Who Was Really Kissing Chris Hemsworth in ‘Thor: The Dark World’?


Natalie Portman stars alongside Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: The Dark World,” and the two have many scenes together throughout the film, but remember that steamy love scene between them in the end credits?

As it turns out, the scene wasn’t actually between the co-stars, and Natalie wasn’t really the lucky lady smooching it up with the hunky Australian!

The Oscar-winning actress revealed to the New York Daily News that it was really his wife, Elsa Pataky, who was the one puckering up for the big screen in the credits.

“It was for reshoots (after the film was finished) and he was working in Hong Kong and I couldn’t get there because I was working on my own film,” said Natalie. “And so they put his wife in my wig and costume, that’s why it was so passionate. It was such a perfect solution, wasn’t it…” she told the mag.

Check out this video to see the steamy smooch, and be sure to tune in to “omg! Insider” on TV tonight for all the latest in entertainment news.

Keanu Reeves Is Kicking It Again in the New ’47 Ronin’ Trailer


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It’s been 10 years since the conclusion of “The Matrix” trilogy, and in the intervening decade, movie fans have been repeatedly asking themselves one question: “When is Keanu going to kick people again?”

The good news is, martial arts fanatics are getting a big, shiny present this Christmas when Keanu Reeves returns in “47 Ronin.” It’s inspired by the legendary true story of a band of masterless samurai in early 18th century Japan, but the old tale has been given a fantastical new overhaul. Reeves plays Kai, an outcast who is recruited by the ronin to battle witches, giants, and dragons.

Reeves is surrounded by a predominantly Japanese cast, including Hiroyuki Sanada (most recently in “The Wolverine”), Rinko Kikuchi (“Pacific Rim”) and Tadanobu Asano (“Thor”). They’re also joined by Dutch actor Yorik van Wageningen (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), and Canadian artist/model Rick Genest (the guy with the skull tattoo on his face… yes, that ink is real).

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It makes sense to have Reeves at the center of an wide-ranging group of actors because he has a very strong international fan base. Reeves’s two big-budget films since “The Matrix,” — 2005’s “Constantine” and 2008’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still” — were both moderately successful in the US but more than doubled their box-office take in foreign markets. And “47 Ronin” brings back the blend of martial arts and eye-grabbing CGI that made him a worldwide star to begin with.

For his part, the 49-year-old Reeves told The New York Times that the gaps between his big Hollywood movies was a choice: “Some things came up, but they weren’t intriguing. I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for an amazing studio project to appear.” And that included going behind the camera for the first time to direct — what else — a kung-fu movie.

Reeves also appears and makes his directorial debut in “Man of Tai Chi,” which he filmed in China. It stars Tiger Chen, who trained Reeves in kung-fu for all of “The Matrix” films. Reeves told STV Entertainment that he stayed friends with Chen and spent about six years developing the movie together. Naturally, the two do face off in a fight scene for the film. Reeves admitted that he casually studied some martial arts when he was younger, but he’s not the master the movies make him out to be. “I don’t have any belts,” Reeves admitted. “I know movie kung-fu.”

Man of Tai Chi” opens in limited release this Friday, and “47 Ronin” hits theaters everywhere Christmas Day.

Did Nick Fury Recruit Elizabeth Olsen for ‘Avengers 2’?


He may be a high-ranking officer of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Samuel L. Jackson isn’t very good at keeping insider secrets.

The man known to Marvel fans as Nick Fury unilaterally gave Wall Street Journal readers a top-secret security clearance (probably much to Marvel’s dismay) when he let slip that Elizabeth Olsen has joined the cast of one of the most anticipated sequels of all time, “Marvel’s The Avengers: The Age of Ultron.”

Jackson, who made a cameo appearance as Fury in this week’s episode of NBC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” mentioned Olsen’s involvement when asked about the status of Joss Whedon’s highly guarded comic book epic.

[Related: The ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Cast on What’s Next: ‘Wait Till You See Episode 2‘]

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“I know we’re shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen, but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside,” said Jackson. “I haven’t seen a script.”

Olsen, the younger sister of legendary child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, burst onto the scene with her harrowing performance in 2011’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” The fanboy rumor mill has been churning in recent months with talk that the younger Olsen had been slated for a role in the “Avengers” sequel. Many have speculated that she’ll be playing the Scarlet Witch, one half of the “brother-sister act” that Whedon first mentioned at the premiere of “Iron Man 3.”

Twin siblings Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, and Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, made their comic book debut in “X-Men” No. 4 in 1964. As the offspring of Magneto, they were portrayed as bad guys for a few issues before switching sides and joining up with the Avengers in 1965. Scarlet Witch is gifted with the power to manipulate probability and reality via her “hexes,” which usually manifest as cool-looking “hex bolts” or “hex spheres,” while Quicksilver is able to move and think at super-sonic speeds.

This isn’t the first time that Samuel L. Jackson has let a Marvel-related scoop out of the bag. During the press conference for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, Jackson mentioned that the upcoming political thriller will feature an interesting new character arc for Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

[Related: Mutant Twins Mania! Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Confirmed For ‘Marvel’s The Avengers 2’]

“She might have something of a ‘whistleblower’ in her future,” said Jackson, to which the Captain himself, Chris Evans, responded with a playfully incredulous “SAM!” and told him to shush.

Before we supposedly see them together in “Avengers 2,” Jackson and Olsen will appear together in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy,” which opens on November 27. “Age of Ultron” will begin production next spring with a likely release date of May 1, 2015.

 

Like ‘Em: Vin Diesel’s ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Facebook Photos


We like Vin Diesel. We like Vin Diesel movies. But we really like Vin Diesel’s Facebook page. The dude really knows how to connect with his fans on social media … and offer a few potential spoilers along the way (no doubt to the chagrin of studio suits). After using Facebook to hint at his upcoming involvement in a Marvel franchise, the “Riddick” star has once again beaten the studio publicists to the punch by releasing a trove of pics from the set of “Fast & Furious 7,” which is currently shooting in Atlanta. Thanks for sharing, Vin. We’ll pay it forward here.

 

Jason Statham Survives ‘Near-Death Experience’ on the Set of ‘The Expendables 3’


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Jason Statham doesn’t just act the hard man. The British actor has casually escaped a “near-death experience” on the set of “The Expendables 3” that left his action-hardened co-stars in shock.

Speaking to ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno, fellow Expendable Terry Crews, who co-stars in the Stallone-led movie, revealed the how the team was shooting a scene when a truck Statham was driving plunged into the Black Sea.

“I had a near-death experience,” began Crews. “We were doing a stunt and Jason Statham was driving the truck, and we were supposed to be on the back of this truck. For some reason we’re over there talking, sipping smoothies and he gets in the truck… We’re in Varna, Bulgaria, on the edge of the Black Sea, he literally was supposed to stop the truck, we [get out and] shoot the whole thing.”

“Well, the truck doesn’t stop! The truck rolls over the dock, into the Black Sea with Jason Statham driving!”

“Now, this is the thing,” admitted the former NFL star. “In your mind, you have an action film where you’re like, if that happens I’m gonna grab the truck, I’m gonna do all this stuff. [But] I was like [screaming] ‘Jason! Jason!’”

“I’m in a heap on the ground, he’s in the water, in the truck! Now we are freaking out. Everybody’s screaming, I’m [crying], and literally he gets out, swims to the top and the truck is gone. And we’re supposed to be on the back of that thing, I was supposed to be on that!”

He added: “He gets back, they dry his clothes, and they’re just like: ‘We’re going to shoot it again, we’re going to shoot some more.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ Let me tell you something, Jason Statham, he is a true bad, bad, badass… I couldn’t believe it!”

“It seems to me Jason Statham had the near-death experience,” host Leno laughed at Crews. “What you did is you watched a near-death experience!”

As it turns out, Statham has had ample experience in the water, which may also explain why he fared so well. The 46-year-old actor competed as a member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for 12 years.

“The Expendables 3” with Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t hit theaters until August 15, 2014. But Jason Statham will be seen next in “Homefront” (with a screenplay by Sly Stallone) on November 27.

Did Vin Diesel Leak a Future Marvel Movie Crossover?


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To say that Vin Diesel likes to talk about his upcoming secret role in a Marvel Studios movie would be like saying that Bruce Wayne likes to dress up in a bat costume and fight crime at night. The more time goes on, the more he seems compelledto do so, all the while protesting that he really can’t say anything. His latest revelation, however, suggests that there might be much more going on than just Groot, after all.
Talking to Maria Menounos, Diesel said that his potential voice role in next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t the first role he talked about with Marvel. “When I met with Marvel it wasn’t for anything immediate, it was to talk about a film that would be introduced in the Phase 3 part of Marvel — not for a few years,” he said, repeating what he’d told THR last month.
Later, Marvel added the possibility of voicing Guardians‘ tree soldier Groot, as everyone knows already. But what about that 2016 project he’d initially been approached about? Previously, Diesel had hinted that it would have been an all-new project from Marvel. This time around, though, he described it with traditional restraint as “something so big I can’t even talk about because it’s like the merging of brands in a way which I won’t get into.”
It’s the kind of statement that is purposely hard to decipher. After all, if it’s something like “the Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy brands combined,” it’s essentially meaningless in a world where we’ve already seen a crossover/team-up movie like The Avengers. But if it’s the Marvel brand mixing with the Star Wars or Disney brand in some way — or even Marvel managing to do something with their characters licensed to other movie studios like Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four — that that really would live up to the billing of something particularly big.
Should we prepare for some genuinely big news coming down the line from Marvel within the next year or so — or is it simply a case of Vin knowing what to say in order to stay in the headlines as Riddick spends its first week in U.S. theaters? As the Marvel Comics of more than a decade ago put it, U Decide.

David Hasselhoff Backtracks on Samuel L. Jackson Diss After Criticizing Avengers Performance


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David Hasselhoff is eating his words.

One day after criticizing Samuel L. Jackson‘s portrayal of Nick Fury in The Avengers, The Hoff took to Twitter to compliment the Oscar-nominated actor.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies on Wednesday, Hasselhoff recalled his days of playing the original Nick Fury in the 1998 TV movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. “I was the first Nick Fury,” he said. “Stan Lee came on the set and told me all about Nick. He said, ‘You’re the ultimate Nick Fury.’ He gave me the greatest compliment ever.”

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When asked about Jackson’s interpretation of Nick Fury in the Marvel films, the Baywatch alum didn’t shy away from giving his real opinion. “You know, it wasn’t Nick Fury,” he said. They take these shows and they make it the way they want to make it and unfortunately, they should have had Stan Lee on the set and let him kick him into gear — whoever directed [The Avengers] decided they wanted to go that way. But it’s their prerogative. He’s still a great actor.”

Hasselhoff, 61, admitted he was hoping to reprise his role as Nick Fury in the 2012 summer blockbuster. “And then Samuel L. Jackson came in and he was a great Nick Fury, but he wasn’t really the consummate Nick Fury, the way he was written,” he said.

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However, just one day later, Hasselhoff backtracked and publicly praised Jackson. “Set the record straight,” hetweeted. “Samuel Jackson is one of my favorite actors, a friend and I wish him well in all his roles especially Nick Fury!”

What do you think of Hasselhoff’s comments? Would you have liked to see The Hoff in The Avengers?