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'Iron Man 3' cameos? Robert Downey Jr. lets a hint fly -- EXCLUSIVE interview (Part 2 of 5)

What does the end of the world look like in the Marvel Universe? Judging by The Avengers, it is one spirit-breaking catastrophe after another. First a demi-god with a magic cube declares war on earth; then alien shock troops and monstrous leviathans invade New York; then it gets worse as a U.S. nuclear warhead is fired at Manhattan. It builds up to a crescendo the most unthinkable disaster of all (especially if you’re a Marvel Studios executive): The moment Robert Downey Jr.flies up, up and away from Earth, maybe never to return.

Yes, Downey and his Tony Stark character have considerable magnetic appeal and it’s difficult to imagine Marvel asking the 47-year-old to do anything less anytime soon. (In fact, there’s a lot of chatter that Marvel may send Stark back to the far ends of the cosmos as a cast member in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy.) Downey, like his clanging alter ego, has been machine-like the past five years. Set aside his summer Marvel job and it’s still impressive: two Sherlock Holmes films; an Oscar nomination for Tropic Thunder; an evocative performance in The Soloist; and the comedy hit Due Date (which he once told me he views as “one of the most privately joyful experiences in history”). I caught up with Downey for a lengthy phone interview recently and we’ll be running installments right here all this week. We started with Part 1 yesterday, here’s Part 2.

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Best & Worst of 2012: Rating this year's movie scenes

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You’ve seen their lists of best and worst movies of the year — now take a look at EW critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum’s picks for best and worst scenes of the year.

Best scene — Owen’s pick

A president strategizes in Lincoln
At a cabinet meeting, Abraham Lincoln makes a startling ­confession: He has no idea if his Emancipation Proclamation is even legal. He just…did it. In fact, he’s been winging the legality of his actions through most of the Civil War. But then he floats a head-spinning case for why his push against slavery is legal—and why the courts, with no 13th amendment, may still overrule him. This spellbinder of a monologue seizes us with the intricacy of Lincoln’s mind, even as Daniel Day-Lewis’ acting shows us his secret renegade spirit. And Steven Spielberg uses a very slow zoom to mythically echo the scene in The Godfather when Michael Corleone ”joins” his family. That’s great filmmaking.

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Oscars and casting: Hollywood insiders discuss diversity

Diversity is an emotion-packed word more nuanced than one article or one year. But it should always be an ongoing topic of conversation in Hollywood until it stops being an issue, which it hasn’t.

EW recently talked to a range of insiders — from Beasts of the Southern Wild producer Michael Gottwald and Oscar winner Mo’Nique, who won the best supporting actress trophy in 2010 for urban drama Precious, to Precious casting director Billy Hopkins, and casting director Avy Kaufman, who headed casting for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln – about Oscars, diversity, and casting in Tinseltown.

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Robert Zemeckis to receive Palm Springs directing award for 'Flight'

Robert Zemeckis has given us Marty McFly, Forrest Gump, Roger Rabbit, and Wilson the volleyball.

The addiction plagued airline pilot Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) in his latest film, Flight,  is giving the director his best shot at awards recognition in a decade.

Zemeckis’ return to live action filmmaking has a stalwart contingent of supporters among Hollywood’s award season voters, and the film gets a nice boost from news that the Palm Springs International Film Festival will give him the Director of the Year award for Flight, where he’ll join the ranks of previous honorees and current awards contenders Ang Lee and David O. Russell.

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Box office report: 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' just misses 'Twilight' record with $141.3M, 'Lincoln' expands successfully

Say what you will about the Twilight series, but you can’t fault it for being inconsistent.

The popular vampire franchise’s final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, scored the eighth biggest opening weekend of all time with a $141.3 million debut. If Summit’s estimates hold up, that’s just a touch ahead of Breaking Dawn – Part 1, which started with $138.1 million last year, and just a touch behind New Moon, which opened with $142.8 million in 2009.

Impressively, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also earned $199.6 million in its international debut this weekend, giving it an early global total of $340.9 million. When all is said and done, the film will likely finish just above $700 million. After all, the last three Twilight films — Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Eclipse, and New Moon — earned $712.2 million, $709.8 million, and $698.5 million, respectively. Like I said, it’s a remarkably consistent franchise. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' earns $71.2 million on Friday

The final Twilight film got off to an expectedly huge start at the box office on Friday.

In its first 24 hours (well, really it’s first 26 hours including Thursday night shows) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 grossed a massive $71.2 million — just a touch behind the $71.6 million earned on Breaking Dawn – Part 1‘s opening day and a bit further behind the $72.7 million found by New Moon. Due to the up-front rush of Twihards on opening day, the film will fall hard over the rest of the weekend, but it should still finish the frame in the same range as its predecessors, taking in about $135-140 million.

Last weekend’s champ, Skyfall, stuck around in second place with $12.4 million, which puts it on pace for a $42 million weekend. That figure would represent a 53 percent decline from Skyfall‘s robust $88.4 million debut and give the Bond entry a ten day total of about $162 million. For perspective, consider this: At the ten-day mark of its run, Quantum of Solace had earned $108.8 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Will 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' be the biggest 'Twilight' yet?

The final installment of the franchise that changed the face of pop culture — remember those days when no one knew that YA meant “young adult” and vampires were only popular on Halloween? — is set to reach incredible heights at the box office at this weekend.

Just as Skyfall became the highest-opening Bond film last weekend, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will likely become the highest grossing of all the Twilight films. In their first three days, the last three Twilight films (New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn – Part 1) have earned $142.8 million, $120.9 million, and $138.1 million, respectively — very consistent figures (especially for New Moon and Part 1, each of which, like Part 2, opened on the weekend before Thanksgiving). While the Twilight movies aren’t recruiting any new fans these days, pent-up excitement for the finale from super-fans will likely push Part 2 a bit higher than its predecessors. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Skyfall' has the biggest Bond opening ever with $87.8 million

After four years off of the silver screen, James Bond made his triumphant return this weekend in Skyfall — and the British spy’s appeal was bigger than ever.

The action thriller grossed a truly massive $87.8 million in its first three days (and an additional $2.2 million during Thursday night previews), making its debut the very best in the Bond series’ 23-film history — by a huge margin. Skyfall shattered the previous opening weekend record for a Bond film, which was set in 2008 when Quantum of Solace bowed with $67.5 million. With the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday on the horizon and a straight “A” CinemaScore grade, it’s likely that Skyfall will also become the first Bond movie to ever pass the $200 million mark at the domestic box office. (Of course, this is not accounting for inflation.)  READ FULL STORY

'Skyfall' soars with $30.8 million Friday, headed for best Bond debut ever: Box office update

After 23 movies, the James Bond franchise is still growing, and Skyfall is on pace to clobber the domestic opening weekend record for the spy series.

On Friday, Skyfall rocketed away with $30.8 million (that’s not including the $2.2 million earned in Thursday night previews), which is the highest Friday gross ever for a Bond film. The previous franchise record was set by Quantum of Solace, which earned $27 million on Friday on the way to its $67.5 million opening weekend (also a franchise high). After one day, Skyfall is outperforming Quantum by 14 percent.

If it maintains that pace over Saturday and Sunday, the Daniel Craig feature will finish the weekend with a tremendous $77 million. Positive word-of-mouth could help the movie hold up better than expected, and a debut weekend above $80 million is not out of the question. Either way, Skyfall‘s debut will be the fourth best opening weekend in 2012 behind The Avengers ($207.4 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million), and The Hunger Games ($152.5 million). More importantly, it will be the best in James Bond history. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Skyfall' headed for sky-high debut, but how big will it be?

It’s safe to say that Quantum of Solace wasn’t the most well-liked James Bond film. Of course, that didn’t stop it from earning $594 million worldwide, but given the tepid audience response, it seems logical that many casual Bond fans would feel uneasy about shelling out $12 for a ticket to the latest Daniel Craig vehicle. Fortunately for Sony, the world’s favorite British secret agent has always proved remarkably resilient at the box office, and if international grosses are any indication, it looks like Skyfall won’t suffer at all from Quantum‘s less-than-stellar reception. In fact, the 23rd Bond entry will almost certainly be the biggest one yet.

When Daniel Craig took over the iconic action franchise in 2006, not everyone was convinced that the blonde Bond would prove a box office draw. They were wrong. Casino Royale debuted to a sturdy $40.8 million on its way to a $167.4 million total. More importantly, it earned back audience trust, as it was one of the most well-liked Bond films ever. As a result, 2008’s Quantum of Solace opened to much bigger numbers. The sequel found $67.5 million on its opening weekend, but due to weaker word-of-mouth, it fell much more quickly, ultimately finishing with $168.4 million domestically. READ FULL STORY

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