Jenkins takes on Thor
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