10 New High-Resolution Images from THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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With my Thor: The Dark World set visit embargo lifting this morning, Marvel has sent over a number of new images from the film.  While a few of the images look like screengrabs from the trailers, there are a few new behind-the-scenes images.  Included in the new pictures are director Alan Taylor, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and more.  Hit the jump to check them out and click here for all our Thor: The Dark World set visit coverage.

Two International TV Spots for THOR: THE DARK WORLD; Scarlett Johansson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Timeline

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We have some brief Marvel stuff for you this morning.  First up, there are a couple new international TV spots for Thor: The Dark World.  In the upcoming sequel, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  Watching these two TV spots, it may be time to change the title to “Loki & Thor: The Dark World”.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spots along with some comments on Captain America: The Winter Soldier from Scarlett JohanssonThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Chris Hemsworth Talks Michael Mann’s CYBER; Says “It’s This Sort of Cat-and-Mouse International Heist-Thriller”

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While doing the press rounds for his new film Rush, star Chris Hemsworth talked about Cyber, his upcoming movie directed by Michael Mann.  Previous details on the plot were thin beyond the story centering on cyber-theft and cyber-attacks.  Hemsworth went into far more detail, saying this character had previously written a code that could hack into a major stock market.  When the code is used by someone else, Hemsworth’s character, who’s currently in prison for a separate cyber crime, is offered a deal if he joins a joint task force to bring down the criminal who used the code.  The story will also span the globe going from Chicago to Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong and Jakarta.  “It’s this sort of cat-and-mouse international heist-thriller.”  When putting the words “heist” and “Michael Mann” together, it’s best to be positive and think of Heat rather than Public Enemies.

Hit the jump for some more details but beware of minor spoilers.  Cyber is set for a 2014 release.

TOP 5: RUSH Interviews, Fact-Checking the Science of BREAKING BAD, Fox Bringing Commissioner Gordon Series GOTHAM to TV, DON JON Interviews, Cinemath

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Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.

Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Another TV Spot for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Unsurprisingly, Marvel aired a new TV spot for Thor: The Dark World during last night’s premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  In the upcoming sequel, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  This new spot goes heavy on the action and also gives a little more screen time to Thor’s girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).  I don’t mean to be dismissive when I describe her as “Thor’s girlfriend”, but I’m not exactly sure how she factors into the story other than hitching a ride with the Asgardian to check out his home world.  Hopefully, her science background will make her an active character rather than a damsel in distress.

Hit the jump to check out the new TV spot.  The film also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony HopkinsThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Production Begins on Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Cillian Murphy

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Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush opens in theaters everywhere this weekend, but the filmmaker is already knee-deep in production on his next film.  It was announced today that filming is underway in the UK on Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, which tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick.  In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.

We’ve already seen some set photos of Howard’s period-specific sets and ships, and there will likely be a frame story device in the pic since Ben Whishaw has been cast as Melville and Brendan Gleeson is poised to play an older version of Tom Holland’s character.  Chris Hemsworth leads a cast that also includes Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Jordi Molla.  Hit the jump for the full press release, and click here to watch Steve’s recent interview with Howard.

New TV Spot for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Disney has released a new TV spot for Thor: The Dark World.  The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor squaring off against the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  Recent reshoots added more Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and I’m sure we’ll see him play a more prominent role in the marketing.  He doesn’t dominate this trailer, but it opens with him teaming up with Thor.  Sure, it’s dramatic when the hero needs to reunite with his villain, but Marvel knows Loki’s popularity, and it’s also slightly harder to sell a new baddie.  Better to go with the smiling, charming, duplicitous guy everybody loves.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony HopkinsThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Chris Hemsworth Talks RUSH, Losing Weight for the Role, Tackling the Amazing True Story, What He Knows About THE AVENGERS Sequel, and More

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush.  Based on the true life events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season.  Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.

While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Chris Hemsworth.   He talked about what surprised him about the story, how he prepared to play James Hunt, what his friends and family said when he landed the role, whether Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers sequel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

RUSH Review

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For the past decade, I’ve approached Ron Howard‘s films with a mix of trepidation and outright dread.  Apollo 13 is an amazing piece of filmmaking, but from there, he’s seemed content to play it safe to the point of inertia.  A Beautiful Mind may be daring in its direction, but its story is worthy of a TV movie.  Considering the horrors of the Robert Langdon movies, the unwatchable Oscar-bait Cinderella Man, and the low-ball The Dilemma, my skepticism towards his latest picture, Rush, was more than warranted.  Thankfully, Howard seems to be alive again as he goes full throttle on taking the viewer inside the world of Formula 1 racing.  More importantly, he has a worthwhile story at the center.  While Howard still feels the need to spoon-feed the themes, the strong performances and intensity of the racing scenes make his latest picture a ride worth taking.

Watch 7 Clips from Ron Howard’s RUSH Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, and Olivia Wilde

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Director Ron Howard’s Rush delves into the competitive world of Formula 1 racing with this true-life tale of racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  Played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) respectively, Rush chronicles their ongoing feud both on and off the race track as they push themselves to extremes in an all-out effort to win.  We’ve got seven clips from the film for you to get a taste before it opens later this month.

Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (Imagine), Rush opens September 27th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

New High-Resolution Images from Ron Howard’s RUSH Featuring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde

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Universal Pictures has released a batch of high-resolution images from director Ron Howard’s new film Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season.  The pic has earned strong marks during its premiere screenings at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and I’m eager to see the film myself.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria LaraRush opens in theaters on September 27th.

New Posters for THOR: THE DARK WORLD Highlight Malekith the Accursed and a Startled Jane Foster

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A couple of new posters for director Alan Taylor’s Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World have landed online.  The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor squaring off against the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  One of these new posters highlights Eccleston’s villainous Malekith, as we get a close up look at the antagonist who appears to be holding a rather strange mask.  The other poster shows Hemsworth’s Thor playing the “big man protector” role alongside Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster.

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.  The film also stars Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

New Posters for THOR: THE DARK WORLD and JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA

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A pair of international posters for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World have made their way online, each highlighting a specific character from the Alan Taylor-helmed sequel.  The Thor-centric poster shows Chris Hemsworth’s titular character laying the hammer down, while the Loki poster boasts Tom Hiddleston putting on a happy/mischievous face as he likely contemplates his revenge.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Additionally, Paramount has released the first poster for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.  The film finds Johnny Knoxville reprising his 85-year-old Irving Zisman character from the Jackass movies, but this time he has his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) in tow.  The first trailer promises plenty of juvenile hijinks, and this debut poster is in that same vein.  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opens on October 25th.  Hit the jump to check out all three posters.

16 New Images from THOR: THE DARK WORLD Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Christopher Eccleston

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Marvel has released 16 new images from Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World.  The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor squaring off against the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  Producer Craig Kyle tells Empire that when the film picks up, Asgard has been at war for almost a year because the cost of rebuilding the bifrost, “but during that time, when the cops were largely cut off from the rest of the universe, you had miscreants that came in from outside the Nine Realms, pillaging and destroying and causing havoc. So that’s what our guys have been doing now – trying to put all these fires out across the Nine Realms.”  While I still have my doubts about the movie, I still love the look of Asgard and the characters’ costumes.  I’m also impressed by the makeup work on Malekith unmasked (seen above), and want to see more of him in action.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Natalie PortmanTom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony HopkinsThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Ron Howard’s F1 Racing Drama RUSH in New Featurette

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Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for director Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season.  In this new featurette, Howard talks about his enthusiasm for the project and we get to see some of the innovative camera rigs that cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) used to capture the racing sequences.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Olivia WildeRush will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of weeks and opens in theaters on September 20th.

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