Celebritology 2.0: Iron Man

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 05/07/2010

Friday list: The best summer movie seasons ever

With "Iron Man 2" banging and clanging into theaters today, the summer movie season of 2010 has officially begun. It's a season that happens to mark an important anniversary: the 35th birthday of the summer blockbuster, which was officially born when 1975's "Jaws" dominated the box office and the collective cultural conversation. In the years that have followed, the months of May, June, July and August have gotten more and more crowded, as movies -- both of the massive, Spielbergian variety, as well as comedies, indies and even documentaries -- compete to capture our attention during the time of year when everyone is eager to enjoy blissful escapism beneath the chilly blast of cineplex air-conditioning vents. Luke Skywalker and Yoda, using the summer blockbuster force. (Lucasfilm) But since "Jaws" ushered in the era of the summer movie, which hot-and-humid years have given us the very best flicks? After careful consideration,...

By Jen Chaney  |  01:55 PM ET, 05/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pop Culture, Pop Culture | Tags:  Iron Man, Movies, Summer Movies

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 05/06/2010

Talking with Jon Favreau, director of 'Iron Man 2'

As soon as I hear Jon Favreau's voice on the telephone, I immediately have a flashback to that scene in "Swingers." You know the scene I mean. Jon Favreau at the L.A. premiere of "Iron Man 2." (Reuters) As a consequence, I am very tempted to begin our conversation by saying, "Hi, this is Nikki. Leave a message!" But I don't, because Favreau isn't calling from Los Angeles to discuss his "so money" 1996 movie. He's calling to talk "Iron Man 2," his soon-to-debut sequel to the enormously successful "Iron Man," both of which he directed. Our conversation ping-pongs all over the place, from the subject of whether there will be an Easter egg at the end of the "Iron Man 2" credits, to Favreau's feelings about Twitter, to that all-important question I also posed to "Iron Man 2" screenwriter Justin Theroux: if Iron Man could fight anyone, dead or...

By Jen Chaney  |  01:50 PM ET, 05/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/05/2010

Talking with Justin Theroux, writer of 'Iron Man 2'

Justin Theroux arrives at the 'Iron Man 2' world premiere on Monday, April 26 in Los Angeles. (AP) You probably know Justin Theroux best as an actor. During his 15 years in the movie business, he's popped up in films as varied as "Zoolander," "Mulholland Drive" and "Miami Vice," and on an equally wide range of TV series ("Six Feet Under," "The District" and "Parks and Recreation" among them). You may not realize that Theroux also is a screenwriter who co-penned "Tropic Thunder" and wrote a little film due to debut in theaters this weekend: "Iron Man 2." I recently got Theroux on the phone for a quick chat, during which we discussed his time growing up in Washington, D.C., his childhood fixation on Iron Man and an important question that "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau also will address in a Q&A slated to appear in Celebritology tomorrow:...

By Jen Chaney  |  12:45 PM ET, 05/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pop Culture, Pop Culture | Tags:  Iron Man, Movies