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Composer Carter Burwell dropped out of “Thor: Dark World” citing creative differences. Burwell has scored every Spike Jonze film, “Twilight”, the upcoming “The Fifth Estate”, “Seven Psychopaths” and more. It’s a shame he dropped out, it would have been fun to see how he would have scored the film. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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“The Crow” is…

In recent months, several actors have been attached to “The Crow”. The list includes James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard but now reports are that Luke Evans is going to play the title character. Evans was the original choice, but because of scheduling conflicts, he backed out. Now the movie will be pushed to 2014 to accommodate his schedule. Evans can next be seen in “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here it is: The first trailer for Marvel Studio’s “Thor: Dark World”!

The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

What do you think?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Tom Hiddleston joins “Capa”

Looks like we’re getting another scenario of dueling projects. It was reported last year that Michael Mann (“Collateral”) was making a film called “Capa”, about renown war photographer Robert Capa starring Gemma Arterton and Andrew Garfield. Mann is developing a film, but not that one. He’s making a film about Capa called “Waiting for Robert Capa”. Arterton is starring in a film called “Capa” but without Garfield. Now reports are Arterton will star along side Tom Hiddleston, best known as Loki from “Thor”. Paul Andrew Williams is attached to direct the pair.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

While “Iron Man 3” is set to be a big blockbuster this summer, “Thor: Dark World” is a little more mysterious. Chris Hemsworth is of course back, Natalie Portman is returning as Jane and so is Tom Hiddleston as Loki. But director Kenneth Branagh did not return and “Game of Thrones” director Alan Taylor is in.

Here’s what producer Craig Kyle said about the film:

“By bringing director Alan Taylor into the mix, with his expertise on ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ we came up with a take that allows us to get more into the nooks and crannies of Asgard and its people. We spend more time on the ground with the commoners, as opposed to in the palace.

We do know that Christopher Eccleston is playing Malekith and leading the Dark Elves and that a second villain named Algrim the Strong plays a big role. Kyle also said in the interview that the film will open with the Marauders invading Asgard. Now, the Marauders show up in X-Men stories a lot and, according to some sources, also appear as human terrorists and Hawkeye and Gwen Stacey team up to stop them. Which means unless a miracle deal happens between Disney, Fox and Sony they will likely be very different than what they are in the comics.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Kat Dennings as Darcy in the first “Thor”, directed by Kenneth Brannagh, was one of the pleasant surprises of the film. She provided some of the funniest one liners, though her role was pretty much limited to that. Dennings confirmed she will be back for “Thor: The Dark World” and will see an expanded role. What that means remains to be seen. But, I hope director Alan Taylor can give her some substance. She’s a talented actress. The sequel, which hits theaters in November of 2013. will see Chris Hemsworth return as Thor as well as Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Natalie Portman. Dennigns can currently be seen on the show “2 Broke Girls”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Thor 2” has added Mads Mikkelsen to the cast, joining Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and premusably Tom Hiddleston in the sequel. Mikkelsen is probably best known to American audiences for his work in “Casino Royale” but he’s also appeared in “Clash of the Titans”, “King Arthur” and “Valhalla Rising”. He will play an unspecified role. Hemsworth recently gave an interview saying the villain won’t be Thanos.

“Iron Man 3” already has Ben Kingsley as an unspecified (cough, Mandarin) villain. But, it looks like Ashley Hamilton is in talks to play Firepower. Form the quick research I did, Firepower is a friend of Tony Stark’s who is the pilot of an experimental suit.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The first summer movie event of the year is here. Director Joss Whedon looks to create the ultimate super hero movie with “The Avengers”. Does it Hulk smash the competition? Or is this one colossal sized disappointment?

The Good

Take heart fans. “The Avengers” is an excellent film for the most part. “The Avengers” is an example of where the sum is truly greater than its parts. Whedon clearly knows how to craft a servicable action scene, but the movie really shines is in its dialogue between the heros. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) once again has a lot of the funniest lines. Unlike in “Iron Man 2” his dialogue didn’t seem as forced. And, whether he’s insulting Thor ‘s appearance and manner of speech (Chris Hemsworth) by calling him “Point Break” and “Shakespeare in the park” or trying to provoke Bruce Banner/the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) or just arguing with Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) it’s some of the more entertaining moments of the film.

By now, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, the trailers give away that there’s some fighting amongst themselves. And, though we do get to see the heros physically fight, the most entertaining and I’d argue most tense scene is when all the heros plus Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are arguing while…well I won’t spoil anything in case you haven’t seen it.

In a cast of larger than life characters, it’s Mark Ruffalo who stole the show for me. His understated performance was a breath of fresh air in over the top characters. But, the best parts of the movie is seeing each character’s personalities clash. There’s some true tension here and I would argue there’s more tension in these scenes than in any of the film’s set pieces. That’s the beauty of the film. The verbal sparring stands just as tall as the physical action. There’s a focus on character here instead of just rushing everybody to battle.

The plot is simple and predictable, but I suppose that’s ok because really all Whedon needs is an excuse to assemble everybody. There’s lots of action here. Tom Hiddelston does an alright job as Loki. He’s allowed to be much more sinister in this film than in “Thor”. The set pieces have some great effects and it’s always fun to see the heros fight each other play out on screen. The script is fantastic. The movie gets more intentional laughs than a lot of comedies do these days, which is a major credit to everyone involved.

The Bad

What? There’s bad about “The Avengers”? Look, the good far outweighs the bad, but this film doesn’t reinvent the wheel. This didn’t do what “The Dark Knight” did for comic book films. While the climactic battle at the end of the film is certainly exciting and the action scenes throughout are entertaining, it never kicks it into high gear. None of the action scenes were particularly amazing to me. They were good, don’t get me wrong, but I was kind of hoping for more. More tension in the final battle, a showdown where the Avengers aren’t just taking out a bunch of grunts and battle sequences that raised the bar a notch. Instead, we get aliens invading a major city. I mean, to be honest, in the first “Transformers” and heck even the third “Transformers” I saw battle scenes just as entertaining.

Also, I never really got a sense of a major threat. Yes, I know Others were coming. But, none of the enemies ever seemed to pose a real threat. I just kept waiting for it to take it to the next level. None of the action really elicited a big response from me. It was all just like things I’ve seen before. That would normally be ok in a film like this, but since all the acting was spot on and the script fantastic, the action really became the weakest part of the film. In the end, I was a tad let down that I’m not even sure this is the best Marvel comic film I’ve seen. I would still make a case for “Spider-Man 2”.

The Final Word

Even though it doesn’t necessarily take the comic book movie to new heights, it is an enormously entertaining, funny and fantastic film. “The Avengers” is a great way to kick the summer movie season off and, for the most part, it lives up to the hype. It may not be the instant classic the pre-release excitement would have you believe, but as far as standard super hero films go, this one is one of the best.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the Japanese trailer for Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers” coming out this May 4th.

This film keeps looking better and better to me. I know all the rage is going to be “The Dark Knight Rises” and this is a flawed theory, but based on the trailers, I’m so much more excited for “The Avengers” than “TDKR” it’s not even close. Anyways, the anticipated film stars Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow).

Also, look for a certain cameo from a character people should be familiar with from some of the Marvel Studio films.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here is the newest trailer for the highly anticipated “Marvel’s The Avengers” starring Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johnasson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston.

http://comingsoon.springboardplatform.com/mediaplayer/springboard/video/cs006/71/448811/

The film brings together Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America and others as they join forces to try and save Earth.

All I can say is, I really hope this film doesn’t disappoint me. I’ll probably be chastised for this, but I’m looking forward to this film much more than “The Dark Knight Rises”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.