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As brash, boisterous box office spectacle, Peter Jackson's Middle-earth movies are unquestionably a triumph. His early 2000s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings captured the sweep and - via that ending that never ended - the introspection of the source material.
While his Hobbit trilogy is less universally beloved, who could argue that the battle scenes pack a wallop or that, in Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug, Jackson has given us one of the great on-screen dragons?
Whatever your opinion of Jackson's juggernaut, though, there is one indisputable weakness baked into his cinematic interpretation of Middle-earth. He is obsessed with orcs, those stock swords and sorcery nasties with terminally bad skin and the deportment of '80s football hooligans hopped up on Special Brew.
This was made depressingly obvious one third of the way through last year's Battle of the Five Armies as The Necromancer was casually bundled off stage, »
Another day, another teaser trailer; and - as predicted - again the fan boys (and girls) have crawled out from their darkened coves and tweeted and generally flooded the internet. Yesterday's release of the second Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer was met by the kind of enthusiastic response you'd expect.
For those of you who are still yet to see the aforementioned teaser trailer, please find below:
However, while so many rejoice - inspired by the return of one of cinema's most successful sagas - I am unsure. There are definitely moments of greatness, but I cannot shake this overwhelming feeling of worry.
But why? Why am I so bitter and twisted towards a release that, really, I should be wetter than an otter's pocket for? Well, allow me to explain below...but before I do, bear this in mind: I never grew up as a Star Wars / Star Trek fan boy. »
Gary Collinson previews Avengers: Age of Ultron…
“I was designed to save the world. People would look to the sky, and see hope… I’ll take that from them first.”
There’s little doubt that – on paper, at least – 2015 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in memory when it comes to blockbuster cinema, with the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland, San Andreas, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Ant-Man, Mission: Impossible 5, The Fantastic Four and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. are all set to grace the big screen over the next few months. But before then Marvel Studios will kick-start the summer movie season in April (or early May, for those in the States) with what is perhaps the most anticipated of all the summer releases, as Joss Whedon reassembles Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It’s fair to say »
- Gary Collinson
The neurosurgeon-turned-cosmic sorcerer has traditionally been depicted as being American through the 52-year history of the Marvel comic book.
We all win when Benedict Cumberbatch does a commercial. In a new spot for Mg Cars, a Chinese vehicle brand for which he's an ambassador, the actor is taking a stroll when he's instructed to play a game. Next thing we know, the Brit takes a fun ride through London and the picturesque countryside. We can't exactly decipher the plot, but all that really matters is that you get nearly two minutes to check out the handsome star. Watch the video above, and then relive some of Benedict's sexiest moments. »
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has called for people to “keep supporting independent cinema” after being confirmed as a patron of the Phoenix Cinema in the East Finchley area of London.
“We are all so lucky to be part of the magic that is cinema (on both sides of the screen) and it’s so important that we all work to preserve and develop it for generations to come,” he added.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Christopher Eccleston has spoken about class inequality in British acting.
The Safe House star admitted to Radio Times that he still feels "insecure" as a working class actor.
He said: "I had a sense acting wasn't for me because I'm not educated. British society has always been based on inequality, particularly culturally.
"I've lived with it, but it's much more pronounced now, and it would be difficult for someone like me to come through.
Eccleston added: "I confess I don't watch much film or television drama but I'm aware of the predominance of white, male roles.
"It's not just about the working class. There's not enough writing for women or people of colour. It frustrates me when they insist on doing all-male Shakespearean »
Many fans (and some movie news outlets, for that matter) have long since established in their minds that Christoph Waltz has to be playing Blofeld in the upcoming James Bond movie, “Spectre.” However, Waltz himself states that this idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Waltz has stated that he’s not playing Blofeld in the upcoming film. In fact, he seems a little irritated by the suggestion. “That rumor started on the internet and the internet is a pest,” he told GQ Magazine UK. “The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.” Of course, everyone is on tenterhooks particularly because of what happened with “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Benedict Cumberbatch [ Read More ]
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Thankfully, Feige is an old hand at handling this sort of pseudo-interview. You can see him on good form in this video from MTV where, essentially, he’s just asked to provide news on a series of Marvel projects, one by one, as if the interviewer were reading from a list. Which he is.
For those who cannot listen to the audio in that video, here are the bullet points.
Right now, they’re looking for writers for Captain Marvel, not cast.
Feige says the field is wide with Spider-Man casting, though they »
- Brendon Connelly
Back in October, Marvel finally confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title character in Doctor Strange. We haven't heard much about the project since then, but we reported in January that actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was being eyed for a supporting role, although no details about his character were revealed. Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige recently spoke with MTV, where he was asked if Benedict Cumberbatch will use his native British accent when portraying Stephen Strange. Here's what the producer had to say below.
"It's a good question. We have not discussed the accent with him yet, but he's Benedict Cumberbatch, so I think he can do anything we ask him."
"I've been talking about it for a long, long, long, long time, as »
During the press event for Marvel’s latest movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige confirmed that November 2015 is when shooting on the Phase Three film will begin, and stated that he was ‘excited’ about Benedict Cumberbatch playing the titular character.
Doctor Strange is set for release November 4th, 2016 and will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister), with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. So far no other cast members have been confirmed, although Chiwetel Ejiofor has been rumoured to be attached to the project in an unknown role.
- Thomas Roach
BAFTA has dated its annual film awards for the next three years.
According to Variety, the next Ee British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016.
This will be followed by ceremonies on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and Sunday, February 18, 2018.
The awards are expected to continue to be held at London's Royal Opera House and be broadcast by the BBC.
The Academy also announced that it will hold this year's BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Friday, October 30, with the ceremony taking place at La's Beverly Hilton hotel.
The annual Britannia Awards are held to honour contributions to the collaborative relationship between the UK and Us film industries, with previous winners including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench, George Clooney, Dame Helen Mirren, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson.
The nominees for this year's British Academy Television Awards were announced last week. »
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced a handful of award show dates on Friday, including the slate for the next three installments of the Ee British Academy Film Awards.
In 2016, the Ee British Academy Film Awards will air Feb. 14, followed by the next installment on Feb. 12, 2017. The 2018 awards will air Feb. 18.
These ceremonies will all take place in London at the Royal Opera House. BBC is set to broadcast the proceedings. BAFTA’s film awards sometimes serve as Oscar indicators; Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette all won for their performances at the most recent ceremony.
The announcement included information about BAFTA/La’s Britannia Awards: that ceremony will take place Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton. The Britannia Awards honor those in the industry for their commitment to collaboration between the U.S. and U.K. film industries. Past honorees include Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, »
- Marianne Zumberge
No word yet on whether she’ll be on the side of the USS Enterprise or taking on a villainous role, but from the sounds of it, her involvement is a done deal.
Justin Lin (Furious 6) is directing from a script by Doug Jung (TNT’s Dark Blue) and co-star Simon Pegg. The threequel is a pivotal entry for Paramount and Skydance’s blockbuster franchise, which is currently revamping to be more faithful to the classic sci-fi series it was adapted from and is also the first new Trek film not to be helmed by J.J. Abrams.
- Isaac Feldberg
Was Doctor Who SherLOCKED out of the BAFTAs? Well, it looks like that might be the case this year. This years’ nominees for the BAFTA TV awards have been announced and while Sherlock has received 2 nominations, one for Benedict Cumberbatch as Lead Actor as well being nominated for the Radio Times Audience Award, the Doctor...
- Rebecca Crockett
BAFTA also announces date for the next Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed the dates for its film awards for the next three years.
The Ee British Academy Film Awards will take place on February 14 2016, February 12 2017 and February 18 2018.
The awards will again be held at London’s Royal Opera House and broadcast by the BBC. This year, the four performance winners – Eddie Redmayne, Jk Simmons, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette – also went on to win Oscars.
The ratings for this year’s film awards increased in the UK and were broadcast in every major territory in the world and seen for the first time on Youku Tudo, China’s leading internet television broadcaster.
The announcement came just a day after the dates for the next three Academy Awards were revealed.
It was also announced that the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will take place on Friday »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The writers of Captain America: The Winter Soldier are set to write Avengers: Infinity War parts 1 and 2...
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are now even more important architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The pair, who penned Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, are about to take on the writing duties of the two-part Avengers: Infinity War films. That's Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, in case you're keeping count.
Joe and Anthony Russo (directors of the Captain America movies with Markus/McFeely involvement) are officially on board as directors. This is quite a reunion, and it's a sign of how important the Cap franchise has become to Marvel's movie plans. It feels appropriate. Badass Digest first reported Markus and McFeely's involvement.
Not everyone in Hollywood can make it to Coachella -- but that doesn't mean a little bit of Coachella can't come to them.Check out the 27 stars embracing a little bit of festival style with a flower crown in honor one of music's biggest weekends! 27. Tilda Swinton 26. Russell Brand 25. Peter Dinklage 24. Morgan Freeman 23. Martha Stewart 22. Lily Rabe 21. Liam Hemsworth 20. Johnny Depp 19. John Krasinksi 18. Jason Mamoa 17. Alessandra Ambrosio 16. Vanessa Hudgens 15. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson 14. Sharon Stone »
- TMZ Staff
The witty series could be remade, shot for shot, with Benedict Cumberbatch as its presenter – or perhaps a naughty standup should take the helm? Series consultant Jonathan Jones dreams up a 21st-century version – and busts the myths about the great champion of high art
The BBC’s plan to remake Civilisation, the great 1969 television series written and presented by Kenneth Clark, is a topic to set hearts racing. What an ambitious idea, what an audacious project. Can British TV in the 21st century match the heights it reached in the era of Civilisation, not to mention the similarly ambitious television essays it inspired and provoked, from The Ascent of Man to The Shock of the New?
The proposed new show was mentioned this week, naturally enough, in a Guardian editorial speculating on what retiring British Museum director Neil MacGregor may do next. MacGregor is plainly a man who could step »
- Jonathan Jones
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