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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: 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."

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.

Watch: New Clip From 'Rush' Plus Details On The Soundtrack Which Includes David Bowie, Thin Lizzy & Hans Zimmer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 12:25 PM
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Heading into a hairpin turn before its release next month, Ron Howard's "Rush" will first have to get around the curve at TIFF, where he hopes audiences will shift into first gear for his true story racing drama. And with the movie getting ready to cross the finish line, a few more previews for the movie have rushed online. (Sorry, we're feeling punny today.)

Watch: 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Stars Charlize Theron & Chris Hemsworth Talk Characters, Costumes & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 30, 2012 2:28 PM
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One of the big reasons that moviegoers -- all boosted by the film's killer trailers -- will be turning out in droves this weekend to see Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" this Friday are the stars, with the picture stocked with of-the-moment hotness. Its three leads are "Twilight" franchise star Kristen Stewart as the fairest in the land, Snow White; Chris Hemsworth, currently smashing the box office records to smithereens as Thor in Joss Whedon's superhero free-for-all "The Avengers" as the titular huntsman; and Charlize Theron, as the vainglorious evil queen Ravenna (and she's appearing in Ridley Scott's sci-fi spectacle "Prometheus" opening next week).

Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

Joss Whedon's Long-Delayed 'Cabin In The Woods' Finally Glimpses Light, Hits Theaters April 13, 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 21, 2011 2:04 AM
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When MGM went bankrupt, it was a major headache for some of the film industry's biggest figures and properties. "The Hobbit" was delayed for a year, causing Guillermo Del Toro to leave the production, and Peter Jackson to take over, while Sam Mendes also had to significantly delay his entry into the James Bond series, the longest running franchise around. But there are two films that were most adversely affected by the situation, the last two productions at the studio: "Red Dawn," the remake of the fondly-remembered Commie-bashing classic, and "The Cabin in the Woods," a post-modern horror flick written and produced by geek deity Joss Whedon, and directed by "Cloverfield" scribe Drew Goddard.

'The Dark Tower' Dies, As Universal Pulls The Plug On Ambitious Multi-Platform Adaptation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 18, 2011 12:24 PM
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"The Dark Tower" has crumbled to the ground.

Chris Hemsworth Will Feel The 'Rush' As Formula 1 Driver James Hunt In Ron Howard Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 12:35 PM
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It has been quite the journey for Chris Hemsworth from his days on the Aussie soap "Home And Away." He proved himself capable of carrying a comic movie with charm and charisma to spare with "Thor" and he's got a slate of projects on the way including "The Cabin In The Woods," "Red Dawn," "The Avengers" and "Snow White And The Huntsman." It's certainly a blockbuster loaded slate, but the actor has been making strides into more dramatic fare as well. He's attached to the black ops thriller "Shadow Runner" and he's now taking the pole position on a film that has been gaining a lot of steam.

But Of Course: 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Is The First Of A Planned Trilogy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 11:12 AM
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There are many arguments to be made that "Star Wars" ruined the movies, but one of the more persuasive is the way that it popularized the idea of the trilogy. George Lucas didn't invent the concept (that would have been the Ancient Greeks, thank you), but by making both the original films and the prequels, he popularized the concept, ensuring that almost any hit film would be intended as only the first part of three films, each one bigger than the last. And to a degree, it makes sense: it mirrors the three act structure that virtually every screenplay uses as a template, enabling a complete story with ups and downs to be told over a longer running time.

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