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Thor Just Became Female

But this is still Thor, not She-Thor, people

(Newser) - We have seen the future Thor, and she is female: In a rather startling change, Marvel revealed today (to The View, naturally?) what it calls "one of the most shocking and exciting changes" to rattle the ranks of its biggest heroes—it seems our "classic Thunder God" is... More »

Hobbit Crushes All Other Movies

'Frozen' falls to second, Tyler Perry film takes third

(Newser) - A wee hobbit ousted an animated princess at the weekend box office, says the Hollywood Reporter . Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($73.7 million) not only iced out Disney's Frozen ($22.2 million) domestically, it ranked No. 1 worldwide, banking a robust $131.2 million in 49 territories. Tyler ... More »

Thor Bashes Jackass With $86.1M

It wasn't really a close fight

(Newser) - Thor: The Dark World smashed its way to a hulking $86.1 million win at the weekend box office, easily swatting away Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and its second-place $11.3 million, reports the AP . Thor's take was good enough for the fourth-biggest debut of the year, notes the... More »

Today's Best April Fool's Stories

Twitter, Google, and Virgin roll out doozeys

(Newser) - You may have seen Google's plan to "shut down YouTube," but that wasn't the only media-perpetrated April Fool's prank today, CNN reports. Among the day's best:
  • Twitter (sorry, "Twttr") announced that vowels are no longer permitted in tweets, so as to facilitate
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Critics Agree: Avengers a Blast

Joss Whedon directs Robert Downey Jr. in superhero blowout

(Newser) - Sure, it's an effective moneymaking scheme: release movies about individual superheroes, then one about all of them. But with Joss Whedon at the helm, The Avengers really works. What critics are saying:
  • "Even if you don't particularly like comic-book adaptations, this film just might make a believer
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Thor Thunders Past Rivals

With $66M, it's Marvel's third-best new-franchise opening

(Newser) - Thor hammered the competition over the weekend, pulling in $66 million and exceeding studio expectations. Though Thor is a lesser-known comic book title, the movie was Marvel's third-highest opening for a new franchise, behind the $115 million pulled in by Spider-Man in 2002, and the $98.6 million Iron ... More »

Thor Leaves Critics (Mostly) Thunderstruck

Reviews solid for likeable new superhero flick

(Newser) - Critics are mostly quite pleased with Thor, the new Marvel superhero flick about a Norse god fallen to Earth, directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film currently sports an 81% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though its positive reviews seem to be more three-star than four-star. Here's a taste of... More »

White Supremacists Boycotting Thor Over Black God

Casting of Idris Elba infuriates Council of Conservative Citizens

(Newser) - A far-right group is calling for a boycott of the upcoming Thor movie because a black actor has been cast as a Norse god. Wire star Idris Elba plays the god Heimdall in the superhero movie, a casting decision that the Council of Conservative Citizens says is an "insulting... More »

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