October 17, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Marvel has unveiled three new clips of “Thor: The Dark World” featuring stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston and Jaimie Alexander. This sequel to 2011′s “Thor” is directed by Alan Taylor (who replaces Kenneth Branagh) and also stars Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Chris O’Dowd, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård and Idris Elba.
“Thor: The Dark World” is set during the events following 2012′s epic blockbuster “The Avengers,” which had Thor joining forces with his fellow superheroes. But in this latest installment, Thor must once again rise up as the sole protector of earth after it is threatened by an ancient race of aliens that is led by a vengeful Malekith (Eccleston). This sequel also reunites Thor with his human companions from the first film, which consists of his love interest Jane Foster (Portman) and her assistant Darcy (Dennings).
October 2, 2013 | Posted by Stacy Radtke
During last night’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”, the newest and latest “Thor: The Dark World” TV spot aired. It’s only a minute long but it’s filled with plenty of new footage, including a brief glimpse at the return of a shirtless Chris Hemsworth, which we can thank the Asgardian Gods for. Kat Dennings gets the last laugh in this spot and her Darcy doesn’t disappoint in bringing the comedic relief yet again, so needed in a movie like this.
This time Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, travels with Thor back to his realm and Portman gets plenty of screentime here, as does Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki, who may have to team up with his estranged brother despite their earlier differences. This movie is looking great and should be an awesome followup to the first “Thor” film, even though it’s got a new director in Alan Taylor, taking over for Kenneth Branagh.
“Thor: The Dark World” arrives in theaters November 8th. Watch the TV spot below and (as any true Marvel Cinematic Universe fan should know by now) be sure to watch until the very end!
July 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Ben Affleck has just been cast as male lead Nick, and now David Fincher is searching for his titular “Gone Girl.” According to The Wrap, a trio of in demand actresses are up for the role of Amy Dunne: Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt.
Gillian Flynn’s twisty, turny best-seller is a satirical rumination on marriage, the media and traditional gender roles. Nick and Amy Dunne appear to be the perfect couple, despite both being out-of-work writers. On their fifth anniversary she disappears, and in a ripped-from-the-headlines inevitability, he becomes the main suspect. But as the title might suggest, Amy is not merely the catalyst to jumpstart Nick’s story, but very much a presence throughout. And without spoiling too much, she has by far the juicier role. Filming is slated for this fall so we should be finding out who our Gone Girl is, but it must be said, all three choices presented here seem off the mark. Theron especially seems like an odd choice since she’s already playing another Flynn heroine in “Dark Places.” Is Amy Adams unavailable? Rachel Weisz? Rachel McAdams? All would be better suited for Amazing Amy.
In any case, it’s unclear if Blunt is even available if Fincher chooses her, already committed to playing the female lead role of the Baker’s Wife in Rob Marshall’s musical “Into the Woods” in October. She’s on a bit of a hot streak following a breakout role in “Looper” last year, and is landing all sorts of high profile gigs. Portman recently wrapped up troubled Western “Jane Got a Gun”, which she also produced, and will next be seen reprising her role as Jane Foster in “Thor: The Dark World.”
June 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Busy rising star Boyd Holbrook has booked a pair of upcoming roles, according to The Wrap. The Kentucky-born model turned actor has joined troubled Western “Jane Got a Gun” opposite Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, as well as indie drama “Little Accidents” in which he’ll play the lead role opposite Elizabeth Banks.
Holbrook will shoot the already filming “Jane” first for director Gavin O’Connor. After a serious case of cast and crew musical chairs, lensing is now underway in New Mexico on the tale of a woman (Portman) who must defend her home after a violent gang of outlaws (led by McGregor) pursues her injured husband. She turns to an ex-lover (Edgerton) for help. Holbrook will play McGregor’s younger brother, presumably another member of his gang.
In “Little Accidents”, Holbrook will play a young coal miner who survives a tragic accident that killed all 12 other miners. Banks will play a woman whose son went missing in the accident and turns to Holbrook’s character for comfort. The Wrap also notes the role may have personal poinancy for Holbrook whose father was a coal miner. Sara Colangelo wrote and will direct “Little Accidents”, adapted from her own Sundance award-winning short film.
Holbook is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, with roles in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi actioner “The Host” starring Saoirse Ronan, Naomi Foner’s Sundance premiere “Very Good Girls” opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning, Scott Cooper’s revenge thriller “Out of the Furnace” with Christian Bale and Terrence Malick’s untitled Texas-set romantic drama opposite Portman and Michael Fassbender on the docket this year.
May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The first official image from Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” is basically what we’d expected it to be, based on set photos from about a year ago. THR has the first photo of Natalie Portman and Christian Bale frolicking in the waves, and reports footage from the secretive auteur’s latest will be screened for potential buyers at Cannes this week.
The film is now said to be about celebrities and excess, while it had been previously reported that Bale plays a man “on a search for love and truth.” Not that the two are mutually exclusive, of course. In addition to Portman, Bale was also photographed filming very similar beach frolicking scenes with a variety of young actresses including Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer and Isabel Lucas. The film also stars Cate Blanchett.
See the first photo of Portman and Bale in “Knight of Cups” below. It has no US distributor just yet.
May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
To say “Jane Got a Gun” is something of a troubled production is likely to be the understatement of the year, and its troubles just won’t seem to end. After Bradley Cooper appeared to save the day by committing to play the villain role in the film, now he’s out again, according to Deadline.
Natalie Portman stars in the film, which is now being directed by Gavin O’Connor, as a woman who must defend her home when her outlaw husband returns injured and with a pursuing gang in tow, forcing her to turn to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help. Cooper was to play the leader of the pursuing gang, but now filmmakers are desperately searching for yet another replacement, with Deadline further reporting Jake Gyllenhall, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston are amongst the actors they’re talking to. At least they have until June, which is when the supporting villainous role will need to be on set to begin filming.
Gordon-Levitt and Hiddleston both seem rather busy with other projects so it’s unclear if any of this will work out. Gordon-Levitt’s got his directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction” rolling out this summer, while Hiddleston will be heading off to Cannes to premiere “Only Lovers Left Alive” and is set to star opposite Hayley Atwell in Robert Capa biopic “Close Enough.” Still, if Cooper could almost manage to do “Jane” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and Cameron Crowe’s next feature all around the same time, there’s hope.
April 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
They said she would be played by “a Hollywood leading actress”, and they weren’t kidding. Natalie Portman is now set for the role of Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in a big screen adaptation of iconic Shakespeare classic “Macbeth”, according to Screen Daily.
The film is expected to shoot later this year under the direction of fast rising Australian director Justin Kurzel, with Fassbender in the role of the ambitious Scottish army captain who resorts to regicide in order to steal the crown, plunging the rest of his life into turmoil and regret, and leading his country into civil war. Lady Macbeth, long considered one of the best and most complex Shakespearean villains, goads her husband into his murderous ambitions and is also subsequently wracked with guilt and torment. Out, damned spot!
Portman and Fassbender obviously really enjoyed working together on Terrence Malick’s latest feature, which wrapped last November. Fassbender had been set to star opposite Portman on the currently-shooting “Jane Got a Gun”, but while seemingly lots of backstage drama and “scheduling conflicts” forced his departure, he and Portman still appear to be on great terms. She’ll next be seen reprising her role as Jane Foster opposite Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: The Dark World.”
April 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sequels have to be bigger and badder than the original, as a rule, and Marvel has clearly been strictly enforcing it thus far for their Phase 2 films. The first trailer for “Thor: The Dark World” has arrived and indeed, it already feels grander, more epic and more dangerous than 2011′s “Thor.” Chris Hemsworth returns as the God of Thunder to battle the Dark Elves, whose Earth-destroying capabilities far surpasses that of the lone giant robot The Destroyer that Thor fought in the first film. More of the action will also take place off Earth this time around, with even Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster transported to Asgard and beyond with her intergalactic superhero boyfriend.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki is back for the third time but I for one am hoping he’ll have a limited role this time around. There are other villains in the Marvel universe, after all. “Thor: The Dark World”, directed by Alan Taylor, will be released on November 8th, following next month’s “Iron Man 3.” Marvel Phase 2 is well underway and we could not be more psyched. Watch the trailer below.
April 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After a shaky start, production on western “Jane Got a Gun” appears to finally be getting back on track with the final piece of the missing puzzle now in place. Deadline reports Bradley Cooper has filled the villain role in the film which was vacated by Jude Law after he exited the project along with director Lynn Ramsay.
Natalie Portman stars in the film, which will now be directed by Gavin O’Connor, as a woman who must defend her home when her outlaw husband returns injured and with a pursuing gang in tow. She turns to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help. Michael Fassbender had originally been set for Edgerton’s role, with Edgerton in place for the villain role, but in the first of many rounds of musical chairs on this film, Fassbender exited and Edgerton got “promoted” to the bigger part, vacating his original role as the leader of the gang for Law, and then for Cooper. Still with me?
I’m not sure how the scheduling on this worked out for Cooper, as “Jane” is two weeks into filming and Cooper has been in Boston for about the same amount of time shooting David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam thriller with Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The fact that he’s supporting rather than lead in both films probably helped. He’s coming off his first Oscar nomination in “Silver Linings Playbook”, another Russell film, and has attached himself to a plethora of in development upcoming projects. He can currently be seen opposite Ryan Gosling in “The Place Beyond the Pines” and will next reprise his role in “The Hangover Part III”, and then opposite “Silver Linings” co-star Jennifer Lawrence in “Serena.”