The third Iron Man movie is a couple of years away, but director/screenwriter Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr. are already chatting about how they are planning to bring the character and action back into the franchise in a stripped-down flick. The word on the ‘net is that the movie will focus more on Tony Stark acting alone with a suitcase version of the Iron Man armor rather than the support of a mega corporation and fellow heroes. Downey has said that the script is still being worked out, so that rumor is likely untrue, so it’s still unclear what the direction of the movie will be and what super villain Iron Man will face.
“Iron Man 2″ brought in $624 million in worldwide box office but the reviews weren’t as strong as they were on the first film and Downey says that, watching the sequel now, he sees a film in which a lot of things worked but plenty of other things didn’t. The next movie will be written and directed by Shane Black, who became a brand name in Hollywood in the 1980s for writing action films such as “Lethal Weapon,” “Lethal Weapon 2″ and “The Last Boy Scout.” Black made his directorial debut in 2005 with ”Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” the deliriously over-the-top dark comedy that starred Downey as a petty criminal who is whisked off to the West Coast for a Tinseltown adventure that promises fame but delivers a body count.
Black began his Hollywood life as a prodigy among blockbuster screenwriters — he famously wrote “Lethal Weapon” in six weeks at age 23 — but by the mid-’90s the scene lost much of its appeal after watching his scripts for “The Last Action Hero” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight” reach the screen with too many revisions and too little spirit. The budget on “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” was a tiny $15 million, but to Downey that number reveals more about Black’s capabilities as a director than it does his limitations.
“He’s more than the sum of his parts and he’s also kind of been a sleeper for a long time,” Downey said. “We’re not talking much about [the script] right now because Shane is off writing and we talked before that and when we are talking again the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we're on the same page]. It’s kind of like we’re fighting on the same side and at the same time we’re circling each other, so it’s all great. It should be great.”
Via LA Times.
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Lots of details are coming in on the forthcoming Avengers movie set for Summer 2012.
The following contains spoilers but only mild ones that are still only rumor…
The second part of Doctor Who’s sixth series will soon be upon us and the news surrounding its stories is starting to turn from a trickle into a flood. Mark Gatiss’ fourth script for the BBC Wales series will introduce a new menace that promises to scare the socks off of viewers.
As any regular visitor to my blog would know, I have mixed feelings about the new series but I do like how Moffat is varying the stories so far, diverting from horror to sci-fi epic and domestic comedy with comparative ease. I’m also a big supporter of new ideas and new monsters, something that Moffat again is determined to continue. That said, a recent glimpse of a Cyberman in what appears to be a tomb has me very excited.
Here’s the official BBC release for series 6 episode 9: ‘Night Terrors.’
A little boy called George is terrified of something lurking in his bedroom cupboard…
The Doctor receives a strange letter, begging “Help me”…
And so begins Night Terrors, episode nine of the current Doctor Who series.
Written by Mark Gatiss, it sounds like being an eerie, scary tale and (as you might expect from the man who presented BBC4 documentary series A History of Horror) it employs a reliable staple of supernatural movies – toys coming to life.
The creepy Peg Dolls – until now, heralded only by a brief appearance in the series six trailer – are dead-eyed, implacable and relentless.
But what do they want with young George?
Daniel Mays (last seen in Outcasts and Ashes to Ashes) plays worried dad Alex, who teams up with the Doctor to help battle his son George’s demons. But not before Rory and Amy find themselves miniaturised and sucked into the strange doll’s house in George’s cupboard.
What else can the Doctor and Alex do but follow them inside…?
Doctor Who – Night Terrors airs on Saturday 3 September.
Series Six part two trailer
A mash-up of Star Wars and Doctor Who, Alternate Empire is the brainchild of actor Julian Bane. A fan of Doctor Who from childhood and a devotee to science fiction, Alternate Empire has been gaining plenty of positive word of mouth support from the fan community. A six part series co-starring Irish TV host Caroline Morahan as traveling companion Samantha, Doctor Who Alternate Empire is a labor of love written and directed by Julian Bane with his own money. A work in progress, it’s interesting to see the production grow from part to part.
One of the more inspired decisions was to portray an entirely original take on the Doctor rather than imitating an existing incarnation of the Doctor. Bane’s performance is very down-played and subtle, allowing for the performance to grow in its own way. In watching several other fan films, I have noticed that the Doctor in those programs was drawn in a similar pallet to an existing version of the character. It’s inspiring that Bane braved his own take rather than go the safe route.
Alternate Empire is a mixed bag, and the seams certainly show, but you cannot deny the determination that the cast and crew have in producing this story. The collision of the good Doctor and the Sith is definitely a new spin on an old idea.
As the series has continued, the production has become more elaborate as more crew members have joined the team. As the series gains steam, Julian Bane is taking some time to develop his universe more with a run of audio adventures set before the video program. It is clear that much has happened off-screen that will no doubt be expounded upon in these new productions.
To view more of the Alternate Empire videos, check out the official youtube page.