Taika Waititi impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to Hulk role

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in…

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.

The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in which he starred alongside Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson.

And the New Zealand native filmmaker was wowed by Ruffalo’s decision to perform all the motion capture work himself, rather than relying on a stand-in.

“He has very strong opinions about what Hulk would say and how he would say it,” Waititi told Variety. “People assume, ‘Oh, well it’s a CGI character. Why would an actor do the movements?’ But he insisted on doing all the work in motion capture…. All of that stuff is him, dressed in those ridiculous pyjamas that you have to wear with ping-pong balls on his head.”

While the third instalment of the Thor franchise saw Hemsworth reveal a more comic side to the Norse god, Waititi was also excited for Ruffalo to explore how Hulk had finally gained control and overtaken nerdy scientist Banner.

“He wanted to show that Hulk was driving the vehicle and Banner was left in the trunk,” he explained.

Ruffalo recently teased the idea of reprising his role as the Hulk, after it was revealed in Avengers: Endgame that Hulk and Banner had learnt to co-exist as a half-man, half huge green superhero.

“There’s nothing completely at a place where it’s a done deal,” he teased. “If we come up with something good, that would be really interesting.”

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Taika Waititi using lockdown to work on Thor: Love and Thunder script

Taika Waititi is using the Covid-19 lockdown to work on the script for Thor: Love and Thunder.The fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise has been delayed due to the global pandemic, which has forced Hollywood to shut down production on movies includ…

Taika Waititi is using the Covid-19 lockdown to work on the script for Thor: Love and Thunder.

The fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise has been delayed due to the global pandemic, which has forced Hollywood to shut down production on movies including The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Cinderella.

However, as countries around the world impose strict restrictions on people’s movement to stop the spread of the virus, Waititi is using his time in self-isolation to tweak the script for his follow-up to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“There are a few positive things I can take away (from the crisis). One of them is that a lot of these films, and films in general, are rushed, or you don’t have as much time as you’d want to have on the script and things like that,” the 44-year-old told Total Film magazine.

Waititi added that he was confident his script, which he has co-written with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, will be better than ever as he has more time to tinker with it.

“We’re still writing Love and Thunder, and I think it’s good to just keep writing, and then you know, we’ll have a really, really good script. And with writing, especially, you should use as much of that time as possible to get your story right, because you never really get it later on,” the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker shared. “Film is an industry where you’re always complaining about not having enough time. I think, right now, we’ve given ourselves a huge amount of time to work on all sort of things, so we may as well use it.”

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as the Norse god, alongside Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Christian Bale, in Thor: Love and Thunder, which has been moved from its original release date of November 2021 to 18 February 2022.

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Chris Hemsworth teases ‘pretty insane’ Thor: Love and Thunder script

Chris Hemsworth has promised fans the script for Thor: Love and Thunder is “pretty insane”.The Australian star is reprising his role as the Norse god for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise, and in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer,…

Chris Hemsworth has promised fans the script for Thor: Love and Thunder is “pretty insane”.

The Australian star is reprising his role as the Norse god for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise, and in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, revealed that director Taika Waititi, who helmed Thor: Ragnarok, has pulled no punches this time around.

“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read in years. It’s Taika at his most extreme, and at his best. If the version I read is the one we get running with, it’s going to be pretty insane,” the 36-year-old told the publication.

The coronavirus outbreak has cast a shadow of doubt on the future of the blockbuster, which also features Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale, as production was due to begin this summer.

But Waititi recently spoke about Thor: Love and Thunder in an Instagram Live Q&A with Thompson, and told followers that the comic book adaptation makes Thor: Ragnarok look “safe”.

“There’s so many great, great things in it,” he shared. “It’s so over the top now, in the very best way. It makes Ragnarok look like a really run-of-the-mill, very safe film.”

The filmmaker joked: “This new film feels like we asked 10 year olds what should be in a movie, and then we said yes to every single thing. Space sharks, if you know anything about the comics… That’s all I’m gonna say… Space sharks.”

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated for release in U.S. cinemas in February 2022.

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Taika Waititi: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder isn’t a run-of-the-mill movie’

Taika Waititi teased details about his upcoming movie Thor: Love and Thunder during an Instagram Live screening party on Thursday.The actor and filmmaker took to the platform to provide some light relief for fans amid the coronavirus lockdown, and was …

Taika Waititi teased details about his upcoming movie Thor: Love and Thunder during an Instagram Live screening party on Thursday.

The actor and filmmaker took to the platform to provide some light relief for fans amid the coronavirus lockdown, and was joined by Valkyrie actress Tessa Thompson for a Thor: Ragnarok viewing session.

After the screening, the celebrated star hinted at some details about the sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder, telling fans they are about four or five drafts into the writing process and insisting the sequel isn’t going to be a “run-of-the-mill” movie.

He joked: “It’s like 10-year-olds told us what should be in a movie and we said yes to every single thing.”

Tessa, who previously said she wants Valkyrie to be one of the first LGBTQ+ characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), added that she’s also read the latest draft.

Elsewhere, Taika confirmed his character Korg won’t have a romantic interest in the sequel because he was “deeply in love and lost that love along the line”, adding, “He doesn’t feel brave enough to find love again”.

However, he did reveal that Krog’s Kronan culture will be revealed and suggested the Space Sharks, also known as Starsharks, which appear in the original comic book series, will feature.

Viewers also got a surprise during the party when actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk, joined the session for a brief chat with his pal.

Thor: Love and Thunder is currently scheduled to hit theatres on 18 February, 2022.

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Tessa Thompson’s style inspired by early Diane Keaton movies

Tessa Thompson gets her style inspiration from early Diane Keaton movies.The 36-year-old loved the androgynous looks worn by Keaton’s characters in films in the 1970s such as Annie Hall and Play It Again, Sam, which featured chic waistcoats, flared tai…

Tessa Thompson gets her style inspiration from early Diane Keaton movies.

The 36-year-old loved the androgynous looks worn by Keaton’s characters in films in the 1970s such as Annie Hall and Play It Again, Sam, which featured chic waistcoats, flared tailored trousers, and crisp white shirts.

And Tessa further revealed her admiration for style icons of the ’70s, as she credited Mick Jagger’s then-wife, model and activist Bianca, for also inspiring her fashion choices.

“Bianca Jagger, who’s not a fictional character, but just someone who’s at Studio 54,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Thor: Ragnarok star confessed she is obsessed with fashion from the 1920s, as she loves the opulence and extravagance of the outfits.

“The 20s were such a cool time because you had real structure, also people got dressed from head-to-toe with a glove and a hat,” she explained. “You had these fantastic garments in the ’20s that were super loose fitting. Some of the sexiest things from the roaring ’20s for a flapper girl were just comfortable. They were dresses you could actually go out and dance and live in.”

And stylist duo Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, who work with the Creed actress, agreed with Tessa’s fondness for the decade.

“I love the tapestry and the opulence of the ’20s,” McDonald gushed. “Love a feather. Give me a velvet, chiffon, sequins on top of it.”

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Tessa Thompson confirms Christian Bale will play villain in Thor: Love and Thunder

Tessa Thompson has confirmed that Christian Bale will play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.The 36-year-old let the news slip in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of the Westworld season three premiere, and revealed she can…

Tessa Thompson has confirmed that Christian Bale will play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The 36-year-old let the news slip in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of the Westworld season three premiere, and revealed she can’t wait to work with the Oscar-winning British star, who was rumoured to be joining the project back in January.

“Christian Bale is going to play our villain, which is going to be fantastic,” Tessa shared. “I’ve read the script (but) I can’t tell you much.”

And her co-star Natalie Portman, who returns as Jane Foster in the new movie, is also thrilled about the casting news.

“(There have been) lots of exciting text messages exchanged between Natalie and I. We’re going to have fun,” she added, before teasing more additions to director Taika Waititi’s star-studded cast. “Taika is writing (and) directing. Some familiar faces. Some new people coming into the mix.”

The Creed star, who made her debut as heroine Valkyrie in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and reprised her role for last year’s Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, also revealed she’ll be playing King Valkyrie in the new movie.

“She’s king,” she said. “If she can’t find her queen, she’ll just be king and queen at the same time.”

Taika previously revealed that he shot a scene showing Valkyrie as bisexual for Thor: Ragnarok, but it was cut from the final edit, and he’s since hinted that the character may get a queer storyline in the upcoming film.

Thor: Love and Thunder, also starring Chris Hemsworth, is scheduled to hit theatres in November 2021.

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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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Dior takes inspiration from Greek goddesses for spring 20 couture line

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of U…

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of Uma Thurman, Tessa Thompson, Haley Bennett, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Natalia Vodianova, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all perched on the front row.

Keeping in line with the feminist spirit of her previous ranges, Chiuri themed the line around the idea of American artist Judy Chicago’s key question: “What if women ruled the world?”

“In opening herself up to other ways of thinking, Chiuri seeks to grasp the complexity of relationships between feminism and femininity. Mindful of the fundamental link between fashion and the body, she re-sculpts it, like a manifesto. The Female Divine, an installation specially designed by Judy Chicago for the garden of the Musee Rodin, at once serves as a sanctuary, a stage and a monumental artwork,” a Dior representative commented of the designer’s inspirations. “But above all. it represents a tribute to, and re-appropriation of, an ancestral power that goes beyond the idea of procreation. Chiuri highlights the vision of a pioneer, a founder of American feminist art, as the revivor of a triumphant, divine conception of femininity, mistress of her destiny.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a gold dress with interwoven fringe detailing, with the look accessorised with flat sandals. Chiuri then showcased a number of techniques influenced by ancient Greek clothing, including carefully draped tops, flowing dresses, and peplos-style tunics.

To emphasise the theme, the models had their hair braided and topped off with metallic headbands, while outfits were matched with heavy olive leaf-shaped bracelets and necklaces.

Elsewhere, highlights included a long gold coat featuring delicate floral embroidery, a light pink dress dotted with evil eye motifs, a red dress with a finely pleated skirt, as well as a one-shoulder white gown with tiered tulle skirt.

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Disney planning to reboot Home Alone and Night at the Museum

Disney executives are planning to reboot the Home Alone and Night at the Museum franchises for their upcoming streaming service.  In recent years, Disney bosses have invested heavily in remaking their own properties, releasing updated takes on Th…

Disney executives are planning to reboot the Home Alone and Night at the Museum franchises for their upcoming streaming service. 

 In recent years, Disney bosses have invested heavily in remaking their own properties, releasing updated takes on The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King.  

Now, it seems they are looking to reboot franchises in the Fox movie library too, following their acquisition of the company earlier this year.  

 During a conference call on Tuesday, Disney chief executive Bob Iger told reporters that they were planning to reboot franchises including Home Alone, which kicked off in 1990 with Macaulay Culkin; Night at the Museum, the fantasy adventure starring Ben Stiller which ran between 2006 and 2014; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which includes four films from 2010 and 2017; and Cheaper by the Dozen, which starred Steve Martin in 2003 and 2005.  

 According to editors at Deadline, Iger commented that the titles will be “reimagined” for “a new generation” of viewers for the new streaming service, Disney+. He did not specify if the remakes will be films or TV spin-offs.  

 “We’re also focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our DTC (direct to consumer) platforms,” he said.  

 The announcement marks the first time anyone from Disney has shared concrete plans about using Fox’s library for source material.  

 The company has been giving its recent reboots a theatrical release, but previously revealed the remake of Lady and the Tramp, which features the voices of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, would be available exclusively on Disney+ when it launches in the U.S. on 12 November. 

 When it debuts, the new streaming service will also feature 300 hours of Fox content, including all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, while titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride, and Malcolm in the Middle will join in the first year. 

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Natalie Portman preparing to get ‘jacked’ to play first-ever female Thor

Natalie Portman has joked she’ll be getting “jacked” as she prepares to play the first-ever female Thor.During Marvel’s epic presentation on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were stunned when not only was it revealed that her character, astrophysi…

Natalie Portman has joked she’ll be getting “jacked” as she prepares to play the first-ever female Thor.

During Marvel’s epic presentation on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were stunned when not only was it revealed that her character, astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, would be returning for director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, but she would take on the mantle of the Norse God of Thunder.

Portman later shared snaps on Instagram of herself wearing a strapless dress and wielding Thor’s powerful hammer Mjolnir as she appeared onstage besides Waititi and her co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson during the announcement.

In a cheeky nod to her former onscreen love interest, she joked that she would be transforming her lithe figure into that of a bulked-up superhero, just like Australian hunk Hemsworth.

“So thrilled to share the news with you today at #sdcc2019 that I’ll be returning to the @marvel #mcu as female Thor with legends @taikawaititi @tessamaethompson and @chrishemsworth. (Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked),” the 38-year-old wrote.

The New Zealand-born filmmaker, who previously directed 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, explained on Saturday that Thor 4 would be based on a 2014 comic book storyline where Thor loses his abilities, with Dr. Foster wielding his power – and hammer – instead. He also clarified that her name would be Mighty Thor.

In Avengers: Endgame, it was revealed that Thor had become a depressed and overweight alcoholic, and concluded with him passing on the mantle of ruling New Asgard to Valkyrie, played by Thompson.

Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in November 2021.

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