czeri: (James)
I have nothing to report about Thor, but the filming of The Heart of the Sea has wrapped up. Here's Chris looking appopriately dishevelled:





And since I can't help myself, check out under-base's take on Chris and Daniel's preparation for Rush, explaining why James' favourite article of clothing never made it into the film:



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Hah! I have Thor news for once ;-) Apparently the post credits scene of Thor making out with Jane was actually Chris making out with his wife. I was wondering how that kiss was so good that I actually sat through all the credits to see it again, when the kiss in the original Thor couldn't have been less appealing.

In other news, Rush fanart is still going strong:



I guess that's what happens when the fandom is largely based on Tumblr :-)
czeri: (James)
Bullet points today:


  • It appears Cyber will not be released until 2015, along with The Heart of the Sea, so that's a whole year without a new Chris Hemsworth film :sigh:


  • To make this somewhat Thor related - a quote from Kevin Smith:

    “Ohhhh… Chris Hemsworth. That dude’s the—nevermind the perfect Thor, he’s the perfect /MAN/. He’s on my short list…. yanno, like that list of five people you’re allowed to have an affair with if I ever meet them. I put Hemsworth at number three on my list. Would you let Thor hammer you, or what?”

    You said it, Kev!


  • And here's another awesome piece of Rush fan art:



    Now why couldn't they have made such headlines?! ;-)

czeri: (James)
I did finally get around to watching Thor: the Dark World for the second time, and I have to say it didn't hold my attention all that well. Once I already knew what was going to happen, all I had left was ogling Thor, and, beautiful though he was, there just wasn't enough of him. Mjolnir's desperate attempts to catch up with Thor in the final battle are still hilarious, though :-)

On the other hand the fifth, sixth, and seventh time I watched Rush I enjoyed it immensely ;-) It was only during the seventh time that I got the jolt when the movie skipped from Monza directly to Fuji, but I got over it fairly well. I can't wait for the bluray and the special features!

On that note, check out 00silvad's illustration to The cutest vampire in London:

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I wasn't crazy enough to go see Thor: The Dark World a minute after midnight on Wednesday, but I did go see it after work. It was great fun, there were moments I was laughing so hard it actually hurt. And I did like the overall developments of the story for the most part. Also, Thor is just so beautiful!

Someone please tell me that there'll finally be Thor/Heimdall fic after this! Also, Jane Foster actually had an important role to play, rather than just being there, but I'm still not sold on this epic love she and Thor apparently share.

Poor Warriors Three had even less to do than last time :sigh:

Awesome Avenger cameo!

I'm heartless enough that I wasn't moved at all by the dramatic developments of the story :shrug: I did like how they've set up Thor 3 with the ending, though.

The short scene at the very end of the credits is actually worth waiting for, which is annoying, because this means I'll have to sit through all the credits on each re-watch.

I'm sure I'll think of something else and will post more
czeri: (Keanu)
Thor: The Dark World premiere was on Tuesday. I was stuck at work, unfortunately, so was left admiring through Tumblr. It's almost strange to think it'll only be another week before the film is released :-)

czeri: (Keanu)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] _backpages_ and [livejournal.com profile] left_sider!

Marvel's Thor the Dark World promo campaign has finally lent something that works for me:



The Mjolnir slam! The banter! I love it :-)

In other news, there are now three pages of stories about James Hunt on AO3. Score!
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Thor the Dark World is being released in three weeks, and I still am not feeling it. Instead I am enjoying the rapidly expanding Rush fandom (there are now two pages of stories on AO3!). I mean, look at this fanart:



Perfection, no?
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For the first time in forever I have actually finished a fic! Sure it's just a 2000-word PWP, but considering all the sad, abandoned story fragments littering my hard drive this is huge for me.

Rush fandom is my first one based entirely on Tumblr, and although I'm still struggling with the format, I am also happy to have found others who would snort at the same quotes and pictures I am :-) The only thing I miss is the discussion :sigh:
czeri: (Keanu)
There have been new TV spots for Thor The Dark World released, with a few seconds of extra footage. The highlight being this:




I, however, am still obsessing over Rush and James Hunt. I’ve gone to Alastair Caldwell’s website and found this interesting insight on the Canadian Grand Prix in 1976:

The race warm up was at 10am and we had to leave the motel by seven. Normally I would have made him go to bed at 10pm, on his own, sober. But because we thought it was hopeless I just let him misbehave. (…) We were staying in a big hotel on the freeway up to Toronto. There was a band playing in the bar, a live band with a very pretty lead singer that caught James’ eye. Every break, after they’d played for half an hour, he’d trot her off to his room and then bring her back so that they could play again until the next break. This went on all evening and he got more and more pissed and so did I. At midnight I said: ‘I’m off to bed’ and he was still up, still servicing the lead singer. (…) The next day (…) we’d staggered drunkenly to the race track, did the warm up, and won the race.

Hee! He also wrote that before the Watkins Glen race he and James were dancing topless on a bar at one in the morning. Under those circumstances it’s hardly any wonder James was still asleep when Niki marched into his room before eight on race day ;-)

And since I haven't posted this yet, here's the real story of James Hunt as told by McLaren, in toon format:

Thursday!

Sep. 19th, 2013 08:39 am
czeri: (Keanu)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp! May you have a wonderful year :-)

I'm so smitten with Rush it's not even funny. I've seen it three times now and will see it at least once more. I keep having the score play in my head, particularly the bit from the Japanese Grand Prix, which just really winds you up :-)

Here's one more awesome featurette:



It has some of the real footage used in the film. I really love the bit in the middle with Niki and James standing by the wall talking. They're just the perfect OTP ;-)

And speaking of real footage, someone posted on Tumblr a video about the Spanish Grand Prix which includes the "big balls" interview:



Hee, so awesome! I can totally see what Chris was talking about when he said the best research material he got were the interview b-rolls from BBC, in which Hunt would act like a little kid, his attention just wandering from one thing to the next. It's amazing to see him go from that to his well-spoken public persona.
czeri: (Keanu)
Having watched Rush the second time I finally came to the conclusion that... I loved it :-)

After I had the time to cool off and come to terms with all the changes and everything that's missing, I was able to appreciate it for the story it was. I cried again, damn it, but I also laughed a lot more than the first time, because I managed to catch a lot of subtler things that I've missed before.

Like the absolutely genius scene of Hunt discussing with his brother the possible drives for next season over the phone while playing scaletrix. And when Peter is telling James that Lotus didn't want to sign him because his reputation precedes him the toy car flips off the track to James' indignant: "What reputation?!" Hee!

I still find it jarring that the film makes it look like James has won some incredible number of points while Niki was in hospital, while in fact there were only two races that Niki missed, and James only earned 12 points in them (3 in Austria and 9 in Holland). Incidentally that is the exact number of points Ferrari's bullshit appeal against the British Grand Prix cost James (-9 for James, +3 for Niki), so who was stealing whose points that season?!

Despite this I'm glad to say my first impression of the film being all about Niki has been exaggerated.

I'm planning to watch it again on Monday. See if there's anything else I've missed ;-)

Rush

Sep. 13th, 2013 10:21 pm
czeri: (Keanu)
So I've seen Rush and I guess I'll have to see it again (what a hardship ;-)) to really form an opinion. At the moment I'm too overwhelmed with contradictory reactions to think straight.

I was very impressed with Chris' performance. I didn't really expect to be able to buy him as James, but he really took me by surprise. The accent was so good even I was able to notice. His speech after receiving the RAC award was just perfect. And the first time he did the hunched shoulders I actually got teary-eyed.

I'm very disappointed with how little of what went on during the 1976 season was actually shown. Or how the things that were in would be shown in a way that made them come across as completely different. I guess it was a mistake to learn so much about the subject matter, because I did spend a good portion of the film mentally shaking my fist at the screen.

I also can't help feeling that the focus of the film was Niki's story with James just popping up as eye candy every once in a while. I guess I should have foreseen it, Peter Morgan freely admitted that his wife knew Niki and so Niki's story was his starting point, but I honestly expected the film to be about the 1976 championship and James' and Niki's rivalry for the title.

Instead, the film came across as weighted very heavily in Niki's favour - he had the best scenes, the funniest lines, and his accident and recovery are the centre of the story. Also, with how few races were being shown the film really gave the impression that James was nowhere near good enough to be actual competition and only won because of Niki's accident. Hell, Niki all but says this in the last scene.

So yeah, fuck you very much, Peter Morgan. No, making James win the Biritish Grand Prix after all does not make up for this, regardless how delighted he would have been.

I hope after I see the film again this impression will prove invalid.

I do have to give it to Morgan, though, that he somehow did manage to make the Japanese Grand Prix climactic even though on paper a race in which the two main rivals weren't really competing against each other made for a poor ending. Those last few laps were quite something.

And with the footage of real James and Niki at the end I went out of the cinema with mascara dripping down my face.

Thursday!

Sep. 12th, 2013 08:24 pm
czeri: (Keanu)
No, I have not forgotten it's Thursday. I've just been drowning in all the interviewy goodness that has been flooding the net now that the Rush press tour is in full swing.

It has to be said, Chris and Daniel are simply adorable together, trying to push each other off the chair in one moment and then cuddling together in the next:



I can't wait for their next project, which is apparently going to be a thrilling take on the Roadrunner and Coyote rivalry:



And while none of the other interviews provided a moment as awesome as the wooing each other in foreign languages ("I love you mate." "I'm melting!") from last week, this was pretty good:

interviewer: What in real life gives you that feeling of exhilaration?
Daniel: You said seeing yourself on screen.
Chris: :laughs: Oh shut up.

or:

Interviewer: Daniel, you were wearing prosthetic teeth. Is it hard to perform while having something foreign in your mouth?
Chris: You said it, I didn’t say it...

Also worth watching is the Empire quizz on the characters they are portraying: http://www.empireonline.com/interviews/interview.asp?IID=1765

But, since the point of all this is promoting the film, here's another great Rush featurette:



Only one day more before I can finally see the film!!!
czeri: (Keanu)

Here's an interview in which Chris and Daniel talk about their improvised romantic comedy. There's also a bit with Chris wooing Daniel in Australian ;-)

Thursday!

Sep. 5th, 2013 06:48 am
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Rush premiere was on Monday on Leicester Square. And I've missed it, since I'm currently on holiday visiting my mom. Damn it. Luckily there's pretty extensive coverage available online, with countless interviews and pics. I loved that Liam showed up to support his brother :-)

What really got to me, though, were the interviews with Niki Lauda. He kept saying how he wished James could be there, that he'd love it, and that he missed him... :sniff:

I ship them so hard it's not even funny. I mean, check out these excerpts from "Hunt the Shunt":

Hunt claimed later that he felt a growing emotional bond with the Austrian as he fought back from his accident. It was a feeling he had not experienced before.

"It was suddenly very important for me that Niki should live, in a way I hadn't realised. And I felt awful because there was nothing I could do about it. There I was, sitting at home, enjoying life, when I didn't even particularly want to; I wanted to go and help or do something, and I couldn't."


Apparently Chris and Daniel ship them too:

Quizzed on whether he and co-star Hemsworth tried to emulate the famed feud between their characters on set, Bruhl said: "No, we didn't. We tried to at first, we always teased each other. But in fact, in between the takes, we invented our own relationship between Hunt and Lauda which would have been a romantic comedy!"



czeri: (Keanu)
There's so much new stuff about Rush! Check out this featurette, for example, about how Chris and Daniel were learning to drive in a Formula car (not Formula 1, mind you, they weren't allowed into those, but Formula 3). It also contains some new clips from the film, including one with Alastair Caldwell, who is in the film after all, played by Stephen Mangan! The scene seems to be him wishing James good luck before the Japanese Grand Prix, so I guess there'll be none of the "Get out of that car and I'll break your fucking neck," then. :sigh:



Then there's the clip with James taunting Niki back in the Formula 3 days. All the articles I've read stressed that the film exaggerates the extent of Hunt and Lauda’s rivalry, so there won't be much of their off the track friendship in the film. Oh well, antagonists are great for slashing too:

http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:950062/cp~vid%3D950062%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A950062

And here's a clip showing James and Suzy flirting:



The latest Empire has a review for Rush. The highlights include:

As played by Hemsworth, with more confidence, sex appeal and charm than all the 007s put together, Hunt is the hedonists’ hedonist…

or (about the amazing cinematography)

The result is far more immersive than any 3D you can imagine, and makes The Fast And The Furious look like The Ambling And The Disgruntled.

Hee!

scans under the cut )
czeri: (Keanu)
Apparently there's a featurette about Thor 2 on the Iron Man 3 DVD/bluray. It's also available online:



I should be more excited, but I'm all about Rush these days, and there are new stills every day, eg:



Mmm, that is certainly nice, but I can't help noticing that once again film!James seems awfully overdressed. Real!James threw a hissy fit when he noticed his sponsorship deal with Marlboro had a dress code clause and John Hogan had to personally reassure him no one would ever think of trying to reinforce it. Which he later certainly regretted:

Hogan needed Hunt to attend a reception at Prince Rainier's palace on the hill, but Hunt wouldn't be coaxed out of his t-shirt and shorts. Although Hogan finally got him to wear a blue blazer over the t-shirt, Hunt didn't tell his girlfriend (Jane Birbeck) where they were going, and she too was dressed for the beach. Prince Rainier didn't seem to mind, though, and Hunt remained typically oblivious to what other people thought - although Birbeck was mortified.

Hunt would do a lot for Marlboro. He spent time every night dutifully transferring his preferred Rothmans into Marlboro packets, which, considering he smoked over 60 cigarettes a day, had to be quite a task, but he would not accept impositions on what he should wear!

Jackie Stewart arranged a dinner for Formula One notables at the home of King Juan Carlos prior to the Spanish Grand Prix. As a mark of respect for the King, Hunt swapped his shorts for denim jeans(...). But when Hunt arrived in jeans, Stewart was mortified and went into a huddle with the King's aides. Together, they deemed to scrap the plan for a formal dinner and turned the occasion into a buffet supper by the swimming pool, for which Stewart deemed Hunt was more properly dressed. The King remained unaware of the original plans.

Heh, check out this group picture of F1 drivers from the 1975 season:



One of those things is not like the others :-)

ETA: This just in, Niki Lauda agrees with me: In an interview with London’s Daily Mail Lauda said of Hemsworth, “He is unbelievably good. I admit I was astonished when I saw Chris Hemsworth as James, he talked in just the same voice. But I would say there was just one difference: James always looked like he had just got out of bed, and Chris looked like he came from a beauty salon!”

:snicker:
czeri: (Keanu)
It's all about Rush this week! There's a new teaser: Introducing James Hunt:



I love that they've re-enacted the "big balls" interview ;-) I couldn't help re-watching the original version a lot:



There are also new screencaps:





Too bad that they got James’ casual attire all wrong in the film. As per his biography “Hunt the Shunt”:

Whenever possible, and with little excuse, Hunt would strip off the top half of his clothing and his jeans, and often got down to the skimpiest underwear or swimming trunks. He would often walk around the Formula One paddock in his trunks, showing not the slightest discomfiture. Sometimes, he might as well have been naked. But most times, he would be in a sleeveless vest-type shirt with shorts, no shoes and no socks - sometimes even on live television as he walked around the starting grid.

I certainly would have preferred to see that in the film ;-)

And there's also a new interview with Chris about the film:

http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/-james-hunt-was-the-ultimate-rock-star--115342619.html

ROTFALMAO!

Aug. 13th, 2013 09:50 pm
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The interview derby has only just started and already Liam (promoting Paranoia and Catching Fire) got the lead on Chris (promoting Rush and Thor: The Dark World). Check this out:

Jimmy Kimmell: The last time you were here was a few years ago. I think you were still living with your brother, Chris. Thor. Before he was Thor. Be-Thor.









Hee! How very topical! Also, it's even funnier after this quote from Chris' Empire interview: I've said to my brothers - well, to Liam anyway - "Man, we've got to stop talking about getting into fights as kids 'cause we sound like we're from some feral, rough family, and it's bullshit."

Well, Chris, never let it be said that Liam doesn't listen to you :-)

This quote from Josh Whedon suddenly makes a lot of sense: “I spent some time talking to Tom [Hiddleston] and to Chris [Hemsworth] before I wrote the script [for AVENGERS]. Chris was very interested in the brother relationship. He has brothers—who are famous! And… he hates them. They’re evil. Liam is always lying and making Liams appear where they’re not.”

LOL!
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