Hey guys! As you can probably see, we have a new layout (if not, please press F5)! With Age of Ultron comming closer and closer every day, I though it’s time for a change into something more Tony Stark-ish. Hope you all love it as much as I do! I’d love to hear from you!
Right as Avengers: Age of Ultron enters hype overdrive ahead of its release on May 1st, another Marvel film dealing with the fallout of that titular team’s impending adventure is ready for its close-up. Captain America: Civil War is pretty much ready to get in front of the cameras. Casting notices for extras (with many ethnicities being sought) have gone out in Atlanta with a shooting date of April 1st pinned down, though filming could commence even earlier than that (whether or not these notices are for first or second unit is unconfirmed). Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, who also helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will return to direct. That film, along with Guardians of the Galaxy, was a high-water mark for quality in the Marvel movies, so it makes sense to be reasonably optimistic that Captain America: Civil War could turn out as well or even better than that entry.
We recently learned that Daniel Brühl would be playing Baron Zemo in the film and that a lot of bad shit will go down in Age of Ultron to get to this point. Robert Downey Jr. recently hinted at that conflict:
“It’s natural to change your views…The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”
With the highly-anticipated summer release of Avengers: Age of Ultron fast approaching, Marvel has just released a brand new television ad online, featuring almost all new footage. Offering an awesome new look at each Avenger in action, the extended TV spot is embedded below!
Robert Downey Jr. is inviting you to join him at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron… if he defeats this giggle fit, that is. Watch him try, and enter to win here.
Cinemax has put in development Baghdad Country Club, a drama from Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey’s Team Downey banner.
Written by Dave Andron (Justified), the project is inspired by the digital article of same name by prolific journalist Joshuah Bearman, whose story The Great Escape became the basis for the 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Baghdad Country Club centers on a special forces soldier-turned-mercenary who opens the only watering hole in Baghdad’s Green Zone at the height of the post-invasion Iraqi insurgency.
Team Downey is producing in association with Warner Horizon Television. The companies’ collaboration stems from Team Downey’s first-look feature deal at Warner Bros. Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell executive produce alongside Andron and Bearman. Bearman’s Baghdad Country Club was published by The Atavist and previously optioned by Cinemax sibling HBO.
Television has been a priority for the Downeys, who launched Team Downey in 2010. They have set up several TV projects in the past couple of years, including a 1980s rehab drama at Showtime.
Can an ad be art—and vice versa? Robert Downey Jr. is testing that question with a series of nine 30-second short films, sponsored by a cell phone company to promote their new device.
The color-coded series is called the M9 Project, after sponsor HTC’s new phone, but the only reference to that is a title card at the end. Otherwise, the shorts are product-free with Downey Jr. himself and creative director Russell Scott of Jetset Studios given liberty to devise a series of surreal experiences for their hero and his onscreen friend/nemesis (played by Brian Schaeffer.)
The shorts dabble in a variety of genres: comedy, horror, film noir, and fantasy among them. Taken together, they make one dreamlike story—each one taking its inspiration and tipping its hat to some other film or piece of art, including Downey Jr.’s own father.
“They were inspired by the lifetime of popular culture that we’ve all ingested,” said Scott. “There are film references, there are TV references. There’s a lot of physical comedy, and a whole different, almost silent-movie type of acting. There’s no real messaging or hucksterism.”
Just like Tony “Iron Man” Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero — at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy.
In a video posted online Thursday, the actor, dressed as Stark, who becomes Iron Man in the movies, presents a working bionic prosthesis to seven-year-old Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm. Downey opens a pair of metal cases marked Stark Industries, revealing an Iron Man arm and a smaller, red-and-gold prosthetic arm for Alex. The little boy, wearing a black shirt and red bow tie, sheepishly acknowledges in the video that he’s having an exchange with Iron Man, whom he also identifies as “Robert.”
The bionic arm Alex received was created by engineering student Albert Manero, who builds and donates 3-D-printed bionic limbs to kids around the world. Manero has been working with Alex’s family to perfect the digital arm, which Alex moves by flexing his biceps. Each bionic limb Manero builds takes 50 to 70 hours of printing time and about 12 hours of assembly, he said. His company, Limbitless Solutions, aims to eventually put 3-D printers in embassies around the world so children who live in countries without advanced medicine can benefit from Manero’s designs.
The video was produced by the Collective Project, a social-media outreach program that gives students like Manero a greater presence online in hopes of inspiring others.
I’ve updated the gallery with scans of the lastest issue of SciFiNow magazine. Take a look!
Following the events of the Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
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