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Leading up to and throughout the Christmas holidays, a bunch of fun little tidbits about Marvel Studios’ upcoming movies popped up online so we’ve gathered them all here for you to keep in the loop and give you your fix of Thor, Iron Man 2 and The First Avenger: Captain America.
In this Marvel news round-up we talk about the Thor rehearsals, an actor who just missed out on playing the Mighty God of Thunder, the production start date of a certain American Captain, a neat new look at Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash and some rumors are shot down.
Check it all out after the jump.
The First Avenger: Captain America is set for a June production start! As we know, the Captain America origins films is slated for release in July of 2011, the same summer as Thor which kicks off that season with a May release. With Thor »
- Rob Keyes
"Sherlock Holmes" arrives in theaters this week, pairing "Iron Man 2" star Robert Downey Jr. with actor Jude Law — who remains a far less prominent star in the comic book movie world than his co-star, despite his comics cred-inspiring ink. (He has a tattoo of Rorschach from "Watchmen.") However, an October rumor seemed to indicate that Law was on track to change all that with a role in "Thor" alongside Robert DeNiro.
Unfortunately, the rumor turned out to be just that, as Law explained to MTV News during the recent "Sherlock Holmes" red carpet event.
"Was there?" said Law when told there was a widely circulated rumor tagging him for a role in Kenneth Branagh's film about the Marvel god of thunder.
When asked whether he'd ever been approached about a role in the film, the actor answered, "No, I had no idea!"
While the rumor attaching Law and »
- Rick Marshall
Rene Russo is set to play Frigga, the mother of the titular hammer-wielding Norse hero in "Thor" for Marvel Studios says Variety. As the wife of Norse god (Anthony Hopkins) Frigga is the queen of Asgard and mother to both Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Natalie Portman also stars as Thor's love interest. Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Colm Feore, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano and maybe Jeremy Renner are starring. Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script in which arrogant warrior Thor reignites an ancient war and as punishment, "Thor" is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain »
I’m taken aback by the casting direction that Kenneth Branagh has taken with his film version of Marvel Comics’ Thor — it might just be my unfamiliarity with the subject material, but really? The 40-Year-Old Virgin’s Kat Dennings in a tale of Asgard’s invasion of Earth?
That’s not to say I’m disappointed or unexcited. In fact, Branagh has fleshed out an incredibly interesting cast featuring Star Trek’s Chris Hemsworth as Thor, alongside Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard and Ray Stevenson.
The latest addition to the cast of Thor is Rene Russo, who will be playing Frigga, the mother of Thor. Russo has been sort of non-existent for the past few years, so it’s good to see her stepping behind one of Marvel’s upcoming centerpiece films.
- John Cooper
According to a statement posted on Gatt’s website, Gatt is “prepping for his most prominent job to date: a (secret) role in the forthcoming Marvel Studios film ‘Thor’, slated for release in 2011." However, this announcement has not been officially confirmed by Marvel at this time.
Gatt’s most prominent film appearance to date was in the 2006 horror film, “Pulse.” Gatt has also performed extensively as a motion capture actor on several video games, including “Lair”, “24: The Game” and "Driv3r" as well as “God of War II” and “God of War III.”
Thus far, speculation on Gatt’s role in “Thor” has centered on Skurge the Executioner, one of the earliest “Thor” villains who was often in league with the Enchantress. Neither character has been confirmed to appear within the film.
- Blair Marnell
When I first saw The Punisher: War Zone I pretty much hated it. Yet another Punisher reboot that simply didn’t work. However, upon further reflection over subsequent months I realized War Zone wasn’t bad. Actually, it was Ray Stevenson’s performance as Frank Castle that single-handedly saved the film.
Stevenson continued to flesh out his bad ass resume as Titus Pullo in the mini-series Rome. While Titus was a more benign individual at times it didn’t take much to bring out the Punisher-esque tendencies when he reverted to his soldier role. In fact, Rome had some of the best action sequences ever and Stevenson again was brilliant in this capacity.
So, what happens when you combine The Punisher and Titus Pullo? How about one of Thor’s Warriors Three: Volstagg? Of course, the most obvious question was how Stevenson would fill out Volstagg’s large, um…physique:
“…a solution is at hand, »
- Bob Starr
Ray Stevenson made his mark playing Titus Pullo in the incredible Rome series, but he also made a splash earlier this year playing the title character of Frank Castle in Punisher: War Zone. Unfortunately the film was a bit of a disaster critically and at the box office but he was perfectly cast and did his job right.
Stevenson has also played some cool characters in King Arthur and Outpost among many others, but the best is yet to come as we’ll be seeing a lot more of the growing star in the next few years with him being cast and working on a few big films including a role in the Denzel Washington starrer, The Book of Eli. For the Rome fans out there, a feature film based after the series is also in development so we can expect to see Titus Pullo back in action yet again. »
- Rob Keyes
True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgard looks boyishly handsome Dec. 8 at InStyle magazine’s special Golden Globes party in L.A. Skarsgård, 33, is set to begin filming the highly anticipated third season of True Blood later this month. When asked to describe his on-screen alter ego Eric Northman, Alexander compared the bad-boy vampire to a majestic lion. Skarsgård, who has been voted the Sexiest Man in Sweden for the past five years, is the son of Swedish star Stellan Skarsgård, 58 (Angels & Demons, Ronin, Good Will Hunting). The first season of the hit series received widespread critical acclaim and won several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Samantha Chang)
Chicago – Give Ron Howard an intimate character study like “Frost/Nixon,” and he’ll knock it out of the park. Give him a sprawling plot-driven thriller like…well, let’s face it: anything written by Dan Brown, and he’ll be consumed by the enormity of his subject. Yet while Howard’s “The Da Vinci Code,” failed on a human level, it did succeed in highlighting the tantalizing questions raised by Brown’s text, particularly the implications of historical distortion throughout the centuries. When the characters were allowed to simply analyze the story’s inherent mysteries, the film took flight.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
Unfortunately, “Angels & Demons” never has a chance to truly engage, which is partly due to the fact that the material itself is less philosophical, and more on the level of a conventional thriller. That isn’t to say that Brown’s story (which was originally the prequel to »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada was brought to Los Angeles for Thor pre-production meetings with director Kenneth Branagh. In a recent interview with ComicBookResources, Quesada said that Marvel is "incredibly confident" with the outcome of the adaptation of Thor.
If you're a comics fan, you'll have a preconceived notion of what you're going to get. If you're a non-comics fan, you'll have another notion of what the movie is all about. And what's really amazing is that both groups will walk away going, "I've never seen anything like this before within the super hero genre." It's so cool, and I don't want to use the word unusual, but it is unusual in the sense that it redefines what a super hero movie can be.
- Ryan Gowland
One of the rules in the mystery thriller genre is that if you want to find your suspect for the killings, it’s probably not the obvious answer. One should be suspicious of the nice, the genteel, the physical unthreatening, and often the sexual repressed/fey types. If the idea is surprising your audience, the person in the first act cutting the brushes will probably not be the killer, unless he never shows up again, and the camera lingers (the Hunt for Red October rule). As mystery/thrillers go, Angels & Demons is perfectly competent, but never much more, and the person most likely to be the ringleader is evident if the rules above are paid attention to. My review of the Angels and Demons Blu-ray after the jump.
Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon, called to the Vatican to help after the illuminati have shown their hand and threaten to »
- Andre Dellamorte
Firstly, in the latest Empire magazine, actor Jeremy Renner reveals he has had talks with Marvel Studios over playing Clint Barton - aka the super-skilled archer Hawkeye (pictured) - in a cameo that sets up a full appearance in The Avengers movie.
Renner, 38, whose roles include Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker, said: "Hawkeye could be interesting. They're going to send me some stuff on it, see what it is.
"But I think they're pretty awesome, trying to make superhero movies almost plausible and not just some fantasy thing."
- David Bentley
"Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist" actress Kat Dennings has scored a role in Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" for Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios reports MTV News. Natalie Portman revealed Dennings casting in an interview this week but couldn't reveal what role Dennings will be playing. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano and Idris Elba also star. Filming kicks off early next year for release May 2011. »
It seems the good folks over at AICN landed some spoiler rich deets about both Thor and The Avengers...info that was so rich that the article got pulled (perhaps at the behest of official channels). However, before the info disappeared into the ethers, Cbr snagged the info and you can read it below.
We've said it twice now, but here's your third warning: this info is *Spoiler* rich. Consider yourself forewarned.
Here's how Cbr describes the plot points:
The film starts with the 6 warriors (Thor, Loki, the Warriors 3 and Sif) in Asgard, Odin (Hopkins) on the throne, etc. Loki is adopted, hence the black hair.
* Loki kills his dad, usurping the throne, Thor is cast out to Earth.
Chicago – It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Blu-Ray and DVD collectors. Every holiday season, studios pull out their most beloved films, polish up the picture, maybe add a special feature or two, and usually throw in a few collectibles for a gift set. Recent gift set releases include limited edition boxes for “Gone With the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Christmas Vacation”. The gleefully campy “Mamma Mia! The Movie” seems like a perfect fit and “The Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More Gift Set” should make fans of the movie happy but is clearly the lowest rung on the ladder when it comes to these season releases.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
Before we even get to the movie, what qualifies as a gift set? With recent releases including such unusual items as a watch (“Wizard of Oz”) and fake snow (“Christmas Vacation”), don’t you think a film as weird as “Mamma Mia! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Natalie Portman, who forms part of the "Thor," revealed to MTV News that Kat Dennings has joined the cast of the Kenneth Branagh-directed "Thor." The "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" actress joins Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Stuart Townshend, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, Tadanobu Asamo, Ray Stevenson and others in theParamount Pictures distributed film which sees theatres on May 20th, 2011. "Well I'm really excited," Portman told MTV News. "Kat Dennings is going to be in it with me and she's a good friend and an amazing actress, so I'm looking forward to that." Based on the comicbook superhero created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), whose name is taken from a god based on Norse myth, is sent down by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and sets him in a body of a partly disabled man named Donald Blake who's a medical student. »
“Well I’m really excited… Kat Dennings is going to be in it with me and she’s a good friend and an amazing actress, so I’m looking forward to that,” Portman said.
No word on which character Dennings will portray.
The 23-year-old will be joining Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, (hold on, let me catch my breath…okay, I’m good) Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson and Tadanobu Asano.
Related posts:Idris Elba joins the fantastic cast of »
- Reel Loop News Staff
Natalie Portman knows from fanboys. First, there were the Star Wars prequels. Now, there's Thor. So what exactly attracts an Oscar-nominated actress to comic-book fare? A love of Norse mythology? Beefy blond guys twirling hammers? A potential franchise? Not quite. "I just thought it sounded like a really weird idea 'cause Kenneth Branagh's directing it," Portman said during the weekend junket for her much more highbrow flick, Brothers. "And Ken Branagh doing Thor is super weird. I've got to do it." She's in good company. Portman will star alongside Chris Hemsworth (as the hammer-wielding god of thunder), Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård and »
By: Zachary Hermann
We can all thank Natalie Portman for letting slip this bit of casting news for the upcoming Thor movie. While plugging the American remake of Brothers (hitting theaters Dec. 4), Portman told MTV News she is "really excited" to work with her friend Kat Dennings on Thor. It just feels like cast announcements have been pouring in for the upcoming Marvel adaptation -- Dennings will join Portman (love interest Jane Foster), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and just about everyone else under the sun for what is shaping up to be a very interesting stab at the Norse superhero. Kenneth Branagh will be directing from the script by Mark Protosevich (with Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller).
Of course the burning question here is who will Dennings be playing? MTV's Splash Page and /film both mention the possibility of Enchantress, which »
- Cinematical staff
This weekend, Natalie Portman said that she was excited to be working with her friend Kat Dennings on Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Marvel’s Thor, and so the cast of the highly-anticipated superhero movie continues to grow. In the past week alone we’ve heard about the casting of Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano as the Warriors Three and Idris Elba as Heimdall. Now we’ve learned that busty hottie Kat Dennings will be in the film. Hit the jump and wonder if we’ll be hearing more casting tomorrow. Thor was created in 1962 so I’m sure there are some more characters they could squeeze in there.
Speaking with Natalie Portman over the weekend, MTV learned that Portman’s friend and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist star Kat Dennings would have a role in the film although that role remains unknown. Looking through the list »
- Matt Goldberg
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