The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision to let wacky New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi loose with the characters. In many ways, this film has the same comical sensibilities as his classics What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Except on a much larger scale with massive special effects. Yet even with all this action, there's not a moment of actual suspense, which is a growing problem in a movie universe in which the characters need to survive unscathed.
Ragnarok is a prophecy about the end of time, specifically the death of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the destruction of Asgard. And it has just been triggered, stopping Odin's sons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their tracks with the news that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the self-proclaimed goddess of death. As she brutally asserts her claim to the throne, the brothers find themselves dumped on the planet Sakaar. Loki mischievously worms his way into the favour of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who sends Thor into the coliseum to fight the champion, namely his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). As Thor convinces Hulk's alter-ego David Banner to return with him to Asgard to stop Hela, he also needs Asgard's last Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tetchy warrior who is reluctant to work with him.
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They don't often get to spend a lot of time together.
It isn't always easy to balance a flourishing career with that of a marriage, and for Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, they have definitely felt the strain over the last seven years they've been together, especially since they had kids. But Chris knows that all marriages take work.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky at the Golden Globes
The 'Thor' actor is well aware of the sacrifices that his wife has had to make for him to be able to fulfil his career's potential, and he's extremely grateful. But while he wishes there was a way he could spend more time with her, he recognises that at 34-years-old, he's in his prime for his line of work.
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The actor says there will be an element of "respectable fun" as to how his character's relationship ended.
Though fans of Chris Hemsworth's take on Thor will be happy to see the hero back on the big screen a little later this year in 'Ragnarok', his former girlfriend Jane Foster will be nowhere to be found. Whilst many thought she was a romance that would be brushed under the rug for all of the big events to come to take centre-stage, Hemsworth has confirmed that the relationship will be focused on at some point in 'Ragnarok'.
Chris Hemsworth returns to the titular role in 'Thor: Ragnarok'
Those who have been sticking closely to the wire when it comes to news about the film will also have learned that Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) would be joining proceedings, but in a role that's at least at first against Thor, with the character kidnapping him and handing him over to The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
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With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the known universe. But what about when he doesn't have either of those things? It only takes a run-in with afterlife goddess Hela for his hammer to be destroyed, apparently beyond repair. And when he is kidnapped by her people and taken to the planet Sakaar, he has no choice but to enter into a gladiator match to save the people of Asgard from Ragnarök; the fate of total destruction. To his initial delight, and to the confusion of everyone in the arena, his opponent turns out to be none other than the Incredible Hulk. But when he realises that this Hulk is hell-bent on destroying him, he realises that he has no choice but to fight his supposed friend to the death.
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Movie fans can get hold of their very own Thor hammer next month.
The best prize any Thor fan could hope to own is set to go on sale. Chris Hemsworth's hammer from the Marvel series is thought to make $80,000 at auction along with a number of other rare pieces of movie memorobilia next month. Let the bidding wars begin!
Chris Hemsworth a the Virtual Tour of Australia event
Prop Store in London will be hosting a massive auction with around £3 million worth of film props with the theme of heroes and villains, including Thor's hammer from the 2011 movie, Peter Quill's helmet from 2014's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' as worn by Chris Pratt (expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000) and Jack Nicholson's Joker costume from 1989's 'Batman' (estimated between £20,000 and £30,000).
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The actor found himself "liberated" when he lost the wig.
When the first official trailer dropped earlier this year for 'Thor: Ragnarok', one of the first things fans noticed was the change in hairstyle for Chris Hemsworth's titular character. Though there are scenes in the flick that see the Avenger with his trademark long locks - as seen in the picture below - a change of style was in the cards for the crime fighter.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor in 'Ragnarok' with his longer hair
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had an impact on the world of films like no other entity, but the hype surrounding 'Ragnarok' is something that seems to be slowly building rather than being rapturous for months in advance. That could be something that proves to be fantastic for the movie, as it's then given the chance to surprise everybody when it drops and put lots of bums in cinema seats.
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Jeff Goldblum and Idris Elba join the ensemble cast on 'Thor: Ragnarok'
It looks like Thor might finally have met his match with the arrival of dark underworld queen Hela. The new trailer for 'Thor: Ragnarok' sees him lose his legendary hammer to her power, and face off against an unlikely opponent who is the last person he wants to fight.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok
This Norse god never thought he'd be pitted against his most physically powerful ally, but when he finds himself all armoured-up in an arena against a very angry and ruthless Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), he knows that both their survival is unlikely. In fact, his own survival is unlikely now that he has no hammer.
Continue reading: First Look At The Lead Cast In 'Thor: Ragnarok' [Trailer And Pictures]
The young patients at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane were delighted when Thor and Loki descended upon them for the day.
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston both took time out of their busy filming schedules to visit a children’s hospital in Australia, both of them dressed as their Thor: Ragnarok characters Thor and Loki.
The two Hollywood A-listers dropped by Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane, taking a break from filming the third Thor movie, and their ultimate ‘frenemy’ Asgard god characters put aside their differences to entertain the young patients – or “the real superheroes”, as they called them – as they arrived on Tuesday (August 23rd).
It's been more than 30 years since the Ghostbusters first hit the big screen with a then-original mix of comedy and supernatural action. Intriguingly, this new film is neither a sequel nor a remake; it's a reboot of the franchise, which loosely adapts the original 1984 premise to all-new characters. Thankfully, the screenplay is smart and funny, and the cast is flat-out hilarious.
It opens as university professor Erin (Kristen Wiig) sees her hopes for tenure evaporate when a book she wrote years ago with her childhood pal Abby (Melissa McCarthy) resurfaces, affirming their belief in ghosts. So Erin seeks out Abby, and discovers that she's still researching the supernatural, now with the sharp-witted gadget maker Jillian (Kate McKinnon). With spirit sightings on the rise in New York, the three decide to launch a ghost-busting business, joined by city expert Patty (Leslie Jones) and bimbo receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). But the apparitions popping up around the city are getting increasingly malevolent, and it's clear that an apocalypse is brewing.
The basic plot is lifted from the original movie, which is referenced in virtually every scene. Most of this is rather distracting, because a more original storyline would have been a lot more involving and the in-jokes will be lost on younger audiences. But it's fun to see the original cast members turn up here and there in random cameos.
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Aside from success at the box office, there was nothing about 2012's rather uneven fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman that screamed out for a sequel. And indeed, this prequel/sequel hybrid doesn't quite make sense, muddling its premise by straining to keep Snow White herself out of the story (she's always just off screen) while spinning a tale that feels so derivative that we feel like we've seen it all before. The powerhouse cast does what it can, aided by some fabulous costumes, but it's impossible to escape the feeling that there's nothing to it.
Decades before her encounter with Snow White, Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was just beginning her violent march toward power when her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) suffered a terrible tragedy. Believing that love itself betrayed her, Freya moves to another kingdom and inflicts a frozen winter on her subjects, raiding the surrounding lands for children she will raise to fight, with love between them forbidden. When her two top fighters, Eric and Sara (Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain), can't help but fall for each other, they are severely punished. Years later, after Eric's adventure with Ravenna and Snow White, he sets out to get rid of Ravenna's pesky magic mirror, accompanied by four frisky dwarfs (Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith and Alexandra Roach). And this puts them all on a collision course with the icy Freya.
The script feels like it was written by a committee desperate to get something, anything on-screen. The first half of the film is essentially the backstory, and the second half is a Hobbit-style quest with moments of random Game of Thrones-style action thrown in simply to give the special effects team a workout. This isn't too surprising considering that the movie is the directing debut of effects expert Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. So if it makes little logical sense, at least it looks achingly cool, especially when the duelling divas are clad in spectacular frocks by Colleen Atwood.
Continue reading: The Huntsman: Winter's War Review
Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?' is a line from a fairy-tale echoed down the ages but not many know the story behind the famous fairy-tale and how one mothers love for her child unleashed a wrath which drastically changed the land.
Freya, the Ice Queen flees her homeland and takes to a cold winter land where she raises a group of hardened soldiers, the huntsmen remain by her side for many years and they are her protectors; the only command issued to the fighters is that they must not love.
As Freya learns of her demise, she decides that she will resurrect her sister with the help of the magic mirror, usually found at the side of her sister, evil Queen Ravenna. As Freya dispatches her army to capture the mirror two of her former huntsman decide that they must destroy the mirror as its power is too great for any person to harness. The fate of the Kingdom relies on the true huntsman.
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Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought to have been killed by Snow White, she sat idly by as her sister Freya fled their kingdom after suffering devastating heartbreak and betrayal.
Armed with her power to freeze any enemy, Freya the ice queen spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen, including Eric and warrior Sara. But Freya soon discovered that he two most prized fighters had defied her by breaking her most important rule of all: Forever harden your hearts to love.
After learning of her sister's demise, Freya then summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But when she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the two sisters threaten their enchanted land with twice the darkest force it's ever seen.
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In The Heart Of The Sea is the true seaman's tale based on the last outing of the Whaling Ship Essex. After setting sale from the port on Nantuckett the 20 man crew expect their journey to be much like the others they've been on, very long and tough but on an old but very trusty ship.
After leaving the port, almost immediately the men are hit by a powerful storm which damages the boat. knowing they must make money and make the trip profitable before returning home, the men continue with their mission. After months of good fishing, the men doc at various ports for supplies. Almost a year into their trip and the Essex is struck by a gigantic whale which causes irreparable damage to the ship's hull.
Stuck with no other choice the surviving men must board one of the incredibly small whaling boats that they have on board. The remaining crew members find themselves stuck in a life-threatening situation, 1000 miles from land, incredibly tight rations and stuck at sea for an unknown amount of time, the crew must find a way to endure - both mentally and physically.
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Weaver played Dana Barrett in 1984’s 'Ghostbusters' and the 1989 sequel.
Sigourney Weaver will make an appearance in the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot, director Paul Feig has confirmed. Feig made the blockbuster announcement on Twitter, after defending his film and its female-led cast from fans unhappy with the reboot.
Sigourney Weaver is returning to Ghostbusters.
‘Gang, trying to keep surprises but this is about to leak, so I'll tell you myself: the awesome Sigourney Weaver is going to be in our movie!,’ the director tweeted on Friday. Weaver starred as Dana Barrett in 1984’s original Ghostbusters movie and returned for it’s less-well-received 1989 sequel.
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Both the characters and the tone have been updated as a new generation of Grizwolds hits the road for a raucous holiday, eliminating the darker edges for a sillier, ruder romp. After the four madcap Vacation movies from 1983 to 1997, the focus moves from Chevy Chase's patriarch Clark to his now-grown son Rusty. As with the earlier films, there are so many jokes flying at the screen that some are bound to make us laugh.
Ed Helms is the fifth actor in five films to play Rusty, and now he's got a family of his own. So he decides to give them a holiday to remember, retracing his childhood trip from Chicago to Wally World in California. His wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) isn't so sure about this, but gamely goes along with it, while their bickering teen sons James and Kevin (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) settle into the back seat for the long drive. Along the road, they stop at Debbie's old university and learn a few things about her wild reputation. They also visit Rusty's sister Audrey (Leslie Mann) in Texas, where she's married to a swaggering rancher (Chris Hemsworth). And they drop in on Rusty's parents (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo). In between, every stop brings a new moment of crazed mayhem.
The script is set up as an homage to the original movie, playfully riffing on the structure and set-pieces. Here, the comedy highlights include a dodgy natural hot springs and a death-defying bit of white-water rafting. All of this is infused with a surprisingly warm family dynamic amid constant gags about excrement and genitalia. Miraculously, writer-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein never get cynical about the Grizwolds. Rusty and Debbie are still hot for each other, while James and Kevin's vicious rivalry only reveals how much they look out for each other. All four actors are solid, with terrific comical timing and likeable performances.
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Filming has begun on the all-female reboot of the classic comedy and now we’ve been given a sneak peek at the ladies’ uniforms.
Director Paul Feig has given fans their first look at the new Ghostbusters uniforms on Twitter, sharing an image of the four costumes hanging on a rail along with the hashtag whatyougonnawear. The pic shows that the ladies’ costumes will very much be in keeping with the classic Ghostbusters look, albeit with a modern twist.
Paul Feig announced the Thor star on Twitter.
Thor star Chris Hemsworth has been cast as the receptionist in Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters movie, confirming speculation that the role made famous by Annie Potts in the original film would be subject to a gender reversal.
Chris Hemsworth will play the receptionist role, made famous by Annie Potts in the original Ghostbusters
According to Variety, Hemsworth was approached about the role early in the casting process though turned it down because it was too minor. However, since then Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold have increased the size of the part and the Ghostbusters movie is emerging as one of the bigger releases of 2016. Hemsworth is joining a cast that includes comedy stalwarts Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, as well as Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
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What's more important than family? For the Griswold family, nothing. Rusty (Ed Helms) decides that it's time to spend a little more time with his family, and chooses to take his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate), and sons James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins), on a road trip across the country. The destination? The Walley World fun park. As America's favourite fun park is set to close for ever, the road trip becomes a frantic dash, which the hopes of bringing the family more together. Because what's more important than family? Aside from amusement parks.
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The Aussie actor played Kim Hyde on the soap from 2004-2007.
He may now be known to Marvel fans around the world as hammer wielding superhero Thor, but did you know that Chris Hemsworth actually got his first break on Aussie soap ‘Home and Away’? The hunky actor played life guard and personal trainer Kim Hyde on the soap between 2004-2007 before leaving for bigger and better roles. But despite his Hollywood success the 31 year old certainly hasn't forgotten where he came from.
Hemsworth has gone from starring in ‘Home and Away’ to playing Thor on the big screen.
On a trip to Sydney last year the actor stopped by his old haunt of Summer Bay to say hello to the cast and even film and blink and you’ll miss it cameo appearance on the soap! Yes in an episode which is set to air Tuesday night in Australia, Hemsworth can be seen sitting in the background of a scene shot in the famous Summer Bay Diner.
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The red-band trailer for the reboot of 'National Lampoon's Vacation' has just been released - and it's looking hilariously risqué.
Billed as a sequel to the 1983 cult classic National Lampoon's Vacation, this comedy adventure, simply titled Vacation, stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate. It sees the Griswolds return to Walley World at last - only this time, they're led by the grown-up Rusty (Helms), who wants to relive his childhood and create some much-needed family bonding time with a fun-filled trip to the theme park.
Ed Helms is going to Walley World - what could go wrong?
But, this being a National Lampoon film, the road trip doesn't go without a bump, with plenty of chaos and risque comedy along the way, including a delightful family swim and underwear that leaves little to the imagination.
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