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With filming on Thor: Ragnarok set to get underway Down Under on July 4th, Gold Coast Bulletin has got its hands on a couple of spy photos, which seemingly show Asgardian building sets under construction…
Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and will star Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster and Karl Urban as Skurge. It is set for release on November 3rd, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
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Thor: Ragnarok starts shooting on Australia’s Gold Coast on July 4th, and production there is expected to last until October. It’s a big movie though (especially as it will be attempting to find a balance between the God of Thunder’s story and a loose adaptation of Planet Hulk), so it makes sense that the Marvel Studios release will shoot in a big country.
As you can see in the gallery above, the first photos from the set have surfaced today and they appear to show some Asgardian buildings. That was to be expected, but the Gold Coast Bulletin goes on to reveal that “several spaceships” are also being built. That makes sense considering the fact that Thor: Ragnarok will take the hero on a cosmic adventure, but it could be that this movie ends up having more in common with Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Josh Wilding
Earlier this month, Marvel confirmed that Thor: Ragnarok will start production on July 4, with the studio already setting a November 3, 2017 release date. Over the past few weeks, new cast members and plot details have surfaced, but today, we have our first look at one of the sets being built for this Phase 3 sequel. While we don't know exactly what this building is, it certainly appears to be one of the Asgardian dwellings.
Gold Coast Bulletin reveals that several outdoor sets are being built at Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford, Australia. While none of the cast members are present, since filming hasn't begun yet, that will surely change in the weeks ahead. Hopefully we'll also get the first official story details when shooting starts, to combat the numerous rumors that have sprung up as of late.
One of the most prevalent rumors is that the new villain Hela will team up »
Thor: Ragnarok begins shooting on Australia's Gold Coast on July 4th, and the Gold Coast Bulletin has a piece up looking at what exactly the Marvel Studios production is getting up to in the area. As you can see below, a number of large sets are being constructed at Village Roadshow Studios, and they appear to be parts of Asgard (a sign perhaps that this movie will create that realm with less CGI). Shooting is expected to last until October, and director Taika Waititi told the site the following about working on the movie for Marvel: "I’ve been hanging out with Chris and I’ve been working on the script with the writer, designing swords and things and looking at pieces of armour. I am an outside choice for Thor for sure - even I see that - but that’s what’s good about Marvel, what’s great about it. »
From Todd Solondz and Greta Gerwig to Daniel Radcliffe and his pair of directors known collectively as the Daniels, a notable pack of filmmakers and stars are heading to theaters with limited releases this weekend. Solondz Wiener-Dog, with Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn and a rambunctious dachshund (or two) share this week’s Specialty roster with the Daniels' feature bow Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano and Radcliffe. Also up: New Zealand director Taika Waititi… »
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 24. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Gary Ross
Synopsis: “In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.”
- Steve Greene
Review By Sam Fragoso By all accounts, New Zealand director Taika Waititi seems to be a very pleasant individual who, in turn, makes very pleasant movies. Waititi continues to ride that wave of pleasantry with “Hunt For The Wilderpeople,” a perfectly amicable dramedy that makes a concerted effort to avoid offending or provoking. And by […]
- The Playlist
Note: With Hunt for the Wilderpeople in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival. Taika Waititi had a minor breakthrough last year with What We Do in the Shadows, and is about to have a much bigger one with Thor: Ragnarok, but in between he’s managed to squeeze in the delightful Hunt for […]
- Angie Han
Director teases What We Do In The Shadows sequel – What We Do In The Shadows is one of my favorite films of the past few years – so news that director Taika Waititi is working on a sequel is like the best thing ever. Waititi offered up details about the new film, which will focus on werewolves instead of vampires, in a recent interview with us. Here’s what he had to say: “The status update is we're still talking about ideas for it. Much like Shadows – I mean it hope it doesn't take us that long – but a lot of this one is going to be us going, 'What about this idea? What about this other idea?' until we have enough ideas written down that we might be able to write a script. Also...
- Mike Bracken
Taika Waititi has been quietly building his body of work as a filmmaker with a distinctive comic voice and a deadpan absurdist shooting style. Eagle vs Shark was a sweet little romantic comedy with a real voice, and What We Do In The Shadows is a laugh-out-loud deflation of film vampires from every era. With his latest film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Waititi really comes into focus as a filmmaker, and he’s got an exceptional sense of control over some tricky material. It helps that Sam Neill gives one of his very best performances as Hec, a grizzled old man who lives on a remote farm with Bella (Rima Te Wiata, who was delightful in Housebound). When the foster care system brings them a 12-year-old boy named Ricky (Julian Dennison), Bella is able to forge a connection to him. It’s not easy, but once Ricky starts to get comfortable, »
- Drew McWeeny
Say what you will about “armchair activism,” but the squeaky wheel gets the oil. At least when it comes to progressing media beyond its comfort zone of straight white male narratives. After a bumpy start, Marvel has righted the ship with their cinematic universe, adding in more Poc (People of Color) and women both behind and in front of the camera. One of the worst offenders as far as diversity went in the McU was the Thor franchise. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), one of the world’s top astrophysicists, was regulated to a distressed damsel. Heimdall (Idris Elba) was a glorified elevator attendant. Frigga (Rene Russo) fridged, Hogun (Asano Tadanobu) vanished. Sit (Jamie Alexander) fared better, but not by much. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is looking to break that terrible track record. Speaking to The Daily Beast about his upcoming film Hunt of the Wilderpeople, the questions inevitably turned to Marvel. »
- Donna Dickens
Taika Waititi can do no wrong. From his wonderful short films to his features, and through his work on the hilarious TV show Flight of the Conchords, all of his efforts have been pitch perfect. Yet because of his last film What We Do in the Shadows, anyone new to the Taika-verse might think that pitch is just hilarity (and that film is indeed hilarious). But where Waititi's real talent shines is when he mixes deep heartwarming emotions with that unique sense of humor. That was the case in his second feature Boy and it's even more on display in his latest film Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Set in the New Zealand outback (basically just a big forest), Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows young Ricky...
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When most people think of movies and New Zealand, they jump to Peter Jackson and Lord of the Rings. As well they should, since Jackson's movies shifted the rest of the world's perception of New Zealand into a picturesque fantasy land. But New Zealand's film industry hasn't only given great landscapes to the world, they're also exporting some very, very funny people who keep climbing higher and higher in Hollywood. One New Zealander whose career is rocketing off is Taika Waititi (pictured above). He first started to catch international eyes in the late 2000s thanks to work on Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs. Shark, but it was 2014's vampire documentary What We Do In the Shadows that seemed to really start a career...
- Peter Hall
According to The Hollywood Reporter, on April 27, five bison carcasses were arranged on set in Alberta, Canada. The animals had been slaughtered and partially skinned the previous day to be used in a specific scene. The American Humane Association prohibits the use of animals killed for the purpose of film production, and are now looking into the project to see if there was any foul play.
“We were alerted to allegations that, if true, are a clear violation of our standards,” said Aha rep Mark Stubis in a statement. “If, in the course of the ongoing investigation, the American Humane Association discovers that any laws were broken or violated, we will submit the evidence to the proper channels immediately, »
- Liz Calvario
Before Thor: Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople came What We Do in the Shadows, Taika Waititi’s long-in-development passion project that went on to become something of a breakout hit for the New Zealand filmmaker.
Stylized as a vampire mockumentary, Waititi’s feature drew praise for its smart writing and eclectic cast of blood-suckers, and ever since gracing screens early last year, there have been mooted talk of a sequel.
Rather than keep the focus on Viago (Waititi) or Jemaine Clement’s Vladislav, the writer-director has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the potential follow-up would shift gears to tell the tale from the perspective of the werewolves. For now, though, Waititi cautioned that the creative team are still very much in the pre-production phase.
We want to do it, and we’re coming up with story ideas. The first film took us about seven years to make, and we »
- Michael Briers
With the release of "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" in U.S. cinemas this week, New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi has been out doing promotional rounds and talking up his next project, Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok".
One question that does come up though is what he intends to do after 'Thor', with many suspecting a follow-up to his acclaimed vampire mockumentary "What We Do in the Shadows". Waititi has previously discussed plans for a werewolf-centric sequel titled "We're Wolves" and today, while speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the outlet asked him about his plans for the film which he'll co-write with Jemaine Clement.
"We want to do it, and we're coming up with story ideas. The first film took us about seven years to make, and we don't want to do that again. It's a lot easier now that we have all the characters, and we know how we want to do it, »
- Garth Franklin
Taika Waititi co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed one of our favorite films of last year, What We Do in the Shadows. While promoting his latest film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople — which is about as delightful as the vampire mockumentary — he discussed plans for a sequel to Shadows. The proposed sequel wouldn’t center on Viago (Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) or the bad boy […]
- Jack Giroux
Hunt for the Wilderpeople The Orchard Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Taika Waititi Written by: Taika Waititi Based on: Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Tuss, Finn Release Date: June 24th, 2016 Ricky (Julian Dennison), an abandoned, overweight, thirteen-year old child living in New Zealand, had his share of foster care homes. Life changes when he is delivered by Paula (Rachel House), a social worker, to the modest home of Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). The couple live in a small house with outdoor plumbing and hunt for [ Read More ]
The post Hunt for the Wilderpeople Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
For most independent filmmakers, making the jump from their own modestly budgeted films to a box office hit is the endgame, the big dream, the ever-dangling carrot on a stick. For “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” director Taika Waititi, it’s already old hat. The New Zealand director may be on the cusp of shooting his very first Hollywood feature – the third “Thor” standalone film, due out in November of next year – but the “Boy” and “What We Do In the Shadows” director is already very familiar with making smash hits that entire countries adore.
“Wilderpeople,” which debuted at Sundance back in January, is already a huge success in New Zealand, ranking as the highest-grossing locally-produced feature film of all time (as of last week, it had made over $8.3 million in New Zealand alone; for some context, that’s nearly $5 million more than “Captain America: Civil War”). But it’s hardly »
- Kate Erbland
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” follows Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a scrappy young city kid known to cause plenty of trouble, who is sent by child welfare services to live in the country with foster Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and mysterious, grumpy Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). But when Ricky flees to the bush, Uncle Hec chases after him only for child services to believe the mentally unstable Hec kidnapped the boy. Now, they must band together in order to best survive in the wild. In this exclusive clip below, see director Taika Waititi discuss his personal rules for survival in the bush.
Director Taika Waititi’s 2005 short film “Two Cars, One Night” was nominated for an Oscar. He has also previously directed the features “Eagle vs. Shark,” starring Jemaine Clement, one of two members »
- Vikram Murthi
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