Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Avengers Interview: Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man Journey

Robert Downey Jr. has donned the Iron Man costume in two of his own stand-alone movies, and now in The Avengers. In our interview with the actor, he begins by dishing what it is he likes so much about the metal-suited superhero. “I like that he didn’t really set out to do anything noble,” Downey said. “He’s in transition, so there’s something a little more Hans Solo than Luke (Skywalker) — also, the fact that he can pull off wearing a Black Sabbath T-shirt, for the better part of the film.”

The Avengers: Iron Man
Bringing the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) together for a movie has been a dream of Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige for some time. While Downey was making Iron Man, he recalled what Feige told him about his ultimate dream for his superhero studio.

“Going back to 2007, when I was cast in Iron Man, Kevin Feige said, ‘You know, this is all going to lead to where we’re going to have all of these franchises come together and we’re going to do something unprecedented in entertainment and we’re going to make this Avengers movie.’ I just remember that I would get nervous about it and excited about it and doubtful of it,” Downey recalled.

“By that time, I already had a history with Sam (Jackson, who plays Nick Fury) and really wanted to capitalize on that. By the time Chris (Hemsworth) and Chris (Evans) had launched their individual franchises with success and charisma, and by the time we had Mark (Ruffalo), I was like, ‘Wow, this is really going to happen.’”

One of the great joys of The Avengers for the Oscar-nominated actor was being a part of this superhero ensemble of acting talents. “Just being a worker amongst workers is where I started out, and it was nice to not really have to carry a movie,” he said. “I think everyone really, really, really, really is equal in this venture.”

One thing that struck us upon viewing The Avengers is the fantastic humor that is sprinkled throughout the spellbinding action. Downey credits the film’s writer-director, Joss Whedon, for hitting all the right notes. “Joss’ wit is funny. And he also is able to hold the whole myriad of ideas and notions together that you have to get right for Avengers. What he accomplished is incredible,” Downey said.

The other aspect of the marvel of a Marvel film was how Whedon gave every superhero their time in the spotlight, without ever sacrificing plot. Downey reported that each actor that arrived on set in The Avengers superhero conglomerate knew their place given the framework of the stellar Whedon script.

“What everybody captured for their character was the right tone. At a certain point, without killing it, you tip your hat. We don’t take it too seriously. This is essentially a comic book movie, but you buy into the reality of it. So, I think everyone has their moments. Joss did a good job of finding everyone’s frequency. When Cap says to Thor, ‘I’m pretty sure God doesn’t dress like that,’ it was still within the realm of what Steve (Rogers) would say and do. It’s funny, but also, tonally perfect. The Avengers could have fallen flat on its face and had people not be able to suspend their disbelief or get behind it, but the movie succeeded.”

There are dozens of indelible images from the film, but the one that stands out for Downey is the same one that has given fans chills in The Avengers trailer. It is the scene where all the heroes stand in a circle and Whedon’s camera whips around in a 360-degree turn. “There’s that first time that we’re all assembled on the bridge, when we all see each other and realize that we’re probably likely to continue shooting the movie because we had to make good on this vision of Kevin Feige’s (Marvel studio head),” Downey said. “I’ll never forget that as long as I live.”

Snow White and the Huntsman: Posters Center on Big Three

Character posters for Snow White and the Huntsman have premiered. Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman all get their own spotlight. The film premieres June 1 and is easily one of the most anticipated of the summer. Snow White has never been shown in this light, as evidenced by the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer. We are beyond eager to check out director Rupert Sanders’ vision of the classic fairy tale.

Charlize Theron Snow White and the Huntsman Poster

Kristen Stewart Snow White and the Huntsman Poster

Chris Hemsworth Snow White and the Huntsman Poster

The Dictator Trailer: How Far Will Sacha Baron Cohen Go?

The latest trailer for The Dictator (check out the opening scene!) has premiered and focuses on the part of the story that finds Sacha Baron Cohen’s title character struggling in New York. He may have arrived in Manhattan to address the U.N. as the leader of a North African nation, but after he is kidnapped, has his beard shaved off and is let loose into the city, he must find his way back. As we saw in the previous The Dictator trailer, Anna Faris comes to his rescue. This latest teaser gives us a few more funny scenes with Cohen’s latest comic character reminding us of his brilliance.

While in Las Vegas for the CinemaCon event celebrating movies, we were in the hall when Paramount was giving its presentation about its fare for 2012. As they spoke of the Cohen film, a raucous noise was heard from the back of the room and the man himself (in character) came strolling down the aisle with a dozen armed female bodyguards along his side.

He made his way to the lectern and said a few words. The most notable quote was, “I thought when I came to Hollywood that I would be the only dictator. Seems there’s a Jeffrey Katzenberg that is a dictator too.”

Katzenberg was a great sport. When Cohen strolled by, exiting the theater, the DreamWorks studio head kneeled and kissed the character’s ring.

The film lands May 16.

The Five-Year Engagement Quotes: There Is No Perfect Cookie!

The team that brought us Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, have combined forces again for The Five-Year Engagement. Like their first film, their latest has given us some fantastic lines that are sure to delight, long after the credits have rolled.

Jason Segel and Emily Blunt Star in The Five-Year Engagement
Romantic comedies can be hit or miss when it comes to movie quotes. But, with Stoller and Segel’s knack for making rom-coms that feel more like comedies first and romances second, you will find these The Five-Year Engagement quotes as forever funny as they are romantic.

Sylvia: To Tom and Violet! (Raises a toast) One assumes that everything is going to turn out like some romantic comedy, but most engagements end up like Saving Private Ryan. Good luck. God knows you’re going to need it. | permanlink

Tom: We both know I deserve to get super laid for this.
Violet: Do you want me to wear a cape or something?
Tom: I want the show.
Violet: You get the Cirque du Soleil of shows… | permanlink

Alex Eilhauer: It feels like I’m drinking out of Chewbacca’s Dick! | permanlink

Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer: There is no perfect cookie! | permanlink

Sylvia: Any ideas when this wedding might happen? Grandparents do have a tendency to die.
Violet: Mom, they’re all right there.
Sylvia: Well, for now… | permanlink

Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer: This is supposed to be exciting. This is your wedding. You only get a few of these. | permanlink

Rabbi: Of course, the men will wear yarmulkes…
Tom: Definitely, I’ll wear mine…
Violet: Babe, you don’t have a yarmulke…
Tom: I have a whole…it’s in my… my Jewish drawer. | permanlink

Tom: You told me that it was gonna be two years. It’s sort of like when you’re on a treadmill, and you tell yourself, “I want to run five miles today,” and now, it’s forever miles…
Violet: When was the last time you were on a treadmill? Sorry… | permanlink

Men in Black 3 Photos: Aliens, Will Smith & More

Sony Pictures has released a slew of new photos from their upcoming Men in Black 3. The seven stills not only feature stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, but also showcase the killer makeup job that Rick Baker has done with the alien characters. We are treated to something else too. We’ve got our first real shot of Emma Thompson and also a downright spooky shot of the film’s villain, as played by Jemaine Clement.

The film arrives May 25 and stay with Movie Fanatic as we talk to the stars of the film and go behind the scenes with Baker and his team in the coming weeks!

An Alien from Men in Black 3

Another Alien from Men in Black 3

Jermaine Clement in Men in Black 3

Will Smith and Josh Brolin in Men in Black 3

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith Stars in Men in Black 3

Emma Thompson in Men in Black 3

Josh Brolin Stars in Men in Black 3