Chris hemsworth

Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

Have movie­go­ers tastes changed that much? The 2016 film re­lease sched­ule re­veals 15 doc­u­men­taries and 10 su­per­hero movies. The doc­u­men­taries range from O.J Simp­son, Frank Zappa, Nor­man Lear and An­thony Weiner to en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change, stem-cell re­search, an­i­mal rights and cy­ber war­fare. On the su­per­hero side, we’ll be bar­raged with “Cap­tain Amer­ica”, “X-Men,” “Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Turtles,” “In­de­pen­dence Day,” “Tarzan,” “Sui­cide Squad,” “Doc­tor Strange,” “Rogue One” and “As­sas­sin’s Creed.”

Along those lines, Chris Hemsworth has had a rocky road as a head­liner when his films weren’t su­per­hero-ori­ented. In 2012, he had four films: “Cabin in the Woods,” which made $36.5 mil­lion above cost; “Avengers,” which made $1.5 bil­lion; “Snow White and the Hunts­man,” which grossed $133 mil­lion and “Red Dawn,” which lost $17 mil­lion. In 2013, he had “Rush,” which made a $59 mil­lion profit, and “Thor: The Dark World,” which brought in $475 mil­lion. In 2015, “Black­hat” lost $50 mil­lion, “Avengers: Age of Ul­tron” made $1.5 bil­lion, while “In the Heart of the Sea” tanked, los­ing $5 mil­lion. His lat­est, “The Hunts­man: Win­ter’s War,” is off to a bad start, earn­ing only $110 mil­lion of its $115 mil­lion cost.

Chris has won awards for his work: a 2012 Teen Choice Award (sum­mer movie star -- male) and a 2013 Peo­ple’s Choice Award (fa­vorite ac­tion-movie star) for “The Avengers” and “Snow White and the Hunts­man,” and a 2013 MTV award (for best fight, in “The Avengers”). The pub­lic has spo­ken! They want him su­per-sized! Su­per­hero films are usu­ally in IMAX and 3D, and it would ap­pear that movie­go­ers only to go to the­aters to see what they can’t get on their elec­tronic de­vices.

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“Cas­tle” is go­ing for a 10-episode ninth sea­son, but with­out its fe­male star, Stana Katic. Re­ports say she wasn’t of­fered another con­tract, but since both she and Nathan Fil­lion are listed as pro­duc­ers, shouldn’t they have had a united front? The show mon­keyed around with their re­la­tion­ship (to help rat­ings?), but it didn’t work. So ex­pect her be killed off. And what’s with Fil­lion and those AAG re­verse-mort­gage com­mer­cials? He’s 45 years old try­ing to ap­peal to the over-60 crowd. Did they think gray­ing his hair would ac­com­plish that? Re­ally!

Do we re­ally need another pro­duc­tion of “Hair­spray,” this time live on NBC with Har­vey Fier­stein (in drag, as Edna Turn­blad), Martin Short (Wil­bur), Jen­nifer Hud­son (Mo­tor Mouth May­belle) and Derek Hough (Corny Collins). I don’t know, John Tra­volta, Christo­pher Walken, Queen Lat­i­fah and James Mars­den are still fresh in my mind. Too much hair­spray is bad for the ozone!

Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos

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