Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki in ‘Thor: The Dark World’!

British actor Tom Hiddleston plays Loki, Thor’s scheming, Machiavellian brother, for the third time in the 3D action adventure, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.”

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He notes that not only is it a privilege but also enjoyable to be able to reprise a character. “The amazing thing about Loki is that this is my third meeting with him, and we’ve had a year between each film, so essentially my understanding of the character deepens every time,” says Hiddleston. “I feel like the ‘Thor’ sequel and my third engagement with playing him was a chance as an actor to find new depth, new dimension, new iterations of his psychology, of his physicality and his capacity for feeling.”

Hiddleston has elevated Loki to the status of a fan favorite, despite the fact that Loki is undeniably a villain. In “Thor: The Dark World” fans will be treated to another perspective of Loki’s psyche. Hiddleston explains, “Loki is, on one level, this off-the-rails psychopathic agent of chaos who exists in the mythology as a kind of wrecking ball. But on a human level, his psychology and his emotional landscape is very, very interesting because he’s so intelligent and yet so broken. This film is a chance to find where his capacity for heroism and his Machiavellian menace meet.”

Hiddleston is quick to point out, however, that there are aspects of Loki that have to stay true to his development in the previous films. “Loki is still the same character, so he’s still possessed of a rakish charm and provocative wit,” says the actor. “He still loves provoking people and finding and exploiting weakness.

“He’s still selfish and vain and arrogant and proud, but he’s also elegant and amusing. He’s so full of charisma, and that’s why I love playing him; he’s not an all-out bad guy. He’s someone who knows his true nature and is having a really good time; there is an element of delight and joy at being bad,” concludes Hiddleston.

Although “Thor: The Dark World” takes place in a fantastical realm, it is grounded in a reality that makes it relatable to audiences on many levels. Hiddleston explains, “The really exciting thing about the world of Thor is that you have, at the center of it, a figure in a huge red cape that billows in the wind and a hammer and chainmail and he looks like a god, but he’s also a man who is wrestling with his identity and his destiny. He’s arguing with his father, he has a very complicated relationship with his brother—which is where I come in—and he has a mother and a woman he loves. What’s so exciting is that all of the characters within that landscape are infused with a humanity and a humanity that seems to reflect our own. Everyone in this world has a family; every family bumps heads occasionally, and this family in Asgard is no different.”

Hiddleston credits director Alan Taylor with bringing the world of Asgard to life. “Alan is fantastic and within seconds he revealed his experience and also his openness in creating a really believable world,” comments Hiddleston. “I thought it was really interesting that he wanted to expand our sense of the world; he wanted to deepen and shade it. He wanted to give it a kind of grittier feel in the sense that this is the race that the Vikings worshiped and there was a very clear link that felt somehow ancient and Viking and Norse and rugged and salty.”

The practical sets that were used to invoke the sense of reality were a boon for Hiddleston, who says, “It makes the scene incredibly dynamic and you get ideas that are really exciting. Actors, at their best, are responding to real things, that real physical material, and it just gives you a sense of space.”

Hiddleston was particularly enthused by shooting on location in Iceland. “We shot exteriors for the Dark World in Iceland, which of all the places on this planet I think is the most magical,” says Hiddleston. “It’s got an otherworldly quality to it. It’s so near the Arctic, so close to the uninhabitable regions of this world. In Iceland you get such scale. You get purple skies. We were shooting on a volcanic lava field, and you get epic footage that you can’t get anywhere else.”

Hiddleston finds the fans’ response to the “Thor” franchise “amazing.” “People are so free with their passion for the emotional landscape of what we’ve created—huge characters with really human weaknesses; characters who are striving for unity and harmony and love and peace, but there are so many things in the way,” says Hiddleston. “In Loki’s terms, it’s all of the darkest aspects of human nature—loneliness and jealousy and rage and despair—and these are very human feelings. I love how the fans have really embraced that and they follow it and believe in it and reflect it. It’s given us the confidence to go deeper with it.”

When the film opens in theaters, Hiddleston is excited to see all the scenes come together to form the whole narrative, but there is something else that the British actor is looking forward to. He says, “The thing that’s really unique about ‘Thor: The Dark World’ is contemporary London. In the first film the action cut between Asgard and Earth, and Earth was a town in New Mexico. In this film it’s Asgard and London, and it’s a very contemporary London that I very much, as a native resident of London, recognize and am excited by. No one’s going to have seen London in the way they see it in this film, so that’s very cool.”

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 30 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

“Thor: Dark World” trailer revealed!

Thor: Dark World trailer has just been revealed right after the official poster release!

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God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Asgard with the mischief-maker Loki (Tom Hiddleston) only to find himself facing off against an enemy that threatens to plunge the entire universe into darkness: the powerful Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) and his army of Dark Elves.

Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins will also reprise their roles from the first film, while Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Zachary Levi are added to the cast as Algrim and Fandral.

Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D onNovember 8th, 2013.

Watch the trailer below:

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“Thor: The Dark World” official poster revealed!

The first official poster for the up-coming movie Thor: The Dark World has arrived!

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Chris Hemsworth returns to star as Thor in the superhero sequel, which will be the second installment of Marvel Phase 2, after the upcoming Iron Man 3.

Also included in the cast are Christopher Eccleston, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Zachary Levi, Renee Russo, Anthony Hopkins, and Jaimie Alexander.

Thor: The Dark World premieres worldwide on November 8.

Chris Hemsworth: From ‘Thor’ to Legendary Huntsman!

Aside from Snow White, the other title character to be cast in the upcoming movie “Snow White and the Huntsman” was of course, the Huntsman: Eric, a hunter who knows the Enchanted and Dark Forests like the back of his hands.

 

Not only did the Huntsman once have respect for the animals he tracked, he also still has the ability to think like one. But after his wife, Zara, died, Eric found his only comfort as a mercenary and a drunk. Now, the Huntsman has been tasked to follow Snow White into the forest and return her to Ravenna, who needs to consume her heart. But when Eric discovers the treachery of the Queen, he channels his rage into training a young woman who is determined to end what Ravenna began. Eric begins to see in Snow White an end to the darkness and to believe that the king’s standard could fly again.

Initially conceived as a character much older than Snow White, the Huntsman morphed during the screenplay’s development. Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, was courted for the part after the filmmakers watched him in his career-defining role as the Nordic god of war. His charisma and on-screen presence convinced them that he could embody the tortured former soldier who finds salvation in a young woman called Snow White.

With his attitude, humor, intensity and physical presence, Hemsworth proved he could bring life to the character and serve as the ideal balance between Stewart and Theron. Shares Mercer of their choice: “We spent a fair amount of time exploring who should be the Huntsman and how to round out the triangle. Through the evolution of talking to many actors and getting their takes on it, we discovered Chris. He is becoming a huge star, and we knew we had to have him.”

Hemsworth’s first day on set was one of the most intimidating of the shoot: his big scene with Theron in which the Queen dispatches the Huntsman. Producer Joe Roth knew that Hemsworth was up for the challenge of matching wits with the Oscar® winner. The producer compliments: “The guy is built like a linebacker, he’s gorgeous to look at, and he has great depth of character. Chris is the guy that puts up 110 percent all the time.”

 

Discussing his part, Hemsworth says: “The Huntsman is a lost soul. He has given up on life and himself. When we first meet him, he’s a drunk, living alone in the woods working as a mercenary, hunting and tracking. He is then assigned the role of finding Snow White and bringing her back to the Queen.” Offering his reason for tackling the role, Hemsworth states: “I liked the idea of playing the reluctant hero: rough around the edges but with a good heart underneath. We tried to push the inconsistencies of his character, keep him unpredictable.”

Hemsworth also appreciated the “classic Western character” that the writers had drawn and the visual style that his director ensured. The performer adds: “I read it with director Rupert Sanders, and I saw visually how creative he was. We had discussions about character and story, and I was inspired by what he said. I’ve worked with plenty of people who have done far more films than Rupert, but many are not nearly as equipped, focused or innovative as he is. He’s unreal. I love these types of films: big, fantastical, epic stories that have a real heart at the center of them. They’re relatable characters, and the story is about hope and inspiration and love and tragedy. These are the things that we all deal with, but the story is told on an incredible, vivid background.”

Although Hemsworth and Stewart carefully practiced their fight scenes together, mistakes were made during production. During a particularly vigorous take, Stewart accidentally punched the seasoned kickboxer in the face. His nose swelled up, and his wound had to be covered up with makeup. Stewart was truly a match for this Huntsman.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.
Showing on June 1, 2012 nationwide.

First Look: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’!

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and The HuntsmanKristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen, Oscar® winner Charlize Theron, out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman Chris Hemsworth(Thor and The Avengers) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

‘The Avengers’ Makes P281-M in 5 Days, Biggest Opening Ever in PHL Box-Office History!

It’s the superhero team up of a lifetime. Now, it’s shaping up to be the highest-grossing film – for all time!

“Marvel’s The Avengers” rewrote Philippine box-office record books when it grossed a monumental P281-million opening weekend gross nationwide – the biggest debut ever in history, this was revealed by Victor R. Cabrera, managing director of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines.

“It’s practically a box office tsunami that has so far drowned, wiped out and rewritten every local record in its first five days of play,” adds Cabrera.

Foremost of the records to fall is the highest opening weekend, previously set by “Spider-Man 3” at P236-million (a benchmark set in 6 days back in 2007).

Since it opened last Wednesday, April 25, “Marvel’s The Avengers” has surpassed daily records in its path set by various blockbusters:

Biggest Wednesday Ever: P56.6-M, beating “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’s” P55.4-M.

Biggest Thursday Ever: P44.1M, smashing “Spider-man 3’s P28.4-M

Biggest Friday Ever: P45.3-M, outgrossing “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1’s” P44.1-M.

Biggest Saturday Ever: P66.4-M, breaking “Transformers: Dark of the Moon’s” P60.8-M.

Biggest Sunday Ever: P68.5M, outlasting “Transformers: Dark of the Moon’s” P60.8M. Sunday’s receipts for “The Avengers” also now holds the distinction of the all-time biggest single-day gross in the country.

 

Other milestones achieved were fastest time to cross the P100-million mark (in only two days) and P200-million (four days).

With another non-working holiday looming tomorrow, May 1, box office sales for “The Avengers” may be set for more records.

Playing in almost 500 screens, “The Avengers” posted the biggest sales in SM North EDSA (P17.85-M), SM Mall of Asia (P15.02-M), SM Megamall (P12.51-M), Trinoma (P10.27-M), SM Cebu (P9.53-M), Glorietta 4 (P7.60-M), SM Southmall (P6.76-M), Newport City (P6.64-M) and SM Fairview (P6.63-M).

Rounding out the Top 20 cinemas are Gateway (P6.06-M), Eastwood (P5.58-M), Power Plant (P5.49-M), Greenbelt 3 (P5.13-M), Festival Mall (P5.08-M), Robinsons Ermita (P4.77-M), Robinsons Galleria (P4.73-M), Alabang Town Center (P4.63-M), Market! Market! (P4.50-M), Shang Cineplex (P4.30-M) and Ayala Cinemas Cebu (P4.27-M).

Overseas, the superhero film also bowed in 38 other territories and has brought in a whopping $178.4 million since opening April 25. It opened at No.1 in every single one of those territories while setting opening weekend records in many South and Central American countries. Some of the individual numbers include $24.7 million from the UK, $19.7 million from Australia, $15.9 million from Mexico and $12.9 million from Korea.

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and directed byJoss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. “Marvel’s The Avengers” is from Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a story byZak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon.

Now playing across the Philippines in Digital IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular format, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

‘The Avengers’ Stars Talk About Their Roles!

As “Marvel’s The Avengers” gears up for its grand opening in the Philippines on April 25, the cast discuss their characters’ motivations and how these shaped the film’s gripping storyline.

Marvel Studios presents, in association with Paramount Pictures, “Marvel’s The Avengers” – the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man: “Tony Stark is open to all possibilities and has no problem accepting extraordinary happenings. Joining The Avenger team is an act of curiosity – he wants to see what’s happening firsthand. He realized a while ago that he’s not an island, and this time around, he’s beginning to understand that it’s about a group mindset and that `we’ is better than `I.’”

Chris Evans on Captain America: “Big parts of Steve Rogers are his good nature, high morals and strong values. Those morals and values were created in a time when people treated each other differently. The level of interaction was a bit deeper. Everything feels one step apart with all of the technology we have now. A lot of the things that he believed in, stood for and loved have changed. They’re not gone—they’re just different. He’s trying to find his footing in a modern world.”

Chris Hemsworth on Thor: “Thor has more of a personal investment in what’s happening than the other Super Heroes because the villain, Loki, is his brother. The bigger conflict for him is that he’s trying to protect the greater good, but he has some deep questions about what is going on with his brother.”

Mark Ruffalo on The Hulk: “This Hulk is mercurial. He’s very unpredictable; he’s nuanced. There’s a sense of humor there; there’s an ability to communicate. But he’s bristly and he’s incredibly dangerous, like a wild animal. His rage feels real; his reactions to things feel human.”

Jeremy Renner of Hawkeye: “Hawkeye is alone in the game, an outcast and a loner; he’s a lone wolf sort of character, so he’s not a team player, but will be there if needed.”

 

Scarlett Johansson on Black Widow: “Black Widow is all business. She’s sort of in a grey area. In a sense she’s been fighting the good fight, despite her dark background. But she’s committed because she has to be and her moral ground is more dutiful. She’s militaristic in that way; that’s how she knows right from wrong.”

 

Tom Hiddleson on Loki: “Loki’s villainy is motivated by the fact that he’s damaged and searching for his place in the universe, but in this film he’s a lot more menacing and a lot more powerful. He’s much more self-possessed. He’s also a god, so he’s more powerful than any human.”

 

Samuel L. Jackson on Nick Fury: “Nick Fury monitors a lot of things and when he sees a need he generally goes against the grain; he rubs a lot of people the wrong way by taking actions in situations that they don’t necessarily want him to take action in but he does anyway.”

Cobie Smulders on S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill: “Maria Hill and Nick Fury butt heads constantly. I think that Maria is a little bit more intuitive than Nick. But throughout the course of the film, she realizes that he is involved and he does care, and he is taking the right steps to protect our country and fight the bad guys.”

Clark Gregg on S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson: “When you look at the team, it’s made up of rock stars and divas with giant muscles and super-powered egos, so somebody has the job backstage to make them all play in the same super band—and that’s what Agent Coulson does.

Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in the Philippines on April 25 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
Marvel’s “Spider-Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” animated series are now aired over ABS CBN, comprising an hour of early programming on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30am. ABS-CBN previously aired Marvel’s “The Avengers” and “X-Men” animated series.

‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ Defends The World in IMAX3D!

Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Studios recently announced that the epic super hero adventure Marvel’s The Avengers will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released in IMAX® digital theatres in the Philippines on April 25, simultaneous with Digital 3D and regular cinemas across the country.

Marvel’s The Avengers,” based on the well-known Marvel comic book series, is written and directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson.

Distributed by The Walt Disney Studios, “Marvel’s The Avengers” marks the third Marvel Studios film presented in IMAX, following the releases of “Iron Man 2” in 2010 and “Thor” in 2011.

” This highly-anticipated gathering of Marvel’s epic superheroes combined with the brilliant vision of Joss Whedon is sure to wow audiences when presented in IMAX 3D,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “The Avengers is a perfect film to kick-off our 2012 summer slate and we anticipate this limited IMAX engagement will be a must-see for fans around the world.”

The IMAX release of “Marvel’s The Avengers” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Marvel Studios presents, in association with Paramount Pictures, “Marvel’s The Avengers” – the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow.

When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” will assemble in the Philippines on April 25 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Marvel’s “Spider-Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” animated series are now aired over ABS CBN, comprising an hour of early programming on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30am. ABS-CBN previously aired Marvel’s “The Avengers” and “X-Men” animated series.

Assembling The Avengers–the Superhero team up of a lifetime!

With the successful launching of the Iron Man franchise in 2008, the first hints for what would be Marvel’s most ambitious new franchise to date began to surface—bringing together its beloved characters in one film for Marvel’s The Avengers, the holy grail of the Marvel Universe.

The idea for Marvel’s The Avengers first surfaced during the production of Iron Man when producer Kevin Feige had a notion that S.H.I.E.L.D. could be part of both Iron Man andThe Incredible Hulk.

“We started looking at the list of characters in the Marvel Universe that hadn’t been taken by other studios: Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow,” says Feige. “And I thought, ‘Isn’t that interesting; all of these characters happen to form one of the most popular comic book series—The Avengers.

“When the idea of a Nick Fury cameo started coming up, we called Sam Jackson and he thought it was a cool idea,” continues Feige. “It was his enthusiasm about it that led us to shoot that end credit scene and what he says to Tony Stark in the scene, ‘You’re part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet.’ The line was also Marvel telling that to the audience as well.”

The producer adds, “Audiences loved the cameo and the buzz about Nick Fury began. We did it again two months later on the Incredible Hulk and the reaction once again told us The Avengers is going to work. Our plan then became to build it one Super Hero at a time because it was really important that we introduced all of the characters first in their own franchises before putting them together in The Avengers. We also hired filmmakers on Thor and Captain America who were open to the idea that they were playing in a shared sandbox.”

The Avengers was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first published in September 1963. The Avengers team originally consisted of Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp. Captain America joined the team in Issue #4 after being revived from being trapped in a block of ice. For Stan Lee, seeing so many of his characters continue to grow in popularity is a testament to the Marvel Universe he helped create over the last 50 years.

“I’d like to think that one of the reasons that Marvel characters have been so successful is when we created them, we tried to give them interesting personalities and personal problems so people would still be interested in them even if they didn’t have superpowers,” explains Stan Lee. “In other words we tried to make our heroes and heroines three-dimensional, interesting people.”

Lee continues, “Sometimes people make the mistake of just concentrating on the super power while the real person beneath the costume gets ignored. That’s when those particular stories don’t do as well. Every character in The Avengers, is flawed in some way and has a dynamic, interesting, personal story in addition to them saving the world.”

While Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s colorful characters have thrilled Marvel readers for decades, one challenge for filmmakers was that they would still be editing and releasing both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger during the pre-production and production schedule of The Avengers.

“We had to have a lot of confidence in the direction we were heading, but two of the four characters had not been introduced to audiences yet and it was a bit of a leap of faith,” says Kevin Feige. “A big part of the puzzle was introducing both Thor and Captain America in self-contained origin stories with very distinctive beginnings and endings that segued nicely into the storyline for The Avengers.

The plan worked to perfection for the filmmakers as both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were summer box office hits and fueled the fire for bringing The Avengers to the big screen.

(“Marvel’s The Avengers” will assemble in the Philippines on April 25, 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.


Marvel’s Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk animated series are now aired over ABS CBN, comprising an hour of early programming on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30am. ABS-CBN previously aired Marvel’s “The Avengers” and “X-Men” animated series.)

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