We love hearing stories about actors who almost played famous roles. It’s fun to think of Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones, Christopher Walken as Han Solo, or to consider any of the other roles Harrison Ford didn’t end up playing. And now we can add a new one to the list.
In a new interview, Mark Wahlberg revealed J.J. Abrams asked him to play Captain George Kirk, aka James Kirk’s father, in Star Trek. The role eventually went to Chris Hemsworth, well before he was famous for Thor, but the reason Wahlberg didn’t do the film is pretty funny. Check it out below. Read More »
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Since releasing the relatively underwhelming period gangster film Public Enemies, director Michael Mann has been tested with the HBO series Luck, and has dithered over a few different potential feature directing gigs. Now it looks like he’s got one locked down, and it isn’t a choice off the big list that he’s known to be working from over the past couple years.
The new film is currently untitled, but will feature Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the lead role. More interesting is that the film will be made for Legendary Pictures, the outfit that is better known for big tentpole fare (such as The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim, and Godzilla) than it is for nuanced thrillers of the sort Mann tends to make. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over a decade after it kicked into gear with X-Men and Spider-Man, the superhero movie trend shows no signs of flagging. Costumed heroes will keep going strong in 2013 with several more high-profile releases, including Man of Steel, Kick-Ass 2, The Wolverine, and Thor: The Dark World. While we’ve haven’t seen trailers for most of them so far (Man of Steel excepted) the latest issue of Empire Magazine offers a little taste of each movie with some new images.
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Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s not unusual for in-demand filmmakers to consider a few different projects before settling on their next gig, but Ron Howard‘s really spoiled for choice at the moment. Last week, he attached himself to direct the J.J. Abrams-produced fantasy All I’ve Got, and just a couple of days ago he entered talks to helm the live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Today, he’s adding another movie to his list of possibilities.
Howard is reportedly circling In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathan Philbrick‘s book about the whaling voyage that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The film would reunite Howard with his Rush star Chris Hemsworth, who’s been on board to star since last year. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
All right, so the sign shown above (via Collider) is just a joke, but the off-the-charts anticipation for Episode VII is very, very real. After the jump:
- Jon Favreau has Kevin Smith‘s vote for the Star Wars VII directing job
- Ed Burns is ambivalent on the admittedly slim possibility of getting an offer
- Peter Serafinowicz and Chris Hemsworth would like to be in Star Wars
- Watch Lawrence Kasdan talking about Return of the Jedi, way back when
- Fox announces dates for the 3D re-releases of Episode II and Episode III
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Has the first look at a shot from Thor: The Dark World leaked out? Will The Wolverine be at the Super Bowl? Want to see an alternative version of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises? How does Chris Hemsworth see his relationship with Natalie Portman in Thor: The Dark World? Has Anthony Hopkins enjoyed his experience? What regrets does Ang Lee have about his Hulk film? Who is Aaron Johnson dressed as on the set of Kick-Ass 2? Who was spotted outside Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb‘s house? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Before the second Thor film, Thor: The Dark World, went into production, star Chris Hemsworth said that director Alan Taylor was bringing a whole new feel to the film. He said the film would give Asgard a ”more tangible” and “more organic feel.” Mere days into filming, that’s already coming to fruition.
Hemsworth, Taylor and hundreds of extras are currently filming in England and beautiful set photos have leaked out featuring a massive, massive battle in the woods. After the jump, check out a bunch of the photos, which include what looks to be a new, slimmed down costume. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
First Universal spun the classic Snow White fable into an action-adventure tentpole pic with equal billing for the Huntsman, and now fairy tale princess is about to get dropped from the equation altogether. Even before Snow White and the Huntsman opened, the studio was lining up plans for a sequel. And as of today, that follow-up is still moving forward — only it’s being reconfigured to focus on Chris Hemsworth‘s Huntsman, cutting Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White out completely.
While there are undoubtedly a number of factors that have gone into this decision, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the news comes weeks after Stewart was discovered to be having an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. It’s unclear whether Sanders will be returning to the helm for the spin-off. More details after the jump.
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