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 Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Orlando Bloom‘s most memorable roles tend to be dashing fantasy hero types, a la Lord of the Rings‘ Legolas or Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Will Turner, but Lance Daly‘s indie thriller The Good Doctor will see him heading toward the dark side, and in realistic, contemporary garb, no less.
Bloom plays Martin Blake, a bright, ambitious young doctor whose just can’t seem to get over a deep-seated sense of insecurity. When a flirty teenage patient (Riley Keough) gives him the ego boost he so desperately wants, he purposely keeps her ill so that she can’t leave his side. Taraji P. Henson, J.K. Simmons, Michael Peña, Rob Morrow, and Troy Garity also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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It seems like Orlando Bloom‘s comeback is going to start…any…minute…now. He took a couple years off, and then did a film that there was reason to anticipate (Mark Ruffalo’s Sympathy For Delicious) and a few other projects that were destined to be baby steps back to public awareness more than anything else. (Main Street, The Good Doctor, and The Three Musketeers.)
Bloom has a couple additional films on the horizon: The Laureate; Cities; and a little thing called The Hobbit, in which he’ll reprise his breakout role of Legolas. But that role isn’t likely to be a particularly big part, and so there’s room for something else. So he’s added one more project: a South African crime tale called Zulu, in which he’ll co-star with Djimon Hounsou. Read More »
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 »
Find it hard to keep up with what films are casting and which actors and actress are doing what? You’re not the only one. It’s all but impossible to keep up with everything, which is why we bring you Casting Bits. Today we’ve got a bunch of big names in smaller movies, a few studio productions sprinkled in and then a couple we missed in recent days. After the jump read about:
- Miley Cyrus cast as Adam Sandler’s daughter in Hotel Transylvania
- Rufus Sewell is confirmed to join Paradise Lost, as Lucifer’s buddy Samael
- Clive Owen is an NSA agent in Recall, written by Paul Schrader
- Elizabethtown co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom team up again in Cities
- Genesis Rodriguez is an FBI agent in The Last Stand
- Comedians Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin are reportedly battling to play the Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a coming biopic
- Alona Tal and Natalie Martinez will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in Albert Hughes’ Broken City
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You might have seen the trailers for Paul W.S. Anderson‘s version of The Three Musketeers, naturally shot in 3D, and been left wondering if the movie is really for you. The film is on screens today, and to aid you in making the crucial ticket-buying decision the first few minutes of the film have landed online. They’re not in 3D, but I think you’ll get the idea anyway. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve already seen some images and a teaser for Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3-D “reboot” of The Three Musketeers. Now, a just-released full-length trailer is offering the best look yet at Anderson’s take on 17th century France — and apparently, his version involves flying war blimps. Because why not, I guess.
Loosely based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers follows the iconic trio (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) and their young new teammate D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) as they fight to save their continent from a powerfully malevolent trio of baddies: Cardinal Richlieu (Christoph Waltz), the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom with evil facial hair and evil-er eyeliner) and the infamous assassin Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich). Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »
Oh, look what Bridesmaids has done for Ellie Kemper: it scored her a gig in 21 Jump Street in her time off from The Office. The feature version of the ’80s TV show is shooting now with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops undercover in a high school to root out drugs and trouble. Late addition Ellie Kemper will be a love interest: Ms. Griggs, “an annoyingly sincere chemistry teacher who’s attracted to Tatum’s character and surprised when she discovers he’s not a real student.” (Sometimes casting like this is actually set for some time before it hits the trades, so it is possible Ellie Kemper isn’t as late an addition as she appears to be.)
The key point of interest here (for me, at least) continues to be that the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and are directing. [Variety]
After the break, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford is looking like the co-star with Pierce Brosnan in The House Gun, and rapidly rising talent Joel Kinnaman is cast in the Fox Searchlight film Lola Versus, where he’ll dump Greta Gerwig. Read More »
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Briefly: Peter Jackson has finally confirmed that Orlando Bloom will reprise the role of Legolas in The Hobbit. The announcement comes via the film’s official Facebook page. How does he fit into the film? That’s something we don’t know. The page quotes Peter Jackson saying, “10 years on, I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. I look older – he doesn’t! Orlando created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas, and we’re excited to be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more.” All we’ve known in the past is that his appearance will be “more than a cameo,” and we’ve figured that he would appear in the second film, the better to tie it to The Lord of the Rings. So, Tolkien scholars, how do you think he’ll be worked into the two films?
Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
David Hasselhoff has become the latest actor to join Piranha 3DD, the sequel to last year’s Piranha 3D (which in turn was a remake of the 1978 film Piranha). The new cast looks just as enjoyably eclectic as the last one — in addition to returning stars Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, and Paul Scheer, 3DD will also feature Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Gary Busey (Point Break), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), David Koechner (Anchorman) and Matt Bush (Adventureland).
Here’s the plot synopsis — not that the premise is terribly difficult to figure out:
There’s something in the water . . . again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.
Piranha 3DD is currently shooting in Wilmington, NC under the direction of John Gulager (Feast). The film will open November 23, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump: A plagiarizer, an Italian bird scientist, and a host of Hollywood stars.
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