Sherlock

Just over a week ago at Comic Con we got a peek at this middle of the third season of Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. We also learned a bit about how the season begins. But what we didn’t know, until now, was the name of any new actor who’ll be making trouble for Sherlock and Watson this time out.

Now we’ve got a name, for both the character and the actor. We’ll keep all the details after the break; read on for a tantalizing glimpse at the next season. Read More »

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The BBC and PBS Masterpiece series Sherlock was the highlight of a panel at Comic Con today, with producers Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, and Sue Vertue in attendance. Not in the house were the show’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, because they are occupied with finishing up The Hobbit and filming the third season of Sherlock.  But the two actors were showcased in a video introduction to the panel — greeted with Twilight panel-worthy screams from the audience — in which Cumberbatch “explained” just how Sherlock made it out of the end of season two.

The panel that followed was light on news but very entertaining, as Matiss, Moffat, and Vertue evaded questions and offered up a few observations about making the show, all the way through the nearly-complete third season. You can watch the actors’ video intro below, after which we’ll run down a few panel highlights. Needless to say there are some mild spoilers for the end of the second season below, and anyone who wants to go into the thitd season cold should watch the video below, but skip the panel recap. Read More »

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Peter Jackson won’t be bringing the second chapter of his adaptation of The Hobbit to Comic Con this year. After all, what more do we need as a sizzle reel for the second movie than the first film, released barely more than six months ago? Furthermore, the director says that he doesn’t have time to complete a good new footage reel, and that cast and crew availability further close out chances of putting together a Comic Con panel.

Fans of Jackson’s take on Middle-Earth can all still get a new look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, however. A new video blog provided by Jackson shows the new work done in the past few months on the second and third chapters. This video blog, like most of the others Jackson sends from set, is long enough to be fairly detailed and to show the scope of the production. Even the task of doing pickup shots — the connective “in-between” bits often reserved for reshoots or extra hours late in the game — takes an army of people on movies like these.

Granted, part of the pickup process here is required to enact Jackson’s plan to spread the Hobbit story across three films rather than two. So it’s not exactly a typical scenario. Regardless, what follows is another good look at the effort required to capture Middle-Earth on film. (Or digital files, in this case.) Check it out below. Read More »

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Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield will continue their journey on December 13 as Peter Jackson‘s second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, hits theaters. It’s the sequel to last year’s hit An Unexpected Journey and the prequel to 2014′s There And Back Again. Together, they’ll bridge the gap to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

In the second chapter of The Hobbit, the band of dwarves inch closer to the Lonely Mountain and a showdown with the dangerous dragon Smaug, who long ago stole the wealth of the dwarves for himself. The first trailer for the film has now been released. It gives us an idea of just how far Jackson is pushing this second film, which will introduce characters played by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch among others. Read More »

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If the world must end — and film after film lately suggests it must – there are worse ways to go than with a frosty pint and some good company. It’s lucky for the gang at the center of Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End, then, that they’re already in the middle of an epic pub crawl when they learn that humankind may not be long for this world.

The new set of posters for the film celebrate both the characters and the bars they visit, by assigning clever pub-themed identities to each member of the group (specifically Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, and Paddy Considine). Check ‘em out after the jump. Read More »

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Here’s the second trailer (well, the first US one) for Edgar Wright‘s new film The World’s End. Five friends (played by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Eddie Marsan) reunite to complete the epic bar crawl they never manage to finish twenty years ago. But things are different, and it isn’t just because they’re older, and (probably not) wiser. There’s something genuinely wrong in their old hometown.

As it turns out, the town has been taken over by… well, just watch the trailer. Rosamund Pike also has a big role in the film that caps off the (very) loose trilogy of films that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. This trailer suggests that The World’s End has the same zing as those two films, but with a hell of a lot more going on in the effects department. Wright doesn’t need the effects, because he can make something lively and entertaining with just two people sitting in an empty room, but it does look like he’s having a grand time with the action. Read More »

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The second trailer for Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End will hit the Web on Wednesday. In anticipation of that event, two new posters have been released. One is another UK banner and the second is our first US one-sheet. Each are similar in that they show Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan mugging for the camera, but now Rosamund Pike‘s character has joined the group. And Pegg is raising a pint, tying in the drinking element, leading to the new tag line ”Barmageddon Begins.”

There’s even a tease of the film’s villains: human citizens with lit-up eyes suggesting they’ve been taken over by some kind of alien force. We’ll likely know more about them on Wednesday. For now, check out the two new posters and read a Q&A Wright did where he reveals a bunch of tidbits about the film. Read More »

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With Shaun of the Dead, writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg played within the zombie genre. In Hot Fuzz they tackled action films. Later this year, they will conclude their trilogy of genre-blending comedies with The World’s End. It’s a film that has been a topic of discussion for years. Now, finally,  we have our first glimpse of how Wright, Pegg, and co-star Nick Frost plan on tying everything together.

The World’s End is a sci-fi comedy that sees five friends (Pegg, Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan) return to their old hometown to drink their way through twelve bars. When they arrive, though, things are a bit more like Invasion of the Body Snatchers than Animal House, and fate of the universe is at stake.

Directed and co-written by Wright, The World’s End opens July 19 in the United Kingdom and August 23 in the United States. Check out the international teaser trailer below. Read More »

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