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6 items from 2015


Alien franchise: ranking the movies in order of quality

22 January 2015 7:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alien and Aliens are classics. But how do the other sequels, prequel and spin-offs compare? We try to rank them in descending order...

Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?

You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.

Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies crosses $800 million, the second film of 2014 to do so

19 January 2015 4:36 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – and his Middle-earth series – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become just the second film of 2014 to cross $800 million at the global box office, with the fantasy epic pushing its global haul to $803.1 million this past weekend.

The Battle of the Five Armies remains the lowest-grossing instalment of the Middle-earth franchise behind The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($869.3 million), and is the second-biggest movie of last year after Transformers: Age of Extinction, which sits on $1.087 billion.

See Also: Read our reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here and here

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, »

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Eddie Redmayne Hilariously Reenacts His Failed ‘Hobbit’ Audition

5 January 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Eddie Redmayne showed off his funny on The Graham Norton Show on Saturday, Jan. 3, where he appeared alongside Anna Kendrick and Liam Neeson. While the newly wed is garnering tons of Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, there’s one role he didn't land: Bilbo Baggins.

Video: Who Told Eddie Redmayne He Couldn't Play Christian Grey? 

During the interview, Norton jokingly pointed out that half of the United Kingdom seemingly appears in the Lord of the Rings franchise – except for Eddie Redmayne. And now we know why!

Turns out the 32-year-old actor auditioned for The Hobbit but failed to get a callback.  Martin Freeman eventually got the part.  

News: What Gift Did Stephen Hawking Give to Eddie Redmayne

“They were auditioning for The Hobbit and I was sent in on an audition for Bilbo Baggins, which shows they were really casting the net wide. I went to »

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Eddie Redmayne reenacts his unique and unsuccessful Hobbit audition

5 January 2015 4:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eddie Redmayne has reenacted his unsuccessful auditioning technique for The Hobbit.

The Theory of Everything actor admitted that his daring and eccentric audition for the role of Bilbo Baggins did not result in a callback during an interview on The Graham Norton Show.

The actor studied Ian Holm's performance in The Lord of the Rings movies before trying out for Peter Jackson's prequel series. The role ultimately went to Sherlock and Fargo star Martin Freeman.

Redmayne will next be seen in the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending opposite Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - the final film in Jackson's trilogy - was released in December.

Redmayne can currently be seen as Stephen Hawking in biopic The Theory of Everything. Watch him talking to Digital Spy about what it was like to play the acclaimed physicist in the video below: »

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Eddie Redmayne Reenacts Failed 'Bilbo Baggins' Audition For The Hobbit

4 January 2015 10:37 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Currently, Eddie Redmayne is garnering serious Oscar buzz for portraying the famous physicist Stephen Hawking, but if his 'Bilbo Baggins' audition for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had went better he might not have had the time to be in The Theory of Everything. The role eventually went to Martin Freeman ("Fargo"), who Jackson always claimed was his number one choice from the get go. Even so, Redmayne was asked to tryout for the part and during an interview on the Graham Norton Show, Redmayne gave them a taste of his audition. "I went to this audition, and I'd been really rigorous about it, and didn't want to just do my usual boring thing," Redmayne said. "So I went on YouTube and I found Ian Holm, who'd played it in The Lord of the Rings, and I tried to copy his character. I arrived there, and the »

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies crosses the $700 million mark worldwide

4 January 2015 11:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become the eighth movie of 2014 to cross $700 million at the global box office, with the epic conclusion to Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy pushing its worldwide haul to $722.9 million this weekend.

The Battle of the Five Armies is now the fifth-highest grossing movie of last year, and looks like it should go on to overtake X-Men: Days of Future Past ($746 million), Maleficent ($757.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($772.6 million), which would leave it trailing only Transformers: Age of Extinction, which pulled in $1.087 billion.

In terms of Jackson’s Middle-earth saga, the final Hobbit movie remains in sixth place and will need to reach $870 million if it is to overtake The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which earned $869.3 million back in 2001.

See Also: Read our reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here »

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