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No Chance Robert Downey Jr.s Tropic Thunder Character Flies Today

Anyone else tired of hearing how Robert Downey Jr. ‘messed up’ by taking on the role of Kirk Lazerus, who played Lincoln Osiris in Tropic Thunder? The ugly history that blackface has in this country when it’s been used by actors is something that most anyone would agree is a horrible idea, but seeing Rdj take on the role in the satirical war movie about a group of actors trying to film a movie with no idea of how much danger they’re really in was a hard ‘no’ for a lot of people. Even Rdj admits that it was kind

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Mom Was Horrified By His Role In Tropic Thunder

In retrospect, it seems surprising that Robert Downey Jr.’s blackface in Tropic Thunder passed without controversy. Released in 2008, the same year that Downey Jr. made his career-defining debut as Tony Stark in Iron Man, the movie sees him playing Kirk Lazarus, who’s the epitome of a method actor, donning blackface to play an African-American soldier named Lincoln Osiris.

The film gets away with this by lampshading how offensive, stupid and racist Lazarus is being. The character is a parody of actors who take themselves too seriously and performances in which actors don dramatic prosthetics to drastically alter their appearance. But even though the film is making fun of those that would do blackface, it’s still blackface. And let’s face it, in 2020, this character would launch a million opinion columns.

Downey Jr. recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast where he was asked about the role,
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Does Robert Downey Jr. Think Tropic Thunder Could Get Made Today?

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Does Robert Downey Jr. Think Tropic Thunder Could Get Made Today?
Robert Downey Jr. thought doing Tropic Thunder was originally a "terrible" idea. The actor's mother was "horrified" when he revealed what his next role was going to be following Iron Man. The comedy features Rdj in blackface, which is usually pretty controversial. However, the way Ben Stiller presented the story and the way Rdj delivered the lines revealed that there was something deeper going on than just shock value. With that being said, Rdj was originally apprehensive about taking on the role after finishing the first Iron Man movie.

Robert Downey Jr. was recently on Joe Rogan's podcast and was asked about Tropic Thunder and whether or not the comedy could be made today. Before getting into his answer, the actor revealed that his mother was "horrified" by the script and that he initially thought it wasn't such a good idea. He had this to say about taking on the role.
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Jack Black Wants to Retire Soon, Will Jumanji 3 Be His Final Movie?

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Jack Black Wants to Retire Soon, Will Jumanji 3 Be His Final Movie?
Are we coming to the end of Jack Black's time as a movie star? That very well may be the case, as the actor says he's planning to retire soon. Jack Black has been a major star for virtually the entirety of the 2000s, starting with his turn in High Fidelity. In that time, he's worked a lot and, in all likelihood, he could continue to work, should he so choose. But after two decades of the movie star life, Black seems more focused on spending time with his family.

The actor and Tenacious D frontman is currently promoting the release of his latest movie, Jumanji: The Next Level, which hits theaters this weekend. During a recent interview, Jack Black was talking about his future plans and revealed that early retirement is starting to sound very appealing. Here's what he had to say about it.

"Well, I've got another
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‘Knives Out’ scene stealer Daniel Craig could be rewarded with awards

‘Knives Out’ scene stealer Daniel Craig could be rewarded with awards
Rian Johnson‘s new film “Knives Out” is being hailed by critics for making merry with the murder mystery genre. The family patriarch (Christopher Plummer) is offed with suspicion falling on his extended family. A detective arrives to find the killer.

Daniel Craig plays Johnson’s version of Hercule Poirot, Benoit Blanc, with a deep-fried Southern accent. The actor has a blast playing somebody much more eccentric, interesting, and entertaining than the bland character of Bond. This sort of scene-stealing performance is often rewarded with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination: Sam Rockwell in “Vice” (last year); Edward NortonBirdman” (2015); Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2014); Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle” (also 2014); and Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (2009) are the most recent examples.

Craig’s performance is transformative, a far cry from 007. With his flourishes of flamboyance, he is the polar opposite of the ice cold 007. Critics
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Singapore: Barney Burman, Make-up Ace, Aspires to Meisner-Like Authenticity

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Singapore: Barney Burman, Make-up Ace, Aspires to Meisner-Like Authenticity
“It is always my goal to create a layer of truth for actors with my make-ups and suits,” said Academy Award winning make-up effects Artist Barney Burman. He was speaking on Saturday at an onstage event within the Singapore International Film Festival.

The presentation at the Project theater was moderated by Singaporean filmmaker Kirsten Tan (“Pop Aye”), who probed Burman on the extent that he had been influenced by legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner. The so-called “Meisner Technique” suggests that acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

The make-up wiz, whose credit includes multiple Hollywood studio blockbusters such as the “Star Trek” franchise, “Tropic Thunder” and “Mission Impossible 3,” had studied with legendary teacher Sanford Meisner as a character actor.

“[With make-ups and suits] you get a different look, different persona and different physicality. Actors’ performances do change with those make-ups,” Burman explained. “There was this one time my team did a four-hour long old-age make-up.
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Memo to Every Celebrity in the Universe: Just Don’t Wear Blackface, Ever

It’s hard to believe that blackface is still an issue that we’re talking about in this day and age, but it would appear that it’s still something that is kind of an issue since celebrities tend to think that they’re above it all at some points. What’s kind of funny is the hypocrisy of it all since there have been moments in movies and on TV when white actors have gone in blackface and people have thought it was absolutely hilarious. Anyone remember Tropic Thunder and Rdj’s little escapade? Doug Criss of CNN has a list of people that have

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Severance: Cast and Details for Apple TV+ Series from Ben Stiller

Joseph Baxter Jan 7, 2020

Apple TV+ has ordered Severance, a dramatic dark workplace series starring Adam Scott, directed by Ben Stiller.

Severance is yet another serial offering for Apple TV+ to feature a high-profile cast and crew – in this case with star Adam Scott on the small screen with the creative involvement of Ben Stiller, who will direct.

Apple has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Severance, which is described as a “workplace thriller.” However, lest one think that such a design will have headliner Adam Scott in the middle of some twisted genre amalgamation of his run on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, this series will manifest as a character study of sorts, with Scott in the lead role of Mark, a man who juggles his life as an employee of a company called Lumen Industries – which is looking to take work-life balance to a new level – all while trying
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Adam Scott, Ben Stiller Team for Apple Drama Series ‘Severance’

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Adam Scott, Ben Stiller Team for Apple Drama Series ‘Severance’
Apple has given a series order to a drama series starring Adam Scott with Ben Stiller attached to direct.

Stiller will also executive produce the series, titled “Severance,” with Scott also producing in addition to starring. The show is described as a workplace thriller that introduces Lumen Industries, a company that’s looking to take work-life balance to a new level. Scott will play the lead role of Mark, an employee with a dark past trying to put himself back together.

Dan Erickson serves as writer and executive producer. Chris Black will also executive produce along with Stiller and Nicky Weinstock and Jackie Cohn of Stiller’s Red Hour Productions. Endeavor Content will produce.

On the television side, Scott most recently appeared in the Emmy-winning HBO drama series “Big Little Lies.” His other recent TV roles include comedies “The Good Place” and “Ghosted” as well as an appearance in the rebooted “Twilight Zone.
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5 reasons why Wesley Snipes deserves an Oscar nomination for ‘Dolemite Is My Name’

5 reasons why Wesley Snipes deserves an Oscar nomination for ‘Dolemite Is My Name’
Wesley Snipes is one of the main reasons for the great reviews that “Dolemite is My Name” is getting. Eddie Murphy stars as Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who proved the naysayers wrong when he became a film star in the 1970s. Snipes steals the picture from him as D’Urville Martin, the erstwhile director that Moore hires to helm his first film. Here are five reasons why Wesley Snipes deserves a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for “Dolemite is My Name.”

1. He is playing against type.

Snipes embraces his camp side to play this character. While he is hilarious throughout the film, he never oversteps into hamminess. Sometimes he doesn’t even need a line to slay the audience. With his bulging eyes and pursed lips, Snipes delivers a wonderfully physical comic turn. This is a far cry from his usual macho schtick and it is a delight to
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The Ultimate Tom Cruise Lover's Wishlist

For some, Tom Cruise is just an actor. For others, he's Mister Hollywood. Tom Cruise is a bonafide movie star, with a genuine rags-to-riches origin story, a megawatt smile, and endless charisma. He has that "it" factor that is uncommon among the hundreds of potential actors that go to La La Land every year to make it big. Cruise has been starring in films for almost four decades, which you'd never know to look at him. In many ways, Tom Cruise (now in his 50's) just gets better with age.

From big hits in the '80s like Risky Business and Cocktail to '90s classics like Jerry Maguire, and unexpected success in the '00s with Tropic Thunder, Tom Cruise keeps cranking out the surefire Hollywood hits. He's been the face of the Mission Impossible franchise, the Jack Reacher movies, and is soon to keep the Top Gun franchise
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Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx are awards contenders for legal drama ‘Just Mercy’

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx are awards contenders for legal drama ‘Just Mercy’
Destin Daniel Cretton‘s “Just Mercy” is a thought-provoking legal drama about renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson‘s efforts to free Walter McMillian, a condemned death row prisoner. It is a showcase for Michael B. Jordan and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx in these respective roles. This Warners release, due out at Christmas, screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival.

Jordan, who was so boisterous and bombastic in last year’s “Black Panther,” leaves all of that behind in a mature performance. He strips back all of his effortless charm (but still maintains his natural likeability) to give a performance that is, like his character, all about getting the job done.

It’s not a showy role; there’s only one scene where he allows his emotions to show, and even that is restrained. But this stylistic choice serves the film well. It may not naturally draw the
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Robert Downey Jr. won't campaign for Oscar for Tony Stark

Actor Robert Downey Jr. is not interested in getting an Oscar for his superhero avatar of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The actor made the revelation on Monday while taping "The Howard Stern Show". He also quipped about Martin Scorsese's recent comments to Empire magazine that Marvel movies are "not cinema", reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Also Read:?Robert Downey Jr to be back as Iron Man

Downey Jr tried to brush off the remark, saying he doesn't think Scorsese really cares that much. But Stern said he believed the "Taxi Driver" director didn't like the movies and others in the industry had the same feeling, which is why Downey Jr was never nominated for an Oscar for his work as Tony Stark.

"I'm so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about it, and I said 'let's not' and because I'm much more like you
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No Oscars for Iron Men: Robert Downey Jr. didn’t want to be campaigned for his signature superhero role [Watch]

No Oscars for Iron Men: Robert Downey Jr. didn’t want to be campaigned for his signature superhero role [Watch]
“Were you ever nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Iron Man’? Don’t you think that because it’s a superhero movie they turn their nose up?” Howard Stern asked Robert Downey Jr. on “The Howard Stern Show” when addressing Martin Scorsese‘s recent criticism that Marvel movies aren’t cinema. But it turns out that Downey turned down an awards campaign for what has become his signature role. Watch a clip of their convo above.

“There was some talk about it, and I said, ‘Let’s not,'” Downey told Stern. “I don’t know that it’s time or if I am the guy … to have the academy recognize.” Downey has received a number of fan-voted plaudits for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including MTV Movie and TV Awards and People’s Choice Awards, but no industry plaudits, though he does have previous Oscar nominations for his
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'Joker' and When Physical Disability Is the Punchline

'Joker' and When Physical Disability Is the Punchline
[This story contains spoilers for Joker.]

When the Farrelly brothers released There’s Something About Mary in 1998, controversy raged regarding the film’s humor aimed at those with physical and mental disabilities. In the years since, few filmmakers have chosen to use disability as part of a comedic storyline (Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder character Simple Jack is one exception), and portrayals of disability have remained mired in the realm of inspirational dramatic fare, reminding audiences that disability is strictly a serious topic. But that attitude has also stifled conversations about how disabled tropes work (or don’t) within other ...
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Robert Downey Jr. Said No to Oscars Campaign for Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame

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Marvel is making a major awards season push for Avengers: Endgame in nearly every major category this year. That's why it came as a surprise to many that Disney and Marvel Studios aren't campaigning to get Robert Downey Jr. a Best Actor nomination for his work as Tony Stark/Iron Man. As it turns out, Downey simply declined to campaign for an Oscar.

The reveal came during a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show. At one point, the discussion turned to Martin Scorsese's recent comments regarding Marvel movies, suggesting they're theme park rides and not cinema. Stern said he feels many in the industry, including Scorsese, simply don't like those movies, which may be why Robert Downey Jr. was never nominated for his work as Iron Man in the McU. Robert Downey Jr. had this to say in response.

"I'm so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about it,
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Avengers: Endgame’s Robert Downey Jr. Reveals Why Disney Didn’t Submit Him For An Oscar Nomination

You can’t have missed the fan campaign to get Robert Downey Jr. nominated for Best Actor at next year’s Academy Awards, based on his moving final (?) performance as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame. Last week, Disney started their Oscar campaign for the movie, with the studio calling for it to get recognition in 12 categories but surprisingly, Best Actor wasn’t one of them. Did the Mouse House not have enough faith in their leading man? Or was there another reason for why they decided not to give him the push?

Well, as it turns out, it was actually Downey Jr.’s own decision to call off the campaign to get him an Oscar nom. While on The Howard Stern Show, conversation turned to Martin Scorsese’s controversial comments about Marvel movies and the general disconnect between so-called “real” cinema and blockbusters. As part of this, Stern asked the
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DreamWorks Animation & Universal To Release ‘Spirit Riding Free’ & ‘The Bad Guys’ In 2021

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DreamWorks Animation has added two more feature toons to its 2021 slate, the Untitled Spirit Riding Free movie based on its Netflix series on May 14, and The Bad Guys on September 17 based on Aaron Blabey’s bestselling Scholastic book series. This raises the Glendale studio’s release count for that year to three titles, the other being The Boss Baby 2 on March 26, 2021. Spooky Jack, previously dated for September 17, 2021, is now unset. The global distribution of Dwa titles is overseen by Universal.

Spirit Riding Free‘s origins go back to the 2002 Oscar-nominated movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron ($122.5M global box office). In 2017, that feature was reimagined by DreamWorks Animation Television as a Netflix original series, Spirit Riding Free, thus igniting interest in the IP among a new generation of young girls.

The new pic will follow headstrong Lucky Prescott, who is forced to move from her big-city home to a small frontier town,
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Universal, DreamWorks Set Two New Films to Debut in 2021

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Universal and DreamWorks Animation announced two new animated films for theatrical release in 2021.

Spirit Riding Free” will arrive on the big screen on May 14, 2021, while “The Bad Guys” is set to debut on Sept. 17, 2021. The latter will replace “Spooky Jack,” a cartoon from the Universal-owned Blumhouse that the studio took off its release calendar.

The still-untitled “Spirit Riding Free” is based on the DreamWorks Animation Television series on Netflix, which itself was inspired by the 2002 Oscar-nominated film “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” The animated adventure continues the story about an unbreakable bond between a girl and her wild horse. The Netflix series consists of 52 episodes so far with more content on the way this fall and in 2020. Elaine Bogan is directing the film and “How to Train Your Dragon” co-producer Karen Foster will produce.

The Bad Guys,” adapted from Aaron Blabey’s best-selling book series, centers on legendary heist masterminds who,
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‘Spirit Riding Free’ and ‘The Bad Guys’ Animated Movies Set at DreamWorks and Universal

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DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures are in the works on animated films based on the TV series “Spirit Riding Free” and “The Bad Guys” book series, both of which are set to be released in 2021, the studios announced on Monday.

The untitled “Spirit Riding Free” film, based on the Netflix original series from DreamWorks Animation Television, will open wide on May 14, 2021. “The Bad Guys,” based on the 10-book children’s series from author Aaron Blabey, will open on Sept. 17, 2021.

The Bad Guys” will take the spot of “Spooky Jack,” a collaboration between DreamWorks and Blumhouse, which is now unset.

Also Read: All 36 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

Spirit Riding Free” follows the unbreakable bond between a free-spirited girl and her wild stallion companion. The show has run for 52 episodes since May 2017, all of which are available on Netflix, and more episodes and content are on the
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