RDJ Pens Moving Tribute to His Late Mother

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27/09/2014
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Robert Downey Jr. paid tribute to his mother Elsie in a stirring tribute chronicling her struggle to find success as an actor, battles with addiction, and how she ultimately inspired him to get sober. She died Sept. 22 at 80.

In a Facebook post Friday, Downey praised the work she and his father, director Robert Downey Sr., did together, including 1975's Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight, which saw her play 17 characters. She often co-wrote with her then-husband and appeared in his films.

"By the mid '70s, the downside of drug culture caught up with many artists. She was an alcoholic," Downey wrote. "As the marriage suffered, she continued to work, but not for long. A recurring role on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman' ('76-'77) was her last paying job...not that she cared, she'd have done it for free."

She eventually got clean and later inspired Downey to do the same.

"While I strived to have the kind of success that eluded her, my own addiction repeatedly forbade it," Downey wrote. "In the summer of 2004, I was in bad shape. She called me out of the blue, and I admitted everything. I don't remember what she said, but I haven't drank or used since."

Downey went on to talk about the final years of his mother's life, when she moved to Los Angeles to be with him and his family, but was plagued by health problems.

"Many fond memories of her in the last few years...holidays, kid-stuff, her strutting around with a walking stick. I knew it was difficult, and understood as the visits got shorter."

Downey told people to cherish their mothers, flaws and all.

"If anyone out there has a mother, and she's not perfect, please call her and say you love her anyway," he wrote.
'The Judge' LACMA Screening And Q&A

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27/09/2014
Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and director David Dobkin attend the Film Independent at LACMA screening and Q&A of The Judge at Bing Theatre at LACMA on September 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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CAA's School Day

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19/09/2014
Robert Downey Jr. attends CAA's School Day Benefiting Communities In Schools of Los Angeles at Bouchon on September 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills.

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Britannia Awards to Honor Robert Downey Jr.

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18/09/2014
The Judge's lead actor Robert Downey, Jr., Foxcatcher's supporting actor Mark Ruffalo, Mr. Turner's writer-director Mike Leigh and two beloved British actresses of different generations, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson, will be this year's honorees at BAFTA Los Angeles' 23rd annual Britannia Awards on Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton, the organization announced Thursday.

The gala dinner and ceremony, which raises funds for BAFTA-LA's education, preservation and philanthropic efforts, is an early and high-profile stop on the annual awards circuit that fetes Brits and non-Brits alike "who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond."

Downey will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, which is presented to "a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights." Prior recipients include Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington and, last year, George Clooney.
New Trailer For The 'The Judge'

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18/09/2014


Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.

Watch the new The Judge trailer above. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare. The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.
2014 TIFF Portrait by Yu Tsai

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17/09/2014
I've updated the gallery with a beautiful new portrait of Robert from Toronto International Film Festival. The photo was taken by Yu Tsai. Enjoy!

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Official Synopsis

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16/09/2014
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The official synopsis for Marvel’s upcoming Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now online:
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers:Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.
Vanity Fair - October 2014

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14/09/2014
I've added scans from the October issue of Vanity Fair into the gallery. The magazine features new photoshoot by Sam Jones.

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'The Judge' cast and creatives

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14/09/2014
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Dax Shepard, Jeremy Strong, David Dobkin (director), Robert Downey Jr. (also producer), Susan Downey (producer), Vera Farmiga and Vincent D'Onofrio. Deadline's Hammond exclaims that The Judge is "an old fashioned drama," unlike what the major studios make nowadays.
'The Judge' International Trailer

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12/09/2014


Director David Dobkin, known for lighthearted comedies The Change-Up and Fred Claus, shows his more serious side with the upcoming awards-season drama The Judge. Robert Downey Jr. stars as a hotshot lawyer who returns to his hometown only to discover that his father (Robert Duvall) is suspected of murder. His dad also happens to be the town's Judge.

The Judge comes to theaters October 10th, 2014 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sarah Lancaster, Dax Shepard, David Krumholtz, Billy Bob Thornton. The film is directed by David Dobkin.

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