Ahead of the global fan celebration for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ to be held on Monday, November 4th, at 5:00pm EST/10:00pm GMT/2:00pm PST, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted seven new posters for the film, featuring Thorin, Gandalf, Bilbo, Thranduil, Bard, Legolas, and Tauriel. At each of the satellite-linked cinemas in four host cities - Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington – Peter Jackson and members of his cast and filmmaking team will gather with fans to show exclusive footage from the new film and answer questions in front of a live audience, as well as offer a few surprises.
CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, who serves as special host for the entire event, will be based in New York, where he will welcome Richard Armitage, the film’s Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando Bloom, who returns to the role of Legolas from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy. Evangeline Lilly, who joins the cast as a new Elf warrior, Tauriel, will be based in Los Angeles. London will host new cast member Lee Pace, the film’s Elf King Thranduil; Luke Evans, who joins the cast as Bard the Bowman; and Andy Serkis, second unit director and, of course, the first trilogy’s Gollum. Peter Jackson will then join the celebration from Wellington, New Zealand (where it will be Tuesday, November 5th, at 11:00am).
The official ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ South African website has unveiled these new promo posters for the much anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic. Based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s autobiography of the same name, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and produced by Anant Singh. Alongside Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris plays his wife, Winnie. The likes of Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto co-star.
Anant Singh began communicating with Nelson Mandela about making a film based on his life while he was still in prison and acquired the film rights to Mandela’s book at the time of its publication in 1996 and development on the film began immediately when Academy Award Nominee, writer William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Gladiator, Shadowlands) signed on. The film tells the story of the legendary South African freedom fighter, spanning over seventy years, including his struggle against apartheid, 27 years in jail and his rise to prominence as a political leader and head-of-state. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ arrives in cinemas on November 28th in the US and South Africa, and January 3rd in the UK.
With Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: The Dark World’ set to open in North America next Friday, the sequel has already arrived on screens around the world where it has taken in $45.2 million, allowing Walt Disney Pictures to reach $2.314 billion internationally for the year, breaking the studio’s previous record of $2.302 billion from 2010. Though it has yet to also open in Argentina, Italy, China or Japan, below is how the film performed in current key territories Wednesday through Friday. By Sunday, the movie should have raced past the $100 million mark.
With ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ director J.J. Abrams set to helm the upcoming ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ a vacancy has been left in the director’s chair for Paramount Pictures’ third ‘Star Trek’ film. Rumored for the role a few months back, Deadline are reporting that the studio is sweet on Joe Cornish to helm the next film. Cornish made his feature directorial debut on ‘Attack The Block,’ the saga of a group of British youths who stave off an alien invasion in their rough neighborhood.
Joe Cornish followed by being one of the writers on ‘The Adventures Of Tin Tin,’ and he and Edgar Wright wrote the script for ‘Ant-Man,’ the Marvel Studios film that Wright is going to direct. It’s early days on this, but stay tuned. Paramount is reportedly readying the movie to shoot in summer, 2014.
Bryan Singer Speaks On The Time Travel Elements Of ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’; Reveals Basic Synopsis
Speaking in the latest issue of Empire Magazine (which hit newsstands and on iPad on Thursday), ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ director Bryan Singer told the outlet how exactly the past and future scenes are split up in the movie, which serves as both a follow-up to ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class.’ “The future’s about 25, 30 percent of the movie. The past is most of it,” Singer revealed.
Empire’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ feature also mentions that the future scenes take place in 2023 and the reason for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine being sent back is to stop the assassination of a “key figure” – at the hands of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) - in order to avoid annihilation at the hands of the Sentinels. As for how exactly Wolverine is sent back, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) will use her phasing powers to send his mind back into his 1970s body. “It’s about figuring your rules and sticking to them,” Singer says. “The principle I looked at is this theory that until an object is observed, it hasn’t really happened yet. The time-traveller whose consciousness travels through time I call The Observer, and until The Observer returns to where he travelled from, the result hasn’t occurred yet. So he can muck about in the past and it isn’t until he snaps back that the new future is set. As a result, we’re able to have parallel action, and there’s an underlying tension because there’s always that threat Wolverine’s conciousness could return and leave the world in an even darker place.” It’s also revealed that the school – in the past – has been closed for ten years by 1973, perhaps explaining why the team are no longer together. Quotes via CBM.