The Best of…Chris Hemsworth

 

Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne and raised in the Australian outback. He began his acting career in 2002, making small appearances in TV shows. His big break came when he was chosen to play Kim Hyde in Home and Away, which he did for three years before moving to America to pursue a film career. He’s noted now for his portrayal of Marvel Comic’s superhero, Thor, as well as other action films, including In the Heart of the Sea and The Huntsman: Winters War.  

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of In the Heart of the Sea we’re taking a look at the best of Chris Hemsworth.


Home and Away (
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Hemsworth originally auditioned for the role of Robbie Hunter and was unsuccessful, however producers called him back to audition for Kim Hyde and he won the role.  Hemsworth was incredibly popular with audiences, and won the Most Popular New Male Talent award at the 2005 Logie Awards, as well as a nomination for Most Popular Actor. Hannah Rand of The Daily Telegraph said Hemsworth was “born to play a hunky high school dropout”.

 

Ca$h (2010)

Ca$h was Hemsworth’s first film after arriving in America six weeks earlier. After casting Hemsworth, the film’s director Stephen Milburn Anderson said, “Here’s a guy who is young, has the right look, is a very good actor and, let’s face it, he’s beautiful.” He starred alongside Sean Bean as Sam Phelan, a man who finds a suitcase full of cash on his car.

Thor (2011)

Based on the Marvel Comics of the same name, Hemsworth starred as Thor, a powerful god cast out of Asgard and forced to live on earth. Hemsworth proved to be a popular choice for the role, with Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times commenting, “Thanks in large part to a charming, funny and winning performance from Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in the title role, Thor is the most entertaining superhero debut since the original Spider-Man”.

 

Snow White and The Huntsman (2012)

In 2012, Hemsworth starred as The Huntsman in Snow White and The Huntsman. A twist on the original fairy tale, The Huntsman ordered to take Snow White to the woods to be killed becomes her protector. The film was praised for its beautiful imagery and special effects. He then returned to the role for the 2016 sequel, The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

 

Rush (2013)

Hemsworth played James Hunt in the biography drama directed by Ron Howard, which followed the tough rivalry between Formula One rivals Hunt and Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl). The film was praised for its accuracy of the story, and both Hemsworth and Brühl received positive reviews for their performances.

 

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

 

Teaming up once again with Ron Howard, Hemsworth played first mate Owen Chase in the story of an 1820 New England whaling ship, which is attacked by a whale of mammoth size. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.


In the Heart of the Sea is out now on Digital HD, 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD.

 

Monsterland – Brand New Trailer!

by Georgia Sanders 

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. This world needs more modern throwback anthology B-Movies. Can I get a hell yeah? No? Just me?

By the looks of this new trailer, you may just be agreeing with me soon. Dread Central has teamed up with RLJ Entertainment to bring us what looks to be one of the weirdest horror movies since Cabin in the Woods.

Bringing together an eclectic array of directors to present a variety of anthology stories, Monsterland will feature a handful of stories – the trailer shows us a guy with a hole in his head, a man turning into a vampire, and a giant creature feature style jellyfish thing, which I want to know more about. Jellyfish thing, you are my muse.

The cast is extensive, featuring plenty of unknowns; but there’s some horror favourites floating around – including the Children of the Corn’s John Franklin, because nostalgia.

Personally I’m stoked to see what comes out of this venture.


Monsterland has no official UK release date. 

Sing Street – Brand New Clips!

Feel good family fun; that’s what we British are great at. I mean, you can call us pessimistic and insincerely polite but when you whack our lives in front of a camera, something heavily warming comes rushing out of it. From Pride to Love Actually, Billy Elliot and more, we just love the humorous and heart-warming. So Sing Street seems to fit in with that motif.

Set against the backdrop of an economic recession, this Irish movie revolves around Conor, a young boy who is moved from his comfortable life in a private school and into an inner city Dublin school.  There, he discovers the super-cool Raphina and attempts to impress her by starring in his own band.

With the excellent eighties music of The Cure, Duran Duran, and Genesis, this is going to be a musical treat to shed the January blues we’ve all been having. While it may look a little ordinary, it’s certainly going to help us through these winter months.


Sing Street is out May 20h 

Tank 432 – Brand New Trailer!

Smell that? That’s the smell of the South of France….The glitz, the glam, the sea, and the sand. Yes, it’s that time of the year where all we can talk about is Cannes. For those of us locked in our murky homes and pyjamas, wondering what life is like for folks in the industry enjoying their spring vacations at home, we have to deal with trailers after trailers of films featured at Cannes.

First up is Tank 432. Directed by Nick Gillespie, who worked on Ben Wheatley’s work such as Kill List and High Rise, the film revolves around a band of mercenary soldiers who are trying to escape a mysterious and unseen enemy. When the group of soldiers and two prisoners take cover in the titular war vehicle, they are mercilessly trapped there. How will they escape?

The fact that Gillespie has worked with Ben Wheatley and has that experience crafting the excellent cinematography spells good things for Tank 432. The trailer, even better. Making its debut at Marché du Film Festival de Cannes, Tan 432 to be a sleeper hit but will accrue a great audience.

 


Tank 432 is out on DVD 22nd August

Mon Roi – Brand New Trailer!

Vincent Cassel is one of the best actors we have. He started off as a teenager in the seminal feature La Haine and has bounced up the pecking order into excellence ever since. The thespian has appeared in tonnes of French film as well as making the leap into American and British films such as Black Swan and Trance.

Now he returns for eagerly celebrated film, Mon Roi.

The movie revolves around the story of Tony who enters a rehabilitation centre after  serious skiing accident. Dependent on pain relief and the medical staff around her, she has time to reflect on her life with Georgio and begins the healing process.

The film has been nominated for a  César and Lumières Awards so there are high hopes for the success of this French drama. Alongside Cassel is Emmanuelle Bercot, and Louis Garrel, the later winning the Cannes award for Best Actress. So all the components are there. Could this be a must-see movie?

What do you think?


Mon Roi is out May 27th 

 

X-Men: Apocalypse – Brand New Stuff!

It’s a fortnight away and we’ve had tonnes of new features coming our way! Following on from Deadpool, Fox have a high bar to reach and it looks like they might be doing it with all the footage they are churning out (but, come on guys, can we just cool it?)

After the events of Days of Future Past, there is something stirring within the mutant community. Worshipped as a god since his birth, Apocalypse hunts down powerful mutants to become immortal and invincible. Recruiting more mutants to his fold, including the heartbroken Magneto (after leaving Charles and walking this world alone,) the fate of the world is left in the hands of Raven, Professor X, and the young X-Men.

Fox have always had a panache for creating some impressive apps and games for their audience members so naturally they’ve developed this arcade game that is definitely a lot of fun. There’s also some brand new clips that you’ll love including an introduction to Angel and Storm as well as the mutants first encounter with Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse.

 


X-Men: Apocalypse is out 18th May