Official Synopsis for THOR: THE DARK WORLD Revealed

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Though Phase One of Marvel Studios’ film slate came to an end just a few months ago with The Avengers, production on Phase Two is already well underway.  The studio is currently in the midst of filming two upcoming sequels at the same time: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.  The Iron Man production is winding down to a close ahead of that film’s May 2013 release date, but filming on Thor: The Dark World is still going strong in London and today the first official synopsis for the Asgardian pic has been revealed.

The logline essentially tells us what we already know: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must fight against Maleketih (Christopher Eccleston) and his race of Dark Elves, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is back, the fate of the universe is in the balance, etc.  However, the synopsis does tease the film’s epic scope and the fact that Thor is forced to “sacrifice everything” in order to save us all (Thor dies?!).  Hit the jump to check out the full synopsis, which includes the full cast list.  Directed by Alan Taylor, Thor: The Dark World opens on November 8th, 2013.

New Images from the Set of THOR: THE DARK WORLD Featuring Chris Hemsworth and Jaimie Alexander

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Filming is currently underway on Thor: The Dark World in London, and a batch of exciting new images from the set has landed online.  We previously saw some photos of a fairly massive outdoor set being built, but these images show the action that director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) has staged on the completed set.  We see Jaimie Alexander’s Sif riding around on horseback while what appears to be a large battle between two factions is taking place.  After the jump you’ll find images of some of the creatures involved, explosions, fire, and plenty of warriors.  Chris Hemsworth is nowhere to be found, but I’m sure it won’t be long before we get a look at the actor reprising his titular role as Thor.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  Possible spoilers follow, though I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be some sort of opening sequence for the film.  The pic also stars Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Zachary Levi, Idris Elba, Alice Krige, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Hopkins, Jaime Alexander, Rene Russo, and Christopher EcclestonThor: The Dark World opens on November 8th, 2013.

[Update: Speak of the devil.  Images of Hemsworth on set and kicking ass have now surfaced and are included after the jump.]

First Trailer for THE LAST STAND Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The first trailer for Kim Jee-Woon‘s The Last Stand has gone online.  Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the old sheriff of a sleepy border town who’s called to action when a drug kingpin flees an FBI prisoner convoy, and tries to make his way to Mexico.  It’s a good premise for nice little action-thriller, but Schwarzenegger seems totally miscast.  He’s just not really meant for small movies because he’s a big persona.  There’s nothing subdued about him.  So when a huge guy with a thick Austrian accent is wandering around a small town like it’s no big deal, he seems horribly out of place.  Maybe it will work better in context, and I really like the action on display from Kim Jee-Woon.  It’s a nice break from the shaky-cam antics other directors may have brought to the picture.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford, and Genesis RodriguezThe Last Stand opens January 18, 2013.

First Official Synopsis and Poster for THE LAST STAND Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

by     Posted 2 years, 105 days ago

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You’ll see a little bit more of Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables 2 than you did in the first film, but once The Last Stand rolls in next January, the whole screen belongs to the former Governor.  We previously brought you the first image from the film, but now we’re happy to share an official synopsis and poster.  The actioner from director Ji-woon Kim stars Schwarzenegger as the aging sheriff of a border town, which happens to be the last hope of keeping a drug cartel leader from fleeing the country.  The Last Stand, also starring Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Peter Stormare, Genesis Rodriguez and Zach Gilford, opens January 18th.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis and poster.

Kevin Feige Talks New Villain for THOR 2, Confirms It Won’t Be Thanos

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The success of Marvel’s The Avengers has allowed the comic book universe to introduce its rogues gallery to theater-going audiences, bringing in such extraterrestrial villains as Thanos, the Mad Titan.  Thor was the first of the recent Marvel movies to use other-worldly magic as a power source instead of Tony Stark’s technology in Iron Man or the science behind the genesis of Captain America and the Hulk.  In a recent interview, Kevin Feige confirmed that the death-obsessed Eternal would not be making an appearance in Thor 2; another big villain would be stepping in.  We know that Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman will reprise the roles of Thor and Jane Foster respectively (not to mention the return of Idris Elba as Heimdall).  We also know that Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki, but that’s not a new big villain.  And we know Mads Mikkelsen is set to play a villain, so who could it be? Hit the jump to see what Feige had to say.

Casting Call: Tom Felton Joins Elizabeth Olsen in THERESE RAQUIN; Jaimie Alexander Lands Female Lead in Thriller INTERSECTION

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you today. First up, Harry Potter star Tom Felton set to join the cast of Therese Raquin. Based on the 19th century novel and play by Emile Zola, the dark thriller revolves around young Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) in 1867 Paris, whose aunt, Madame Raquin (Glenn Close), is forcing her into an arranged marriage with her rich, but sickly, first cousin. As Therese soon becomes obsessed with Laurent, a friend of her husband, a devastating affair ensues with a very heavy price. Deadline reports that Felton is in talks to play Therese’s sickly cousin whom she marries. Theater director Charlie Stratton is set to helm, and the dramatic role is a nice get for Felton. It’s a wise decision, as the “sickly cousin” plays against the nefarious type that Felton is surely wary of being typecast as.

Additionally, Thor star Jaimie Alexander has landed the female lead in the thriller Intersection. Variety reports that Alexander will play a woman who plots to murder her husband with the help of her lover. “Things go awry when the lover and husband are involved in a car accident on a remote desert road.”  Frank Grillo (The Grey) stars as the husband, and production begins next month. Alexander recently wrapped The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hit the jump to read synopsis for Therese Raquin.

New Set Photos from GANGSTER SQUAD and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Comeback THE LAST STAND

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New set photos have gone online for the 1940s crime drama Gangster Squad, and for Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s comeback film The Last Stand.  Back in September, we saw Gangster Squad set photos of co-stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone enjoying a lovely day in the park.  The new set photos show Stone and co-star Sean Penn sharing a scene, and Stone looks particularly glamorous.  I’m a big fan of the setting, and the costumes look terrific.

And some costumes look a little stranger.  The first set photo from Kim Ji-Woon‘s The Last Stand shows Schwarzenegger along with co-stars Luis Guzman, Johnny Knoxville, and Jaimie Alexander.  I’m not sure why Alexander and Schwarzenegger are holding tommy guns if the film is set in the present day, but I’m even more confused by Knoxville’s outfit.  It looks like a modified version of Kang-ho Song’s costume from Ji-Woon’s The Good, the Bad, the Weird.  While I work out my bafflement, hit the jump to check out the set photos.  Gangster Squad opens October 19, 2012.  The Last Stand opens January 18, 2013.

Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville Join Arnold Schwarzenegger in THE LAST STAND

by     Posted 3 years, 42 days ago

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Filming has begun on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback film The Last Stand and the movie has added two more actors to its cast.  Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and masochist Johnny Knoxville have signed on to Kim Jee-Woon’s crime drama.  Schwarzenegger will play sheriff of a sleepy border town who serves as the last line of defense against a drug cartel leader (Eduardo Noriega) headed for the Mexican border.  Harry Dean Stanton, Rodrigo Santoro, and Luis Guzman have also been announced to co-star.

There’s currently no word on who any of the supporting actors other than Noriega will play.  Whitaker recently signed on to star in the voodoo thriller Vipka, and Knoxville will co-star with Patton Oswalt in an untitled comedy from Todd Rohal.   The Last Stand also stars Harry Dean Stanton, Rodrigo Santoro, Luis Guzman, Zach Gilford, and Jaimie Alexander.  Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the full synopsis.

Casting Call: Jaimie Alexander Joins Arnold Schwarzenegger in THE LAST STAND; Billy Crudup Up for NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

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Jaimie Alexander, who played Sif in this summer’s Thor, has landed herself a prime role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Governator’s comeback film The Last Stand. Directed by Kim Jee-Woon, the film centers on the Sheriff of a sleepy border town who is the only thing that stands in the way of a drug kingpin headed for Mexico. Variety reports that Alexander will play “a beautiful cop under Schwarzenegger’s command” who strikes up a romance with an officer played by Rodrigo Santoro. Peter Stormare and Zach Gilford also star in the pic, which is set to begin shooting later this month in Albuquerque. Alexander is expected to return for Thor 2. The Last Stand opens January 18th, 2013.

Hit the jump for casting news on the Ben Stiller comedy Neighborhood Watch.

Jaimie Alexander Exclusive Interview THOR

by     Posted 3 years, 206 days ago

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In Marvel’s latest superhero epic Thor, actress Jaimie Alexander plays the Goddess of War, Sif. When Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to Earth by his own father (Anthony Hopkins), for arrogance that proves him unworthy of the throne of Asgard, Sif and the Warriors Three seek him out upon learning that his own brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), is the one who set the wheels in motion.

In person, Jaimie Alexander is both beautiful and with a presence that makes it obvious why she often takes on roles of very strong women. During a recent exclusive interview with Collider, she talked about how she was cast in the role after a Skype conversation with director Kenneth Branagh, that her wrestling background and her time on the TV series Kyle XY helped with the physical aspects of Sif, how she trained alongside the boys for the film, how they had to travel in blacked-out golf carts from stage to stage while filming so that no one got a glimpse of their costumes, that she would love to further explore the character in a sequel, and how she would love to play another Marvel character, X-23. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

THOR Review

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Marvel’s Thor is the toughest of the lead Avengers to bring to the big screen.  He’s a cross between a space alien and a Norse god, he wields a hammer named Mjolnir instead of standard superhero weapons like guns or swords, and he wears a cape.  The character could fall so easily into camp territory, but director Kenneth Branagh takes the bold approach of playing the character completely straight but still keeps the movie fun and light.  This balance of broad comedy and bombastic action mixed with straight-faced drama comes from the perfect combination of lead actors Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.  While the film does have some problems in developing the supporting characters, its biggest sin is in the 3D post-conversion which turns the bright shining lights of Asgard into a dim, blurry mess.  But if you catch the film in 2D, Thor is going to be some of the most fun you have in a theater this year.

THOR Premiere Celebrity Images

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The stars of Thor were out at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood to celebrate this week’s opening of the latest Marvel superhero movie. The street was shut down and the Asgard throne even made an appearance, while the cast arrived in cars with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on the side, and happily greeted fans and signed autographs.

Joining cast members Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Renee Russo, Clark Gregg, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, James Dallas and Tadanobu Asano were director Kenneth Branagh, screenwriter Zack Stentz, story writer J. Michael Straczynski, Disney Chairman Bob Iger and, of course, Stan Lee. Other celebs who made appearances on the red carpet included Colin Farrell, Liam Hemsworth, Fright Night co-stars Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gillian Jacobs from NBC’s Community, Jennifer Grey, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, The Twilight Saga star Peter Facinelli, Kyle XY star Matt Dallas and director Edgar Wright, among others. Check out all of the exclusive photos after the jump.

4 Clips and 10 Minutes of Behind the Scenes Footage from THOR

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With Thor finally arriving in America next weekend (it’s already playing around the world), Paramount/Marvel have released the EPK and included are four clips and ten minutes of behind the scenes footage.  While the clips have all been previously released, this is the first time we have all four in one place.  In addition, if you’re curious what it’s really like on a movie set, the behind the scenes footage is great to watch.  However, if you are trying to avoid spoilers, you might want to check it out after you’ve seen the movie.

As I said when I posted my review/video blog on Thor, I thought the movie was great.  Also, while Thor is not an easy transition from comic books to movie screens, director Kenneth Branagh made it work and I cannot wait to see everyone together in The Avengers next summer.  Hit the jump to watch the clips and look for new interviews next week.  Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore.

New Featurette, Clip, and Japanese Trailer for THOR

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With only eight days left until the release of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, Marvel is pushing hard on the film’s marketing.  Despite taking the opening weekend of May (traditionally seen as the current first week of the summer movie season, although Fast Five may as well open it this Friday), the film is a tough sell as it blends fantasy and real-world elements around a character who sits on the second tier of Marvel’s superheroes.

Among the new marketing that’s been released is a Japanese trailer that gives a fair amount of screen-time to Hogun who is played by Tadanobu Asano (Asano just happens to be the only major Japanese star in the film).  There’s also a featurette centering on Natalie Portman’s character, Jane Foster.  Finally, Jaimie Alexander—who plays Asgardian warrior Sif—went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to show off a clip from the film.  Hit the jump for the Japanese trailer, clip and featurette.  Thor opens in 3D on May 6th.

14 New Images from THOR

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Marvel has released some more new images from Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.  Among the new images we have a good look at Rene Russo as Frigga as well as a nice photo of the Warriors Three (Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, and Ray Stevenson).

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, and Colm Feore.  It opens in 3D on May 6th.

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