First Trailer and Poster for 'The Judge'

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Warner Bros. has premiered the first trailer and poster for David Dobkin's The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, which is set for a October 10 release.

The film finds Downey playing big city lawyer Hank Palmer whose returned to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Melissa Leo and Billy Bob Thornton co-star.
Howdy folks. I'm still a newbie at this stuff, so kindly bear with... Just wrapped the Avengers: Age of Ultron gig, figured it was the right time to give you an advance look at a trailer for The Judge, coming out in October.

Susan and I are delighted that this wound up being the first movie produced through our Team Downey production company at Warner Bros. It’s a drama with lots of heart and wit.... might be the best thing I've been part of yet...beginner’s luck, perhaps.

An original story from our director, David Dobkin, it’s a modern tale of conflict, judgment, death, regret, irony, family dysfunction, hilarity, and of course, unconditional love. When a miserable hotshot Chicago lawyer returns home to a small town in Indiana for his mother’s funeral, he is forced to deal with a lifetime at odds with his legendarily stoic superior court justice father (aka The Judge).

What could possibly go wrong? Shame and secrets, old flames and...murder perhaps?

Again, thanks for your patronage; I'll keep trying to make things interesting.

Check out the trailer and poster below. The official website is also online.


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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Set Footage

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Some video footage from the set of Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron has surfaced online thanks to Cinema Blend. It gives us a look at Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, with Chris Hemsworth as Thor calling down lightening from the sky. It also gives us a brief glimpse at some recruits training for what might be a part of the Avengers initiative that Tony Stark is bankrolling. The movie is set to be released in theaters on May 1st, 2015!

Magazine Scans: Entertainment Weekly - June 2014

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I've added scans from June issue of Entertainment Weekly Magazine. Take a look at it in the gallery!

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Set Photos

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is continuing to shoot throughout the weekend, with home base currently set up in Norwich, UK. New photos and plot details reveal that the Avengers will be training a group of fresh Recruits at an academy, which can be seen below. Also spotted on set in costume was Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr. in his civilian clothes as Tony Stark, the backside of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow double and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. It is being reported that the Iron Patriot armor was spotted on set, though Don Cheadle was nowhere to be seen. Agent Triplett from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (aka B.J. Britt) also showed up to play. Check out the new photos in the gallery!

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Is 'The Judge' another Oscar power play?

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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.
'The Judge' First Look

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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.

[x001] Films > The Judge (2014) > Production Stills

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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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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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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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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.

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