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04/19/2007


Chinese Theater Mistakenly Uses Homoerotic, Fan-Made 'Thor' Poster as Ad for the New Film

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A Shanghai cinema learned a lesson in using internet images as official theater advertisement when it accidentally assumed this gay, slash fiction image was an authentic Thor: The Dark World poster.

As The Atlantic Wire puts it, "This is where we chime in with a joke about Asgard, right?"


Chris Hemsworth Explains Why Thor Takes His Shirt Off: VIDEO

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As the release date for "Thor: The Dark World" approaches, we can expect an onslaught of (hopefully positive) reviews and critiques. The folks at MTV had something else on their mind, though--we think you might, too. It turns out that Chris Hemsworth, the Thunder God himself, has a gratuitous shirtless scene near the beginning of the film. Why? We say, why not?

MTV reports:

Though it could have been confused as pure fangirl service, the scene was actually the brainchild of Marvel consigliere Joss Whedon, who thought the movie was missing a little something special.

"That [scene] kind of came from Joss actually. He just said that there needed to be something romantic in there," Hemsworth said. "Then he said, 'Chris, get your shirt off.' I said, 'Well, I don't know. What's the why? What are we doing?' The justification was that it was him coming home from battle, washing blood off his hands. It is what it is. How to weigh into that without sounding like an idiot?"

Thanks, Joss! 

Are you going to see "Thor: The Dark World" after its release on November 8th? Have Chris's abs lured you in?

Watch the short but sweet interview with Hemsworth, AFTER THE JUMP...

And just in case you need a reminder from the last film:

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Thor's Massive Hammer Comes Down in New Trailer: VIDEO

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Chris Hemsworth picks up his mighty hammer again for Thor: The Dark World. Co-starring Natalie Portman.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Movies: Is 'Snow White' The Fairest of Them All?

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Q: Mirror Mirror who is the fairest of them all? A: Charlize Theron, duh!

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS

YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION

"Fairy tale revisionism" has been rapidly climbing the Hollywood Idea Chart. In the past few years we've seen Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel in Tangled, Red Riding Hood, and Snow White in Mirror Mirror (reviewed here).  There are several more on the way including Angelina Jolie as Maleficent terrorizing Sleeping Beauty Elle Fanning. This weekend Snow White returned to theaters for the second time in three months. Her timing is apt since the apple-munching princess is celebrating her 75th big screen anniversary (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937). Why so many fairy tales? Modern Hollywood thrives on branding so the more familiar the movie before it arrives the better. And what's more familiar than fairy tales?

Tale as old as time. 
True as it can be…  ♫

Oops wrong fairy tale. Regret to inform that SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN does not have a theme song sung by Angela Lansbury but let's borrow that song anyway since its such an earworm. This new Snow White movie does have a theme song but it's a less catchy dirge-like ballad. One of the seven dwarves coughs it out at a funeral until Florence and the Machine take over on the soundtrack as the heroes rise up against evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) in montage. 

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. 

If you can suspend your disbelief that Kristen Stewart is "the fairest of all them all" in a beauty contest with Charlize Theron, READ ON AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Armenian Bar, Trayvon Details, Virginia, Mary Kennedy

ShemarMoore 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Does a baby make a man more attractive? In the case of Chris Hemsworth, yes.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Underwear designer Andrew Christian has a potentially NSFW video to sell his wares, though I guarantee you'll be looking at more than just undies.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Here are some updates on the Trayvon Martin shooting case, including a rundown of the dead 17-year old's injuries.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Mariah on Mariah, and only Mariah.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Mary Kennedy, estranged wife of RFK Jr., has died of yet-to-be-determined causes.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Shemar Moore reminds us all why we should miss him whenever he's not in our thoughts.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Howard Dean was on the phone with a Canadian radio station when he was in a car accident. The former Vermont governor and DNC chair is a-okay, though.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi DC Comics rejected these products for the forthcoming Before Watchmen series.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A persistent and misleading question: "Will Gay Marriage Divide Black Electorate?"

Hotcoffee6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Analysis of a New York Times and CBS News poll: "A quarter of Americans would like to see some legal recognition for gay relationships, but would also prefer — again, if given the option — that such recognition not be described as a marriage."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Good on you to Hutchinson, Kansas, where the city council has voted to outlaw discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Obama Administration is not going to let GOP lawmakers push through discriminatory legislation. Zack Ford explains: "In its one Statement of Administration Policy, the White House outlined numerous reasons it opposes the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains a military “license to bully” provision and restricts same-sex marriages or similar ceremonies from being held on military bases. The other Statement of Administration Policy addressed the Violence Against Women Act, from which House Republicans stripped all protections for minority groups"

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Ousted Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich will not be running for office in Washington State.

ManhattanLight6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Drinking some hot Joe every morning may be good for your health. "Results show that death rates over a 13-year period among men and women who drank coffee decreased with a greater number of cups per day, up to six. The trend was seen for deaths from any cause, and from specific causes such as heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke and diabetes. This relationship, however, was not seen for those who died of cancer."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi An Armenian gay bar was torched in what appears to be an anti-gay attack.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi No Mitzvah: "[Israel's] Knesset voted down a bill on Wednesday that would allow same-sex, as well as interfaith couples to wed.  The legislation, by MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) opens the option of civil marriages for those who may not be wed according to halacha (Jewish law), as well as those who choose not to be married by the Chief Rabbinate. It was rejected, with 39 MKs opposed and 11 in favor."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Virginia Sen. Adam Ebbin says he is "ashamed and disgusted" by his state legislature's recent decision to reject openly gay prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland for a potential judgeship.


Now Playing: 'The Avengers'

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Roll Call: Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Captain America, and Iron Man 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS

If Agent Natasha Romanoff can interrupt an espionage interrogation to attend...

If Thor can find a way back to Earth without his rainbow bridge...

If Tony Stark can stop erecting enormous arguably phallic odes to himself for a moment...

If Captain America can get back in shape now that he's out of deep freeze...

And if Dr Bruce Banner can come out of self-imposed exile to join Marvel's THE AVENGERS, then I really ought to be able to revive this review column! Let's go.

After roughly four years of movie-length commercials for The Avengers (formerly known as: Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger) "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" have finally assembled. To fans of the superhero genre, this probably feels like an impossible dream realized. To non-fans of the superhero genre this might play like the perfect time for a showstopping climax -take a bow and give mere mortals some movies again! The latter group should brace themselves. This particular blockbuster is lively enough to greenlight an even bigger movie family of men (and hopefully some women) in tights.

Marvel wisely handed the reigns over to writer/director Joss Whedon who is still best known for creating one of the greatest TV shows of all time (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and who has only directed one previous feature (Serenity). Though I'm a big Whedon believer, the opening moments worried me. The film starts with a brief but dull outerspace prologue designed to tell us that the Earth will soon be threatened (Duh! The superheroes have to protect the world from something). Without context this unfortunately brings Green Lantern's information overload opening to mind though it's happily the last completely useless scene in the film. Once Loki (Tom Hiddleston) steals the glowing cube of power known as the Tesseract from Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) at S.H.I.E.L.D., the story is jolted to life. (Loki also steals Jeremy Renner but who wouldn't?)

Why is Hulk chasing The Black Widow ?

Superhero vs superhero and other visual wonders AFTER THE JUMP...

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