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MovieMash: your roundup of the week's film news

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Looking for a quick fix of all the latest breaking news? You've come to the right place. This is MovieMash.

Chris Hemsworth cringes at Thor: Ragnarok spoiler

Basic rule of film journalism: don't ruin the movie you've been sent to cover. Sadly for one Australian reporter on TV show The Project, he couldn't help blurting out one massive clanger related to Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok – and star Chris Hemsworth wasn't impressed.

It kinda goes without saying this constitutes spoiler territory – advance at your own peril.

IT's deleted scene that was too disturbing for the movie

It's officially the most successful R-rated horror movie of all time and got everybody on the lookout for killer clowns. Blockbuster IT presented us with one of the defining Stephen King adaptations of our time – but even so there was one scene judged too upsetting for the final edit.

"There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]," explains actor Bill Skarsgard. "The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself."

"It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from," Skarsgård adds. "That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the It entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that."

Now somebody on Reddit has dug up the extract from Gary Dauberman's original script, which can be read here. Just a word of warning: it's graphic, upsetting and terrifying, just the way Pennywise likes it.

This Snake Outta Compton trailer is all kinds of awesome

If you were a fan of N.W.A. drama Straight Outta Compton but felt it could have done with more giant killer reptiles, you're in luck.

This promo for upcoming horror-comedy spoof Snake Outta Compton pits an aspiring rap group against... well, what do you think? Here's the official synopsis.

A young rap group suddenly finds themselves up against a giant, mutated snake that threatens to destroy their search for stardom! Aided by two corrupt cops, a crazed gangster, and a mad scientist, the band has one thing to do before getting the record deal they need; get that motherf**kin' Snake Outta Compton! Prepare yourself for dope ass beats, unfriendly fire, and the biggest, nastiest snake you've ever seen in this outrageous satire of creature features, urban gangster films, and hip hop culture.

Check out the trailer below – it contains rappers and giant snakes, and is therefore totally awesome.


Heath Ledger asked Christian Bale to really hit him during The Dark Knight filming

The intensity of The Dark Knight's interrogation scene burns off the screen, as Batman (Christian Bale) faces his most inexplicable and terrifying enemy in the form of The Joker (the late, Oscar-winning Heath Ledger).

It's one of the most memorable and chilling scenes from Christopher Nolan's 2008 masterpiece, fully reinforcing what Batman is up against.

And the conviction of the scene is no accident: Ledger requested Bale go method on him as our hero attacks The Joker in a rage, as recounted by Bale in Joseph McCabe’s new book 100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.

"Our first scene was in an interrogation room together, and I saw that he's a helluva actor who's completely committed to it and totally gets the tone that Chris [Nolan] is trying to create with this," Bale recalls. "We're not going for actors revealing their enjoyment of playing a wacky caricature. We're treating this as serious drama. You go into character and you stay in the character. I love that. I find that so ridiculous that I love it, and I take that very seriously. Heath was definitely embracing that."

Bale continues: "When he was in the makeup and the garb he was in character the whole time; and when he took it off he was absolutely fantastic company to be around As you see in the movie, Batman starts beating the Joker and realizes that this is not your ordinary foe. Because the more I beat him the more he enjoys it. The more I'm giving him satisfaction. Heath was behaving in a very similar fashion. He was kinda egging me on. I was saying, 'You know what, I really don't need to actually hit you. It's going to look just as good if I don't.' And he's going, 'Go on. Go on. Go on....' He was slamming himself around, and there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them. His commitment was total."

Wowsers. Let's remind ourselves of the brilliance of the scene in question.


Black Panther's Lion King homage

If you thought a certain shot in Marvel's trailer looked familiar, you weren't the only one.

Twitter user UrbanNoize2 came up with the following awesome shot comparison, revealing there's more Disney in Black Panther's DNA than we first realised. Hakuna Matata, indeed.

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