17 items from 2015
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Manu Bennett | Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro | Directed by Peter Jackson
When The Hobbit was announced I’m sure nobody would have thought it would be three movies long, J. R. R.Tolkien fit the whole story into one book, and even that wasn’t very long. Here we are though with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which in theory should be the last Lord of the Rings movie Peter Jackson makes. Unless he can pull more tales of Middle-earth out of the appendices of course (and I’m sure some of us hope he could).
With Smaug »
- Paul Metcalf
Back in January, during the TCA Winter Tour, Fox teased that talks were under way to bring back the hit sci-fi series The X-Files for an Untitled X Files Reboot. The network confirmed last week that the show is indeed returning with a 6-episode event series. We know that original stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) are reprising their roles, but no other cast members are confirmed at this time. Series creator Chris Carter recently spoke with X-Files News, saying that he has plans to bring back the rest of the original cast, including Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner), Annabeth Gish (Monica Reyes), and Robert Patrick (John Doggett).
"I have ideas for everyone. Their availability is subject to their regular paying jobs. Of course, I'd like to bring everyone possible back, but it's who's going to fit into the story and who's available."
The series also spawned two theatrical movies, »
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Orlando Bloom adores his fans!
Watch: Eddie Redmayne Hilariously Reenacts His Failed 'Hobbit' Audition
The ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage.
The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, John Bell, Manu Bennett and John Tui.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out on »
The event - which honours excellence across all genres of television programming - took place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday (March 17), hosted by John Sergeant.
Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman also took home Entertainment Performance, The Graham Norton Show won for Entertainment Programme and The Island With Bear Grylls triumphed in the Popular, Factual and Features category.
Sky Sports' Gary Neville collected Best Sports Commentator for the second year running, and the Lifetime »
Jupiter Ascending has launched in Australia with $2 million in four days on 415 screens, one of the more respectable debuts for the sci-fi action-adventure.
That's a long way short of recouping the production cost reported to be between $175 million and $205 million, and the hefty P&A bill.
So Jupiter Ascending is shaping as yet another misfire for siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski following WB/Vrp.s Speed Racer ($120 million budget, $93.9 million in global B.O.) and the independently-financed Cloud Atlas ($100 million cost, $130.5 million B.O.).
Pro-rata, the Australian opening is slightly ahead of the $18.4 million Us debut, to the surprise of some exhibitors. Wallis Cinemas program manager Bob Parr tells If, .I didn.t expect that at all because of the Us result, »
- Don Groves
The third and final Hobbit film is just around the corner from its home video debut as Warner Home Video has announced The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release date is March 24, 2015. The Digital HD version will not arrive earlier than its disc-based companion versions.
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was a worldwide sensation when it released theatrically this past December to wrap up The Hobbit film series and simultaneously complete Jackson's six-film Middle-earth series. The film has earned over $951 million at the worldwide box office and is making a final push toward crossing the $1 billion mark.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Comprising the world renowned ensemble cast are Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, »
The finale in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, hit theaters just in time for the holidays and now Warner Bros. has announced it's coming to blu-ray in March so fans can re-live the action as many times as they want. Come inside to see when you can bring the film home, and what special features it's coming with.
If you can't wait for the upcoming Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which we all know is coming), then you're in luck, as Warner Bros. has announced you can take home the theatrical blu-ray on March 24th. Check out all the details according to their press release:
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on March 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, »
The film, adapted from E.L. James. best-selling book of the same name, follows the plight of literature student Anastacia (Dakota Johnson) who falls in love with the handsome but tormented Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) who .likes to exercise control in all things. . including over her.
The film, distributed by Universal, has had extensive media coverage as its content divides camps to the extent where some women.s groups have called for boycotts. Add this to a prolonged and no doubt costly marketing campaign, even those who have no desire to see the film will likely still be aware that it.s on.
Its staggering debut knocked off last week.s number one performer, Kingsman: The Secret Service, to second place. Fox.s adventure comedy »
- Emily Blatchford
Running Time: 95 minutes
Following the phenomenal success of their BBC series Outnumbered, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin bring their comedy prowess to the big screen with What We Did On Our Holiday, a lighthearted comedy with a deeper meaning.
Doug (Tennant), his wife Abi (Pike) and their children visit the Scottish Highlands to celebrate Doug’s father Gordie’s (Connolly) 75th birthday. The couple intend to keep their impending divorce a secret from the unwell Gordie during their trip, but soon discover that with three quick-witted children in tow honesty might have to be the best policy.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The creators of the smash-hit BBC Comedy series Outnumbered bring further lively family dynamics to the screen with What We Did On Our Holiday. Starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly this superb modern comedy will be available to own on DVD and Blu-ray from 26th January and we’ve got 3 to giveaway on Blu-ray!
Doug (Tennant), his wife Abi (Pike) and their children visit the Scottish highlands to celebrate Doug’s father Gordie’s (Connolly) 75th birthday. The couple intend to keep their impending divorce a secret from the unwell Gordie during their trip, but soon discover that with three quick-witted children in tow honesty might have to be the best policy.
With a sharp, semi-improvised script and scenes of real poignancy, What We Did On Our Holiday is an uplifting and irresistibly charming comedy-drama that’s guaranteed to warm your heart.
To be in with a chance of winning, »
- Dan Bullock
For the next three hours, the best of 2014's television will be celebrated at a lavish ceremony starring everyone from Danny Dyer to the bloke from The Chase.
So grab a cup of tea, prepare for madness and enjoy Ant & Dec winning the Best TV Presenter(s) trophy, as Digital Spy takes you through the evening from 7.30pm.
22:03So there we have it for another year! A pretty darn well-run ship by Dermot, and a generally enjoyable show. What did you think of the winners? Any big snubs? All in agreement? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for joining us!
22:02Of course, one more mention of Mrs Brown before the end.
22:00Claudia Winkleman can be seen going "What? »
This month marks the 15th Anniversary of writer/director Troy Duffy's The Boondock Saints, the runaway cult hit that's inspired everything from tattoos to t-shirts to copycat films. Itself an ode to the work of Tarantino and those before him, The Boondock Saints was a very troubled production with Duffy seeming to crumble under his own hubris in his rise from a bartender-cum-filmmaker. Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Willem Dafoe, and Billy Connolly, the film is »
- Paul Shirey
The epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – and his Middle-earth series – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become just the second film of 2014 to cross $800 million at the global box office, with the fantasy epic pushing its global haul to $803.1 million this past weekend.
The Battle of the Five Armies remains the lowest-grossing instalment of the Middle-earth franchise behind The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($869.3 million), and is the second-biggest movie of last year after Transformers: Age of Extinction, which sits on $1.087 billion.
See Also: Read our reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here and here
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features 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, »
- Gary Collinson
Jim Davidson has criticised the BBC for having a left-wing bias and said that there isn't enough working class comedy on TV anymore.
The Celebrity Big Brother winner and stand-up comic, who hosted primetime BBC shows such as The Generation Game and Big Break in the '90s, said that modern TV is dominated by university-educated talent.
"The BBC are all lefties really. If you sliced the BBC in half, the Guardian newspaper would fall out," he told Digital Spy.
"There was a time when I was growing up, when comedy came from the working class streets of the big cities. Billy Connolly, me, Jasper Carrott, Jethro. All working class lads. And now, they all come from universities and all us old guys are old hat."
Davidson added: "And who is the worst? Me. Since Bernard Manning died, »
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become the eighth movie of 2014 to cross $700 million at the global box office, with the epic conclusion to Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy pushing its worldwide haul to $722.9 million this weekend.
The Battle of the Five Armies is now the fifth-highest grossing movie of last year, and looks like it should go on to overtake X-Men: Days of Future Past ($746 million), Maleficent ($757.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($772.6 million), which would leave it trailing only Transformers: Age of Extinction, which pulled in $1.087 billion.
In terms of Jackson’s Middle-earth saga, the final Hobbit movie remains in sixth place and will need to reach $870 million if it is to overtake The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which earned $869.3 million back in 2001.
See Also: Read our reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here »
- Gary Collinson
17 items from 2015
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