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The third Hobbit film is rumoured to be changing its name.
New Line Cinema has registered the title The Hobbit: Into the Fire, reports TheOneRing.net.
The reliable fan site points out the move could be an attempt to protect the intellectual property rights of a tie-in.
Currently titled There and Back Again - the subtitle of Jrr Tolkien's original 1937 novel - the final instalment of the film trilogy was at one point expected to be called The Battle of Five Armies.
Peter Jackson's final Hobbit film will be released on December 12 in the UK and on December 17 in the Us.
Watch a trailer for the most recent instalment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, below: »
It seems that the third instalment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy could be set for a title change, with TheOneRing reporting that New Line Cinema has registered a new title The Hobbit: Into the Fire, which could replace The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
It should be noted that at this point, there’s little more evidence to suggest that the closing chapter of Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings prequel will be renamed, and of course Into the Fire could be reserved for an entirely unrelated project, such as a video game tie-in.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again – or whatever it ends up called – is set for release on December 17th, with a cast that includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving and Evangeline Lilly.
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- Gary Collinson
While nothing has been confirmed yet, the guys over at Tracking Board are exclusively reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch has already been offered the role of Ian Fleming in a film about his life during WWII and the origins of his most famous creation, James Bond. Up until last year the biopic was due to be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) before he ditched the project to move onto his Warcraft adaptation. Since then we’ve had the four part miniseries Fleming starring Dominic Cooper which aired on Sky Atlantic at the start of the year, essentially tackling the exact same subject.
The biopic will be based on Andrew Lycett’s 2009 biography and is set to be an independent production with no director attached as yet. If Cumberbatch accepts the role, it’s likely shooting will begin early next year depending on scheduling conflicts. Cumberbatch has been on an »
- Gavin Logan
Another day, another Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour. The Sherlock star had been linked to a role in Jj Abrams' new Star Wars movie, but shot down hopes on the weekend when he told fans at the Oz Comic Con "I would've liked a part in Jj's [Abrams] new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly." He also told the audience that he's unlikely to appear in Doctor Who: "I'm never gonna play the Doctor and nothing to do with the Whoniverse." Now Hollywood blog The Tracking Board claims he has been offered the starring role in an Ian Fleming biopic detailing the origin stories of James Bond. Monkey hopes the rumour turns out to be true Cumberbatch could certainly carry off wearing Fleming's trademark bow tie. »
News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:45
What's that? You think it's been a little too long since the last Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour, and you fancy another? Ah, right you are.
The planned biopic of Ian Fleming, the man of course who created James Bond 007, has had one or two bumps over the past few years. At one stage, Duncan Jones was set to direct, until his commitment to the Warcraft movie ruled out his involvement. However, the project - based on the 2009 biography of Fleming written by Andrew Lycett - is still going. And now Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked with the lead role.
The Tracking Board reports the he's been offered the part of Ian Fleming, although that's still a little way away from him accepting it and things moving forward. »
Even back when director Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was set to be just a two-part movie, The Hobbit: There and Back Again was always meant to be the finale's title, with New Line Cinema deciding on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as the second part of this trilogy that begins with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Today, we have word from TheOneRing.net that the last movie may now be re-titled The Hobbit: Into the Fire.
New Line Cinema has registered this title, although the site's source, dubbed "The Knocking Thrush," claims that studios often register multiple titles while deciding on the final version. New Line previously registered the title The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies, before it was confirmed in August 2012 that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again would be the final two movies. With that being said, »
Sherlock has been nominated for a prestigious Golden Nymph award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
The BBC One drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is up for the Television Films prize at the awards ceremony, which recognises the best TV programmes and actors from around the world.
Also up for the award are Austria's Blank, France's The Silence of the Church, Germany's Take Good Care of Him and Japan's Battlefield Tokyo.
A full list of nominations can be found on the awards' official website.
We already know that Mark Strong plays a good spy - his haunted field agent Jim Prideaux was a standout in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as was his harassed CIA supervisor in Zero Dark Thirty - and he'll continue the trend with upcoming projects The Imitation Game and The Secret Service.
When Digital Spy caught up with Strong backstage at Sunday's Olivier Awards, he discussed his role as MI6 chief Stewart Menzies in The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as pioneering World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.
"He was the guy who kind of set up the Secret Service after the war, and he has the overview," Strong explained. "He's the chap that's running everybody, all the spies, what's happening with decoding the Enigma machine. He's the guy with all the cards in his hand."
Watch the video above to see what Strong had to say about reuniting with »
It's been rumored for a long time that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing a villain in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. There was a time when the actor was coy about it, but when he was asked about it in a recent interview with The Iris, he said that it's not going to happen.
"I would've liked a part in Jj's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly."
At one point there was almost no doubt that the actor would be in the movie. Maybe he was going to be in the movie but things changed. I guess there's still a chance that he's just pulling our leg, but who knows at this point. The role would have been a Sith villain, which would supposedly be a major role that will continue throughout the whole new trilogy.
The casting for the movie is almost complete, and it »
- Joey Paur
Martin Freeman has spoken about his decision not to take on long-term television roles.
The actor told Entertainment Weekly that he doesn't want to "live in a part forever" and gets "joy" from taking on a variety of roles.
"It's not like a life choice where I just want to live in a part forever," he explained. "That's the joy of the job for me: In a little while, I'll be playing somebody else with a different load of people."
Freeman is soon to star in FX drama Fargo, which is inspired by the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name.
On his decision to take the part, he said: "When I was sent the script for Fargo, Joe, my American agent, said, 'I know it's TV, but this is ten episodes - it's finite'.
"The reason I've never gone for »
One of the downsides of being a famous actor with legions of adoring fans is constantly being badgered regarding rumors of roles in every major upcoming franchise. As far as hardships go it’s pretty mild, but it probably gets pretty grating for an actor like Benedict Cumberbatch, whose name seems to crop up constantly in casting talk.
Since production on Star Trek Into Darkness began before the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, and the subsequent announcement that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII, Cumberbatch couldn’t have known what he was letting himself in for by playing a major role in an Abrams sci-fi blockbuster. Rumors and speculation about which actors ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
After being rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII for several months, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed at Australia's Oz Comic-Con that he will not be a part of director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel. Australian entertainment site The Iris was live-tweeting his Q&A session over the weekend, where he also revealed that he wont' be a part of the Doctor Who universe either.
I would've liked a part in Jj's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly
— The Iris (@TheIrisAU) April 12, 2014
I'm never gonna play The Doctor, & nothing to do with the Whoniverse
— The Iris (@TheIrisAU) April 12, 2014
We first heard about the actor's possible involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII back in September when he was rumored to play a Sith Lord in the sequel, although he also revealed later that week that he hadn't been offered a role. Director J.J. Abrams hinted later that month that he "loves that guy, »
Over the past year, Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors have touched upon just about every big name in Hollywood — and even some not-so-big names as well. But one of the first to make the rounds was Benedict Cumberbatch, way back when. Although the actor has already shot down the reports multiple times, the […]
- Angie Han
Steven Moffat, the producer of the TV series Sherlock and J.J. Abrams, director of Star Trek Into Darkness both have their work cut out for them at the moment, with Moffat currently working on Doctor Who and J.J. Abrams working on the new Star Wars sequel trilogy.
In recent news there has been a lot of speculation about Cumberbatch’s potential involvement in the up and coming projects as he has worked with both Moffat and J.J Abrams in the past. However, over the weekend Cumberbatch participated in a Q&A session in Sydney and disappointed us all by ending the rumours; claiming that he would not be partaking in anything Doctor Who or Star Wars related.
Despite his claims, there is still hope; in previous interviews and Q&A sessions, Cumberbatch denied rumours of his role in Star Trek Into Darkness, which actually turned out to be true. »
- Henry Nash
After being rumored, debunked and reaffirmed, it appears Benedict Cumberbatch won't be taking a role in Star Wars: Episode VII after all. The actor's name first surfaced last fall, but the actor completely debunked those rumors while appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. But the source of the rumor reaffirmed their story a couple weeks later when they reported Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, The Grand Budapest Hotel) had auditioned for a role. But now Cumberbatch says that he will not be in the film, but seemingly confirms that he was in the running for a role, at least at one time. More below! Speaking with Australian outlet The Iris (via ComingSoon), Cumberbatch revealed: "I would've liked a part in Jj's new 'Star Wars' but it won't happen sadly." It sounds like Cumberbatch definitely talked to his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams about a role, »
- Ethan Anderton
Long rumored to be taking on a role in the franchise, Australian site The Iris (via Metro ) was present for a Q&A session with actor Benedict Cumberbatch at Oz Comic-Con where the actor shot down any hopes that he might appear in Star Wars: Episode VII . "I would've liked a part in Jj's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly," the actor reportedly said, before also shooting down any potential appearances in the BBC series "Doctor Who." Scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will follow a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew »
One common trait to new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and his future Late Night competitor Stephen Colbert‘s history as late night hosts — they both have made several can’t-miss musical moments, like Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” performed with toy instruments, Stephen’s Daft Punk-free Daft Punk performance or that time Taylor Hicks performed “Friday” with both Stephen and Jimmy.
Meanwhile, Splitsider looks at four directions Comedy Central will likely pick for a Colbert Report replacement. My dream sees Comedy Central managing to lure the hilarious No, You Shut Up! away from Fusion. (Let me remind you, this is a show where Paul F. Tompkins and Muppets — Muppets! — parody Crossfire. If the clips available are a good representation, it would fill that Colbert Report-sized hole nicely.)
They know how to be fun, fun, fun fun.
Benedict Cumberbatch told fans in Australia that he has »
- Lyle Masaki
Sorry Cumberbitches, but it looks like your favorite actor won't have a part in Star Wars: Episode VII, unless of course Benedict Cumberbatch is pulling a Khan on us. The Iris was live-tweeting Cumberbatch's Q&A at the Oz Comic Con in Sydney over the weekend, and he says he would've liked a role in J.J. Abrams film, but it's just not going to happen. I would've liked a part in Jj's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly »
- Jesse Giroux
Benedict Cumberbatch has ruled himself out of a potential role in Star Wars: Episode VII, during an appearance at Australia's Oz Comic-Con. Having worked alongside J.J. Abrams on Star Trek: Into Darkness, Cumberbatch's name has been continually linked to the new film, but according to the star, it isn't going to happen. "I would've liked a part in J.J.'s new Star Wars, but it won't happen, sadly," said Cumberbatch, before also ruling himself out of ever appearing on Doctor Who. No further explanation was given, although given...
- George Wales
Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014 will be launched as part of parent company Mbi’s new Creative Week.
Creative Week brings together Mbi’s key publications Screen, Broadcast and shots to offer five days of high-level events June covering the film business, TV world and advertising community.
Creative Week (June 2-6) comprises The Media Summit, the Broadcast International TV Forum, HD Evolved and The VFX Summit, as well as a number of breakfast events, roundtable seminars, film screenings, drinks parties and a gala reception.
Creative Week delegates will have the opportunity to attend the Stars of Tomorrow launch on the evening of June 5.
The Stars of Tomorrow will be unveiled on ScreenDaily on the morning of June 5. This annual feature spotlights up-and-coming actors and filmmakers that will be making waves in the years to come.
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