April 24, 2014

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“Thor” clip shows Natalie Portman and the power of the taser

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This is going to be a super summer. Every day, we’re getting another clip from an anticipated summer hero film. The week has been heavy on “Captain America,” with a little “Green Lantern” tossed in. But the God of Thunder carries us into the weekend with thunder, lightning and a little back-and-forth with a recent Oscar winner.
Paramount has released the new clip “Taser,” which shows Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings stumbling on Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he arrives on Earth having been banished from his Asgard home.
It either shows how weak the trip made Thor, or it proves how powerful a taser can be!
Check out the clip right here:

“Thor” kicks the summer season off with a bang (we hope) on Friday, May 6.
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Thor poster introduces Marvel’s “God of Thunder”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Audiences have had to endure a serious dry spell at the box office this year. No picture has really stood up and grabbed the collective attention of the multiplex-wandering public. Sure, this weekend’s one-two punch of “Rango” and “The Adjustment Bureau” should entertain. But I think it’s time to bring on the summer blockbuster season.
It will be here soon enough, kicking off on May 6 when Paramount and Marvel unleash “Thor,” the God of Thunder. Chris Hemsworth stars as the Norse god, who is banished to earth where he falls for gorgeous mortal (and Oscar winner) Natalie Portman. Kenneth Branagh directs the superhero origin story, which of course will build toward “Captain America” and, later, “The Avengers.”
Today, we get a new “Thor” poster. Simple. Fiery red. Powerful. It introduces us to “The God of Thunder,” and continues to set the stage for what we hope is an epic, summer-movie battle.
The poster is below. We’ve also included a clip ti the most recent “Thor” trailer. It all begins on May 6. Here we go!

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“Thor” trailer teases Asgard, shows more Natalie Portman

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A new “Thor” trailer premiered online, developing both the Asgard-based and Earth-set storylines that will make up Kenneth Branagh’s film. By the looks of this new trailer, it’s pretty obvious why Marvel felt confident enough to open up the summer blockbuster season with their godly character.
Check out the new teaser below, or click over to Yahoo! Movies for a clearer copy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e07hmZ2NEjY
The Yahoo editors also connect the dots between Oscar-nominated talents like Natalie Portman appearing in comic-book movies. “Currently, four out of the 20 Oscar nominees in the acting categories will be in a Marvel Comics film in the next two years,” they note.
Is that because the comic-book genre has achieved respectability? Or is it because Hollywood makes so many of them nowadays – from “X-Men” to Batman to a rebooted Superman and Spider-Man – that credible actors like Portman, Christian Bale, Mark Ruffalo and James McAvoy have to accept roles in these blockbusters if they’re anxious to work?
Either way, “Thor” looks solid. This new trailer leads me to believe Branagh and his team will be able to bridge Thor’s two worlds. I think audiences are in for a major adventure come May 6, when the film opens everywhere.
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“Thor” trailer finally online!

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I made a bet with a friend.
I’m betting that “Thor” can make as much money at the U.S. box office as the original “Iron Man.” He disagrees. In my favor, “Thor” will be the first movie of Summer 2011. It benefits from the build-up surrounding the Marvel film properties, as movies like “Iron Man 2” and “Captain America” help set the stage for “The Avengers” in 2012. Fans who don’t want to be kept out of the loop will HAVE to see “Thor.” He argues no one knows Thor, no one knows Chris Hemsworth, and the marketing materials – so far – have been vague.
That could change today. A full trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” will be posted on Yahoo Movies today at 7 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. PT. Prior to that, the studio has released an official poster online. Again, it doesn’t tell us a whole heck of a lot about Thor. But the trailer should spill more details.
Here’s the full poster:
UPDATE: And here’s the first full trailer!
“Thor” stars Hemsworth as the Norse God, Natalie Portman as the earthbound love of his life, and Anthony Hopkins as Thor’s vengeful father, Odin. It will be in theaters on May 6, 2011.
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“Thor” video game nabs Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston for voices

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The “Thor” publicity machine is starting to build steam ahead of the May release of Marvel’s superhero blockbuster.
We’ve already seen the film’s first trailer. Check it out here, if you haven’t seen it yet.

The next natural step is the official video-game, which no doubt will be timed to hit streets when the film opens.
SEGA announced today that “Thor” stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston will star in the video game adaptation “Thor: God of Thunder.” Hemsworth voices the title role and Hiddleston will voice Loki. Both actors’ likenesses will also be used in the game.
“Bringing in Chris and Tom to star in ‘Thor: God of Thunder’ gives us AAA talent that will create a truly cinematic interactive experience,” said Gary Knight, senior vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “Mighty Thor and the trickster Loki will face off with real emotion while giving fans visual and vocal continuity between the video game and film adaptations of the Marvel franchise.”
From the release:
Thor: God of Thunder will take players through an original, epic-scale third-person action adventure for which Matt Fraction, the Eisner Award-winning writer and lead Thor comic book author, served as story consultant. In the game, Thor battles through the numerous worlds of Norse mythology to save Asgard. Players will wield the iconic Mjölnir, Thor’s legendary hammer, to fight enemies of an immense scale while controlling the elemental storm powers of lightning, thunder and wind to vanquish enemies. Thor must overcome monstrous foes lifted from the pages of the comics, including Ulik, Ymir and Surtur, as well as other daunting enemies.
“Thor: God of Thunder” is scheduled for release spring 2011 on all major video game platforms.
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“Captain America” photos and footage show Hayley Atwell in action

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In the age of cell phone cameras and YouTube, it’s very difficult for any Hollywood studio to keep a tentpole production under wraps during filming.
Which explains, to a certain extent, how we are able to have decent photographs and handheld footage of Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter on the set of Joe Johnston’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The superhero adventure currently is filming in London, with Chris Evans (not pictured) in the lead role.
Check out the pictures below if you want to see the period detail of the World War II-set thriller. While we don’t get great images of Atwell, we do get excellent footage of a vintage car blowing up. Nice work, amateur paparazzi.
“Captain America,” of course, is part of Marvel’s grand scheme to introduce many of its major heroes on screen ahead of an “Avengers” picture. “Thor” will hit theaters first in May 2011, with “Cap” following in July.
Stay tuned for more information as it arrives.

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“Thor” Comic-Con trailer online … for now!

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The “Thor” trailer which screened at Comic-Con last weekend has made its way online, though not through proper channels.
It’s currently hosted on TheFilmStage.com, but it isn’t a cam version. It’s a clean, ready-for-theaters version. This makes me think we’ll see it on iTunes or Yahoo! Movies come Friday.
FilmStage admitted on its Twitter feed that it would gladly take the footage down if asked by Marvel Studio or Paramount. Apparently that hasn’t happened yet. So for now, if you want a good look at Chris Hemsworth as he’s banished from Asgard by his angry father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), click above and check it out.
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Rare Captain America and Thor props steal the show at Comic-Con

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The superhero news that has gushed out of San Diego thanks to this year’s Comic-Con gathering should slow to a steady trickle on the coming days. But before the good scoops dry up completely, Marvel had two good sneak peeks to share with fans.
In the Marvel Studios booth sat Captain America’s shield and the Infinity Gauntlet from Thor. Both props reportedly were the ones used on the sets of Joe Johnston and Kenneth Branagh’s films, respectively. Great photos of each can be found at ComingSoon.net.
Now we’re hoping that the teaser footage for “Captain America” and “The Avengers” finds its way online. Neither gives too much away, though I am anxious to see Chris Evans in the stars-and-stripes. As for “Thor,” a healthy amount of footage was cut together to create a trailer, and I really hope that’s online by the end of the week.
As if you needed to be reminded, “Thor” comes out May 6, 2011, while Captain America” follows on July 22 of that same summer.
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Yet another “Thor” photo makes its way to the Web

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We have had so many “Thor” updates over the last few days, you’d think Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Norse God adventures was opening this Friday.
It’s not. We have to wait all the way until May 6, 2011 to see what Branagh and crew officially have up their sleeve. But on the eve of Comic-Con, yet another photo has made its way to the Internet, this time courtesy of USA Today.
The photo appears to show Chris Hemsworth, as Thor, in our reality. He’s dressed in plain clothes and looks to be pulling his mighty hammer from a mound of mud. But this is in stark contrast to the image that ran in the L.A. Times last weekend, which gave fans a glimpse of Odin’s throne room in the mythological world of Asgard.
Next? We want to see footage. And those attending Comic-Con in San Diego might get the chance. Then the rest of us just have to pray that pirated, cell-phone-recorded clips make their way to the Web … and that they look good!
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Thor video game coming from SEGA in 2011

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Certain comic book fans can’t wait to watch Kenneth Branagh’s big-screen version of “Thor.” We, however, can’t wait to play it.
But as with the movie, we’re going to have to wait until next year. SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA of America today announced they will bring Marvel’s “Thor” to video game systems for a third-person adventure scheduled for release on all five major video game platforms in 2011.
“We are proud to be bringing Marvel’s Thor to his first solo video game adventure,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA America. “Thor: The Video Game will finally bring the immense power of this iconic hero to lifelong fans, and introduce the God of Thunder to a whole new audience as a true Marvel Super Hero.”
According to a release, Thor will battle through “the numerous worlds of Norse mythology that span realms ranging from primal worlds of fire and ice to extraordinary planets inhabited by Frost Giants and Trolls to save Asgard, the capital city of the Norse Gods. Thor must overcome monstrous foes lifted from the pages of the comics including Ulik, Ymir, and Surtur, as well as other monstrous denizens. Players will wield the iconic Mjölnir, Thor’s legendary hammer, to fight enemies on an immense scale while controlling the elemental storm powers of lightning, thunder, and wind to vanquish enemies. As Thor earns Valor points through his exploits, players can acquire new abilities, powers, and weapon upgrades.”
For further information on the title, bookmark www.sega-press.com.
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