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Christopher Eccleston says Marvel was dishonest about his role in Thor: The Dark World

Actor Christopher Eccleston has criticised Marvel for being dishonest about his role in Thor: The Dark World.

The second Thor film may feel like a lifetime ago, having been released in 2013, but the actor behind the film’s villain, Christopher Eccleston, is still a little miffed about the filming process, telling The Graham Norton Show (via Digital Spy) that Marvel weren’t honest with him about what the part would entail:

“The first couple of days it was about seven hours, eight hours. I think we got it down to six and a half. It’s a day’s work before [anything]. Marvel were dishonest to me. Because they never, ever let me know that there’d be that amount of makeup. So yeah, that was not my finest moment.”

Eccleston also told Norton that money was a motivating factor behind his decision to take the role of Malekith but that
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Is Justice League’s Steppenwolf the worst superhero movie villain ever?

Anghus Houvouras on whether Justice League’s Steppenwolf is the worst superhero movie villain ever…

Yes. Totally. I don’t even think this is debatable. I’m curious to see if anyone steps up to defend the opposing position. Marvel and DC villains have been notoriously terrible. You can name all the good/interesting villains on one hand.

Loki (Thor movies, Avengers) – A no-brainer. Tom Hiddleston has been a gift to the McU.

Zod (Man of Steel) – Not everyone liked Michael Shannon’s mega-intense portrayal of Zod, but I found him interesting.

Zemo (Captain America: Civil War) – Another polarizing choice. For me, the idea of a man seeking revenge for the collateral damage cause by super heroes is interesting and Daniel Bruhl’s quiet, cerebral interpretation of the character was well done.

It’s kind of frightening that there have been over 20 Marvel and Dceu movies and after three villains
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Beauty vs Beast: The Bigger Boys

Jason from Mnpp here, ready to pop some peach champagne for the release of Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, which finally hits theaters in New York and La on Friday. The thing is, although I personally have already seen the film six times (if you've been to Mnpp at any point in the past three months you're more than aware of my obsession but if you missed my first take on the movie out of Nyff it's one of the most meaningful pieces of writing I've ever done, says me), it seems that some of you have not seen the film six times yet. Since it's not in theaters yet, and all. So I probably can't devote this week's "Beauty vs Beast" to it then!

So we'll do the next best and look back at Luca's last movie, A Bigger Splash. When Abs came out we polled
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F. Murray Abraham to voice the villain in How to Train Your Dragon 3

According to Deadline, DreamWorks Animation has set F. Murray Abraham to voice the villain Grimmel in How to Train Your Dragon 3, where he’ll join the likes of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett.

“We are thrilled that F. Murray Abraham has joined our How to Train Your Dragon 3 cast as the villainous Grimmel,” said Chris deFaria, head of DreamWorks Animation Film Group. “This character brings a captivating new story line to the culmination of our trilogy. There is a gentlemanly calm to this sinister role, one that dovetails beautifully with this iconic actor’s immense range and talents.”

The first two How to Train Your Dragon movies have grossed $1.1 billion between them at the box office. The third, which is set to conclude the story arc about Hiccup and Night Fury dragon Toothless, is set for release on March 1st 2019, with Dean DeBlois directing.

The
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Thor: Ragnarok closing in on $750 million worldwide

Despite some stiff superhero competition this weekend from Warner Bros.Justice League (which debuted to $281.5 million around the globe), Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok continued its impressive box office run as it approaches the $750 million mark worldwide.

The Taika Waititi-directed blockbuster has pulled in $738.1 million, making it the ninth Marvel Cinematic Universe title to cross the $700 million mark. It had already surpassed Thor: The Dark World’s $644.6 million to become the biggest Thor movie to date, and currently sits in eighth place in the list of highest-grossing McU movies behind 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy on $773.3 million.

Ragnarok could potentially become the third McU movie of the year to hit $800 million globally after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863.6 million) and the year’s highest-grossing superhero movie Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880.1 million).

See Also: Thor: Ragnarok was originally going to feature a romance between Thor and Valkyrie

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Stalls with $94 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Stalls with $94 Million Opening Weekend
Warner Bros.-D.C.’s “Justice League” is headed for an underwhelming opening weekend, coming in below early predictions with an estimated $94 million at 4,051 North American locations during its opening weekend.

The number marks a nearly 15% drop from early reports, which had pegged “Justice League’s” opening weekend in the $110 million range. With an estimated budget of around $300 million, “Justice League” poses high stakes for Warner Bros. The movie is the fifth installment of its DC Extended Universe, aimed at duplicating the success of Disney-Marvel’s interconnected franchises.

Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman along with Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, and Willem Dafoe also appear. Zack Snyder began shooting “Justice League” in April of 2016, from a script by Chris Terrio. Joss Whedon — director of Disney-Marvel’s two “Avengers” movies — assumed directing
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Screen Supporting Actress Extraordinaire Sarah Paulson

by Murtada

We’ve just seen her in the trailer for Steven Spielberg's The Post, delivering one of the clip's memorable moments. "Well, I think that's brave". She’s going to be one of the Ocean’s Eight. And she'll appear in the M Night Shyamalan Unbreakable/Split sequel Glass. She is also signed to co-star in Bird Box. She’ll be acting with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Samuel L Jackson, Tom Hanks, Rihanna, Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep. Yes, Sarah Paulson will be dominating film screens, from the vantage point of the supporting player.

Paulson is booking movies left and right. Obviously casting directors noticed the range she shown in her many Ryan Murphy TV projects. The latest project announced is John Crowley’s adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning The Goldfinch...
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Kenneth Branagh discusses the pressure on the first Thor movie

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok has come in for heaps of praise for its change in direction, taking the Thor franchise fully into the realm of cosmic comedy. However, it’s easy to forget now that, at the time of its release, the first Thor movie also marked a huge tonal shift for the fledgling Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing cosmic elements after the Earth-based adventures of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

During an interview with Uproxx to promote his latest film Murder on the Orient Express, Thor director Kenneth Branagh spoke about the pressure on the first movie:

“Remember, there were only two pictures in the Marvel Universe. Iron Man, genius, the first one. Hulk hadn’t worked as they’d hoped. And then number three, it was sink or swim before Captain America and then suddenly, oh, it was fine after that. No question that Kevin Feige used to say to me,
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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More

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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

-The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Rising Star Award – Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4 – 15, 2018. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Terrence Howard, and Adam Beach.

Timothée Chalamet gives a stirring performance as Elio, a 17-year-old on the brink of passion and self-discovery. It’s an intimate and erotic performance that transports the audience to another time and place and stays with us long after we’ve left the theater,” said Festival
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Cate Blanchett: artists are being silenced

A news anchor, a widow, a bearded drunk … Cate Blanchett’s new film sees the actor take on 13 personas in a script cribbed from 50 revolutionary texts. She and director Julian Rosefeldt explain why Manifesto is an artistic call to arms in the age of Trump

Here’s Cate Blanchett as you’ve never seen her before: as a bearded old man pulling a shopping cart through a post-industrial wasteland. In a drunken Scottish accent he/she proclaims: “We glorify the revolution aloud as the only engine of life. We glorify the vibrations of the inventors young and strong. They carry the flaming torch of the revolution!” Now Blanchett is a grieving widow telling a funeral congregation, “to lick the penumbra and float in the big mouth filled with honey and excrement”. Now she’s an American news anchor in the studio, talking to a reporter standing in the rain under an umbrella.
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Superhero Bits: Jack Black’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Challenge, Marvel’s Phase 4 & More

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Superhero Bits: Jack Black’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Challenge, Marvel’s Phase 4 & More
Who are Henry Cavill‘s favorite DC Comics villains? Want to see Jack Black’s “Immigrant Song” jam with Thor: Ragnarok star Cate Blanchett? How does Armie Hammer feel about missing out on playing Batman? When will we get announcements for Marvel’s Phase 4? When does Gotham By Gaslight hit home video? Did you know Ben Affleck […]

The post Superhero Bits: Jack Black’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Challenge, Marvel’s Phase 4 & More appeared first on /Film.
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Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Gary Oldman will be honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Oldman will be presented with the award on Feb. 2, 2018 for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” in which Oldman plays Winston Churchill. Leonard Maltin will return to moderate the evening for the 27th time.

Gary Oldman has dazzled audiences for decades with an array of brilliant performances,” said Maltin. “With ‘Darkest Hour,’ he has once again proven that he is a force to be reckoned with, and a true master of his craft.”

Darkest Hour” takes place during the early days of World War II, as the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, the film also
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F. Murray Abraham To Get Evil For DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’

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F. Murray Abraham To Get Evil For DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’
Exclusive: Oscar-winning Amadeus actor F. Murray Abraham will play the villain Grimmel in DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 3, which is set to conclude the story arc established by the first two movies about young viking Hiccup and Night Fury dragon Toothless. Universal is releasing the third title March 1, 2019, with Abraham joining Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Kit Harrington, Cate Blanchett in the toon from writer-director Dean DeBlois. Bonnie Arnold and…
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‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’ Movie in Development at Brad Pitt’s Plan B

‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’ Movie in Development at Brad Pitt’s Plan B
Brad Pitt’s Plan B has acquired movie rights to M.T. Anderson’s alien invasion novel “Landscape With Invisible Hand.”

Plan B will produce the project as part of its overall deal production deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.

The novel, published in September, depicts a near-future in which an alien species known as the “Vuvv” has taken over Earth. After the Vuvv’s labor-saving technology causes the Earth’s job market and global economy to collapse, a teen and his girlfriend cook up a way to make much-needed money by broadcasting their dating life to the fascinated aliens. But the two teens come to hate each other and can’t break up without bankrupting their families.

Anderson’s satirical book “Feed” was a finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The first volume of his “Octavian Nothing” saga won the National Book Award and the
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Steven Spielberg Is More Than His Brand

Henry Bevan on Steven Spielberg

Is this the face of the most underrated director of the twenty-first century?

It’s odd to use the word “underrated” in regards to Hollywood’s most successful director. He is the man who did change the face of popular culture with a shark, an archeologist and a dinosaur. His latest film, The Post, appears on countless ‘Oscar 2018 prediction’ listicles before a single frame was seen, and the recent trailer has only amplified anticipation.

Yet, Spielberg’s filmography has always had a “but” attached to it. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is great, but too sentimental. Jurassic Park is a ground-breaking technical achievement, but its characters lack depth. The Color Purple is a touching film, but it isn’t raw enough. His commercial tendencies and success has seemingly made him miss out on the critical fawning afforded to his movie brat buddies Martin Scorsese or Brian de Palma.
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Editor Zene Baker on Deleted Scenes, Joining Marvel, and That Runtime Rumor

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On Thor: Ragnarok, editors Zene Baker and Joel Negron worked with director Taika Waititi to breathe a new and undeniably hilarious life into the franchise’s third installment. In the film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself having to get back to Asgard to stop the destruction of his homeworld and the end of civilization there, at the hands of the scarily powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett). Utilizing a refreshing level of humor and fun throughout the story, Thor must get his duplicitous adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) all fighting on …
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Thor: Ragnarok was originally going to feature a romance between Thor and Valkyrie

When it was first revealed that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster would be absent from Thor: Ragnarok, many assumed that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie would be taking the spot of Thor’s new love interested in the Marvel blockbuster. However, as it turned out, that wasn’t the case – although screenwriter Eric Pearson has revealed to Yahoo! that it was originally intended for romance to be in the air.

“It was like, let’s give Valkyrie her own story that connects with Thor, and if it makes sense for them to get together, then great,” said Pearson. “You’ve got two really good-looking people who can fight and who’d probably be [good together] if the story went there, but it just didn’t. It became more about the mutual respect, and also dealing with her Ptsd. She’s someone who’s drowning her sorrows in the bottle, and I just thought
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Epix Taps Former Amblin Partners CEO Michael Wright as President

Epix is getting a new boss: MGM has recruited Michael Wright, who recently stepped down as CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, has been named president of premium cable network.

Wright’s appointment comes after Mark Greenberg exited as Epix’s president and CEO after nearly 10 years at the helm of the venture he helped form. Wright will start on Dec. 4, based at MGM’s headquarters in Los Angeles, reporting to Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM.

Wright will oversee Epix’s original programming, leading creative and marketing efforts. Business operations will continue to be overseen by Monty Sarhan, Evp and Gm for Epix, who will also work with Chris Ottinger, MGM’s president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions, on all distribution matters.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael into the MGM family,” Barber said in a statement. “His television industry experience and creative instincts are the perfect combination to help us execute on our
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Watch: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’s Hulk vs Thor Fight

Thor: Ragnarok‘ has only been in theaters for a little over week, but it is already smashing it’s way through it’s box office competition with a $400+ Million in earnings, as well as currently having a 93% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues the more colorful trend that began with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘. Since it seems like pretty much everyone saw the movie in theaters this last week, Marvel Studios has taken it upon themselves to release the (first half) of the fight between Thor and Hulk that was teased in the first trailer for the film. Although this extended clip from director Taika Waititi‘s film only showcases the first part of the confrontation between the two superheroes, the clip does give a good idea of the tone of the film for those who haven’t seen it.

For
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Chris Hemsworth Hilariously Responds to Jack Black's 'Thor' Battle of the Jams Challenge

Chris Hemsworth Hilariously Responds to Jack Black's 'Thor' Battle of the Jams Challenge
It's Rock God vs. Thunder God!

On Saturday, School of Rock star Jack Black -- who's also one half of the band Tenacious D -- called out Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, by way of Thor: Ragnarok director Taiki Waititi's Twitter. The playful beef stems from the the use of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" in the movie. Black sang the classic rock song in School of Rock, and joked that the filmmakers stole the idea for the Marvel film.

"You totally poached our jam," Black says in the video on Waititi's page.

Black then issued a musical throwdown. "This is a challenge. I'm challenging you to a battle. A battle of the jams!" he declares in the video.

Exclusive: Chris Hemsworth Talks Thor's Epic Battle With Hulk in 'Ragnarok'

Hemsworth playfully responded via Instagram, admitting that he was "guilty as charged" and also a bit confused by Black's challenge.

"I don't know what
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