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'The Avengers 2' without Robert Downey Jr.? It's possible even if it's unthinkable

The final title card in Iron Man 3 declared, “Tony Stark Will Return.” It’s a reassuring promise (and one that shows that the character’s not-so-secret identity has gained just as much popularity as his superhero alter ego). But it’s not necessarily a guarantee that Robert Downey Jr. will also return.

The massive opening weekend for Iron Man 3 was immediately followed by uncertainty about Downey’s future in the franchise. With the completion of the third installment in the trilogy about the Armored Avenger, Downey fulfilled his contractual obligations to play the character.

So the big question here is, will Downey be in The Avengers 2? READ FULL STORY

Robert Downey Jr. straps on his movie promotion suit for 'Daily Show' interview -- VIDEO

Anyone else got a sneaking suspicion that Robert Downey Jr. and Tony Stark are actually the same person? They’re both super-rich bad boys with troubled pasts. Both excel in the same fields as their accomplished fathers. And both have a habit of treating interviews like one big joke, only occasionally trading confident quips for shots of insight.

Exhibit A: RDJ’s Daily Show appearance last night, in which the Iron Man 3 star blithely said that being an Avenger is like being a Beatle and joked that the original Superman didn’t really make him believe a man could fly, “because the effects weren’t very good back then.” It’s nice to know that even if this entry in the series is grimmer and bleaker than previous Iron Man tales, its star is still as flippant as he’s always been.

Downey did, however, drop the cool-kid act when saying how excited he is about this movie finally incorporating the Mandarin, a classic villain Downey’s been pitching since the first Iron Man flick. He also dabbled in fortune-cookie philosophy at the end of the interview, sagely recounting this proverb for Jon Stewart: “The optimist believes his future is uncertain. The pessimist is always right.”

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Robert Downey Jr. can live like Tony Stark after $50-million 'Avengers' pay-day

Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback story is one for the ages. Unquestionably talented but caught in a sticky web of drugs and bizarre behavior for much of his twenties and thirties, Downey seemed to spend as much time in rehab or jail as he did on film sets.

Things turned around dramatically for the twice Oscar-nominated actor following his marriage to wife Susan in 2005. Clean and sober, he was cast as Tony Stark in Iron Man — despite initial studio resistance — and the rest is film history.

In a cover story for GQ‘s May issue, Downey Jr. opens up about the turnaround, his future as a superhero, and his prospects for someday winning an Oscar (he thinks they are very good). Read on to see the six best quotes from the interview, including the Iron Man 3 actor’s thoughts on how overacting is similar to bestiality and how much money he made for The Avengers (it’s a lot!). READ FULL STORY

Forbes ranks Robert Downey Jr. top grossing actor of 2012

The number crunchers over at Forbes have an announcement: Robert Downey Jr. is the top grossing actor of the year.

The Avengers was the only film Downey starred in this year, but its box office take, 1.5 billion worldwide, was high enough to propel him to the number one spot. But the Forbes crown comes with a few stipulations: For the box office money to count toward an actor’s total for the year, they must have had a leading role in the film — that Johnny Depp cameo in 21 Jump Street doesn’t count! — and for The Avengers, the Forbes team deemed Downey the star over his co-actors. “Yes, The Avengers are a group but Downey is clearly the main star,” Forbes explained. “Much of the film relied on Downey’s charm and humor.”

Other people raking in the box office cash this year were usual suspects like the Twilight trio. Kristen Stewart came in at number two combining her Twilight box office with Snow White and the Huntsman. Franchise-starrers such as Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, and Jennifer Lawrence also did well. Interestingly, the article states that they gave leading role status to Stewart’s co-stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, allowing all three credit for Breaking Dawn – Part 2’s massive haul. But for other franchise movies it was just the lead, which explains why Emma Stone, who co-starred in The Amazing Spider-Man, isn’t on this list, but Andrew Garfield ranks number seven.

Check out the top ten below: READ FULL STORY

'Cinefamily Telethon': Watch Robert Downey Jr. open a time capsule -- and Jason Schwartzman eat lunch

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We’re used to seeing Robert Downey Jr. help humanity as both Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes. So it is appropriate that star will be lending a hand to the nonprofit cinema Cinefamily by attending today’s 2nd Annual Fantastic, Elastic 24-Hour Holiday Telethon held at the organization’s home, the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles.

Downey isn’t just attending the event. At 1 p.m., he will be opening a time capsule left for him by parties unknown that was discovered under the Silent Movie Theatre’s projector. So how exactly did the folks at Cinefamily convince the blockbuster star to turn up? “We asked him,” laughs Cinefamily cofounder Hadrian Belove. “Seriously, we asked via friends-of-friends-of friends saying, ‘We found this time capsule, could you come by and open it for a telethon?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I can do it at 1.’ And I said, ‘I guess we’re starting the telethon at 1!'” READ FULL STORY

Robert Downey Jr. appears in Guy Ritchie-directed ad for 'Call of Duty,' obviously -- VIDEO

The last time a Call of Duty game was unleashed upon the populace, it was accompanied with a more-is-more ad campaign starring Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill — because when you sell a quadbrillion units in a single day, you can pretty much get anyone you want to star in your TV spots.

Now the next Call of Duty is upon us, this one subtitled Black Ops II and set in a world of near-future weaponry and beautifully rendered rubble. Naturally, the fine folks at Activision knew they had to continue inflating the stakes not just with their game, but with its promotional materials. So they hired Guy Ritchie to direct their newest advertisement, and landed his Sherlock Holmes star Robert Downey Jr. to appear in a done-in-an-hour cameo. It is, naturally, kinda awesome, in a supermodel-tossing-grenades-on-horseback kind of way. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Your party is a wonderland: 'Vanity Fair' Paramount portrait is an A-list playground

Image credit: Art Streiber, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).

Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY

What is the cast of 'The Avengers' really worth?

No one could claim that The Avengers are an evenly matched team of superheroes. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are more-or-less indestructible — Thor can even fly, for Odin’s sake — whereas Captain America (Chris Evans) is just the most fit human being ever with a seemingly shatterproof shield. And while Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are supremely talented, they are very much earthbound mortals. Then there’s Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), who can fly and shoot rockets and such, but is embodied by a highly flawed man who’s always just a hair away from death.

But what about the actors playing all of these roles — are they as lopsidedly matched? READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: EW's EXCLUSIVE chat with the superhero cast of 'The Avengers' -- VIDEO

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Picture this: Iron Man, Thor, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America, and The Hulk – all playing Dance Dance Revolution.

The entire point of The Avengers is seeing these comic book icons join forces, but when EW exclusively got Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo together for one big Q&A featured in this week’s issue, things got weird fast.

(Video snippets from the round table interview are embedded in the player below.)

“I was just trying to survive the after-hours part of this shoot,” says Johansson, who recalled cast and crew playing video games to pass the time while on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “I will say Dance Dance Revolution is so much fun when you play with all of the Avengers and also the stunt team.”

Downey raises an eyebrow: “So, just all of the Avengers aren’t enough man for you?”

“No!” Johansson says with a laugh. “I want their doubles as well!”

Well – this kind of talk would never pass the Comics Code Authority. READ FULL STORY

'Avengers' premiere: Who would win an Avenger battle royale?

So The Avengers is one huge movie uniting six superheroes with amazing super origins and super skills. They partner up, somewhat reluctantly, when the Earth is threatened by Loki and his minions. But if push came to shove, as it does in a few scenes in the film, who would emerge supreme? Thor is a god, Iron Man is a flying weapon of mass destruction, and the Hulk is an angry green mutant. Would Black Widow and Hawkeye even have a chance? We asked the cast members at last night’s premiere in Hollywood which character would win a hypothetical battle royale in a steel cage, and they seemed to agree on the supe who would come out on top. (Hint: He’s green.)

Of greater interest, perhaps, was the general consensus on which actor would handle all comers. “I think in the end, Renner would probably win,” said Scarlett Johansson, echoing some of her other castmates. “Because he is a scrappy kind of guy. He’s done so many Bourne and Mission: Impossible type movies at this point that surely he’s picked up some special skills.”

Really? They said me?” said Renner. “I don’t know about that. Hemsworth and Evans have way more muscle than me. I’m not a fighter. I would rather shake some drinks and make martinis for everybody than fight them.”

Click through our photo gallery to see the stars on the red carpet and read their opinions on who’s the biggest, baddest of them all.

(Reporting by Carrie Bell.)

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