Taika Waititi wants Tessa Thompson to explore queer Valkyrie in new Thor movie

Taika Waititi hopes Tessa Thompson will get to explore the queer side of her character Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder.The Jojo Rabbit director initially shot a scene showing Valkyrie as bisexual for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, but it was cut from the fi…

Taika Waititi hopes Tessa Thompson will get to explore the queer side of her character Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The Jojo Rabbit director initially shot a scene showing Valkyrie as bisexual for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, but it was cut from the final edit. However, the Westworld actress later revealed her character was part of the LGBTQ community at a Comic-Con fan event last year.

Speaking to Variety, Taika shared that he would love Tessa to get a queer storyline in the upcoming film, but the decision is ultimately down to Marvel Studios and Disney bosses.

“The IP (intellectual property) is not mine,” he said of whether the character would be explicitly bisexual. “But with the actors, I feel whatever makes them comfortable – whether they feel like there’s a natural choice, or a natural way for that character to go – then I’m pretty supportive. If Tessa wanted to do that, I’m in.”

Thompson told Variety last year that she plays Valkyrie as bisexual but that side of her hasn’t been explored because romance isn’t “at the forefront” of the superhero films.

“In the canon, yeah, she is bisexual. You see her with both women and men, so that was my intention in playing her,” she said, adding that Marvel will be including more overtly LGBTQ characters in “the next phase”.

As for the rest of the movie, which will feature Natalie Portman’s Dr. Jane Foster taking on the mantle of her old love interest, Thor, Taika said fans can expect the unexpected.

“At Marvel, we always change everything,” he explained. “I could say one thing right now, and in two years, it will be the complete opposite – or that thing won’t exist. We continue writing even in post-production.”

Thor: Love and Thunder, starring Chris Hemsworth and rumoured franchise newcomer Christian Bale, debuts in November, 2021.

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Elsa Pataky doesn’t regret getting matching tattoo with Miley Cyrus

Elsa Pataky has no regrets about getting a matching tattoo with her brother-in-law Liam Hemsworth’s now estranged wife Miley Cyrus.Back in 2016, the Fast & Furious star and the Wrecking Ball singer celebrated their close bond by getting matching tattoo…

Elsa Pataky has no regrets about getting a matching tattoo with her brother-in-law Liam Hemsworth’s now estranged wife Miley Cyrus.

Back in 2016, the Fast & Furious star and the Wrecking Ball singer celebrated their close bond by getting matching tattoos of a simple wave symbol in black ink on their arms.

Elsa, who is married to Liam’s older brother Chris Hemsworth, has insisted she has no regrets over the matching ink, despite Miley and Liam separating last summer after a short-lived marriage.

“I don’t regret any of them, they’re symbols and I love having them and it reminds me of those moments,” the 43-year-old told Vogue Australia.

The Spanish actress and Miley were also joined by friends Kalani Miller and April Munro for the special tattoo session, which was shared on Instagram at the time by Sydney-based artist, Lauren Winzer, who revealed that the simple ink was designed by Australian surfer Kelly Slater, who is dating Kalani.

Elsa didn’t comment further on the breakdown of her brother-in-law’s marriage in the Vogue interview, but has previously shared her thoughts on Liam and Miley’s very public breakup.

While speaking to reporters at an event in November, the mother-of-three said the 30-year-old actor was “taking it well”.

“He’s a strong guy and he deserves the best. I think he deserves much more,” Elsa stated, before adding that Avengers: Endgame star Chris was comforting his younger brother.

“Family is always there to protect you. He and his brother are so close and he’s really been there for him to give him the strength he needs,” she shared.

Liam has moved on from the split and is currently dating model Gabriella Brooks. Miley is now dating Australian musician Cody Simpson.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes tuxedo sells for over $27,000

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes outfit has been sold for $27,450 (£21,200) to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.The Fleabag creator wore the tuxedo, created by the designers at Ralph & Russo, to collect two prizes at the awards…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes outfit has been sold for $27,450 (£21,200) to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.

The Fleabag creator wore the tuxedo, created by the designers at Ralph & Russo, to collect two prizes at the awards bash in Los Angeles earlier this month.

After the ceremony, the custom-made two-piece, which featured geometric black and gold ribbon applique, Chantilly lace and a silk lapel, was signed by the star and put on the auction site eBay.

On Sunday, the auction closed with just one bid of AU$40,000, the equivalent of $27,450 (£21,200).

In a statement announcing she was auctioning the item, Phoebe said: “I’m very excited that this stunning, one of a kind, couture tuxedo created by Australian geniuses Ralph & Russo will continue its journey by contributing to this urgent cause.

“If money raised by its auction can help raise funds to fight the disaster in Australia, the future impact of this suit will be far greater than the luck it brought me and the Fleabag team at the Golden Globes.”

Originally from Australia, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo co-founded their couture label in London in 2006. They have since built up a reputation for outfitting celebrities like Beyonce, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie.

The bushfires in the country have caused mass destruction, killing at least 25 people, hundreds of millions of animals, and destroying more than 2,000 homes.

A host of stars including Chris Hemsworth, Kylie Minogue, Ellen DeGeneres, and Pink have donated to relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alice Cooper, k.d. lang, and Olivia Newton-John are headlining a benefit concert for those affected next month.

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Blink-182 selling special merchandise for Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Blink-182 have raised more than $20,000 (£15,400) in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts from sales of a line of charity merchandise.The All the Small Things stars recently unveiled the new clothing items on social media, revealing they wanted …

Blink-182 have raised more than $20,000 (£15,400) in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts from sales of a line of charity merchandise.

The All the Small Things stars recently unveiled the new clothing items on social media, revealing they wanted to raise funds for the Australia Zoo in Queensland to treat injured wildlife after learning an estimated one billion animals have been killed in the devastating blazes to date.

“Australia is being ravaged by deadly fires, and we just feel so helpless,” they tweeted. “We put out a new merch line + donating all proceeds to charity. Let’s do our part to make sure everyone, the environment, plus all of these kangaroos & koala bears are safe.”

The new merchandise consists of black T-shirt and a black top with long white sleeves, with both pieces bearing the band’s name and a design featuring a koala, a kangaroo, the Australian flag, and a firefighter.

All proceeds from the sale of the special tops will be donated to Australia Zoo.

Fans rushed to purchase the special apparel, and 24 hours later, singer and bassist Mark Hoppus revealed their efforts were quickly paying off.

“Thanks to your support and generosity we’ve already raised more than $20,000 to help the animals devastated by the fires in Australia,” he shared. “Let’s keep it going!”

Blink-182 aren’t the only stars to do their bit for relief and recovery efforts – Elton John, Pink, Nicole Kidman, Chris Hemsworth, and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the celebrities who have made big donations to the cause.

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Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky fast for 16 hours each day

Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky fast for 16 hours every day. During an appearance on Spanish talk show El Hormiguero on Tuesday, the Spanish actress was asked about fasting, one of the practices she recommends in her upcoming lifestyle guide …

Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky fast for 16 hours every day.

During an appearance on Spanish talk show El Hormiguero on Tuesday, the Spanish actress was asked about fasting, one of the practices she recommends in her upcoming lifestyle guide STRONG: How to Eat, Move and Live with Strength and Vitality, and she revealed the couple stay fit by going without food for 16 hours each day.

“My husband and I do 16 hours of fasting every day,” she said. “I think it’s the best anti-ageing trick, not taking anything in 16 hours to let your body rest.”

Describing the regime as “very healthy”, the 43-year-old explained that in Australia, where the couple and their three children have lived for years, they eat much earlier than in Spain.

Intermittent fasting has become quite a popular trend in recent years. The 16:8 plan involves fasting for 16 hours and restricting the daily meal intake period to eight hours. For many people, this means not eating anything after dinner and skipping breakfast.

Her comments have sparked backlash on social media, with one user writing, “It’s embarrassing, she is prompting people to have severe nutritional problems. This is anything but healthy,” and another posting, “Elsa Pataky giving health advice. In which university have you studied to recommend fasting and guide on tips to be healthy? Fake news is bad, but fake health news is dangerous.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Pataky shared that she prefers to exercise outdoors and gets in a workout while walking her dogs.

“What I mean is that why not take advantage of going to the beach to take the dogs to, instead of walking, go do leg presses and work the a*s,” she explained. “I do it very much, people look at you, but what else is it? That’s how you work glutes.”

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Kristen Stewart was ditched from The Huntsman: Winter’s War after Rupert Sanders scandal

Kristen Stewart wasn’t involved in the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel because studio executives were “scared of touching” her after her affair with director Rupert Sanders.The Twilight actress starred as Snow White alongside Chris Hemsworth as Eric…

Kristen Stewart wasn’t involved in the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel because studio executives were “scared of touching” her after her affair with director Rupert Sanders.

The Twilight actress starred as Snow White alongside Chris Hemsworth as Eric the Huntsman in Sanders’ directorial debut in 2012 but was noticeably absent from its 2016 sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which flopped at the box office.

Stewart had previously insisted that being caught kissing Sanders – who was married at the time – shortly after the first movie came out had nothing to do with Universal bosses’ decision to focus on Hemsworth’s character for the sequel, but she candidly confessed the fallout from the scandal was the reason during a new interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show.

“We lived in a different time then, you know what I mean? I feel like the s**t-shaming that went down was so absurd. And they should’ve put me in that movie! It would’ve been better. Not to be a d**k, but…” she revealed. “They didn’t put me in that movie because I went through such a highly publicised scandal, and so they were like scared of touching that.”

Sanders was originally down to direct the sequel, but he was subsequently replaced, and the 29-year-old insisted that they could have put their personal issues aside and worked together on the second film.

“Ugh, it wasn’t that big of a deal, you know what I’m saying? The work is so much more important!” the star continued. “We could have made a great second one, and we could have done it in a functional and healthy way. We didn’t ultimately do that, and that’s okay ’cause I did other stuff.

“Basically, what I’m saying is, the work to me genuinely was ignored in a really sort of frivolous, silly, petty way. For a group of adult people who were supposed to be running studios and making films? Honestly, the film industry in Hollywood is so fear-based… I think they’re idiots, because if you take a little risk and make something good, people will watch it and like it and pay you.”

Stewart, who was forced to issue a public apology to her then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson after the pictures went public, told Variety in 2016 she skipped the sequel because none of the scripts were good and was offered a cameo but turned it down.

“It wasn’t a situation where I got kicked off a movie because I got in trouble,” she said. “We had been in talks months after that about making something work, and it never came together.”

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Taika Waititi ‘didn’t have to do much’ to convince Natalie Portman to return to Thor

Taika Waititi “didn’t have to do much” to convince Natalie Portman to return for the fourth Thor movie.Back in July, it was announced that the Oscar-winning actress was reprising her role as Dr. Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, which will be co-w…

Taika Waititi “didn’t have to do much” to convince Natalie Portman to return for the fourth Thor movie.

Back in July, it was announced that the Oscar-winning actress was reprising her role as Dr. Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, which will be co-written and directed by the New Zealand filmmaker.

It was later confirmed that Portman would become The Mighty Thor in the upcoming instalment of the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, which is led by Chris Hemsworth, who plays the eponymous God of Thunder.

And Waititi explained that he had an easy job persuading the 38-year-old to come back to Thor, after her character was notably missing from 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“I mean, I didn’t have to do much. And, I think for her it was about making the character interesting. And I think especially when you’re playing ‘an Earthling who’s just into science’ in one of these big movies, it kind of gets a bit sort of, you know…” he told Uproxx. “After doing that for two movies, you want to do something different.”

Waititi also suggested that Portman wanted to revisit her character in Thor: Love and Thunder as she finally gets to wield the powerful hammer Mjolnir.

“I think for her, the thing that might’ve been attractive about this is being able to step it up and be a superhero. And I’d rather her do that than play a scientist. And it’s also from the comics as well. So it’s not something we made up,” he added.

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Chris Hemsworth would love to join Star Wars franchise

Chris Hemsworth would love to be a part of the Star Wars franchise.News broke last month that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be teaming up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to develop a film that will explore “a new era of Star Wars story…

Chris Hemsworth would love to be a part of the Star Wars franchise.

News broke last month that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be teaming up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to develop a film that will explore “a new era of Star Wars storytelling”.

Since then, Captain America star Chris Evans has expressed an interest in appearing in Feige’s new movie, along with Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel. And now, Hemsworth has thrown his hat into the ring.

“Oh yeah, I’d love to. I’m not sure there’s many people that’d say they wouldn’t want to be a part of that world, you know and especially having it be something I’ve grown up with like all of us here, probably, it’d be like a fan experience as opposed to being an actor and that’s the fun thing at this point of cinema and my career,” he said during a panel discussion at the ACE Comic Con Midwest.

The Australian hunk is no stranger to film franchises, having already starred in 2016’s Ghostbusters alongside Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, in Star Trek as George Kirk in 2009, and more recently in Men in Black: International opposite Tessa Thompson.

Hemsworth is also the star of his own Marvel saga, having appeared as Norse God Thor in three solo movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as all four Avengers instalments.

The 36-year-old is reprising his role for the fourth chapter in the saga, Thor: Love and Thunder, and is relieved that the superhero has been “reinvigorated” after director Taika Waititi shook things up with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“I’ve been having so much fun at it and it doesn’t feel old to me and it feels fresh more now that the first couple of times I played it,” Hemsworth explained. “To be reinvigorated with the character and the world and to feel like we sort of have no boundaries so we can really take it anywhere is an exciting point to be in.”

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Natalie Portman excited to reunite with Chris Hemsworth for Thor: Love and Thunder

Natalie Portman is excited to reunite with Chris Hemsworth for upcoming film, Thor: Love and Thunder.The 38-year-old is set to reprise her role as Dr. Jane Foster in director Taika Waititi’s next instalment in the Marvel franchise, which will see the s…

Natalie Portman is excited to reunite with Chris Hemsworth for upcoming film, Thor: Love and Thunder.

The 38-year-old is set to reprise her role as Dr. Jane Foster in director Taika Waititi’s next instalment in the Marvel franchise, which will see the scientist gaining the powers of the Norse god to become the Mighty Thor.

Accordingly, the mother-of-two, who appeared in the first two Thor movies, recently told Entertainment Tonight that she can’t wait to return to work with her former castmates.

“I love Tessa (Thompson) and Chris (Hemsworth) so much, so it’s exciting to work with them again,” Portman smiled. “And I’m very excited to wield the hammer.”

She also opened up about her temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as her character wasn’t included in Waititi’s hugely successful Thor: Ragnarok in 2017, which also starred Cate Blanchett and Mark Ruffalo.

And she went on to reveal that she was lured back to the comic book saga with the suggestion of Jane becoming the female Thor.

“They came to me with the idea and said, ‘We have this idea for you that was a storyline in some of the comics where Jane becomes Lady Thor,’ and I was like, ‘This is very exciting!'” she gushed.

Back in July, Portman appeared during the Marvel panel at Comic-Con in San Diego to announce the news of her casting in Thor: Love and Thunder while holding a plastic toy version of Thor’s mighty hammer, much to the delight of fans.

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated for release in November 2021.

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Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to return for Thor 4

Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to reprise her role as Jane Foster for Thor 4.The fourth movie in the saga, starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder, was officially announced earlier this month, with the director confirmi…

Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to reprise her role as Jane Foster for Thor 4.

The fourth movie in the saga, starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder, was officially announced earlier this month, with the director confirming he would be returning following his huge success with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and Portman to be taking on the mantle of Thor and wielding the hammer Mjolnir in the film, entitled Thor: Love and Thunder.

When asked how they managed to convince the Oscar winner to return to Marvel, after she last appeared in Thor: The Dark World back in 2013, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has now confessed it was all down to Waititi, who was in discussions to direct Thor 4 while making Thor: Ragnarok.

“I think when he agreed to come back and do another Thor, he was like, ‘How do we…?’ This is a very big movie that’ll be folding in a lot of elements. That is a huge important part of it. He pitched it to us, and we were totally in. We loved it,” he told CNN. “We’d been in touch with Natalie. She’s part of the MCU family and we put she and Taika together. It took one meeting and she agreed to do it.”

According to editors at CinemaBlend, the New Zealand-born filmmaker convinced Portman with just one brief meeting and had her signed up as soon as he pitched his idea.

Her character Foster was written out of the subsequent Marvel movies after her turn in the Thor: The Dark World, and she also did not appear in any of the four Avengers movies, with her absence blamed on the physicist breaking up with the hunky Norse god.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released in 2021.

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