The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) - News Poster

News

Film News Roundup: Evangeline Lilly, Ike Barinholtz Starring in ‘Happy Life’ Comedy

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Evangeline Lilly, Ike Barinholtz Starring in ‘Happy Life’ Comedy
In today’s film news roundup, Evangeline Lilly, Ike Barinholtz and Mike Manning get acting jobs, “Easy Rider” returns and Gravitas buys “Chasing Molly.”

Castings

Evangeline Lilly and Ike Barinholtz have joined the independent comedy “Happy Life” with David Stassen (“The Mindy Project”) set to write and direct his debut feature film.

Stassen and Barinholtz are also serving as producers alongside Andrew Robinson and Aperture Media Productions. Highland Film Group has come on board to handle international sales which will begin in Cannes this month. UTA Independent Film Group is handling the U.S. sale.

Lilly will portray a new mom who suspects her workaholic husband, played by Barinholtz, of having an affair with an Instagram star. One mistake after another leads her into the arms of a younger man as she struggles to come to terms with her life decisions and be the mother she aspires to be. Principal photography will commence this summer.
See full article at Variety »

Blumhouse's Ma Gets Rated R for Being Violent and Disturbing

Blumhouse's Ma Gets Rated R for Being Violent and Disturbing
Blumhouse and director Tate Taylor will be unleashing their new psychological horror-thriller Ma starring Octavia Spencer this May. The trailer hit a few weeks back, and a ton of people I know are way too excited for the movie. As much as I'm glad to see Spencer take the lead in a horror-thriller, I thought it was going to be another disposable PG-13 movie for the teen crowd. But today it looks like we have word that the movie will not be a weak PG-13 thriller but in fact, an R-rated horror movie. Nice. Yes, the MPAA has just slapped the film with an R-rating for "violent/disturbing material, language throughout, sexual content, and for teen drug and alcohol use."

Violent and disturbing material, you say? I'm in. Language throughout and sexual content? Works for me. Teen drug and alcohol use? Meh. Makes me feel a bit icky. But still,
See full article at MovieWeb »

‘Good Omens’: Neil Gaiman on How He Got Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Satan

Benedict Cumberbatch has a wicked new role. He's voicing Satan in Amazon's upcoming series Good Omens, following a late request from author, Executive Producer and showrunner Neil Gaiman. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug star swept in following the producer's last-minute need to find someone who could – as Gaiman put it on Wednesday's Television Critics Association winter tour panel – give Frances McDormand, who voices God, "a run for her money." "Ben was just one of those lovely things of going, 'we need somebody this good to make this scene work. Oh shit.' … And it was …
See full article at Collider.com »

2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …

2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …
The Cinema Audio Society Awards nominees for Best Sound Mixing are: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “First Man,” “A Quiet Place” and “A Star is Born.” Historically, only about two-thirds of the Csa nominees go on to contend at the Oscars. However, we are predicting that all five of this year’s guild nominees will go on to reap Oscar bids for Best Sound Mixing. “A Star is Born” is our overwhelming frontrunner to win both awards.

Predict Oscar nominations now; change them till January 22

This year’s Cas nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “The Grinch,” “The Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” And the documentary feature contenders are: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “Free Solo,” “Quincy” and two films directed by Morgan Neville, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

On the TV front, the
See full article at Gold Derby »

Guardians of the Galaxy concept art shows Aquaman’s Jason Momoa as Drax

Before he was cast as Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe, Jason Momoa was wanted for a different superhero movie role, only to reportedly turn down the part of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. – a role subsequently filled by Dave Bautista.

Now, thanks to Marvel’s head of visual development Charlie Wen, we have a glimpse at what might have been thanks to two pieces of early Guardians concept art showing Momoa as Drax; check them out here…

Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

‘Mortal Engines’ Conks Out At The B.O. And Is Poised To Lose At Least $100M+: Here’s Why

  • Deadline
‘Mortal Engines’ Conks Out At The B.O. And Is Poised To Lose At Least $100M+: Here’s Why
There is nothing more daunting right now in the current franchise-obsessed box office marketplace than launching an original piece of sci-fi/fantasy. This weekend, we’re seeing the Peter Jackson-produced, $110M+ Mortal Engines a casualty of its own ambition to create a brand new world on screen, with a disastrous opening of $7.5M and a running worldwide total of $42.3M.

Rival film finance sources project that should Mortal Engines chug its way to a global gross of $120M–and that’s a lofty projection–it would still lose around $105M. However, they believe it could be much greater, in the neighborhood of $150M, after all ancillaries are factored-in down the road. Some film finance sources who were even asked to participate in the project claim that the production cost is even higher than the $110M being floated around.

The reason why Mortal Engines failed to fire up is inherent in the property itself,
See full article at Deadline »

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Ken Jeong lands the lead role in ‘Occupation’ sequel

Ken Jeong.

In a casting coup writer-director Luke Sparke has signed Crazy Rich Asians’ Ken Jeong to play the lead in Occupation: Rainfall.

The sequel to Sparke’s sci-fi thriller Occupation starts a four-month shoot spanning the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, the Snowy Mountains and Alice Springs tonight.

Temuera Morrison, Dan Ewing, Stephany Jacobsen, Aaron Jeffery, Zac Garred, Izzy Stephens and Trystan Go will reprise their roles from the original film.

Also joining the cast for the sequel are Lawrence Makoare, Vince Colosimo and Tamala Shelton, with more names to be revealed.

Sparke said: “We’re building a whole new world with Occupation: Rainfall and to have Ken join the film alongside our awesome returning cast members is mind blowing. I’ve admired his work and his successes for years and can’t wait to see what brings to the project when he arrives here in October.”

Co-written by Sparke and Felix Williamson,
See full article at IF.com.au »

Lord Of The Rings: 20 Weirdest Things About Legolas' Body

Orlando Bloom is certainly one of the reasons why Legolas made such a big splash in The Lord of the Rings movies. After all, author J. R. R. Tolkien limited his time on the character in his books, even though he was undeniably an important part of the Fellowship.

Legolas has appeared in more movies set in Middle-earth than almost any other Lord of the Rings character, with the notable exception of Gandalf. Even Gollum has been in fewer movies, and, after all, he's pretty well one of the most famous of Tolkien's characters. That's a big accomplishment for a character who only had a couple lines in Fellowship of the Ring. Therefore, it's difficult not to give Bloom's movie performances a great deal of the credit.

Although some could argue that Legolas' inclusion in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
See full article at Screen Rant »

Uncork’d Entertainment Acquires North American Rights to Darren Lynn Bousman’s St. Agatha

  • DailyDead
After its premiere earlier this year at the Overlook Film Festival and a number of other festival screenings, Uncork’d Entertainment has announced that they've acquired St. Agatha, the latest film from Darren Lynn Bousman:

Press Release: Uncork’d Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to St. Agatha, the latest film from celebrated filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman. The female-driven psychological horror film premiered at the Overlook Film Festival in April.

Written by Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears, St. Agatha is set in 1950’s Georgia, and fixes on a pregnant con woman who is on the run and seeks refuge in a convent. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark lair where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested as she learns the sick and twisted
See full article at DailyDead »

Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen Have ‘Lord of the Rings’ Reunion (Photo)

  • The Wrap
Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen Have ‘Lord of the Rings’ Reunion (Photo)
Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen and their “The Hobbit” co-star Adam Brown had a mini “Lord of the Rings” reunion on Monday.

“A dwarf, a wizard, and an elf walk into a bar…,” Bloom wrote in a caption under the photo, which featured the three men smiling into the camera and was posted on Instagram.

Bloom played the elf Legolas in the “Lotr” trilogy, while McKellen played the wizard Gandalf the Grey. They both also reprised their roles in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” in which they starred alongside Brown’s Ori.

Peter Jackson directed the fantasy series, based on the novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. The first film was released in 2001, with the two sequels coming out in
See full article at The Wrap »

Timur Bekmambetov Is Done With Hollywood and Only Wants to Make Movies on Computer Screens

Timur Bekmambetov Is Done With Hollywood and Only Wants to Make Movies on Computer Screens
Timur Bekmambetov has seen the future of the movies, and it has nothing to do with the big-budget blockbusters he’s made for years, from “Wanted” to “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” His last movie made on that scale was “Ben Hur” two years ago — and it’s going to stay that way. At least, that’s the ethos he’s preaching about Screenlife, a technology developed by his Bazelevs studio that the Russian-born filmmaker created for the exclusive purpose of producing movies that unfold on computer screens.

“When you try Screenlife, it’s like a drug,” the 57-year-old said, during a conversation at IndieWire’s New York office. He was wearing a Montreal hat, fresh from a trip to Canada where he delivered a lecture on his new approach. He had a Usb cable strung around his neck for future use, and he tapped away at a laptop keyboard with
See full article at Indiewire »

Benedict Cumberbatch Fans Have Noticed Something Interesting About How He Puts On A Coat

Having witnessed Avengers: Infinity War, his latest McU appearance, smash through the $2 billion barrier, the Sorcerer Supreme was subsequently rewarded in the form of a sequel to Doctor Strange, and the wearer of the cloak of levitation, Benedict Cumberbatch, is to blame.

From Stephen Hawking to Stephen Strange, Cumberbatch can truly do it all. Awarded his first Oscar nomination in 2015 for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, he’s not only a masterful thespian but a magician at motion capture (see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Mowgli), as well.

Although inevitably, one can only inhabit the skin of another individual for so long before personality and idiosyncrasies begin to shine through, and an eagle-eyed member of the CumberCollective has found just such an example pertaining to none other than the man of the hour himself.

In the gif below, Twitter user @lichtblickpink has discovered that
See full article at We Got This Covered »

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.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

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,
See full article at MovieWeb »

Luke Evans (‘The Alienist’): ‘I was gripped immediately’ by Gilded Age thriller [Exclusive Video Interview]

Luke Evans (‘The Alienist’): ‘I was gripped immediately’ by Gilded Age thriller [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I was gripped immediately,” says Luke Evans about what attracted him to “The Alienist.” Evans stars in this TNT limited series as John Moore, a newspaper illustrator who teams up with a criminal psychologist (Daniel Brühl) and a headstrong NYPD secretary (Dakota Fanning) to investigate a serial killer in 19th century New York City. The actor was eager to explore the dichotomy of the Gilded Age, a period of rapid wealth growth in America from about 1870-1900. “As much as it was this incredible revolution in New York, there was also an underbelly of New York which was quite desperate,” he explains. Watch our exclusive video interview with Evans above.

See Dakota Fanning (‘The Alienist’): ‘I tend to be drawn to darker subject matter’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Upon reading Caleb Carr‘s original novel and the first three scripts for the series, Evans was impressed by the amount of detail in the story.
See full article at Gold Derby »

How Many of the Top-Grossing Movies of All Time Have You Seen?

How Many of the Top-Grossing Movies of All Time Have You Seen?
Though a film's success isn't based solely on how much money it pulls in, box-office numbers are still crucial to determining what type of movies make it to the big screen. It's no surprise that family-friendly blockbusters, hero flicks, and animated movies bring in the most dough, but some of the films that cracked the list of the 50 highest-grossing movies of all time just may surprise you. Take a look for yourself!

Avatar (2009): $2.7 billion Titanic (1997): $2.1 billion Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $2 billion Jurassic World (2015): $1.6 billion Avengers: Infinity War (2018) $1.6 billion Marvel's The Avengers (2012): $1.5 billion Furious 7 (2015): $1.5 billion Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $1.4 billion Black Panther (2018): $1.3 billion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 (2011): $1.3 billion Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): $1.3 billion Frozen (2013): $1.2 billion Beauty and the Beast (2017): $1.2 billion The Fate of the Furious (2017): $1.2 billion Iron Man 3 (2013): $1.2 billion
See full article at Popsugar »

How Many of the Top-Grossing Movies of All Time Have You Seen?

Though a film's success isn't based solely on how much money it pulls in, box-office numbers are still crucial to determining what type of movies make it to the big screen. It's no surprise that family-friendly blockbusters, hero flicks, and animated movies bring in the most dough, but some of the films that cracked the list of the 50 highest-grossing movies of all time just may surprise you. Take a look for yourself!

Avatar (2009): $2.7 billion Titanic (1997): $2.1 billion Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $2 billion Jurassic World (2015): $1.6 billion Avengers: Infinity War (2018) $1.6 billion Marvel's The Avengers (2012): $1.5 billion Furious 7 (2015): $1.5 billion Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $1.4 billion Black Panther (2018): $1.3 billion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 (2011): $1.3 billion Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): $1.3 billion Frozen (2013): $1.2 billion Beauty and the Beast (2017): $1.2 billion The Fate of the Furious (2017): $1.2 billion Iron Man 3 (2013): $1.2 billion
See full article at BuzzSugar »

Nancy Dickerson Biopic From Stephen Colbert & Evelyn McGee Colbert In Works At Showtime

  • Deadline
Showtime is developing Hello Nancy, an original film based on the nonfiction book On Her Trail, My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News’ First Woman Star by CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson, with Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee Colbert serving as executive producers.

The Zookeeper’s Wife scribe Angela Workman will pen the adaptation and co-executive produce. Dickerson serves as associate producer.

Hello Nancy centers on pioneering journalist Nancy Dickerson, chronicling her trailblazing journey through the high-powered world of 1960s Washington, D.C., to become a prominent political journalist and eventually the first woman to anchor a TV news show. Among her numerous milestones, Dickerson was the first female member of the Washington TV press corps, the first reporter to speak to John F. Kennedy after his inauguration and more — all of which established her as a role model for a generation of aspiring media professionals. The challenges she faced along the way,
See full article at Deadline »

More "Ghost Stories"

Sneak Peek more new poster images from the upcoming Brit horror feature "Ghost Stories", directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, adapted from their stage play, starring Nyman and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"):

"...'Professor Phillip Goodman' covers three incidents of supernatural ghost sightings. 

"These include a night watchman in an old factory...

"...a teenage driver whose car breaks down...

"...and a business man who is awaiting the birth of his child..."

Cast also includes Alex Lawther, Nicholas Burns, Jill Halfpenny, Paul Whitehouse, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Daniel Hill, Amy Doyle, Ramzan Miah and Paul Warren.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ghost Stories"...
See full article at SneakPeek »

MGM Holdings Says Management Team Will Run The Company

  • Deadline
MGM Holdings, in its first call with analysts today following the sudden and unexpected ouster of MGM chairman/CEO Gary Barber last week, said the company is being led by a management team through a newly created “Office of the CEO.”

Recently installed Chief Operating Officer Chris Brearton said this group of senior leaders is “fully committed” to the company’s mission and its success, and pointedly thanked the board for the confidence it placed in senior management.

The group will lead the company until a permanent CEO is found. There is no timeline for the search.

The COO sought to reassure partners that the company is well-positioned for growth, with its acquisition of Epix, the re-launch of Orion Pictures and its re-entry into theatrical distribution with a “robust and diversified film slate.”

“While I recently joined MGM as COO I’ve worked closely with the company for two decades,
See full article at Deadline »
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Showtimes | External Sites


Recently Viewed