Chris Hemsworth under fire for ‘free trial’ offer on fitness app

Bosses at Chris Hemsworth’s Centr fitness app have defended a free trial offer prompted by the Covid-19 crisis after users complained they were charged when trying to withdraw from a subscription.The Thor actor announced in March that people could have…

Bosses at Chris Hemsworth’s Centr fitness app have defended a free trial offer prompted by the Covid-19 crisis after users complained they were charged when trying to withdraw from a subscription.

The Thor actor announced in March that people could have free access to his health, fitness, and wellbeing programme for a six-week trial, with the terms and conditions stating that users would be charged for a subscription after the period expired.

But in reviews posted on Google Play, Apple’s App Store and social media, users have complained that they were charged $99 (£81) for a discounted yearly plan at the end of their trial, despite deleting the app and trying to cancel their subscription.

A representative of Centr defended the trial offer in a statement, telling WENN that while they “stand by” the conditions of the offer and that an “auto renew” function could be disabled, they would try and resolve the complaints of those who believe they deserve a refund.

“Centr’s extended free trial period was a genuine offer made with the intention of helping people to stay strong, healthy and calm during this challenging time,” they said, before stating that conditions “outlining that if the trial was not cancelled within the six-week period, the customer’s nominated plan would be charged” are “clearly displayed” when users sign up.

Offering to help those who feel ripped off, they added: “We want to be especially mindful of our original intention to help people during this time. Therefore, we are working diligently to resolve any concerns from the one per cent of customers who have reported issues relating to the free-trial offer.”

Users who were charged at the end of the trial complained that they couldn’t afford the fee due to the economic turmoil created by the coronavirus crisis. One raged in a review on Google Play that the policy was “unkind” as their salary had been cut, while others claimed they were unable to cancel, despite contacting customer services.

Hemsworth is yet to comment.

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Chris Hemsworth hopes Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences to reopened cinemas

Chris Hemsworth hopes that the upcoming Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences back to cinemas once the coronavirus pandemic is over.The 36-year-old, who has played the Norse god Thor since 2011, is gearing up to star in the fourth film, Thor: Love a…

Chris Hemsworth hopes that the upcoming Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences back to cinemas once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The 36-year-old, who has played the Norse god Thor since 2011, is gearing up to star in the fourth film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which was due to being production this summer.

However, production on numerous films has been halted due to the pandemic, which has led to the closure of cinemas and the postponement of film releases, with Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters such as Black Widow and Eternals getting pushed back.

Hemsworth believes that these superhero movies are the key to reigniting the industry once the cinemas reopen.

“Films (like Marvel) that you can best appreciate on the big screen, those will draw people out of their homes again,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He also said he understood the critics of Marvel movies, including Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, who slammed the big-budget flicks for eradicating the competition.

“I hear those concerns, too. That (the MCU) takes up so much real estate, (and) is there enough room for the other things to exist, the art house films and the smaller films we love and admire equally,” Hemsworth explained.

Right now, the Thor star is enjoying a break from his intense Marvel schedule as he self-isolates in Australia with wife Elsa Pataky and their three children.

“I’ve wanted to just stop being controlled by a schedule,” he said. “So to be home now with the kids full time, and to be able to go ‘Wow, this is truly what’s important.’ It would be a real miss if I didn’t use this opportunity to soak up that time.”

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Elsa Pataky: ‘I could not imagine my life without exercise’

Elsa Pataky couldn’t imagine her life without exercise because it acts as the “glue” that holds everything together.The 43-year-old actress opened up about her approach to wellbeing and fitness in an interview with InStyle and confessed that her daily …

Elsa Pataky couldn’t imagine her life without exercise because it acts as the “glue” that holds everything together.

The 43-year-old actress opened up about her approach to wellbeing and fitness in an interview with InStyle and confessed that her daily workouts are something she couldn’t ever sacrifice.

“I could not imagine my life without exercise. For me it is the glue that holds everything together: my health, my happiness, my relationship,” she said, adding that she’s been interested in exercise since her teens.

“It was then that I started to learn everything I could about training and nutrition,” she explained. “Since then, I have trained consistently, though there have been times when I was less active – such as when I had my children. So I also know how hard it can be to start exercising again after you’ve had a break.”

The Fast and Furious star shares three children with husband Chris Hemsworth – seven-year-old daughter India and six-year-old twin boys Sasha and Tristan – and she said working out with the Thor hunk keeps their marriage alive.

“The best way to stick to training is to do something you love and, if you can, do it with someone you love. My husband Chris and I are always looking for opportunities to keep active together doing things we enjoy,” she shared. “Having three kids makes it a bit more complicated, but we always find a way. It enriches all of our lives.”

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Cate Blanchett kept hammer from Thor: Ragnarok

Cate Blanchett has revealed she has Thor’s hammer at home.In a recent video interview for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Australian actress, who played villain Hela in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, said she had been cleaning her house during self-iso…

Cate Blanchett has revealed she has Thor’s hammer at home.

In a recent video interview for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Australian actress, who played villain Hela in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, said she had been cleaning her house during self-isolation and proudly displayed the superhero’s hammer Mjolnir, which is usually seen in the hands of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth.

“You know how that Thor film that was shut down in Australia? It wasn’t anything to do with Covid-19. It was because I got the hammer,” she stated. “I have Mjölnir here. And, look at how easy I can lift it.”

Earlier in the interview, Blanchett disclosed she also has a collection of props from her time playing elf Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, including elf ears and hobbit feet that she “couldn’t find” in time to show Colbert.

“I know the kids have Hobbit feet somewhere and I thought, ‘Oh, I’d love to show them to you.’ Couldn’t find them. But I did find Tauriel’s fighting blades,” she said as she waved the blades in front of her webcam.

Colbert, amused, lightly accused Blanchett of stealing the blades from Evangeline Lilly, who played Tauriel in The Hobbit trilogy, and she replied, “Actually you did not see those. Don’t speak to Evangeline Lilly anytime soon.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Colbert asked Blanchett about schooling her children under lockdown in the U.K. and she expressed her admiration for teachers.

“I do have a profound respect – I always have – for teachers, but you know, I’m more like the homeroom teacher who has no particular skill, but I can corral people into doing things,” she said.

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Patty Jenkins reflects on decision to exit Thor: The Dark World

Patty Jenkins is “super grateful” she didn’t end up directing Thor: The Dark World.The Monster filmmaker was confirmed to helm the sequel to 2011 Marvel superhero movie Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, but just three months into deve…

Patty Jenkins is “super grateful” she didn’t end up directing Thor: The Dark World.

The Monster filmmaker was confirmed to helm the sequel to 2011 Marvel superhero movie Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, but just three months into development, she exited the project, citing “creative differences”.

Reflecting on the move in a new interview with Vanity Fair, Jenkins recalled how she was uncomfortable with the film’s proposed script and the scrutiny she felt as a woman.

“I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing,” she stated. “I think it would have been a huge deal – it would have looked like it was my fault. It would’ve looked like, ‘Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.'”

Marvel producers subsequently handed directing duties on Thor 2 over to Alan Taylor. And Jenkins is adamant she made the right decision.

“That was the one time in my career where I really felt like, do this with (another director) and it’s not going to be a big deal. And maybe they’ll understand it and love it more than I do,” the 48-year-old shared. “You can’t do movies you don’t believe in. The only reason to do it would be to prove to people that I could. But it wouldn’t have proved anything if I didn’t succeed. I don’t think that I would have gotten another chance. And so, I’m super grateful.”

Jenkins went on to direct Wonder Woman for DC Comics in 2017. A sequel, also featuring Gal Gadot in the titular role, is set to be released in August.

Meanwhile, Taika Waititi was tapped to direct 2017 hit Thor: Ragnarok and is also making a new film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in November 2021.

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Chris Hemsworth offering free workouts during coronavirus lockdown

Chris Hemsworth is offering fans a six-week free trial of his fitness app due to gyms closing around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Hollywood actor has announced that those who sign up to become a new Centr member will get free access to h…

Chris Hemsworth is offering fans a six-week free trial of his fitness app due to gyms closing around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hollywood actor has announced that those who sign up to become a new Centr member will get free access to his health, fitness and wellbeing programme for six weeks, including at-home training, healthy recipes, meditations, and sleep visualisations.

“There’s a lot of fear, anxiety and uncertainty in the world at the moment. You’re probably stuck at home so I wanted to give everybody full access for free to my fitness app for the next six weeks,” he said in an Instagram video. “This app was designed to give people an opportunity to access the team that I’ve used over the years that have had a profoundly positive impact on my life.

“So, in times like this when there’s a lot of uncertainty running through your head, a lot of questions, I find it’s even more important than usual to concentrate on your movement, your physical activity, your exercise, your nutrition, what you put in your body, what we eat, and always our mental fitness, our mental game, staying positive.”

In the accompanying caption, Chris added, “Centr was founded to make health and happiness accessible to all, and I hope that this will make that access even easier during the current global health crisis.

“I think now more than ever is when we need to focus on what I believe to be the three key pillars to living healthier and happier – movement, nutrition, and mental fitness.”

Centr offers members personalised regimes to help them meet their fitness goals, with more than 1,000 workouts and 500 recipes. Members also have access into Centr’s private Facebook group, which provides a supportive space for users to share their experiences and celebrate their achievements.

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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 ‘didn’t have to do much’ to convince Natalie Portman to return to Thor

Taika Waititi “didn’t have to do much” to convince Natalie Portman to return for the fourth Thor movie.Back in July, it was announced that the Oscar-winning actress was reprising her role as Dr. Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, which will be co-w…

Taika Waititi “didn’t have to do much” to convince Natalie Portman to return for the fourth Thor movie.

Back in July, it was announced that the Oscar-winning actress was reprising her role as Dr. Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, which will be co-written and directed by the New Zealand filmmaker.

It was later confirmed that Portman would become The Mighty Thor in the upcoming instalment of the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, which is led by Chris Hemsworth, who plays the eponymous God of Thunder.

And Waititi explained that he had an easy job persuading the 38-year-old to come back to Thor, after her character was notably missing from 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“I mean, I didn’t have to do much. And, I think for her it was about making the character interesting. And I think especially when you’re playing ‘an Earthling who’s just into science’ in one of these big movies, it kind of gets a bit sort of, you know…” he told Uproxx. “After doing that for two movies, you want to do something different.”

Waititi also suggested that Portman wanted to revisit her character in Thor: Love and Thunder as she finally gets to wield the powerful hammer Mjolnir.

“I think for her, the thing that might’ve been attractive about this is being able to step it up and be a superhero. And I’d rather her do that than play a scientist. And it’s also from the comics as well. So it’s not something we made up,” he added.

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Idris Elba keen to reprise Thor role

Idris Elba is keen to return to the Thor franchise as Heimdall – despite the fact his character died in Avengers: Infinity War. The 46-year-old played Heimdall, the all-seeing and all-knowing gatekeeper of the rainbow Bifrost bridge and Thor’s good fr…

Idris Elba is keen to return to the Thor franchise as Heimdall – despite the fact his character died in Avengers: Infinity War.

 The 46-year-old played Heimdall, the all-seeing and all-knowing gatekeeper of the rainbow Bifrost bridge and Thor’s good friend, from the first Thor movie in 2011 until he was killed at the hands of Thanos in the 2018 film.  

 However, during an interview with ABC Radio on Tuesday, the star explained that he’s hopeful the Marvel Comics character could be brought back to life.  

 When asked if he’d return to the franchise, he insisted: “Of course! … Listen, Heimdall is essentially part of the god family. So, you know, he essentially could be alive. I’m just saying! I’m just putting it out there. The Heimdall character goes way back into, you know, the Thor mythology. And I’m sure there will be an interesting way to bring that alive. Of course, I would. Yes.”  

 A return for a deceased Thor franchise character wouldn’t be unusual, as Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, who was also killed off in the same movie, is set to come back in a new series for Disney’s streaming service Disney+, which is expected to drop in 2021. The show is rumoured to have elements of time travel, which could provide an opening for Elba’s return.  

 There are also two feature films in which Heimdall could potentially appear – the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder and possibly even Guardians of the Galaxy 3.  

 Elba is currently promoting Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and will next be seen onscreen as Macavity in the live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical Cats later this 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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