems to be okay though because Stiller’s Tropic Thunder follow-up The Secret Life of Walter Mitty appears to be generating a lot of buzz. In other words, he still has it even when it comes to serious fare. Warner Bros. is backing the project.
Robert Downey, Jr. is still doing press for Iron Man 3. The Tony Stark-player pit stopped at The Daily Show Tuesday night to follow up his Tonight Show appearance that took place Friday. It is always great to watch any interview with the often-honest Downey who personifies ‘the comeback story.’ I still find it hard to imagine the actor was paid 6 figures for his work on the first Iron Man and ended up scoring over 50 times that amount on The Avengers. That is the importance of negotiating gross percentage over upfront cash, people!
Speaking of which, the actor finally admitted that was the holdup in doing more standalone Iron Man movies. What appears to be happening is the new contract after the first Iron Man movie added a lot of appearances but those were bookmarked for The Avengers after that franchise took America by storm. As a result, Disney does not want to use their Tony Stark moments on anymore standalones given the ensemble is where the cash is at, thus why things need to get hammered out at the negotiating table once more.
On that end, do not expect a pay raise as Downey pretty much makes max gross percentage under his current deal, getting $50 million for his work on The Avengers. What would change though is upfront payment. Expect something to get hammered out and a fourth Iron Man movie to inevitably proliferate. Continue Reading
Check out the latest Iron Man 3 clip featuring Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark and Don Cheadle’s Rhodey getting some chow while they talk about how the Mandarin is ‘not superhero business.’ The full thing hits theaters in North America on Thursday night.
Robert Downey, Jr. was on The Tonight Show Friday night to promote Iron Man 3 (of course.) The clean-shaven man talked about a lot including his Oscar snub from long ago and the prospects of winning one of these days. The actor also screened another clip from the movie which we already saw, but it is Tony Stark so we will happily sit through it again. His new movie aims to be the biggest opening of the year with tracking now north of $150 million for the three-day debut. Continue Reading
Marvel released some more dialogue-laden footage of Iron Man 3 last night which is a very good thing. I always say if the sneak peeks are 100% action then the film’s story is probably garbage. This is not the case here as we are seeing two things on display: Tony Stark’s newfound obsession with suit building and his continued PTSD from the events of The Avengers.
We continue our runaway coverage of Iron Man 3 today with the look at yet another spot for the Shane Black-directed blockbuster. Earlier Wednesday afternoon, I reported on first word coming in from the film’s reviews and the pic’s May 3rd date in China (which is a big deal to those familiar with the territory.) What makes this footage worth the mention above other recent spot is it shows the Iron Man helmet burning, a powerful visual for fans of the series no doubt inspiring a wave of similar-looking jack-o-lanterns across the country come October. Everything afterwards feels kind of muted by comparison. Continue Reading
These have been go so far, so I am definitely going to keep with it. Today we look at yet another featurette for Iron Man 3 with this one focusing on Extremis technology aka ‘the bad guy stuff.’ Release is set for May 3.
Those who want to live and breathe Iron Man 3 prior to release are in luck. The press tour for the film hits the U.S. this week, suggesting more clips and talk show appearances from the film’s stars. While the circuit seems full of promotion for more imminent releases these next five days, it is worth noting that Thursday marks the first major appearance for the third Iron Man movie when Gwyneth Paltrow visits The Tonight Show on April 25th. The Pepper Potts-player will then follow that up with a stop by Ellen to air Friday afternoon.
Of course, the main draw will be Robert Downey, Jr.’s first national talk appearance since The Avengers on Friday when Tony Stark also sits down with Jay Leno. The dance card for the following week is yet to be filled, but early listings show the star will hit up New York-based shows next week (Letterman and Fallon are yet to announced their lineups) before returning to the West coast with a stop by Jimmy Kimmel Live that Thursday.
Make no doubt about it, these actors are all optioned up to put in such appearances. This is a big release for Marvel Studios and Disney, and some might say it is as important as The Avengers was last year. Shareholders of the Mouse House are projecting a massive opening beyond that of Iron Man 2 thanks to a sequel bump, strong word of mouth, and the addition of 3D. My expectations are an overperform with a $150+ million three-day debut easily. Hollywood put the floor at $125 million through the film’s first Sunday not counting foreign receipts.
With the third Iron Man movie less than two weeks out from release, it is now time to visit the financials for yet another high-flying blockbuster. The pic hailing from Disney’s Marvel Studios looks to be a fairly ambitious standalone effort with a budget every inch as high as its direct predecessor. Iron Man III cost the unit a whopping $200 million to make, surging $60 million past preliminary expectations.
Disney originally wanted to downgrade the franchise upon seeing no bounce in receipts from an Iron Man sequel three years ago. It is hardly a compelling argument that a series peaking at around $600 million should continue to play at a third that amount given over-bloating seemed to be the enemy. That all changed though with the success of The Avengers roughly one year ago.
Joss Whedon’s mega-blockbuster found $1.5 billion on a $220 million budget, upping the ante for the franchise and its parts substantially. The Mouse House now had to figure out how to keep this thing riding high and that meant giving huge sums of cash to lay the ground work for The Avengers 2 even if it did not pay off until that film’s launch in May of 2015. Continue Reading