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  • Warner Bros. is seeking writers for Contagion 2
  • Will Black Dynamite 2 be like Blazing Saddles?
  • Ian McKellan almost declined to do The Hobbit
  • See new photos from Catching Fire‘s Georgia set

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This weekend saw the reveal of posters for two of Warner Bros. three big Comic Con showcases: Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim (seen here), and this one-sheet for Peter Jackson‘s first of two recently-wrapped films adapting The Hobbit.

This sheet for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is quite nice, as it shows Gandalf (Ian McKellen) strolling into the Shire, but it really trades on our memories of the Lord of the Rings films. It’s a good way to ease people back into Middle-Earth. (Though Comic Con audiences probably don’t want to be eased; they’d likely rather get right to a vision of the dragon, Smaug.)

But where is the third of Warner Bros. big films for Comic Con, Zack Snyder’s new Superman movie, Man of Steel? Can we expect a poster or other new image from that film to debut tomorrow, when more media will be awake? We know we’ll see something from the film in the next week, but even the Comic Con schedule is currently free of specific details about the movie and presentation for it.

In the meantime, see the full Hobbit image below. Read More »

Ten years ago this week The Fellowship of the Ring was released. Peter Jackson‘s first Tolkien adaption silenced a great many naysayers who said J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novels could never be properly translated to film. It also fostered a mainstream interest in fantasy movies that continues a decade later.

The development of a film based on Tolkien’s original Middle-Earth novel, The Hobbit, was the subject of speculation as soon as Jackson started work on The Lord of the Rings. Actually making the movie was a terrifically complicated process that involved rights deals, the financial solvency of MGM, a long period of development under original director Guillermo del Toro, and the eventual return of Peter Jackson to the director’s chair.

Now the first teaser trailer — a long teaser, at that — has been released for the first of two films based on the novel. Get the first look at footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, after the break. Read More »

We can probably expect to see a good many materials for The Hobbit before it opens a year and a half from now. We’ve seen a few images of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) with a few of the company of dwarves in the background of one image. Now here’s a promo photo of the three brother dwarves Nori (Jed Brophy), Ori (Adam Brown) and Dori (Mark Hadlow) as they’ll look in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Read a few details from the studio and see a larger image after the break. Read More »

Go back in time and see the Shire before The Lord of the Rings with these first official photos from Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit. Jackson has been shooting his two-part film adaptation of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novel for several weeks but all we’ve seen from set was one video. Now, Entertainment Weekly has premiered three exclusive images from The Hobbit including Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf and more. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

Titles can be everything, and The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet is possibly the most eye-catching film title I’ve seen this week. But is it the best title for a zombie movie, especially one that stars Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and Gillian Anderson? That I can’t say (even after seeing Judi Dench cameo as a sort of buxom almost-strumpet in Pirates of the Caribbean) but for a film that seems to be cut from the same cloth as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, one could probably do worse. Read More »

POTD: Gandalf Checks Out ‘The Hobbit’ in 3D

How can we not share this photo? Ian McKellen dropped this image onto Flickr last night and says, “The Hobbit is being filmed in 3D. Even wizards have to wear the glasses. Snapped by Peter Jackson in Wellington, 2011.”

More to the point, this is our first look at the new/old Gandalf as Ian McKellen returns to the role for the two Hobbit films. There is no surprise here — it’s Gandalf — but I’m happy to see him back in makeup and hair. Lots of hair. We’re really waiting to get a look at some of the truly new cast in character as various denizens of Middle-Earth, but this is a fun shot regardless. I don’t suppose he was actually watching an early New Zealand screening of Priest, hence the suspicious look?

Check out a larger version after the break. Read More »

Peter Jackson is shooting The Hobbit in New Zealand right now, and today Sir Ian McKellen has confirmed a long-standing cast rumor: Hugo Weaving will indeed be seen in the film(s) as the elf lord Elrond. More info on that after the break, along with the final confirmation that Saoirse Ronan won’t make it to Middle-Earth after all. Read More »

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