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Downey Is Iron Man

from Sci-Fi Wire

Robert Downey Jr. has been cast as Tony Stark in Jon Favreau's Iron Man movie for Marvel Studios, Variety reported. The movie, based on the classic Marvel Comics character, is set for release by Paramount in May 2008. It will be the first to be self-financed by Marvel.

Downey will play Stark, a wealthy industrialist who invents a high-tech suit of body armor that gives him superpowers when he is kidnapped.

In the comics, Stark was an alcoholic, a trait that will undoubtedly draw public comparisons with Downey's own struggles with substance abuse, the trade paper reported. But Marvel production president Kevin Feige told the trade paper that the first Iron Man movie won't deal with Stark's alcohol problems, though it would likely come up in potential sequels.

The first film will deal with Stark's invention of the Iron Man suit and his conflicted past as a weapons inventor. Principal photography on Iron Man is set to begin in February.


Heather Has Two Mummies

CSI Crew Finds Real Corpse on Set

from Zap2It

Dead bodies are an everyday occurrence on the set of CSI: NY - except when they're real.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, an actual mummified body was found inside of a Los Angeles building where the show was filming an episode that just happened to center on the discovery of a mummified body, reports People.

A source close to the production says that the body "was discovered by a building engineer who checked on the tenant because he had not paid rent for the month." Production was underway on the seventh floor of the building, only two floors above where the body was found.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

'Aaaaaand...cut! That's a wrap.'