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Benedict Cumberbatch began to take Hollywood by storm as no other debonair Englishman has done since the early days of Ralph Fiennes, around 2010, when he landed the title role in BBC's modern take on "Sherlock." The following year, he started a string of memorable supporting roles with "Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse," and in the year after that he turned critics' heads with an Emmy-nominated turn in "Parade's End." That was two years ago, and since then he's been in five feature films (including "Star Trek Into Darkness" as every Trekkie's favorite villain, Khan) and lent his multi-million-dollar-worth vocal chords to a number of projects (including Peter Jackson's ‘Hobbit’ trilogy as every Tolkienite's favorite dragon, Smaug). And that's not all. He has a walloping nine projects in development, including the third season of "Sherlock," and a venture into yet another cherished universe as every Marvel fans »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Saturday Night Live, which will be hosted by Cameron Diaz this weekend, has announced the hosts for its remaining 2014 episodes. After this weekend’s show, Saturday Night Live will not return until Dec. 6 and will air three total episodes in December for its final installments of the year. When SNL resumes on Dec. 6, James Franco will take on hosting duties for his third time before his new film The Interview, which also stars Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan, arrives in theaters later that month on Christmas Day. Nicki Minaj will perform as the night’s musical guest, marking her second SNL appearance. The following week, on Dec. 13, only a few days before the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit series, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters, Emmy-winning actor Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo) will host Saturday Night Live for the first time with Charli Xcx »
- Chris King
Wednesday, a very credible sounding rumor began to circulate that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well, we’ve heard from a very credible source that, with 100% certainty, the Star Wars 7 trailer won’t debut with Peter Jackson’s latest The Hobbit film. […]
The post ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Won’t Premiere On ‘The Hobbit’; Disney Has “Bigger Plans” appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Yesterday, Star Wars 7 News reported that a theater owner had told them the trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. And then a person on twitter, Reece Steel, said he spoke with the film's first assistant. Reece tweeted, "Had a talk from Thomas Gormley today, when asked about the teaser trailer for Star Wars VII he said, “You might wanna go see The Hobbit.” Not only was that tweet quickly deleted but so was the entire twitter account, which was created in 2012 and had over 4,000 tweets. Today, a source for Slash Film has provided them with an interesting update. Well, we’ve heard from a very credible source that, with 100% certainty, the Star Wars 7 trailer won’t debut with Peter Jackson’s latest The Hobbit film. There’s a very strong likelihood it will »
The Neverending Story will always be a nostalgic movie for me. It was one of the earliest fantasy films that I can remember watching. Unlike Krull or Labyrinth, it had a boy as the main character and I was able to imagine myself in this crazy place.
I rewatched The Neverending Story two years ago, and it's aged badly. So much so that it kind of ruined my joy and memory of it. I don't think I will ever watch it again. It's not a movie I'm going to show my kids because there are so many better fantasy films now (LotR for example).
Something I could get excited about is a remake. Yes, that much hated process of taking an old movie and attempting to make it better or different than the original. Artist Nicolas Francoeur has imagined his own remake of this '80s classic. He's got some »
- Free Reyes
Earlier this month, as part of the Stanley Kubrick exhibit and retrospective at the Tiff Bell Lightbox, visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull was in town to demo his proof-of-concept film for his next generation high-frame-rate presentation format, Magi. Sort of a digital, 3-D, Hfr replacement for Trumbull's venerated (but never adopted) Showscan 70mm 60Fps film process from the 1980s, Magi presents glisteningly real illusions of depth and clarity with no motion blur or 3-D jags. Starting with a short documentary explaining why the process works better than standard formats (or even the 48Fps or 60Fps formats in which Peter Jackson and James Cameron are now working on The Hobbit trilogy and the Avatar sequels, respectively), Trumbull went on to screen Ufotog, a ten-minute visual effects...
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Exclusive: The Help’s Ahna O’Reilly and The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage are in the midst of filming Sleepwalker, a psychological thriller from writer Jack Olsen and director Elliott Lester (Nightingale). O’Reilly leads the cast as a grad student who goes to a campus sleep clinic to treat her insomnia and nightmares, but instead starts experiencing unsettling changes in her waking reality every time she wakes up. With the help of a doctor, she attempts to find her way back to normalcy by unraveling the tangled knot of her dreams, reality, and shockingly tragic past.
English actor Armitage is hot off of ruling Middle Earth under heavy beard and armor in Peter Jackson’s nearly-completed Hobbit trilogy. He stars in Sleepwalker as the handsome sleep researcher who develops a unique relationship with O’Reilly. After leading New Line’s summer disaster actioner Into The Storm, Armitage returns to »
- Jen Yamato
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If you’re in London, go and see Merchandise at The Laundry. That’s what I’ll be doing, so recommendations don’t come much bigger. If you can’t make it though, this generous French TV session is the next best thing.
It’s true – Belle & Sebastian have gone dance! The Party Line is the first taster from new album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance and it finds the Glasgow tweesters finally entering the 21st century with perky electropop beats resembling Css and New Young Pony Club circa 2006. Bless ’em.
Shoegazing heroes Ride are reforming and will be playing Primavera 2015. At least that’s the inference taken from a »
- Sam Richards
Despite the fact that European genre films enjoy greater success in the mainstream, there still exists a gap between the now bustling genre and already established film community. Although making large revenues at the box office, for regional film funds or the industry at large, genre films still seem to be too scary to be taken seriously. Yet, it is rather ironic to note that many of today's leading filmmakers, from James Cameron to Peter Jackson amongst hundreds of others have started their careers as hard boiled genre directors.Over the past few years the industry across the globe has luckily witnessed the emergence of several pioneering genre driven markets - Montreal's Fantasia initiated Frontieres boasting with two editions in Belgium and Canada, Austin's Fantastic Fest...
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I
Directed by Francis Lawrence
In a previous review of the second instalment of The Hunger Games series for this website, I expressed some dismay that Catching Fire didn’t really have a conclusion to speak of, with its cliffhanger ending reminding me less of The Empire Strikes Back and more of The Matrix Reloaded or Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The argument I made was that what makes the Star Wars film still satisfying is that it has an actual sense of narrative progression and character achievement despite abandoning its players in the midst of doom and gloom. Going back and revisiting Catching Fire, I admit I may have been a little harsh as quite a bit of substantial material in terms of world-building and character development is crammed »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Teased in Warner Bros. Pictures’ "For Your Consideration" and later confirmed by all involved, Watertower Muisc has released actor-musician Billy Boyd’s "The Last Goodbye" in full. Running behind "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’" credits, the track is one of the few components of Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capper that could take Oscar gold. Written and composed by Boyd (Howard Shore, who played Pippin in Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" films, "The Last Goodbye" fits with "The Hobbit" series’ musical trend of folksy male vocalists (with Neil Finn’s "Song of the Lonely Mountain" and Ed Sheeran’s "I See Fire") versus the ethereal ballads that Enya, Emilíana Torrini, and Annie Lennox leant to "Lord of the Rings." Neither Finn nor Sheeran’s songs cracked the Original Song races in the past two years, giving "The Last Goodbye" an uphill battle when it comes to Oscars. “We focused »
- Matt Patches
Last week we posted a little preview of Billy Boyd’s song for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. It’s called “The Last Goodbye,” and it is absolutely beautiful. As I said before, this is the perfect song to close out this epic fantasy franchise. Boyd had this to say in a statement to THR:
“We focused on not just the final installment, but moreso on this 10-year epic adventure. A song to sum up the six movies. We recorded in Wellington, New Zealand, at one point traveling to Auckland to Neil Finn’s studio — where we recorded some of the guitar. It was surreal to be in his studio, as he did the song for [2012's] The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
It’s sad to think that this will be the last Middle Earth film that we’ll possibly ever see. I seriously doubt »
- Joey Paur
One of the most frequently posted comments on this website over the past year? It'd be something along the lines of 'they can make [name of sequel that sounds not very good], but they can't make Dredd 2'. The frustration is understandable. When the Karl Urban-headlined Dredd movie tanked at the Us box office in particular, it seemed to take any hopes of a follow-up to what had been a raw, worthwhile film with it.
But the flame of hope still flickers, with a new web series the latest addition to the world of Dredd. However, should all concerned be looking for a future direction for Dredd 2, then Judge Dredd: Origins is surely prime material. It's a 2007 23-issue arc written and illustrated by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra to »
Last month it was revealed that The Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd will lend his vocal talents to the end credits song for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and now the song – entitled ‘The Last Goodbye’ – has arrived online for your listening pleasure. Check it out here…
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is set for release on December 12th in the UK and December 17th in North America, with 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, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt and Aidan Turner.
- Gary Collinson
Peter Jackson’s latest big-screen trilogy based on a J.R.R. Tolkien classic concludes next month with the epic The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd’s voice will be the one guiding audiences home with his new song, “The Last Goodbye.” Listen to the track, which will play over the upcoming film’s end credits, premiering exclusively on Billboard: After discussing penning a song for the new movie, Boyd — who plays Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy — flew to New Zealand in September to watch an
- Jason Lipshutz, Billboard
As the Studio has done in the past with such epic film series as “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight,” Warner Bros. Pictures, in conjunction with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), is once again treating über-fans to a movie marathon, this time in celebration of the highly anticipated finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster “The Hobbit” Trilogy.
On Marathon Monday, December 15—two days prior to the third and final film’s theatrical release—moviegoers in select theaters across North America can experience Middle-earth one last time, beginning with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” followed by “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and, a full 24 hours prior to its theatrical release, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
Tickets for Marathon Monday go on sale Friday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. Est / 9:00 a.m. Pst, the same date and time as tickets for opening day of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies »
- Michelle McCue
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” opens December 17th, and it’s pretty much a shoo-in to make bank. Even if the hype around Peter Jackson’s second J.R.R. Tolkien franchise isn’t as clamorous as it was when “Lord of the Rings” saved New Line a decade and change ago, “The Hobbit” is a raging cinematic event. For fans eagerly awaiting the film, which finds Bilbo, Gandalf, Legolas and all the others plunging into a war for Middle-Earth, we have some good news. Two 30-second TV spots for the final “Hobbit” installment have arrived. The first spot is slightly more action-packed, showing Legolas in action and a massive battle in full swing. The second is a little more artistic, offering a great sense of the film’s soundtrack. You can check 'em out below. Speaking of the soundtrack, more good news! WaterTower Music has announced the release »
- Zach Hollwedel
With its U.K. December 12th air date edging ever closer, Peter Jackson has revealed in an intimate interview with New Zealand Radio News that he is still working hard editing The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final instalment of The Hobbit saga. Jackson admits that he is working “22 hours a day…so it’s pretty full on at the moment…I’ll be delighted when it’s finished…but obviously there will be a bittersweet quality to it.”
Anyone who has purchased the Extended Editions of the previous two movies will already understand just exactly how hard Jackson and company work to finish these pictures off in time. For the first movie, Peter Jackson and his team of editors were still working diligently right up until the morning of the worldwide premiere in Wellington and there was a similar story for The Desolation of Smaug.
- Gavin Logan
We’ve seen quite a lot of promotional material for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies lately, what with a new trailer, poster and the first two TV spots [see here and here], and now thanks to Cbm we’ve got a selection of international promos for the epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, which you can see here…
See Also: Latest trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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 »
- Gary Collinson
StreamCo.s subscription streaming service Stan has secured a raft of film and TV product from MGM, the second deal with a Us major following the agreement with Sony Pictures TV for Breaking Bad and the prequel Better Call Saul.
StreamCo, which has yet to reveal a launch date for Stan but is thought to be aiming for mid-December, will get exclusive SVoD rights to MGM's crime drama Fargo.
Sbs screened the first series after outbidding Foxtel and it retains free-to-air rights for the second season. The sequel will be set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, Luvurne and Fargo, and focus on a young Lou Solverson, who was a retired state police officer played by Keith Carradine in the first series.
The multi-year deal with MGM includes non-exclusive SVoD rights to recent movies including Peter Jackson.s The Hobbit trilogy, the RoboCop remake, 21 Jump Street and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, »
- Don Groves
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