Thor finally gets a director, maybe

After director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) bailed out to helm Kick-Ass and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) threw his name in the mix, another filmmaker is now attached to Marvel Studios’ forthcoming adaptation of the comic book Thor, one that is the most unusual and the most interesting.

Indeed it’s none other than Northern Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing), who is probably being sought for his strong affinity with shakespearean themes, which are apparently prominent in the comic. If this pans out, I’m convinced Branagh could churn out an amazing film.

Thor will be firmly set in the same continuity as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and other forthcoming Marvel films, and like those movies will lead into the planned 2011 The Avengers movie. Thor will be released in 2010. The screenplay was written by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend).

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Christmas Trailers: Four Christmases & Nothing Like The Holidays

The end of year is looming so naturally, Christmas-themed movies! Both these films deal with holiday family reunions with Four Christmases taking the more comedic gag approach and Nothing Like The Holidays appearing to be more of the “heartwarming” type of movie. While both films look nice, I’d say I have a preference for the less commercial Nothing Like The Holidays. Tell me what you think in the comments. 

Four Christmases

Four Christmases is directed by Seth Gordon (The King Of Kong) and written by newcomers Matt R. Allen & Caleb Wilson with Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (Rebound). It stars Vince Vaughn (Fred Claus), Reese Witherspoon (Rendition), Robert Duvall (We Own The Night), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Sissy Spacek (Hot Rod) and country singer Tim McGraw (The Kingdom) among others. It premiers in the US on Novmber 26th.

Nothing Like The Holidays

Nothing Like The Holidays is directed by Alfredo De Villa (Adrift In Manhattan) and written by Rick Najera (1 episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Alison Swan (Mixing Nia) and newcomer Ted Perkins. It stars John Leguizamo (Righteous Kill), Alfred Molina (Silk), Freddy Rodriguez (Grindhouse), Jay Hernandez (Lakeview Terrace) and Luis Guzmán (Cleaner) among others. It premieres in the US on October 12th and was previously titled Humboldt Park.

Y: The Last Man to be in IMAX?

Following The Dark Knight‘s acclaimed use of IMAX for certain key scenes, it seems Hollywood believes the future of cinema lies in the super big screen. First, Iron Man director Jon Favreau expressed his wish to shoot part of Shellhead’s sequel in the format, and now it’s D.J. Caruso’s (Disturbia) turn for his forthcoming adaptation of Y: The Last Man.

According to Wikipedia, Y: The Last Man is “about the only man to survive the mysterious simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth”. The adaptation was penned by Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth and will reunite Caruso with star Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) for the third time.

As you may or may not know, IMAX screens are much more square-shaped than “normal” ones, with an aspect ratio of 143/100 as compared to 185/100 which is the standard for most films these days. I wasn’t lucky enough to catch The Dark Knight in IMAX but a lot of people who did insist it is truly amazing to behold. From what I understand, the image would expand for certain scenes, offering the viewer a greater immersion into the film. So sure, why not?

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Eva Longoria for Wasp?

Overrated beauty Eva Longoria (ABC’s Desperate Housewives) has recently visited Marvel Studios’ offices, leaving with a bunch of comic books and a business card, and apparently many believe she’s in talks to play Wasp/Janet Van Dyne in the forthcoming Avengers movie planned for 2011 and set up by various other comic book films such as Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Wasp is one of the first Avengers and a character I’ve surprisingly absolutely never heard of before. According to Wikipedia, Wasp’s abilities include size manipulation, flight, bio-electric energy blasts and telepathic insect control… Eva Longoria is certainly sexy enough (at least with makeup on) but what do you think? Are you looking forward to Eva floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee?

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Actors set to Stare At Goats

Kevin Spacey (21), Ewan McGregor (Deception) and Jeff Bridges (Iron Man) have joined George Clooney (Leatherheads) among the cast of Men Who Stare At Goats, the feature length directing debut for Clooney’s buddy Grant Heslov (screenwriter of Good Night, And Good Luck).

Contrarily to some reports, Men Who Stare At Goats is NOT based on a true story, rather it is inspired by a non-fiction book by Welsh journalist/documentarian Jon Ronson (Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes) exploring paranormal military programs and psychological techniques used for interrogation. The title is a reference to attempts to kill goats by simply staring at them.

McGregor will play Bob Wilton, a journalist who meets Clooney’s character Lyn Cassady, a soldier with supernatural powers. Together they go to Iraq and meet up with Cassady’s boss Bill Django, played by Bridges, and Larry Hooper, a supernatural prison warden portrayed by Spacey. Men Who Stare At Goats will be released in 2010.

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Iron Man 2 in IMAX 3D?

Iron Man director Jon Favreau wants to follow in The Dark Knight‘s footsteps and shoot part of the sequel with IMAX cameras. As you may or may not know, IMAX screens are much more square-shaped than “normal” ones, with an aspect ratio of 143/100 as compared to 185/100 which is the standard for most films these days.

I wasn’t lucky enough to catch The Dark Knight in IMAX but a lot of people who did insist it is truly amazing to behold. From what I understand, the image would expand for certain scenes, offering the viewer a greater immersion into the film. Once again I haven’t experienced it, so I can’t really comment, but if it is as good as they say, then awesome I guess.

Additionally, Favreau says he’d love for Iron Man 2 to go 3D, which I really don’t think is a good idea. I’m strongly opposed to the idea that 3D is the future of cinema. I enjoy 3D films when they come out, but I am a firm believer than 2D is capable of drawing in the viewer much better than 3D, strangely enough.

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Please no: Gwyneth Paltrow to unleash fitness DVD?!

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man) is set to join the ranks of Carmen Electra, Anna Kournikova and Cindy Crawford by releasing a brand new fitness DVD. Yes, you read that right.

“She will show what she does each day to stay slim – mostly pilates, yoga and resistance training.”

Wow-wee! So basically: What? Why? Hello no! Keep in mind that the source is British tabloid The Sun, not exactly known for the accuracy of its reports, so this may thankfully not be true. Paltrow will next be seen in the romantic drama Two Lovers opposite Joaquin Phoenix (We Own The Night). The film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released around the world starting November.

Would you like to see a Gwyneth Paltrow exercise vid? Maybe Coldplay can do the sountrack!

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