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Watch: 'Bitman Begins' & 'Ameowdeus' With Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 9:05 AM
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Ameowdeus
In case you were blessed with the superhuman ability to withstand more television after enduring the 3 1/2 hour Oscar ceremony, then perhaps you tuned in (late) last night for a very special episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Or perhaps you went straight to bed like the rest of us. But no worries, because the highlights are now online.

Hemsworth Brothers Sought For 'The Raid' Remake As 'The Expendables 3' Helmer Signs Up To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 6:49 PM
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Listen, we already know the idea of remaking "The Raid" so let's save our energy and skip the routine anger and focusing on what we're now learning about the upcoming do-over that was first announced over two years ago.

Watch: Honest Trailer For The Perfectly Adequate 'Thor: The Dark World' Plus Check Out A New Deleted Scene

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 5:01 PM
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Far be it from us to snark about "Thor: The Dark World" as people seem to like it and plans are already underway for "Thor 3." But even for those who like the franchise, be honest—it's still third string in the current Marvel universe behind "The Avengers" and "Captain America," right? It is a little goofy, too, and Screen Junkies have detailed just how silly Thor can get.

Michael Mann’s Cybercrime Thriller Hits January 2015, ‘Warcraft’ Moves To March 2016 To Make Way For ‘Star Wars 7’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 27, 2013 4:16 PM
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Duncan Jones, World of Warcraft
Universal Pictures and their new partners at Legendary Pictures (they said "see ya later" to Warner Bros. this year after “Pacific Rim”) have unveiled a quintet of release dates for their 2015/2016 season. Let’s get right to it. The first and perhaps most disappointing news is that Michael Mann’s untitled project (a cybercrime thriller set in Hong Kong starring Chris Hemsworth) has been dated for January 16, 2015. January is a crappy date, so it sucks, right? Well, for one, we’ll see if that date sticks, for two, Ron Howard’s Hemsworth-starring “In The Heart of The Sea” opens two months later and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a few months after that, so perhaps the studio is just trying to strategize around those dates.

'Thor: The Dark World': Where It Saved The Day & Where It Left Us Wanting More

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 11, 2013 2:22 PM
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Thor 2: Dark World, Post Mortem
After rolling out first in the rest of the world, this past weekend saw the U.S. release of "Thor: The Dark World," the third adventure to feature the Norse god of thunder, after "Thor" and "The Avengers," and the eighth movie in Marvel's cinematic masterplan. As you might have assumed, the movie's a massive hit: an $86 million opening weekend, to add to the $240 million it's already taken abroad.

Review: 'Thor: The Dark World' The Most Deeply Flawed Marvel Movie Since 'Iron Man 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 8, 2013 12:08 PM
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Thor: The Dark World
The first "Thor" movie was something of a risk for Marvel. Wisecracking Robert Downey Jr. in a (relatively) grounded real world setting was one thing, but a Viking god from space, played by a complete unknown and directed by a man best known for Shakespeare adaptations was quite another. But the 2011 film, while flawed in many ways, proved surprisingly entertaining and teed up both its title character and his villainous brother Loki for a return appearance in the team-up movie "The Avengers," which turned out to be an absolute megahit. As such, the studio must be feeling on surer ground with "Thor: The Dark World."

Review: Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World,' With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman & Tom Hiddleston

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2013 4:00 PM
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The first "Thor" movie was something of a risk for Marvel. Wisecracking Robert Downey Jr. in a (relatively) grounded real world setting was one thing, but a Viking god from space, played by a complete unknown and directed by a man best known for Shakespeare adaptations was quite another. But the 2011 film, while flawed in many ways, proved surprisingly entertaining and teed up both its title character and his villainous brother Loki for a return appearance in the team-up movie "The Avengers," which turned out to be an absolute megahit. As such, the studio must be feeling on surer ground with "Thor: The Dark World."

Watch: Thor Can't Trust Loki In First Clip From 'Thor: The Dark World' Plus New Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 2:30 PM
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There are fans who want to go into their superhero movies cold, and those that don't, and for the latter, it must be difficult to resist the temptation to check out the marketing materials in the run-up to a movie. Especially for followers of the Marvel-verse, as the studio does blanket marketing better than most, and they are certainly picking up momentum with about a month to go until "Thor: The Dark World."

Chris Hemsworth Shares New Details About Michael Mann's Hackers & Espionage Film

  • By Ben Brock
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  • October 1, 2013 10:42 AM
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“Rush” (review here) went into wide release this past weekend to a middling response over in the U.S., but back in Europe it's attracting much greater interest, telling as it does the story of two European heroes of a chiefly European sport. Thus it was that star Chris Hemsworth was talking to German website FilmFutter when he revealed some details of his next big film, an untitled Michael Mann thriller which is widely but not officially being referred to as “Cyber,” for some reason.

The Assessment: Ron Howard's Directorial Career In 8 Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 26, 2013 4:00 PM
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Ron Howard, Assessment
Erstwhile star of the beacon of TV Americana that was “Happy Days,” occasional actor, and now Oscar-winning director and major Hollywood power player, Ron Howard is, by every account you can find the length and breadth of the World Wide Web, a really nice guy. Almost every interview starts with a reference to his niceness, his approachability, his affability, his talent for not taking himself too seriously. Which kind of makes it okay for us not to take him too seriously either.

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