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Chris Hemsworth needs a bigger boat in 'Heart of the Sea' trailer


As a title, In the Heart of the Sea doesn’t really capture the intense action and drama of Ron Howard’s upcoming seafaring movie, which stars Chris Hemsworth as an early 19th-century whaler locked in combat with a gigantic sperm whale.

At some point during the trailer, which points out that the true disaster tale contributed to Melville’s inspiration for Moby Dick, the leviathan runs deep after being harpooned by the crew of the S.S. Essex—toppling masts and sending the ship sideways. You almost expect the level-headed member of the crew to mutter, “Ye shall require a bigger boat, matey.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Hemsworth breaks codes in trailer for Michael Mann's 'Blackhat'


Michael Mann is back at it, playing cat-and-mouse with cool criminals and intelligent suits who are both exceptional at what they do. In Blackhat, Chris Hemsworth plays an imprisoned hacker who gets a deal with the feds because he might be the only guy alive who can track down the mysterious hacker who caused the meltdown of a Chinese nuclear reactor.

“They don’t know who [the terrorist] is, where he is, and they don’t know why he’s doing what he’s doing,” Mann says. “There’s no apparent motive. The people they’re working against are high-speed, world-class. They’re dangerous, violent, and that launches our story.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth to star in, produce movie about Hank Williams' ghost

• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. Hemsworth will produce alongside Laura Bickford. [The Wrap]

• Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) is in talks for director Shane Black’s The Nice Guys. The Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures crime drama already stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. If the deal goes through, it would mark Qualley’s first major studio role. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, private detective Holland March (Gosling) and tough guy Jackson Healy (Crowe) investigate the case of a missing girl and the death of a porn star. They discover a jarring conspiracy in the process. Joel Silver is producing. Hal Sadoff, Michael Malone, and Waypoint Entertainment’s Jen Kao are executive producing. The film is scheduled for a June 17, 2016 release. [Variety]

THR later reported that Qualley has been cast and that she will be joined by Angourie Rice, who will play Gosling’s daughter. [THR]

• Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) is joining Bleed for This, which stars Miles Teller as real-life boxer Vinny Pazienza, who broke his neck in a car crash at the peak of his career. Beating the odds, Vinny made a miraculous recovery and soon trained again under the direction of Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart). He returned to the ring just a year after the accident. Hinds will play Vinny’s father, Angelo. Ben Younger is writing and directing. Martin Scorsese and Joshua Sason are executive producing. Younger is producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Noah Kraft, and Chad A. Verdi. [THR]

• MacKenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) is in final negotiations for Ridley Scott‘s The Martian. The sci-fi film, from 20th Century Fox, stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. Davis will have a small, but important role. The story follows Damon’s character, an astronaut, who gets stranded on Mars and must make it back to Earth. Genre Films partners Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are producing alongside Scott. Fox executive Steve Asbell will oversee for the studio. [The Wrap]

• Sean Maher (Firefly) has signed on for a lead role in ISRA-88. The indie sci-fi thriller, which will be directed by Thomas Zellen, follows a spaceship, ISRA-88, and its crew, who are tasked with uncovering the end of the universe. Maher will play scientist Dr. Abe Anderson, who breaks down during the prolonged mission. Filming begins later this month in Michigan. [The Wrap]

• Ryan Guzman (Step Up All In) has been cast in Richard Linklater’s baseball pic That’s What I’m Talking About. Set in the 1980s, the film follows a college freshman who moves into a baseball house with his wild, partying teammates. Guzman might be joined by Blake Jenner (Glee), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), who have all received offers. [Deadline]

Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day sign on for New Line's 'Vacation'

New Line’s Vacation seems to be making progress in the casting front with a diverse juxtaposition of characters, as Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day join the reboot of the Chevy Chase classic of the same name. THR first reported the news.

Development for a Vacation reboot was first announced in 2012, but creative differences over the film’s rating delayed filming. The reboot follows up on a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), the young son of Clark Grisworld (Chase) from the original film, as he brings his own family along for a vacation in the same vein of the one he took as a child. According to THR, Hemsworth is set to play the husband of Rusty’s sister Audrey, while Day will make a brief appearance as a river rafting guide. Day’s connection to Vacation is unsurprising—the film will be written and directed by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.

Universal to release 'The Huntsman' in 2016, pushes back 'The Mummy'

So much happened before Snow White dropped in.

Universal Pictures announced the release date for The Huntsman, a prequel of sorts to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprising their roles of the Huntsman Eric and evil queen Ravenna. The film, directed by Frank Darabont, will be released on Friday, April 22, 2016 and reveal how the two characters interacted before Snow White ever met a dwarf.

The Huntsman takes the date previously occupied by The Mummy, which will now be pushed back two months to Friday, June 24, 2016. The reboot of the action-adventure films written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) will be conceived by a highly respectable team of producers including Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), Roberto Orci (Transformers), Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious 6), and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy).

James Spader reveals why his 'Avengers 2' character hates the Avengers


Now that we know who Ultron is, it’s time to get into his head a little bit.

James Spader came by the EW Hideout at Comic-Con along with his co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans to talk about the big bad of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Spader talked about the character’s motivations with a calm that unnerved Evans—if Ultron’s voice is anything like Spader’s here, the robot that comes to destroy us all next summer will probably convince us all that his evil plot is good for us.

Watch the video and read a full transcript below.

EW: James Spader, you’re joining the franchise as the titular Ultron character, tell us a little bit about him. He seems like he’s a guy who may come into contention with the Avengers at some point.
SPADER: Yeah, I think he sees the Avengers as being part of a problem, a more comprehensive problem in the world. I don’t know, he sees the world from a very strange point of view because he’s brand new, he’s very young. He’s been self-created during the first act of the film, and then he—he sees the world around him from a very biblical point of view. Because he’s been able to upload an enormous amount of intelligence and so on, and that’s also been fed into him as well.

So he’s immature, and yet has knowledge of comprehensive, broad history and precedent, and he has created in a very short period of time a rather skewed worldview. Which is certainly not unprecedented! He’s probably self-absorbed.

EVANS: It’s so great hearing James talk right now. I can just see Ultron and I get scared! [Laughs]

EW: Both of the Chris’s, you guys are coming off of your own movies now. Chris Hemsworth, Thor: The Dark World ended with Thor deciding he’s going all-Earth, all the time now. Where’s Thor at when we find him in Avengers 2?
HEMSWORTH: He’s here, part of the team, where we left him in Thor 2. The first film, the first Avengers, was all of this coming together. Now it’s them operating as a team and trying to function and keep it going.

EW: Now are they sending Jane to an island again?
EVANS: [Laughs] You ever wonder how they figure out ‘Well why didn’t you call Thor?’ He’s busy!

HEMSWORTH: [Laughs] That’s the problem in every film we have! There’s a massive battle, the world’s at stake—but where’s Captain America and Iron Man and The Hulk when Thor’s on it?

EVANS: Don’t pick up the cell phone!

EW: I think it’s implied they’re kind of feuding at that point. Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter Soldier—Captain America went through a lot in that film, and I believe he has a new costume in this one.
EVANS: [singing] Yeah, they always do the new costumes. It’s too bad, because I really liked the old costume.

EW: Where is he at now, in terms of his development? Winter Soldier had a lot of revelations for him.
EVANS: Well he’s a guy who—he’s a soldier. So he’s born into a world of orders and structure, and he likes being kind of a cog. So once S.H.I.E.L.D was kind of destroyed, he’s looking for structure. And now that the Avengers don’t really report to anyone, they report to each other, it’s a different dynamic for him and he’s trying to figure out where he fits in that.

EW: Will there ever be a leader of the Avengers?
EVANS: Well you’ll just have to wait and see the movie!

SPADER: Everything you’re talking about is exactly the problem that Ultron perceives, these are all the issues he has [laughs]

EW: So you’re saying Ultron is the hero of the movie?
SPADER:  I certainly play it that way!

Oscars 2014: Watch the nominations live! VIDEO

Judgment day is upon us. At precisely 8:38 a.m. ET, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — via the beautiful mouth of announcer Chris Hemsworth — will reveal which filmmakers, performers, and other creative types will be up for Oscars at this year’s 86th Academy Awards.

Want to watch the magic happen? Simply tune in by watching a live stream of the nominations announcement, which you’ll find below the jump.

Box office report: 'Thor: The Dark World' smashes competition with $86.1 million debut


Thor: The Dark World debuted mightily atop the domestic box office this weekend, hammering up $86.1 million from 3,841 theaters, which gave Disney’s $170 million 3-D sequel a blazing $22,418 per theater average.

Thanks to the Norse superhero’s increased exposure in last year’s mega-smash The Avengers, The Dark World debuted 31 percent higher than 2011’s Thor, which earned $65.7 million over its first three days in theaters. The film didn’t enjoy as big of a boost as Iron Man 3, which opened with $174.1 million, a 34 percent improvement over Iron Man 2‘s debut — and still the best debut of 2013. READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Can lightning strike twice for Thor in 'The Dark World'?


Before Marvel’s conquest of pop-culture became a fait accompli, the first Thor movie had the feel of a bridge too far. Sure, movie audiences had lined up around the block for Iron Man, but two Hulk movies had failed to smash, and Thor — a Norse god in the comics who wielded a flying hammer — seemed like the most inaccessible hero of the bunch of Avengers. But then director Kenneth Branagh’s “momentous and lighthearted” 2011 movie came out, and people really seemed to dig Chris Hemsworth’s buff Shakespearean warrior. The movie grossed $181 million and even the critics were kind… ish.

In Thor: The Dark World, the crown prince of Asgard is reunited with his love, astrophyicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), after she discovers an alien substance that puts Earth and the known universe in danger. The threat from a race of Dark Elves — led by Christopher Eccleston — is so great that Thor has no choice but to call upon his devious brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who may be puny but is always a dastardly delight. “Hiddleston, with pleading eyes and a mad-dog grin, plays Loki as a wounded sociopath who’s cackling at the world but seething on the inside,” says EW’s Owen Gleiberman.

Thor was a promising beginning, The Avengers solidified the hero’s standing and made Loki a cinematic god. Will The Dark World raise them to even greater heights? Click below to see what the nation’s critics think before heading to the theater. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'Kings of Summer' star Nick Robinson headed for 'Jurassic World'; Plus, Kate Beckinsale, more

The Kings of Summer breakout actor Nick Robinson is currently in talks to join the cast of Universal’s Jurassic World. Robinson, who also stars on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey, is slated to play Ty Simpkins’ (Iron Man 3) older brother in the upcoming installment of the Jurassic Park series, which also stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help). Jurassic World, produced by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley, will be released June 12, 2015. [The Wrap]

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