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In a new article detailing the “five things to know about scaly ‘Hobbit’ star Smaug”, USA Today has revealed the clearest movie still yet (below – some might consider it spoilery?)of the titular dragon in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ The film continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.
New ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Promo Pic Showcases Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart…
Studio Ciné Live has premiered this new promo image for Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, featuring Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) flanked by the “past” and “future” Magneto (Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen) and Professor X (James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart). Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Jackman, Stewart, McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters and Josh Helman round out the film’s principal cast. Co-written, produced and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is based on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The film is scheduled to be released in 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd, 2014.
Hot on the heels of the news that James Cameron will shoot all three of his upcoming ‘Avatar’ sequels in New Zealand, the writer-director spoke to The Associated Press about the three films, “It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.”
James Cameron said the films will explore different Na’vi cultures as well the cultures of other Pandora creatures, “There’s a fair bit of underwater stuff. It’s been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That’s not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.” He said water is enormously difficult to recreate on a computer, something he’s been talking about with Joe Letteri, the visual effects supervisor at Weta Digital. “I said Joe, you know, there’s a lot of water,” Cameron said. “And he basically said ‘Bring it on. We’re ready.'”
The Detroit Free Press are reporting that pre-production has begun in Detroit on Warner Bros, DC Entertainment and Zack Snyder’s eagerly awaited ‘Man of Steel’ sequel/’Batman vs. Superman’ film. Michigan Motion Picture Studios will reportedly play a key role in what’s considered the biggest movie shoot ever to land in the state. The studio complex is serving as home to production offices for the project. When filming starts next year, all seven of the soundstages will be used. The still-untitled Superman-Batman movie is expected to occupy the complex through August.
The superhero epic’s economic impact is expected to extend across the region, as it plans to shoot at the Pontiac studio as well as at locations throughout the state. “This project will employ more Michigan residents than any other film project has ever employed in the state of Michigan,” says Michigan Motion Picture Studios COO Anthony Wenson.
USA Today has revealed this first look at Cate Blanchett’s character in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2.’ The Oscar-winning actress voices Valka, a maverick Dragon Rider who lives as a recluse in the Arcticand. In the story she becomes a mentor of sorts to the young Viking hero of the first movie, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel).
‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ checks in with Hiccup and his dragon pal, Toothless, five years after he brought humans and dragons together on the island of Berk. An outsider who’s now the village hero, Hiccup is on the verge of adulthood, with his chieftain father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), grooming him for responsibility. But he’d rather embrace what’s left of his carefree childhood. Hiccup’s sense of adventure drives him to explore the world past Berk, and he and Toothless travel to the Arctic and stumble upon Valka, a vigilante who is springing dragons from traps and hiding them in a refuge away from the villainous dragon hunter Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) and his No. 2, Eret (Kit Harington).
Ron. Burgundy. To his beloved “San-de-ahh-guns,” those words have always meant two things: big news and perfect hair. Now it’s time to take both to the big city. Seven years after capturing the heart of his co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered the chance of lifetime: to be in on the world’s first 24-hour global cable news network, GNN, in New York City. The newsman quickly rounds up his classic news team – sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) – and heads to The Big Apple. Upon arriving, he is quickly challenged by his strong female boss, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), Australian multi-millionaire network owner Kench Allenby (Josh Lawson) and a chiseled popular lead anchor, Jack Lime (James Marsden). It’s up to Ron and the team to find their own way to the top of news – and the top of the ratings. Look out for ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ in cinemas from December 18th.
The continued growth of the first film is pretty amazing. Everyone seems to have their favorite Anchorman character and line or scene….
Will Ferrell: It has kind of grown into cult status. The fan base for the movie is amazing, and I love that it has crossed generations. It keeps coming up in pop culture. You’ll see anchors on ESPN SportCenter refer to the San Diego Chargers as “the San-de-AH-go Chargers.” And we got e-mailed a photo of a troop transport carrier in the middle of Baghdad with a stencil of Ron Burgundy’s face that said, “Stay Classy Baghdad.” And you’d do a Google search and references to the movie would pop up all the time. It just keeps coming up in pop culture and the fan base keeps growing. People in news tell us all the time they know somebody like Burgundy. All of that definitely had a cumulative effect to kind of make us sit down and pause for a moment and go, “That would be fun to revisit those characters again.”