Thanks to the good folks over at Marvel Studios, the week is already off to a good start with the arrival of the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok which features more than enough of our favorite Asgardian god played by Chris Hemsworth, a somewhat ridiculous-looking Jeff Goldblum, and that big green Avenger we all know and love.
As per a press release sent out by the studio this morning, Thor: Ragnarok picks up just after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and follows Thor as he finds himself imprisoned on the other side of the universe on Sakaar without his infamous mighty hammer, Mjolnir, and in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeland and the end of his fellow Asgardians. Before going up against the sinister Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, he’ll have to survive a deadly gladiator-style battle against his fellow co-worker, the Incredible Hulk.
Scored to the sweet sounds of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok offers up a satisfying first look at the highly anticipated new Marvel movie which is due out before the end of the year in November, just a couple of weeks away from Justice League that same month. Even if you’re not overly thrilled about the new characters or Hemsworth’s much cleaner-looking, short haircut, there’s no denying that Thor: Ragnarok looks like a hell of a good time.
Thor: Ragnarok will hit theaters like a hammer on November 3, 2017. If you fancy a new poster, as well, you can check that out below.
As the awards season race nears an end, Spike Lee begins to plot his next directorial effort
As Spike Lee’s Oscar campaign for BlacKkKlansman begins to near an end, the legendary director is already beginning to put the pieces together for his highly anticipated next project, which is in talks to be distributed by Netflix.
Per Variety, Lee has tapped Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman to join the ensemble of Da 5 Bloods, a drama which follows five Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence.
Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also said to be in negotiations to star.
Lee, in addition to scripting the film along with Kevin Willmott, based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, is also producing along with Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin, and Jon Kilik.
Sources tell Variety that production on Da 5 Bloods could begin as soon as next month after Lee is done campaigning for BlacKkKlansman in the ongoing awards season race.
BlacKkKlansman, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May, marked a return to form for Lee, earning the iconic filmmaker multiple Oscar nominations last month, including best picture and best director.
2018 was also a big year for Boseman, who starred in Marvel’s billion-dollar-grossing superhero pic Black Panther, another strong contender in the Oscar race, with nominations for best picture and visual effects.
Academy reveals the four Oscar categories that will be presented during commerical breaks
After announcing last year that select categories will be presented during commercial breaks when the 91st Oscars air on ABC later this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed today the four categories that will be affected by this unfortunate break with tradition.
In an effort to keep the length of the Oscars telecast to three hours, the Academy says that cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, and live action short will be presented during commercial breaks, edited, and aired later in the broadcast.
“Viewing patterns for the Academy Awards are changing quickly in our current multi-media world, and our show must also evolve to successfully continue promoting motion pictures to a worldwide audience,” Academy president John Bailey wrote in a letter to members. “This has been our core mission since we were established 91 years ago—and it is the same today.”
He added, “The executive committees of six branches generously opted-in to have their awards presented in this slightly edited timeframe for this year’s show, and we selected four. In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation.”
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that an example of what this new format will look like was shown to a number of different branches of the Academy and the reaction, surprisingly enough, seemed to be relatively positive despite initial concerns.
“It is said to have included most of the presentation, minus the winner’s walk to the stage,” writes THR. “The goal, they were told, was also to include the spirit of each winner’s acceptance speech, although the speeches could be edited if they turn into a long list of thank-yous.”
Some members who were shown the demo said that it “provided a respectful acknowledgment of the affected category.”
Final voting for the Oscars will begin on Tuesday, February 12, with the ceremony itself airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.
James Cameron reveals the working title of the ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ sequel
In a new interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, producer James Cameron revealed the working the title of the eagerly awaited new Terminator movie, which will ignore the events of all of the more recent installments and serve as a direct sequel to the classic that is Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
“We’re calling it Terminator: Dark Fate,” Cameron told the site. “That’s our working title right now,” he added, leaving the door open for a potential title change before the film’s release on November 1 later this year.
The film will see the return of Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their iconic roles as Sarah Connor and the Terminator, respectively, with Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta also joining them.
“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2,” Cameron said in 2017. “We’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [Tim Miller] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”
Tim Miller is directing Dark Fate, working from a script written by David S. Goyer, based on a story by Cameron and Miller. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, and Cameron are producers.