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'Cabin in the Woods': Joss Whedon likes his actors bloody

Cabin in the Woods

Chris Hemsworth, a rather recent addition to the ranks of actors who have worn superhero capes, will reprise his role as Thor next month in director Joss Whedon's "The Avengers." But anyone eager to see the Aussie actor face a few dangers before the god of thunder returns will have plenty of opportunity with “The Cabin in the Woods.”

In addition to Hemsworth, the horror flick’s Los Angeles premiere at L.A. Live’s Regal Cinemas on Tuesday had an audience scattered with horror movie masters such as Wes Craven and the filmmakers' past collaborators, including “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof, who worked with "Cabin" director and co-writer Drew Goddard on the hit ABC show.

Whedon, who co-wrote and produced “The Cabin in the Woods,” reveled in getting his actors bloody and horrified,  he told Ministry of Gossip at the movie's premiere party, where its trailer played on the walls of downtown L.A. venue the Edison.

“What I like to do is find great actors that I love and then beat the [crap] out of them and, if possible, kill them," quipped the “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” creator. “That’s a good time for me, and they seem to enjoy it, ’cause they keep coming back.”

“The Cabin in the Woods,” which opens in theaters Friday, also brought together several actors who have starred in past Whedon projects, including Fran Kranz (“Dollhouse”), Amy Acker (“Dollhouse,” “Angel”) and Tom Lenk (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”). All three will also star in Whedon’s adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing,” which he shot at his Santa Monica home in 12 days during what was supposed to be his vacation after filming “Avengers.”

“There’s a lot more sex in mine than is normal in that particular text,” Whedon said of the new take on the Shakespeare play.

He also emphasized that it’s “a real ensemble piece,” not the two-man show it’s often taken to be.

“I’d just come off ‘Avengers,’ and people said, ‘This is the exact opposite,’ and I said, ‘No, this is another superhero team,’” Whedon said.

The superhero team of “Avengers” will assemble Wednesday night at El Capitan Theatre for the Marvel movie’s world premiere, rounding out a full schedule this week for Whedon as he prepares for the release of “Cabin” in the tight spot between spoiling the film and not revealing enough.

“You have to tell them something,” Whedon said of the film’s marketing, which is pushing the tagline “Discover the Secret” and gives audiences a peek at what's really going on with this creepy cabin. Just what that secret is will have to be found by purchasing a ticket to the movie, but Whedon hopes fans know ahead of time that “this is more than just a horror movie.”

“Cabin in the Woods,” Goddard’s directorial debut, also stars Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. The film opens, fittingly, this Friday the 13th.

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Photo: Jesse Williams, left, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson and Fran Kranz in "The Cabin in the Woods." Credit: Lionsgate


'Snow White and the Huntsman' trailer: five awesome moments

Kristen Stewart in "Snow White and the Huntsman"

"Snow White and the Huntsman" dropped a few more apples Monday morning, after its leads Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron appeared at WonderCon over the weekend.

In a blissfully extended five-minute trailer, a lot of light (and dark) is shed on the motives of evil queen Charlize and the righteous Snow Stewart, plus some seriously burly moments from "Thor" himself, Chris Hemsworth.

The Ministry's five awesome moments from the "Snow White and the Huntsman" extended trailer (watch it at Xfinity TV) are:

London calling: We heard rumblings that Stewart's character speaks in a proper English accent, now confirmed. She's doing herself pretty proud (and let's face it, all that, um, time with "Twilight" costar Robert Pattinson must have helped in developing her dialect).

The dwarves: While the competing Snow White film "Mirror, Mirror" features a zany pack of dwarves sprinting and doing their Disney-esque shtick, the band of men we meet in this "Hunstman" are serious in an exciting way. Part of a kingdom disenfranchised by the queen, they recognize Stewart as salvation and help Hemsworth lead her into battle. And speaking of ...

Chris Hemsworth, you guys: He's just all kinds of yes in this, and before you get on us for the beefcake thing -- there's nary a shirt off or chainmail vest on bare skin. He's all man power, and some of the action sequences look up to snuff with hard-core Hemsworth projects such as "The Avengers." 

Beauty is only as deep as Charlize will cut you: Seriously, Theron isn't anyone to mess with. Earlier glimpses of her matriarch Ravenna showed a gold-clad, aging pageant queen with a penchant for murder. She's so much more: delusional, psychotic, maniacal, impulsive and a total rage case. Plus a chilling laugh.

This quote: "I will give this wretched world the queen it deserves," Theron slithers in an updated theatrical trailer (below). Yes, Charlize. Yes, you will.

Below is the newest, 2 3/4-minute theatrical trailer:

 

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Photo: Snow White, played by Kristen Stewart, braves the Dark Forest in "Snow White and the Huntsman." Credit: Universal Pictures

 


Golden Globes: Charlize Theron, Tilda Swinton toast performances

Tilda Swinton

In the penthouse of the Chateau Marmont -- where the routine performances are those of service, fame and occasionally CPR -- W magazine toasted its Best Performances issue just ahead of Sunday's Golden Globes telecast.

With the luminous faces of Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt (the issue's cover stars) adorning the walls, crowds of movie stars, directors and executives floated over Sunset Boulevard mingling with each other and editor in chief Stefano Tonchi.

Theron rocked a lacy black dress and chatted up her "Snow White and the Huntsman" costar Chris Hemsworth -- who sported his "Avengers" platinum blond hair beside wife Elsa Pataky. 

PHOTOS: Charlize Theron and more at W Magazine's Golden Globe celebration

Tilda Swinton, rather stunning in a tapered white suit, greeted Tom Cruise, Viola Davis, Patrick Stewart and Jared Leto while monitors played clips of 2011's busiest thespians, including Carey Mulligan.

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr roamed hand-in-hand, Bloom stopping to embrace "Elizabethtown" costar Kirsten Dunst and English breakout actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Jessica Biel, rumored to be engaged to Justin Timberlake, showed with an empty ring finger but a stunning floor-length sequin gown. She stuck close to a female pal and shared some laughs and a few glasses of Dom Perignon with Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the design duo behind label Rodarte. 

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Photo:  Tilda Swinton arrives at the Chateau Marmont on Friday. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron face off in 'Snow White' [Video]

Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman

Forget Dopey and Grumpy: Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron aren't messing around in "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Thursday saw the release of a teaser trailer for the dark retelling of the fairy tale, starring Stewart, Oscar-winner Theron and the able-bodied Chris Hemsworth. And from the looks of it, the "Twilight" star has a serious nemesis in Theron.

She's not a garden-variety villain, this queen, whom Theron has likened to a serial killer. The queen has some, shall we say, issues about the fairest of them all, and really isn't having any of Stewart's milky skin and flowing hair.

Cut to the hired gun played by Hemsworth, who is tapped to track down Stewart's forest-wandering character and deliver her back to Theron's queen, so she can just cut out KStew's heart and call it a day. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans. 

Check out the trailer below, and share your thoughts on the update in comments.

  

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Photo: Kristen Stewart suits up for "Snow White and the Huntsman." Credit: Universal 



Chris Hemsworth cleans up his 'Huntsman' look for London dinner

Chris Hemsworth cleans up for Calvin Klein

Chris Hemsworth, the burly action star of "Thor" fame, is a Londoner for the time being as he shoots the forthcoming "Snow White and the Huntsman," costarring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.

A future museum venue and a fresh suit got him away from work Thursday night to attend a celebration for Calvin Klein Collection at the future home of the Design Museum London: the former Commonwealth Institute in London's Kensington district. The 1960s building, in danger since 2001, will triple the museum's space. Design Museum London is scheduled to open in its new home in 2014.

Photos: Chris Hemsworth and more party at the future home of the Design Museum, London

Showing off darker locks (he was bleached blond in "Thor"), Hemsworth was joined by actors Rosario Dawson and Freida Pinto and supermodel Elle Macpherson. 

Getting chummy with CK men's creative director Italo Zucchelli, Chris chowed down with the fashion folks, enjoying a live violin performance before dinner and live music by British indie band the New Look afterward.

"Huntsman" costars Stewart and Theron in a darker retelling of the classic. Hemsworth, hitched to actress Elsa Pataky, will move on to "Thor 2" next year under the direction of Theron's old "Monster" pal, Patty Jenkins. He also plays Thor in "The Avengers," to be released in May.

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Photo: Italo Zucchelli, left, and Chris Hemsworth at a Calvin Klein Collection dinner to celebrate the future home of the Design Museum London, which will triple its space. Credit: Getty Images



First Look: Kristen Stewart in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Kristen Stewart reveals a first look at her in "Snow White and The Huntsman"
With Kristen Stewart in the driver's seat, one forthcoming depiction of Snow White has nary a singing bird or yellow skirt in sight.

For the dark, fantasy-style retelling of the fable, Stewart and her filmmakers are setting us up for an all-out war -- as evidenced by the major armor she is rocking in a first look (above) from "Snow White and the Huntsman," released at Comic-Con this weekend.

"I’m very well-behaved, I take myself very seriously,” Stewart said of her character at a panel for the film, "...and she really likes apples."

Stewart has Charlize Theron as her nemesis and evil queen. At the fan-heavy convention, Theron described the mean monarch as a "serial killer." Stewart also has the able-bodied Chris Hemsworth in the role of Huntsman, the burly deep woods assassin tapped by Theron to cut out Stewart's heart.

The Huntsman defies his queen, and Stewart finds some time to nab eight dwarfs (Eddie Izzard and Ian McShane counted among them) and a prince in Sam Claflin.

What do you think of Stewart's Snow White look?  

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Photo: Kristen Stewart leads the hot cast of "Snow White and the Huntsman." Credit: Universal


Chris Hemsworth may play opposite Kristen Stewart in 'Snow White'

Chris Hemsworth offered hunstman role in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Chris Hemsworth, currently in theaters with the comic-book blockbuster "Thor," is up for the huntsman role in "Snow White and the Huntsman" starring Kristen Stewart.

The Australian actor and Universal Pictures were in talks Tuesday, and Hemsworth has officially been offered the huntsman role in the big-budget adaption of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, EW.com reported. In this version of the story, the character -- traditionally commissioned by the evil queen to hunt down and kill Snow White -- will be training the heroine to fight the evil queen herself. 

However, whether Hemsworth signs on with the film seems to be based on whether production of "The Avengers" will pose a scheduling conflict, according to MTV Movies.

Older actors including Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackson and Joel Edgerton had previously been in the running for the role, but that $66-million opening for "Thor" seems to have put the 27-year-old in a plum position for casting.

Charlize Theron has already signed on to play the evil queen, and British actor Sam Claflin, whom you can scope out in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" later this month, will play the prince. Rupert Sanders will direct.

But Hollywood isn't done rehashing fairy tales: Another brooding Snow White project is brewing and is slated for release around the same time as the Universal version.

The competitor stars Lily Collins ("The Blind Side") as the porcelain-faced damsel and Julia Roberts as the evil queen. "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer will play the prince and Robert Emms will play his valet. The Relativity Media film directed by Tarsem Singh recently signed Nathan Lane as the mean queen's servant.

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Photo: Chris Hemsworth. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Chris Hemsworth makes 'Thor' party a family affair with brother Liam, wife Elsa

Chris Hemsworth celebrated the LA premiere of Thor with brother Liam and wife Elsa. Even the god of thunder needs a little help from his family -- just ask Chris Hemsworth. The star of  "Thor" toasted with his nearest and dearest after the movie's Hollywood premiere Monday.

Kat Dennings at the Thor premiere (pictures) At nightspot Supperclub, Chris held court at the Acura sponsored after-party, greeting producers, filmmakers and fans. His brother Liam cut a supportive figure, never far from his big bro.

Chris' wife, "Fast Five" actress Elsa Pataky, was similarly attentive, rocking a white minidress and side ponytail and smiling and nodding at countless well-wishers clamoring to get to her husband.

Anthony Hopkins circulated among Peter Facinelli of "Twilight," Idris Elba, "Thor" cast member Kat DenningsAnton Yelchin, Rene Russo and an in-and-out Colin Farrell.     

Talk at the intimate bash ranged from the absence of "Thor" female lead Natalie Portman -- understandable, as she's in New York and will likely give birth any day -- to how young Liam original read for the starring role that went to Chris.

Not to worry: The younger Hemsworth landed himself a starring spot in "The Hunger Games." As far as his appetite for flirting goes -- Liam stuck with some younger male pals for a few hours, then headed out with Chris. 

Click the pics to see more photos of who hit the "Thor" premiere red carpet.

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Left photo: Kat Dennings arrives at the "Thor" premiere in Hollywood. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press

Right photo: Liam Hemsworth, left, and brother Chris at the the Los Angeles premiere of "Thor" Thursday. Credit: Jason Redmond / EPA 



'Thor' movie premiere: Chris Hemsworth, Kenneth Branagh, Kat Dennings enjoy the moment [Video]

Chris Hemsworth with fans at the Thor premiere "Thor" hasn't hit theaters yet, but star Chris Hemsworth and director Kenneth Branagh hit the El Capitan Theatre with gusto Monday night for the Hollywood premiere of the big-budget studio tentpole film that many are predicting will spawn a new franchise.

Paramount, the studio releasing the movie based on a Marvel comic book, pulled out all the stops, shutting down a portion of Hollywood Boulevard to accomodate the glut of stars -- among them Kat Dennings, who plays the goofy sidekick to Natalie Portman's character in the film -- who walked the "Thor" red carpet. A faux-gold throne was erected in front of the theater.

Click the pics above and below for a photo gallery of red carpet arrivals in Hollywood and Down Under.

Most of the "Thor" cast members said they were so swept up in the evening's festivities that they hadn't even paid mind to the possibility of a sequel.

"The moment you start thinking, 'What should I do with "Thor 2" or "[Thor] 3"?' I think it's over," Branagh said.

"Sometimes people talk about saving stuff for movies. I wouldn't do that. Put it all in the first one," he joked.

Thor-premiere-pictures It also will take the film's producers a few months to absorb how "Thor" is received, Branagh said.

"And then I think it's during that time that I guess one would figure out whether Marvel is prepared to write the check and whether we're ready to write the stories."

Hemsworth, who stars as the Norse god in the movie, said that when he signed on to "Thor" he wasn't bothered by the possibility of being locked into a popular franchise for a number of years.

"For me, I was happy to get a job. I fell in amongst Anthony Hopkins and Kenneth Branagh and Natalie Portman and a film like this, it was a dream," he said. "It wasn't much hesitation. It was, 'Sign me up.' "

Dennings echoed that sentiment. "The thing is, it’s kind of the dream project, so if I'm needed in any sequels, I’d be more than happy to sign my life away."

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Photos, from top: Chris Hemsworth signs autographs at the premiere of "Thor" at the El Capitan Theatre; Rapper M.C. Hammer arrives at the premiere. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters; Gabriel Buoys / AFP/Getty Images


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