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Rare celebrity audition tapes up for grabs

- April 2nd, 2013
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Before Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt were huge stars, they had to slug it out like a D-lister. Some of their early audition footage can be yours, but we’re not sure you’d want to own any of it.

 

UPDATE: Julien’s Auctions withdrew videos of celebrity audition tapes after SAG-AFTRA threatened legal action.

Honestly, who can say their life has been embarrassment-free? Nobody. But luckily for us mere mortals, no one has been around to capture our awkward moments – especially the dreaded job interview you may have bombed.

Unfortunately for Hollywood’s A-listers, their early flubs exist on film somewhere and now, thanks to three forward-thinking casting directors, you can purchase some of their cringe-inducing audition tapes.

Darren Julien and Martin Nolan of Julien’s Auctions told the Today show that the casting agents wanted to remain anonymous because they are very private people.

“It’s for the retirement fund,” Nolan told host Matt Lauer.

Up for grabs are tapes of Leonardo DiCaprio auditioning for the role of Ponyboy in a TV version of The Outsiders. And how about this for a slap in the face. Apparently Robert Downey Jr., Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves all tried out for the part that was ultimately played by Billy Baldwin in Backdraft. In case anyone wants to keep score, one of Baldwin’s most recent film roles was alongside Edward Furlong in the box-office juggernaut, Remnants.

I love Pitt, but his audition for the role of Brian McCaffrey was really awful.

There are also a slew of try-outs from 1993′s Jurassic Park available, including one from a very young looking Gwyneth Paltrow.

Julien estimates those tapes will fetch $2,000-$4,000.

Check out some of the clips below and let us know whose audition impressed you the least. If anything, it should make you feel a little better about the possibilities of what tomorrow might bring.

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New ‘Iron Man 3′ trailer released

- March 5th, 2013

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A new ‘Iron Man 3’ trailer has been unveiled.

That’s right – with the movie’s premiere date less than two months away – the guys at Marvel have given us one more teaser before the blockbuster hits the screens.

This time, we see a more insecure and contemplative Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as he evaluates his roles as a boyfriend, business tycoon, and superhero.

The film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley as Iron Man’s archenemy The Mandarin.

‘Iron Man 3’ opens in theatres May 3.

Have a look at the trailer and let us know what you think.

Watch the trailer for ‘Iron Man 3′

- October 23rd, 2012

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So after two films where witty banter ruled, it seems Iron Man is getting a Dark Knight makeover. At least that’s how it looks from the newly-released trailer for Iron Man 3.

Backed by a haunting musical score, the new ad opens with a beaten Tony Stark laying bruised and battered in the snow. “I’ve got a lot of apologies to make,” Stark says in a voice-over as he removes his Iron Man mask.

“Nothing’s been the same since New York,” he continues, alluding to the mayhem that occurred in this summer’s Avengers. Remember that doozy? When Thor’s brother Loki came to Earth and flattened New York?

A voice-over continues over clips of familiar faces from the franchise – his gal Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and friend Rhodey (Don Cheadle) – before stopping on Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who, in the comic story arc Extremis, unleashes a super-soldier virus alongside the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).

“Some people call me a terrorist,” the Mandarin chillingly says. “I consider myself a teacher. Lesson No. 1: Heroes; there is no such thing.”

Then we see how Tony Stark’s world will totally come undone in the new film. His suits are destroyed and his palatial oceanfront retreat is barbecued. By the end, Stark is left dragging his mangled Iron Man suit through the snow.

All that’s missing is Commissioner James Gordon’s weary “rise” line from the Dark Knight Rises trailer earlier this year.

So yes, the film looks darker than its predecessors. And I like it.

Iron Man 3 is being helmed by Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black (who also directed Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and is due out in North America May 3, 2013.

Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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