Chris Hemsworth dazzled by Bad Times at the El Royale script

Chris Hemsworth was instantly won over when he first read the script for Bad Times at the El Royale.The Australian actor portrays charismatic cult leader Billy Lee in the upcoming thriller, which follows seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, who…

Chris Hemsworth was instantly won over when he first read the script for Bad Times at the El Royale.

The Australian actor portrays charismatic cult leader Billy Lee in the upcoming thriller, which follows seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, who meet at a run-down hotel in Lake Tahoe in 1960s California. When it came to taking on the role, Hemsworth has now shared how he was genuinely thrilled when filmmaker Drew Goddard’s long-awaited script fell into his lap.

“(The script is) lean and mean, in the sense that it’s thrilling and detailed but there’s pace to it and momentum,” he told Empire magazine. “My character was nothing I have every really been sent before. It’s nothing I had ever attempted and I was desperately searching for that.”

Bad Times at the El Royale marks the second time Hemsworth has worked with Goddard, with the pair previously teaming up for 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. And the star was thrilled to be cast in the flick, especially as he has just finished a run as superhero Thor in a string of Marvel movies.

“I feel like there’s now this big void in this type of storytelling. Absolutely the larger films are sort of my bread and butter and I love them, but there is something different (here) as an actor. There’s something different from the director,” the 35-year-old insisted.

Bad Times at the El Royale also features performances from Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Jeff Bridges. Oscar-winning actor Jeff takes on the part of Daniel Flynn, an ageing criminal masquerading as a priest, and though he usually contemplates his roles for some time, he didn’t hesitate when Goddard gave him a call.

“It usually takes a long time to decide whether I want to get involved,” he commented. “I roll it around in my head a lot. Every once and in a while, a script will come along where it’s an easy situation. That was the case with this one.”

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Dakota Johnson forgot her lines because co-star Chris Hemsworth is so hot

Dakota Johnson was constantly distracted on the set of Bad Times at the El Royale by her co-star Chris Hemsworth’s chiselled muscles.The actress could not stay focused as she filmed the upcoming thriller, when the Australian hunk bared his chest during…

Dakota Johnson was constantly distracted on the set of Bad Times at the El Royale by her co-star Chris Hemsworth’s chiselled muscles.

The actress could not stay focused as she filmed the upcoming thriller, when the Australian hunk bared his chest during shirtless scenes, and she jokes casting executives made a big mistake putting him on the roster.

“Oh my God, it’s such a distraction,” Dakota told Vogue Australia when asked about working with Chris. “I was like, ‘Guys, you’ve made a huge mistake getting him to do this, because everyone is going to forget everything that happened (in the film) until this point. Chris is going to come onto the screen, and his body is outrageous, it’s unbelievable, like a crazy, crazy thing to look at, and his shirt’s completely unbuttoned’.”

“No one on set could pay attention to anything else,” she added, “It was so shocking, not in a sexual way at all, just, like, scientifically, how is it possible to look like that? Crazy!”

Dakota also can’t believe how Chris can get away with staying in shape while eating whatever he wants.

“Then he would eat a bowl of Smarties (candy) and you’re like, ‘You’re an a**hole, f**k you!’,” she said. “I don’t eat anything sweet. I eat green things for three months in order to fit into a pair of jeans. And he eats whatever the f**k he wants and looks like he was literally chiselled out of marble. It’s insane.”

Chris previously opened up about staying fit, insisting all he does is put forth consistent effort.

“Ultimately, being fit is about motivation and action creates motivation,” he told Men’s Health. “Don’t wait around for someone else to come push you. Push yourself.”

“My workouts are also about being diverse and mixing things up,” he added, noting he also surfs a lot and visits the yoga studio. “By working in more cardio, you keep shocking your body and you prevent having problems in certain areas.”

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Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine quit Star Trek 4 over pay – report

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine have reportedly quit the upcoming Star Trek 4 in a row over pay. Pine was due to reprise his role as Captain James T. Kirk, while Hemsworth was signing on to play his father, Captain George Kirk, who he briefly portrayed…

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine have reportedly quit the upcoming Star Trek 4 in a row over pay.

Pine was due to reprise his role as Captain James T. Kirk, while Hemsworth was signing on to play his father, Captain George Kirk, who he briefly portrayed in the prologue of the first of the rebooted sci-fi movies, Star Trek, back in 2009.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, contract talks have now fallen apart, with both actors walking away from the table.

Negotiations with other returning cast members – including Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho – has now been thrown into disarray.

Since the rebooted Star Trek movie, Hemsworth has gone on to have huge success, landing the role of Marvel superhero Thor, and he is due to star in the upcoming Men in Black spin-off, alongside Tessa Thompson and Liam Neeson.

Pine has starred in all three of the new Star Trek movies, and recently starred as Steve Trevor in the blockbuster smash hit Wonder Woman last year (17).

Both actors are said to be asking for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media to stick to existing deals.

However, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount is staunchly committed to a tight budget, as they believe the Star Trek franchise is not as successful as the Marvel or DC movies that Hemsworth and Pine have starred in.

The actors reportedly believe they’re being forced to take pay cuts on existing deals after 2016’s Star Trek Beyond did not perform as well as expected, and only grossed $343 million (£269 million) worldwide on a budget of $190 million (£149 million).

It is unclear if the studio will go ahead with Star Trek 4 and recast the roles, or renegotiate Hemsworth and Pine’s deals.

Reps for the actors have not yet commented on the report.

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Emma Thompson joins Men in Black spin-off movie

Emma Thompson is set to return to the Men in Black franchise.The British actress will reprise her role as Agent O from Men in Black 3 in the upcoming spin-off film, according to Variety. To be directed by The Fate of the Furious helmer F. Gary Gray, th…

Emma Thompson is set to return to the Men in Black franchise.

The British actress will reprise her role as Agent O from Men in Black 3 in the upcoming spin-off film, according to Variety.

To be directed by The Fate of the Furious helmer F. Gary Gray, the untitled movie is the fourth instalment of the alien-fighting franchise.

Original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Agent J and Agent K respectively, reteamed for the third movie back in 2012, tens years after the second film.

Plot details about the new feature are being kept under wraps, though the story is believed to follow a London-based team of Men in Black secret agents who become involved in a murder mystery that sends them travelling the globe.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are set to have central roles in the flick, while it was previously reported that Liam Neeson will play the head of the Men in Black organisation in London.

Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani and French dancers Les Twins, Laurent Nicolas and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, have also been cast in unknown parts. Production is due to begin in the U.K. this month (Jul18).

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who produced the original movies as well as the animated TV series, are back as producers and Steven Spielberg is returning as executive producer.

The script is being penned by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, with the movie slated to hit cinemas from June 2019.

Double Oscar-winning actress Emma was most recently seen onscreen in Beauty and the Beast and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). She will soon begin promoting Rowan Atkinson spy flick Johnny English Strikes Again, in which she plays the Prime Minister, and drama The Children Act.

Emma is also wrapping work on The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, where she voices the character of Polynesia, as well as comedy Late Night, Mindy Kaling’s feature about a late-night talk show host who suspects that she may soon be losing her long-running show.

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Avengers: Infinity War stars discovered shock ending moments before filming

The star-studded Avengers: Infinity War cast only found out how the Marvel blockbuster really ended minutes before filming the shocking scenes. Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who portrays Scarlet Witch, reveals she and her co-stars, including Robert Downey,…

The star-studded Avengers: Infinity War cast only found out how the Marvel blockbuster really ended minutes before filming the shocking scenes.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who portrays Scarlet Witch, reveals she and her co-stars, including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Pratt, all learned the fate of their characters from directors Joe and Anthony Russo at the same time on set.

“I found out from the Russos exactly what was going to happen and it wasn’t until we shot it on that day we learned what the ending was,” she told fans at the ACE Comic-Con event in Seattle, Washington on Saturday (23Jun18).

“They took us into a van – all of us – we were in a van with air conditioning because it was very hot and they told us how the movie was going to end and no one knew. And they were like, ‘Now we’re shooting it. Go!’ and we were like, ‘How are we supposed to interpret that?'”

The actors weren’t the only ones stunned by the how the story unfolds – cinema-goers were also left gobsmacked after watching the closing scenes, in which half of the universe is randomly wiped out by Josh Brolin’s supervillain Thanos.

Fans will have to wait until next year (19) to find out what happens to the Avengers in the currently-untitled Infinity War sequel.

Elizabeth’s comments emerge months after Benedict, who plays Doctor Strange, claimed he was one of the lucky few who got to read the entire top secret script before anyone else.

However, it seems the Brit may have been duped, as Joe Russo recently confessed the directors had mocked up “fake” scenarios to avoid the real plot from leaking.

“He (Cumberbatch) thinks he read the whole script,” the filmmaker told Channel NewsAsia. “We wrote fake scenes, fake drafts of the script and delivered them to the actors.”

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Liam Neeson linked to Men in Black spin-off

Liam Neeson is in talks to join the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have already signed on to the currently untitled film, which is being helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. According to The Hollyw…

Liam Neeson is in talks to join the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have already signed on to the currently untitled film, which is being helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 65-year-old Neeson is close to signing on to play the head of Men in Black, the organisation which monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth, in London.

The franchise has so far spawned three films, with original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Agent J and Agent K respectively, reteaming for the third instalment in 2012, 10 years after the last film.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who produced the original movies as well as the animated TV series, are back as producers and Steven Spielberg is returning as executive producer.

The script is being penned by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, with the movie slated to hit cinemas from May 2019.

Since starring in Taken in 2008, Neeson has become the go-to actor for action flicks.

Earlier this year, while promoting The Commuter, the Northern Irish star dismissed rumours he was hanging up his action boots.

“I’m planning to do a couple more in this genre, one more with Jaume (Collet-Serra, director) next year, all being well,” he said. “I’d like to think that I know when an audience is going to look at me and go, ‘Oh come on! You can’t outrun a train! You can’t outrun a horse! Don’t be stupid.’ So, then I’ll get out of that genre, I think.

“But, at the moment, I’m fit and I keep healthy. We’ll see how it goes.”

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Avengers: Infinity War easily crushes competition at North American box office

Avengers: Infinity War is continuing to destroy the competition by earning its third week atop the North American box office. The Marvel blockbuster, starring the likes of Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Jo…

Avengers: Infinity War is continuing to destroy the competition by earning its third week atop the North American box office.

The Marvel blockbuster, starring the likes of Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, and Josh Brolin, added another $61.8 million (£45.6 million) to its haul to maintain pole position on the chart.

It’s now taken $547.8 million (£404.5 million) in North America alone, boosting its current worldwide earnings to $1.6 billion, thanks to a massive $200 million (£147.7 million) opening in China.

The continued success has helped the ensemble action epic become the fifth highest-grossing film in global box office history, and the most popular superhero release to date.

Infinity War replaces 2012’s The Avengers in the all-time top five, as it eyes Jurassic World’s $1.671 billion take in fourth place. Avatar leads the poll with $2.788 billion, ahead of Titanic at two with $2.187 billion, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens at three with $2.068 billion.

Back in the North American chart, Melissa McCarthy’s new Life of the Party comedy, her latest collaboration with her filmmaker husband Ben Falcone, is a distant second with $18.5 million (£13.7 million), while Gabrielle Union’s thriller, Breaking In, places third with $16.5 million (£12.2 million), higher than most industry expectations.

Meanwhile, Anna Faris’ new Overboard remake is at four in its second weekend on release, and John Krasinksi and Emily Blunt’s horror film A Quiet Place continues to draw audiences more than a month after its launch, rounding out the new top five at five.

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Benedict Cumberbatch ‘felt like a 12-year-old’ during Doctor Strange costume fitting

Benedict Cumberbatch was giddy with excitement when he first tried on his Doctor Strange costume.The British actor first played the Marvel Comics character in the film of the same name in 2016, and has reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, which…

Benedict Cumberbatch was giddy with excitement when he first tried on his Doctor Strange costume.

The British actor first played the Marvel Comics character in the film of the same name in 2016, and has reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, which hits cinemas worldwide from the 25 April (18). Benedict appears on Friday’s (20Apr18) episode of Britain’s The Graham Norton Show, and during his chat with host Graham, he recalled the day he donned his superhero outfit for the first time.

“There was a moment. I remember when I put on the whole thing and looked in the mirror and just started laughing like a 12-year-old,” he shared. “It was my superhero moment!”

In the flick, the 41-year-old stars alongside a huge ensemble cast including Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr., who, along with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, recently took to Twitter and pleaded with fans to keep details of the plot under wraps so as not to spoil the movie for those seeing it for the first time.

Benedict insisted that he was also on board with the secrecy, and refused to share details about his particular role in the cinematic story.

“I was allowed to read the whole script so I do know what is happening, but I can’t tell you about it,” he teased. “What I can say is that I am helping the world and worlds beyond it – potentially.”

However, when Graham queried whether Doctor Strange, or any of the other numerous superheroes that feature, could face death in the third Avengers instalment, the Sherlock star merely shrugged and said: “Let that rumour take flight. This film is so shrouded in secrecy.”

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Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth throw support behind #MakeItAustralian campaign

Cate Blanchett, Joel Edgerton, and Chris Hemsworth have signed an open letter calling on Australian government officials to support the film and TV industry in the country. The #MakeItAustralia campaign has been put together by organisers at the Austr…

Cate Blanchett, Joel Edgerton, and Chris Hemsworth have signed an open letter calling on Australian government officials to support the film and TV industry in the country.

The #MakeItAustralia campaign has been put together by organisers at the Australian Directors’ Guild, the Australian Writers’ Guild, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the Screen Producers Australia, and the Casting Guild of Australia to urge federal parliamentarians to protect and prioritise projects that are created by actors, directors, and producers in the country.

They are also urging lawmakers to offer better tax incentives to film in Australia.

“We are storytellers – writers, producers, directors, casts and crews who make screen stories that honour past Australians and connect present and future generations to our history and to our values,” the open letter, which has been signed by over 200 people in the industry, reads.

“You are elected representatives – the custodians of Australia’s stories, our unique culture. You create the environment within which our nation’s stories thrive or die.”

Campaign organisers are also urging Australian politicians to pass legislation that affects streaming services, including Netflix and YouTube.

“Our ability to keep telling Australian stories on screen is at risk, our voices are in danger of being drowned out by a deluge of overseas content,” the letter continues. “And if our nation’s stories aren’t told, they die. And when they die, future generations won’t know who we are and what makes us us.

“We call on parliamentarians, the custodians of our uniquely Australian stories, to commit to growing our screen industry so that our Australian stories will be told to our children, grandchildren and the generations of Australians that follow.”

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Tessa Thompson joining Chris Hemsworth in Men in Black spin-off

Tessa Thompson is set to appear alongside Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.The 34-year-old actress will reteam with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star in Sony Pictures’ reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise, according to The Hollywood Rep…

Tessa Thompson is set to appear alongside Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.

The 34-year-old actress will reteam with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star in Sony Pictures’ reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Plot details about the flick are currently being kept under wraps, though it will be directed by Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray from a script by Punisher: War Zone screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Macum.

No other casting details have been announced, but studio executives are looking to release the film in mid-2019.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce, while Steven Spielberg is expected to act as an executive producer.

The original Men in Black was released in 1997 and followed the exploits of Agent J and Agent K, as played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who were members of a top-secret organisation established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth.

Two further films were unveiled in 2002 and 2012, and it is not yet known if either Smith or Jones will reprise their roles in the new film.

However, it has been reported that the reboot will be in the same vein as the recent Jurassic Park revival, Jurassic World. The first instalment of the action-adventure films was launched in 2015 and introduced new characters, as portrayed by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Thompson most recently made her mark in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, in which she played Valkyrie, and as Josie Radek in Annihilation, appearing opposite Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

She is currently shooting boxing movie Creed II and will next be seen on-screen in the next season of TV show Westworld, in which she plays Charlotte Hale.

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