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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Give One of His Most Menacing Performances

2 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This video is either A) Benedict Cumberbatch in a motion capture suit performing a scene for The Hobbit or B) The. Most. Intense commercial for acne spot treatment you’ve ever seen. If you answered A, congratulations… you have no imagination/are correct (however you wanna look at it). In this b-roll footage for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, we see Cumberbatch not just lending his rich baritone voice to the menacing dragon Smaug, but bringing a physical performance as well. 

The middle film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has been available on Blu-ray and DVD for some time, but the 3D release on those formats will be hitting shelves November 3rd. The final chapter, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, hits theaters December 17th.


- Eli Reyes

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Pretend to Be a Dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Extended Edition Clip

4 hours ago | | See recent news »

One of the more impressive aspects of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the characterization of the titular dragon.  Benedict Cumberbatch not only provided the voice for the sleepy/cranky character, but he did performance capture as well that was then used to inform the animation of the dragon’s movements.  In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on Blu-ray, a behind-the-scenes clip has been released that shows Cumberbatch performing as Smaug.  It’s a pretty fun watch, and you can definitely see how Cumberbatch’s movements influenced the finished product.  Additionally, Warner Bros. has released an assortment of other clips (both from the film and behind-the-scenes) from the Ee release that are sure to pique interest, and we've included them as well. Take a look at the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition clips after the jump. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Humane Society honors Darren Aronofsky for use of CG animals in ‘Noah’

9 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Remember when animal wranglers involved with “The Hobbit” movies revealed that Peter Jackson’s production resulted in the death of 27 animals? That did not sit well with the zoological protection organizations! If the Humane Society ran its own version of The Razzies, 2012’s “Unexpected Journey” would have picked up the award. Lucky for Team Hobbit, it doesn’t. In fact, after several recent cases of animal mistreatment (the death of three horses on the set of HBO’s “Lucky” comes to mind) the Humane Society turn the other cheek in 2014 and praise the people of Hollywood who are getting it right. The Wrap reports that Darren Aronofsky will be the first recipient of the the organization’s Filmmaker Award, for the “compassionate decision” to use CG animals in his March tentpole “Noah.” Aronofsky will earn his award at the Humane Society’s “To The Rescue! New York,” set for Nov. »

- Matt Patches

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Michael Keaton Earns Modern Master Award

9 hours ago | 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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Watch Sir Ian McKellen Go Full Gandalf To Inspire These Kids As They Prepare For Exams

10 hours ago | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Rarely does an actor know when a line of dialogue is going to go "viral," attaching itself to the career and becoming the Signature Quote for the duration of the performer.s time on screen. Clint Eastwood probably had a good feeling about, "Go ahead. Make my day." But did Sir Ian McKellen know that "You shall not pass" would be the quintessential line of dialogue from Peter Jackson.s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the line that the actor would use to motivate British students as they get ready for their examinations? Chew Valley School in Somerset, UK posted the above video of Sir Ian McKellen inspiring a gaggle of school children as they prepare to take exams. The legendary actor was present on the school.s campus to celebrate "the tremendous work the Equalities Team [has] been doing for more than a year now in promoting »

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

12 hours ago | 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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Peter Jackson's ‘Hobbit’ Trilogy Costs $745 Million So Far

19 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Peter Jackson‘s “The Hobbit” trilogy is one of the biggest box office hits of all time, and it's also one of the most expensive film productions ever undertaken. With less than three months to go before the December opening of the final chapter in the epic Middle-Earth saga, financial documents filed in New Zealand this month put the production at $745 million. See photos: 10 of Hollywood's Creepiest Demon Dolls That figure makes it the most expensive film production on record, but it is a combined total for what amounts to three separate films. Guinness World Records estimates the most expensive production. »

- Jason Hughes

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Review: Housebound

20 October 2014 1:57 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »


There’s an excellent feeling when you watch a film that you just know will go down as a horror classic. The moment the film is over, the first thing on your mind, is to call every friend you have to tell them what you just experienced and do your best to spread the love for the film. It rarely happens, and for every film like that, there is typically around 12 other ones that don’t give you a feeling like that whatsoever. Thankfully though, Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound is not only a very entertaining debut feature, but Is one of those films that gives you such a great ride, that immediately upon finishing the film, it’ll be an instant addition to your favorite films list and an immediate classic.

Taking the story of Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly), a trouble young woman in trouble with the law »

- Jerry Smith

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Lotr's Pippin Will Return to Middle Earth with a Song for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

20 October 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

As we bear down on the third and final installment of The (interminable and also delightful) Hobbit Saga, Peter Jackson is looking to exploit our nostalgia for his other Middle Earth trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Or possibly he is feeling nostalgic himself and no one ever says no to him so he does what he wants. Either way, it’s good news for fans.

Remember in the Return of the King when Pippin, played by Billy Boyd, sang “The Edge of Night” while Denethor, son of Ecthelion, wonderfully played by John Noble, grossly ate that chicken leg and that grape tomato and we hated him so much and wondered why couldn’t he see how great Faramir was and also wondered why Jackson had ruined Faramir and made him actually weak instead of strong in a way that Denethor and Boromir just couldn’t understand??? Wow, that got away from me. »

- Mily Dunbar

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Ryan Murphy spreads his anthology wings to 'Scream Queens' on Fox

20 October 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Not content to have a pair of anthology series set up at FX, Ryan Murphy has set up his third current offering within the anthology model, this one at Fox. Fox announced on Monday (October 20) that it has given a 15-episode series order to "Scream Queens," from Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.  Production on "Scream Queens" is set to begin this spring, for a Fall 2015 premiere. Murphy, Falchuk and fellow "Scream Queens" executive producer Dante Di Loreto all work on FX's "American Horror Story," which launched its fourth installment, "Freak Show," two weeks ago to record ratings. That premiere was followed by an immediate fifth season renewal last week, but it was preceded by FX ordering the new anthology series "American Crime Story," which will focus on the O.J. Simpson trial in its first installment. So what, exactly, is "Scream Queens"? Apparently it will focus on a college campus »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Lord of the Rings' Billy Boyd to sing The Hobbit's final end credits song

20 October 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

While The Lord Of The Rings trilogy was an awards powerhouse, especially the final film Return Of The King, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit has been critically underwhelming on the trophy circuit. Still, with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies representing the last cinematic endeavor from Jackson and his crew, they are making a sentimental choice and bringing back a fan favorite to sing the closing song for the trilogy capper's end credits. Billy Boyd, the actor who »

- Alex Maidy

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'Lord of the Rings' Star Billy Boyd to Sing Final 'Hobbit' Credits Song

20 October 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

For every release of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, there has been an original credits song. The song created for Fellowship of the Ring was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and one of the songs from Return of the King ended up winning the trophy. However, so far Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit hasn't seen any of the original songs nominated. But maybe there's still a chance as Awards Circuit has pointed out some info on Warner Bros. Pictures' For Your Consideration site for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that reveals who is behind the latest song. More below! Billy Boyd is best known for playing Pippin in Lord of the Rings, and he delivered this stirring song: The track is "Edge of Night" from Return of the King, and while it's by far my favorite original song from the entire series, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Pippin Will Sing Again, This Time Over the End Credits of the Final Hobbit Movie

20 October 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Remember how much you liked it when Pippin sang in Return of the King? That can't even compare to how much Peter Jackson liked it. First the director used Rotk's "Edge of Night" in the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and now he's brought back actor Billy Boyd to sing a new song, "The Last Goodbye," over the end credits of the final Hobbit movie. Boyd apparently wrote the song alongside Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, which means the road to Billy Boyd, Egot winner, begins today. »

- Nate Jones

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The Hobbit: 10 Deaths To Expect In The Battle Of The Five Armies

20 October 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

New Line Cinema

In just a matter of weeks, director Peter Jackson’s second go-round in the world of Middle-earth will come to a conclusion with the arrival of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Though debate continues to rage on over whether or not splitting J.R.R. Tolkien’s modest story into a trilogy was a necessary endeavor, audiences have nonetheless flocked to the films, with the trilogy-ender destined to take the box office by storm.

Two years ago, An Unexpected Journey swept people away in a relatively charming introduction full of songs, humor and a lot of innocent fun. Last year’s The Desolation of Smaug began taking audiences — and its characters — down a much darker path that ended with a bleak promise of bad things to come that The Battle of the Five Armies is set to fulfill. With Smaug bound to Lake-town to rain down »

- Geoff Cox

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'Rings' star will sing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

20 October 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Billy Boyd’s performance of “Edge of Night” in “Return of the King” is among the most stirring sequences in Peter Jackson’s original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. After Denethor (John Noble) requests a ditty, Boyd’s Pippin serenades the king’s court with the memorable, falsetto ballad. Adapted by screenwriter Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “A Walking Song,” and scored by composer Howard Shore, Jackson juxtaposes the haunting melody with shots of Faramir (David Wenham) battling over Osgiliath. “Return of the King” won 11 Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards, “Edge of Night” didn’t earn any love — Best Song honors that year went to another “Lord of the Rings” tune: Annie Lennox’s “Into the West.” Jackson’s recent “Hobbit” films haven’t fared as well in the past two awards seasons, but that could change when Boyd gets a second chance at Oscar glory. According to information posted to Warner Bros. »

- Matt Patches

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Watch Lego figures reenact The Hobbit in 72 seconds

18 October 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

If the thought of sitting through a three-hour film fills you with fear, we may have found a solution.

The BrotherhoodWorkshop has managed to condense Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy from around nine hours to just 72 seconds, using lots of Lego.

Subtitled "33,000ish Seconds Shorter Than Peter Jackson's Version", the video tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and his quest, while poking fun at the hugely successful movie series.

Featuring key scenes from all three Hobbit films, the video also references the differences from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel.

The video's credits are interrupted by a group of characters, annoyed by their lack of presence in the shortened YouTube video, before a voiceover tells them: "Uh, you're not in the book."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film in the trilogy, will be released in the UK on December 12 and in the »

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Movies: 30-21

17 October 2014 6:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. No Country for Old Men (2007)

Scene: Coin Flip


There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Cool Videos: Watch the entire plot of The Hobbit in less than 90 seconds

17 October 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Peter Jackson is not exactly known for brevity. Aside from the already immense running time of The Lord Of The Rings, the Extended Editions add hours of excised footage to complete the story. With The Hobbit, Jackson has a similarly dense film running time. Having been criticized for stretching a brief volume into a trilogy, Peter Jackson crammed The Hobbit films with both addendum material from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien as well as original characters and changed storylines. In the »

- Alex Maidy

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Pacific Rim Composer To Score Duncan Jones' Warcraft

17 October 2014 8:08 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

According to, Legendary Pictures and director Duncan Jones have hired Ramin Djawadi to compose the Warcraft score. Ramin Djawadi is best known for scoring: Pacific Rim (2013), Clash of the Titans (2010), and Dracula Untold (2014). Duncan Jones' Warcraft wrapped filming in August and currently Ilm (Industrial Light & Magic) is hard at work adding digital effects. It'll be a long grueling  post-production but if the film is nearly as good as Jones' Moon (2009) we are all in for a real treat. A brief amount of footage was shown this year at San Diego's Comic-Con and for the most part it was compared to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings in scope and the CG characters were said to be of high-quality like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Sadly, the film won't arrive in theaters until 2016. Geesh! Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft, a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict »

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'Birdman' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About Michael Keaton's Big Comeback Movie

17 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Michael Keaton is perhaps best known for playing Batman in a pair of Tim Burton-directed superhero movies, whose visionary tone has set the standard for the genre until this day. And now he's stepping back into the superhero suit (sort of) for "Birdman," the latest film from "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

"Birdman" tells the story of an actor who has been immortalized in a series of superhero movies (played, obviously, by Keaton), who decides to attempt a comeback by writing, directing, and starring in a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. Of course, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. (Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Emma Stone co-star.)

So why is everyone talking about this relatively little movie that could conceivably do very big things? Read on to find out!

1. Michael Keaton Is Truly Incredible

Michael Keaton is kind of always incredible. »

- Drew Taylor

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