TORONTOSUN.COM – Guardians of the Galaxy deserves to be ranked number one among the 10 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Robert Downey Jr.
Cue the gasps. Be astounded. I certainly was when Downey proclaimed his love for the mega-hit in an interview triggered by the coming world premiere of The Judge at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever,” Downey says with admiration. “And it’s odd for someone with — on occasion — an ego the size of mine to actually say that!”
Downey, of course, is the star of three of those Marvel blockbusters, the Iron Man trilogy. He plays the Tony Stark/Iron Man characters with a kind of wit, exuberance and edge that elevates those movies above popcorn fare. Yet Downey still points to Galaxy as the winner. Because it was so unlikely. Because it could never have been made without its predecessors dominating the box office.
“We’re talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: ‘Look!’ ”
Downey offers a metaphor invoking football and the NFL and the Mannings. “It’s like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: ‘Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has a great arm and he should start.’ And then he goes and wins the Superbowl!”
Downey puts the success of Guardians of the Galaxy down to luck, to the trouble-shooting skills of the producing team led by Kevin Feige and to the ability of the marketing experts at Walt Disney Studios. “The armature and breadth of what Disney has done in their ability to put things to market is unprecedented.”
Downey remains thrilled to be working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will continue, including in the next Avenger episode. After that, who knows? The actor is also involved with Team Downey, his own production company and the impetus behind The Judge. It is a serious prestige picture, but Team Downey wants to play in the sandbox with commercial fare, too.
“We like BIG movies,” Downey says of Team Downey, which he runs with producer wife Susan (Levin) Downey. “We are working on a Sherlock Holmes 3,” he says, without providing details.
Team Downey is also developing a franchise of its own, a Perry Mason-style thriller series set in the 1930s. “Then we have a story that Steve McQueen was developing before he passed away called Yucatan that I’m just on fire about.” And Downey just met with the writer of a live-action version of Pinocchio.
“I must play Geppetto,” Downey says of the kind-hearted puppet-maker who creates Pinocchio. “I see him as Chico Marx meets Jake LaMotta.” Hmmm, with the raunchiest Marx Brother crossed with the boxer whom Robert De Niro played in Raging Bull, this will not be our grandparents’ Pinocchio.
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The first trailer for Robert’s upcoming movie “The Judge” has arrived some time ago which you can check out below. Robert stars opposite Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton and the movie is due for an October 10 release.
In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Susan Downey’s 40th birthday was on November 6th, and her husband – none other than Robert Downey Jr – made sure to celebrate in style. They brought the party to Northern California, where they joined forces with around 50 friends at the Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito. E! Online has posted all the details on the bash, which you can also read below:
Robert Downey Jr. may not be a superhero in real life, but he sure knows how to make his wife feel special!
E! News has exclusively learned that the Iron Man star threw a star-studded bash for his wife Susan’s 40th birthday, hosting a celebration at Cavallo Point near Sausalito, Calif. where guests, including Justin Theroux, Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau and Reese Witherspoon, spent the entire weekend relaxing at a resort spa.
“It was a great weekend for Susan, and Robert went all out to make sure she knows how special she is,” a source exclusively tells E! News of the getaway. “Around 50 of their closest friends came up for the weekend and stayed at the hotel in historic houses. It was a very relaxing weekend and there was a lot of time for people to catch up.”
Guests spent the weekend enjoying the amenities at the resort, getting spa treatments, going on walks and celebrating Susan’s birthday.
When recently speaking to Digital Spy, Jude Law gave a brief update on the still-unannounced sequel to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Although there’s still no confirmation on a third film to the franchise, it seems like there have been some promising developments — including a meeting between Law, RDJ, and Guy Ritchie.
[Jude] Law told Digital Spy: “We had a meeting earlier this year, the three of us, and I think it’s being written now. Warner Bros have still got to agree to pay for it… I think they want to!”
Producer Dan Lin confirmed earlier this year that Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce had been hired to work on the screenplay.
Ritchie has signed on to direct the third film, and is reportedly keen to base the production in Los Angeles.
On Saturday, November 2nd, Robert Downey Jr and his wife, Susan, attended the 2013 LACMA Art + Film Gala. This year’s event – held at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (aka LACMA) – honored both Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese and artist David Hockney. The Art + Film gala is an annual event held to unite the two fields together and help raise money for the museum; this year, the gala pulled in $4.1 million to support LACMA’s film program, first introduced in 1965.
Vulture recently released their annual list of the 100 Most Valuable Stars — and Robert Downey Jr topped the list at #1 once again. Rounding out the top ten (in order): Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Christian Bale, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, and Johnny Depp.
Robert’s stats include a studio value of 9/10, 69% likeablity, 58 on the critics’ score, and a tabloid value of 6/10. Read what Vulture had to say about him this year:
1. Robert Downey Jr.
He leads the Most Valuable Stars list for the second time, and who can argue?
Can there be any doubt that Robert Downey Jr. should be sitting pretty at the top of this list for two years in a row? He’s the star of two of the top five highest-grossing movies of all time — The Avengers, which brought in $1.5 billion worldwide, and Iron Man 3, which took in $1.2 billion — and unlike other comic-book heroes who could be recast at the drop of a hat (and often are), Downey Jr. is so synonymous with Tony Stark that when he decided not to make any more Iron Man movies for the time being, Marvel basically put the megafranchise on pause in the hopes that he’ll change his mind. (Whereas Warner Bros. promptly installed Ben Affleck as Batman just as soon as Christian Bale hung up his cowl.) Don’t worry, though: Downey Jr. did decide to sign on for two more Avengers sequels, so he’s hardly done with his most iconic character.
But Downey Jr. is more than just Iron Man — in fact, he’s got another lucrative franchise, Sherlock Holmes, and has starred in two hit comedies since his career resurgence, Tropic Thunder and Due Date. His appeal is off the charts, and he has a studio rating third only to Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s. And he’s managed his stardom with grace and good humor, a remarkable turnaround from the drug-fueled days when he was an uninsurable lost boy. Next up for Downey Jr. is The Judge, a dramedy where he plays a lawyer representing his town judge father (Robert Duvall) in a murder case; the movie is a gratifying change of pace for Downey Jr. and a savvy acknowledgment that audiences will now expect more from him than just quippy action movies. And beyond that, there’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will surely bring in a box-office take that rivals the GDP of most nations. That’s why Robert Downey Jr. is No. 1 on our list, and it will take a superhuman effort for anyone to top him.
Robert Downey Jr and Jared Leto reunited earlier this week at the 17th Annual Hollywood Awards held on October 21st. The two were co-stars in the 1999 film Black and White; but at the Monday evening event, RDJ was honoring Leto with a Breakout Performance award for his work in Dallas Buyers Club.
The affair was star-studded, with Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Geoffrey Rush, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, Avengers co-star Jeremy Renner, and Zodiac co-star Jake Gyllenhaal also in attendance.
Watch a video of Robert’s award presentation below (along with Leto’s acceptance speech).
Movie star Robert Downey Jr. came to Dedham Thursday to shoot scenes from his upcoming film The Judge, but it was his role of Tony Stark in Ironman and The Avengers that many of his fans came out to celebrate. The film crew transformed Dedham’s Superior Court, Registry of Deeds, Community House, and First Church buildings into components of a town in Crawford County, Indiana, where The Judge is set. Filming will take place in Dedham both Thursday and Friday.