As Comic-Con begins to unleash a plethora of new media assets, we at Hollywood.com will do our best to keep you up to speed on everything that is happening at the San Diego Convention Center. Today, we've got some concept art that is being billed as "Comic Con Exclusive Posters" of both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger as well as new images from Thor, which will hit theaters on May 6th 2011.
Though most of the recently-released images from Kenneth Branagh's anticipated comic book adaptation have been met with scathing criticism, I haven't found them all that bad. After all, Thor isn't supposed to look or feel like Spider-Man or X-Men; he is The God of Thunder, not a costumed vigilante. The film will undoubtedly have more elements of fantasy than sci-fi action like most Marvel movies have had until now. I believe that the production and costume design is similar to the depiction of the Gods in WB's Clash of the Titans remake and that could be a good or bad thing, but I'm not writing it off just yet - especially since we haven't seen any of these characters in motion yet. Wait until some footage is released before passing judgment, and have a look at the images for yourself below:
In this new photo, Warrior of Asgard Thor (Chris Hemsworth) wields the mighty Mjolnir in an Earthbound setting as his ridiculously pumped muscles chew up the scenery.
This photo shows Odin (Anthony Hopkins) counseling his Thunder God son back in Asgard.
Concept art of Thor battling his brother and arch-enemy Loki (to be played by Tom Hiddleston)
Concept art of Captain America (to be played by Chris Evans) and his Marine buddies storming a Nazi stronghold Source: Paramount Pictures
Think this summer is light on superheroes? Well don't worry about 2011, Marvel Studios confirmed today that the Thor and Captain America films will both be released in 3D next summer, and, as a bonus released their second official image from the Thor film. The news isn’t surprising, since Hollywood’s been fixated on turning every film that isn’t bolted down into 3D, but the announcement confirms that both films will be converted to 3D in post-production. While post-conversion has failed miserably on movies in the past, such as Clash Of The Titans and The Last Airbender, hopefully having more time to complete the conversion process will lead to a higher quality film.
As for the official Thor image, it includes a first look at Anthony Hopkins’ Odin and Tom Hiddleson as Loki. It’s also the most complete look we’ve had at Thor himself, and the first shot of his famous hammer. It’s hard to draw any solid conclusions from a single image, other than the fact that Odin’s eyepatch/monocle looks really dumb, but we’ve got no problem with making a few wild assumptions. Judging by the fact that Thor and Loki are nearby without trying to kill each other, this is probably from a scene at the start of the film in Asgard. Though I had really hoped that Asgard would look a bit more manly drinking hall and a bit less Museum Of Modern Art. I’m not sure how much I’m digging Loki’s look either, since his whole point is supposed to be that he’s cunning and duplicitous rather than heavily armored and buff. He basically just looks like Thor, but with darker hair and a pointier chin (which are, admittedly, incontrovertible signs of being evil). We’ll hold off judgment for now, but judging by the design Thor seems to be stuck between trying to be serious and gritty, and having fun with it’s inherent ridiculousness. I’ve got to hope that silly wins out, because I want to see some big winged helmets.
'Steven Spielberg' is one of those names that has such cachet that we sit up and take notice any time he does, well, anything. Although Spielberg's last project was 2008's disappointing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, his latest, War Horse, looks to hearken back to the tone of his 1987 Empire of the Sun with its war-torn setting and human drama.
War Horse - the story of the friendship between a boy (Joey) and his horse, who is sold to the British army during the First World War (the horse, not the boy) - boasts an impressive international cast, with Jeremy Irvine (formerly of the National Youth Theatre) playing the young horse owner, Emily Watson (Gosford Park, Cold Souls) playing his mother, and Peter Mullan (Trainspotting, Children of Men) his father. Niels Arestrup (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) plays the grandfather of a young French girl (Celine Buckens) who takes Joey in.
Other renowned members of the cast include Tom Hiddleston (to play Loki in Thor and the upcoming Avengers movie), Rainer Bock (Inglorious Basterds), Patrick Kennedy (Atonement), and Stephen Graham (Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies and Al Capone in the upcoming HBO series Boardwalk Empire). Rounding out the ensemble are Nicolas Bro, Leonard Carow, Robert Emms, and David Kross.
War Horse is being adapted by Lee Hall, the writer behind Billy Elliot, and Richard Curtis from the novel by Michael Morpurgo. Expect War Horse to hit theaters August 10, 2011.
Source: Empire Online
Now it’s Milo’s (Zlatko Buric) turn the big bad drug dealer from the original Pusher. It begins with him going to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. He says he wants to get clean so he can have a better relationship with his daughter Milena (Marinela Dekic). In the next scene Milo goes back to scoring drugs but he’s also planning Milena’s birthday party. As the big night nears Milo finds out that his latest score was ecstasy not heroin but sorting that out doesn’t seem so much of a priority to him. Milo gets busy cooking for his family gathering while his underlings try to sort out the X/dope mess. Milena’s got her own interests too and she’s not afraid of her badass father. The twist of the family story is a nice change-up for the Pusher series but it still delves into the violent world of drugs and qualifies as a worthy entry to the franchise. Buric plays a much older Milo here than he did in the first Pusher. With a deep sorry mumble he’s going through the motions of older age. He gets exasperated with his crew for pestering him while he’s trying to attend to his family and he seems like a normal dad in that way. Family fights are the same normal blow ups with quick forgiveness that happen at any Thanksgiving day gathering. As the night wears on Buric shows Milo’s growing intensity. His silent brooding means he is evaluating his distractions but really remains calm in even the worst of drug mishaps. It’s way cooler than the panicked street hoods of the first two Pushers. Now you can watch a real pro at work. As Milena Dekick doesn’t have too much personality. Is she spoiled? We get hints of that. Is she just controlling? Probably and with good reason living in that family. The other crew members are just generic criminals. Focusing on the family and Milo’s attempted recovery from addiction is a good twist. All the street dealing was getting old especially in Pusher II. This seems like a more adult Pusher dealing with real issues everyone has in some way--work family etc. It’s just most people aren’t thugs. Like a My Big Fat European Pusher this third one creates more excitement around the party preparations than the crime world. Still the movie is a Pusher so you’re waiting for the crime story to pop back in. The violence is plenty brutal but it’s torture not action. There’s no suspense because this is Milo the man in charge. It really makes one wish they’d just combined all three perspectives into one massive expose rather than dragging it out through three films.
The sequel centers around an aspiring cartoonist named Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy) who happens upon that magical mischievous mask from the original. After a whirlwind romantic night wearing the mask he gets his wife pregnant and nine months later boom! Little Alvey is born. But this is no ordinary baby. Seems he has inherited all the mask's powers and causes unimaginable amounts of mayhem for Tim. At the same time the Norse God of Mischief Loki (Alan Cumming) has come looking for his mask and will do whatever it takes to get it back. But wait there's more. The family's jealous dog also gets his paws on the mask and uses it for his own personal toy--as well as a ploy to get back at Alvey. Oh the insanity! The plot is stretched at best and lacks any of the charm of the Jim Carrey original.
Along with an abysmal story the performances are equally banal. Jamie Kennedy (Malibu's Most Wanted) who is best known for his off-the-wall characters is ill-suited as Tim never quite pulling off the new father thing much less a husband with a steady job. The usually stellar Alan Cumming (X2: X-Men United) takes Loki way over the top with the heavy eye-makeup and wild hair while his relationship with his father Odin--played loudly by Bob Hoskins--is sorely out of place. Alvey is a pretty cute kid however played by twins Liam and Ryan Falconer. And as his mom Traylor Howard (Me Myself and Irene) is sweet and awfully patient as Tim's wife--and who is also blissfully unaware her son can be a mischievous devil. You'd think she'd pick up on it when the baby blows his head up like a giant balloon but hey who knows?
While Son of the Mask does attempt to create Looney Tunes-ish eye candy director Lawrence Guterman (Cats & Dogs) seems to have forgotten how to effectively mix computer animation with live action especially with the digital Alvey. In the old days it would be equivalent to seeing all the strings and levers. Maybe we are used to perfection when it comes to CGI. We expect it all to look real. But in Son of the Mask the baby's face is so weirdly distorted it's scary. Also what made the original so fun was the mask itself. When Carrey cavorted around wearing it there were big musical numbers and wild antics. In Son it's the dog who wears the mask the most. Doesn't really have the same effect.
Top Story: Chris Rock Takes on Drudge
Comedian Chris Rock, whose directorial debut Head of State hits theaters this weekend, wants fans to know that contrary to reports from media gossip Matt Drudge, he "never had any intention of bashing President Bush" for launching the U.S.-led war in Iraq, Reuters reports. Drudge reported last week that DreamWorks executives feared Rock, who once said of Bush, "He's not stupid, he's just drunk," might spark a public backlash against the film if he made public comments ridiculing the president or the war in Iraq. "I never met Matt Drudge, but if I see Matt Drudge, I'm going to take my red-blooded American foot and put it up his un-American [backside] for trying to disrupt the opening of my movie," Rock said in a statement on Thursday. The comedian, who mentioned the date of the film's opening three times in his statement, wants everyone to know Head of State opens Friday--that's this Friday, March 28, in theaters across the country. Did we say Friday?
Charity Rejects Susan Sarandon
The United Way of Tampa Bay, Florida, has canceled an upcoming event featuring actress Susan Sarandon after getting some three dozen complaints about her antiwar views, The Associated Press reports. Sarandon had been scheduled as the keynote speaker at the April 11 event aimed at inspiring volunteerism in the community. But the United Way said it received phone calls, e-mails and letters criticizing Sarandon's selection because of her antiwar views. Robin Carson, chairwoman of the board of directors, said the event had the potential to become "divisive."
"Wanda" Nets Big Ratings for Fox
Fox's new comedy Wanda at Large received strong Nielsen ratings Wednesday, leading its 9:30 p.m. time slot in most categories by retaining 67 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from the second half hour of American Idol. Wanda's numbers represent Fox's best comedy premiere among adults 18-49 since the debut of Grounded for Life in January 2001 and its largest overall audience for a comedy bow since Malcolm in the Middle in January 2000, Variety reports.
Madonna Blasts Homogenized Pop
Madonna says manufactured pop acts and TV talent searches are homogenizing the music world. "I arrived at a different time, before the time of Svengalis holding talent searches--finding a girl that looks right and can carry a tune and then figuring a way to market her," the star is quoted as saying in the May issue of British music magazine Q. Madonna, 44, was also critical of young hopefuls who crave celebrity for its own sake. "It's the allure of this beautiful life. Drive this car, you're gonna be popular," she told Q. "It's a very powerful illusion and people are caught up in it, including myself--or I was."
Harry Potter Fan Pays Lots for Book
A Harry Potter fan has paid $8,000 through an online auction for a signed copy of the latest, unreleased fifth installment of the boy wizard's adventures, the AP reports. The British charity group Sense sparked frenzied bidding when it announced the sale of a copy of the long-awaited book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which has yet to be printed. Bids for the book, due out on June 21, started at $1.60 when the auction kicked off more than a week ago before quickly jumping to the closing price.
Role Call: Spielberg Remakes "Mitty," "The Mask" Lives On
Paramount and DreamWorks have agreed to co-finance the remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty for director Steven Spielberg as a possible Jim Carrey vehicle ... Uma Thurman has signed on to star opposite Ben Affleck in the sci-fi thriller Paycheck for director John Woo. The film, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, is another project co-financed by DreamWorks and Paramount ... Jamie Kennedy is in preliminary negotiations to star in New Line Cinema's Son of the Mask, a follow-up to the 1994 blockbuster The Mask. Son of the Mask revolves around an aspiring cartoonist who is not ready for fatherhood but finds himself raising a baby endowed with the powers of the mask of Loki...Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini will rejoin their canine co-star and director Raja Gosnell in the Scooby-Doo sequel. Their second mystery adventure is set for release on March 26, 2004.