Director Kenneth Branagh talks with MTV News about his first day on the job and casting the lead part:
Reader Enrique emailed me on Monday noting the film was already in release in Mexico, which is unusual but not unheard off. “Iron Man 2” opened in a few countries prior to its US premiere. The Hollywood Reporter also wondered about the release pattern and found an answer. “The decision rested with Marvel’s distribution partner, Paramount. And when we pressed the studio’sÂ Rob Moore, he said only, ‘It’s a global market now,'” they write. “Meaning that these days, international audiences are considered equally or more important when planning releasesÂ of Hollywood movies.” They also add the “peculiarities” of the calender came into play, as Paramount “took advantage of the big European holiday called May Day, as well asÂ the English royal wedding on April 29, which provided many countries with a three or four-day weekend.” There you have it. The foreign markets have always been important to the studios, now, they’re just acknowledging it.
Here at CBR, we have coverage of the recent “Thor” press conference that featured Branagh, actors Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, writer Zack Stentz, and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito. Hopkins credits mid-century Westerns as his inspiration into playing Odin. “I was taking from an idea of a Western negotiation. I have those points of reference because I was a fan of all those early Western movies,” he said.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
Director Francis Lawrence talks about his hopes for the sequel with MTV News:
Release date: TBA
MEN IN BLACK III
Release date: May 25th, 2012
Tom Hiddleston tells The Vulture (via Spinoff Online) that Loki will be a formidable opponent for the team. “He has really big, evil plans that will take more than his thunderous brother to put a stop to,” says the actor. Meanwhile, Clark Gregg (aka S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson) talks with Superhero Hype about the first few days of filming. “Some of the sets that they build, just some of the featured set pieces of ‘The Avengers,’ you walk on there and kind of go, ‘Wow – This is going to do a LOT of my acting for me,'” he says. “Also, you walk out there and there’s Chris Evans or Scarlett Johansson or Sam Jackson and you go, ‘This is a superhero movie? This is an Oscar movie, with this cast.'”
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Marion Cotillard tells The Los Angeles Times 24 Frames blog that Batman’s broodiness makes the character appealing. “I think it’s that he’s human … He can’t really fly, and he doesn’t have superpowers. And he has that darkness inside,” she says. The actress also credits a desire to work with director Christopher Nolan again as a major reason why she signed onto the project.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Release date: May 28th, 2012
One of the lads at Comic Book Movie picked up this press release, indicating a new trailer for the film will arrive today. It’ll most likely be available around the Internet after 9AM Pacific.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
The Hollywood Reporter explains that the production was ineligible for Tony Award consideration because it hasn’t official opened. “Only productions that officially opened before the Tony cut-off date of April 28 this year could be considered for awards,” they write. “And since Spidey has been in previews for longer than the entire run of some Broadway shows, but has bumped back its opening night at least five times, that puts the troubled musical off the table for this season.” I wonder if they can add this twist to the “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” episode based on the whole fiasco.
Opens: June 14th, 2011 … maybe
Various sites, including Bleeding Cool, have the details on the Blu-Ray release of “Star Wars: The Complete Saga.” Featuring previously available commentaries, the latest versions of the films, and a promise of “deleted scenes,” the details are notable for what the set lacks: the original versions of the classic trilogy and the “Empire of Dreams” documentary from the DVD set. I guess expecting George Lucas to following the industry standard of carrying over features from the previous releases is a bit too much to ask.
Release date: September 16, 2011
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
Here at CBR, we have a few clips from the upcoming episode, “Scorn of the Star Sapphire.” Here’s one that features the titular Sapphire doing what she does best:
A STROLL THROUGH JOTENHEIM
So, I happened to see “Thor” last night and I have to say it’s quite enjoyable. Chris Hemsworth has a lot of charm and presence and Natalie Portman finally nailed the “screwy perfectionist” character she’s been developing across several movie roles. All the performances are top notch with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki being the best of the bunch. He’s the most thought-out and complex villain in a Marvel movie to date (including the “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” series) and his presence elevates the film. The art direction is outstanding — both on Earth and up in Asgard — and illustrates the care taken with these concepts. That attention to detail gives the fantasy aspects weight rather quickly. That’s a good thing as the film has precious little time to sell you on its version of the Norse Gods before getting on with the story. I think the movie really comes to life when Thor has to deal with being on Earth; that culture clash adds a great deal of wit and humor to the proceedings. Of course, all of those jokes are dependent on the audience buying Thor’s backstory, a task I think the film pulls off well. Overall, the film has such confidence that I wish I could watch another Marvel movie right now. Like, maybe, one with Captain America. If only such a thing were possible … oh, stick around for a pretty compelling post-credit scene. Also, if you haven’t read it, check out CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland’s review of the film where he calls it “the best from Marvel Studios yet.” We’ll also have some fresh video with cast of the film later in the week. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of World War II super-heroics.