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Marvel boss Kevin Feige admits casting RDJ as Tony Stark was the 'biggest risk'

  • Marvel boss Kevin Feige has said that casting Robert Downey Jr was a big risk because he was neither an action star nor a marquee name.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. (L) and Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios at the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.(REUTERS)
Actor Robert Downey Jr. (L) and Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios at the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 20, 2021 01:05 PM IST
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The Mandalorian season 2 review: Sensational Star Wars show is appointment TV at its finest

The Mandalorian season 2 review: It’s Star Wars in its purest form — spare but sprawling, elegantly intimate yet epic in scope, appointment TV at its best.
The Mandalorian season 2 review: Pedro Pascal returns as Din Djarin in spectacular Disney+ show.
The Mandalorian season 2 review: Pedro Pascal returns as Din Djarin in spectacular Disney+ show.
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 04:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRohan Naahar

Playing Iron Man was hard and I dug deep: Robert Downey Jr

The actor says his 10-year long run as Iron Man has been creatively satisfying but he has to move on now
Robert Downey Jr says that he believes in “aesthetic distance” and that he is not Tony Stark in real life(Photo:Shutterstock)
Robert Downey Jr says that he believes in “aesthetic distance” and that he is not Tony Stark in real life(Photo:Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 13, 2020 05:14 PM IST
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When Marvel rejected Robert Downey Jr for Iron Man role: ‘Under no circumstances are we prepared to hire him at any price’

Did you know that before he became one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Marvel rejected Robert Downey Jr for the role of Iron Man? Director Jon Favreau recalled being told: “Under no circumstances are we prepared to hire him for any price.”
Robert Downey Jr played Iron Man for over a decade.
Robert Downey Jr played Iron Man for over a decade.
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 02:13 PM IST
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When Iron Man 2 star Mickey Rourke said director Jon Favreau didn’t ‘have b*lls’, slammed Marvel for cutting his performance

Iron Man 2 star Mickey Rourke truly hated working with Marvel, and slammed the studio for messing with his performance and wanting to only make ‘mindless comic book movies’.
Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in a still from Iron Man 2.
Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in a still from Iron Man 2.
Updated on Apr 22, 2020 06:18 PM IST
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The Mandalorian review: Spectacular Star Wars show deserves better than Hotstar as Disney+ has inauspicious launch in India

The Mandalorian review: Hotstar bungles the release of Disney+’s flagship show in India, but don’t let that take away from a smashing Star Wars experience.
The Mandalorian review: It’s difficult to generate empathy for a faceless, blank slate of a character, but Pedro Pascal manages to do it.
The Mandalorian review: It’s difficult to generate empathy for a faceless, blank slate of a character, but Pedro Pascal manages to do it.
Updated on Mar 13, 2020 06:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRohan Naahar

Iron Man director weighs in on Marvel vs Martin Scorsese debate

Iron Man director Jon Favreau has weighed in on the ongoing debate about the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and the criticism levelled at them by filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese.
Director Jon Favreau poses for photographers upon arrival at the Lion King European premiere in central London.(Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Jon Favreau poses for photographers upon arrival at the Lion King European premiere in central London.(Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2019 01:13 PM IST
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Elton John calls The Lion King remake a ‘huge disappointment’, says he was disrespected

Sir Elton John has criticised the recent The Lion King remake, calling it a ‘huge disappointment’ that made him very sad.
Elton John’s songs from the original Lion King are regarded as classics.
Elton John’s songs from the original Lion King are regarded as classics.
Updated on Oct 16, 2019 08:11 PM IST
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Robert Downey Jr’s Instagram hacked, free iPhones advertised; fans say ‘Tony Stark would hack them back’

Actor Robert Downey Jr’s Instagram account was hacked, the actor confirmed after fans noticed suspicious giveaways for iPhones and Teslas on his account.
Robert Downey Jr. attends D23 Disney Legends event.(AFP)
Robert Downey Jr. attends D23 Disney Legends event.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST
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The Lion King India box office: Disney blockbuster makes 150 crore, is 7th biggest film of 2019

Disney’s The Lion King remake has crossed the 150 crore mark in India, making it the seventh biggest film of 2019.
This image released by Disney shows Scar, voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor, in a scene from The Lion King.(AP)
This image released by Disney shows Scar, voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor, in a scene from The Lion King.(AP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2019 04:36 PM IST
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The Lion King director Jon Favreau reveals the only real shot in the entire film, leaves fans stunned. See it here

Director Jon Favreau has revealed the only real shot in The Lion King. Could you spot it? See here.
Director Jon Favreau snuck in one live-action shot in his fully CGI remake of The Lion King.
Director Jon Favreau snuck in one live-action shot in his fully CGI remake of The Lion King.
Updated on Jul 27, 2019 04:09 PM IST
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The Lion King tells me that entitlement is everything

The movie’s plot demolishes the notion of meritocracy. Monarchies, politics and business will find it familiar
After a final showdown, Simba emerges supreme. He is the new lion king. It all feels right and good. But what exactly has Simba done to deserve this?(AP)
After a final showdown, Simba emerges supreme. He is the new lion king. It all feels right and good. But what exactly has Simba done to deserve this?(AP)
Published on Jul 23, 2019 06:51 PM IST
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After The Lion King and Aladdin, a definitive ranking of Disney’s remakes, from worst to best

After self-inflicted wounds such as The Lion King and Alice in Wonderland, here is a definitive ranking of Disney’s recent spate of remakes, from worst to best.
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Will Smith as Genie.
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Will Smith as Genie.
Updated on Jul 20, 2019 05:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRohan Naahar

All that the light touches, is gold: Rashid Irani reviews The Lion King

Director Jon Favreau crafts a stunning live-action remake, 25 years after the blockbuster success of the original.
The African savannah comes to life in immersive photorealistic 3D. The menagerie of anthropomorphic animals leaps, speaks and bounds in ways that are a technological marvel.
The African savannah comes to life in immersive photorealistic 3D. The menagerie of anthropomorphic animals leaps, speaks and bounds in ways that are a technological marvel.
Published on Jul 18, 2019 05:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRashid Irani

The Lion King box office prediction: Disney remake to open to $450 million ( 3000 crore)

Disney’s upcoming remake of The Lion King is expected to open to $450 million worldwide. That’s 3000 crore.
The Lion King opens in India on July 19.
The Lion King opens in India on July 19.
Updated on Jul 17, 2019 09:09 PM IST
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Seth Rogen jokes about singing with Beyonce in The Lion King, says ‘must be big deal for her’

Seth Rogen talked about his film The Lion King on Jimmy Kimmel Live when he was asked about working with Beyonce.
Seth Rogen arrives for the world premiere of Disney's The Lion King at the Dolby theatre.(AFP)
Seth Rogen arrives for the world premiere of Disney's The Lion King at the Dolby theatre.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 12, 2019 06:16 PM IST
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Shah Rukh Khan on The Lion King: ‘Unfortunate that you remember teachings of parents when they are not in your life’

Actor Shah Rukh Khan thinks The Lion King teaches a lot of good moral lessons. He has voiced Mufasa in the live action Hindi remake of the movie.
Shah Rukh Khan’s parents in an old picture and him at his house on Eid this year.
Shah Rukh Khan’s parents in an old picture and him at his house on Eid this year.
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 05:20 PM IST
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The Lion King first reactions are here: ‘I’ve never heard as much clapping during a movie ’

First reactions to Disney’s Lion King are here, and critics have praised the visual effects, the emotion, and the comedic chemistry of Timon and Pumbaa. Check out all the reactions here.
Disney’s The Lion King is slated for a July 19 release.
Disney’s The Lion King is slated for a July 19 release.
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 01:06 PM IST
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Gwyneth Paltrow has been introduced to Sebastian Stan thrice but still doesn’t remember him

Sebastian Stan has revealed that he has introduced himself to actor Gwyneth Paltrow thrice but she can’t remember him.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Sebastian Stan have been part of many Marvel movies.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Sebastian Stan have been part of many Marvel movies.
Updated on Jul 05, 2019 07:06 PM IST
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The Lion King remake’s first trailer is here, and the internet is roaring with reactions

Disney has unveiled the first teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action Lion King remake, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Beyonce. The internet is overjoyed. Read reactions.
The Lion King’s baby Simba has captured the internet’s imagination.
The Lion King’s baby Simba has captured the internet’s imagination.
Updated on Nov 23, 2018 10:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Is Loki alive? Disney is planning a TV series with Tom Hiddleston, other Marvel characters

Disney will produce stand-alone TV series based on popular Marvel characters such as Loki and Scarlet Witch for their upcoming streaming service. Tom Hiddleston will be involved.
Tom Hiddleston became a fan favourite with his Loki in the Marvel movies.
Tom Hiddleston became a fan favourite with his Loki in the Marvel movies.
Updated on Sep 19, 2018 12:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

First Mowgli trailer is here, and it’s darker than any Jungle Book you’ve seen

The first trailer for Warner Bros and Andy Serkis’ Mowgli teases the darkest version of The Jungle Book we’ve ever seen.
The man-cub plays Holi in a still from Mowgli.(YouTube)
The man-cub plays Holi in a still from Mowgli.(YouTube)
Updated on May 22, 2018 09:27 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

New Avengers: Infinity War video will remind you why you fell in love with Marvel

Marvel has released a throwback video that’ll take fans back to the moment they fell in love with these movies - the first Iron Man. Ahead of Avengers: Infinity War, look back on Marvel’s 10-year journey.
Avengers Infinity War and its sequel have been produced at a budget estimated to be greater than $500 million.(YouTube)
Avengers Infinity War and its sequel have been produced at a budget estimated to be greater than $500 million.(YouTube)
Updated on Apr 18, 2018 06:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Happy Birthday Robert Downey Jr: How Iron Man saved his career and made him an Avenger

Robert Downey Jr has seen it all. On his 53rd birthday, here’s looking back at how he went from being the ‘ultimate poster boy for a particularly epic form of Hollywood self-destruction’ to being Iron Man.
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in the first Iron Man movie.
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in the first Iron Man movie.
Updated on Apr 04, 2018 08:52 AM IST
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