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11 things Robert Downey Jr. revealed during his Tony Stark-like Reddit AMA

Robert Downey Jr. took to Reddit for an AMA on Tuesday in anticipation of The Judge, which the actor called “the closest thing to a perfect film I’ve ever been part of” in response to a Reddit user.

In his AMA, the actor covered everything from his time as Iron Man, to upcoming film projects, to his favorite late-night snack. Here are the 11 most interesting answers, with full Downey Jr. charm intact.


This Week's Cover: First look at 'Mad Max: Fury Road' with Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy

Thirty-five years ago, George Miller re-imagined the action movie with his visceral, dystopic 1979 debut Mad Max, starring a 23-year-old Mel Gibson in one of his first movie roles. Flash forward two sequels and many decades later and the 69-year-old Miller returns with a new cast and a story  that is sure to take the road chase to an entirely new realm of chaos and carnage.

In an exclusive first look at the the May 2015 film in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, we talk to Miller about what prompted his return to the beloved franchise: a story that popped into his head fully formed back in 2000 but that took more than a decade to realize. This time, Tom Hardy takes over for Gibson as the very damaged road warrior Max Rockatansky, while a shaved-headed Charlize Theron plays a bad-ass commander named Imperator Furiosa. The stars spent a harrowing seven months in the desert of Namibia to shoot the film. “It was mental in a brilliant way,” says Hardy. “You have no concrete, no coffee shops. We were in the middle of a sandpit.” READ FULL STORY

Sylvester Stallone asks: What about Mel Gibson directing 'Expendables 3'?

Late-blooming fan-fiction auteur Sylvester Stallone, on the verge of finishing his latest mash-up crossovers Tango & Terminator and Rocky vs. Raging Bull, is finally getting back to his crossover mega-franchise The Expendables (which is itself sort of the Crisis on Infinite Earths of old things). Stallone has spent the last month free-associating about The Expendables 3 on his Twitter account, promising mountains of surprises and more humor, saying in no uncertain terms that Steven Seagal will not be involved but that Jackie Chan has a spot saved on the roster, and also putting out a casual casting call for a “tech wizard,” a “super brains,” and “a young woman who is not a sex symbol but funny, tough, REAL.” READ FULL STORY

Mel Gibson: 'What did I do, really?...I didn't hurt anyone'

Well, this is one way to try and revamp your image.

In a new interview with ComingSoon.net, Mel Gibson opened up about his films and troubled past — and in his mind, there isn’t much to apologize for. When asked whether Hollywood was a forgiving town, the 56-year-old actor replied,

“No it’s not. They have to forget. I don’t even think they’re vindictive. I don’t think they think there’s reason to forgive. And forgive what to begin with? What are they asking for? It’s almost like can you please forgive me for what? What did I do, really? It is kind of ridiculous. So it’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven and I don’t consider that anything does because I didn’t hurt anyone. But you know, hey that’s life. It ain’t easy and it’s not fair. You’ve just got to slip the old water off the back and move on.”

In 2006, the actor got into hot water with his anti-Semitic tirade when he was pulled over for a DWI. He also ran into problems during his separation from former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, whom he threatened repeatedly in recordings.

Gibson has also courted controversy with the production of Maccabees, which would tell the story of Judah Maccabee, the Jewish hero whose revolt against the Seleucid Empire is celebrated each Hannukah. The Anti-Defamation League condemned the project last fall.

Gibson recently butted heads with Maccabees screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, after Eszterhas wrote Gibson a letter that concluded, “you hate Jews.” There is also a recording of Gibson unleashing on Eszterhas a tirade concerning his long-in-the-works script. Eszterhas is no longer attached to the project.

During his interview with ComingSoon.net, Gibson touched on his in-limbo Maccabees project, and shared his version of events, saying, “A guy gets paid to write a screenplay and doesn’t turn anything in for 14 months. That’s a serious problem. Not even an outline so I lost my nutter with him. I developed a Viking script almost a year after he started and I already had a second draft and he hadn’t even given me an outline…. I DO want to make it [Maccabees] and I will make it. And that’ll be a great film.”

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The movie biz gives Mel Gibson another chance -- do you?

Like Rasputin or Robin Swallows, Mel Gibson’s film career just won’t die. One minute, he’s (again) being called “a serial offender, a serial hater, and a serial bigot” by the Anti-Defamation League; the next, it’s reported that he’s in serious talks to appear in an upcoming Robert Rodriguez movie.

A celeb who generates financial success can find it easier to overcome accusations of domestic abuse, anti-Semitism, and misogyny — see Chris Brown, for example. But it’s been some time since Mel Gibson delivered box-office gold. Since his first publicized anti-Semitic tirade in 2006, the few films Gibson’s made have underperformed. Edge of Darkness barely broke even, and that’s not counting marketing costs. His involvement hindered the release of The Beaver, which made less than $1 million on only a handful of screens. And Gibson’s upcoming film, Get the Gringo, isn’t even being released in theaters. (The exception: Apocalypto, his starless, foreign language action film that was released about five months after his infamous DUI arrest.) 

What, then, can explain Gibson’s un-shunning?


Brush up your Shakespeare -- it's the Bard's 448th birthday

For someone who’s been around for nearly half a millennium, William Shakespeare certainly knows how to stay current. In honor of the Bard’s big day, we’ve assembled a few of our favorite more recent classics that have done justice to his work (and, no, Anonymous didn’t make the list). Check out the clips below and share your favorite Shakespearean takes on film in the comments below!


Joe Eszterhas calls Mel Gibson's behavior 'heinous, vile, unforgivable' -- VIDEO

After getting the Anti-Defamation League on his side, Maccabees screenwriter Joe Eszterhas continued his campaign against Mel Gibson this morning on the Today show. Eszterhas related Gibson’s alleged tirades and fantasies to co-host Ann Curry: Gibson allegedly shared a scenario of “sexual butchery” — involving Gibson’s ex Oksana Grigorievawith — with Eszterhas’s son, then 15, and wanted to use The Maccabees to convert Jews to Christianity.

Calling his script “a Jewish Braveheart,” Eszterhas called Gibson “heinous,” “vile,” “violent,” and “threatening,” saying his son was so afraid of Gibson’s behavior that he filmed it on his iPod for proof. He further claimed that he was not responsible for the release of his nine-page screed against Gibson earlier this week and dismissed Gibson’s response. See Eszterhas’s full interview below. READ FULL STORY

Oscars Myth Busting: Do presenters have a connection to the winner?

Put down those Pop Rocks and Diet Cokes. We’ve got some A-list myths to examine! Ahead of this Sunday’s Oscars, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most famous myths to rise out of the annual awards ceremony. Want to know if being nude will get you a Best Actress statue? Or if the Best Supporting Actress trophy is indeed a curse? You’re in luck -- we’ll be investigating one Oscars-related urban legend each day this week. Today, we’ll see if we can bust the presenter-winner nepotism myth: Over the past 25 years, has everyone been as connected as, say, 1994 presenter and winner Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg? Read on to find out. (And click here for more of EW’s Oscars Myth Busting.)

Oscar myth: Presenter-winner nepotism

What Is It?: In some quarters, there is a belief that Oscar presenters are handpicked to deliver the award to their A-list buddies or former costars. READ FULL STORY

Behind Robert Downey Jr.'s tribute brainstorm: How do Mel Gibson and Charles Manson fit in? -- VIDEO

In a new video, Funny or Die video goes “behind the scenes” with Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx, and Garry Shandling as they gathered to toss around ideas for a Robert Downey Jr. tribute at last month’s 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Ceremony. Foxx quickly highjacked the meeting, going off about Downey’s Oscar-nominated role in Tropic Thunder before offering a Downey impression complete with the actor’s trademark gesticulations. Along the way, Downey’s checkered past was addressed, Jodie Foster got a shout-out, and Gibson even offered a few winks at his beleaguered reputation with an “Oy vey!” and a throwaway line about RuPaul that’s worth the price of admission alone. Check out the full video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Jim Caviezel talks Mel Gibson, being 'rejected in my own industry.' Are you ready to welcome him back?


Image Credit: Philippe Antonello

It's been seven years since Jim Caviezel starred in The Passion of the Christ. Yet it seems he's still feeling the sting of the movie's effect on some moviegoers and industry insiders.
Speaking to the First Baptist Church of Orlando in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, the actor discussed being "rejected in my own industry" after playing Jesus in the controversial film directed by Mel Gibson, which many criticized as anti-Semitic. "[Mel]

said, ‘You’ll never work in this town again,'” Caviezel told the audience. “I told him, ‘We all have to embrace our crosses.'” Caviezel, who also told the audience that it was appropriate that “in my 33rd year, I was called to play Jesus,” said the starring role affected his career negatively, but, “We have to give up our names, our reputations, our lives to speak the truth.” (The actor didn’t just address his own controversy — Caviezel touched on Gibson’s troubles post-Passion, which included a 2006 DUI arrest made famous for the actor’s anti-Semitic tirade. “Mel Gibson, he’s a horrible sinner, isn’t he?” Caviezel told the audience. “Mel Gibson doesn’t need your judgment, he needs your prayers.”)

Indeed, Caviezel’s career after Passion did not quite surge the way you’d expect an actor who starred in a $370 million movie’s would. READ FULL STORY

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