If you were still awake after the Oscars ended last night, you may have caught Robert Downey Jr. on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he debuted a brand-new Iron Man 2 trailer. Whether you're a comic book fan or a Robert Downey Jr. fan, this trailer is must-see material, since it showcases a lot more fun lines from the movie, as well as some major plot points and details. Here are our six favorites.
Well, that's it. The backlash has begun. Against the Iron Man franchise (although not the first movie, which is apparently unimpeachable), against Marvel's slow build to The Avengers (which is really only touched on twice in the new film, briefly) and against Robert Downey, Jr. himself, who is apparently too obnoxious, although they may have him confused with the character he plays. I'll admit that I had my own doubts going into this second installment since I do recognize the greatness of the original and since Marvel hasn't had the best luck with getting their comic book characters firmly established as film characters on par with the likes of James Bond, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. But from the perspective of a long-time, die-hard fan of ol' Shellhead, I thought director Jon Favreau, screenwriter Justin Theroux and RDJ and the rest of the cast delivered a sharp, entertaining follow-up despite some cracks in the armor.
It's hard to believe that a few years ago, Sylvester Stallone was pretty much off the radar, playing a villain in a Spy Kids movie with his glory days largely behind him. Now, after making another Rocky movie and another Rambo movie, all of a sudden everyone wants to work with him. (Let this be a lesson to all those actors out there who don't want to be in franchises.) As previously reported, Sly has written a new action movie for himself to direct and star in, and the cast he's assembled so far -- combined with the actors he's still going after -- is mind-bogglingly awesome.
I Want My DVD was getting out of control, so drastic action has been taken. No, we haven't instituted a ban on Mickey Rourke -- the dude will act in anything, but we'll still cover all of his movies, even the weird ones. No, we've removed TV shows from the mix and given them their own home. For the latest television releases, you can check out TV on DVD over in the Telefile. All movie releases will remain right here, just in time for us to call out one of our favorite movies of the year, as well as a couple of the worst.
You're probably as tired of me telling you about remakes as I am telling you about remakes. Like Will Rogers once said, "I don't make the news, I just report it." Variety reports that Hollywood's latest trip to the remake well is Alan Parker's 1987 Gothic gumbo Angel Heart. 21 producer Michael DeLuca will produce. Folks may remember this is the film that got Lisa Bonet rechristened "Lisa Bonaked" before she was practically booted off The Cosby Show. The Cos apparently didn't want to have the nude co-star of a sex-filled, R-rated movie on his family-oriented show, a small bit of hypocrisy that bit Bill on the Pudding Pop when he got busted doing "filth-flarn-flarn-filth" with a woman who wasn't his wife.
If you weren't one of the people who was totally befuddled by The Fountain, then you're probably waiting with bated breath for director Darren Aronofsky's next picture. Pi and Requiem for a Dream established Aronofsky as a major talent, and his next picture -- with its combination of mainstream subject matter, amazingly talented actors and Marisa Tomei stripping -- is sure to take the country by storm. That's probably why Fox Searchlight outbid all comers at the Toronto International Film Festival for the rights to distribute The Wrestler, which only last week won the Golden Lion in Venice. (Man, I wish I had a gold lion.)
After nearly two decades spent in B-movies, thankless roles and boxing rings, Mickey Rourke is once again being praised for his acting, and he stands on the brink of winning the most prestigious acting award in the land -- the Academy Award for Best Actor. If he wins, it's a total game-changer, and his life and career have the potential to improve dramatically. We've thought about it, and come up with a list of ways that Rourke's life will change once he's holding that little gold statue in his hands.
Who's getting sick of Iron Man 2 updates? Not us! Amid the recent rumors swirling through the trades about baddie casting (and, well, casting in general) for the superhero sequel, comes talk of actress Emily Blunt in negotiations for the part of the femme fatale Black Widow. Blunt, who may be best known for her part as lead assistant-to-Miranda-Priestly Emily in The Devil Wears Prada, would play the Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, a Soviet superspy beauty who dresses in a skintight black costume that's enhanced, much like Iron Man's costume, with high-tech weaponry. Yowza!
It's kind of a slow day for DVDs. Not sure why -- maybe because it's the day after a long holiday weekend? Are a lot of people still on vacation, and therefore not buying movies? I guess I follow that logic. Still, for die-hard film and TV buffs, there are some real gems coming out that you'll probably want to pick up. And if you're going to be home tomorrow night, you'll want to check out this first movie on-demand -- two days before it hits the theaters. How's that for speedy delivery? It'll probably be out on DVD within the hour.
Having just enjoyed the Blu-ray version of Iron Man while off on my holiday vacation (I don't have a pretty HDTV or surround-sound system of my own, so I take advantage of other people's whenever possible), my eyes are pretty sharply tuned for any news about the film's sequel. And back home not more than three days (with my 27" 1999 bulbous Panasonic and two dusty Sony speakers that I can't turn up because I live in an apartment) what should I spy, but not only Iron Man 2 news, but Iron Man 2 villain casting news! It turns out that both Mickey Rourke -- fresh off of yesterday's The Expendables casting session -- and Sam Rockwell are in talks to join the film.