The Office, The Hobbit, and Sherlock: Martin Freeman seems to be everywhere these past few years. Adding to his already impressive, and growing, resume the actor, who was also recently seen in The World’s End, has just signed on to play the William H. Macy role in the FX mini-series based on the Coen Brothers’ movie Fargo. Billy Bob Thornton previously signed on to co-star in the 10 episode show that’ll follow a new case with the same tone and Minnesota setting as the Oscar-winning 1996 film. Read More »
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Edgar Wright‘s new film, the final chapter in the loose trilogy of films that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, is The World’s End. The movie opened outside the US earlier this summer, but this weekend it hits the States. The story of five friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine) who are roped into taking on a pub crawl they failed twenty years prior, the film is a sci-fi comedy that explores the effect of nostalgia and the ways that life goes on (or sometimes doesn’t) as we grow older.
This is a slightly different sort of comedy from the prior two films in the “trilogy,” but one that is still very definitely related to those individual chapters. In the comments below, tell us what you thought of The World’s End; keep in mind that spoilers are encouraged here. Read More »
Here’s the first teaser trailer for the third season of the wonderful BBC series Sherlock. We know this season opens with most of the characters reacting to the fact that Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) isn’t quite dead, and so in the teaser we see the shadow of his return to the world. Also, Martin Freeman is rocking quite the mustache. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
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 »
Watch the ‘Sherlock’ Panel Introduction From Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch [Comic Con 2013]
Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
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 »
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Video Blog: Peter Jackson and Crew Finish Up the Expanded Hobbit
Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Russ Fischer
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 »
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Teaser Trailer: Your First Look at Smaug, Legolas, Beorn and Bard
Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
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 »
Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
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 »