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Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Star Trek Into Darkness) has a voice full of gravitas. It's presumably why Peter Jackson cast him as Smaug for the new Hobbit movie out later this month.
Us talk show host and part-time narration talent spotter Jimmy Kimmel must have thought likewise, as he enlisted Cumberbatch's delivery earlier this week to read out the lyrics of R. Kelly's song 'Genius.'
You're probably thinking, 'Hey, I've seen R. Kelly's rap-opera, Trapped in the Closet. I know it don't get better than that. Why should I watch this Holmes guy try to match the World's Greatest?'
It's worth it. Promise.
Cumberbatch will next appear in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is set for release on December 13th. The cast also includes Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug / The Necromancer), Andy Serkis »
- Oliver Davis
Director: Peter Jackson; Screenwriters: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro; Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans; Running time: 161 mins; Certificate: 12A
Opening as it does on a bearded, handsome figure attracting furtive glances from fellow patrons inside the candlelit Prancing Pony Inn, it's plain from the get-go that Peter Jackson's second Hobbit instalment will serve nostalgic Lord of the Rings fans well – references to the trilogy abound. But where last year's An Unexpected Journey steered too structurally close to Fellowship and suffered by comparison, The Desolation of Smaug feels Ringsier in tone while forging entirely its own narrative path, marrying breathless action with shrewd character building.
It's a moodier, more anxious story that gives Martin Freeman more dimensions to play with, as Bilbo and the band of dwarves journey on towards their confrontation with treasure-hoarding dragon Smaug »
Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) is set to make his feature film directorial debut with a big screen adaptation of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm. The project was announced a year ago, and he's been in the process of developing it. Now he says the movie will start shooting next year. When talking to Screendaily, Serkis gave an update saying,
”We’ve started pre-vis which in the virtual world in many instances means you’ve already started shooting the film. Principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year.”
He goes on to discuss his take on the classic politically heavy story, saying,
"What we’re trying to do is fairly unique. It’s going to be entirely performance captured, so rather than photographing real animals and showing them with talking mouths, it will all be generated by the interaction between the actors playing those roles… »
- Joey Paur
Joy Batchelor and John Halas’ 1954 adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm might look like a children’s film at first glance, populated as it is with cartoon animals, but this bleak political allegory does not make for light-hearted Saturday morning viewing. Made during (and partially shaped by, thanks to financing from the CIA) the height of Cold War tension, the film is definitely worth watching as a product of its time.
The first live action version of the story was released in 1999 as a TV movie, featuring creature effects from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and a pretty impressive voice cast that included Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart and the late Pete Postlethwaite. The next Animal Farm, however, will ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
While Andy Serkis first rose to prominence as the actor who brought The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum to life by way of motion-capture, he’s been dabbling a bit more behind-the-scenes as of late. Serkis acted as the second-unit director on a good deal of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and he’s poised to make his feature directorial debut on a motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm. The project was first announced over a year ago, but now Serkis has provided an update on the film, revealing that filming is slated to get underway in 2014. Hit the jump for more. Speaking with ScreenDaily (via Twitch), Serkis revealed that “principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year.” The film is being produced by Serkis’ performance capture studio Imaginarium, marking their first feature film. The multi-talented performer went on »
- Adam Chitwood
The movie, which was first announced in October 2012, is the first the actor has directed on his own and is also the debut project of Imaginarium, the performance capture studio he co-founded with producer Jonathan Cavendish.
Speaking at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (Cis) in Dubai, Serkis told ScreenDaily that pre-rendering had recently started on the feature.
"We've started pre-vis, which in the virtual world in many instances means you've already started shooting the film," he explained.
"Principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year."
The actor told summit attendees that he had directed the visualisation segments via Skype from his trailer on the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and that German concept artist Michael Kutsche (Alice in Wonderland, Thor, Disney's upcoming picture »
If “An Unexpected Journey” felt like nearly three hours’ worth of throat clearing and beard stroking, the saga gets fully under way at last in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the similarly massive but far more purposeful second chapter in Peter Jackson’s latest Tolkien enterprise. Actually shorter than the first film by nine minutes, this robust, action-packed adventure benefits from a headier sense of forward momentum and a steady stream of 3D-enhanced thrills — culminating in a lengthy confrontation with a fire-breathing, scenery-chewing dragon — even as our heroes’ quest splits into three strands that are left dangling in classic middle-film fashion. Jackson’s gargantuan undertaking can still feel like completist overkill at times, but that won’t keep the Middle-earth enthusiasts who pushed the first “Hobbit” film past the $1 billion mark worldwide from doing the same with this Dec. 13 release, which should see Warners’ and MGM’s coffers overflow like Erebor’s. »
- Justin Chang
Announced over a year ago by his Imaginarium performance capture studio, Serkis makes his directorial debut on the project. Orwell's classic tale follows a group of revolutionary animals on an English farm is a thinly veiled allegory about how the rise of Stalinism in the Soviet Union over the preceding two decades.
Appearing at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (Cis) in Dubai on Thursday, Serkis says: "We’ve started pre-vis which in the virtual world in many instances means you’ve already started shooting the film. Principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year."
- Garth Franklin
Andy Serkis, who has become everyone's favorite motion-capture actor thanks to his performances as Gollum in Peter Jackson's Tolkien films and as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (pictured), is moving forward with his motion-capture version of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Speaking with Screendaily, Serkis provided more details on the project, which was announced in October 2012. "We've started pre-vis," Serkis said, "which in the virtual world in many instances means you've already started shooting the film." The plan is to begin principal photography in the third quarter of 2014, or, sometime between July and September. Serkis wants the film to be "entirely performance captured," so don't expect talking mouths on live-action animals. Instead, "it will all be generated by the interaction...
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“We’ve started pre-vis which in the virtual world in many instances means you’ve already started shooting the film,” Serkis, told Screendaily on the fringes of the Cinematic Innovation Summit (Cis) in Dubai on Thursday. “Principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year.”
Serkis’ Animal Farm was first announced in October 2012, as the inaugural production of Imaginarium, the new performance capture studio co-founded by Serkis with producer Jonathan Cavendish, but there has been little news about the project since.
A speaker at the summit, Serkis told delegates that he had directed pre-vis work via Skype from his trailer on the set of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, in which he will reprise his role as rebel ape leader Caesar from Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes »
Technological changes are challenging traditional funding models but also opening up new ways to make, finance and distribute features, said Hollywood veterans at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (Cis) in Dubai yesterday.
“The economics of the global film business are transforming, largely driven by technology changes in and around traditional distribution mediums,” said Linde, who moderated the panel that also featured The Weinstein Company COO David Glasser, Bridget Jones’s Diary producer Jonathan Cavendish and Us producer Vince Jolivette.
“The sudden and severe disinterest of Western audiences in the DVD format, combined with their increasing facility in downloading pirated content, has created real challenges to traditional film economics and thus the means of financing films,” Linde added.
However, all the panellists demonstrated that the same technological advances »
Depending on when you’re reading this, only just over one week separates us from the sure wonder of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Do you have your ticket yet? Will you be seeing it in IMAX High Frame Rate 3D? RealD 3D? Digital 3D? Standard format? So many choices.
Here’s an easy choice for you: to watch, or to not watch, Peter Jackson‘s latest Production Diary for the movie. Watch, obviously. My favorite part is near the end, with Jackson doing some fun fantastic camera work:
Featurette: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Production Diary 13
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchette, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Ken Stott, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ian Holm, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Conan Stevens, Orlando Bloom, »
- Erin Willard
A decade after its launch, the Dubai Intl. Film Festival has firmly earned its leadership role among Middle East film events thanks to its unwavering drive to be international, but with an Arab core.
“We are the only festival that, aside from presenting films from around the world, has always focused on having an Arab competition,” says fest managing director Shivani Pandya, who has been with Diff since its inception.
The other key aspect, as Pandya points out, is that Diff runs the only film market in the Arab world.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, Diff organizers have added a pre-fest Cinematic Innovation Summit, aiming to put people who are exploring filmmaking’s new frontiers in contact with each other and with the Arab media industry.
Diff has also partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bring a showcase of Arab films to U. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Last night was the world premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in The Hobbit trilogy of films. In celebration of the premiere, over 30 screenshots have been released, along with some behind the scenes pics, all for us to relish until we finally get the Regular People premiere on December 13. These screen shots are an absolute visual feast.
Following the pics, take a look at our first chance to see Smaug in full; on the side of an Air New Zealand plane. Hobbit design company Weta had to create the dragon for the airline, since there’s no single shot that shows the entire dragon. Cool.
Featurette: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Air New Zealand: Smaug Has Landed
If you must see all things Hobbit, here’s over an hour’s worth of coverage of the “black carpet” premiere. Nothing actually happens until about 12 minutes in, »
- Erin Willard
Check out plenty new images from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitrage, Ian McKellen, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Andy Serkis, Graham McTavish, Benedict Cumberpatch, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lily, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, James Nesbitt, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Adam Brown, William Kircher, Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Dean Gorman, Ken Stott and Peter Hambleton. Jackson helms as well as scripting alongside Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Fran Walsh based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins »
July 2014 was supposed to be a huge month for two much-anticipated sequels: Fast and Furious 7 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However, in the wake of Paul Walker’s passing and a halted production, it looks that the month will not belong to fast, furious cars, but instead to those damn, dirty apes. And a first trailer for Matt Reeves’ sequel to the 2011 sci-fi thriller should be hitting theatres soon, possibly before the end of 2013.
According to a tweet from Coming Soon, the trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is now rated and “should be coming soon.” Although Fox has not announced a release date online nor an attachment to any film yet, this is exciting news nonetheless.
It would make sense for Dawn’s trailer to debut in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. First and foremost, that film will have a »
- Jordan Adler
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a movie that is worth watching just for the effects, but succeeds on many levels beyond that. With a significant chunk of the story told with no dialogue at all, the film graduates from a story about humans to a story about Caesar (Andy Serkis) and other intelligent apes, effectively foreshadowing the fate of planet Earth as seen in the 1968 film Planet of the Apes.
Matt Reeves’ sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set ten years after the end of Rise of the ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Some of you may have approached this long holiday weekend with a certain amount of dread, but hopefully it hasn’t turned out to be as terrifying as a newly wakened ancient dragon. Compare and contrast your situation with those one presented in the latest TV spot for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:
TV Spot: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – #9
Hopefully yours has been and continues to be a dragon-free weekend.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchette, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Ken Stott, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ian Holm, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Conan Stevens, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries and Benedict Cumberbatch is scheduled to hit the theaters on December 13. »
- Erin Willard
Thanksgiving is a specifically and peculiarly American occasion and although we on this side of the pond are generally aware of it, either because of films like Free Birds, or because of a healthy interest in Us sports, or through the avalanche of Thanksgiving-themed tweets from those we follow within the Twittersphere, it tends to pass us by.
But in the interests of North Atlantic harmony and in order to try to extend an olive branch of fraternity and put all that Boston Tea Party business behind us, it seemed appropriate to acknowledge and even celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing a few things for which we can all be thankful – American, British and everything else besides.
We could list all of the films we are thankful for, but that would take a while. We could say we are grateful for certain actors or directors, but in such matters of taste and »
- Dave Roper
Genre: Fantasy | Adventure
Director: Peter Jackson
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 184 minutes plus approx. 556 minutes of bonus features
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 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.
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 »
- Erin Willard
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