New ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Pics Showcase Bilbo, Master Of Lake-Town, Legolas, Thranduil, Tauriel…
Warner Bros. Pictures has provided EW with a new collection of images from Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ featuring the likes of Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen’s Gandalf the Grey, Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, John Bell’s Bain, Richard Armitage’s Thorin, Stephen Fry’s Master of Lake-town, Lee Pace’s Thranduil and more. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
The film arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
During a recent chat with IGN for ’Saving Mr. Banks,’ Colin Farrell commented on the reports linking him to Duncan Jones’ ‘Warcraft’ movie. “Don’t know what’s happening, man. I read the script, if that’s any use to you, and it’s amazing.” He continues, “Duncan was cool. I sat with Duncan for awhile and read the script, loved the script, and we was as cool as can be. I don’t know what’s happening with the film. I don’t know where they are in the process.”
Asked if he’s a ‘World of Warcraft’ fan, Colin Farrell said, “Not at all, no. The script was just really, really cool, and it’s just a world that I never explored — and it’s a really big and fantastical world. I can’t imagine what he, being as visually gifted as he is, Duncan, and what he did on Moon with, like, a dime, I can’t imagine what he’d do with this Warcraft.” Asked if he can say what character he’s up for, Farrell said, “Can I? I probably shouldn’t. I don’t even know, actually, I’ll just say that! I don’t even know. We were just talking, and Duncan just said, “There might be something in it for you!” And I said, “Catering?” [Laughs]“
Deadline bring word that Javier Bardem has been offered the lead villain role in ‘Pan,’ the Warner Bros. Pictures take on the Peter Pan myth based on a Jason Fuchs script. This is the origin story film based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale that has Joe Wright reportedly in negotiations to direct. In Fuchs’ script, an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates. Bardem would play the captain of the bad guys, Blackbeard. The Oscar winner can currently be seen on the big screen in ‘The Counselor.’ Next year he’ll be seen alongside Sean Penn and Idris Elba in ‘The Gunman.’
Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker & Willem Dafoe Feature In New ‘Out Of The Furnace’ Images
Relativity Media has set loose a new batch of images from Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming thriller, ‘Out Of The Furnace.’ Christian Bale stars in the film as Russell Baze alongside Casey Affleck as Rodney Baze Jr, Russell’s younger brother. Zoe Saldana plays Lena Warren and Sam Shepard plays Red, Russell and Rodney Baze’s uncle. Woody Harrelson plays the brutal crime boss Curtis and Forest Whitaker plays Wesley Barnes, the Sheriff of Braddock. Willem Dafoe also stars.
‘Out of the Furnace’ is a drama about fate, circumstance, and redemption. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) live in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. ‘Out Of The Furnace’ opens in cinemas on December 6th in the US and on January 31st in the UK. Sources: Movies and Crave.
Behind-The-Scenes ‘Homefront’ Featurette – Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder & Kate Bosworth
Open Road Films has sent over this behind-the-scenes featurette for the action thriller ‘Homefront,’ which is directed by Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury, Don’t Say A Word) from a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and based on the book by Chuck Logan. Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo and Rachelle Lefevre, ’Homefront’ will arrive in cinemas on November 27th.
‘Homefront’ follows Phil Broker (Jason Statham), a widowed ex-DEA agent who moves his family to a quiet town hoping to escape his past. However, he finds the town to be overrun with violence, drug traffickers and an evil meth magnate named Gator (James Franco). To save his endangered family, retribution is now the only thing Broker seeks.
Cross Creek Pictures and Smuggler Films send word that Imogen Poots is attached to star as the young ingénue, “Dee Moray,” in Todd Field’s (In the Bedroom, Little Children) ’Beautiful Ruins,’ based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel by Jess Walter, which has sold more than a million copies and been translated into 25 languages. ‘Beautiful Ruins’ was adapted by Field and Walter. Filming is set to commence May 2014 in Italy.
The story begins off the Ligurian coast in the spring of 1962 and centers on four characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident involving the international jet-set center, Rome, in the throes of “La Dolce Vita” madness during the shooting of ‘Cleopatra.’ As the sole female lead, Poots will play “Dee Moray,” a young actress whose ties to several men, a force-of-one studio raconteur, a WWII veteran struggling to finish his first novel, a young Italian hotelier, and the great Richard Burton himself, are the epicenter of the story. Casting for the male roles is underway.