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2010′s Best And Worst Men’s Magazine Cover Subjects

On Monday FishbowlNY reported that Lady Gaga was 2010’s leading cover girl for monthly and biweekly magazines.  Although Gaga was everywhere last year, there were some other celebs that held their own while gracing the covers of men’s magazines.  Top male titles GQ, Details, Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Men’s Health featured a smorgasbord of A-listers that went either boom or bust at newsstands in 2010.  Here’s the scorecard (all results are courtesy of the Audit Bureau of Circulations Rapid Report):

GQ’s top-selling cover went to Rihanna who posed topless for the January issue.  Funnymen Tracy Morgan, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis each had a separate GQ cover in August and sold the second most copies for the year.  Apparently GQ readers are firmly on board with Team Edward because Taylor Lautner’s July issue was the lowest seller of 2010.

Twilight leading man Robert Pattinson was plastered on the cover of Details 10th anniversary issue in March – the year’s bestseller.  Mad Men’s Jon Hamm was not as fortunate as his October cover was Details least successful issue through November.

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Poll: Will You Buy An Augmented Reality Mag?

MK-AZ169_advert_DV_20091028151855.jpgYesterday, we got our hands on Esquire‘s augmented reality issue and fired up our Web cam for a test run.

It took us a few minutes to download and install the software from Esquire‘s Web site, and after it loaded it promptly took over our computer screen. Our cam took a little while to recognize the special augmented reality squares, and we were unsure whether we had to keep holding the magazine in front of the cam during the videos, but the extra content from Robert Downey Jr. and Gillian Jacobs was a nice treat. But, it seemed like Esquire didn’t want us to ever leave their augmented reality; when we were ready to quit, the program froze, forcing us to restart our computer to escape.

instyle cover.jpgAlthough we were curious enough to seek out the issue — hey, it’s our job — we’re wondering how you feel about this special issue. Is it a gimmick or a valuable marketing tool? Will you be picking up the latest issue of Esquire — or the latest InStyle, which is also trying out augmented reality?

And, if you happen to get one of these magazines, we’d love to hear about your experiences with the new technology. Did your computer crash, too? Tell us what you think in the comments below.


Will You Be Picking Up An Augmented Reality Issue This Month?(survey)

Preview Esquire‘s Augmented Reality

You may have to wait until next week to pick up Esquire‘s December issue featuring augmented reality from the newsstands, but you can get a sneak peek at what’s inside right now.

In the video above, from Esquire‘s augmented reality home page, editor-in-chief David Granger demonstrates some of the issue’s special features, including extra video clips from cover model Robert Downey Jr.

If you don’t already subscribe, will you be picking up the new Esquire? We’ll admit, we’re intrigued.

Earlier: Esquire Continues To Bring Multimedia To Print Issues

Steve Lopez to Other Columnists: ‘Leave Your Desks’

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Robert Downey Jr. impersonator Steve Lopez was the keynote speaker Friday at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Anne Kallas at Ventura County Star writes:

Prize-winning columnist Steve Lopez said the work of newspaper columnists has become more important than ever in the wild and wooly frontier of digital communications.

“Opinions are a dime a dozen all the more reason to get up and leave the desks behind to go out and find stories,” said Lopez, a columnist with the Los Angeles Times.

Whole piece can be found here.

Not Your Typical Power 40 From Details

details.jpgDetails Power 40 list didn’t have the cachet of a Vanity Fair, Time or Newsweek list.

But with an anonymous Secret Service Agent, bailout czar Neel Kashkari and the Palin family leading the list, the mag makes it clear that they’re doing their list their way.

Yes, to keep up with the naysayers who whine “Where are the stars?,” Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino also get named.

Paramount Retributively Pushes ‘Soloist’ Back Again

soloist.jpgParamount Pictures, perhaps getting a dig into former partner DreamWorks, has pushed back the potential Oscar nominee Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.‘s “The Soloist” from March 13 to April 24 of next year, Variety reports.

DreamWorks was caught off guard in October when Paramount pushed back the release of “The Soloist” from this year to March 13 at the 11th hour, thus depriving it of Oscar consideration.

The Joe Wright-directed film was originally to have opened Nov. 21.

In the April 24 slot, “Soloist” will open one week before the official start of the summer box office, which is theoretically considered primetime for moviegoing.

DreamWorks and Paramount had a mutually agreeable division last month when they announced the distribution splits for the next two year’s worth of film product.

“The Soloist” is based on a series of articles by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and tells the story of a homeless schizophrenic musician’s dream to play at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Downey Named EW’s Entertainer of the Year

downeyjr.jpgJust a few years after his career was left for dead in rehab, Robert Downey Jr.‘s action turn in “Iron Man” and blackface appearance in “Tropic of Thunder,” has led to such a career-resurgence that Entertainment Weekly has named him Entertainer of the Year.

Maybe drugs are okay.

‘The Soloist’ Pulled From Oscar Contention

“The Soloist,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxxfoxx.jpg and based on a series of L.A. Times columns, won’t be given a 2008 release, thus disqualifying it for the Oscars, according to several outletsdowney.jpg.

Sources say Viacom is under financial pressure and is unwilling to spend the cash to release the film, which has been discussed as a potential Oscar winner.

But it may be a moot point as the film was originally slated for a Nov. 21 release, but will now bow on March 13, 2009.

DreamWorks, which produced the film, had no comment, but insiders said execs are very disappointed by the move even though they concede it could benefit the film’s box office by distancing it from a crowded year-end field.

Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”), “Soloist” is based on a series of Los Angeles Times columns by Steve Lopez about a homeless schizophrenic musician’s dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Whenever a movie’s release date is changed in such a manner, there is a risk the media will read it as a vote of no-confidence. Still, it had generated strong buzz in early screenings.

However, it was not clear if “Soloist” might receive an Academy-qualifying run before Dec. 31, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

“We decided it’s a commercial movie that will play well in the spring, and we’ll give it an aggressive wide release then,” Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said.

Don Cheadle Will Take Over For Terrence Howard In ‘Iron Man 2′

Don Cheadle doncheadle.jpglooks like he’ll be filling in for Terrence Howard as the second banana in “Iron Man 2,” according to news reports.

Cheadle will step in to play Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark’s best friend who would also become the armor-clad hero War Machine.

Although there was no comment from Marvel Studios, The Hollywood Reporter says that sources close to the deal reported the negotiations fell through with Howard over financial differences, among other things.

The character of Rhodes is expected to play a larger part in “Iron Man 2.”

Justin Theroux is writing the screenplay with Jon Favreau to return as director and Robert Downey Jr. to step in again as Stark/Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow also is expected to be back as Stark’s assistant, Pepper Potts.

Is Blackface the New Black?

Everybody is talking about Robert Downey Jr. in blackface … blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard it all before. But have you heard it told to you by your dorky ninth-grade biology teacher? Slate makes the over-discussed topic of Tropic Thunder even that much more unbearable to listen to by presenting it as a history lesson. Enjoy.

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