Tom Hiddleston Eyed to Lead BEN-HUR Remake

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MGM and Paramount are starting to put together their cast for the Ben-Hur remake, and they have their sights set high for the lead role.  Deadline reports that Tom Hiddleston is being courted to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic, which has Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov set to helm.  The pic is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was subsequently turned into a classic 1959 film starring Charlton Heston.  Bemkambetov’s version is described as focusing on the nature of faith, as it follows a falsely accused nobleman who sets out to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him.  Hit the jump for more on the prospect of Hiddleston’s casting.

Read Tom Hiddleston’s Thank You Letter to Joss Whedon for THE AVENGERS

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When you hit a certain level of fame, land a key role in the Marvel universe and are busy booking parts in some of the most highly anticipated movies the industry’s got to offer, it’s easy to start looking at that person as a big name star and losing sight of the humble, passionate and very thankful human being they really are.  Tom Hiddleston’s always been outspoken about his love of the Marvel films and given 100% when it comes to sharing the excitement with fans, but in case you need a reminder, you can find it in Joss Whedon: The Biography.

The book includes a letter Hiddleston wrote to Joss Whedon after reading Whedon’s draft of The Avengers for the very first time.  It’s funny, thoughtful, genuine, and will undoubtedly make you love the guy even more than you probably already do.  Hit the jump to read the letter in full.

Tom Hiddleston Talks Playing Hank Williams in I SAW THE LIGHT; Has Started Singing and Playing Every Day

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Country legend Hank Williams is one of the most influential figures in music history.  So much of our modern music can be traced back to him, and a biopic that is both a tribute to his work while still being honest about his tragic life will be a difficult task.  Thankfully, Marc Abraham‘s I Saw the Light, which is set to begin filming in October, has brought on the talented Tom Hiddleston to play Williams.  Hiddleston tells the Daily Mail that Abraham’s screenplay “pulls no punches,” and will explore Williams “shattering, self-abusive relationship with alcohol and later prescription drugs.”

Hit the jump for more on the film and Hiddleston’s preparation for the role.

Tom Hiddleston to Play Hank Williams in I SAW THE LIGHT [Updated with Image]

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Tumblr accounts, assemble!  After shining as Loki in Thor and The Avengers as well as more dramatic roles like The Hollow Crown, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Midnight in Paris, actor Tom Hiddleston is lining up a fascinating new project: the story of country music icon Hank Williams.  That’s right, London-native Hiddleston has been tapped to play the country legend in the biopic I Saw the Light, which will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius).  Moreover, the actor plans to do all of his own singing.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Hiddleston has now shared an image of himself as Williams, which is included after the jump.]

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.

New Trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton

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A new U.S. trailer for director Jim Jarmusch’s love story Only Lovers Left Alive, aka “the Tom Hiddleston vampire movie”, has been released online.  Hiddleston stars alongside Tilda Swinton as two vampires who have been in love for centuries.  This trailer certainly showcases an offbeat tone, but the film actually looks to be quite romantic and, surprisingly, funny.  As individuals who have been alive for a very, very long time, the principal characters have a unique outlook on life and culture and they aren’t afraid to share it.  This also looks to be a wonderful performance showcase for Hiddleston and Swinton.

Hit the jump to watch the new domestic trailer.  The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffrey WrightOnly Lovers Left Alive opens in theaters April 11th.

Check out Deleted Scenes from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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A deleted scene has been released from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as another deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World.  The Catching Fire scene has Sam Claflin explaining how his learning to tie a noose in less than ten seconds ultimately went to waste, and while this scene does show more of his character Finnick Odair being charming, I can understand why it was left on the cutting room floor.  As for the scene from Thor, it’s a brief fight between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and some Asgardian guards, and that’s about it.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scenes.  Click here to pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will be released on March 7th.  Thor: The Dark World is now available to own, and you can click here to go buy it.

Tom Hiddleston to Star in Ben Wheatley’s HIGH RISE; Filming to Begin in June

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The adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s High Rise has been stuck in development hell for years, but last year, Kill List director Ben Wheatley signed on to become the project’s latest director.  The 1975 novel “takes place in a tower block, which is supposed to be a gleaming new, exciting and exotic home for its affluent residents, but ends up isolating and factionalizing them into all-out war, with the surface sophistication degenerating to primal savagery.”  Today, Wheatley announced on his Twitter page that production will begin in June, and the film will star Tom Hiddleston.

Hit the jump for more including a cool promo image Wheatley tweeted.

Deleted Scene, Gag Reel, and Behind-the-Scenes Featurette from the Blu-ray for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Thor: The Dark World will soon be on Blu-ray, and so Marvel is releasing a peek at some of the special features.  Among them is a behind-the-scenes featurette talking about casting Tom Hiddleston as Loki (it contains the full video of his audition for Thor; we previously posted GIFs), a gag reel (they had fun!), and a deleted scene where Freya (Rene Russo) explains why Loki, an adopted child, has her powers.  It’s solid material, and I hope there’s more of this good stuff on the disc.

Hit the jump to check out the special features.  Thor: The Dark World will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download on February 25th.  Click here to pre-order.

Watch Tom Hiddleston Dress up as Captain America and a Get a Glimpse of His Screen Test for Thor

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You can always use more Tom Hiddleston in your life, so in addition to the new Super Bowl spot where he’s featured alongside Ben Kingsley and Mark Strong, we also have some his Marvel shenanigans. [Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Thor: The Dark World]  First, there’s an alternate scene of Loki messing with Thor, and unlike the movie where they were able to sub in Chris Evans, this version has Hiddleston in the Captain America gear.  It’s pretty fun, especially since it allows Hiddleston to do his amusing impression.  As for Hiddleston playing other Avengers, there’s a brief GIF of Hiddleston testing to play Thor.  The full screen test is unavailable, but it provides a glimpse of what might have been.  Ultimately, I can’t imagine anyone else playing Loki, I’m glad everything panned out the way it did.

Hit the jump to check out the video and the GIFs.

Check out 3 Super Bowl Ads Featuring Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, Terry Crews, and The Muppets

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As the old joke goes, the Super Bowl is three hours of commercials interrupted by football.  For football fans, this year has a great match-up between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, and there’s the possibility of them playing in the snow, which would be awesome.  But you don’t get to dominate the ratings every year by only appealing to football fans.  The ads are the comic interludes where everyone can join with an opinion, and I’m always surprised when they’re released online early.  This year, a Super Bowl spot will cost a record $4.5 million, and companies are deciding to jump to gun in order draw attention before Sunday.  Not that anyone’s complaining, and after the jump you’ll find three ads that will play during the Super Bowl.  As always, celebrities sell, so one ad has Scarlett Johansson (although it will be edited for game night since there’s a dig at major advertisers Coke and Pepsi), another has Terry Crews driving around with the Muppets, and a third ad has Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, and Ben Kingsley being villainous.

Hit the jump to check out the ads.

THE HOLLOW CROWN DVD Review

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I’m far from being the biggest Shakespeare scholar on the block, so having me review The Hollow Crown might not seem like the best idea at first blush.  However, the beauty of this mini-series is how accessible it is to even those of us whose last brush with the playwright came during high school English.  It helps that the cast is composed of up-and-coming faces of this generation of actors, alongside veterans of stage and screen who define the word gravitas and could probably do Shakespeare in their sleep.   Much like the long-standing works of the English author himself, The Hollow Crown is equally enjoyable for neophytes making their introduction to Shakespeare or scholars looking for a new interpretation.  Hit the jump for my review.

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.

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

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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.

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