Yesterday the news came out that the third season of BBC’s Sherlock is about to go into production, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprising their lead roles as modern day versions of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
There was some question as to whether the third season might be the show’s last. Scheduling the long shoot is difficult, as each of the three episodes per season is basically structured like a mini-movie, and Cumberbatch and Freeman are increasingly busy with movie careers.
But now Cumberbatch has confirmed that a fourth season is planned. Read More »
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BBC’s Sherlock is technically, a TV show. But with episodes that are the length of a film, and two stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have become major movie actors, the show might as well be a movie. The point being: it takes an unusual bit of scheduling to create.
The second season aired over a year ago in the UK and 10 months ago in the US, climaxing in a major cliffhanger. Since then, thanks in large part to Netflix, more and more people are finding out about this fascinating and entertaining show, and all are anxiously waiting new episodes.
The wait has been long, and will continue to be long, but there’s hope on the horizon. The stars are back and the third season will begin filming next week. Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
The predicted end of the world may have some folks in a panic, but for Hollywood filmmakers working on apocalypse-themed movies, it’s proving to be a marketing boon. Yesterday, we got the first trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This is the End. Today, we have the first official look at Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. Check it out after the jump.
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Yesterday we saw an image billed as the first from The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which is the third film in Peter Jackson‘s trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien‘s short novel The Hobbit. I wondered if that might have been a mistake in billing, and that the still might actually have been from the second film, The Desolation of Smaug. After all, we hadn’t seen anything from the second movie yet, and so to see a still from the third seemed odd.
But that was indeed from the third movie. And now we’ve got the first pic from The Desolation of Smaug, and the guess is that it comes from the very end of the film, just as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is coming face to face with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) for the first time. See that, and a new pic from the first Hobbit film, below. Read More »
When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is good, it’s really good. Throughout Peter Jackson‘s first film in the Hobbit trilogy, his camera sweeps through an epic battle, and Howard Shore’s score crescendos through the speakers as thirteen dwarves, one wizard and a hobbit fight for their lives. That’s what most audiences are paying to see, and the film provides that on a grand scale, again and again.
“Again and again” is also the film’s biggest issue. On a consistent basis, it’s almost as if Jackson forgets he has two more films to release and is forced to pump the brakes. Tangents pop out of nowhere, dialogue scenes are stretched into infinity, and a familiar structure of capture followed by rousing escape, is consistently repeated. Much of the film feels like it’s purposely attempting to stall the dwarves’ quest from progressing.
What we’re left with is a huge, beautiful piece of entertainment, the lows of which are slightly outweighed by its adrenaline pumping highs. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey works, but feels bloated, derived from the fact that it’s based on a child’s book, only stuffed and stretched beyond the bounds of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s original narrative. Still, its flaws and fun work hand in hand to provide a suitably rousing first act to the Hobbit trilogy. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
A full-length trailer gets somewhere between two and two and a half minutes to make its case, but a typical TV spot only runs about thirty seconds. Best to just to cut to the chase, then.
The new TV ad for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey barely gets to establish who Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is or why Gandalf (Ian McKellen) is encouraging him to venture out into the wide world before the poor fellow is thrown into the midst of an action-packed fantasy adventure. Naturally, the promo still finds time to play up the film’s connection to the Lord of the Rings trilogy along the way. Watch it after the jump.
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In Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg‘s upcoming film The World’s End, five friends attempt to relive a bar crawl they did 20 years prior. We know that Pegg and Nick Frost will be two of the friends, completing the Cornetto Trilogy with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and recently Paddy Considine was revealed as the third. Wright has been shooting for a few weeks now, yet the identities of the final two friends remained a mystery. Empire Online is now reporting the group of friends will be completed by Martin Freeman (The Office, Sherlock, The Hobbit) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta) making an already awesome sounding film exponentially better. Read more after the jump.
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Over the weekend, Peter Jackson posted the first official teaser poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is front and center, Sting in hand, and though the poster is brand new, it feels oddly familiar. Maybe that’s because it’s the exact same pose and framing as some of the Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy teaser posters. Check out the new image, as well as the old ones, after the jump. Read More »