While Kenneth Branagh struggled to define a world in the original Thor, Alan Taylor has the gift of audience familiarly with its sequel Thor: The Dark World. Branagh’s original film took a long time to find its footing and never quite explored how great the characters of Thor and Loki could be. That second issue was ironed out in The Avengers.
So Thor: The Dark World hits the ground running with fully realized, charismatic and confident portrayals of all the characters involved. It’s defined by Thor being an ultimate hero and Loki being a mischievous villain. That, coupled with plenty of Avengers-size action, laugh-out-loud humor and Marvel Cinematic Universe easter eggs help make Thor: The Dark World one of the best Marvel films to date. Read More »
Last year, I traveled to London to visit the set of the Marvel sequel Thor 2: The Dark World. The photo above is me holding Mjölnir, Thor’s iconic hammer — it’s actually heavier than it looks — in the massive weapon room of the film’s production offices. After the jump you can read about the many things that I learned while on set, and watch a video blog reaction I recorded after the visit. Later this week we’ll be publishing some of the interviews we conducted on set with the talent and crew, so be on the look out for them as well.
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Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s not news at this point that there’s been a tragic dearth of female leads in the current glut of superhero movies. What is news, however, is Natalie Portman‘s suggestion that that could change soon.
The Thor: The Dark World actress hinted that a female-led film was in the works at Marvel Studios. Granted, it’ll likely be some time yet before any such movie hits screens, but better late than never, right? Hit the jump to read her comments on the matter — as well as Stan Lee‘s take on the same issue.
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This is a particularly good edition of Superhero Bits, I’m not going to lie. Do you want to see some new Thor: The Dark World character posters? What does Natalie Portman know about female superhero movies? How about storyboards from a deleted scene in The Wolverine? Were Killian and Pepper supposed to have sex in Iron Man 3? Has Hot Toys made not one, but two, brand new Batmans? Was Jeff Bridges as annoyed at R.I.P.D. as the rest of the world? Read about all this and more in today’s edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty excited to see Thor: The Dark World. Where I felt the first Thor was just okay, after the character’s emergence in The Avengers, along with the blossoming of his evil brother Loki, the prospect of seeing them both on the big screen again is quite exciting. And it’s coming soon. Thor: The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor, opens November 8.
Today, a whole bunch of brand new still images only add to that excitement. In them, you get a much closer look at Christopher Eccleston‘s bad guy Malekith the Accursed, some sweeping scenery and a few new glimpses of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander and more to boot. Check them out below. Read More »
The D23 Expo has come and gone but the content just keeps on flowing. Marvel has posted videos of their presentations from the Live Action event, featuring cast members from Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as some discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Unfortunately for people who weren’t in the room, the actual footage from the movies isn’t included. But you can get a good sense of how Marvel is selling their upcoming films to the Disney audience, and see stars like Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie along the way. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
With D23 in full swing, Disney seized the opportunity to show off a new clip from Thor: The Dark World, due out in theaters this fall. Stars Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins were on hand to present the scene, which depicts Jane’s first day in Asgard. “I didn’t check her passport,” joked Hopkins, who plays Odin. “She’s so beautiful, she belongs in Asgard.”
Despite her godly good looks, however, Jane’s introduction to the realm doesn’t go too smoothly. Hit the jump for a description of the exclusive footage screened at D23.
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We’re close enough to the release of Thor: The Dark World that it’s time for the photoshop collage poster, featuring as many elements as possible. In truth, this collage is better than many. It’s got Thor (Chris Hemsworth) cradling Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) front and center, while Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) looks on and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) laughs.
As most probably realize, the arrival of a new poster heralds a new trailer; in this case the new footage hits on August 7. Check out the full image below.
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Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Between her sharp intellect and proactive attitude, Natalie Portman‘s foray into directing always seemed more like a question of “when,” rather than “if.” And indeed, back in 2007, she began prepping her first feature, based on the memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness by Israeli writer Amos Oz.
The project got pushed to the back burner while Portman honed her skills on short films like “Eve” and her New York I Love You segment, but now it seems she’s ready to get the ball rolling again. According to Oz, Portman is looking to visit Israel this fall to get ready, so that shooting can get underway early next year. Hit the jump for all the details.
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Jane Got a Gun has changed so much in the last couple months that I don’t have any idea what to expect at this point. Original director Lynne Ramsay departed right on the eve of shooting (and still hasn’t spoken publicly about the reason for doing so) and that began a cycle of cast changes that continues weeks later.
Last week Bradley Cooper walked away from playing the film’s bad guy, reportedly because of scheduling conflicts with David O. Russell’s American Hustle, and his generally busy schedule. Indeed, Russell’s movie was thrown into a bit of chaos thanks to the Boston Marathon bomber manhunt, and so that’s a plausible reason. But after all the upheaval on the western that is now being directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) it’s somewhat difficult to imagine that scheduling was the only issue.
Regardless, Ewan McGregor has now stepped in to play the leader of a gang of outlaws. Among the gang was the husband of Jane (Natalie Portman), but he leaves the gang and heads for home, leading her to recruit an old flame (Joel Edgerton) to help defend her homestead in case the outlaws come calling.
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