Robert Downey Jr., who played rascally Larry Paul in the Fox sitcom Ally McBeal, has been cast as lead character Tony Stark in the Marvel superhero movie Iron Man.
Downey joined McBeal in the show's fourth season as the boyfriend of lead character Ally McBeal (played by Calista Flockhart). Ratings for the show rose, but Downey was forced to leave when he had real-life trouble with the law--he was sent to prison for possession of heroin.
Marvel Productions president Kevin Feige said Downey's real-life troubles would only add weight to the character of Stark, a man plagued with his own demons.
"The Marvel characters are not just about how high they jump or how fast they fly, they're about their character flaws," Feige said in a statement. "They're about their inner demons. They're about the struggles that they go through between being a man and ...Read more
David E. Kelley
has come out swinging
against the amount of commercials in
broadcast television. The
Legal boss says commercial interruptions
come too frequently and are making it
difficult to both create drama and build
character. He hinted that he might
consider moving to cable television.
"If the commercial encroachment becomes worse, it's probably something that we'll all consider," Kelley said Tuesday to the Television Critics Association.
Kelley has been responsible for the phenomenal hits Ally McBeal, The Practice, and the current Boston Legal. He asserted that when he did LA Law in the mid-'80s, the show took up 48 minutes of the hour, with 12 minutes devoted to commercials. Now, he says, Boston Legal runs only 41 minutes, with a whopping 19 minutes of commercials.
Kelley was about to say more, but his speech was cut short by an ad for foot powder.Read more