Jenk­ins takes on Thor

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HOL­LY­WOOD has signed up its first fe­male di­rec­tor for a ma­jor su­per­hero movie.

Mar­vel Stu­dios an­nounced last week that Patty Jenk­ins will di­rect Thor 2, the se­quel to last sum­mer’s hit that is due in the­atres Nov 15, 2013.

Jenk­ins is best-known for writ­ing and di­rect­ing 2003’s Mon­ster, which earned Char­l­ize Theron the best-ac­tress Academy Award. Her cred­its also in­clude episodes of En­tourage and Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment.

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his ti­tle role in Thor 2 as the Norse god of thun­der, with co-stars Natalie Port­man and Tom Hid­dle­ston also re­turn­ing.

The first Thor, di­rected by Ken­neth Branagh, took in US$448mil (RM1.34bil) world­wide.

An­other fe­male film­maker, Lexi Alexan­der, made the lower-bud­geted Mar­vel movie The Pun­isher: War Zone in 2008. But Jenk­ins is the first wo­man to di­rect a block­buster su­per­hero fran­chise. – AP

Bar­dem against Bond

HE’S known as a gen­uinely nice guy in Hol­ly­wood, but Os­car-win­ning Span­ish ac­tor Javier Bar­dem trans­forms into a vil­lain for the up­com­ing James Bond film, due in the­atres next year.

Bar­dem ap­peared for an in­ter­view on ABC News pro­gramme Night­line and con­firmed what had been ru­moured for months when he was asked by jour­nal­ist Chris­tiane Aman­pour about “the next vil­lain you are go­ing to play in James Bond.”

“I’m very ex­cited be­cause my par­ents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them so to play that is go­ing to be fun,” Bar­dem said. “They choose me to play this man, but I can­not give you many de­tails.”

Bar­dem, who is mar­ried to Span­ish ac­tress Pene­lope Cruz, is pretty good at be­ing bad. The last time he por­trayed a vil­lain was in dark drama No Coun­try For Old Men, and the role of a ma­ni­a­cal killer earned him an Os­car for best sup­port­ing ac­tor.

The up­com­ing thriller about the Bri­tish se­cret agent 007, be­ing called Bond 23 for now, is ex­pected to be re­leased in Novem­ber 2013. – Reuters

New ‘Die Hard’ movie

ISN’T it ro­man­tic? Fox has slated Die Hard 5 – now ti­tled A Good Day to Die Hard – for a Valen­tine’s Day 2013 re­lease. It’ll be the first Die Hard film to ar­rive in the win­ter in the United States.

Die Hard, the 1988 ac­tion thriller that pro­pelled Bruce Wil­lis to movie star­dom, came out on July 15. Die Hard 2: Die Harder was re­leased on July 6 two years later. Die Hard: With A Vengeance fol­lowed on May 19, five years later, and Live Free Or Die Hard was re­leased June 27, 2007.

The lat­est in­stal­ment will once again star Wil­lis as John Mc­Clane, an iron-tough New York cop. He has al­ready saved hostages from a Los An­ge­les of­fice build­ing, bat­tled merce­nar­ies who threaten to crash an air­plane, taken on In­ter­net ter­ror­ists and gone up against a bomber. This time, he’ll be in Rus­sia.

John Moore ( Max Payne, Be­hind En­emy Lines) is di­rect­ing. Alex Young is pro­duc­ing. The four pre­vi­ous Die Hard movies have grossed a to­tal of about US$530mil world­wide. – The Wrap/Reuters

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