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Poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug released

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Adventure, Family, Upcoming Releases,

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

The movie poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released, and it's straight-up ominous. Bilbo is gonna go through that dangerous-looking door, and we'll be going along for the ride when the movie hits theaters on December 13th.


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Poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug released

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies,

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

The movie poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released, and it's straight-up ominous. Bilbo is gonna go through that dangerous-looking door, and we'll be going along for the ride when the movie hits theaters on December 13th.


Saoirse Ronan Disappointed After ‘The Hobbit’

Saoirse RonanSaoirse Ronan felt "really disappointed" to turn down a role in The Hobbit.

The 19-year-old actress was rumored to be starring in the three part fantasy adventure, directed by Peter Jackson - whom she had previously worked with on The Lovely Bones - but decided it would be better to focus on other projects.

"There was talks about me playing the wood elf Itaril but I had to turn it down. I was really disappointed but there were other projects I had to consider and to spend a year doing The Hobbit wouldn't have left me time for anything else," she said.

The Irish star is currently filming Ryan Gosling's How to Catch a Monster, which she is finding "a bit twisted," and also has a string of other films in the pipeline. "I'm filming How to Catch a Monster, which is Ryan Gosling's writing and directing debut and it's cool, dark and a bit twisted, too. It's about an underwater town, and the struggles of the characters living in this dilapidated place. And I'm in Violet & Daisy, in which I play a hit girl. How I live Now and The Grand Budapest Hotel are all coming out in the next year. Then I'm due to play Mary Queen of Scots in a movie about her starting soon," she said.


Weekend Reading: Star Wars, Gerry Conway, Bloodhound, & Mickey Mouse

Star Wars ScoundrelsThe internets are abuzz with all sorts of great stuff this week. Let's take a look.

Gerry Conway is one of my favorite writers. I love his Marvel work on Spider-Man and countless others, his Atari Force for DC is an unsung gem, and, more importantly, I think his work as a writer-producer on Law & Order: Criminal Intent gave that show its best episodes. This project with him looks very interesting.

Great news. An old DC book that slipped under the radar is getting collected by Dark Horse. It’s Dan Jolley’s (and Leonard Kirk’s and Robin Riggs’) Bloodhound. Here’s a solid interview with Dan at Robot 6.

Mickey Mouse tries to kill himself, in 1930.

A Star Wars novel as caper with Han, Chewy and Lando? Here’s a very favorable review from Randy Johnson of Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn.

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Stephen Colbert to Make Hobbit Cameo

Stephen Colbert set to make an appearance in 'The Hobbit'

Political satirist and funnyman Stephen Colbert will be appearing in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. The confirmation comes after Colbert had hinted at the cameo in Playboy's upcoming November issue: "Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year... I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations. I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I'm a big fan of the films." When asked whether or not he would be in it himself, Colbert smiled and answered, "Could be."

There's no word yet as to who he will play, but fans of Colbert will have to wait until the second part of the trilogy to see him don the Middle Earth garb.

Read More | E! News

The Hobbit Will Premiere in New Zealand in November

The HobbitThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere in New Zealand on November 28.

Director Peter Jackson has revealed the special screening will be hosted at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington before the movie is released worldwide in December as filming took place in the country.

"We cannot think of a more perfect way to send The Hobbit off into the world than to celebrate with a huge party here in Wellington, where the journey began," he said.

Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, the movie is set 60 years before the events in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy take place. In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins attempts to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from Smaug, the dragon. Martin Freeman plays the hobbit while Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen, will all reprise their roles from the trilogy. Andy Serkis will once again star as Gollum using motion capture imagery.

The film is split into two parts, with the second installment - The Hobbit: There And Back Again - due for release in December 2013.


Joshua Jackson Feels Married to Diane

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Television, Dating, Weddings, Features,

Joshua Jackson and Diane KrugerJoshua Jackson feels married to Diane Kruger.

The 33-year-old actor has been in a relationship with the blonde beauty for six years but insists they have no plans to tie the knot because the institution doesn't mean anything to them.

"Neither of us is religious, and the picket fence isn't what we're aiming at. We've been together for six years now, so for all intents and purposes, we are [married]. I have no need for a priest to tell me that!" he told Life & Style.

Though Joshua insists there is no "secret" to making his relationship work, he knows both he and his girlfriend have to put in effort: "There's no recipe to our success. Just make sure you put the work in."

"I'm keeping my fingers crossed and knocking on wood each day!" Diane added.

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Peter Jackson to Direct Tintin Sequel

Peter Jackson to direct the Tintin sequelPeter Jackson will direct the Tintin sequel.

Steven Spielberg revealed the Lord of the Rings helmer will be in charge of the second Tintin movie after the pair struck a deal before the first installment of the animated project.

"Peter [Jackson]'s doing it. I wanted to do it, but Peter has to because we made a deal. I said, 'I'll direct the first one, you direct the second one.' And Peter, of course, is going to do it right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He'll go right into the 31, 21 days of performance capture. We're not telling the world what books we're basing the second movie on yet," Spielberg said.

Despite Steven refusing to reveal which tomes will be used on the second Tintin movie, producer Kathleen Kennedy recently hinted The Calculus Affair is a strong possibility.

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Tintin by Steven Spielberg

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies,

Tintin by HergeThe Adventures of Tintin won the Golden Globe award for Best Animated Feature Film.

You know who didn’t get thanked in Steven Spielberg’s acceptance speech for Tintin at the award ceremony Sunday night? The guy who created Tintin: Herge.

Spielberg did say that Hollywood gave him (and Peter Jackson) a chance to turn this “80 year old series of wonderful books into a motion picture.”

It’s hard to be too critical. He had less than a minute to thank people and it probably is prudent politically, socially and financially to thank the people who actually greenlight movies first.

But it would’ve been nice of him to slip in a little Herge mention with all the bankers and executives.

[Artwork: Tintin by Herge]

Read More | Spielberg's Speech

Cate Blanchett to Reprise Lord of the Rings Role

Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings

Cate Blanchett will put on her Lady Galadriel ears again for The Hobbit, which begins shooting in February.

Director Peter Jackson is thrilled that Blanchett will continue with the Lord of the Rings franchise. He said she is one of his “favorite actors to work with, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier film.”

The central role of Bilbo Baggins will be played by Martin Freeman in the new flick.

Read More | E! Online

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