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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Tessa Thompson: ‘People of colour are giving each other the best film opportunities’

Tessa Thompson believes working with directors of colour has been the only way for her to get interesting roles.The Men in Black: International actress, who has Afro-Panamanian, Mexican, and European heritage, has been working solidly for the past five…

Tessa Thompson believes working with directors of colour has been the only way for her to get interesting roles.

The Men in Black: International actress, who has Afro-Panamanian, Mexican, and European heritage, has been working solidly for the past five years on films such as Selma, Creed, and Sorry to Bother You, helmed by the likes of Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler and Boots Riley, respectively.

When it was observed during her cover interview with Marie Claire magazine that she has worked with a lot of black directors, Tessa explained that it’s because people of colour have been better at offering interesting roles to other people of colour.

“It remains the only way,” she declared. “I look at actresses who are not of colour and at the opportunities that they’re presented in terms of directors wanting to make work for them. When I look at my contemporaries of colour, it’s only other artists of colour who are doing that in a real, robust way.”

Since filming Men in Black, the 35-year-old has lent her voice to Lady in the Disney remake of the Lady and the Tramp, filmed Sylvie, a love story set in midcentury Harlem, and is gearing up to reprise the role of Charlotte Hale in the third season of TV series Westworld.

Accordingly, Tessa admitted that her schedule is well and truly filled up.

“I’m really lucky to be inside of projects that I’m obligated to, but it means that I’m increasingly aware of the finite time that I have to make the things I just want to do,” the Los Angeles native explained. “I’ve slotted them into any little window, which means I just don’t have any windows right now.”

Men in Black marks her third time working with Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, after they previously teamed up for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and this year’s Avengers: Endgame, and the Dear White People star joked that they were like the new Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, who had an onscreen and offscreen partnership for more than 20 years.

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Tessa Thompson demanded better pay deal on Men In Black: International

Tessa Thompson was inspired by the Time’s Up movement to push for a better pay deal on her latest movie, Men in Black: International. The 35-year-old actress shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth in the sci-fi action block…

Tessa Thompson was inspired by the Time’s Up movement to push for a better pay deal on her latest movie, Men in Black: International.

The 35-year-old actress shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth in the sci-fi action blockbuster, so when it came to contract negotiations with studio officials, she felt empowered by her involvement in the 2018 campaign to end sexual misconduct and push for equal rights in the workplace to make her wage demands heard.

“(Time’s Up) allowed me to say things I’m not sure I would have said a year ago,” she explained to Marie Claire magazine. “The truth is, the system where you assess international value is inherently sexist and racist because we haven’t had those opportunities. The only way to disrupt that is to create new models.”

Tessa told movie officials that while she was aware of the popularity and fame of Australian hunk Chris, she deserved to get a better deal than what they were offering.

“When we were having the conversation around how we structure our deals, I said, ‘I understand who Chris Hemsworth is and who I am not relative to him, globally and otherwise. But in the success of the film, that changes. In success, I want equity. Because then you can’t make the same argument,'” she shared.

And when asked if she got what she wanted, Tessa coyly replied: “Let’s just say we’re all happy.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the star shared her frustration with Hollywood’s continued lack of diversity, and called for more equality for women of colour.

“When we talk about issues of pay equity, that means something different to Natalie Portman than it does to me,” she said. “Women who are not of colour are talking about pay equity with men. (We) are so far away from that.”

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Tessa Thompson inspired by Time’s Up movement to push for better deal on Men In Black: International

Tessa Thompson was inspired by the Time’s Up movement to push for a better deal on her new movie, Men in Black: International.The 35-year-old stars as Agent M in the film and shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth, and candi…

Tessa Thompson was inspired by the Time’s Up movement to push for a better deal on her new movie, Men in Black: International.

The 35-year-old stars as Agent M in the film and shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth, and candidly opened up about her contract negotiations in an interview with Marie Claire magazine.

Tessa confessed that it was her involvement in the Time’s Up movement, which was founded last year by Hollywood celebrities in response to the sexual harassment scandal, that prompted her to push for equality.

“(Time’s Up) allowed me to say things I’m not sure I would have said a year ago,” she explained. “The truth is, the system where you assess international value is inherently sexist and racist because we haven’t had those opportunities. The only way to disrupt that is to create new models.”

Tessa then told studio bosses that while she was aware of the popularity and fame of Australian hunk Chris, she deserved to get a better deal than what they were offering.

“When we were having the conversation around how we structure our deals, I said, ‘I understand who Chris Hemsworth is and who I am not relative to him, globally and otherwise. But in the success of the film, that changes. In success, I want equity. Because then you can’t make the same argument,'” she shared.

And when asked if she got what she wanted, Tessa coyly replied: “Let’s just say we’re all happy.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she opened up about her frustration that Hollywood is still lacking diversity, and wants more equality for women of colour.

“When we talk about issues of pay equity, that means something different to Natalie Portman than it does to me. Women who are not of colour are talking about pay equity with men. (We) are so far away from that.”

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Dave Bautista: ‘Chris Hemsworth would be perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

Dave Bautista is confident Chris Hemsworth would be “a perfect fit” with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hemsworth’s character Thor leaves his home of New Asgard after appointing Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie …

Dave Bautista is confident Chris Hemsworth would be “a perfect fit” with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hemsworth’s character Thor leaves his home of New Asgard after appointing Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie as its new ruler and joins the Guardians of the Galaxy onboard their ship, hinting that Thor’s storyline may continue in the next Guardians film.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Guardians star Bautista gave his endorsement to the Australian actor.

“I think Chris Hemsworth is a great guy; he’s a fun-loving Aussie. He is what you’d expect him to be,” he said. “He’s very funny, pleasant and upbeat. He’s very social, so I think that would be a perfect fit to be honest with you. I think Hemsworth is hysterical.”

The hardman, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the franchise, was also asked if the spaceship was big enough to house so many big personalities, and he replied that they had already proven it was possible with the amount of characters in Endgame and its predecessor, Infinity War.

“Absolutely. If we can all do Infinity War and Endgame together… It was a who’s who there and there were no issues,” the 50-year-old shared. “It was pretty amazing to see. That’s a trickle-down thing. That comes from the top. Marvel set the tone for an environment, and that’s what the environment is.

“I think they take all those things into consideration when people are being hired, and it was incredible to see a who’s who of Hollywood, all interacting together in a very pleasant atmosphere. There were no egos; there was no ego-clashing or attitude. If there was, I didn’t witness it.”

It has not yet been confirmed if Hemsworth will be part of Vol. 3, which is being written and directed by James Gunn, who was reinstated by Disney after being fired for a Twitter controversy.

The film, set to also star Chris Pratt and Pom Klementieff, is due for release in 2021.

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Dave Bautista: ‘Chris Hemsworth would be perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

Dave Bautista is confident Chris Hemsworth would be “a perfect fit” with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hemsworth’s character Thor leaves his home of New Asgard after appointing Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie …

Dave Bautista is confident Chris Hemsworth would be “a perfect fit” with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hemsworth’s character Thor leaves his home of New Asgard after appointing Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie as its new ruler and joins the Guardians of the Galaxy onboard their ship, hinting that Thor’s storyline may continue in the next Guardians film.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Guardians star Bautista gave his endorsement to the Australian actor.

“I think Chris Hemsworth is a great guy; he’s a fun-loving Aussie. He is what you’d expect him to be,” he said. “He’s very funny, pleasant and upbeat. He’s very social, so I think that would be a perfect fit to be honest with you. I think Hemsworth is hysterical.”

The hardman, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the franchise, was also asked if the spaceship was big enough to house so many big personalities, and he replied that they had already proven it was possible with the amount of characters in Endgame and its predecessor, Infinity War.

“Absolutely. If we can all do Infinity War and Endgame together… It was a who’s who there and there were no issues,” the 50-year-old shared. “It was pretty amazing to see. That’s a trickle-down thing. That comes from the top. Marvel set the tone for an environment, and that’s what the environment is.

“I think they take all those things into consideration when people are being hired, and it was incredible to see a who’s who of Hollywood, all interacting together in a very pleasant atmosphere. There were no egos; there was no ego-clashing or attitude. If there was, I didn’t witness it.”

It has not yet been confirmed if Hemsworth will be part of Vol. 3, which is being written and directed by James Gunn, who was reinstated by Disney after being fired for a Twitter controversy.

The film, set to also star Chris Pratt and Pom Klementieff, is due for release in 2021.

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Tessa Thompson tried on 50 costumes for Men in Black: International

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet prac…

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.

The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet practical look modelled after the signature black suits that appear in the franchise.

For the reboot of the hit films, Rose opted to reimagine the items with the help of British designer Paul Smith, and they put together 50 jacket and pants options for Thompson to try out, with the star ultimately settling on pieces she could easily move in.

“Together, we decided that the two-button, double-breasted, longer jacket – with the big kick-pleat at the back – would be far more impressive for all the action work,” she told Fashionista.com. “It moves very well.”

When it came to footwear, Rose decided the 10-inch height difference between Thompson and her co-star Chris Hemsworth, who portrays Agent H, called for heels and selected comfortable yet empowering lace-up work boots by Naked Wolfe that she described as “fairly elegant”.

Rose also experimented when it came to Emma Thompson’s costume as Agent O, pairing a blazer designed by Smith with a custom-made pencil skirt featuring peplum detailing.

“It made her feel a little saucy and a little bit cheeky,” Rose added. “We wanted to give it a twist and make it a bit seductive, if you like.”

Men in Black: International, also starring Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson, is now showing in cinemas.

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