Robert Downey Jr. Will Return for "The Avengers 2" and "The Avengers 3!" What About "Iron Man 4?" 


"The Avengers" fans rejoice! Robert Downey Jr. has officially signed on to star in the next two "Avengers" films according to Variety.

For a while there, it looked like Downey Jr. would be ditching the iron suit in pursuit of other acting interests. But now, it's official -- the actor will don the suit again. But here's the catch -- no agreement was made for "Iron Man 4."

According to Marvel's website:

Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.

Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.

“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.


And why won't Downey Jr. return for two more "Avengers?" The actor made around $50 million from the first "Avengers" and he will make even more from "Iron Man 3" after backend is paid, Variety has revealed.

But will other "Avengers" actors fight for more money?

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"Bad Teacher" Sequel in the Works! 


The first "Bad Teacher" made $216 million worldwide so it's no surprise that Sony is moving forward with its plans to make a sequel to the 2011 comedy starring Cameron Diaz. But according to Variety, there's no deal made with the actress yet.

Justin Malen wrote the script with Jake Kasdan returning to direct. Kasdan will also produce the sequel along with Jimmy Miller, Lee Eisenberg, and Gene Stupnitsky.

But the big question, will Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake also return?

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So Long Tony Soprano -- James Gandolfini Dead at 51 


James Gandolfini, who simultaneously elicited thrill and excitement with his portrayal of Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos" has died after a massive heart attack in Italy. According to Variety, he was vacationing at the time of his death.

This is a developing story and we'll update as we get more information. Here's a look at the actor's life from Wiki:

James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. (September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos, about a troubled crime boss struggling to balance his family life and career in the Mafia. For this role, Gandolfini garnered enormous praise, winning both the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series three times. Gandolfini's other roles include the woman-beating mob henchman Virgil in True Romance, enforcer/stuntman Bear in Get Shorty, and the impulsive Wild Thing Carol in Where the Wild Things Are.

In 2007, Gandolfini produced the documentary Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, in which he interviewed 10 injured Iraq War veterans. In 2010, Gandolfini produced another documentary, Wartorn: 1861-2010, in which posttraumatic stress disorder and its impact on soldiers and families is analyzed throughout several wars in American history, from 1861 to 2010. TV Guide ranked him 28 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list in 2005.


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The Official "Anchorman 2" Trailer! It's Classy! 


This looks good! The first "Anchorman" was funny up until its last 10 minutes, I think. I hope this one is more consistent! We'll see on December 20th when the sequel opens nationwide. Here's the official "Anchorman 2" trailer:



Here's more info on "Anchorman 2" from Paramount:

With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

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"Man of Steel" Triumphs with $125 Million Opening! 


It's quite super!

"Man of Steel" vanquished competition with $113 million to come out as the No. 1 movie in America and the world! Add $12 million from Thursday screenings and Zack Snyder's reboot of our favorite superhero had a domestic total of $125 million.

The film, starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Ma and Pa Kent, and Michael Shannon as the big bad General Zod, also flew on top of the international market with $71.6 million showing in 24 territories including the Philippines, India, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. "Man of Steel" is set to get more international markets next week when it opens in 27 more territories including Russia and China.

"Man of Steel" beat the last Superman movie, "Superman Returns" with Brandon Routh. That flick debuted with $52.6 million in 2006. From a collaboration between Snyder and writer/producer Christopher Nolan, "Man of Steel" also became June's biggest opening, stealing Disney/Pixar's previous record, "Toy Story 3's" $110.3 million debut in 2010.

Another big movie that opened last weekend was Seth Rogen's Hollywood apocalyptic comedy "This is the End." Starring Rogen, James Franco, and Jonah Hill as versions of themselves, "This is the End" debuted with $20.5 million with a domestic total of $32.8 million since opening last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Summit's "Now You See Me" continued to dazzle at the box-office. The magician crime thriller placed at No.3 with $10.3 million for a box-office total of $80 million. Universal's "Fast & Furious 6" was at No. 4 with $9.4 million and "The Purge" landed in the fifth spot with $8.2 million.

So "Man of Steel" dominated the box-office, so here's the big question -- will we finally see more DC movies? Perhaps a "Justice League" flick? Maybe "Wonder Woman?" According to Snyder when I interviewed him for "Man of Steel," he said, if the film do good business, we may see some trickle down effect. And we just might!

Here's the Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of June 14th:

1. "Man of Steel," $113 million ($71.6 million international).

2. "This Is the End," $20.5 million.

3. "Now You See Me," $10.3 million ($15.6 million international).

4. "Fast & Furious 6," $9.4 million ($20 million international).

5. "The Purge," $8.2 million ($2.4 million international).

6. "The Internship," $7 million ($5.1 million international).

7. "Epic," $6 million ($8.1 million international).

8. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $5.6 million ($17 million international).

9. "After Earth," $3.7 million ($24 million international).

10. "Iron Man 3," $2.9 million ($1 million international).

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