The 2018 Teen Choice Awards: VOTE for Cate Blanchett and Ocean’s 8!
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Jun 24, 2018

The 2018 Teen Choice Awards: VOTE for Cate Blanchett and Ocean’s 8!

Hey Blanchetters!

Cate Blanchett and Ocean’s 8 are among the nominees for The 2018 Teen Choice Awards. Cate has been nominated in the category Choice Movie Vilain for her perfomance as Hela in Thor Ragnarok and Ocean’s 8 is nominated in the category Choice Summer Movie. Voting process is open and you can vote 10 times in each candidate per day. Let’s VOTE!

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Ceremony date: August 12, 2018 on FOX



Thor Ragnarok’s VFX videos
Posted on
Mar 15, 2018

Thor Ragnarok’s VFX videos

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Marvel and Rising Sun Pictures have released clips from the visual effects process used in Thor: Ragnarok and the VFX Supervisor Alessandro Cioffi explains some of the sequences with Hela and Skurge. Here’s part of the article with pictures and clips.

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What are the sequences made at Trixter?
The sequence we’ve worked on starts with Hela and Skurge entering The Vault, going through all the mighty artifacts kept there. Hela’s goal is though to use the Eternal Flame to revive her army of the dead and her beloved Fenris, down in the Crypt. With this pivotal moment the sequence ends. We did work on additional mini-sequence involving Loki, in the Vault, bringing back the Surtur to life

What is your favorite shot or sequence?

My favorite shot is the second-last one in the sequence, when Hela finally rejoins Fenris: Cate Blanchett looks gorgeous in that shot, her performance immediately delivers Hela’s found supremacy, as she stands at the center of the Crypt surrounded by her Army of the Dead. The picture has a very powerful composition, I find.

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Interviews with Raya
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Feb 2, 2018

Interviews with Raya

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New interviews of Raya with Cate Blanchett were released a couple of days ago. Click on the pics to open the videos. If you want to see the previous videos we posted. Click here

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Gag Reel Released Online + DVD and Blu-Ray Bonus material details
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Jan 11, 2018

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Gag Reel Released Online + DVD and Blu-Ray Bonus material details

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Thor: Ragnarok is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on March 6th. Yesterday, Marvel released the entire list of special features that will be available in the film’s DVD and Blu-Ray version. Also the film’s gag reel has made its way online. There is a funny footage of Cate as Hela. Take a look!

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins; audio commentary by Waititi; and more.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray:

Director’s Introduction
Deleted/Extended Scenes – Deleted Scenes: The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar and Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger & Grandmaster and Topaz
Gag Reel – Watch a collection of goofs, gaffes and pratfalls starring the cast
Exclusive Short/Team Darryl – Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate Needed” ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.
Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes – Marvel’s universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We’ll examine the Cinematic Universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes’ current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor – “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways but it is the evolution of Thor’s own sense of humor, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor’s eccentric counterparts.
Unstoppable Women: Hela (Cate Blanchett) & Valkyrie – This piece explores the strong female characters in “Thor: Ragnarok,” their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.
Finding Korg – A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the worlds of “Thor: Ragnarok” to life.
Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went into creating the look and feel of Sakaar. From design inspired by Jack Kirby’s classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.
Journey into Mystery – A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for “Thor: Ragnarok” within the comics. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor’s comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.
8bit Scenes – Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle. Dive into these climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format.
Directors Commentary
Digital Exclusives:

Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance – We’ll examine this Super Hero friendship, which has spanned through several Marvel films. From their original Helicarrier fight match to the now iconic Hulk punch from Avengers 1, see how Marvel’s most powerful Super Heroes become the most extraordinary Super Hero buddies.
Additional Deleted Scenes – Travel to Asgard & Race To The Wormhole

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New behind the scenes images from Thor: Ragnarok
Posted on
Nov 9, 2017

New behind the scenes images from Thor: Ragnarok

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Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), Australia’s premiere visual effects studio, produced more than 170 final visual effects shots for Thor: Ragnarok¸ the new film from Marvel Studios. Their site released a teaser about the work done for this film featuring some BTS images. The full Thor: Ragnarok VFX breakdown will be released online soon! Enjoy the images and the video!



Rising Sun Pictures Hammers Out Visual Effects for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok

Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), Australia’s premiere visual effects studio, produced more than 170 final visual effects shots for Thor: Ragnarok¸ the new film from Marvel Studios. Working under the supervision of Director Taika Waititi, production Visual Effects Supervisor Jake Morrison and production Visual Effects Producer Cyndi Ochs, RSP’s team spent more than 18 months helping to craft some of the film’s most memorable, creative and technically challenging scenes.
Highlights of RSP’s contributions include a sequence dubbed “Val’s Flashback” involving a furious battle between the film’s villain, Hela (Cate Blanchett), and an army of Valkyrie. The team also played a key role in “The Palace Battle”, an epic confrontation between Hela and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and in reimagining the Bifröst Bridge, a magical rainbow that links realms of the Norse cosmos. The project is especially noteworthy for the standout work of RSP’s expanded character animation department, who were tasked with creating photo-real horses, Valkyrie and skeleton soldiers, as well as other digital characters.

“We were honoured to be selected by Marvel Studios as a vendor on this film, and proud of the work that we delivered,” says Managing Director Tony Clark. “We have been systematically growing our human and technical resources, especially in character animation, to tackle complex, large-scale projects, while maintaining the artistry, craftsmanship and attention to detail that are hallmarks of RSP. The results are evident in Thor: Ragnarok.” Nearly 200 artists took part in the project for RSP.

Val’s Flashback, which plays out in artful slow motion under glittering light, describes a fatal encounter between Valkyrie warriors and Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death. The female warriors, riding winged steeds, emerge from portals in the sky only to be mercilessly struck down by Hela using her magical powers.
Led by Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Tom Wood, the RSP team began working on the scene in early 2016 during pre-production. Artists prepared 3D pre-visualisation encompassing every element of the sequence to serve as a guide for subsequent production and post.

Production was conducted on a soundstage in Queensland. Slow motion effects were achieved by capturing actor performances via a Phantom camera operating at 900 fps. The imagery was given a further surreal cast through the use of a rotating lighting system that bathed the scene in undulating patterns of light and shadow.

RSP On-Set Visual Effects, Concept and Pre-Vis Supervisor Adam Paschke headed an on-set team that gathered practical data and provided technical advice during the shoot. Production was followed by months of character animation, visual effects, 3D, matte painting and compositing at RSP’s Adelaide studio to produce the finished scenes.

RSP was a natural choice for the flashback scene due to its considerable expertise in slow motion visual effects. For the films X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, the studio provided the visual effects magic for several scenes demonstrating the hyper-speed abilities of the mutant Quicksilver. Thor: Ragnarok, however, takes slow motion into a new, and technically challenging, direction. “Taika and Jake conceived a fantastic scene,” notes Wood. “We pre-visualised their concept, attended the shoot and, as soon as editing was complete, went straight into production. The pre-vis broke the sequence into multiple layers, each of which was shot separately, and reassembled bit by bit in post.”

“The flashback sequence involved high-level creature animation and digital characters, as well as very detailed compositing, due to the unusual lighting effects,” adds Visual Effects Executive Producer Gill Howe. “It was also a challenge because it was a standalone piece, and a significant scene in the movie. It had to be unique, different, and something that had never been done before.”
Considerable attention went into the creation of the Valkyrie and horses. Often revealed in close up, the animated characters had to be photo-real. “We spent a lot of time in look development, making sure that their fur and feathers were right, and that the muscle system moved like a real horse,” explains Head of Creatures Tim Mackintosh. “If they had been monsters, we would have had more leeway, because monsters aren’t real, but everyone is familiar with horses. Although these were mythical, winged horses, audience members will have an idea for how they should look and move.”

RSP also took great care in preparing Hela’s accoutrements, including her cape, the cowl she wears on her head, and her menacing antlers. Artists initially developed concepts for Hela’s costume for a trailer that screened at Comic Con in 2016 but continued to refine the look through later stages of production. “It was quite tricky,” recalls Head of Lighting/Look Development Shane Aherne. “We needed to remain consistent with the assets’ practical counterparts and with their representations in the original Marvel comics. But we also needed to accommodate Cate Blanchett’s performance and the action of the scene.”

RSP utilised digital characters to perform actions impossible for a human or to facilitate integration into the scene. This was especially important for characters that exhibited magical powers or super-human strength. In most instances, the character’s motion was derived from motion capture data from the actor. “Motion capture will get you 90 percent of the way there, but the rest has to be sculpted to the CG character,” notes Mackintosh. “It’s a labour-intensive process and one that requires artists with a lot of different skill sets.”

The Palace Fight depicts a confrontation between Hela and Thor that plays out over some 60 shots. Although live action elements were shot on a practical set, the production ultimately chose to have the entire background replaced with a 3D environment created by RSP. “We produced a palace that was much bigger and with a higher ceiling than was possible on any stage.” explains Wood. “It was more spread out and more opulent.”

In the finished scene, Thor is the only non-digital element. “Replacing the background in its entirety created its own challenges,” observes 2D Lead Jess Burnheim. “It meant that we had to extract Chris Hemsworth from the plate with no blue screen. We literally rotoscoped everything, including his hair. It was painstaking work.”

The Bifröst Bridge appears in another scene involving a pitched battle, this one pitting Hela against Thor and Loki. “The Bifröst has been seen in previous Marvel productions, but in Thor: Ragnarok it has a unique look because we’re inside it,” Burnheim explains. “We had old reference to work from, but we had to develop the effect further and create something that would work with the plate photography.”

“One thing that happens in the scene is that Thor is pushed into the side of the bridge and it shatters,” he adds. “That raised the question, what is it made of? Is it light? Is it physical? It took many iterations to get it to feel right.”
RSP also contributed to a scene featuring Hela’s troop of skeleton soldiers, which again involved the use of digital characters. Additionally, artists created a 3D version of Thor’s famous hammer for a scene where it is crushed by Hela.

Despite the project’s complexity, lengthy schedule, and growing shot list, the work proceeded smoothly. Mackintosh attributes that to the unique structure of RSP’s production pipeline. Its integration of animation, character development and compositing facilitates collaboration between departments and allows the studio to turn out iterations and finished work fast.

“Animation and creatures are separate entities at many studios, but we’ve unified the departments in a single smooth pipeline,” Mackintosh says. “When working to deliver shots, there is always a lot of back and forth between the teams, and we feel it’s vital to keep them working together.”

Howe notes that the cohesiveness of the RSP team (most senior artists have been with the studio for years) also promotes efficiency and delivers cost savings.

“As always, we gave our all to ensure that everything we delivered was spectacular and exceeded expectations,” says Howe. “The results are a testament to the dedication and creativity of our artists, and the strength of our pipeline in managing photoreal creature animation; complex, interactive lighting and look development. It’s a big step forward for RSP.”

via Rising Sun Pictures

Cate Blanchett & Chris Hemsworth on the cover of the November 2017 issue of Vogue Australia
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Oct 30, 2017

Cate Blanchett & Chris Hemsworth on the cover of the November 2017 issue of Vogue Australia

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Full scans from Vogue Australia November issue featuring Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett were added to the gallery. Also, in the magazine an old pic of Cate and her sister, Genevieve, and some info about RED film by Del Kathryn Barton. Enjoy!





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Thor Ragnarok: New interview, poster, artwork, photos, infos and videos
Posted on
Oct 23, 2017

Thor Ragnarok: New interview, poster, artwork, photos, infos and videos

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One more big post with Thor: Ragnarok content. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett gushes over Thor director Taika Waititi

She’s an Oscar-winning actress best known for her serious dramatic turns in The Aviator, Blue Jasmine and Carol. But Australian actress Cate Blanchett isn’t above a little superhero silliness – especially when it’s helmed by Kiwi wiseguy Taika Waititi.

Q: How did Marvel woo you into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

A: I got a call from my agent who said that Kevin Feige wanted to send me a package. I was trying to play cool but I was so excited because you don’t get offered these things very often. Then after doing a little bit of research, I realised that there hadn’t yet been a female villainess in one of the Marvel movies before. I felt the role could be really exciting.

Q: Taika Waititi made a trip to visit you, didn’t he?

A: Yes, he did and it was great. The minute you meet him you just think, “I’ll do anything for you.” I just absolutely loved him and all of his drawings. It took me a long time to realise that a lot of the doodles I’d been seeing around the office and on Skype were actually his. His films have so much heart in them, so I was extremely excited to work with him.

Q: What do you like about his style?

A: What’s great about Taika is his humour; it’s so particular and unique and quirky. But there’s just this natural buoyancy with the way that he thinks. He has a little irreverence.
With Taika, I think it’s probably the happiest film set I have ever been on. It’s so free and playful. There’s a sense that there’s no judgement. You feel like he’s really gathered everyone into the same boat.

Q: How is it working with Chris Hemsworth?

A: People assume because we’re Australian, and a relatively small company of actors often working abroad, that we all know one another. But I had never met Chris. We’ve got friends in common but I’d never met him. I don’t know if I have got any particular anecdotes except that I’ve never met a more generous, ego-less performer than Chris.
He’s incredible to work with. He holds this whole behemoth together. Like a lot of us are riding on his shoulders and what shoulders they are. I mean he can carry us. But he’s so easy.

Q: Is this the most physical role you’ve ever taken on?

A: I think so. I’m pretty physical when I’m on stage. Indiana Jones was quite physical. But in terms of hand-to-hand combat, this definitely wins. And that’s been part of what I’ve relished actually. And I enjoyed working with Zoe Bell, who is the most extraordinary stuntperson and also a wonderful actor.

We had this sort of really symbiotic relationship. She’s been very generous and clear and such an incredible teacher, showing me how to mime better. But also to say that this moment leads here and that there’s an opportunity if you wanted to do something in here. It’s not looking at a fight in a traditional way, which is a series of punches and kicks and knocking someone to the ground. There’s a psychology in it, which has been really fun to play with. I’ve loved it. Some of the happiest times on this film for me have been beating people up. I’ve really enjoyed it. I was like, oh, I don’t have to speak today. I can just throw axes into someone’s gut and decapitate that person there. So, it’s been good.

Q: How much fun has it been to play a demoness?

A: I’ve had incredible fun playing with Hela because I think her capabilities are so surprising and so unusual. She’s not simply sinister. She also sometimes doesn’t want to kill people. There’s a bit of mischief in there and playfulness. And certainly, under Taika’s tutelage that comes out. I hope audiences are in for a roller coaster ride with Hela.

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Cate Blanchett: ‘Starring in Thor helped me speak the same language as my children’
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Oct 22, 2017

Cate Blanchett: ‘Starring in Thor helped me speak the same language as my children’

Cate Blanchett says her foray into a Marvel franchise has allowed her to “speak the same language” as her children.

The award-winning actress, known for dramatic stage and screen roles, has proved she is equally at home in action movies as she takes on the role of Hela, goddess of death in Thor: Ragnarok.

The star, who will co-host the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in December, has children Dashiell, 15, Roman, 13, Ignatius, nine, and Edith, three, with husband Andrew Upton.

She said she relished the chance of the role, working with Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi.

“Are you kidding me? My children are huge fans,” she said. “My desire to be in Thor, even as a supernumerary, was driven by the desire to speak the same language as my children. And to work with Taika and Chris of course.”

The part required an intensive fitness programme, the 48-year-old told So It Goes magazine. “I relish the chance to get fit,” she said.

“The routine, unfortunately, looked exactly the same on a good day as it did on a bad day! Fortunately, Luke [Zocchi, her trainer] is hilarious and could do me in 20 minutes … said the actress to the bishop!”

With many British actors in Marvel films — including Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Idris Elba as Heimdall in the latest Thor — Blanchett said: “The comics are written with a tongue-in-cheek old English feel, so perhaps it was inevitable Marvel went to a master of English language storytelling in Ken [Branagh] to direct the first Thor film [in 2011].

“So I don’t know if it’s much about the British taking over Marvel franchises — let’s remember Taika’s from New Zealand and Chris and I are from Australia — but rather Marvel gravitating towards actors and directors who have both heft and a wicked wit.” The film is released next Friday.

Blanchett, who lives in East Sussex, claimed acting was still seen as elitist in her homeland, which was perhaps why many in the arts chose to move abroad.

“We are a nation of intensely curious people who are, for better or worse, outward-looking. Coupled with the fact that in Australia (and globally) participating in artistic pursuits is considered to be elitist, so those who work in the arts feel a constant need to apologise, that means people often seek work elsewhere.”

The two-time Academy Award winner said of her gongs: “The experience of winning one is otherworldly.
“When a room full of people you greatly admire stands up for you and not because they need to go to the bathroom… it’s indescribable.

“If you think you deserve to be there any more than the other nominees that would be foolhardy.”

via Evening Standard