'Thor: Ragnarok' fan-favorite Korg was only supposed to be in 1 to 2 scenes until Chris Hemsworth 'cracked up' at Taika Waititi's improvised lines and suggested adding more
In a new behind-the-scenes book, Waititi opened up about how Korg became "this ridiculously prominent character" because of Hemsworth's suggestions.news.yahoo.com
'Reservation Dogs' smashes stereotypes of Indigenous people
Reservation Dogs-Series Sten Joddi, left, who plays Punkin Lusty, and D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, who plays Bear, in the new series "Reservation Dogs,' pose for pictures during the premier of the show at Circle Cinema in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Filmed entirely on the Muscogee Nation reservation in eastern Oklahoma, the network says the half-hour comedy is the first show on cable TV in which all the writers, directors and regular characters on the series are Indigenous. “Stepping on the set of ‘Reservation Dogs' and seeing my community around me, a community of fellow Indigenous folks from different backgrounds, it was truly being welcomed home. “The real value in this show and the representation is the authenticity of it," said Jason Salsman, a Muscogee Nation spokesman. That's welcome news for Oklahomans who work with the film industry, said Shane Brown, freelance photographer and videographer from Tulsa who was hired to work on “Reservation Dogs."wftv.com
The Latest: Billie Eilish wins record of the year at Grammys
Billie Eilish arrives at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)NEW YORK – The Latest on the Grammy Awards (all times local):8:45 p.m.Billie Eillish has won the Grammy Award for record of the year for the second straight year. Beyoncé broke the record with her victory Sunday night for best R&B performance for “Black Parade,” surpassing the 27 Grammys won by Alison Krauss. DaBaby says he “feels like it’s going to touch everybody.”Ad— Marcela Isaza at the Grammy Awards (@misaza)___3:15 p.m.Brandi Carlile is excited to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, even if there isn’t an audience. “Jojo Rabbit” and the “Joker” soundtrack also won Grammys in the segment of the show that awarded music created for visual media.
Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year
(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES – Yes, 2020 may seem like a complete fail with all the constant bad news and tragic moments. It’s been filled with gloom and doom(scrolling), but some celebrities and those inspired by them have tried to brighten a bleak year. He reassigned his 10 seamstresses in New York to produce thousands daily for health care workers on the frontlines. The singer and husband Emilio Estefan's restaurant Estefan Kitchen served up homemade meals for health care workers in Miami. The challenge coordinated offers by celebrities and athletes to raise funds to feed those in need during the pandemic.
Celebs take to streets for historic demonstrations
Across the U.S., many celebrities have been doing far more than tweeting supportive words or issuing carefully prepared statements. They took to the streets alongside thousands of people to condemn the killings of black people at the hands of police and to demand reform. The video shows Sampson step in front of his assistant and an officer hit him at least twice with a baton. Then an officer aims straight at me, no ricochet, and shoots (rubber bullets) Sampson wrote. Everyone is angry but there is a way to direct that anger, actor/director Taika Waititi wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Official: Taika Waititi to co-write and direct 'Star Wars' film
"Thor: Love and Thunder" writer/director Taika Waititi has signed on to write and direct a "Star Wars" film, as announced at StarWars.com. Waititi has been rumored to be in talks to helm a "Star Wars" movie for some time, but previously played coy about the possibility it would actually come to pass. He directed the acclaimed finale of "The Mandalorian" season one as well as voicing the character IG-11. Waititi will co-write the script with "1917" writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Related: Disney Plus drops epic 'Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga' trailer for May the FourthOriginally published on Newsarama.space.com
Taika Waititi will direct, co-write new Star Wars film for Disney
New Zealand director Taika Waititi poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit" during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)Taika Waititi will return to the Star Wars universe. The Academy Award-winning writer of "Jojo Rabbit" is set to co-write and direct a future theatrical film for the franchise, Disney revealed on Monday. He also acted in and directed the finale episode of "The Mandalorian," the beloved Disney+ Star Wars show. Disney also announced that Leslye Headland ("Russian Doll") will develop a new, yet untitled, Star Wars series for Disney+.cnbc.com
No to Silver Surfer, yes to Space Sharks in 'Thor: Love & Thunder'
"Thor: Love & Thunder's" Taika Waititi hosted an Instagram watch-along of "Thor: Ragnarok" on April 9, with suprise guest appearances from Tessa Thompson and Mark Ruffalo. According to Variety, Waititi squarely shot down the idea of Silver Surfer appearing in the film, but did say that "Space Sharks" - similar to the Acanti, which are commonly enslaved by the Brood empire for use as spaceships - would be in the film. Space sharks in "Thor" comics. (Image credit: Dave Cockrum (Marvel Comics))The writer/director did dodge questions on what Christian Bale's role would be in this fourth Thor film, and if Tom Hiddleston would reprise his role here. "Thor: Love & Thunder" is scheduled to hit theaters Feb. 18, 2022.space.com
Netflix had the most Oscar nominations, but Sony, Disney and CJ Entertainment were the nights' biggest winners
That honor was a three-way tie between Disney, Sony and South Korea's CJ Entertainment each taking home four trophies. Disney had the second-most nominations with 22 and won for best animated feature, best adapted screenplay, best film editing and best sound editing. "Toy Story 4" won the best animated feature prize, winning over "Missing Link," which won the Golden Globe in January, and "Klaus," which took home the BAFTA for best animated feature film last week. It is also the second film in the "Toy Story" franchise to win the best animated feature trophy. This is the first time ever a non-English language film has won the best picture Oscar at the Academy Awards.cnbc.com
'Parasite,' 'Jojo Rabbit' get a boost in SAG nominations
This image released by Netflix shows Scarlett Johansson, left, and Adam Driver in "Marriage Story." On Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, Johansson was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture drama for her role in the film. (Netflix via AP)
'Parasite,' 'Bombshell' get a boost in SAG nominations
The SAG Awards are one of the most closely watched Academy Awards bellwethers because, historically, a best ensemble nomination from the actors is usually a prerequisite for any best-picture contender's resume. Notably missing out on the best ensemble nomination was Noah Baumbach's divorce drama “Marriage Story," which on Monday led the Golden Globe nominations with six nods. Johansson was nominated in that category, as well, for her performance in “Jojo Rabbit.”Recently, a SAG ensemble nomination hasn't been quite as vital for a best-picture winner at the Oscars. Nothing got more of a boost from the actors guild than “Bombshell,” which tied “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” with a co-leading four nominations. In best drama series ensemble, the actors nominated the casts of “Big Little Lies,” “The Crown," “Game of Thrones," “The Handmaid's Tale” and “Stranger Things."
Orlando Film Festival nabs Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' for its Florida premiere
click to enlarge Courtesy Fox SearchlightRoman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi and Scarlett Johansson in Jojo RabbitEvent Details Orlando Film Festival @ Cobb Plaza Cinema Caf 12 155 South Orange Avenue Downtown Orlando, FL When: Oct. 17-24 Price: $20-$300 Film MapNew Zealand director Taika Waititi's next film, a satire set in the Third Reich in which a young member of the Hitler Youth whose imaginary friend is Hitler discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their walls gets a limited release this Friday. But the Orlando market won't get the film until Nov. 8. Unless you stop by the Orlando Film Festival this Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m., that is, where the film will have a special one-time screening at the festival. Seating will be limited, of course, but if you can't get in, your ticket will get you in to literally dozens of other movies that day at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Caf 12.8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 | Cobb Plaza Cinema Caf 12, 155 S. Orange Ave. | orlandofilmfest.com | $20-$300orlandoweekly.com
Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion in 2009, a decade later it's made more than $18 billion at the global box office
Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi of Marvel Studios' 'Thor: Love and Thunder' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. In its opening weekend, "Iron Man" snared nearly $100 million at the box office, before going on to garner just under $600 million worldwide. Since releasing its first Disney produced Marvel movie in 2012, the company has earned more than $18.2 billion at the global box office. In total, all of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have made more than $22 billion at the global box office. To be sure, these box office numbers do not include the cost of production or marketing costs.cnbc.com