Robert Downey, Jr. Finally Gets His Own Twitter Account, Reflective Of Social Media’s Importance To Film Marketing

Kodak TheatreThe Iron Man himself has finally joined Twitter. With only 4 tweets this morning, he’s dipped his toe into the social media universe. Within hours, Downey has tallied 912K followers. Wow, word travels fast. And why not? Iron Man is a billion dollar franchise for Marvel since they first introduced Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark in 2008. Worldwide the first film grossed $585M, the second one, $623.9M and the third, $1.2B. The next Marvel title for the actor is Avengers: Age of Ultron which will bow May 1, 2015 from Disney. Welcome to the SMU, Mr. Downey, No doubt, Disney and Marvel are thrilled. The actor has long been a strong presence on social media due to his many fans who call him #RDJ. His fans post video bits from the actor from media, on-stage award shows, red carpet appearances, and other media events showcasing the wise-cracking, irreverance. His opening Tweet:

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‘Dallas Buyers Club’s Melisa Wallack To Polish Vin Diesel’s ‘Last Witch Hunter’

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 11:49am PDT

Melisa Wallack Last Witch Hunter Vin DieselSummit Entertainment has hired Oscar-nominated scribe Melisa Wallack to do a polish on the Vin Diesel actioner The Last Witch Hunter, to be directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara, The Crazies). Wallack earned her first Academy Award nomination for last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, which she co-scripted with Craig Borten. Before that she wrote and co-directed 2007 dramedy Meet Bill and penned 2012 Snow White fantasy Mirror Mirror, working on both projects with producer Bernie Goldmann, who co-directed the former and is a producer on Last Witch Hunter. The supernatural tale, about an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who partners with a witch to save humanity from the covens of New York City, was originally penned by Cory Goodman (Priest) and revised by D.W. Harper. Pic has been brewing since Summit bought Goodman’s pitch for mid-six figures in 2011 with Timur Bekmambetov attached to helm. Eisner came aboard last year to direct. Read More »

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Year-End: Top International Box Office Draws Of 2013 – Robert Downey Jr And Dwayne Johnson Battle For Supremecy

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YearEnd2013_badge__131227212819Which superstar outdrew their peers to top the international box office in 2013? The answer might surprise you. Here are the Top 10 Hollywood heavyweights of this year’s global live-action hits whose star power played a significant role in international returns (Sandra Bullock just missed making the cut). Click on a photo to launch the slideshow countdown: Read More »

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Universal Sets ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Release For April 2015; Paul Walker Remains Front And Center In The Sequel

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 4:46am PST

Fast & Furious 7 release dateUPDATE: Universal has formally announced the new 2015 release date for Fast & Furious 7, after Vin Diesel revealed it on his Facebook page. The studio has also given a sense that the late … Read More »

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Vin Diesel Confirmed To Play Alien Tree In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’: Photo

By | Sunday December 22, 2013 @ 11:31am PST

The worst-kept secret of the superhero film universe is now official: Marvel has finally confirmed that Vin Diesel is voicing Groot, the extraterrestrial plant monster of comics lore, in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. The Fast & Furious star has been … Read More »

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UPDATE: Paul Walker Died From Trauma & Burns, Autopsy Says

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 10:03am PST

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7th UPDATE, 10:03 AM: Fast & Furious star Paul Walker died of trauma and burn injuries, the LA County Coroner’s office said today. The autopsy was completed last night, sources say. Walker was killed Saturday after he and friend Roger Rodas crashed in a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT while driving it in Santa Clarita, CA. Rodas was driving the luxury car with Walker in the passenger seat. Rodas died from “multiple traumatic injuries” said the Coroner’s report, with Walker’s death resulting from the “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.” Both deaths have been ruled to be the result of an accident. On a Thanksgiving break from filming Fast & Furious 7,  the 40-year-old actor had been at a nearby charity event just beforehand. A LAPD investigation of the incident is ongoing, as is the Coroner’s toxicology examination. The latter is expected to take 6-8 more weeks.

 Related: Universal Formalizes ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Postponement
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Vin Diesel In ‘Fast & Furious 7′: First Look

By | Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 3:50pm PDT

Vin Diesel‘s been known to skirt traditional PR channels to share intel direct to his fans. This weekend he gave his 47M Facebook followers first looks from the set of Universal‘s Fast & Furious 7, in production under Insidious 2Read More »

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Vin Diesel’s ‘Riddick’ Opens Weak Weekend

By | Sunday September 8, 2013 @ 6:02am PDT

Box Office Riddick Vin DieselSUNDAY 6 AM, 4TH UPDATE: Welcome to one of the slowest weekends at the domestic box office. The movie season is off to a weak start – just $70M total filmgoing. Yes, that’s +20% over last year but only because of higher ticket prices and more 3D premiums. And no don’t blame this on some outages at online ticketseller Fandango on Saturday – because the studios aren’t. It doesn’t help that Hollywood once again is determined to churn out unnecessary sequels and threequels.

#1 - In this case, blame Vin Diesel who now owns the Riddick role and is keeping the $38M independently financed sci-fi franchise on life support. He leveraged a lot of his own assets because he loves this galactic ex-con character or hopes to earn more coin from it or both. Universal released in 3,107 U.S. theaters while eOne Entertainment is distributing in Canada. The R-rated pic opened mediocre with $7.3M Friday and $7.1M Saturday for what Universal says is a mediocre $18.6M weekend (but Hollywood estimates at $19.2M). it opened on 314 IMAX screens in North America, delivering about $2.5M. That’s after earning a middling ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences and grossing an unimpressive $900K from Thursday night’s domestic late shows and Friday’s midnights. Even though this actioner had this first fall weekend all to itself, it took in only 1/2 what the original made and 1/3 what the sequel earned. The 3rd installment clearly didn’t expand beyond core fanboys since the outlaw character hasn’t been featured in a film in 9 years – although it’s been in a succession of DVDs and video games. Exit polls showed the audience was 59% male/41% female, 47% under age 30/53% age 30+, and 37% Hispanic/31% Caucasian. Written and directed (again) by David Twohy, produced (again) by Ted Fields, and starring Diesel (again), Riddick follows 2000′s Pitch Black which earned $39.5M and then 2004′s The Chronicles Of Riddick whose bloated budget made $57.8M gross. Diesel has been both savvy and stupid behind the scenes of this pic. When Universal wanted him for a cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, he asked for the rights to the Riddick character instead of an acting fee. Diesel and Twohy tackled the script problems and went into production on the threequel. When a completion bond fell through, Diesel personally advanced funds until bank loans were secured. Eventually Universal came back in with an equity position but also insisted on a PG13 rating. Diesel fought the studio for an R rating – and the result is more bone-crushing and blood gushing violence. Oh joy. Read More »

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Vin Diesel In Talks To Join ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Sunday August 11, 2013 @ 8:17pm PDT

Vin Diesel just might be Groot. The Fast and The Furious franchise actor is in negotiations to join Marvel’s newest ensemble tent pole, I’ve learned. If it all works out, Vin Diesel would play … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Riddick’

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 9:01pm PDT

The newest trailer for Riddick has dropped. It follows a red band version that was released at Comic-Con last month. The third pic in the franchise reunites The Chronicles Of Riddick writer-director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel, who plays the escaped convict antihero for the third time. … Read More »

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Vin Diesel To Star In ‘World’s Most Wanted’; Dan Mazeau On To Rewrite Action Pic

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 3:11pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Vin Diesel to star in World’s Most Wanted, an action adventure that Dan Mazeau will rewrite. The project originated from a pitch by Will Staples & Sean O’Keefe, who wrote an … Read More »

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Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘Riddick’

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 1:56pm PDT

Here’s the red band trailer for the Vin Diesel-starring Riddick that Universal just dropped during its Comic-Con panel:

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Comic-Con: Vin Diesel On Marvel Rumors: “Some Very Big News Coming”

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 1:36pm PDT

Vin Diesel sent a ripple of excitement through the Marvel fanboys in Hall H just now at the end of his Riddick panel. He was asked about rumors he’s been tapped to join the … Read More »

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Vin Diesel Teases ‘Riddick’ Comic-Con 2013 Appearance

By | Sunday June 16, 2013 @ 12:41pm PDT

The official Comic-Con 2013 line-up won’t be unveiled for another few weeks, but Vin Diesel‘s given his sizable social media following a sneak peek. The Fast & Furious star debuted a teaser for September’s Riddick, the third film in Diesel’s other hit Universal Pictures franchise. “It’s been over decade, since I’ve been to Comic-Con…,” Diesel posted to his Facebook page. With a whopping 43M followers, he’s one of few stars whose own Facebook pull eclipses that of entire movie studios. David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Chronicles Of Riddick) returns to helm the threequel. Comic-Con’s 2013 edition runs July 18-21 in San Diego. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Vin Diesel’s ‘Riddick’

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 10:56am PDT

This is the latest Riddick pic after 2000’s Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles Of Riddick and reunites the latter’s writer-director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel, who plays the escaped convict antihero for a third time. Universal is releasing Riddick on September 6.

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CinemaCon: Universal’s Sequel Machine Pays Off With Exhibitors

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It was Universal Pictures’ turn in the spotlight this morning as Chairman Adam Fogelson served up a look at the studio’s sequel-packed summer slate and a summary of the studio’s 2012 hits and even big miss Battleship. He announced sequels in … Read More »

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‘Fast And Furious 7′ Gets July 11, 2014 Release Date

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 12:01pm PDT

BREAKING: Star Vin Diesel just announced at CinemaCon that Universal‘s The Fast And The Furious 7 will be released July 11, 2014 with the entire cast — including Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson … Read More »

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MGM Setting Adam Shankman To Helm Vin Diesel-Starrer ‘The Machine’

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 10:14am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: MGM is in talks with Adam Shankman to direct The Machine, the action comedy that will star Vin Diesel and was scripted by the Night At The Museum team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben … Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Riddick’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 3:32pm PDT

Vin Diesel has posted this teaser on Facebook for the third movie featuring his Pitch Black character. Like that first film, it’s written and directed by David Twohy. It also stars Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff as a mercenary who’s tracking Riddick. The Universal release is slated to open … Read More »

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