Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Thor 2’ Gets a New Director, ‘Mission: Impossible’ Tops Box Office, Real-Life ‘Wonderful Life’ Town

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Thor 2’ Gets a New Director, ‘Mission: Impossible’ Tops Box Office, Real-Life ‘Wonderful Life’ Town

Dec 26, 2011


Man Replaces Woman: TV veteran Alan Taylor has landed the job of directing Thor 2, replacing Patty Jenkins (Monster), who left the project over creative differences. Taylor most recently helmed mutliple episodes of HBO’s action/fantasy series Game of Thrones, and has directed extensively for shows like The Sopranos and Mad Men; Thor 2, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, is set for release in November 2013. (Deadline)

U.S. Box Office: Preliminary reports show that holdovers Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwecked all finished ahead of the debuting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin, and We Bought a Zoo. That’s based on box office estimates through yesterday; since today is a holiday, we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the final estimates, and to get a glimpse at the first returns for War Horse and The Darkest Hour. (Movie City News)

Post-Christmas Cheer: Everyone who watched Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life for Christmas this year may be interested to know that the town of Seneca Falls, New York claims to be the real-life inspiration for the film’s fictional setting of Bedford Falls. Evidence may be thin, but that hasn’t stopped the town from establishing a museum, holding an annual festival, and renaming a hotel and a cafe in honor of the film. (CBS News)

9/11 Movie Flashback Warning: The new movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, revolving around a young boy dealing with grief after his father (Tom Hanks) dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11, has prompted a non-profit organization to warn that its “intense images” could trigger flashbacks. “Be prepared to possibly relive past issues or have difficulty handling those you have currently, due to [the] 9/11 attacks," the Tribute WTC Visitor Center wrote in an email. (DNA Info)

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