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PhotoshopIsMyKung-Fu has put together this awesome ‘The Hobbit’ piece centering on the fantastically named Azog the Defiler. Azog is played in the ‘The Hobbit’ films through performance capture by the ‘Spartacus’ star Manu Bennett. The character is the Orc chieftain of Moria who beheaded King Thrór in the battle of Azanulbizar. He now hunts Thorin and Company, having taken an oath to break the line of Durin. He leads a band of Hunter Orcs and rides a huge white Warg. Head on over to PhotoshopIsMyKung-Fu’s deviantART or Tumblr for more excellent pieces of artwork. Prints can be purchased here.
Last week ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ became the fifth movie of 2012 to surpass the hefty $300 million mark in North America, joining Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ ($623M), ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ ($448M), ‘The Hunger Games’ ($408M) and ‘Skyfall’ ($303M). The first movie in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy recently received three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design. Currently sitting at $980,734,992 million earned worldwide, expect ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ to pass the colossal $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office by March. As of today, the film is at $301,134,992 million in North America and $679,600,000 million internationally.
LD Entertainment has released, via Apple, this trailer and poster for the upcoming dramatic thriller ‘Disconnect.’ Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard and Max Thieriot, the film opens in cinemas on April 12th.
A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can’t find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today’s wired world.
Always one to keep people up to date with his latest projects, Vin Diesel has took to his hugely popular Facebook account (39+ million likes) to release another new image of himself as the eponymous anti-hero in the sci-fi thriller ’Riddick.’ The film, written and directed by David Twohy (The Chronicles of Riddick, A Perfect Getaway), also stars Katee Sackoff, Jordi Molla, Karl Urban, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Dave Bautista, Keri Hilson and Nolan Funk. Universal Pictures has set a September 6th release for ‘Riddick.’
The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.
Emma Stone shed some light on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ in a recent interview with Cineplex Magazine (via CBM), praising the film’s script and teasing some more heroic antics from Gwen Stacey’s ac in the sequel. “I’m in it, Andrew is in it. They just cast Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, who is such a great actor, I think that will be wonderful. And Shaeline Woodley as Mary Jane, who’s also wonderful. So there’s all that, and the script is very, very good. I’m very much looking forward to it.” Stone continued, “I’m very happy the way our first one was received so well. It’ll be cool on the next one to see how Gwen and Peter bridge that distance that was between us at the end of it. I think it all unfolds pretty neat. And I hope they continue letting Gwen be heroic. I think they might!”
Alongside Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro), Shailene Woodley (Mary Jane Watson), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborne), Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino), Chris Cooper (Norman Osborne) Felicity Jones and Sally Field (May Parker). The latest chapter in the ‘Spider-Man’ story is set for release on May 2nd, 2014.
Following the news that Paul Bettany is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut ‘Transcendence,’ Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros has today announced a April 25th, 2014 release date for the film. The Oscar-winning cinematographer’s sci-fi/fantasy flick is said to ”follow three scientists, attempting work on stem cell and advanced computer technology, which will change the fundamentals of human life. Tension comes into play when they are met by protest and resistance.” Principal photography on ‘Transcendence’ is set to begin in April.
Wally Pfister, who won an Oscar for his cinematography for ‘Inception’, is well known for his work on projects with Christopher Nolan. His collaboration with Nolan has spanned seven films, beginning in 1999 with ‘Memento,’ and earning him his three Oscar nominations and one win. Wally Pfister recently completed ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ with Nolan. Other credits include such films as ‘The Italian Job,’ ‘Moneyball’ and ‘Laurel Canyon.’ Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers on ‘Transcendence,’ which will be financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment. The screenplay is by newcomer Jack Paglen.
Zoe Saldana Speaks On J.J. Abrams Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ & Adds That She Would Like A Role
Talking to E! Online, Zoe Saldana commented on her ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ director J.J. Abrams landing the gig of helming the next installment in the ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ “I’m totally ecstatic,” Saldana told he outlet. However, she added, “We are going to give him s–t because we don’t want him to ever think about leaving just in case we go into a third installment of Star Trek.” Saldana also admitted that she wouldn’t mind a part in ’Star Wars: Episode VII,’ “I’m getting ready to call them, I tell you that. I want to be a sexy something, like a princess from another planet.”
Zoe Saldana will next be seen on the big screen reprising her role of Uhuru in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’; alongside the likes of Mila Kunis, Clive Owen and Marion Cotillard in Guillaume Canet’s ‘Blood Ties’; in the Nina Simone biopic ‘Nina’; and in Scott Cooper’s ‘Out of the Furnace,’ which also stars Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker.