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Chris Hemsworth is taking a break from acting following Alzheimer’s genetic testing




Chris Hemsworth has a Disney documentary series called Limitless, in which he “test[s] his body and explore ways to live longer and healthier.” As part of the series, he underwent some genetic tests, and he was originally supposed to receive the results live on camera. However, when production received the results revealing that Chris has a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, series creator Darren Aronofsky told him privately instead. Chris said the news made him want to take time off from acting, and he’ll do so after completing his promotional duties for Limitless.

Actor Chris Hemsworth says he is taking a break from acting after learning he has a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The Thor star made the discovery after undergoing tests as part of his Disney documentary series Limitless.

He told Vanity Fair the tests confirmed his “biggest fear”, adding he will now be trying to take “preventative steps”.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and can cause memory problems, confusion and communication issues.

Hemsworth learned that he has two copies of the gene ApoE4, one from his mother and one from his father, making him between eight and 10 times more likely to develop the disease than those without both copies of the gene.

About 2 to 3 per cent of the population carries two copies of the gene.

“It’s not like I’ve been handed my resignation,” Hemsworth said, but added the news “really triggered something in me to want to take some time off”.

“If you look at Alzheimer’s prevention, the benefit of preventative steps is that it affects the rest of your life,” he said.

“It’s all about sleep management, stress management, nutrition, movement, fitness. It’s all kind of the same tools that need to be applied in a consistent way.”

He explained that he had not been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but had been warned of the heightened risk. “It’s not a pre-deterministic gene, but it is a strong indication,” he said. “Ten years ago, I think it was more thought of as determinant.”

Hemsworth said the original plan for the series would have seen him receive all his genetic test results live to camera – but series creator Darren Aronofsky told him privately once they got the results.

The Marvel star was subsequently given the option of removing any references to Alzheimer’s from the show, but decided to include his genetic risk of Alzheimer’s to improve awareness and understanding.

“My concern was I just didn’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatise it, and make it into some sort of hokey grab at empathy or whatever for entertainment,” he said.

Hemsworth also confirmed to the magazine his grandfather has also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

[From BBC.com]

Chris is going to head home to Australia to be with his wife, Elsa Pataky, and their three kids. He hasn’t said anything about the length of his break, but it seems like he’ll take as long as possible before he has to do promo or film for something else he has scheduled (he just finished filming on the Mad Max sequel). Maybe Chris wasn’t completely shocked since his grandfather has Alzheimer’s and it is genetic, but that still must be incredibly jarring news to have confirmed. And to find out through something work-related, no less. Production, of course, did the right thing by telling him privately. And they gave Chris the option to omit it from the show, but he chose to include it anyway to increase awareness. It certainly would have been his right to keep that medical information private, especially since it was new to him and he likely didn’t have much time to process it, but it is admirable that he’s sharing in the hopes of educating others, especially about the preventative steps. I wasn’t aware of the preventative steps until reading this article. It’s good that Chris is taking time off to reflect and relax and spend time with family. I imagine he’s regrouping a bit as well, as this might be something that affects the choice and pacing of his projects going forward.

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Natalie Portman wore a sparkly Celine to the ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ premiere

Last night was the big world premiere for Thor: Love and Thunder in LA. All of the stars came out and it was a big Marvel outing. Natalie Portman is back in the MCU as Mighty Thor/Jane, and she’s been enjoying the early promotion. At the premiere (and at Jimmy Kimmel Live), she wore a really cute Celine dress which looks great on her. I have no notes on the fashion, but I do think her makeup artist did her dirty.

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Tessa Thompson wore a custom Armani. This looks so cool! Like she’s wearing liquid metal.

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky. The vibe is off and that’s all I’ll say.

Christian Bale’s big debut in the MCU. I’m shocked that he even came out for the premiere! It’s also funny to me that Bale was not part of all of the Thorshambles stories from the production in Australia. Bale was in Oz, working and minding his business.

Jaimie Alexander wore a blanket.

Chris Pratt came out too. Blah.

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Chris Hemsworth’s giant, beefy arms are a wrap on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

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This was the headline Disney and Marvel wanted to see: Thor: Love and Thunder has wrapped in Australia. The cast and crew of the film assembled in Australia several months ago, because Oz is Covid-free and they’re all able to work freely without pandemic prohibitions, only they can’t leave and return. Everyone has been stuck in Oz indefinitely and they’ve been partying their asses off and possibly getting into boozy polyamorous relationships. Who knows! But it’s over now, or at least the production side of it is over. I would imagine a lot of people will probably stay in Oz for a while just to continue the party.

Chris Hemsworth posted the above photo with the announcement of the end of production. Can we talk about his body for a second? This is too much. He did too much for this production. I understand that Marvel wants him to be big, bulky and ripped, but holy Jesus. The size of his arms!!

Disney/Marvel’s upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder has officially finished shooting, according to Chris Hemsworth’s Instagram. The movie, which reteamed the MCU actor with Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi after 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, is set for theatrical release on May 6, 2022.

Wrote Hemsworth, who posed with Waititi: “That’s a wrap on Thor Love and Thunder, it’s also national don’t flex day so I thought this super relaxed photo was appropriate. The film is gonna be batsh-t crazy off the wall funny and might also pull a heart string or two. Lots of love, lots of thunder! Thank you to all the cast and crew who made this another incredible Marvel journey. Buckle in, get ready and see ya in cinemas!! @taikawaititi @marvelstudios @jasinboland”

Waititi wrote the fourthquel with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. The pic stars Karen Gillan, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, Melissa McCarthy, Sam Neill, Sean Gunn, Jaimie Alexander and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher.

The Thor trilogy to date has grossed $1.94 billion at the global box office. Waititi’s Ragnarok is the highest-grossing installment in the series at $853.9M worldwide.

[From Deadline]

It should be noted that I have not seen one photo of Christian Bale this entire time. It’s possible that he’s slipped under the radar in Australia, or maybe he’s just not into that partying lifestyle at this point. Anyway, hope everything turns out well and everybody had fun.

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‘Ghostbusters’ opened at the box office with $46 million: did you love it or hate it?

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I was looking forward to seeing the lady-version of Ghostbusters, mostly because I love the combo of Melissa McCarthy + director Paul Feig, and I think Kate McKinnon is one of the funniest people working today. I went to see it on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and about half-way through the film, I realized that it really wasn’t that funny. Ghostbusters has some giggle-worthy lines and some charm and McKinnon in particular was really trying her damnedest to bring some lightness and quirk to the movie, but even the combined talents of these funny women couldn’t save a clunky script. Those were the biggest issues: pacing, and a script that needed a few more rewrites. They spent too much time earnestly building the world of the “modern” Ghostbusters and there were so many opportunities for some tongue-in-cheek cultural references, anything to shorthand the process and move along the action, but it just didn’t happen.

Which isn’t to say that I think it’s a bad movie. It’s not, and if you’re in the mood for something light and silly, I would recommend it. It’s harmless and there are some funny lines and good moments. I feel like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy’s comedic talents were oddly underutilized as they both tried to play the straight-man to varying degrees. Leslie Jones’ Patty was brought into the story too late (pacing issues, I’m telling you). Chris Hemsworth’s character was the victim of messy writing too, and it felt like they couldn’t decide how stupid they wanted him to be, so his level of intelligence kept changing scene-to-scene.

I’m well aware that there is a Battle of the Sexes happening around this film and around the reviews of the film. I was prepared to go to war and rip apart the misogynistic criticism of the film. But after seeing it, the most feminist thing I can say is that the leading ladies were trying and the film’s flaws are not their fault. The fault lies with Paul Feig and Katie Dippold, the co-writers of the clunky script.

As for the box office, Sony predicted that it would make between $40-50 million opening weekend, and it performed as expected. Early reports on Sunday put the figure at something like $46 million. It came in second behind The Secret Life of Pets, which… let’s face it, is a massive, crowd-pleasing family film. The problem was that Ghostbusters was TOO scary for really little kids and not funny enough to have box office longevity. It cost $144 million to make Ghostbusters, and I’m sure that the film will break even and likely make the studio some money. But as many analysts pointed out, that might not be good enough. Ghostbusters didn’t need to perform at expectations, it needed to exceed expectations to be considered a “success.” You can read more analysis here.

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Tom Hiddleston: Yup, My Relationship With Taylor Swift Is Real!

They caught him on a good day.

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Hours after it was announced that he was nominated for an Emmy, Tom Hiddleston hopped on the phone from Australia to do a bit of press.

The Hollywood Reporter asked The Night Manager star a series of questions related to the Emmy Awards in September, all leading to the one thing everyone wants to know about:

His relationship with Taylor Swift.

It was early in Australian during the interview, where Hiddleston is currently filming Thor: Ragnarok.  

THR had a hard time believing that Hiddleston was going to celebrate his nomination by going to work, but the Brit suggested that he might toast his good news with co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.

Does Hiddleston plan on bringing her as his date to the Emmys?

“I don’t,” he told THR with a laugh. “I didn’t even know I could.”

“It’s 4 in the morning here!”

Then came THE question: What say you about those who write off your relationship with Taylor Swift as a damn good PR move?

“Well, um. How best to put this?” he started.

“That notion is — look, the truth is that Taylor Swift and I are together, and we’re very happy. Thanks for asking. That’s the truth. It’s not a publicity stunt.”

This is the first time Hiddleston has directly addressed his burgeoning relationship with the 26-year-old singer.  

An Australian reporter attempted to do the same earlier this week, and came back with a polite “nope, not talking about that.”

Maybe he felt bad for Swift, who is in the midst of an online beef with her ex and was publicly slammed by Calvin Harris on Twitter yesterday.

Whatever the reason, Hiddleston has either put rumors to rest or awoken the beast.

All all he wanted to do was talk about how excited he was to see his British friends at the show.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing my friends who are nominated in the same category, Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba,” he said.

“They’re both old friends of mine.”

“I worked with Benedict a long time ago – six or seven years ago now, and he’s been a friend ever since. And the same is true of Idris.”

You can bet your bottom dollar Swift has already called up British designers to dress her for the Emmys.

“Look you guys!” she’ll say to Idris and Benedict as she twirls in her Union Jack gown. “Ello, gov-nah!”

Go home, Taylor.  You’re embarrassing yourself.

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“Megan Fox called out Will Arnett for having really young girlfriends” links

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Megan Fox says that Will Arnett brought so many really young women to the TNMT set that she offered the young ladies some Lunchables.

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Chris Hemsworth adorably bonds with his fellow administrative professionals

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I know it’s belated, but happy administrative professionals day! I could never express my appreciation for all that you hard working folks do quite as adequately as Ellen DeGeneres did on Wednesday’s episode of Ellen, so I’m not even going to give it a go.

Apparently, one of the admins on the Warner Brothers lot is quite a fan of the Thor star (currently in The Huntsman: Winter’s War). Ellen, no stranger to the hidden camera gag, hooked the lucky lady up with the object of her cubicle dreams and the results were highly amusing. Check out the video below and enjoy the Edible Arrangement someone in your office got:

Chris, who plays the hunky secretary to the ladies of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, was awesome during this prank, don’t you think? I mean, look at how he expertly maneuvered around not only avoiding a naked massage, but an admin/Ellen threesome. What a great actor! And, if any of Ellen’s producers happen to read this, I’d love for Jon Hamm to stop by my office. Just saying.

Although the hunky Aussie has a prominent role in one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, he has jokingly made reference to the lack of Thor in the upcoming Avengers spin-off Captain America: Civil War. In a video on Walt Disney Studio’s Facebook page, the actor seemingly takes a moment out of his “workout” to address his character’s absence from the upcoming flick. He jokes, “You know it’s funny. Everybody keeps asking me: Are you Team Cap? Are you Team Iron Man? Who cares? I mean, where was the invite for me and Hulk? Just leave the two strongest, biggest Avengers out of this one, did you?”

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the Ghostbusters reboot may fare better than Civil War? I love me some Robert Downey Jr., but Chris is making me miss Thor. I think Chris will do just fine in Ghostbusters though, he’s gotten nothing but chuckles from the audiences I’ve sat through the trailer with. If nothing else, he certainly increased the number of resumes going into Warner Brothers for administrative staff!

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Chris Hemsworth during an appearance on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "The Huntsman: Winter's War"
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"The Huntsman: Winter's War" - Photocall
Premiere of 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' - Arrivals
Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "The Huntsman: Winter's War"
Chris Hemsworth during an appearance on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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