Christopher Eccleston Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, the Humor, Preparing for the Role, the Makeup, and More

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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World now playing around the world, I recently got to interview the cast and filmmakers in London.  As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The film also stars Natalie PortmanStellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

During my video interview with Eccleston, he talked about the film’s humor, if he was a fan of the Marvel movies before getting the role, when he found out he’d have to wear a lot of makeup, and more.  In addition, he talked about recently getting to work with Terence Stamp and Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE COLLISION: Episode 64 – THOR: THE DARK WORLD and the State of Marvel

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Thor: The Dark World, and decide that every time a Marvel movie comes out, we assess the current state of the studio and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  We talk about the consistency of the movies, their quality, the exciting future especially as it pertains to Guardians of the Galaxy, looking ahead to phase three, self-critique of supporting teaser culture, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. [This podcast contains spoilers about Thor: The Dark World]

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Separating Art from the Artist”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

Weekend Box Office: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Thunders Past $86 Million

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Thor: The Dark World earned an estimated $86.1 million from 3,841 locations on its first weekend in theatres.  That might seem like a step down for the Thunder God after appearing in The Avengers but, Disney will be quick to note, the debut marks a 31% improvement over Thor’s first solo outing, in 2011. And, as for all those predictions that put the sequel in the $100 million range? I’m not sure what we were thinking…

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $86,100,000 $86.1
2.  Bad Grandpa $11,300,000 $78.7
3.  Free Birds $11,180,000 $38.1
4.  Last Vegas $11,100,000 $33.5
5.  Ender’s Game $10,800,000 $44
6.  Gravity $8,405,000 $231.1
7.  12 Years a Slave $6,600,000 $17.3
8.  Captain Phillips $5,800,000 $90.9
9.  About Time $5,172,000 $6.6
10.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $2,800,000 $109.9

THOR and THOR: THE DARK WORLD by the Numbers

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It’s easy enough to make a live-action movie about a billionaire, a scientist, or a soldier.  But to realize The Avengers, Marvel first needed to bring a god to the silver screen.  Thor has been a Marvel Comics mainstay for over five decades, but in 2011′s Thor, Marvel needed to prove that the fantasy mythology that worked in the comics would translate.  Thor proved a crucial stepping stone to the cultural dominance of The Avengers in 2012.  Now Thor is a standalone draw, with sequel Thor: The Dark World the proud owner of an $86 million opening weekend.

Hit the jump for Thor by the Numbers, a numbers-based feature that tracks how Marvel turned the comics god into a viable screen superhero.

TOP 5: THOR: THE DARK WORLD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix, 47 RONIN Set Visit, Blockbuster Video Is Dead

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Although I hate to naysay, I’ve gone on record several times with my lack of excitement for the upcoming RoboCop remake (here’s one example although I’m sure there are more). This past week MGM and Sony released the new trailer for the film and while I think the cast has the potential to be great, in general the movie just keeps digging itself into a bigger hole with every bit of new footage that I see. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original was laced with social critique that was often ahead of its time if not at least skillfully deployed, this latest trailer goes out of its way to show that it too has something to say about social issues with on the nose references to the idea of using American resources to promote peace abroad rather than at home and the invasive nature of corporate marketing/branding. You keep up with current affairs, we get it. Speaking of marketing, probably my biggest beef with this latest cut comes in its final seconds when it shows RoboCop making a grandiose landing that essentially says “You guys liked the Iron Man movies, right?! You should definitely check this out then because it has a guy in a futuristic suit too!”. Thanks but no thanks, MGM and Sony.

Now that I’ve levied more criticism on a 2:30 trailer than is likely fair, let’s move on to something more positive. This week’s Top 5 features Thor: The Dark World interviews with Tom Hiddleston and more, Dallas Buyers Club interviews with the likes of Jared Leto, the news that Marvel will bring live-action series to Netflix featuring Daredevil and others, a recap of Steve’s 47 Ronin set visit, and a farewell to the once massive video rental chain, Blockbuster Video. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Hits $31.6 Million on Opening Day

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It wasn’t quite as mighty as it could have been, but the debut of Thor: The Dark World was still pleasing to the gods of Disney and Marvel. According to studio estimates, the sequel earned an estimated $31.6 million from 3,841 locations on Friday, including $7.1 million from Thursday night previews. That’s a 20% improvement over the launch of the first Thor in 2011 and puts Thor 2 on course for a weekend gross of $81 million. Considering that many projections had The Dark World pacing Fast & Furious 6 ($97.3 million) on its debut weekend, today’s estimate looks a bit soft. However, Disney announced on Wednesday that $80 million was its target so, mission accomplished. We’ll have full details and the top ten when you check back tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $31,663,000 $31.6
2.  Bad Grandpa $3,400,000 $70.8
3.  Last Vegas $3,220,000 $25.6
4.  Ender’s Game
$2,900,000 $36.6
5.  Free Birds
$2,500,000 $21.5

THOR: THE DARK WORLD End Credits Scene Explained

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As with all Marvel movies, Thor: The Dark World contained an end credits scene.  Two in fact, but only one was important to future movies.  It’s also probably the most confusing to mainstream audiences thus far.  Whereas other “stingers” were clear references like Thor’s hammer at the end credits of Iron Man 2, the reference during the end credits of Thor: The Dark World probably left a lot of non-comics fans scratching their heads.

In an attempt to clear some things up, I’ve put together an explanation of the scene, and you can read it after the jump.  Obviously, this explanation contains spoilers.

Tom Hiddleston Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, His Popularity Online, the Possibility of a Solo LOKI Movie, Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK, and More

by     Posted 298 days ago

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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World now playing around the world and opening in North America this weekend, I recently got to interview the cast and filmmakers in London.  As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The film also stars Natalie PortmanStellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

During my video interview with Hiddleston, he talked about his popularity online, the film’s humor, how they wanted to give all the characters more texture and deepen the world of Asgard in the sequel, his thoughts on the possibility of a solo Loki movie, getting ready to work with Guillermo del Toro on Crimson Peak, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD Review

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The biggest hurdle of 2011’s Thor wasn’t getting audiences to believe that a Norse god/space alien was just as convincing as a wealthy inventor with technologically advanced armor or a guy whose body turns big and green when he gets angry.  The challenge was leaving Earth and taking us to a new world, and while Kenneth Branagh’s film didn’t hold up for me on repeat viewings, I was still taken with his vision of Thor’s homeworld of Asgard.  Thor: The Dark World is a case of being careful what you wish for and being grateful for what you have.  Alan Taylor’s sequel becomes far too enamored with the design of otherworldly realms and the supernatural machinations of the villain than with its eponymous hero.  But when the story finally turns its attention to the God of Thunder and his scene-stealing adopted brother, then The Dark World hits with the force of Mjolnir.

Kat Dennings Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Getting in on the Action, the Humor, Future Projects, and More

by     Posted 299 days ago

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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World now playing around the world and opening in North America this weekend, I recently got to interview the cast and filmmakers in London.  As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The film also stars Natalie PortmanStellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

During my interview with Dennings, she talked about the film’s humor, when found out her character would have such a large role, getting in on the action, deleted scenes, the way she picks projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Thor and Loki Share a Loving Embrace in Shanghai Poster for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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There are many strange recesses of the Internet, and one of them belongs to slashfic writers.  “Slashfic” is like fan fiction except it involves putting together any characters together in a sexual relationship.  It doesn’t matter what their relationship is in the official version; if they’re characters, you can make them bump uglies.  With that in mind, Thor/Loki slashfic writers must be ecstatic to see this Shanghai poster for Thor: The Dark World.  The imgur poster says they’ve used the wrong poster, but I couldn’t disagree more.  Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has far more chemistry with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) than he does with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film stars Christopher Eccleston, 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.

Director Alan Taylor Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, the Film’s Humor, Deleted Scenes, the End Credits Scenes, and More

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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World now playing around the world and opening in North America this weekend, I recently got to interview the cast and filmmakers in London.  As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The film also stars Natalie PortmanStellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

During my interview with Taylor he talked about the film’s humor, how the sequel features some cool stuff for comic book fans, when they came up with the end credits scenes, deleted scenes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: ENDER’S GAME Wins Frame with $28 Million; THOR: THE DARK WORLD Hits $109 Million in International Debut

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The adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved science fiction novel Ender’s Game hit theatres on Friday, and while it’s not looking like a break-out hit, it did not embarrass itself either. Fellow newcomers Last Vegas and Free Birds, came in about equal, but – considering the latter’s family-earning potential – its estimate seems a bit underwhelming. In more impressive news, Thor: The Dark World flexed its muscles overseas, taking in $109.4 million from its first 30 territories.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Ender’s Game $28,000,000 $28
2.  Bad Grandpa $20,500,000 $62
3.  Last Vegas $16,520,000 $16.5
4.  Free Birds $16,200,000 $16.2
5.  Gravity $15,130,000 $219.1
6.  Captain Phillips $8,500,000 $82.5
7.  12 Years a Slave $4,600,000 $8.7
8.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $4,200,000 $106.1
9.  Carrie $3,400,000 $31.9
10.  The Counselor $3,250,000 $13.3

November Episode of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Pick Up Where THOR: THE DARK WORLD Leaves Off

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first crossover between Marvel’s TV show and feature film divisions.  Just in time for sweeps, the November 19th episode of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to deal directly with the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World, picking up where the feature film leaves off.  In an effort to make this whole thing as nerdy as possible, Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes is directing the episode.  The official logline for “The Well” is as follows:

“In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.”

Hit the jump for more on the crossover, including whether any Thor castmembers will be popping up.  Thor: The Dark World opens in U.S. theaters on November 8th.

See 5 Minutes of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Attached to 3D Showings of THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Marvel synergy will be in full effect when Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters next weekend.  The studio has ramped up its production schedule in Phase Two, and as a result each year (including 2013) will see the release of two Marvel Studios films instead of one.  With Captain America: The Winter Soldier now just six months away from release, Marvel is offering an extended look at the film with 3D showings of Thor 2.  Nearly five minutes of footage from the Captain America sequel will be attached to 3D screenings of Thor: The Dark World, so if the film’s debut trailer left you craving more Cap, you now have the opportunity to curb your appetite.  Hit the jump for more.

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