Casting is heating up for The Hobbit. While the majority of the characters unique to the actual novel The Hobbit were cast last year, Peter Jackson has been turning to recruiting some members of his cast from The Lord of the Rings. So yesterday we had confirmation of the return of Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen. Along with that was word that Christopher Lee is likely to return as Saruman. We’ve got a statement from the actor about that, after the break, and a continuation of the David Tennant casting rumor as well. Read More »

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Movie Trailer #2: The Delayed ‘Season of the Witch’

Almost exactly a year ago we got the first full trailer for Season of the Witch, then a LionsGate film starring Nicolas Cage. The film still stars Nic Cage, but is now being distributed by Relativity Media, which also financed the film’s production. The company has cut a new trailer to begin promoting the January 7 release, and it is a completely different beast from the previous one. Read More »

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We’ve known for a while that Martin Scorsese was about to commence principal photography on his adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which will be shot as his first 3D film. The primary cast has also been known for a while: Sacha Baron CohenBen Kingsley, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz.

Usually I wouldn’t post the press release that announces the start of filming, but this one includes a few notable details. One is that the title is now just Hugo Cabret. There are also quite a few additional actors we hadn’t reported before. Quite a few of them, like Jude Law and Ray Winstone — not exactly minor names — are notable enough to warrant the mention. Read More »

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Simon Pegg has Tweeted a link to the extended cast list for John Landis‘ Burke and Hare on IMDB. He indicated just one mistake on the roster – John Cleese will not be appearing – but called the rest of it “pretty spot on”. Not only does this mean that Spaced’s Tim and Daisy, Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, will be reunited, but also that several other alumni of their sitcom will be cropping up, namely Michael Smiley, Bill Bailey and Reece Shearsmith. And then, not noted by Pegg in particular, there are also roles for some of my faves: Hugh Bonneville, John Woodvine and Ronnie Corbett. Superbness.

I’d previously wondered if Margaret Laird would be given space in the film’s narrative, and so far she’s not shown up on the list. Pegg does promise more surprises, however…

UPDATE: And now I’ve received an official press release to announce the start of production which lists both Tim Curry and Christopher Lee as being amongst the cast. it just keeps getting better and better.

One small mystery was put to rest as Paul Davis’ cameo was revealed to be as a patient, presumably of Dr. Knox.

Incidentally, the image at the top of the post shows the death masks of the real Burke and Hare.

Alice in Wonderland Movie Trailer #3

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Disney has released a third trailer for Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, which is scheduled to be projected in 3D in front of prints of James Cameron’s Avatar. The trailer gives us a glimpse at some of the characters that have been, until now, kept in the background or off screen. There are so many wonderful visuals in this trailer, that I’ve compiled a collection of 40 screenshots so that you can see everything (click here to see the gallery). Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cowboys For Christ Shooting Now

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ShockTillYouDrop have been informed that Robin Hardy‘s long awaited Cowboys For Christ is finally in production. Some shooting has already taken place in the US and the filmmakers are reportedly in the midst of the Scottish shoot right now.

Hardy’s 1973 directorial debut The Wicker Man is truly one of the most jubilantly beloved films in the pantheon of British genre pictures. I still see it doing abundant business as late night screenings, and pretty much everybody I speak to holds it close and dear, including those of us all too aware of its shortcomings. For a good few years now, Hardy has been touting Cowboys as a kind of follow up, a ‘spiritual successor’ to feature a number of the same ingredients as Wicker Man: a clash between pagans and Christians, a remote rural location, Christopher Lee as a mysterious aristocrat.

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Christopher Lee (Count Dooku in Star Wars, Saruman in Lord of the Rings) has been cast in Tim Burton‘s 3D adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Lee’s role has not been  disclosed, but I would guess that he is either The Caterpillar, King of Hearts, or The White Knight. Lee has worked with Burton several times: Sleepy Hallow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Lee was originally scheduled to be in Burton’s Sweeney Todd, but the sequence his character was part of was cut out during preproduction. [christopherleeweb]

Eleanor Tomlinson
(Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), a 16-year-old Beverly teenager, has been cast in a part created specifically for Burton’s adaptation. Eleanor will play Alice’s peer, the spiteful Fiona Chataway, who appears at the beginning of the film before Alice falls down the rabbit hole. [thisishullandeastriding]

Danny Elfman recently confirmed that he is involved in the music for the film. This should come as no surprise as Elfman has worked with Burton on many of his films. You can watch a video of Elfman making the announcement on YouTube.

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