The first trailer for ‘Iron Man 3’ was released this morning, but there’s no AC/DC or Black Sabbath to party too this time, because things are now looking bleak for Tony Stark for some reason. I however am thrilled, because this is written and directed by the amazingly great Shane Black, who replaces the sort of ok Jon Favreau and the absolutely awful Jennifer Anistons boyfriend.
But Stark is very grumpy, and not even a trip to the bedroom with Gwyneth Paltrow can take his mind off things because a robot attack. I don’t even know why the scientists make them. They’re everywhere, and when they grab you with those metal claws, you can’t break free, because they’re made of metal, and robots are strong. Sam Waterston tried to warn us but we didn’t listen!
Despite their best efforts, Disney can’t keep the villains for ‘Iron Man 3’ under wraps forever, and I mean that in the literal sense, because here we see James Badge Dale on set as Eric Savin, who for the most part just stood around under a blanket.
In the comics, Savin is a soldier who loses both legs to a land mine. Those are replaced with fancy robot legs and he eventually becomes a cyborg mercenary called Coldblood.
Yet these pictures show Savin in what looks to be the Iron Patriot armor, and my sources (wikipedia) tell me this is totally different from the comic. Perhaps because Iron Patriot was actually Norman Osborn, the nemesis of Spider-Man, who belongs to Sony, meaning Disney can’t use him in an Iron Man movie. So it would seem Savin will start out good (Iron Patriot) and then turn bad (Coldblood).
He’s expected to team up with a second cyborg named Firepower, both of whom are under the orders of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). If all that is true, then Robert Downey is gonna need Scarlett Johansson more than ever. Make sure you bring your gun and karate, Scarlett Johansson!
When all is said and done, ‘The Avengers’ will probably settle in as the third highest grossing movie of all time (after just 19 days it’s already number 11 with almost $1.1 billion), above the $1.32 billion the final ‘Harry Potter’ made, but well below the $2.78 billion for ‘Avatar’ and the $2.18 billion for ‘Titanic’. So it would seem the deal made for Robert Downey Jr. that pays him box-office bonuses and a percentage of the gross will work out nicely. Hooray for foresight!
When Iron Man grossed a surprising $585 million worldwide in 2008, Downey’s reps at CAA and the Hansen Jacobson law firm renegotiated a deal to include what multiple sources say is a slice of Marvel’s revenue from future movies in which he plays Iron Man (one source puts it in the 5 percent to 7 percent range; another source disputes the percentage.).
Which means Downey will make more than every other Avenger, even if you combined all their pay and then doubled it.
As Marvel launched other hero pics that would lead up to Avengers, the studio struck hard bargains. Two sources say Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo all signed on for small upfront fees and ultimately will make about $2 million to $3 million on Avengers with bonuses. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, who signed deals to pop up in several Marvel movies, are said to be making about twice that for Avengers with bonuses.
His agents should really be commended for such a shrewd move. And here I was thinking I was clever for selling drugs outside a methadone clinic.
‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ has a new trailer out this morning (HD copies here), and at first it may seem to be the exact same footage as the first trailer in a slightly different order, but actually this shows the movie will feature Rachel McAdams carrying a package and a bulldog that goes “rrr-woof!” That’s all I needed to see. Here’s my money Warner Brothers!
ANGELINA JOLIE AND BRAD PITT – have moved their family into a 16th century mansion in Glasgow, Scotland. Thanks to Zahara, the area around their house is now known as, “the black neighborhood.” (people)
KAT VON D AND JESSE JAMES – are apparently engaged again. “Come to think of it we’re not that great is this is probably the best we’re gonna do,” they no doubt reasoned correctly. (huff post)
ROBERT DOWNEY JR – will produce a movie about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which is one of the scariest true stories I can think of. Cliff Notes: in 1945, after delivering the uranium for the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima 10 days later, it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo. 330 crewman died, 880 went into the water. Over the next 4 days, 554 of those 880 died, mostly because they were dragged under one by one and eaten by sharks. Which is how I hope I die. It sounds peaceful. (thr)
KIM KARDASHIAN – revealed the dress she’ll wear at her wedding this Saturday on a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. It was really touching. What could be more romantic than to see your wifes wedding gown for the first time in between mannequins of Donkey Kong and Chris Jericho. (e!, wenn)