Natalie Portman given ‘more time to get jacked’ for Thor: Love and Thunder

Natalie Portman has been given “more time to get jacked” in preparation for Thor: Love and Thunder as the film’s shoot was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Black Swan actress stunned fans at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con last July when she …

Natalie Portman has been given “more time to get jacked” in preparation for Thor: Love and Thunder as the film’s shoot was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Black Swan actress stunned fans at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con last July when she revealed her character, astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, would be returning for director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, and she will become Thor – known as The Mighty Thor – making her the first female to play the character onscreen.

The Oscar winner joked to her fans following the announcement that she would be getting “jacked” for the role, but in an Instagram Live conversation with tennis ace Serena Williams over the weekend, Natalie explained that the coronavirus pandemic and the delay in filming has meant she hasn’t started her physical preparations yet.

“We haven’t started. More time to get jacked. Which I have not. I’ve got the carbo-loading down, but not the exercise part,” she joked, according to People.

She then revealed that the production, which also features Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Christian Bale, will begin shooting in Australia in early 2021 and she hopes she will have achieved her jacked appearance by then.

“Obviously everything is weird because of pandemic time, who knows what’s happening,” she said. “It will be exciting and I’m interested to see if I can gain muscle.”

Last July, Natalie shared pictures of her wielding Thor’s hammer Mjolnir during Comic-Con and wrote on Instagram, “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).”

She previously played Jane in the original Thor, its 2013 follow-up The Dark World, and for a cameo in Avengers: Endgame.

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Taika Waititi: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder will be very romantic’

Thor: Love and Thunder will be “insane” and “very romantic”, says director Taika Waititi.Marvel fans suspected relationships would play an integral part in the highly-anticipated fourth instalment of the Thor saga when the title was confirmed. Waititi …

Thor: Love and Thunder will be “insane” and “very romantic”, says director Taika Waititi.

Marvel fans suspected relationships would play an integral part in the highly-anticipated fourth instalment of the Thor saga when the title was confirmed. Waititi and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson have now finished the script and the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker has revealed his ambition to make a love story.

“I think it’s going to be really good,” Waititi, who previously helmed 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, said in an interview with the BBC. “We’ve finished, we’ve been writing the script off and on for over a year and I’m just, actually this week, doing another pass on it.

“It is so insane and it’s also very romantic. I’m into romances now. I just want to make a romance. I just want to make something that I’ve never done or never cared for. I would like to attack something like that.”

Chris Hemsworth will reprise the title role, while Natalie Portman will be returning as Jane Foster, along with Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.

Fans have been speculating about Thor’s romance with Jane, while Tessa has previously hinted Valkyrie – Marvel’s first openly LGBTQ character – may explore her sexuality further.

It is currently unknown if Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, will be returning, or what role Christian Bale will have in the film.

While production is unlikely to begin until next year, Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to hit theatres in February 2022.

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Super stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert form Black Fashion & Beauty Collective

Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries. In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion in…

Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries.

In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion industry leaders have been addressing racial discrimination and the lack of representation in their own companies, pledging to do more to be inclusive and diverse.

On Tuesday, Roach, who is best known for his partnership with Zendaya and Celine Dion, Rembert, who works with Lizzo and Issa Rae, and hairstylist Lacy Redway, whose clients include Tessa Thompson, announced the formation of Black Fashion & Beauty Collective (BFB Collective), a non-profit organisation which will represent black creatives in both industries, bringing them together to create a community.

“Our plans have always been to form a community of us, of voices that are very influential in the industry and can really see change happen,” Redway told Footwear News. “We were in the similar position that we are in now, in that we were just really fed up with not having proper representation in so many areas in our industries, and we were all fighting similar fights but fighting them individually.”

Roach has also donated $25,000 (£20,000) to help kickstart the collective’s Black Fashion and Beauty Business Relief Fund, which is partnering with the My Block, My Hood, My City organisation. The founding pledge and other funds raised this year will help support businesses affected by incidents of police brutality and subsequent protests.

“We want to inject capital into businesses whose storefronts may have suffered as a result and help them get back on their feet and get their businesses back up,” said celebrity stylist and BFB Collective president Rachel Johnson.

In addition to their main fundraising goal, the collective will help fashion and beauty brands to make progress with diversity and inclusion.

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Paramount makes Selma free to rent on digital platforms in June

Paramount Pictures officials have made Selma free to rent on all digital platforms during the month of June.The 2014 historical drama depicts the events surrounding the civil rights movement march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by Dr. M…

Paramount Pictures officials have made Selma free to rent on all digital platforms during the month of June.

The 2014 historical drama depicts the events surrounding the civil rights movement march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of a widespread campaign to secure equal voting rights for black people in the U.S.

The Golden Globe-winning movie, directed by Ava DuVernay, starred David Oyelowo as the iconic activist, alongside Carmen Ejogo, Tessa Thompson, and Andre Holland.

And on Saturday, Paramount announced it would be offering free digital rentals of the critically-acclaimed movie until the end of the month to help support the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We witness the expression of decades of collective pain, we should reflect on Dr. King’s words: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,'” the statement read.

“We hope this small gesture will encourage people throughout the country to examine our nation’s history and reflect on the ways that racial injustice has infected our society. The key message of Selma is the importance of equality, dignity and justice for all people. Clearly, that message is as vital today as it was in 1965.”

The news comes after Oyelowo claimed certain Academy Award voters told the studio that they would not be supporting Selma in response to the cast wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts to the film’s premiere in protest of the killing of Eric Garner, a police brutality victim who hit headlines earlier in 2014.

In addition to Paramount offering up Selma for free on digital platforms, Warner Bros. officials have also made Just Mercy, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, free to rent during this month.

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David Oyelowo claims Academy members refused to vote for Selma following premiere protests

David Oyelowo has claimed members of the Academy refused to vote for his 2014 movie Selma after the cast protested the death of Eric Garner at the film’s premiere. During a virtual discussion as part of Screen Daily’s Screen Talks series on Thursday, t…

David Oyelowo has claimed members of the Academy refused to vote for his 2014 movie Selma after the cast protested the death of Eric Garner at the film’s premiere.

During a virtual discussion as part of Screen Daily’s Screen Talks series on Thursday, the British actor discussed the recent support for the Black Lives Matter movement in response to the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd, and recalled how Selma, a drama in which he starred as Martin Luther King Jr., was negatively impacted by the cast and crew taking a stand against police brutality and racism.

At the New York premiere of the film, Oyelowo, director Ava DuVernay and the entire cast – including Tessa Thompson and Colman Domingo – wore black T-shirts bearing the message “I Can’t Breathe” to stand in solidarity with African-American man Garner, who uttered those words during his arrest, shortly after which he died.

And as a result of their actions, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who vote for the Oscars, allegedly sabotaged its awards season chances.

“Selma coincided with Eric Garner being murdered,” he said. “I remember at the premiere of Selma us wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts in protest. Members of the Academy called into the studio and our producers saying, ‘How dare they do that? Why are they stirring S-*-*-T?’ and ‘We are not going to vote for that film because we do not think it is their place to be doing that.'”

“It’s part of why that film didn’t get everything that people think it should’ve got and it birthed #OscarsSoWhite,” continued Oyelowo, referring to the social media campaign addressing the lack of diversity in the nominations. “They used their privilege to deny a film on the basis of what they valued in the world.”

DuVernay shared the quotes on her Twitter account and added, “True story”.

The film, which told the story of protest marches calling for African-Americans to be given the right to vote, received two Oscar nominations – Best Picture and Best Original Song – and won the latter.

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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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