I like this Lee Pace guy. He’s awesome in Lincoln, was great in Pushing Daisies and is sure to be good in The Hobbit, once his character appears. The actor hit the red carpet for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this week and confirmed he’s auditioning for James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy on Monday, loves the script and has been researching the Star-Lord. Watch the interview below. Read More »

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Iron Man 3 is in post-production, Thor: The Dark World is currently filming, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still casting and now the fourth film in Marvel’s Phase Two slate, Guardians of the Galaxy, is beginning to rev up.

Writer/director James Gunn has been prepping the film and now Variety and Deadline are reporting a series of young male actors have signed test deals for the film, which’ll be released August 1, 2014. They are Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables). One of these actors will most likely be cast as Peter Quill, a NASA astronaut who ends up as the leader of the team. Read more after the jump. Read More »

In the final act of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, as primary characters face horrific fates and a Highlander film’s worth of decapitations flickered on the screen, I struggled to wrap my head around a realization: I might have to convince some of my friends to see this movie. For someone who has sat through — I might even hyperbolize “endured” — the previous four films, this was new. Enjoyment. Enthusiasm. The battle scene hinted at in the image above is exactly the sort of thing films such as the entire Underworld series have struggled to create. Here, it’s tossed off with seemingly little effort.

But then there’s the movie wrapped around that sequence. This is still Twilight, full of gravely serious vampires far better at posing with faces full of concern than than they are to be at actually sucking blood. Is this, the last film in the series, any good? No, not really.

But this time  – and this is important – everyone involved, from director Bill Condon on down, finally seems to be in on the joke. I’d swear that Michael Sheen, playing the leader of dire vampire enforcement clan the Volturi, was running lines from Rocky Horror in his head. A pair of Transylvanian guys (or are they characters cut from Sprockets?) throw so much Lugosi into their voice that they’re nearly unintelligible, to oddly funny effect. And a CG baby is used when a perfectly normal human baby would have worked just as well. Seriously: a CG baby. That alone nearly merits a curiosity viewing. Read More »

Continuing a tradition that started with last year’s surprise unveiling of the then-unfinished Hugo, the New York Film Festival this week revealed a first look at a work-in-progress cut of Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln.

Though we’ve seen little of the film so far, aside from a couple of trailers, the subject matter and the talent involved have marked it from early on as a potential Oscar contender. Based on the version I saw Monday night, that buzz is well-earned — it’s tough to imagine this film coming out the other end of awards season without at least a couple of little gold men. On the other hand, Spielberg falters by letting the Sixteenth President remain more myth than man, and the resulting film is a polished period piece that only occasionally feels truly vital.

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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 »

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 »

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