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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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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Christian Bale in talks to join Thor: Love and Thunder – report

Christian Bale is reportedly in negotiations to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder.The Oscar-winning actor is in talks with Marvel bosses to play an as-yet-unknown character in the fourth instalment of the superhero franchise, which sees Chris Hemsworth …

Christian Bale is reportedly in negotiations to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The Oscar-winning actor is in talks with Marvel bosses to play an as-yet-unknown character in the fourth instalment of the superhero franchise, which sees Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the titular Norse god, according to editors at Collider.

Taika Waititi is also returning to direct the sequel, after his huge success with Thor: Ragnarok back in 2017. Production is set to start later this summer.

Should the deal go ahead, Thor: Love and Thunder will be Bale’s first comic book movie since his final turn as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

Since the news broke, Marvel fans have speculated on social media that the 45-year-old could be playing Beta Ray Bill, who first appeared in Marvel comics as Thor’s adversary in 1983, and shares similar strength to the superhero.

Meanwhile, Thor comics writer Jason Aaron suggested that Bale should portray Dario Agger, the vicious chief executive of the Roxxon Corporation.

“You know who’s got my vote. ‘Who Is Christian Bale Playing in THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER?'” he wrote on Twitter, alongside an illustration of the character.

Marvel representatives have not yet to commented on the report.

Tessa Thompson will also be reprising her Thor: Ragnarok role as Valkyrie in Love and Thunder, while Natalie Portman will return to the franchise as Dr. Jane Foster and take on the mantle of The Mighty Thor in the fourth instalment.

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

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Taika Waititi had ‘no concerns’ about making Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi didn’t have “any worries or concerns” making Jojo Rabbit despite the film’s divisive nature.The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker wrote, directed, produced and stars in the comedy-drama, which follows Jojo, a young boy who idolises Adolf H…

Taika Waititi didn’t have “any worries or concerns” making Jojo Rabbit despite the film’s divisive nature.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker wrote, directed, produced and stars in the comedy-drama, which follows Jojo, a young boy who idolises Adolf Hitler, as he discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their house.

Despite its content, Waititi doesn’t believe his film is actually controversial and had no doubts while making it.

“I haven’t had any worries or concerns making this. A lot of people ask if I should be very nervous. I never really felt nervous at all,” he told Uproxx. “It’s not a controversial film! It’s not massively challenging to people just because it’s got some jokes and me doing Hitler. It’s not a film that’s like bad boy’s cinema. Like, ‘We need boobs.’ Or, ‘Oh yeah, we need all the attention because we’re going to do stuff just for shock value. We want the crazy press.’ No, we don’t. We just don’t like that kind of attention.”

The director also portrayed Hitler as the imaginary friend of Jojo in the film because he was convinced another actor would have “overthought” the part and done “too much research” into the dictator, when that wasn’t required as the depiction of him is “silly”.

“I just realised I didn’t want to do any research on this guy. I was just going to put the moustache on because I’m not playing him. I’m playing a 10-year-old in an adult’s body,” the filmmaker explained.

Jojo Rabbit, which also stars Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, and Sam Rockwell, is in cinemas now.

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Mark Ruffalo confirms meeting with Kevin Feige over possible Hulk movies

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster…

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.

The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.

Despite starring in all four of the blockbuster movies alongside a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and a comedic appearance in Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth, the Hulk has yet to get his own standalone movie with Ruffalo as leading man.

However, the 52-year-old has teased an upcoming meeting with the Marvel Studios boss to discuss the future of the beloved green hero.

“Kevin Feige just asked me last week if I had any more ideas or stories for the Hulk. And I said, ‘Yeah, I think there’s still some stories to tell,'” he said during a recent panel at Tokyo Comic-Con.

“And (Feige) said, ‘Well why don’t you come in and tell me about them and we’ll see if we can find a place for you in the Marvel universe?’ Hulk vs. Wolverine. I’d like to see that,” Ruffalo added, to wild applause from the audience.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Feige hinted at the introduction of the Fantastic Four and Professor Xavier’s mutants, the X-Men, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Fans have since speculated that a younger actor could be brought in to replace Hugh Jackman, who retired from playing Wolverine following 2017’s Logan, after 17 years of playing the metal-clawed superhero.

The last standalone Hulk film was Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, which starred Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner, alongside Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

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Taika Waititi didn’t want big star to play Hitler in Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi ended up playing Adolf Hitler in Jojo Rabbit because he realised casting a big star in the part would distract from the main story.The satire tells the story of a 10-year-old boy named Jojo, a member of the Hitler Youth Camp who sees the …

Taika Waititi ended up playing Adolf Hitler in Jojo Rabbit because he realised casting a big star in the part would distract from the main story.

The satire tells the story of a 10-year-old boy named Jojo, a member of the Hitler Youth Camp who sees the German dictator, as played by Waititi, as his imaginary friend. It follows him as he discovers his mother has hidden a young Jewish girl in their house.

The New Zealand-born director, who also wrote and produced the movie, admitted he dreamed up a wish list of big stars to play the part but ultimately agreed to do it himself after realising an A-lister could overshadow the central story.

“Fox Searchlight blackmailed me into doing it,” Waititi joked to Variety. “You start (out) thinking of bigger stars to be part of a film like this or to play this imaginary Hitler. But at the end of the day, it came down to the simple fact that if we had done that, that would have overshadowed the heart of the story — which is this beautiful story, this relationship story between these two kids… And if there was a big celebrity then it would have become the ‘so-and-so Hitler film,’ which is not at all what this is.”

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker has been receiving critical acclaim for Jojo Rabbit since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where it won the People’s Choice Award.

Waititi added that the buzz the film has received has made him even prouder of the project.

“It sounds a little cliche, but I like to think that I don’t write a film or go into making a film just with the express intent of getting awards, cause this seems really messed up and that’s not a good way to create art,” the 44-year-old stated. “(But after the awards buzz) started happening, I became even more proud of the film.”

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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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Cate Blanchett divulges her favourite Marvel movie

Cate Blanchett has named Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as her favourite Marvel movie.Larson played Carol Danvers in this year’s blockbuster, with the plot following the pilot as she discovers she’s one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes and is …

Cate Blanchett has named Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as her favourite Marvel movie.

Larson played Carol Danvers in this year’s blockbuster, with the plot following the pilot as she discovers she’s one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes and is caught in an intergalactic war between two alien races.  

The movie made more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Blanchett picked the female-driven film as her number one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), despite playing Asgardian goddess of death Hela in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok back in 2017.  

“I really, really loved Captain Marvel. No offence, Taika, but it was probably my favourite,” she told the publication.

And Blanchett is also keen to see Natalie Portman become The Mighty Thor and wield the Norse god’s hammer Mjolnir in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.  

“I’m so, so excited. I’m so looking forward to seeing it, because I absolutely loved seeing them all with my kids,” the 50-year-old shared. “To know that Natalie is going to have such a pivotal role is really exciting.” 

Blanchett was full of praise for the increasing gender equality in the MCU too, and credited Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso with making that happen.

“She has been an incredible advocate for feminising that universe. It’s right and true that those franchises should be actually cutting-edge, because that’s traditionally what (comics) have done,” she added.

The upcoming female-driven projects in the MCU include Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, The Eternals, starring Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie, and Elizabeth Olsen’s joint leading role alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. 

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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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Taika Waititi to return for Thor 4 – report

Taika Waititi is reportedly returning to the director’s chair to lead Thor 4. According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the 43-year-old has been hired to write and direct the next movie in the Marvel franchise, two years after his critically-ac…

Taika Waititi is reportedly returning to the director’s chair to lead Thor 4.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the 43-year-old has been hired to write and direct the next movie in the Marvel franchise, two years after his critically-acclaimed directorial effort Thor: Ragnarok was released in 2017.

The plotline for the fourth movie is still in development, and it is unknown if it will take place directly after the events of this year’s Avengers: Endgame, in which Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder departs on a spaceship with Chris Pratt’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Thor 4 does not yet have a release date, and it is expected that original stars Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins will not be returning, after their characters died in Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok, respectively.

However, Waititi signing on for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise possibly jeopardises his long-awaited Japanese manga Akira movie at Warner Bros.

That project was given a May 2021 release, and the New Zealand-born filmmaker was travelling around the world testing actors in a huge search for the stars of his movie.

Akira is now on hold indefinitely, as the two films’ production dates almost overlap, according to reporters at Deadline.

Script development concerns on the Japanese manga adaptation originally delayed the filming start date, and while some of those issues have been resolved, the dates on Akira and Thor 4 were reportedly too close for comfort.

Waititi’s next big-screen offering is Jojo Rabbit, which is set during World War II and follows an awkward young German boy whose only friend is his imaginary version of Adolf Hitler. The director also stars in the movie, alongside Scarlett Johansson, which is set to be released on 18 October in U.S. cinemas.

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