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New Theory Explains Why Gandalf’s The True Villain Of The Hobbit

After Peter Jackson brought The Hobbit to the big screen with more than seven-and-a-half hours’ worth of painstaking detail, you wouldn’t think there’d be much more to unpack from J. R. R. Tolkien’s relatively short novel. But according to one Reddit user, we may have been fundamentally misunderstanding the book and the films this whole time.

Some of you may already know the popular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theory which states that the more obnoxious children who visited Willy Wonka’s factory were deliberately led by their whimsical host to their various ugly and ironic fates. Now, Redditor Gweneverexoxo is suggesting that Gandalf, the seemingly kind old planner of the dwarves’ quest to the Lonely Mountain, is playing a similarly perverse game with his trusting companions for the sake of a little treasure.

“So a while back gandalf came into possession of the key to the
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The Orchard to Release ‘Avengers’ Star Karen Gillan’s Directorial Debut

The Orchard to Release ‘Avengers’ Star Karen Gillan’s Directorial Debut
Distributor The Orchard has acquired North American rights to “Avengers: Infinity War” star Karen Gillan’s directorial debut.

“The Party’s Over,” which was written by and stars Gillan, will see an undated release from the company in North America.

The dramedy stars Lee Pace, Matthew Beard (“The Imitation Game”), Paul Higgins (“Utopia”), Siobhan Redmond (“Holby City”), Jamie Quinn (“Bluestone 42”), and Rachel Jackson (“Two Doors Down”).

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Gillan plays Liusaidh, a hard-partying twenty-something hitting the bottle to cope with a recent loss.

“Living with her parents in the remote Scottish Highlands, she spends most nights boozing at the local pub and embarks on what she assumes–perhaps rightly — will be yet another short-term fling when she hooks up with an out-of-towner (Lee Pace) who is going through a midlife crisis. At the same time,
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Evangeline Lilly retired from acting until The Hobbit encouraged her back

Evangeline Lilly has revealed that she quit acting soon after Lost until a role in The Hobbit franchise encouraged her to return.

Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly burst onto the scene with her starring performance on the hit TV show Lost (2004), but, soon after, the actress stepped away from acting.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress discussed her interesting history with Hollywood: “I don’t know if you’re familiar with my journey with acting, but it’s been a unique one, it’s not your typical story.

“Basically, by accident, my first speaking role in film or television was Lost, and so I was instantly launched into international stardom, and that was really uncomfortable for me,” Lilly said. “I instantly balked, didn’t know how to deal with it and felt very uncomfortable after that situation. I ended up deciding to retire after I finished Lost.
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Emmys Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor interviews: 15 exclusive chats with Paul Bettany, Peter Sarsgaard and more [Watch]

Emmys Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor interviews: 15 exclusive chats with Paul Bettany, Peter Sarsgaard and more [Watch]
Who will prevail in the 2018 Emmy race for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor? Alexander Skarsgard won the prize last year for his role as an abusive husband in “Big Little Lies,” so who will succeed him in 2018? Gold Derby has hosted exclusive video chats with 15 of this year’s candidates, including past nominees and potential Emmy rookies. Follow the links below to be taken to their full interviews.

Paul Bettany (“Manhunt: Unabomber”): Bettany plays Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, who terrorized the country with a series of bombings spanning almost two decades. He previously received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003). He also earned a SAG nomination with the ensemble cast of “A Beautiful Mind” (2001). (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

Jon Jon Briones (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace”): Briones plays Modesto Cunanan,
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Why Evangeline Lilly Changed Her Life After Lost — And Moved to Hawaii!

Why Evangeline Lilly Changed Her Life After Lost — And Moved to Hawaii!
Evangeline Lilly went through a major shift after wrapping up on the TV show that made her famous: J.J. Abrams’ Lost.

Despite the series’ incredible success, the British Columbia native, 38, struggled with becoming a household name.

“I was never enamored by the idea of fame,” she tells People in this week’s issue, admitting she went through “a pretty dark time” coming to terms with being a public figure.

For more about Lilly, check out this week’s issue of People, on newsstands now.

In fact, she planned on retiring from acting after Lost ended in 2010, and for two years enjoyed life off the grid,
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Mortal Engines Preview Goes Inside Peter Jackson's Innovative Epic

Mortal Engines Preview Goes Inside Peter Jackson's Innovative Epic
When talking about Mortal Engines in the new behind-the-scenes featurette, writer/producer Peter Jackson says, "it's got to be something I've never seen." Consider that for second. The man behind The Lord of the Rings franchise keeps pushing forward and has revealed that if he's going to spend two years of his life on something, it had better be damn good. While we have to wait until December to see Mortal Engines, this behind-the-scenes sneak peek will hold you over until then, making you forget that it's taken so long to get finished.

In the new Mortal Engines featurette we are given insight into the motivations of the characters as well as the cast and crew who meticulously put the movie together. Robert Sheehan, who plays museum apprentice Tom Natsworthy in the film says that he's just as excited as the audiences are to finally see the final cut on the big screen.
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'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms': Film Review | Shanghai 2018

Mari Okada, who has written the screenplays for some 20-odd animated films, including the iconic Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, debuts as one of Japan’s rare female anime directors in the melancholy and poetic Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou). Set in a medieval fantasy world that recalls The Hobbit and The Game of Thrones, the story describes how an immortal girl called a lorph is abducted to the world of humans and adopts a baby, only to watch him grow up and age, while she remains the same.

Known for ...
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Poster Art For Sam Elliott's New Film The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot

This first poster has been released for an upcoming new film starring Sam Elliot called The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. This movie sounds like it's going to be freakin' awesome and I love this first poster. I'm sure you're all wondering what the movie is about, so here's the synopsis:

Sam Elliott stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot.

If that doesn't sell you on this movie, then I guess you can always just wait for the trailer, which I imagine will end up being released at some point in the near future.
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Richard Armitage auditioned for Batman in the Dceu, open to replacing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

When it was first announced that Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel would be joined by the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a host of actors such as Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Wes Bentley were brought up as possible contenders to succeed Christian Bale before Ben Affleck was announced as securing the role.

Well, it seems we can officially add Richard Armitage to the list of actors under consideration, as the Ocean’s 8 star has revealed to Digital Spy that he tested for the role and made it far through the casting process.

“There was a little flurry once upon a time just after I’d come out of The Hobbit where I auditioned for Batman,” said Armitage. “It was at the same time that Christian Bale was leaving, there were about five or six actors that were in line for that character, so I
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The Hobbit and Benedict Cumberbatch helped convince Josh Brolin to play Thanos in the McU

Josh Brolin was convinced to play the role of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch and The Hobbit.

Thanos, being a completely CGI creation, is a pretty impressive entity. It’s not easy creating convincing and life-like digital characters in live action films but Josh Brolin’s motion capture performance in the McU and mainly Avengers: Infinity War, has gone down a treat with fans.

Brolin wasn’t always so confident that the role was right for him, however, being unsure of taking on a part that required motion capture. But after watching a clip online of Benedict Cumberbatch performing as Smaug in The Hobbit, he decided it was worth his while:

Speaking to SiriusXM, Brolin said: “…I saw Benedict Cumberbatch do I think it was for The Hobbit. And I looked on YouTube, when I was deciding whether I wanted to do it or not,
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How Benedict Cumberbatch Convinced Josh Brolin to Take on Thanos

How Benedict Cumberbatch Convinced Josh Brolin to Take on Thanos
With Avengers: Infinity War winding down its box office run, Josh Brolin has been promoting his new movie Sicario: Day of the Soldado, where he gave some interesting details about how he took the role of Thanos. During an interview on Sirius Xm, Brolin revealed he had never done a motion-capture performance before, but he was convinced to take the leap, in part, by watching his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch portray the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which showed him he could provide a nuanced performance that Thanos needed through the motion capture technology. Here's what he had to say.

"I saw Benedict Cumberbatch do, I think it was for The Hobbit and I looked on YouTube when I was deciding whether I wanted to do it or not, and he was in this mo-cap suit on and he's in this big warehouse," the actor said. "He's crawling around like a snake,
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Carmelo Anthony Goes Full 'Ali G' At Paris Fashion Week

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Carmelo Anthony Goes Full 'Ali G' At Paris Fashion Week
It's 2002 all over again at Fashion Week in Paris ... where a bunch of NBA stars are proving the fashion from that 'Ali G' movie was way ahead of its time.  Check out Carmelo Anthony, Serge Ibaka and Jaylen Brown ... busting out their best camo couture for the Valentino Spring/Summer 2019 Collection fashion show.  Big up yourself!  Don't worry, not all the big NBA stars at the event went with the quasi-incognito look ... James Harden rocked
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Josh Brolin Reads Trump Tweets as Thanos

Josh Brolin Reads Trump Tweets as Thanos
Actor Josh Brolin read a number of tweets from U.S. President Trump last night in the voice of the villain Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War. This hilarious act went down on last night's episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert where Brolin was promoting the release of his new movie Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

Before reading the tweets, per Stephen Colbert's request, Josh Brolin actually discussed the fact that he used to know Donald Trump personally, and even connected a few of President Trump's qualities to his character Thanos, both in positive ways and in negative ways. Here is what Brolin had to say about his character and the President.

"I knew [Donald Trump] a little bit... I used to take pride in it, but now not so much... He is strong willed, but if you look at it, [with] Thanos, that was kind of what was fun about the movie.
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Infinity War’s Josh Brolin On Making Audiences Feel Sympathetic Towards Thanos

With his hefty Infinity Gauntlet and plans for a universe-wide genocide, Thanos is a Marvel villain like no other.

He’s so intent on wiping out half the population that he’s willing to sacrifice his estranged daughter, the only person he’s ever truly loved, in order to acquire the Soul Stone, the sixth and final piece of a Wmd so powerful, it leaves Earth’s Mightiest Heroes quaking in their boots.

It’s a credit to Josh Brolin and the Avengers: Infinity War writing team, then, that audiences still felt some sympathy toward Marvel’s Mad Titan, even as he left a trail of destruction and utter degradation in his wake.

That’s something Brolin himself addressed during a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (h/t ComicBook.com), where he noted the following:

That was what was fun about that movie. People saw the
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Turns Out Benedict Cumberbatch Helped Josh Brolin Pursue Avengers: Infinity War

Between Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, 2018 is shaping up to be a pretty busy year for Josh Brolin.

Not that it shows, as the actor has completely vanished into all three projects – though the jury’s still out on Soldado, as the cartel drama isn’t expected to hit theaters until next week. But it seems Josh Brolin had a helping hand in deciding whether to put himself forward for the role of Thanos, the purple-skinned space tyrant who rules over Avengers: Infinity War with an iron fist. And a shiny Infinity Gauntlet.

As Brolin tells SiriusXM (h/t ComicBook.com), watching Benedict Cumberbatch wholly commit himself to the part of Smaug was enough to convince him that CGI and motion capture technology had progressed to such an extent that he could still bring an element of nuance to the role of Marvel’s Mad Titan.
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Lord Of The Rings: 10 Most Powerful Beings (And 10 Weakest), Ranked

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings series are classic high fantasy works that are celebrated by fans around the world. The books have inspired generations of readers with their incredible fantasy characters, terrifying monsters, and themes of perseverance, loyalty, and friendship.

Though not without their problems, the films adapted from the beloved works have also captured imaginations around the globe, inviting in new fans of all ages and making "One does not simply go into Mordor" into one of the most widely-used memes of all time. From Jack Black's MTV sketch to the jokes about Sean Bean's inability to survive any production he's in, the series has become ingrained into modern culture.

The films have also highlighted some of the most powerful beings in the history of literature, bringing to life both wildly inspiring wizards and elves as well as living nightmares. Audiences
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Richard Armitage Was Up For the Role of Batman Before Ben Affleck Was Cast

The Hobbit star Richard Armitage recently confirmed that he was up for the role of Batman in Zack Snyder's films before Ben Affleck agreed to play the character. Apparently, the actor got pretty close to actually landing the role. During an interview with Digital Spy the actor said:

"There was a little flurry once upon a time just after I'd come out of The Hobbit where I auditioned for Batman. It was at the same time that Christian Bale was leaving, there were about five or six actors that were in line for that character, so I went through quite a process with that."

Even though Armitage didn't get the opportunity to play the caped crusader, he's still fascinated with the character, saying:

"The sort of darker side of a man, and the desire to right some wrongs... I think it's really interesting, that character Bruce Wayne."

It would
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Richard Armitage Confirms He Was Once Considered For Batman

Similar to how enduring characters such as James Bond and Superman have been recast over the decades, we naturally expect a passing of the torch when it comes to Batman after a specific actor has played the icon for several films. Beloved as Christian Bale was, it was inevitable that he hung up the cowl following completion of The Dark Knight Trilogy, before being swiftly replaced by Ben Affleck.

This notion is now once again relevant due to much speculation surrounding Affleck being on his way out after portraying the Caped Crusader for three movies, those being Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. And though staunch fanboys are saying there’s no validity to this chatter, we find it important to remind you that whenever news originates from a major industry trade, you can probably take it to the bank.

So, while that situation continues heating up,
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12 Lord Of The Rings Stars Who Are Legitimate Sweethearts (And 9 Who Aren't)

Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth franchise has employed some of the best actors in the business, from classically trained, Shakespearian thespians to blockbuster superstars. We’d like to think all of them are absolute sweethearts, but this is show business, baby, and sometimes it lets you down.

Actors frequently draw on their real life personas as international superstars to build their characters, though this is a little harder to do when you’re working within a sprawling fantasy sandbox like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. It’s a little harder to find inspiration in real-life experiences when you’re portraying a hobbit, elf or wizard.

Thanks to their fantastical roles, as well as layers upon layers of insane makeup and intricate costuming, many of the actors in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are further from their true selves as they’ve ever been.
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The Lord of the Rings TV show to feature “characters you love”

Amazon has confirmed that there will be characters we know and love appearing in the new TV series.

There is no doubt that The Lord of the Rings is one of the most beloved franchises around, with Tolkien’s masterpiece having been adapted to films, video games, and numerous other mediums.

The next place you will be able to explore more of Middle Earth will be on Amazon in the form of a five-season TV show. There’s very little we know about the series as yet but we do know that Peter Jackson, director of all three Lotr movies and The Hobbit films, won’t be involved.

That doesn’t mean we won’t see characters we love from the films, however, as head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, has confirmed to Deadline in a recent interview.

“I think you can know that we’re not remaking the movies,
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