Robert Downey Jr. in talks for “The Avengers 2” and “3”


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Robert Downey Jr. is currently without a contract at Marvel, and the studio is looking to do whatever it can to change that.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Marvel is currently in negotiations to lock Downey down for “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3.” Not on the docket is “Iron Man 4,” as it’s unclear if Downey would be interested in returning for another standalone film or if Marvel has a fourth “Iron Man” installments in its sights for Phase 3. Considering the success of “Iron Man 3,” the studio likely wouldn’t turn Downey down, but it also seems like president Kevin Feige is interested in bringing new superheroes into the fray.

Meanwhile Deadline is reporting that Marvel could have some trouble locking down the rest of the actors in “The Avengers 2” as well. While Downey made good with a $50 million payday from “The Avengers,” the rest of the cast earned significantly less and they are now looking for a bit of a raise. Marvel is currently negotiating the return of all of its stars, and hopefully we’ll have news soon about who is coming back and who will be sitting “The Avengers 2” out.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 currently consists of “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Those films star Downey, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and a slew of Marvel newcomers, but fortunately they aren’t the only Avengers to make appearances in the films. Mark Ruffalo has a surprise appearance at the end of “Iron Man 3,” and Scarlett Johansson has already been seen filming on the set of “The Winter Soldier.”

“The Avengers 2” is due in theaters on May 1, 2015. Its ensemble follow-up, “The Avengers 3,” doesn’t yet have a release date, but THR speculates that it won’t come out before 2017.

Would you like to see RDJ return in “The Avengers 2” and “3”? Will you be heartbroken if there’s no “Iron Man 4”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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