“Thor 2” star Natalie Portman reportedly upset Marvel ditched director Patty Jenkins

“Thor 2” star Natalie Portman reportedly upset Marvel ditched director Patty Jenkins (photo)

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Marvel might have wanted to consult with Natalie Portman before they fired director Patty Jenkins off “Thor 2,” because the film’s leading lady is not too happy about it. While the departure was originally spun to be over “creative differences,” insiders say that there might have been more to it than that. Portman found out after the fact, and was a bit peeved about the whole situation.

The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to sources close to Marvel who say that Portman was unhappy because she was a major supporter of bringing Jenkins on to the project originally. Apparently she had been reconsidering whether she even wants to move forward with acting over the next few years because she wants to spend more time with her son Aleph, but finding out that Jenkins was up for director gave her a renewed vigor in the project. Though it’s been downplayed since the announcement of her position, Jenkins would have been the first female director to helm a tentpole superhero movie.

Portman is contractually obligated to stay on “Thor 2,” and Marvel has been trying to make Jenkin’s departure up to her ever since. THR is reporting that Marvel is having Portman involved in discussions about whom they should hire as a replacement.

Insiders close to Marvel are saying that Jenkins leaving “Thor 2” was more of a firing than a separation due to creative differences. One source says Marvel felt she shows “a lack of overall clarity in her choices” while another says she wasn’t moving decisively enough towards getting the film ready for its November 2013 release date. THR points out that there isn’t even a script in place for the project yet (Don Payne wrote one but Marvel is having it rewritten) so it’s unclear how Jenkins could have been more decisive.

Another insider, this one close to Jenkins, says that maybe the “Monster” director was too explicit for her vision of the film. Jenkins apparently didn’t expect to be hired in the first place, but guesses it was Portman’s enthusiasm for her that won executives over. Once they started hiring writers for the rewrite, though, they might have realized that they “really weren’t comfortable” with having her on as director.

“Marvel had certain things they needed to achieve,” says another source. “There were constraints on what she could do creatively.”

The two directors currently being considered to replace Jenkins are Alan Taylor and David Minahan. Like Jenkins, they both have the majority of their experience in TV directing.

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Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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