Riding the smash success of 2008's Iron Man is both a blessing and a curse. The film already has a wide fan base that should make it easy for the action flick to skyrocket to blockbuster status, but whether or not it will receive the same acclaim is another story. The good news is that the sequel delivers everything it needs to, even if it's not quite an improvement on its near-perfect predecessor.
The film picks up six months after we last left off. Weapons extraordinaire/billionaire/playboy Tony Stark's ego is even more inflated than it was before (if you can believe that). Thanks to the Iron Man suit he developed, Stark has managed to maintain the longest periods of uninterrupted peace between Eastern and Western civilization. Unfortunately, the government doesn't see eye-to-eye with Stark's God complex, and wants him to turn over his metal armor, his "sword with untold possibilities," in fear that terrorists may be copycatting the technology around the world. Of course, across the pond a grimy Russian convict named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is doing just that.
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Given that so much of the world is in the midst of Iron Man 2 fever, there has been a lot of talk about how Gwyneth Paltrow got in shape for the movie. We already know that she put on 10 pounds of lean muscle to portray Tony Stark's devoted assistant Pepper Potts. In the latest GOOP newsletter, Gwyneth shares even more details about how she got there with trainer Tracy Anderson's help.
Tracy developed a "terrifically difficult leg series" for Gwyneth to follow that consists of a 26-minute mat workout. In addition to this leg series, Gwyneth also did 45 minutes of Tracy's dance cardio and arm series while filming the movie. But what was most difficult for the star was having to diet. Gwyneth has said several times that the reason she works out so intensely is so she can eat whatever she wants. In order to really ramp things up and drop her "Winter weight," Gwyneth went on a strict five-day diet that included fresh juices and smoothies, healthy wraps, kombucha, salad, and soup. Says Gwyneth, "This regime got me into the shape of my life and I continue to return to it when I have a specific event so that I can do ridiculous things like be a 37-year-old mother of two and wear shorts!"
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I tell ya, 2010 is rolling on at rapid pace — it's May already! But I've had enough reflection on the past (ahem) — I'm all about looking to the sunny, warm future. In the entertainment world that means blockbuster movies and ever more music and TV to look forward to. Check out what May has in store for you.
As Summer movie-watching season revs up, I can't get over the big releases that hit theaters this month! You have Iron Man 2 to fill your superhero/action quota, Sex and the City 2 for your gal pal and fashion fix, and Prince of Persia for...well, let's be honest, for the eye candy. Luckily, you can see as many as you'd like, but tell me which earns the top spot on your list?
Christina Aguilera's new music video features several looks that remind us of Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan heads to NYC before possible jail time, and Halle Berry steps out to support charity amid reports she and Gabriel Aubry have split. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook for all the latest celebrity gossip!