April 18, 2011 | 5:28 a.m.
DAYS OF THUNDER: We’re counting down to the May 6 release of “Thor” with a month of on-the-set reports, exclusive photos and interviews with the cast and crew of the first truly cosmic Marvel Studios film. Here’s a Volstagg-sized photo gallery with scenes (and posters) from “Thor.” – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Portman as a female absent-minded professor GALLERY: Five decades of “Thor” covers Kat Dennings: My character is … Scooby Doo? Hemsworth: I got so big my costume wouldn’t fit Foo Fighters bring forlorn backbeat to “Thor” Branagh fires back after nasty “Thor” rumors Anthony Hopkins on the ruthless charm of Odin Branagh: “Thor” is a “different dance” than “Iron Man”
Dec. 30, 2010 | 12:05 p.m.
It’s surprising that no savvy producer has cast Anthony Hopkins, who turns 73 on Friday, for the dual lead role in a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” because few actors have been able to alternate between stately intellect and brutal villainy with the sort of flair that the Welsh star has brought to cinema. There’s the proper side of Hopkins who has appeared in veddy British films such as the Merchant/Ivory classics “Howards End” in 1992 and “Remains of the Day” in 1993 or as American president John Quincy Adams in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 epic “Amistad.” But he’s enjoyed perhaps more acclaim playing monsters, whether they be real – Adolf Hitler in the 1981 CBS movie “The Bunker” — or imagined, such as the brilliant cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a role that won him the lead actor Oscar for 1991′s “The Silence of the Lambs.” […]
July 14, 2010 | 11:52 a.m.
EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK PHOTO: THE GODS OF”THOR” It’s official: The hammer of Thor and the shield of Captain America will fly straight at moviegoers in 3-D, which is really no surprise considering the current stereoscopic craze on the studios lots of Hollywood. What is unusual is the eagerness of each film’s director to take his case for 3-D directly to the fans at Comic-Con International. On Saturday, July 24, Marvel Studios has the final studio presentation in the expo’s biggest room, Hall H, and “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh will use that climactic slot not just to introduce some of his cast — a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, but it’s unlikely that all three will be in San Diego — but also to persuade skeptical fans that 3-D will add new dimensions to the 2011 blockbuster, and not just in […]
Feb. 16, 2010 | 3:32 p.m.
Anthony Hopkins is ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge to Asgard. “For ‘Thor,’” he pointed out, “I don’t just play a father, I play the god-father.” Work is underway on the fourth Marvel Studios film, and Hopkins said he is enthused about working with the cast that is led by Chris Hemsworth (who played the doomed father of James T. Kirk in “Star Trek“) as the Thunder God and Natalie Portman as his mortal love, Jane Foster. Hopkins is taking on the role of Odin, ruler of Asgard and father of both the noble Thor and the nefarious Loki. The 72-year-old actor said it’s a meaty role for him and, like his role in “The Wolfman,” it allows him to test the tricky physics of paternal relationships. “I’m very interested in that relationship between fathers and sons,” Hopkins said. “My father’s […]
Feb. 11, 2010 | 6:48 p.m.
Anthony Hopkins is back in scary-movie mode with “The Wolfman” and the actor who was once voted the best villain in film history says he’s not really sure why he has become an icon in shadowy genres of cinema. “I don’t know what it is, truthfully,” the 72-year-old actor said of his on-screen menace. “I think part of it is being still and all that. I don’t know. I like to kind of come in at the side door. I like to act like a submarine; just don’t do much and just let it evolve. It’s resisting the urge to push the envelope. It’s very difficult for an actor to avoid, you want to show a bit. But I think the less one shows the better.” Hopkins won an Oscar for his role as Hannibal Lecter in ”The Silence of the Lambs,” which […]