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The Marvel Movies Debrief - Thor: Ragnarok Recap, Legacy, and McU Connections

Richard Jordan Apr 18, 2019

The Thor franchise gets a new lease of life thanks to Taika Waititi, who gives the God of Thunder his best McU showcase yet

This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok and the wider McU.

"Life is about growth; it's about change..."

With Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in full swing, having already introduced a couple of major new characters and raised the stakes for the Earth-bound Avengers (in Captain America: Civil War), it was time for the Mighty Thor's third big-screen outing. It's fair to say, though, that the God of Thunder was in need of a bit of a rethink after his largely soulless second adventure, The Dark World. As Chris Hemsworth's Asgardian hero tells his up-to-his-old-tricks brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), sometimes a change can do you good...

The man tasked by Marvel with leading that change was Taika Waititi. And change things he did.
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Tessa Thompson Says Thor 4 Is In The Works, Taika Waititi May Return

Beneath all the fluorescent visuals and awe-inspiring spectacle, Thor: Ragnarok will always be remembered as a bold and often laugh out loud funny reinvention of Marvel’s Norse god.

That’s not to say that the previous Thor films were bad movies, it’s just that the God of Thunder never really got the adaptation he deserved. But then Taika Waititi entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that all changed.

Following critically acclaimed efforts in the vein of Hunt For the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows, the New Zealand director brought with him an infectious energy that carried over into the God of Thunder’s third solo outing. It was something that the previous adaptations were sorely lacking, and made for one of the best and most entertaining movies of 2017. But what comes next for the fan favorite hero?

Well, Endgame is quickly approaching, but there’s
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Godzilla Vs. Kong Wraps Shooting in Australia

Godzilla Vs. Kong Wraps Shooting in Australia
This May, Trick or Treat and Krampus director Michael Dougherty will unleash Godzilla: King of the Monsters starring Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown on the masses in a theater near you. For those who might not know, the film is the follow-up to Gareth Edwards's Godzilla starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston and in a roundabout way Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman. This summer's new film will then soon be followed up by director Adam Wingard's Godzilla Vs Kong. And speaking of Wingard's epic monster mash, today we have word that Godzilla vs. Kong has wrapped shooting. Woo-Hoo!

One of the main reasons this here horror fan is looking forward to checking out Godzilla vs. Kong is that the movie hails to us from director Adam Wingard. For those who might not be
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Orchard Film Rebrands as 1091, Sets ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ as First Release

  • Variety
The Orchard Film Group is re-launching as 1091 after being acquired by investment group 1091 Media.

Daniel Stein and Joe Samberg, principals of 1091 Media, made the announcement on Wednesday. Stein will take an active role in the company as executive chairman of 1091.

The company has set a May 3 opening for Werner Herzog’s documentary “Meeting Gorbachev” and a May 24 release for the fashion documentary “Halston” as its first theatrical releases under the new banner. Both movies will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The new company’s leadership includes Chad Blackwell, chief operating officer and chief financial officer; Julie Dansker, chief revenue officer; Danielle Di Giacomo, senior VP of acquisitions and strategic partnerships; Adam Brostoff, senior VP of operations; Danny Grant, senior VP of film and strategic partnerships; and Natalie Mooallem, senior VP of client management.

The film business was acquired from global music distribution company the Orchard, which was
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The Orchard Film Group Renamed 1091, Sets First Releases Under New Leadership

The Orchard Film Group Renamed 1091, Sets First Releases Under New Leadership
The Orchard Film Group has officially relaunched as 1091, a new distribution company for independent film and television content creators. The announcement was made by Daniel Stein and Joe Samberg, principals of 1091 Media. Stein will take an active role in the company as executive chairman. The name 1091 comes from the address number of Stein and Samberg’s investment firm, which was The Orchard’s original investor in 2003.

In addition to announcing the new company name, 1091 has already set its first two theatrical releases in the U.S.: Werner Herzog’s political documentary “Meeting Gorbachev,” which will open May 3, and the fashion documentary “Halston,” which will debut in theaters May 24. Both films will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In addition to Stein, 1091’s new leadership includes Chad Blackwell, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer; Julie Dansker, Chief Revenue Officer; Danielle Digiacomo, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Strategic Partnerships; Adam Brostoff,
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Daniel Stein Named Executive Chairman of 1091, Formerly The Orchard

The Orchard Film Group has officially launched under its new name, 1091, after being acquired by investment group 1091 Media. Daniel Stein, a principal with 1091 Media alongside Joe Samberg, is taking on the role of Executive Chairman of 1091, Stein and Samberg announced Wednesday.

The company’s first releases under its new banner are “Meeting Gorbachev,” a documentary from Werner Herzog being released on May 3, and “Halston,” another documentary releasing on May 24. Both films will play at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In addition to Stein, the new company’s leadership includes Chad Blackwell, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer; Julie Dansker, Chief Revenue Officer; Danielle Digiacomo, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Strategic Partnerships; Adam Brostoff, Senior Vice President, Operations; Danny Grant, Senior Vice President, Film and Strategic Partnerships; and Natalie Mooallem, Senior Vice President, Client Management.

Also Read: The Orchard Film, TV Evp Paul Davidson to Step Down

The film business
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The Orchard film group rebrands as 1091

New leadership team announced.

The Orchard film group has rebranded as 1091 after it was acquired by 1091 Media in January and has announced a new leadership team and set Tribeca Film Festival documentary selections Meeting Gorbachev and Halston as its first releases.

1091 Media principals Daniel Stein and Joe Samberg said the company will handle film and television and plans to invest in technology, new delivery options and business intelligence. Paul Davidson departed last week as head of film and television.

Stein will take an active role as executive chairman of 1091. The leadership team includes COO and CFO Chad Blackwell; chief
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The Orchard film and TV head Paul Davidson to exit

The Orchard film and TV head Paul Davidson to exit
Executive was invited to stay on but will look to ’build something new’.

Paul Davidson is stepping down as executive vice-president of film and television of The Orchard in a move that follows the recent sale of the film group to investor 1091 Media.

Davidson has led the division for five years, overseeing acquisitions and releases on such titles as Birds Of Passage, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Neruda, El Angel, American Animals, and The Hummingbird Project.

At time of writing sources could not expand on the succession plan, nor did they elaborate on 1091 Media’s plans for the film and television business.
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The Orchard Head Content Executive Paul Davidson Steps Down

  • Variety
At the finish line of its sale to 1091 Media, distributor the Orchard’s film and TV head Paul Davidson is parting ways with the company.

In an amicable split, the creative executive addressed staff in person and in a company-wide memo on Tuesday in New York City to inform them of his decision.

“While I am very appreciative that 1091 asked me to continue to run the company in its new iteration, for me the time is right to look toward my own next chapter and build something new,” Davidson wrote in his note.

In his roughly five years, Davidson has overseen the acquisition and release of many of the indie distributor’s titles, including the Oscar nominee for documentary feature “Cartel Land,” the Sundance hit “The Overnight,” acclaimed fashion doc “Dior & I,” and the cult film “What We Do in the Shadows.”

Before the Orchard, Davidson led Microsoft’s Xbox Video service.
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The Orchard Film, TV Evp Paul Davidson to Step Down

  • The Wrap
Paul Davidson, The Orchard Film Group’s executive vice president of film and television, is stepping down after the sale of the company to 1091 Media is completed, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

In a memo to staff, Davidson wrote: “As the company ends one chapter and begins another, I have made the decision to move on from The Orchard film group. While I am very appreciative that 1091 asked me to continue to run the company in its new iteration, for me the time is right to look toward my own next chapter and build something new. There are exciting things on the horizon, and I look forward to sharing more when I’m able. “

Davidson has been with The Orchard for five years. In January, 1091 Media announced its acquisition of the company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Orchard Film Group is owned by The Orchard,
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The Orchard Film-tv Evp Paul Davidson Exiting

  • Deadline
Deadline has confirmed that Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s Film & TV Evp of five years will be leaving the company after the division’s sale to 1091 Media is finished.

The news was made known to Orchard staff this morning after Davidson and CEO Brad Navin met.

As Sundance was kicking off, it was announced that 1091 Media would acquire The Orchard’s Film & TV division, to be renamed at a later point in time. Meanwhile, The Orchard would re-devote itself to its music business which includes a catalog of 25K copyrights of such artists compositions by John Denver, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and more.

The Orchard during Davidson’s tenure has been behind such pics as Neruda, American Animals which it co-acquired with MoviePass at last year’s festival, Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and the Sam Elliott ailing movie star drama The Hero. One of the more
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SXSW Review: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is an Effortlessly Charming Retread

A triumph for diversity in casting, The Peanut Butter Falcon is an enormously endearing and often funny drama about two outlaws: Zac (Zack Gottsagen), a 22-year-old with down syndrome, and Tyler (Shia Labeouf), a small-time crab fisher who sets his competition’s traps ablaze. Without family, Zac escapes from a nursing home thanks to his roommate (played by the always delightful Bruce Dern) and the head nurse Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) is given her marching orders to go find him. After reviewing the evidence in his room, she deduces he’s heading to a wrestling camp in Aiken, Sc headed by the Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Hayden Church).

While breaking only minor new ground in the unlikely duo/outlaw chase picture, the film is a triumph for actor Gottsagen, in a role written specifically for him by first-time feature filmmakers Tyler Nelson and Michael Schwartz. Zac finds himself stuck in a
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Taika Waititi to write and direct Time Bandits TV pilot

Last year it was announced that Apple has snapped up the TV rights to Terry Gilliam’s cult 80s fantasy Time Bandits for a small screen adaptation, and now comes word that the project has found a pilot director in Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).

Waititi – whose other credits include What We Do In the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople – is set to co-write the pilot, as well as directing and executive producing with Terry Gilliam and Dan Halsted.

The original 1981 film follows an eleven-year-old boy called Kevin who finds himself whisked away from his bedroom by a band of dwarves who have stolen a spacetime map from the Supreme Being. Together they set off on a time-travelling adventure, meeting historical figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Robin Hood, while being pursued by the malevolent being Evil who wants to acquire the map for his own nefarious purposes.

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Taika Waititi: ‘My Heart Is Broken’ Over New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Taika Waititi: ‘My Heart Is Broken’ Over New Zealand Mosque Shootings
Taika Waititi has taken to social media to respond to the deadly terrorist attacks that killed at least 49 people in New Zealand. The “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Thor: Ragnarok” director was born on New Zealand’s North Island in Raukokore and grew up in the capital of Wellington. Waititi’s early films such as “Eagle vs. Shark” and “Boy” were shot in New Zealand and financed by the New Zealand Film Commission.

“My heart is broken,” Waititi wrote on Twitter. “My country is weeping and so am I. I am dying knowing that this kind of hatred can happen in my homeland. All my love goes out to Christchurch, the victims, the families, the Muslim community, and all who have chosen our islands as their home. This is not us.”

Two shootings occurred at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, March 15. The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
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Crime caper ‘Lowdown Dirty Criminals’ rolls in Nz

(L-r) Scott Wills, Cohen Holloway, Robbie Magasiva, Rebecca Gibney, James Rolleston, Min Kim and Samuel Austin (Photo credit: Sam Norman)

Director Paul Murphy’s Lowdown Dirty Criminals, a comedy crime caper about two naïve young men searching for a better life, is shooting in Wellington.

Scripted by David Brechin-Smith, the plot follows James Rolleston as Freddy and Toi Whakaari graduate Samuel Austin as Marvin, who believe a life of crime will provide them with the future they are seeking, or in their own words, setting them up with “monies and honeys.”

The ensemble cast includes Robbie Magasiva, Rebecca Gibney and Cohen Holloway (Hunt for the Wilderpeople.)

Robin Murphy and Sadie Wilson are producing for Lowdown Productions, with investment from the New Zealand Film Commission, Avalon Studios, Global Film Solutions and Hells Pizza. Catherine Fitzgerald is the Ep.

Monster Pictures will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. Mpi Media Group is handling international sales.
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‘What We Do In The Shadows’: FX Series Pilot Is Delicious Fun [SXSW Review]

Before “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Thor Ragnarok,” there was the 2014 mockumentary horror comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” that put its co-director and star Taika Waititi on the map and lead to his coveted Marvel gig and now-minted filmmaking career. Marvel knew then what seems like old hat now: Waititi is hysterical and brilliant, and so is the work.

Continue reading ‘What We Do In The Shadows’: FX Series Pilot Is Delicious Fun [SXSW Review] at The Playlist.
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How Taika Waititi Stuck to ‘Star Wars’ Tone for ‘The Mandalorian': ‘Can’t Put Too Many Jokes In’

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How Taika Waititi Stuck to ‘Star Wars’ Tone for ‘The Mandalorian': ‘Can’t Put Too Many Jokes In’
Taika Waititi, known for his irreverent style with films “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “What We Do in the Shadows,” was able to get some of that tone into his episode of “The Mandalorian,” the upcoming “Star Wars” TV show for Disney+.

But not too much. Although he was able to fully imbibe his eccentricities into Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Waititi argued that LucasFilm was not as flexible.

“The ‘Star Wars’ universe is very different to the Marvel style,” Waititi said Monday during the Television Critics Association press tour. “They know that whatever was set up — the tone of the first films — really should be adhered to. It’s what the fans like. You can’t really disrespect it. Can’t put too many jokes in.”

Also Read: Taika Waititi Confirms He Won't Direct 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3': 'That's James' Film'

But he added: “Definitely, my tone is in there.
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‘The Breaker Upperers’ Trailer: Netflix Debuts Quirky Unromantic Comedy From The Producers of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’

‘The Breaker Upperers’ Trailer: Netflix Debuts Quirky Unromantic Comedy From The Producers of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’
The New Zealand comedy scene has a new pair of stars in the form of Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami, the stars and directors of the quirky unromantic comedy The Breaker Upperers. Van Beek and Sami star as two cynical women who open an agency that helps couples break up, but their smooth partnership is […]

The post ‘The Breaker Upperers’ Trailer: Netflix Debuts Quirky Unromantic Comedy From The Producers of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ appeared first on /Film.
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The Orchard Sells Its Film Division as Sundance Kicks Off

The Orchard’s executive vice president of film and TV, Paul Davidson, was in Sundance looking for movies when the carefully planned opening day announcement broke that investment group 1091 Media, which is part of the digital media holding company Dimensional Associates, has entered into an agreement in principle to wholly acquire The Orchard Film Group from global music distribution company The Orchard.

At a challenging time in the film industry, the Orchard is devoting its main business to its core music operations in 40 countries around the world. The Orchard film division has been competing with deep-pocketed distribution rivals to acquire affordable properties, many of them foreign-language, for theatrical release, from Chile’s Globe-nominated “Neruda” to the more recent shortlisted Colombian submission, “Birds of Passage,” which was to hit theaters in 2019, but did not land an Oscar slot. Still to come on the company’s 2019 slate is “The Hummingbird Project” in March starring Jesse Eisenberg.
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The Orchard Sells Its Film Division as Sundance Kicks Off

The Orchard’s executive vice president of film and TV, Paul Davidson, was in Sundance looking for movies when the carefully planned opening day announcement broke that investment group 1091 Media, which is part of the digital media holding company Dimensional Associates, has entered into an agreement in principle to wholly acquire The Orchard Film Group from global music distribution company The Orchard.

At a challenging time in the film industry, the Orchard is devoting its main business to its core music operations in 40 countries around the world. The Orchard film division has been competing with deep-pocketed distribution rivals to acquire affordable properties, many of them foreign-language, for theatrical release, from Chile’s Globe-nominated “Neruda” to the more recent shortlisted Colombian submission, “Birds of Passage,” which was to hit theaters in 2019, but did not land an Oscar slot. Still to come on the company’s 2019 slate is “The Hummingbird Project” in March starring Jesse Eisenberg.
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