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'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."

'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Not Happy With Credits Teaser Plus New Clip From The Film

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 24, 2013 9:01 AM
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Alan Taylor has made quite a name for himself over the years by working on some fantastic TV shows. “The Sopranos,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Mad Men” are just three examples of a vast resume which dates all the way back to “Homicide: Life on the Street” from the mid-'90s. After almost three full decades of working in television, next month’s “Thor: The Dark World” (our review) will mark Taylor’s feature film debut. Overall, it seems Taylor’s experience on the film has been nothing but positive. However, Bleeding Cool has recently discovered that Alan Taylor is not exactly in love with the now standard mid-credits tag/teaser scene in the film.

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."

30 New Images From 'Thor: The Dark World' Plus New Clip & Featurette

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 18, 2013 4:57 PM
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“Thor 2: Everyone Was Asgard Fighting” is just a few short weeks away from hitting theaters like an Asgardian mallet to your marketing senses. It’s already screened for press in the U.K. this week, including our man in the London cubicle, but by Odin’s beard we simply cannot say anything right now about it. What’s it about? Well after restoring the good times to Earth and the Nine Realms, a new ancient race led by Maliketh (Christopher Eccleston) threatens to plunge the universe into a darkness they haven’t seen until the last time some baddies promised to plunge the universe into darkness. This foe is so badass that Thor has to turn to his treacherous broseph Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and form a shaky alliance with him so things don’t go to pot.

Joss Whedon Flew In To Save The Day With Rewrites On 'Thor: The Dark World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 5:12 PM
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When you sign up for a Marvel movie, any precious notions you have about creative autonomy basically go out the window. Whether you're the director, an actor, an electrician or the guy who makes sure Samuel L. Jackson gets his cronuts, everyone is there to serve the Marvel universe and its fans. No more, no less. And while it's fun to think about [insert favorite auteur] getting a chance to make an R-rated movie about [insert gritty hero that no has heard of], it will basically never happen. But if you can give into that spirit of collaborative creation, then you'll probably be cool with someone stepping in to help on your movie.

'Games Of Thrones' & 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor To Helm 'Terminator 5'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 4:06 PM
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Alan Taylor has officially claimed the iron throne. The "Game of Thrones" director, whose big-budget Marvel project "Thor: The Dark World" opens this fall (the footage we saw at D23 was officially "quite good"), has been named the director of the next "Terminator" film from Annapurna Pictures and Paramount. The next entry in the time traveling cyborgs franchise is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2015, along with every other huge movie ever.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Directors Who Look To Be Bright Sparks Of The Future

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2012 2:33 PM
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Like it or not, filmmaking is undeniably a director's medium. It wasn't always like that, of course: it was only the coming of the auteur theory in the 1950s and 1960s that popularized the idea of the director as the person responsible for all that was great and terrible about a picture. And while anyone who's worked in film knows that it's a collaborative medium, there's still no better way of seeing where the form might be going in the next few years than by looking at the directors who've been making splashes of late.

Merry Christmas Alan Taylor! You're The New Director Of 'Thor 2'!

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 25, 2011 7:39 PM
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Looks like the offices of Marvel didn't close for Christmas. After flirting with "Game Of Thrones" director Brian Kirk and "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins, a new director for "Thor 2" has been found. For now.

Marvel Continue Low-Rent 'Thor 2' Director Hunt, Consider TV Helmers Alan Taylor & Daniel Minahan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 8:54 PM
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As essentially a self-financing entity, Marvel has, perhaps understandably, been careful to look after the bottom line on their self-produced movies since "Iron Man." The movies have, without exception, cost north of $100 million, but the studio has been careful to keep the money on the screen, signing relative unknowns like Chris Hemsworth, character actors like Mark Ruffalo, or rising stars like Jeremy Renner. People who won't break the bank, exactly. And those actors are kept to restrictive multiple film contracts, to the extent that Chris Evans nearly backed out of "Captain America: The First Avenger."

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