It's Hammer Time! "Thor" Smashes Competition with $66M Opening! 


What a way to kick off the summer movie season! "Thor" debuted with a thunderous $66 million opening, easily winning the box-office weekend. ("Thor" Movie Review)

Based on the Marvel comic, the 3D action adventure starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins, outdistanced fellow new arrivals such as "Jumping the Broom" and "Something Borrowed." ("Thor" interviews with Chris Hemsworth, director Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, and Jaimie Alexander)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Fast Five," fell to No. 2 with a still-respectable $32.5 million for a total of $140 million in just 10 days!

Meanwhile, "Jumping the Broom" starring Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine opened at No. 3 with $13.7 which was higher than studio expectations.

At No. 4 was the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed" based on the popular novel by Emily Giffin starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Colin Egglesfield, and John Krasinski. "Something Borrowed" opened with $13.2 million which met Warner Bros' expectations. ("Something Borrowed" interviews with Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski, and author Emily Giffin)

In limited release was Summit Entertainment's "The Beaver" starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. The actress also directed the movie which only made $104,000 at 22 theaters.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of May 6th:

1. "Thor," $66 million.
2. "Fast Five," $32.5 million.
3. "Jumping the Broom," $13.7 million.
4. "Something Borrowed," $13.2 million.
5. "Rio," $8.2 million.
6. "Water for Elephants," $5.6 million.
7. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," $3.9 million.
8. "Prom," $2.4 million.
9. "Soul Surfer," $2.1 million.
10. "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil," $1.9 million.

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"Thor" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does the God of Thunder Deserve? 


(For my interview with Chris Hemsworth click here; Kenneth Branagh here; Tom Hiddleston here; Kat Dennings here; Jaimie Alexander here

Here's more "Thor" info from Yahoo:

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/ Fantasy and Adaptation

In Theaters: May 6th, 2011

MPAA: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.

Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is cast down to Earth among humans where learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Cast & Crew

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Joshua Dallas, Rene Russo

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

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Thor Speaks! My Fun Interview with Chris Hemsworth for "Thor!" 


I was very happy to finally meet Chris Hemsworth. I first took notice of the actor as Captain Kirk's daddy in 2009's "Star Trek," and I was very glad that he's finally starring in his own big movie as the god of thunder, "Thor!" In this interview, we talked about:

Why he's perfect to play the part
What went through his head when he heard that he got the part?
What attracted him to the film?
The great scene between he and Anthony Hopkins, who plays his father Odin, when he is banished to Midgard. It's a heartbreaking scene with a great anecdote
How he prepared for the role both physically and emotionally
Was he a fan of Thor growing up?
Working on "Thor" as a blank canvass
I predict he'll be a major star by the end of the summer -- is he prepared?



Here's more "Thor" info from Yahoo:

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/ Fantasy and Adaptation

In Theaters: May 6th, 2011

MPAA: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.

Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is cast down to Earth among humans where learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Cast & Crew

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Joshua Dallas, Rene Russo

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

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Director Kenneth Branagh Talks About "Thor" 


Director Kenneth Branagh Talks About "Thor"
It was truly a blessing meeting Kenneth Branagh, the Shakespearan expert who's making his superhero movie for the very first time! Branagh made the material work! His knowledge of characterizations and pacing did wonders for "Thor!" In this interview, we talked about:

Why he's a god in my book
How was he able to make a big blockbuster!
The big action scenes versus the smaller, quieter moments in "Thor"
How he balanced the big and the small scenes
How he zeroed in on Chris Hemsworth to play his Nordic god
"Thor" is steeped in Shakespearean tropes, is that why Branagh was interested in making the movie?
Fritz Lang would have been proud with his set design -- what/who were his other influences?



Here's more "Thor" info from Yahoo:

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/ Fantasy and Adaptation

In Theaters: May 6th, 2011

MPAA: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.

Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is cast down to Earth among humans where learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Cast & Crew

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Joshua Dallas, Rene Russo

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

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Tom Hiddleston (LOKI) Talks About "Thor" 


I loved meeting Tom Hiddleston, he was sweet and very smart in person! And in the film, he did something short of miraculous -- he made Loki both cool and complex. In this interview, we talked about:

Where I bought my "Thor" T-shirt LOL
What attracted him to making the film
Was the journey all worth it?
His character Loki, the agent of chaos
How was it working with director Kenneth Branagh?
Was he a fan of "Thor" growing up?
His message to the little Tom Hiddleston about playing a Marvel character



Here's more "Thor" info from Yahoo:

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/ Fantasy and Adaptation

In Theaters: May 6th, 2011

MPAA: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.

Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is cast down to Earth among humans where learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Cast & Crew

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Joshua Dallas, Rene Russo

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

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