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'Hobbit 3' Poster Unites Heroes in Battle Against Smaug

3 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If the epic safety video from The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies wasn't up your alley, then perhaps you'll enjoy a new poster from the final installment of this Middle Earth franchise.

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is seen brandishing his sword Sting, alongside Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Thranduil (Lee Pace), with the massive dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) looming in the background.

Peter Jackson directs this final installment of his epic trilogy, which follows Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves, after they reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive »

- MovieWeb

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Final Poster for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

3 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has released what seems to be the final poster for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

The film stars Martin FreemanIan McKellenRichard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict CumberbatchCate BlanchettStephen Fry, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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'The Hobbit' Cast Star in Epic Air New Zealand Safety Video

3 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As The Hobbit trilogy kicked off with An Unexpected Journey, the franchise partnered with Air New Zealand for a safety video in 2012. The airline then debuted a Smaug airplane last year for The Desolation of Smaug. As the trilogy comes to a close this year with The Battle of The Five Armies, director Peter Jackson and star Elijah Wood have teamed up for "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made".

Clocking in at just over four and a half minutes, this safety video also features cameos from Dean O'Gorman (Fili), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) and Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor.

Here's what Peter Jackson had to say about this epic video, which was directed by New Zealand native filmmaker Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows).

"Air New Zealand has created yet another fantastic video to celebrate The Hobbit films. I had a lot of fun on »

- MovieWeb

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New poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, budget for the trilogy swells to $745 million

4 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Amid reports that the budget of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has swelled to a whopping $745 million (compared to $297 million for The Lord of the Rings), a rather fine new poster for the final chapter, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has arrived online, and we’ve got it for you here…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But »

- Gary Collinson

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Listen: Todd Haynes Talks His Upcoming 'Carol,' 'Velvet Goldmine' & More In 80-Minute Podcast

9 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Barring his excellent miniseries take on “Mildred Pierce,” Todd Haynes hasn’t released a feature film since 2007’s experimental Bob Dylan biopic, “I’m Not There.” However, the director is ending his big-screen drought with the Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara-starring “Carol,” and now we have a few more details on the period piece. A few weeks ago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago hosted Haynes and his frequent collaborator, costume designer Sandy Powell, for a special screening of “Velvet Goldmine” for the museum’s ongoing “David Bowie Is” exhibit. Per The Film Stage (via MissBelivet), the duo revealed that “Carol” is nearing the end of post-production, with “mixing & color timing” to be completed in New York City, and that a spring 2015 premiere date is being eyed. Also of note? Apparently Harvey Weinstein “really gets” the film. So, see you at the Croisette? Despite taking place »

- Cain Rodriguez

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I am officially tired of being asked to sympathize with men in movies

21 October 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Updated! A motif that I noticed recurring during the just-wrapped London Film Festival has inspired me to add two more kinds of men whom I am tired of being asked to sympathize with:

men suffering for their art

men making other people suffer for their art

(Please note that my tiredness with how often these types of men appear in stories that ask us to feel for them does not automatically mean that I cannot feel for them, or that I didn’t end up enjoying their stories. It means only that I wish we would see as many stories about women doing these things whom male moviegoers would be expected to sympathize with.)

I was already on edge before last night’s Oscars, when a recent viewing of The Great Beauty, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, infuriated me with its pretentious bullshit. Pretentious bullshit is always bad enough, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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A look at Screen Actors Guild predictions

21 October 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a substantial portion of the year now, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do. SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in mind that it’s early and they’re completely subject to change. For example, I’ve hung back on some »

- Joey Magidson

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Daily | Beavers, Hanks, Mackenzie

21 October 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of news and views: David Phelps on Robert Beavers, Richard Kelly on Brad Bird and Ratatouille, Todd Haynes on his forthcoming Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, a new short story by Tom Hanks, Glenn Heath Jr. on David Mackenzie, an interview with Mike Hoolboom, more from Reverse Shot on Martin Scorsese, Glenn Kenny on Bill Morrison, Julianne Moore's interview with Sarah Paulson, Charles Isherwood on a play about Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler writing Double Indemnity, Richard Brody on Alain Resnais's Muriel, remembering Oscar de la Renta, Misty Upham and more. » - David Hudson »

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Film Movement Acquires Venice Winner 'The Dinner' (Exclusive)

21 October 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York-based distribution company Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Ivano De Matteo’s The Dinner in Rome this week. Based on the best-selling Dutch novel by Herman Koch, the title took home the Best European Film award at Venice Days. Cate Blanchett is rumored to be making her directorial debut with an English-language adaptation of the book. The Italian adaptation stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Luigi Lo Cascio and Alessandro Gassman, and chronicles a dinner party gone horribly wrong. Two well-to-do couples who seem to have it all begrudgingly endure a posh monthly dinner together.

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- Ariston Anderson

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Michael Keaton Earns Modern Master Award

21 October 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Michael Keaton is being honored at the coming Santa Barbara International Film Festival.Keaton joins past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 […] »

- April Neale

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Michael Keaton to receive Santa Barbara honour

21 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Birdman star to receive award at the festival in January.

Birdman star Michael Keaton will receive the Modern Master Award at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Jan 27-Feb 7).

The tribute will take place on Jan 31 and is the festival’s highest honour, recognising an “individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry”.

Previous recipients include Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Cate Blanchett and Ben Affleck.

“There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton,” said Sbiff executive director Roger Durling.

“His performance in Birdman is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience.” »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards: Modern Master Goes to 'Birdman' Star Michael Keaton

21 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Modern Master Award, established in 1995, was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture via the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron. Keaton's career ranges far and wide, from Ron Howard's "Night Shift" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" to his lauded performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark show business satire "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance." »

- Anne Thompson

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Listen: Todd Haynes Discusses ‘Carol,’ ‘Velvet Goldmine,’ and More In Recent 80-Minute Conversation

21 October 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After embarking on a new take on Mildred Pierce in 2011, Todd Haynes will finally return in 2015 with his first feature since 2007′s I’m Not There, the Cate Blanchett- and Rooney Mara-led Carol. An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith‘s novel, The Price of Salt, the film follows a romance between two New York women in the 1950′s. We […] »

- Jordan Raup

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Billy Boyd to sing the end credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

20 October 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Billy Boyd and company were responsible for one of the most suspense filled and dramatic moments in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Pippin’s heartful rendition of ‘The Edge of Night’ is one of my favourite moments and one of the best original songs to come out of the series. With that in mind it is no surprise young Peregrin Took has been invited back to test his vocal chords once again.

A recent announcement suggests that Lord of the Ring’s Pippin – a.k.a. Billy Boyd – will be taking on the challenge of singing the final Hobbit credits song. Considering previous Hobbit original songs have not quite lived up to the reputation of Oscar-winning Lotr songs like Annie Lennox’s ‘Into the West’, Boyd has the chance to make a real mark and round off the latest trilogy in award-winning style.

A hint was dropped that »

- Alfie Nobes

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What's Worth Watching This Week: 'Snowpiercer,' 'Life After Beth,' 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'

20 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"La dolce vita"

Even if you snagged "La dolce vita" on Blu-ray when it was available via Kino Lorber, you'll still want to upgrade to this fancy Criterion edition. This new release received the 4K digital restoration treatment, and the extras include an interview with writer/director (and Ad for "La dolce vita") Lina Wertmüller, an audio interview with star Marcello Mastroianni, and more.

"Life After Beth"

This is a kooky zombie love story about a guy named Zach (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) returns from the dead. In addition to the whole interpersonal love mishegoss of dating someone who's a rotting zombie, there's also a whole zombie apocalypse to deal with - can their relationship survive? Can they survive? »

- Jenni Miller

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Oscars predictions: How stupid are 'Experts'?

19 October 2014 8:38 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

When you look over our Experts' Oscar predictions at this point on the calendar – more than three months before nominations will be announced – I know what you're thinking: "Those pompous pundits can't possibly know what they're talking about. Most of these films haven't even opened in theaters yet!" -Break- Ok, calm down! Let's look back at our Oscar predictions exactly one year ago today and see how we fared. See chart below. Out of the 34 nominees in the top 6 races, we correctly predicted more than two-thirds: 22 (67%). We picked three winners: Best Picture ("12 Years a Slave"), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine") and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyongo, "Twelve Years a Slave"). Best Picture: There turned out to be 9 nominees instead of 10. We really should be able to take credit for getting "Nebraska" right since we had it in our top 10, but we won't quibb...' »

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Oscars predictions flashback: One year ago today - How wrong were we?

19 October 2014 8:38 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

When you look over our Experts' Oscar predictions at this point on the calendar – more than three months before nominations will be announced – I know what you're thinking: "Those pompous pundits can't possibly know what they're talking about. Most of these films haven't even opened in theaters yet!" -Break- Ok, calm down! Let's look back at our Oscar predictions exactly one year ago today and see how we fared. See chart below. Out of the 34 nominees in the top 6 races, we correctly predicted more than two-thirds: 22 (67%). We picked three winners: Best Picture ("12 Years a Slave"), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine") and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyongo, "Twelve Years a Slave"). Best Picture: There turned out to be 9 nominees instead of 10. We really should be able to take credit for getting "Nebraska" right since we had it in our top 10, but we won't quibb...' »

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Evan Rachel Wood: My Vanity Fair Cover Shoot Made Me Feel "Like Meat"

19 October 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Evan Rachel Wood did not enjoy her first experience shooting a Vanity Fair cover.  After one of her Twitter followers posted a throwback pic of Wood from the magazine's 2003 cover, the True Blood actress responded with a series of tweets criticizing the issue's shoot. "I was almost in tears after this shoot," wrote Wood, who was 15 when she posed for the magazine's "Young Hollywood" issue. The actress explained that she didn't feel comfortable in the dress that was chosen for her but was told there wasn't time to tailor it. Read more Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch Make

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Joel Edgerton Talks Thriller ‘Felony,’ ‘Exodus,’ Trials of Shooting ‘Jane Got a Gun’

18 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.

“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”

Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »

- Scott Foundas

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Robert Redford set to join Pete’s Dragon remake

18 October 2014 3:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney have been hard at work rebooting and remaking some of their classic movies recently and next on the list is Pete’s Dragon. According to THR Robert Redford is in early talks to join the fray as a local who ‘tells tall tales involving dragons that no-one believes’. The remake of the 1977 classic will be directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) with Oakes Fegley (This Is Where I Leave You) playing Pete.

The original movie told the story of Pete, a young boy who flees his abusive adoptive parents with his best friend Elliot the dragon. Apparently the remake will stay true to the original but change some small plot details to make it a modern tale. The location will change from a fishing village to a threatened forest where the dragon resides. Redford in his narrator’s role will likely play a logger who also lives in the forest. »

- Gavin Logan

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