Taika Waititi to walk red carpet in Australian premiere of Thor: Ragnarok

Taika Waititi is launching his first Hollywood blockbuster closer to home.

The director will appear at the Australian premiere of Thor: Ragnarok next month on the Gold Coast, where it was predominantly filmed, just a hop, skip and a jump away from actor Chris Hemsworth's home just outside of Byron Bay.

It's the first time the Kiwi director has been at the helm of a Hollywood superhero film.

Before this, Waititi was known for his quirky comedies including last year's hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows and for his work with New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.

Here we go, folks, an early look at the movie starring Chris Hemsworth.

In the Marvel universe, this will be Hemsworth's fifth time playing the hammer-wielding Norse god, both in The Avengers movies and in the two previous stand-alone Thor films.

The latest Marvel Comics movie will follow Thor as he tries to stop the destruction of his home world Asgard, which is under threat from Hela the Goddess of Death played by Cate Blanchett.

The film also stars Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Idris Elba as Heimdall, another Norse god. Tom Hiddleston also returns as Thor's estranged brother Loki.

Filming started last year, predominantly on the Gold Coast at Village Roadshow Studios, with Brisbane CBD standing in for New York.

The Australian premiere of Thor: Ragnarok will take place on October 13 at Event Cinemas Robina on the Gold Coast.

Waititi has joined the Disney family after helping screen write their upcoming Princess movie ‘Moana’. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: 'Please let go of me' - woman's apparent kidnapping caught on camera in LA

Police are desperately searching for answers after a woman was seen being bundled into a car and apparently kidnapped in Los Angeles on Sunday.

In the security footage, the woman can be seen kicking as a man appears to force her into the backseat of a car before driving away.

Witnesses told police a female voice could be heard saying, "Let go of me." 

One witness, who chose to remain anonymous, told CBS, "I said, 'Hey stop! Let go, leave her alone!'" 

They added: "You could hear the girl bang on the window hard and say, ‘Please let go of me!’"

The Los Angeles Police Department have released the footage in the hope that people with more information will come forward.

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Watch: AFL great Barry Hall loses plot, viciously attacks two opponents in club final

Former Aussie Rules premiership captain Barry Hall lost the plot during a QAFL grand final, throwing two disgraceful punches after little provocation.

Video of the game between Labrador and Palm Beach-Currumbin from over the weekend shows Hall being held by an opposing player for a few seconds after losing the ball in a tackle.

The big man then takes a swing at the other player, sending him sprawling on the floor.

The Labrador player wasn't done yet though, hitting another Palm Beach-Currumbin player with a cheap shot, after he had dared to confront Hall about the first incident.

The second player hit the deck also, leading to the 40-year-old Hall receiving a one-week suspension for intentional striking.

Hall has been in hot water over his temper in the past, receiving a seven-week ban for punching an AFL opponent in 2008.