Is 'The Judge' another Oscar power play?

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14/06/2014
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Ever since Robert Downey Jr. revitalized his career, first proving he was for real on "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" and then making good on big-boy movie insurance with "Iron Man," I've been wondering if we'll see him really seize an awards season opportunity. Yes, he was nominated in 2008 for a hilarious turn in "Tropic Thunder," but that was as much a stunt as it was genius. When he really sinks his teeth into something non-genre again, will the Oscar machine be at his beck and call? The Judge could provide an answer in due time.

We're not quite there on predictions and such yet. Cannes just wrapped up and there are still elements trickling out for the upcoming season. I understand the rush to be an early bird prognosticator — we did it ourselves around here for years before it just started to feel like wasted energy. We'll chime in around the year's midway point on that score, but certainly, The Judge is a film on our radar.

Downey stars as a Chicago lawyer who returns to his hometown roots to defend his hostile father in a murder case. Robert Duvall stars as the eponymous judge, a bit of a town tyrant (both in the courtroom and at home), a heavy hand that pushed Downey's character away years ago.
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11/06/2014
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How do you defend someone who never defended you? That’s the heart of this thriller/family drama (out Oct. 10) starring Robert Downey Jr. as a Chicago defense attorney who returns to his small town to represent his hostile father (Robert Duvall) in a murder case.

Duvall plays the imperious title character: a living symbol of justice in their community and a tyrant in his own household — factors that compelled his son to flee years before. A family funeral brings Downey’s character home, but it’s another death that keeps him there.

“Against his own instincts and desire, he ends up staying to defend his dad from what may or may not be an intentional vehicular manslaughter case,” Downey says, flashing his eyebrows on those last few words.

“His father is a pillar of the community. Everybody knows a dad like the judge,” the actor adds. “Every community has one, and every family has either heard of or been under that kind of patriarchy. It’s this very American story. But it’s also a story about family, and reconciliation, and law, and justice.”

Downey’s character doesn’t just clash with his father, but also his brutish older brother, played by Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black) — who stands by the old man’s side in all matters. Less confident, but no less devoted to the pater familias, is the Fredo-esque youngest brother (Jeremy Strong, Zero Dark Thirty). “He, uh … he still lives at home,” Downey explains. “Slow learner.”

The film has flashes of humor, but it’s definitely more of a dramatic turn for director David Dobkin, best known for Wedding Crashers. And it’s the first project from Team Downey, the new production company founded by the actor and his wife, longtime Silver Pictures producer Susan Downey (the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).

Team Downey had several films inching forward in development, including a big screen version of Perry Mason, and a drama about the aftermath of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. The Judge, with its genre-mixing script by first-time screenwriter Bill Dubuque and Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) was “the greyhound that got its eye on the rabbit first,” as the actor puts it.

In her previous role at Silver Pictures, the dedication was to amped-up action pictures. So what kind of brand does Team Downey hope to establish? “If the type is good, that’s the brand I’d go for,” she says, saying they’re looking for the offbeat and heartfelt — though not the ultra-niche or esoteric.

“Our storytelling is character-driven but on a commercial level,” Susan says. “We wanted to do something outside the big movie tentpole projects.”

So no Iron Man suit — just emotional armor this time.

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RDJ On 'AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON' Set

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08/06/2014
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Avengers: Age of Ultron is more than halfway finished with shooting and while we've seen bits of Cap, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch & others, we've seen very little of the billionaire philanthropist, Iron Man, otherwise known as Robert Downey Jr.

Camille Guaty (The Vampire Diaries) recently visited the Avengers: Age of Ultron sets with her husband and while not much is known about the nature of her visit, it does look to have just been an observational visit based on her tweets. Also, even though she was not able to provide any details or take photos of what she saw, she did still manage to get a nice photo with star Robert Downey Jr., who seems to be in costume as Tony Stark.

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RDJ to Produce Rehab Drama for Showtime

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04/06/2014
Robert Downey Jr. has some rehab drama on his hands - in a totally good way.

Downey - whose past struggles with substance use were the source of numerous headlines - is developing a drama project about a 1980s rehab community with Showtime and Sony Pictures Television, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap on Tuesday.

The project hails from Team Downey, the production company of the actor and his wife Susan, along with Sony Pictures Television.

Gary Lennon (“Justified,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Black Box”) is writing as well as executive producing, along with the Downeys and Amanda Burrell.
Avengers take selfies for cancer-stricken fan

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17/05/2014
Avengers stars Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth have taken special selfies to help grant a dying man's final wish.

Sofie Caldecott's father Stratford is a huge fan of the Marvel comic book and films, but he was too sick to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier when it was released in cinemas because of his advanced prostate cancer.

Sofie is trying to fulfill her father's dying wish to see the film by getting an early copy of the DVD and she also asked The Avengers actors to take selfies with the hashtag #CapForStrat so she can show her dad the stars' support.

Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) combined for their selfie, above.


Thor and Iron Man got your back, Strat.  
RDJ Hires Damien Ober to Write ‘Black Mirror’

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17/05/2014
The Black List scribe behind “Randle Is Benign” will write the sci-fi thriller based on the Channel 4 series

Up-and-coming writer Damien Ober has been hired to write the sci-fi thriller Black Mirror for Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr.'s production company Team Downey.

Ober's script “Randle Is Benign” was on the 2013 Black List this year and is currently being packaged by Echo Lake Entertainment.

The project is based on an episode of the British anthology series Black Mirror titled “The Entire History of You,” which followed a man with an implant that allows him to record and re-watch all of his life experiences.

Ober is expected to deliver a fresh take deriving from that premise.

Robert Downey Jr. and his Team Downey banner will produce. David Gambino and Amanda Burrell will oversee “Black Mirror” for Team Downey, while Warner Bros. executives Jesse Ehrman and Cate Adams will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Just a few months ago, Ober was an unknown writer who sold “Randle Is Benign” to Echo Lake's production side, which earned him representation from the company's management side. He quickly landed a staff job on SyFy's “Dominion,” and now he's writing a studio movie for an A-list movie star in Downey Jr.
Avengers Assemble for family vacation in Nashville

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09/05/2014
They co-star in the Avengers movies together but clearly Robert Downey Jr and Jeremy Renner are close pals off set too.

The duo - who play Iron Man/Tony Stark and Hawkeye respectively in the Marvel franchise -spent the weekend together in Nashville with their families where they were spotted at a music festival and enjoying lunch at Urban Grub on Saturday and at the zoo on Monday.

Robert, 49, was accompanied by his wife Susan and their two-year-old son Exton while Jeremy, 43, brought daughter Ava, 15 months and ex-girlfriend Sonni Pacheco along with him.

Both men were casual with Renner in jeans, Downey Jr in sweatpants and both in T-shirts and baseball caps while the women also dressed down.

Recently Robert and Jeremy were filming the Avengers sequel in London with co-stars including Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo.


RDJ and Jeremy Renner Hang Out in Nashville

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09/05/2014
Avengers stars in Nashville!

Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner have been spending time in the Tennessee capital with their families, enjoying the city's attractions as well as each other's company.

On Saturday, Renner was spotted at the Sevier Park Festival, a community neighborhood fesitival which is co-sponsored by Nashville Underground Radio. Zeke Duhon and Brandy Clark were two of the featured performers at the event, where RDJ was also in attendance.

"It was Saturday around 4 p.m. Robert Downey Jr. was hanging out at the festival. Zeke Duhon was performing on stage. Downey was in the crowd. He was just hanging around and listening to the music," the source said. "He was with Jeremy Renner. They seemed to be having a good time."

Earlier in the afternoon, Downey Jr., Renner and several others came for a bite at Nashville's Urban Grub, which is located across the street from the festival.

"It was Saturday around 2 p.m. and they stayed until about 3:30 to 4 p.m. Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner and several others came in and ordered off the brunch menu. They sat out in the beer garden patio. It was a beautiful day. They seemed to enjoy themselves and were having a great time," Urban Grub general manager Garth Nash tells E! News.

Then on Sunday both Renner and RDJ, along with their families, stopped by Mike's Ice Cream and Coffee for a sweet treat, an eyewitness tells E! News.

"It was Sunday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. and they stayed about a half hour. Robert Downey Jr. was with his family and Jeremy Renner [with his]. It looked like the ladies were sitting together and the kids were sitting together and Robert and Jeremy were talking. It looked like a couple of families going out together," the eyewitness tells E! News.

"Robert got a triple shot of espresso and they rest of the group got shakes and ice cream," the eyewitness adds. "They had two bodyguards with them."

The insider continued, noting that "they seemed like a regular family that came in for ice cream and coffee on a Sunday afternoon. It looked like a normal family outing. They didn't make a spectacle and several people didn't even realize that he [Robert Downey Jr.] was there."

Sounds like Nashville may be the place to be for these two!
RDJ to Produce Horror Comedy 'Cloaked'

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02/05/2014
Warner Bros. has acquired a pitch from Team Downey producers Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and writer Derek Connolly for the supernatural horror comedy Cloaked.

No plot details were released, although the story is said to be in a similar vein as An American Werewolf in London, using the same balanced approach with a mix of horror and comedy. The pitch is based on an idea by Robert Downey Jr., who developed the story with Susan Downey and Derek Connolly before bringing it to Warner Bros.

Derek Connolly will write the script, with Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey set to produce, although it isn't known if Robert Downey Jr. plans on starring in the feature as well. Team Downey's Amanda Burrell will oversee the project with Warner Bros.' executives Cate Adams and Jon Burg.

After his screenwriting debut with Safety Not Guaranteed, Derek Connolly moved on to write Jurassic World for Universal, along with Colin Trevorrow, and Paramount's Monster Trucks, both of which are currently in production. Robert Downey Jr. is currently shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he will next be seen in Warner Bros.' The Judge.Warner Bros. has acquired a pitch from Team Downey producers Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and writer Derek Connolly for the supernatural horror comedy Cloaked.

No plot details were released, although the story is said to be in a similar vein as An American Werewolf in London, using the same balanced approach with a mix of horror and comedy. The pitch is based on an idea by Robert Downey Jr., who developed the story with Susan Downey and Derek Connolly before bringing it to Warner Bros.

Derek Connolly will write the script, with Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey set to produce, although it isn't known if Robert Downey Jr. plans on starring in the feature as well. Team Downey's Amanda Burrell will oversee the project with Warner Bros.' executives Cate Adams and Jon Burg.

After his screenwriting debut with Safety Not Guaranteed, Derek Connolly moved on to write Jurassic World for Universal, along with Colin Trevorrow, and Paramount's Monster Trucks, both of which are currently in production. Robert Downey Jr. is currently shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he will next be seen in Warner Bros.' The Judge.
RDJ posts a new photo

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28/04/2014
Robert shares a new photo on his Twitter account - this time of the cast and crew of Avengers: Age of Ultron.


Sunday afternoon in Richmond.

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