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August 16, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Even Iron Man can twist an ankle. Robert Downey Jr., the hammy captain of the massive "Avengers," sustained a small injury this week on the set of "Iron Man 3. " On location in Wilmington, N.C., Downey hurt his ankle mid-stunt, a release from Marvel Studios said. Production on the film, costarring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley and Don Cheadle, will experience a slight delay. A rep for Robert told EW that the star would be just fine, and that's good news for the film's fast-approaching May 3, 2013, opening day. Speaking of openings: Marvel has announced that the sequel to Joss Whedon's "Avengers" will hit theaters May 1, 2015.
September 22, 2013 | By Noel Murray
"Much Ado About Nothing" Available on VOD beginning Tuesday The degree to which viewers connect with Joss Whedon's modern-dress adaptation may depend on how familiar they are with Whedon's TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Dollhouse" and "Firefly" - some of the stars of which play out Shakespeare's tale of romantic confusion and deceit in Whedon's own sunny Southern California home. By and large, these actors aren't so great at reciting the Bard, with the notable exception of Amy Acker, who as the sharp-tongued anti-romantic Beatrice finds exactly the right balance between contemporary casualness and poetic classicism.
October 9, 2011 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
A truly calm Robert Downey Jr. is a rare and spooky sight to behold, but on a recent Venice Beach morning, there he was with a faraway expression and a cup of warm tea waiting by his folded hands. "So," he said with deadpan eyes, "you want to talk about the past. " The past is a tricky subject for Downey — he is reluctant to glorify his fire-breathing days (especially the stops in prison, rehab and Hollywood's career penalty box), but they are a huge part of his mojo at this point, and they add the decadent wink to his most resonant sort of role: the wickedly smart guy who dances on life's ledges.
August 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In its most daring effort yet to stay in league with Apple and Samsung, HTC announced a massive marketing campaign Monday starring "Iron Man" actor Robert Downey Jr. The Taiwanese phone maker confirmed it has signed Downey to a two-year deal, which is reportedly worth $12 million. The new campaign, called "Change," is intended to get consumers talking about HTC once again. The company said the campaign will last at least two years and cost about $1 billion -- the same as HTC's global marketing budget last year.
July 25, 1987 | JOHN VOLAND
You may have heard this before concerning performers, but Robert Downey Jr. is really much happier firing off puns and quips about the world's foibles than addressing his own hopes and fears. The 22-year-old son of director Robert Downey Sr. ("Putney Swope") gets through an interview all right (and then some) but he insists an actor's temperament is more suited to observation than self-revelation.
In the 1960s and early '70s Robert Downey, a low-budget iconoclast with little talent and even fewer inhibitions, had some success with such films as "Greaser's Palace," a parody of Jesus Christ in a frontier setting, and "Putney Swope," which envisioned a black man becoming a power at a Madison Avenue ad agency. Back then it was easier to draw laughter from sheer tastelessness, but where times have changed--there are no sacred cows or taboos left on the screen--Downey clearly hasn't.
August 9, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Spanish-style house built for Charlie Chaplin in the Sunset Strip area is for sale at $1,725,000. The restored and updated 1926 residence was owned by actor Robert Downey Jr. in the 1990s and, later, reality TV star Kelly Osbourne, according to property records and Times archives. The original beamed ceiling remains in the living room. French doors open off the dining room to a patio. The 2,728-square-foot house has three bedrooms and five bathrooms. The two-story-tall master suite includes dual bathrooms and a sitting area.
After serving nearly a year in prison for cocaine possession, actor Robert Downey Jr. is drug-free and ready to consider film offers, his attorney, Robert Waters, said at a news conference Thursday. Downey, 35, who was released from Corcoran State Prison on $5,000 bail Wednesday, is now voluntarily attending a drug rehab program and undergoing daily counseling, Waters said. "He's in great shape," Waters said. "He's been counseling other individuals while he's been in prison. . . .
When a pale Robert Downey Jr. was led away to serve his 180-day jail sentence for a probation violation in December, he could have expected a winter in a huge, decrepit county jail system where the closest exposure to outdoors can mean a roofed-in concrete courtyard. And for the most part, that has been his life. He has suffered through jail food, a knuckled blow to the forehead from another inmate, and the general humiliation of being deprived of freedom.
August 28, 2005 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
THERE may come a time when Robert Downey Jr. can have a conversation about something other than his "comeback," but this isn't it. "Such a good actor," people have been saying for years, using a tone of wistful regret normally reserved for a fat girl with a pretty face. Now, watching as Downey nimbly carries the odd and shifting weight of Shane Black's upcoming comic-noir-thriller-romance, "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," it is tempting to heave a sigh of relief and say, "He's back."
July 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
On Wednesday, Forbes released its annual list of highest-paid actors and, for the first time, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list . The man best known these days for playing Tony Stark had raked in $75 million between June 2012 and June of this year, best among all actors. News reports were breathless -- not least of which the report from Forbes itself, which touted his success as a coup of sorts. “It's hard to remember that just a few years ago, Downey was box office poison, and regarded by the studios as damaged goods.” Now, the magazine said, “he's a hit machine.” Well, Marvel is the hit machine -- Downey has struggled outside it -- but that's a separate post.
June 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Robert Downey Jr.'s four Marvel movies have grossed an astounding $3.9 billion. So it's no surprise that the studio wants two more. The company announced Thursday that it has locked down just that, re-upping its deal with the man who plays Tony Stark for two more “Avengers” films. (No word of any progress on the “Iron Man 4” front.) “Avengers 2” is set to begin shooting next spring, with Joss Whedon returning behind the camera; the film will be released in May 2015.
June 14, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
That moment you learn your hero's not who you thought he was - that's how it was for an 18-month-old Massachusetts boy who was brought to tears by Robert Downey Jr.  Seems the kid expected to meet the real Iron Man. The one in the suit. Downey, who plays genius billionaire philanthropist playboy Tony Stark as well as the titular character in the "Iron Man" movies, had been in Sunderland, Mass., for a few weeks filming "The Judge" down the street from the Denno family when mom Heather Denno finally took up her husband's challenge to get a photo of the actor, the Boston Globe reported.
May 21, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
With "Iron Man 3" breaking box-office records, Robert Downey Jr. is emerging as the go-to blockbuster man. But is he big enough to beat world box-office champ Johnny Depp? Downey has taken on the role of a superhero, playing Tony Stark in the "Iron Man" franchise. The first movie made more than $500 million worldwide, with its sequel raking in more than $600 million. "Iron Man 3" has made more than  $1 billion so far and will go on to surpass the totals of both previous movies put together.
May 2, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Batman's done it. Spider-Man too. Superman is about to try. As studios attempt to inject new life into overly familiar comic-book franchises, reboots - with changes in tone, directors and stars - are all the rage. But "Iron Man 3" proves there is more than one way to skin this particular cat. The story of "Iron Man 3" is a continuation of the previous two films, and its key cast is the same. But like a stunt driver taking over the wheel while the car is moving at 100 mph, new director (and co-writer)
April 12, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Robert Downey Jr. opted for lederhosen rather than full-body armor - or a tux - at the "Iron Man 3" photo call in Germany on Friday. The actor, who plays the superhero in the action film, appeared in Munich wearing the below-the-knee breeches partnered with a khaki blazer, button-down shirt and emerald-colored kerchief tied around his neck. He also sported some flashy green socks to pull the whole look together. And his German pride was in uber -drive as he strutted his stuff on the red carpet during the premiere.
December 15, 2011
Today Sandra Bullock; Golden Globe nominations; Elizabeth McGovern; Donny Deutsch. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Janet Jackson; Robert Downey Jr.; Guy Fieri. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Kathy Griffin. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly Michael Bublé; Robert Downey Jr.; Lady Antebellum performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Harry Connick Jr.; Tracey Gold; performance from "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. " (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Brooke Shields; Patrick Wilson.
May 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Actor Robert Downey had cocaine in his system at the time of his arrest last month, police said Thursday. Lt. Dave Tankenson of the Culver City Police Department said a voluntary urine test Downey took the day of his arrest April 24 showed traces of the drug that has gotten him in trouble in the past. Tankenson said the case will be submitted to the district attorney's office, with allegations that Downey was under the influence of a controlled substance when he was arrested.
December 15, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Now 5 years old, the Cinefamily has become a pillar of the alternative film exhibition scene in Los Angeles alongside venues such as the New Beverly Cinema, American Cinematheque and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. From its location on Fairfax Avenue, Cinefamily has become a hub of activity with its heady mix of new and retrospective movies, a particular blend of the highbrow, offbeat and way-out with an only-in-L.A. flavor. Recent programming has included a series of films by and about the Beat Generation that included a sneak preview of the upcoming Kristen Stewart-starring "On the Road"; a number of little-known documentaries by the Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura; and screenings of the new cult fave "Miami Connection.
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