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Holy Odin! Marvel Just Announced A Gender Change For Thor On ‘The View!’ Has Comic Empire Jumped Shark?

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 11:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

Holy Odin! Marvel Just Announced A Gender Change For Thor On ‘The View!’ Has Comic Empire Jumped Shark?Marvel Comics‘ PR teased yesterday that it would be revealing an explosive new comic book title on The View. Why would Marvel choose that girly gab fest to unveil a superhero? Turns out they had good reason. They seem to have fired the Mighty Thor (in the comics at least; don’t worry, Chris Hemsworth, you haven’t been axed from tentpole duty) and are introducing a female replacement for the venerable God Of Thunder. It’s a new female superhero creation who has been handed the baton, or rather the mighty hammer, and will swing it against evil. Explained Marvel editor Will Moss: “The inscription on Thor‘s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well, it’s time to update that inscription. The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute. She’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy.” Wow, Chris Hemsworth, call your agent quick! The new comic will be written by Thor: God Of Thunder‘s Jason Aaron with art from Russell Dauterman. Read More »

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OSCARS: Chris Hemsworth & Cheryl Boone Isaacs To Handle Nominations Announcement

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 9:12am PST

oscarBEVERLY HILLS, CA — Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards® nominations on Thursday, January 16. The Oscars® will air Sunday, March 2, 2014, live on ABC. Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hemsworth made his feature film debut in 2009’s “Star Trek,” but it was his title role in “Thor” two years later that propelled him to worldwide prominence. He reprised the character in the Marvel blockbusters “The Avengers” and “Thor: The Dark World.” Hemsworth’s other feature credits include “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Rush,” and he has starring roles in “Cyber” and “In the Heart of the Sea,” both due out next year.

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Year-End: Top International Box Office Draws Of 2013 – Robert Downey Jr And Dwayne Johnson Battle For Supremecy

International Box Office Stars 2013

YearEnd2013_badge__131227212819Which superstar outdrew their peers to top the international box office in 2013? The answer might surprise you. Here are the Top 10 Hollywood heavyweights of this year’s global live-action hits whose star power played a significant role in international returns (Sandra Bullock just missed making the cut). Click on a photo to launch the slideshow countdown: Read More »

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‘Thor 2′ Begins International Rollout: Stronger Starts In UK & France Than First

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 11:46am PDT

Thor Dark World Box Office InternationalEXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: Disney and Marvel StudiosThor: The Dark World opened in a handful of territories on Wednesday taking in $8.2M. The pic starring Chris Hemsworth was the #1 film in each market which represented only 28% of its eventual international footprint. It had stronger starts in the UK and France than the 2011 first installment. The North American opening is November 8th. Disney and Marvel see what they call “tremendous room for growth” at the box office from the first Thor which grossed just under $450M worldwide. “All signs indicate we’ll have a much higher result,” an exec tells me. “I can’t put a number on it, but by the time we report domestic numbers on November 10th, we should be in really great shape.” Thor opened to $65M in May 2011 and went on to earn $181M domestic and $268.3M international. By contrast, the Thor sequel opens in November in the majority of its international footprint this weekend starting with major territories UK, France and Korea, then Australia, Germany, Spain, Taiwan and Hong Kong a day later, and Russia, Mexico and Brazil on Friday. Next week China and India open day and date with the domestic opening November 8th. The overseas release follows the world premiere on October 22nd and global press junket in London with director Alan Taylor, producer Kevin Feige, and stars Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and more. The U.S. … Read More »

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Toronto: Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ Takes Victory Lap At Emotional Fest Debut Screening

Pete Hammond

And the hits just keep on coming.

You could tell from the smiles on the faces of Universal executives that Sunday night’s Toronto Film Festival premiere of the Formula 1 racing drama Rush was a smash hit at the Roy Thomson Hall. Not only did the filmmakers, including director Ron Howard, receive enthusiastic standing ovations, but the real-life subject of the film, Niki Lauda, received a rousing standing O when introduced after the film finished.

The story is a powerful one, revolving around the intense rivalry during one season in the 1970s between drivers Lauda and James Hunt, and what happens during the course of that year is the stuff of great human drama. Initially Universal passed on the film when first pitched, even with studio golden boy and Oscar-winner Ron Howard involved. But as circumstance would have it, it all came around again after the film was produced independently (Howard’s first indie since the start of his career with Grand Theft Auto) for a reported $45 million, and Universal is proudly releasing it after all. Universal chairman Adam Fogelson told me he is extremely excited to be launching the film and has great confidence in it. “We are going to make this work,” he said with certainty. The reaction here Sunday night can only increase his confidence.

At the Thompson Hotel post-screening party, everyone involved was getting great compliments on the finished film across the board. Especially Howard, who noted that not only men were responding but surprisingly women, too. “Women responded to the movie differently, but even with more emotion and intensity than men, both genders testing it super high,” he said of the film, which is not your typical Formula 1 racing movie, but a great character study that happens to be set in the world of auto racing. I first saw it early in the marketing process in May and thought then, and still now, that the pure  emotion of the story of the rivalry between these racing icons would have great appeal way beyond the partisans of the sport. I also think it has Academy potential with no-brainer nominations for Anthony Dod Mantle’s superb cinematography, the editing, sound, Hans Zimmer’s score and Daniel Bruhl‘s stunning supporting turn as Lauda, who endures a horrific accident on the track. That’s all in addition to possible directing, writing and picture considerations. Read More »

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Universal’s ‘Rush’ Will Open A Week Early In LA, New York

Two weeks after pushing the release of Ron Howard‘s racing film back to September 27, Universal now has decided to open Rush a week earlier — on its original opening date – exclusively in Los Angeles and New York. The pic about the rivalry between 1970s Formula 1 drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) will get its limited release against the Warner Bros actioner Prisoners and Sony’s drama Battle of the Year. When it goes wide the following week, Rush will go against openers Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Sony/Columbia), Baggage Claim (Fox Searchlight) and Don Jon (Relativity). It will have its North American premiere with a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Related: Hot Trailer: Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’

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Hot Trailer: Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 10:06am PDT

Here’s the third trailer for Universal‘s Formula One racing drama Rush, which centers on the rivalry between 1970s racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Ron Howard directed Peter Morgan’s script, and Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl star as the iconic drviers alongside Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara. Universal just shifted its release date; the pic is due out September 27.

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Michael Mann’s Cyber Crime Film For Legendary Starts Production

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 3:19pm PDT

Michael Mann‘s upcoming cyber-crime movie with Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom has started production in China. Legendary Pictures is producing the untitled film, which is scheduled for release next year. Along with its title, the film’s plot is also unknown, but we know that Mann has been developing the cyber-theft and cyber-attacks story with Legendary for over a year.  He wrote the script with Morgan Davis Foehl. Mann, Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Alex Garcia serving as executive producer.

Related: ‘Smash’s’ Christian Borle Joins Michael Mann Cyber Thriller

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Benjamin Walker In Talks To Join Ron Howard’s ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is in talks with Benjamin Walker, who played the prexy in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, to join Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland in In The Heart Of The Sea, the Ron Howard-directed adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick book about the whale attack on the Essex which became the basis for Melville’s Moby Dick. Brian Grazer is producing with Joe Roth, Paula Weinstein and William Ward, with Palak Patel exec producing. Warner Bros is making the film with Village Roadshow Pictures. Walker is in talks to play George Pollard, the arrogant privileged son of a whaling family who attempts to use his family name to gain captaincy, and who butts heads with shipmate Chase (Hemsworth), who knows the job and the sea much better. Pollard’s rep is ruined because of a mishap with another ship and he is relegated to night watchmen duty for the rest of his life.

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No Chris Hemsworth For ‘American Assassin’

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 3:19pm PST

Thor star Chris Hemsworth will not be in American Assassin after all, Deadline has learned. He turned down CBS Films‘ offer to play terrorist hunter Mitch Rapp over scheduling issues, a source says. “The truth is the deal never came together because of timing,” the source said. Hemsworth, who recently signed with CAA, is certainly busy. The actor is reprising his role in Thor 2, then has the Steven Spielberg-directed Robopocalypse and The Avengers 2 on the books. American Assassin is based on the best selling Vince Flynn novel of the same name.

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Chris Hemsworth Picks CAA As New Agency

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 11:59am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hemsworth is proving to be a go-to young guy for big ticket Hollywood fare. Particularly after Marvel’s Thor and The Avengers and also Universal’s Snow White And The Huntsman. He is starring in Thor 2 and will lead DreamWorks/Fox’s Steven Spielberg-directed Robopocalypse and receive $10 million from CBS Films to play a terrorist hunter in American Assassin. So which agency will represent Hollywood’s hottest new action hunk is big news. I can now tell you it is CAA. Insiders tell me one of his reasons for choosing Bryan Lourd and Jack Whigham was because their agency reps a lot of other Marvel top talent like Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannsen. There was a feeding frenzy when Hemsworth decided to take new agency meetings with CAA, WME, UTA, and ICM starting after Labor Day when he decided to leave IFA Talent president Ilene Feldman after 4 years. That also meant CAA was no longer hamstrung by its no-poaching agreement with Feldman. I heard the problems with Feldman developed first around the negotiations for Thor 2 and intensified around the time Spielberg decided to cast him in mid-July. The actor is staying with ROAR Management’s William Ward who discovered him about 5 years ago when Hemsworth was still just an Australian TV star.

Related: Chris Hemsworth Offered $10 Million To Play Terrorist Hunter In ‘American Assassin’

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Chris Hemsworth Offered $10 Million To Play Terrorist Hunter In ‘American Assassin’

By | Wednesday October 10, 2012 @ 4:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After trying since 2008 to turn Vince Flynn’s bestselling novel series into an action franchise, CBS Films thinks it has found the actor to play terrorist hunter Mitch Rapp. I’m told that CBS Films has offered Chris Hemsworth $10 million to star in American Assassin.

While it is the 11th book in Flynn’s series of espionage novels, American Assassin is an ideal place to start a movie franchise. The novel is a prequel that explains how tragedy transformed Rapp from a college scholar and athlete into a ruthless hunter of terrorists for the CIA. Bruce Willis is also in talks, to play Rapp’s mentor. The film will be directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who has covered the terrorist hunting terrain directing episodes of Showtime’s Homeland and also helming the Don Cheadle thriller Traitor. Nachmanoff also co-wrote with Roland Emmerich The Day After Tomorrow and helmed the pilot for the Dick Wolf-produced NBC series Chicago Fire.

The most recent script draft was written by Mike Finch, who took over a draft written by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, when Zwick was going to direct. CBS Films Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing.

Hemsworth is proving to be a go-to young guy for big ticket Hollywood fare, particularly after he was part of the blockbuster The Avengers and also Snow White And The Huntsman. He’s shooting a Thor sequel … Read More »

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Chris Hemsworth Leaves IFA Talent: Won’t Take New Agency Meetings For Months

By and | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 3:50pm PDT

Chris HemsworthHe is Hollywood’s hottest new action movie star, so there’ll be a feeding frenzy when Chris Hemsworth decides to take new agency meetings. ”He is not taking meetings for now but maybe in a few months,” an insider tells us. Hemsworth is the star of Thor, Snow White And The Huntsman and its expected sequel or spinoff, The Avengers, the upcoming Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, and of course Marvel’s upcoming Thor 2 and The Avengers 2. He had been with IFA talent president Ilene Feldman for about 4 years. The actor is staying with ROAR Management’s William Ward who discovered him about 5 years ago. But we hear the problems with Feldman developed first around the negotiations for Thor 2 and intensified around the time Spielberg decided to cast him as the lead in his scifi epic Robopocalypse in mid-July. “They had a fallout over several things. She just played everything wrong,” a source tells us. “They just were not on the same page for the last month or two. But the last thing he wanted to do was to hurt Ilene.” One of the key jobs for his new agency is raising Hemsworth’s salary: Marvel pays very little, and Hemsworth received $5M for the Huntsman role. Really hard to predict where Hemsworth is ultimately headed. His brother Liam is repped by Ward and WME. Ward’s wife Louise Ward is a UTA agent repping Channing Tatum. And CAA now represents a lot of Marvel’s top talent including … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg Wants Chris Hemsworth To Star In ‘Robopocalypse’

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 8:04pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: This is one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. And now, after critic- and fan-lauded star turns in ThorThe Avengers, and Snow White And The Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth will be working with Steven Spielberg. I’ve learned that, amid much secrecy (including assumed names), Spielberg met and now wants Hemsworth in his next helming effort Robopocalypse, the big technothriller which is sure to become the director’s next big global popcorn film. The Disney-Fox-DreamWorks’ actioner is releasing worldwide on April 25, 2014. (That’s the same weekend that Marvel’s The Avengers was released internationally this year. Disney distributes Robopocalypse domestically, Fox overseas.)

Related: Steven Spielberg Commits To Next Direct ‘Robopocalypse’

The script based on the Daniel H. Wilson epic novel about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising was most recently adapted by hot screenwriter Kario Salem, who has been rewriting  Drew Goddard. Robopocalypse puts Spielberg back into the large-scale terrain that is important in his relationship with Reliance. Now Hemsworth would be Spielberg’s first casting on the film. (There’s no official offer on the table yet). It puts the hot Aussie hunk near the top of the list of Hollywood’s bankable action stars. Now that Thor opened strongly around the world, and Thor 2 is in the works, and Snow White And The Huntsman has earned $372.8M worldwide so far, its star and … Read More »

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Agencies Get Leg Up On Talent Down Under As Oz Wave Builds

By | Friday June 15, 2012 @ 11:21am PDT

Freelance journalist Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney

Australian Actors AgentsThere’s a record number of Aussie actors and directors toiling in Hollywood — and more on deck. One of the reasons: US and Oz agents are networking more closely than ever. Often, untried talent is being nabbed on tips from agents Down Under. After she appeared in the Australian TV soap Home and Away, UTA signed Abbie Cornish’s 17-year-old sister Isabelle on the recommendation of her Sydney rep, United Management’s Natasha Harrison. WME nabbed Ben O’Toole and UTA secured Ross Langley after each had graduated from Oz drama schools.

“There is definite heat on Australia right now because so many films recently have had a strong, distinctive voice,” UTA literary agent Bec Smith, an Aussie who moved to Los Angeles in 2007, tells Deadline. Those films include Animal Kingdom, Snowtown, Red Dog, Sleeping Beauty and Wish You Were Here, all from first-time filmmakers. Meanwhile, the Weinstein Company recently picked up Cannes feel-good pic, The Sapphires, from debut feature director Wayne Blair, who acted in Wish You Were Here. “There’s a constant flow of talent into the U.S. studio system and that’s helped by the fluidity between U.S. and Australian agents”, says Smith. “We work with them all and see them as our … Read More »

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Chris Hemsworth Boards Whale Of A Tale ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’; Will DreamWorks Bite?

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 2:02pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hemsworth, who has been in the middle of two of the summer’s big films in The Avengers and Snow White And The Huntsman, is in the center of the hot package making the rounds right now, even though it’s not exactly a brand new package. Hemsworth is attached to star in In The Heart Of The Sea, which is the disaster tale that inspired Melville’s Moby Dick. Based on the National Book Award-winning book by Nathaniel Philbrick, In The Heart Of The Sea is the fact-based tale of Nantucket whaling ship the Essex, which was stalked and ultimately destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Stranded thousands of miles from home, the crew struggled to survive; they were lost at sea for 90 days. Eight were rescued.

This version of the project has Joe Roth producing with Paula Weinstein, Will Ward and Palak Patel. The latter, who works with Roth, used to work for Weinstein and is a big reason this project has gotten another chance to get made. I hear that DreamWorks has the inside track on the project, but is not the only studio in the mix. DreamWorks would not comment.

The script was written by Charles Leavitt, who scripted Blood Diamond. I read the book when it was first set up in 2000, when Bary Levinson and Weinstein were partners and expected to make it together at Intermedia. It was a fine book and has the makings of a logistically complex depiction of a grueling tale of survival. It stalled but came back around later when Ed Zwick became attached to direct it at New Regency. Read More »

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APA Signs ‘Cabin In The Woods’/'Spartacus’ Actress

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 1:24pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Anna Hutchison who’s a co-star in The Cabin in The Woods and just landed a recurring role on Starz’s Spartacus has signed with APA in all areas. The 26-year old former New Zealand soap star will still be repped by Matt Andrews and David Sheridan of Australia’s Marquee Management.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ With Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron And Chris Hemsworth

Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures has released an extended new trailer for the Rupert Sanders-directed Snow White And The Huntsman, the revisionist fairy tale that will be released June 1. The studio has also released a featurette on the making of a film that stars Charlize Theron as the sinister queen, Kristen Stewart as Snow, and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. The fantasy setting looks a lot like Middle Earth. Universal debuted the trailer on Comcast-owned Trailer is below, followed by the featurette. It looks pretty compelling, and the key is whether the young crowd that wants to see Snow White wrapped in chain mail and wielding a sword. Will those images be too upsetting? Similarly ominous images did not keep them away from Alice In Wonderland, which triggered the fairy tale frenzy.

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Hollywood Is Paying Close Attention To BAFTA’s Rising Stars

By | Sunday February 12, 2012 @ 5:00am PST

BAFTA 2012 Preview: Very British Affair Takes On International Hue

Tim Adler is a contributor to AwardsLine.

It was an overcast morning in London last October when, in the magisterial headquarters of BAFTA, upstairs at 195 Piccadilly, 11 people were seated around a heavy wooden boardroom table, preparing to make a decision that could have a profound impact on some young actors’ future. Black and white photographs of previous BAFTA awards ceremonies — Britain’s closest equivalent to the Oscars — hung on the high-ceilinged walls. Sienna Miller, Simon Pegg and Harry Potter director David Yates were among those deciding who should make it onto the shortlist of eight names being proposed for this year’s Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award. (It would be down to customers of UK telco Orange to decide on the final five young stars being groomed for stardom.) The public votes for the winner, which will be announced along with all British Academy of Film and Television Arts winners tonight in London.

James McAvoy, Tom Hardy and Noel Clarke have won the Orange Rising Star in the past. That’s why the honor is important: It acts as a kind of early-warning system for Hollywood about talent coming its way. Hardy is now co-starring in the new Batman movie, while McAvoy was the lead in X-Men: First Class. Clarke will appear in the next instalment of Star Trek. “The Rising Star award is very useful in terms of shining a light on actors who have done a couple of roles but aren’t stars yet,” says jury chair Pippa Harris, producing partner of Sam Mendes. “Because it’s a public vote, it’s fantastic in terms of giving them a platform. The award is definitely something that Hollywood looks at for fresh talent.” Clarke, who got his first break in Doctor Who, is a case in point. WME picked the multi-hyphenate for U.S. representation after he won the Rising Star in 2009. Read More »

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