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03 Sep 2010 Melanie || Headlines & Rumors, The Avengers, Thor

Ever since Spider-Man came out in 2002 and set all kinds of records for making money, the movie industry has gone crazy for superheros. Eight years on, they just keep on coming. We’ve had some great ones (Iron Man, The Dark Knight) along with some not-so-good ones (Wolverine, Fantastic Four).

Over the next three years we’re going to have the chance to see more than a dozen superhero films, mostly from Marvel and DC, but also a few others. To help keep track of it all we’ve created this handy guide to the 19 most notable titles that are supposed to come out (some more tentatively than others) through 2013.

Title: The Avengers
Who’s involved: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk. Joss Whedon has finally made it official as director.
What it is: Adaptation of the Marvel comic
Notes: The buzz is getting higher and higher for Avengers, which will be preceded by a bunch of movies featuring the individual heroes first. It’s going to be a completely massive spectacle, good or bad, and is an automatic must-see.
Release Date: May 4, 2012

Title: Thor
Who’s involved: Chris Hemsworth (George Kirk in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek), Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings, with Kenneth Branagh directing. Ashley Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fringe) wrote the script.
What it is: Adaptation of the Marvel comic
Notes: Branagh is better known for directing Shakespeare than anything else, so a superhero film doesn’t seem like an immediate match. But Thor does have Shakespearean overtones, so we don’t see why this shouldn’t work out well. Plus, the trailer looked very promising.
Release Date: May 6, 2011

source: blastr.com

27 Aug 2010 Melanie || Headlines & Rumors, Thor

Good luck to actor Thom Hiddleston who, as Loki, has to duke it out with a beefed up Chris Hemsworth in Marvel’s Thor. The film’s heavy told MTV Splash Page that their battle scenes were intense enough as to result in injury. Hiddleston said that Loki’s fighting style for the film had to be different from Thor’s just because of the sheer size differences of the actors. So whereas Thor is about power, Loki is more balletic. Still the actor wasn’t agile enough to avoid a critical blow from his sparring partner.

“There’s a huge fight at the end — that’s not giving too much away to say that it comes to a head,” Hiddleston told MTV. The donnybrook between him and Hemsworth had been well-rehearsed. Yet, when cameras rolled things got a bit too real.

“There was this move where I had to spear [Hemsworth] and he’d catch the spear . . . and then just pop the elbow up into my face,” he said. “I’d been doing this quite nifty reaction — like great boxing closeups where you see someone get punched in the nose. On the fourth take, we got a little close, and in that split second, I thought, ‘I’ve got too close. I’m going to get nailed.’

“[Hemsworth] just cracked me in the nose, and I was so stilled by the force of this thing,” he continued. “Chris had huge arms at this point. His arms were the size of my head.

“He had to throw me across the room, and you can hear him going, ‘Sorry, dude,’ and then slinging me across the room,” laughed Hiddleston. “Rivers of blood were coming out of my nose.”

Look for Thom Hiddleston’s blood, sweat and tears in Thor, coming May 6, 2011.

source: mania.com

20 Aug 2010 Melanie || Ca$h, Headlines & Rumors

CHICAGO and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Lionsgate has released Ca$h on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand (www.thefilmcash.com).

It’s a twisted, exciting game of injustice and consequences when the power of greed takes over. Chris Hemsworth (lead actor in the upcoming Thor) stars alongside Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Victoria Profeta (Push) in the action-filled psychological dramedy, Ca$h. Raising the question of how far someone will go for money, the film takes audiences through an exhilarating story filled with danger and suspense on the streets of Chicago.

A stroke of good luck — finding a suitcase full of cash — turns lethal for Sam Phelan (Hemsworth) and his wife Leslie (Profeta) when the sinister criminal Pyke Kubic (Bean) arrives at their doorstep, looking to collect what he believes is his. As Pyke leads Sam and Leslie on a tumultuous adventure through the streets of Chicago, each are pulled deeper and deeper into a desperate spiral of deception and violence … all in the name of Ca$h.

The DVD is filled with bonus features including deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary and “The Making of Ca$h” featurette. The featurette includes a segment on Hemsworth’s rise to stardom; the Australian soap star had just arrived in the United States when Ca$h filmmakers hired him to star alongside veteran actor Bean. Hemsworth went on to land a role in StarTrek, and is set to star in Marvel’s upcoming Thor.

To coincide with the DVD release of the film, the filmmakers are auctioning off items from the movie sets. Ebay auctions are scheduled through August 2010. More information on the auctions can be found on the film’s official website.

Jacksonville.com’s Cinemania (The Florida Times-Union) calls Ca$h, “A surprising present of cinema delight.” Screenrant.com describes Ca$h as a “Twist-filled crime thriller.”

To view trailer and purchase the DVD, visit www.thefilmcash.com.

source: finance.yahoo.com

15 Aug 2010 Melanie || Photoshoots

I added a new HQ photoshoot to the gallery. Its an old shot from his ‘Home and Away’ days. Head on over and check it out.

GALLERY LINKS:
– VIEW: SET 018

13 Aug 2010 Melanie || Headlines & Rumors

Ryan Reynolds has emerged as front runner in a pack of top young actors vying to star alongside Denzel Washington in Safe House, the David Guggenheim-scripted Universal Pictures drama that will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash). Up for grabs is a great role of a young CIA agent who must transport a dangerous criminal to safety after both are attacked at a safe house.

Washington signed on weeks ago to play the criminal, and I’ve heard Reynolds, Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Kitsch, Washington’s Unstoppable co-star Chris Pine, Sam Worthington, Garrett Hedlund, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and Jake Gyllenhaal are all in contention. No offer has been made, but it will happen soon as the studio, Washington, Espinosa and producer Scott Stuber make a decision shortly. Production begins early next year, with Argentina and South Africa among the places being scouted. Safe House becomes the latest must-have role that has prompted meetings, or in a bunch of cases, competitive auditions. The big derby still playing out is David Fincher’s search for a young actress to play the potential career-making role playing complex computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the Sony Pictures Entertainment adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first installment of a trilogy. Sony drew a slew of young thesps earlier this summer to compete for the Spider-Man role that went to Andrew Garfield, and another competition will be held shortly to find his girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson. And before that it was Captain America, a role that went to Chris Evans after a long search. Marvel Studios gets a crowd for every one of its superhero pictures.

It is hardly surprising this is going on. The star landscape is shifting endlessly, and winning the right role can mean everything. That was proven when Robert Downey Jr. pursued Iron Man aggressively, even though he wasn’t initially Marvel’s top choice. Downey won the job in the room, and the role redefined him from a superb actor to a bankable star around whom studios are building big budget movies.

source: deadline

13 Aug 2010 Melanie || Headlines & Rumors

A gang of young stars – including Ryan Reynolds, Shia LaBeouf, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum- are competing to join Denzel Washington in the CIA thriller Safe House.

It appears that many of the “hot” young actors in Hollywood at the minute want to work with veteran Denzel Washington on his next movie Safe House. Ryan Reynolds, Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Kitsch, Chris Pine, Sam Worthington, Garrett Hedlund, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and Jake Gyllenhaal are all after a supporting role in the crime drama about a young CIA agent who is forced to move a dangerous criminal to safety when they are attacked at a safe house.

Who will get it?

Word on the street (via Deadline) is that The Green Lantern himself, Ryan Reynolds, is the frontrunner for the role at this point, although it has to be said (just like Tyra Banks would say) that competition for the part is “fierce.” Reynolds is still far from a lock on the project, which is currently prepping for an early 2011 shoot.

The furious rivalry to grab the Safehouse role has led to a flurry of meetings and even a series of auditions. It’s odd that some of those names on the list would even have to audition, but I can only assume that Efron and Hedlund would be the ones who are likely to want to show off their action chops to director Daniel Espinosa.

Pine has recently finished working with Washington on Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, so he may have the inside track, however he may be out of the running due to his commitments to the new Jack Ryan movie Moscow and Star Trek 2. Worthington is also a man with a packed slate, due to his attachment to several other action films including a Clash of the Titans sequel, so his schedule may lead to him dropping out of the race.

Tatum has been growing a steady action portfolio over the last few years, so he may be have a shot, while Hemsworth and Kitsch are also becoming more and more bankable due to their lead roles in Thor and John Carter. Shia LaBeouf has shown his action credentials in Indiana Jones and the Transformers franchise, and he also seems to be taking the Tom Cruise road to stardom by working with strong, older actors like Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas (in Wall Street 2), so this fits right into his career trajectory. Gyllenhaal has recently come off the underperforming action film Prince of Persia, so producers may be a bit worried about his pulling power in this sort of film.

A good action role can make or break an actor – just ask Bruce Willis and Will Smith, who were known as television comedy actors before Die Hard and Bad Boys catapulted them into the leading man action arena. Safehouse could do the same for the likes of Efron, but will the studios and audiences be willing to accept him in such a role?

source: screenrant

12 Aug 2010 Melanie || Headlines & Rumors, Liam Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth is surfing the Hollywood waves, close behind fellow Aussie actor Sam Worthington.

The former Home and Away idol stars as the god of thunder in the 2011 movie Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh and due to be released next May.

Hemsworth worked hard for the role of wielding Thor’s mighty hammer, including engaging in weapons training and ingesting protein shakes.

The 27-year-old actor is joining the likes of Avatar star Sam Worthington and True Blood star Ryan Kwanten on the Hollywood celebrity list.

His younger brother, Liam Hemsworth, is also rising in fame with his part in The Last Song and new movies in production including Arabian Nights.

These square-jawed, well built true blue Aussies are increasingly in demand, amongst established compatriots like Eric Bana, Russell Crowe, and Mel Gibson.

Hemsworth’s fans will be glad to hear they don’t have to wait until 2011 to see their hero on the big screen. The up-and-coming actor will be starring in Red Dawn to be released later this year.

Red Dawn is about a group of teenagers saving their town from invasion by Chinese and Russian soldiers.

source: theepochtimes

12 Aug 2010 Melanie || Headlines & Rumors, The Avengers

The Joss Whedon-directed comic book-adaptation – which features an all star cast including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman – will begin shooting in later winter ahead of an expected release date of May 4, 2012.

The cast for the movie was announced last month at the Comic-Con event, with many of the film’s cast taking to the stage to rapturous applause.

Discussing the project at the event, Joss said: “The thing that made me excited to do it was just how completely counterintuitive it is.

“It makes no sense. These people should not even be in the same room, let alone on the same team.. And that, to me, is the very definition of family.”

Robert Downey Jr. will reprise the role of Iron Man for the film, as will Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America.

source: uk news

06 Aug 2010 Melanie || Appearances, Candids

I added a few more photos of Chris from Comic-Con and the EW party. I also added some new candids of Chris out and about last month. Check them out in the gallery.

GALLERY LINKS:
– VIEW: EW and Syfy Celebrate Comic-Con – July 24
– VIEW: “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” – 2010 Comic-Con – July 24
– VIEW: Shopping at the Grove in Hollywood – July 01
– VIEW: Having lunch with friends in Hollywood – July 28

30 Jul 2010 Melanie || Headlines & Rumors, Thor, Videos

Does Thor fight Loki? “Thor” and future “Avengers” star Chris Hemsworth dropped a lot of headline-worthy news on us when he stopped by MTV’s Comic-Con live stream last weekend. He talked about landing the role of the God of Thunder, how he felt naked without his famous hammer and how Mike Tyson inspired his fighting style for the film.

With regard to that extensive training, one big question on fans’ minds is: Will Thor and his ever-envious adopted brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, come to blows in the film? Hemsworth spoke to that issue, and the short answer is “yes.” But the long answer includes Hemsworth’s playful retelling of shooting one of Thor and Loki’s pivotal action scenes.

“We did [come to blows] actually,” Hemsworth told MTV News. “It’s funny, we had this big rehearsal process of this one particular fight scene we were doing, and the whole time Tom has his staff and he has his Loki helmet on with the horns — he wanted to wear it in rehearsal so he knew how to move.

“Basically he’s sweating and he can’t hear anything, the thing is extraordinarily heavy, he had this kind of crazy look in his eye, and the whole time I’m like, ‘He’s going to kill me, poke my eye out,’ ” Hemsworth continued. “He’s swinging the staff and catching me in the leg and fingers, [I’m thinking,] ‘What’s going on?’ I kept thinking, ‘He’s going to hurt someone.’ ”

Hemsworth then revealed that with all his anxiety about getting injured by Hiddleston, when it came time to shoot the big scene, the roles were reversed.

“The day we shoot the scene, I ended up elbowing him in the nose,” Hemsworth admitted sheepishly. “And [there were] rivers of blood on the set — by accident. Subconsciously, maybe it was on purpose, but consciously I didn’t mean it,” he swore.

Hopefully we’ll hear Hiddleston’s side to that story soon.

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