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.
The Avengers was the third highest-grossing movie of all time and no star benefited more from that than Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark might not have been the leader of the group (that honor belongs to Captain America) but Downey was the only indispensable actor which meant he was able to demand the most money. As long as he’s willing to keep putting on the Iron Man suit, Downey will remain one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors.
Great news, RDJ fans! Marvel has released an official statement today confirming Robert Downey Jr’s involvement in future films. He’s signed deals to star in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. No word on whether or not Iron Man will show up in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie or any other stand-alones, but I’m very excited that we’ll see him work alongside the mighty team twice again.
“I am Iron Man.”
Tony Stark’s famous closing line to the very first Iron Man film takes on new life today as Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the “billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.”
Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.
Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.
“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.
Thrilled by this mega announcement, Marvelites? Well, be sure you stay glued to Marvel.com because in the coming days and weeks and months, Marvel.com will be FIRST in the world to reveal additional casting updates, new characters coming to Marvel movies and so much more — directly from the most secret meetings at Marvel! You wouldn’t want to miss out on that now, would you?!
Robert Downey Jr. arrived on “The Judge” set tonight in Mills Falls, MA. Downey met with and signed autographs for fans. When an assistant informed the “Iron Man” star he had missed signing for a young fan, Downey promptly sat down and met with the young lad.
Thanks to DeAdele, RDJ Fan has a few new magazine scans from May 2013 added to the gallery. Above, you can find thumbnails for his appearances in two GQs: in Russia and the great, twelve-page spread from the US edition. The accompanying photo shoots are amazing! You can also find a single page scan from FHM Russia right here.