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The first two Thor movies have their moments, but they’re among the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s more forgettable chapters. They never reach the heights of The Avengers or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but they never tumble to the dismal lows of Iron Man 2. They’re just kind of there, a great showcase for a handful of weird ideas and Chris Hemsworth‘s always entertaining lead, but not too much more.

Everything we’ve heard about Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Marvel Studios is trying to make the third solo adventure of the Odinson something special. First and foremost, it’s no longer a solo movie but a team-up adventure with Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk. And puny Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, says the sequel a road movie in the vein of Midnight Run.

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Chris Hemswroth Saturday Night Live

Last night, Chris Hemsworth returned to Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live for a second time, proving that he’s one of those hosts who can come back anytime and have a lot of fun. He’s not quite on par with Justin Timberlake, but he’s charismatic, funny, and really throws himself into every sketch. He didn’t suit up as Thor this time, but if you’ve always wanted to see him in a dress, now is your chance. We recap all the sketches from the whole Chris Hemsworth Saturday Night Live episode below! Read More »

avengers 2 deleted scene

I’ve gone the record many times that I’m a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron and will do so again here: I am a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I like its weird energy and how jam-packed with stuff it is. I love the banter between these characters and I love watching their relationships put through the grinder. Marvel’s name may be above the title, but this is a Joss Whedon movie thorough and through – you come out of this shiny, colorful, pop culture extravaganza feeling a little roughed up. It’s his way.

Any yet, I’ll be the first to admit that it feels like there are pieces of the story missing and important beats excised. This is especially evident on repeat viewings, where you can really start to see unnecessary, studio-mandated scenes (like Thor’s dumb cave adventure) butting heads with the stuff that actually matters. A new deleted scene from the film has been revealed as part of that new Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 2 box set and it feels like the kind of thing that really should have been in the final cut… and not just because it’s a fight scene between Thor and Vision.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Lands a New Writer

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Despite its title, Thor: The Dark World was far from a dark movie. Both Thor movies have plenty of humor, arguably almost too much at times. By hiring writer-director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), Marvel seems to be indicating it wants the next film in this series, Thor: Ragnarok, to maintain (or have more of) the sense of humor we saw in the first two movies. Of all the Marvel movies, the Thor films have been the lesser entries in the MCU, but with Waititi directing, that may not be the case for Thor: Ragnarok.

Before the film goes into principal next year, a new Thor 3 writer has been brought in to rewrite the script. Learn more about the Marvel sequel and its new writer after the jump.

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The very title of Thor: Ragnarok promises doom, death, and destruction. But Chris Hemsworth hopes there’s some room for levity in there as well. In a recent interview, the Marvel actor suggested the next Thor movie could stand to inject some more “smart wit” and “unexpected humor” a la Guardians of the Galaxy. And it kind of seems like Marvel agrees, seeing as they’ve hired What We Do in the ShadowsTaika Waititi to direct.  Read More »

In the Heart of the Sea (9)

Everyone knows the tale of Moby-Dick, but far fewer people know that it was inspired by a true story. And it’s that true story which serves as the basis of Ron Howard‘s new movie, In the Heart of the Sea. In 1820, a whaling ship called the Essex was destroyed after an encounter with a massive whale, leaving the crew — including captain George Pollard (played by Benjamin Walker in the movie), first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland) stranded thousands of miles off the coast of South America. Howard’s film chronicles the desperation and despair that followed.

Nearly two years ago, I and several other journalists embarked on our own, much more pleasant, and far less eventful journey across the ocean to the London set of In the Heart of the Sea. On set, however, it was difficult to tell we were in London, or for that matter the year 2015, at all — we walked right onto a detailed life-size replica of a busy street in 19th century Nantucket. The irony that we American journalists had had to travel 3,500 miles to visit a fake version of an island located just 300 miles from New York was not lost on us.  Read More »

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The Huntsman trailer

The full trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War debuts next week, but in the meantime, Universal has released a teaser for the trailer. The sequel/spinoff features an excellent cast, which is why, after the underwhelming first film, Snow White and the Huntsman, this might actually be worth seeing.

After the jump, watch a whopping 15 seconds from The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

UPDATE: Shortly after we shared the first The Huntsman teaser, the first full-length The Huntsman trailer went up. Watch it below.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

We’ve got one more episode of Saturday Night Live left in November with Matthew McConaughey taking the stage of Studio 8H as host (Elizabeth Banks just hosted this past weekend for a great episode), but it looks like December is going to send the sketch show out of 2015 with a bang.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting the final episode of the year on December 19th — just in time to promote their comedy Sisters, which is going up against Star Wars: The Force Awakens to serve as counter-programming for those who don’t care about Jedi or Wookiees. And joining them will be the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, as musical guest.

But they’re not the only ones hitting SNL in December. A Marvel superhero and a gifted driver will be hosting as well. Read More »

Huntsman director

Universal ditched the Snow White half of Snow White and the Huntsman some time ago, but the Huntsman will be back next year headlining his very own movie. And as of today, that movie has a new title, a new synopsis, and four first-look promotional images.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War has dished out four new character posters featuring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain, or, as I think of them, “Thor and three people the internet wishes would play Captain Marvel.” Get your The Huntsman first look after the jump.  Read More »