If you haven’t managed to check out Thor: The Dark World in theaters yet, we highly recommend it. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Thor (maybe you’re a Captain America or Iron Man fan, we don’t judge) or superhero flicks in general (how could you?), the Marvel film is worth a watch if only for Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Although Loki’s name might not be in the title of the movie, he certainly steals the show.
From his first moments in the film — doing a snarky Bellamy salute, snapping his heels together and all — to the very final scene in which he reveals himself on the throne of Asgard, Loki is reason enough to watch Thor: The Dark World.
One of Loki’s best moments is when he’s arguing with Thor while the hero attempts to fly a Dark Elf ship out of Asgard. “Well done, you just decapitated grandfather,” is just one of many hilarious Loki quips as he does his best impression of an amazingly annoying back-seat flyer.
Then there are Loki’s more vulnerable moments: when Thor finds Loki distraught in his cell after their mother’s death (it was yikes-worthy) and his “death” scene. (We all know Loki will never die. Ever.)
But the best Loki-moment is when he creates the illusion that he looks like Captain America (a fantastic cameo from Chris Evans). It reminded fans why Loki is called the god of mischief and gave a nod to the other Marvel films, all in the span of ten seconds.
Although we’re disappointed Loki won’t be in the next Avengers film, he’s still our favorite villain, and a big reason we enjoyed Thor: The Dark World.
Dionne Warwick and Keith Sweat are set to be honoured at the upcoming Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. R&B veteran Sweat has been named the recipient of a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and Warwick will receive the night's Legend Award.
The accolade will mark a full circle moment for Warwick, who helped late TV mogul Don Cornelius perfect the 1970s music show that was to become Soul Train, and inspire the awards. Gladys Knight, Ronald Isley and Eric Benet will be among the stars who will pay tribute to the singer at the event.
Meanwhile Sweat will perform a medley of his hits and join Faith Evans for a special performance.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13). Janelle Monae is hoping to bounce back from a throat infection to perform alongside Toni Braxton and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds at the awards, which will also feature a Cirque Du Soliel tribute to Michael Jackson.
Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads this year's nominations with six, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13).
The first look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier shows Marvel heading in a darker, grittier direction, which pits Cap (Chris Evans) against everything he thought he stood for. According to the official synopsis, Cap is just trying to lay low in Washington DC after the destruction of New York, but he finds himself embroiled in a major political conspiracy after he attempts to rescue a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. member from attack. He then teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), who is making his Marvel-film debut, in order to expose the conspiracy and fight off the Winter Soldier. The film also features Robert Redford as the new bad guy in Washington, and brings back fan favorite Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
The most notable thing that the trailer reveals about the upcoming sequel is the film's much darker tone. This time, Cap isn't fighting aliens or criminal masterminds, but is instead taking on the U.S. government itself. It also appears that Marvel intends to continue its trend of exploring the more internal aspects of the characters, like when Iron Man 3 explored the PTSD that Tony struggled with following the attacks on New York. However, it looks like Cap will be struggling with his whole identity, as he grapples with the idea that everything he stands and fights for could actually be his enemy.
It would be impossible for Marvel to make the kind of film or send the kind of message that The Winter Soldier sends with any of the other Avengers. For one, Captain America has always been the most closely tied to reality, with both his in-world and real-world origins so entwined with World War II. Cap may fight aliens or criminal masterminds with the Avengers, but on his own, he leads soldiers in wars and goes head-to-head with dictators. He was created to be the embodiment of patriotism, fighting for freedom, democracy, and above all, America. However, the political climate of 2013 is vastly different than that of 1940, and so audiences might be less likely to accept a character who is so idealistic in terms of fighting for his country. In general, the country is much more skeptical and wary of the government and the idea of going to war, which causes a direct conflict with the character that Captain America was created to be.
In order for Cap to hold up over time, he needs to evolve with society. It makes sense that he would need to reconcile the parts of himself that believes purely in the good of the country and the good of people with the skepticism that modern Americans have towards the government. Our perspective of "the enemy" has changed over time, and people are just as likely to view the people in Washington as enemies as they are to find enemies overseas. The shifting perspectives of our world and society affect the Marvel universe as well, and Cap is the most equipped to address those changes and concerns simply because of the connotations that come with being the superhero that represents America and its ideals. In addition, the fact that he spent several decades frozen in ice makes it easier to contrast the differences between then and now by showing Cap's struggle with them.
Superheroes were created as a form of wish-fulfillment that allows artists and readers to see the things that make them different as things that could potentially make them special. Captain America was created as a conscious counter to the rise of the Nazi party, and a way for Americans to fight back against fascism and have a say in the inevitable road to war. With several unsuccessful wars behind us, and a political divide in Washington powerful enough to bring the whole government to a halt, it's probably safe to assume that Americans don't feel as patriotic as they once did. Captain America couldn't be created with the same kind of success today, and though audiences may still identify with his version of truth and justice, it's important that they become slightly less intertwined with America as an institution in order to fulfill the more modern wishes of Captain America fans.
It's a risky move for Marvel to undertake a political thriller when, ostensibly, all audiences are expecting from them are explosions and physics-defying fight sequences. But if there's any time to take a risk it's now, when there's been such a surge in popularity that even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is staying alive despite unfavorable reviews. There's no doubt that the film will do well at the box office, regardless of how realistic or relevant the character of Captain America feels, but it feels like Marvel has found the right time and character in order to make a statement with their movies.
Captain America 2: The Winter Solider hits theaters April 4.
Actress Minka Kelly and her Captain America Chris Evans have split for a second time, according to a U.S. report. Kelly and Evans briefly dated in 2007 and reunited in 2012, but the couple has reportedly split again.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "It didn't make sense for them to be together right now."
Kelly previously dated American baseball player Derek Jeter from 2008 to 2011 and Evans was with actress Jessica Biel from 2004 to 2006.
It didn't take long for the world to figure out how amazing Tom Hiddleston is, and now that he's got our attention, he's milking it for all its worth. But who cares? We'll let Hiddleston do whatever he pleases as long as he continues to make us laugh.
In a follow-up to his spot-on impression of Owen Wilson as Loki (Hiddleston's villanous counterpart), he recently revealed that he can also do an A-plus impression of his co-star Samuel L. Jackson as Loki. We're not sure why the majority of his impressions are filtered through Loki's mind, but we're not complaining.
Here our five favorite impressions from the talented Brit (including the impressive Wilson and Jackson impressions):
1. Alan Rickman as Loki: Hiddleston channels Rickman's signature drawl and sounds remarkably like the star's character in Galaxy Quest.
2. Chris Evans: Spending a good amount of screentime with Captain America gave Hiddleston the time to pick up on a few of Evans' mannerisms.
3. Owen Wilson as Loki: Throw a blond wig on Hiddleston and we'd have the fourth Wilson brother.
4. Samuel L. Jackson as Loki: In his most recent spoof, Hiddleston did everything but don Jackson's signature leather jacket and eye-patch to become his Avenger co-star.
5. And the best for last, a Velociraptor: Anyone else think that Hiddleston should be rewarded with a role in Jurassic World for his portrayal of this dinosaur? Jump to 2:15 for the impression.
Hiddleston returns as Loki in Thor: The Dark World, which hits theaters on Nov. 8.
British radio DJ Chris Evans' personal wealth allowed him to save his mother's life by paying for cancer drugs doctors refused to prescribe to her. The BBC radio presenter, whose personal wealth has been estimated at $67.5 million (£45 million), said doctors refused to allocate a allowance of Herceptin unless his elderly mother Minnie also endured a course of chemotherapy.
Evans was so concerned she would not survive the gruelling treatment, he paid for the $30,000 (£20,000)-a-year course of medication himself.
The DJ tells British magazine Radio Times, "My mum had breast cancer and there was a drug called Herceptin that isn't available unless you have chemo first. Older people don't react well to chemo but they do to Herceptin. And I could buy it and it saved her life. She is here because of that drug."
Thunder Kick Photos/Splash News
What is it about certain stars that has girls cooing at the TV in delight, while their boyfriends invent mutant junk foods in their heads (“KFC pizza… Cinnabon White Russians… Man, I should really be writing these down…”)?
While a luminous Cate Blanchett, sassy SJP, or gamine Anne Hathaway should surely appeal to even the blind Inuit, the genders stand divided on these beauties. While gay men and fashionable women swoon for Tilda Swinton, her ginger eyelashes hold little charm for the average dude. While a generation of women admired Carrie Bradshaw’s fearless approach to challenging hem lengths, Maxim voted Sarah Jessica Parker the ‘Unsexiest Woman in the World’. And, even though burlesque stripper Dita Von Teese should get everyone hot under the collar, it says a lot that the last guy who really dated her was called Marilyn.
So which other polarizing goddesses make the list of women who are only hot to other women? Join us as we negotiate the ultimate hot-or-not list.
GALLERY: Celebrity Hotties Who Leave Guys Cold
More:The Romanticized Scenarios of Sarah Jessica ParkerConfusing ‘Snowpiercer’ Trailer stars Tilda Swinton‘Blue Jasmine’ trailer with Cate Blanchett (and Louis C.K!)
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
You have to wonder if Nick Fury had this much trouble getting people to actually join the Avengers Initiative (it never appeared to take much more than a brief post-credits scene to rope anybody in). You'd think it'd be even easier to get someone on board with simply playing the Avengers in a movie — better pay, fewer risks of death — but recent news had Saoirse Ronan passing on the part of Scarlet Witch. Reports from Bleeding Cool, however, are that Elizabeth Olsen is in talks to replace the Hanna star as the Marvel heroine in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Originally conceived as a villain — a member, alongside twin brother Quicksilver (who has been all but been officially handed to Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the blockbuster sequel) of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants due to a debt owed to X-Men's evil mastermind Magneto — the Scarlet Witch turned her allegiances to justice and used her superpowers of "influencing probability" to fight alongside the Avengers.
New to the craft though she may be, Olsen has some hefty material under her belt: the chilling Martha Marcy May Marlene and the forthcoming Allen Ginsberg thriller Kill Your Darlings. Though a part amongst the likes of superstars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and co. might be a daunting task for a 24-year-old with only a handful of titles to her name, Olsen's acting prowess seems to be on a steady incline. Scarlet Witch might be her final step into legitimate stardom.
Follow Michael Arbeiter on Twitter @MichaelArbeiter | Follow hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com
More:'Avengers 2' Will Reinvent the 'Age of Ultron' StoryThe Marvel Universe Is One Big Swinger PartyChris Evans Is Directing a Romance!
From Our PartnersBattle of the Bikini Bodies (Celebuzz)Complete Guide to Strippers in Movies and TV (Vh1)
Meet Chris Evans: superhero by day, director by night... or at least by 1:30 AM.
Deadline reports that between starring in Marvel's upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers 2; Age of Ultron, Evans will make his directorial debut with the Ron Bass-scripted drama 1:30 Train. The indie romance follows two strangers who meet in a Manhattan train station and spend a night in the city together. In a plot similar to Before Sunrise, Evans plays an unlucky saxophone player who helps a young woman in need and ends up falling for her as they explore the conflicts in each other's lives.
Evans will also star and produce the film, whose writer is billed with Rain Man and the romantic classic My Best Friend's Wedding. The actor is producing alongside Wonderland Sound and Vision’s McG and Mary Viola, who worked with Evans on the upcoming A Many Splintered Thing. Evans had been involved in an earlier attempt of 1:30 Train with another director, but took over the material with Wonderland when the original project fell through.
Evans plans to shoot the movie this fall before beginning work on the Avengers sequel. Get ready to swoon, ladies, because this hunky Captain America is about to show us if he's just as talented as he is handsome.
Follow Lauren On Twitter @Lopay92 | Follow Hollywood.Com On Twitter @Hollywood_com
More: Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton in Confusing 'Snowpiercer' TrailerChris Evans Joins 'Snowpiercer''The Avengers 2' Brings on Ultron
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
Captain America hunk Chris Evans is stepping behind the camera to make his directorial debut on a new independent movie. The actor will direct and star in 1:30 Train, a movie about two people who fall for each other in a train station.
The story has been penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Ron Bass, best known for his work on Rain Man and When A Man Loves A Woman.
Work on the project will begin in the autumn (13) after Evans completes work on Avengers: Age of Ultron.