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This Saturday, anticipated threequel The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will go to Comic-Con with its own panel – but ahead of that event, Warner Bros. has revealed the first official poster for the trilogy topper, an impressive look at the almighty dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch)… and Bard (Luke Evans), the lone bowman standing between the fire-breather and all of Lake-Town.
Though I’ve been less than satisfied with the first two installments in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, this final film looks like a suitably epic finale for it – and the title indicates that we’ll be witnessing a massive battle that rocks all of Middle Earth and sets the stage for the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There’s no denying that, however the film holds together, it’s going to be filled with some truly amazing action sequences.
Here’s the official »
- Isaac Feldberg
How much does Sean Astin know about disgusting infectious diseases? A lot more now than he did a few years ago, probably.
The Lord of the Rings actor can currently be seen in FX’s vampire-virus drama The Strain and is also one of the stars of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, the third movie in the flesh-eating virus horror franchise which Eli Roth kicked off back in 2002 with his directorial debut Cabin Fever. Patient Zero itself is directed by Kaare Andrews and concerns a Caribbean vacation which goes (as is the tendency in films whose title features the words “Cabin” and “Fever”) badly awry. »
- Clark Collis
Doctor Who chieftain Steven Moffat has confirmed to SFX Magazine that The Hobbit director Peter Jackson Is likely to direct a future episode! Several months ago it became clear that Jackson – best known for his sprawling adaptation of The Lord of the Rings – was interested in directing Doctor Who, even if it seemed
- Christian Cawley
Ahead of the film’s Comic-Con panel this coming Saturday, Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for director Peter Jackson’s concluding installment in his Hobbit trilogy. This poster officially bills the film as “The Defining Chapter”, as the title tells us we’ll be privy to a pivotal battle that sets the Middle-earth stage for the events of The Lord of the Rings saga. Though I’ve been a bit disappointed with the Hobbit films themselves, there’s no denying that this debut Battle of the Five Armies poster is pretty swell. It depicts a fiery standoff between the nefarious dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman, and things do not look to be going great in Lake-Town. Hit the jump to check out the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster in all its glory, »
- Adam Chitwood
The first poster for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Dragon Standoff Before this Saturday Comic-Con panel Warner Bros. has released the first poster for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. It’s being called “The Defining Chapter” according to the great poster, and it certainly looks that way. The forthcoming battle will set up Middle-earth for the events in that take place in The Lord Of The Rings saga. While my »
- Graham McMorrow
With Comic-Con 2014 just a few days away, which will offer fans a sneak peek at The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Warner Bros. has released two new photos featuring Gandalf (Ian McKellen) interacting with the elf king Thranduil (Lee Pace), and another with the wizard getting ready for battle alongside Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans). Take a look, then read on for what writer/producer Philippa Boyens has to say about director Peter Jackson's final Middle Earth adventure.
Back in April, Warner Bros. announced that this final adventure was changing from The Hobbit: There and Back Again to The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, which hints that this last Middle Earth tale will be more action-packed that its predecessors. Philippa Boyens revealed that fans don't remember what happens at the end of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, which is much more intense than some may believe. »
Nowadays, with major advances in technology CGI is playing a huge role in the movie making industry. Of course sometimes creators can go a little too far with CGI making the realistic looking aliens or monsters not so realistic looking and instead creepy or annoying (see Jar Jar Binks) but when they get it right it is nearly perfect.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we investigate characters in film that are not made of flesh and bone, but bits and bytes born from hours of programming. Join us as we discuss CGI characters both good and bad.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelly McInerney)
A federal judge today has denied a motion seeking to disqualify lawyers repping the estate of The Lord Of The Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien in its $80 million copyright and digital merchandising lawsuit against Warner Bros and the Saul Zaentz Company. The studio and its partner in early June filed a motion to have Fourth Age’s lawyers, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger Llp, disqualified the almost-2-year-old suit ”because the firm impermissibly gained access to privileged information in violation of Rules of Professional Conduct.” In today’s three-page order (read it here), U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins wrote that “Warner and […] »
A federal judge is refusing to disqualify Greenberg Glusker as the law firm representing the estate of “The Lord of the Rings” creator J.R.R. Tolkien, which is engaged in a legal tangle with Warner Bros. and the Saul Zaentz Co. over merchandising rights to the lucrative franchise.
The merchandising rights dispute centers on the Tolkien estate’s claims that Warner Bros. and the Zaentz Co. overstepped merchandising agreements by licensing the lucrative “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” franchise for online games. The estate, along with Harper Collins Publishers, filed suit in 2012, and contends that a 1969 agreement gives Warner Bros and the Zaentz Co. the rights only to tangible games, not virtual merchandise.
Last month, Warner Bros., represented by Dan Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers, »
- Ted Johnson
By now you will have heard the news that actor Andy Serkis – best known for his motion capture roles in The Lord of the Rings and the rebooted Planet of the Apes will now have a role in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It had been announced during early stages of production that Serkis would be helping out Mark Ruffalo with the motion capture for the Hulk. However, recently that Serkis revealed in an interview that he was not only helping out Mark Ruffalo as a motion capture consultant, but that he will also have a role in the much anticipated sequel from Marvel Studios.
So fans have already begun speculating as to who Serkis will play and it is fair to assume that his role will be motion capture. The most popular theories include the motion capture for »
- Gary Collinson
Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...
In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.
Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »
We're nearing the end of The Hobbit trilogy as The Battle of the Five Armies is slated to arrive in December 2014. The film will culminate director Peter Jackson's 13-year-long, six-film voyage into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, and judging by the billions of dollars both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generated worldwide at the box office, there is no end to the thirst among moviegoers for all things Tolkien. With that in mind, to help fill that Gollum void, two different movie studios are planning competing J.R.R. Tolkien biopics. »
“Dawn” is a fitting word to describe the second installment of the Planet of the Apes films. Whether it’s the transition from ignorance to understanding, or the state of light invading darkness and alternatively the resistance of darkness to light, all are explored throughout director Matt Reeves’ excellent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The film is introduced with a quick montage of information explaining what has happened since the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In nearly ten years, a deadly virus has spread, killing off a majority of humanity and leaving the world in anarchy and violence. The apes escaped into the woods outside of San Francisco and have created a colony led by the advanced Caesar (Andy Serkis). A small group of disease-immune humans remain in the city, though they are without power and low on fuel resources. The humans, desperate for electrical power, »
- Monte Yazzie
The McM Manchester Comic Con got underway today with Flickering Myth’s Villordsutch battling the rain to head down and take in all the geek goodness. Of course the cosplayers were out in full swing, showing off their costumes from the likes of Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Dredd, The Lego Movie, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Marvel and DC, and much more. We’ve got a collection of over 40 images from the convention floor, which you can check out right here…
The post McM Manchester Comic Con 2014: Cosplay Gallery appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
The Lord Of The Rings franchise is a juggernaut and has produced many good games and even an expansive Mmo. The next release comes to us from Monolith Studios and goes the route of an Assassin’s Creed/Arkham City-esque 3rd person action adventure with several new and interesting game mechanics, including a recurring army of ranked enemies who remember you and a host of supernatural powers.
Of course, the Lord Of The Rings universe is massive in size and depth and as the games story takes place between the events of The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, there’s plenty of opportunities for intelligently placed cameos throughout.
Considering the player character in Shadow Of Mordor is a brand new character, a half human half wraith Ranger by the name of Talion, the developers have carte blanche with the story and any of the connections they want »
- Mark Bradley
20th Century Fox
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in the UK this weekend, following critical acclaim and a hugely successful opening weekend in the Us. Picking up ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this instalment finds the last vestiges of humanity sheltering in a tower in San Francisco. These humans are genetically immune to the virus that wiped out the rest of the world’s population. After one of their number encounters a community of apes and shoots one in panic, the apes march on the city with an ultimatum: stay out of ape territory, or face an all-out war.
This film sees Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar from the first film, and his performances in both efforts have been met with universal acclaim. It comes during a rich vein of form in Serkis’ career, which began with »
- Daniel Mumby
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a film about apes. The title isn't misleading or a metaphor or anything. This is a movie about primates and though there are human protagonists sharing screentime and functioning as significant pieces in the plot, it's very much an ape affair. Key characters - Caesar, Cornelia, Koba - are all chimpanzees.
Actually, that's not completely true. In fact it's a damn dirty ape lie for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a work of great deception. This fresh bestial blockbuster employs the most state-of-art moviemaking technology to achieve its trickery, ironically bringing the primitive world to visceral life on screen by using the most advanced techniques available.
The truth about those convincing, hyper-real chimpanzees? Caesar is played by Andy Serkis, »
"He's mentioned [in contention]," Oldman said. "There isn't a review that hasn't said how wonderful he is. The audiences and critics acknowledge the work, I just don't know if it's the sort of thing that the Academy will accept."
Watch the video interview above to see why Matt Reeves believes Serkis is "one of the best actors [he's] ever worked with" and get Keri Russell's thoughts on the prospect of her co-star getting awards recognition.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is showing in cinemas now. »
You've got to check out this fantastic video mashup of Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. It was cut together by Austen Saltz, and it shows us a scene of what might happen if Brienne stumbled across the fellowship. The whole thing is actually cut together really well. Fans are definitely going to get a kick out of this.
- Joey Paur
Set primarily at the beginning of World War II, the story centers on "The Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien's friendship with his University of Oxford colleague, the "Chronicles of Narnia" author C.S. Lewis.
Tolkien, a devout Catholic, converted Lewis to Christianity which became a key element of his 'Narnia' series and in turn made the author something of a poster boy for Christianity. On the flip side, Lewis encouraged Tolkien to finish his "The Lord of the Rings" volumes despite "The Hobbit" author being haunted by memories of the first World War.
The friendship is ultimately poisoned by jealousy, paranoia and creative and religious differences. The producers are aiming for an Easter release and will court the lucrative "faith-based" audience demographic.
The project is »
- Garth Franklin
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