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 »

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Lee Pace Joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

The latest to join Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln is Lee Pace, the Pushing Daisies vet who led the cast of Tarsem’s The Fall, has survived the Twilight series and will be seen at the end of next year playing Elven King Thranduil in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Before he goes to New Zealand to work with Peter Jackson, however, the actor will play one-time New York City mayor Fernando Wood, an early Confederate supporter.

A bit more info on his character and a recap of the rest of the already-massive Lincoln cast is after the break. Read More »

At this point what more is there to say about yet another dwarf reveal from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? (Other than, perhaps, “uh, where’s Thorin?”) Here is the latest image dispatch from Peter Jackson‘s version of Middle-Earth, featuring Ken Stott as Balin (on the left) and Graham McTavish as Dwalin.

These two guys are peers, more or less, for Thorin, the dwarf who assembles the company that travels from the Shire to the Misty Mountain. We’ll likely see Thorin next week, and hopefully a couple of the new human character, too. In the meantime, see the full new image below. Read More »

Recently Peter Jackson and The Hobbit lost Robert Kazinski, the actor playing the dwarf Fili, when he had to return home for personal reasons. Now that role has been recast with Dean O’Gorman, who is a New Zealand actor. Additionally, Lee Pace has been cast as the Elven King Thranduil; you might have seen him in Tarsem’s film The Fall (he was the lead) and he’s been in Pushing Daisies, The Resident and A Single Man. A bit more detail about Thranduil, and Peter Jackson’s statement about casting both actors, is after the break. Read More »

New Photos: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’

Let’s take a rare dip into the Twilight pool. The first half of the two-part series climax, Breaking Dawn, is set to be released on November 18, and Summit is starting the promo machine. A set of new photos has been released for the film, along with a big cover story in Entertainment Weekly that doesn’t tell us too much, but promises some punch to the weird, bloody end of the story. Read More »

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More first looks up today, kicking off with a low-key photo showing Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari in action for 30 Minutes or Less. If the photos don’t thrill you, remember that the film is directed by Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer, and that Danny McBride is also in the mix as a criminal who forces Eisenberg to rob a bank with a bomb strapped to his chest. The script is funny and slightly savage, and I’m looking forward to this one. [Grand Rapids Press via GatW]

After the break, images of Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano in Ceremony, and of Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place. Read More »

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Briefly: Contain your excitement! Or, if you’re eagerly awaiting the end of the Twilight films, don’t. Rejoice that the end is near. Summit has set a release date for the final film in the series. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will open in theaters on November 16, 2012. (So the end isn’t too near — that’s 837 days away.)

In related news, Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies is reportedly being cast in the final films. According to E! News, he’s the top choice to play Garrett, “a tall, nomadic vampire with sandy hair that he keeps tied back with a leather thong.” Even better, E!’s insider says that director Bill Condon is “hoping to take [the final films] in a more artsy direction.” I’ll believe that when I see it.

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