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Tom Hiddleston: I Was ‘Rubbish’ in Thor

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston thought he was "rubbish" in Thor.

The 31-year-old star feels "very lucky" that director Joss Whedon enjoyed his performance as Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) brother Loki in the Kenneth Branagh-helmed superhero movie, so much so he wanted him to play a big part in The Avengers.

"There was no guarantee that it was going to be such a big part, I think. And I also felt like I'd been rubbish in Thor - there was no way I was going to come back. So it was one step at a time and I was very lucky that, as we were coming to the end of shooting Thor, Ken Branagh showed Joss a rough cut of the film and Joss loved it, he loved what Ken had done with it and was really about what Chris and I had done on it. And [Whedon] said, 'I want to take that relationship and make the stakes higher. You've got these two brothers who are fighting each other and now what's at stake is the fate of Planet Earth, because that's what's going on.' So it's really exciting."

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Box Office Breakdown: MIB3 Travels to the Top of the Chart

Men in Black 3

Who says lightning can't strike thrice?

Although The Avengers had a good three weeks at the top of the box office, Will Screen's return to the big screen in Men in Black 3 took in $55 million, finally bumping the Marvel flick down to #2. The superheroes, however, didn't go down without a fight, taking in close to $37 million this Memorial Day weekend. Battleship sunk to #3 with $10.8 million while The Dictator fell to #4 with $9.6 million. Horror film The Chernobyl Diaries debuted at number five with $8 million.

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Quote of the Day: Andrew Garfield on The Avengers

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"I saw it, and I was blown away. And I'm going to see it again this weekend. I have no problem adding to the amount of money it's making! [Laughs.] Joss Whedon is a genius, and it's an incredible cast. I was very, very jealous, and I wanted to jump on the screen and play with them. It killed me that I wasn't in it, but I understand why, and I'm not insulted. But hey, if Samuel L. Jackson wants to give me a shout, I'm there for the next one!"

-- Andrew Garfield, who will star in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man as the eponymous comic book hero, on Marvel's The Avengers.

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Box Office Breakdown: Battleship Fails to Maneuver a Win

The Avengers

Nothing is quite like the force of The Avengers.

The superhero film took in $55 million this weekend, which was a 46% drop from last weekend, but it still managed to do more than double what Battleship's debut took in ($25.3 million). The Dictator also debuted this week, securing third place at the box office with $17.4 million. Dark Shadows dropped two spots to number 4 with $12.8 million while the new comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting debuted at number 5 with $10.5 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Avengers Smashes Competition… Again

The Avengers

It seems like packing a film chock-full of A-listers is worth the money spent on them.

The Avengers -- unsurprisingly -- took number one at the box office this weekend, beating Avatar's record for best second weekend with $103.2 million. The latest Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaboration, Dark Shadows, opened at number two with $28.8 million while Think Like a Man dropped one spot to number three with $6.3 million. The Hunger Games was bumped down one spot to number four with $4.4 million while The Lucky One stayed put at number five with $4 million.

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Avengers Sequel Confirmed

The AvengersA sequel to The Avengers has been confirmed.

The Marvel superhero movie - which features well known comic characters including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk - has been a huge box-office success and Disney are already planning a second insllalment.

"[The success of the film] is a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much," Disney CEO Bob Iger said, adding that demand for merchandise associated with the film has been strong. However, it will be some time before the Avengers sequel comes out with Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and possibly Captain America 2 all set to shoot first.

Stan Lee, the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, who created many of the characters, recently revealed his hopes for the addition of some new characters in the sequel: "Oh, I'd be happy if they add Black Panther and maybe Dr Strange. Those two and probably Ant-Man, which I think they are working on. Maybe I'll play a little role in that."

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Box Office Breakdown: The Avengers Make History

The Avengers

The Avengers really know how to battle it out at the box office.

The comic book movie - helmed by Joss Whedon - took in $200.3 million at the box office this past weekend, securing the top spot for the biggest opening weekend record, just in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($158.4 million), and The Hunger Games ($152.5).

Last week's top movie, Think Like a Man, was bumped down one spot to number 2 with $8 million while The Hunger Games maintained its number 3 spot with $5.7 million.

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Tom Hiddleston Wants a Comedy Role

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston wants to star in a comedy.

The British actor is currently playing villain Loki in The Avengers, but admitted he would love to work on a movie where he gets to wear normal clothes and make people laugh.

"I'm desperate for it. I'm telling everyone. I'm putting out the feelers for jeans and a t-shirt. And comedy. I want to make people laugh. I want to slip on a banana skin and walk into a lamppost," he said.

Although he compares him to Adolf Hitler, Tom believes there is hope that Loki can be redeemed as a character: "He's laboring under the delusion that he'll create some kind of world peace by uniting the human race in reverence of one king. And it's an identity search. He's desperate. He needs to belong. He's so lacking in self esteem, that just like someone like Hitler, he needs to fill the void with adulation."

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Iron Man 3 Will Not Star the Avengers

Iron ManIron Man 3 will see the superhero "cut off" from The Avengers world. The comic book movie sees Robert Downey Jr. reprise his role as industrialist Tony Stark and his metal-clad alter-ego following the The Avengers film and the plot will see the hero having to survive on his own.

"Iron Man 3 has been structured specifically to be the antidote to The Avengers ... Circumstances in the story separate Tony from having access to anything. We wanted to take Tony back to, metaphorically speaking, the cave from Iron Man, the first half of Iron Man, when he's cut off from the world and needs just focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation," Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige said, speaking in Empire magazine's latest podcast.

Kevin also revealed the other characters from The Avengers squad - which include Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) - will not feature in the sequel: "In the film he (Iron Man) is not calling Thor, he's not calling Captain America, he can't press a special button to have the helicarrier come rescue him, so I think that'll be a nice complement to the team up of The Avengers."

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Chris Hemsworth Was Apprehensive About Avengers Role

Chris Hemsworth as ThorChris Hemsworth was initially apprehensive about starring in The Avengers.

The actor admits he wasn't sure about taking on the role of Thor in the superhero ensemble movie because there were so many big names in it. "I kept getting asked beforehand who was going to be the biggest diva and who was going to manage all the egos," he said, speaking about the movie.

However, Chris had nothing to worry about and says everyone got on great as they were all there to make the best movie possible:

"I hadn't worked with any of the guys before and it was great. I don't know if they're normally like that but everyone was well behaved. There were no big egos. I think the days of that sort of attitude are gone because films nowadays rely a lot more on concept than on individual stars and it keeps everyone in check. The movie is about teamwork and because each of us had done our individual films, we had a strong idea of who the characters were, so all we had to do was put the pieces together rather than work out what our solo journey was. It was much easier than sharing the load."


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