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“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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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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