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Talk about a left field choice.
According to The Wrap, Marvel has tapped Flight of the Conchords and What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi for Thor: Ragnarok, which is set for a 2017 release. The film will bring back Chris Hemsworth with Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston uncertain.
The Wrap reports Waititi beat out Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall, and Goosebumps director Rob Letterman for the job. Marvel is known to pick out of the indie field for directors, most recently naming Cop Car director Jon Watts for the Spider-Man reboot.
Plot details for Thor: Ragnarok aren’t known, but it is said to be dealing with the fall of Asgard and the rising apocalypse known as Ragnarok. »
- Zach Dennis
Marvel's Phase Two come to an end this summer, and Phase Three is already getting started. Production recently wrapped on Captain America: Civil War. After Doctor Strange starts filming next month and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins production early next year, the next project coming out of the pipeline is Thor: Ragnarok, with the studio eyeing director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows). The Wrap reports that the New Zealand native beat out Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) for the Thor: Ragnarok directorial gig.
Thor and Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) are coming back to reprise their roles in Thor 3. It isn't known yet if Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Idris Elba (Heimdall) or others from Thor and Thor: The Dark World will be coming back for the sequel. Marvel has set a November 3, 2017 release date for Thor: Ragnarok, »
Waititi, who enjoyed huge acclaim last year with the vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, is in talks with Marvel about taking on the third Thor film, which is part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Chris Hemsworth reprises the role of the Asgardian hero, with Tom Hiddleston returning as the villanous Loki as well as Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif. As yet, there’s no word on whether Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba or indeed Anthony Hopkins will return for a third time.
Marvel is yet to confirm the news.
Thor: Ragnarok is set for release on July 28th, 2017.
- Scott J. Davis
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show for tomorrow's episode (Friday, October 2), Branagh recalled the time Hemsworth had to get topless for a shot in the Marvel film.
"I was a bit embarrassed when we came to do the scene in the movie when he takes his shirt off," he said. "I felt uncomfortable talking about how we would do it and how he might feel he shouldn't.
"I even rang my wife to ask her, and she said rather over-enthusiastically, 'Get him to take his shirt off!'
"When I broached it with Chris, he said, 'Of course I'm going to get my bloody shirt off, mate. I've been training for nine months for this thing!'"
It's getting a little heated on the Fashion Police couches! In a clip from tonight's all-new episode, co-hosts Brad Goreski and Giuliana Rancic go "head-to-head" after they disagree over Natalie Portman's colorful Christian Dior outfit. "The skirt itself I actually think is quite pretty," Giuliana says. "It's the green top with the red shoes—it's giving me a little anxiety. Not one of my favorite looks by Natalie Portman, unlike you, Brad." "Maybe it's giving you a lot of anxiety because it's so much fashion, you can't handle it," Brad teases with a smile. Ooh! Not to be outdone, Giuliana counters, "As I sit here in my »
In the nine consecutive years I’ve attended the Toronto International Film Festival, it remains an elusive monstrosity of an event. With its hundreds of offerings, it’s a gluttonous buffet for the committed cineaste, a playground of auteurs mixed with unknown quantities. Even after having attended Sundance and Cannes, navigating the selections still somehow feels like ‘catching up’ with entries from Berlin, Locarno, and the concurrent Venice. And, therefore, everyone’s Toronto experience is bound to seem a bit different, even as streamlined as the festival is as it remains one of the most press and public friendly film festivals in existence.
Of course, there’s always complaints (or questions) as to what doesn’t make an appearance at the festival, and we’re always subject to the tastes of various programmers. For instance, why exactly room could not have been made for Polish master Andrzej Zulawski’s first »
- Nicholas Bell
Depp will topline as Isadora Duncan, a San Francisco native who grew up in poverty and became a dance prodigy, quickly achieving worldwide fame. She had a crucial role in the life of Fuller, who will be interpreted by French musician-turned-thesp Soko. Fuller, who was born in rural America, pioneered the Serpentine dance and turned out to achieve international recognition at the turn of the 20th century.
Alain Attal, who is producing via his outfit Les Productions du Tresor, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ah, the child actor. For everyone that makes it, there’s about a dozen that don’t. Not all former child stars can be as lucky as the likes of Natalie Portman or Jodie Foster… Some make that one magical movie and are never seen again.
In a new feature on The Hollywood News, we take a look at ten former child stars then, and now.
Let’s kick this one off with an obvious one.
Macauley Culkin charmed the world with his debut in the classic Home Alone movie from 1990, but following an okay-ish sequel and a few hits in the years that followed (Richie Rich, The Good Son etc), Culkin disappeared off the map for a while. There was a comeback, briefly in 2003 with the film Party Monster, featuring a 23 year-old Culkin, but then nothing. Culkin is enjoying some success in recent years with appearances »
- Paul Heath
Long-delayed Western Jane Got a Gun looks like it has finally secured distribution, having been saved by The Weinstein Company after original distributor Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy earlier this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Natalie Portman is one of the co-producers of the film, as well as the star, and has had to work hard with her fellow producers to keep it from falling apart over the last past years, which has been through the Hollywood mire.
Shot in 2013, the film was originally set to star Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), but he dropped out after problems with original director Lynne Ramsey (We Need To Talk About Kevin). Jude Law (Spy) replaced him, only to leave himself after Ramsey dropped out. Bradley Cooper (Joy) was also attached at one point, but he left due to scheduling conflicts.
- Scott J. Davis
Gavin O'Connor's "Jane Got a Gun," produced by and starring Natalie Portman, has had a hell of a time getting off the ground. After Lynne Ramsay flew the coop last year, the film went to director O'Connor, underwent a musical chairs of talent before wrapping, then was shoved off Relativity's 2015 slate after the company filed Chapter 11. It was inevitable the troubled western wouldn't make its September 4, 2015 release date, a placeholder if ever there was one. Now, The Weinstein Company has sealed a deal to release the film in Europe this November, and the Us next February, anticipating a heavy marketing push abroad. No awards-qualifying run this time around, though that was less-than-expected after the rigmarole the film has suffered, from lawsuits to scuttled actors, including Jude Law, who was replaced by Bradley Cooper, who then was replaced by Ewan McGregor. Was it worth the pain? We'll know once TWC, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Briefly: They're finally ready to dump this. After years and years of delays, production troubles, distribution troubles, all kinds of problems, The Weinstein Company has confirmed that Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun will be released in February of 2016. This is the western with Natalie Portman where, on the first days of shooting the original director (Lynne Ramsay) never showed up to set, and they scrambled to figure out what to do and put it together after multiple cast/director changes. For a while, Relativity had this ready to go for late 2015 but then that company went under and now TWC bought the rights. The film does not yet have a specific date in February, and will be released first in Europe this November. Stay tuned for a trailer. »
- Alex Billington
Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, is a western thriller about a woman defending herself and her home from violent attack, but the film itself seems like it has been a lot more vulnerable than Jane herself. Now, after a significant delay — the film shot in 2013 — there’s finally a Jane Got a […]
The post ‘Jane Got a Gun’ Gets New 2016 Release Date appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Filmed in 2013, and then shuffled around a variety of release dates including summer 2014, February 2015, and September 4th of this year, the troubled western "Jane Got A Gun" hit yet another speed bump when Relativity went belly up. Directed by Lynne Ramsay — who was replaced by Gavin O'Connor just as cameras started to roll — the movie has now found a new home and release date, and fingers crossed this one will stick. The Weinstein Company have snatched up the movie, and pegged it for a February 2016 release, which will be a few months after it rolls out in Europe in November. Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, and Boyd Holbrook, the story centers on a woman (Portman) who asks her ex-lover (Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Emmerich) from a gang out to kill him. Read More: First Look: Natalie Portman and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The remaining film release schedule for the rest of 2015 has seen a major shake-up with several key films being pushed back - some by several months.
Most notable is the Tom Hardy-led Kray twins film "Legend". Originally slated for a wide release on October 2nd, the movie has been pushed back by over a month and will get a platform release instead.
The film will first open in New York and Los Angeles on November 20th before going wide on December 11th.
Then there's the transgender drama "About Ray" which was slated for release this weekend and has been pulled. A new date has yet to be scheduled by The Weinstein Company but it is expected to open sometime this year. »
- Garth Franklin
While one former Relativity film found new life Wednesday with a distribution deal with the Weinstein Company, another is continuing to fight in bankruptcy court for its freedom from the bankrupt studio.
The Weinstein Co. announced it would release the Natalie Portman Western “Jane Got a Gun” in the U.S. next February, after the film was pulled away from Relativity just before the company’s July 30 bankruptcy filing. But Im Global didn’t escape so easily and filed papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Wednesday saying that it should be freed from a previous distribution deal with Relativity so that it can find a new partner to release the thriller “Collide.”
Relativity has filed papers in the bankruptcy that would allow it to transfer contracts and leases to the winner of bidding for the bankrupt company in an auction set for Oct. 1. Dozens of producers and other partners are listed in the papers. »
- James Rainey
As expected, Gavin O’Connor‘s Western “Jane Got a Gun” will be released next February by the Weinstein Company, which was already partnered with Relativity on the original release, an individual familiar with the situation has told TheWrap. Natalie Portman stars in the film, which got caught up in the Relativity bankruptcy debacle. The issue of domestic disribution has now been resolved, though the film won’t receive an Oscar-qualifying run this year despite the fact that “Jane” will hit European theaters in November. The Weinstein Company was initially on the hook to simply pay for “Jane’s” marketing, »
- Jeff Sneider
The Weinstein Company has picked up Us rights to the Natalie Portman starrer after a lead attorney on the film pulled it from Relativity before the latter filed for bankruptcy on July 30.
TWC plans an early 2016 Us release. The Hollywood Reporter first reported this story.
Jane Got A Gun was mired in a controversial production history after initial director Lynne Ramsey quit on the first day of the shoot and cast members subsequently came and went.
Gavin O’Connor eventually directed the Western, which screened strongly for buyers in Berlin last February.
The film is the subject of legal action after director Mathew Cullen filed a suit claiming the producers “secretly prepared their own version of the film”. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Oscar-winning producer and CEO of Voltage Pictures launched into an impassioned attack on IP theft at an industry discussion in Toronto.
Chartier, in Toronto with festival selection A Tale Of Love And Darkness and sales title The Headhunter’s Calling, argued that piracy debilitates filmmakers’ capacity to work on worthwhile projects.
“The more that movies will be pirated, the fewer movies we’ll be making, and the more boring content you’re going to get, because we’re not going to take risks. We’re going to go for the lowest common denominator and we’re going to make movies that for sure will sell.
“Your culture is going to diminish. You’re going to have fewer quality movies because these are the risky ones,” Chartier said during an on-stage conversation with Screen International Us editor Jeremy Kay.
Chartier’s disdain for piracy is well documented. Back in 2010, Voltage Pictures filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against »
Almost a year after his November 2014 passing, Mike Nichols‘ famous friends and collaborators are remembering the filmmaker and theater director in the pages of Vanity Fair. A comprehensive oral history populated by Anjelica Huston, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman, Candice Bergen, Warren Beatty and more published this week, and with it some details about Nichols’ life and career. From passing on a iconic horror film to his high-brow food obsession, his devotion to actors and life with wife and news anchor Diane Sawyer, here are five revelations from the piece 1. New York Times Theater Critic Ben Brantley’s Ultimate “Betrayal” Nichols’ final project, »
- Matt Donnelly
Garden State is a weird film. Upon its release all the way back in 2004 it was initially met with pretty impressive reviews, as well as a healthy box office return. But it has since been turned into a rather cult commodity. In fact, some people even turn up their noses at it. Its star Natalie Portman is now fully aware that people don.t like it, and it.s all because of Broad City. Like most people with two eyes, two ears, and a sense of humor, Natalie Portman and her family love nothing more than to sit down and catch up with Abbi and Illana.s latest crazy antics on the hit Comedy Central sitcom. But it turns out there was one section of a particular episode of Broad City that left Natalie Portman reeling with embarrassment. According to Vulture, Portman made this admission at the Toronto Film Festival »
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