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Photo: Sarah Dunn You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Martin Freeman and Elijah Wood go head-to-head with their respective Gollum impressions. Woods’ is fairly convincing, just the right blend of rasp and hiss, but Freeman’s, we're sorry to say, sounds like someone pressing a car horn.“I’m a shit Gollum impersonator,” The Bilbo actor bemoans. “I was doing an interview with Andy for the first time and I was asked and he demanded that I do one. It was awful!” Taking part in a rare double interview and exclusive photoshoot as part of Empire's Peter Jackson-edited January issue, the two compared notes on the saga's defining moments, the good manners of Tolkien fans (Freeman: “all the time I was [shooting], there was maybe one person hanging around outside the gates.”) and the differences between their respective Bagginses. You can read the full account of their encounter »
It’s been thirteen years since Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) first left Bag End in director Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Since then, the two Middle-earth trilogies have banked countless Oscar nominations, and have accumulated enough box office gold that comparisons to Smaug’s treasure are not out of realm of modest.
With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hitting theatres on December 17, we got a tad nostalgic about all those sneaky little hobbitses. Our time in Middle-earth has regrettably come to an end, but in the words of Mr. Frodo: “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things.”
If you get a little weepy whenever Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) gives a speech – like we do – get your tissues ready for our supercut of some of our favourite Middle-earth moments.
- Sasha James
Peter Jackson is to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next month.
The director of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies will be honoured on December 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Oscar winner will have his star placed outside the Dolby Theatre, which is the venue for the Academy Awards ceremonies.
"His groundbreaking and award-winning films are part of the legacy of larger-than-life, Hollywood-style entertainment that is beloved the world over."
Andy Serkis, who has appeared in both trilogies as Gollum, will be acting as guest speaker at the unveiling of the star.
The range of Mike Nichols’ work during his long career was reflected in the outpouring from friends and fans on social media Thursday morning following the news of the director-producer’s death at the age of 83.
Everyone who knew Mike Nichols at all had this in common. (And this is hard truth.) We felt blessed for every moment we spent with him. God.
— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) November 20, 2014
So very sad to hear of Mike Nichols death. A great talent, a wonderful, bright, charming human being.
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) November 20, 2014
We lost the legendary Mike Nichols today. A pioneer of stage and film. A true visionary and a friend.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols is a genius who uses his powers to make us laugh and cry and think and feel more alive. I don't want to apply the past tense.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 20, 2014
We lost a legend today. »
- Variety Staff
Vin Diesel understands the art of launching a new franchise through social media better than any of his peers at this moment in time, as he continues to familiarize fans and audience members with his latest fantasy adventure The Last Witch Hunter through his own personal Facebook account. Today, he gives a us a new sneak peek at his character Kaulder.
Seen standing against a fiery backdrop, Kaulder is suited up in his medieval Witch Hunting armor, ready to take on whatever supernatural force is thrown his way. The movie will follow Kaulder through ancient times, leading into modern day, where he must team up with his nature enemy, a witch played by Rose Leslie, to battle a force greater than the both of them who threatens to end the human race.
Take a look at Vin Diesel's short but sweet comments on the character along with the latest »
The final theatrical artwork has arrived for the world’s first Iranian vampire western, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an upcoming release from Elijah Wood’s company, SpectreVision; and it’s not that different from the last! If it ain’t broken…… Continue Reading →
The post New One-Sheet: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Vin Diesel, who loves connecting directly to his fans, has released a new The Last Witch Hunter image on his Facebook page. In the film, Diesel plays Kaldur, an immortal witch hunter who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch (Rose Leslie), to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity. From what we've seen so far, the film looks fairly dour, so I assume the picture isn't 100 minutes of Diesel punching hipsters. But as this image tells us, Kaldur likes standing around like a dummy while he's surrounded by fire. If all other witch hunters behaved this way, I think I know why he's the last one. Hit the jump to check out The Last Witch Hunter image. The film opens October 23, 2015, and also stars Elijah Wood and Michael Caine. Via Vin Diesel.
- Matt Goldberg
The Last Witch Hunter is being directed by Brett Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) and sees Diesel as a witch hunter forced to team up with one of his sworn enemies (played by Rose Leslie; Game of Thrones) in order to prevent a coven from spreading a plague across the city. Also featuring in the cast are Michael Caine (Interstellar), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) and Olafur Darri Olafsson (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). The film is set for release next year.
- Gary Collinson
Bono flies high on stage, but on Wednesday the U2 frontman got quite the scare while flying to Germany.
The rear door of the Learjet 60 private plane fell off while Bono and his four friends were in the air, German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation told ABC News. "The Learjet lost a door where the luggage was put in," official, Germout Freitag, said. "There can be many reasons for this incident. Either something broke on the door or the door wasn't closed properly. Those are the usual problems that occur."
Photos: Real-Life Celebrity Heroes
But like a U2 show, the flight must go on! The plane, which departed from Dublin, Ireland, landed safely with no injuries.
While a door flying off a plane while in flight seems super-scary (have you seen Air Force One?!), it's not as bad as it may seem in the movies. "What happened here is very unusual, but they were »
Lexi Alexander has said that she will not direct Wonder Woman.
"Imagine the weight on my shoulders," she said. "How many male superhero movies fail? So now, we finally get Wonder Woman with a female director - imagine if it fails.
"And you have no control over marketing, over budget. So without any control, you carry the f**king weight of gender equality for both characters and women directors. No way."
Alexander also confirmed rumours that Warner Bros is seeking a female director for the project.
"If she says yes, everybody will be very happy, including me," she said.
"Still, I don't see at this point why anyone would say yes. There is huge pressure... If [a female director] does fail, then all of a sudden it's 'all women suck at directing'."
Alexander is a former »
its site. The month of October saw a range of topics from tech to food to cars, but viewers were more interested in watching Air New Zealand attendants dressed as Gandalf and Galadriel give in-flight instructions. Air New Zealand’s “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made #airnzhobbit” video ad dominated October’s Leaderboard with over 11 million views and 58,000 likes to date. As the title indicates, the Hobbit-themed ad features Lord of the Rings fans hopping on an Air New Zealand plane and partaking in some epic safety instructions taught by elves, dwarves, orcs, and more. Elijah Wood even makes a (dis)appearance when he concludes the endearing ad with familiar Tolkien-themed well-wishes before placing the One Ring on his finger. While Samsung came nowhere near Air New Zealand’s views and likes, the tech giant still refuses to vacate YouTube’s ad leaderboard. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 “gluteus maximus »
- Bree Brouwer
A disgusting tale that imagines its tiny side dish of commentary on toxic fandom and male entitlement makes up for it being a perfect example of such. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s like Rear Window, except instead of taking place out the window of an apartment overlooking a busy residential courtyard, it’s all unfolding in the multiple windows open on a laptop. And instead of a journalist and war correspondent laid up with a broken leg, Elijah Wood (Grand Piano) is a nerdy fanboy obsessed with actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey); he runs a fan site called JillGoddardCaught.com (he probably doesn’t see anything creepy in that). But it’s not like Wood’s Nick Chambers is stuck in one little room — that could have been potentially interesting; he could »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Peeping Tom: Vigalondo’s Virtual Voyeurism Thriller Too Wrapped Up in Tech
In the barest possible sense, Nacho Vigalondo’s latest film, Open Windows, can perhaps be described as Hitchcockian due to the fact that it concerns a voyeuristic male utilizing an opportunity to secretly observe a beautiful female a la a modernized Rear Window sort of set-up. Whether homage or coincidence, parallels with Hitchcock die out past Vigalondo’s log line and instead the film becomes yet another vehicle for an Elijah Wood protagonist to be manipulated in highly unlikely and increasingly silly fashion. Though Vigalondo has a rather inspired visual template for the unfolding of the narrative, much like the earlier release of technologically inspired Dutch film App, it’s a design that will only serve to hopelessly date the film which relays its tale via webcams in rudimentary form, making it also reminiscent of that multiple simultaneous perspective Mike Figgis film, »
- Nicholas Bell
Elijah Wood opened up the year with the thriller "Grand Piano" before recently wrapping up the beloved FX series "Wilfred." This fall, the former "Lord of the Rings" actor continues his busy 2014 by starring in the suspenseful "Open Windows."
In "Open Windows," Nick (Wood) discovers he has won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) only to learn that Jill has refused to honor the contest. After her manager allows the jilted fan to view Jill secretly via computer, Nick gets pulled into a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse that endangers both himself and Jill.
With spying on his mind, Wood recently revealed his five favorite movies about voyeurism to Moviefone. Check out his impressive picks below.
"Open Windows" hits theaters and is available on VOD November 7. »
- Moviefone Staff
Director: Andy Goddard
Running Time: 97 minutes
Synopsis: Set in 1950’s America a young professor secures the gig of a lifetime – hosting famed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. After being confronted with his idol’s true nature however, the young professor finds himself questioning everything, even himself…
After the phenomenon that was The Lord Of The Rings series, Elijah Wood continues to skirt major Hollywood projects in favour of smaller, artier and more meaningful stories. Set Fire To The Stars is another one of these more intimate films, with the majority of screen time just featuring two men. Wood plays John Malcolm Brinnin, a polite and mousey poetry professor whose own works keep getting overlooked. His biggest hero is Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, and through a chance of fate, Brinnin finds the literary master his ward. The personalities of the pair couldn’t be more different »
- Kat Smith
A hundred years after Dylan Thomas was born, he is brought back to life in cinemas, albeit in restrained, monochromatic style. Welsh actor Celyn Jones plays his revered countryman, as well as co-writing the film, but it's Elijah Wood who has top billing as the Ivy League literature buff who gives himself the onerous task of managing the great poet on a promotional tour of America.
Wood is buttoned-down and deeply intense as John M Brinnin and it's his psychological make-up that sets the tone for the story in stark opposition to his voluble and voracious client. Thomas's health is already on the decline in 1950 (three years before his death) and he isn't going gently into that good night. There's boozing with floozies and rabble-rousing from the get-go, »
War is coming to Middle-Earth, and we get a first-hand, action-packed look at all the destruction in this new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
In this exciting preview for the final installment in the epic trilogy, every single character from the series makes an appearance with either a grimace on their face or a sword in their hand – or both.
The lighthearted, adventuring tone of the first two films has been replaced with a dark, brooding menace that permeates every shot. Meanwhile, an ever-quickening, foreboding score builds tension with every rapid flash of violence.
The Battle Of The Five Armies begins where the previous film left off: Smaug is flying off in a rage with the destruction of Lake-Town on his mind. Meanwhile, a war is brewing as tensions build between the Dwarves, the Men of »
TV Rewind: Bette Midler, Jim Gaffigan, Elijah Wood Interview Videos From NBC’s Late Night Shows are posted below.The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FALLONLip Flip with Bette MidlerAfter Bette Midler expresses interest in interviewing herself, she swaps mouths with Jimmy to have an in-depth chat that ends in a duet of “Baby It’s You” by The Shirelles. Bette Midler Loves TLC and Girl GroupsJimmy talks to The Divine Miss M about her North American tour for her covers album, It’s the Girls, and Bette discusses her love for “No Scrubs.”Bette Midler Launches First National Tour In A DecadeJimmy chats with Bette […] »
- April Neale
This weekend, Matthew McConaughey attempts to save the human race in Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar," a young prodigy and his robot friend, Baymax, become crime fighters in Disney's "Big Hero 6," and three shows return to HBO, back to back, on Sunday night: "The Newsroom," "The Comeback," and "Getting On."
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Theory of Everything" tells the extraordinary story of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his relationship with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). In "Jessabelle," the titular character returns to her childhood home to recover from a horrific accident only to find a long-tormented spirit awaiting her return. "The Better Angels" tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships, tragedy, and women that shaped him. "On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter" chronicles the international sport of motorcycle racing. The documentary was inspired by Bruce Brown's 1971 "On Any Sunday. »
- Jonny Black
Elijah Wood is a 33-year-old American. Daniel Radcliffe is a 25-year-old Brit. If you actually look, they have quite different faces, but they undeniably have the same vibe. Vibe plus similar-ish projects has resulted in them constantly getting mistaken for each other. Radcliffe has addressed this before, telling the story of the time he was asked to sign a head shot of Wood in Japan. Last night on Late Night, Wood broke his silence, telling his own story of being mistaken for Mr. Potter. No word on if they've actually hung out before to discuss their resemblance and what's it like to act like you're invisible. »
- Jesse David Fox
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