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Paul Bettany confirms and discusses his role as Vision in 'Avengers 2'

Paul Bettany confirms and discusses his role as Vision in 'Avengers 2'

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Paul Bettany confirmed and discussed his role as Vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during an interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
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Joss Whedon apologizes to Korea for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' movie

Joss Whedon apologizes to Korea for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' movie

March 28 (UPI) -- Joss Whedon has apologized to South Korea before 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' begins its shoot in Seoul.
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Sandra Bullock wins big at People's Choice Awards

Sandra Bullock wins big at People's Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Sandra Bullock earned the fan-voted People's Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actress, Dramatic Actress and Comedic Actress in Los Angeles Wednesday night.
Laura Dern, Robert Downey Jr. to be Globes presenters

Laura Dern, Robert Downey Jr. to be Globes presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Kevin Bacon, Julie Bowen, Robert Downey Jr., Mila Kunis and Uma Thurman are to serve as Golden Globe Awards presenters in Los Angeles Sunday.
Jay Z, Downey Jr. didn't want to be on 'Most Fascinating' list

Jay Z, Downey Jr. didn't want to be on 'Most Fascinating' list

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Jay Z, Robert Downey Jr. and Kristen Stewart declined to appear on Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating People" program, Hollywood's RadarOnline said Thursday.
'The Rock' is top-grossing star of 2013 with films earning $1.3B

'The Rock' is top-grossing star of 2013 with films earning $1.3B

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood film star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the top-grossing actor of 2013, with movies that have earned a total of $1.3 billion, Forbes magazine reported.
Sherlock Holmes exhibition headed to Ohio science museum

Sherlock Holmes exhibition headed to Ohio science museum

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, a tribute to the fictional sleuth, is to open Feb. 8 at Ohio's Center of Science and Industry.

Terrence Howard said Robert Downey Jr. pushed him out of 'Iron Man'

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Terrence Howard said he didn't appear in the "Iron Man" sequels because Robert Downey Jr. took the money that was supposed to go to him.
Robert Downey Jr. celebrates wife's 40th with bacon cake

Robert Downey Jr. celebrates wife's 40th with bacon cake

Nov. 12 (UPI) -- It's a very happy 40th birthday to Mrs. Robert Downey, Jr., Susan Downey, and her beloved husband threw her a party to remember.
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People's Choice Awards nominations announced

People's Choice Awards nominations announced

Nominations for the fan-voted People's Choice Awards in film, television and music categories were announced in Los Angeles Tuesday.
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Ford, Bullock, Roberts honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Ford, Bullock, Roberts honored at Hollywood Film Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were honored at the Hollywood Film Awards gala in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Football argument prompted man's shooting of son, sheriff says

MARTINSVILLE, Ind., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A man fatally shot his teenage son Sunday after an apparent argument over when to stop watching football, the Morgan County, Ind., sheriff said.
'Iron Man 3' tops DVD and Blu-ray sales chart

'Iron Man 3' tops DVD and Blu-ray sales chart

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- "Iron Man 3," starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular superhero, is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray in the United States, Rentrak announced Monday.

Guy Ritchie to film scenes for 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' in Italy

CAPRAROLA, Italy, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- British director Guy Ritchie is filming scenes for "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." at the Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola, Italy, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
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Robert John Downey, Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor. Downey made his screen debut in 1970 at the age of five when he appeared in his father's film Pound, and has worked consistently in film and television ever since. During the 1980s he had roles in a series of coming of age films associated with the Brat Pack. Weird Science (1985) and Less Than Zero (1987) which is particularly notable, not only because it was the first time Downey's acting would be acknowledged by critics, but also because the role pushed Downey's already existing drug habit one step further. After Zero, Downey started landing roles in bigger films such as Air America (1990), Soapdish (1991) and Natural Born Killers (1994). He played Charlie Chaplin in the 1992 film Chaplin for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Between 1996 and 2001, Downey was frequently arrested on drug-related charges and went through several drug treatment programs, but had difficulty staying clean. After being released from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in 2000, Downey joined the cast of the hit television series Ally McBeal playing the new love interest of Calista Flockhart's title character. His performance was praised and received accolades, but his character was written out when Downey was fired after two drug arrests in late 2000 and early 2001. After one last stay in a court-ordered drug treatment program, Downey finally achieved lasting sobriety and his career began to take off again. He appeared in semi-independent films such as The Singing Detective (2003), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), and A Scanner Darkly (2006). He also had supporting roles in the mainstream films Gothika (2003) and Zodiac (2007). In 2004, Downey released his debut studio album The Futurist.

In 2007, Downey was cast as the title character in the comic book adaptation Iron Man. The film was a huge success; the opening weekend for Iron Man is still in the top 20 openings of all time. He reprised the role of Tony Stark in the 2010 sequel, Iron Man 2, and will again in 2012 in The Avengers and in the third movie of the planned trilogy, Iron Man 3, due to open in 2013. In addition to receiving commercial success, Downey's performance in the first Iron Man film received rave reviews. Downey was nominated for, and won, a number of end-of-year awards from critics and film associations around the world. Downey's other 2008 films included Charlie Bartlett and the Ben Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder, in which he portrayed an Australian method actor overly engrossed in his role as an African-American soldier. He received his second Oscar nomination for the film in the category of Best Supporting Actor. In 2009, Downey starred as the titular lead character in Guy Ritchie's adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, released Christmas 2009. Soon after, Downey won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for that portrayal of the famous detective.

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