News Nuggets: Robert Downey, Jr. confirms there will be no ‘Iron Man 4’

Zach Dionne questions why there will be no “Iron Man 4” coming to the big screens. Over the weekend, star Robert Downey, Jr. said, “There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth ‘Iron Man’.” He calls the franchise Marvel’s “second-shiniest crown jewel, the one that sits right beside ‘The Avengers’.” He is incredulous that Marvel and Disney would say, “We’re good with $2.4 billion, shut ‘er down.” Dionne speculates that the upcoming “Avengers” chapter “Age of Ultron” might have the Iron Man character in jeopardy, so if there is no sequel on the horizon, it makes the fans worry for his fate even more. Downey is currently in Toronto promoting the release of his awards contender “The Judge” with Robert Duvall. Grantland

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This weekend’s box office was “record-setting bad,” the lowest since 1998 for actual dollars and the worst in over 25 years for attendance. Exhibitors and studios are hoping for a rebound when the fall films are finally releases. With no new movies among the top 10, “Guardians of the Galaxy” remained in the top spot with just $10.1 million. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was in second with $6.5 million. Next up were “If I Stay” ($5.75 million), “Let’s Be Cops” ($5.4 million), and “The November Man” ($4.2 million). Thompson on Hollywood

As rumored, actor and comedian James Corden is the new host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS. Current host Craig Ferguson will leave the program in December, and Corden will take over sometime in early 2015. A Tony and BAFTA winner, he will also be co-starring in the film musical “Into the Woods” late this year. E! Online

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The 69th annual Tony Awards claim the date of Sunday, June 7, for their 2015 ceremony. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss will return as executive producers for the awards show, which won another Emmy as Best Special Class Program last month. CBS will air the live event again, as that network has done since 1978. Playbill

20th Century Fox TV public relations chief Chris Alexander is moving into the executive ranks. The longtime department head will become an executive vice-president for corporate communications and publicity. He will report directly to TV COO Joe Earley. He is an alum of Columbia who joined the company in 2000 where he promoted Emmy winners “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” in his early days. Hollywood Reporter

Legendary singer Barbra Streisand will now have her own channel on the satellite service SiriusXM. The new channel will launch this Friday and be available to subscribers through October 10. Listeners will hear live and studio recordings from 1963 through her most recent release “Partners.” Streisand has won Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys in her five-decade career and also has an honorary Tony Award. The Wrap

Venezuela is submitting the Simon Bolivar biopic “The Liberator” as their official 2014 entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars. Edgar Ramirez stars along with Danny Huston, Maria Valverde, and Imanol Arias. Directed by Alberto Arvelo, it tells the story of Bolivar’s military campaigns and his vision to unify South America. Chicago Tribune

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