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The Daily Dish [Buffalo News (NY)]

November 9, 2013

YellowBrix

Type-cast but doing well

On the screen, Chris Hemsworth battles aliens as superhero Thor.

But career-wise, he's also battling being type-cast.

Overseas, Disney's "Thor: The Dark World" earned a summer blockbuster-like $109.4 million when it opened last weekend. Friday, the Marvel sequel hit domestic theaters, with predictions it could earn more than $95 million in North America alone.

Contractually bound to one more "Thor" film and two more "Avengers" movies, Hemsworth will continue to reprise his role as the hammer-wielding hero.

"I couldn't be happier," he said. "I'd do them for as long as they will have me," he said. "I love being a part of this crazy ride that Marvel has set us all on. It's opened up so many doors for me."

In September, Hemsworth starred as Formula One racer James Hunt in the Ron Howard-directed "Rush." The film was a box-office disappointment, in contrast to Hemsworth's superhero movies.

Still, "Rush" led to another role in a Howard picture, the upcoming "Heart of the Sea."

The period adventure film, based on the true events that inspired Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," is currently filming in London.

Eminem's old home burns

Water still dripped Friday from the charred rafters of the boyhood home of Detroit-area rapper Eminem, after a fire Thursday burned the boarded-up bungalow pictured on the musician's latest LP, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."

The Detroit Fire Department responded to the blaze at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Senior Chief Jack Wiley said. A cause has not been determined.

Fan Matt Toporek, 21, of Harper Woods, Mich., said the abandoned home's front door was open two days ago when he visited the house, but the inside was intact.

Friday, the inside was a charred mess.

The home on Dresden Street was originally pictured on the cover of his Eminem's 2000 release, "The Marshall Mathers LP."

Morisette eyes Broadway

If Alanis Morissette gets her wish, Broadway will swallow a jagged little pill.

The singer said Friday she hopes to adapt her 1995 breakthrough album "Jagged Little Pill" for the stage. Though no story is yet written, a workshop is planned for next year. Broadway veteran Tom Kitt will provide orchestrations.

LaBelle takes the stand

Singer Patti LaBelle has testified that a man approached her at a Houston airport, swearing and calling her names, before he fought with her bodyguard.

The Grammy-winning entertainer told a Houston court Thursday that Richard King scared her in 2011 when he staggered toward her limousine at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

LaBelle's bodyguard, Efrem Holmes, is charged with misdemeanor assault in the clash caught on security video that landed King in a hospital with a head wound.

King has also filed a civil lawsuit against the singer and Holmes. LaBelle has countersued.

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