Robert Downey, Jr. has revealed Iron Man 4 is on the slate at Marvel Studios just days after joking he would sign up for the sequel if pal Mel Gibson was on board to direct it. Taping an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the movie star revealed he's "in the middle of negotiations" for a third sequel, but the host wouldn't let him stop there.
He added, "I know there’s going to be a bunch more Marvel movies, and they have big ideas of how to do it best."
And when DeGeneres pushed for a firm 'yes', he added, "OK, yes!"
"It was an offhanded remark to a journalist and friend. I have other projects in mind for Mel and I." Robert Downey, Jr. insists he wasn't being totally serious when he suggested his pal Gibson should direct the next Iron Man movie in a recent interview.
Robert Downey, Jr. insists he would end the deadlock on another Iron Man sequel if Marvel Studios executives hired Mel Gibson to direct the film. The actor is still mulling over a return to the comic book blockbuster franchise and he admits his decision would be helped if his old friend Gibson was asked to take charge of Iron Man 4.
Downey, Jr. insists the time is right for Hollywood's bigwigs to forgive Gibson for his past indiscretions and scandal-making headlines, and offer him the chance to prove himself as a top moviemaker again.
He tells Deadline.com, "Nobody should make a case for somebody who just wants forgiveness but hasn't changed, but he's a fundamentally different guy. I think it was just the very worst aspects of somebody's psyche being treated as though they were the blanket statement about a person.
"But honestly we are talking about a competitive business and it all comes down to this: because he is so gifted as a storyteller and a director, I don't know that he requires some sort of mass forgiveness.
"He has changed, but at the same time he's still Mel. He and I are so similar in so many ways. He really, honestly is the first to admit his character defects and also is just a great, great collaborative guy."
And Downey, Jr. insists anyone who really needs to know the truth about Gibson should look at his kids, adding, "I always say too that if you want to judge a man or a woman then look at their kids. He has the healthiest, happiest, most productive kids you could ever meet or know, and I'm fortunate to be friendly with several of them. He did a lot right, and there's stuff he taught me about parenting that didn't sink in at the time but have proven to be true."
Gibson, who has directed the epics The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart, became Hollywood's favourite villain when he showered a Jewish traffic cop with anti-Semitic remarks during an arrest in 2006. He was also investigated for domestic violence in 2010 in reference to an incident between him and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his baby daughter Lucia.
A Rome cafe which has featured in films like The Godfather Part Ii and To Rome With Love is facing closure. The Antico Caffe della Pace near the city's Piazza Navona has been a celebrity haven for decades, but financial issues have prompted the owners to move on.
Reports suggest the property bosses, who run the building that houses the cafe, are keen to turn the site into a hotel.
A petition launched by locals will be handed to local lawmakers in an effort to save the place, and have it listed as a historic landmark.
As well as featuring in films shot in and around Rome, the Antico Caffe della Pace has hosted celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Mel Gibson, Madonna and the late Grace Kelly, while Pope John Paul II was a frequent guest.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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I don't think there has ever been a film title as plainly descriptive as Machete Kills. There's not nuance or irony or symbolism hidden between the letters. It's simple: Machete kills. That's all he does, and that's pretty much the only thing that the latest red band trailer for Machete Kills shows. Machete killing things. And it's glorious.
In this sequel to Robert Rodriguez's mexsploitation thriller, Danny Trejo reprises his role as Machete, an ex-Federale with an unparalleled skill for filling graves. President Charlie Sheen (Carlos Estévez) tasks Machete with killing Mel Gibson, so off Machete goes to heavily increase the murder rate in several U.S states and Mexico. The trailer is a visceral slideshow of the many ways to kill a man. The fact that there isn't just one scene where a man is flung into the spinning blades of a helicopter but two should tell you all you need to know about what kind of movie this is.
We also get a glimpse of the other players in Machete Kills including, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., and the lovely Sofia Vergara who is determined to prove that there's still comedic value in screaming at everything really loudly.
We can't be exactly sure how the invetible Machete/Mel Gibson showdown will end, but if we had to guess, Machete Kills will end with both parties walking away amicably, having solved their differences peacefully.
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With the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, here's a timely look at five of the best songs to mourn the passing of the summer season.
The Cure – "The Last Day Of Summer"
Never exactly a ray of sunshine at the best of times, The Cure's Robert Smith appears to be suffering an early case of seasonal affective disorder ("but the last day of summer never felt so cold") on this heartbreakingly melancholic tale of a relationship turned sour.
Buffalo Tom – "Summer"
Adopting something of a YOLO approach, Buffalo Tom rallied against the type of people who initially promise to lead a life of adventure during the summer months, only to spend every single day holed up in their bedrooms on the Internet.
Belle & Sebastian – "A Summer Wasting"
In sharp contrast to Bill Janovitz and co., twee indie-pop stalwarts Belle & Sebastian actively celebrated the seven weeks they spent doing nothing but reading books and walking alongside rivers on this standout from 1998's The Boy With The Arab Strap.
Kirsty MacColl - "The Last Day Of Summer"
Perhaps best-known for her gutsy contribution to Christmas classic "Fairytale Of New York," the late Kirsty MacColl switched her attention to the other major holiday season with this sweetly sung ode to an end of summer unrequited love.
The Doors – "Summer’s Almost Gone"
Taken from The Doors’ third studio album, Waiting For The Sun, this mellow psych-rock ballad perfectly encapsulates the uncertainty which many feel when the freedom of the summer draws to a close ("where will we be when the summer’s gone?").
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