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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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‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Is Neither a ‘Remake’ Nor a ‘Whole New Thing,’ Amazon Eyeing New Zealand Shoot

‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Is Neither a ‘Remake’ Nor a ‘Whole New Thing,’ Amazon Eyeing New Zealand Shoot
When Jennifer Salke took over as the head of Amazon Studios earlier this year, she inherited the company’s most expensive and anticipated original offering to date: A television series based on “The Lord of the Rings” franchise. Salke didn’t strike the multimillion dollar deal between Amazon and the J.R.R. Tolkien estate, but she is fully committing to making sure her studio’s investment in Middle Earth pays off creatively and financially. A new report from Variety confirms Salke and her Amazon team are now looking for writers to work on the series.

Variety reports Salke spent three hours with J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson, Simon Tolkien, to talk about Amazon’s plans for the franchise. The next step is getting the prospective writers in front of the Tolkien estate to see how it would like to proceed. Salke referred to the relationship between Amazon and the Tolkien
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Peter Jackson Shoots Down ‘Lord Of The Rings’, DC Movie Rumours

Over the past few weeks, filmmaker Peter Jackson has been linked with an assortment of projects, in particular the planned AmazonLord Of The Rings’ series and the DC universe over at Warner Bros. Well, Jackson has no been speaking to the press over at Allocine in France, and shot down the rumours.

Jackson, of course, brought all six ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ to the screen, but his involvement in a TV series based on the former now looks doubtful.

Speaking about the five-season ‘Lord Of The Rings’ adaptation on Amazon, which is reportedly set to cost a huge $1 billion, Jackson said:

“I’m not involved at all in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series. I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project.”

So, what about the DC comic book movie?

“That’s not true. I had no discussions about that,
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Peter Jackson says he's not involved with Amazon's Lord of the Rings series

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Peter Jackson did the impossible by bringing the classic “Lord of the Rings” books to life with his amazing trilogy of films. He also came back to bring to life the story of "The Hobbit" – albeit to less stunning, but still fun, effect. Now Amazon hopes to recreate that magic with their own series based in the world of Middle-earth, but in a new interview... Read More...
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Peter Jackson Kills the Rumors He’s Involved in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series and the Dceu

Peter Jackson Kills the Rumors He’s Involved in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series and the Dceu
Peter Jackson will always be associated with Middle Earth as the director behind “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movie trilogies, but the filmmaker isn’t booking a return trip to the world for Amazon’s television series. Rumors circulated in April that Jackson was going to be involved in some capacity on “The Lord of the Rings” show, with some reports claiming he would be a producer after his lawyer, Peter Nelson, mentioned that he “recently helped start a dialogue” between Amazon and Jackson. The rumors were just rumors, however, as Jackson confirmed he’s not involved in the series.

“I’m not involved at all in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series,” Jackson said during an interview with French outlet Allocine. “I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project.”

Jackson also shot down the other 2018 rumor
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Full Trailer: ‘Mortal Engines’ From Producer Peter Jackson

The full trailer for the upcoming Mortal Engines has debuted online. The film is a startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. The Universal and Mrc adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed,
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‘Mortal Engines’ Trailer: ‘The Hobbit’ Team Takes On Life In The Big City

Universal and Mrc have released the official trailer for Mortal Engines, the post-apocalyptic thriller based Philip Reeve’s award-winning Scholastic book series. This is a project Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh have been working on for years, bringing their Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit cohort Philippa Boyens aboard to co-write the script and tapping Jackson’s longtime VFX partner Christian Rivers (an Oscar winner for King Kong) to direct in his feature helming…
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New Mortal Engines Trailer Shows off an Impressive Post-Apocalyptic World

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A brand new trailer for Mortal Engines has arrived, showing off the epic scale of the film's world, while giving us a better look at the characters. Come inside to check it out!

Had enough trailers for today? Well too bad! Not only have we seen trailers for The Lego Movie 2 and Bumblebee, but today also brings an impressive new trailer for the Peter Jackson produced Mortal Engines:

The first trailer offered up a more reserved look at the upcoming book adaptation, mostly just setting the tone and setting of this post-apocalyptic world. Thankfully, this new trailer dives way deeper into the lore while showing off the epic visual effects/design of the 'crawling' cities.

Seriously, the visuals alone are enough to pique my interest, and the characters seem engaging enough (I'm a sucker for Hugo Weaving as a villain). To be honest, I wasn't all that interested in Mortal Engines,
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Mortal Engines Trailer #2: Peter Jackson Unleashes His Next Epic

Mortal Engines Trailer #2: Peter Jackson Unleashes His Next Epic
A brand new Mortal Engines trailer has arrived. Peter Jackson brought one of the most epic and beloved trilogies of all time to the big screen with The Lord of the Rings. While The Hobbit was much less beloved as a trilogy, the man knows how to handle fantasy movies on a massive scale arguably better than anyone else on the planet. Mortal Engines looks to be right up his alley, but this also looks to be quite different than anything else he's ever put his name on in the past.

The prior Mortal Engines trailer was very much a teaser, giving us a brief look at one of the big action set pieces. This gives us a much better idea of the true scope that this movie is handling and what it's going to be about, at least in broad terms. The word epic is thrown around a lot,
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It’s “Survival of the Fastest” in the Official Trailer for Mortal Engines

In the post-apocalyptic future, entire cities are mobilized, and if you're not fast enough, your town can be consumed by another community on the move in the official trailer for the new movie Mortal Engines, produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Christian Rivers.

Universal Pictures will unleash Mortal Engines on December 14th in the Us. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates and read on for the official synopsis and trailer:

"Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed,
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