Chris Hemsworth (31) – My countdown to “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is starting right…about…now, but curious about what “Heart of the Sea” and “Blackhat” will do to further your career next year as well. Continue Reading
EW.com always takes these cool backstage shots at big conventions and this one featuring the cast of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is my favorite from San Diego Comic Con 2014.
I can’t believe we still have to wait almost a full year before seeing this movie … and almost as long to get a teaser trailer. Sigh. Continue Reading
Rush – Ron Howard’s exhilarating take on the rivalry between two Formula One racers Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) races to home video and I highly recommend it even for non-racing fans. Bruhl made a great case for a Best Supporting Actor nomination and Hemsworth continues to watch his star rise. Continue Reading
1. Thor: The Dark World - $86 million [debut week] – This was pretty much a given especially considering other studios didn’t bother putting up anything big by way of competition for Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston’s return to Asgard. The sequel was much more anticipated than the 2011 original, which opened to $65.7 million and $449.3 million worldwide total. As expected, the sequel got a nice post-“Marvel’s The Avengers” boost. Still, this clearly underscores the importance of Robert Downey Jr. in the Avengers franchise for distributor Walt Disney Pictures. Downey’s second turn as Iron Man opened to $128 million and “Iron Man 3” had an expectation-shattering $174.4 million opening. After opening overseas last weekend, “The Dark World” has already grossed $327 million worldwide. With an”A-” CinemaScore, audiences clearly enjoyed it all but ensuring that Thor will have a second stint on top before “The Hunger Games” sequel arrives.
There’s two ways to make a successful comic book movie. One takes a comic property and force it to fit in a more reality-based setting a la Christopher Nolan. The other sees the filmmaker happily embrace the source material’s limitless imagination and brings that larger than life world to the big screen.
Like its big brother, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” the latest Marvel Studios release, “Thor: The Dark World,” is a full-force comic book spectacle. It’s packed with a ton of superhero grand scale action, complex characters and never loses sight of one of the most important traits of this comic book movie sub genre — it’s a heck of a lot of fun.
Six years ago, if you knew who Chris Hemsworth was you deserved a gold star, but now he’s well on his way to becoming one of the more recognizable up and coming actors around thanks to starring roles in films like “Thor,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Cabin in the Woods.” We’ll all just go ahead and pretend that awful “Red Dawn” remake never happened.
My pal Jay Ryan got a chance to meet Hemsworth at last year’s Wizard World convention in Philly, but it was a lot more eventful than he hoped: Continue Reading
[2012 Flash Forward: Following the unexpected success of 2008’s “Iron Man” and perfectly acceptable “The Incredible Hulk,” Marvel Studios continued its momentum for “The Avengers” with “Iron Man 2,” but it’s biggest challenge was to come with 2011’s “Thor.” Audiences weened on science-fiction could buy a genius making his own suit of armor and who knows what a different type of radiation could do to you so it could turn you into a raging monster, but Thor was another story entirely. Continue Reading