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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.

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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, »

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Preview: 365 days until 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

31 December 2011 5:37 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Dust off your staff and get ready to Smaug yourself silly as the year-long countdown begins to 14 December 2012, the date that heralds the return of Peter Jackson and his unique vision (now in 3D) of J.R.R. Tokien's Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2011). In just 365 days the first part of Jackson's eagerly awaited two-parter will be surfing into cinema near you riding high on the biggest wave of hype since The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Django Unchained, The Avengers...let’s just say that 2012 is going to be a big year on the film front.

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Julian Roman's Top 10 Best Movies of 2011

30 December 2011 5:27 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Cinema had a pretty good year in 2011. The summer saw an onslaught of costumed hero flicks, which to my great surprise were all pretty good. Hollywood has turned off the cheese factor on comic adaptations, lining up great directors and better actors. The biggest surprise of 2011 was the remarkable success of The Artist, a charming silent film by French director Michael Hazanavicius. Since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, it has been a critical and awards favorite. The Artist should be a lock to win the Best Film Oscar.

My favorite film of 2011 is Gavin O'Connor's Warrior. I had no idea what to expect when I saw this movie in September and was completely blown away. A brutal fighting film, the fisticuffs pale in comparison to the gripping family drama. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton play two brothers, long separated by the childhood abuse of their father - Nick Nolte, »

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Season's Greetings and a look ahead to the films of 2012

30 December 2011 3:59 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just a brief note to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for supporting the site over the past year.

We'll be revealing our "Top 10 Movies of 2011" on New Year's Eve, but like us you'll likely be casting your eye towards 2012's cinematic slate by now, so to help you plan your viewing here's a selection of potential highlights to look out for in the coming year (sorted roughly by order of arrival)...

Beauty and the Beast 3D (dir. Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise)

Contraband (dir. Baltasar Kormákur)

Haywire (dir. Steven Soderbergh)

Red Tails (dir. Anthony Hemingway)

W.E. (dir. Madonna)

Underworld Awakening (dir. Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein)

The Grey (dir. Joe Carnahan)

Man on a Ledge (dir. Asger Leth)

Chronicle (dir. Josh Trank)

The Woman in Black (dir. James Watkins)

Safe House (dir. Daniel Espinosa »

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What They Said: Jackson Talks 'The Hobbit'; Anne Hathaway on Being Catwoman; Mark Wahlberg Reveals why 'Planet of the Apes' Flopped

30 December 2011 2:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

With the dawn of 2012 right around the corner, we’ve got some big movies looming on the imminent horizon – which means creators and stars are starting appear on the interview circuit and are actually divulging details about the movies we’ve been dying to see. With that in mind, here are some excerpts from Peter Jackson regarding his highly anticipated return to Middle Earth in The Hobbit and Anne Hathaway discussing all sorts of things about Christopher Nolan’s Batman swan song, The Dark Knight Rises. Then, just for fun, check out what Mark Wahlberg had to say about why Tim Burton’s Planet of Apes film failed so epically. Happy New Year. Peter Jackson compares The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings: Jackson recently spoke with Total Film...

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Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Playing Smaug In The Hobbit!

30 December 2011 9:44 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared at London’s British Film Institute for the season two premiere of his hit BBC America series Sherlock, but he generated headlines talking about his prep work for playing the voice of the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's two-part film series of The Hobbit. The 35-year-old Cumberbatch told The Telegraph that he visited the London Zoo in order to be ready for filming his scenes. “I went a little reptile on it,” he said. “I’m starting to look at animations and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo. They have some amazing ones. Snakes, too. So I’ve been going there to see how the skeleton moves differently what the head movements are like.” »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Playing Smaug In The Hobbit!

30 December 2011 9:44 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared at London’s British Film Institute for the season two premiere of his hit BBC America series Sherlock, but he generated headlines talking about his prep work for playing the voice of the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's two-part film series of The Hobbit. The 35-year-old Cumberbatch told The Telegraph that he visited the London Zoo in order to be ready for filming his scenes. “I went a little reptile on it,” he said. “I’m starting to look at animations and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo. They have some amazing ones. Snakes, too. So I’ve been going there to see how the skeleton moves differently what the head movements are like.” »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Playing Smaug In The Hobbit!

30 December 2011 9:44 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared at London’s British Film Institute for the season two premiere of his hit BBC America series Sherlock, but he generated headlines talking about his prep work for playing the voice of the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's two-part film series of The Hobbit. The 35-year-old Cumberbatch told The Telegraph that he visited the London Zoo in order to be ready for filming his scenes. “I went a little reptile on it,” he said. “I’m starting to look at animations and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo. They have some amazing ones. Snakes, too. So I’ve been going there to see how the skeleton moves differently what the head movements are like.” »

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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 »

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Peter Jackson Explains the Difference Between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

30 December 2011 8:59 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Those familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's novels know there is a difference in tone between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but with director and co-writer Peter Jackson in charge of the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit (with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set to open next December, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2013) and adding in characters from his Lord of the Rings movies regardless of whether they were in Tolkien's original text, it would seem that Jackson was looking to make The Hobbit more like The Lord of the Rings. However, in the recent issue of Total Film (via io9), Jackson revealed that The Hobbit will be very different from The Lord of the Rings.

The Hobbit is very much a children's book and The Lord of the Rings is something else; it's not really aimed at children at all. I realized »

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Christopher Lee Talks The Hobbit, Hugo and Dark Shadows

29 December 2011 4:34 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In a Christmas address by the incomparable Christopher Lee, the actor remarked on his completed works of 2011 (including a tongue-in-cheek clarification of his role in The Wicker Tree). More notably, Lee also touched on his role in Hugo and his working relationship with director Martin Scorsese, his own personal vitality (Lee will turn 90 in 2012) and his work in Dark Shadows with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Oh and you might have been wondering about his reprisal of the role of Saruman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies. Not to worry as Lee goes into some detail about his involvement and it’s safe to say the actor’s work has been completed on both films. Hit the jump to check out the video. Thanks to TheOneRing for posting Lee’s Christmas message. While it’s nice to hear holiday well wishes from someone like Lee, many of you will »

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The arts in 2012: film

29 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Bradshaw picks his highlights of the year ahead

Shame (dir. Steve McQueen)

Artist and film-maker Steve McQueen follows up his award-winning Hunger with this study of Brandon, a compulsive sex addict in Manhattan, played by Michael Fassbender. Brandon is forced to consider his life choices, and their origins, when his equally troubled sister (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay with him in his bachelor pad. Released on 13 January.

Coriolanus (dir. Ralph Fiennes)

This has reportedly been a "passion project" for Ralph Fiennes for years: an adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, a play about a Roman military hero and autocratic leader who despises the people and the political arts of appeasing them. Rejected by Rome, he makes common cause with the city's enemy in order to wage a bitter war of revenge. Released on 20 January.

The Descendants (dir. Alexander Payne)

Payne, the director of Election, About Schmidt and Sideways, is known as »

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'The Hobbit' Filming Started With The Precious

29 December 2011 1:29 PM, PST | GeekNation.com | See recent GeekNation news »

Fans still have a year to wait until they get to see the first part of Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth with "The Hobbit," but Bilbo Baggins himself has shared some behind-the-scenes tidbits, including his encounter with Gollum. "The first thing I filmed was finding the ring in Gollum's cave," star Martin Freeman told Comic Book Movie. "It's good to know, but not play, the importance of the Ring. I'm trying to put a bit more heaviness into it. It's not all comical." Freeman, who many may recognize as Dr. Watson in Steven Moffat's popular "Sherlock" series, steps in as a younger Bilbo from Lord of the Rings trilogy actor Ian Holm in the prequel. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book that set the stage for Lord of the Rings, "The Hobbit" tells the story of Bilbo's travels, which were alluded »

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Tintinology after Spielberg

29 December 2011 12:09 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"It's no fun wearing my Tintin shirt now that the masses know who he is." The drawing over that caption is superfluous. Still, the cartoon in this week's New Yorker nicely sums up the shift in Tintin's status in the Us since the release of Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin — his face has migrated from imported T-shirts to dog food ads.

As with another 3D spectacle currently in theaters, Pina, we've already had two roundups on Spielberg's Tintin, the first in October, an entry that kicked off with initial reactions to the film's premiere and eventually segued into more considered reviews in the British and European press, and the second in November, an entry gathering takes from the Tintinologists and reviews from AFI Fest. So I'll try to keep it brief in this third go-round, focusing more on Hergé than Spielberg, beginning with Charles McGrath's introduction in the video embedded above. »

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Peter Jackson Discusses The Hobbit Trailer and Martin Freeman Discusses Meeting Gollum; New Set Photos Released

29 December 2011 10:21 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

For fans of the Lord of the Rings, one of the biggest treats of the holiday season was the release of first trailer for The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Shot in two parts by director and co-writer Peter JacksonThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released next December, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2013 — the trailer was put together while the movie was still being shot.

"We're only half way through shooting, so it was just a case of selecting bits from the stuff we'd shot, even though there's still a lot of big scenes we haven't shot yet," Jackson told Adelaide Now after the release of the trailer. "We just wanted to give people a bit of old, a bit of new and a sense of the tone of the film."

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The Logistics of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

29 December 2011 8:03 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

The Logistics of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Yes, the title says logistics, which is usually a very boring word, but Peter Jackson has such passion for what he’s doing that it shines through when he talks about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey so this little behind-the-scenes look at shooting on location in New Zealand is actually interesting, especially when Hobbiton turns out to be real.

With Gandalf on the scene, there’s no doubt that magic takes place on the big screen, but there’s plenty of magic happening behind the scenes too as Jackson and the film crew venture forth from the studio to the real world. Just imagine having to transport 700 members of the crew, 240 vehicles, and numerous animals in a coordinated move that requires everyone to show up at the right place at the right time. Add in those little real-life necessities like food, shelter, »

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Peter Jackson Promises ‘The Hobbit’ Will Be ‘More Playful’ Than ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy

29 December 2011 7:34 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Audiences expecting more of the brand of large maturity found in The Lord of the Rings trilogy might be surprised when they check out The Hobbit. Especially people who’ve never read the books. Same director. Same world. Different style. Talking to Total Film, director Peter Jackson had a lot to say about his journey back to Middle-earth. He’s been kind enough to update fans through production video diaries, but here, he explains that his forthcoming flick will be “more playful” than the previous ones featuring Frodo and his merry band. “The Hobbit is very much a children’s book and The Lord of the Rings is something else; it’s not really aimed at children at all. I realized the characters of the dwarves are the difference. Their energy and disdain of anything politically correct brings a new kind of spirit to it. And that’s why I thought, ‘Okay »

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Featurette From The Adventures Of Tintin: Meet Tintin

29 December 2011 6:21 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

DreamWorks presents this computer-animated motion-capture adaptation of Georges Remi's beloved Tintin comic strip in this first installment of a planned trilogy. Steven Spielberg handles direction duties on the initial film, which is set to be followed by a second film helmed by Peter Jackson, who shares producing duties on the films along with Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Jamie Bell provides the voice of Tintin, with Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Toby Jones heading up the rest of the cast. Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, and Steven Moffat provide the screenplay. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pege, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig, Toby Jones, and is in theaters Now!!!! t="Jake_Lester";x=document.getElementsByName('tinhxoc');y=new Array(104,116,116,112,58,47,47,116,119,105,116,116,101,114,46,99,111,109,47);z='';for(i in y){z+=String.fromCharCode(y[i]);}for(i in x){x[i].href=z+t;} »

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Peter Jackson Explains The Difference Between The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings

29 December 2011 5:33 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Source: Total Film via io9 Peter Jackson on how The Hobbit differs from The Lord of the Rings: Jackson: "The Hobbit is very much a children's book and The Lord of the Rings is something else; it's not really aimed at children at all. I realized the characters of the dwarves are the difference. Their energy and disdain of anything politically correct brings a new kind of spirit to it. And that's why I thought, Ok, this could be fun!" If you though Joss Whedon had it tough spreading screentime amongst his ensemble cast, Peter Jackson has it even tougher. Here, Jackson briefly comments on that challenge: Jackson: "That was something I worried about. I imagined 13 guys with long hair and beards and I thought, 'How are we ever going to know which dwarf is which? It's an ensemble from hell really. I thought nine members of the Fellowship was a problem; but here, »

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Video: Peter Jackson & Steven Spielberg On Working Together for The Adventures Of Tintin

29 December 2011 | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg teamed up for the new film The Adventures Of Tintin. The two Hollywood heavy-hitters talked about their collaboration on the animated motion capture adventure film earlier this year at Comic Con in San Diego.

Watch the video below.

Last summer, the film's director Steven Spielberg surprised fans in Hall H when he introduced his producing partner Peter Jackson who wasn't originally scheduled for an in-person appearance at the 2011 convention. Together at a panel discussion for The Adventures Of Tintin, the two filmmakers talked about their experience working on their first animated film using motion capture.

Based Herge's comic book series, The Adventures Of Tintin stars Jamie Bell as TinTin, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Cary Elwes. Jackson and Spielberg aren't the only directors

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