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Christopher Lee Talks Saruman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

31 December 2011 10:03 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to return quite a few characters from The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy, but one of fandom's favorites is legendary actor Christopher Lee as Saruman.

While the character wasn't present in J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel, future literature noted that Saruman was quite active during the time of this adventure, and director Peter Jackson is going to focus on some of that history with his interpretation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Over the holidays, Christopher Lee brought a special message to his fans, offering some insight into Saruman's plight in this new movie. He also speaks out on his appearances in Hugo, The Wicker Tree, and Dark Shadows.

Check out the video below.

This is what Christopher Lee had to say about Saruman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

"I did my part in about four days. What is extremely important is, »

- MovieWeb

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2011: A Year in Review Part I

30 December 2011 7:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2011 was one of the best years for film in recent years.  There are about 25 films that could have made my top ten list and each film in my top 5 could be my number one.  I saw about 100 films this year and I still wish I could have seen more.  I feel very comfortable with my top ten and I feel like it was a good representative of the year in film.  However I do feel that people looking at this article should go over to Sound On Sight and see all the staff’s individual lists, as well as the honorable mentions that just missed my list.  You will find a great collection of films on those lists.

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene

Directed by Sean Durkin

I saw Sean Durkin’s directorial debut in August and knew as soon as the last frame came up that this was the best picture of the year. »

- Josh Youngerman

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Christopher Lee Talks The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

30 December 2011 9:39 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Christopher Lee talks about his role in the upcoming fantasy film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” by director Peter Jackson and star Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis. Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from The Hobbit. Official Synopsis: The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey »

- Brian Corder

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2012 Movie Preview

30 December 2011 8:09 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

From superhero flicks "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" to sequels "Men in Black III" and "Wrath of the Titans" to book adaptations "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit," 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the movies.

Here's a preview!

2012 Movie Preview'Chronicle' (Feb. 3)

Who: Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell; directed by Josh TrankWhat: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. »

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The Top Five Horror/Thriller Films of 2011!

29 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

In no particular order, these are the stand out films that are worth adding to any video library. The set of criteria is simple: a standout performance by one or more of the first billed actors that can be re-watched time and time again. Their complexity is what defines the film. Also important is the type of chills or thrills the movie offers, and the story being told.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Dir.: Eli Craig.

Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden.

Although this film is technically a 2010 product, it did not reach distribution until the following year. This one, like how some of the victims died in film, skips under the gun by being exceptionally funny with an adorable, luggable, teddy bear performance by Tyler Labine. This product is a better answer to a theatrical version of the Beverly Hillbillies. The clash of cultures is perfectly played up for laughs. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Ed Sum)

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Ryan Gosling Set For Bret Easton Ellis’ The Golden Suicides?

28 December 2011 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling has probably had the best year of anybody in the movie industry this year. He kicked things off at the very end of 2010/start of 2011 with Blue Valentine, and then had a flawless final third of the year with Crazy, Stupid, Love., Drive, and The Ides of March all tremendously well received in the past few months.

Drive, in particular, found rapturous praise amongst critics and cinemagoers alike – and with very good reason – and Gosling is hotly tipped as an Oscar contender for his roles both in that and George Clooney’s The Ides of March.

Having had such a terrific end to 2011, things are already looking brilliant for 2012, and The Playlist report that the outlook may have got even better with the possibility emerging that Gosling might be joining the Bret Easton Ellis-penned The Golden Suicides.

The Golden Suicides is based on the »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Clothes on Film’s 2011 Costume Design Round Up

27 December 2011 4:27 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

By no means intended as an exhaustive list, Clothes on Film ponder an overview of 2011 in costume. Concentrating on mainstream fare that those outside of big cities are likely to have seen, we consider which costumes delighted, surprised and best of all, enlightened us. Expect to spot Drive, Melancholia and Hugo on this list somewhere.

Costume encompasses every item of clothing worn on film. By strict definition costume is not ‘wardrobe’; wardrobe is what Oprah Winfrey wore on her talk show. While at Clothes on Film we embrace all forms of costume, we do have a slight bias for contemporary, although only because it is often underrepresented in the face of (admittedly dazzling) period or fantasy wear. This roundup will comprise both period and contemporary, but »

- Chris Laverty

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The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey is Coming!

27 December 2011 11:32 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey is Coming!

It’s time to take an unexpected journey back to Middle Earth. It will all begin in The Shire, with the most unexpected of creatures, a Hobbit. I’m speaking of the upcoming prequel adventure, of course, and here is a heart warming trailer just for you. I’ll bet you will want to watch it more than once!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first half of the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings prequel which stars Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins. From New Line Cinema, MGM, and Warner Bros. Pictures, the film follows Bilbo as Ian McKellen’s Gandalf sends him on a perilous journey alongside a number of dwarves. Their mission is to reconquer the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, taken long ago by the dragon Smaug. You can guess the journey will be quite epic.

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- Sasha Nova

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Latest Production Diary For 'The Hobbit' Features Lush Scenery And Luxury Loos

27 December 2011 8:31 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

After the stupendous teaser trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," you'd think Peter Jackson wouldn't have any more aces up his sleeve, but he decided we'd been extra nice this year, so Kiwi Santa Claus gave the world a second Christmas present.

That "unexpected" gift was a new extended video production diary for the film, the fifth so far, and perhaps the most exciting since it showcases its most gorgeous, breathtaking star… no, not Cate Blanchett, sillies, we're talking about New Zealand!

It goes into detail on all the logistics involved in moving the army of cast, crew, trucks, port-o-potties, and barnyard animals it takes to stage Tolkien's universe on a grand scale in the country made famous by the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Before shooting got under way in March, Jackson narrowly averted the calamity of pulling production of the $500-million-dollar mega-epic out of its rightful »

- Max Evry

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Warner Bros. Pictures 2012 Preview Includes Descriptions & HD Images Of The Dark Knight Rises, Argo, The Gangster Squad, The Hobbit & The Great Gatsby

26 December 2011 12:25 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Christian Bale as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller The Dark Knight Rises, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Tm and © DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips

Just in time for the new year, Warner Bros. has released their slate of films scheduled from January 2012 through December 2012. Some noticeables on the list include Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Wrath Of The Titans, The Gangster Squad, Ben Affleck’s Argo, The Untitled Jay Roach Comedy on August 10th, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Below are a few new images, along with descriptions and trailers. From the lineup below, appears that Warner Bros. will be box office champs by year end.

Joyful Noise

(L-r) Dolly Parton as G.G. Sparrow and Queen Latifah as Vi Rose Hill in Alcon Entertainment’s “Joyful Noise, »

- Michelle McCue

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Photos of Ian McKellen in The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey

26 December 2011 8:25 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Take a look at Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf in the upcoming fantasy film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” by director Peter Jackson and star Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis. Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from The Hobbit. Official Synopsis: The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin »

- Brian Corder

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2012 Movie Trailer Mash-Up

24 December 2011 1:16 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

2012 promises to be the year of the blockbuster, and there are plenty of exciting releases that will surely lift cinema out of the gutter, rejuvenating the Us box office. Over the past couple of days, we've seen one awesome trailer after the next get released on-line. Now, our friend Mark Brandon has collected, compiled, and edited all of that footage into one big badass trailer. It's the Ultimate 2012 Trailer Mash-Up, and you can check it out below, featuring scenes from such eagerly awaited epics as The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and a whole lot more. Click on the clip below, and you may become as excited about 2012's upcoming release slate as Mark Brandon.

Click to watch 2012 Ultimate Trailer Mash-Up!

Mark Brandon has gone into detail on his own person blog on how this came together. Here's what he had to say.

Well, »

- MovieWeb

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'The Hobbit': Elijah Wood returns to the Shire in new on-set video

24 December 2011 8:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new behind-the-scenes video from The Hobbit shoot has been released. The latest clip sees Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) return to the shire 11 years after production began on Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. In addition to Jackson and Wood, The Hobbit stars Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) also feature. Other scenes detAil the logistical challenges of filming on location in New Zealand, while an epic river rafting set piece featuring several hobbits is also teased. The first trAiler for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was unveiled earlier this week, along with new artwork depicting the beginning of Bilbo's adventure in Middle Earth. Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando (more) »

- By Daniel Sperling

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The Latest Production Video from The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey Arrives

24 December 2011 4:48 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Peter Jackson released the latest behind the scenes video from the upcoming fantasy film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” by director Peter Jackson and star Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis. Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from The Hobbit. Official Synopsis: The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin »

- Brian Corder

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Peter Jackson's New The Hobbit Video Blog

24 December 2011 3:16 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Director Peter Jackson has updated "The Hobbit" Facebook page with a brand new twelve-minute behind-the-scenes video from the set of prequels. The video is described as: "Learn about the logistics of location shooting in New Zealand, and step foot onto Hobbiton with Elijah Wood!" Check it out below. Plot: Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug. The new movies co-star Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, and Andy Serkis. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is set to hit theaters on December 14th, 2012. "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will follow on December 13th, 2013. Video: If you cannot see the player, click here. »

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Fifth Production Video Blog from ‘The Hobbit’

23 December 2011 5:18 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Director Peter Jackson released another video blog of the production of the upcoming fantasy “The Hobbit.” In this fifth video of the series, the video looks into the locations for “The Hobbit,” including the preparations for these remote locations with a behind-the-scenes look. Here is the official synopsis: Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. »

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Peter Jackson’s “Christmas Treat” for ‘Hobbit’ Fans: A Production Video From the New Zealand Set

23 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] J.R.R. Tolkien fans already got a nice holiday gift earlier this week when the gorgeous first trailer [2] for The Hobbit was released on Tuesday, but Peter Jackson wasn't done playing Santa. The director took to his Facebook wall a couple of days ago to promise an additional "Christmas treat" to mark the ten-year anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as well as promote the two Hobbit films, and finally revealed his big surprise -- the fifth production video from the set of The Hobbit -- earlier today. (Which I think technically makes it a Festivus present rather than a Christmas one, but we'll let that slide.) Watch the video after the jump. The new video focuses on "the logistics of location shooting," and what insanely complicated logistics they are indeed. I'm sure everyone's already aware that The Hobbit is a huge production, but watching »

- Angie Han

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Peter Jackson Goes On Location For ‘The Hobbit’ Production Video #5

23 December 2011 1:04 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After some nerd tears were shed over the lackluster debut trailer for Peter Jackson‘s first prequel to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the director is quick to return with a new production featurette. This is the fifth in his series of video blogs, and after shooting 110 days in a studio, Jackson takes us into the New Zealand wild on location. The first half of the video discusses the many logistics of moving around such a massive crew, including everything from toilet paper to wigs to much-needed alcohol.

We then venture into Hobbitton, where we see a bit of Elijah Wood reminiscing over his first experience here nearly 12 years ago and then some insight to how they are building a living, breathing town. These technical pieces do much more for me than the trailer and make for a great holiday treat. Check it out below via the official Facebook page, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Fifth The Hobbit Production Video

23 December 2011 11:04 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Peter Jackson has given fans an early Christmas present with the fifth production video on the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is working towards a December 14 release date. Click on the video player below for a glimpse at the production's first exterior shoot, near the Pelorus River in New Zealand, which also shows the logistics of moving this massive production to a new location, and interviews with Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis.

Click to watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey #5 - On Location!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes to theaters December 14th, 2012 and stars Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee. The film is directed by Peter Jackson. »

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A Behind the Scenes Look at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

23 December 2011 9:35 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s some brand new behind the scenes photos from the upcoming fantasy film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” by director Peter Jackson and star Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis. Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from The Hobbit. Official Synopsis: The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. »

- Brian Corder

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