“We wanted to do a tease of an image — Let people know that the movie has started filming, and it’s real. We thought it would be fun to have the cast chairs — that’s the big selling point of the movie, that these people are together on the set.
I did get to New Mexico on the 1st day of shooting. Right off the bat, it involved a couple of characters who’d been in other movies meeting for the first time. It was a little surreal, realizing it was actually happening.”
– Kevin Feige (“The Avengers,” producer)
The Avengers comes to theatres May 4, 2012.
Following recent news that Natalie would be reprising the role of Jane Foster from Thor in writer-director Joss Whedon’s super-team movie, The Avengers, she revealed to TodayOnline that she will not be in it.
I’m not in The Avengers, but I’m signed up for the next two [Thor] sequels if they are made. I think these inter-related Marvel movies are great fun. The Avengers will be like Ocean’s Eleven with the superhero all-stars!
The Avengers are currently filming in New Mexico and will be moving to Cleveland soon, a recent report states that Joss Whedon and company might be demolishing some buildings before they leave The Land of Enchantment for Cleveland.
Reports On Location Vacation:
The Avengers has been filming at Albuquerque Studios for the past few weeks but they are also expected to shoot at the Albuquerque Rail Yards, and we’ve even heard they’ll be blowing up a building or two before leaving New Mexico!
The Avengers stars Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downy Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Furry, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and will be released on May 4, 2012 . (Source)
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When Kenneth Branagh ended up in the director’s seat for the big-screen adaptation of Thor, Tom Hiddleston was hand-picked to serve as Thor’s brother and nemesis, Loki. It’s a part so juicy that Hiddleston will reprise it as the main villain in next year’s Marvel mash-up The Avengers. New York Magazine had the opportunity to talk to Tom about the upcoming “The Avengers,” take a look at what he had to say:
At what point did they tell you that you would get to be the primary villain in The Avengers too?
Well, I think it was a plan from the get-go, but it wasn’t really dead-set until near the end of Thor. What was wonderful is that about four days after I wrapped on Thor, I went out for a cup of tea with Joss Whedon. We sat down at two o’clock in the afternoon, and we were still sitting there at six o’clock. He said, “Listen, you’ve lived with this guy for six months. I want you to spill the beans and tell me all of his dark secrets. Who is this guy? Why is he who he is?” Ken had already shown him a rough cut of the film, and mercifully, everything I had done accorded with Joss’s idea of the character, too. I’m really so flattered that Marvel and Joss think I can take them all on. In Avengers, it’s going to be me versus seven of them, and I say “Good luck to them,” frankly.
Is there still some ambiguity to Loki in that movie, or is he more of a full-fledged bad guy?
It’s tough to say. I think Loki’s intelligence is never switched off. Let’s put it this way: He has really big, evil plans that will take more than his thunderous brother to put a stop to, but that doesn’t mean that the layers aren’t still there.
Are there any trepidations that you’re committed to so many Marvel films without so much as script approval?
I’ve got to be completely honest with you, man: Loki has been such an amazing break for me. I think every young actor needs a break, and I owe it eternally to Kenneth Branagh for believing in me, so it’s kind of a no-brainer to me. The idea that I can play this juicy role a couple more times? It’s a tantalizing prospect.
Read the complete interview: www.nymag.com
The Marvel tentpole Thor, toplined by Chris Hemsworth, wasn’t just directed by Kenneth Branagh. “Thor” actor Stellan Skarsgard revealed at Cannes, while promoting Melancholia, that Joss Whedon, who is currently helming The Avengers, actually filmed part of “Thor.”
Whedon, Skarsgard tells Empire, directed the post-credits scene, in which his Erik Selvig, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury all appear.
“That was just a couple of months ago,” Skarsgard said of filming the extra scene. “I flew over there and went down into a basement, talked to Sam a couple of minutes and then went back home.”
“Was that with Ken Branagh?,” the interviewer asks.
“No that was with a director called Joss Whedon, who’s doing The Avengers,” Skarsgard answers.
Thor is already slated to show up in the upcoming team-up movie The Avengers along with the likes of Iron Man and Captain America. But once that’s over with it’s believed that Marvel Studios will already have a Thor 2 in the works. In fact sources say that they’ve already begun kicking around story ideas for the sequel with the hope that they’ll have it ready and in theaters in the same year as Iron Man 3, in 2013. That fits the pattern we’re seeing this summer, with both Thor and Captain America hitting theaters in the same year.
Source tells us that while the Thor 2 project is still in very early stages and they don’t expect to start actually writing the script until the end of the year, internally producers are kicking around possible villains. In contention to face off against Thor are two characters named The Enchantress and The Executioner.
In Marvel Comics lore The Enchantress is a powerful Asgard sorceress named Amora. In the comics her first appearance involved an attempt to take out Thor’s love interest in order to have him all to herself. That notion seems to fit pretty well with where the first movie left us. When last we saw him Thor was pining for, and obviously head over heels in love with, Natalie Portman’s Jane. Eventually he’ll have to bring her to court, and that’s going to piss a lot of Asgardians off. Loki could figure in here, if Tom Hiddleston’s character returns, since in the comics he helps Amora seduce Thor.
The Executioner is a character closely tied to The Enchantress. He’s in love with her, and she manipulates him into doing her dirty work. He’s a warrior and easily manipulated. Toying with him could be fun for Loki too.
For now it’s all in the early stages and these are just a couple of the ideas we hear Marvel may be kicking around internally. Expect more detail as Thor 2 moves forward. (Source)
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Universal Pictures has decided shift the release date of Snow White and the Huntsman to June 1st, 2012, beating Relativity’s Snow White film in the race to theaters by almost a month, though the studio made no mention of the Snow White competition when speaking of the date shift.
Their report states:
“Universal’s Sunday announcement made no mention of the competing movie. The studio only said “adjustments to the production timeline” had facilitated the move.
“As Rupert and Joe were finalizing casting and preproduction of Snow White and the Huntsman, we realized that the ambitious and fully-formed world they had promised was blowing away all expectations,” said Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley jointly in the announcement. “We’re thrilled that Universal will be bringing this singular version of a timeless story almost seven months earlier than anticipated.”
Snow White and the Huntsman is slated to hit theaters on June 1st, 2012. (Source)
Despite the release of two new movies in wide release, Marvel Studios’ Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston remained in first place with an estimated $34.5 million, down roughly 48% from its opening weekend and bringing its North American total to $119.2 million.
Opening in a strong second place was Paul Feig’s R-rated comedy Bridesmaids (Universal), starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, with an estimated $24.4 million in just over 2,900 theaters, averaging over $8,300 per site. Produced by Judd Apatow for a reported $32.5 million, the raunchy female-targeted comedy opened with $7.8 million on Friday, then saw a bump on Saturday to $10.7 million. With a CinemaScore of B+ (similar to Apatow’s second film Knocked Up), it should be expected to have a strong run over the summer.
Universal’s other summer hit Fast Five starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster dropped to third place with $19.5 million and $168.8 million grossed domestically in three weekends. The Justin Lin-directed action movie was also the #1 movie worldwide for a third weekend in a row, grossing another $77.5 million in 63 countries to bring its total worldwide gross to $440.5 million! Universal had its second biggest opening in China where it opened at #1 with $8.5 million in 1,500 locations, four times the opening of Fast & Furious.
Rounding out the top five was Screen Gem’s action thriller Priest in fourth place and 20th Century Fox’s animated comedy Rio in fifth. (Source)
Universal have finally locked down their fourth and final main character for next year’s Snow White and the Huntsman! Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor who won us over in Star Trek and headlines Thor, this past week’s number one movie in America, has officially signed on as Kristen Stewart’s Huntsman in Universal’s take on the Snow White classic.
In this adapatation of the Grimm’s Brother tale, Snow White is no damsel in distress. On the run with the Huntsman, Snow White insists that she be taught self defense in order to protect herself without needing a man.
The news that Hemsworth is to take the titular role is a departure from the previous, and more established, names whom Universal had been eyeing – Viggo Mortensen and fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman.
But it’s good news for Universal who at last have their four main characters after up and comer Sam Claflin signed on to play Prince Charmant earlier this month with Charlize Theron attached since the beginning to play the evil step-mother.
Relativity’s own adaptation of the same classic tale The Brothers Grimm: Snow White has been cast for some time now (Lily Collins is to take the role of Snow White here, with Armie Hammer as her Prince and Julia Roberts as the evil step-mother) so we’re excited for these two to finally start filming. (Source)