THOR: THE DARK WORLD Blu-ray Review

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As the Marvel movie juggernaut thunders on, we’re beginning to realize how carefully they’ve thought all this out. Kevin Feige and Co. have built their franchise for the long haul, which means pausing to take a breath every now and then instead of constantly trying to top the previous entries (and eventually crashing to the earth as a result). Captain America: The Winter Soldier shows us how that equation can expand this universe in unexpected directions, but the process also creates its share of placeholders: solid movies that nonetheless do little more than entertain us while their creators ramp up for the next mindblower. Case in point: Thor: The Dark World. Hit the jump for my full Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray review.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Star Jai Courtney Lands Kyle Reese Role in TERMINATOR: GENESIS

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The new Terminator film has found its Kyle Reese.  After testing a number of actors for the key role in director Alan Taylor’s (Thor: The Dark World) reboot Terminator: Genesis, we learned recently that Taylor and Paramount had narrowed their focus to two actors: Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher) and Boyd Holbrook  (The Host).  Now Variety reports that the former has come away with the role, as Courtney has been tapped to play Kyle Reese opposite Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) as John Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic Terminator.  Hit the jump for more. 

TOP 5: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, First Trailer for GODZILLA, POMPEII Set Visit, TERMINATOR Reboot News, JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer

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What began as a way to keep my mind off of my upcoming fantasy football playoff matchup has blossomed into a full-on love affair. Over the past week I’ve watched a considerable amount of Parks and Recreation via Netflix and I couldn’t be happier with my time killer of choice. I’ve made it through the first three seasons, all of which have delivered consistent laughs and excellent character moments (Ron’s inability to resist his ex-wife and Leslie’s attempt to stay awake during Pawnee Cares’ diabetes telethon come to mind). I’ll admit that my television viewing is often marred by my own skepticism. When Parks debuted, I watched the first few episodes and wrote it off as cutting and pasting The Office‘s format into a small town, local government setting. These last few days I’ve realized that’s almost exactly what Parks is and yet I couldn’t care less because it’s smart, funny, and endearing at nearly every turn.

My new found love of Parks and Recreation now officially on the record, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug interviews and review, the first trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, a recap of Steve’s visit to the set of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, several bits of news out of the Terminator reboot camp, and the first trailer for The Wachowski Siblings‘ latest Jupiter Ascending. What comes next is a brief recap and link to each of the above.

New TERMINATOR TV Series in the Works; Will Tie into Feature Film Reboot

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Prepare for plenty of Terminator goodness over the next few years.  Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures are currently developing a feature film reboot of the franchise to be directed by Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor, but in addition to that film it appears that a new TV series is in the works as well.  Megan Ellison and David Ellison, the producers of the new Terminator film, are producing this new TV show iteration with Thor and X-Men: First Class scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller onboard to write and executive produce.  Moreover, this new TV show will directly tie into the new Terminator movie, which is being planned as the first in a trilogy of films.  Hit the jump for more.

Emilia Clarke and Brie Larson Frontrunners for Sarah Connor Role in TERMINATOR Reboot

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The casting process continues on the upcoming Terminator reboot, and it appears that the search for Sarah Connor has now been whittled down to two actresses.  We previously reported that Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) were among the actresses on the shortlist for the lead role of Sarah Connor, and now Deadline reports that the list has been narrowed down to Clarke and Larson.  Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor is onboard to direct, and the report notes that Clarke currently has the edge for the part.  Of course, Taylor has worked with Clarke before on Game of Thrones, having directed a number of episodes of the HBO series’ first and second season before landing the Marvel gig.

Hit the jump for more on the upcoming Terminator film.

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at THOR: THE DARK WORLD’s Visual Effects

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If you have theories about the percentage of blue/green-screen effects used in Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, you might want to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the film’s visual trickery.  It not only includes a look at the pre-viz stage (courtesy of digital effects company, The Third Floor), but more than a few instances of practical effects used in the film.  Taylor also appears to comment on the extensive location shooting in the Marvel sequel along with the effects process.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings and Idris Elba, Thor: The Dark World is now playing in theaters.  Hit the jump to check out the featurette.

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.

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.

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.

Watch 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Eager to get a look at how director Alan Taylor crafted the upcoming Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World?  Well you’re in luck.  The studio has released 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the follow-up, giving fans the chance to get a look at all the hard work that went into putting The Dark World together.  Chris Hemsworth returns as the titular Asgardian god, with Thor reluctantly teaming  up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out 50 things to know and his interviews with TaylorHiddlestonAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and producer Craig Kyle.  You can also watch two brand new clips here.

Hit the jump to watch the behind-the-scenes footage.  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 Hopkins.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Tom Hiddleston Talks Thor/Loki Relationship in New THOR: THE DARK WORLD Featurette

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A new featurette for Marvel’s upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World has landed online.  Directed by Alan Taylor, the film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) reluctantly teaming up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  In this new featurette, Hiddleston and Hemsworth discuss the complicated relationship between Thor and Loki and how the two are drawn together after the events of The Avengers.  One assumes some bitterness and backstabbing ensues.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette. and if you missed Steve’s set visit coverage check out 50 things to know and his interviews with TaylorTom HiddlestonAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and producer Craig Kyle.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

TOP 5: GRAVITY, THOR: THE DARK WORLD Set Visit, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Trailer, BREAKING BAD, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Trailer

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As someone who has never considered 3D films to be more than a gimmick, here is something I never thought I would write: Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity in IMAX 3D is a stunning achievement that is not to be missed. You’ve probably read this advice over and over already, but seriously, do whatever you can to watch the film in this format. I honestly can’t imagine seeing it any other way and, while I understand not everyone has access to an IMAX theater, I have to believe that any other presentation type will do the pic a disservice. It’s the most awe-inspiring, immersive moviegoing experience I’ve ever had; the type of thing I’ll tell my kids about one day. I can heap praise its way all day, but speaking as concisely as possible, Gravity is science-fiction perfection.

Any guesses what our lead topic is this week? This installment of Top 5 features even more Gravity love, a recap of Steve’s Thor: The Dark World set visit coverage, a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, more science fact-checking of Breaking Bad as well as a breakdown of our favorite series moments, and the first trailer for Chris Pine‘s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. As protocol states, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.

50 Things to Know About THOR: THE DARK WORLD Plus Spoiler Free Video Blog Recap

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Almost a year ago, I got to visit the set of director Alan Taylor‘s Thor: The Dark World with a group of online reporters when the production was filming at Shepperton Studios outside London.  While I expected the sequel to continue the storyline of the first film and hopefully explore more of Asgard and the nine realms, I was quite surprised to learn how much bigger the sequel is and the way Marvel and Taylor are pushing forward exploring more of the universe.  Of course we’re going to catch up with all the characters of the first film and how things have progressed after the events of The Avengers, but we’re also going to spend an enormous amount of time on Asgard and exploring more of the nine realms.  In addition, we’ll be meeting a number of new characters and some of them are not too happy with Thor and his friends.  It should make for some epic showdowns.

If you’d like to know more, hit the jump to either watch a video blog recap of my set visit, or to read 50 things to know about the film.  Thor: The Dark World opens November 8th.

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.

Director Alan Taylor Talks the Constantly Evolving Script, 3D, Moving from HBO to Marvel, and More on the Set of THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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alan-taylor-thor-the-dark-worldWhile many of you might not know Alan Taylor‘s name, you’ve definitely seen his work.  He’s directed great episodes of Game of ThronesBoardwalk EmpireBored to DeathMad MenThe SopranosRomeSex and the CityDeadwoodLostThe West WingHomicide: Life on the Street, and many more.  So when I first heard Taylor would be directing his first feature, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, my initial thought was “about time.”

During a break in filming last year on the London set, I got to participate in a group interview with Taylor.  He talked about making the film his own, what it’s been like directing his first feature after working so long in the world of TV, how much of the story had changed during production, whether Joss Whedon was involved with the script, the villains and their motives, and more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.

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