Taika Waititi Star Wars

Taika Waititi has gone from indie filmmaker to blockbuster super-director with the success of Thor: Ragnarok, which means it’s only a matter of time before he moves on to even bigger things. Like Star Wars, for example. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recently confirmed that she’d be thrilled to have Waititi direct a Star Wars film, and Waititi has expressed a vague interest in the past. So don’t be surprised if this becomes a done deal at some point.

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Ragnarok Odin

If you thought Anthony Hopkins‘ role as Odin in Thor: Ragnarok seemed a bit small, there’s a reason for that: his scenes were drastically changed after test audiences reacted poorly. In a new interview, Ragnarok director Taika Waititi confirms that the original plan for Odin bothered early test audiences, resulting in a drastic change. Learn more about the Thor Ragnarok deleted scenes involving Odin below.

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Taika Waititi - Boy - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay explores how Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi uniquely combines tragedy and comedy to beautiful, intimate stories. Plus, take a dive into the visual effects of the Back to the Future trilogy and check out a new Stranger Things theme song that makes far too many references to the 1980s. Read More »

Taika Waititi Thor Ragnarok characters

I’d imagine that directing a Marvel Studios movie would come with a tremendous amount of pressure, but Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi made it look like a breeze. Not only did he completely overhaul the Thor franchise into an outright comedy (a decision that seemed to work wonders at the box office), but the New Zealand-born Waititi stepped in and played Korg, one of the movie’s funniest supporting characters. No sweat.

But apparently directing and playing one character wasn’t enough: he ended up playing four characters in the movie. Read about all of the Taika Waititi Thor Ragnarok characters below.
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/Filmcast Ep. 441 – Thor: Ragnarok

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Devindra and Jeff join up with Brad Oman (AKA Ethan Anderton) from Slashfilm to review Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. They also chat about finishing Stranger Things 2, and the fallout from Disney’s blackout of LA Times’ reviewers.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!

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Ragnarok deleted post-credit scene

One of the most enjoyable characters in the highly entertaining Thor: Ragnarok is Jeff Goldblum‘s madcap Grandmaster. Goldblum steals every single scene he’s in, and if you wanted even more of him, Ragnarok director Taika Waititi just revealed a Thor: Ragnarok deleted post-credit scene that would’ve given the Grandmaster a different fate.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor Ragnarok Awards

We’re heading into the heart of awards season, that time of the year when studios will be releasing the movies that they hope will be nominated for plenty of awards in the coming months. Some will begin with a limited release before rolling out wide in the future, while others have already begun their limited release and are rolling out to more cities in the coming weeks. But there are some movies that were already released earlier this year and it’s time for studios to remind voters about in order to be considered for nominations.

Looking to compete against some of the more prestigious pictures that usually end up in the awards conversation, Disney and Marvel Studios are making a push for both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok awards nominations, and it’s not just in the technical categories like visual effects and make-up. Read More »

thor ragnarok box office

Have you heard of this little indie movie company called Marvel Studios? I think they’re going places. Case in point: their latest small, art-house film Thor: Ragnarok just cleaned up at the box office. The successful Thor: Ragnarok box office intake is good news for Marvel and even better news for the film’s director, Taika Waititi, who should probably have free rein to make whatever film he wants now.

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Thor Ragnarok Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.)

No one would ever accuse the Marvel Cinematic Universe of being dark and serious, but with Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel goes into full-comedy mode, crafting their funniest film to date. Perhaps finally realizing how inconsequential and dry the Thor films have been, Marvel hired What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi and let him go wild. The results are laugh-out-loud funny, albeit with a caveat: Thor: Ragnarok cares more about landing a great punchline or sight-gag than it does about plot. 

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Thor Ragnarok Scene Breakdown - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this special Thor: Ragnarok edition, check out a rundown of a bunch of Easter eggs and comic references from the latest Marvel Studios sequel. Plus, dig into some of the deleted/alternate scenes and unused concepts, and watch director Taika Waititi break down an action sequence involving Thor and Loki. Read More »