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Chris Hemsworth Marvels At 'Avengers' Success...

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth spoke with our friends at MTV News after a long day of work in London shooting "Thor: The Dark World." The Aussie chatted "Avengers," and talked Thor, and more.

MTV: You had another hell of a year, Chris. Congratulations. "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Red Dawn" and, of course "The Avengers." We at MTV News are very much thankful for how well that film turned out.

Chris Hemsworth: Thank you and thanks to all the fans who supported us.

MTV: Were you confident during the making of the movie that it was going to turn out as well as it did?

Hemsworth: No! There was a lot of uncertainty, because there is no sure formula to it. This was so big and there were so many elements and so much green screen. It was hard to grasp exactly what this was and what it was going to be. I remember [Robert] Downey [Jr.] and I were talking during the shoot going, "I don't know how this going to turn out." And then at the premiere when it was being so well-received, we were like, " Oh my God, we pulled it off! Who would have thought ... " You just never know.

MTV: Are there any films you are particularly thankful for this year?

Hemsworth: I hadn't read the "Hunger Games" book but was blown away by the film. "Dark Knight Rises"; Chris Nolan's a genius. That's someone I would love to get another opportunity to work with. Have you seen "Rust & Bone"?

MTV: Yes. Marion Cotillard is amazing in it.

Hemsworth: Oh my God. I think it's one of my favorite movies ever. I was just blown away by that film. I loved the truth and honesty about it. It was raw.

MTV: How is "Thor" going this time around?

Hemsworth: We have six weeks to go to shoot. This is the trickiest bit, because you can go, "Oh, yeah, we're past the halfway mark!" which isn't a good idea, because you're not finished yet. You sort of get that second wind about now or you hope to and push on through. But it's been great. The look of the film is a lot bigger than what we did even previously. The first one worked and people loved it, but this is with a different director and just has a totally different feel. There's a definite "Game of Thrones" vibe thanks to [director] Alan [Taylor].

MTV: Have the relationships between Thor and Jane and Loki progressed significantly?

Hemsworth: Definitely. For Thor and Jane, there are some unanswered questions now, since obviously he didn't stop in and catch up with her in "Avengers." Thor might have some explaining to do in this one.

MTV: I hadn't thought of that. Is Jane bitter that her boyfriend didn't bother to say hi during all that craziness?

Hemsworth: [Laughs.] I know, right? Where the hell have you been? There's some fun to be had with that. And with Loki, we get down to the major bones of our conflict with everything that's come from "Thor" to "Avengers" to now.

MTV: Your next project is "Robopocalypse" with Steven Spielberg. I'd imagine that's hugely exciting for you.

Hemsworth: Yeah! No one does sci-fi better than him. It was a no-brainer. And then I read the script and was even more excited if that's possible.

MTV: Have you heard anything about a "Snow White" sequel or spin-off lately?

Hemsworth: Honestly, I've heard the same things you've heard. I think if there's an appetite for the sequel, they'll get one going, but there's nothing official yet. I had a great time making the last one, so who knows?

MTV: With all of these franchises, do you have room for one more? "Star Wars" is gearing up again!

Hemsworth: Oh man, I love those films. That's the sort of bread and butter of my film experience as a kid. I would love to work on something like that. I also loved "Lord of the Rings." I would have loved to have done something in that world.

‘Thor: The Dark World’ Villains May Have Been Revealed...

A stuntman working on the film told IReviewToo, via ComingSoon..."The other day for example, this is quite random but I was working on Thor 2. I had a load of stunt guys in and the director came in and he said ‘Look, we want you all to be elves,’ and I was like ‘What the hell is an elf anyway?’ and he said ‘I want you all to walk around like these supernatural animals,’ honestly it was the most ridiculous thing ever but you just have to not be self aware and get on with it."


'Iron Man 3' is 'not a serious movie', says producer But it will 'seriously dig' into the character of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr...

Iron Man 3 began shooting in North Carolina over the summer. It will be Robert Downey Jr's fourth outing as Tony Stark, a billionaire inventor who creates a powered suit of armour and turns himself into a superhero. He previously played Stark in 2008's Iron Man, 2010's Iron Man 2 and this year's The Avengers.

Last month (October 2012), the first Iron Man 3 trailer was unveiled. After watching it, fans began speculating that the new movie could be darker and less comic than its predecessors.

However, new comments from franchise producer Kevin Feige seem to dismiss these suggestions. Feige told The West Australian: "It's not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony. The trick is just trying to make great movies. We try to make them all great, all different and all fresh. What you'll see in Iron Man 3 is some very unique directions that were taken."

Meanwhile, director Shane Black revealed that Iron Man 3 will not try to compete with The Avengers in terms of scale. He explained: "We're not aiming for bigger, necessarily. We're aiming for different and fresh and new. It's all about capturing that lightning-in-a-bottle feel, about trying to get as much into this as we can. We're looking to get a tonne of thrills into a short space, to make a nice little stew for you."

Iron Man 3 is scheduled for release next May (2013). It also stars Ben Kingsley as Stark's nemesis, The Mandarin, and Guy Pearce as another villain. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are both reprising their roles from previous Iron Man movies, but Scarlett Johansson, who appeared as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, is not returning this time.


Hugh Jackman to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame...

Jackman, everyones favorite Wolverine, has about 2 weeks until he puts his claws into the Hollywood Hall of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday the Australian actor will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"Fans from around the world have been consistently asking when this star will be dedicated," Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez said.

"We are happy to say that now is the time. Hugh is one of the world's most popular actors and we are excited that he is joining our Walk of Fame family."

The 44-year-old is a Tony Award winner and a big tip to score an Oscar nomination for his performance opposite Russell Crowe in the new adaptation of the stage musical Les Miserables.

However, Jackman already has some Hollywood Boulevard real estate.

In 2009, about 20 metres away from where his star will be laid, Jackman got stuck into wet concrete outside the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre, leaving hand and footprints alongside the likes of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and Bing Crosby.

Jackman has built up a huge following for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, including the spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Jackman has just wrapped the shooting for another chapter, The Wolverine, in Sydney. The star ceremony will take place on December 13.


Stern Pinball Celebrates The Avengers Motion Picture with New Machine...

Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's leading maker of real pinball games, announced today the release of The Avengers pinball machine. The newest member of the Stern collection memorializes The Avengers, a franchise that has remained a staple in pop culture since it first appeared as a comic book series in 1963. The Avengers will join Stern's revolutionary line-up of comic inspired machines including X-Men, Spiderman, Iron Man and Batman.

For almost 50 years The Avengers have delighted fans through comic books, television series and movies. Stern is thrilled to bring the franchise to pinball and provide fans with a new medium through which to enjoy The Avengers. The machine features a dynamic setting that incorporates six iconic Avenger heroes: Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Players help The Avengers assemble to defeat the notorious villain Loki. The Avengers pinball features an animated twisting and pounding custom molded HULK, drop targets and a spinning cube bonus, in addition to plenty of multiball action.

"Throughout the years The Avengers have cultivated a loyal and energetic fan base," said Gary Stern, founder, CEO and Chairman of Stern Pinball. "Stern is pleased to have the opportunity to give these fans an Avengers pinball game to enjoy for years to come."

The Avengers game continues both the Stern Pinball and the Stern family tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old. The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Stern passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary Stern who founded Stern Pinball. Today pinball remains one of America's favorite pastimes.

Pricing and Availability:

Avengers Pro: $5699 MSRP (USD) Avengers LE: $8099 MSRP HULK LE: $8099 MSRP Avengers Premium: Pricing available in 2013

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Stern Pinball, Inc., located just outside Chicago, Illinois, designs and manufactures arcade-quality pinball games. Stern is the only maker of full-sized, arcade quality pinball games on the planet and has released many popular titles including Xmen, AC/DC, Transformers, Avatar, The Rolling Stones, Iron Man, Tron and many more. Stern's games continue to be enjoyed by both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe. For more information, please visit www.sternpinball.com


‘King Kong’ Producer Eyeing Spider-Man’s Broadway Lair...

Will King Kong be fighting Spider-Man for Broadway’s Foxwoods Theater in the near future?

The producer of the big-budget Australian musical “King Kong,” which is scheduled to open in Melbourne in June, is eyeing the Foxwoods Theater – a cavernous venue that has the most seats of any Broadway house – as the ideal place to land the show in New York, perhaps as early as 2014, according to three theater producers familiar with discussions about a Broadway outing for “King Kong.”

Only a handful of Broadway theaters are big enough to accommodate the large-scale “King Kong,” which has a reported budget of more than $30 million, not to mention the one-ton, 20-foot tall silverback Kong. And the Foxwoods is regarded as the best equipped given its enormous backstage space and state-of-the-art technology now being used for its current tenant, the $75 million musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

“King Kong” would be the biggest spectacle – and probably the biggest budget – on Broadway since “Spider-Man.” Yet the producers of “Spider-Man” said in an interview this week that they have no plans to vacate the Foxwoods anytime soon.

The crux of the matter is ticket sales for “Spider-Man.” The show opened in June 2011 to negative reviews but has since became a favorite show of many children and families, and set the record for the highest weekly gross ever on Broadway — $2.94 million – between last Christmas and New Year’s. But the box office for “Spider-Man” has cooled a bit recently: Thanksgiving week was down 17 percent from the comparable week in 2011.

“Spider-Man” is still regularly among the top 5 on Broadway, grossing about $1.5 million a week on average, yet its profit margin is relatively modest because the weekly running costs of the elaborate production are so high, at more than $1 million a week.

The general manager of the Foxwoods Theater, Erich Jungwirth, said in an interview this week that he had been contacted by the “King Kong” producer, Carmen Pavlovic of the company Global Creatures, and discussed the show and the possibility of a booking in the Foxwoods. Mr. Jungwirth said that while he thought much of the “King Kong” designs and artistry were “beautiful,” and that its giant gorilla puppetry could be “a fascinating fit” in the Foxwoods, the theater was committed to “Spider-Man.” He added that he was not concerned about softening ticket sales for the show.

“I’m more bullish than some others about ‘Spider-Man’ and think it could run on Broadway for more than just a couple of more years,” Mr. Jungwirth said. “If ‘King Kong’ is a success in Australia in mid-2013, it’s not crazy to think that it will show up on Broadway sometime in 2014, and I don’t see the Foxwoods being available in 2014.” (full story at The New York Times: ArtsBeat)


Whedon to reunite with his Avengers for sequel...

Joss Whedon will return to write and direct a sequel to The Avengers, Bob Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney, has announced.

The superhero movie, made by Disney's Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, is one of the biggest hits in modern Hollywood history, with global ticket sales in excess of $US1.46 billion.

The film's ticket sales of $US616.8 million in the US make it the third-highest-grossing film of all time, trailing just Avatar and Titanic in non-inflation-adjusted dollars.

Iger made the announcement in a conference call with analysts to discuss the media company's third-quarter earnings, which were up 24 per cent thanks in part to theme park results and Avengers income.

He also said Whedon is developing a Marvel-themed, live-action television series for US network ABC.

The Avengers sequel has not yet been dated, but Disney is already set to release two movies from Marvel Entertainment in 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, meaning the next Avengers film will likely come out in 2015. LA TIMES



Hugh Jackman In Talks For ‘X Men: Days Of Future Past’...

Hugh Jackman has a big year in store with Oscar front-runner Les Miserables and his sixth appearance as Logan in The Wolverine. But is six times enough? Certainly not, the actor is currently in talks to reprise his most famous role for a seventh time in Fox’s X Men: Days OF Future Past. Those who caught First Class will have noticed Jackman’s cameo where he politely declined joining the team. How big his role is this time is not clear, but the timing of the announcement suggests it will be considerably larger.

Days Of Future Past is ostensibly the sequel to First Class, but with a storyline that weaves between the present and the future it promises to include many of the original cast as well, as evidenced by the earlier news that Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will also be returning as Magneto and Charles Xavier respectively.

The 1981 comic story dealt with a dystopian alternative future in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into her younger, present-day self, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria.

The movie is set for release in July 2014 and will be directed by series veteran Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-Men 2, Superman Returns). Returning cast include Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.


Marvel Entertainment Movies: Amazing Spider-Man, Thor 2, The Avengers Et Al Boost Popularity Of Marvel Slot Games...

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