The Cast For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Grows Bigger With Matt Damon And Robert Downey Jr.

If it feels like every top actor in Hollywood wants to work with Christopher Nolan, it’s probably because they do.

Nolan’s upcoming film, Oppenheimer, already features a cast that includes Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy, and now we are learning Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr. will be joining them.

Nolan is writing and directing the film that revolves around J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who ran the Manhattan Project that led to the invention of the atomic bomb

The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on July 21, 2023, so we’re assuming filming will take place in early 2022.

No word on who Downey Jr. or Damon will be playing. The details surrounding this project are being kept secret, which is the case for most Nolan movies.

Universal will distribute Oppenheimer theatrically worldwide and release the film in North America. Nolan will also be producing along with Emma Thomas and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.

Nolan’s most recent film, Tenet, was one of the first big blockbusters released after (or really during) the COVID-19 pandemic. It stumbled out of the gate, but did end up making around $360 million worldwide, which is not terrible, but still not great considering it was made for a ridiculous $200 million… not including marketing.

Robert Downey Jr. Stars In The Awful Trailer For ‘Dolittle’

Are you excited to watch Robert Downey Jr. in what might be the worst trailer of the year? Of course you are!

The first trailer for ‘Dolittle’ was released this past weekend, and it has everyone a little confused. If you grew up in the ’90s, then you probably remember the family-friendly film, Dr. Dolittle. The comedy starred Eddie Murphy as Dr. Dolittle, a man who finds out he can speak to animals.

The film was inspired by the series of children’s stories of the same name by Hugh Lofting, but used no material from any of the novels.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a hit at the box office, making nearly $300 million worldwide.

Now some 21 years later, the story of Dolittle is returning to theaters, but in a much more dramatic way. Robert Downey Jr. stars in this new film, and he’ll be joined by a bunch of A-listers voicing various animals.

And that all sounds great, but the trailer…I don’t know. There is just something about it that screams…blah blah blah blah blah blah.

I know it’s not right to judge a movie by one trailer, but for right now, I have zero interest in this film. By the way, it has a $175 million budget, and $50 million (or $90 million, depending on which report you believe) of that went to RDJ.

Check out the trailer below. It’ll hit theaters January 17, 2020.

Movie Review: Captain America Civil War

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So this was probably one of the most anticipated movies of the spring, despite the fact that it was up against some intense competition, with Jungle Book and Mother’s Day being strong performers. However, I was pretty sure this one would take the number one spot, as it’s already set records outside the US. And for once, a big budget blockbuster is pleasing critics and hitting all the right notes with audiences.

And it had a lot of notes to hit.

The film opens in 1991, with a frozen Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) being thawed out for another in a series of murderous missions. One after another, the code words needed to activate the killer are spoken: “daybreak … furnace … homecoming … freight car …” Flash forward to present-day Lagos, where an Avengers squad made up of Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is foiling the theft of a biological weapon. There’s a shit ton of casualties and it all goes downhill for the Avengers from there when they have to submit for government oversight.

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There’s a lot going on, but they managed to balance it pretty well. I never got too confused, despite a cast of what feels like millions. They go through ever doggone country in the world and tie in every other franchise that Joss Wheaton ever read a comic on, and they never stop moving. All the actors blended into their characters, and there’s a lot of characters to keep straight.

But for the most part, I still knew what was going on, because the plot’s pretty straight forward. They don’t want to deal with United Nations regulators telling them what to do, despite the wake of destruction they often leave. It doesn’t become a one sided argument, because it argues the point from both sides. I mean, when you see what they leave behind when they’re being heroic, you can kind of see the government’s point.

“Yeah, guys, you got that lady’s purse back from a mugger, but there were 45 civilian casualties and your caused $85 billion worth of damage to the city. Maybe next time, don’t start with the nuclear option?”

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It all eventually culminates in one of the best battle scenes I’ve ever seen. It should have been confusing, or too much, but it wasn’t. The direction is subtle but the action is perfectly choreographed, which is why I never felt like it was too much, when this movie should be the definition of too much. There’s a method to this madness, and I didn’t even resent the over the top ads for future movies.

The latest offering of Captain America is a misnomer, because it’s got just about every other character you can think of. But it’s extremely well-done to the point where you can follow it easily. It’s controlled chaos and worth the watch. It’s one of those rare movies that’s critic and audience approved and should not be missed.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

four and a half stars

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It Looks Like Ron Howard Will Direct Robert Downey Jr.’s Live Action Pinocchio Movie

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Robert Downey Jr. has been working hard for several years to get his live-action adaptation of Pinocchio on the big screen, and it finally looks like it’s going to happen. At first, it was the brilliant filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson attached to the project, but according to a new report from The Tracking Board, Ron Howard has now agreed to direct the film.

He will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner Brian Grazer. Robert Downey Jr. will also join the producing team and will take on the important role of Pinocchio’s creator/father, Geppetto.

Details surrounding the plot are hard to find at the moment; however, The Tracking Board reports the story will focus more on Downey’s Geppetto as he sets out on an adventure to find his missing son. It certainly sounds interesting, and it should be fun to watch RDJ take on a new role.

No release date has been announced, but it should be Ron Howard’s next project, so hopefully more details will be coming soon. He just recently finished work on the third installment of The Da Vinci Code franchise, Inferno. It’s scheduled to be released October 14, 2016.

The Most Valuable Movie Stars of 2015: Did Jennifer Lawrence Take The Top Spot Again?

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It’s that time of the year again, folks. You are about to see, “The most ____ of 2015” lists pop up all over the place. One of the more interesting lists this year comes from Vulture. For the fourth year in a row, the website has released its “Most Valuable Movie Stars” list.

How do they determine a movie star’s value? By looking at their box-office numbers, social media game, respect with the critics, and their popularity worldwide.

“Vulture has collected data (including domestic and foreign box-office numbers, critical love, social-media chatter, Twitter mentions, Oscar success, and likability ratings, according to E-Score Celebrity rankings by E-Poll)”

So obviously this is pretty official stuff. Jennifer Lawrence was number one on the list last year, but was she able to grab the top spot again? Of course she was.

Vulture claims she crushed the competition again. Getting a perfect “10” on the studio value chart, with every one of the studio execs polled giving her the highest rating. She also picked up the best Twitter score and a respectable 72% likability rating.

You can check out the top 5 stars below. Click on that Vulture link up there to check out the full list. It’s got some neat information.

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No. 1 – Jennifer Lawrence

 

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No. 2 – Robert Downey Jr.

 

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No. 3 – Leonardo DiCaprio

 

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No. 4 – Bradley Cooper

 

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No. 5 – Dwayne Johnson

Movie Review: The Judge (2014) – A mediocre effort slightly elevated by the acting of Downey and Duvall

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There is just something about a man with daddy issues… Before we get started, you should know that this is your standard hometown boy makes good movie, complete with a workaholic with marriage troubles, who had a disapproving father that needs his help but won’t admit it.

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is your standard sleazy defense lawyer with a successful career living in the big city. All that changes when his estranged father, Judge Joe Palmer (Robert Duvall) is accused of murder and Hank needs to return to his small Indiana town to defend him. While there, he rekindles a relationship with the coolest chick in town, Samantha (Vera Farmiga), and his estranged brothers, Glen (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Dale (Jeremy Strong). Complicating matters is the recent death of their mother and the Judge’s wife, which makes the ornery old man even more ornery than usual. As a bit of comic relief, enter Hank’s tween daughter (Emma Tremblay).

There is too much going on in the movie. It tries to mesh family drama with a major murder case, but there are so many story lines, it’s impossible to follow every single one. It’s like watching forty episodes of Law and Order, all at once.

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I am very glad to see Robert Downey Jr. outside of an Iron Man costume, though. I forgot that this guy actually knows how to act. In a character that should be utterly unlikable, Downey brings redemption and vulnerability. With Downey playing him, Hank wouldn’t be my new best friend, but I wouldn’t unfriend him on Facebook either.

Robert Duvall is great as the grumpy old man judge. He plays his holier than though character well and makes you understand why Hank would choose to cut him out of his life. The relationship between the two takes center stage, with the hit-and-run trial the judge is facing becoming nothing more than a backdrop to the family drama already brewing.

The run time is RIDICULOUS. Two hours and 22 minutes is way too long for so much drama, even with all the different story lines going on. If you’re trying to write a political thriller, an hour and a half is more than sufficient. Two hours just leaves your audience exhausted. Save the two hour run times for movies like Lord of the Rings. Ninety minutes is more than enough for a legal thriller. Hell, Law and Order does it in only 60 (not including commercial breaks).

The movie feels like a desperate grab for an Oscar, from a guy who is tired of playing all his parts in a latex body suit. It tries so hard to be deep and serious that is comes off as a whiney movie about the first world problems of rich white dudes.

My judgment on The Judge is that it’s a mediocre effort that is slightly elevated due to the power of its leads. This overlong, overstuffed movie fails to satisfy. It’s hard to like the leads or even understand their motivation. While it might be a decent way to pass an hour, you’ll find yourself getting bored and losing interest about 80 minutes in… which is exactly where this movie should have ended.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

3.5 stars

 

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Robert Downey Jr. Joins ‘Captain America 3’ Find Out How Much The Deal Is Worth Inside!

We are sure you all have heard the exciting news. It was announced yesterday that Robert Downey Jr. is currently in final negotiations to appear as Tony Stark in the third installment of Marvel’s Captain America franchise. The third film will follow the Civil War storyline from the Marvel comics.

This means we will see Iron Man and Captain America face off in the upcoming film. The government passes a superhero registration act, which orders anyone with special powers to reveal themselves to the U.S. government. Iron Man is fine with the new program, but Captain America sees it as a threat to civil liberties.

It’s certainly an exciting time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for fans, and an even more exciting time for Robert Downey Jr. If/when the deal is finalized, Downey will reportedly earn another $40 million paycheck. He will also get an additional payout if Captain America 3 earns more than Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is extremely likely considering the excitement surrounding this film.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo will direct the film, which is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016. In order to outperform the previous Captain America movie, Captain America 3 will need to bring in more than $714 million worldwide.