Megatruh has put together this excellent ‘The Hobbit’ digital painting focusing on Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman. Bard, a skilled archer, and the heir of King Girion of Dale, is set to appear in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ and ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again.’ The character will reportedly have a significantly larger role in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ movies than in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book.
The adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was originally made as a two-part film, however Warner Bros, Peter Jackson, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens announced last year that ‘The Hobbit’ films will be a trilogy. The release schedule for the upcoming two films are as follows: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th; while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. Earlier this month Jackson took to his official Facebook page to reveal a 6-minute excerpt of the live event he hosted for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ providing us with a first official look at the film.
The Hollywood Reporter bring word that writer/director David Lowery, who’s much buzzed about ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ is released later this year, is teaming up with screen icon Robert Redford for another crime movie. Lowery is attached to adapt and direct ‘The Old Man and the Gun,’ based on a 2003 article in The New Yorker written by David Grann. Redford is attached to star and will produce the adaptation.
‘The Old Man and the Gun’ tells the true story of Forrest Tucker, a man born in 1920 who, as a lifelong bank robber, spent most of his life in jail or escaping from jail. (He had 18 escapes under his belt, including one from Alcatraz and one from San Quentin.) The article focused on Tucker at age 78, living in a retirement community with his third wife and still having the hankering to rob banks. In fact, he was caught by police after a robbery and high-speed chase in 2000 and sentenced to 13 years. He died in 2005. Lowery’s take focuses on a specific time period in Tucker’s life, though details were not revealed.
Yahoo! Movies has unveiled this US trailer for Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama, ‘Rush.’ Set for a September 13th release in the UK and September 20th bow in the US, the film centers on the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British driver James Hunt. ‘Inglorious Basterds’ star Daniel Brühl is playing Lauda with Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of Hunt. The likes of Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) co-star. Helmed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the script for ‘Rush’ is by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).
Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award® nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader), Rush is produced by Andrew Eaton (A Mighty Heart), Howard, Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Eric Fellner (Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Morgan and Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and executive produced by Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Todd Hallowell and Tim Bevan. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in North America.
Alcon Entertainment have announced that Morgan Freeman is set to join Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara and Paul Bettany in Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, ‘Transcendence.’ Principal photography is set to begin on the film in May in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. Pictures will release ‘Transcendence’ on April 25th, 2014 via its output deal with Alcon. The 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.”
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.
Animated Movie ‘The Nut Job’ Set For January 2014 – Featuring The Voices Of Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl & Will Arnett
Open Road Films send word that they’ve acquired all US distribution rights to the 3D animated family film ‘The Nut Job,’ and set January 17th, 2014 as the release date. Featuring the voice talents of Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham, ‘The Nut Job’ is described as “an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.”
Directed by Peter Lepeniotis from a screenplay by Lorne Cameron and Lepeniotis, ‘The Nut Job’ is produced by Graham Moloy and WK Jung. Executive producers are Mike Karz and Bill Bindley of Gulfstream Pictures, Jay Ahn, Daniel Woo, Hong Kim and Tom Yoon. The Nut Job is a collaboration between ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co., Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures. The film is based on director/co-writer Peter Lepeniotis’ 2005 short film Surly Squirrel.
‘Man Of Steel’ The First Step To Introduce Other DC Characters Into The Same World; Christopher Nolan Not Involved With ‘Justice League’
With Christopher Nolan having completed his groundbreaking Batman trilogy with ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ reports last month had pegged the writer/producer/director as shepherding the ‘Justice League’ movie at Warner Bros. Pictures, the home of his Batman trilogy. EW has confirmed with Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov that this rumor is not true, explaining that the self-contained world of ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy will be left behind, and Zack Snyder’s Suerman movie, ‘Man of Steel,’ will begin to open up a DC Movie Universe: “I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world. [Nolan’s] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.” Asked if it was true that Nolan would be bringing ‘Justice League’ to life with his former Batman Christian Bale, Robinov simply said, “No, it’s not.” Nolan’s reps also confirmed Robinov’s statement and told EW that he definitely wasn’t involved with ‘Justice League,’ as the filmmaker is currently busy prepping his sci-fi film ‘Interstellar.’
‘Man of Steel’ producer Chris Roven told EW that ‘Man of Steel’ will pave the way for future films, “It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward, In that, Man of Steel is definitely a first step. Nolan’s Dark Knight series was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world the films lived in was very isolated, without any knowledge of other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”